Tom the Dancing Bug: Lucky Ducky in "Slick Deal"




  1. I don’t know what creature Obama is supposed to be, but it’s perfect!

    Are we allowed to trash that corporate sellout yet? Thank you!

    1. It´s obviously a bear. Or maybe a dog. Doesn’t matters at all, its furry, so its ok.

    2. I don’t think a politician can technically be a sell out. Well, they can, but it’s redundant. “That politician is a sellout.” “That illegal prostitue has herpes.”

      There are no good politicians.

      1. No, but once upon a time, Obama, Bush, hell- even Hitler were all innocent children, not politicians. Somewhere along the way they joined the dark side of the force, but there was a selling-out involved in there somewhere, sadly!

    3. Hell Yes You Can Trash Him! Im about as liberal as it gets and there was no way in Hell I would vote for Obama. Chicago politics breed corruption.

    4. Nice try, but no. you missed who actually gave BP the permission to drill the deepwater site. The federal Minerals Management Service, which is still being run by Bush appointees, gave permission to BP and dozens of other oil companies to drill in the Gulf of Mexico without first getting required permits from another agency that assesses threats to endangered species — and despite strong warnings from that agency about the impact the drilling was likely to have on the gulf.

      Those approvals, federal records show, include one for the well drilled by the Deepwater Horizon rig, which exploded on April 20, killing 11 workers and resulting in thousands of barrels of oil spilling into the gulf each day.

      The Minerals Management Service, or M.M.S., also routinely overruled its staff biologists and engineers who raised concerns about the safety and the environmental impact of certain drilling proposals in the gulf and in Alaska, according to a half-dozen current and former agency scientists.

      Those scientists said they were also regularly pressured by agency officials to change the findings of their internal studies if they predicted that an accident was likely to occur or if wildlife might be harmed…

      “M.M.S. has given up any pretense of regulating the offshore oil industry,” said Kierán Suckling, director of the Center for Biological Diversity, an environmental advocacy group in Tucson, which filed notice of intent to sue the agency over its noncompliance with federal law concerning endangered species. “The agency seems to think its mission is to help the oil industry evade environmental laws.”

      The MMS reflects the thinking of Republicans and other latter-day conservatives who have turned their collective backs on conservation, abdicating any responsibility to taxpayers or future generations.

  2. Obama brings another historical first: first use of gradients in a Tom the Dancing Bug strip. Maybe. I didn’t actually check.

  3. @xenu

    He’s a character used in a bunch of Ruben’s comics.

    Lucky Ducky represents arguments used against social programs to help the needy. For example, the rich dog thing spends tons of money to eat at the finest restaurant available, but is angry that Lucky Ducky is on welfare and gets a free can of beans. In the conservative viewpoint, Lucky Ducky is getting the better deal therefore welfare should be repealed. The dog thing represents this viewpoint, and the point of the cartoon is to depict this position as foolish.

  4. I think there “are no good politicians” because of the way the system works. We like to think of democracy as being an ideal political system but it’s not, it’s slow and argumentative, and in most cases rewards duplicity (after all, the more people you can please or appease, the more votes you get.) In the US it also rewards being a corporate toady on both sides of the aisle– seems the first step would be to take the money out of the equation with publicly funded campaigns. Maybe that will help, maybe not, but it sure beats doing nothing and wondering why our politicians are all crooks.

    1. That’s s0cia1ism son, yer prob’ly a $atanic ath3ist mus1im too! Ma, get muh’ Winch3ster, we’re gonna have a hangin’! Sorry, couldn’t help myself. ^^

      How is public campaign finance applied in other nations that have adopted this practice? How well does it work and what did it take to implement this as policy? For example, I believe campaigns in Japan are not allowed to begin till a few weeks before elections.

      Of course, the problem is yet another American Gordian Knot isn’t it? Any politician who would at least be willing to debate the cost/benefit of public campaigns would be outflanked down by competitors who are well funded by private ‘donations’.

      For the past month in Virginia, the crummy, massive, lawn signs and bumper stickers have been growing everywhere like a horrible crop of brightly colored, pretty but very poisonous mushrooms. The evil little Experiment #626 of my soul wants to do some constructive redecoration with a paintball blaster… curses upon my dedication to freedom of expression.

  5. o-bear-ma?

    As if this shit has *anything* to do with the current prez.

    One could always call on Mr Richard Cheney’s energy taskforce documents for policies on oil drilling…

    …oh. no. they’re a national secret.

  6. Gee, guys, if this much creative & incoherent rage & disappointment could have been applied to Bush after 9/11, a lot of lives could have been saved, huh?

    (And why did the artist make Dick Cheney brown with big ears?)

  7. What we got or John McCain and Sarah Palin. Jeez! That’s sure some kind of choice!

  8. Um… Obama was elected 9 years after Deepwater Horizon was built. How the hell is he again responsible for decisions that he wasn’t around to make?

  9. I know I’m going to get trashed for saying this, but despite all the pressure to blame it ALL on BP, I think a lot more people are responsible. If they’re the only ones who pay for this, the cycle will never be broken.

    Another interesting note: some communities who were hit by Katrina and now this, say that BP’s response was miles better than the US’s Hurricane relief effort. It’s not saying much, but it is food for thought!

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