Tom the Dancing Bug by Ruben Bolling

Tom the Dancing BugNo Zoom

Comments (20) (Please sign in to comment)

  1. joe

    joe said, over 5 years ago

    As in most jobs, how much pain will you take for your pay.

  2. Doug Dean

    Doug Dean said, over 5 years ago

    Wow, a first! Mr. Bolling has demonstraterd comlpete ignorance in both economics and Psychology history, as well as sheeplike adherence to the orthodoxy of an outdated ideology that is now being repudiated in the very cuontries where it started! Congratulations! Tell me, Mr. Bolling; do you ever actually think for yourself?

  3. ptvroman3

    ptvroman3 said, over 5 years ago

    Lighten up, Francis.

  4. LafInLarry

    LafInLarry GoComics PRO Member said, over 5 years ago

    ^ But that would require button A and he’s obviously not gonna press that one.

  5. bgerard

    bgerard said, over 5 years ago

    Apparently you don’t Mr. Dean

  6. MisngNOLA

    MisngNOLA said, over 5 years ago

    Well, let’s see. We extended unemployment benefits for up to 2 years, and unemployment didn’t go down for some reason. We went from massive deficit spending under George W. Bush to beyond massive defecit spending under Barrack Obama and unemployment went down eventually for a couple of months by a couple of tenths of a percent. If we continue deficit spending too long the unemployment rate will most definitely stabilize…at 100%, no matter who’s in office.

  7. Br'er Jonathan

    Br'er Jonathan said, over 5 years ago

    True. No matter who you vote for, Caesar always wins.

  8. Jon L-ski

    Jon L-ski said, over 5 years ago

    Well, we could adopt the ideal the author is pushing for in this comic, but I thought most of us knew that communism really is not a viable economic model? I wonder why the liberals continue to push such fiscal irresponsible programs?

  9. Anarcissie

    Anarcissie said, over 5 years ago

    He’s not pushing for anything in the comic; he’s just making fun of the sadistic side of capitalism. The winners like punishing the losers, but carrying it too far is risky. But as the comic suggests, if you pay them off a little after you’ve had your fun, they like it, and you can keep playing the game. Uncle Hollingsworth should have anticipated this tragic flaw in his enjoyment.

    As for communism, the comic has nothing to do with it. I wonder if you know what the word means.

  10. pbarnrob

    pbarnrob said, over 5 years ago

    My American History teacher in 11th grade (1961), in Tustin CA (‘behind the Orange Curtain’) was a Corporal in WWII (in a Panzer battalion!), named Rudolf Roy Show. One of the brightest individuals in my life.

    He spoke seven languages, and was flummoxed at why we were forbidden to have or read the step-by-step plan The Communist Manifesto and know something about ‘the enemy’, but required to go sit in the bleachers in Anaheim and be screamed at by rabid anti-communist organizers.

    Of course, he didn’t last but the one year. I miss him still.

    Finally just read The Ugly American which mentioned the same about Mao’s military writings - step-by-step, and nobody involved in Vietnam had, or was required to read them. Tragic.

  11. icky mung-mung

    icky mung-mung said, over 5 years ago

    Through unemployment the economy enjoyed the benefits of a stream of money moving in the economy–money is energy, created by the government (can you make change for a 10 Halliburton? A 20 Monsanto?) partly as a way to freely direct the energies inherent in a capital based system. Our herd behaviors can push to overspending and it can also lead to hyper-saving–the wealth now being hoarded by the few cannot move freely, and there aren’t enough batteries to store it, so it will seek other locations to get its kicks. China, anyone?

  12. MisngNOLA

    MisngNOLA said, over 5 years ago

    Night, I agree with nearly everything you say with one addition. Obama is only acting like a Corporate Right Wing Capitalist for “the enlightened companies”. Apparently even the Democrats know that most of their funding comes from the corporate world.

  13. h_lance

    h_lance said, over 5 years ago

    Doug Dean -

    “Wow, a first! Mr. Bolling has demonstraterd comlpete ignorance in both economics and Psychology history,”

    In fact the cartoon makes a sophisticated satirical reference to a famous psychology experiment http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/StanleyMilgramshock_experiments

    Technically, the cartoon does not advocate any economic policies, but there are many (non-communist) economists who do feel that the Obama administration’s response to unemployment has been too modest.

    “as well as sheeplike adherence to the orthodoxy of an outdated ideology that is now being repudiated in the very cuontries where it started! Congratulations! ”

    Yes, of course, let’s construct a simpleton false dichotomy, and label every economic policy that is not your arbitrary preference “communism” or “socialism”

    All you achieve by this is to render terms like “socialism” meaningless.

    “Tell me, Mr. Bolling; do you ever actually think for yourself?”

    And while we’re creating false dichotomies and mis-defining terms, let’s call the process of parroting Fox News sound bites “thinking for yourself”.

  14. ronebofh

    ronebofh said, over 5 years ago

    Good job, Doug Dean, you’ve been mocked by the artist himself. http://gocomics.typepad.com/tomthedancingbugblog/2011/04/comment-of-the-week.html

  15. BrianCrook

    BrianCrook said, over 5 years ago

    Despite Republican opposition, Congress & President Obama extended unemployment benefits in order to help the millions made unemployed by the Great Republican Recession. This was one of the ways that the economy has begun to recover: Fewer people became destitute and lost their houses, and more people had a modicum of spending money.

    Because of the President Obama’s stimulus (smaller than it should have been, due to the Republican opposition), employment has increased, and the Great Republican Recession is ending.

    I agree with you, Night-Gaunt. Obama’s stimulus aimed too much at Wall Street and an insufficient amount at Main Street, but he entered office just as Bush-Dick’s economy tanked, and, unlike Franklin Roosevelt, he did not have the benefit of a strong & co-operative Congress.

  16. Load the rest of the comments (5).