Tom Toles by Tom Toles

Tom Toles

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  1. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Big 10-4 to Tom.

  2. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, over 2 years ago

    This guy is a toonist’s tooner. No one’s better at summing up current events in a picture and a couple of lines. Kudos.

  3. Darsan54

    Darsan54 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Probably closer to the truth than we all like to admit.

  4. cdward

    cdward said, over 2 years ago

    Corporations have become a monster never intended by the early leaders of the country. They were weaker and could be dissolved by the state on short notice. Now they run the government.

  5. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, over 2 years ago

    Legislation aimed at protecting the interests of the East India Company, one of the earliest mega-corporations (too big to be allowed to fail), brought on the American Revolution. Efforts made to eliminate or curtail the slave trade were thwarted in Parliament by the Royal African Company. In the 19th century the raiilroads and mining companies bought and sold congressmen.


    Ambrose Bierce, a hundred years ago, defined a corporation as “An ingenious device for obtaining profit without individual responsibility.” The real problems of capitalism rarely seem to arise because someone acts irresponsibly or immorally in regard to a business he owns. Perhaps this is because large enterprises are rarely owned outright by individuals, or small groups of partners. Usually they are owned by innumerable and anonymous stockholders, while control is vested in persons who are thus enabled to wield the combined vast resources while shield themselves from actual responsibility or liability.

    All this is made possible by laws (laws that are in no way new) which recognize these “ingenious devices” as persons with standing in the law, persons that may avail themselves of laws necessary for the protection of real persons, while immune from other laws that serve to control the reckless behavior of real persons.

    Perhaps there is more truth than jest in the old one “I will believe that a corporation is a person when Texas executes one.”

  6. Erik Van Thienen

    Erik Van Thienen said, over 2 years ago

    @Doughfoot

    And it continues to this day by lobbying by :

    - the asbestos industry

    - the tobacco industry

    - the oil and coal industry

  7. Enoki

    Enoki said, over 2 years ago

    The cartoon is wrong. It’s the result of giving government lots of power.

  8. Christopher Shea

    Christopher Shea said, over 2 years ago

    If the Supreme Court decides companies can refuse to cover birth control for their employees because of management’s religious beliefs, I wonder how many CEOs will suddenly convert to Christian Science and declare that providing workers with any form of health coverage is against their religion…?

  9. paynetom

    paynetom said, over 2 years ago

    @wmconelly

    Yes wmconelly I agree with you. In my opinion, Toles is the best political cartoonist out there today.

  10. jlc

    jlc GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Leave it to Tom to tell me what I was thinking but couldn’t find it in the mess. Each time, every time.

  11. Benny Green

    Benny Green said, over 2 years ago

    Christopher, what a company provides for its employees is a contract between employee and company. If they don’t agree on the contract terms, they can work elsewhere. The government has no right to impose their will in the contract, except to assure it is not fraudulent.

  12. Benny Green

    Benny Green said, over 2 years ago

    Vile distortion of the truth.

  13. Enoki

    Enoki said, over 2 years ago

    Sure TTM. The government is no better and usually worse than corporations at what they do. When it comes to things like environment, consumer protection, etc., the government will take one of two tracks:
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    They either ignore problems until they become massive ones then blame corporations for the problem and react in a knee jerk fashion with over-reaching regulation and massive legal action, warranted or not.
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    or
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    The produce more and more regulation until they strangle an industry virtually out of existance.
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    Two excellent examples are OSHA and the EPA. Both have a useful purpose and were really necessary.
    Let’s take OSHA. Before it tens of thousands of people in the US were killed a year in industrial accidents. For example more Americans died during WW 2 from industrial accidents than on battlefields. Injuries were commonplace.
    That needed fixing. And OSHA did do that.
    Today however OSHA has taken a “zero tolerance” approach to safety. ANY accident or potential safety problem, real or imagined, is gone after.
    As with any large bureaucracy within Big Government, they are largely a law unto themselves. They produce new regulations and rules continiously. These have the effect of law but are not voted on by Congress or signed into law by the President.
    Look at the EPA. They unilaterally declared CO2 a “pollutant” and started to move to regulate it. In essence, without any statutory authority the EPA enacted the Kyoto Treaty through bureaucratic proceedure.
    This is true for the whole alphabet soup of agencies.
    Big Government is unaccountable because no one can track what it does. That is an immense amount of power. Worse, it is also not held libel for its actions. At most some regulation or rule is declared by the courts to be illegal or invalid. The damage it did while in place to individuals or businesses is not made whole. That is, the government doesn’t have to pay for their mistake. Bureaucrats are not fired. Managers are not held accountable. Even if fines are levied they come out of tax money so the business or individual pays their own reward.
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    Government also is the largest “corporation” in existance. Look at how much money they collect and spend. Government will gladly sacrifice “the little people” to further their political and economic expansion as willingly as any “evil” corporation will.
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    Government is neither benevolent or altruistic. It is just as greedy, manipulative, and rotten as any corporation is.
    When it gets BIG it also becomes unaccountable for its actions.

  14. Enoki

    Enoki said, over 2 years ago

    Oh TTM, on your lenghty … discussion… on Toyota…
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    How much of any car manufacturer’s design today is FORCED on them by government mandates?
    I know that the cost of those mandates is somewhere between $4000 and $12,000 per vehicle (this varies depending on how you cost it out and what you include). Much of it does not improve vehicle safety or is of very marginal value.
    Electronic ignition and control of the engine and transmission is largely a result of emmissions control requirements.
    Who demanded anti-lock brakes? Hybred vehicles were brought on by government regulation too.
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    So, when it comes down to it, Statist Capitalism with the government forcing their requirements on manufacturers are really the underlying cause and the government should be held ultimately responsible for their failure.

  15. nordwonder

    nordwonder said, over 2 years ago

    @Doughfoot

    “… large enterprises are rarely owned outright by individuals, or small groups of partners. Usually they are owned by innumerable and anonymous stockholders, while control is vested in persons who are thus enabled to wield the combined vast resources while shield themselves from actual responsibility or liability. "

    Try telling that to whatever diety you (I mean the corporation) claim to believe in.

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