Ted Rall by Ted Rall

Ted Rall


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  1. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, 6 months ago

    No one seriously believed that Boehner would let the US hit the debt ceiling, but he had to mollify the majority of the House Republicans by delaying the clean CR for 16 days. He got closer this time than in 2011, partly because the Democrats gave the Republicans the sequester in 2011, allowing the Republicans to say, ‘We got what we wanted,’ and pass the debt ceiling increase.

    This time, the Republicans got absolutely nothing, but caved one day before the faux deadline announced by the Treasury. The debt ceiling was first hit in May, but the Treasury juggled. The real drop-dead date was not clear, sometime between the 22nd of October and the 2nd of November, so, to be safe, the Treasury said the drop-dead date was the 17th of October, and, predictably, Boehner caved on the 16th.

    And, since they got absolutely nothing, Obama predicts a clean CR BEFORE January, and a clean debt ceiling increase BEFORE February, with no more brinksmanship on the part of the now chastened Republicans.

    And Obama is almost certainly right.

  2. Enoki

    Enoki said, 6 months ago

    All mandated by Federal Government Regulation from some “Alphabet Soup” agency who KNOWS they are doing good things for you!

  3. SwimsWithSharks

    SwimsWithSharks GoComics PRO Member said, 6 months ago

    “Your company’s pension plan guaranteed by the Pension Benefit Corporation -- until the PBGC runs out of money.”

  4. SwimsWithSharks

    SwimsWithSharks GoComics PRO Member said, 6 months ago

    This bond backed by the full faith and credit of the United States Government, until the next time Congress wants to make a point about a law they don’t like.

  5. mikefive

    mikefive said, 6 months ago

    Thanks, Ted. I think it’s called the Game of Life. I used to enjoy watching the “R” pentomino (sp?) once in a while. (Yeah, I needed to get a life)

  6. MortyForTyrant

    MortyForTyrant said, 6 months ago

    I’m not a “social conservative” but i have to say that the divorce-rate and marriage-turnover (3, 4 marriages in a lifetime) have been indicators for years that the U.S. is a “maybe” society. Same goes for cars. No wonder GM and Ford can sell you any rubbish they want. You drive them a while, then you throw them away. Hint: get a dog gone Volkswagen, you’ll feel the difference! Oh, and by the way, invest in some BRICKS for your house, might help with the next flood/tornado/hurricane/earthquake…

  7. GreggW

    GreggW GoComics PRO Member said, 6 months ago

    The triumph of the cash nexus society.

  8. Ethaniel67

    Ethaniel67 said, 6 months ago


    Oscar54: You obviously have enough money for an internet connection.

    How dare you keep any of your money while people don’t have healthcare or enough food (by their standards) Or air conditioning.

    The problem with forced taking from one set of people and giving to another set is actually defining when enough is enough. Civil societies actually solved this BEFORE the government got involved.

    Are you sure government involvement in all these items actually made things better? Or does it just make you feel better that you empower a third party to steal from those you may not like to give to causes you feel are justified.

    Be a man and do it yourself if your that committed and see how far you get before you realize its immoral. And if its immoral for you to “rob from the rich to give to the poor” how is it moral for you to justify a third party to do the same?

  9. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, 6 months ago


    A reminder, that you would be wise to remember: not every person or entity depending on government subsidies/benefits is an unfortunate/poor individual/welfare cheat. There are plenty of very wealthy industries who are subsidized to a large extent by the same government. Billions to oil companies and defense contractors in subsidies and tax breaks add up to lots of food stamps. If you want to see the true problems with government largesse, take off your blinders.

  10. decimuscaelius

    decimuscaelius said, 6 months ago

    Uncertainty, widespread deprivation, and the widening gap between the rich and the toilers are all hallmarks of history’s societies that were heading for revolutionary change.

  11. Ruff, release Dr. C and Ahab.

    Ruff, release Dr. C and Ahab. GoComics PRO Member said, 6 months ago


    you forgot ‘or extinction’.

  12. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 6 months ago

    @Michael wme

    Even so 144 Republicans voted against it. That should scare anyone.

  13. Ethaniel67

    Ethaniel67 said, 6 months ago

    @I Play One On TV

    And thus your assumption shows the false paradigm that has been set up. If your against one part of government funding you MUST be for the other parts….

    Maybe you need to take the blinders off and realize there is a growing segment of society that see this crony crapatilist government for what it is.

    Self reliance and morals are dead letters these days. In that type of society, why is the government, which usually reflects and magnifies the culture, necessarily as good as people think it is?

    Need to find a quote I think I saw on here that pretty much says in a moral society, no government is needed, and in an immoral society, government is to be feared.

  14. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, 6 months ago


    “And thus your assumption shows the false paradigm that has been set up. If your against one part of government funding you MUST be for the other parts….”

    If I misinterpreted your post, I apologize. What I saw, and what I continue to see in your post, is that you asked Oscar to fund people who need health care or air conditioning. I did not see you talking about suggesting he donate his spare dollars to Exxon/Mobil or ConAgra. Maybe that was to be implied, but I was too thick to see it. Again, I apologize if that is the case.

    I agree that morality and politics are often mutually exclusive. But a society that tells its residents “I have mine, so screw you” is one that will not survive very long.

    I will agree that, if people were honorable, we’d need no regulations, no unions, no oversight. Despite what many posters believe, and despite the fact that many of the most amoral people in this country attend church regularly (evidently not understanding the basic message), we do not have honorable people in charge. So, all is a compromise. All we can hope for is balance, and I do not see that happening, for all the moral posturing and religious superiority that people show.

  15. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, 6 months ago


    And lost. This should reassure anyone.

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