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 Mon, 17 Dec 2018 01:39:48 -0800 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 bde98be1dcac39815563f9573ceacf31 Trump Border Wall Showdown for 12/12/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/12/18/trump-border-wall-showdown 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 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/12/18/trump-has-us-autoworkers-backs 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 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/11/18/trumps-plan-to-stop-the-caravan 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 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/11/18/the-burning-issue-with-california-fires 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 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/11/18/empower-voters-not-lawyers 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 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/11/18/trump-on-strong-legal-ground-to-stop-caravan 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> 7a3234062ee10bc28ee673c83a26e696 Will Blue States Go for Trumponomics? for 10/31/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/10/18/will-blue-states-go-for-trumponomics Wed, 31 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In a contest too close to call, Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Stefanowski is running to slash Connecticut taxes and bring Trumponomics to the state. The nation is watching to see whether a fiscal reformer can sell President Donald Trump's tax-cutting approach to voters who disdain Trump.</p> <p>Critics call Stefanowski's proposal to phase out the state income tax "hare-brained" and "laughable." They're wrong. Taxes are no laughing matter. Connecticut residents are crushed by the second-heaviest state and local tax burden in the nation. The state once had the nation's fastest growing economy, until it imposed an income tax in 1991 and subsequently hiked it four times. Now Connecticut ranks dead last in income growth. <p>Updated: Wed Oct 31, 2018</p> 95903e8d00228a5c92e839151c3e3f24 Washington's Phony Moves Against Russian Meddling for 10/24/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/10/18/washingtons-phony-moves-against-russian-meddling Wed, 24 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The Justice Department announced charges against Russian social media manipulator Elena Khusyaynova on Friday. She is accused of conspiring to set up fake Facebook and Twitter accounts under names such as "Bertha Malone," "Rachell Edison" and "wokeluisa" that posted "tens of thousands of messages" about gun rights, immigration, the midterm elections and other controversial topics. </p> <p>No one wants to see foreign nations meddling in our politics. But don't be bamboozled by the fanfare over this criminal complaint. Federal officials claim going after Khusyaynova is part of a necessary crackdown because propaganda machines like hers "undermine confidence in our democratic institutions" and mislead voters.<p>Updated: Wed Oct 24, 2018</p> c78a227e1d7a2ba6493f0c3ef9250de9 'Medicare-for-All': A Disaster for 10/17/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/10/18/medicare-for-all-a-disaster Wed, 17 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Senator Bernie Sanders says that because Medicare is "the most popular, successful and cost-effective health insurance in the country" everyone should have it, regardless of age. </p> <p>But watch out for the bait and switch. Truth is, Sanders' "Medicare-for-All" legislation actually abolishes Medicare and Medicare Advantage, as well as employer-provided coverage, union plans and plans people buy for themselves. Every person, whether they want to or not, would be forced into a government-run system with the phony name "Medicare-for-All." The quality of your medical care would plummet. <p>Updated: Wed Oct 17, 2018</p> 73f5086b46d46f3481e15e32d98813ce Dems' Socialist Ideas Will Tank Economy for 10/10/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/10/18/dems-socialist-ideas-will-tank-economy Wed, 10 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The most striking difference between Democrats and Republicans is not their views on #MeToo, affirmative action or the Supreme Court. It's how they view the economy. Republicans deplore socialism. But more than half of Democrats view socialism favorably, according to a recent Gallup poll. </p> <p>The Democratic Party's left flank is turning the midterm elections into a referendum on capitalism. Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and dozens of other federal and state candidates protest that our economic system is unjust and needs an overhaul. <p>Updated: Wed Oct 10, 2018</p> 22efd681fab33690cc96f61ef5821428 Democrats' Sham Impeachment Plan for 10/03/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/10/18/democrats-sham-impeachment-plan Wed, 03 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Two hundred Congressional Democrats determined to take down the Trump presidency are suing in federal court, claiming the president is violating a provision of the U.S. Constitution. This lawsuit lays out the Democratic Party's roadmap to impeachment.</p> <p>Friday, a federal judge gave the lawsuit the go-ahead. Democrats are suing based on the Constitution's obscure "emoluments clause." They're intent on making "emoluments" a household word.<p>Updated: Wed Oct 03, 2018</p> ebf0b5fe25282327abd43a600b380abb Judges Toppling Rigged Campus Sex Trials for 09/26/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/09/18/judges-toppling-rigged-campus-sex-trials Wed, 26 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Students wrongly accused of sexual misconduct by campus disciplinary systems stacked in favor of the accuser are winning vindication in court. Judges are tossing out the life-ruining punishments meted out by these "guilty until proven innocent" campus tribunals. </p> <p>This month, Judge Amul Thapar of the federal Sixth Circuit appeals court declared that students charged with sexual misconduct have a right to due process, including a courtroom-like hearing, where the both the accuser and the accused are cross-examined. Thapar's ruling describes cross-examination as "the greatest legal engine ever invented" for "uncovering the truth." <p>Updated: Wed Sep 26, 2018</p> ab77d271f2ce5d974d4ed90afe20320e Dems Winning Votes with Big Lie About Pre-Existing Conditions for 09/19/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/09/18/dems-winning-votes-with-big-lie-about-pre-existing-conditions Wed, 19 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Across the U.S., Democratic campaign ads are telling voters a big lie. Dems are falsely claiming they're protecting people with pre-existing medical conditions and warning that Republicans will take that protection away. The ads would have you believe Obamacare is the only way to protect people with pre-existing conditions. That's false, and the outcome of the midterm elections could turn on this falsehood. </p> <p>The Democratic super PAC allied with Senator Chuck Schumer is behind many ads, including one targeting Republican Josh Hawley, who is challenging Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill, in a tight race. The ad says if Hawley is elected, millions of Missourians could lose their protections.<p>Updated: Wed Sep 19, 2018</p> 0c6b35af2b1b53007566dfc4ea05a176 The Medicare-for-All Hoax for 09/12/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/09/18/the-medicare-for-all-hoax Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>President Barack Obama made a stunning policy shift on Friday, endorsing "Medicare-for-all" &#8212; a single-payer health system &#8212; for the nation. Most Democrats contending for the 2020 presidential nomination, and many Dems vying for Congressional seats this fall, are backing it, too. </p> <p>But beware. They're pulling a bait-and-switch. The phrase "Medicare-for-all" sounds as American as apple pie. A new Reuters poll shows 70 percent of Americans respond to it favorably. That's because the public isn't getting the truth about what it means. The actual plan these Democrats are pushing doesn't look anything like Medicare. They're slapping the Medicare label on what would be dangerously inadequate health care.<p>Updated: Wed Sep 12, 2018</p> 65f1556db40eab43d8a5e81958cc96f7 Failing CDC Lets Infants Die From Infection for 09/05/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/09/18/failing-cdc-lets-infants-die-from-infection Wed, 05 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Last week, the horrific facts behind baby Melanie Sanders' death finally came to light. Just 16 weeks old, she died after contracting a virus that raged through the neonatal intensive care unit at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, according to a lawsuit filed by her family. Medical staff members who examined newborns' eyes failed to put on clean gloves for each baby. Unclean eye-exam devices were reused on one baby after another instead of being disinfected. A staggering 23 infants, more than half the babies in the unit, got sick with the virus. Sanders struggled to fight it off and died.</p> <p>Like Sanders, tens of thousands of patients of all ages die each year because of careless hospital hygiene. Hospitals would like you to think infections are inevitable. They're not. Unclean hands and contaminated equipment are largely to blame.<p>Updated: Wed Sep 05, 2018</p> c4e31db6865fa72a8f4e5ace2959013a Flipping Benefits Prosecutors, Not the Public for 08/29/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/08/18/flipping-benefits-prosecutors-not-the-public Wed, 29 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Last Thursday, after President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to eight felonies, Trump blasted how federal prosecutors coerce people to plead guilty, whether they've done anything wrong or not, and to play ball with investigators to target others. Trump said "it's called flipping and it almost ought to be illegal." A self-serving remark, but totally on the mark. </p> <p>Legal reformers like Human Rights Watch agree with Trump on this one, though they're hardly ever on his side. <p>Updated: Wed Aug 29, 2018</p> 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>