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One American family that isn’t whining about the economy

I’m very interested in reader’s reactions to this comic. Regardless, it is intensely ironic.

© Ruben Bolling



  1. iamafractal wrote:

    I know somebody who is JUST like that!

    Wednesday, October 15, 2008 at 11:00 pm | Permalink
  2. Iron Knee wrote:

    You know my sister? Wow!

    Wednesday, October 15, 2008 at 11:03 pm | Permalink
  3. C.S.Strowbridge wrote:

    It’s too true to be funny. I wish there was a way to fix the economy and still punish morons like these.

    Thursday, October 16, 2008 at 12:14 am | Permalink
  4. Jennifer wrote:

    I read a comment elsewhere recently, saying this “next great depression” that we’re heading for will be a wakeup call for a lot of people. Our parents and grandparents (who are old enough to have lived through the depression in the 30’s) remember – and they’ve lived frugally and without all the latest gadgets or desire to buy new stuff constantly. Does having all this STUFF really make us any happier? I hope people learn some lessons and learn to give up their STUFF. I wonder if that will happen.

    Thursday, October 16, 2008 at 9:05 am | Permalink
  5. Bill M. wrote:

    Ouch…. this is all too true.
    But maybe it won’t be this bad since we all learned after Bush asked everyone to sacrifice after 9/11… oh wait, he didn’t.

    Thursday, October 16, 2008 at 1:19 pm | Permalink
  6. Kevin wrote:

    It’s more scary than funny because it IS so true. There’s many people like that, but they’re the ones who probably wouldn’t survive another great depression. I wonder if there were people like that as the first great depression hit and we just don’t hear about them because they all died off?

    Thursday, October 16, 2008 at 2:53 pm | Permalink
  7. Tina wrote:

    Bill M. – Bush told us to spend, spend, SPEND!, right?

    I think there’s a balance of buying what you need and can afford and a few things you want as well. All in moderation, of course. I feel really bad for the stores that sell luxury-type things because they are going to go under as we cut back more and more.

    Thursday, October 16, 2008 at 3:54 pm | Permalink
  8. Robin Rachael wrote:

    The Grapes of Wrath is a classic and well worth reading (or watching the movie). Okies lost their farms to duststorms and banks (notice in the movie that nothing bad could be said about bankers – this is actually written into the Hollywood screen code). The Okies packed up and moved to California looking for work. They were “migrants”, “farmworkers”, living in tent cities at the mercy of the landowners. No health care, no education for the kids, no basic sanitation. They were the illegal aliens 50 years ago. (A friend used to refer to himself as a half-breed because he was “half Okie”)

    Interestingly, many Okies started up gas stations, worked as car mechanics, opened tire shops, etc. and were successful as the American Dream grew with the car culture of the 50’s.

    This cartoon is rather scary for several reasons we should be mindful of. We no longer know how to feed ourselves without a supermarket. We can’t really turn to being mechanics to earn a living. The banks are still getting rich while people are kicked out of their homes or off the land.
    Though I too laugh at people who have to have their video games, golf clubs and brand-name popcorn, am I any better off? Could I survive without hot water, soap, toilet paper, movies, gas to visit family, ice cream, shoes, etc.? These would have been luxuries to the Joads

    Thursday, October 16, 2008 at 4:09 pm | Permalink