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Posted at 12:00 AM ET, 12/ 5/2010

Jarring revelations

By Tom Toles




By Tom Toles  | December 5, 2010; 12:00 AM ET
Categories:  Congress  
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~~We need to get the corruption out of our politics and get the solutions to our problems into our politics.~~~

Yeah...speaking of reality...

Posted by: bertzel | December 5, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Tom Toles sums up Congressional "punishment" for ethics violations in a nutshell -- or in two cookie jars.

Might I suggest the right to Recall federal officeholders?

Posted by: lericgoodman | December 5, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Brilliant. So true.

Posted by: wilmasheltonbell | December 5, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Tax cuts for all is really going to make the season bright. Socialist Democrats like Reid, Schumer and Pelosi get another lump of coal.

Posted by: jornolibist | December 5, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Production is very important to not being afraid and worry.

Posted by: dalyplanet | December 5, 2010 2:06 AM | Report abuse

Plus it is not earn but produce service and goods.

Posted by: dalyplanet | December 5, 2010 1:57 AM | Report abuse

I do mind but I dont have all the facts and two opposed mind sets politically are doing the same thing so perhaps an injection of dollars is correct/ and Jobs are needed now!

Posted by: dalyplanet | December 5, 2010 1:55 AM | Report abuse

As to your last comment...not very mature...


Posted by: dalyplanet | December 5, 2010 1:47 AM | Report abuse

To Tom Toles,
The Republicans and the Democrats remind me of the plays where the actors have a face on both the front of their head and the back of their head and play different parts with the same results.
We have a faulty agenda and faulty systems that are programmed to fail because they disregard reality.
The reality of the situation is that we are going to have to work together to avoid a collapse of our social structure.
We need to get the corruption out of our politics and get the solutions to our problems into our politics.
Life is not a merry-go-round; it is a dynamic system of dealing with reality and making life pleasant and meaningful.
"The possibility of anything is always".
We have to make things possible or they will not happen.

The Cross-eyed Eagle

Flying high and not knowing why,
the cross-eyed eagle speeds on by.

It sees the world not as it should;
it sees a place not understood.

The world is a place to live our lives
and do the things both good and wise.

Posted by: OckamsRazor | December 5, 2010 1:31 AM | Report abuse

Back to the cartoon... I think that a joint session of Congress should be made to view "Duck Soup" before the holiday recess, in unison.

"You can't take up the carpet until you take up the tax (tacks)".


The cherry blossoms will flower in the spring.

Posted by: chaunceygardener | December 4, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse don't mind the government, ie our tax dollars, adding to the debt as long as the monies are spent according to Your Wishes....Again, for the sake of argument...say we put these out of work people to work so they can 'earn' the measly amount of money in accordance with the pay rate they would receive from unemployment benefits (don't think construction fits in that category, but hey, what do I know) You still have to come up with monies for the TOOLS to do the job! Added expense, I know, which most likely would double the payout, if not triple, you know, with inflation and all...
Also I disagree with YOUR job loss description, but then again, what do I know.
Maybe, we should make the unemployed do something worthwhile, like, I don't know, go back to school, take an online course...maybe think, learn and understand what the hell is actually going on with our Country....the World...the Elite which, in fact, are becoming even more Obvious in their role concerning the planet we live on....just a thought...but hey....
As to your last comment...not very mature...

Posted by: bertzel | December 4, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Paying people to sit and wait for work is so much a bigger waste of money on so many levels than paying people to work. The Fed unemployment payment plan was a stupid lazy no mind plan that does nothing to get back to prosperity. I am not sure the stimulus plan was the greatest idea and only time will tell but both the Bush and Obama administrations have embraced this method of economic stimulation. I am sure that spending money to have workers stay home and do nothing is not a good plan for recovery. Getting people working is a big part of what is needed to reduce worry in the US population.

Perhaps you feel that being on THE DOLE is a useful expenditure. You would like to become a member of the permanently unemployed?

Posted by: dalyplanet | December 4, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

From the same place as 73 weeks of Fed unemployment payments are being paid from. Stimulus funds. The biggest portion of the unemployed workforce is in construction an construction support services. Much of this type of work is serial temporary work anyway.

Posted by: dalyplanet | December 4, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Hey Dog....I see your man Feingold voted against the tax bill...guess you are feeling all happy today...what a joke.

Posted by: bertzel | December 4, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

You still have not stated where the monies will come from concerning payment for those temp. positions....I'm sorry but some of your ideas sound like the wasted monies that are to be spent on all 'new and improved' road signs....we don't need short term jobs, we need permanent jobs.
And we need don't need our government WASTING dollars on idiotic jobs just to pacify a few people.

Posted by: bertzel | December 4, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

continuing yesterdays post

~~~ We all need to stop being so divisive on this issue and try to do what is best for each other and not just ourselves... We the people will solve the problem when we are not worrying again.
Posted by: dalyplanet ~~~~

So, What do suggest is the best thing to do for all those who are out of work do to the 'just in our mind' crumbling job situation???? All those who must rely on something the state cannot afford to pay out?? Maybe we should bill Wall Street...think they'll pick up the tab???

Oh and when is it that we will EVER stop worrying??
Talk is cheap there daly....obviously it makes you feel better. Too bad you don't practice what you preach...for you have no answers except to put everyone to work on your crumbling metro. And for the sake of arguement, let's say we did that. Where is your metro system going to get money to pay not only for alllll the workers but also the supplies needed to fix your broken system??? Are they going to pull it out of their magic hat???

Posted by: bertzel | December 3, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

My point is that if the US is spending on THE DOLE for out of work people why not create some jobs with this money. In my town, (not DC) library's are always short handed and a short term job there would help the individual and the community. As I look around I can see work for a year for 10,000 at least in Minnesota. None of these positions would be permanent but would provide services that the state and communities could use instead of paying people to stay home. Plus having a job is a happier place to be than unemployed.

Some Jobs to do in a create work environment

Paint and maintain right of way on streets,Help elderly with needs,cut buckthorn, maintain city and state parks, after school mentor programs,do put off projects, clean and maintain civic buildings,etc. I am sure everyone can think of something needing to be done.

The unions will fight this but should not. Most stimulus money for jobs went to unions already in the form of road and bridge work. State and City employees would be secure in their jobs also.

Handing some people money for nothing is a bad direction and a lazy, simple solution for our unemployment problem. Jobs will make the US confident again. A single 100 dollar bill can pay a thousand 100 dollar debts if we start exchanging money again. This is what make for an expanding economy. If instead I keep the $100 because I am worried then a thousand others are left short and are now also worried. This is how economy works, the speed that money changes hands, or not, is what creates a robust or failing economy. The Fed at best can press on the economic gas or brakes but they are almost always behind the curve.

Posted by: dalyplanet | December 4, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

..Now here's a cartoon that any present-day American can get behind- no matter what his/her political beliefs are....

Posted by: madhattertucson | December 4, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Good toon TT. And if the size of each of the congressmen's arms was proportional to how much work they do for the moneyed-interests (the cookie-jar arm) versus how much they actually work to improve lives for average folks (the other arm), we'd have a bunch of guys with an Incredible Hulk looking arm in the cookie jar, and a useless little T-Rex foreleg on the other side.

Posted by: PrairieDog60 | December 4, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

"Hands in the cookie jars"

Mr. Toles, I am impressed.

This is as close to the facts as I have seen in the media.


Posted by: GaryEMasters | December 4, 2010 8:04 AM | Report abuse

The wrong ones never get voted out, just bopped in the head by fellow cookie-jar heads.

Posted by: chaunceygardener | December 3, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Another Masterpiece!

Posted by: lufrank1 | December 3, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

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