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Tom Toles

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  1. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    The Middle Class has been whittled away staring in 1980 and has been shrinking ever since. A concerted effort by the Plutocrats and their minions in both parties have made it so.

  2. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Its been a long term plan, but who’s exactly?

  3. capndunzzl

    capndunzzl said, over 2 years ago

    …nowhere man.

  4. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, over 2 years ago

    In 1974, the price of oil in the US, formerly set by the Texas Railroad Commission, was raised about 200% by Qadhafi, and other Middle East producers followed. About the same time, the percentage of women in the US labour force began increasing. Median household incomes rose, but slowly, following the ‘74 recession.

    Obviously, household income per hour of labour was falling drastically, since two full-time workers were bringing in just slightly more than one full-time worker had been earning.

    Most said that women were forced to work, just to maintain household income at about the level it had been, but one of my colleagues said that all that women working did was cause inflation so that the woman HAD to work to maintain the same level of real income her husband had been able to earn as the sole breadwinner before women started working.

    Qadhafi has paid for his heinous crime of wanting oil producers to get a bigger share of the value of their oil, but the typical US household has never recovered, and the median income is about what it was in the ’70s.

    Not that the typical US household matters anything to either of our political parties, as long as the 1% continue to see rapid growth of THEIR incomes, since they’re the only ones that really matter, and the 1% make sure that politicians are also in the 1%, so all is for the best, in this, the best of all possible worlds.

  5. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, over 2 years ago

    @Michael wme

    As my conservative Daddy used to tell me with approval: “The world is governed by the golden rule: he who has the gold makes the rules.”

    When the country is governed by and for the majority of the money, they call is justice. When the country is governed by and for the majority of the people, they call it socialism or class warfare.

  6. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 2 years ago


    Here’s a clue:

    two of the three are close buddies of Obama but wait now there are others that claim the opposite political views. The thing in common? They are the owners of the gold and thus the rulers of the world.

  7. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 2 years ago

    And how do our leaders in DC fell about this? Well, let’s take their words.

    We are in a fiscal “crisis” right? Money needs to be trimmed and there are certain people being paid to do that job. Do we pay them according to their results like most of us in the middle class? You know, if you went to your job and were put in charge of a project and you failed at it time after time year after year how long would you BE in charge of that project? Not long.

    “If Democrats in Congress fail to prevent across-the-board spending cuts (AKA ‘the sequester’) their own $174,000 salary gets trimmed too, and Rep. Nancy Pelosi is offended by the notion.”

    Dignity? Talk to the inner city poor about your dignity.

  8. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 2 years ago

    And then there is the main man who time after time has vowed to “build a stronger middle class”. Is he concerned about how he spends the peoples money? Evidently not.

    Didn’t he just get back from his Hawaii vacation in December? Oh yeah that’s right he had to come back to DC (by doubling the cost of travel) to “avert” the fiscal cliff crisis.

    Wake up people.

  9. californicated1

    californicated1 said, over 2 years ago

    A couple of days ago, I was at my local Post Office here in Livermore, California.

    Two people from the local East Bay TEAParty organization were set up at the corner of 2nd and Livermore Avenue in front of the Post Office with their table and their umbrella protecting them from the sun along with their “Impeach Obama” signs, complete with the “Adolf Hitler Moustache” drawn on.

    When I encountered them, they seemed friendly enough, and I told them that “I liked their sentiment, but what do you intend to do if you get your way, because we can’t be having more of the same?”

    These people had no answer.

    I had to explain to these folks that even if they got rid of the politician they hated so much, they still weren’t going to get rid of the system that allowed that politician to become president in the first place, let alone get re-elected to a second term and that if this one was removed from office, the same system will put in another that may be just as bad or even worse and that these TEAParty folk needed to address all the flaws that this system has and not just its leadership.

    Then one of them asked me what I had in mind.

    I told them that we needed another civil war and that 1/3rd of the population had to be killed off fighting it and if the Federal Government was intent on keeping the Union together so that it could continue doing what it has been doing to us, regardless of whoever is in charge and/or their political/familial ties to the other families and parties that are choking the life out of this republic, perhaps that government needed to be done away with and overthrown, too.

    I also told them that the western states in both the Breadbasket and points west needed to secede, either walk out on the Union as one group or separately, asserting their own national sovereignty as necessary.

    And the more details I gave to these TEAParty people on this corner of 2nd and Livermore Avenue in front of the Post Office, they thought I was crazy and did not want to talk to me any further.

    On the next day, these TEAParty folks were still there on that street corner still trying get signatures for their petition, which I didn’t sign, still trying to hawk their own agenda, which in my opinion doesn’t go far enough in solving the problems we have these days.

    Once again, we must invoke something similar to what is written in the Bible for addressing folks out there who believe that their words and interpretation are The Word and Interpretation of scripture before all others, which was recently invoked by “Boyd Crowder” in a recent episode of “Justified” when he challenged a tent revival snake-handling preacher in his midst this season:
    “…[D]o not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. (I John 4:1).”
    And when it comes to people trying to sell us on what needs to be done for our “national salvation”, we should be taking the same approach and question them.

  10. Fourcrows

    Fourcrows said, over 2 years ago


    I have a hard time blaming this President (or any President except perhaps Reagan) for the woes of the middle class. Here’s why –
    Yeasterday, I went to the L.L. Bean flagship store (as a Maine resident, I’m expected to make a bi-annual pilgrimage) and saw their statement of purpose on the wall. Essentially, It says the goal is to “provide the best possible product at a REASONABLE profit” (emphasis mine). That is where the problem with inflation lies – the attitude of the private corporate sector. To many executives, no profit is unreasonable. At L.L. Bean, every employee, even the seasonal cashiers, receive a share of the extra profit gained during the Christmas season. Executive bonuses are given AFTER the quarter and based solely on profit made, not speculatively. Do they have a high turnover rate? No. People love to work where they are respected, even passing over lucrative opportunities because they know they will be taken care of by the company in exchange for their hard work.
    Today, corporations assign bonuses at the beginning of the quarter. If profits do not meet expectations, cuts are made at the lower levels – bonuses are not touched. If cuts in the workforce or benefits do not solve the problem, product pricing goes up, but executive compensation is still not touched for fear of losing “top talent”.
    Now you have a situation where wages have decreased while prices have increased – uncontrolled inflation.
    The executive has become a social class as opposed to a job – one can no longer break into it through hard work without creating something completely unique; starting at any lower point in a company ensures you will never make it that high. The media has so brainwashed the public into thinking that these people are “job creators” that the government is unwilling to make any real regulations for fear of upsetting them. If they want to take their ball and leave the country, let them, ant let somebody else take their place. Deregulation means they can do what they want, and inflation, a disappearing middle class, and poverty are the result. It is not in their interest to create jobs, pay fair wages, give benefits, or make prices competitive, so they don’t. The government is now afraid to regulate them, which means they do what they want regardless of consequence.
    If deregulation and tax breaks creates jobs – where are the jobs? Employers have had the best possible environment for creating jobs they could ask for, so where are they? I can go on and give many reasons why our corporate system has stopped working, but it comes down to greed. Creating jobs means less money for me, so I’ll let the company fail instead and keep my share and move onto the next company and do the same.

  11. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago


    Wow, and here I thought Northern California was just full of tree huggers and aging hippies. You must have scared the crap out of them. And here you guys think we in Southern California are too aggressive!

    An interesting side note on the city by the bay. The new diversion for the techies in Silicon Valley is shooting. No exaggeration, they think it’s fun to take an afternoon off and go to the shooting range. Wall St. Journal had an article about it on Feb. 13. “Some Techies Hear Call of the Shooting Range.”

  12. californicated1

    californicated1 said, over 2 years ago

    Has anybody here read “The Revolt Of The Masses” by Jose Ortega y Gasset?

    How about “The Myth Of Sisyphus” by Albert Camus?

    Both of these books talk about the rise of the common person and their rights in the 20th Century world but they still ring true today.

    The problem here is that the bulk of the people were “bought off” with the right to vote and the right to express their views.

    These are the “safety valves” out there by which a government can avoid the hassles of civil war and revolution for far longer periods of time than an absolute monarchy or military dictatorship could and that all that the peasants needed to do was band together and use their very numbers alone to affect the change they wanted.

    However, most people these days don’t care about that because they take their rights of reasonably free speech and reasonably free expression for granted along with their right to vote thinking that they can affect the changes they and their neighbors and friends want with the ballot instead of the bullet fired from the barrel of a gun, thus perpetuating a great lie that we now have to face these days.

    And that this great lie—believing that our votes count and that we can make change effective through our votes as well as our speech—has crippled us in the process.

    As a result, ballot initiatives have been brought forward time and again asking us to vote on things like closing down a nuclear power plant, denying immigrants and gay people rights (or “special” rights), and that all these ballot initiatives have shown is that they are written by parties that want something from us, as in the case where PG&E was making it difficult for cities and counties that wanted to switch their power grids over to other companies and cooperatives instead of letting a private company exercise their monopoly and give their executives and shareholders more money.

    Another disastrous result here is that the Middle Class, or “middling class” or “muddling class” these days has basically been hoodwinked.

    The reality here is that we are still peasants, just like our ancestors were in the old world or in the days when my family were subjects of the Crown even though they moved from Lancashire and Yorkshire into Massachusetts Bay, New York and Virgina.

    It may have been the wealthier families, or the ones that got here first (not counting the indigenous because the Doctrine of Terra Nullius did not count them, either), were the ones to establish the oligarchies and the plutocracies that have come and gone since those colonial times, but the reality is that they did not get that way on their own, but on the labors of families like mine, who actually did the dirty work of clearing the lands, plowing the fields and even fighting the wars to make their lives possible.

    And in return, we have the right to speak our mind and vote, even though these may come with caveats and restrictions so that what effect these may have is rendered meaningless and life around here as we know it is dictated by the whims of a few like the Alameda County Board of Supervisors and their “Bag Ban”, which should have been a ballot initiative put to a vote by all of us registered voters here in Alameda County and not just those 7 people made up of nepotists, shoplifters, drug addicts and sex fiends, because that decision affected ALL of us, the people of Alameda County.

    But regardless of the will of the people or the wants of the masses, as long as the “safety valves” are in place and the majority of the people believe the lies that their opinions matter and that their votes count, nothing is ever going to change for the better.

    Perhaps a few heads need to be lopped off every now and then, people have to change their opinions and political orders and affiliations have to be re-examined time and again to see whether or not they still work for us and that our families can benefit.

    And if what is existing now does not work for us, our neighbors and our families, then we need to work on changing what does not work and replacing it with something else, either through reform or revolution.

  13. SABRSteve

    SABRSteve said, over 2 years ago

    Is the yellow part the food-stamp crowd?

  14. Kirk Sinclair

    Kirk Sinclair said, over 2 years ago


    Yes, the dot in the middle is dissolving into the sea of yellow. Ever try to live on food stamps, Steve? It’s not easy.

  15. StCleve72

    StCleve72 said, over 2 years ago


    I completely agree with you Night Gaunt. The Plutocrats have, throughout history learned to team up with the priesthoods of organized religions to keep people ignorant so that they’ll be easily manipulated into voting against their own best interests and so those two major centers of power keep their power. Two quotes that I agree with I’ll cite here: A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves-Bertrand de Jouvenel
    Faith must trample under foot all reason, sense, and understanding.—- Martin Luther 1483-1546

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