Lisa Benson for February 10, 2016

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    braindead Premium Member over 6 years ago

    Yes, absolutely. Debt is the worst thing in the world.

    Unless, of course, a Republican is president. Then, it’s not a problem.

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    Crabbyrino Premium Member over 6 years ago

    Ms Benson, what air do you breathe? It must contain a special chemical that allows you to forget the words of your great, personal hero, Dick Cheney. He specifically told GWB that deficits don’t matter. Please remember that when the next Rethuglican Congress meets.

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    nos.nevets  over 6 years ago

    Don’t expect establishment Republicans to fix the debt crisis.They are dictionary-definition-conservatives.They conserve the current system, stay the course.

    They fight the ‘progressive’ programs that add debt because change is risky.Then they resist undoing it because . . . change is risky.-

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    nos.nevets  over 6 years ago

    I’m with Rubio on this one, dear Ms. Benson.Obama has masterly finessed it.

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    Gypsy8  over 6 years ago

    Rubio was so adamant about it he said it five times. Turncoat!

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    NeedaChuckle Premium Member over 6 years ago

    If Republicans are sooooo worried about the debt why did they waste trillions on 2 wars and millions on 9 Benghazi investigations.

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    Theodore E. Lind Premium Member over 6 years ago

    The republicans really don’t want to fix the debt problem, they just want to make sure the right segment of Americans have all the money. They created a lot of the debt with wars and now they want to fix it by eliminating all the social programs. Actually they are alright with debt they just don’t want to spend it on social programs, defense and tax breaks are OK.

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    BaltoBill  over 6 years ago

    Another false talking point disseminated once again.

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    nos.nevets  over 6 years ago

    A good question, Dagnabbit. Thank-you.‘Because change is risky’ is my own analysis.-That they resist undoing changes that they first objected to once those changes are entrenched: the evidence is ubiquitous.-For example, despite having had opportunities when they controlled all branches of government they have not undone income tax, Social Security, EPA, Dept of Education, Corporate & Farm Welfare, LBJ’s Great Society, FDR’s New Deal.-After the HillaryCare shot across the bow, they did not take on healthcare reform (e.g., via free market reforms, tort reform, med school reforms, interstate insureance, etc.) but left the status quo.Maybe there are other reasons, but I think convservatives convserve, because they are afraid of change. Even good change is painful & is risky.-It is more complex, to be sure. They generally hold ‘traditional values’. But when enough ‘traditional values’ are gone, there is not enough left to conserve. It takes radical change to reenstate them, if that’s what they really want.I think that conflicts with their other value of risk aversion.-Don’t expect Establishment GOP to initiate change.(Don’t expect it from Trump, either. He has no core beliefs except belief in Trump.)-Respectfully,NN

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    ARodney  over 6 years ago

    Obama has lowered the deficit. Every single GOP candidate has a tax plan that will add from $4 to $13 trillion to the deficit. Cartoon fail.

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    DrDon1  over 6 years ago

    Seems that GOP voters in New Hampshire primary didn’t pay much attention to Rubio!

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    ggauss Premium Member over 6 years ago

    Obviously none of the posters have really studied and examined the debt. It’s all knee jerk stuff.

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    Mr. Blawt  over 6 years ago

    A first – a Benson cartoon without teleprompters – you’ll get marked down a letter grade for that.Ask Rubio – Obama does know what he’s doing – We have the best economy in the world – more than 6 years of job growth after the economy was completely hollowed out. Our uninsured rate is at historic lows – another thing Obama knows what he’s doing when it comes to health care, even if the right hasn’t caught up. The rest of the world – even China – is now committed to fighting climate change, Obama really does know what he’s doing. Iran has given up 99% of its uranium peacefully – now this one Rubio wasn’t quite sure, but once again was proven correct – Obama really does know what he’s doing when it comes to diplomacy.And finally under Obama abortions and teen pregnancies have fallen to new lows – so if you care about preventing abortions, you know Obama knows what he is doing. If you are anti-abortion please take a look at his record. Obama’s policies actually prevent abortions – if you want to prevent them expand contraception coverage.Great toon – funny he has to stand on that mountain of Republican debt to be heard.

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    superposition  over 6 years ago

    For reference: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/01/26/you-ask-we-answer-why-is-the-debt-rising-faster-than-the-deficit/

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    lonecat  over 6 years ago

    Here are some figures I derived from the Economist:http://www.economist.com/content/global_debt_clock/United States:Public debt per person: $45,750.28Public debt as % of GDP: 87.2%Germany:Public debt per person: $34,206.58Public debt as % of GDP: 84.8%France:Public debt per person: $38,272.30Public debt as % of GDP: 98.0%Norway:Public debt per person: $57.271.92Public debt as % of GDP: 55.7%Canada:Public debt per person: $47,442.69Public debt as % of GDP: 85.6%Denmark:Public debt per person: $26,958.09Public debt as % of GDP: 46.7Sweden:Public debt per person: $20,060.54Public debt as % of GDP: 34.1%Belarus:Public debt per person: $797.91Public debt as % of GDP: 49.6%Algeria:Public debt per person: $421.72Public debt as % of GDP: 5.1%Cuba:Public debt per person: $2,556.50Public debt as % of GDP: 33.3%Conclusions: (1) There’s a big range. No, there’s an enormous range. (2) The economically active countries tend to have higher debt levels, struggling economies often have low debt levels. (3) You can probably make lots of different and contradictory arguments based on these figures. (4) The US debt is high, but not out of line with the other developed countries. (5) Debt is not the whole story.

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    joshualfriedman  almost 2 years ago

    money = ♥

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