Tom the Dancing Bug by Ruben Bolling for January 16, 2010

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    Bill LaRocque Premium Member over 14 years ago

    Zing. Bullseye.

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    3hourtour Premium Member over 14 years ago

    …I supposedly work until May just to pay my taxes,and,if I don’t have health insurance through work,I’m screwed..yet these billionaire junkies keep collecting their bonuses via my tax dollars…blast those Avatars!!!…

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    DougDean  over 14 years ago

    Actually, it’s Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac that ought to have their bonuses rescinded… they were the ones that authorized ridiculously underqualified borrowers and then foisted them on the hapless banks.

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    aardvarkseyes  over 14 years ago

    HQ: No, according to the cartoon, the bunch of guys wants to scam the government for bailout funds. I would have thought, being the upstanding right-winger that you obviously are, you wouldn’t want government funds to be abused this way.

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    3hourtour Premium Member over 14 years ago

    …make a profit?!?So that’s what they call stealing now-a-days???..

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    JFStan  over 14 years ago

    Today’s strip is better than the actual movie “Avatar”.

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    napaeric  over 14 years ago

    It might have been painful to let market forces destroy Wall Street banks and businesses but it would have been capitalism. Making a profit is the goal, gambling with depositors money and losing is also part of capitalism. TARP is Not Capitalism. Government regulation is supposed to keep the US from bouncing up and down in wild swings, and regulation is anti-capitalism. Too little regulation is the reason we have The Great Recession. Gifts to the richest and biggest Wall Street Bankers is Not Capitalism. Regulation of these companies that can ruin the economy is the best protection for Main Street. Most of us live near Main Street, very few live near Wall Street and they live very well.

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    scotchfaster  over 14 years ago

    Doug Dean…bought into the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac blame game hook, line and sinker, didn’t ya? Next you’ll blame them minorities for, say, bankrupting Iceland.

    “Federal Reserve Board data show that more than 84 percent of the subprime mortgages in 2006 were issued by private lending institutions…”

    The “hapless banks” were entirely in on the scheme. What’s more, they pushed it hard - making serious $ from charging points on bad mortgages, and then selling them as “mortgage-backed securities,” which was essentially bad paper that they got rated as high yield, low-risk investments through some hocus pocus.

    Freddie/Fannie may be somewhat questionable, but their mission was to increase home ownership, not to perpetrate actual, criminal, Enron-style outright FRAUD on the world’s markets.

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