Betsy McCaughey from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Sat, 20 Oct 2018 20:35:24 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Betsy McCaughey from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/betsy-mccaughey-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey c78a227e1d7a2ba6493f0c3ef9250de9 'Medicare-for-All': A Disaster for 10/17/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/10/18/medicare-for-all-a-disaster Wed, 17 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Senator Bernie Sanders says that because Medicare is "the most popular, successful and cost-effective health insurance in the country" everyone should have it, regardless of age. </p> <p>But watch out for the bait and switch. Truth is, Sanders' "Medicare-for-All" legislation actually abolishes Medicare and Medicare Advantage, as well as employer-provided coverage, union plans and plans people buy for themselves. Every person, whether they want to or not, would be forced into a government-run system with the phony name "Medicare-for-All." The quality of your medical care would plummet. <p>Updated: Wed Oct 17, 2018</p> 73f5086b46d46f3481e15e32d98813ce Dems' Socialist Ideas Will Tank Economy for 10/10/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/10/18/dems-socialist-ideas-will-tank-economy Wed, 10 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The most striking difference between Democrats and Republicans is not their views on #MeToo, affirmative action or the Supreme Court. It's how they view the economy. Republicans deplore socialism. But more than half of Democrats view socialism favorably, according to a recent Gallup poll. </p> <p>The Democratic Party's left flank is turning the midterm elections into a referendum on capitalism. Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and dozens of other federal and state candidates protest that our economic system is unjust and needs an overhaul. <p>Updated: Wed Oct 10, 2018</p> 22efd681fab33690cc96f61ef5821428 Democrats' Sham Impeachment Plan for 10/03/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/10/18/democrats-sham-impeachment-plan Wed, 03 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Two hundred Congressional Democrats determined to take down the Trump presidency are suing in federal court, claiming the president is violating a provision of the U.S. Constitution. This lawsuit lays out the Democratic Party's roadmap to impeachment.</p> <p>Friday, a federal judge gave the lawsuit the go-ahead. Democrats are suing based on the Constitution's obscure "emoluments clause." They're intent on making "emoluments" a household word.<p>Updated: Wed Oct 03, 2018</p> ebf0b5fe25282327abd43a600b380abb Judges Toppling Rigged Campus Sex Trials for 09/26/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/09/18/judges-toppling-rigged-campus-sex-trials Wed, 26 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Students wrongly accused of sexual misconduct by campus disciplinary systems stacked in favor of the accuser are winning vindication in court. Judges are tossing out the life-ruining punishments meted out by these "guilty until proven innocent" campus tribunals. </p> <p>This month, Judge Amul Thapar of the federal Sixth Circuit appeals court declared that students charged with sexual misconduct have a right to due process, including a courtroom-like hearing, where the both the accuser and the accused are cross-examined. Thapar's ruling describes cross-examination as "the greatest legal engine ever invented" for "uncovering the truth." <p>Updated: Wed Sep 26, 2018</p> ab77d271f2ce5d974d4ed90afe20320e Dems Winning Votes with Big Lie About Pre-Existing Conditions for 09/19/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/09/18/dems-winning-votes-with-big-lie-about-pre-existing-conditions Wed, 19 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Across the U.S., Democratic campaign ads are telling voters a big lie. Dems are falsely claiming they're protecting people with pre-existing medical conditions and warning that Republicans will take that protection away. The ads would have you believe Obamacare is the only way to protect people with pre-existing conditions. That's false, and the outcome of the midterm elections could turn on this falsehood. </p> <p>The Democratic super PAC allied with Senator Chuck Schumer is behind many ads, including one targeting Republican Josh Hawley, who is challenging Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill, in a tight race. The ad says if Hawley is elected, millions of Missourians could lose their protections.<p>Updated: Wed Sep 19, 2018</p> 0c6b35af2b1b53007566dfc4ea05a176 The Medicare-for-All Hoax for 09/12/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/09/18/the-medicare-for-all-hoax Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>President Barack Obama made a stunning policy shift on Friday, endorsing "Medicare-for-all" &#8212; a single-payer health system &#8212; for the nation. Most Democrats contending for the 2020 presidential nomination, and many Dems vying for Congressional seats this fall, are backing it, too. </p> <p>But beware. They're pulling a bait-and-switch. The phrase "Medicare-for-all" sounds as American as apple pie. A new Reuters poll shows 70 percent of Americans respond to it favorably. That's because the public isn't getting the truth about what it means. The actual plan these Democrats are pushing doesn't look anything like Medicare. They're slapping the Medicare label on what would be dangerously inadequate health care.<p>Updated: Wed Sep 12, 2018</p> 65f1556db40eab43d8a5e81958cc96f7 Failing CDC Lets Infants Die From Infection for 09/05/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/09/18/failing-cdc-lets-infants-die-from-infection Wed, 05 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Last week, the horrific facts behind baby Melanie Sanders' death finally came to light. Just 16 weeks old, she died after contracting a virus that raged through the neonatal intensive care unit at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, according to a lawsuit filed by her family. Medical staff members who examined newborns' eyes failed to put on clean gloves for each baby. Unclean eye-exam devices were reused on one baby after another instead of being disinfected. A staggering 23 infants, more than half the babies in the unit, got sick with the virus. Sanders struggled to fight it off and died.</p> <p>Like Sanders, tens of thousands of patients of all ages die each year because of careless hospital hygiene. Hospitals would like you to think infections are inevitable. They're not. Unclean hands and contaminated equipment are largely to blame.<p>Updated: Wed Sep 05, 2018</p> c4e31db6865fa72a8f4e5ace2959013a Flipping Benefits Prosecutors, Not the Public for 08/29/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/08/18/flipping-benefits-prosecutors-not-the-public Wed, 29 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Last Thursday, after President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to eight felonies, Trump blasted how federal prosecutors coerce people to plead guilty, whether they've done anything wrong or not, and to play ball with investigators to target others. Trump said "it's called flipping and it almost ought to be illegal." A self-serving remark, but totally on the mark. </p> <p>Legal reformers like Human Rights Watch agree with Trump on this one, though they're hardly ever on his side. <p>Updated: Wed Aug 29, 2018</p> 35b5f0533616c96ae89aa39daa0d2fd5 The Opioid Lawsuit Circus for 08/22/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/08/18/the-opioid-lawsuit-circus Wed, 22 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Money-grabbing politicians looking to cover the whopping costs of the opioid crisis are filing more than a thousand lawsuits against the prescription painkiller industry. That's like suing the fast-food industry to pay all the societal costs of obesity. It's a shakedown. </p> <p>Last week, New York's governor, Andrew Cuomo, jumped on the litigation bandwagon. Cuomo bashed "unscrupulous" drug companies for "pumping human misery into our communities." </p> <p>Wrong, governor. These painkillers are made to alleviate misery. Before the current generation of medical opioids, patients with pain were severely undertreated. In the 1990s, medical groups pleaded for wider use of opioids to curb suffering. <p>Updated: Wed Aug 22, 2018</p> b958400a5c486372764917c6bc2ccac5 Short-Term Insurance for 08/15/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/08/18/short-term-insurance Wed, 15 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Democrats are trying to ban low-cost health insurance that will cover less than Obamacare. They claim they're protecting the public from what Senator Chuck Schumer calls "junk insurance." Don't believe it. </p> <p>In truth, they're sabotaging middle-class consumers who've been priced out of Obamacare and dread being uninsured. Somebody needs to remind the Democratic Party that poor lives matter but so do middle-class lives.<p>Updated: Wed Aug 15, 2018</p> ea7863c1c97ca3fa67fe57267b2ba9b0 Electric Grid Hacking More Perilous Than Election Hacking for 08/08/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/08/18/electric-grid-hacking-more-perilous-than-election-hacking Wed, 08 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Kremlin-connected cyber criminals are capable of turning off our electric power from afar, while power plant employees watch helplessly. In the last two weeks, the federal Department of Homeland Security held four briefings warning that Russian hackers are already practicing how to throw the switch and cause a blackout in the U.S. We'd have no lights, no gas at the pump, no life support in hospitals, no mass transit, no food supply. </p> <p>Yet nearly all Washington pols are ignoring the danger. To the public, "power" means electricity. But to self-absorbed politicians, "power" means elections, votes and protecting their seats. That disconnect explains why they're in a frenzy over Russians hacking into campaign email accounts and tweeting unflattering things about Hillary Clinton, instead of dealing with the far larger peril of Russians hacking into the electric grid. <p>Updated: Wed Aug 08, 2018</p> da7c103946de4a9694fdf20b89c6eecf Dems' Make-Work Plans Will Cost You Big for 08/01/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/07/18/dems-make-work-plans-will-cost-you-big Wed, 01 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Friday morning, 26-year-old software developer David Casarez put on a shirt and tie, grabbed his homemade cardboard sign saying "Homeless &#8212; Hungry 4 Success &#8212; Take a Resume" and positioned himself at an intersection in Mountain View, California. A passerby posted his photo on Twitter. Within a day, Casarez had over 200 job offers. </p> <p>No surprise. If you're looking for a job, your odds are better now than any time in the last half century. There are more job openings than people out looking. Employers who used to demand a college degree or experience are dropping those requirements. Unemployment is near a 50-year low, and unemployment among blacks and Hispanics is at a nearly all-time low. <p>Updated: Wed Aug 01, 2018</p> 52c56cf30124a66e920e615e7579e71e Dems' Plans Sabotage Workers for 07/25/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/07/18/dems-plans-sabotage-workers Wed, 25 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Would you rather show up at work on time or stretch out on the sofa and watch TV? Stupid question. Most people punch a clock out of necessity. But progressive Democrats want to make work optional, and to guarantee a slew of benefits to everyone, whether they get off the couch or not. It's a slap in the face to America's workforce. </p> <p>Some 70 Democrats in the House of Representatives &#8212; more than one-third of the party's representatives &#8212; endorsed a plan on Thursday to outlaw private health insurance and force all Americans into a government-run system. Let's be clear. This plan is not about helping the needy. The plan would rip away medical coverage from half of all Americans, including the 157 million who get their insurance the old-fashioned way &#8212; earning it through a job. The plan, dubbed "Medicare for All," would prohibit employers &#8212; even giant companies that self-insure &#8212; from covering workers, retirees or their families. <p>Updated: Wed Jul 25, 2018</p> dae4f84d26b93bef86b9d24ebbade620 Dems' Big Lie About Kavanaugh for 07/18/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/07/18/dems-big-lie-about-kavanaugh Wed, 18 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Democrats are so desperate to torpedo Brett Kavanaugh's appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court that they're resorting to scare tactics, telling Americans that his confirmation would put 130 million people at risk of losing their health insurance.</p> <p>Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., says Democrats can sink Kavanaugh by showing how his appointment will lead to a court majority that "repeals ACA with its protections for pre-existing conditions." It's demagoguery. And it's working, as demagoguery too often does. <p>Updated: Wed Jul 18, 2018</p> a5adac6cc0377d8b942c1fcc91a59790 Silicon Valley Censors for 07/11/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/07/18/silicon-valley-censors Wed, 11 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Social media giants like Twitter and Facebook that used to brag about promoting free speech now say they're taking on a new role &#8212; the speech police.</p> <p>Twitter is suspending as many as a million accounts a day, with 70 million silenced in May and June, according to data disclosed Friday. The massive purge is to prevent the spread of fake news, Twitter says. The problem is this: Who decides what's fake?<p>Updated: Wed Jul 11, 2018</p> 133573c5e80c7fd019e531e8dee49079 The Asylum Phenomenon on the Southern Border for 07/04/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/07/18/the-asylum-phenomenon-on-the-southern-border Wed, 04 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>People hoping to settle in the United States wait years for a green card to be legal residents. They play by the rules. These law-abiding newcomers must feel like idiots, watching what's happening on the southern border. </p> <p>Hundreds of thousands of Central American migrants are walking right in. They're not waiting in line. They're using "asylum" requests as their E-ZPass. Just 12 percent of requests from El Salvadorans, 11 percent from Guatemalans and 7.5 percent from Hondurans are actually granted, according to the Department of Homeland Security. Never mind, the request gets them in. <p>Updated: Wed Jul 04, 2018</p> d632c71ba50eae0986621b7dd49318e0 Government Workers 'Free at Last' for 06/27/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/06/18/government-workers-free-at-last Wed, 27 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Rank and file government workers won big over union bosses Wednesday, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of Mark Janus, an Illinois state worker who refused to join the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees. The court struck down an Illinois law that allowed the union to deduct fees from Janus's paycheck despite his refusal to join. </p> <p>The Janus ruling smashes laws in 22 states &#8212; including New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and California &#8212; that compel nonmembers to support unions. Until now, if you wanted a government job in these states, you had to pay up. But now firefighters, teachers and other public employees won't have to fork over a penny to a union if they choose not to join. For the average worker who opts out, it will mean hundreds of dollars more in take-home pay a year. </p> <p>More in workers' pockets, less in union coffers. Nationwide, unions are expected to forfeit hundreds of millions of dollars when nonmembers stop paying and some members quit to save money, too.<p>Updated: Wed Jun 27, 2018</p> 4369596fa19924f663ad29c25de2364e In China, 'Free Trade' Means Steal What You Want for 06/20/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/06/18/in-china-free-trade-means-steal-what-you-want Wed, 20 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>What can Democrat Chuck Schumer, Republican Marco Rubio and President Donald Trump agree on? Almost nothing, but they agree China is robbing America blind and has to be stopped. When the president slapped a punishing 25 percent tariff on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods starting July 6, his least likely GOP ally, Senator Marco Rubio, applauded the tariffs as a "theft tax." Senator Schumer backed them, too, warning that allowing China's massive stealing to continue will cause "long-term real damage to America."</p> <p>Within hours of Trump's announcement, China retaliated with $50 billion in tariffs on U.S. imports. Trump shot back with tariffs on another $200 billion in Chinese goods. China accuses Trump of "provoking the trade war." Provoking? China's been fighting dirty against American business for years. China steals something between $225 billion to $600 billion worth of fashion designs, pharmaceutical formulas and new technologies from U.S. companies every year, according to the Commission on Theft of American Intellectual Property. Previous U.S. presidents did nothing but negotiate. That's like watching a burglar strip your house and asking him, "Can we talk?" At last, an American president picked up a weapon &#8212; tariffs &#8212; to fight back.<p>Updated: Wed Jun 20, 2018</p> 74b47eb3998f95a0f8cdca834da307b1 VA Mission Act Won't Help Dying Vietnam Vets for 06/13/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/06/18/va-mission-act-wont-help-dying-vietnam-vets Wed, 13 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Tens of thousands of Vietnam vets, now in their sixties and early seventies, are carrying a dangerous parasite picked up in Asia called liver fluke. Many don't know it, but it's a ticking time bomb likely to kill them.</p> <p>President Donald Trump just signed the VA Mission Act, which is supposed to help ailing vets get prompt care, including seeing a civilian doctor on Uncle Sam's tab. Don't count on it to help these vets.<p>Updated: Wed Jun 13, 2018</p> 1f73f8e230f9c6eb9794f75000451550 The Dirt on Colonoscopies for 06/06/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/06/18/the-dirt-on-colonoscopies Wed, 06 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If you haven't had a colonoscopy, you're not missing much, except a chance to save your life. Colon and rectal cancer rates are soaring among young and middle-aged adults. In response to the alarming data, last week the American Cancer Society called for screening beginning at age 45, instead of waiting to 50. And they recommend getting tested even sooner if you have bowel problems. Adults born in 1990 face twice the risk of colon cancer and four times the risk of rectal cancer as people born in 1950. </p> <p>The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force is pushing back on earlier screening and many health insurers are likely to deny covering it. That's a mistake. Some 16,450 patients under age 50 are expected to get a colon or rectal cancer diagnosis in the coming year. <p>Updated: Wed Jun 06, 2018</p>