published Saturday, October 12th, 2013

Ted

about Clay Bennett...

The son of a career army officer, Bennett led a nomadic life, attending ten different schools before graduating in 1980 from the University of North Alabama with degrees in Art and History. After brief stints as a staff artist at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Fayetteville (NC) Times, he went on to serve as the editorial cartoonist for the St. Petersburg Times (1981-1994) and The Christian Science Monitor (1997-2007), before joining the staff of the ...

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AndrewLohr said...

"That's irresponsible. It's unpatriotic"--Senator (!) Obama about President Bush Jr adding $4 trillion to the national debt. So who deserves the flag, the man trying to solve the problem (Ted Cruz) or the mob defending the problem against a solution, or even anything in the direction of a solution (Harry Reid, Clay Bennett, Barack Obama?)

Who really cares for you, the doctor who tells all his patients "You're healthy" or the doctor who says "You're dying unless you take this severe medicine"?

Repent: coveting is sin and Jesus is rather libertarian.

October 12, 2013 at 12:23 a.m.
wrdrennan said...

It's good that you have Tea Party followers, Clay. Cruz is a loon. And Lohr apparently knows what political party Jesus belongs to. I wasn't aware He had any political affiliation as His followers are in ALL political parties.

October 12, 2013 at 1:53 a.m.
EaTn said...

When I once worked for a Texas transplant company here in Tn, a coworker often jokingly remarked that the best thing that ever came out of Texas was an empty bus. Many of their right-wing politicians should have missed that DC bound bus.

October 12, 2013 at 7:38 a.m.
inquiringmind said...

I believe Jesus is firmly in the anti-government camp Andy, but not in the way you might think. (Render unto Caesar...)

On a human note, the good senator from Canada does need to go back to school and take some civics courses on American History. We can only hope he gins up on his Christianity, particularly the passage in Mathew called "the judgment of nations."

Would you prefer that a doctor tells you that you are very sick and dying in need of some very expensive and severe medicine; however, he is really very sorry that you can't afford the medical coverage or the medicine that will cure you because some republican members of the house of representatives decided you are not worth the effort?

October 12, 2013 at 9:40 a.m.
carlB said...

NOW, the Republicans are trying to fulfill their OBJECTIVES of causing the failure of President Obama, even coming up with every thing they can find to mention in trying to impeach him. Thus, while continuing on with their predicting that President Obama will BE THE CAUSE OF THIS REPUBLIC'S destruction as their reason for causing his failure. There seems to be DISAGREEMENTS between the Political Parties (VOTERS) on exactly what type of destruction has to occur, be it moral or economic, plus others, but the Republicans appear to be accusing President Obama of all the destructive actions to our Republic, even if his actions/policies have prevented another economic great depression. All of these circumstances cannot be understood without looking the comprehensive history of the actions, and the applied principles the Republicans' have taken against the workers and against the necessary roles of our governments in maintaining the proper balance between the government and the private sector while admitting to what the economic conditions of this Republic were in 2008. Unless the voters understand and admit to how the conditions changed from 2001 to what the conditions were in January 2009, with the proven facts that this Republic was on the verge of another great depression before Obama was President. Then what did the enemies of want to happen or to occur when their "number one objective was to cause the President's failure" at the beginning if his first term? If we get to the point. Yes, if the Republicans had been or are successful in their efforts to cause Obama's failure it would not be President Obama who destroyed this Republic but it would be the fault of his enemies in their obsession for destroying the President without regard to what the affects/effects were on this country.

October 12, 2013 at 11:04 a.m.
MickeyRat said...

From NBC News:

Hoping for a deal to end the ongoing government shutdown, the house Republican extortion yielded no concessions.

In the Saturday morning meeting, House Speaker John Boehner told a waiting media there is no deal with President Barack Obama to end the fiscal impasse.

Boehner explained that the biggest sticking point in the negotiations so far has been that Obama is still black

October 12, 2013 at 11:52 a.m.
fairmon said...

Why is Cruz being attacked for doing what he promised those voting for him he would do? I may not agree with his opinions but I have to admire him for his loyalty to his supporters. What is our local Flash saying about the issue? He has been silent which is not that unusual.

October 12, 2013 at 12:04 p.m.
fairmon said...

What Cruz may be saying is the people managing the failed web site won't be the same people managing health care but it will be the same government. Social Security is headed for big trouble, Medicare is already a mess with rampant waste and fraud becoming known, Medicaid is a wreck, Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac are bankrupt, other programs are in financial distress. Why would people insist the same government manage their health insurance and healthcare? I am sure someone here can enable me to have a warm and fuzzy feeling about the whole thing.

October 12, 2013 at 12:16 p.m.
jesse said...

Looks like Clay was shootin blanks today!!

October 12, 2013 at 4:04 p.m.
tifosi said...
October 12, 2013 at 4:27 p.m.
inquiringmind said...

Fairmon, If you research the rationale of the constitutional structure of Congress you find the idea that Senators are responsible for the good of the Republic being able to separate themselves from the hysteria of the short term frenzy of the ebb and flow of the electorate. Originally they were appointed or elected by state legislators until the 17th amendment. I will not get into arguments about whether or not the change was good or bad, but the 6 year term intends to add stability to government, not chaos. That is "why."

Sen (sic) Cruz is/has done the opposite of patriotic duty.

You are conflating medicare and medicaid with the promise to pay on debt incurred by money already spent, mirroring the chaos already in existence. Nothing in the clean CR authorizes NEW spending.

October 12, 2013 at 4:36 p.m.
whatsthefuss said...

carlb wrote,,,

"NOW, the Republicans are trying to fulfill their OBJECTIVES of causing the failure of President Obama"

That has to be the funniest statement of the year. Or as Chet would say,,,, Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!!

carlb Just a heads up,,,,, Our dear President Oblamama needs little to no help causing his own failure. If you would take the time to listen to what comes from his mouth, he properly demonstrates his inability to lead and his constant ignorance or in his case stupidity of known facts or historical events. He does get high marks in name calling and creating conflict though.

inquiringmind, perhaps you are unaware of what creates this debt we acquire as a nation. I think the point of all this is to refrain from our spending that would make drunken sailors blush. Once it is spent it then becomes additional debt. Get it??? or not so much,,,,

October 12, 2013 at 5:08 p.m.
tifosi said...

Our dear President Obama succeeded where the GOP could not. He got elected twice by the American people. They must really like what he is doing. This is especially apparent with the dramatic decline of the opinion polls with regard to the GOP. I know someone will pop up and claim the President's approval rate is declining too, but the GOP has to get re-elected. Sucks to be them.

October 12, 2013 at 5:15 p.m.
whatsthefuss said...

Clay,

I am concerned about your ability lately to attract viewers to your toons that in turn create people who comment. Perhaps it is because you don't deal with the true train wrecks our country is experiencing? How about you grow a sack and get down to what is really wrong? Just a thought from a concerned reader. I would hate to see someone else hired to chose all the pretty colors!

Perhaps a good one would be to draw Barrie O throwing Billions up in the air during a Cat 5 hurricane showing how taxpayers funded our new Health Care Exchanges and what we are going to receive in return?

Lately your material has been such a non event.

YYYAAAAWWWWWNNNN,,,,,,,

Lets get the party started!!!

October 12, 2013 at 5:26 p.m.
whatsthefuss said...

Hey eieio,

I bet you're a big hit at parties!!! And the ladies must sit and listen with such fascination too? Your logic and reasoning is well,,,,,,,,

Are you the guy who penned,,,

I know you are but what am I?

Let me know when you turn 12 and I'll bake you a cake.

October 12, 2013 at 5:32 p.m.
BobMKE said...

Cruz is the closest we have had to the Founding Fathers. If this were 1836, Cruz would be on the wall with Bowie, Travis and Crockett. If this were 1776 he would be with George Washington. If this were 1300 B.C., Cruz would be with Moses and Aaron, leading the enslaved out of captivity.

Sen.Ted Cruz, Rep. Paul Ryan, Gov.Scott Walker, Sen. Ron Johnson, Sen. Rubio, Sarah Palin, Jim Demitt, the numerous conservative Governors, Mark Levin, Sean Hannity, and other conservatives like them should be admired by all Americans. They think for themselves and they say what they mean and mean what they say. They think clearly about topics that affect Americans and get on the side that will do the most good for the most people without creating more problems with over-regulation. They use their God-given common sense and they recognize God’s word as the only moral compass in existence. These people are all that stand between our American republic and the one-party socialist state being demanded by liberals.

Like most liberals who feel they and others like them are entitled to what we and all true Americans have worked to obtain legally. They do not understand the meaning of the word Illegal. There-in lies the whole problem. They believe that a big government, taking care of those who won't take care of themselves, is the way America should go. They know the meaning of true compassion by keeping the safety net in place for those people who are really in need of our help. Cruz and those of us who have his thought process, understand that Oblamea and his regime is dead set on destroying what the founders left for us and we have no one to blame but ourselves for allowing it to go on for so long that politicians believe they are now are bosses, not the other way around the way our founders envisioned for America. Add to all of this is the press/media is all for helping the regime accomplish this because they all know that this maybe their only change they will get.

“When injustice becomes law, Resistance becomes duty." Thomas Jefferson

October 12, 2013 at 5:54 p.m.
EaTn said...

BobMKE, I'm very much a fan of Cruz. The GOP will be doing damage control for the next two elections because of him and his friends antics. It's like an early Christmas present to the DNC.

October 12, 2013 at 6:48 p.m.
tifosi said...

The defectors just keep coming...

"WASHINGTON (AP) -- Having failed to persuade their traditional Republican allies in Congress to avert a government shutdown, business leaders fear bigger problems ahead, and they're taking sides with a Democratic president whose health care and regulatory agenda they have vigorously opposed.

President Barack Obama is embracing the business outreach, eager to employ groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Wall Street CEOs to portray House Republicans as out of touch even with their long-established corporate and financial patrons."

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/with-traditional-gop-allies-defecting-big-business-leaders-take-sides-with-obama

October 12, 2013 at 6:49 p.m.
tifosi said...

HEY LOOK... IT'S THE USS GOP!!!

October 12, 2013 at 6:58 p.m.
fairmon said...

inquiringmind said...

Fairmon, If you research the rationale of the constitutional structure of Congress you find the idea that Senators are responsible for the good of the Republic being able to separate themselves from the hysteria of the short term frenzy of the ebb and flow of the electorate.

IM..... I am very familiar with the history and the constitution. Are you suggesting we are so smart we elect the senators because they will ignore what we think best and to do as they please? That is not the criteria I use to vote and it is not what I say when I write and call them. Perhaps Cruz has been able to separate himself from the current short term frenzy and perhaps he thinks devastation will result from the bill he opposes. Did the senate separate itself from the short term frenzy when they hurriedly passed the marked up notes in the margins AHA bill with many not having read it in the last hours before control of the house changed?

Obviously Cruz is not seeking popularity and is not too concerned about being elected again. It appears the system is working with checks and balances as designed.

The CR is to continue spending at the same rates. The money has not already been spent. Current revenue will service the debt, pay the military, social security and meet other commitments. I say leave the non-essential idle until a decision is made that those functions are essential with good reason and revenue is sufficient to fund them. BTW, why did congress pass a bill to pay all those furloughed retroactively for time not worked? It wasn't the workers fault? It isn't the workers fault in private industry either.

One side, apparently including you, thinks Obamacare is the best thing since ice cream and the other thinks it is the worst thing ever proposed. I don't know or care but I am willing to allow the system to work at whatever cost.

October 12, 2013 at 7:40 p.m.
fairmon said...

tifosi said... The defectors just keep coming...

"WASHINGTON (AP) -- Having failed to persuade their traditional Republican allies in Congress to avert a government shutdown, business leaders fear bigger problems ahead, and they're taking sides with a Democratic president whose health care and regulatory agenda they have vigorously opposed.

Tifosi...Do you see a selfish motive? Could it be their investments and stocks may be hurt. I am betting it is not because they give a rip about you or me. They still oppose the health care bill for the same reasons they oppose the shut down.

October 12, 2013 at 7:45 p.m.
tifosi said...

fairmon- It's the very same reason the Koch brothers are jumping too. The Frankenstein they created has come back to haunt them. Now that's funny.

October 12, 2013 at 7:51 p.m.
fairmon said...

Think about it....any idea how the reaction was so quick and thorough?

In less than 8 hours of the shutdown, miraculously, professionally printed 3X4 foot signs with custom logos appeared all over the country in the tens of thousands saying this park, facility, etc. is closed due to government shutdown. There has not been a government shutdown in 17 years. These signs were designed, specifications were determined, signs were then requisitioned, bids were posted and vetted, government contracts were awarded. The materials were then ordered and the signs manufactured then distributed U.S. Mails or freight companies.

Good job Valerie, it is going as you planned. Do you think this plan distracted from having the exchanges working when they were supposed to?

October 12, 2013 at 8 p.m.
fairmon said...

tifosi said...

fairmon- It's the very same reason the Koch brothers are jumping too. The Frankenstein they created has come back to haunt them. Now that's funny.

Soros is getting his way....he is buying gold and selling the dollar short....just like he did in Britain. He even looks like those pictures depicting the devil.

October 12, 2013 at 8:03 p.m.
volsam said...

BobMKE, Thank you,That was the most truthful,common sense post I have read in a long time.Finally some one who really gets it, very refreshing.Keep up the good work.

October 12, 2013 at 8:21 p.m.
tifosi said...

Yeah, we should go back to 1836. Slavery, women can't vote and they didn't have "One nation under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance. Oh yeah... let's take "In God We Trust" off the dollar bill.

Like shooting fish in a barrel.

October 12, 2013 at 8:35 p.m.
volsam said...

tifosi, I think around 1912 would be better.That's the year the progressive era began when Woodrow Wilson was elected POTUS.The beginning of the end of our Republic.

October 12, 2013 at 9:20 p.m.
TheCommander said...

tifosi, getting elected is the measure of being successful? We have politicians at all levels of government in all parties that we can't get rid of like roaches. Do you call them all successes?

Medicare alone now is an $80 Trillion unfunded liability. What do we do? Nothing? For all of us who are cheering on Ted Cruz, please convince me that I should not be concerned. Without insulting me and hurling names, please give me your(or anyone else please chime in) best shot as to why it just doesn't matter. I'm waiting...

October 12, 2013 at 9:21 p.m.
tifosi said...

volsam- Wouldn't 1912 be about the time the Greatest Generation was created?

Those progressives really went downhill in 1956.

October 12, 2013 at 9:48 p.m.
volsam said...

tifosi Yes sir,thank God they were smart enough to send the progressive movement underground for a while.Until LBJ and all the progressive after him.Do you need a list?That list might surprise you.

October 12, 2013 at 10:04 p.m.
inquiringmind said...

Fairmoin sez: "Are you suggesting we are so smart we elect the senators because they will ignore what we think best and to do as they please? That is not the criteria I use to vote and it is not what I say when I write and call them. "

This is exactly the problem. We should elect Senators for their wisdom and courage to do the right thing, not to follow the daily whims of public hysteria, we have house members to do that (and they do that too well).

There is a large majority of the current Senate (and in Congress overall) that feel the tea party and our Joe-McCarthy-come-lately-from-Canada is damaging the very core of the Republic, but unfortunately fear the assassins' gun being held at their heads.

Exercising wisdom and "doing as they please" are mutually exclusive in most cases .I think you failed your history course. This country is all about keeping fascism out of public office.

I have yet to see any evidence from the Senator from Canada that supports his polemical view that the sky is falling due to ACA. So does he.

We are not about to let a small minority of sour grapes refight the War Between The States, or start some new "revolution." This isn't Russia of 1917, or 18th century France.

And business has not "moved to the Democratic side" they just appreciate the massive economic crash that will happen this week if Congress allows default and forced a continued shutdown of the Government.

October 13, 2013 at 6:26 a.m.
TheCommander said...

no answers. well, let's just keep fighting over the tactics of politicians instead...

October 13, 2013 at 8 a.m.
Hunter_Bluff said...

No answers indeed from the republican party. Repeal and replace has always been a half truth. Repeal is all the republican candidates have espoused. Silence on what the proposed replacement would be. I won't vote for the a change until I know what the proposed change is. Sound and fury from the minority in votes that took place in the house and senate when the ACA was passed, again the minority when a referendum in the form of the 2012 presidential election occurred and yet again a minority in the Supreme Court when the ACA was upheld as constitutional. Man up with what the replacement is or move along to new topic. It's time to implement and improve, alter or abolish but the ACA is now the law of the land.

October 13, 2013 at 9:33 a.m.
whatsthefuss said...

hunterbluff said,

"I won't vote for the a change until I know what the proposed change is."

This blog is a laugh a day. Sometimes more. I'll bet if the always gorgeous Nancy Pelosi told you the only way you will know what is in the bill is to vote for it you would be falling all over the ravenous Democratic beauty. Instead you won't vote for a change until you know what it is. Anyone else find this ironic?

We won't have to wait long for this thing referred to as Obamadon'tcare to implode and be repealed. B.O. is so full of himself and other things he doesn't have the wisdom or foresight to see there is no light at the end of the tunnel.

Here is a proper replacement for this disaster. Go to school. Stay in school. Graduate. Go to a tech school and learn a trade or go to college and earn a degree in a field that is in demand. Get a job. Show up every day. Work hard. Pay your taxes.

KISS Keep It Simple Stupid

October 13, 2013 at 3:13 p.m.
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