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Tony Auth

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  1. tiredofit

    tiredofit said, about 2 years ago

    Except that Democrats do see a problem. It’s why so many of us support increasing the top income people pay on payroll taxes, the Affordable Care Act which reduces deficits, reducing our reliance on military and buying unwanted weapons, and more.

    At the same time, the deficit skyrocketed under Reagan, rose under George HW Bush and rose under George W. Bush.

    And it fell to the point where we had surpluses under Bill Clinton and has fallen faster than at any time in history under Barack Obama.

    But, hey, let’s pretend the GOP really cares about deficits and debt as opposed to just hating paying taxes to help the less fortunate.

  2. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    The ACA could be paid in full if the GOP took its lips off of BIG OIL’S posterior!

  3. Enoki

    Enoki said, about 2 years ago

    You don’t need a telescope to see that disaster coming. On the other hand, the Democrats are using a SEM (Scanning Electron Microscope) to look at the problem.

  4. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, about 2 years ago

    Well balanced ’toon.

  5. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, about 2 years ago

    I like the Politifact analysis of Eric Cantor’s claim that the deficit is growing, rating it as ‘half true’. They also did an analysis of President Obama’s claim that he has presided over the fastest drop in the deficit in more than 60 years and rated it as 100% true.

    How, one might ask?

    Since taking office, President Obama has presided over four trillion dollar deficits, but, since the US economy has been growing, each deficit has been a smaller percentage of the GDP than the previous year.

    PROJECTIONS are for deficits MUCH less than $1 trillion, beginning with 2013, and continuing to drop as a percentage of GDP until 2016, after which the deficits are projected to rise as a percentage of GDP. But those are only projections. The drop from the actual $ trillion deficit in ‘12 to the projected $ 1/2 trillion deficit in 2013 is the largest drop in 60 years. But, again, that’s just a projection.

  6. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    The real fact is that there’s a hangnail on one toe, that needs to be trimmed, true, but the right-wing nut cases insist we have to amputate both legs at the hip.

  7. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    More lib lip service , as the deficit slowly decreases overall government debt has increased under Obama. A shell game that’s only fooling the foolish!

    It’s not lip service from my point of view. We need to figure out how to pay for these programs or how to cut them without turning our society into a modern version of a Dickens novel. The main drivers of this skyrocketing debt are entitlement programs for the elderly, along with a health care system that is cannibalizing our economy. But, the problem is far from insurmountable. Our military budget is another behemoth that needs to be shrunk.

    Social Security & Medicare should be means tested programs. The cap on Social Security taxes needs to be raised NOW! We need to give Medicare more bargaining power with drug companies. Do those things & you’ve made a huge dent in that long term debt trajectory. If the ACA works as intended (far from certain, given conservative obstruction at the Federal & State level) we should be able to lower the total cost of health care for everyone.

    The debt under Obama skyrocketed partly because of all the safety net programs that kicked in during the recession. That’s what they were designed to do. I know a lot of people who would be in much worse shape if they didn’t get that help. They are just starting to get back on their feet. As this happens, the spending will come back down.

    The other reason why the debt went up during the recession is that tax revenue took a huge hit. Now that revenue is getting back to normal, we are seeing much lower annual deficits. That doesn’t mean we should put our heads in the sand, let alone go on a spending spree.

  8. echoraven

    echoraven said, about 2 years ago

    Unfortunately 2 wrongs don’t make a right.

  9. ronald rini

    ronald rini said, about 2 years ago

    did not the republican do this before and the econ took a upturn hmm.

  10. brother box

    brother box GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    With a major shift in the wealth of nation going to the top one percent, who are paying the least amount of taxes since 1950, and a decease in wealth in the middle class, it would seem there’s no one left to pay for any thing. As someone in the IRS once told me "Do you understand the term “tax base.” the deficit can’t be wrangled in until the desire to save the country equals the desire to placate to wealthy who oppose fairer tax codes. Or in other words campers we are all going to have to bite the bullet and pay a little more.

  11. JudeTheObtuse

    JudeTheObtuse GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    @Uncle Joe: nice comments. Well reasoned. I would add getting the money out of politics to this and run it as the democratic platform in 2016.
    @ Ronald rini: you’re living in a bubble brother. Exactly when did that happen?

  12. spkliewer

    spkliewer GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    Uh deficits going down. Drinking fox coolaid

  13. Magnaut

    Magnaut GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    Hey Auth! If you those programs that buy Dem votes i’with the repubs

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