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Posted at 12:00 AM ET, 12/ 1/2010

Credit crunch

By Tom Toles

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This old house

The conservatives are now back in town with their big paint-scrapers and little paint brushes to put the house of government back in order. The peeling paint has revealed a rotten board that, once pulled off, shows a joist that is infested with carpenter ants and is sitting on a foundation wall with loose mortar, which is now seen to be causing the foundation wall to bow ominously inward causing the kitchen wall to drop downward resulting in roof sag and dormer separation, which would explain that roof leak that is the reason the paint job in the bedroom didn't take because the plasterboard is soaking wet and seeping into the floor, which is why the floorboards are popping and the wiring keeps shorting out causing interruptions in the power supply that resulted in heat loss and freezing, broken pipes.

The contractor is saying it's going to cost some money, because somebody has been shortchanging routine upkeep, but the conservatives are saying no, we can handle this by just taking out the rotten parts. And leaving an empty lot. --Tom Toles

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By Tom Toles  | December 1, 2010; 12:00 AM ET
Categories:  Economy and jobs  
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the olny people that are going to feel the full effect of the econime because 80 yaers from now well all be six feet under so should we care about the econime or should we pass the time by blaming each other? but thats mainly how republicans got the house not by offering salutions but by pointing out the other partys flaws so now that they have the house what are they going to do? because they really do talk alot

Posted by: asha1zz | December 2, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

billybeer,
as for your unemployment compensation remark...I admit there was indeed a time when it wasn't soo bad to collect, however, that was only when it involved short term layoffs and you knew when you would be heading back to work....the down side was that you STILL had to pay tax on all that money and it really wasn't all that much money compared to what one would bring home had one been working...now jump up to the present scenario and the thought of being on unemployment is not good at all...benefits run out, no job recall is in sight AND you STILL have to pay taxes on all claimed monies. Also not good for the economy...we are in a lose, lose, situation anyway we turn and 'the powers that be' are involved in a massive tug-of-war that seems to be only about which party is right and which is wrong. I honestly don't think they realize the dire straits of the entire situation.
Seems to be a lot of that going around...Assange is another example. Oh and let's not forget the N&S Korean fiasco.

Oh well, what ya gonna do?

I know others have touched on these topics as well...just wanted to add my 2cents worth be it agreeable or not.

Posted by: bertzel | December 1, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: will12 | November 30, 2010 9:48 PM
"I thought they'd paint over the rot and call it fixed.

I wonder where they'll get the labor to do the painting, since they don't want to spend much money if any.

Undocumented workers, maybe?"

While you are on point, the Repubs would not use paint, they would wallpaper the rot with red, white, and blue wallpaper. Of course the labor would be illegal aliens, 'coz con-servatives just hate paying for stuff.

Posted by: bushidollar | December 1, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Two months ago, we heard, "Okay, okay. We did some stupid things. We've seen the error of our ways. Deficits are bad, and we all need to act like grownups. Put us back in power and give us just one more chance, and we will fix the stupid things we did. We promise."

Now, we hear, "oKAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYY! Back in the saddle again, SUCKERSSSSSSSSSSSS!!"

Posted by: jonroesler | December 1, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Wow! As masterful as your's (and Telnaes and Oliphant's satire). Thanks, Again.

Posted by: lufrank1 | December 1, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Conservatives have absolutely no taste for, ability to, or intention to, govern. They will obstruct, and they will blame Obama and the Democrats for nothing "getting done." And they will probably be successful with this strategy. Hey Boehner! Where are all the new jobs you Republicans were gong to create? We're waiting. You should have delivered by now.

Posted by: ptgrunner | December 1, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

~~ It's crystal clear to me that for the next two years nothing will get done and it's purely political. The American people will be the ones to suffer.
Posted by: TruCherryHillNJ ~~~

That's par for the course. What would you expect to 'get done'?
And it is and always has been political.

Posted by: bertzel | December 1, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

It's amazing to me that if President Obama agrees with a Republican idea, even in principle; these folks run away for fear that Limbaugh and Palin will call them un-American. It's crystal clear to me that for the next two years nothing will get done and it's purely political. The American people will be the ones to suffer.

Posted by: TruCherryHillNJ | December 1, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Democrats should take credit for making unemployment so attractive everyone should apply? Sure beats working and paying higher and higher and higher and higher and higher taxes. Thanks Democrats.
Posted by: billybeer6

My Reply,
You must be one of them thar' beer guzzling sociopaths who will shot anything that moves.
Maybe you will be happy when we are a third world nation and the unemployment is at fifty percent, the wages are at fifty cents an hour and the work week is 7/16.
Get a soul; you would make a great robot.
Dave

Posted by: OckamsRazor | December 1, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Great comments by everyone! Tom, you really know how to kick off discussion.

We need publicly-funded elections and effective rules on lobbyists before our government will function again. We are sinking under the weight of corruption and the drive of powerful, self-serving interests. Unfortunately, I don't see how we can get money out of the picture once it is entrenched. We are dependent upon our political system to fix itself when in fact, reform cannot come from within. In short, we're doomed.

Prejudice, irresponsibility, selfishness, greed, materialism and they like have taken hold of our society. Instead of being the great melting pot, our pot is melting.

Go help someone today. Spread something other than selfishness. If we can change as individuals, maybe our country can be great again and find its way out of this mess.

Posted by: insightinc | December 1, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Tom actually I think the GOP is planning on wallpapering over all the rotten woodwork with Biblical scenes and other social wedge issues because that will provide such a sturdy structure.

Posted by: dre7861 | December 1, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Unemployment attractive? Yeah... people are "intentionally" doing things to get laid off (or fired) from their jobs in droves, just so they can lazily kick back and collect unemployment. THAT's what's wong with our economy. Thanks so much for pointing that out.

Posted by: jonroesler | December 1, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

And someone left the TV on, and the reverberations from the opinionated conflictinators is rattling what's left of the support structure.

Posted by: PrairieDog60 | December 1, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

If half of the lots in Washington were made empty this world would be a much better place.

Posted by: GuyThompto1 | December 1, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

How long did it take Rome to fall? I do not think it will take as long for the USA to follow the same route - we are well on our way.

Posted by: PlumHunter | December 1, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

American Exceptionalism

People of sound mind do not believe war is a symbol of success or strength.
War is failure and it's participants weak.

Posted by: itsme12 | December 1, 2010 8:04 AM | Report abuse

Hey, wait... aren't these contractors the same guys who were supposed to maintain this house from 2000-2008?

Posted by: egc52556 | December 1, 2010 7:53 AM | Report abuse

You forgot to add that in making the empty lot the Repubs would create jobs. That's how they've done it the last twelve years, by tearing down America.

Posted by: Falmouth1 | December 1, 2010 6:39 AM | Report abuse

Democrats should take credit for making unemployment so attractive everyone should apply? Sure beats working and paying higher and higher and higher and higher and higher taxes. Thanks Democrats.

Posted by: billybeer6 | December 1, 2010 6:28 AM | Report abuse

You left out the part of fumigating Pelosi's office.

Posted by: jornolibist | December 1, 2010 5:29 AM | Report abuse

The Republicans and some Democrats and Independents, want to push through tax cuts for everyone which will add 400 billion to the deficit every year, forever.

Permanently extending the tax cuts for everyone will cost about 4 trillion over the next ten years. Why not link the extension of the unpaid for tax cuts to an increase in the debt ceiling of 4 trillion dollars? Can’t we at least be honest accountants?

While we’re on the subject of honest accounting….The local condo associations in your area are likely required by state law to account for how they will pay for expected infrastructure costs for the water, sewer, roads, pool, clubhouse etc that is community property. Our cities, counties, states and federal government generally don’t have reserves to repair their projected infrastructure costs.

We have about 2 trillion in infrastructure needs in this country. Why not be honest and add that 2 trillion to our national deficit so we can reduce our deficit and fix our country at the same time?

Posted by: EarlyBird1 | December 1, 2010 3:26 AM | Report abuse

Did you ever experience deja vu?
Posted by jhnnywalkr

My Reply...
Ya; every time I hear about Iraq and Afghanistan It reminds me of Korea and Vietnam. We seem to be stuck in a rotten rut.

I also hear the same old tunes played by the Democrats that were played by the Republicans. While the parties are different and the agendas different , the results are the same.

The rich get richer and the working people get paid less while paying all of the bills.
There are bailouts for the incompetent and no place at the inn for the working people.

Those with the gold rule and the rulers are ruthless.

Christian love has become torture your enemy, take what you want and kill anything that moves.

When all is said and done, all will be dead and then some.
Dave

Posted by: OckamsRazor | November 30, 2010 11:05 PM | Report abuse

I was in D.C. the last time I experienced Deja vu....

Posted by: bertzel | November 30, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Yes, I have.

Posted by: bertzel | November 30, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

I thought they'd paint over the rot and call it fixed.

I wonder where they'll get the labor to do the painting, since they don't want to spend much money if any.

Undocumented workers, maybe?

Posted by: will12 | November 30, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Did you ever experience deja vu?

Posted by: jhnnywalkr | November 30, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

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