The Cuts

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Clay Bennett)

In other news, Senate Republicans managed to pass their tax cut bill out of their own committee today, the lowest possible bar for accomplishment.

Meanwhile, Wells Fargo is on the hot seat again. Employees chasing sales bonuses were caught over-billing the bank's business partners for foreign transactions.

Finally, Secretary of State Tex Tillerson says dismantling the agency is no big deal because most of the world's conflicts will end soon.

On Tuesday, the secretary of state said he was “offended” by suggestions that “somehow we don’t have a state department that works”.

And he offered a further rationale for the retrenchment, based on an assumption that the world would become more peaceful.

“Part of this bringing the budget numbers back down is reflective of an expectation that we’re going to have success in some of these conflict areas, getting these conflicts resolved and moving to a different place in terms of the kind of support we have to give,” Tillerson said.

This obviously doesn't account for the whole new conflicts Trump is starting.

  • Does that mean we can divert some of the insane amount of money we throw at our military into programs to help our citizens?

    Yeah, that’s what I thought.

  • Aynwrong

    Rex Tillerson is justifying his gutting of the State Department the exact same way R’s in congress justify their useless tax plan. Dynamic scoring. He’s writing off international conflicts by placing magic asterisks next to them. Dear God…

    On a related note, has anyone heard from Lindsey Graham regarding this? Isn’t he one the two “adult” Republicans who we’re all supposed to officially regard as a very serious person on national security and foreign relations? John McCain is in recovery otherwise I would ask the same of him. I’m not that surprised. He, like McCain did vote to confirm the Vladimir Putin medal recipient.

    • Badgerite

      News out of North Korea sure doesn’t look like any ‘peace dividend’ to me.
      We went from having an agreement in place under Clinton where North Korea agreed not to pursue nuclear weapons, which the Bush administration trashed, to the situation we are in now. And we have the worst person in the world in the Oval Office who couldn’t ‘negotiate’ his way out of a paper bag.
      And no one basically at State with any contacts or experience. Great.
      And the Hallway of Death for Christmas.
      The modern day GOP. What could go wrong?

  • Badgerite

    Is it just me or did Rex Tillerson (R-Rex) just say he had achieved “peace in our time?” I know I have heard that somewhere before and I don’t think it was accurate then or now.

    • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

      Well, I mean, he said he will achieve peace in our time.

      Which may be true since we may all be dead soon.

      • Badgerite

        Seriously. I don’t like where this stuff with North Korea is going.
        Kim Jung Un is not Kim Jun Il ( his father). The son seems worse.
        He seems ambitious.