Betsy McCaughey from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:37:19 -0700 Betsy McCaughey from Creators Syndicate 7dbeb8f5302da425731716049c2c1fd4 How Privacy Purists Are Helping Criminals for 06/21/2017 Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Next time you set out to commit armed robbery, leave your cellphone at home. Timothy Carpenter was convicted of robbing a string of T-Mobile and Radio Shack stores, stealing smartphones. But he wasn't too smart himself. He used his cellphone to call 15 getaway drivers. The calls were his undoing. The FBI used the records from his wireless carrier to confirm his proximity to every robbed store when it was hit.</p> <p>Now Carpenter and the American Civil Liberties Union are challenging the conviction, and the Supreme Court just agreed to hear the case. Activists determined to guarantee total privacy to criminal suspects, no matter what the cost to society, are thrilled. They're predicting Carpenter v. United States could be a landmark victory for privacy. How foolish. A victory for Carpenter would tip the scales of justice in favor of criminals and against law enforcement's ability to keep us safe.<p>Updated: Wed Jun 21, 2017</p> faff2976edd888764d76e7c9896dc565 Don't Abandon Choice for Vets for 06/14/2017 Wed, 14 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>President Trump calls Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin his "100-to-nothing man" because Shulkin was confirmed by the Senate 100-0. That unanimity is turning out to be a red flag. Shulkin is not delivering 100 percent for vets. He told Congress last week that he plans to end the Veterans Choice Program, a setback for vets stuck on waitlists for medical care. Shulkin, the only Obama administration holdover named to Trump's cabinet, is capitulating to the public employee unions and their Democratic lackeys in Congress who oppose allowing vets to leave the VA and get treated by a civilian doctor on Uncle Sam's tab. </p> <p>Shulkin is also abandoning the goal of eliminating veteran homelessness, saying "we do have to respect the wishes of people who are adults and able to make their own decisions." That's nuts, Mr. Secretary. Homelessness is not a legitimate choice. Vets on the streets need housing and mental health care, not left-wing gibberish about alternative lifestyles.<p>Updated: Wed Jun 14, 2017</p> 65e0d61f3ae7164629c5a8be4d0777ff Vape Links for 06/07/2017 Wed, 07 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Hypocrisy has reached new heights, even by Washington, D.C., standards. The same left-wing senators who support needle exchange and methadone programs to reduce harm to drug addicts and demand condoms for high-schoolers to have safe sex are waging war against the most effective harm reducer of all &#8212; e-cigarettes. </p> <p>Senators Al Franken, D-Minn., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Patty Murray, D-Wash., and other Democrats are demanding that new FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb crack down on e-cigarettes without delay. Across the aisle, Senator Ron Johnson, R-Wis., is urging Gottlieb to examine the compelling evidence that vaping saves lives by helping smokers quit the deadly habit. <p>Updated: Wed Jun 07, 2017</p> dcffc0a4da57c2655ac55c2652efb60b Trump Budget Revives American Work Ethic for 05/31/2017 Wed, 31 May 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Hillary Clinton bashes President Trump's budget proposal for its "unimaginable level of cruelty." Almost every Democratic politician, and most mainstream media, are saying the same. Don't believe it. The budget, released last week, dignifies work. It reforms federal anti-poverty programs that have kept people dependent on government, with taxpayers footing the bills. Like the food stamp program, which has nearly tripled in enrollment and quadrupled in cost since 2000. Call Trump's budget the "Work Is Beautiful" plan. </p> <p>Trump needs to go to the voters who elected him and defend his budget. While many in Congress are dismissing it as "dead on arrival," they're foolish to ignore the public's disgust with Washington's spendaholic ways. The president's budget is exactly what he ran and won on: less government, more jobs, school choice, strong defense, health care for vets and compassion for the working stiff whose taxes are wasted in Washington. <p>Updated: Wed May 31, 2017</p> 8ca2215fd872296dfd2143613a461599 Why the Superbugs Are Winning for 05/24/2017 Wed, 24 May 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The deadliest superbug yet &#8212; Candida auris &#8212; is invading hospitals and nursing homes, killing a staggering 60 percent of patients it infects. Some exposed patients don't succumb to infection but silently carry the germ and infect others. So far, the lethal germ has sickened patients in New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois and Massachusetts, with 122 cases reported so far this year, up from only six last year. </p> <p>The germ &#8212; a fungus &#8212; lingers on bedrails and on the uniforms and hands of doctors and nurses, ready to attack the next patient. Once it gets inside a catheter or breathing device and invades a patient's body, it kills. <p>Updated: Wed May 24, 2017</p> 7885a2e5585ec983c9d115a2e7fd6f48 Public Has a Right to See Trump Ad for 05/10/2017 Wed, 10 May 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Television stations around the country are running an ad claiming the Obamacare repeal bill passed in the House will deprive cancer patients and pregnant women of affordable coverage. The ad, paid for by the group Save My Care, is loaded with lies. </p> <p>Yet television giants ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN refuse to air an ad touting President Donald Trump's successful first 100 days. CNN says it's because the Trump ad is "false." <p>Updated: Wed May 10, 2017</p> a83a3c09fc0f6fcf8adb062aae198825 The Pre-Existing Conditions Scam for 05/03/2017 Wed, 03 May 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The House vote on the GOP's Obamacare repeal bill vote is down to the wire, with dozens of Republicans waffling as "undecideds." What's the hold-up? Ninety-six percent of people who have to buy their own insurance stand to benefit from this bill, which will likely drive down premiums by double digits. </p> <p>The remaining 4 percent &#8212; those with pre-existing conditions &#8212; will be protected by a federal fund to subsidize their insurance costs. They won't get priced out of the market, because the fund will pay the lion's share of their premiums.<p>Updated: Wed May 03, 2017</p> ec4fdac14fda800294d3d46c06350c65 Blame the Spendaholics, Not Tax Reformers for 04/26/2017 Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If you live in tax hell &#8212; New York, Illinois, California, New Jersey or Connecticut &#8212; paying your state and local taxes could soon become even more painful. Congressional Republicans and President Trump have plans to lower federal tax rates for almost everyone and simplify tax rules. All good news. But there's a catch for residents of high-tax states. </p> <p>For now, federal tax filers can deduct their state and local taxes when calculating what they owe the IRS &#8212; reducing the bite out of their wallets. But the House GOP tax reform eliminates those deductions to partly pay for dramatically lowering rates. The Trump tax overhaul, expected today, is said to cap these deductions. Ouch.<p>Updated: Wed Apr 26, 2017</p> 5a4e2c6c8fab50e4e971eaf37c15401c Feds Cover up Hospital Infections for 04/19/2017 Wed, 19 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Going into a hospital? It's getting riskier because of drug-resistant infections &#8212; the kind almost no drug can cure. Despite one federal government "action plan" after another, the germs are winning. Government authorities are clueless about how many infections there are, or how many patients are dying.</p> <p>Alarming new research shows that one of the deadliest families of bugs, carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, nicknamed CRE, may actually be striking three times more patients than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells us. One lesson from the war against AIDS: Level with the public about the enormity of a problem if you want to start defeating it. <p>Updated: Wed Apr 19, 2017</p> 37fa274f2ed32c2374156d637d1e8855 Robot Revolution for 04/12/2017 Wed, 12 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is taking flak for saying he's "not worried at all" about robots displacing American workers. He's spot on. Robots will soon spark a productivity boom, leading to improved economic growth, higher wages and a higher standard of living. Just what America needs after a decade dragging along at 2 percent growth. </p> <p>Scaremongers who warn that robots steal jobs are failing to envision the jobs of the future. A hotel worker who makes room service deliveries today may instead be monitoring or repairing a fleet of delivery robots in a few years. Not to mention the new jobs in every sector that will come with a surging economy, predict PricewaterhouseCoopers consultants. Robots are our friends.<p>Updated: Wed Apr 12, 2017</p> a261137849f86f8cb086d6fe004c5f3c What the Politicians Won't Say About Drugs for 04/05/2017 Wed, 05 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The Trump administration is launching a campaign against the heroin and pain pill epidemic, which causes a staggering 52,000 overdose deaths a year. And two weeks ago, New York's Mayor Bill De Blasio announced stepped up efforts to halt the scourge. Will they succeed? Only if they break with the conventional wisdom that labels addiction a "disease." That's how New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who was selected to head the national campaign, describes addiction. </p> <p>It's not that simple. To save lives and get better results for the $50 billion-plus tax dollars already spent yearly on this problem, the politically correct myths about addiction need a clearheaded reassessment.<p>Updated: Wed Apr 05, 2017</p> 11a3fe128462730d27d42d3b52235e3e Trump's Tax Win for 03/29/2017 Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>If you're hunting for a job, hoping for a raise or depending on a retirement account, your future hinges on President Trump's next big undertaking, cutting taxes. </p> <p>And the picture looked rosy until last week. After the election, stocks soared on expectations that tax cuts would ignite an economic boom. The nonpartisan Tax Foundation was estimating that the Republican tax plan would lift wages nearly 8 percent and produce 1.7 million new jobs over the decade. Harvard economist Robert Barro was predicting that Trumps overall economic agenda could boost the nation's growth rate from 2 percent to as much as 4 percent. </p> <p>But when House Republicans failed to pass Obamacare repeal last Friday, it set off alarms that the Trump administration might lack the moxie to deliver its agenda.<p>Updated: Wed Mar 29, 2017</p> 9e9bebb2682febcf78efdc12e63cfc9c US $$$ for UN Rapes for 03/22/2017 Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Globalists and Democrats shrieked last week when President Donald Trump proposed cutting American funding for the United Nations by 50 percent. The president dismisses the U.N. as a "waste of time and money." That's the least of it. U.S. taxpayers bankroll the U.N. with $10 billion a year. Our hard-earned money perpetuates an organization that validates some of the most savage human-rights abusers on the globe, regularly votes against the United States, and targets America's ally Israel for extinction. </p> <p>Past American presidents have poured billions of our money into U.N. "peacekeeping" operations that prop up corrupt dictatorships and subject local populations to rape with stomach-turning frequency. Women and children often have more to fear from the U.N.'s blue-bereted soldiers than the ravages of war.<p>Updated: Wed Mar 22, 2017</p> 1f9bcd1134363fbc879ca4ef9fdbed6a What the Repeal Bill Actually Says for 03/15/2017 Wed, 15 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Ignore the grandstanding on Capitol Hill and the noisy town hall protests around the nation. The Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare will boost your chances of getting a job and cut your tax bill. Not to mention insurance costs. The repeal bill &#8212; The American Health Care Act &#8212; also will stave off a tidal wave of future Medicaid spending that threatens to drown the states and Uncle Sam in red ink. </p> <p>No More Penalties<p>Updated: Wed Mar 15, 2017</p> d874b1b52ff2c003e04995ed60fc619f The Biggest News in Washington: Deregulation for 03/08/2017 Wed, 08 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>If you want to start a business, the World Bank says you'd do better to move to Canada than setting up shop here in the U.S., where mind-numbing government regulations smother entrepreneurs. </p> <p>That was true, anyway, before Donald Trump became president. In his address to Congress last week, Trump announced that "a historic effort to massively reduce job-crushing regulations" is under way. In a mere six weeks, Trump and his Republican allies in Congress have rolled back 90 regulations, and they're just getting started. <p>Updated: Wed Mar 08, 2017</p> 4f10cb4414ffcdb93f964627ee5ad6ac Medical Devices Can Turn Deadly for 02/22/2017 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>What's the biggest killer in hospitals? Secrecy. That's the bottom line from the Government Accountability Office and the Food and Drug Administration. </p> <p>Both report that hospitals are failing to disclose when medical devices injure or kill patients by spreading cancer cells throughout their body or infecting them with superbugs. Federal regulation requires hospitals and doctors to notify the FDA of these "adverse events" immediately, but the regulation is ignored. "There is limited to no reporting" at some hospitals, says an FDA official. When hospitals stay mum, future patients become the victims. <p>Updated: Wed Feb 22, 2017</p> 9029ad269730b85b46be3aa8f021610d Obamacare Repeal Is a Jobs Program for 02/15/2017 Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>On Saturday, Democratic Senators Chuck Schumer and Bernie Sanders called for nationwide protests to stop Republicans from repealing the Affordable Care Act. </p> <p>The trigger event was Friday's confirmation of Dr. Tom Price as President Trump's Secretary of Health and Human Services. Price is charged with making good on Trump's promise to repeal and replace Obamacare. <p>Updated: Wed Feb 15, 2017</p> 035e4068edefdba290a767835d884e24 End the Fake Filibuster for 02/08/2017 Wed, 08 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Tuesday, Senate Democrats lost the battle to stop President Trump's pick for secretary of education. But on bigger battles ahead, the Democrats have a powerful weapon &#8212; and they intend to use it. </p> <p>Republicans control both houses of Congress and the White House. Yet Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer boasts that he can block Trump's legislative agenda, including repealing the Affordable Care Act. <p>Updated: Wed Feb 08, 2017</p> d401d9564e69f4bd38e86c87a7c518ce Trump Invites Local Input on Refugee Resettlement for 02/01/2017 Wed, 01 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Public schools beleaguered by waves of refugees will get a breather thanks to President Trump's executive order suspending refugees from entering the U.S. for 120 days. And under Trump's new policy, when the U.S. reopens its doors to refugees, local communities will be consulted. That beats the Obama administration's dictatorial approach, which has overwhelmed many school districts. </p> <p>Until now, refugee children have been placed in districts with little or no advance notice. Arriving from countries like the Congo, Myanmar, Somalia and Syria, they speak no English and bear signs of trauma from their ordeals. They need interpreters, counselors and a lot of attention. But often they're placed in the poorest school districts.<p>Updated: Wed Feb 01, 2017</p> bfe3349e42449685c99737ffd2ab705a Trump Pushes for Rapid Action on Obamacare for 01/25/2017 Wed, 25 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Congressional Republicans are huddling at a closed-door retreat this week to craft a replacement for the Affordable Care Act, but it's President Trump who's calling the shots. On Friday, hours after taking office, he issued his first executive order. No surprise, it targeted Obamacare, instructing federal agencies to do everything possible while the Affordable Care Act is still on the books to lighten the law's "economic burden."</p> <p>Expect relief soon if you're one of the 10 million getting clobbered by penalties &#8212; averaging $995 per adult and $500 per child &#8212; for refusing to buy a pricey Obamacare plan.<p>Updated: Wed Jan 25, 2017</p>