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Ted Rall is America's most controversial and hard-hitting political cartoonist. Read Ted's columns, watch his animated cartoons and buy his books at his blog: www.tedrall.com.

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  1. 15 days ago on Ted Rall

    The math is simple. Universal healthcare requires higher taxes. But your taxes will increase less than what you currently pay for healthcare including insurance premiums and co-pays. So you save money.

  2. 27 days ago on Ted Rall

    Either that, or personal experience gives me insight into a problem others might not notice.

  3. 27 days ago on Ted Rall

    I agree that this is a very complicated question and I would not trust the US government to control the content of any media outlet. What I’m trying to point out is, our current discussion about censorship is stupidly low-level and needs to elevate to something approaching reason so we can work this out as a society.

  4. 27 days ago on Ted Rall

    Yes, media companies can publish what they want. Yes, it is censorship when one of them decides not be a platform for anything. Yes, you can accuse me of censorship for not including your views in my cartoons because I am censoring you. The question isn’t whether it’s censorship or not. It is. The question is, is the censorship justified or appropriate?

    The New York Times does not employ any progressive columnists. Because many Times readers are progressives, this is not just censorship, it’s hard to justify. They also do not publish Nazi columnists. Very few if any Times readers are Nazis so this is easy to justify.

    We can’t discuss which acts of censorship are appropriate as long as we’re saying that most acts of censorship are not censorship at all because they’re not the result of government action.

  5. 27 days ago on Ted Rall

    https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/01/23/jury-trial-you-have-no-right/

  6. about 1 month ago on Ted Rall

    The “they have oil” excuse makes no sense. It’s not like the Saudis give us oil at a discounted rate because we’re such close buddies. It’s also not like the Saudis don’t sell oil—at the same price—to everyone else, whether they have a good relationship with them or not.

  7. about 1 month ago on Ted Rall

    All that, plus there’s the question of what costs and consumer goods we use as metrics. Housing and tuition costs have risen much faster than, say, air travel. In net present value terms, air travel is pretty much the same price now as it was decades ago. But housing in urban areas has skyrocketed. In my old Manhattan apartment building one of my neighbors bought an apartment in 1972 for $10,000 that she sold in 2004 for $1.3 million.

  8. about 1 month ago on Ted Rall

    Automation is a huge issue. Truth is, the workforce doesn’t need as many workers any more. We need to transition the economy. Not everyone needs to or should have to work. Some people shouldn’t have to. And it’s OK to provide them with money so they can live too. I for one would prefer to work than not. Many people feel the same.

  9. about 1 month ago on Ted Rall

    Unquestionably, Republicans are marginally worse than Democrats on workers’ issues. My point here is not what SHOULD happen but rather what I think WILL happen. Tepid promises to try to get $15/hour aren’t likely to excite beleaguered workers, especially in the many states where the market has already pushed wages to or near $15. If Democrats want to get voters motivated, promise something meaty—like $50—and then fight tooth and mail for it.

    Look at what Trump did. He got his nativist base excited about The Great Wall of America and now he’s pushing hard for it. You might not like it or the government shutdown but he’s being true to the people who elected him and they love him. Dems should try doing the same for us.

  10. about 1 month ago on Ted Rall

    Understandably people will want to know how I arrived at the $80/hour figure. Please refer to the pre-1980 inflation rate chart at shadowstats.com, an invaluable source of information on the economy.