Infrastructure

Lousy Cartoonist Blames 'libertarian negligence' for Potholes in L.A. and Afghanistan

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The main question about Ted Rall after all these years is whether the rancid cartoonist's draftsmanship is as miserable as his logic. (Look to the right to see that tension play out in real time.) In an L.A. Times opinion piece about potholes yesterday, however, Rall's horrendous argumentation may have finally gained the upper (lower?) hand.

Here's your spit-take of a headline: "Potholes and crumbling roads, brought to you by libertarian negligence." Come again?

What would happen if the potholes never got fixed? The libertarian "the government that governs best is the government that doesn't exist" hypothesis is my tongue-in-cheek suggestion in today's cartoon.

Actually, I know the answer. I've seen the state of roads after decades of libertarianism/negligence — and my back has felt it — in Afghanistan before the U.S. began road reconstruction around 2005.

Granted, Afghanistan has been laboring under the yoke of libertarian misrule for decades now, but what about the City of Angels? Well, the 15-member City Council—the one that recently passed the biggest teaching moment of a minimum wage hike in the country—contains exactly one registered Republican, and zero Libertarians. For the past 55 years the city has had exactly one non-Democratic mayor, widely derided by conservatives as a RINO. A political power structure once famous for anti-union sentiment has now become so thoroughly labor-dominated that local bosses don't even bat an eye about publicly lobbying for individualized carve-outs to laws they just pushed through.

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Meanwhile, when it comes to potholes, the people who care about them longer than tax-hike day tend to be—wait for it!—libertarian, while the people who put scare-quotes around "pothole politics" tend to share more in common politically with Ted Rall. As I wrote in 2008:

In Los Angeles, my former city representative, Tom LaBonge, was tolerated as an eccentric for being the only member of the 15-member City Council to express genuine interest in street repairs (though the road in front of my house still had craters large enough to hide a baby). When a coalition of black, brown, and lefty-white politicians took over city government early this decade, one local alternative weekly urged the council to "think big" and not get bogged down in mere "pothole politics."

Rall's column starts off with this bit of delusional thinking: "The L.A. City Council approved a budget that would, among many other things, allow the city to fill 350,000 potholes." Why is that delusional? Because as Reason told you in 2011, we've been here before:

Angelenos […] voted in 2008 to approve a new county-wide sales tax, set at the seemingly reasonable rate of a ha'penny. Measure R was heavily advertised as a tax that would fix potholes,repair the county's disgraceful road infrastructure, and "get traffic moving." The Los Angeles County MTA's Measure R splash page highlights the road and driving elements of the measure, with its top bullet point noting that MTA has disbursed "$100 million for…projects such as pothole repairs, major street resurfacing, left-turn signals, bikeways, pedestrian improvements, streetscapes, traffic signal synchronization and local transit services."

More than two years in, Los Angeles now fixes nearly a third fewer potholes than it did before. According to the Measure R expenditure plan [pdf] a mere 15 percent of money from the sales tax is designated for road service. The largest portion goes to new rail projects, though only the Expo Line from USC is currently under active construction. 

Literally every year, the city's debased political class promises to fix potholes forever if voters only approve this one last tax increase. Meanwhile, city monies are routinely squandered on everything but. L.A.'s own controller said as recently as last year that money is not the problem with street repair:

The streets bureau also does not always prioritize its repair work based on common-sense criteria such as traffic volume, heavy vehicle loads and mass-transit loads. So despite the slurry work that's taken place, some of the city's busiest and most important thoroughfares remain in the worst condition, impeding traffic and commerce, making bike riding unsafe and turning bus rides into bumpy, uncomfortable journeys.

Our auditors also found that the Bureau of Street Services has undercollected $190 million in fees from utility companies that cut and dig into our streets, money that could have been used to perform miles of repairs. Likewise, between 2011 and 2013, it did not fully utilize its budgeted funds. Auditors found that $21 million earmarked for street repairs was returned to various funding sources unused. And the city has also spent more to produce its own asphalt than it would have if it had paid a vendor for it.

So yes, go ahead and blame libertarians, Ted Rall. Meanwhile, for those who wish to actually solve rampant infrastructure problems in Democratic-dominated municipalities, you might want to consult the libertarian next door:

Thanks to serial tipster CharlesWT for the link.

UPDATE: On Twitter, Greta Kasatkina points to a UK cartoonist using a different tack to address potholes. I don't want to give it away, but let's just say his/her name is "Wanksy."

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  1. I’m sorry, what libertarians are in power? Please, list the names.

    1. No one deals in specifics. they just FEEL libertarians are in power.

      1. In the entire nation, including dog catchers, there are probably twenty libertarians holding office. Maybe one hundred, if you loosen the definition.

        1. And they’re ruining everything!

          1. The libertarianism is strong. It binds the universe together.

            1. Well, it has to, since the progressives ate all of the paste.

            2. So it’s like Lewbowski’s rug? Everyone walks all over it, steals it, pees on it, blames it as the source for all our trouble, and yet it has the power to bring it all together.

              1. No, ProL is saying that we’re the 7th kind of quarks.

            3. It’s an energy field created by all monetary things. It surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds the galaxy together.

              1. You speak of duct tape. That is another thing altogether.

                1. Gorilla Tape is the 21st century equivalent. That shit rules.

        2. In the entire nation, including dog catchers, there are probably twenty libertarians holding office. Maybe one hundred, if you loosen the definition.

          And there are thousands who are beholden to their libertarian paymasters. This is because politics has become all about money. Every pothole in the road is another dollar in the Koch Brother’s pockets.

        3. 150

          John Camera is on the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council, the sole elected Libertarian in the City of Los Angeles.

          John Harrington is on the San Gabriel City Council, but that’s the City of San Gabriel.

          Jeffery Hewitt is mayor of Calimesa, but that’s the City of Calimesa.

          So I guess it must all be John Camera’s fault that pot holes are not being repaired in LA.

          1. Why do they mysteriously have names beginning with “J”?

            1. The Duggars must have named them.

          2. I thought Van Nuys was a “pot hole”.

    2. Ron Paul
      John Galt
      Scrooge McDuck

    3. I blame the libertarian Prop 13!!

      1. Why not? Every damn proggie in the state does.

    4. “I’m sorry, what libertarians are in power? Please, list the names.”

      Sevo.
      I was crowned last week, but nobody came to the ceremony and my twitter account was hacked by someone called Katelyn or some such.

    5. Idiots like this believe that anyone who is for less gov’t intrusion is a “libertarian.” Ooops, I hope by calling people like this guy and idiot isn’t “bullying.”

    6. It’s like the Sith, there are only ever two…master and apprentice.

  2. C’mon Matt- everyone knows the Taliban are second only to Somalia as world examples of Libertarian rule.

  3. I liked him better when I thought he was dead.

    1. This . Rall always been a hack who lives in a fantasy world and not a good one with bikini models and free boozes

  4. Ted Rall has a special combination of stupidity and viciousness. If he was slowly burned to death in a fire I would try not to laugh.

    1. “He has the kind of face you can’t punch just once.”

      1. He needs a high five, in the face, with a chair.

    2. If he was slowly burned to death in a fire I would try not to laugh.

      I wouldn’t piss on him if he was on fire, but I might try to stomp the flames out.

      “What? I was trying to help. I’m a hero!”

      1. Use an aluminum baseball bat so your steel toe boot doesn’t catch on fire.

  5. The frantic, anti-libertarian squealing now coming from the left adds to my optimism.

    1. It’s just another insult they throw against the wall. Like “trickle-down economics.”

      1. There’s a hint of fear behind the squeals. I like that. Very much.

        1. It’s time to put away the toys of government and start acting like adults.

      2. OT, but related to “trickle down economics”. This is the idiotic response I got to asking leftists to explain the magical thinking that goes into believing wealth is a zero sum game. I almost could have guaranteed some numbskull woiuld have put that dumb ass phrase in a response.

        sassyliberal Rank 38
        @kcassidy

        No “magical thinking” required, a simple look back in history demonstrates unequivocally that our nation had the most widespread prosperity when the marginal tax rates on the wealthiest were at their highest levels. Our tax structure used to be much more progressive than it is now, and when Ronald Reagan began cutting taxes on the rich, the process of starving the government of revenue that directly helped the poor and middle classes began, all rationalized under the Republican lie that wealth would somehow “trickle down” to the rest of us. THAT was the REAL “magical thinking”, as even a simpleton can now discern.? less

        1. I’m pretty sure real tax rates were comparable if not better for the wealthy back then.

          1. Which is funny, since nobody actually paid the nominal rates, she’s essentially arguing that permitting wealth producers to reinvest their wealth leads to greater overall wealth.

            1. To people like that, perception is much more important than reality.

          2. “I’m pretty sure real tax rates were comparable if not better for the wealthy back then.””

            http://www.yellowbullet.com/fo…..p?t=528557

            $200,000-$500,000 group: Tax as Share of Amended AGI (%)

            1953 = 45.9
            1954 = 39.3
            1955 = 36.8
            1956 = 37.4
            1957 = 38.6
            1958 = 36.9
            1959 = 33.8
            1960 = 33.1
            1961 = 31.5

            $500,000-$1,000,000 group: Tax as Share of Amended AGI (%)

            1953 = 46.3
            1954 = 38.7
            1955 = 35.6
            1956 = 36.7
            1957 = 36.6
            1958 = 36.0
            1959 = 32.1
            1960 = 30.8
            1961 = 29.1

            Over $1,000,000 group: Tax as Share of Amended AGI (%)

            1953 = 49.3
            1954 = 38.8
            1955 = 35.8
            1956 = 36.1
            1957 = 40.0
            1958 = 33.1
            1959 = 30.6
            1960 = 31.3
            1961 = 27.2

            SOURCE: William Williams, The Changing Progressivity of the Federal Income Tax, National Tax Journal (1964)

            The “driver of prosperity” over the decade was the DECLINE in real rates from relatively high-levels to relatively low ones.

            1. Peter Schiff says that the top 3% pay more now:

              In 1958, the top 3% of taxpayers earned 14.7% of all adjusted gross income and paid 29.2% of all federal income taxes. In 2010, the top 3% earned 27.2% of adjusted gross income and their share of all federal taxes rose proportionally, to 51%.

              And I’ve seen other articles make similar claims, based on IRS data.

        2. You might want to point out how much federal revenue and spending increased during each year that Reagan was ‘starving the government of revenue.” But I’m sure that won’t make any difference to the commenter. She sounds like someone who won’t be happy until everyone who earns more than she does is taxed down to her level.

          1. Didn’t government revenues increase during the Reagan years, too?

            1. Yes, and that pisses progressives off, because they actually would rather get 80% of nothing than 28% of a whole lot.

              Because when you’re getting 80%, you feel much more powerful… people fear you.

        3. Nothing breeds prosperity like the near-guaranteed theft of what you produce.

          1. There are dozens of facts that would refute that idiocy but that would not really matter to a leftist. You could point out that nobody paid those high marginal rates of the 50’s because there were many more types of deductions allowed. You could point to the economic expansion that occurred when JFK and Ronnie cut marginal rates. You could point out that government can never really get more than 20% of GDP no matter what the tax rates have been, but none of that would matter. This dude once heard in a college class that “trickle down” was evil and just like when Ronnie personally closed down all the looney bins in California , is proof of his evilness.

            1. There are dozens of facts that would refute that idiocy but that would not really matter to a leftist.

              You could also point out to this idiot that the DoD took up 50% of all federal spending at that time, there was no Medicare or Medicaid, no federal student loans, and total federal spending was $750 billion inflation-adjusted. Hell, if “correlation is causation,” as this moron was implying, you could point out that segregation was rampant everywhere (not just the BIGOTED SOUTH, UGH), women made up a FAR smaller percentage of the workforce, and immigration levels were lower.

              I enjoy telling lefties that I’ll be glad to go back to Eisenhower-era tax rates if they’re willing to go back to Eisenhower-era budgets, but I’ve never gotten any takers so far. Funny, that.

              1. So… what we could do is…

                1. Restore Jim Crow, expel women from the workplace, and throw out immigrants.
                2. Wait a few years.
                3. Repeal Jim Crow, allow women to work again, and allow immigration again.
                4. Massive economic growth!

        4. our nation had the most widespread prosperity when the marginal tax rates on the wealthiest were at their highest levels.

          I don’t understand how it happened that people today think that America was some horrible shithole before WWI and before the 16th Amendment. Liberal pundits describe things before Unions rode over to rescue us as if workers were chained to the machines for hours without end, as if the middle class was created by Roosevelt and his policies (or by Unions ?that’s the latest bromide).

          None of it is true, of course. Before the end of the XIX Century, America was the TO GO place for most European immigrants. If you wanted to be rich, you sold everything you had and moved to America. There is a very good reason why this was so and it didn’t have anything to do with confiscatory tax rates.

          1. I don’t understand how it happened that people today think that America was some horrible shithole before WWI and before the 16th Amendment.

            I’ve begun to regard them as children who can’t grasp several answers to simple questions at the same time without reverting to whimsically vague notions.

            The instant they fully grasp the economics, they’d turn around and look at their bicycle, car, and an 18-wheeler and then demand that every cargo ship and freight-carrying airplane have a proportionately larger number of wheels to make things fair for everyone.

          2. People whose oil business were run out of business by Standard Oil had time to write books accusing Standard Oil of all kinds of things.

        5. I agree. Reagan should have adopted and continued the policies of Carter. At least we wouldn’t have to worry about intervening in other countries, we’d be like Greece economically.

        6. And yet, they can’t explain why with all those ‘tax cuts on the rich’ the gov’t’s take in taxes stayed the same as a percentage of GDP?
          Perhaps they conveniently reallocated expenses to items that the rich didn’t care about now that they weren’t ‘paying for it’ so much.

  6. I am always reluctant to label a person “stupid” when “evil” is usually the more accurate term, but in Rall’s case I think “stupid” is right. He probably doesn’t have a clue what the word “libertarian” means.

    1. Not mutually exclusive – particularly in Rall,

    2. You’re probably right. I think a lot of Lefties believe “libertarian” is just another word for Republican extremist.

      1. Libertarians: A small, powerless, extremely right-wing group of people who are going to DESTROY LIFE AS WE KNOW IT!!11!!!

        1. They’re ruthless people who want to get into all levels of our government and then…….leave us alone!

        2. I hear they were behind 9/11.

  7. Quite frankly, his cartoons could use a crying Lady Liberty in the background.

  8. C’mon, people. We all know that everything bad is the fault of libertarianism. I’ve even heard drug prohibition blamed on libertarianism. Surely you don’t expect logic to intrude on the two minutes hate.

    1. I blame myself. really, I do.

      Two Earth minutes, or like on that water planet from Interstellar?

      1. Time is relative, JW. For instance, this comment took 700 hundred years of your time to type.

  9. C’mon, he didn’t mention it but everyone knows the Koch Brother Wreckers control the tire and shocks replacement industry. Behind the scenes, they make sure to persuade L.A. City Council to keep the roads in lousy shape. Don’t they have enough tin foil to make hats in L.A.?

    1. Alas, the Kochs control the tinfoil industry, too.

  10. What would happen if the potholes never got fixed?

    This. This would happen.

    1. In CT they keep telling us they need to raise the gas tax, the state income tax, and a slew of other taxes that are supposedly there to fund infrastructure repair. Only problem is that the bulk of the tax money collected under the guise of these infrastructure repairs ends up in the general funds where they then get spent on vote buying programs through social handouts.

      Of course, since there is little or no money left to do the actual repairs the political class then mostly demands more taxation. And we are supposed to believe this time they won’t syphon off the money into one or another vote buying government program like they have been doing so far. Those of us that demand the collected taxes get spend for what they were supposed to be earmarked and that not a penny in additional tax be added until that’s the case to are then painted as extremists and baby killers. Anyone that won’t feed Leviathan is evil.

  11. LA owns asphalt plants? Really? WTF?

  12. Clearly, one-party Democrat rule = libertarians run amok.

    1. racist !!!!!111!

  13. I have to hand it to him for creativity at least. He could have gone with the old “Somalia” standby, but he chose to be original.

    1. I especially love it when leftists throw out “Somalia!” It is by far my favourite piece of lefty idiocy. I have never once gotten a response back when I asked if they could name the form of government that Somalia had for four decades before it descended into chaos. It does have an -ism at the end.

      1. Libertarian-ism?

  14. As the mustachioed one would say, Give Me a Break! *gives skeptical look to camera*

  15. I think it’s funny how the progs are so proud of all the roads the government builds…and then they whine about how people won’t get out of their cars and ride the choo-choo trains.

    1. They employ munitions-grade doublethink on the subject of roads. Taxes to pay for roads are good, as is the role of government in building them, but roads themselves are bad.

      1. If they spent the taxes collected under the pretense that they are earmarked for infrastructure repair on those repairs, we would have the most prestine infrastructure you could think of. The probllem is that most, if not all, of that money ends up in the general fund and spent on social vote buying programs. Of course the bonus then is that they can do the stuid crap this guy did and demand more taxes to fix the crumbling infrastructure….

        1. We’re always reminded that building roads are the one of the true roles of gubmint. OK, fine.

          They then tell us with a straight face that the gross incompetence employed by the gubmint at maintaining these roads is caused by invisible monsters, that only more tax dollars can destroy.

          Which, they’ll get to, right after they get through tearing them up to build choo-choos.

          1. Meanwhile, something like 1/3 of the roads in socialist paradigm Sweden are privately owned/maintained.

            1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Private_road (scroll down to “by country”, third paragaph)

              It’s even more than that:

              “Private road associations manage two-thirds of the total road network in Sweden.”

              Although it looks like they’re mostly rural roads. Still, it blows a hole in the “progressive” idea that if we shrank or eliminated the government, we’d be living in a roadless dystopia.

      2. Just like how cars are bad, but bailing out the companies that make the cars (and the least fuel efficient cars in the world what’s more) is good.

  16. When a coalition of black, brown, and lefty-white politicians took over city government early this decade, one local alternative weekly urged the council to “think big” and not get bogged down in mere “pothole politics.”

    This, right here, is the failure of progressivism writ large. Always the grandiose, unobtainable goals, the failure of which is always projected onto others. No interest in retail politics.

    1. A Five-Year Plan to Introduce Vacuum-Energy Powered Rail.

    2. A lot of interest in butthole politics, though. Given a choice between a juicy new mega project to reward their union supporters or mandating transgender urinals, wonder which they’d choose?

      1. It says right here in the FYTW clause that we can and should have both.

        After all, those low-flow transgender urinals aren’t going to install themselves.

  17. Ted Rall is both childish in art and in politics. It comes as no surprise that ignorant lashing out is his main mode of discourse.

    1. Ted sounds like he ate a lot of paint chips as a child.

      1. In his defense, they were delicious.

      2. You mean “wall candy”?

      3. Sounds more like Ted chugged lead paint straight from the can.

  18. What would happen if the potholes never got fixed? The libertarian “the government that governs best is the government that doesn’t exist” hypothesis is my tongue-in-cheek suggestion in today’s cartoon.

    “Without government, those mammals would not have evolved themselves!”

    I’ve seen the state of roads after decades of libertarianism/negligence ? and my back has felt it ? in Afghanistan before the U.S. began road reconstruction around 2005.

    How lucky for the Afghani people that the U.S. military came over ?killed their men and heard the lamentations of their women? because they got ROADZ for their troubles!

    Why do statists think that libertarianism is this transition period between tyrannical governments?

    1. Because:

      1) They’re evil.
      2) They’re idiots.
      3) They’re ignorant of what ‘libertarian’ means and
      4) They’re ignorant of what ‘anarchy’ means.

      None of the above are mutually exclusive.

  19. “Angelenos […] voted in 2008 to approve a new county-wide sales tax, set at the seemingly reasonable rate of a ha’penny”

    A half penny? I’ve never seen one. But it’s a good promotional term if you’re in favor of raising taxes.

    My own county in FL is about to increase the sales tax by a “penny”, from 6% to 7%. That’s not a “penny”, that’s an increase of over 16%.

    1. Same here – the voters approved a “1%” local option sales tax increase. Increasing the local share of the sales tax from 2 cents to 3 cents is not a “1%” tax increase, it’s a 50% tax increase. Yet there was very little discussion about what the county had in mind for these pennies from heaven, exactly as if a 1% tax increase is such a small amount that there’s no need to worry about what is essentially a rounding error in the budget.

  20. The cartoon attached to that article is even funnier.

    You let people pay for parking spots, and pretty soon rich one percenters will be buying whole city blocks and splashing poor people by driving into puddles with their filthy one percenter cars that are probably made of ivory and the bones of slaughtered children or something.

    1. The idiot who drew that I’m sure is still using a horse and buggy given how the automobile was once only for the evil 1%ers.

    2. Rall doesn’t understand you’re not selling the parking space, only the information that it will available at a certain time.

  21. See how bad the roads are with a progressive government? Imagine how much worse they would be without a progressive government. See how bad you feel when I whack you on the head with this stick? Imagine how bad you would feel if I weren’t whacking you on the head with this stick. Same logic.

    1. I think it was Harry Browne who said government breaks your leg, hands you a crutch and says “See? Without us you wouldn’t be able to walk!”

      1. It’s more like this:

        Government breaks your leg, then forces you at gunpoint to buy a pair of flimsy, uncomfortable crutches from them for $100. Then the government forbids anyone else from selling you a better pair of crutches unless these vendors get prior permission from the government. Then the government says, “thanks to us, you can walk again! In fact, you’re really free riding off this system! You need to pay your fair share!” and then takes another $100 from your wallet and says, “I’ll be back for my cut every Saturday. Don’t make me come looking for you! Capeesh?”

  22. Your typical asphalt roadbed requires constant maintenance. Rigid concrete roads ? the Soviets built many of these during their occupation of Afghanistan during the 1980s ? cost three times or more per mile than asphalt to build but require little maintenance. It’s the old dilemma: Do you spend a lot now so you don’t have to spend more later, or do you save a few bucks now and assume you’ll be flush in the future? With municipalities, the decision-makers are politicians, who are hard-wired for short-term thinking.

    That’s assuming the concrete roads were built properly. Done right asphalt can be extremely durable. But I wouldn’t expect Rall to know jackshit about proper road construction.

    1. The Soviets were so dreamy.

      1. I’m sure he approves of their water-supply engineering that drained the Aral Sea.

        1. If only our government were more efficient, like the Soviets.

        2. And the Holodomor (which he probably actually denies).

          1. “They did it with the best of intentions!!”

      2. Something tells me Rall masterbates over a photoshopped picture of Stalin, Mao, Kim Il-Sung, Castro, and Pol Pot running a train on him.

      3. The Soviets were just trying to bring civilization to Afghanistan.

      4. But the Nazis built better roads.

    2. I think I know how he would address that *short term* thinking dilemma. Open elections until the right Top Man wins. Then it’s Chavez time.

    3. With municipalities, the decision-makers are politicians, who are hard-wired for short-term thinking.

      I get it now. Libertarians are mind-controlling political muses. The slimy and corrupt pols are little more than clay to be shaped by our ethereal whispers.

      I wonder which team do the voices in Rall’s head play for?

  23. Yeah, when I think of libertarian governance I think of the city government of LA, and Afghanistan under the Taliban. *rolls eyes*

    Although I have to give him some credit for not trotting out the old SOMALIA!!!!!!!! canard. Although this is pretty much the same argument just with Afghanistan instead. Right down to TEH ROADZ!!!!!

    1. The funny thing is, when it comes to a list of things the government does that it shouldn’t be, infrastructure is WAY, WAY down my list.

      So they justified the national highway system based upon national security, IOW they knew damn well building roads wasn’t a power granted the feds. NOW, they bring in $3T in revenue a year and can’t scrape together enough cash to maintain the unconstitutional infrastructure because of all the OTHER unconstitutional programs they are poorly running.

      It’s a clown act. It would be funny if it wasn’t my money.

      1. It’s a scam. Nothing more and nothing less.

      2. NOW, they bring in $3T in revenue a year and can’t scrape together enough cash to maintain the unconstitutional infrastructure because of all the OTHER unconstitutional programs they are poorly running.

        And we’re supposed or be grateful to the assclowns because “OMGZ TEH ROADZ!!!!!!111!!!”

      3. IOW they knew damn well building roads wasn’t a power granted the feds

        What are you talking about? How can you have commerce without roads?

      4. So they justified the national highway system based upon national security, IOW they knew damn well building roads wasn’t a power granted the feds.

        They could justify it under Article I, Section 8:

        To establish Post Offices and post Roads;

        These roads will be used by the postal service, so they’re post Roads.

  24. You mean that wasn’t sarcasm?

  25. Ted Rall is the dumbest man in history.

    In this cartoon, Ted Rall claims that Republicans saying the California bullet train is going to be a boondoggle are wrong because they always say things like that. His examples are a) Republicans opposing public schools which never happened because public schools have existed since before this country existed, b) Republicans opposing bridges which I’ve never even heard of, and c) Republicans opposing the building of freeways – you know, the system of roads that was authorized by Republican president Dwight D. Eisenhower.

    So he listed two things Republicans never opposed and one thing actually supported by a Republican. Brilliant.

    1. It was totes the Republicans who led the freeway revolts.

    2. So he’s a smug leftist shit stain, but makes up for it by being a complete moron. Are we sure he’s not Tony?

    3. So he’s a smug leftist shit stain, but makes up for it by being a complete moron. Are we sure he’s not Tony?

      1. Maybe Ted Rall is….Tulpa!

        MIND. BLOWN.

        1. A HA! His cover is blown!!

  26. I’ve seen the state of roads after decades of libertarianism/negligence ? and my back has felt it ? in Afghanistan before the U.S. began road reconstruction around 2005.

    Brothers, is this legit? I’ve been having a high margin of worker “turnover” at my tophat brim facility in Lusaka, and would prefer to leave Northern Rhodesia for a more resilient worker pool. How superstitious are the Afghans? I’d like to reuse the Tokoloshe costumes at the factory orphanage, if possible. Please advise.

  27. One town I have to drive through on the way to work has terrible roads. They’re nothing but a patchwork of cheap repairs, with a cop on every corner. Guess they’ve got their priorities straight.

    1. At least that many cops around means not wasting tax payer money on a dog catcher.

    2. How do you expect they’ll pay for those repairs?

      1. That’s the thing. In this state all fines and such go to the state’s general fund, so municipalities don’t keep a cent unless they are working with the feds on a drug bust. So the town doesn’t profit from policing. They just seem to prefer to pay for cops than roads. Oh, and one of the schools is adding a new gym. But they can’t afford to fix the roads.

  28. First they ignore you…

    What stage are we at?

    I heard Rush Fucking Limbaugh supporting Rand yesterday while dissing McCain.

    Where’s Winston?

    1. Stuffing something up his ass, I would imagine.

    2. I think more than anything else, Republicans love a winner. Rand Paul won that debate hands down and if he continues to poll as the best option against Hillary he’ll remain a strong contender.

    3. Rush has been openly criticizing McCain for a while now, not necessarily for the right reasons though.

  29. Libertarians are ruining Los Angeles. All 20 of them!

    Stop the presses!!!

    1. I doubt seriously that as many as twenty libertarians are in LA government.

      1. I think he meant “residents”.

        1. How are they ruining things, by creating a barely perceptible disturbance in the Farce?

          1. We’re just that good. Fucking awesome.

      2. 20 civilians, Cupcake. -20 in gubment

      3. Reason is based in LA… that’s why the roads are going to shit.

    2. Twenty???? Well, OK, the reason staff at the LA HQ, but none of them is in gubmint.

  30. Rall is an ass-pimple who never developed beyond 6 years old.

  31. Ted doesn’t know that there would be no potholes on a “libertarian-built road”.

    Tolls, yes.
    Potholes, no.

    1. But the CORPORATIONS that own the roads would just charge way too much money, and then only rich people would be able to drive on them! It would be so UNEQUAL! And there would be potholes everywhere, because CORPORATIONS make their money by screwing over consumers.

      The best system is for the government to just build the roads. That way, it doesn’t cost anything at all! Roads are free for everyone! Nobody has to pay a penny! Why would you want it any other way??

      /sarc

      1. Oh, hell. I’ll just telecommute and piss off everyone.

  32. Ted Rall discovers life without markets. Becomes confused, bangs rocks on head, kicks dog.

    1. Dog draws a cartoon blaming libertarians, signs Ted Rall’s name to it.

      1. Why would you saddle the dog with such an slur? It did nothing wrong.

        I actually value the dog’s input far more than Rall’s. You can at least scoop up and dispose of the dog’s.

  33. . . .Decades of libertarian neglect . . .

    Yup. It is official. We have made it to the big leagues!

    It’s the fault of those psychopathic libertarians.

  34. You know who else blamed a miniscule subset of society that had no power?

    1. C.S. Lewis really had it in for the Theosophists.

  35. Ted Rall doesn’t even make sense. Libertarians – in LA?

    Cheap statists are NOT libertarians, Ted. If your peeps are lovers of government but too miserly to pay for it, well.- maybe your peeps are assholes.

    Assholes with potholes.

  36. We should also blame the libertarians for the drought, the gangs, the War on Drugs, the schools, the environment, and most of all? If it weren’t for the libertarians, there wouldn’t be any fucking pot holes?!

    Tip O’Neal had it perfectly backwards. In California, anyway, all politics is national. California voters don’t usually react to what’s going on at the city council or in Sacramento. They vote the way they do because of what Republicans elsewhere in the country say and do.

    It used to be about Bush, what Sarah Palin said, comments about “legitimate rape”, etc., etc., this is what drives swing voters in California. And the left really should see libertarians (rather than social conservatives) as their primary threat. It’s a good thing if they do.

    In Gandhi’s “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, and then you win” progression, this piece may mean we’ve graduated to somewhere between them laughing at us and fighting us. They’ve been ignoring us for 35 years, so pieces like this may indicate we’re making good progress in the war for public opinion.

    1. Ever the optimist, Ken. I don’t share it, but I hope you right.

      1. There’s an old trope in commercial real estate about how you know your marketing is working when your clients start repeating it back to you.

        Listen to what our clients the voters are saying about marijuana these days. If we told them they’re regurgitating arguments that libertarians have been making for decades, they’d deny it. They came up with it themselves, doncha know!

        1. If we start hearing ‘the income tax is theft’ in the mainstream in a decade, I may move back. For now, I keep my hope and body at a distance.

  37. I think Ted Rall is mad at you, Matt. Seems he has it in for you.

  38. Ted Rall is the progressive version of Julius Streicher.

    1. Julius Streicher was a progressive version of Julius Streicher.

  39. Ted Rall, guess who made the BEST roads in the history of the world?

    1. The Somalis?

    2. Hitler?

      What do I win!

      1. A chicken dinner, Cupcake. The prize is a foregone conclusion.

        Breast or legs?

        1. Sexist tool of the rape culture Patriarchy.

          1. Yep. And finger-lickin’ good.

    3. The Romans?

      1. Runner up. Caesar was good, but Hitler was better.

        1. Hitler’s streets were paved with Goldbergs.

      2. Bah, what have they ever done for us?

  40. So potholes are the result of the “libertarian moment” Gillespie keeps going on about.

    Figures.

  41. So potholes are the result of the “libertarian moment” Gillespie keeps going on about.

    Figures.

  42. Didn’t The New York Press once rank Ted, “Worst Person in New York”*? Or at least put him in the top 10? I have a vague memory of a “biggest douchebag” competition like this from ~10 years ago or so… and Ted was a surprising contender for top spot.

    *the competition seemed to be largely “journalists, politicians and celebrities” if i recall. I think some of the contenders were people who actually worked for the New York Press as well.

    1. He’s back. He liked being Numero Uno.

    2. Found it! It was the “50 Most Loathsome New Yorkers” from 2003

      (*good word, “Loathsome”)

      Ted was #2!!

      “2 Ted Rall, Freedom Fighter/Cartoonist
      Maybe Ted first captured your heart with his blocky cartoon scamps that appear in every lazy, predictable alt-weekly in the country. Maybe you were inspired by his impassioned and daring campaigns against such scourges as internet spam and student loans. (What’s next, Ted? Barking dogs? Rainy days?) Maybe you’ve already slept with him, since to hear him tell it, Ted’s cock is a diamond-hard, unrelenting pussy magnet. Or, quite possibly you’re one of us — those who’ve suffered through enough of Ted Rall’s comics and editorials and television and radio appearances to know that he’s just another self-righteous shitheel who coasts on self-created controversy and tells himself that any publicity is good publicity. Much like Loathsome New Yorker #3, Michael Moore, Ted Rall’s attempts at political commentary and liberal activism do more harm to the cause than any amount of conservative clampdown. For someone who describes himself as a “First Amendment purist,” he sure does spend a lot of time telling other people what to say, and we’ve had enough.”

      1. “#2 Ted Rall, Freedom Fighter/Cartoonist”…Ironically accurate use of the phrase. Like a Bull Fighter; except his fight is against something much more terrifying and unstoppable than a ton of sinewy low grade beef steak.

  43. “contains exactly one registered Republican, and zero Libertarians. For the past 55 years the city has had exactly one non-Democratic mayor, widely derided by conservatives as a RINO.”

    It would seem to this loyal commenter libertarians are the new Jews when it comes to scapegoating.

  44. …a UK cartoonist using a different tack to address potholes.

    It’s a game of wieners.

  45. Well, if Sally Kohn can blame Detroit’s bankruptcy on those venal Republicans, I suppose Rall makes sense that libertarians are responsible for LA’s potholes.

    No
    But I would need to abandon all logic first. And be falling down, puke-faced drunk.

    Then, the Kohn-Rall universe makes sense.

  46. Spendaholic liberals like to blame potholes and other infrastructure problems on the conservative/libertarian push for low taxes (regardless of whether or not the push has any success). But the real problem is that entitlements spending is far more important for them. Infrastructure doesn’t grease any political campaigns, so they don’t really care about it, except as an excuse for raising taxes — an excuse they always want to keep handy.

  47. Good little Eloi, Ted!

  48. Step one: monopolize roads.
    Step two: fail miserably in maintaining roads due to monopoly.
    Step three: blame libertarians who have for generations criticized state monopolies as doomed to fail.

  49. California resisted their deep libertarian urges (for ONCE) and raised the age limit for smokers.

    http://www.latimes.com/local/p…..story.html

  50. Thank goodness for douche bags like this wing nut. It means that no matter how insignificant one’s talents, there is a job.

  51. I was first introduced to this particular douche-bag via the local Boise “Slaver Weekly” alt-weekly. Which has been around since the early 90’s. Its FREE but you always feel like you should get a refund or compensation for your time and associated brain cells killed. The good points,..occasional good cover art,restaurant reviews etc. I have to say the most socially and economically beneficial contribution has always been that if you grab a stack before a camping or hunting trip, you have plenty of free fire starter or Venezuelan grade emergency toilet paper. The bad points, pretty much everything else, unless “Alternative” in your lexicon means “Deep Throat State Fellation” at a level that would make Linda Lovelace gag.

  52. I am on a city council in MN, sorry we haven’t fixed California’s potholes yet, we have been busy not fixing our own.

    1. Well Done!

  53. Google pay 97$ per hour my last pay check was $8500 working 1o hours a week online. My younger brother friend has been averaging 12k for months now and he works about 22 hours a week. I cant believe how easy it was once I tried it out.
    This is wha- I do…… ?????? http://www.jobnet20.com

  54. Detroit, we’re running as fast as we can to catch up to you.

  55. Several years ago, I received notification that beautification trees would be made available, free, to homeowners who would plant them in the parkways (between sidewalks and street curbs) and maintain them; but all of the offered trees were woody ones that would eventually lift the sidewalks. I contacted them about using, instead, the only palms native to southern California, Washingtonia filifera, the California fan palm, as it would not lift sidewalks. The pleasant woman with whom I talked said that the program was state sponsored, and it did not include the palms, but she wished me well. I did plant palms, and my sidewalks are not being lifted, and they never will be. Sponsorship of the planting of sidewalk-damaging plants is rather anti-productive, but such is the way with governments, isn’t it?

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