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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Those damned days

What's Mallard raving about today?

Christmas, The Economy.

Reasonably speaking, today's effort would have been written either in the last few days before a historic election or in the days just after a historic election.

And this is what Mallard chooses to whinge about?

Par for the course. Depressing as all hell. But par for the course.


NLC said...

You know, there really is an interesting point to this strip (or at least there would be in the hands of a competent writer).

That is, one could read the list of things that the guy is asking for --not just the silliness about the loan-- are all of a piece.

That is, he asking for things which everybody might have felt some sense of entitlement to in the past, but which everyone but a fool should now realize are gone forever.

To put this another way, in a sane world the oil price-shock of last summer should have functioned as a wake-up call. That we --people, government, pundits-- would now be breathing a sigh of relief that we (miraculously) dodged a bullet. And that we would now be swearing that we will be taking the only realistic steps that would ensure that something like that won't happen again: i.e. movements toward genuine conservation and sustainability.

But, yesterday I noticed that there were gas stations in town that were selling gas for under $2 a gallon. And already it's hard not to feel this sense of "Whew, that's over; now things can get back to normal."

Somehow, though, I suspect all this is not Tinsley's point (rather that this is just another repeat of the Federal Government as Santa Claus "gag").

But we can always hope.

[Word Verification: "incommun"]

factinista said...

One of the worst problems with our society is this idea that all poor people are just lazy. It's amazing to think that people like Mallard believe something so utterly simpleminded.

Michael said...

Did the reindeer bite a hunk out of that guy's left arm?

rewinn said...

I read today's strip as having another message: our economic disaster is the fault of greedy consumers.

It's not the fault of Mitt Romney and those other bastards who got rich laying off workers and shipping jobs overseas.

It's not the fault of unregulated mortgage brokers who sold junk mortgages with the assurance that when the ARM adjusted, you could just refinance at even BETTER rates!

It's not the fault of Alan Greenspan and Milton Friedmann, who made whole careers out of tearing down reasonable regulation of economic activities that are far to complicated for the average worker to understand.


It's the fault of the ordinary citizen, who trusted Alan, Milton, Mitt and company. And that's who is getting punished, and should be punished, by the economics collapse.

And the punishment isn't anything serious, like going without healthcare (therefore dying early for lack of preventative care), or neglecting family because to feed them you need a third minimum-wage job ("...only in America... " chuckled George W Bush).


The punishment is not having a wide-screen TV!

That's Tinkley's point today!

Anonymous said...

Speaking of finances...
Obama's choice of millionaire heiress Penny Pritzker, who headed up Superior Bank when it went under, costing "little people" millions of dollars, and who helped come up with sub-prime mortgage bundling, is very auspicious. He sure cares about us little people.

NLC said...

Anonymous, you're absolutely right. This is most auspicious.

While, no doubt, it's likely that significant faults may found with many candidates, so far the Obama administration shows no signs of nominating the laughably corrupt candidates, deep in the pocket of mega conglomerates --like Dick Cheney and Paul Wolfowitz-- that we, sadly came to expect during the previous eight years.

See Tinsley: Here's another poster who agrees that Hope reigns supreme!

Everett Volk said...


Obama's choice of Pritzker for what? Campaign finance chairwoman? How, exactly, does that bear on 1) his policy proposals, 2) the current financial crisis, or 3) Tinsley's joke of a comic? Wait, let me answer that for you, it doesn't. And before you start jabbering about Pritzker's a shoe-in for Sec. of Commerce, let me point you to this Reuter's article saying otherwise.

rewinn said...

"...speaking of finances..."

Otherwise known as "changing the subject because I'm too ashamed to admit the correctness of all the above".

Tinkley's too easy.

I want a real conservative to draw a cartoon someday.

Robert said...

"Speculation has grown that I am a candidate for Secretary of Commerce. I am not. I think I can best serve our nation in my current capacity: building businesses, creating jobs and working to strengthen our economy. It has been my great privilege to serve in the Obama campaign. I look forward to helping our new President in every way possible and am excited about the future under his leadership." Penny Pritzker, Chair, TransUnion"

rewinn said...

But Robert: she denied it!

Why would she deny it if it weren't true?

You aren't using Reichwing logic!

Anonymous said...

robert and rewinn-
i refer you to the "he who smelt it, dealt it" law

(word veri: wormereg)

andy? said...

^that^ anon was me

Anonymous said...

rewinn said...
"I want a real conservative to draw a cartoon someday."

Rewinn, check out Michael Ramirez a two-time American Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist. His cartoons most often present conservative viewpoints. He won the Pulitzer in 1994 and 2008. In my opinion the best "conservative cartoonist" in the business. He draws extremely well but also thinks and writes well. Apparently I am not the only one who feels he is worth your time, even though from your constant comments to this blog, I have to guess you are very liberal. Ramirez usually turns out 2-3 cartoons a week.

p.s. So now, in your opinion, Mitt Romney is a bastard.

D Johnston said...

anon: Ah yes, Michael Ramirez of the infamous "dolchstoss" cartoon. I'd like to think that the linked comic is exceptional, but having seen a fair amount of his work I can honestly say it's not. He's not always this simple-minded in his approach, but all of his cartoons come down to "the liberals want to do something different from President Bush? Here's how that will destroy the country and all the little children."

Robert said...

Also ineligible: Glenn McCoy

rewinn said...

"....So now, in your opinion, Mitt Romney is a bastard..."

It's not just now; it's ever since I learned:

(A) Romney made his millions by shipping America jobs abroad and mocking the American workers who, after all, just wanted an honest day's pay for an honest day's work; and

(B) Romney's campaign used to proudly tell the story of how he tied his dog to the top of his car (to be fair: it was in a box) and drove down the highway until it started shitting all over the back window.

Yeah, he's a dog-abusing, American-worker-hating rich bastard.

If he and Ramirez are the best "conservatives" have to offer, Eisenhower and Goldwater are better off having died before seeing the rotting corpse of their movement.