Lisa Benson for August 31, 2018


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    cessna172  over 1 year ago

    because unfettered capitalism has such a sterling record…

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    Say What Now‽ Premium Member over 1 year ago

    You certainly wouldn’t want people to be healthy and well educated.

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    Masterskrain Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Poor Lisa. Someone unplugged her brain stimulation machine in the hospital, so she’s off on another excursion into her little Right-wingnut Fantasyland again…

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    superposition  over 1 year ago

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    Climate change and species extinctions are accelerating even as societies are experiencing rising inequality, unemployment, slow economic growth, rising debt levels, and impotent governments. Contrary to the way policymakers usually think about these problems, the new report says that these are not really separate crises at all.


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    shakeswilly  over 1 year ago

    What “freedoms” are you losing to socialism Lisa ? Are you suggesting that the regulations protecting the environment and consumer rights that Trump is now getting rid of were somehow impeding your rights ? Can you please explain what you are implying here ?

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    Daeder  over 1 year ago


    The entire world will implode and society will be destroyed if we allow wealth to be distributed evenly throughout society! /s

    Or…if you’re not a moron, you might consider the virtues of a balanced fiscal diet.

    Think about money like calories. You need a certain amount if you want to do things; perform day to day functions. Too little and you can’t survive. But most people don’t consider the negative side of financial excess. I put to you that is it obviously unhealthy for society at large. (Society being a body comprised of systems, just like each individual body.) If a small part of the body gets all the nutrients, the body ceases to function well as a whole. We can see that everyone benefits when everyone has enough to live well. But we can also see that individuals live better healthier lives when they take care to “trim the fat” of excess wealth for their own physical, mental and spiritual benefit.

    A society where generosity is the norm could allow people to live healthier lives. In the wild, it is natural to want to hoard wealth and resources. Wealth and resources are scarce and animals live moment to moment trying to get enough food, water, shelter, etc. But humans that have that problem only have it because of the greed/fear paradigm which drives people to hoard, when they can, more than they could ever possibly use. This hoarding is driven by the survival instinct fear that it’s “me against the world”.

    But if instead, the normal societal attitude was one of generosity and cooperation, people wouldn’t give in to that fear nearly as much because in that society, when you don’t have enough, others help you get enough. And when others don’t have enough, you help them.

    But what is “enough”? It’s hard to gauge anymore in a society where commercialism and the science (or religion?) of marketing has perfected the art of keeping people on a treadmill of wanting more.

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    braindead Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Why do Trump Disciples have to lie about EVERY issue?

    They even make up issues to lie about.

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    Rick4now Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Don’t fret about the socialism machine Lady MacBenson, Donny Rotten already started shredding the first amendment.

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    Mats Dahlgren Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Lisa please… that was stupid even by your standards! I am a Swedish citizen – probably don’t get more socialist than that (no Venezuela isn’t a socialist state – it’s run by a dictator). Next Sunday we got to free and open elections for government and we currently have 8 parties in our parliament – lots of free choice. This unfree communist country has give the world great market economy based companies like Minecraft, Skype, Spotify, Volvo and Autoliv (liv=life and they make safety belts and air bags for the auto industry. They make safe airbags compared to their now extinct competitor Takata from Japan, who took short cuts for profit – caring can be good for profit too….)

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    kluless19  over 1 year ago

    Freedom?? Socialism didn’t put children in cages…

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    Zev Bellringer Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Oh, for crying out loud Lisa, stop putting a label on your fantasy that socialism is equivalent to communism or even the oligarchy that is even now creeping into our lives.

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    EdMeiller Premium Member over 1 year ago

    The ‘Show all Comments’ function isn’t functioning.

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    NeedaChuckle Premium Member over 1 year ago

    There is no worse horror than giving everyone healthcare. Thankfully Pro Life conservatives will do anything to prevent that!!

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    Brian G Premium Member over 1 year ago

    “We the people of the United States…” you just can’t get any more socialist than that.

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    walfishj  over 1 year ago

    Too bad Lisa continues to have no idea of what she speaks.

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    Durak Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Good grief. Socialism is an ECONOMIC system. No where does it demand that freedom be relinquished any more than capitalism does. This is ridiculous.

    In capitalism we have the oligarchs using their money to corrupt and control our government. There is nothing “free” about that.

    Yes, nations using socialism have many problems. But lack of freedom is not an automatic consequence of it. The lack of freedom is because people are basically idiots.

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    lopaka  over 1 year ago

    Lisa, have you ever been to Denmark? I don’t think so. It seems that all you have been doing is letting your mind handlers succeed.

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    preacherman  over 1 year ago

    That’s right, Lisa, and we all know the Repubs would like the old folks to die of starvation and disease while they were preserving their freedom. Of course, we should know by now that the Repubs main interest isn’t freedom, but the accumulation of wealth in the top 1%, who are mostly your folks.

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    Masterskrain Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Let’s not mention that it’s the REPUBLICANS that want to gut the 1st. Amendment…and that the REPUBLICANS created the “Patriot Act” that badly wounded the Bill of Rights in the first place!

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    JHayes  over 1 year ago

    Socialism? …….Again?Is Finland Lisa’s Bogeyman? Sweden Denmark??

    I think that Trump is closer to Socialism than the Dems.In a National Socialist system the Government teams up with the contortionists to wage war on the working class.

    For Instance step one Break Unions Trump has broken an agreement for COLA ( Cost of living allowance) for Federal workersStep 2 Declare the Media the enemyStep Three declare elections rigged and not legalstep 4 use the military to quell public unreststep 5 declare the opposition illegal, arrest and murder them.

    There you have Fascism also called National socialism explained

    Who do you think are the Socialists?

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    OldCoal  over 1 year ago

    I’m going to paint an imaginary scenario to show how I view the difference between the Democrats and Republicans as things stand today.

    During a presidental debate, some wit tosses a rat on the stage.

    Scenario 1 – the rat runs to the Democratic party candidate who promptly kicks the rat away from him. The news the next day says NOTHING about the debate, which resumed immediately, it’s all about the violent tendencies of a horrible person who dared harm a bit of vermin that was trying to crawl on him. Ted Rall does a strip portraying the candidate with a drone, bombing all the “rats”. PETA gets more publicity than they’ve had in decades, picketing events and blocking entry to fundraisers by lying in the streets. The DNC helplessly asks “WTH would you do if a rat attacked you?” Sanders claims the candidate should have LOVED the rat. Thousands desert the party or swear they’ll vote third party because of “cruelty”.

    Scenario 2 – the rat runs to the Republican Party candidate who grabs the rat, breaks its neck, bites off the head and eats it. The WP and the NYT run columns saying this shows unacceptable behavior, the candidate responds that they are fake news. Sean Hannity says the candidate showed the kind of courage and decision the country needs! Fox News in general is approving, the only dissent is from Tucker Carlson who opines that perhaps rat eating is a bit much, but that the candidate is still head and shoulders better than any Democrat. Ted Rall does a strip showing that if the rat had run to a Democrat, it would have been tortured and then eaten. Sanders yells that Democrats and Republicans are all rat eaters. Thousands of Republicans show up at events carrying candy rats which they wave in the air and then eat while cheering the candidate and his “courage”. Moderates flock to the Republican because he’s “a man’s man”.

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    Ok, which one do you think is going to win? Anyone want to argue that that’s not how it is?

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    Dave Ferro  over 1 year ago

    Great cartoon, Lisa!!!! Exactly spot on!!!

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    dcmotrl Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Red Baiting. As a Dem, I’m not even close to socialism so I resent this attempt to smear us with a tiny number of candidates. If they are elected it will be by the same will of the people that gave us Trump.

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    WestNYC Premium Member over 1 year ago

    I hope the establishment Democrats quash the Sandernistas once and for all.

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    Dave Ferro  over 1 year ago

    Great cartoon, Lisa! Spot on!

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    Gary Williams Premium Member over 1 year ago

    I think this cartoonist has not better grip of reality than her Lord and Savior Jesus Trump.

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    Stephen Runnels Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Lisa’s been watching Alex Jones again. . .

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    JohnCzep  over 1 year ago

    More conned-servate mental derangemant?

    So now as John McCain lays in rest in the hollowed halls of Congress the mouthpieces of the absurd uninvited blowhard put whitless dogma out to apease the lowly base of conned-servative idiots.

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    benthere7  over 1 year ago

    Just stupid!inaccurate, false information. Projecting.

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    ronny  over 1 year ago

    One only needs to look at oil rich Venezuela as the latest example to see that socialism always fails. Despite that they left always pushes socialist policies.

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    Scoutmaster77  over 1 year ago

    Ah, claiming all Democrats are socialists and, by implication, un-American traitors. Alex Jones would be proud of you.

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    Bookworm  over 1 year ago

    As opposed to the Patriot Act after 9/11 – turning citizens into suspects ever since. Habeas Corpus; who needs it? Right to Counsel; forget about it! Detention incommunicado without a hearing; administrative convenience! But it’s only for the “bad people” as determined by our infallible beloved leader.

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    JHayes  over 1 year ago

    Promote the General WELFARE???? Sounds Like Socialism to Me!!

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    watashi73  over 1 year ago

    The ideas of Adam Smith created the greatest government, economic, and military colossus in world history. The ideas of Karl Marx gave us the Soviet Union, The People’s Republic, Pol Pot, Castro and about 100 million souls documented in the “Black Book of Communism” who were sacrificed trying to make it work. The Democrat Party of Sanders, Warren, Cortez et al is doing all it can to emulate Venezuela which is the current example. Although they are convinced they can make socialism “different” it always ends up having to be done by force. The intelligent and industrious will never be content to work hard only to see the product of their effort go to those anxious to live off other people’s money, all the while never being satisfied they are getting “economic justice.”

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    The Wolf In Your Midst  over 1 year ago

    Because, of course, anything which doesn’t automatically transfer our money into the pockets of a billionaire is horrible socialism that will take away our rights.


    (The billionaires taking away our rights is perfectly acceptable because they are better than us.)

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    DrDon1  over 1 year ago

    Why does Benson continue to crank out this misleading drivel?

    [ It’s like Giuliani or Alex Jones have taken up cartooning…. ]

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    stevek Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Seems to be Trump whose trampling on the Bill Of Rights.

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    pamela welch Premium Member over 1 year ago

    @Lisa! Seriously! Good grief!

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    Nantucket Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Democratic socialism looks to ensure that every person is fed, housed, educated and receives health care. This has nothing to do with giving up freedom. If you want to pay for your own in any of these cases, that’s your choice.

    Capitalism is all about profit. Food, housing, education and healthcare tha are based on pure profit motives is what has caused the poor health stats, massive schooling debts, and food and housing insecurity for far too many people.

    People that believe they are self-made are narcissistic. Everyone who does well got some help from somewhere, plus they had luck for things like good health and opportunity. “You didn’t build that” referring to roads and bridges was twisted by the RW – disgusting.

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    ahab  over 1 year ago

    Trump’s wrongs are stacking up Lisa.

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    Republicans love socialism for rich people, they gave them all the tax dollars.

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    mysterysciencefreezer  over 1 year ago

    …Wanna connect the dots for us, Ma’am?

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    vadimuzdensky  over 1 year ago

    In order to have a social democracy, aka an economic system where the government pays for the healthcare and full education of its citizens, which is what Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are asking for, which freedoms will we be sacrificing? As far as I know, we will only need to pay slightly higher taxes, and spend less on our military, which already has much more funding than it needs.

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    kballweg Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Ah yes, the Grand (for an exclusive few) Old Party spent how many years calling the ACA “Socialism” and now close to 70% of Americans are in favor of Medicare for All including a majority of Republicans. So, they might want to rethink the effectiveness of that particular bit of branding.

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    trivers  over 1 year ago

    What could go wrong? How much time to you have?

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    jergideon  over 1 year ago

    Lisa: Maybe one should repost this cartoon from 2006:

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    denis1112  over 1 year ago

    The way of the National Socialist Democrat Workers Party.The elites in charge think most are not smart enough to have much freedom.The government should think for all of you.From most comments from the lefties,who spew the party line,they do already.

    Just ask the elitists that made up the Russia Hoax Bureaucratic Snafu.You could just shorten that to B.S.

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    DrDon1  over 1 year ago

    ^ But #45 only loves ‘Attorney Generals who have law degrees from Ivy League schools’ … you know, the “elite” law schools!

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    Dtroutma Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Lisa makes me think of an old phrase: Even the ape, in infinite dumbness- but she doesn’t qualify for the rest of the statement.

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    FreyatheWanderer  over 1 year ago

    If you have a problem with socialism, then clearly you have a problem with public schools, public transit, public fire and police departments, safe roads and bridges, reasonably safe work environments, Social Security, a 40-hour work week, overtime pay, minimum wage – I could go on and on and on enough to fill several comment boxes. If you don’t like socialism, then let’s see how long you last working 14 hours a day for chicken feed surrounded by hazards, and being glad that Grandma had to move in with you so she can watch your kids because school is too expensive.

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