Rob Rogers by Rob Rogers

Rob Rogers

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  1. tundrasea

    tundrasea GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    So, more debt is a good thing?

  2. cjr53

    cjr53 said, almost 2 years ago

    @tundrasea

    Probably not. The house r/w really are doing nothing. That is not the answer either.
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    And it is all to discredit our President. I think that makes it criminal. Vote the r/w and tea party out.

  3. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    I’m a little confused here. I’m an accountant so I’m pretty good with numbers and such. I must be missing the obvious (again) because a few things don’t make sense to me. The Rep’s are avoiding another “crises” and are looking to work on a bi-partisan spending reduction program. Some frightening plans to put together a budget was suggested? I presume the Dem’s just want to keep borrowing money and not worry about it. Since we are over 16 Trillion in debt we can’t finance our expenses without continual borrowing. Obama says we don’t have a spending problem. I know he inherited a war and a deficit, of which he continued the war and increased the deficit substantially. I always thought when you spent more money than you took in that was considered irresponsible. I have looked in detail at some of these government debt reduction claims and most are pretty weak and involve a great deal of government accounting manipulation.
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    We are adding another unpaid entitlement program, continue with the war, gitmo, expired tax cuts, etc. I know both parties are complicit in debt and spending, but what are the democrats proposing as debt reduction and avoiding escalating government spending? Links to data is good for me, since I like real data over partisan explanations or rancor.

  4. tundrasea

    tundrasea GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @cjr53

    “And it is all to discredit our President. I think that makes it criminal.”

    So dissent is criminal? A few years ago we were told it was patriotic.

  5. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    The Republican nattering nabobs of negativism will be voted out in two years if they keep on destroying the country. What have they gained politically by their current course?

  6. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, almost 2 years ago

    What a dumb toon.

    I hope Rogers has career plan B.

  7. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, almost 2 years ago

    @mickey1339

    First ‘entitlements’ are those things for which people must pay in, and are then guaranteed payouts. As David Brooks points out (frequently, read his columns) they pay out more than people pay in. Also, the payments, FICA, are mandatory, so are not investments. So unemployment, social security, and Medicare must be limited to paying back no more than the person paid in (and, in practice, these entitlement payments MUST be reduced to pay out much less than was paid in, as I’ll explain below). As Aristotle said, money is sterile and it is immoral for money to pay any interest.


    It would seem analogous that no interest should be paid on government bonds, but this is a false analogy. The money people paid to buy the bonds was voluntary, not mandatory like FICA, so those who buy bonds deserve a good return on their investment, while those forced to pay FICA and unemployment insurance should realise that this is a tax, and the uses of all tax revenues must be prioritised, and after paying to keep America safe from dangerous, jihadist goatherds, there isn’t anything left to pay out unemployment payments or social security or Medicare, so, if America is to remain safe and solvent, 100% of FICA MUST go to our military and government bureaucrats!

  8. ODon

    ODon said, almost 2 years ago

    @Michael wme

    I am glad you’ve seen the light. If we put all revenue into the military we will be safe. Unhealthy and uneducated, but safe.

  9. treesareus

    treesareus said, almost 2 years ago

    Social Security and Medicare are the world’s largest Ponzi schemes. The “trust fund” is made up of IOUs signed by Congress and the President.

  10. mikefive

    mikefive said, almost 2 years ago

    @treesareus

    They are actually signed for by the Treasury Department in the form of non-transferable bonds. A few months back I was in the Treasury site looking for something and saw where one of these bonds was issued to the Social Security Administration for $67 billion, basically confiscating that month’s SS surplus.

  11. Gresch

    Gresch said, almost 2 years ago

    The Republicans control the House ( the voice of the people) the Dems control the Senate ( once the voice of the states, now the voice of the millionare Dems pretending to be poor) and of cource BHO who is somewhere between a Tax-and Spend socialist and a community shakedown activist… How is the over spending of the USA’s money the GOP’s fault?

  12. ODon

    ODon said, almost 2 years ago

    @Gresch

    “the voice of the people”… Talk about a shakedown, no it’s the voice of gerrymandered districts. The people voted for democrat candidates over republican candidates.

  13. Gresch

    Gresch said, almost 2 years ago

    @ODon

    Which is only OK when used to create Majority-minority districts which are often the result of racial gerrymandering. Check to wind direction before discharging unwanted liquids…

  14. PocketNaomi

    PocketNaomi GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @mickey1339

    Take a look at Paul Krugman. The only reason we’re not taking in enough money to pay our debts is because we’re in a liquidity trap. This could be solved fairly easily, if people would stop harping on austerity and start throwing money at the problem the way Roosevelt did with the New Deal — liquidity traps require more government spending, not less, The more money flows to people who are in enough economic straits to spend it (instead of horde it the way the plutocrats do), the more the sluggish economy will get back on its feet again. And once that happens, with more and more people working and contributing to the tax base, we’ll be in a dramatically better position for income/expense ratio as a country. Then, if any difference is left over, it will be time to cut expenses in order to avoid debt. Not now. All austerity does now is benefit the plutocrats (because they can command outrageously skilled employees at ridiculously low wages, due to the lack of jobs) and further screw up the economy by deepening the trap we’re stuck in.

  15. Rickapolis

    Rickapolis said, almost 2 years ago

    Just say ‘no’. The GOP motto.

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