Robert Ariail for January 16, 2013

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    Dtroutma  about 11 years ago

    Houdini needed?

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    Ellen Gwynne  about 11 years ago

    It’s not either or, it’s both and.

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    Tue Elung-Jensen  about 11 years ago

    pull the plug? Or open the door and ruin the bathroom.

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    frodo1008  about 11 years ago

    You mean solutions like social security, which is all that stands between tens of millions of senior citizens and abject poverty?

    Or Medicare, which is all that stands between millions more senior citizens and pain and even death?

    Perhaps others like yourself will then take up the slack and actually “honor your parents” like it states in the bible?

    Up to actually supporting them in a reasonable and dignified manner?

    And seeing the tone of most of your posts here, why should I even doubt your “compassionate conservatism”?

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    sw10mm  about 11 years ago

    Fitch is saying, cut spending or we cut your credit rating.

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    chazandru  about 11 years ago

    The Doomsday Clock is at 5 min to Midnight.Climate Change is one of several reasons, but this cartoon shows another. The willingness to destroy the world’s economy in order for one side to ‘win’ over the other.I firmly believe there are hundreds of ways to reduce the cost of government, I’ve seen it being done by people who work in civil service and inspect/audit/review military contracts and methods. This one office of intelligent motivated people, led by a supervisor who believes in the purpose of their mission, has more than paid for their compensation and future retirement in savings they have brought to our nation.To tell the world that we will no long pay the bills on money borrowed is dishonorable, unethical, and immoral. It endangers countries. This debt ceiling ‘crisis’ is not the battleground the Republicans should be trying to hold. If this was a republican president, they would cheerfully raise the debt ceiling and then work to cut spending.The last time we did this, it raised our cost of borrowing as a nation and increased our debt.I agree we need to cut spending, but this is not the place to make that stand.Respectfully,C.

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    Dave Ferro  about 11 years ago

    Perhaps if they made a rule stating that they couldn’t attach an unrelated rider to a spending bill?

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    ARodney  about 11 years ago

    Congress does the spending. It’s their debt ceiling, not Obama’s.

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    lonecat  about 11 years ago

    As I understand the situation, the debt ceiling has to do with paying for spending already agreed upon, not new spending. If people want to cut future spending, okay, let’s see a plan and get to work. But paying for spending that’s already been agreed upon just seems fair. If they didn’t want to spend this much they should have made the cuts already. The Republicans have no credibility on this issue.

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    ossiningaling  about 11 years ago

    It really isn’t a good metaphor for excessive spending or raising the debt limit. A better concept would be running out of something you are obligated to provide. In this illustration, the House approved the amount of water that would fill the shower without addressing the fixed limits of the budget (which is smaller than the approved spending). Regardless, there is no representation in this drawing for revenue, which I assume would be the drain. So a better proposed solution would be to unclog the drain to increase revenue, which again I would assume by this illustration is set to “No revenue.”

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    SwimsWithSharks  about 11 years ago

    The elephant forgets who added all the spending. Clinton balanced the budget, Bush destroyed it.

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    parkerfields  about 11 years ago

    What can I say? Your picture is perfect, speaking more than thousands of words.

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    CasualBrowser  about 11 years ago

    “CUT BACK ON THINGS PEOPLE HAVEN’T PAID FOR”-Amen brother (sister?) And since we didn’t pay for the invasion of Iraq or Afganistan, or the resulting occupation, I say we cut back on war. Good call 4my.

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    echoraven  about 11 years ago

    This is actually completely accurate. It would have been the “line item VETO” that would have given the President the power to remove “pork” projects attached to spending bills. Unfortunately this would limit a senator/congressman’s power to buy votes.

    The line item Veto and term limits for EVERYONE in Washington DC would drastically transform this country… for the better.

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    chazandru  about 11 years ago

    @ ScottPm – sorry, I was wrong. Misread your post and took it out of context. I do apologize.@ Mikefive – not sure why I took it the way I did the first time, thank you for making me reread it and for providing more info.Respectfully,C.

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    Mneedle  about 11 years ago

    The President says that the debt ceiling has nothing to do with spending. Then he must be planning to borrow money to pay some of the debt that we have already borrowed.

    How stupid does he think we are?

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    DavidGBA  about 11 years ago

    Sick of debt metaphors?

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    Serpaco  about 11 years ago

    After 4 years of misery, America has decided to keep the messiah, Barry, for 4 more years. If he wants to, he can certainly go without Congress or the Senate to push anything thru. He can do anything. Remember how he stopped the gun running to Mexico investigation? Besides, as the double standard goes, If it is a Democratic president,he is not to be blamed, If a Republican is, he always gets the blame. Tough break, if Congress seems to be the obstacle. Eat C- – P

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    pirate227  about 11 years ago

    False equivalency, the money is already spent so, you have to raise the ceiling to pay for money already spent. Leave it to the GOP to manufacture a crisis and tank the economy.

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