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Posted at 12:00 AM ET, 11/28/2010

Works for him

By Tom Toles

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By Tom Toles  | November 28, 2010; 12:00 AM ET
Categories:  Economy and jobs  
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It should have been Magic of the Monopolies. Blaming the marketplace for the actions of a few large corporations is throwing out the baby with the proverbial bathwater.

And the second sketch...why do we need to always find ways to cause division? A lot of so-called (labeled by the media) tea party people oppose these same corporate abuses.

Tom Toles has done most of my favorite political cartoons. You can't beat them for the price. ;)

Posted by: strangersound | November 29, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

The unwillingness to change one's opinion(s) in the face of newly learned facts (education) is not necessarily a virute, and the willingness to educate one's self and be open to new facts that may contradict previously held opinions is not always a vice. Just sayin'...
Posted by: jonroesler

Great Galloping Grand Gormlessness...
It does not “pay to be dumb to be dense to be ignorant” like the song says.
Without nurture, we would all be idiots. We would still be living in caves and doing hunt and gather. Education is an essential part of our ability to accomplish great tasks. Progress depends on the ability to understand and accept better ways to understand things and better ways to do things.
It is true that for some people; it is possible to do self-education after receiving a formal education and it is necessary to question everything you learn for validity. Opinions always need to be verified. They are suspect by definition. At the present time we need a better method of understanding and using economic principles. The present economic system is inadequate and dysfunctional. Economics should to be based on the need for the exchange of goods and services not the availability of goods and services depend on available funds.
So called professional economists do not understand the cause and effect of exchange systems and how essential the exchange of goods and services is to the quality of a society.
Economics is based on numbers, not
political expediency.
People need to spend their whole life educating themselves so that they can deal with complex problems. I agree that “previously held opinions” need to be questioned.
Dave

Posted by: OckamsRazor | November 29, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

The unwillingness to change one's opinion(s) in the face of newly learned facts (education) is not necessarily a virute, and the willingness to educate one's self and be open to new facts that may contradict previously held opinions is not always a vice. Just sayin'...

Posted by: jonroesler | November 29, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Gore changes his mind on ethanol? Gore was against abortion before he was for it. Gore raised and hoed tobacco before he despised it. Gore is against the second amendment anytime he needs to be, he got rid of Tipper and one day he will be against manmade global warming.

Posted by: jornolibist | November 28, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

To Tom Toles,
I wonder if the pictures from the body scans are going to the same place as the pictures from the prisons in Iraq. It is a strange way to liberate people and a strange way to protect them from terrorists.
I would be more than a little concerned that homosexuals are volunteering to do the "Pat Downs" at the airports.
Dave

Posted by: OchamsRazor | November 28, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

i usually don't bother with editorial cartoons but this one aptly captured the very voters who fell for the republican rhetoric that the corporate culture and their party really care about the angry trailer park billy bobs of the world. now its time for them to see how democracy works when the republicans can't create jobs for working class people and wall street returns to the practices that originally got us in this horrible financial mess.

spot on editorial mr. toles.

Posted by: glenknowles | November 28, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Dave... I did not say that all is well with the world; I said that the threat is not from China or Russia or any other superpower. Our military spending didn't prevent the attack on the World Trade Center, did it?

Taking your point a little farther, and I happen to agree, things are NOT right with the world and the fact that we spend a stupid amount of money on defense, preemptive and otherwise, doesn't seem to have helped.

So, do we continue to throw good money after bad, or perhaps start treating terrorists like the criminals they are and going after them with some precision? What? We can't chase mass-murderers across borders of sovereign nations and kill them because we're afraid someone might be offended?

I submit that, it is not necessary (nor effective) to invade whole countries in order to catch individual criminals. The fact that bin Laden is still at large is one example of the failure, not of our military but, of our strategy.

By the way, moving industry offshore does not make it safe. Factories in foreign countries are as easy to target as ones here. I assume that comment was made in jest.

Posted by: jonroesler | November 28, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

The least loyal Americans are corporate executives. The only loyalty corporate executives have is to money.

Posted by: fishman2 | November 28, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

~~~ destroying a planet that can't be destroyed. ~~~

I disagree... Strange statement, ignorant comment or both?

Posted by: bertzel | November 28, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Not a critic here. This seems exactly right. And funny to a degree.

Too true to be that funny.

Posted by: GaryEMasters | November 28, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

re the mba crowd being ticked off == really, the post by someone claiming that workers are really really valuable for producing the stuff that makes a company worth something has GOT to be the resident of some board room, not the production line or office cubicle warren where fewer and fewer workers are sitting amid empty desks trying desperately to keep up.

Posted by: summicron1 | November 28, 2010 1:33 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Toles, I think you struck a nerve with the MBA crowd. I noticed a comment trying to explain away exactly what is happening to the employees in this country. Those of us left are indeed doing much more with fewer and fewer coworkers. The employers do not care if we leave as they now have many who would gladly take our place and probably accept a significant pay cut to join the ranks.

Posted by: JCD1978 | November 28, 2010 12:12 AM | Report abuse

Clinton told some whoppers too! Keep up the great work Gore and the deranged are counting on you.

Posted by: jornolibist | November 27, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Q: Why is it only liberals are always whining about living wage paying jobs, needing free healthcare and having no hope?

A: Liberals live in a bubble divorced from reality rather than join the real world they try to tell other people what to eat, where to live, what kind of vehicle to drive and try blaming everyone else for destroying a planet that can't be destroyed.
Posted by: jornolibist

My Reply,
You must be kidding; It is the conservatives who are trying to turn this nation into a third world nation with a dictator for president.
We have the capacity and then some to destroy the earth, I was in the Nuke program. If the Republican'ts start the third world war, this earth will be toast.
The Republican'ts are acting like spoiled children. They want it all for the rich and nothing for the working people. They are corrupt and care less what happens to this nation.
The republican'ts lies and deception has cost millions of lives and trillions of dollars. They are traitors and lunatics.
The republicant's are responsible for the collapse of our economy and the millions of people out of work.
Dave

Posted by: OchamsRazor | November 27, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Toles, your ignorance is staggering. Our employees are our most valuable asset, as they are the means whereby the company produces and makes a profit. Your misguided belief is that by cutting employees, the greedy corporation reduces its overhead and increases its profits. If that's so, then the remaining employees will be forced to produce at the same level and carry the extra load of the fired employees. That serves no purpose, because overworked and under-compensated employees leave, thereby making the situation even worse for the entire company. Take a class in Business 101, or get a real job. Otherwise, you'll have to stick to doing what you do best: Draw your stick figures and carry the water for your equally inexperienced, invincible-ignorant, liberal Democrat cronies.

Posted by: rwalsh76 | November 27, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Manmade global warming is the liberal's version of science fiction. Gore's manmade global warming manifesto is almost 20 years old and nothing has changed except Gore bought couple more mansions and gave a few massages not to Tipper.

Posted by: jornolibist | November 27, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Q: Why is it only liberals are always whining about living wage paying jobs, needing free healthcare and having no hope?

A: Liberals live in a bubble divorced from reality rather than join the real world they try to tell other people what to eat, where to live, what kind of vehicle to drive and try blaming everyone else for destroying a planet that can't be destroyed.

Posted by: jornolibist | November 27, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

~~There is a big difference between optimistic and unrealistic.
Get real!
Dave ~~

I dunno dave, is not China giving the U.S. the 'look' right now, concerning our stance with S. Korea?
Are we suppose to act according to the Chinese government's wishes???

I don't think so...

Posted by: bertzel | November 27, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

To Tom Toles,
It is again about the economy.
People have to have work that gives them enough money to support themselves, their family and the society in which they live.

Economics is not a physical entity; it is a concept.
Therefore; it is not restricted to the rules of physical reality.
Economics is not a physical reality but it does affect the physical reality of the supply of goods and services.
People limit non-physical economics to physical entities like gold which does not have anything to do with economics or the exchange of goods and services.
Economics is a non-physical system that makes it possible to exchange goods and services.
Without a functional system of economics, goods and services cannot be created or supplied.
Our economics is based on false concepts that are not consistent with reality and are destroying our quality of life.
Dave

Posted by: OckamsRazor | November 27, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Although bang-for-the-buck relative to other countries is arguable, the United States continues to outspend on defense what is left of the remaining superpowers COMBINED by a factor of 4. Unless we are unwise to the point of being stupid about the way our money is spent, it cannot possibly be said with a straight face that we are not staying FAR ahead in that game, at least in pure dollar terms... and that's with one hand tied behind our back by simultaneously fighting "wars," if you can call them that in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Posted by: jonroesler

My Reply...
Why do I see you on the top floor of one of the twin towers on 9/11 claiming that all is well with the world while the building is falling down around you?
There is a big difference between optimistic and unrealistic.
Get real!
Dave

Posted by: OckamsRazor | November 27, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

"We need China on our side if we have to fight a war because we no longer have the capacity to do the necessary manufacturing needed in the case of an all out war?"

If by "all-out war," the author means one in which there is a credible threat to the defense of our nation, having China on our side is pretty obviously not an option.

Regardless of that, while formerly-American corporations may be moving commodity production offshore, our domestic war industry is not exactly threatened.

Although bang-for-the-buck relative to other countries is arguable, the United States continues to outspend on defense what is left of the remaining superpowers COMBINED by a factor of 4. Unless we are unwise to the point of being stupid about the way our money is spent, it cannot possibly be said with a straight face that we are not staying FAR ahead in that game, at least in pure dollar terms... and that's with one hand tied behind our back by simultaneously fighting "wars," if you can call them that in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Posted by: jonroesler | November 27, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Fear = Control.
Fear = Stupidity.

Posted by: bertzel | November 27, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

But this is torture?

Of course it is. Fat shows.

Posted by: GaryEMasters | November 27, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Security. With off shore manufacturing, the enemy can never bomb the factories. We have true dispersal. That is the recommendation to save us from nuclear war - give the enemy no targets to hit. Just disperse the population now. Give every home its own solar cells and a wind mill. They can live anywhere land is cheap.

Posted by: GaryEMasters | November 27, 2010 8:16 AM | Report abuse

What do you expect - now the unions have been ruined?

Posted by: GaryEMasters | November 27, 2010 8:11 AM | Report abuse

Let's see the USA just signed a deal with Saudi Arabia to manufacture $60 billion of high tech weapons systems for them. How about the USA's new $308 million Falcon HTV-2 hypersonic suborbital near-space vehicle being tested that will glide above the Earth at more than 13,000 miles per hour ready to conduct quick strikes against terrorists or rogue states.

Posted by: billybeer6 | November 27, 2010 8:05 AM | Report abuse

To Tom Toles,
We need China on our side if we have to fight a war because we no longer have the capacity to do the necessary manufacturing needed in the case of an all out war.
We are no longer self-sufficient because of our dependency on oil and manufacturing goods.
Our infrastructure, our economic system and our organizational skills are deteriorating.
We are no longer united or a Christian nation.
To be, is good but to be bad, is not good.
Dave

Posted by: OchamsRazor | November 27, 2010 1:38 AM | Report abuse

everything at Weeks....

you have viewed the position Tom,

Posted by: backspace1 | November 26, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse


hey baby, it's the fourth of july.

Posted by: EarthCraft | November 26, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Broken arrow?
expedite.

Posted by: backspace1 | November 26, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Many missing jobs this business cycle are from lost construction and construction support services.

A lot of American manufacturing jobs were lost because old style American labor cannot compete in a world marketplace (Think American auto industry before the bailout}. Tariffs on foreign goods will only slow the exchange of money making the economy worse and taking much longer to recover. Many items would not be affordable without low cost offshore labor including cell phones, ipads, computers, and electric cars(all battery components for electric autos are made in china).

America is only missing about 6% of jobs from "normal" not half as the cartoon states although the image is quite funny.


The real transfer of wealth is ocuring in the "financial" portion of our economy not manufacture or service. More newly minted millionaires ++ in Banking, Wall street, Insurance etc. than sports guys, entertainers, or any other segment of obscene money here in America. Obama has continued down the identical path (only harder and faster) as Bush in his appointments and attitude regarding Finance. You can't keep doing the same thing and expect a different result. He has proven to be a very very poor anti-Bush in this regard.

Posted by: dalyplanet | November 26, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Heck even the huge Washington Post Corporation made huge profits.. can you can still clap Tom?

Posted by: billybeer6 | November 26, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

for national security reasons move the assembly and packaging and distribution phase of the product lifecycle onshore and with a diverse American workforce...

Posted by: DwightCollins | November 26, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

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