Betsy McCaughey from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Fri, 23 Mar 2018 03:35:09 -0700 Betsy McCaughey from Creators Syndicate b1608c69d2ef76ae3c7fddeb8fed7ae6 Obamacare Money Grab for 03/21/2018 Wed, 21 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Guess who's on the hook in one of the largest lawsuits ever? You. More than 100 health insurance companies are suing you and the rest of America's taxpayers. Insurers want you to bail them out for money they lost trying to sell Obamacare plans. The losses could amount to a whopping $15 billion. A ruling from the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is expected any day.</p> <p>It's a brazen money grab. In 2010, powerful insurance industry officials worked hand in glove with Democrats to enact the Affordable Care Act, a scheme compelling everyone to buy their product. It doesn't get any sweeter, a law making your product mandatory. <p>Updated: Wed Mar 21, 2018</p> 51cd4136fae8f532f542d3425e509206 Don't Buy Free Trade Myths for 03/14/2018 Wed, 14 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>President Donald Trump's new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports are facing an avalanche of false criticism. </p> <p>Naysayers argue tariffs will raise prices, spark a trade war and do nothing to bolster America's military preparedness &#8212; the official rationale for the move. <p>Updated: Wed Mar 14, 2018</p> 525cb24a8ea4b9362ce6acc8dfafec6f Antibiotics Unearthed to Kill Superbugs for 03/07/2018 Wed, 07 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Top public health authorities descended on Capitol Hill Thursday to sound the alarm about a grim future without antibiotics. These lifesaving drugs are losing their mojo as germs adapt to them. It's a process scientists call antibiotic resistance. </p> <p>In the United States, two million people a year fall victim to drug-resistant infections, 23,000 die, and the toll "is growing," says Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Most are hospital patients.<p>Updated: Wed Mar 07, 2018</p> 793e3394da2c00053e759b1948d76d11 Labor Thuggery at the Supreme Court for 02/28/2018 Wed, 28 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Organized labor took off the gloves Monday, warning the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court that freeing public employees from mandatory union dues would lead to strikes and union violence. It was ugly. </p> <p>The Court heard oral arguments challenging laws in 22 states and the District of Columbia that force public employees to pay unions to represent them, even if they disagree with the union's demands and politics. Mark Janus, a child support specialist and public employee in Illinois, claims his First Amendment free speech rights are being violated when he is forced to pay money to a union &#8212; the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. The union "uses my monthly fees to promote an agenda I don't support," Janus objects. <p>Updated: Wed Feb 28, 2018</p> ab9b8edeca023d4e690bc03877ea72ec Latest Trump Accusers Not #MeToo Women for 02/21/2018 Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p></p><p>The media are jumping on stories of President Donald Trump's past dalliances with Playboy Bunny Karen McDougal and stripper Stormy Daniels. They're linking these women to the #MeToo movement. Don't buy it. Real #MeToo women, battling workplace harassment and domestic abuse, want to be judged by their achievements, not their bra size. They're the opposite of strippers and Playboy Bunnies who sell their sexuality. <p>Updated: Wed Feb 21, 2018</p> bc918133af1a377b5bbb5dbd85aae421 Foreign Freeloading to Blame for High Drug Prices for 02/14/2018 Wed, 14 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Americans are suffering pharmaceutical sticker shock. But the remedy Democrats are backing &#8212; price controls on prescription drugs &#8212; would inflict more harm by halting new discoveries and dooming patients waiting for cures. </p> <p>Since 1950, our increasing longevity &#8212; an amazing 10 extra years of life for the average American &#8212; has been mainly the result of pharmaceutical breakthroughs. If someone in your family has an incurable illness &#8212; cystic fibrosis, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's &#8212; the idea of slowing the pace of new cures is unthinkable. <p>Updated: Wed Feb 14, 2018</p> b2ded30c1039627d0de5ef6ee62228ff CDC Should Put America First for 02/07/2018 Wed, 07 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Under President Obama, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent money and staff to distant parts of the globe while neglecting life-threatening health crises under our noses. Dr. Thomas Frieden, who headed the CDC then, is joining a chorus of globalists bashing President Trump's decision to end funding for the CDC's overseas projects in dozens of countries. Frieden charges the cuts will "endanger lives in our country." Sounds scary, but the facts prove otherwise. Trump will spend the money here instead, where it's urgently needed. As Trump searches for a new CDC director, it's time to put America first &#8212; something the agency has neglected. </p> <p>On its core mission &#8212; protecting American health &#8212; the CDC is an abject failure. It dithered while opioid overdose deaths topped 42,000 and obesity deaths soared to 186,000, according to the National Academy of Sciences. Obesity and opioid overdosing are largely to blame for the sudden drop in American life expectancy. <p>Updated: Wed Feb 07, 2018</p> c8515db3b5203ba05541921891755efc Taxaholic Governors Try to Dodge Federal Tax Law for 01/31/2018 Wed, 31 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The governors of New York, Connecticut and New Jersey joined forces last week to announce they're suing Uncle Sam. They're trying to torpedo the new $10,000 ceiling on how much state and local taxes their residents can deduct when paying federal income taxes. </p> <p>The three governors sounded like buffoons, making far-fetched claims that the $10,000 cap violates the U.S. Constitution. Nonsense. Their lawsuit is a public relations stunt to mislead high earners in their states that relief is on the way. <p>Updated: Wed Jan 31, 2018</p> 6894852446699e3efe56b42cff2cff29 Trump Rescues Pro-Life Docs and Nurses for 01/24/2018 Wed, 24 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Last Thursday, the Trump administration came to the rescue of pro-life nurses and doctors who accuse hospital employers of pressuring them to perform abortions against their religion. A new Conscience and Religious Freedom office within the Department of Health and Human Services will hear complaints from anti-abortion medical personnel who claim they're getting fired or retaliated against for their beliefs. </p> <p>Abortion rights groups are protesting that this Trump administration initiative amounts to a frontal assault on a woman's right to choose. Abortion rights advocates say doctors and nurses who don't want to perform abortions should go into another line of work. That's ridiculous. <p>Updated: Wed Jan 24, 2018</p> 1393885dcd899364198f65646ec01162 Get Off the Couch If You Want Medicaid for 01/17/2018 Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Last week, the Trump administration announced it will allow states to impose a "community engagement" requirement on healthy adults getting Medicaid, the public health insurance program for low-income people. So far, 10 states intend to do it, though not welfare-haven New York. To get Medicaid, adults in these states will have to work or look for a job, study for a high school diploma, learn English as a second language, volunteer, get addiction treatment or take care of a family member. In short, they must do something. Democrats and the liberal media call the requirement "cruel" and "pathological." Baloney. There's no reason taxpayers should pick up the tab for able-bodied people who won't get off the couch. </p> <p>Medicaid was created in 1965 as a safety net health program for pregnant women, children and the disabled. Then Obamacare distorted it into permanent insurance, raising the allowable income level and opening it up to healthy adults who refuse to work. The Medicaid rolls now top 74 million, and are projected to reach 87 million within a decade. <p>Updated: Wed Jan 17, 2018</p> 6cfc2fedfee01459e208297c58884fee Single-Payer a Danger for Cancer Patients for 01/10/2018 Wed, 10 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Today, breast cancer kills 39 percent fewer women than 25 years ago. Prostate cancer kills 52 percent fewer men, the American Cancer Society announced last week. You can thank new technologies that detect cancer early and defeat it for many of the lives saved. Americans diagnosed with most types of cancer have better odds of surviving it in the U.S. than anywhere else on the planet. </p> <p>But watch out. These staggering achievements are at risk. A chorus of Democratic politicians is kicking off 2018 with renewed calls for universal, government-run health care. Leading the pack for single-payer are presidential contenders Senators Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. <p>Updated: Wed Jan 10, 2018</p> 5439c5ebc0f967bfdd0473927fe56dc3 Renters Win in Tax Law; Dems Lie About It for 01/03/2018 Wed, 03 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Renters came out winners under the new tax law. For over a century, the federal tax code catered to homeowners and treated renters like second-class citizens. Homeowners have been able to deduct interest on their mortgages and home equity loans, as well as property taxes. Meanwhile, everyone, including renters, footed the bill for these deductions by paying higher rates. <span class="column--highlighted-text">The new tax law at last begins leveling the playing field between renters and homeowners.</span> </p> <p>Millions of New Yorkers and Californians reap the benefits, because these states have among the lowest rates of homeownership in the nation, and renting is common. So ignore the hyperventilating from Democratic politicians that tax reform is a gift to the rich. <p>Updated: Wed Jan 03, 2018</p> 919e3efa7dff874ae055ac10594a5d1b Beware: Obamacare Penalty Could Come Back for 12/27/2017 Wed, 27 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The federal tax cut signed into law last week eliminates the federal penalty for not having health insurance, starting in 2019. That's good news for those who've been buying Obamacare to avoid the penalty, and even better news for those who've actually been paying the penalty. But don't start celebrating yet. In New York, California, Maryland, Connecticut, New Jersey and other deep blue strongholds, the insurance industry and left-wing activists are agitating to enact state penalties to replace the soon-to-be defunct federal one. </p> <p>Ouch! Six-and-a-half million filers paid the federal penalty last year, including approximately 400,000 right here in New York, and 60,000 in neighboring Connecticut. The penalty payers largely earned less than $50,000 a year. They paid the penalty because they found Obamacare unaffordable. But paying the penalty also hurt. It averaged $470. Getting rid of that penalty will be a sizable tax break for them. <p>Updated: Wed Dec 27, 2017</p> eaa55d9ad859868254a478b5bb14eedd To Deregulate America, Dump DC Bureaucrats for 12/20/2017 Wed, 20 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Flanked by a towering 185,000 pages representing the federal regulatory code now and a short pile of 20,000 pages &#8212; the code's length a half-century ago &#8212; President Trump pledged last week to return us to the days of fewer regulations. Pointing to the colossal pile, which would take some three years to read, the president reiterated what Americans know firsthand, that "every unnecessary page" means "projects never get off the ground."</p> <p>Trump claims he's already eliminated 22 rules for every new one imposed this past year. His critics dispute how many he's actually scrapped, but no one denies he's brought the steady stream of new rules nearly to a halt. This regulatory pause is buoying business optimism and the stock market.<p>Updated: Wed Dec 20, 2017</p> c0f6d102ca5e01b8b38057b70e17e71b Sex Vigilantes Trash Due Process for 12/13/2017 Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>New York's Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is spearheading a McCarthyite purge of sexual harassers from Congress, throwing the nation's capital into turmoil. What counts as sexual harassment? Good question. Men accused of boorish gestures or vulgar remarks face the same disgrace as outright rapists. And never mind if the accusations lack proof and the accusers remain anonymous. </p> <p>Consider the charges dredged up again this week against President Trump. You heard them last year when he was campaigning for president. One accuser, Jessica Leeds, said that more than 30 years ago Trump groped her on a plane. But reporters were not able to confirm the flight, date or even year the incident was supposed to have occurred and couldn't track down one witness to support her story. <p>Updated: Wed Dec 13, 2017</p> 6c8999ed2489f350c10eb5781ce1417f Road Map for Tax Reform for 12/06/2017 Wed, 06 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>House and Senate Republicans are racing to hammer out a tax cut agreement that blends the House bill passed on Nov. 16 with the Senate version that squeaked through at 2 a.m. Saturday morning with one vote to spare. Failure to compromise is not an option. They must deliver a final bill to the president for signing before Christmas. </p> <p>The stakes are high economically and politically. For too long, America's uncompetitive corporate tax rates have suppressed growth and wages, and driven companies to leave the U.S. <p>Updated: Wed Dec 06, 2017</p> f38531229d3454e455be22ff993a6626 Trump's Justice Department Takes on Harvard's Asian Quotas for 11/29/2017 Wed, 29 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The U.S. Justice Department finally is confronting Harvard University and other elite colleges that blatantly discriminate against Asian-American applicants with a quota system. To get into Harvard, students of Asian heritage have to score hundreds of points higher on competitive exams than non-Asian applicants with similar or even inferior academic records. That's why the Trump administration's Justice Department is demanding Harvard's admissions records and launching an investigation. No surprise that Harvard is stonewalling. The university has plenty to hide.</p> <p>Harvard's quota system is destroying the American dream for countless Asian families across the nation. Often new to the country and struggling economically, these parents make sacrifices for their children's education and encourage their children to study diligently. It pays off. For example Asian students make up 60 percent of the students in New York City's highly competitive specialized public high schools, like Stuyvesant and Bronx High School of Science. <p>Updated: Wed Nov 29, 2017</p> 56b5c1e238aa1596f85749ef838575de Don't Make Taxpayers Subsidize Sex Bullies for 11/22/2017 Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Republicans and Democrats in Washington are vying to appear the more outraged by sexual harassment on Capitol Hill. Don't be fooled. Groping, suggestive remarks and quid pro quos are business as usual on the Hill, thanks to a cover-up scheme devised by Congress itself using taxpayer dollars. The real scandal is that we the people pay the settlement costs and legal fees when members of Congress get caught with their pants down.</p> <p>On Monday, the website BuzzFeed reported that in 2015 Michigan Rep. John Conyers, top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee and the longest-serving current House member, used taxpayer funds to settle a complaint from a staff member about unwanted sexual advances. The $27,000 was paid in exchange for a confidentiality agreement. On Tuesday, Conyers denied harassing anyone, but acknowledged the settlement. <p>Updated: Wed Nov 22, 2017</p> 0c3a6d203cb8e936e2ee40ea0700e099 ABA and Dems Smear Court Picks for 11/15/2017 Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Democrats and the liberal media are slamming President Trump for packing federal courts with "unfit" judges. Nonsense. Trump's nominees have impressive credentials. What's the left's real gripe? These judges will decide cases based on what the U.S. Constitution says, instead of rewriting law to suit a progressive agenda. </p> <p>Look for fireworks in the U.S. Senate Wednesday, when the American Bar Association tries to justify rating several of Trump's nominees "not qualified." ABA ratings are a political hit job masquerading as high-minded objectivity. <p>Updated: Wed Nov 15, 2017</p> e6bce9e194d1356cadcbac356741116b Dems' Tax Demagoguery for 11/08/2017 Wed, 08 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and the Democratic Party are trying to torpedo the biggest tax cut since 1986. Schumer accuses GOP tax cutters of "messing up the good economy the president inherited from President Obama and hurting the middle class." The senator must think we're stupid. The Obama economy wasn't "good." It was lousy, sputtering along at a pathetic 2.1 percent, far below the 3.8 percent norm for this nation. Who got clobbered? The middle class, who had to settle for almost no increase in wages and disappointing job prospects.</p> <p>The Tax Cut and Jobs Act, unveiled by House Republicans on Thursday, is designed to ignite the nation's economy, producing higher wages and more job opportunities for workers. America taxes corporations at the highest rate of any industrialized country. That drives companies overseas, sabotaging our workforce. The GOP tax cut lowers the corporate from 35 to 20 percent, to make the U.S. competitive again.<p>Updated: Wed Nov 08, 2017</p>