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Tom Toles

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  1. Ira Nayman

    Ira Nayman said, almost 4 years ago

    Wascawwy pwofits!

  2. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, almost 4 years ago

    I am all for private profit! So long as those who make the profits are same ones who (a) bear the costs, (b) take the risks, and, to some extent, © do the work.

    “Corporation, n. An ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility.” — Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary (1906)

  3. edinbaltimore

    edinbaltimore GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    And up until they need a TIF or other governmental financing to “ensure” job creation!

  4. Tue Elung-Jensen

    Tue Elung-Jensen said, almost 4 years ago

    Btw if companies are people then arms manufacturers are too – which means that the rifles are people too. So selling guns is slavery and / or able to be prosecuted for murders.

  5. Kylie2112

    Kylie2112 said, almost 4 years ago


    The Devil’s Dictionary is still oh so true today.

  6. William Bednar

    William Bednar GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    Hey, didn’t you get the memo: Corporations are people too!

  7. Godfreydaniel

    Godfreydaniel said, almost 4 years ago

    “The vice-president of an advertising agency is a bit of executive fungus that forms on a desk that has been exposed to conference.”—Fred Allen (This really applies to all executives at all corporations, of course.)

  8. Anthony 2816

    Anthony 2816 said, almost 4 years ago

    I knew this cartoon would bring the pollution-lovers like Ima out of the woodwork. Going on vacation to Bejing this year, Ima?

  9. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, almost 4 years ago

    Good googly-moogly…..this has got to stop.

    What, do you all want to shut down the power plants today?

    Go ahead. Sit in the dark. Sit in the cold up north. sit in the heat down south. quit building stuff. Shut it all down. Stop producing fossil fuels. Walk or bike to work – if you have any. No farms= can’t run the tractor on wind power. No communication – takes electricity to run computers. You’re all nuts.

    Sure, keep up the good work in alternative energy research and bring that stuff on line. Yeah, power companies should be the ones investing in it. They could cut generating cost in half today by “investing” in solar panels for every other home in the area. That’s right, rent roof space. Give people a 10% break on their power bill and put a 4K system on every roof top with 5 hours of sunlight exposure a day. (government programs are helping the people to do this but it still costs too much). And WTF, why can’t these companies improve emissions levels? Should have done it without the EPA in their face.

    Crap, I’m turning into a liberal

  10. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, almost 4 years ago

    A local columnist for a free newspaper, Bob Driver, uses the device of a man going to a party and ending up talking to two gun enthusiasts.
    After going over the list of how many people died in mass shootings vs how many died due to individual murders, and other statistics, the character comes to a conclusion.
    He says “I don’t know and neither does anybody else. The best I can come up with is that we’d better accept the inevitable. The guns are out there and they will stay. So are most of the shooters. The same goes for the NRA, the gun manufacturers, the payoffs to the lawmakers, the whole heartbreaking catastrophe. Remember the financial crash of 2008, and how we paid billions of undeserved dollars to gut rotten banks because they were ‘too big to fail?’ Well, that’s what happened with the gun control delemma. It’s become too big a problem to solve.”
    Then he said he hopes he is wrong.

  11. ARodney

    ARodney said, almost 4 years ago

    Ms Ima, your ignorance is showing. Climate change is happening. People are to blame. Then again, you are gullible and naive as a child on every other issue, so it’s not surprising that you’re gullible and naive as a child on this one too.

  12. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, almost 4 years ago


    I have mentioned the Crrystal River Nuclear Plant before. The guy running it decided to save $15 million by DIY repacing the steam turbines and closed the plant for good.
    Building a new nuclear plant would cost $24 billion.
    A new natural gas plant would cost about 1/3 that much. So we get charged to close down the old plant over a 60 year period, and pay to build a new plant.
    And the GOP wants more deregulation?

  13. Fourcrows

    Fourcrows said, almost 4 years ago


    Everything you suggest in your last paragraph is viable, and even common practice in other parts of the world. We could even do quite a bit more – we have the technology, and encouraging homegrown research means we won’t have to buy everything from China.
    Unfortunately, our corporate culture is what is preventing our going forward towards energy independence. Companies did not “willingly” reduce pollution output until forced to by the government. Those that still refused moved overseas and polluted poorer countries with less regulations.
    Corporations are no longer willing to take a loss or a risk in favor of a long term gain. I have sat in on many meetings where the goal was to show a profit by the end of the quarter, but no consideration given to the next quarter. Hyper trading means any sign of weakness can ruin a company’s stock, so a long term plan is no longer an option.
    To make our energy companies more effecient, a long-term goal must be set, and initial losses in profits (due to extra costs during implementation) must be expected and prepared for. Layoffs are not an option, since more employees will be needed to run the current systems while others need to work on the new ones. Employees may be convinced to take a temporary pay cut or wage freeze, as long as there is a promise for more money afterwards. This leaves the choice of lowering executive wages, bonuses, or shareholder payouts to pay for the upgrades. In today’s culture, these are unacceptable. Executives and CEO’s are no longer invested in the companies futures, as many of them were “fast-tracked” to that level, and will leave for another company if their wages or bonuses are touched. Lowering shareholder payouts results in a selloff and the subsequent bad press, which can shut down the company completely if another energy provider is able to step in.
    For now, the best we can do is make affordable the materials to increase the efficiency of our own homes. Even apartment buildings can be made more efficient by adding solar panels, recycling water (look at how the hotels on the Vegas Strip work – they use less water annually than most neighborhoods), and even growing food indoors.
    Thank you for a post that showed both sides of the argument.

  14. midas welby

    midas welby said, almost 4 years ago


    T Boone Pickens had/has a plan that makes a lot of sense. It was, of course, a plan that would make him enormous profits, but it still makes a lot of sense. Look into it, it’s based upon a redistribution and harvest of the resources America has plenty of: natural gas and wind. Run the internal combustion engines on natural gas. Generate more electricity using wind and solar(cleaner) to gradually replace coal (dirtier). Reduce the need to import foreign oil, using petroleum products for industry alone. Over time, this idea would benefit the NATION, not just the profiteers. And I see nothing wrong at all with profiteering. Problems is, it is necessary to begin the project with diverse groups and coalitions seeing the good in it, rather than the “liberal” or “conservative” or “rich vs poor” slant that will inevitably rear its ugly, divisive head. No question, America is CAPABLE of changing for the better, but can it overcome the hatred for the “opposition” that Americans now love more than they love their country?

    On a completely different subject, thanks @midaswelby for stealing my pen name. If it was yours first, then my apologies for stealing yours. Either way, I’m posting my final post. These things are an amazing waste of time and energy that would do our country and planet much more good if put to productive instead of destructive use. Good luck all!

  15. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago


    “Crap, I’m turning into a liberal.”

    I suspect you’re moving into that nebulous political area outside the mainstream political parties. Be careful with the independent, non-partisan position, you will have people thinking you’re a Libertarian or some such ilk. Have no fear, it can be intellectually liberating…

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