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Jim Borgman has been the Enquirer's editorial cartoonist since 1976. Borgman has won every major award in his field, including the 1991 Pulitzer Prize, the National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year in 1993, and most recently, the Adamson Award in 2005 as International Cartoonist of the Year. His award-winning daily comic strip Zits, co-created with Jerry Scott, chronicles the life of 15-year-old Jeremy Duncan, his family and friends through the glories and challenges of the teenage years. Since debuting in July 1997, Zits has regularly finished #1 in reader comics polls across America and is syndicated in more than 1300 newspapers around the world.

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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Leave War Bill to Our Kids --G.W. Bush


at 10/9/07, 5:05 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...


Why should we go LIFO on this war when we just in the last 4 or 5 years finished paying the debt on the Spanish-American war?

Also, military spending is less today than it was the beginning of the Clinton administration and only up slightly from the beginning of the Bush administration.

However, each day we create new government programs, useless pork, and want to create even more govt programs such as national socialized health care, or expand current programs such as Sect 8 housing, that even if we were to disband the military that debt clock would go spinning out of control.

at 10/9/07, 6:43 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't kid yourself anon 5:05. Bush has presided over the largest expansion in government spending in our nation's history. His reckless spending is out of control.

What ever happened to fiscal conservatism? Billions for endless war and not enough for healthcare for children?

Republicans are disgusting pigs.


New Richmond, Ohio

at 10/9/07, 8:49 PM Blogger JohnDWoodSr said...

Tyler, I am compelled to defend pigs. They are scrupulously clean and do not urinate in their drinking water. Elephants, on the other hand.....

at 10/9/07, 9:33 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tyler, what are Democrats doing to stop it? They were elected into power to end this insane war, yet have done nothing but encouraged it. In fact, if anything, they've supported it. They continue to fund it, and are working on expanding the spying powers of the executive branch. Those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones, and I think the bigger problem is that the Democrats we elected to END this war are sitting on their hands doing nothing. We would expect the Republicans to do something like this, but not Democrats.

You are outraged at the wrong party, my friend. They are the ones that have truly failed us, and as long as your anger is misplaced, this war will continue to go on until this country has had enough.

at 10/10/07, 12:13 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bush is evil... I get it...nothing else to talk,write, or draw about? Wow! Everybody hates Bush! Hey did you know that I don't like Bush, and they don't like Bush! WOW really oh yea what else don't you like about Bush... maybe if we say it more...more people will hate him and then more people will hate him and they will say it more. Come on Jim just one more drawing tomorrow lets make this one say..I don't like Bush and that he is everything that is wrong with the USA I love. The Dems are doing a great job though.

at 10/10/07, 7:20 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

And you think Hillary Clinton will be the answer? She has announced that under her administration the government will match $1000 to everyone's 401k and that she will freeze the death tax at 2009 levels at $7 million exempt from the death tax.
That is $7 million for couples. Note that her husband, Bill Clinton, did nothing about the death tax. Nor did Jimmy Carter.

Her husband plotted ways to tap into the private pension system which includes your 401k. Do you recall his secretary of Labor Robert Reich traveling around the country making speeches about the benefits of ETIs (Economic Targeted Investments). This would have taken funds from state pension funds (PERS) and invested them into government programs thus KILLING investment gains.

Hillary will get us deeper in debt.

at 10/10/07, 9:12 AM Anonymous Reality Check said...

Color me surprised to find there are people still referring to the Paris Hilton Tax as the "Death Tax" . . .

at 10/10/07, 11:44 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Color me suprised. Went to my grandkids crayon box and can't find the color "suprise". They sure have a lot more crayon colors than they did in my day.

It is the DEATH TAX because it does not apply until you die.

It is the DEATH TAX because your assets were purchased with earnings that were taxed. Thus the death triggers the tax.

at 10/10/07, 11:54 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is the estate tax, not the death tax, the tax is on estates not death, death is only the trigger. On april 15th you pay your income tax, not your april 15th tax.

at 10/10/07, 12:58 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...




at 10/10/07, 2:01 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tax aside, the rest of the world owns our debt!!!! What if they decide to put their money somewhere else? Has some economic genious worked this out?

Death tax, estate tax, what if all those who have enough to pay either, took care of all the rest of us? Then we wouldn't need a NATIONAL DEBT!!!!

Jim, great toon and topic, again. Thanks.


at 10/10/07, 2:51 PM Anonymous Drew said...

Let's get a couple fact straight.
National Debt before GWBush took office in 2000, adjusted for inflation: 6 trillion.
National Debt today, adjusted for inflation: 7 trillion.
This cartoon makes it seem like one President is responsbile for 9 trillion dollars in debt on his own. not the case.

at 10/11/07, 3:54 AM Anonymous give peace a chance said...

who would think that we would become a third world country in our lifetimes. thanks george, you did a heckuva job.

at 10/11/07, 6:53 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...


I think Hillary's approach to the Death Tax (estate tax to some) will be similiar to that of George McGovern. Of course, she will not annouce this untill well into her first year of her Administration.

She is beginning to sound like McGovern already. Remember in 1972, McGovern wanted to give each American $1000. Hillary is talking about giving every newborn $5000 to be used for college.

Then Hillary is considering a $1000 match to 401k accounts. Now that is completely opposite to what her husband wanted to do. Rmember Secty. of Labor, Robert Reich traveling around the country promoting Economically Targeted Investments (ETIs)...the program that would require all pension funds to invest in government programs. He was on WLW with McConnell once or twice on this subject.

MCGOVERN, as you recall, in the 1972 Democratic Platform called for a 90% (NINETY PER-CENT) tax on ALL estates.

Bill Clinton promised a middle class tax cut - a major campaign platform - and when he assumed office he "just happend to notice" that it couldn't be done - he then pushed through one of the largest tax increases in history.

Hillary will "just happen to notice" that she can not allow the death tax to have a $7 million per couple exemption. I think she will come back to pre-REAGAN rates, that is the first $60,000 of an estate is free from the death tax. That would put about 75% of estates subject to the death tax.

at 10/11/07, 3:22 PM Anonymous its time to save the world from democracy said...

strong complaints about tax and spend democrats, but wait.

what about borrow and spend neocons. you hate taxes because you think someone is getting something for nothing, but when the bill for this evil administration comes due and the dollar ends up worthless isn't that the same as a 90% tax increase?

so who really benefits from tax cuts and fiscal irresponsibility of biblical proportions. why its the shrubs corporate friends thats who.

at 10/11/07, 3:59 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re the estate tax. Many if not most people begin distribution of their assets before they die.

Elderly parents will place their home in one of the kid's names and will creat joint accounts, so at death there is no probate because there are no assets.

It is done every day.

at 11/19/07, 12:23 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

at least they'll have all their arms and legs and faces and brains

at 11/19/07, 5:52 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

a disease worse than AIDS (we're leaving both as a legacy)

at 12/8/07, 9:50 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

you exxxagerate!! it's too low!!

at 1/23/08, 1:10 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

at least these kids got to live, even if its forced slavery

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