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Tom Toles

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  1. PianoGuy24

    PianoGuy24 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Go to college and be the boss then. Or start your own company. OR, be an excellent worker and get promoted.

  2. NebulousRikulau

    NebulousRikulau GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago


    They can’t promote me, they’d need to find 3 people to do my job, and they won’t afford that.

  3. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, over 1 year ago


    Generally, you have to be in an industry (such as aerospace as I was) that allows you promotion for increased education and/or hard work. And most people that start their own businesses are either just plain lucky (as some 95 to 99% of such businesses fail) or are genius level people.

    As the norm for most middle class jobs (if you can even hang onto such a job at all) has been to just be allowed by the bosses and wealthy to just break even over the last 30 years of so. So, that is why many middle class people have a great deal of nostalgia for the 1940’s through about the middle of the 1970’s when American industry actually cared about the welfare of the average employee. It is a sad fact that now the leadership of most companies (not all, there are always some that are much better than others) could not care less about the very workers that actually generate the wealth of the corporations. Sad indeed!!!

  4. richardelguru

    richardelguru GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    PianoGuy, I’m not sure you live in reality (rather than some weird right-wing fantasy land)

  5. Kylie2112

    Kylie2112 said, over 1 year ago

    My position used to have 3 people working in it, now one retired and another got promoted. I’m the only person with the knowledge to be as efficient as I am, and I get an apprentice on a one-month overview (and it takes about two weeks to get them up to speed on basics). I also make less than the guy I replaced when he was here.

  6. pcolli

    pcolli said, over 1 year ago


    I think the “right sort of handshake” is more important than education when it comes to higher positions. No, I have no “beef” against Masons and have known more than a few. They’d be the first to admit that they do have an edge in some circumstances.

  7. Lynne B

    Lynne B GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    In the 8 years I’ve been in my current position, the amount of data we handle has increased over 8000%, and we have gone from 35 servers to 657 servers. Promotions are few and extremely hard to get, as new management positions are filled by hires from externally, generally people the current managers know and like from their own past histories. Employee wage increases have been below the rate of inflation for the last four years, and just at the rate of inflation previous to that. Senior officer wages increase at 13.5% per year.

    Yeah, this cartoon nails it.

  8. edinbaltimore

    edinbaltimore GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    I know, I know, it’s pointless to reply to Ima, BUT—- I work for the Postal Service, and we have a group of young black females we refer to as the “Barker Babes”. They sucked up to (and I am not implying sexual favors) an older black male area manager, and got promoted. They are, with one or two exceptions, the most obstreperous and incompetent supervisors we have in our area. My experience with those who worked a craft situation tells me that they were too lazy or disinterested in actually WORKING, but were always on the lookout for the easy way out. It’s interesting that few males, of ANY color, were picked for promotion during this time.

  9. Chillbilly

    Chillbilly said, over 1 year ago


    I just watched some of the smartest, hardest working people I’ve ever known get laid off so that executives who bumbled an acquisition will still qualify for their bonuses. That’s how capitalism works.

  10. cdward

    cdward said, over 1 year ago


    Neither fairness nor achievement are what drives the corporate world. It’s all about upper management padding their bank accounts. Period.

  11. Lynne B

    Lynne B GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago


    Actually, onguard, achievement is often stymied in the current system by lack of reward for the people actually doing the work.

    Once you hit a certain level of management, though, you can operate ineptly and fail spectacularly, and still be well-rewarded for it.

  12. TheTrustedMechanic

    TheTrustedMechanic GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago


    And there you have it in a nutshell why you are in a dead end job with no hope for promotion. You do your job too well they won’t afford to lose you. They also won’t afford to reward you commensurately with your contribution to the generation of wealth for the company.
    The problem with “everyone” starting their own company is that society does need some very large companies to efficiently provide some of society’s needs. But those companies still need to be kept in check. My company is very small and the heart and soul of this company, not to mention it’s moral compass is is that of me. If you let a large corporation operate on it’s moral compass, where greed and selfishness rule, by design, then you lose much of the corporations’ contributions to society.
    For example, I will not willing pollute my local environment, because I live here and have to live, or die, with those consequences. However the corporation is not a living being, so if it poisons the water and pollutes the air, it is not affected. When it destroys it’s own environment, the owner or board of directors will simply move it to a new area where it can rape and pillage the environment and society until it again has destroyed it’s surroundings and then the corporation will simply move on again. All the while the real flesh and blood lives behind that corporation are comfy and cozy in their mansions located somewhere else and they simply don’t care, they are making their millions and billions in compensation for doing such a “good job” of generating wealth for the company. But the true wealth creators, the labor, are the ones living and dying with the devastation the corporations have wrought upon our society.

  13. TheTrustedMechanic

    TheTrustedMechanic GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago


    I don’t know what is sadder the basis of the ‘toon or the fact that you believe that you can still work hard, know what you’re doing and do it well adn get promoted. That dream has died. Sure there are a few who do it, but very very few. And fewer still in comparison to the ones who barely do their jobs leaving the responsibility for meeting expectations to the “worker bees” while they are schmoozing the bosses and kissing up so they are the ones getting promoted instead of the “worker bee” who truly deserves it because they know the most, do the most and just on legitimate merit are the best candidate. But the social butterfly who tricked them into doing the work while the SB was kissing up gets the promotion because the boss likes them better. The days of work harder and work smarter and you will be rewarded are over. That took altruism on the part of the boss. The boss had to be willing to give credit to the employee they oversaw and then take credit for being the manager that provided that employee the environment and supervision to succeed. It meant both getting some but each getting less than if they got the whole of the recognition for a job well done. So today the boss takes the employees’ accomplishments, presents them as their own and tried to take all of the benefit leaving the employees, the ones who truly did the work, with nothing.
    I am sorry if your belief system and party approved messages don’t allow you to acknowledge this, but this is reality. Your expressed belief simply further reinforces the image of the republican party and the conservatives as being stuck in the past. I wish it were as you say, but it just isn’t. At least in the vast majority of workplaces in America. It is really sad actually, in the American dream, as in the liberal world, each worker would share in the successes their labors created for the company while the bosses shared in it too. In the current reality, as in the republican world, the employees simply get their wages, the minimum the boss can get away with, while the bosses get all of the benefits of the employees’ labors. In the Democrat utopia some would get less (but still more) but all would get some, in the republican utopia the workers get nothing but serfdom, while the bosses get it all.

  14. Simon_Jester

    Simon_Jester said, over 1 year ago


    Go to college and end up working for chump change, coz there’s no work avaialable in your field.

    Start your own business and get put OUT of business when some mega-corp moves in on you.

    Be an excellent worker for 20 years and get laid off so they can bring in a newbie at 1/3 of your pay ( with almost no beneifits )

    Welcome to the REAL world, PG

  15. Simon_Jester

    Simon_Jester said, over 1 year ago


    Care to SHOW us those advertisements?

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