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Tom Toles

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  1. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, 11 months ago

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

  2. Mark

    Mark said, 11 months ago

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

  3. vhouse0

    vhouse0 GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months 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, 11 months 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, 11 months ago


    The new guy is probably going to be a woman.

  6. George Harmon

    George Harmon GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    You forgot the moderate democrat

  7. TheTrustedMechanic

    TheTrustedMechanic GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago


    “I would call it a great success, and ConserveGov would call it a failure because the people helped were *people of little worth”*
    Be careful, I knew what you meant, but in an effort to attack the message those opposed will claim YOU are saying the poor are of little worth. I think it would have been better to complete your thought with “the people helped were people of little worth to the republicans, conservatives or the right-wing.” Because after all the only worth these people have to politicians is a vote. And no vote ever got a politician elected, only money got a politician elected and those of little worth don’t pay the politicians, I mean contribute to them. Not to mention the RWNJs always claim the poor are poor because they are lazy, too lazy to vote too. Or if they are motivated to vote, and voting proves of value to a politician then the poor tend to vote for Democrats and therefore are still of little worth to the RWNJs.
    I know what you meant, but keep in mind the CONservatives will latch onto the slightest mistake, omission or misstatement and totally ignore the big picture if they think they can get away with it.

  8. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, 11 months 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.

  9. TheTrustedMechanic

    TheTrustedMechanic GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    @George Harmon

    “You forgot the moderate democrat”
    And the moderate republican.
    Oh, wait that’s an endangered species. Like a weakness, if the über-right-wing nutjobs even sniff a hint of moderation the moderate republican is run out of the herd. And I believe THAT is why we have the problems we do today, not enough people near the middle willing to WORK much less work together in CONgress.

  10. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, 11 months 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.

  11. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, 11 months 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….

  12. mskemple

    mskemple said, 11 months ago

    @Respectful Troll

    Is there anyone onboard who knows how to land a 535 seat dumbo jet safely? ( wrong movie parody , sorry )

  13. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 11 months ago


    The CBO didn’t say any such thing about ACA.
    We need to control the hospitals fee charging that is out of control. Which has been going on for decades.

  14. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 11 months ago


    Because Pres. Obama is a tried and true Conservative. Only acting liberal in the social sphere to seem different from the Tea Party Radicals controlling the Republicans.

  15. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 11 months ago


    Being AFL-CIO doesn’t make you and automatic liberal no matter what you think.

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