Pat Oliphant for January 19, 2012

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    TURTLE  about 12 years ago

    Being rich isn’t a crime, same as being a liberal isn’t one. But the liberals would like you to think it is a crime, to be rich, so they can take the money from the rich and give it to illegal immigrants and lazy other liberals so they can stay in power.

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    greyolddave  about 12 years ago

    He makes in an evening three to five times more than union workers make in a year. He talks about how those dam union workers are ruining our economy.

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    paultunes  about 12 years ago

    what i don’t get is why people who aren’t rich and won’t ever be rich (especially if the wealthy have their way) spend so much effort defending the upper income folks. be like the Poles defending the Germans as their own army was getting trounced by German forces. worry about your own class! the rich are more than capable of looking out for themselves and they despise the lower classes for the most part. they don’t need your help and don’t want it either.

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    Samskara  about 12 years ago

    Democrats have never had an aversion to wealth, but wealthy Democrats have still had a record of responsibility towards the population as a whole. Thuis FDR created Social Security, JFK (who gave the speech “life isn’t fair”) envisioned Medicare and LBJ both saw Medicare through, but also began the War on Poverty. In contrast, Republicans, most notably Bush 43, tweaked the tax code to benefit the rich by lowering taxes on capital gains and dividends, types of income received mostly by the wealthy, while his successors (the current congress) have been anxious to cut away the Social Safety Net of Medicaid and unemployment. Willard really is out of touch.

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    dfowensby  about 12 years ago

    the poor will always stay poor, because that’s they way they want it. it takes honest, hard effort to make money and get rich, just as it takes honest hard effort to spend money, and become poor. poverty-stricken is a misnomer: poverty doesn’t strike, it’s carefully nurtured by the lazy and uninspired. every cent i ever spent is gone and ain’t coming back, every cent i invested is still paying me back, and will continue to do so. getting paid is much better than being broke. if you don’t invest at least half of every paycheck every time for your entire earning life, you deserve your situation. it’s Your fault, and noone else’s. the poor just don’t “get” it.

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    Warren Wubker  about 12 years ago

    Mr. Oliphant has only one eye which cannot see to the left.

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    NDeeZ  about 12 years ago

    @sonny1 et al; It’s possible to work very hard at your job for your entire career and not end up wealthy. Hard work is not the only differentiator between rich and poor—having the ability to change tax rates and other laws to protect your wealth CERTAINLY helps.A level playing field is something ALL Americans should want, it seems to me…

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    Simon_Jester  about 12 years ago

    I have to admit, I really don’t see the point of this cartoon. Is Romney even DOING paid speaking engagements right now? I thought he was out there, giving campaign speeches, and taking in campaign contributions. ( No problem with that, it’s what everyone running for office does. )Romney’s record at Bain Capital, his tenure as Governor of MA, how much cash he has hidden offshore, ( in order to avoid taxes ), his non-stop flip-flopping on the issues..THOSE are relevant campaign issues.

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    Dtroutma  about 12 years ago

    Median income $54K, he considers $374K for speaking based on his “name recognition” small change?? Ah, but he’s for the “common Man”- who he expects to pay his taxes for him!

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    d_legendary1  about 12 years ago

    It used to be a crime right before Reagan made it legal again by suspending the Sherman Anti-Trust laws, which prevented companies from taking over and making companies less competitive.

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    pirate227  about 12 years ago

    $10,000 bet…

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    cwsprague  about 12 years ago

    Well, someone pays Clinton to speak. And quite handsomely, too. Then, I wonder what sort of limo John Kerry has? I’ve seen his yacht. Quite nice.

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    Fuzzy Thinker Premium Member about 12 years ago

    @fennec“Liberal Point of View:…everyone…has access to…nutrition, shelter, education and basic medical …” This is a worthy expansion of the concept ‘Freedom to Pursue Happiness’. UNLESS people are Forced (taxation) against their will to provide these resources. Liberals should seek private funding for these goals. Then, the concept of ‘work is honorable’ will have more meaning.

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    Dtroutma  about 12 years ago

    Hey! He’s just an average guy on the street, he said so. Well, considering the average guy on the street had a chauffeur driven tricycle as a kid.

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    mdblanche  about 12 years ago

    Romney’s speaking fees weren’t much, only enough for 37 and a half bets.

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    cjr53  about 12 years ago

    The 99% don’t hate the rich, we only want the rich to pay their fair share of taxes, use some of the money squirreled away to help create jobs and allow the playing fields to be level again.

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    jpedlosky  about 12 years ago

    Being rich is not a crime sonny; it’s how you get rich that determines whether it is the result of really productive activity or just a rip off.

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    leweclectic  about 12 years ago

    Einstein noted that he was able to achieve what he did by standing on the shoulders of others. Mitt, on the other hand, has achieved his fame by Standing on Others.

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    Fuzzy Thinker Premium Member about 12 years ago

    “…taxes provide resources… to everyone… and society… benefits…” AGREED on objective. Since the days of LBJ’s Great Society to today’s Nanny Welfare State, laws and bureaucrats have proven incapable of meeting these objectives. The Law of Unintended Consequences has foiled Good Intentions (2nd generation welfare families). ‘More’ of what has been done in the past does Not look like the answer, to me. Try this model: Private Funding with benefactors taking a personal interest in the Effectiveness of How their money is used and Influencing changes immediately to Improve Outcomes. I can see taxes used to Match successfull efforts.

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    peacenik_49  about 12 years ago

    Oh, my gosh, Sonny 1. You have got to be kidding. Not all rich people are bad but these politicians who want to drag us into illegal wars to keep our war machine humming and their pocket books filled are obscene. And you don’t have a clue about immigrants. Go pick strawberries for a season and see how you like it. Peace, my brother.

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    38lowell  about 12 years ago

    Do you-all really believe this stuff?????

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