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Tom Toles

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  1. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, almost 4 years ago

    I recommend we change from the popular phrase “kicking the can down the road” to “throwing the boomerang”.

  2. californicated1

    californicated1 said, almost 4 years ago

    The only difference is that you will have that punk Eric Swalwell in there instead of Fortney “Pete” Stark for California District 15, but other than that, nothing else really changed.

  3. Justice22

    Justice22 said, almost 4 years ago

    Well donr, Mr. Tolls!

  4. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, almost 4 years ago

    We the People, of the United States of America, in order to form a more perfect union….
    Need to elect honorable, ethical, and intelligent minds to serve as our legislators.
    Sadly, the first dis-qualifier for elected office is wanting the job.
    My compliments to commentators who addressed how politics have become a job rather than an opportunity to create a more perfect union.

  5. Joe boyle

    Joe boyle said, almost 4 years ago

    And yet it still beats theocracy. McConnell, odious as he is, beats Morsi. It could be worse!

  6. John Orr

    John Orr GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    I confess myself, disappointed.

  7. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    Morty, you can tell from this forum that there’s a sharp divide on what we should expect from government. I’d also say it’s obvious that the conservatives are a little detached from the realities that face the lower end of the working class. They clearly don’t put any value in the idea of listening to or thinking about other opinions.

    Term limits sound like a good idea. We would lose some capable Representatives, but I think it would help remove a lot of the Reps that have been in office far past their expiration dates.

    Campaign finance reform would help even more. I’d like to see a ban on all contributions other than from actual registered voters & no millionaires funding their own campaigns. No PACs, no union or corporate money. Stricter rules on lobbying would be even better.

  8. hippogriff

    hippogriff said, almost 4 years ago

    Morty: Why would term limits help? They are just a device to get rid of the occasional honest one, they can always buy a replacement for their kind.

  9. josefw

    josefw said, almost 4 years ago

    You are a little late on your accusations…

  10. Rickapolis

    Rickapolis said, almost 4 years ago

    Here’s an idea – If congress doesn’t balance the budget they cannot run for reelection. None of them.

  11. Wabbit

    Wabbit GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    Great idea Rickopololis, I am very surprised that so many of the same members of the house were re-elected!
    Their ratings were at an all time low!

  12. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, almost 4 years ago


    You laid an excellent foundation stone, Rickapolis. Well said.
    Reading it instantly reminded me on how politicians were demanding teachers pay and benefits be based on performance. I would love to see a forum dedicated to how we might restructure legislators’ benefits to be more in line with what they accept for others.
    Enjoyed the thought and would love to see you expand on it.

  13. braindead08

    braindead08 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    @Uncle Joe

    One idea, from Jack Abrahmoff no less, that might have a ghost of a chance, is to build a (legislative) wall between Congress and lobbyists.
    We currently have strict requirements that govern lobbyists — I don’t know all of them, but I know thay lobbyists have to be registered and there are restrictions on what lobbysits can do and what non-lobbyists are allowed to do.
    Anyway, once a person makes a decision to work for the Federal government, either as a legislator, or a staff member, or for the administration, that person is forever banned from becoming a registered lobbyist, and vice versa — with the exception that they could run for office.
    This would not prevent Dick Cheney from becoming CEO of Halliburton, but it would prevent him from being a registered lobbyist on their behalf.
    Abramhoff said that one of the inducements he was able to offer Congressional staff members was to give them a job as a lobbyist. Legislation could end that practice.
    Of course, it would also be pretty simple to end all insider trading by Congress’ staff, family and friends.

  14. Rottiluv

    Rottiluv GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    @Respectful Troll

    How about the only way they get raises is through an election? That’s a law I would love to see.

  15. edinbaltimore

    edinbaltimore GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    Term limits don’t work. In Ohio we have even more job shifting than ever, and those who do get out take knowledge with them. With one or two exceptions, the Ohio legislature is run by staff who glom on to the “elected” replacement, and by lobbyists who “guide” these newbies in the ways of the world. There is little to no institutional memory, and this allows extreme partisans to demagogue the issues and ignore common sense legislation.The worst case of job shifting was a state senator(I forget who), who was term limited, went to the house, was term limited, then went back to, and retired from the senate. The populace needs to understand that we already have term limits: they’re called elections!

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