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Tom Toles

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  1. braindead08

    braindead08 GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    This cartoon contains a serious error. ’Cuz, you know, nothing bad ever happened to the economy until inauguration day 2009.

  2. Mark

    Mark said, about 3 years ago

    That breeze you felt flying over your head was braindead08’s sarcasm…

  3. Darsan54

    Darsan54 GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    For them. . . .the thrill is gone. We’re left to clean up the mess from them puking over the side of the car.

  4. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 3 years ago

    Between Ms. Pelosi’s and Mr. Reid’s hubris in 2009 and 2010, and Mr. McConnall and Mr. Boehnor’s recalcitrance from 2009 to the present, and the general circus of self-serving that is the house and senate, it’s amazing the car even stayed on the tracks at all. Mr. Obama’s inability to motivate legislators or the electorate has only made this ‘ride’ slower and the number of people able to get on the slow train to mediocrity has been unacceptably low.
    Had our uncivil, disrespectful, and cannibalistic legislature worked to find compromise instead of trying to make the “other party” look bad for the next election, the head of the IMF said the USA and world economy would have grown by at least 4% more than it has.
    And the job creators are saving their money to invest in the Superpacs that will create jobs for politicians friendly to the issues of that superpac, not to mention judges in those states where the people sitting on the bench are elected.
    It is not right and we should work together in good faith to find people who can work to find long term solutions for our nation, our neighbors, and ourselves.
    Respectfully,
    C.

  5. lonecat

    lonecat said, about 3 years ago

    Brilliant cartoon. Toles’ visual imagination is remarkable.

  6. dannysixpack

    dannysixpack said, about 3 years ago

    Molon Labe said, about 4 hours ago

    “@braindead08

    Actually, things really started to drop shortly after president Obama was elected. Knowing that he was going to be president was enough to cause the bottom to start to drop out of the economy"

    wow. talk about revisionist history! the credit market seized up, the housing market blew up and job loss exceeded 700,000 per month long before Obama was elected, or even the candidate.

    but we all know that in your world, bush was the greatest military commander since alexander the great, eh?

  7. Godfreydaniel

    Godfreydaniel said, about 3 years ago

    Corporate jets should’ve been left on the runway.

  8. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, about 3 years ago

    Slow and steady wins the race, but it doesn’t pad the pockets.

  9. braindead08

    braindead08 GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    @Respectful Troll

    RT, you know I greatly admire your posts.
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    But it was only one of the parties that vowed to damage the then elected president any way it could and announced it’s sole priority was to defeat him in the next election.
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    It was only one party that participated in the health care debate only by obstruction. Only one that filibustered its own proposal when it was supported by Obama. Only one party that demanded compromises and then voted against the outcome.
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    Only one party made use of hundreds of filibusters, not counting ones that were only verbal.
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    Only one party filibustered important votes on appointments until threatened with a change of filibuster rules.
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    It was only one party that stated they would work with Obama only if he saw things completely their way and claimed over and over that compromise was not going to happen.
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    Only one party damaged the credit rating of the United States in order to demand budget cuts, while refusing to participate in the budget cutting process.
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    I think that Obama ran on and believed he was elected to heal differences between the parties, and that he has made very serious efforts to do so. Your mileage may vary on that, but I’d be interested to know what more you think he should have done.
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    I think it’s not yet well understood how deeply Republicans/Fox “news” viewers hate Obama, and to a lesser extent Democrats, immigrants, and the 47% generally.
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    In any case, I’m glad you had a good vacation and hope the trout can replenish themselves.

  10. echoraven

    echoraven said, about 3 years ago

    Obama may not be responsible for the collapse, but he has more than a bit of responsibility for this “recovery” that is anemic at best.

  11. mikefive

    mikefive said, about 3 years ago

    “The economy started to falter back when GWB was being inaugurated.”

    Didn’t it start around June before Bush was inaugerated?

  12. jack75287

    jack75287 said, about 3 years ago

    Truth be told it was over early 2010.

  13. jack75287

    jack75287 said, about 3 years ago

    My God ReFlex has seen the light, after four and 1/2 years of President Obama ReFlex has said something critical. No do you think President Obama is still the best President sense FDR?

  14. Wabbit

    Wabbit GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    it’s gotten a little better each year, which is not a fun ride, but better than plummeting.

  15. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 3 years ago

    @braindead08

    I understand your point, Mr. Einstein, and be assured I admire your posts as well.
    In his… memorable?… movie, Pink Cadillac, Clint Eastwood, a bounty hunter, hands over his prisoner to police who begin teasing the man. Clint Eastwood says, “Now fellahs, be nice. Once you got them, you should never taunt them.”
    In 2009, the democrats had a chance to be magnanimous without being patronizing and chose the low road. I recall many of the inflammatory comments that came from the democrat side of the aisle, comments I expected from the right, but hoped would be tempered by the left. It is the fact that they behaved just as their opponents would have that reinforces my distaste for either party. If Mr. Franken’s election had not been so tight and contested for the entire first two years of Mr. Obama’s election, perhaps more would have been accomplished by the Dems, but without respectful compromise with longsighted republicans like Ms. Snow and Mr. Lugar and others who might have been willing to put nation before party, no law would be properly balanced.
    I voted FOR Mr. Obama in 2008 and I still believe he thought he could be unifier. The very fact that many of his policies were based on conservative ideas presented over the previous two decades show that he was much more of a centrist than liberals wanted.
    But as you correctly state, the Reps wanted him to fail more than they wanted our nation to succeed. I recall the words of MANY republicans who felt “bipartisanship is doing it THEIR way.”
    Mr. Obama should have taken pages from LBJ, Clinton, Reagan, and even Huey Long. These men reached out to their opponents and if not offered a hand, they grabbed lapels and got into faces.
    Mr. Obama likes the security of his circle of friends, but real leaders, people like Lincoln, surrounded themselves with those who disagreed and fought with words and proofs to change hearts and minds.
    I have other suspicions on why conservatives are anti obama, but they are argumentative and it is fruitless to present them.
    If the Dems had use a civil and respectful tone in their dealings with the Reps in those first years, it is my opinion the Reps would not have made the gains they did in 2010.
    But I could be wrong.
    Thank you for your kind reply. I am mostly in agreement with you, but I set high standards for those who say they speak for us, and they continually let me down.
    The trout were totally safe from me and from what I saw at the hatchery, are doing quite well. Perhaps we can continue the debate over some trout grilled over coals with some Cajun seasonings, onions, peppers, and a little lemon. A good wheat beer would complement it nicely.
    Take care, Mr. Einstein and thank you for your consistent efforts to elevate the debate.
    Sincerely,
    C.

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