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Revenue neutered

“We don’t have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem.” That’s another cute coinage from the tireless spin machine of the wealthy. Same goes for you, according to your boss, if you still have one. You can’t have a raise because you don’t have a revenue problem, or wouldn’t if you didn’t have that mouth of yours to feed. But be sure to stay confused about whether the GOP represents you or the fat cats, so don’t read this.

But what ABOUT those rich, anyway? I’ll tell you what. They don’t have a spending problem either. They also have a revenue problem. TOO MUCH! They can’t spend it all and they can’t invest it all either, because they’ve sopped up all the money so nobody else has any to buy the things they might make if they invested it in making things. So it sits there “on the sidelines.”

So let’s take that money off the sidelines and put it into a single-payer health insurance system that every other country has shown to SAVE MONEY. There’s an investment we could make that would pay off! For American businesses too! But we don’t have a revenue problem, we have a brain problem.

Tom Toles is the editorial cartoonist for The Post and writes the Tom Toles blog. See all of his cartoons here.


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