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Tom Toles

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  1. Enoki

    Enoki said, 12 months ago

    A deconstuction of the learning curve but not nearly steep enough….

  2. Newenglandah

    Newenglandah said, 12 months ago

    @Debt Free

    How about employing all of the unemployed people and underemployed people (since W plunged this country into recession) and paying them decent wages and benefits?

  3. martens misses all her friends

    martens misses all her friends GoComics PRO Member said, 12 months ago

    @me9970

    Nonsense. People have, in general, a basic desire to matter to others and to contribute (a way of mattering to one’s society). Most people I know take pride in what they do and try to do it well. The idea some of you posting here have of the “free-loader” is a synthetic construct to support your own desire not to share with anyone.

  4. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, 12 months ago

    It is easy to exaggerate the positions/desires/morals of others.

    It is easier, for example, for a liberal to dismiss conservatives as those who advocate solely for the wealthy, and who would gleefully take food out of the mouths of poor children. This allows the liberal to feel that his/her position is not only different, but demonstrably better.

    The conservative can easily paint liberals as people who only want stuff that other people have rightfully earned, and who want nothing more than to turn this country into a third world dystopia. Makes it easier to prove how much better conservatism is.

    I submit that the world is not so black and white, and that these wild exaggerated generalizations have only one purpose, and that’s to foster animosity, in the process helping to ensure a lack of cooperation that comes from a lack of respect.

    This is being fostered by those in both parties, partly in order to “show their superiority” to the other party, but also to keep the masses fighting with one another to the point that the people in power can do what they want without our paying attention. It’s working.

    We can ensure that it stops working, because that hurts our society by paralyzing it. But we have to step back and recognize that “the other side” has some merit, as well, and that we really aren’t as polarized as we might seem, if we only took the time to listen to one another.

    It’s hard to do; the powers that be recognize that if you keep poking the hornets’ nest, you can keep the hornets angry. And an angry populace is just what they want. It takes a lot of self-control to ignore those poking at you, but it’s time to let them know that we will no longer be their pawns and can rise above the intentional animosity.

    It’s that or civil war in our future. Choose wisely.

  5. furnituremaker

    furnituremaker said, 12 months ago

    @I Play One On TV

    good points, Play

  6. jack75287

    jack75287 said, 12 months ago

    Toles nobody outside of DC cares about your metro.

  7. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 12 months ago

    @Debt Free

    The people use the money to live while they continue to look for a good paying job. You’d know that if you actually looked at things with less bias. But you love to hate the poor.

  8. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 12 months ago

    @me9970

    It has been shown that when they have no money looking for a job becomes impossible. So you “logic” is faulty. You need to reevaluate.

  9. Enoki

    Enoki said, 12 months ago

    @jack75287

    It pretty much is the case with every light rail project. The project is sold as costing $A and it ends up costing $10 x A.
    The time to finish also is three or more times the original projection. Can anyone say “Big Dig?”

  10. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 12 months ago

    @SkepticCal

    If Obama was a Republican and Wall St. had passed 16,000 he would be lauded by you. Since he has been good for the Plutocrats and the top 20%.

  11. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 12 months ago

    @Enoki

    One way to stop the cost overruns is that the builder must pay for the overruns. Soon enough they stop that or they stop bidding.

  12. hphundt

    hphundt GoComics PRO Member said, 12 months ago

    What construction on a bus route? Metro Silver Line connects the South Bay and the San Gabriel Valley to Downtown LA.

  13. Newenglandah

    Newenglandah said, 12 months ago

    @SkepticCal

    1) Why would it be necessary to “get rid of” the twice freely elected president of the United States?
    2) I would propose that the first step be to get rid of the Tea Party wing of Congress, which would likely oppose ANY government project.

  14. Enoki

    Enoki said, 12 months ago

    @Night-Gaunt49

    Then these projects would never get built. That would be a good thing in my opinion. Because there is no contractor on the planet that would submit a bid that would risk loss on the magnitude that light fail projects hemorrage it.
    That is an interesting question I’ll have to research. Is there any type of government project that exceeds in percentage loss to that of public transit?

  15. Enoki

    Enoki said, 12 months ago

    Where I live the light fail idiots are going to expand the system 2 miles for an estimated cost of $200 million dollars. That’s roughly $1600 an INCH!
    It will NEVER payback the investment.

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