Tom the Dancing Bug by Ruben Bolling

Tom the Dancing Bug

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  1. wcorvi

    wcorvi said, almost 3 years ago

    Australia’s minimum wage is $20 per hour (their $ is worth slightly more than USA now). This has two consequences – things that require labor (restaurants, food in general, that sort of thing) are very expensive, but young people there WANT jobs! It’s refreshing.

  2. libsmasher

    libsmasher said, almost 3 years ago

    Good essay on the folly of liberalism and how it seeks to enslave entry-level workers in minimum-wage jobs.

    Change the wording to reference monthly welfare payments and it works again— ensuring Democrat voters by keeping them dependent on government handouts is Liberalism #101.

  3. Linguist

    Linguist said, almost 3 years ago

    If Lucky Ducky is working in Sea Tac, Washington then he really will be lucky. Minimum wage is going up to $15.00 an hour !

  4. Tom Falco

    Tom Falco said, almost 3 years ago

    Hmm I like the idea.

  5. samhuff

    samhuff said, almost 3 years ago

    Things are expensive in Australia and other countries with government health care. Factor that into the cost of living, realizing that wages are lowered by the cost of health “insurance”. What is called “health insurance” includes routine costs, which really should be paid out of pocket.

  6. bgerard

    bgerard said, almost 3 years ago


    Thanks for showing everyone what a fantasy world conservatives live in.

  7. Alabama_Al

    Alabama_Al said, almost 3 years ago

    OK, so Hollingsworth sweated a little in his youth to earn some pocket change. In the flashback, Hollingsworth used the money to put some gas into his car so he could drive around his date. A few questions:
    1. How did Hollingsworth acquire his car (along with upkeep)? Minimum wage? Or did Hollingsworth’s dad buy it for him?
    2. Where did he find time to clean out a garage? Between his multiple part-time jobs, or was he a full-time student (perhaps implied by the sweater) either in high school or college? Again, family financial support.
    3. Dates are expensive. Where did Hollingsworth get the money for that? Guess.
    There’s a great saying: “He was born on third base, but thinks he hit a triple.” Although I doubt many will get it, Ruben Bolling is subtly showing the delusions all too many have. Many of the upper class really believe they clawed there way to their station without any help, completely ignoring the very real – and personally unearned – advantages they’ve enjoyed in life.

  8. kapock

    kapock said, almost 3 years ago


    Ruben’s referencing some recent reminiscences by people like Fox’s Neil Cavuto that fall into exactly those fallacies.

  9. kapock

    kapock said, almost 3 years ago

    Well, this way saves Hollingsworth the trouble of driving Lucky’s company out of business with nuisance patent suits because it would be competing with HoundCo.

  10. Fido3

    Fido3 said, almost 3 years ago

    I totally agree with Hollingsworth on this one.

  11. Chrisnp

    Chrisnp said, almost 3 years ago

    Nice thing about Australia when I was there – no tipping. I guess because wait staff made a decent living. I’d love to see that change here. I happen to live in SeaTac, and yes they will get a better wage at $15 per hour. (good for the wait staff, being by the Airport and most foreign travelers don’t tip).

  12. Ather

    Ather said, almost 3 years ago

    He must suck at business plans if eh needs all those free hours.

  13. androgenoide

    androgenoide said, almost 3 years ago


    I don’t know the exact numbers but my feeling is that $15/hr now would have about the same buying power as the $1.25/hr that was the minimum wage back in the mid sixties. It only seems like a big change because the buying power of minimum wage workers has been steadily dropping for so long.

  14. JDM8

    JDM8 said, over 2 years ago

    libsmasher, you didn’t see the sarcasm in the comic because you’re neck-deep in your own ideology.

    Also, poor people don’t vote very differently than middle-class and the rich. It’s best not to trot out those tropes.

    I won’t provide a link, but a search for “do the poor vote democrat or republican” shows several stories that disprove that trope.

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