Tom the Dancing Bug by Ruben Bolling

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  1. BrianCrook

    BrianCrook said, over 5 years ago

    Yep, we’re all in this together. Let’s have a kind, rational society and use the government to promote the general welfare. Tax the wealthy, cut the budget for killing, and increase focused spending to help people.

  2. wcorvi

    wcorvi said, over 5 years ago

    I remember a cartoon many years ago, in the ‘60’s, in which some college student hippies are headed to the free health care clinic, stopping by for their tuition credits, and then going to protest the government. NOW it is the ultra-right-wing conservatives that are doing exactly the same thing!

  3. wcorvi

    wcorvi said, over 5 years ago

    I remember a cartoon many years ago, in the ‘60’s, in which some college student hippies are headed to the free health care clinic, stopping by for their tuition credits, and then going to protest the government. NOW it is the ultra-right-wing conservatives that are doing exactly the same thing!

  4. pschearer

    pschearer GoComics PRO Member said, over 5 years ago

    Do I have this straight? Doing things the government shouldn’t be doing is proof the government should be doing them? Or is it that hypocrisy validates what someone is hypocritical about? Or that once an injustice has been established it should never be undone?

    No matter how I try, I just can’t think like a Leftist.

  5. MisngNOLA

    MisngNOLA said, over 5 years ago

    Hmm, maybe without having 15-20% of their income taken from them, they won’t need farm subsidies. And perhaps without having to PAY for their medicare and social security, they could afford to pay for their own medical care, and put something aside for their old age. And perhaps, they could barter with their doctor for care, or the doctor who no longer has to file government paperwork and wait to get reuimbursed for his work by the government can carry them along (two different family doctors in two vaastly different neighborhoods told me they could do that) and allow them to make installment payments on any health care costs they incur. Oh, and maybe, just maybe, most if not all farmers who’d carry shotguns would know more about gun safety than our esteemed cartoonist would have you believe, and wouldn’t be nearly so careless with a gun. But exaggeration, simplification, and generalizations are the template for nearly all political extremism, whether it’s left-wing, right-wing, communist, fascist, or whatever flavor you’d like.

  6. pschearer

    pschearer GoComics PRO Member said, over 5 years ago

    Misng: I generally agree with what you say, but I must warn about the word “extremism”. It is a contentless smear intended to distract from the truth or falseness of someone’s beliefs. If tars with the same brush someone who is extremely adrift from reality and someone who is extremely logical and consistent. Do you condemn someone who is extremely moral the same way you would someone who is extremely immoral? If the accusation were around in 1776, those extremist Founding Fathers would have lost.

  7. TDBernard

    TDBernard said, over 5 years ago

    pschearer, when you say “shouldn’t be doing”, what do you mean? You mean, you think it’s not right that they’re doing it, or are you saying you believe there are laws that prevent them from doing it but they’re doing it anyway?

    Far as I know, any government may start any sort of company they want. The only downside being competition for the industry. There are no laws that outright forbid that.

    The upside being you’re no longer dependant on the whims of the industry and their insane pricing and backdoors and underhanded business tactics etc…

    @MisngNOLA: the shooting in the foot is an obvious joke and reference to the saying “shooting yourself in the foot”, which is exactly what’s happening here. They shot themselves in the foot, believing they’d end up better than before.

  8. kreniigh

    kreniigh GoComics PRO Member said, over 5 years ago

    Why the fascination with bartering with doctors for services? Where did THAT come from (Sharon Angle?) Somehow, eliminating Medicare and Social Security is going to make the medical industry open to bartering?

  9. Andy

    Andy said, over 5 years ago

    Shot myself in the foot–too good!

    But maybe that’s me–I like clean air, clean water, untainted food and roads for those farmers to get what real food they grow (as opposed to crops they’re paid NOT to grow) to market.

    And being an adult, I realize those things aren’t free.

    But I’m free market enough concede that the amount a state gets in Federal aid shouldn’t exceed the amount they pay in–sure is gonna impact Texas, Alaska et al. Funny how the ones carping about big government consistently take back MORE than their share, MORE than they’ve paid.

  10. junco49

    junco49 said, over 5 years ago

    pschearer: I WAS thinking about saying “Drop the words “like a leftist” from that sentence and I’ll wholeheartedly agree with you.” But I decided not to. It wouldn’t be fair.

  11. Iron Handed

    Iron Handed said, over 5 years ago

    I wish I was as smart as Ruben Bolling, but Social Security and USDA subsidies as being indicative of what the average american relies on to live is ridiculous.

    I know it’s supposed to be allegorical, but there aren’t many family farms left and most people I know see SS as a small supplement to their retirement, because they’ve had to save and work hard.

    And they could have saved even more if the government didn’t take 40% of their check each Friday.

  12. h_lance

    h_lance said, over 5 years ago

    pschearer and msingNOLA -

    I notice that you seem to be in substantial disagreement. I

    Pschearer says -

    ‘Doing things the government shouldn’t be doing is proof the government should be doing them? Or is it that hypocrisy validates what someone is hypocritical about? Or that once an injustice has been established it should never be undone?’

    While I disagree with his commentary, it is logically consistent. He doesn’t want socially cooperative systems, and doesn’t much care what happens without them.

    MisngNOLA, on the other hand, advances the transparently foolish and illogical claim that major social programs would not be missed. For example…

    ‘And perhaps without having to PAY for their medicare and social security, they could afford to pay for their own medical care, and put something aside for their old age.’

    This is so absurdly naive that, if it is not deliberately deceptive, it must represent self-brainwash at the expense of constant tormenting cognitive dissonance.

    Modern medical care for many conditions can easily cost hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars.

    Social security was created because so many hard working, honest people do not end up being able to save enough for their retirement.

    If you feel that some people should be allowed to starve or die of treatable diseases, say so, instead of dissembling like a weasel.

    ‘And perhaps, they could barter with their doctor for care, or the doctor who no longer has to file government paperwork and wait to get reuimbursed for his work by the government can carry them along (two different family doctors in two vaastly different neighborhoods told me they could do that)’

    Family practitioners are among the lowest paid US doctors and are not trained to deal with expensive, complex treatments.

    Nevertheless, even Family Practice doctors as a group would take a massive financial hit if Medicare were to be eliminated. Rand Paul realizes this, incidentally.

    If you think that we should have fewer or poorer doctors because some people should be allowed to die untreated, or will need to be cared for at the expense of the medical profession, just say so. Stop dissembling like a weasel.

  13. spyderred

    spyderred said, over 5 years ago

    You want life without the government? Take a long look at Africa.

  14. exkiodexian

    exkiodexian said, over 5 years ago

    It’s not that pschearer can’t think like a leftist. He just can’t think. Big difference.

    This is a classic cartoon, one that harkens back to the Health Care Town Halls where the elderly right wing idiot stood up and yelled: “Keep your bleeep government hands off my Medicare!” His igornace was only matched by his vitriol for government services he takes advantage of.

    The point of the cartoon, for the dense pschearer, is that there are millions of right wing loonies who have been brainwashed into thinking the government is bad bad bad, when they are taking advantage of multiple services the government provides them - and they either don’t know, or don’t care. Shocking, but true. If we pulled the rug out from under them, they’d be flopping around like the conservatives idiots in this cartoon.

    Of course, the magic of the “free market” would solve all their problems ….. LOL. That’s another cartoon …..

  15. fritzoid

    fritzoid GoComics PRO Member said, over 5 years ago

    “Doing things the government shouldn’t be doing is proof the government should be doing them?”

    That’s the part I disagree with. We disagree fundamentally over what sorts of things “the government should be doing”.

    Any time a conservative says something like “the Federal Government should deliver the mail and provide for military defense, period”, I wanna say “Sez who?”

    “It is too early for politicians to presume on our forgetting that the public good, the real welfare of the great body of the people, is the supreme object to be pursued; and that no form of government whatever has any other value than as it may be fitted for the attainment of this object. Were the plan of the convention adverse to the public happiness, my voice would be, Reject the plan. Were the Union itself inconsistent with the public happiness, it would be, Abolish the Union. In like manner, as far as the sovereignty of the States cannot be reconciled to the happiness of the people, the voice of every good citizen must be, Let the former be sacrificed to the latter.”

    James Madison, Federalist Paper No. 45

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