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Tom Toles

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  1. Darsan54

    Darsan54 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    This cartoon is sooooo true. We need a stimulus package from the government. A real one that can be used to build new roads, improve water and electrical systems, bury phone lines, etc. That would create jobs which would give the economy a boost (a permanent boost) and the deficit would come down as percentage of the economy and crisis over.

  2. saywhatwhat

    saywhatwhat said, almost 4 years ago

    The cartoon could be interpreted from either a Tea Party or Progressive point of view. Both are a bit simplistic. (or more than a bit)

  3. ARodney

    ARodney said, almost 4 years ago

    The solution is so clear — do exactly what Clinton did in recession, what Roosevelt did in depression, what Reagan did in recession, what both Bushes did in recession. Government spending is what has always gotten us out of recessions before. Once the economy is thriving it’s time to raise taxes and lower spending if needed to balance the budget. This is the first time we’ve had an entire party devoted to ruining the American economy in the hopes of partisan political gain.

  4. Justice22

    Justice22 said, almost 4 years ago

    Begin with eliminating the tax breaks for outsourcing our jobs.

  5. Joe boyle

    Joe boyle said, almost 4 years ago

    I suggest that you read Paul Krugman. T’will do you good.

  6. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, almost 4 years ago

    @Joe boyle

    Is Krugman your only oracle?

  7. Rickapolis

    Rickapolis said, almost 4 years ago

    Thank goodness we have a president courageous enough to face the problems and find real solutions. And all that while others just say ‘no, no, no’

  8. lafayetteann

    lafayetteann said, almost 4 years ago

    @Bruce4671

    Not to speak for @Joe, but the IMF and the Financial times are good sources too. Generally stay away from Forbes, and the WSJ editorial page…just go with the opposite.

  9. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    @Joe boyle

    Reading Krugman is good if you support Keynesian progressive economics. While your at it, read Milton Friedman, then you can get the flip side. I believe the real “truth” lies somewhere in the middle…

  10. Wabbit

    Wabbit GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    something like 97% of the money goes to the top 400-600 top dogs, and that the less money you have the less you get of money’ I hope that people with pay under minimum wage don’t have to file taxes. we are become a nation of have nots, not because of the needy, deserving poor, but of the extremeely greedy top people who have out of the USA bank accounts.
    You can only get so much juice from a turnip.

  11. Godfreydaniel

    Godfreydaniel said, almost 4 years ago

    Krugman looks around for objective evidence to back his positions. What a refreshing concept!

  12. M Ster

    M Ster said, almost 4 years ago

    @mickey1339

    mickey, I agree with you (about the extremes and the “truth” lying somewhere in the middle). I also believe that Keynesian economics, as Keynes actually intended, have not been followed in the last 60 years. We seem to be good at spending and reducing taxes to rev up a slow economy (although Keynes would probably argue that we did too little in 2009), but not good at spending less and taxing more when it gets going. I strongly recall in the late 90s those in Congress demanding tax cuts, which is EXACTLY when Keynes would have raised taxes and wiped out the debt. That would have been the conservative thing to do.

  13. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, almost 4 years ago

    I love how the lefties like to use the rest of the world as examples, saying the U.S. is the only country in the world not to do this or that.

    Maybe that’s why the UNITED STATES has been the most innovative, successful and powerful country in the world the past 100 years.
    Thanks, but I’d rather keep it that way.

  14. hippogriff

    hippogriff said, almost 4 years ago

    Bruce4671: Or try Fritz Schumaker. As chief economist for the British National Coal Board, he came up with the idea that coal mines, coke ovens, and brickyards that operated at a loss should be closed down. This panicked management so much they actually started listing to the unions, with the result that half those threatened managed to stay productive. At least until Empress Maggie gave them away to her supporters, armed the police, gave a salvage job in New Georgia to Argentina and precipitated a war to get reelected, and otherwise Americanized the country. Read Small is Beautiful.

  15. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    @Bruce4671

    Krugman mostly represents mainstream economic thought, but he’s a lot less tactful than most economists.

    http://www.freakonomics.com/2012/07/25/the-secret-consensus-among-economists/

    I doubt many, if any conservative commenters here read actual economists.

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