Betsy McCaughey from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Mon, 05 Dec 2016 04:11:38 -0800 Betsy McCaughey from Creators Syndicate 644f200b95271dbb6231261d2720b888 Battle Lines Forming in War Over Trump Court for 11/30/2016 Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Opening shots are being fired over Donald Trump's anticipated Supreme Court nomination. A conservative advocacy group is running television ads urging Trump to appoint a justice in the mold of the late Antonin Scalia. New Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer fires back that Democrats will try to block any nominee who isn't "mainstream." </p> <p>Trouble is, anybody who disputes the Democrats' left-wing definition of the Constitution as a malleable "living" document is outside their mainstream. <p>Updated: Wed Nov 30, 2016</p> ccce7a03fcab1bd6d09f5289184a4997 Trump's Path to Repeal for 11/23/2016 Wed, 23 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>On the stump, Donald Trump promised to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Now obstacles are emerging on the left and right. Democrats are sowing panic, falsely predicting that 20 million will lose coverage. Newly elected Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer claims Trump will "rue the day" Obamacare is repealed. </p> <p>Meanwhile, on Trump's right flank, House Republicans are pushing Medicare "reform" and taxes on workers' health benefits &#8212; unpopular ideas that will undermine Trump's political support and derail his agenda. <p>Updated: Wed Nov 23, 2016</p> f7a7e99b0b2abb8cfb068d131cf20371 Trump vs. the Federal Bureaucracy for 11/16/2016 Wed, 16 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Donald Trump's triumph over Hillary Clinton presages an even bigger battle against the heart of the Democratic establishment: the federal workforce. This army of bureaucrats &#8212; almost 3 million strong &#8212; gave Clinton a large majority of their votes and over 90 percent of their campaign contributions. Count on federal workers and their union bosses to use every trick in the book to block Trump's reform agenda. </p> <p>Trump's ability to fix the Department of Veterans Affairs, clean up IRS abuses, rollback job-killing regulations and get taxpayers' their money's worth all hinge on uprooting the entrenched civil service. Newt Gingrich, a top Trump advisor, warns that "if you don't fix this problem, nothing in government is going to work." <p>Updated: Wed Nov 16, 2016</p> ebff7f1fe44eadcc0c1fe05688b91417 Votes Count, Rules Count More for 11/07/2016 Mon, 07 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p>The outcome of the wildest presidential election in our lifetimes will likely boil down to the rules in our rule book: the U.S. Constitution. There may be more surprises ahead, but the framers prepared us for almost any contingency. Look for electors going rogue, an Electoral College deadlock, or contested voting results like Florida in 2000. There's even a bizarre possibility of a Trump-Kaine administration. Here's what to watch for: </p> <p>Can the winner of the popular vote lose? You bet. That's happened four times before, most recently when Al Gore won the popular vote by 540,000 in 2000. The Electoral College &#8212; a body set up by the framers &#8212; actually chooses the president. Each state gets a number of electors equal to its representation in the House and Senate combined. So New York with 27 congressional seats has 29 electors, but tiny New Hampshire has only four. Electors are expected to vote for their state's popular vote winner. </p> <p>Even if Hillary Clinton racks up huge margins in Illinois, New York and other states with lots of urban voters, Donald Trump could still eke out an electoral college win because of his following in many less populous states. That's by design. The framers wanted to ensure that the president-elect has support from all parts of the nation.<p>Updated: Mon Nov 07, 2016</p> 2cacd676aeda500de7dc019e29e95542 Last Chance to Get Rid of Obamacare for 11/02/2016 Wed, 02 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This election is a referendum on the Affordable Care Act. Almost everyone in America is affected, and it's harming millions more people than it's helping. Donald Trump is promising to "repeal and replace the disaster known as Obamacare." Hillary Clinton defends it and wants to "build on it."</p> <p>"Disaster" sums up the skyrocketing premiums and lack of choice facing many of the 11 million people enrolled in the exchange plans. The plans are unaffordable, unless you're a low earner getting a free ride.<p>Updated: Wed Nov 02, 2016</p> 3ccb42aa728d600fafeccf3e1c7e73e2 Trump's Accusers: No Facts Required for 10/26/2016 Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The roll out of women accusers against Donald Trump continues. On Oct. 20, accuser No. 10, Karena Virginia, charged that Trump took hold of her right arm in a crowd after the 1998 U.S. Open. When he did, his hand also made contact with the side of her breast. </p> <p>Attorney Gloria Allred, a two-time Hillary Clinton convention delegate and Democratic Party grenade thrower, flanked Virginia as she told her story to reporters. <p>Updated: Wed Oct 26, 2016</p> baad2b9887290cefbd4c87ed789150d5 Immigration Center Stage in Election for 10/19/2016 Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Immigration will take center stage tonight at the final Donald Trump &#8212; Hillary Clinton debate. Clinton dreams of "open borders." Count on her to yank on your heartstrings. But workers who are losing their jobs to newcomers from other countries should be skeptical. </p> <p>Trump's challenge will be to convince voters that looking out for American workers first is not racist or xenophobic. It's simple economics. Clinton's "dream" of open borders is a nightmare for wage earners. </p> <p>In the last 12 months, jobs held by immigrants have increased five times as fast as jobs held by U.S.-born workers. The American labor force is being displaced at a rapid pace. To add insult to injury, some pink-slipped workers are being forced to train low-wage replacements after they've been fired. Last year, Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, fired 250 tech workers, and then demanded they spend their final weeks on the job teaching their replacements from India.<p>Updated: Wed Oct 19, 2016</p> 23a93a29fc8405f280e324f433e990bd Clinton's Speech Police for 10/12/2016 Wed, 12 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Voters' top concerns are the stagnant economy and the threat of terrorism, but you wouldn't know it from Hillary Clinton's TV ads or campaign speeches. She's trying to twist the presidential race into a referendum on political correctness. Too embarrassed to run on her party's economic record or her failed stint as secretary of state, she's positioning herself as top cop of the speech police.</p> <p>Clinton's running an ad of preteen girls looking self-consciously in the mirror, agonizing over their bodies. Sometimes such young girls' worries turn into deadly eating disorders, ultimately killing 10 percent of those affected. Clinton cynically exploits the pain and fear felt by thousands of families. Her ad uses a voiceover of Donald Trump saying things like "she ate like a pig" and "does she have a fat (bleep)?"</p> <p>Parents struggling with their child's eating disorder run to one doctor after another frantically seeking answers. The causes are complex and still not entirely known, but no one believes the cause is Donald Trump. Some experts attribute part of the cause to Hollywood's glorification of skinny women. Instead of trying to muzzle Trump and other men, why isn't Clinton calling out her big supporters in the entertainment industry?<p>Updated: Wed Oct 12, 2016</p> b88e485a977cff7bd1df682d3d9b851a Obama Gives Away American Control of the Internet for 10/05/2016 Wed, 05 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In another blow to American global leadership, the Obama administration is abdicating control of the internet. Countries that loathe freedom will gain more influence over what you'll be able to find on the web. </p> <p>The U.S. started the internet and served as its guardian for many years, guaranteeing that virtually any person or group, no matter how controversial, could add a website to the worldwide network. But on <span class="column--highlighted-text">Oct. 1, the Obama administration surrendered U.S. oversight to a multinational organization</span>, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. <p>Updated: Wed Oct 05, 2016</p> 04ab91f143b9ad33541ef2f6f60beb98 Clinton's Failure at Foggy Bottom for 09/28/2016 Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Hillary Clinton boasts that her experience traveling to 112 countries as secretary of state qualifies her to be president. Don't believe it.</p> <p>At the end of her taxpayer-funded audition on the world stage, she came home empty-handed, with no meaningful gains for the United States. Voters are too smart to be wowed when she rattles off names of Islamic terrorist splinter factions and Third World capitals.<p>Updated: Wed Sep 28, 2016</p> 79a4568cb28755891ecf0c7363a58f05 What's in Your Wallet? for 09/21/2016 Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The choice for voters is clear: a tax cut from Donald Trump or a pay cut courtesy of Hillary Clinton. Trump is promising to slash income taxes to zero for millions of people currently paying them, and to reduce the tax bite on everyone.</p> <p>Clinton isn't cutting income tax rates for anyone. Instead, she's campaigning to hike business taxes, despite warnings it will cause wages to plummet and the economy to tank.<p>Updated: Wed Sep 21, 2016</p> 222c55c096bb9c7156f8c98939cea337 Bad Teacher Protection Racket for 09/14/2016 Wed, 14 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Bad teachers. We've all had one. A Connecticut judge is ordering the state to stop spending money on teachers who can't or won't teach. State Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher ruled last week that Connecticut must overhaul how it evaluates and pays public school teachers, including expediting firing the worst performers. </p> <p>Connecticut claims 98 percent of its public school teachers are competent. The judge smelled a rat. How can that be, he asked, when only <i> 10 percent </i> of Bridgeport's high school graduates are ready for college or a job?</p> <p>Connecticut's teacher-protection racket is similar to what's going on in most other states. In New York, desperate parents are also suing. The courts are their last resort, because state pols &#8212; intimidated by the powerful teachers unions &#8212; refuse to reform the system. Never mind the little children who never learn to read.<p>Updated: Wed Sep 14, 2016</p> 4e095d288876139ce0c5a7b8541d9be2 Stop Penalizing Obamacare Victims for 09/07/2016 Wed, 07 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On Inauguration Day, the next president of the United States should suspend the penalty for being uninsured under the Affordable Care Act. President Obama promised his law would provide an array of affordable health plans. In 2017, consumers will get neither choice nor affordability. In nearly one-third of the nation, only one insurer will offer coverage &#8212; that's no choice at all. And premiums are skyrocketing everywhere. Obamacare is broken. Slapping Obamacare refuseniks with hefty penalties (averaging almost a thousand dollars) for not signing up is as unjust as enforcing a parking ticket when the meter was broken.</p> <p>Consumers will be clobbered starting Nov. 1, the beginning of open enrollment. They'll want to know what Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton intend to do about it, especially in in swing states like Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and New Hampshire, where premiums are rising as much as 30 to 40 percent. In many parts of Florida, another must-win state, consumers will be forced to sign up for the only insurer in town or get hit with the penalty. <p>Updated: Wed Sep 07, 2016</p> c778b32c598d51813c068047ba103e14 Hillary Clinton's Illicit Plan for 08/31/2016 Wed, 31 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Unless you're a high-ranking government official, it's hard to get a meeting with any secretary of state. But during Hillary Clinton's tenure, there was another way: Pay up. A staggering 85 of the 154 private-sector people who met or had phone conversations scheduled with Clinton donated money to the Clinton Foundation. That looks highly improper, as if she used her position to raise money for her family foundation.</p> <p>Of course, appearances alone don't prove anything. The proof of her illicit intent is what she told the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations during her Jan. 2009 confirmation hearing. <span class="column--highlighted-text">She rejected any attempts by the senators to prevent her from turning the State Department into a cash machine for the foundation.</span><p>Updated: Wed Aug 31, 2016</p> 249f3fe3649da33817b3f9dcb705f28b Zika's Threat to a City Near You for 08/24/2016 Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Health officials are bowing to political correctness instead of taking obvious steps to protect residents in most of the United States from the Zika virus. For example, New York has more Zika cases &#8212; some 579 &#8212; than any other state. Officials warn pregnant women and their sexual partners not to travel to Zika-infested regions, because the virus causes horrific birth defects. But babies are not the only ones in danger. New research suggests adults may also suffer permanent brain damage after being bitten by a mosquito carrying Zika. </p> <p>That's reason enough to avoid travel to and from the Dominican Republic, the source of more than half the cases, or Puerto Rico, also Zika-infested.<p>Updated: Wed Aug 24, 2016</p> 539ef7f650041a2d28cadf9ad0292bf2 How to Escape Obamacare for 08/17/2016 Wed, 17 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>"You get what you pay for," the adage goes. Not with the Affordable Care Act. When open enrollment starts Nov. 1, the public will see they're going to be paying lots more for health insurance in 2017 and getting less. Across the country, state insurance departments are announcing double digit premium hikes, often as high as 20 percent and occasionally even 40 percent.</p> <p>People who earn too much to qualify for a subsidy will be forced to pay as much as a fifth of their income for health insurance. And they'll get less choice of doctors and hospitals and less prescription drug coverage. </p> <p>Annual enrollment begins eight days before voters go to the polls. Donald Trump is vowing to repeal Obamacare. Hillary Clinton is doubling down on keeping and expanding it. Democrats are worried Obamacare sticker shock will have an 11th hour impact on the election.<p>Updated: Wed Aug 17, 2016</p> 8cc1dc719599e378ed0ec09a187602dd Voters Get to Choose Envy or Growth for 08/10/2016 Wed, 10 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>On Monday, Donald Trump stopped the wisecracks and laid out a serious plan to jumpstart the nation's limping economy. He proposed tax cuts, regulatory relief, unfettered development of coal, oil and natural gas and fairer trade pacts. One item in his plan will do more than all the others to get the nation working again: cutting corporate taxes. Trump pledged, "Under my plan, no American company will pay more than 15 percent of their business income in taxes."</p> <p>Immediately, Hillary Clinton pounced on Trump's "tax breaks (for) large corporations." Her classic warfare rhetoric reminds us that in this election voters have to decide between Clinton's politics of envy or Trump's agenda of economic growth for all.</p> <p>First, the facts: The U.S. corporate tax rate is 35 percent &#8212; the highest in the developed world. Even with deductions, companies here pay on average 27 percent, which is more than in most other countries. Since 2000, nearly every industrialized country has cut corporate taxes to compete for business &#8212; except the U.S.<p>Updated: Wed Aug 10, 2016</p> 1833ad101eaef08bc5cd23ad5dc98a0c The Tax-Shaming Trap for 08/03/2016 Wed, 03 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Hillary Clinton and the media are goading Donald Trump again into releasing his tax returns, suggesting he's unwilling to pay his "fair share." Sadly, even a few of Trump's fellow Republicans are piling on. Their crazy premise: Paying the IRS more than you legally owe makes you a better person. That's nonsense. </p> <p>Donald Trump is wisely resisting calls to publicly air his tax laundry. He knows releasing his returns would suck him into a media feeding frenzy dragging on right up until Election Day, as opponents and reporters make a federal case out of every line of his returns and clobber him for paying anything less than the maximum rate.</p> <p>Call the assault "tax shaming" &#8212; demonizing high earners who take advantage of perfectly legal opportunities to lower their taxes. It's part of the Democratic Party's class warfare tool kit. <p>Updated: Wed Aug 03, 2016</p> c94d723cb611784ef81497fa04fda1ca Dems Busting Airbnb for 07/27/2016 Wed, 27 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The battle over Airbnb is taking center stage at the Democratic National Convention. The fight is emblematic of the dispute between Republicans and Democrats over who should steer the economy: government regulators on the one hand, or consumers and business innovators on the other.</p> <p>Democrats are attacking Airbnb and similar internet sites that enable people to earn cash renting their homes out. Senator Elizabeth Warren and several like-minded lawmakers are calling on the Federal Trade Commission to crack down. They're determined to regulate everything. They claim to be for the little guy, but they're protecting a rigged economy that favors hotel unions and the real estate industry. To heck with the budget traveler who needs a temporary place to stay or the home sharer who needs to make extra cash. <p>Updated: Wed Jul 27, 2016</p> e204bc32107eee8cab74d68515a5e41f Clinton Destroys Medicare for 07/20/2016 Wed, 20 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Hillary Clinton is taking a sledgehammer to Medicare. In a move calculated to fire up the extreme left wing of the Democratic Party, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton pledges to open Medicare to people 55 to 64, and make a "public option" insurance plan for all ages. The 65-and-overs are already having a hard time finding a doctor willing to accept Medicare's stingy payments. Clinton's proposals will suddenly invite in millions more patients competing for the same doctors. Seniors, brace yourselves for long waits to see a doctor.</p> <p>Medicare is stretched so thin to meet the needs of today's seniors that expanding enrollment is like inviting the neighborhood for dinner when you don't have enough to feed your own kids. </p> <p>Over a fifth of doctors currently are turning away new Medicare patients, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation survey. Clinton's scheme would add a massive segment of the population to Medicare's ranks. It's likely &#8212; a sudden 20 percent increase in patients knocking on doctors' doors for appointments. <p>Updated: Wed Jul 20, 2016</p>