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Tom Toles

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  1. braindead08

    braindead08 GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    Still wondering when Republicans will propose specific spending cuts.
    I guess there’s no rush, though.
    Rush, the one with a capital, thinks Republicans ought to force going over the fiscal cliff. I wonder if his followers agree. He did give advice during the elections that was unparalled.

  2. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, about 4 years ago

    The GOP is outraged because Obama won’t do their work for them. They are outraged because he offers them fewer concessions than he did BEFORE he won a second term. How dare he not be a patsy!! How dare he begin negotiations from a posture of strength!

    The GOP approved the deal that created the “fiscal cliff.” Fine. Here’s how we work this: we go over the cliff. Taxes go up, spending goes down. It would be like hitting a reset button. Then the two parties would go about raising spending, but not to the former levels, and cutting taxes, but not to the former levels. The GOP would then claim that the Democrats were wholly responsible for all new non-defense spending, and claim credit for all new tax cuts, even though the net results of the whole procedure would be higher taxes, and lower spending. The Democrats could likewise deny responsibility for the outcomes that displease their base. The whole thing would be deeply dishonest, but that’s politics these days.

    In the 18th century they had an interesting way to get a decision from a jury: lock the twelve of them up without food or drink until they came to a unanimous decision. Let’s take six from each party and lock them in a room until they cut a deal. I’d let them have food and water and necessary medicine, but nobody gets out of the room or goes into it until they have a unanimous plan. If they haven’t done it in a week, then you can cut off their food supply, two days later you stop allowing them water.

    Who knows? Might work.

  3. mikefive

    mikefive said, about 4 years ago

    When Congress proposes spending cuts, they are not spending cuts. They are proposed cuts in proposed increases in spending. The level of spending never really goes down.

  4. walruscarver2000

    walruscarver2000 said, about 4 years ago

    The first entitlement reform: Eliminate the filibuster forever!

  5. Chillbilly

    Chillbilly said, about 4 years ago

    The republicans are essentially demanding that the president give them another hostage. Fool him twice, he won’t get fooled again.

  6. emptc12

    emptc12 said, about 4 years ago


    You’ve no doubt read from H. L. Mencken. I was looking for a Mencken quote or short extract pertinent to our nation’s present situation, but there are just too many to choose from. Your post here is a channeling of sorts from him in the Great Beyond, in company with Voltaire, Swift, and Samuel Clemens.
    I’ve written this before: I really think that our present political and social situation is eerily repeating the way things were 100 years ago. Who is the present-day Mencken to shame us before we repeat the ‘30s Depression and second world war?
    Can the various political comedians and editorial cartoonists get together and underwrite somebody?
    If “ridicule kills,” they need to convene a sort of Manhattan Project to make a PH-Bomb (Political Humor) to fight the Word War. No more fooling around with mere word wedgies.

  7. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, about 4 years ago

    Gee, yep Obama proposed spending 1.6 trillion more in the next 10 years while cutting 400 billion on non specific items. In other words increasing the debt and no specific cuts in spending.

    I understand that you guys want to keep spending on the “necessary” things like Social security (Obama wants to keep the cut in the payroll tax so that any spending increase has to come from the general tax fund) and extending unemployment (obama said the economy is booming and that he would create jobs so why do we need to increase the time to be on unemployment) but when does the nation address the debt? Never?

    This man is intent on the destruction of the United States. And you idiots are going to let him do it because you all want your free stuff. It isn’t free and neither will your children be.

  8. magicwalnut

    magicwalnut GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago


    I think that’s a terrific idea. But let’s make it the whole darn congress!

  9. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 4 years ago

    Mr. Toles has very correctly made the man in the chair representative of both parties. Just as Romney was surprised by the President he encountered in the second debate, Boehnor is surprised at the President with whom he is negotiating this time. Boehnor was filmed leaning against the back of the elevators with a smile and a sigh after his negotiations in 2010, and said he was happy, he had gotten 95% of what he wanted.
    Doughfoot, braindead, and others have said the rest of what I might have added and my compliments to all the thoughtful comments I’ve read today in all of the Dec 3 toons.
    & Happy Holidayze,

  10. rwgate

    rwgate said, about 4 years ago


    Bruce- you do know that the House of Representatives is responsible for the budget? It’s the President’s job to sign (or not sign) a budget when it is presented to him. That’s the way the Constitution set it up. It’s called the Separation of Powers.

    I sincerely doubt that Barack Obama is intent on destroying the United States. That kind of hyperbole instantly destroys any credibility you might possess.

  11. rwgate

    rwgate said, about 4 years ago

    When you are in the middle of a recession, when homes are being foreclosed at record rates, when people don’t know if their job will be there tomorrow, or if their pay and hours will be cut, or their jobs shipped overseas, then they tend not to spend money. Higher unemployment means less coming in by way of taxes (both federally and in the states). At the same time the population continues to grow at an ever increasing rate. The only entity big enough to help is the government, and until people can get back to work, the government will continue to run deficits. That’s as it should be. There is time enough to cut back when we reduce unemployment, keep jobs in America, when we have something to work with. Asking the US to stay within a budget is like asking New Jersey to pay for all the Hurricane Sandy damage by itself, and still balance it’s budget.

  12. ARodney

    ARodney said, about 4 years ago

    Howie, repeating that lie doesn’t make it true. It really undermines your already laughable arguments when you come up with these hysterically inaccurate anecdotes from Fox News commentators. So, what do the GOP want to cut? Anyone have a guess? They sure aren’t going to say it out loud.

  13. M Ster

    M Ster said, about 4 years ago

    The staunch conservatives in this forum seem to remember a GOP that never was, or at least hasn’t been since Eisenhower. When Reagan came into office, the debt was $1 trillion, and when he left, it was $2.6 trillion – IN 1989 DOLLARS. That’s over $4 trillion today. And we’re still paying interest on it. W Bush added another $5+ trillion, but that wasn’t the only damage. He left us in a hole that is difficult (expensive) to dig out of. And NOW the righties complain that we are spending too much? Where were they since 1980????

  14. Fuzzy Thinker (I)

    Fuzzy Thinker (I) GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago


    “…lock them in a room until they cut a deal…” The consequences of no deal would be across the board spending cuts and expire all temporary tax relief. Sounds good to me. Let’s give them until Dec 31st, 2012 to cut a deal. ha ha

  15. Fuzzy Thinker (I)

    Fuzzy Thinker (I) GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    Toles has a good TOON.

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