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Tom Toles

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  1. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    It won’t be like that under our new cashocracy
    it will be survival of the richest.

  2. Ted Lind

    Ted Lind GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    I do like the idea of term limits for Congress. While I don’t every expect to see altruistic congress people who are trying to do what is best for the country, at least a random selection of new people might be able to make some progress. The present crowd is so entrenched in Washington and so polarized we are headed down the tubes.

  3. ARodney

    ARodney said, about 1 year ago

    Term limits have, fairly predictably, not worked where tried at the state level. It turns out that having representatives with less experience than the lobbyists and career technocrats is a recipe for having legislators depend MORE on lobbyists and career technocrats, and even the good legislators get thrown out. What we REALLY need is public financing of elections — legislators work for the people who pay them, and we would save hundreds of billions of dollars with a relatively small investment of taxpayer money if more legislators worked for the taxpayers than for GE, Exxon, and Koch Industries.

  4. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, about 1 year ago

    @Rad-ish

    The US is a sort-of democracy. The oligarchs get to select two candidates who appear identical to the naive observer. The Democrats pick someone who will give all the money to the Democratic Friends, and the Republicans pick someone who will see that all the money goes to the Republican Friends, so the two candidates are completely different. And the voters really do get to choose from those two, they don’t have a single candidate forced upon them (except in years like 2000, when the Supreme Court gets to pick the winner, but that’s only once every century).


    So those oligarchs have to pick attractive candidates, or they lose when the voters cast votes for the candidate who looks best on TV (and now also Facebook). And the voters DO get to pick whichever of the two candidates they prefer (a choice, as best anyone can tell, mostly on the basis of looks), making the US a true Democracy (more or less).

  5. MangeyMoose

    MangeyMoose said, about 1 year ago

    @TheTrustedMechanic

    Yes, I would go along with that too! (Your last paragraph)

  6. crabbyrino

    crabbyrino GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    “What we REALLY need is public financing of elections.” Also a shortened “election campaigning timeline.” Scott in FL started his blathering March 1… for a November election!!!

    No wonder folks are so disgusted with the system, they refuse to participate.

  7. crabbyrino

    crabbyrino GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    “What we REALLY need is public financing of elections.” Also a shortened “election campaigning timeline.” Scott in FL started his blathering March 1… for a November election!!!

    No wonder folks are so disgusted with the system, they refuse to participate.

  8. Brutatowski

    Brutatowski said, about 1 year ago

    Actually what we need is a transparent government where every dime spent is posted on the internet for all to see. Every bill posted, along with the names of those who voted for and against. Lastly, lawmakers would be required to post every meeting with every lobbyist, and every gift given (each gift would also be counted as imputed income and taxes paid on it). These three things would weed out some of the corruption and stupidity.

  9. martens misses all her friends

    martens misses all her friends said, about 1 year ago

    I don’t support term limits for the reasons given by ARodney. It seems to me our present problem in the House (and to some degree in the Senate) is too many inexperienced and unrealistic representatives. They don’t have a clue how government works, but they’re sure they know better than anyone else how to change it (put more change in the pockets of those they’re obligated to). I think there are two actions that would help. First, as mentioned above, public financing (no private money). Second, restrict the time allowed for campaigning. Many other nations will spend only a few weeks in actual campaigning. We’re spending years. (Well, maybe it’s easier than actually working at governing…sarc)

  10. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, about 1 year ago

    Good toon Tom.

  11. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, about 1 year ago

    How did Jesse “The Body” Ventura become governor of Minnesota as an independent?

    I asked a former resident. He said that Minnesota does not restrict campaign contributions, but it does restrict how much a candidate can spend in total in a campaign. They can monitor radio/print/TV ad prices, etc. for audit purposes. If the candidate has more money than he/she can spend, it can be used in the next election or used to fund another candidate who has not spent his/her limit.

    You’ll never be able to ensure how much money a person can take in. This evens the playing field and allows for other-party candidates to have a fighting chance.

    On the other hand, you could end up being represented by Jesse “The Body” Ventura…….

  12. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, about 1 year ago

    @Ted Lind

    I like natural limits. As in they have no way of getting rich or richer, and they cannot profit in any way from their service except to feel good about serving the People, not themselves and their caste.

  13. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, about 1 year ago

    @crabbyrino

    The few that do participate have a reason. They have a goal and our choices tend to evil. Only in rare cases do they not represent the moneyed classes who have the power.

  14. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, about 1 year ago

    @I Play One On TV

    Ventura got elected because they allowed him into the debate. The problem is that they didn’t have to.

  15. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    The Park Service should adopt the backcountry “pack it in, pack it out” policy for the Mall, and make concessionaires, and visitors deposit their trash at point of origin, or at least away from that national “public square”. Which, voters should get smart and not be afraid to “pack it out” on the poor representation they elected to Congress, most notably at present, those causing tea stains to the nation’s validity, or intellect.

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