Tom the Dancing Bug by Ruben Bolling for June 17, 2011

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    Charles Brobst Premium Member over 12 years ago

    And THAT is the honest truth of what the rich are trying to do to the USA.

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    3hourtour Premium Member over 12 years ago

    ..Americans are just lazy..why,they won’t even try to get a job unless it pays more than $7.00 and hour…

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    Leshka  over 12 years ago

    That’s because you can at least look for a higher paying job when you’re on unemployment. If you have a full time job that pays almost nothing, you get stuck in it very quickly.

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    RunninOnEmpty  over 12 years ago

    Maybe if we pass an amendment to allow noble titles in the US the upper class will be less cruel – but probably not.

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    pschearer Premium Member over 12 years ago

    There is so much politically, economically, and historically wrong with this strip there is no point in commenting further.

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    steverinoCT  over 12 years ago

    Yes… all wrong: dogs can’t talk!

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    DougDean  over 12 years ago

    Ruben, Ruben, Ruben, you have been smoking way too much weed.

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    ladywyntre  over 12 years ago

    I don’t think this is accurate. I think, rather, that the “corporate classes” in the USA are completely indifferent to the plight of all others. We flatter ourselves if we imagine that they give us a thought—well, more of a thought than to throw some money to fund a populist movement (the Tea Party) and pretend it’s grassroots. But even that is primarily to get us off their backs, not because of any innate hatred or desire to see us fail but simply because our success would be an impediment to their profit-worship.

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    Malcolm Hall  over 12 years ago
    Mr. Hound will never be truly happy since he will always envy those who are completely free of taxes — because they are not burdened by income or money.
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    mandrak3  over 12 years ago

    Haha, I don’t think the structure of the USA could be modified to a third world nation status. Then again, I do think the “corporate class” and republicans are attempting their best.

    One true thing is that the situation in my country would be Mr. Hound’s paradise, we have close to no science development, education and healthcare are free and universal, but those taxes are paid by the middle class, the rich here are among the richest in the world and at least 40 percent of the population lives with less than a dollar a day. By the way it is one of the countries that purchases the most luxury goods in the world.

    Politicans can be bribed for very reasonable rates, and they will simultaneously “purchase” the vote of the empoverished starving population by giving out extremely cheap meals, so that the vote of the shrinking educated middle class never counts enough to change things.

    Oh and @Cessna172 : we DO have guns coming out of our ears.

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    Tommy1733  over 12 years ago

    I think that fundamentally Wyntre (above) is correct in that the wealthy class cares not a whit about the rest of us. In many ways our society is beginning to resemble 18th century France, shortly before the Revolution. But we have a much more solid foundation than they did and I believe with a lot of effort we can maintain a decent standard of living and justice for a long time forward. However, we cannot let any Michelle Bachmans into high office, and if you agree with that statement then you must be aware that Obama, as obviously excellent as he is, will be highly vulnerable in 2012. We cannot stop fighting for what is right.

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    SVeidt  over 12 years ago

    Why are you so upset about unemployment right now, Ruben Bolling? Just about every strip for months has addressed the topic. What the hell?

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    number9dream  over 12 years ago

    His father looks like Richard Wagner.

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    vhammon  over 12 years ago

    WE the people gave away our power to create new money to the private financial sector. A fractional reserve privately owned monetary system gives an elite few the power to determine where investment goes and who benefits. A fractional money system is designed to shift wealth from those who produce to those who have the power to create new money. The system requires continuous exponential growth, which leads inevitably to booms and busts, and those with financial privilege are in the best position to profit—-every time.The idea that anyone with wealth works hard for it and deserves to keep their earnings, and keep ‘government’ out of their game, is a useful myth to keep the system in place.

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    jpozenel  over 12 years ago

    What a heart-warming story!

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    micromove  over 12 years ago

    Lucky Ducky is there! Look very closely in the 9th panel, 4th figure from the right. Go Ruben!!!! Awesome!!!

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    TeeDub5921  over 12 years ago

    What pschearer meant to say was the following: “This cartoon makes me uncomfortable, but I am too lazy to try to find facts to bolster my position.”

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    templemathews  over 12 years ago

    Brilliant. You would have to be a moron not to know how the wealthy in the us are just getting richer.

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    fritzoid Premium Member over 12 years ago

    Eryx, you make the mistake of assuming a 40-hour work week. Why, if they’re willing to work 80 hours, they can DOUBLE that…

    (Of course, you’re ALSO assuming that sick time and holidays would be paid, but there’s no harm in dreaming…)

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    fritzoid Premium Member over 12 years ago

    Even better, they can work midnight to midnight Monday through Friday, and they’ll have the whole weekend to themselves.Oh, the luxury of it all…

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    mdmjd  over 12 years ago

    You nailed the creepy Authoritarian Leader personality. Also called Social Dominators, they’re the driving force behind all kinds of oppressive authoritarian governments. Social Dominators love to make others suffer because it feeds their delusions of vast superiority and monopoly entitlement. To achieve their dystopias Authoritarian Leaders get plenty of help from a second personality type, Authoritarian Followers, fear and hate driven boobs who buy into Social Dominator propaganda and slavishly obey them, aggressively suppressing anyone who dissents and persecuting members of designated foreign and minority groups like gays and Hispanics. The Authoritarian Leader-Follower relationship is forged in hate for others. Authoritarian Leaders and Followers are the reason there is so much hate and hate-related violence in the world. They destroy democracies from within and replace them with oligarchic authoritarian regimes. Authoritarian Leaders running amuck in the USA’s business community have completely taken over the Republican Party and crippled the Democratic Party’s ability to help its middle class and poor constituents. Their corruption of corporations and government at all levels is our country’s number one problem.

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    mdmjd  over 12 years ago

    Have you ever considered taking a test to see if you"re an Authoritarian Follower? It can’t hurt and it could certainly help.

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    fritzoid Premium Member over 12 years ago

    How’s this, hogenmogen?

    Lucky Ducky: “I’m sure glad I don’t live in Thirdworldenia anymore!”Hollingsworth Hond: “Curse you, Lucky Ducky!”

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    MisngNOLA  over 12 years ago

    See, the problem here is that what in the cartoon is partially true, but also an exaggeration. And most folks can’t see issues in anything other than black and white. It’s either A or B, and there’s no sense arguing with people who don’t see the shades of grey in nearly every major issue upon which political parties base their rhetoric. Many educated people just wind up ignoring the process and work around and through the system without attempting to change it, while the hard core left and right wingers gather all the publicity and continue to erode your freedoms from both the liberal and conservative points of view. If you believe the Democrats are any more friendly to your personal rights than the Republicans are, you can’t be looking at things with both eyes open. There still ARE things you can do to change this process, one of which is to ALWAYS vote for the least funded candidate, and never vote to re-elect an incumbent. One of the biggest problems with Congress in my humble opinion, is the gaggle of lifetime Representatives and Senators who work the Congressional system of seniority to prevent free and independent thinkers from ever making any headway in presenting and passing intelligent, moderate, cooperative legislation. Each party is interested only in either acquiring or retaining power, and thus plays not to the masses, but to the deep pockets on the fringes.

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    BrianCrook  over 12 years ago

    Nola, did you vote against Bush-Dick in 2008? Do you vote against your incumbent senators & representative every two years? Do you vote against your incumbent mayor & governor every election?

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    h_lance  over 12 years ago

    pshearer said -

    There is so much politically, economically, and historically wrong with this strip there is no point in commenting further.

    Translation – ‘Oh my god, Ruben Bolling is onto me’.

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    Ruben, Ruben, Ruben, you have been smoking way too much weed.

    Translation – “Duuhhhhh….but Fox News told me that ‘the minorities’ are causing all my problems”.

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    kylegann  over 12 years ago

    You’ve certainly captured how the actions of the rich look to the rest of us. I wonder if the rich would recognize themselves here.

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