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How to get elected when your head is full of air

Local cartoonists from Seven-O-Heaven illustrate the secret of political success in Humboldt County.

  1. Anonymous
    December 30, 2010 at 10:56 am

    think he gets money for displaying the mac logo?

  2. Anonymous
    December 30, 2010 at 11:11 am

    All politicians promise jobs – all of them are blowing smoke. Government doesn’t provide real jobs only the private sector does.

  3. Big Al
    December 30, 2010 at 11:14 am

    Mac logo = extra IQ points

  4. Joel Mielke
    December 30, 2010 at 11:20 am

    “Government doesn’t provide real jobs only the private sector does.”

    This is of course, not true. It is true that local government provides far fewer jobs than state and federal governments. If you’re waiting for Richard Marks to show us how the Harbor Commission will provide jobs, don’t hold your breath.

  5. December 30, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    This is my favorite number on their list. It pretty much sums up all of the candidates.

  6. SNaFU
    December 30, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    If voting could really change things, it would be illegal…

  7. Anonymous
    December 30, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    Hey, all you need to do is build a mall on the waterfront , create a relatively large number of dead end low paying jobs, mostly part time and without benefits and the problem is solved. What’s wrong with you progressives anyhow? Where are the brains in our local elected officials? Up their asses evidently.

  8. Quick Question
    December 30, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Heraldo, do you think it would be helpful to post a link to the full three-part strip?

    http://www.seven-o-heaven.com/comics-106.php

  9. Walt
    December 30, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    What if we just gave tax money directly to Rob and Co (LLC) and leave out the middle man?

  10. Anonymous
    December 30, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Walt, do you understand anything? We don’t “give” tax money directly to Rob & Co. We TAKE money away from them to the tune of many tens of thousands of dollars a year. Any tax cuts are simply letting him keep some of his own money. Rob is one of the givers as compared to all the takers posting here.

  11. Anonymous
    December 30, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    How did he and the rich GET “their own” money?

    Abraham Lincoln said they get it from LABOR, which is independent from and which existed before CAPITAL.

    Is that clear enough for you Arkley-wannabe butt-kissers to understand?

  12. Anonymous
    December 30, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Allowing Arkley his every zoning and ballot desire is not giving him money, but it is giving him equity, financial value. Better than money!

  13. misc,
    December 30, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    Anonymous 11:11am is thata joke?? who do firemen, policemen, caltransmen, and every other city, county, state, and federal worker that we depend on a daily basis work for?? get real!

  14. Anonymous
    December 30, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Government is the largest job class in Humboldt, with more than 13,000 jobs.

    http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/tpp/offices/ote/socio_economic_files/2010/Humboldt.pdf

    Saying otherwise is like claiming you have property rights. Not true.

  15. Eric Kirk
    December 30, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Government doesn’t provide real jobs only the private sector does.

    You know, that’s probably one of the most oft repeated false statements in politics. Ideology aside, there isn’t anyone who’s taken a semester of survey economics who would make that claim and believe it.

  16. Anonymous
    December 31, 2010 at 6:43 am

    yes, there are government jobs. they are in support of the private sector. take away the private sector jobs and there is no money to pay the government workers.

  17. Anonymous
    December 31, 2010 at 7:08 am

    Dumb argument in semantics. Private jobs have more potential to pay higher, but those government jobs can have great perks in the way of retirement and insurance.

  18. Sighing in frustration
    December 31, 2010 at 9:10 am

    In order to have government jobs, you have to take money away from the private sector. The private sector caters to the wishes & needs of the people. The government sector caters to people who want to tell the people what to do.

    The private sector is far more efficient than the government sector. Any jobs in the government comes at the cost of a greater number of jobs in private industry. Hence comes the fact that the government does not create real jobs, only the illusion of jobs.

    To understand that fact requires more than looking at simple numbers. It requires an understanding of how the economy works & that is above the heads of most posters here.

  19. Government LLC
    December 31, 2010 at 9:21 am

    “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts completely.” That is what the fore-fathers understood. That is why historically we have shunned large government and limited it’s powers by dividing the branches of government as a way of checks and balances (limiting power in any individual or group).

    The new ‘prog’-aggressives now believe that this is not applicable because they can do better and assume arbitrary control and lead society down the best path. But the grand experiment will/is degrade/ing into the same oppresive, corrupt, violation of civil and religious liberty as the past.

    Progressive is just the French revolutionary teaching repackaged and rebranded. Let the worship of the “goddess of reason” begin!

  20. A-Nony-Mouse
    December 31, 2010 at 9:22 am

    OK, Sighing, next time your house catches fire, see if you can quickly hire some guys to fight it. Good luck.

  21. December 31, 2010 at 9:36 am

    So there should be no laws against greed and profiteering at the expense of the whole community?
    Private Sector vs Government, is bogus analogy. It’s rich and poor. As it always has been. The powerful vs the powerless. You want to side with the aristocracy that oppresses you, that’s your business. I don’t support their entitlement. They need policing as much as South Central, and who are the police? The front line of the government.
    Whatever’s good for the working family. Whatever benefits the working-class wage earners, or students, or elderly, or sick; is seen as some communist plot. It’s like middle class people have ‘Stockholm-Syndrome’

  22. High Finance
    December 31, 2010 at 9:37 am

    He made a good point Mouse & it deserved more thought than your knee jerk post.

  23. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    December 31, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Cartoons or political satire or whatever, too funny – people enjoy good cartoons.

    Sighing in frustration says:
    December 31, 2010 at 9:10 am
    In order to have government jobs, you have to take money away from the private sector. The private sector caters to the wishes & needs of the people. The government sector caters to people who want to tell the people what to do.

    The private sector is far more efficient than the government sector. Any jobs in the government comes at the cost of a greater number of jobs in private industry. Hence comes the fact that the government does not create real jobs, only the illusion of jobs.

    To understand that fact requires more than looking at simple numbers. It requires an understanding of how the economy works & that is above the heads of most posters here.

    *****************************************

    A-Nony-Mouse says:
    December 31, 2010 at 9:22 am
    OK, Sighing, next time your house catches fire, see if you can quickly hire some guys to fight it. Good luck.

    Response: (1)Hmmm, as if each individual citizen has a choice to accept or deny “forced services” when it can also be a neighbor who will affectively render that service through another 3rd Party Servicer like a local FD. (2)It also depends on the consumeresque “Martha Stewart” affect – how barbie dolled out is one’s over-valued house full of over-valued crap (stuff) that went to give some person an over-valued, graft society lifestyle….. sounds just like government interaction, does it not? Sighing hit a nerve with a government employee it appears.(3) It is like how elitists “set-up” election processes using the bond market and one’s vote – seems to me if the proponents who can amass just over the minimum % to win the election, for let’s say special district elections where a property owner pays whatever, even though renters really pay it all, THEN why not those proponents just pay twice what they would when they can more than “quadruply(?)” afford it rather than rape others over social “insider” politics that is forced upon THE MINORITY of the minority of the majority of the overall people regardless of whether they vote or don’t vote. Those who vote don’t necessarily make-up the cumulative total that is equal to ALL ELIGIBLE VOTERS – registered as such or not. Oh, and when they big bubbaettes have their way in government too, watch out for more regulatory schemes to help “force costs into assets” so that the same forcers can come back and charge the victim for the forced upon costs – oh boy, girl and glbt, such the scammer operation in American/World Fascist economics and financings…….. HAPPY NEW YEAR THOUGH!

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District

  24. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    December 31, 2010 at 9:57 am

    moviedad says:
    December 31, 2010 at 9:36 am
    So there should be no laws against greed and profiteering at the expense of the whole community?
    Private Sector vs Government, is bogus analogy. It’s rich and poor. As it always has been. The powerful vs the powerless. You want to side with the aristocracy that oppresses you, that’s your business. I don’t support their entitlement. They need policing as much as South Central, and who are the police? The front line of the government.
    Whatever’s good for the working family. Whatever benefits the working-class wage earners, or students, or elderly, or sick; is seen as some communist plot. It’s like middle class people have ‘Stockholm-Syndrome’

    Response: It is a good argument that you make; however, the key is to “catch in the act” the proper scammers, players, schemers if you will – for I CARE NOT HOW FILTHY STINKING RICH, WEALTHY OR WHATEVER ANY PERSON IS OR WANTS TO BECOME SO LONG AS THEY DO IT HONESTLY, ETHICALLY AND WITHOUT FORCE, THEFT, GRAFTINGS, FINANCIAL/IRS TYPE SCHEMES, LOBBYING KICK-BACKS, GRANTS FOR JOBS SELECT, ELECTIONS FOR DOPES, ETC….

    That is how MONEY SHOULD FLOW FREELY, NOT FORCEFULLY GRAFTED OR SNOOKERED ……… Sick concept though, money, don’t ya all think?

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5thy District

  25. Anonymous
    December 31, 2010 at 11:02 am

    I agree- less government, more private, make for a better economy. Those exceptions to the rule who bend or break the rules need watching and policing, of course. I have enough faith in most people that they will do the right thing, but those who don’t have to be sat on.

    The one prevalent strain that runs through this type of blog is the hate and distrust for those who have money, and yet most people wish they had more of it.

  26. Big Al
    December 31, 2010 at 11:14 am

    “It’s like middle class people have ‘Stockholm-Syndrome’”

    wow, never thought of it that way… I might have to agree because the behavior never made sense till now.

  27. Random Guy
    December 31, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    I would correct the cartoon to say something like “repeating the phrase is just a prerequisite to get on the ballot…for campaigning you’ll need to take out a substantial loan or sell the house you don’t own.”

  28. Joel Mielke
    December 31, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    “In order to have government jobs, you have to take money away from the private sector.”

    And in order to be protected from the “private sector” we need government.

  29. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    December 31, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Joel Mielke says:
    December 31, 2010 at 12:16 pm
    “In order to have government jobs, you have to take money away from the private sector.”

    And in order to be protected from the “private sector” we need government.

    Response: …… TO BACK OFF.

    JL

  30. Random Guy
    December 31, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    “The one prevalent strain that runs through this type of blog is the hate and distrust for those who have money, and yet most people wish they had more of it.”

    The “yet” part of your point isn’t the point…

  31. Anonymous
    December 31, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Without government to protect us from “the private sector” America would be an Oligarchy. For my part, I believe it is almost that, already.

  32. Anonymous
    December 31, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    It is almost already an Oligarchy because Capital runs our government. Americans have very limited control over the forces that shape our lives.

  33. Government LLC
    December 31, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    The teachings and beliefs of most individuals has degraded so far, that they are not able to comprehend the original intention of our government and it’s limitations in this country.

    I am not arguing that we abandon government. I agree with alienating some of our God given rights so we can collectively organize systems of governance. Like police and fire for example. I have a right to own a gun or a fire truck for that matter, to defend my persons, place and things. But I choose to alienate that right and support a community police officer, so every individual does not have to sit around and protect his person and things(anarchy).

    Our government no longer enforces it’s antitrust laws as it should, to “protect” society from large trusts(corporations) that engage in unfair competition, price fixing, collusion, price discrimination. Including the finance industry. Now government itself has become the LLC that engages in unfair competition, price fixing, collusion, and price discrimination. I should be able to decline or opt out of services and not pay for them that I see as excessive, unnecessary, or over priced. I should not have to pay for a bloated, overpaid, underworked, over pensioned run government for my water, power, fire, police, or education. It’s the same principle outline in our Declaration of Independence.

    As and aside to the trite comment about my house burning. Now days the fire department won’t put the fire out at your house anyway. They will just let it burn and make sure it doesn’t catch another one on fire. So who is really serviced? Maybe you should say, “When my house catches on fire, if you live next to me don’t call the fire department to keep you house from catching fire too.” That would be a little more accurate assessment. Either way, with the price of funding a California firefighter I could take the chance(risk) of investing my tax dollars saved, not have fire protection (or live next to you) and build again. Especially if I didn’t have to pay for your govnernment building permits, engineering, sprinkler systems, access, public works, environmental health….on and on, just to build.

  34. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    December 31, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    …..and with all the forced upon costs of construction, surely insurance companies will invent further arguments as to why 100% of the “forced upon and valuated amenities for tax collection purposes for government over-expansions and tax dollar frauds/wastes/programs that bailout, etc.. through permittings” shall not be repaid for by insurance. Nope, not in a profit driven “cry me a river” duping of YOUR POLICY COVERAGED ASSETS!

    Insurance is a financial scammer’s wet dream scheme too, just like loans and any other debt creating game that creates “false jobs that are really paper pushings through economic GRAFTINGS by the TAKERS’ WASTE AND LIFESTYLE THEFTS OF OTHERS”.

    JL

  35. Frank Drinkard
    December 31, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    So Government LLC does that mean you do not want a local planning or environmental health department?

  36. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    December 31, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Good thing local planning or environmental health departments were not 100% needed in man’s evolution; for if these departments were, how could we have got this far. The real sad affair is the fact that over-population is what causes the “need if you will” for the disrespectful and stupid people to be affected less than those who were victimized by the very same disrespectful and stupid people, however minimal or maximum it currently is since self-responsibility got chucked out the window long ago and departmentalization and agency subversions have aided and abetted those who, for rich or for poor, continue to create the macro social problems that somehow fester down to the micro individuals having nothing to do with the problem what-so-ever, and plenty of these good folks exist.

    Awe heck, unionized jobs, unionized benefits and unionized higher public employment pay are provided by another from the private sector, but for government purposes which are to do something with all the overflowing of babies turned adults who need jobs to survive or else. It is no surprise that a fledgling economic system supported by reproduction will ultimately fail over time as more and more people become akin to recognizing the various examples of public frauds utilizing public tax dollars.

    JL

  37. Anonymous
    January 1, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    I can’t help but laugh at how crazy Jeff Lytle seems! Didn’t he not even show up for a couple of the debates when he ran for supervisor? I’m sorry-but who has this much time on their hands?
    Jeff-I hope that you have friends that intervene once in a while. Life is still going on away from your computer-please remember that!

  38. Government LLC
    January 1, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Not opposed to planning or proper means of sanitation (env. health) that our modern society affords. It’s the scope of government intervention and high cost I am opposed too in every aspect it seems, including building costs, whether required engineering, utility fees, inspections, etc. I’ll give a blatant example. Several years ago Intel Corp. wanted to build a new semiconductor plant. In the decision making process as to where to build the new plant, the statement was made that building in the USA, would cost 1 Billion more than on foreign soil. Excluding labor costs to build and run the plant. These cost were due to all the “red tape” that goes with building and doing business in the USA. On top of that the USA has the second highest corporate tax rate in the world. And we may soon be #1, because Japan says it’s going to lower it’s corporate tax rate. Where do you think business are going to go?

    Get the picture? Want jobs? I just read Fresno has 2000 homeless people, how far behind is Eureka? I also read that only 6 companies in the US now have a AAA credit rating. Amazing. Some years ago I know the number was over 60. Want jobs? Big brother is on our back. He’s overfed and fat, a bully with a nasty attitude, and feels he is entitled.

  39. textwrapper
    January 1, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    “I’m sorry-but who has this much time on their hands?”

    I’m sure that Mr. Lytle types really fast, but the thought has crossed my mind.

  40. Anonymous
    January 1, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    Agreed, textwrapper. In fact sometimes he may type so fast his fingers get ahead of his thoughts. : ) Whatever the case, he is is a prolific poster!

  41. 06em
    January 2, 2011 at 9:31 am

    Sorry, Big Al, but:

    Blog pimping a computer brand = successful marketing

  42. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    January 2, 2011 at 9:51 am

    How funny some of you wondering why I ahve time to spare and YOU DON”T? Please, no need for jealousy. Anyhow, time is on my side.

    For the record though, it is obvious there are those who protect “that which is” when it comes down to reproduction and thw world pyramid schemes.

    I know, call me crazy and whacked out as that is the norm for those who NEED to deflect truth and fact.

    JL

  43. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    January 2, 2011 at 9:53 am

    It is true as well: my spelling and speed typing are not always synchronized, lola, especially on this laptop compared to the more accurate PC otherwise known as the old Teddy Bear.

    JL

  44. Dwayne Montane
    January 2, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Gov LLC, I’m not an economics expert, but i think its safe to say that our standard of living in the US is higher here than in the other inexpensive countries your referring to. That’s why it would cost more for a project in the US than in Mexico. It is true that the review processes of various Gov agencies need to be streamlined, but most of us agree that these costs help support the public good.
    There is a constant give and take with Government. Its easy to say we want big government off our back, but reality is much more complex. Paying a processing fee for construction projects means someone reviews your plans. That is what prevents tragedies like what happen in Hati after the quake or your neighbors plan to install a septic tank next to your water source. Of course Gov can reduce its size, so can big biz. Both need checks and balances.

  45. January 2, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Many of us want KBR and Monsanto regulated and monitored. Problem is when we vote for regulation, the multi-nationals get a pass and all regulations fall on Bob’s plumbing, or Ted’s body shop.

  46. 06em
    January 2, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Um … LLC?

    Several years ago Intel Corp. wanted to build a new semiconductor plant. In the decision making process as to where to build the new plant, the statement was made that building in the USA, would cost 1 Billion more than on foreign soil.

    That statement (by the Intel CEO) was made several months (not years) ago when he went before a governmental body in New York to whine about taxes. And Intel may indeed be building a new chip plant in the US. See the story here.

    As for there being six US companies with AAA ratings, I’m glad that number has increased. Back in June, we only had four.

    I’d fact-check the rest of your post, but life is too short.

  47. Government LLC
    January 3, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    You don’t need to be a expert in economics to recognize that 40 million Americans are receiving food stamps. That means 40 million Americans can’t make enough money to feed their families. Maybe your standard of living is being subsidized by an indebted government.

  48. someone else
    January 3, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    …or maybe were in the worst economic crisis since the depression?

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