Betsy McCaughey from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:57:52 -0700 Betsy McCaughey from Creators Syndicate da857470a1560fe11c26a54a81dbb810 Trump's Trade Doctrine for 08/23/2017 Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Most shoppers prefer to buy American. But given a choice between an American-made product and a cheaper import from China, Mexico or another low-wage country, they'll go for the bargain. That's one reason millions of American factory workers have lost their jobs. </p> <p>In last year's presidential election, Donald Trump put the collapse of American manufacturing center stage. He pledged to take on China &#8212; our biggest trade rival &#8212; and to rip up the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada. He told rallies in Indiana and Pennsylvania that "we cannot continue to allow China to rape our country" and "there are no jobs because China has our jobs." He warned upstate New Yorkers they were being "horribly, horribly hurt by NAFTA." <p>Updated: Wed Aug 23, 2017</p> 2c6d3d562e30e62cfd2fab5ad219791b Workers Benefit from Business Tax Cuts for 08/16/2017 Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Left-wing political groups are staging street protests and running television ads to defeat President Trump's proposed corporate tax cut. If they succeed, the big losers will be anyone hoping for a raise or looking for a better job. </p> <p>Top Democrats like Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are haranguing about tax cuts for wealthy corporations. and the Working Families Party are paying for ads opposing even "one penny" of tax breaks to corporations. <p>Updated: Wed Aug 16, 2017</p> 6f46bed8467e24d3d011c37229ec62b4 Single-Payer Will Cut Boomers' Lives Short for 08/09/2017 Wed, 09 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If you're a baby boomer, you're expecting Medicare to pay for that knee replacement or cataract operation you'll need in 10 or 20 years. Don't count on it. Health care reform is taking a dangerous turn. Democrats, energized by the failure to repeal Obamacare, are again pushing a government takeover of health care they call "Medicare for all." Democrats took the first step last week, announcing a Senate bill to expand Medicare for people age 55 and up. Boomers beware. These schemes will push people 65 and older to the back of the line for health care.</p> <p>It's already happening in the U.K., where government-run health care is targeting boomers for deadly rationing. Faced with a budget crisis, Britain's National Health Service is limiting the procedures seniors need most: hip and knee replacements, cataract operations, angioplasty and colonoscopies. It's a preview of what American boomers can expect under a Medicare-for-all system. <p>Updated: Wed Aug 09, 2017</p> 8e9bc692b602858fd593dfe0df10d354 Feds Turn Doctors Into Clerks for 07/26/2017 Wed, 26 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>"The doctor will see you now." It's a common phrase, but it's no longer true. Even in the examining room, you're unlikely to make more than fleeting eye contact with your doctor. That's because federal laws and regulations have turned doctors into robotic clerks. Your doctor has to stay glued to the computer screen, clicking boxes, following prompts and posing questions the federal government wants asked, never mind your reasons for being there. The biggest loser is you, the patient. </p> <p>But help is on the way. The Trump administration has started rolling back these regulations. Fortunately, this regulatory relief does not depend on repealing Obamacare. </p> <p>You can credit former President Barack Obama for the demise of the eye-to-eye conversation with your doctor. Way back in 2009, he signed into law the HiTech Act, compelling doctors and hospitals that accept Medicare or Medicaid payments to use electronic medical record systems in a "meaningful" way or pay a hefty penalty. <p>Updated: Wed Jul 26, 2017</p> c1740ec797a97af72889edeabbc5bfb0 A Winning Strategy to Repeal Obamacare for 07/19/2017 Wed, 19 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>When President Ronald Reagan was asked why he settled for a 5 percent tax cut in 1981, half what he had proposed, he answered that "half a loaf is better than none." That's good advice right now.</p> <p>This week's news that the Senate failed to repeal Obamacare is a bitter disappointment to the 18 million people in the individual market struggling with unaffordable premiums and deductibles. It's also bad news for another 8 million who are opting to pay hefty penalties rather than buy those unaffordable plans. And things are only getting worse. Health insurers are asking for giant rate increases this fall, as high as 50 percent in Connecticut, Maryland and Virginia. Ouch.<p>Updated: Wed Jul 19, 2017</p> 5f2a86d6a456bbd9f0aafca94f660ed9 Trump's War on Red Tape for 07/12/2017 Wed, 12 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On Friday the Veterans Affairs posted a list of hundreds of VA employees fired or punished for misconduct since the Trump administration took over on Jan. 20. A good start, but not enough. </p> <p>The VA, where vets died waiting for care, is a glaring example of what's wrong with the entire civil service. It's become a federal employee protection racket. <p>Updated: Wed Jul 12, 2017</p> 57d594b21e95a4b661d52bcdeec7547e Demagogues Bashing Obamacare Repeal for 07/05/2017 Wed, 05 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Die-hard Obamacare defenders are out in force over July 4 to protest Republican repeal efforts. The protesters are falsely claiming the repeal will gut Medicaid, causing frail, indigent seniors to be evicted from nursing homes. It's sheer demagoguery. But even these phony claims could have redeeming value if they get the public to take a closer look at nursing homes and see the filth, rampant infections and neglect &#8212; conditions routinely tolerated by our indifferent public officials. </p> <p>Indifference is the real culprit, not inadequate Medicaid money. For example, New York state pays among the highest Medicaid rates in the nation &#8212; yet also tolerates some of the worst conditions. A shocking 40 percent of nursing homes in New York provide inferior care, according to federal ratings. That's worse than 39 other states.<p>Updated: Wed Jul 05, 2017</p> 5bfbb77ccf6736a91d6251e3b8d90776 Medicaid at the 'Tipping Point' for 06/28/2017 Wed, 28 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Former President Barack Obama is joining the demagogic slugfest against the GOP's latest bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. He claims the bill would "ruin Medicaid."</p> <p>Not so fast, Obama. Your health care law ruined Medicaid. Now, about half of all women who give birth in the United States are on Medicaid, a staggering figure.<p>Updated: Wed Jun 28, 2017</p> 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>