Steve Benson by Steve Benson

Steve Benson

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  1. Enoki

    Enoki said, about 1 year ago

    Quite myopic as I’ve come to expect from Benson. He must really be very happy…

  2. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, about 1 year ago

    First, it is an old tradition in English law that the sovereign could proclaim any law he wanted, but he had to ask Parliament to fund the law. Charles I asked Parliament for funding, and they only gave him enough money for an axe and an axeman.


    So the House said it would pass no funding that included the ACA, since the ACA would bankrupt the government. And on 1 Oct, Obama gave a press conference that the ACA needs absolutely no government funding, so the computers at healthcare.gov were up and running, and anyone could apply. Which shows anyone with an IQ having at least two digits that the ‘bankrupt the government’ argument is pure prevarication.


    No other nation has laws that say it MUST spend $4, take in no more than $3.50 in taxes, and not run a deficit. it In spite of what Putin said, the US is exceptional: the US is the only nation that has such laws.


    According to the Treasury, the debt ceiling was reached in May, but they juggled things around. But after 17 Oct, they can’t juggle. Of course, that’s a bluff. They can say whatever they want on 17 Oct, declaring the US at the ceiling, or that they found a way to juggle one more week. So far, either the Treasury or the Congress has always folded before the debt ceiling caused a full-blown crisis.


    If Congress does not raise the ceiling, and the Treasury declares the ceiling reached, no one knows what will happen. The executive must triage a cut of 1/8 of government spending. Which 1/8 is not clear. Foreign debt? Domestic debt? Social security payments? (There will still be plenty of money to kidnap Libyans, drone accused terrorists, and run the NSA, of course, so America will be safe, even if broke.)

  3. mskemple

    mskemple said, about 1 year ago

    The entirety of the left seems quite perplexed over what to do about 80 people and the voters they represent , awesome!

  4. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @mskemple

    The entirety of the left seems quite perplexed over what to do about 80 people and the voters they represent , awesome!

    It’s not perplexing & it’s certainly not awesome.

    I agree that the TP reps are representing people who voted for them. They got elected to stop Obamacare at all costs. It was a promise based on the premise that Romney would win & the GOP would retake the Senate. They should have been truthful with their constituents: we can’t stop it now, but we’re going to try & limit what we see as the worst parts of the law. But, they weren’t elected to be pragmatic.

    Now, they are lost in the wilderness. They can’t do what they promised, even though they’ve shutdown the government & are taking us to the brink of default. They’re terrified of having to go home empty handed, but have no agreement on what they would like Obama to concede in lieu of leaving the ACA out of the current spending bill.

    It’ll be interesting to see if the voters in those districts replace the TP reps with pragmatists or even more radical members. What next? Suicide bombers?

  5. echoraven

    echoraven said, about 1 year ago

    This comic approved by the Democratic party where dishonestly is the ultimate virtue.

  6. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 1 year ago

    As one who stands to the left of center and considers himself to be a “Teddy Roosevelt Progressive” (Remember Teddy? Created national parks, ended child labor, A man a plan a canal Panama? Republican.) I do not like being lumped into the hate filled mob that you’ve just described the left as being. MsKemple is not a traitor, nor is she a terrorist. Even MSteven58 isn’t a traitor/terrorist, that commentator, like many in GC, on both sides, simply enjoys throwing fuel on the fires of divisiveness as a way to create sparks and weaken any good messages that might be offered, such as MichaelWME in this string.
    “Liberals”, as I define them, are the ones who care about those who have been disenfranchised or who have suffered losses due to circumstances beyond their control but within the control of those that caused those losses. “Liberals” protect people and the environment from the excesses of the rich and powerful, and the moderate liberals do this with an eye on our nations finances and international responsibilities. As a progressive, I see the “liberal” extremist of today as willing to bring most, or even all, of the wealthy down in an effort to raise all, or at least most, or the poor up. There has to be a balance, but in our nation’s history, it has been the Morgans, the Carnegies, and even the Hearsts and Vanderbilts who used their money to make our nation better. They were not always legal or honorable in their methods, but if you read the history of these people, you can see where they tried to justify the means they used to reach their ends with good works. There have also been disenfranchised who were the engines of their own misfortune and refuse to recognize it or make corrections.
    Your words, like Kato’s, do liberals and progressives a disservice. All of the positive things said by our many well spoken moderate and fairly liberal commentators mean little or nothing after you come out with your flames and insults.
    Hate is the weapon politicians and media extremists want us to use. Insult is the discourse with which they want us to communicate. By taking this discussion into the gutters, you have soiled all of those who want to agree with your position, but who did not want to be splashed by the sewage.
    The only way I can wash off the offal with which you have thrown at those with whom we disagree, offal that DOES NOT TOUCH THEM, is to flag you. Delete your insults, and I’ll delete this. Fail to delete, and from this point on, I will flag you whenever you use hate speech. Vulgarity is always flaggable, and when you call our neighbors nazis, terrorists, or other vile things, you either do not know what those words mean, or you are hater who needs be ToS’d so you can have time to rethink your methods of communication.
    Even respectful trolls have their limits.
    C.

  7. CasualBrowser

    CasualBrowser GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @Debt Free

    “…America brings success to the world…”
    -
    Do you think that success didn’t exist before the USA?

  8. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    There ‘s a rat in mi kitchen, what am I gonna do? I’m gonna fix that rat! That’s what I’m gonna do! I’m gonna fix that rat! Do you hear that Kochs! I’m gonna fix em with kindness, I’m gonna fix em with love. I’m gonna give them health care with the ACA, enough is enough. (Apologies to UB40) :D

  9. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    House Republicans will violate the 14th amendment of the Constituion if the refuse to pay the debts of America! http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/08/opinion/obamas-options.html?hp&_r=0

  10. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 1 year ago

    @ahab

    Good comments, Ahab. I’m sure UB40 will forgive you.
    There are many religious and philosophical disciplines that recommend the use of kindness and compassion as a “weapon”. Even ‘rats’ can become ‘nice’ when treated well, though they will always be looking for gifts of food.
    The Kochs are not rats. They are brilliant, wealthy, and surround themselves with other brilliant people. They know what motivates elected officials and media sources and they have their own agenda. One of the brothers is now on the board of Boston’s public TV station that produces NOVA and other programming that have produced many documentaries attacking issues the Kochs support. They are the owners of one of those “corporations that are people” and they use their money to support candidates and superpacs and also buy “issue ads” to help their candidates of choice.
    Thank you for your effort to educate folks while entertaining them.
    Almost done with my day so I’ll be able to drink some “Red Red Wine” and listen to some music.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXt56MB-3vc
    Respectfully,
    C.

  11. pirate227

    pirate227 said, about 1 year ago

    We’d never create a memorial to enemies of the state.

  12. Kylop

    Kylop said, about 1 year ago

    Steve, you need to draw a line of tea partiers going around the block for that

  13. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @Respectful Troll

    I saw UB40 in concert with Midnight Oil at Red Rock Amphitheater in about 1984. I’m dating myself! It was great in that setting in the Morrison Red Sandstone formations. There is a set of T-Rex footprints in the sandstone which runs about 50 feet in length, which has weathered out not far from the amphitheater.

  14. mdavis4183

    mdavis4183 GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    Dedicate it to Obama. It’s all on him.

  15. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 1 year ago

    Visited Red Rocks in 1998. No concert, just an empty amphitheater. My sister didn’t know about the T rex footprints. I’ll look for them if i go out that way again. She’s still in Denver.
    Thanks for the tip, Ahab.
    Sincerely,
    C.

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