Betsy McCaughey from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Thu, 19 Jan 2017 04:12:28 -0800 Betsy McCaughey from Creators Syndicate ccdaf6c48ace4e0369c8b7d85f719534 Dems Need History Lesson on U.S. Elections for 01/18/2017 Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Rep. John Lewis' claim that President-elect Donald Trump isn't a legitimate president wouldn't matter by itself. Lewis dismissed President George W. Bush as illegitimate, too. But the attacks by leading Democrats are mounting, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein, President Obama's Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, Hillary Clinton's former press secretary Brian Fallon and dozens of lawmakers who are boycotting the inauguration. All are insinuating that Trump lacks legitimacy because the Russian government allegedly tried to sway the election.</p> <p>"If we can't carry out an election without disinformation being pumped into it by another country, we've got a huge destruction of our system going on," exclaimed Feinstein.<p>Updated: Wed Jan 18, 2017</p> e7686537606de53df30b6a00e072c76b The True Cost of Plastic for 01/11/2017 Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The owner of a small town beauty salon outside Binghamton, New York, argued at the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday for the right to tell her customers the truth about paying by credit card: There's a swipe charge.</p> <p>On the other side, New York's attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, is battling to defend a state law that protects credit card companies. New York bars merchants from charging card users extra or even informing customers "it costs more" to pay with plastic. Cash discounts are legal, but credit card surcharges are not, even though the math is the same. <p>Updated: Wed Jan 11, 2017</p> 249283f56b8aa4f96dbc7178b30fdfe7 Deadly 'End-of-Life' Myths for 01/04/2017 Wed, 04 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>As the new Congress convenes, budget cutters are eyeing Medicare, citing predictions that the program for seniors is running out of money. But federal bean counters have erroneously predicted Medicare's bankruptcy for decades, largely because they ignore the impact of medical breakthroughs. </p> <p>Worse, medical ethicists like Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, 59, insist the elderly are unfairly hoarding resources better spent on the young.<p>Updated: Wed Jan 04, 2017</p> d37732b3c4ffa43982248d6893fa3c40 The Myth of Pre-Existing Conditions for 12/28/2016 Wed, 28 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Democrats are warning that once Obamacare is repealed, people with serious illnesses won't get health insurance. President Obama says repeal will mean going "back to discriminating against Americans with pre-existing conditions." That's fake news.</p> <p>The truth is, every Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act protects people with pre-existing conditions. <p>Updated: Wed Dec 28, 2016</p> 6fb38b22a1c22d4e753dc40f010e3206 Life and Death Choice for 12/22/2016 Thu, 22 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Going to a hospital is taking your life in your hands. New research shows patients treated at the worst hospitals are three times as likely to die as patients with the same health problem treated at the best hospitals. Yet most people pick a hospital based on convenience, a friend's recommendation or where their doctor practices.</p> <p>In fact, your doctor won't even be treating you. An in-house physician called a "hospitalist" who has never met you will take over. That's why you need to find out which hospital has a track record of success in treating your problem. </p> <p>According to the new research, getting the facts on hospital quality is especially important if you have heart problems. Go to the wrong hospital with a heart attack &#8212; what doctors call an acute myocardial infarction &#8212; and your risk of survival is cut by more than half. <p>Updated: Thu Dec 22, 2016</p> 39c9abd70be347bbb45b6e73842d1dd4 Trump's Urgent Job: Clean Up the VA for 12/14/2016 Wed, 14 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Last week, Veterans Affairs got caught covering up the quality ratings of its 146 medical centers. VA Secretary Robert McDonald insists. "No VA medical facility is bad or failing." Really? Not even a hospital that earns only one star out of five? </p> <p>McDonald denies he's hiding anything. But he and other VA brass have plenty to hide.<p>Updated: Wed Dec 14, 2016</p> 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>