Tom the Dancing Bug by Ruben Bolling for March 15, 2019


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    boydpercy Premium Member 8 months ago

    Not much is new under the sun.

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    Say What Now‽ Premium Member 8 months ago

    That’s not what the Rump means by saying “make America great again”, except for the racist part.

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    jvo  8 months ago

    All this goes to show is that the USA really has become a different planet. :)

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    braindead Premium Member 8 months ago

    C’mon, Tom.

    In the fifties, that was a colored girl.


    A Congressgirl, maybe, but still…

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    Rick4now Premium Member 8 months ago

    Before you leave you must make a side trip to Queens and terminate a fat little orange baby to save the future of humanity.

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    Ray Rappisi Jr Premium Member 8 months ago

    This one has that 50’s comic book design down pat

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    ChristopherLyons  8 months ago

    The top tax rate was very high then, but basically nobody paid it. They paid accountants and set up tax shelters to get around it. And would do the same today. So Phase 2 would be to set up debtor prisons for tax evaders. That might be a teensy bit socialist…..

    The main point of the strip—that ‘socialist’ ideas today are mainly just ideas to get us back to where we were decades ago in terms of fiscal policy, is correct. Reagan really screwed us good.

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    Brass Orchid Premium Member 8 months ago

    I’m going to need a lot more duct tape to keep my prejudices and preconceived notions intact.

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    disinterest  8 months ago

    When Americans see upsetting events, our democracy provides recourse: The wealthy just call their Senator. The middle class send an email to a friend who knows an intern for their Congressman. And the impoverished just swear at their TV.

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    Linguist  8 months ago

    Most people living in the United States don’t have a clue about what true Socialism is or who’s a Socialist. They throw the term around – usually as a derogative – as a concept or political idea to be feared and shunned.

    I’m tired of trying to explain to the closed-minded, “educated” ignoramuses how true democratic socialism works and how it can co-exist within a “capitalist” framework.

    If you feel some desperate need to label my independent thinking then I will happily accept designations like progressive, liberal, and socialist, if that’s what floats your boat. I subscribe to no political party, abhor extreme radicalism in any form and consider myself a centrist and a political agnostic.

    ( I also like long walks on the beach and beautiful sunsets )

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    edeevans1947  8 months ago

    Pretty interesting commentary on then and now!

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    Godfreydaniel  8 months ago

    Whenever somebody says they want to return to Victorian values, I always ask them “You mean hypocrisy and hypochondria?”

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    Packratjohn Premium Member 8 months ago

    I enjoyed growing up in the 50s. I got a new pair of blinders every Christmas.

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    willie_mctell  8 months ago

    In the ’50s the New Deal was still around and was mainstream.

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    readfred  8 months ago

    Nice “twist” ending!

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    Mr. Blawt  8 months ago

    I can’t wait until it is great again

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    Fenshaw Premium Member 8 months ago

    Yes. Make America Great Again. Rewrite and update “The New Deal,” pass it into law, and enforce it this time.

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    Kip W  8 months ago

    The stereotype of dour, humorless socialists is all wrong. Just listen to that good-humored laughter!

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    filmsgraded  8 months ago

    Joseph McCarthy, Operation Wetback, Jim Crow…The ’60s were better, Vietnam notwithstanding

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    Broacher  8 months ago

    It all comes down to the food. Would you take 1950s politics again if it meant you had to give up 90% of today’s grocery store choices or restaurant menu picks? Pass the bologna and white bread, please. (What? Strawberry Jello for dessert? Hold the tuna casserole!)

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    tim71pos  8 months ago

    I got a laugh at the last panel. Well done Mr. Bolling. It’s a repackaging of the points made in a former cartoon – Obama goes back to the 1950s – but it just goes to show that a great cartoonist can make the same points and keep the presentation fresh.

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    MichaelLowrey  8 months ago

    I am proud to live in Milwaukee, where our series of Socialist Party mayors made this one of the nation’s most livable cities for most of the early 20th century (yes, the Happy Days family had a Socialist in city hall, and he was pretty widely admired).

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    salakfarm Premium Member 7 months ago

    Ah, you are surely a most cunning linguist! I was born in 1940 and I get this one entirely. I was raised as an Ike Republican, but now that’s a medium liberal. I’m hoping to see the Rethugs implode. Like you, I’m politically agnostic, but somehow I haven’t voter for anyone R in about 50 yrears or more.

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