The first job is to get elected. After that, the ONLY important job is to be *re*elected. To which end, one must raise funds, and occasionally have a staff member do something for a constituent. Legislative work is optional, though again, you need to look as if you’re doing something.
The name for the representative is equally accurate. No matter how smart they may actually be, their brain is rarely used in politics.
He’s only got about 1/2 hour in the schedule to do heavy drinking and ignore his constituents.
- Bash immigrants
- Vacation in Mexico during a blackout in your State while your constituents need your help.
He’s a Representative. They’re not supposed to do any governing.
Lot of truth in this comic.
Hmm, what other empty headed representative has the initials M. T?
That is a Rep. What about Senators – how do they go about it ?!?
The truth hurts us all. Showing good form, Wiley. Kudos.
He just likes being all things to all people – can’t fault him for that. I love his name on the door (and I also love that his secretary gave him a heart-starter at the end, just to shock him out of complacency. Or something)
And I totally believe it. Terms limits and getting money out of politics is absolutely needed. All elections should last 4 months at most and be funded by the government.
Republicans* hate governing.
Okay, not as much as they hate democracy, but still…
I ran for class president, but was defeated by a chalkboard eraser.
The sad part is that, even though voters know that this is happening…most officials get re-elected, and it’s usually not even close
Due to the restrictions related to the pandemic, the legislator has had to rearrange his schedule. The 4:48 to 5pm has been slotted for a QAnon rally. That will last about 12 minutes, which also about equals his IQ.
That’s definitely a Rethugliecon.
“What’s important about morality in politics is us. We own the chicken farm. We must give our bird-brained, feather-headed politicians morals. Politicians love to think of themselves as “free-range” but they do not have the capacity to hunt or gather morals in the wild. If we fail to supply them with morality, politicians begin to act very scary in the barnyard. These are enormous headless chickens and they have nukes.”
― P.J. O’Rourke, Don’t Vote, it Just Encourages the Bastards
Wiley you forgot, ignore Jan 6th subpoena. I wonder if I ran for Congress would I get elected on an Accountability platform: A) Term Limit to once per lifetime, B) No salary raises, ever, & C) Salaries reduced to the Federal minimum wage for all Legislators regardless of time in office. Of course I am not qualified to run for office as a college dropout, but wouldn’t it be nice to see these bills pass on the floor of the House or Senate? It’d be a long term goal to get a majority of like minded people elected to the Legislature to approve these bills. But I suspect it would be shot down by the fat cats on Wall Street because that would upset the biggest apple cart in WDC.
“Is it better to be good or appear to be good?” was an old philosophical question. Moralists tended to say ‘be good’. Machiavelli disagreed, “As long as you appear good people will be happy…” Heck if you can keep a handful of entrenched people, who can restrict the right of others to vote, fooled you don’t even have to appear good.
Might as well rename Congress and the WH and all the politically appointed jobs to SLEEZOID HEAVEN
Perfect. Wiley, you do know the daily events of the typical Wisconsin Republican.
Republicans want to destroy 240 years of American democracy because the majority refused to vote for lying dictator Trump.
Talk about hitting the nail squarely on the head.
Congressman’s number one priority – get reelected.
Number two priority – please the major donors (see priority one)
Number three priority – for Democrats – please the party leadership. for Republicans debase one’s self to gain the favor of cult leader Trump.
Fourth priority – demonize all political enemies.
Fifth priority – if there is time left over and if it is convenient – represent the constituents.
The crop of rebranded Turd Reich Trolls extoll the virtues of the Mango Madman over the current administration.
One has managed to help kill well over 700,000 American. It has spurred attacks on the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Declaration of Independence. It has fomented a failed coup and given rise to a cult of traitors. It has encouraged hate, fear mongering, racism, sexism, misogyny, xenophoblia, and political infighting and paranoia. It has lied to and grifted from its supporters with bogus campaigns for recounts and elections with those funds barely ever reaching their intended goals but instead much more often lining the pockets of the Turd Reich leaders, funding luxury travel and lavish dinners. Did any money the Velvet ya Voldemort collected for recounted reach Arizona? And doesn’t he in fact still owe Arizona money for his rallies?
It has lied to the nation about voter fraud and stolen elections, resulting more often in discovering the votes that were questioned actually turned into more pro zen and secure votes for the new administration, and most cases of fraud being from members of or voters for the Turd Reich. Of course the actual intention of those distractions was and is to instill a sense of doubt in the electoral process. This is textbook propaganda and disinformation from the days of Hitler and Goebbels. The Big Lie is one method that led the Nazis to power. aGolf Twitler has kissed the butt of every dictator he has ever met, especially those who are enemies of the United States of America. He wants to become one of them.
So no, the current administration has not accomplished as much as the Turd Reich. The new administration is hampered by morals, compassion, and respect for the Constitution. The Turd Reich trolls will change all that if they can.
Anyone here think that is the way things should be in America? Or should we stomp the new Nazis like we have stomped the old Nazis?
He misspelled the names Ted Cruz, Matt Gaetz, Marjorie Taylor-Greene, Boebert, Gohmert, McConnell, Sinema, Manchin, Gym Jordan, and a whole bunch of others.
These maga-type Republicans know they can’t govern. All they are able to do is gin up feigned outrage to manipulate the weak-minded voter.
And what’s REALLY sad is that this it NOT that much of an exaggeration!!
We hire these clowns but we don’t own the circus.
Sounds about right.
Sounds about right. Love the name of the door…
“Don’t scare me like that.”
“governing”?What would give him a fit like that is “actual public service”.
Having spent some years making the rounds on Independence & Constitution Avenues, reality isn’t as cynical as the comic…but at times it comes very, very close.
Please send this to all our Congresscritturs and Senileators.
Cynical, yet apparently very close to reality
Give him one more like that one, Honey!!! That would do him in for good…
Unfortunately, that IS considered governing these days.
Well, on to “Calvin and Hobbes.”
Members of Congress exemplify the philosophy of Capitalism (“I got mine!”). You want Capitalism, we got it, top to bottom (exactly like feudalism, Capitalism relies on the masses at the bottom to prove for the ruling, monied, class).
Close to #1 is to make the other party look bad. The master at that is Mitch McConnell, aka Moscow Mitch, the “Turtle”, the most dangerous man in America.
I’m glad she was kidding about that last thing. She scared me, too.
This toon don’t lie!
It appears that Mr. Wiley is a LIBERAL.
On the other side of the argument, I’m not talking parties, is that many of our Congress people do a heck of a good job working for the people who voted them in. I’ve heard so many good stories about the things that are done for constituents including fighting the bureaucrats who have stalled or otherwide frustrated them. One of my senators went to bat for a SIL who was trapped in another country. He didn’t ask what our party was, or our political/financial clout was. He and his staff just helped.
Nailed the House RepubliQan Caucus (formerly known, per that famous bleeding-heart liberal Barry Goldwater, as “the lunatic fringe”).
Yes, it is true that the US is in a constant state of electioneering and fund raising, even other democratic countries are laughing about it behind our backs.
Just look at Canada: a thirty day election and it’s done. No sooner than the date was announced, that it was finished and they are back in the governing mode.
So, is the “constituent” who “brunches” with the honorable congressman planning on voting for him in 2022?
5:15 pm – Accuse opponents of corruption.
Much easier if you are a Democratic Congress person. Sleep til 8, breakfast, 9 call George Soros for campaign money. 10 Go to Capital spend rest of day supplicating to Pelosi.
Gotta draw the limit somewhere, amirite?
@Say What Now‽
It’s unfortunate that we don’t have 95+%-effective vaccines for heart disease and cancer. Apples and oranges.
Nope, not right, but no more wrong than any of the rest of us.
Model of a modern representative.
Knocked this one out of the park Wiley.
Term limits, election spending limits.
Spot on. I just love “American democracy” — the finest government money can buy.
The GQP are odd. They don’t want to govern. Indeed, many simply cannot, as they lack the skills. But they will gladly ruin our democracy so they can stay in power.
Wouldn’t it be better for all of us if they just went to work in some financial institution? Many of those in their C-suites meet the same qualifications; None.
An absolute grand-slam touchdown, Wiley!
Representative – Reprehensible. Do we think that’s a coincidence?
Yes, she was joking. At 4:48-5:00 the congressman in question is condemning anyone, as socialists, asking for government (tax payer) funded health care or education. Then going on to supporting a bill for government (tax payer) funded (socialism not mentioned) military bases maintaining the US empire world wide, see for example https://responsiblestatecraft.org/2021/08/24/the-all-american-base-world-750-us-military-bases-remain-around-the-planet/
Sounds like our M.T. Hedd Congresswoman. She asks for taxpayer dollars to drill a hole through the 4 Four foot thick cement floor of the Los Angeles River. Then…,plant a tree to wait for the 1st rain. It will be then washed to the ocean.
When you take the money out of it all that is left is performance.
Trip to the border, print more money to pay people not to work, raise gasoline prices and taxes to help the supply chain, take a cognitive ability test, remember what I had for breakfast,
I liked this one only because there isn’t a cry button.
Ain’t no M.T. Heads there, even though we’d like to think there are. To keep getting re-elected and become a millionaire isn’t something dummies can do.
12 minutes of governing a day, sounds more like executive time to me.
Wish that this were only a joke in a comic strip…
Oh, there was a call from Moscow Mitch inviting you to view the Video he made of your Last “Constituent Meeting” at the Excelsior Hotel.
He also said to remind you to bring that Campaign Funds briefcase with you to the viewing party.
Funny how this is directed at Republicans but it’s the Dems that run all the investigative committees and leak information to the New York Times. Their motto? Glad you asked. “All the Leftist news that’s fit to print.”