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Tom Toles

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  1. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, over 3 years ago

    That’s what unchecked spending will do. Luckily the Dims here don’t control all the purse strings.

  2. Ottodesu

    Ottodesu said, over 3 years ago


    That’s what happens when the USA doesn’t have adequate fiscal controls and the rest of the world trusts the USA.
    Fortunately, my country did not trust USA fiscal systems.

  3. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, over 3 years ago


    Gosh, all of those poor Europeans who happen to have the highest general standard of living of any area on this planer, including the USA. Do you think it might just be possible that a country such as Germany that individually took on the entire planet in the last century, and came very close to winning, could possibly pull Europe out of its economic doldrums even all on its own? I personally think that is quite possible!!

  4. jnik23260

    jnik23260 said, over 3 years ago

    @Robert Landers

    The German steering wheel was all that kept the rest of the car running!

  5. edinbaltimore

    edinbaltimore GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    And a main reason for Europe’s problem is massive tax evasion in the Southern European countries. Couple that with severe austerity measures that have driven up unemployment, and the Eurozone is in danger of falling apart.

  6. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, over 3 years ago


    From the information that I have been gathering the further north you go in the EU the more solvent the countries, at least in general. Germany and the Scandinavian countries seem to be doing the best. But even the UK (with a possible exception of Ireland) and France are at least on an even keel. It is the Mediterranean southern European countries that are struggling the most. But even there the EU is not falling apart as much as some here would have it. What many do not seem to realize is that much of Europe still has small very self sufficient communities that are not even affected by the over all economy of the Eu one way or the other. What amazes me about the EU is that it is composed of countries that for literally thousands of years have been fighting and killing each other to the tune of even literally tens of millions in the last century alone.

    They have learned the incredible value (socialistic or not) of cooperation rather than confrontation, in such enterprises as Airinspace (for rockets), Airbus (for commercial aircraft), and even something totally unheard of for most of their fighting history in the Chunnel under the English Channel that allows transport between London and Paris in some three hours. And how easily we seem to forget that much of our own ancestry and industriousness lies with those same European countries that some here seem to dislike (and even with some actively hate) so very much! Well, this is one American that at least things great and warm thoughts of our European brothers and sisters, and that even includes our former Communist enemies in Russia. If that supposedly makes me socialistic and unpatriotic, then so be it!!

  7. Ottodesu

    Ottodesu said, over 3 years ago

    I’ve never been to Germany, but I think that they do have pretty good fiscal controls. It’s the reason they weren’t dragged down by the USA and the GFC, despite being mildly socialist for the last couple of generations. Your statement is not making much sense at all.

    Why should it suck to be me?

  8. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, over 3 years ago

    We do very well when you consider one demographic. And that is population. What many do not realize is that the USA is the third most populated country in the world. The first is China and the second is India. And neither of those countries has anywhere near the standard of living that we enjoy in the USA.
    However, over all the Scandinavian nations are considered to have the highest over all standard of living in the world, with Norway being the highest. It is no disgrace in any way to admit that others do better than we, especially as they have far less populations, and therefore far less inherent problems due to high populations. As for socialism, some of the best run and most profitable companies in the world are centered in these countries. What is also interesting is that while the GNP of the US is some $17 trillion (which is the greatest by far for a single country), the over all GNP of the EU is almost $20 trillion, so as profit making capitalists, they do not do too badly!

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