Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller for September 02, 2010

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    wndrwrthg  almost 14 years ago

    Money is the grease that lubricates the wheels of government.

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    tis4kis  almost 14 years ago

    Pretty much the same mechanism in Canuckistan. At least the same result.

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    Sisyphos  almost 14 years ago

    Screw the Public! Make straight the way of the money-bearing Lobbyist!

    BTW, Compare PBS (today’s and yesterday’s).

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    ksoskins  almost 14 years ago

    It’s the Golden Rule; them that has the gold makes the rules.

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    Bittermelon of Truth  almost 14 years ago

    … yeah and they go right into his pocket as “campaign contributions” (see yesterday’s Pearls Before Swine).

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    UncaAlby  almost 14 years ago

    Well you really can’t see it in this picture, but I think there’s probably a Minotaur in the upper corner having taxpayers for lunch.

    This explains why there’s an entrance with no need for an exit.

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    runninanreadin  almost 14 years ago

    …and, if you’ve noticed, there is NO way the public can ever reach government. Well put.

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    hildigunnurr Premium Member almost 14 years ago

    Ain’t that the truth?

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    cdward  almost 14 years ago

    Sigh. It’s probably always been this way, but it feels like the power of the corporate owned lobbyist is greater now than ever.

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    arifvakil  almost 14 years ago

    Brilliant stuff Wiley. LoL Baslim!

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    Desultourist  almost 14 years ago

    I thought the lobbyist entrance was through the backside of his chair.

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    Potrzebie  almost 14 years ago

    How come no college has a Lobbyist BA or BS?

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    pschearer Premium Member almost 14 years ago

    Wow, look at all those lobbyists from the government employees and teachers unions!

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    Wildcard24365  almost 14 years ago

    Why complain? Is Capitalist system at work, da? Is, how you say, incentive to “work smarter, not harder:” get enough money to influence system?

    Da… money makes world go ‘round.

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    nickmangieri Premium Member almost 14 years ago

    For every labor lobbyist, there are at least ten from big business trying to screw the workers.

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    GuntotingLiberal  almost 14 years ago

    Good idea Wildcard, maybe the public should band together and pay for our own lobbyists.

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    XslayerALE  almost 14 years ago

    wait …. where are the hoops and traps?

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    pschearer Premium Member almost 14 years ago

    But Guntoting, the politcos already declare that everything they do is for the public, and look where that’s gotten us.

    As for business lobbyists, there are two main kinds. The first is fundamentally honest and lobbies to keep Congress informed of needful legislation or potential damage from ill-conceived laws. The second kind is fundamentally dishonest, as they wheel and deal for special favors intended to give them an unearned advantage over competitors. The first is concerned with defending his rights and the second intends to violate someone else’s.

    Of course the line between the two types can be blurry in today’s mixed economy, but for a clear depiction of the difference, read Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” for an understanding of what a free economy should look like.

    (Red: That notion that businesses screw the worker is right out of Karl Marx. Where were you taught that?)

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    pdchapin  almost 14 years ago

    If the public had their own lobbyists, big money would hire lobbyists to lobby our lobbyists. After all, we’re already paying the target of the current lobbyists and we know how successful that’s been.

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    jkoskov  almost 14 years ago

    Are we sure this official’s title isn’t… “Former Liberal Educator, now Liberal Government God”

    Or how about, “Department of Hope and Change.”

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    Justice22  almost 14 years ago

    We already have a college devoted to producing lobbyists. It is called “Congress”.

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    tsouthworth  almost 14 years ago

    pschearer, yeah, that’s why there are so many rich teachers around, driving BMWs and M-B…oh, wait.

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    peter0423  almost 14 years ago

    chrismaple: billdog’s jape was aimed at the Tea Party, Palin, and Beck, hence the religious metaphor. It would not apply to Ayn Rand, as you say.

    Rand’s philosophy, as far as I can tell, was that of a highly intelligent and articulate two-year-old – self-interest is all there is, and altruism and selfless service to others are rubbish. (She reminds me of Stewie Griffin, come to think of it.)

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    egadi'mnotclad  almost 14 years ago

    When future archeologists unearth our culture, I hope they find a cache of your strips! That’ll explain it all.

    love ya.

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    worldisacomic  almost 14 years ago

    Just outside the cartoon frame is the Chicago City Limits sign!

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    sleepeeg3  almost 14 years ago

    More of this.

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    Dutchboy1  almost 14 years ago

    There probably USED TO BE an opening to his office for the public in there, but one of the lobbyists brought in a wall panel to block it up.

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    Wiley creator almost 14 years ago

    Amazing how some people here try to make this out to be a conservative vs. liberal thing. This cartoon was done 4 years ago, under a different administration. And it can be run again, and again and again, forever and ever, regardless of which party is “in control”.

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    WaitingMan  almost 14 years ago

    I recently had a discussion with a wealthy Ayn Rand tea-partier type. He was 100% behind the military-industrial complex but thought that spending tax dollars to feed hungry American children was a waste of money. When I mentioned to him that Exxon/Mobil paid $0 in federal income tax last year, his response was that corporations shouldn’t have to pay taxes. This dude is one sick puppy.

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    Justice22  almost 14 years ago

    ^ The unpaid taxes went to pay the wages of the thousands of workers they added to their workforce.

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    bmonk  almost 14 years ago

    One advantage of being from a low-population state like the Dakotas or Wyoming: it’s easier to get in to see your elected officials. I say nothing about how easy it is to get them to listen to you.

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    ChukLitl Premium Member almost 14 years ago

    The lobbyists have way too much influence over who gets in the servants’ entrance.

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    RadioTom  almost 14 years ago

    The “public entrance” is too big….

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    wijid  almost 14 years ago

    if money is the grease, then hypocrisy is the vaseline of political intercourse

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    JP Steve Premium Member almost 14 years ago

    Great Ayn Rand put-down, Scaaty!

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  36. Cathy aack Premium Member almost 14 years ago

    Amen Billdog – I’m just curious to know who hasn’t experienced getting screwed by business?

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    myming  almost 14 years ago

    so true !!!

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    vhammon  almost 14 years ago

    Notice when the amount of money a Congressman has taken over a lifetime from a lobbying group is mentioned, how small the amounts —usually in the thousands, millions…. tens of millions.

    These relatively meager contributions gain lobbyists BILLIONS in benefits – often tax loopholes.

    Million,000,000 Billion,000,000,000

    They earn 1000 to 1 on their investment. And our pig-headed avoidance of figuring out a way to make public financing work COSTS us that 1000.

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    atemisk_roun  almost 14 years ago

    i agree with the last comment money is being used too loosly

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    steer47  almost 14 years ago

    Hey, how does Wiley know how my representative/senator in both state and fed levels operate?

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