Ted Rall by Ted Rall

Ted Rall

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  1. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 3 years ago

    Mr. Rall is a passionate voice. I would like to have seen him apply that voice to the recent HSBC report where a financial firm was found to be too big to prosecute after helping Iran, Drug Cartels, and other such groups to circumvent US and Int’l laws. One reason we are at “war” (conflict?) is because of the gap between the grossly rich and the impossibly poor. Dozens of nations are led by individuals who enrich themselves and their supporters on the backs of their peoples. Corporations across the planet encourage this abuse of the poor while falsely inflating the value of money over the commodities for which money is traded. The S&P suit being brought by the government is just another example of how a “self regulating” organization aids and abets these abuses.
    Money is a much deadlier weapon than drones and is killing many more people; it destroys many more futures.
    Hyper trading makes our over volatile stock markets unstable. The failure of our legislators to finance regulators in order to protect us from the next set of abuses from those deemed to big to fail, or to prosecute, leaves us vulnerable as a nation and as individuals with investments in our banks and markets.
    Corporations own media outlets and newspapers and perhaps Mr. Rall is not permitted to address these other abusers of our neighbors, or perhaps he simply believes the actions we are taking overseas are more important.
    I believe that if we create jobs, get our financial house in order AND continue to protect our children, elderly, wounded warriors and our environment, we can lead by positive examples rather than by threat of military or financial conflict.
    Respectfully,
    C.

  2. Ransom D Stone

    Ransom D Stone said, over 3 years ago

    Ted’s representation’s of our President are accurate as his descriptions of our President’s actions: None.

  3. Ted Rall

    Ted Rall GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    @Respectful Troll

    Yeah, I would NEVER criticize corporations.

  4. Ted Rall

    Ted Rall GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    No one kills more American troops that American generals.

  5. jrmerm

    jrmerm said, over 3 years ago

    Irony and satire are forms of “funny”. Sort of.

  6. jrmerm

    jrmerm said, over 3 years ago

    Next: Federal regulations require football to be played with armed drones only.

  7. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 3 years ago

    Great cartoon.

  8. Fourcrows

    Fourcrows said, over 3 years ago

    The US military is bureaucratic enough that even if they did enlist, his daughters would never get near a combat zone. Quite a contrast to Prince Harry flying actual combat missions.

  9. Joseph Del Valle

    Joseph Del Valle said, over 3 years ago

    Excuse me i I missed it, but has no one commented on Ted incorrectly stating that the poor are not disproportionately maimed by football. I’m aware of no empirical studies on it but would venture to say that, if not as equally disproportionate as death and maiming in the military, it is certainly substantially disproportionate.

    My point Ted: this was a misleading and false analogy which minimizes the injuries to disadvantage football players,

    Very bad taste and poorly thought out.

  10. omQ R

    omQ R said, over 3 years ago

    I suspect he left his keyboard unattended and a rogue child got to it ;-)

  11. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Even if we eliminate all deferments, the children of the wealthy & powerful will just be commissioned as officers & sent to safe, comfortable places. No front line duty for them.

    I wonder if Obama would be ok with Lieutenant Malia piloting drones from a cubicle in Syracuse, NY?

  12. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, over 3 years ago

    Thanks, Mr. Rall. I do not see any false equivalency here, but perhaps others are better at spotting it.

    In any case, I have long said that if we want to avoid stupid or pointless wars, we should re-institute the draft with no available deferments. A volunteer military is only valuable when the people who choose to go to war really do think of soldiers as people, rather than plastic pieces on a game board. Since that doesn’t happen, a volunteer force ends up like ours is now, stuck in middle-east quagmires with multiple tours of duty and “stop-loss” provisions to keep them from being able to leave when their hitch is up.

  13. Ted Rall

    Ted Rall GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Weird. Should have been under “tonedeaf” or “hypocrisy.”

  14. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    @Respectful Troll

    To begin with C, our politicians (all of them) would have to abandon the sponsorship of their K street patrons and then who would finance their campaigns and supply their “perks?”


    Interesting that you should bring up the S & P suit. Why isn’t Goldman Sacs (amongst others) included? They originated many of the MBS that were marketed with S & P’s ratings. Why isn’t Fitch and Moody’s also being sued? They were complicit in the same rating of financial products S & P is being sued for. I am not excusing the actions of S & P, but I do believe they are being singled out for the long awaited “revenge” prosecution for the financial collapse of 2007 2008. They were the first to downgrade the government’s credit rating last year so they are going to pay.
    They have been in negotiations with the government for months over “settlements” but could not reach an equitable agreement and what constitutes “fair” punitive damages.
    IMO you should go all the way down to the loan brokers that initiated the “liar loans” that precipitated the housing collapse. The responsibility for much of the fraud committed by the financial community goes like an expanding spider web deep into the financial community.
    To your point about regulation, Obama has Lloyd Blankfein back as a visitor to the White House. Doesn’t look like he’s too interested in punishing those which I consider the source of the financial collapse.

  15. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Now with the Depression draft many are going in anyway as being the only way to get any kind of support. They trade off with their lives to do so. The rich, of course, don’t have to.

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