Betsy McCaughey from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Fri, 22 Mar 2019 16:44:01 -0700 Betsy McCaughey from Creators Syndicate 6af28055d004b059de6eb9fa9dec5bbc Pols Not Telling You About Dangers of Legalizing Weed for 03/20/2019 Wed, 20 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Politicians are pushing to legalize recreational marijuana in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, following 10 other states. But the Parent Teacher Association, local health officials and pediatrician groups are pushing back, warning about permanent damage to youngsters' brains. If you have children, trust the PTA, not the pols.</p> <p>Legalization delivers what politicians want most &#8212; money and power. They're salivating over the tax revenue and the authority to dole out licenses to growers and retailers. New Jersey will tax cannabis growers $42 an ounce. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy pledged to make weed legal right after taking office, but he dragged his feet until the legislation guaranteed gubernatorial control over licensing and enforcement. New Jersey lawmakers will vote on it next week. <p>Updated: Wed Mar 20, 2019</p> b7ecabccf433a73158aa8f224a527432 Build the Wall to Save Taxpayers Billions for 03/13/2019 Wed, 13 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>President Donald Trump launched another battle for border-wall funding on Monday, calling for $8.6 billion additional dollars in his proposed federal budget for next year. Top Democrats came out swinging, bashing a border wall as "expensive and ineffective." </p> <p>The truth is, Dems are not leveling with the public about the billions we're already forced to spend on shelters, food, diapers, medical care and child care for migrants sneaking across the border and claiming asylum.<p>Updated: Wed Mar 13, 2019</p> 81427ecc494e65b483aea4e5bef5b1c6 Trump Takes on Campus Speech Police for 03/06/2019 Wed, 06 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Colleges and universities that limit freedom of speech are about to get clobbered big time. President Donald Trump came out swinging on Saturday against the higher-education establishment for violating our nation's most fundamental value: free expression, guaranteed in the Constitution First Amendment.</p> <p>"I am proud to announce that I will be very soon signing an executive order requiring colleges and universities to support free speech if they want federal research funds," Trump told the right-leaning American Conservative Union at its influential annual Conservative Political Action Conference.<p>Updated: Wed Mar 06, 2019</p> 4211cc23f640730106f01a116c4400d7 Trump: The Diplomat-In-Chief for 02/27/2019 Wed, 27 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Critics call President Donald Trump a diplomatic wrecking ball, while his supporters admiringly watch him take on foreign policy challenges that previous presidents chose to ignore or left to diplomatic "experts."</p> <p>Who's right? This week, the rubber meets the road. Trump's highly personal approach to negotiating with foreign powers &#8212; while ignoring Congress &#8212; is being put to the test by North Korea and China. Whether presidents should go it alone on foreign policy has been controversial since the founding of the nation. Even the Constitution's framers fought over the question.<p>Updated: Wed Feb 27, 2019</p> 4cf755cd3340dcd268c7b225e5271e9c Low Taxes Are the Best Sweetheart Deal for 02/20/2019 Wed, 20 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Ever since Amazon's breakup with New York on Valentine's Day, dejected Mayor Bill De Blasio is complaining that corporations shouldn't be able to play off one local government against others for tax breaks. "I don't think it's really fair to pit city against city and state against state," De Blasio whined like a jilted suitor. </p> <p>Grow up, Mr. Mayor. Localities will always vie to woo companies. The real problem is that New York is pursuing a losing strategy. Winning requires low taxes and deregulation that benefit every company &#8212; whether it's big or small, new to the state or homegrown. <p>Updated: Wed Feb 20, 2019</p> fbfcb4b591c6a5dbd7c425a7db08e17e Dems' Abortion Lies for 02/13/2019 Wed, 13 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Democrats fighting to expand a woman's "right to choose," no matter how far along her pregnancy, claim late-term abortions are rare and done only when the woman's health or life is at stake or when the fetus has a fatal condition. That's false. Here's the truth: At least 12,000 late-term abortions are done every year in the U.S., and almost none are out of medical necessity.</p> <p>Fetal abnormalities "make up a small minority of later abortions," according to Diana Greene Foster of the University of California, San Francisco, lead investigator of the largest-ever study of women seeking late-term abortions. Foster reports that threats to the health of the mother are even more rare. The study found women's reasons were all over the place. They included travel considerations, expense, indecision and disagreement with the father.<p>Updated: Wed Feb 13, 2019</p> 9f752db0b5ec9ca23673ca7f4cb0808e Dems Deny Economic Boom for 02/06/2019 Wed, 06 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Democrats, now the majority in the House of Representatives, are trying to turn that body into the House of Resistance. They vowed to use the State of the Union to voice their claims that the nation is in bad shape, rigged to benefit only the rich. But facts are stubborn things. </p> <p>Fact No. 1: An amazing 304,000 jobs were created in January, according to Labor Department data, up from an average monthly gain of 223,000 in 2018 and 182,000 in 2017. A steady upward march. Too bad President Donald Trump couldn't invite all the new hires to attend his speech to show off the impact of Trumponomics on real people who have to put food on the table and make mortgage payments.<p>Updated: Wed Feb 06, 2019</p> 9061e00acdcca7cc8f5ef417b091bfa4 Dems' Dangerous Ideas on Fighting Inequality for 01/30/2019 Wed, 30 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Leftist Democrats eyeing the White House in 2020 are plotting new ways to confiscate Americans' hard-earned money and give it away. Claiming economic inequality is a national crisis, they want to take money from those they say have too much. </p> <p>Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is pushing a wealth tax. Never mind that it's unprecedented and unconstitutional. <p>Updated: Wed Jan 30, 2019</p> 4a295b0de4518dd9fb8d55931297b121 Maxine Waters' Extreme Agenda for 01/23/2019 Wed, 23 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>There's trouble's ahead for banks, Wall Street and upscale suburbs. Not to mention President Donald Trump. Elections have consequences. One of the biggest is that firebrand Congresswoman Maxine Waters, D-Calif., is the new head of the powerful House Financial Services Committee. That gives her power over banking, the securities and insurance industries and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.</p> <p>Egging her on to pursue a far-left agenda will be new committee members like self-styled socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., expletive-shouting Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., Elizabeth Warren acolyte Katie Porter, D-Calif., and progressive Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass.<p>Updated: Wed Jan 23, 2019</p> 61f744f929b42f75e6f90dc37c31fd13 'Medicare-for-All' Would Take Most of Your Paycheck for 01/16/2019 Wed, 16 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>In a crowded field of Democrats vying for the presidency in 2020, one thing stands out. "Medicare-for-all" tops their campaign promises. On Sunday, the latest to announce, former Obama cabinet official Julian Castro, pledged to make Medicare-for-All a reality. </p> <p>But these candidates would rather walk on hot coals than tell you what "Medicare-for-all" costs: a whopping $32 trillion over 10 years. To raise that, all taxpayers, not just the rich, would have to hand a gut-wrenching share of their paycheck to Uncle Sam, based on Congressional Budget Office revenue tables. <p>Updated: Wed Jan 16, 2019</p> baef3cae5622fe2f7008874f8704fd27 Dems' 'Tax the Rich' Hoax for 01/09/2019 Wed, 09 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The U.S. Department of Labor jobs report, released Friday, shows eye-popping gains, concluding a year that has been great for workers. Hourly wages shot up after 10 years of stagnation and real household income topped its highest level in history. Basically anyone who wants a job can get one. "If we're not right at full employment, we're very close to that," says a top Federal Reserve official. </p> <p>But progressive Democrats eyeing a White House run in 2020 are lying about the economy to sell their pie-in-the-sky government programs. Senators Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and former Obama cabinet member Julian Castro are all backing universal "free" health care, "free" college, student loan forgiveness and a guaranteed paycheck from Uncle Sam. As if we're in a depression instead of a boom. <p>Updated: Wed Jan 09, 2019</p> d63528b037f689b76f7f50e375088e6e Trump Slams Brakes on Federal Gravy Train for 01/02/2019 Wed, 02 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>President Donald Trump is freezing pay for civilian federal workers, cancelling their automatic 2.1 percent raise for 2019. Disregard the howls from union bosses and Democratic politicians. It's the right decision. </p> <p>Federal workers already collect bigger salaries, on average, than private sector workers doing comparable jobs, and they get benefit packages a whopping 47 percent more expensive, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Not to mention up to 49 paid days off a year. And they never lose a night's sleep over getting canned. Firing them, no matter how outrageous their misconduct, is almost impossible. </p> <p>Then at age 55, if they've put in 30 years, they get a gold-plated retirement package almost unheard of in the private sector, including defined benefits that protect them from inflation. <p>Updated: Wed Jan 02, 2019</p> d13a1a3fd9c2fa90bf858dec798d4bb7 Stonewalling the Wall for 12/26/2018 Wed, 26 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Talk show host Jimmy Kimmel is mocking "the very dopey people" contributing to a GoFundMe campaign to support President Donald Trump's southern border wall.</p> <p>All Kimmel's got to lose by insulting supporters of the wall is his ratings. But Democrats are risking a voter backlash by stonewalling Trump's request for border funding and claiming that only racists and xenophobes want a wall. <p>Updated: Wed Dec 26, 2018</p> e3311a30fbc80bb4bab6a50a32c3d8c0 Trump's Making Health Insurance More Affordable for 12/19/2018 Wed, 19 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>A federal district judge struck down the Affordable Care Act as unconstitutional on Friday, in a lawsuit brought by Republican officials from 20 states. They want their residents to have more insurance choices and lower premiums. </p> <p>Though technically the suing states won in Texas v. Azar, their victory won't help consumers reeling from Obamacare sticker shock anytime soon. Obamacare will stay on the books while the decision is appealed, which could take more than a year. The outcome is uncertain. <p>Updated: Wed Dec 19, 2018</p> bde98be1dcac39815563f9573ceacf31 Trump Border Wall Showdown for 12/12/2018 Wed, 12 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Congressional Democrats are butting heads with President Donald Trump over his demand for $5 billion to continue building a wall along the southern border. Rep. Nancy Pelosi vows not one dollar will go for a wall. She calls the idea of a wall "immoral." </p> <p>Not building the wall is what's truly immoral. Allowing destitute, uneducated people with limited job prospects to flood across the southern border into the United States forces taxpayers here to toil longer and pay more in taxes to feed and house them, accommodate their children in public schools and pay for their medical care.<p>Updated: Wed Dec 12, 2018</p> c2dee58b5cc4e6d2f24ffebc9710f3f7 Trump Has US Autoworkers' Backs for 12/05/2018 Wed, 05 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Auto tariffs were the big takeaway from this weekend's meeting between President Donald Trump and Chinese leaders to de-escalate their trade war. But don't be misled. The real threat to American auto jobs isn't Chinese tariffs on American-made cars. It's China's plan to flood the U.S. with cut-rate cars made with low-paid labor. </p> <p>After the trade powwow, Trump advisors reported that China would drop or remove its punitive 40 percent tariff on autos imported from the U.S. But don't pop the champagne cork. Removing Chinese tariffs on U.S. made-autos will do almost nothing for our autoworkers. <p>Updated: Wed Dec 05, 2018</p> d9c985c78559aedd8ee44bbbe6a711de Trump's Plan to Stop the Caravan for 11/28/2018 Wed, 28 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>President Donald Trump is putting the economic screws to Mexico to control the flood of Central American migrants storming our southern border. Unlike prior presidents, Trump is driving a hard bargain. Exports are Mexico's economic lifeblood. A staggering 81 percent of those exports go to the United States. That's why Trump's threat to close the border &#8212; even for short time &#8212; gets results. Shutting the border shuts down Mexico. Period. </p> <p>No wonder Mexico's incoming president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, seems open to a "Remain in Mexico" deal that will make his country the waiting room for migrants applying for asylum in the U.S. In another sign of cooperation with Trump, Mexican immigration officials rapidly deported 98 migrants who tried forcing their way into the U.S. on Sunday. <p>Updated: Wed Nov 28, 2018</p> 5cafca5fe49a51107acde9bec3b0e64b The Burning Issue with California Fires for 11/21/2018 Wed, 21 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>President Donald Trump's critics are belittling him for not buying the politically correct narrative that global warming is to blame for the California wildfires. Instead, Trump correctly points to decades of mistakes by state and federal forest agencies that caused the woodlands to be become overly dense and blanketed with highly flammable dead wood and underbrush. </p> <p>Outgoing California Governor Jerry Brown calls the conflagrations "the new abnormal," and predicts it "will continue, certainly, in the next 10, 15, 20 years." How defeatist. Trump, in contrast has the right idea. He's vowing "we're going to have safe forests." Science is on Trump's side. <p>Updated: Wed Nov 21, 2018</p> 4c5191da1b50de4b049873e431c2afb9 Empower Voters, Not Lawyers for 11/14/2018 Wed, 14 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>If Americans are losing confidence in elections, don't blame Russian hackers. The damage is self-inflicted.</p> <p>A week after polls closed, Americans still don't know who won major races: gubernatorial races in Florida and Georgia, a Florida Senate race and many House contests. Candidates who conceded on election night are backtracking and demanding that "every vote be counted," as late-arriving ballots change the tallies.<p>Updated: Wed Nov 14, 2018</p> 67fdb7de4ec86bcff50951880300f75b Trump on Strong Legal Ground to Stop Caravan for 11/07/2018 Wed, 07 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p></p><p>Former President Barack Obama is ridiculing President Donald Trump and other Republicans for vowing to stop the caravan of 4,000 Central American migrants heading toward our border. Republicans are "trying to convince everybody to be afraid of a bunch of impoverished, malnourished refugees," Obama says. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi blasts Republicans for stoking "baseless fear" for political purposes. <p>Updated: Wed Nov 07, 2018</p>