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LIBERTARIAN VIEWS
Ron Shirtz | Rensselaer Falls, NY | January 28, 2012

In today's strip Roland says Ron Paul's libertarian views are "Utopian" because they would never work in modern society. Perhaps. But are they any more "Utopian" than our government, strapped with 14 trillion in debt and growing, trying to be all things and do all things for everyone here and overseas? Freddy Mac and Fanny Mae creating a housing crisis with unsustainable loans to people who bought but could not afford them? The Federal Reserve is giving out almost no interest loans to the 1%. We spend more on our military that all the other nations in the world combined. TARP, Cash For Clunkers, The War on Drugs. The growing national security with multiple agencies, with local police becoming militarized with armored vehicles and weapons. All this and more have be done under both the Neo-Cons' and the Liberals' watch. Is this a government that "works" better than Ron Paul's proposed philosophy?

GRATIFIED
Justin | Allentown, PA | January 27, 2012

I read today's comic accurately depicting Senator Rick Santorum's opposition to contraception and I was deeply gratified. I think every candidate's views should be examined with care. I normally read your comic strips because they are almost always funny, but this caught my eye and drove me to confirm Sen. Santorum's documented disapproval of contraception. I will be reading your comics again!

RE "SAY WHAT?"
Alan Appelbaum | Mt. Kisco, NY | January 27, 2012

"Grandiosity," by the way, is also a recognized symptom of specific mental illness. Presumably Dr. Gingrich doesn't know that either.

RON PAUL
Ron Shirtz | Rensselear Falls, NY | January 27, 2012

Ron Paul: “Roads?” You strain at a gnat and swallow a camel. How about Ron Paul being the only candidate who wants to end our policeman foreign policy? Who advocates diplomacy with Iran instead of saber rattling? Who wants to re-establish a relationship with Cuba and end the stupid Cold War embargo? Who wants to reign in the Federal Reserve that has enabled the 1% to become rich at the 99% expense?

OFFENDED
Monica Bertrand | USA | January 27, 2012

I read today's comic bashing Senator Rick Santorum and I was deeply offended. I think everyone should be treated with respect! I normally don't read your comic strips because they are almost never funny but this caught my eye and drove me over the cliff. I will not be reading your comics again!

CUT AND PASTED
Jini Coolen Briggs | Lynnwood, WA | January 27, 2012

Thank you for your recent strip on Callista Gingrich. I cut and pasted it on my Facebook page. She knew his wife had MS, but still was his mistress for six years. First Lady material? I think not. No media seems to be aware of this -- or they cannot say anything. Again; thanks.

THE POWER
Dennis Morrigan McDonough | Fort Collins, CO | January 26, 2012

Several recent commenters failed to see that your strips featuring Skye the V-O artist are not about whatever Obama may have done wrong or right. They're about the power of political advertising to sell us "ideas" with fear and the right voice. Everyone in the recording studio knows that what's going on is B.S. I'm a little taken aback that Skye is willing to check her convictions at the door for a dollar or three hundred. (What do V-O announcers make, anyway?) It's shades of Mister Butts.

TODAY
Alice | Boston, MA | January 26, 2012

Today's strip is really funny. Thanks.

SIMILAR
Michael Young | Florence, SC | January 23, 2012

I wonder which came first, Jeff Redfern or James O'Keefe? They seem so similar.

AMAZING GRACE
Tom | Brisbane, AUSTRALIA | January 22, 2012

Thanks for the video featuring multiple versions of "Amazing Grace." My church actually sang it (five verses) to "House of the Rising Sun" about a month ago. It works!

DIFFERENCES
John O. | Ormond Beach, FL | January 22, 2012

Our local paper carries the feature Hocus-Focus, which asks you to find six differences between two pictures. How many do we need to find in Doonesbury? Today I found a few. In panel three, the magnets on the refrigerator are placed differently than in panel four. Panel six has dishes on the top shelf. In panel eight they are on the bottom shelf, with bottles on top. Also the wall to the right of the cabinet in panel six is smaller than the wall in panel eight. Is there a prize?

RICH
John | Brick, NJ | January 21, 2012

Well well well. So you have finally figured out who and what Obama really is! You just loved to tear the flesh off George W. Bush and now little Toggle see's the light. Man, that's rich.

FINALLY
Charlie Gamer | Windsor, CT | January 21, 2012

Thank you for finally seeing what Obama is trying to do to our country. I will never understand his motives, but he is definitely not trying to help us in the eyes of the world.

SAY WHAT?
Bruce Palmer | Kansas City, MO | January 21, 2012

Today's "Say What?" is priceless. Newt Gingrich, the "academic" and "intellectual," misunderstands the meaning of the word "grandiose" and thereby utters a truth, both about himself and our flawed national self-image. As Richard Mitchell (The Underground Grammarian) often said: One of the benefits of the First Amendment is that, under it, people often unwittingly give up the rights they enjoy under the Fifth. Case in point.

THE LONG VIEW
Joshua Rey | Oxford, UK | January 20, 2012

GBT's actually pretty conservative; you just have to take the long view. Today's 25-year Flashbck combines  with the contemporary storyline about Jeff's character failings to give you a fine critique of late-twentieth-century parenting!

HOPING
David Thomsen | Wellington, N.Z. | January 18, 2012

Am I the only one hoping for Skye to come between Leo and Alex? To be honest, I never felt that he was part of the relationship anyway, just a convenient placeholder for Alex Move on, Leo. Save yourself.

OFTEN DISAGREE
Leo Dazan | Vancouver, CANADA | January 18, 2012

I believe one of your founding fathers said "I disagree with all you have said, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." While I often disagree with GBT's views, his moral compass is unimpeachable, as is his research into the facts. If one enters into public life, one should expect people to look under the rugs for dirt.

SKYE
Ron | Salida, CO | January 18, 2012

I hate to say it, but Skye sort of looks like Mike. I think it's the glasses...

RE 'CANCELED'
Brian Trerice | Kabul, AFGHANISTAN | January 17, 2012

I'm considering taking two subscriptions to the Tampa Bay Tribune to offset the one that they lost. Doonesbury is the only strip to offer perspective on and awareness of the current madness that is American life. Keep up the good work.

A SUCKER
Alex the Bold | Brooklyn, NY | January 17, 2012

Actually, I think Skye isn't standing close enough to Leo. But I've always been a sucker for a redhead. Go on, Skye, Leo, throw yourselves into each other's arms.