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Ted Rall


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  1. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, 7 months ago

    The thing is, the shut down costs lots of money, it isn’t free.

  2. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, 7 months ago

    Since the Democrats refuse to do their job and pass a budget, they should be considered “non-essential” employees.

  3. MortyForTyrant

    MortyForTyrant said, 7 months ago

    The life of Brian: “Aaaallways look at the bright side of life” :-)

  4. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, 7 months ago

    Fortunately, the ‘enhanced interrogators’ and drone operators and foreclosure staff and bank bailout staff are clearly essential, so these vital jobs will not be affected during the government closure. And, no matter how long the closure goes on, the ‘enhanced interrogators’ and drone operators are guaranteed their full paycheques.

    So the shutdown won’t be the catastrophe that Mr Rall portrays in his cartoon: all the important functions of government will continue.

    Only useless functions like cancer research and earthquake monitoring will be halted until the government re-opens, and those programmes should be permanently ended, since we don’t need them as much as we need to balance the budget while ensuring that such essential government functions as the NSA reading all our e-mails and tapping our phones are fully funded.

  5. chipscount

    chipscount said, 7 months ago

    if it’s not essential, the gov’t sould’nt be involved in the first place

  6. mattro53

    mattro53 said, 7 months ago


    “Since the Democrats refuse to do their job and pass a budget, they should be considered “non-essential” employees.” It is utterly amazing to me that someone could be so blinded by ideology as to make such a stupid comment. This one qualifies as STOOPID, which I’m beginning to suspect is the case for most conservatives. Since Republican RWNJ representatives refuse to do their job even before, and undoubtedly after, this shutdown they should be considered expendable and thrown out on their useless asses in November of 2014.
    BTW, doesn’t it figure that the congress critters are still getting paid. That should go in the dictionary as an example of irony.

  7. mattro53

    mattro53 said, 7 months ago

    I’m a registered Green and I have no use for most Democrats. I consider them to be the less conservative branch of the Money Party. Most Republicans (my representative actually voted against the shutdown) are beginning to repulse me. If my five year old son acted like them, he would be on the timeout sofa for five minutes and probably lose the use of my iMac (he loves computer games-I fear for his future) for at least an hour.

  8. Enoki

    Enoki said, 7 months ago

    A government shut down might not be so bad when you look at it that way….

  9. Lynne B

    Lynne B GoComics PRO Member said, 7 months ago


    Except for the fact that what has been shut down also includes staffing at the Veteran’s Administration, the FDA and the CDC. So, even more delay in help for wounded and retired vets, no food inspections, no one to handle complaints about unsafe foods or pharmaceuticals, no-one to monitor and respond to disease outbreaks.

    It’s almost as if the Republicans want real people to suffer.

  10. Bryan Pizzuti

    Bryan Pizzuti said, 7 months ago

    Actually pretty much everything in this strip is considered “essential services” and will not be shut down.

  11. beenthere240

    beenthere240 GoComics PRO Member said, 7 months ago

    If only the Democrats would agree that affordable health care insurance is a terrible idea and the status quo was best.

  12. jrmerm

    jrmerm said, 7 months ago


    Do your homework. Look up the last time we actually passed a budget and who had control of the legislative and executive branches at the time.

  13. jrmerm

    jrmerm said, 7 months ago

    @Genome Project

    They never pass a budget anymore. They illegally pass one “continuing resolution” after another. And they ARE the problem.

  14. foofinho

    foofinho said, 7 months ago

    My recommendation is that the Republicans approve full funding of government including Obamacare and then require the Executive Branch and all the White House aids to use it by removing their current “Cadillac” insurance plan provided by taxpayers.

  15. Nantucket19

    Nantucket19 said, 7 months ago


    Congress, the White House and their staffs will be put on the exchanges. This was written into the ACA.

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