Sunday, June 24, 2012

Garry Trudeau explains the difference between running the country and running a private equity firm.

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  1. Anonymous7:29 PM

    Great point! The Newsroom on HBO. It is great!

    1. Anonymous3:49 AM

      What I liked best was the comment that the best thing about the US is the belief that things can become "better." This is what the Republicans do not believe and it is why they are always pining for some time in the past. It is completely impossible to live in the past. What the US does best is move forward.
      Obama/Biden 2012

  2. Anonymous7:50 PM

    If you don't understand business, you won't know what business owners need to thrive.

    1. Anonymous8:21 PM

      And if a frog had wings he wouldn't bump his ass on the ground.

    2. Dinty8:26 PM

      Sometimes giving business owners "what they need to thrive" is not in the best interest of the country.

      They will do just fine on their own, they're smart guys.

      Corporate profits are at record levels currently thanks to the economic turnaround due to the efforts of President Obama and the Congress who passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, among other things.

      Even with all of that they keep profits parked offshore and do nothing to help the American people, well most of the American people, they do help their stockholders.

    3. Anonymous8:27 PM

      If you don't understand the national economy (including things like the Laffer curve), you won't know what the country needs to thrive.

    4. Anonymous8:38 PM

      I understand business. I happen to have one of my own. So let me school YOU, asshole.

      I understand that when fucking moneygrubbing nutso-cuckoo cult religion member assholes like Romney destroy companies that employed thousands and thousands of people who then become jobless -- not to CREATE anything, much less more jobs, but simply to line their OWN criminally greedy pockets -- THEY are the ONLY ones who thrive.

      There are then, thanks to the Romney gangster, THAT many thousands fewer people walking around trying to survive, not able to increase the tax base or to purchase other company's products (like CARS and HOUSES), or to help keep the U.S. economy going. No, their salaries and futures just went into thug ROMNEY's greedy ass pocket!

      But moneygrubbing whores like Romney don't give the teeniest tiniest shit about the health of the U.S. economy, meaning OTHER businesses. They only care about building their own huge personal pile of money.

      FUCK them, FUCK Romney, FUCK Republicans, oh and FUCK bullet-point spouting assholes like YOU, too!

      Go fuck yourself with a Romney flagpole.

    5. Anonymous1:53 AM

      Business owners are not the only cohort in this economy who need to be looked out for...they aren't the only constituents.

      If they were saints, they'd be hiring and building and producing, with interest rates and taxes at all-time lows.

      Oh, well -- too early to go into now.

  3. Anonymous8:20 PM

    Once again, Gary Trudeau NAILS it.

  4. Anita Winecooler10:46 PM

    Gary hits one out of the ballpark.

  5. Anonymous1:51 AM

    The Laffler curve, favorite of Reaganites for a couple of years, was disproved a generation ago.

    Try this: taxes are at an all-time low, and yet the country founders. Try John Maynard Keynes.

    Anyway, small businesses can be a mom-and-pop store, or a steel mill with 1,000 employees ("small" in the steel business). They're already wobbly, but not because of taxes, but because of overseas competition.

    Oh, well -- both macro and micro are beyond you, Ted Powell.

  6. angela2:00 AM

    Now THAT is Myth's very position in all of this. He will let the neocons do as they wish---as long as he can overflow his rich buddie's pockets. To hell with the rest of us.

  7. "When we have special provisions for capital gains that allow speculations to be taxed at a lower rate than people who work for a living, we encourage speculation. So that if you look at the design bit of our tax structure, it does create incentives for doing the wrong thing."

    Exclusive Interview: Joseph Stiglitz Sees Terrifying Future for America If We Don't Reverse Inequality
    What will life look like down the road if we don't reverse economic inequality? We must see through the myths of capitalism and build a mass movement if we are to save ourselves.

  8. "What I try to put forward are two hypotheses of how that might happen. In one of them, what I call the "1 percent" will finally realize that it's in their enlightened self interest, rightly understood, to care about the rest of society.

    You cannot do well at the top of the pyramid unless the base of the pyramid is strong.

    And the other one is that the 99 percent realize that they've been sold a bill of goods.

    And they realize that some of these ideas that we've been talking about -- trickle-down economics that destroy the interests of the poor, the middle class -- are just wrong.

    They come to realize that the United States is NOT the land of opportunity, that the United States has higher level of inequality of any of the other advanced industrial countries. As they come to realize this, then maybe they'll wake up and say, why is that?"


  9. The Obama campaign addressed this issue in their latest web ad:!

  10. Beldar J Conehead10:49 AM

    Slightly O/T: Hey, Gryphen, can you confirm or refudiate the rumor I'm hearing that if SCOTUS rules against Obamacare conservatives plan to honor Chief Justice John Roberts in perpetuity by officially referring to the number of Amercians who die for lack of affordable access to health care as "Robertsians"?

    As in, "Say, Martha, did you hear there were 26,000 Robertsians last year? Must suck to be them. I pray to Jeebus it wasnt anyone we know personally. Are you going to finish that croissant?"


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