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By Tom Toles

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By Tom Toles  | July 18, 2010; 12:00 AM ET
Categories:  Economy and jobs, GOP  
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You liberal fools can do nothing but lie! The GOP is NOT against funding the never ending unemployment, they are against putting it on the Chinese credit card....again! We have billions left in the non stimulating stimulus, why not use that money to fund the continued free lunch? Answer, so you can use the money to reward more payola for votes....the democratic way. Tell me libs, what do you do for the self employed that have been run out of business due to the economy and zero's administration? You don't have .99 let alone 99 WEEKS of money for them. WHAT ABOUT THE SELF EMPLOYED THAT HAVE NO UNEMPLOYMENT MONEY.,.....NONE!

Posted by: steelers01 | July 21, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to know why it is that so many of the people who write about TT's cartoons just go on and on and never know when to end a sentence or when it would be more grammatically correct to at least stick in a comma here and there or maybe even a semi-colon which by the way is something that I tend to use which has not been getting a whole lot of accurate usage in the past ten or fifteen years probably since the Modern Language Association failed to come to consensus upon its appropriate and well-placed use which was some time ago the exact date of which I am unable to name despite the fact that admittedly I really do "get off" on facts like the name of Abraham Lincoln's horse or the location of Millard Fillmore's grave or even which French city has the largest population of librarians with Downs Syndrome or the house number where the Obama Family lives.

Posted by: dudeupnorth | July 19, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to know why it is that so many of the people who write about TT's cartoons that go on and on and never know when to end a sentence or when it would be more grammatically correct to at least stick in a comma here and there or maybe even a semi-colon which by the way is something that I tend to use which has not been getting a whole lot of accurate usage in the past ten or fifteen years probably since the Modern Language Association failed to come to consensus upon its appropriate and well-placed use which was some time ago the exact date of which I am unable to name despite the fact that admittedly I really do "get off" on facts like the name of Abraham Lincoln's horse or the location of Millard Fillmore's grave or even which French city has the largest population of librarians with Downs Syndrome or the house number where the Obama Family lives.

Posted by: dudeupnorth | July 19, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

This isn't funny. How can unemployment reach Nov. and vote for GOP? Are they going to survive in breathing air only???

Posted by: fridamulindayahoocouk | July 19, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

LOL if nothing else people on unemployment get to read the news about all that Congress is doing to help the country.

Still working on that "trickle-down" thing, eventually it'll work for them LOL

Posted by: dubya1938 | July 19, 2010 1:25 AM | Report abuse

Mr Toles, since the departure of Mr Froomkin, I find you're about the only feature on the Wa Post worth looking at. Keep up the good work.

Posted by: bygrace | July 18, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Bush? I know tht some will never forgive him for winning in Iraq after they gave up on a difficult task.

You think he cares what they think now? I don't.

Posted by: gary4books | July 18, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Rewarded in November?

We will see about that.

Posted by: gary4books | July 18, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

So true, unfortunately... So many people have been really hurt by the idiocy of the Bush/Cheney decade of destruction of the middle class. But nothing can change the ossified minds of the fanatics in the Republican party, thus the complete and utter lack of concrete ideas of how to fix our problems, they will retain their radical beliefs until they either destroy the country or their party, or both!

Posted by: squirebass | July 18, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

In the Hippocratic Oath, physicians are sworn to "first do no harm". Therefore, doing nothing can someties be noble, just, and heroic (and mybe the right thing to do). The answer to our challenges does not alwasy lie with a government progrm.

Nobel prize winner Milton Friedman once said, "As 'liberals', (commentator note, not the interpretation commonly used today) we take freedom of the individual, or perhaps the family as our ultimate goal in judging social arrangements. Freedom as a value in this sense has to do with the interrelations among people."

Preserving the ability of private enterprise to create solutions based on market driven principles allows for multiple centers of power and acts as a balance against the potential for tyranny and abuse that is often the result of concentrating power into the hands of relatively few men.

According to Dr. Friedman, that concentration of power no matter how well intentioned becomes the mechanism by which people who are tempted begin the process that ultimately leads to tyranny.

I, for one, am proud that some principled Republicans are standing together and saying NO in a loud voice against the most sweeping concentration of power into the hands of our federal government we have seen in at least a generation.

I am deeply concerned for the implications of this concentration of power. Maintaining the distribution of power into the hands of many places (state, local, private enterprise, families) is the best chance to preserve our freedom, maintain our pace of innovation and strengthen our economy.

We all need to take a giant chill pill here and slow down this runaway, out of control Democratic machine that no matter how well intentioned will inevitably leave us a poorer, less diverse, and ultimately oppressed society.

Posted by: jwsnowden | July 18, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Q: What's the difference between a Democrat and a leech?
A: A leech quits sucking your blood after you die.

Posted by: insanecommenter | July 18, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

The Republicans love to spout off about tax and spend, well lets look at tax and spend. Eight years of corporate America’s hand puppet Bubba, and his ventriloquists Dick Cheney and Carl Rove brought America $4.00 a gal. gasoline to help pay for corporate America’s war for oil, armament trade show and building Muslim aftermarket allegiance through reconstruction in Iraq. Eight years of Republican domination also influenced the exponential growth in personal greed by way of run away corporate profits with its legally mitigated personal liability. Run away profits in the medical, pharmaceutical, energy, and financial institutions resulting in scandals like Enron, Global Crossing, WorldCom, Tyco, Halliburton, Duke Energy, Fannie Mae and AIG just to mention a few. This and more Republican sponsored greed created the need for a 720 billion dollar secret taxpayer supported bailout that started the largest recession and job loss since the great depression. Republican created jobs are designed solely with legislated provisions for the creators to gain personal wealth at the employees expense, minimum wage and no benefits.

Was it not the Republican messiah President Reagan who raised taxes, tripled the deficit, took the National Debt over one trillion for the first time. Now the Republicans complain about inheritance tax while in 1983 Reagan signed into law the first ever income tax on Social Security benefits plus increased payroll taxes. The 1982 Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act (TEFRA) raised taxes by $37.5 , the Highway Revenue Act raised gasoline tax $3.3 billion. The Deficit Reduction Act 1984, The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 - there’s more too. Facts from Feb 23rd, 2010 by David Anderson.. In 1984 Reagan broke up ma Bell just to have Bush allow them to merge with ATT&T.

Given a 99 year optimal lifespan, then averaging attrition, its estimated the earth’s human population will top out and hold at or about 9 billion. This means unless you know of some outside re-provisioning, what goes around comes around, the Mobius band. Couple that with the fact that we share the same social and parental characteristics as that of the lowly honeybee, therefore we are in the midst of turning the earth into a human beehive with a universal adhering to human rights, responsibility and reciprocal adjudication…i.e. like it or not, a reformatted socialism.

Posted by: rayburchard1 | July 18, 2010 2:36 AM | Report abuse

Dear Kevin71707, chip and seal roads are used mostly in States with low traffic. The Dakotas certainly fall into that category. Michigan is broke from the Unions, that is why they are using it. Maybe if the Government and States didn't spend 20 millions dollars on Reinvestment signs touting the stimulus (Illinois 950 signs at $600.00 per sign, total $650.000, Pennsylvania 70 signs at $2,000! per sign) there would be more money. A recent road project at Dulles cost 15 million dollars, it created 17, count 'em 17 jobs. The rich spend and use their money far better than the Government when they get ahold of it.

Posted by: bobbo2 | July 17, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

"Paved roads, historical emblems of American achievement, are being torn up across rural America and replaced with gravel or other rough surfaces as counties struggle with tight budgets and dwindling state and federal revenue. State money for local roads was cut in many places amid budget shortfalls."

"Project supervisor Jerry Brickner checked a county road recently converted to gravel in Jamestown, N.D. The heavy machines at work in Jamestown, N.D., are grinding the asphalt off road beds, grading the bed and packing the material back down to create a new road surface."

"In Michigan, at least 38 of the 83 counties have converted some asphalt roads to gravel in recent years. Last year, South Dakota turned at least 100 miles of asphalt road surfaces to gravel. Counties in Alabama and Pennsylvania have begun downgrading asphalt roads to cheaper chip-and-seal road, also known as "poor man's pavement." Some counties in Ohio are simply letting roads erode to gravel"

More Tax Cuts For The Rich!!!

Posted by: Kevin71707 | July 17, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

President Obama in his Saturday radio address just said that the Republicans want to balance the budget on the backs of the unemployed. He said nothing about PayGo or finding cuts to offset the billions for benefits. He acts as if PayGo does not exist.

Posted by: bobbo2 | July 17, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

The tax happy Democrats are always saying that Government cannot afford tax cuts. The people cannot afford the Government. Tax cuts reduce the income of Government. Taxes reduce the income of the people. The inheritance tax is the Government taking a huge slice of success from the people who worked hard for it. The Government has no business taking a large amount of the inheritance from families. To the Democrats Government comes first. President Obama sees no limit to the ability of Government to handle our everyday lives. That costs money, our money. Where does it end? Oh, and I believe that the health care bill will save money as much as I believed that the stimulus package would keep unemployement at 8.5%.

Posted by: bobbo2 | July 17, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Very disengenious - I guess you hope your audience is stupid! I often think they must be :-)
The Republicans are not against extending benefits - they are against any new debt that doesn't have a budget cut!!!
Surely you remember the dumbocrats PAYGO?!?!!?!

Posted by: thornegp2626 | July 17, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

More on what the Republican leadership wants from Rachel Maddow:
* Extending the Bush tax cuts would add about $2.3 trillion to the national deficit.
* On top of that, repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax and ending the Estate Tax and Gifts Tax would add another $1.1 trillion to the national deficit.
* Obama's health care reform bill actually reduces the deficit, so fulfilling Republican wishes to repeal health care reform would add another $138 billion.
* The other Obama proposal that would reduce the deficit is the cap and trade energy legislation. By blocking that, Republicans add another $19 billion to the deficit.

Stating that the Republicans are the party of small government and fiscal responsibility is a wonderful talking point to rally the base, it just doesn't have any basis in reality.

Posted by: Kevin71707 | July 17, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Americans are not fooled by the blame game being played out in the Obama Administration. They have no accomplishments but running this country into the ground. So blame Bush. Please give us a break.
Obamacare and other liberal (progressive) programs that America cannot afford is the Democrat way of doing business. No responsibility...period. They are like a child in a candy store, but with someone else's money.
If Bush drove us into a ditch, than be assured that Obama has driven us off the cliff.

And now just more of the 97% Obama media and in cartoon form....
And one that fails to make fun of the many other spend and spend some more bills that were attached to this bill. Luckily, the Republicans did say No. When is giving away Americans money enough? When America is bankrupt?
Well great job Democrats...you are ruining the country for your children and grandchildren...and all so you can be on a power grab. November cannot come soon enough. Take away the keys from the over the cliff Obama driver.

Posted by: Indi1 | July 17, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Dear 71707, I agree that the Republicans and President Bush spent like there was no tomorrow, just like the Democrats have always done. That must come to an end. The question is: Which Party has learned their lesson?

Posted by: bobbo2 | July 17, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

The Dems are the party of yes to big government? The Google Says:

"Under Bush and a Republican Congress we had an explosion of growth on all fronts: spending that put Lyndon Johnson to shame, huge deficits and a doubling of the national debt, corporate bailouts, further centralization of education, protectionism, expansion of Medicare, increased regulation, undeclared wars, civil-liberties violations and other unchecked executive power, and more. Bush did not veto a single spending bill in eight years."

Posted by: Kevin71707 | July 17, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

The Republicans are the Party of "No" to the Socialist Agenda. The Democrats are the Party of "Yes" to Big Government, Big Spending, Big Weakness in Foreign Policy.

Posted by: bobbo2 | July 17, 2010 5:07 AM | Report abuse

Toles you always know you are taking the path of least resistance on your cartoon argument when Democrats control every vote and some of the democrats still need more time to fool their constituents.

Posted by: insanecommenter | July 16, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Go Tom Toles! Tell the truth and shame the devil!

Posted by: jcbcmb68 | July 16, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

pararanger22---I actually think area 51 and Groom Lake is mostly just a decoy. Much of our really secret aircraft like the triangular tr3b is kept elsewhere under ground. If you are military then you must be aware of V2K or Directed Energy Weapons. It is not that difficult to turn a microwave oven into a weapon that can harass your neighbor in an apartment or condo. Our government needs to recognize and regulate these weapons. The NSA and DHS regularly uses microwave to monitor and control persons.

Posted by: JONAHandtheFISH | July 16, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Tom did you feel that earthquake they had in Maryland today. It rocked D.C. a little too. Dr. Nick Begich, whose brother is the Democratic Senator from Alaska, has a book titled "Angels Don't Play This HAARP". He also has a documentary on YouTube you should really watch. Maybe Palin and the Tea Party have control of HAARP now. Ha Ha

I am sure most of your other commentators do believe I am crazy. Here is another one for my critics. I was actually given previous notice of the earthquake in Haiti. Pat Robertson then stated "It was a "God send." Which was a sick comment in my estimation. This is the first time I have ever publicly stated that I had previous notice of what was about to take place.

These Black Operations in the US are becoming a lot more active and I have received other strange notices from them in the past and I hope not to receive any more of them. Because it is always bad and something no one would believe anyway. But it always turns out to be true.

Posted by: JONAHandtheFISH | July 16, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats can't find someplace to cut so that the unemployment benefits can be paid without adding to the deficit? Are the Democrats really interested in lowering the deficit? Doesn't Senator Reid and Speaker Pelosi remember PayGo? Don't you remember PayGo Mr. Toles? Did I leave the iron on?

Posted by: bobbo2 | July 16, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Another bullseye, Sir Toles.

Posted by: Kevin71707 | July 16, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Hey Tommy ol boy, maybe if you weren’t such a left wing hack you would have pointed out the democrat hypocrisy on PAYGO. It was one of the the 110th congress’s “100 Hour Plan” to restore fiscal responsibility to government, except for the fact that they ignore it every time it inconvenient for them to follow it, like with the current debate over unemployment benefits for the long term jobless.

Posted by: SharpshootingPugilist | July 16, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

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