Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for October 27, 2012

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    The#1BoiseStateFan  over 11 years ago

    I agree with Goat, not Rat, but he has a point……

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    margueritem  over 11 years ago

    Rat scores big with this one.

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    finale  over 11 years ago

    If he was wealthy he could start his own “Rat PAC”. That would really be something.

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    jazzmoose  over 11 years ago

    As always, Rat is right.

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    Swiftbow  over 11 years ago

    Funny how unions never get mentioned in this context…

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    firedome  over 11 years ago

    while i agree with rat about PACs and special interests, unfortunately goat is correct. i think that once these folks are barred from “contibuting”, we’ll finally see a real leader in office.

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    Nebulous Premium Member over 11 years ago

    Put up a sign, “Hungry. Please help.” and you might get a buck.Put up one, “Support my Election Campaign” and you get thousands. And matching Government funds.And then they have the gall to tell the first guy, “Get a Job!”

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    Sisyphos  over 11 years ago

    Geez, Rat, you talk as if bribes and campaign contributions were the same thing!

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    zero  over 11 years ago

    Give them all tip jars. . ..

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    Proginoskes  over 11 years ago

    @ Swiftbow: The union that I’m REALLY against is one where they sit around and make money off of other people’s work. It’s called “The Old Boy Network”.

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    Ottodesu  over 11 years ago

    No, Rat is not correct.Basically, the way the system works is …Actually, he is correct.

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    orinoco womble  over 11 years ago

    OK, I know Halloween is coming up but this is getting scary. A few days ago I found myself agreeing with Bucky of Get Fuzzy. Now I agree with Rat. Hold me, somebody, I’m scared…

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    Varnes  over 11 years ago

    orinco, awe, there, there. Things always work out….in a ball of flaming death…

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    knight1192a  over 11 years ago

    Rat’s right, it’s a bribe. But it’s gotten around the illegal nature by being called a campaign contribution. Kinda like how something else illegal was gotten around the illegal nature by being called a tax.

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    Varnes  over 11 years ago

    Swiftbow, why the hate? People that actually use their hands to make things and serve the needs of society, deserve a fair shake.. what’s wrong with you? Why the hatred of your fellow Americans? I bet 75% of them do more physical labor than you do every day…Some people shower before work, and some people have to shower before and after work….Why hate on them?. A union is people working together on equal terms…What the hell is wrong with that, and what the hell is wrong with you?

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    Vonne Anton  over 11 years ago

    I didn’t know Goat was a Mormon….oh wait, I misread that. Sorry.

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    fpaul46  over 11 years ago

    “When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.” ― P.J. O’Rourke

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    jmartin1955  over 11 years ago

    Truth, sad and a funny line.

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    brine Premium Member over 11 years ago

    Another spot-on observation by rat!!!

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    SwimsWithSharks  over 11 years ago

    Please don’t suppress my Multi-National-Corporation’s right to free speech and offshore tax rates.

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    cdward  over 11 years ago

    If by “Bribe” we mean, “Give someone with influence money so that they will do what we want,” then our entire system is ALL ABOUT MONEY. And those with the most money have all the influence.

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    cdward  over 11 years ago

    Unions have a fraction of the influence that they once had and a tiny fraction of the political giving. That’s not opinion – it is the straight numbers. If you think they compare financially with corporations, then you haven’t been doing your homework.Corporations, on the other hand, have a capacity for virtually unlimited bribing. They own our government – not us. And since few corporations are purely American, that means that we are being de facto governed by rich foreigners.We have never done unions well in this country, but we’re a lot better off having them than not.

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    Darsan54 Premium Member over 11 years ago

    Nailed it in one.

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    Number Three  over 11 years ago

    Mr Know-It-All!

    or Mr-Thinks-He-Knows-It-All

    LOL xxx

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    bgby4884  over 11 years ago

    Sort of like the president demonising corporations and then quietly taking bucketloads of cash from them. They have to be getting Something for it.

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    jd wigman  over 11 years ago

    I was going to say Pastis ignores the unions, but old1953 already did.

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    rini1946  over 11 years ago

    see if he can answer this one why are there not slander suits after or during a campain

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    Oxnate  over 11 years ago

    Thank you for pointing this fact out to everyone. Campaign contributions = Bribes.

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    Dapperdan61  Premium Member over 11 years ago

    Agreeing with Rat, very scary indeed

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    wiselad  over 11 years ago

    OMG this is the first time I agree with Rat 100% and with Goat ZILCH

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    Kathy M T M Premium Member over 11 years ago

    Good one!

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    coldsooner  over 11 years ago

    Take a look at the “fact finding missions” your “leaders” take for vacations, and who pays for them. Figure it out. It’s sad many people who agree with goat are also sheep.

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    gregC6  over 11 years ago

    if we did that to a police officer we would go to jail but it is ok if it helps some party

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    Varnes  over 11 years ago

    Redkaycei, don’t forget the weekend. Unions gave us the weekend. And man, do I love me my weekends….♫ ♪ Were all workin’ for the weekend….♪ ♪ ♫

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    Varnes  over 11 years ago

    bpullin, the unions will give money to any candidate that helps people who work for a living. It’s not their fault it’s only democratic politicians who want to help the working person. Your money is being spent to protect your rights, your pay, and dignity. What is wrong with that? If you feel so strongly about it, why don’t you insist on republican candidates that support working people?

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    Bill Chapman  over 11 years ago

    The entire US political election system is screwed up. The parties focus all their funding on one candidate each, and media follows along them like lemmings. Any other candidates are completely forgotten and receive 30 second blurbs at best. This causes many people to believe those two are the ONLY candidates for the presidency and so they vote for the “lesser of the two evils” if they do not follow a “loyalty” party vote.Add in the electoral college system and I don’t see how the US public can actually believe they have truly voted for whomever “wins” the “election”.

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    Bill Chapman  over 11 years ago

    The campaign contribution laws are DESIGNED to allow major contributors to dump “loads” of funds into a candidates political war chest. I find the entire idea of allowing corporations to donate money to ANY elected official tainted, and ethically wrong.The common public may have donated the most when totaled up, but those huge multi-thousand dollar donations are all that a candidate sees …. and wants to continue seeing. The little mans’ contribution of $25 × 750,000 donators becomes ignored……

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    dfowensby  over 11 years ago

    and SCOTUS agrees with you, goat. a fine example of why the fringes wanting a fully reformed government are edging in….

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    Sherlock Watson  over 11 years ago

    Today’s strip is like something from Laugh-In; two guys have a quick dialogue pointing out something that’s wrong with the System, and there’s a (sort of) punch line.

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    cyberguy  over 11 years ago

    Funny how the most obnoxious people are sometimes the ones with the most straightforward vision

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    nj23nut  over 11 years ago

    From the mouth of a cartoon artist…..

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    JP Steve Premium Member over 11 years ago

    A union crushing a multinational multi-billion dollar corporation? That’s the funniest thing I’ve seen today!

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    Charlie Sloden Premium Member over 11 years ago

    So long as corporations are considered legal “persons” and are permitted to contribute to political campaigns, congressman will be “influenced.” When campaigns are limited and publicly funded, our congressional representatives will be free to represent us, “the people.”

    But Congress will never reform itself.

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    I am george  over 1 year ago

    11 years later nothing has been done about this and it’s still a problem. . .

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