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Tom Toles

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  1. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, about 3 years ago

    You think we’re in debt now, just wait until BarryCare kicks in.

  2. Mark

    Mark said, about 3 years ago

    Facts don’t bother you in the least, do they?

  3. V W House

    V W House GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Great cartoon! A comment on Fed watchers more than the Fed. to ConserveGov, most of our debt actually is invested capital so deduct that. And, most of the rest is money we owe ourselves; do you want to cash your old savings bonds? What’s gained by paying that down? In case you haven’t noticed, debt is no longer the issue. Focus on maldistributed income — so skewed we are screwed — and unemployment. The Tea Party is blocking progress on these issues.

  4. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, about 3 years ago


    They claim they are afraid that Obamacare will fail disastrously. What they are really afraid of, is that it will succeed. It IS a complex system. it WILL have unforeseen effects, and not all of them will be good. Perhaps we could all agree that it should go if it turns out that it does more harm than good, and should stay if it does more good than harm. Oh, but then we would have to agree on a method for measuring that. And then we get into that whole “fact” business again, and how to weigh facts. So, for example, if it raises everybody’s insurance premiums 5% but saves 10,000 lives a year and provides 30,000,000 with insurance who didn’t have it before, I would call it a great success, and ConserveGov would call it a failure because the people helped were people of little worth, while it cost HIM money.

    Then there is the little trick of comparing the situation after Obamacare to the situation immediately before Obamacare, pretending that situation was stable, ignoring that fact that for a couple decades employers had been dropping health insurance for their employees or dependents, costs and the number of uninsured had been soaring, and the old system had been slowly collapsing.

    “Damn! I am still going down! This parachute must not work! I should get rid of it.” A parachute may not be as good as an airplane, but when you are in free fall, it’s better than nothing. Of course that logic is lost on the “always better to do nothing” crowd.

  5. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, about 3 years ago

    The new guy is probably going to be a woman.

  6. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 3 years ago

    On the other side of the hill the lanes narrow from three lanes to one just before it enters a tunnel, but there is a traffic jamb backed up for miles and miles because no one wants to yield to anyone else.
    We’re going nowhere fast, and the motors are running.

  7. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, about 3 years ago

    You are correct that people need to read the bills before they vote on them. (We do need to be fair, though: how many posters read your mortgage agreement/rental agreement/loan contract/condo agreement before signing?) Witness the PATRIOT acts, both 1 and 2, and NDAA. Maybe the people are waking up to the dangers of passing laws that are largely written by lobbyists and passed with little discussion and little notice. Unfortunately, I do not think members of Congress have figured that out. To be fair, fund-raising takes so much of their time, it’s just not right to ask our representatives to do their jobs in addition. Perhaps we should be more understanding.

    Meanwhile, if they haven’t read the law, maybe it’s time they did. Repealing Obamacare will only return us to a system that is almost finished collapsing. This is not a positive. Either Obamacare needs to be fixed, most egregious sections first, or replaced with something better. I see neither initiative in motion, and that bodes poorly for almost every aspect of life in this country.

    It is up to us to turn up the heat on our legislators, and demand they do their jobs or pack out their offices in anticipation of the next occupant. Perhaps the punishment of having to read the bill in order to do something about it will teach them a lesson, but I have my doubts.

  8. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, about 3 years ago

    “Bernanke is still bush scum”

    Perhaps, but mostly he is Goldmann-Sachs scum. Watch the revolving door between Wall Street and treasury jobs; same people cycle back and forth. This is not exclusive to Obama, nor exclusive to Bush. It’s been going on far too long, and it’s not like it hasn’t been recognized.

    We need to restore Glass-Steagle, at the very least, to protect our banking system. Next step, don’t give the wolf the keys to the henhouse. Seems simple enough on paper….

  9. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 3 years ago

    I respectfully suggest that Mr. Cruz, Mr. Paul, and Mr. Reid have had a fender bender and Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Boehnor rear ended them and they’re so busy arguing over whose fault it is they won’t push their cars out of the way so the rest of the country can get moving. With a little effort, I could probably find some more names from both sides of the aisle who are contributing to the stand still. And sadly, our ‘traffic cop’, the President, has his focus in so many places he’s not doing all he could on this issue.
    On a separate note, I just got a mixed bag letter from My Congressman, Scott Rigell. He voted against the latest bill from the House because it failed to end the sequester AND it failed to stop the stop gap spending bills that are making it hard for CEOs to make decisions on hiring and other matters. On the other side of the coin, he does support defunding the ACA. I just finished replying to him prior visiting GC. By today’s standards, the man is almost a moderate, I hope his party doesn’t punish him.

  10. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 3 years ago

    I’m not a pilot, but I’ve played one in video games. Thank you for the smile, MsKemple. I appreciate you.

  11. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, about 3 years ago

    Point well taken. I thought I had enclosed that phrase in quotation marks. But never mind. No one posts here with the expectation that anyone is going to be persuaded who isn’t already on his side. That’s the great pity of it all. We are all preaching to the choir. Thought I also understand the one who said “I don’t state my opinion with the expectation that I will change anyone’s mind. I do it so that those who see things as I do won’t feel alone.”

  12. Mark

    Mark said, about 3 years ago

    Nice comeback, but my statement still stands. The CBO study of ACA indicates that the bill will REDUCE the debt, not increase it.

  13. mauimike6

    mauimike6 said, about 3 years ago


    IMHO, you’ve neatly articulated the reason the Tea Party Congressmen/women vent so much of their collective spleen on Obamacare and ignore every other issue out there that desperately needs their attention. Wish I’d had the clarity of mind to frame the issue as suscinctly as you did. Your comment is going on my desktop as a reminder.

  14. braindead08

    braindead08 GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    We could always go with the Republican health care plan:
    Don’t get sick. If you do, die quickly.

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