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Tom Toles

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  1. Murphy224

    Murphy224 said, about 4 years ago

    The free market seemed to do fine with the Prius. If there’s a market, it will be built.

  2. Editer63

    Editer63 said, about 4 years ago

    That “free market” included big tax credits.

  3. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, about 4 years ago

    “Republicans turned to a Delaware businesswoman, Sher Valenzuela, who is also a candidate for lieutenant governor. Valenzuela and her husband built an upholstery business that now employs dozens of workers.


    “Valenzuela presumably was picked to speak so that she could thunder at Obama for disdaining capitalism,” with his assertion that every business is built on foundations laid by others.


    “Oops. It turns out that Valenzuela relied not only on her entrepreneurial skills but also on — yes, government help. Media Matters for America [has] documented $2 million in loans from the Small Business Administration for Valenzuela’s company, plus $15 million in government contracts (mostly noncompetitive ones).


    “In a presentation earlier this year, Valenzuela described government assistance as an entrepreneur’s “biggest ‘secret weapon.’ ” "


    Rugged individualism at work.


    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/29/opinion/kristof-the-secret-weapon-all-of-us.html?ref=nicholasdkristof

  4. CasualBrowser

    CasualBrowser GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    “Make “gas mileage” irrelevant, time to get rid of that relic called the internal combustion engine, full electric now.”
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    For most, that’s not an option yet. While I relish the idea of electric cars for all, there are drawbacks for a variety of drivers. People living in rural areas need more than 40 miles to commute (I used to put a minimum of 120 on my truck a day), people who use their vehicles for hauling more than just themselves need trucks that can’t benefit from the electric’s light weight, and I’ve yet to see an electric in my price range (if there was one, I’d have it). So lets continue to work on it, and bring “full electric” closer, sooner.

  5. Justice22

    Justice22 said, about 4 years ago

    Check out what the Danes have done with electric cars..

  6. Chillbilly

    Chillbilly said, about 4 years ago

    @Doughfoot

    And what do you suppose are the chances that her being a minority woman helped to secure those funds?

  7. 144 Cent

    144 Cent said, about 4 years ago

    @Doughfoot

    If the loan is paid off and the contract requirements are met, then Valenzuela owes the government NOTHING.

    And your point is… ?

  8. 144 Cent

    144 Cent said, about 4 years ago

    I LIKE Big Oil. Big Oil makes this stuff that you can run a Dodge Hemi on. No crazy plugs, no waiting six hours to go to the supermarket, no electrical fires, no praying that you’ll make it up a hill, or through a blizzard. Just put some in your tank, and WHAM! — You’re at work!

  9. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, about 4 years ago

    @144 Cent

    And one other point the money that was loaned to her comes from a local bank or credit union and is just guaranteed by the government much like a VA or FHA home loan. Tax money. Our money on loan to the government so that projects we the people want done can be paid for at our instruction. Like helping Valenzuela put fancy clothes on our chairs and things.
    A product we want and need.

    Government is in power at and for OUR convenience not theirs.

  10. Justice22

    Justice22 said, about 4 years ago

    Here is a long read, but good, on the electric auto in Europe, where the autos have the governments behind them instead of the oil companies pushing against them as here.

  11. Justice22

    Justice22 said, about 4 years ago

    Sorry, my site didn’t come through. Drive the autobahn some day and tell me what you think. about the common folk having cars. There the middle income is expanding rather than shrinking as here in the US.
    http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1960423,00.html

  12. d_legendary1 Demands Dr.C's Release

    d_legendary1 Demands Dr.C's Release said, about 4 years ago

    @Chump Change

    144 Cents said, “If the loan is paid off and the contract requirements are met, then Valenzuela owes the government NOTHING.”

    Doughfoot’s point was that she ran to the gubbermint (the same one you’re trying to take down) for start-up money and business. No gubbermint = no riches. Not hard to understand. BTW She owes the gubbermint interest for the loan and taxes for operating in American Soil.

  13. indieme

    indieme GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    BUILD IT!

  14. Jeddidyah

    Jeddidyah said, about 4 years ago

    Remember the 1980’s ? The joke then was when Car company needed to fix a problem with their product, the Japanese would hire more engineers, while an American company would hire more lawyers. That is why the Japanese took so much of the American car market then and how the prius took so much of the market now…as Toles says “where there’s no will, there’s no way”…the Japanese had the will, and American business went the wrong way. And these same people are now telling US they government better too ?

  15. CasualBrowser

    CasualBrowser GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    @144 Cent

    “If the loan is paid off and the contract requirements are met, then Valenzuela owes the government NOTHING.”
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    ABSOLUTELY!!!! No gratitude, no thanks, no appreciation, no acknowledgement for help!!! There is no moral standard for such thing, so non should be offered!!! After all, she got hers, screw them!!!! They ought to be given the middle finger with one hand while the other hand reaches for a weapon to emphasize how much them!!! VIVA INSULAR!!!

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