Ted Rall by Ted Rall

Ted Rall

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  1. grayhares01

    grayhares01 said, over 5 years ago

    Even Tower is wrong, while at the same time right.
    The biggest line item in the US budget is Social Security. #2 is the military. #3 is welfare.
    If Obamacare is allowed to pass it will likely jump ahead of welfare to to #3…

  2. grapfhics

    grapfhics said, over 5 years ago

    Isn’t the source of money used to pay for the current military expenses (and those outsourced Hessians and privateers) coming from Social Security funds?

  3. Craig Linder

    Craig Linder said, over 5 years ago

    Man, are you misinformed. Foreign aid makes up less than 2% of the US budget (http://goo.gl/WCWPg), and welfare makes up less than 12% (http://goo.gl/EY4x6).


    In contrast, direct military spending is 24% and indirect military spending (VA hospitals, soldiers; pensions, and other costs that exist because of the military, e.g., interest on the debt due to past military spending) are about 15% (see my last URL).


    If you want to get rid of the deficit just by cutting spending, you have to go where the money is.

  4. schnitzelfritz

    schnitzelfritz said, over 5 years ago

    if everyone from the president down to the lowest government, stae, city official would take a 75 percent pay cut (since 99.9 percent are rich or have another job) we would be out of debt and have a surpluse. obamah has shown he is a dictatore not a person for the people cause if it isnot his way he vetos, or if he does not like a jole he has you….


    QUENTIN DIGGS said, over 5 years ago

    Schnitzelfritz, you are an idiot. I work for the government and if I took a 75% cut in pay, then I would be taking home every month, $940. $720 of that would have to go for monthly rent. Doesn’t leave much. With the workload I have, thanks to personnel cuts, I wouldn’t bother with the job. You try living on that with a family and then tell me the results.

  6. Adam Sperry

    Adam Sperry said, over 5 years ago

    SS is not a budget item. It pays for itself, or should. SS can be sustained by removing the salary cap for collecting SS taxes (means testing would be a good idea, but not be required for sustainability).

  7. Craig Linder

    Craig Linder said, over 5 years ago

    @Adam Sperry

    Absolutely correct. There’s no reason at all that SS should even be part of the current budget talks.

  8. RunninOnEmpty

    RunninOnEmpty said, over 5 years ago

    Forest for the trees: the super-rich are hauling it all away at historic levels, benefiting no one but themselves, and the rest and their descendants are sinking fast.

  9. tcity

    tcity said, over 5 years ago


    Alot of us are in that situation already Quentin, with 100% of our pay.

  10. tcity

    tcity said, over 5 years ago

    Also the point of the cartoon is that repubs and demos are in the same bed, paid for by corprate donors.

  11. d_legendary1 Demands Dr.C's Release

    d_legendary1 Demands Dr.C's Release said, over 5 years ago

    @Adam Sperry

    You’re right about SS not being part of the budget item (its worth two trillion dollars). The reich only uses it as an excuse to hand it over to Wall Street. The problem with SS is the fact that when Obama extended the tax cuts it also had a provision that reduces SS contributions. So for two years SS will be paying out more than it takes in.

    I wouldn’t put SS on a means test since that’s what the reich wingers want. Doing so would temporarily turn it into a welfare system and the phunts would go nuts and make the case to privatize it.

  12. selrac

    selrac said, over 5 years ago

    benefits for illegals??? doesn’t happen. Matter of fact more illegals pay ssn and never receive it . quit the ignorance.

  13. selrac

    selrac said, over 5 years ago

    truth hurts you that much?

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