Tom the Dancing Bug by Ruben Bolling

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  1. tecumseh18

    tecumseh18 said, over 5 years ago

    Is it odd that I wouldn’t be shocked?

  2. PossumPete

    PossumPete said, over 5 years ago

    Did you see the stealth fighters in panel 4? I didn’t think so!

  3. ssejhill

    ssejhill said, over 5 years ago

    Fairly close to reality … just without the bombing (yet). It does seem that war has been declared on teachers and schools (severe budget cuts, unilateral removal of collective bargaining rights, …) while our military budget sees no limit and gets everything and more than they ask for.

  4. Tommy1733

    Tommy1733 said, over 5 years ago

    Ouch - nice job TDB

  5. davefish55

    davefish55 said, over 5 years ago

    Shock Doctrine brought home …

  6. kanajlo

    kanajlo said, over 5 years ago

    shock and awe

  7. MisngNOLA

    MisngNOLA said, over 5 years ago

    What seems to be lost on so many of those who blindly support the teachers is the fact that Wisconsin has lost something like 165,000 jobs since the recession began in 2007. With unemployment benefits being expanded to as much as 2 years, just where do these sycophants believe that the money to cover the teachers’ demands will come from? Yeah yeah, I’ve read the pundits talking about Governor Walker’s creating the budget mess and then using it to set against the teachers and other state workers unions, but the actual truth of the matter is that, much like GM and Chrysler and the companies hamstrung by UAW contracts with benefits that continue to rise at an almost logarithmic rate, this situation would come to a head in another year or two anyway. Ask the 165,000 (in Wisconsin only) who have lost their jobs and yet still must manage to pay taxes if they believe that the teachers should make some concessions too. Why should teachers be any different from any other workers who are having to deal with the consequences of this depression? America’s military retirees are facing cuts and reductions in the benefis which they were promised to partially compensate for generally lower pay (until most recently) and yet they seem to have no recourseat all. They can’t unionize. They have no collective bargaining powers apart from the groups which lobby Congress on their behalf. Who do you believe has sacrificed more our military members or teachers?

  8. Brian

    Brian GoComics PRO Member said, over 5 years ago

    @ MisngNOLA: What the republicans have glossed over, ignored, and even denied and lied about, is that the unions in Wisconsin AGREED to take pay and benefits cuts. The Union protests are PURELY about the banning of collective bargaining. The budget issues were met, the gap was closed, but Walker, and his cronies wouldn’t accept that, so they stripped the bill of all of those pay and benefits reductions, and attacked the ONE thing they wanted to get rid of: the collective bargaining power of the unions.

  9. icky mung-mung

    icky mung-mung said, over 5 years ago

    “Who do you believe has sacrificed more our military members or teachers?” Yeah, let’s pit the military against the teachers! Bombs away! Enough with the educators teaching history, let’s make them history!


    False paradigms and reductionist scenarios do not a democracy make.

  10. apostate

    apostate GoComics PRO Member said, over 5 years ago

    Don’t move on to NPR yet, Ruben! We still need to turn the principals into strongmen and have Halliburton hand them large cash payments so they’ll “get on board” with the program. Then we can send right-wing apologists like misngnola in to explain to the different factions that the only way to save the schools was to destroy them.

  11. edgeways

    edgeways said, over 5 years ago

    well given that the % of the US budget allocated to military spending is 60%… I think I’ll have to go with… teachers.

    But you know continue to advocate for increased military spending, it aint’t done until we mythologize every single aspect of the killing machine.

  12. donaldo

    donaldo GoComics PRO Member said, over 5 years ago

    where should the money for the schools come from? Hmm, let’s see, that’s a tough one… hey, maybe from the military budget

  13. Howard McFann

    Howard McFann GoComics PRO Member said, over 5 years ago

    You sure “tell it like it is.” I wish our Congressen would admit that we simply cannot afford to continue supporting our grossly ineffficient militaary machine.

  14. pschearer

    pschearer GoComics PRO Member said, over 5 years ago

    Let me get this straight. If I don’t want my money taken from me involuntarily to be given to people I don’t believe deserve it, that’s the same as dropping bombs on them?

    That’s the same lame thinking that results in “But if the government didn’t provide schools, there’d be no schools”.

  15. Patrick JB Flynn

    Patrick JB Flynn said, over 5 years ago

    Cry me a river—no, a stream—no, a babbling brook—better yet, a pretty pisspot for the financial woes of the military industrial complex, the only industry who’s government expenditures are sacrosanct and for some inane reason off the books durning the Bush war mongering years (what do we pay for our inept and illegal CIA?), costing nearly twenty times more in federal expenditures, 44.4% to fund current (as of 2009) and past wars, compared to 2.2% allocated to education and jobs. Source: Budget Chart: President Bush’s FY 09 Budget Proposal, Friends Committee on National Legislation, February 15, 2008

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