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Posted at 12:00 AM ET, 12/10/2010

Power trip

By Tom Toles

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Friday rant: strategery edition
Well, the rich won again this week. Obama revealed that he would compromise his inclinations, and the GOP revealed that they would compromise everything else. Deficits? What deficits? So who says nobody compromises in Washington? It's just about ALL anybody does.

Democrats are tempted to punish their own side for this, the way the GOP punished Bush 41 and got Bill Clinton for their trouble. Democrats apparently can't see this far back in history, except to grow nostalgic for Clinton, because they apparently like their compromises delivered with an Arkansas accent. But NOT a Tennessee accent, so no enthusiasm for Al Gore, we'll settle for Bush 43, because what's the difference, went the thinking. A near-Depression is the difference, is all. Oh, and those tax cuts for the rich that Democrats still can't repeal.

So life is complicated. Except, of course, for the rich. They have been busy tipping the playing field their way pretty successfully for thirty years and now the deal is just about sealed. They now have enough wealth, and the attendant political power, that we are reduced to hoping that they will do the right thing by us when they have finished dismantling the federal government, coming soon to a political theater near you. But unlike political parties, the rich are NOT inclined to punish their own side. --Tom Toles
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By Tom Toles  | December 10, 2010; 12:00 AM ET
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Perhaps you can explain this incongruity in your thought.
Posted by: dalyplanet

There is no incongruity in my thought.
It is my undertsanding that the government borrows from the large accumulation of tax revenue set aside for unemployment claims. The tax revenue is distributed by Congress. The big concern is that there not be funds available in the future but currently there is plenty of money available.
Check it out!
Dave

Posted by: OckamsRazor | December 12, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Dave

This is why the Dem/lib speak secret code word translator is so necessary. In my state the insurance part pays 26 weeks.

You state "Unemployment compensation is an insurance that is paid for by the employees,"

this pays for 26 weeks.

Now the Federal Gov is paying extensions of 73 weeks and potentially 58 more for a total 131 weeks paid by the federal gov not any employer\ employee paid fund. This is totally paid by US taxpayer and NOT employee\employer contributions. I believe the Fed to State transfer method is called Block Grant.

Perhaps you can explain this incongruity in your thought.

Posted by: dalyplanet | December 11, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Dave
THERE IS NO FEDERAL UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
Posted by: dalyplanet

My Reply.
I did not say anything about "FEDERAL" UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE; I said, UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE.
What it is called is UNEMPLOMENT INSURANCE. Check it out!
Dave


Posted by: OckamsRazor | December 11, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Dave

THERE IS NO FEDERAL UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE

Posted by: dalyplanet | December 11, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Earlier this week, it seemed that Mr. Toles had seen through the maze and knew that the President had scammed the Republicans because they could not see past their own propaganda. They have to believe that no stimulus of the economy will do any good - ever. He wrote " Oh, the craven cave-in! Unless it's just the way he got an imperfect form of the second-round-of-stimulus that he wanted anyway."

But now - when he has run in to the "truth" he dust himself off and wanders away from it. Or he wants to keep the Republicans from seeing the magnitude of their error. Just read Charles K to see that some do see how much the President gained at the Re publican's expense.

Significant.

Posted by: GaryEMasters | December 11, 2010 6:27 AM | Report abuse

~~I AM willing to trade. THE CODE IS IMPORTANT daly~~~

Well????

Posted by: bertzel | December 11, 2010 12:02 AM | Report abuse

~~When your nation is so very good to you by allowing you to get so very rich, you need to turn around and be good to your nation.
Posted by: PrairieDog60
posted by daly~~~

'tis funny you should bring up this particular post...
I do disagree with YOUR key word.

Posted by: bertzel | December 10, 2010 11:59 PM | Report abuse

You libs are all so pessimistic lately. It is not the end of the world you know. Even tiny tim crachit these days has a cell phone and vidio games and 112 weeks of unemployment should scrooge fire his pop Bob.
Posted by: dalyplanet

My response to your disgusting post...
Spoken like a true Republican sociopath.
Unemployment compensation is an insurance that is paid for by the employees, it pays less than minimum wages and a whole lot less than the cost of living not to mention that 112 weeks goes by very quickly and the laid off worker is really desperate.
There are families living under bridges.
I was in town and there was a family living in their car and feeding their children popcorn for dinner.
Thanks to the greedy rich and the sociopathic Republicans like you, there are millions of desperate people in this country.
The religious right is wrong and is going straight to hell without passing “go”. They are also in direct opposition to the teachings of Christ.
Personally, I hope you choke on your next meal.
Dave


Posted by: OckamsRazor | December 10, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

And NO, you can't see it UNLESS you are willing to make a TRADE.

Posted by: bertzel | December 10, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

I AM willing to trade. THE CODE IS IMPORTANT

Sometimes I am SO lost here because I am not sure what is meant by some of the commentary.

An example is variations on 'becoming a third world nation'.

I was in Europe once and except for Germany they hardly had ice and the beer was warm but they are not third world as far as I know, first world I think. I was in Nicaragua and they hardly had refrigerators and almost no ice but I think they are second world perhaps. Maybe rural Argentina with no electricity or roads is third world? But here we have lots of ice and cold beer cans that tell you when they are cold and airports that land 747s in small towns and the Interstate Highway and the Superbowl so I am not sure what 'third world' means in the American context. Thank you in advance for your help.

Posted by: dalyplanet | December 10, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

This is not a word but rather a theme. Please translate from lib/dem speak as I am not aware as there are restrictions on earning in the good ol US of A, one of the many unique traits here in America. Allowing is the key word but this is always part of the phrase.

Posted by: dalyplanet | December 10, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

He was not implying that people should be limited to how much they can earn, he was saying that living in this country has allowed, or given you the opportunity, to become rich, thanks to the systems and laws and order that is in place.

If you think you can make billions and billions of dollars without all that, Somalia is a place you should look into.

Posted by: jhnnywalkr | December 10, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

When your nation is so very good to you by allowing you to get so very rich, you need to turn around and be good to your nation.

Posted by: PrairieDog60 | December 7, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

This is not a word but rather a theme. Please translate from lib/dem speak as I am not aware as there are restrictions on earning in the good ol US of A, one of the many unique traits here in America. Allowing is the key word but this is always part of the phrase.

Posted by: dalyplanet | December 10, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Come 2012, President Gingrich and Vice-President Palin will be sure to set things even more firmly on the path predicted by ancient Mayan (and other) prophecies.

Posted by: jonroesler | December 10, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

"Extending tax cuts" = "extending" "tax" "cuts". The code book to look these words up in is called a "dictionary."

Posted by: jonroesler | December 10, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

billybeer6-----

I have some property in Holland that I wish to sell to you - - - and your offspring.

P.S. Mr. Toles, your final paragraph should chiseled in tombstones and placed at the foot of Washington's, Lincoln's, Franklin's, Jefferson's and our Unknown Soldier's graves!

To Whit: Framed and posted under my honorable discharge ---
"So life is complicated. Except, of course, for the rich. They have been busy tipping the playing field their way pretty successfully for thirty years and now the deal is just about sealed. They now have enough wealth, and the attendant political power, that we are reduced to hoping that they will do the right thing by us when they have finished dismantling the federal government, coming soon to a political theater near you. But unlike political parties, the rich are NOT inclined to punish their own side."
"

Posted by: lufrank1 | December 10, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

AND...and....that trade better be something that BENEFITS....ME!
Otherwise...NO DEAL!

Posted by: bertzel | December 10, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

And NO, you can't see it UNLESS you are willing to make a TRADE.

Posted by: bertzel | December 10, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Just so you all know....there IS a secret code book (shhhhh) and I have it!! LOL

Posted by: bertzel | December 10, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

AGW: done deal. Very little doubt anymore about global warming, the cause, and the consequences. This is a great economic opportunity, but the GOP will miss it.

Posted by: ptgrunner | December 10, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

WHERE IS THE SECRET CODE BOOK to translate this statement. Esp. considering the non issue the party in Cancun was this year.

Posted by: dalyplanet | December 10, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

jhnnywalkr |

I would posit that it is you that makes the weak semantic argument - unless of course there is a secret code book out there. Tax cut means reduction in tax rates from the nearly decade old present level. Dismantling means a removal of some aspect of federal reach, not an expansion into a clear state only issue.(unemployment insurance and again the word insurance means something beside the current federal involvement)

During the last weeks debate all the more Liberal talking heads and pundits had it as Republicans holding hostage the middle class over "tax CUTS for the rich" and the problems caused to the economy and middle class by the resultant across the board INCREASE in taxation. Semantically and logically this makes no sense as the Dems plan was a tax INCREASE to the rich while everyone else stayed the same. Perhaps again you can explain where my logic is flawed.

Posted by: dalyplanet | December 10, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

I'd have been happy if they had just let all tax cuts expire and the employed got no extended benefits. Then let the Republicans explain why they MADE that happen. Of course, with Fox guarding their back and front )not to mention the national henhouse), with the Democrats having a majority in Congress, people don't understand how the GOP can block most bills. We don't really have a majority rule system in the U.S. Obama compromised too soon and too much...I wouldn't want to play basketball with him, but I could make a killing playing poker against him. And DADT failed again. I won't point out that the Senate, and the GOP in particular voted to keep an unconstitutional policy in place. Oops, I just pointed it out. So the courts should now impose a solution allowing gays to openly serve in the military, which the public supports.

Kerry's yacht: is it illegal to dock your yacht in a state other than the one you own. Kerry will be paying the taxes on the yacht anyway. Yawn!.

AGW: done deal. Very little doubt anymore about global warming, the cause, and the consequences. This is a great economic opportunity, but the GOP will miss it.

Posted by: ptgrunner | December 10, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

billybeer confuses weather with climate. It's cold in Europe but those who support climate change never claimed that we will never see another snowflake. What they point to is the inexorable rise in overall world temperature, confirmed by the most recently released data.

Posted by: Anoutsideview | December 10, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Is there some secret code translator book available somewhere so I can understand this Liberal double speak like how no tax increase can be labeled Tax CUTS for the rich?

Posted by: dalyplanet | December 10, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

I explained this to you before, but rather than restate that, I'll just say you are making a weak semantic argument and have no point.

Posted by: jhnnywalkr | December 10, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Toles would have us believe that, if Al Gore had been elected president, all would be well: no 9/11, no problems in the housing market, etc. What is the evidence for this? He had every opportunity to provide it, but didn't...because he can't.

Posted by: DirtFarmer1 | December 10, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

I will never understand all the libs. here. Your guy just got another EXPANSION of the federal government and you are ALL crying about the DISMANTLING?? of the federal government because it did not get bigger by quite as much as you all wanted??

Is there some secret code translator book available somewhere so I can understand this Liberal double speak like how no tax increase can be labeled Tax CUTS for the rich?

Posted by: dalyplanet | December 10, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Hey Serfs,
Remember your place!
Keep the rich RICH!
Pray for crumbs.

Posted by: cbctouby | December 10, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse


TT says, "Obama revealed that he would compromise his inclinations . . . "

WRONG. Obama honored his inclinations. After all, he is a fake, a fraud, a phony. Obama is a zombie puppet tool, a pretty spokesmodel --- for WAll STREET and the rest of the plutocratic, kleptocratic oligarchy.

Obama the earnest, but retarded, champion of the little guy is a fairy tale we need to lay to rest. He never was anything but a tool of his handlers. And they ain't us.

Posted by: HumanistPatriot | December 10, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Hmmm....Power outage or Power control???
Perhaps a bit of both?

Nice 'toon' Toles.

Posted by: bertzel | December 10, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

Sad. And the Tea Party types cannot see it. (Neither can a niece. Oh, well.)

Posted by: GeneTouchet | December 10, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Today's cartoon is almost as funny as the manmade global warmer propaganda picture on the front of the Washington Post yesterday showing a model of the Effiel Tower half covered in the surf off the beach in Cancun. While in reality the real Effiel Tower and Europe is covered in snow and Arctic cold temperatures. What a joke the manmade global warming hoax is!!!

Posted by: billybeer6 | December 10, 2010 6:34 AM | Report abuse

So Toles, you're saying Senator John Kerry (DEM, MA) who went out of his way to dock his $multimillion yacht in another state to avoid paying taxes is on the side of the rich? How about Kerry's VP choice, former Senator John Edwards (DEM, NC), who also ran for President on the "Two America's" platform, is also on the side of the rich? You are right about the inclined part.

Posted by: jornolibist | December 9, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Drill baby Drill was very funny.

You libs are all so pessimistic lately. It is not the end of the world you know. Even tiny tim crachit these days has a cell phone and vidio games and 112 weeks of unemployment should scrooge fire his pop Bob.

Posted by: dalyplanet | December 9, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Been meaning to tell you your sketch pad the other day "Drill Baby Drill," is pure genius. I'm wondering if you even saw what I saw: The mule is going to the left side of the panel and the elephant is going right. Pure genuis!

Posted by: quiensabe | December 9, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Tom Toles wrote:
"So life is complicated. Except, of course, for the rich. They have been busy tipping the playing field their way pretty successfully for thirty years and now the deal is just about sealed."

It was sealed when RR was elected. All we are seeing are the consequences. Working class A'murican folks are starting to get a good first hand re-acquaintance with Timothy Cratchit's economic struggle.

PS, is it me, or is Boehner a dead ringer for Mr. Grinch?

Posted by: bushidollar | December 9, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

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