Stuart Carlson by Stuart Carlson

Stuart Carlson

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  1. josefw

    josefw said, over 4 years ago

    Better than GM.

  2. Brian

    Brian GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    I have seen this one before, when the Power Ball lotto went over 1/2 a billion

  3. omQ R

    omQ R said, over 4 years ago

    Euro millions jackpot tonight is estimated at €176 million euros. That’s about US$215 million, or £138 million pounds, tax-free, available immediately in 1 lump sum. Ouch. (Ok, still isn’t near the previous record of £161 million pounds (US$250 million or €204 million at today’s exchange rate. I understand there was a cap at €185 million then and remains so now). But all Tax-free (i.e. governments have already taken their share of the fools’ money) and in a lump sum. I, ahem, unwisely play via a work syndicate. I, we, would love to resign en masse.

  4. Mephistopheles

    Mephistopheles GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    This is lame. So is Mr. Carlson suggesting that the government is far wiser at spending the money of taxpayers then the taxpayers? Could you get any more Elitist Stuey?

    The Truth is the Government has shown itself to be bloated, inefficient, and out of control. And seems to think it has a mandate to interfere in every facet of peoples lives. We need to shrink it back considerably and allow those “Services” to present at the State or local level if people really want them.

    I’ve driven past housing projects in cities other then my own and seen the squalor and vice only to think -- “Wow!!! The Federal Government wants me to feel responsible for the upkeep of these people” Worse yet, if they weren’t taking my money to give away to this group, I would have more to do charitable work in my own community.

    I come from Rural America and it just amazes me how the liberal elite always tell us how we need to pay more in taxes to take care of “The most vulnerable people” but they are referring to Democratic voters in cities and not Republican voters in rural communities.

  5. Craig Linder

    Craig Linder said, over 4 years ago

    Because if you DON’T play the mathematics are even worse…

    Not so. Winning is a probabilistic issue, so you have to consider, the probability of winning vs. other things you might do with the money. If you took the same amount of money and routinely invested it wisely, the odds strongly favor a better outcome than investment in the lottery.

    It’s true that someone has to win the lottery, but the probability of that happening for any one individual is extremely small, much smaller than being hit by lightning or dying in a car wreck. On the other hand, even a relatively conservative long term investment has a very high probability of increasing in value.

    (I’d also add that lotteries are highly regressive forms of taxation, precisely because the wealthy and educated [who tend to be wealthier] are far less likely to spend money on them.)

  6. Movingsound

    Movingsound said, over 4 years ago

    Great comic today!
    Look at all the thought provoked comments.

  7. Mephistopheles

    Mephistopheles GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    On this you and I agree. I too get really frustrated when the first thing to go are the services that everyone enjoys like Parks, Roads, etc.

    I would be quite happy to see the military cut back considerably. But I would also be quite happy to see big cuts in: SSDI, HUD, Foodstamps, and all those other gimmees that essentially siphon money out of my pocket and hand it to somone else as a benfit so they will vote for the Democrats.

    Sequestration is coming and it will be a beautiful thing!!!!

  8. Fourcrows

    Fourcrows said, over 4 years ago

    I think the other side of the joke is that investing the money in Wall Street or any money markets is less likely to turn a profit right now. My wife put $5000.00 from an inheritance last winter into a money market fund. Our total earnings this quarter: $.035

  9. Kylop

    Kylop said, over 4 years ago

    Actually I’ve seen this in Mass. The people with the first panel attitude are steadily Repubs but the D’s do it too- just without the complaining.

  10. Jase99

    Jase99 GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    People want roads, bridges, state and national parks, food safety, safe drinking water, clean air, affordable schools, and the thousands of other things the government provides or regulates, but some of them get awfully cranky when you ask them to pay for it.

  11. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 4 years ago

    no it isn’t. You can not win if you do not play. SO the math of 1 in 64 million is changed to 0 in 64 million and that is a drop in your chance to win.

  12. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 4 years ago

    @Craig Linder

    Probability of winning the lottery is 1:multi-millions. If you don’t buy at least one ticket it is 0:0 I guess for practical purposes, not much in difference.

  13. Heavy B

    Heavy B said, over 4 years ago

    Better than the oil companies, the church, defense contractors, israel, ect.

  14. Heavy B

    Heavy B said, over 4 years ago

    I play 2 dollars a week in mega millions, the same nummbers. Consistancy pays off. Last year, my dad won 4 million dollars from mega bucks in Massachusetts, after playing the same numbers for almost 30 years.

  15. SaltWaterCroc

    SaltWaterCroc said, over 4 years ago

    Remember, out of the discretionary budget (things that could be changed) the military takes over 50% (more than the next 17 countries combined). The next biggest percentage is education, at 6%.

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