Betsy McCaughey from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Tue, 21 Aug 2018 20:05:56 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Betsy McCaughey from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/betsy-mccaughey-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey 35b5f0533616c96ae89aa39daa0d2fd5 The Opioid Lawsuit Circus for 08/22/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/08/18/the-opioid-lawsuit-circus Wed, 22 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Money-grabbing politicians looking to cover the whopping costs of the opioid crisis are filing more than a thousand lawsuits against the prescription painkiller industry. That's like suing the fast-food industry to pay all the societal costs of obesity. It's a shakedown. </p> <p>Last week, New York's governor, Andrew Cuomo, jumped on the litigation bandwagon. Cuomo bashed "unscrupulous" drug companies for "pumping human misery into our communities." </p> <p>Wrong, governor. These painkillers are made to alleviate misery. Before the current generation of medical opioids, patients with pain were severely undertreated. In the 1990s, medical groups pleaded for wider use of opioids to curb suffering. <p>Updated: Wed Aug 22, 2018</p> b958400a5c486372764917c6bc2ccac5 Short-Term Insurance for 08/15/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/08/18/short-term-insurance Wed, 15 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Democrats are trying to ban low-cost health insurance that will cover less than Obamacare. They claim they're protecting the public from what Senator Chuck Schumer calls "junk insurance." Don't believe it. </p> <p>In truth, they're sabotaging middle-class consumers who've been priced out of Obamacare and dread being uninsured. Somebody needs to remind the Democratic Party that poor lives matter but so do middle-class lives.<p>Updated: Wed Aug 15, 2018</p> ea7863c1c97ca3fa67fe57267b2ba9b0 Electric Grid Hacking More Perilous Than Election Hacking for 08/08/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/08/18/electric-grid-hacking-more-perilous-than-election-hacking Wed, 08 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Kremlin-connected cyber criminals are capable of turning off our electric power from afar, while power plant employees watch helplessly. In the last two weeks, the federal Department of Homeland Security held four briefings warning that Russian hackers are already practicing how to throw the switch and cause a blackout in the U.S. We'd have no lights, no gas at the pump, no life support in hospitals, no mass transit, no food supply. </p> <p>Yet nearly all Washington pols are ignoring the danger. To the public, "power" means electricity. But to self-absorbed politicians, "power" means elections, votes and protecting their seats. That disconnect explains why they're in a frenzy over Russians hacking into campaign email accounts and tweeting unflattering things about Hillary Clinton, instead of dealing with the far larger peril of Russians hacking into the electric grid. <p>Updated: Wed Aug 08, 2018</p> da7c103946de4a9694fdf20b89c6eecf Dems' Make-Work Plans Will Cost You Big for 08/01/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/07/18/dems-make-work-plans-will-cost-you-big Wed, 01 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Friday morning, 26-year-old software developer David Casarez put on a shirt and tie, grabbed his homemade cardboard sign saying "Homeless &#8212; Hungry 4 Success &#8212; Take a Resume" and positioned himself at an intersection in Mountain View, California. A passerby posted his photo on Twitter. Within a day, Casarez had over 200 job offers. </p> <p>No surprise. If you're looking for a job, your odds are better now than any time in the last half century. There are more job openings than people out looking. Employers who used to demand a college degree or experience are dropping those requirements. Unemployment is near a 50-year low, and unemployment among blacks and Hispanics is at a nearly all-time low. <p>Updated: Wed Aug 01, 2018</p> 52c56cf30124a66e920e615e7579e71e Dems' Plans Sabotage Workers for 07/25/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/07/18/dems-plans-sabotage-workers Wed, 25 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Would you rather show up at work on time or stretch out on the sofa and watch TV? Stupid question. Most people punch a clock out of necessity. But progressive Democrats want to make work optional, and to guarantee a slew of benefits to everyone, whether they get off the couch or not. It's a slap in the face to America's workforce. </p> <p>Some 70 Democrats in the House of Representatives &#8212; more than one-third of the party's representatives &#8212; endorsed a plan on Thursday to outlaw private health insurance and force all Americans into a government-run system. Let's be clear. This plan is not about helping the needy. The plan would rip away medical coverage from half of all Americans, including the 157 million who get their insurance the old-fashioned way &#8212; earning it through a job. The plan, dubbed "Medicare for All," would prohibit employers &#8212; even giant companies that self-insure &#8212; from covering workers, retirees or their families. <p>Updated: Wed Jul 25, 2018</p> dae4f84d26b93bef86b9d24ebbade620 Dems' Big Lie About Kavanaugh for 07/18/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/07/18/dems-big-lie-about-kavanaugh Wed, 18 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Democrats are so desperate to torpedo Brett Kavanaugh's appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court that they're resorting to scare tactics, telling Americans that his confirmation would put 130 million people at risk of losing their health insurance.</p> <p>Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., says Democrats can sink Kavanaugh by showing how his appointment will lead to a court majority that "repeals ACA with its protections for pre-existing conditions." It's demagoguery. And it's working, as demagoguery too often does. <p>Updated: Wed Jul 18, 2018</p> a5adac6cc0377d8b942c1fcc91a59790 Silicon Valley Censors for 07/11/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/07/18/silicon-valley-censors Wed, 11 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Social media giants like Twitter and Facebook that used to brag about promoting free speech now say they're taking on a new role &#8212; the speech police.</p> <p>Twitter is suspending as many as a million accounts a day, with 70 million silenced in May and June, according to data disclosed Friday. The massive purge is to prevent the spread of fake news, Twitter says. The problem is this: Who decides what's fake?<p>Updated: Wed Jul 11, 2018</p> 133573c5e80c7fd019e531e8dee49079 The Asylum Phenomenon on the Southern Border for 07/04/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/07/18/the-asylum-phenomenon-on-the-southern-border Wed, 04 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>People hoping to settle in the United States wait years for a green card to be legal residents. They play by the rules. These law-abiding newcomers must feel like idiots, watching what's happening on the southern border. </p> <p>Hundreds of thousands of Central American migrants are walking right in. They're not waiting in line. They're using "asylum" requests as their E-ZPass. Just 12 percent of requests from El Salvadorans, 11 percent from Guatemalans and 7.5 percent from Hondurans are actually granted, according to the Department of Homeland Security. Never mind, the request gets them in. <p>Updated: Wed Jul 04, 2018</p> d632c71ba50eae0986621b7dd49318e0 Government Workers 'Free at Last' for 06/27/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/06/18/government-workers-free-at-last Wed, 27 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Rank and file government workers won big over union bosses Wednesday, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of Mark Janus, an Illinois state worker who refused to join the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees. The court struck down an Illinois law that allowed the union to deduct fees from Janus's paycheck despite his refusal to join. </p> <p>The Janus ruling smashes laws in 22 states &#8212; including New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and California &#8212; that compel nonmembers to support unions. Until now, if you wanted a government job in these states, you had to pay up. But now firefighters, teachers and other public employees won't have to fork over a penny to a union if they choose not to join. For the average worker who opts out, it will mean hundreds of dollars more in take-home pay a year. </p> <p>More in workers' pockets, less in union coffers. Nationwide, unions are expected to forfeit hundreds of millions of dollars when nonmembers stop paying and some members quit to save money, too.<p>Updated: Wed Jun 27, 2018</p> 4369596fa19924f663ad29c25de2364e In China, 'Free Trade' Means Steal What You Want for 06/20/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/06/18/in-china-free-trade-means-steal-what-you-want Wed, 20 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>What can Democrat Chuck Schumer, Republican Marco Rubio and President Donald Trump agree on? Almost nothing, but they agree China is robbing America blind and has to be stopped. When the president slapped a punishing 25 percent tariff on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods starting July 6, his least likely GOP ally, Senator Marco Rubio, applauded the tariffs as a "theft tax." Senator Schumer backed them, too, warning that allowing China's massive stealing to continue will cause "long-term real damage to America."</p> <p>Within hours of Trump's announcement, China retaliated with $50 billion in tariffs on U.S. imports. Trump shot back with tariffs on another $200 billion in Chinese goods. China accuses Trump of "provoking the trade war." Provoking? China's been fighting dirty against American business for years. China steals something between $225 billion to $600 billion worth of fashion designs, pharmaceutical formulas and new technologies from U.S. companies every year, according to the Commission on Theft of American Intellectual Property. Previous U.S. presidents did nothing but negotiate. That's like watching a burglar strip your house and asking him, "Can we talk?" At last, an American president picked up a weapon &#8212; tariffs &#8212; to fight back.<p>Updated: Wed Jun 20, 2018</p> 74b47eb3998f95a0f8cdca834da307b1 VA Mission Act Won't Help Dying Vietnam Vets for 06/13/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/06/18/va-mission-act-wont-help-dying-vietnam-vets Wed, 13 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Tens of thousands of Vietnam vets, now in their sixties and early seventies, are carrying a dangerous parasite picked up in Asia called liver fluke. Many don't know it, but it's a ticking time bomb likely to kill them.</p> <p>President Donald Trump just signed the VA Mission Act, which is supposed to help ailing vets get prompt care, including seeing a civilian doctor on Uncle Sam's tab. Don't count on it to help these vets.<p>Updated: Wed Jun 13, 2018</p> 1f73f8e230f9c6eb9794f75000451550 The Dirt on Colonoscopies for 06/06/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/06/18/the-dirt-on-colonoscopies Wed, 06 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If you haven't had a colonoscopy, you're not missing much, except a chance to save your life. Colon and rectal cancer rates are soaring among young and middle-aged adults. In response to the alarming data, last week the American Cancer Society called for screening beginning at age 45, instead of waiting to 50. And they recommend getting tested even sooner if you have bowel problems. Adults born in 1990 face twice the risk of colon cancer and four times the risk of rectal cancer as people born in 1950. </p> <p>The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force is pushing back on earlier screening and many health insurers are likely to deny covering it. That's a mistake. Some 16,450 patients under age 50 are expected to get a colon or rectal cancer diagnosis in the coming year. <p>Updated: Wed Jun 06, 2018</p> bd0724a34fc74088caaad904ab92b90c Trump's Budget: $984 Billion Deficit Next Year for 05/30/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/05/18/trumps-budget-984-billion-deficit-next-year-2a851 Wed, 30 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>When you read the budget message President Donald Trump sent Congress earlier this year, you soon come across a concession that Washington insiders have been making for years &#8212; just before they vote for bills they know will massively increase the federal debt.</p> <p>"The current fiscal path is unsustainable," Trump said, "and future generations deserve better."<p>Updated: Wed May 30, 2018</p> 7b6083978e679d2c580f69245efb25b7 As Obamacare Premiums Soar, Dems Lie for 05/16/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/05/18/as-obamacare-premiums-soar-dems-lie Wed, 16 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>America has a health insurance problem because politicians would rather lie about it than solve it. Obamacare regulations caused premiums for people buying their own insurance to more than double between 2013 and 2017, and then soar even higher in 2018. With huge hikes predicted again in 2019, the Affordable Care Act will have caused premiums to triple in six years. Ouch. But instead of telling the truth about why this is happening, politicians are dishing out lies. </p> <p>Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is already announcing what he's going to do about the rate hikes. "We Democrats are going to be relentless in making sure the American people exactly understand who is to blame for the rates." He means pinning the blame on President Trump and the Republican majorities in Congress. Don't buy this lie. <p>Updated: Wed May 16, 2018</p> ef68574f1af7de0f251bbe01934f3704 Uncle Sam's Deadly Cancer Screening Advice for 05/09/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/05/18/uncle-sams-deadly-cancer-screening-advice Wed, 09 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Beware. Many breast and prostate cancer patients are getting diagnosed late in the game because of Obamacare's skimpy cancer screening regulations. Remember when President Obama repeatedly told Americans that greedy doctors were overtesting and overtreating them, and federal rules were needed to stop it? Now the evidence is in that some of those rules are killing us. </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Inadequate cancer screening is forcing women to undergo mastectomies and men to endure aggressive treatments with side effects</span>. Many could have avoided these outcomes if they'd been diagnosed earlier.<p>Updated: Wed May 09, 2018</p> eb12bc5e251702067aea8cff4a39f04f Nationwide, Dems Attack ICE instead of Crime for 05/02/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/05/18/nationwide-dems-attack-ice-instead-of-crime Wed, 02 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>New York's Governor Andrew Cuomo is threatening to sue the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency for its ongoing raids to detain illegal immigrants wanted for serious crimes like assault and rape. A staggering 80 percent of those apprehended in recent ICE raids in New York were either convicted criminals or charged with crimes. But Cuomo's siding with criminals over crime victims. He's playing politics. Faced with a challenge on his left flank from "Sex and the City" star and gubernatorial hopeful Cynthia Nixon, he's desperate to prove his liberal bona fides. Public safety be damned.</p> <p>The ambitious New York Governor is parroting Democrats across the nation who claim ICE should be abolished because it's breaking apart families and peaceful communities. The facts prove otherwise. Eighty-eight percent of the illegal immigrants arrested in recent Los Angeles ICE raids and 81 percent arrested throughout California, according to the latest ICE data, had criminal convictions. These are bad guys. So when House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., claims that "unjust and cruel" ICE raids "terrorize innocent immigrant families," don't buy it.<p>Updated: Wed May 02, 2018</p> 6989fbd67a001f5429f6bf5e1ba0faa6 Hospitals Pulling the Plug Against Families' Wishes for 04/25/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/04/18/hospitals-pulling-the-plug-against-families-wishes Wed, 25 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Who decides whether your sick child lives or dies? You or the hospital? On Monday, the parents of 23-month-old Alfie Evans, who has extensive brain damage, were told their son's life would be terminated by hospital staff. That night, the hospital turned off his ventilator. The hospital decreed "once all external signs of life have ceased," doctors would confirm "that death has occurred." Many hours have passed, and Alfie clings tenuously to life. </p> <p>To avert this crisis, Alfie's parents tried appealing to British courts, but judges ruled on April 20 that "the hospital must be free to do what has been determined to be in Alfie's best interests." Determined by whom? Not his parents, who wanted to maintain life support. "He isn't suffering, he isn't in pain, he isn't diagnosed," his father explains. "It's a straight up execution." <p>Updated: Wed Apr 25, 2018</p> ee45de9c06b3a4f3a41971aa4842ea04 Will the Supreme Court OK the States' Latest Tax Grab? for 04/18/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/04/18/will-the-supreme-court-ok-the-states-latest-tax-grab Wed, 18 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Here we go again. State politicians want to take more of your money. This time, their scheme is to tax everything you buy on the internet. On Tuesday, the money-grabbing states made their case to the United States Supreme Court. If the Justices go along with it, you'll be paying more when you make a purchase on eBay, Etsy, Amazon or another platform hosting small retailers. </p> <p>Shoppers won't be the only losers. If the justices side with the states in South Dakota v. Wayfair, mom-and-pop internet businesses and startups will be stymied by the complexity of collecting taxes for 12,000 different state, county and municipal taxing jurisdictions. Each jurisdiction has its own rates, rules and deadlines. Yikes. Retail giants can afford expensive software to do the job, but for smaller businesses it would be a logistical nightmare, shutting down many. <p>Updated: Wed Apr 18, 2018</p> 200ba45b9f40dcca1b0e51feadcd100b This Hospital Bed May Kill You for 04/11/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/04/18/this-hospital-bed-may-kill-you Wed, 11 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Danger lurks for hospital patients in a place they'd least expect it &#8212; the bed. Hospitals claim to disinfect beds in between patients. Don't believe it. Data from four New York hospitals prove beds are full of germs. Patients are nearly six times as likely to come down with staph, strep or another dangerous infection if the patient who used the bed before them had it. </p> <p>Columbia University researchers found being in a bed previously used by a patient with an infection ups your own risk of infection by 583 percent, according to the current issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. The researchers conclude that "enhanced cleaning measures" are needed.<p>Updated: Wed Apr 11, 2018</p> f4501ef215efbcfab58236c16573aa18 Marching Orders for Trump's New VA Secretary for 04/04/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/04/18/marching-orders-for-trumps-new-va-secretary Wed, 04 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Since President Trump ousted Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, the question reverberating in Washington is whether Trump's new pick, Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, is capable of heading a department with 360,000 employees and 9 million vets under its care. Senate Democrats carp he lacks experience running "a complex organization." </p> <p>Experience is overrated. President Obama's VA Secretary, Robert McDonald, failed miserably, despite having run Procter & Gamble. Vets died on phony wait lists on McDonald's watch.<p>Updated: Wed Apr 04, 2018</p>