Ted Rall by Ted Rall

Ted Rall

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  1. Joseph Petitjean

    Joseph Petitjean GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    So true.

  2. Bill Ewing

    Bill Ewing GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Yeah, blame it on the MAN (loser speak for “white guy”) when you are too sick, lame and lazy to try and live without depending on Uncle Sugar’s teat!

  3. jmattadams

    jmattadams GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Ted’s off on his years there. It was 2007-present. The Dems didn’t control Congress until ’07 and we had economic growth until then. To say that the collapse ended in 2009 is Obama butt-kissing and I always thought Ted was better than that.

  4. grayhares01

    grayhares01 said, over 3 years ago

    So once again, because one segment of society had prepared themselves better, and had invested in things other than PS3 games, gold chains and 40’s of malt liquor… they are somehow evil?
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    Bad individual economic situations are almost 100% of the time caused by bad individual decision. Usually multiple bad decisions piled on top of each other.
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    It is not my job to bail you out for making poor decisions…

  5. mnsmkd

    mnsmkd said, over 3 years ago

    @Don Rutherford

    Ditto. Well sad, grayhares01. Now, I’m hearing things that “they” might tie social security to ones own wealth. That is, those who saved while working won’t be eligible to collect medicare / Social Security. I have nothing against someone chosing NOT to collect their SS because he d/n need it. But it gauls me that Uncle Sugar might penalize those who saved.

  6. keechum

    keechum said, over 3 years ago

    @Bill Ewing

    Wake up to reality Bill, there is a big difference between won’t and can’t.

  7. keechum

    keechum said, over 3 years ago

    Health care is too expensive. Small business can’t afford to provide health care. Welfare provides health care benefits.
    If you have someone who is sick in the family, which direction would you take?

  8. Yammo

    Yammo GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    If in “Hispanics” you mean illegal aliens, then I say shoot for 100% unemployment for the illegals, and 0% unemployment for citizens of Hispanic ancestry.

  9. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 3 years ago

    @Eryx: Dude, what part of “bad personal decisions” didn’t you understand? Do you think that those mortgages were not offered to everyone? That I can see the danger in a mortgage that will "adjust’ with the cost of T-bills or what ever on a yearly basis or that having a mortgage that only requires an interest payment for the first 5 years and you can’t, does that mean I have to pay for your bad judgement?
    Yeah, it’s tough living in a government controlled/subsidized housing project. It takes time to work your way out of a bad situation. Taking the too good to be true way is often costly.

  10. fritzoid

    fritzoid GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    While I have no reason to doubt Rall’s statistic above, I suspect “race” as used here correlates strongly to “class.” Them what already had (Black, Brown, White), got. Them what hadn’t (Black, Brown, White), lost.

  11. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    A lot of ‘blame the victim’ posts here. People are poor because they’re stupid and lazy? Sometimes, but the people who were already on welfare shouldn’t have seen much of an income change, now should they?
    Blacks & Hispanics were more likely to lose their jobs. They were also buying houses in places that saw big property value drops. You can call that stupid, but there were plenty of realtors, bankers and appraisers who were working together to create what they knew was a bubble, but didn’t care as long as they got paid.
    Fritziod brings up a good point: How did poor whites fare? This may be class related, not race related.

  12. Dypak

    Dypak GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    We have got to get away from this whole black/white/hispanic nonsense. It’s just a ruse for the haves to keep attention from the real problem. All the wealth is collecting in the hands of a few. I live in a rural Kentucky area with few minorities. You’d better believe that there are many, many whites out there experiencing poverty. People who dream of a $10 an hour job with a few benefits. Good, smart people who couldn’t overcome the poverty that they were born into but keep trying anyway. It’s a matter of class and wealth, or lack of it. Not race.

  13. charliekane

    charliekane said, over 3 years ago

    @Uncle Joe

    Amen jtl.

    I have a daughter who secretaried in the mortgage broker biz in the early 00’s. All the brokers and banks wanted were the bounties and up front fees for making these loans. Nobody gave a d@mn if the mortgages got paid.
    The beauty was that they could now handoff these turdkeys to unsuspecting investors (sometimes even themselves) by securitizing this crap!

  14. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Rall’s dates and data are correct, but the complex problem is best simplified with one word: Greed. Of course the seeds of the collapse go back to 1980. Like growing a tree, sometimes you have to wait years, but still look to the seed for the source.

  15. ScullyUFO

    ScullyUFO said, over 3 years ago

    All humans desire one thing more than freedom: Power.

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