Ted Rall by Ted Rall

Ted Rall

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  1. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    Rall’s summary is good, but still incomplete. Want America to drown? Just give Mitt a shot at your wallet, just like the 22% of the companies HE "invested in " and chose to send to bankruptcy as opposed to the 8% who got federal funding.

  2. SwimsWithSharks

    SwimsWithSharks GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    Careful, Ted. Remember what Dubya said, “We don’t want to play the blame game.”

  3. TJDestry

    TJDestry GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    So, okay, Ted doesn’t understand the concept of small government. Add that to the list.

  4. mattro53

    mattro53 said, almost 2 years ago

    Wow! As Mr. Rall correctly points out there are essential government services. Little Lord Fauntleroy and many other wing nuts want to privatize and/or gut FEMA. Check out the Green Party’s platform for that and many other reasons. There are compelling reasons to vote Green.

  5. edinbaltimore

    edinbaltimore GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    Unfortunately, Green, et.al. don’t have a snowball’s chance of winning anything worthwhile, just take away votes from the big two. (Whether this is good or bad for the country is a different discussion.) If Nader doesn’t run, Gore gets elected. Third parties will only succeed once they get a local, responsible ground game going. Currently they are just we’re not them, shrill true believers that have not been able to convince others they have a real agenda past their ideology. And they would still have to work with Congress if their candidate got elected.

  6. jonesb

    jonesb said, almost 2 years ago

    How did this country grow like it did with small government for 150-200 years and yet go bankrupt with a huge government police state.

  7. SwimsWithSharks

    SwimsWithSharks GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @jonesb

    It might have something to do with the military industrial complex Eisenhour warned us about.

  8. Chillbilly

    Chillbilly said, almost 2 years ago

    @Ms. Ima

    Please tell me that you haven’t passed your genes along to a new generation.

  9. SwimsWithSharks

    SwimsWithSharks GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @Chillbilly

    He’s like a conservative radio show host in need of Ritalin.

  10. SwimsWithSharks

    SwimsWithSharks GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @rightisright

    See this flag?

    Obama’s country. Every time you see one waving the next 4 years, remember that. Obama’s country.

    Makes you mad, doesn’t it. Obama’s country.

  11. TheTrustedMechanic

    TheTrustedMechanic GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @Ms. Ima

    Wow, a post with some thought. Erroneous thought but thought nonetheless. I don’t think you will understand this, incapable or unwilling doesn’t matter you just won’t but I’ll try anyway.
    1)Taxing undesirable behavior puts downward force on demand. For example: taxing carbon emissions will trend the industries toward lower carbon activities.
    2)Nothing will keep out the rain. However rain is not what flooded NYC’s subway and train tunnels and the Ground Zero pit, it was storm surge, or tidal wave, or tsunami, or just plain ol’ big wave of water comin’ in from the oshun. And water from the Ocean would be mitigated by levees and flood walls. There are many European countries who mitigate their flood risks this way. Get it yet? Didn’t think so.
    3)Zoning laws are what has lessened the devastation, destruction and loss of lives in Cali from earthquakes. Private industry and the free-market would NOT have developed the earthquake mitigation measures in place in new building construction that allows building to remain standing in tremors where before they would have fallen like a house of cards. Likewise in NYC, Chicago and other cities with mega-story buildings they don’t fall over in hurricanes or tornados not due to any private sector desire but do to zoning laws and regulations. Sure the private sector doesn’t want them to fall over of be destroyed but if it weren’t for the government and zoning regulations, with inspections to prove that proper procedures were followed, private sector greed-lust in pursuit of massive profits would lead to shoddy workmanship only made evident in the event of a failure. It happens now, but not nearly to the extent it would if there weren’t laws and regulations in place.
    4)To call a spending increase a budget cut is wrong, you are correct. But I’m not sure what you are talking about here because you twist reality into something unrecognizable with your party’s propaganda of lies, manipulations, innuendo and half-truths. But in the event of an economic downturn like we had, every credible, non-partisan economist says that austerity is the WRONG approach and will do nothing but exacerbate the problem. For an example just look at Greece. Their whole problem is rooted in the fact that tax-evasion was a national sport. There was not patriotism. There was only nepotism that when a newly elected official gained office they installed friends and relatives into government jobs that really produced nothing but extra expense. And then the private sector paid a “tax” in order to avoid actually paying their taxes to support the government they allowed. Sort of like here, we have a certain sector that wants to pay nothing, but when disaster hits they want everything, and then some. But as for your specific point, not you alluded to point, you are correct, an increase in spending cannot be called a budget cut, unless the increase has already been accounted for, such as you know your utilities will go up next year so you cut back in other areas so your net increase is less than anticipated, then yes you cut your budget even though it increased form this year. It’s all in the terminology and interaction of the different facets of the budgeting.

  12. SwimsWithSharks

    SwimsWithSharks GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @rightisright

  13. Nos Nevets

    Nos Nevets said, almost 2 years ago

    “Today is the day the oceans cease their rise.”
    Obama, 1/20/2009

  14. jackson49

    jackson49 said, almost 2 years ago

    ALL for the ROYAL oil wars….next up, yr children.
    it is not e first time the middle class eats its own…see germany 1939-44.
    ALL for the Continuous wars…..
    some think these wars have no effects

  15. mikefive

    mikefive said, almost 2 years ago

    “Weak zoning allows waterfront construction”

    Let them build on the waterfront, but don’t put them in the same insurance pool as I am and absolutely don’t use my tax dollars to help them rebuild. If someone wants to build in a potential disaster zone, let them live with it.

    Outlawing low efficiency vehicles would put an unreasonable burden on the poor. What can you do if all you can afford is an old car?

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