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Friday rant: undeserving edition

USA Today says "Luxury spending is back in fashion." Isn't that nice? The wealthy can add some more special items to their carts! Meanwhile, back in the rest of the economy, spending for necessities, like food and dental care, is down, but, hey, there are winners and losers in this dynamic economy! It all balances out!

Food! Dental care! What a spoiled lot of undeserving poor we are awash in. And now the Tea Party stumbles onto the scene, with a dagger clenched in its teeth, to make sure that these grasping, needy people are sliced out of the federal safety net. They have not yet noticed that the dagger they chew has two edges, though that will come. And they will also discover, too late, that their resistance to a larger stimulus bill has sharpened the edge facing them. But meanwhile, they will not rest in their crazed efforts to preserve and extend tax cuts for the undeserving rich.

Yeah, undeserving rich. Tell me how an EVER-AND-RAPIDLY-INCREASING percentage of wealth being skimmed off the economy by the very wealthiest continues to be "deserved." At what percentage does that stop? Hint: WE'RE THERE! It's just fantasy and dogma to say that someone who is worth a billion times another person has worked a billion times harder, is a billion times smarter, or has even created a billion times more value. Take any one of them out of the economy, and someone else would step in, and the result would be largely the same. If anything, of late they have been using their giant brains and special work ethic to create an economic casino, which has paid off nicely for them and devastated the lives of millions below them. So no. NOT deserving. --Tom Toles

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By Tom Toles  | October 29, 2010; 12:00 AM ET
 
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"Take any one of them out of the economy, and someone else would step in, and the result would be largely the same."
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If this were true we'd have no poor people. If you think it takes nothing special to become rich then why don't you just get rich then? It shouldn't be that hard.

Posted by: BradG | November 1, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

"I'm going (to the Halloween Party) as a man who's been so crushed by the crumbling economy that he is sunk into a deep, dark chasm of dispair...
... a man who feels so powerless and frustrated that he'll vote against everyone who is in power even if it means replacing them with the people who caused the problem in the first place."
Cartoon "Candorville" by Darrin Bell

My comment...
The joy of deviant coping. Kind of like kicking the dog because the bully is to big to mess with and at the time the bully is doing everything he can to prevent fixing the problem, blamming the victims and ignoring the truth.
Dave

Posted by: OckamsRazor | November 1, 2010 12:16 AM | Report abuse

UNLISTED

You have obviously never seen a court calendar as traffic, criminal, family, evictions for non payment of rent, tort lawsuits for alleged injury, small claims, and divorce are the major daily uses of our court systems. Most contract disputes are resolved by private attorneys with only minimum involvement with the court system or recording. Your conclusion is not logical.

Posted by: dalyplanet | October 29, 2010 11:43 PM | Report abuse

UNLISTED

You have obviously never seen a court calendar as traffic, criminal, family, evictions for non payment of rent, tort lawsuits for alleged injury, small claims, and divorce are the major daily uses of our court systems. Most contract disputes are resolved by private attorneys with only minimum involvement with the court system or recording. Your conclusion is not logical and completely false.

Posted by: dalyplanet | October 29, 2010 11:40 PM | Report abuse


~~~Pretty difficult with the Koch Brothers and their Corporate cronies deciding elections.~~~
so are you suggesting that the Koch bros. control the usofa??

Posted by: bertzel | October 29, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Bingo! Wish we could do something about it!
Pretty difficult with the Koch Brothers and their Corporate cronies deciding elections.

Can we rename the "Supreme" Court the "Ream Court" in reference to the Reaming they have given us?

Posted by: lufrank1 | October 29, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Yeah... class envy is just killing this country. Damned socialist, left-wing, rabble-rousing riff-raff thinking they're entitled to anything besides bread in return for their labor... should be happy for what they have, grateful in fact, and that the true God-ordained Masters of the Universe deign to make sure they even have jobs!

THEY KNOW how to run the banking system, THEY KNOW how to make money, THEY KNOW how to make the system hum, and THEY KNOW what is best for the rest of us.

Take the Czars, THEY KNEW how to properly run a country!! After all, with big business, bankers and the holy christian church on your side... what else do ya need?

Posted by: jonroesler | October 29, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

kev...ouch...not. Perhaps you should take off your tunnel vision glasses and step outside into the real world. Why indeed.
I do fail to see the importance of the government knowing exactly what I purchased and when. Good thing we have yet to be charged for using the bathroom!
Now Kev...please tell me what a winger is??? Is it like what happens to my hair when it is damp out and those little wings appear? or is that just me turning into a little angel?? *

Posted by: bertzel | October 29, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

The brain eaters run the casino and the games are rigged. They always seem to know which number is going to come up ahead of time. You don't even have to play the game to lose now.

Posted by: JONAHandtheFISH | October 29, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Perfectly put, HumanistPatriot, except you might better have said, "The wealthy paid MUCH, MUCH higher taxes."

And been criticized for using caps.

Posted by: jonroesler | October 29, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

"What should bother you is the fact that the government keeps tabs on just about everything under the sun…if not everything.
That is the most important ‘tidbit’ I gathered from that article."


Posted by: bertzel

With economic competiton at levels unprecedented in the history of the world, why, oh, why, would the government waste time and expense closely monitoring our nation's economic situation. If you fail to see the importance of such data it is because of your ignorance, bertzel. Like all wingers, you seem to think that your uninformed opinions translate into facts. They do not. Read a book. Take a class. Knowledge isn't all that scary and might actually open your tightly-closed eyes.

Posted by: Kevin71707 | October 29, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

The usual troll asks - 'How do he rich cost anyone anything?'

Gosh - well, let's start with the system of law. Work in a company? If so, then you will find that you have contracts, lawsuits, IP disputes etc - all of which require a system of law to resolve. That judicial system is subsidized by Uncle Sam (and my taxes) to pay for the clerks, judges, facilities that allow legal disputes to be resolved. Larger companies use more of these resources. Same for enforcement of laws - e.g copyright, patents, etc, which requires a DA office, police etc.. Same for the infrastructure necessary for a company to sell it's products - e.g. roads, internet, airports, air traffic controllers, FAA.

What is the conclusion therefore? - that the wealthy used a larger percentage of the taxpayer-supported infrastructure than an average middle class American. Therefore the wealthy should take on a higher percentage of the tax burden to support that necessary infrastructure which allowed them to make said money.

Posted by: UNLISTED | October 29, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

A couple of days ago there was an AP News item on the GOP agenda when they take whatever they are going to take in the upcoming election. Their agenda: repeal the health care reform bill just passed, repeal the financial regulatory bill just passed, cut annual Federal spending by $100 billion/year, and...wait for it...wait for it...tax cuts. Haven't we done this before? And what were the results of actually doing these things before? Answer: people w/o any health care, Wall St. out-or-control (even TPiers acknowledge this), minimal, $100 billion or more, spending cuts (but there is no will to cut spending anyway), more tax cuts to increase deficits and debt. Insanity is doing the same things over and over, expecting different results. Lunacy is being a TPier.

Some news for conservatives: liberals believe in limited government; liberals believe in paying as you go--no GOP style borrow and spend; a stimulus package based on deficit spending is the best way to get out of this (unofficial) recession--this is the wrong time to cut Federal spending; Obama is the worst president since Jan. 2009 ;-) .

Exactly what is wrong with asking the wealthy to pay higher taxes when the U.S. is increasing debt largely due to tax cuts for the wealthy in the first place? Do conservatives really believe we can spending-cut our way out of debt? Do conservatives really believe that taxing people to pay our country's bills is really a form of Marxism? Apparently, conservatives here who complain about "Marxist liberals" believe they are actually going to be "rich" someday, when in reality most of them are unemployed, unemployable, and will be drunk in a bar someplace and unable to find the polling place on election day.

Posted by: ptgrunner | October 29, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Ben and Jerrys cap the ratio of lowest to highest salaries in their Corp. to 7X.
Would you settle for seventy (70) times the minimum wage?
That is a measly 1 Million dollars a year.
We have CEOs in Federaly funded non-profits making twice that.
I think that any company subsidized by tax dollars should have some kind of cap in the disparity.
Call me a flaming liberal.

Posted by: zeprider | October 29, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

"I'd much sooner support a rich politician who voted to raise her own taxes because she believes that as a citizen who has benefitied from the advantages of living in a free and democratic society she should help their fellow citizens in need, than I would a rich politician who voted to lower his taxes because he believes the govenment has no business taking his money to help others.

Just saying....

Posted by: mmyotis"

Yeah, and you'd drink their kool-aid, too. Let's get this straight, you REALLY think a rich politician is going to vote to RAISE THEIR OWN TAXES?! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA, are you fooled! Every tax increase comes with a loophole that that politician and his cronies can use to pay LESS taxes. EVERY time the demoncraps vote to raise taxes, the only ones paying more taxes, when all is said and done, is the middle class. Or should that be muddle class. If the demoncraps get their way, don't be surprised if the tax increase affects those of use making much less than the $200K/$250K and those making over those thresholds end up paying LESS.

Posted by: ATrueChristian | October 29, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Let's talk about boycott of certain brands, then come up with alternative corporations and brands that don't scare hard-working people.

Posted by: Tony-KS | October 29, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Yes. They are funny.After years of voting with the aarp collecting generous benefits from SS and medicare.It is now over and only a democrat could have gotten away with it.Not one word from the old peoples friend the alphabet media,suckers...

Posted by: jmounday | October 29, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Toles…It is a known fact, when times get tough, people tend to ‘treat’ themselves to feel better….hence your luxury items.
The ‘rich’ are not the only ones buying as Mr. Steidtmann would like us to believe.
Also don’t understand where the ‘strong stock market’ is…I haven’t seen any strength in my statements.
The way ‘information’ is being ‘translated’ to us is also deceiving…for example ; “Spending on new cars has fallen another 8.2% this year, on top of disastrous drops in 2008 and 2009.”

The economy was already on a downward spiral in 08-09…the stimulus package for the auto industry introduced ‘cash for clunkers,’ which, in fact, helped the auto industry. Sales, of course, were ‘up’ (even tho they were low) compared to now…..many people ‘cashed’ in on that deal. Soo, even though sales in the auto industry were indeed down last year, they actually weren’t all that bad if you ‘even out the data”. This year there is no ‘big incentive’ to buy. If there were I’m pretty sure sales would once again ‘pick up’ yet still be low.

“Spending less on prescription drugs and more on wine” …think that speaks for itself. : )
What should bother you is the fact that the government keeps tabs on just about everything under the sun…if not everything.
That is the most important ‘tidbit’ I gathered from that article.

Posted by: bertzel | October 29, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

If anything, of late they have been using their giant brains and special work ethic to create an economic casino, which has paid off nicely for them and devastated the lives of millions below them. So no. NOT deserving. --Tom Toles


To Tom Toles...
great rant, worthy of ranting about.

The present day sociopathic behavior is a direct result of behavior modification through entertainment and advertisement based on greed and maliciousness. The result is to take human out of humanity and turning people into physical machines with no empathy for anyone or concern for anything.
The end result will be death and destruction beyond description.
Hollow people create random chaos through irrational choices and foolish gambling.

Posted by: OchamsRazor | October 29, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Just for the record, the correct spelling is hypocrisy.

Posted by: merhoff | October 29, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Sorry the selective outrage, and clear hypocracy just doesn't fly with me, Tommy boy.
Posted by: Shrimper

It is the Republican conservative hypocricy that is destroying our economy and our nation.
To start with, they are not conservative.
They just wasted ten trillion dollars on failed objectives. They are incompetent and sociopathic.
Anyone who votes Republican is an evil idiot.
Dave

Posted by: OchamsRazor | October 29, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

@Shrimper

I'd much sooner support a rich politician who voted to raise her own taxes because she believes that as a citizen who has benefitied from the advantages of living in a free and democratic society she should help their fellow citizens in need, than I would a rich politician who voted to lower his taxes because he believes the govenment has no business taking his money to help others.

Just saying....

Posted by: mmyotis | October 29, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Oh pulleezzee........
Excuse me while I drive my Audi S8 back to my horse farm! After all, I did check in at work for 2 hours today!
Get a grip, class envy is the oldest game in the book. Last weapon of choice for FLA's when common sense goes out the window. Are you working for the Post pro bono?
Later.

Posted by: buffaloguy1 | October 29, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

THANK you --- Every morning I get on my computer and look at your cartoon and read comments. And every morning my day is better because there is someone (you) out there telling my truth to people. DON'T ever stop!!!,I beg you.
Janet

Posted by: jrsh | October 29, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Some of these unhinged, nitwit comments are almost as amusing as this continuing class-envy, hate the rich, rant that is right out of the marxist playbook.

It is amazing how these same nitwit libs who hate rich republicans, rightwingers, teapartiers, or whatever label you wish to use.... seem to not care a wit about the preponderance of multi-millionaire DEMOCRATS in Congress (many of which have gotten that way AFTER assuming office as "public servants"... hmmm... how's that math work??)... Pelosi, Reid just for starters.. which poor people did THEY steal their money from???

Sorry the selective outrage, and clear hypocracy just doesn't fly with me, Tommy boy.

Posted by: Shrimper | October 29, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

jornolibist writes, "Very spooky as you can look back in history to see what drab and impoverished conditions Marxism creates."

If you'll check your history, the U.S. economy was at its strongest, its booming best when

Trade unions were at their peak
Taxpayers supported a huge welfare state
The banking industry was highly regulated
The wealthy paid much higher taxes
Returning veterans got free education through the GI Bill.
Postsecondary tuitions were heavily subsidized by state governments

But ever since the U.S.A. took its hard turn to the right, and the finance capitalists squeezed out the industrial capitalists, we've endured bubble-burst-bailout cycles that have produced an enormous reverse-Marxist redistribution of wealth, from the middle and lower classes to the top one percent -- the parasitic elite.

Posted by: HumanistPatriot | October 29, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Tom, our stars are coming into alignment.

Here's a simple test of TT's thesis: Search online for the Forbes list of the world's 500 richest people, or the Fortune list or whichever list you think is most trustworthy.

Now, how many of the ultra wealthy are actually innovators, entrepreneurs, inventors who have added real, substantive value to the economy (not just siphoned off coin into their own pockets and those of their close cronies)?

A handful at best. The rest are paper-shuffling market manipulators, royalty, and inherited wealth. A parasitic elite.

And whatever list you choose, it likely will not include many Rockefellers, Rothschilds, or other old-money families whose wealth is of a magnitude never publicly divulged.

Posted by: HumanistPatriot | October 29, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

"How do he rich cost anyone anything?"

they drive prices up by over-consuming scarce resources, creating shortages for the rest of us.

Why is the redistribution of wealth upwards acceptable, but redistribution downwards not?

Posted by: bsimon1 | October 29, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

The promise of laissez faire economics is that the wealth created will be reinvested to provide benefits for everyone - the so-called trickle down effect. This supposition has of course been largely de-bunked by the recent financial meltdown. The problem has been not Republican vs. Democrat or conservative vs. liberal, but unhinged (and taxpayer backstopped) financial leverage vs. the rest of us. Bobbo2 poses the question: How do the rich cost anyone anything? He's right to ask because the rich shouldn't be a burden on the rest of us. Rather their wealth should fuel the system. When the rich consume, their spending should provide jobs and opportunities for us mere mortals.

Obviously things don't work that way anymore. With more and more wealth concentrated in fewer and fewer hands, the trickle down effect can't nurture a broader economy. The concentrated wealth is more insular and in-bred. It is an obscene parody of itself, and increasingly it is bagged and stacked in the dark vaults of the financial institutions that are supposed to help us crawl out of the abyss - the banks. The big banks with their financial engineers churning out convoluted instruments with high risk returns and little economic value have systematically stripped the wealth of the world and transferred it into the coffers of a new elite. It is a zero-sum game, though. Because they return no value to the overall economy in exchange for their astronomical fees and bonuses, whatever they have gained is stolen from everyone else. We need meaningful financial regulation, and we need to tax that ill-gotten wealth back out of the vaults and into the accounts of innovators and producers and workers who will actually give something back in the exchange.

The beauty of capitalism is that, when it's working, it provides opportunity and incentive across a broad spectrum of activities to bring useful stuff to the market. I don't think it's working the way it's supposed to anymore. Incentive and opportunity are largely missing, and the American promise is bleeding on a gurney in a dark hallway while everyone argues about who started this mess. We need to level the playing field. We need to fix the system. We need to re-introduce fair play and accountability everywhere. This is not socialism. This is not growing a meddlesome and intrusive government that will stifle competitive advantage. This is just common sense, and it's way overdue.

Posted by: aimlessjonah | October 29, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Nice tie-in between "Diet Plate" and your Friday rant.
Bravo.

Posted by: GeneTouchet | October 29, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

It's just fantasy and dogma to say that someone who is worth a billion times another person has worked a billion times harder, is a billion times smarter, or has even created a billion times more value.
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Tell that to the million foetuses which you liberals are killing every year.

I fully agree that the US needs a more even distribution of wealth. But I do wish that liberals did not think that every day is a Sunday for them to preach to the American people.

Posted by: rjpal | October 29, 2010 8:09 AM | Report abuse

"They have not yet noticed that the dagger they chew has two edges, though that will come."

No they won't – you’re projecting a level of cognitive thinking to the Tea’ers that does not exist. Their leaders Rush and Glen and Fox News will keep blaming it on the Dems and Pres. Obama and they will keep following and reciting as told. Even after the Repub's take over, it will always be the Dem's fault. It cannot possibly be theirs, because that would mean they were wrong. Their Beliefs will never get in the way of Facts.

Posted by: kparc | October 29, 2010 6:42 AM | Report abuse

THE DAWN OF THE LIVING DEAD MARXIST.....Today's rant sounds like a rant from Marx, Human Requirements and Division of Labor (1844). Where Marx said "Under private property...Each tries to establish over the other an alien power, so as thereby to find satisfaction of his own selfish need. The increase in the quantity of objects is therefore accompanied by an extension of the realm of alien powers to which man is subjected, and every new product represents a new potentiality of mutual swindling and mutual plundering." Very spooky as you can look back in history to see what drab and impoverished conditions Marxism creates.

Posted by: jornolibist | October 29, 2010 6:25 AM | Report abuse

How do he rich cost anyone anything?

Posted by: bobbo2 | October 29, 2010 4:18 AM | Report abuse

Tom…Wish there were something that could be said so you could rest. Being a compassionate cartoonist is bound to be a challenge. Why if you could be king of the world, bet you would straighten things out for those “millions of devastated lives of those under them” rich folks. Maybe the Lord’s calling to Calcutta; you know, the “Cartoonist of Calcutta.” You could pick up where Mother Teresa left off. But remember, Tom, even Mother Teresa said “Even the rich are hungry for love, for being cared for, for being wanted, for having someone to call their own.”

Posted by: quiensabe | October 29, 2010 12:23 AM | Report abuse

Pete 1013, Re yesterday's post: Was Chance just a child-like idiot, or idiot-savant? He appears to walk on water at the end.

Posted by: chaunceygardener | October 28, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Toles' take on political ads is just perfect.

Excellent work, Sir.

Posted by: GaryEMasters | October 28, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

I've got something to say about luxury spending Toles...but it will have to wait for another day. btw...your sketchpad reminds me of two yrs ago. True story, I swear...on road I travel to and from home...horror scene on one side of road (real grotesque at that) and Huge McCain/Palin signs directly opposite...The joke was I don't know which is more scary...course we did know..only wish I would have video-taped it...would have been a hit on utube.

Posted by: bertzel | October 28, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

The GOP will not take the Senate because the Tea Party candidates won so many GOP primaries and those candidates are unelectable. I think the Tea Party's days as a significant force in politics are numbered. Thank TP, but it's not been fun.

Posted by: ptgrunner | October 28, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

I've got something to say about luxury spending Toles...but it will have to wait for another day.

Posted by: bertzel | October 28, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Democrats have been giving people fish to keep the people needy. The Tea Party will teach the people to fish to free the people to prosper.

Posted by: billybeer6 | October 28, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Beam me up Scotty...
The Republican "insurgents" are creating hell on earth.
Dave

Posted by: OchamsRazor | October 28, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

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