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 Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:07:39 -0800 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 c0f6d102ca5e01b8b38057b70e17e71b Sex Vigilantes Trash Due Process for 12/13/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/12/17/sex-vigilantes-trash-due-process 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 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/12/17/road-map-for-tax-reform 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 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/11/17/trumps-justice-department-takes-on-harvards-asian-quotas 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 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/11/17/dont-make-taxpayers-subsidize-sex-bullies 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 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/11/17/aba-and-dems-smear-court-picks 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 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/11/17/dems-tax-demagoguery 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> a13d2aab6f382824ab7eccba123c6bcf Blaming MDs for Opioid Crisis Is Malarkey for 11/01/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/10/17/blaming-mds-for-opioid-crisis-is-malarkey Wed, 01 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>President Trump's declaration that opioid abuse is a public health emergency is sparking debate about addiction. Tragically, myths and misinformation are blocking the path to preventing more deaths. </p> <p>Start with the causes of the opioid crisis. On "Face the Nation," New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, chair of Trump's opioid commission, blamed overprescribing doctors. "This crisis started not on a street corner somewhere. This crisis started in the doctor's offices and hospitals of America." That's untrue, Governor.<p>Updated: Wed Nov 01, 2017</p> 007b4259ef30f453f892aa02211e3332 Congress Poised to Bailout Insurers, Fleece Taxpayers for 10/25/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/10/17/congress-poised-to-bailout-insurers-fleece-taxpayers Wed, 25 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Democrats and some Republicans in Congress are pushing for a $10 billion a year payout to insurance companies that sell Obamacare plans. President Trump calls it "bailing out" the insurance industry. Truer words were never spoken. </p> <p>The politicians backing this sweetheart deal claim it will protect consumers. Don't fall for it. The money will go straight to the bottom lines of insurers &#8212; who enjoy tremendous clout in Washington, D.C., thanks to over $85 million in campaign contributions and over $150 million spent on lobbying every year.</p> <p>The deal's authors, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R. Tenn., and Sen. Patty Murray, D. Wash., have taken hundreds of thousands in insurance contributions personally and through their PACs. No surprise the deal gives insurers everything they want: an estimated $10 billion a year cash plus $100 million in Obamacare ads. No other industry gets taxpayers to pay for their advertising. Meanwhile, consumers get nothing: no freedom to buy affordable plans without Washington-mandated benefits, no escape from onerous tax penalties for not enrolling. <p>Updated: Wed Oct 25, 2017</p> 937986975850ae74b18b049a90c178ea Free at Last! for 10/18/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/10/17/free-at-last Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Free at last! Free at last! That's the message for millions who don't get health coverage at work and, until now, faced two dismal options: going without insurance or paying Obamacare's soaring premiums. Last week, President Donald Trump announced regulatory changes that will potentially allow consumers to choose coverage options costing half what Obamacare's cheapest bronze plans cost. Democrats are already accusing the president of kneecapping Obamacare, but in fact these changes will actually reduce the number of uninsured &#8212; something Democrats claim is their goal. </p> <p>The Affordable Care Act requires everyone to buy the one-size-fits-all Washington-designed benefit package. You have to pay for maternity care, even if you're too old to give birth. You're also on the hook for pediatric dental care, even if you're childless. It's like passing a law that the only car you can buy is a fully loaded, four-door sedan. No more hatchbacks, convertibles or two-seaters. <p>Updated: Wed Oct 18, 2017</p> 4847d3e68731f1df6cbefb533fb58818 War on Cops Goes to Court for 10/11/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/10/17/war-on-cops-goes-to-court Wed, 11 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The war on cops is moving from the streets to the U.S. Supreme Court. Last week, the Justices heard a case that threatens police officers with financial ruin if they make arrests, and the charges later get dropped. </p> <p>It started with a late night bash. District of Columbia police officers were called by neighbors at 1 a.m. to investigate a rowdy party at an unoccupied row house. The police found 21 partygoers, liquor, trash and used condoms strewn about, along with the smell of marijuana and women with cash coming out of their pants. The partygoers scattered, hiding in closets. </p> <p>When questioned, some told police "Peaches had invited them." Some gave other stories. The police phoned "Peaches," who admitted to not having the owner's permission to use the house. The police then called the owner, who confirmed no one had permission. Two hours after being summoned, the police made the decision to arrest the partygoers for trespassing &#8212; the judgment call an issue in this case. <p>Updated: Wed Oct 11, 2017</p> f66f36a2eaf20bb52f2a1bab9257740e Dems vs. the Facts for 10/04/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/10/17/dems-vs-the-facts Wed, 04 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>President Trump has unveiled a tax plan to ignite economic growth and simplify the tax filing ordeal. Sadly, top Democrats are responding with divisive rhetoric and lies. Senator Chuck Schumer dismisses the plan as "wealth-fare." House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi calls the plan "giveaways to big corporations and billionaires." </p> <p>Intent on stoking envy, these class warfare politicians are willing to forfeit economic growth. But the nation can't afford to. <p>Updated: Wed Oct 04, 2017</p> a73c7ae55ed02d8b959c823e8c10e215 DeVos Welcomes Men Back to Campus for 09/27/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/09/17/devos-welcomes-men-back-to-campus Wed, 27 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Good news for college men. You're again welcome on campus. On Friday, Sept. 22, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos ripped up the Obama administration's one-sided rules on how colleges and universities handle accusations of sexual assault and misconduct. The rules, imposed in 2011, were so stacked against the accused &#8212; usually young men &#8212; that in dozens of cases, innocent male students were branded as rapists, kicked out of school and robbed of future job opportunities.</p> <p>Those with sufficient money and fortitude managed to get their names cleared in real courts of law &#8212; where rules of evidence, due process and reasonable standards of proof apply. Last month, a California judge threw out a rape case against a 20-year-old University of Southern California student when video tapes showed sex with a female student was consensual. But he still faces possible expulsion, because USC's Obama-era policies tilt the scales against him &#8212; despite the vivid evidence of consent. That's the difference between American justice, where the accused have rights, and Obama's campus sex courts, where only accusers are believed.<p>Updated: Wed Sep 27, 2017</p> 9990a890f3a93e06ce4221f9eac1c432 Sanders Bill Makes Health Insurance Illegal for 09/20/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/09/17/sanders-bill-makes-health-insurance-illegal Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All Act, introduced last week, outlaws private health insurance. Curiously, not one of the Democratic presidential wannabes crowding around Sanders for photo ops mentioned this alarming fact. If Sanders has his way, 180 million Americans who currently have private coverage would have it ripped away and be automatically enrolled in public insurance. Kids would be enrolled at birth. </p> <p>"Medicare for All" doesn't just offer government health insurance to the needy. It makes private coverage illegal, including the health plan you get at your job. Employers are prohibited from covering workers, retirees, and their families. (Sec. 107, Sec. 522) <p>Updated: Wed Sep 20, 2017</p> f082dd27c016a2e22d0656e278ce41db Justices Should Toss Dems' Phony Election Lawsuit for 09/13/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/09/17/justices-should-toss-dems-phony-election-lawsuit Wed, 13 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If you can't win, change the rules. Democrats and progressive activists are joining forces to urge the U.S. Supreme Court to interfere in how election districts are drawn in all 50 states. In Gill v. Whitford, they're challenging how Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin drew the state's election map.</p> <p>The justices will hear the case on Oct. 3. If they decide to strike down Wisconsin's map and dictate new rules for election map making, it could turn winners into losers and vice versa across the country. Republicans, who have been on a winning streak and now control both legislative houses and the governor's mansions in 26 states &#8212; including Wisconsin &#8212; rightly oppose this judicial interference.<p>Updated: Wed Sep 13, 2017</p> 09bdcd4d87f42c67fe333e882de61a61 The Middle Class: Uninsured and Hurting for 09/06/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/09/17/the-middle-class-uninsured-and-hurting Wed, 06 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Brace yourself for the next health insurance crisis: the uninsured middle class. The Affordable Care Act added millions of mostly poor people to the insurance rolls. But the law is driving premiums so high that middle-class people can no longer afford insurance. Several million are expected to drop coverage in 2018. Under Obamacare, poor lives matter &#8212; middle class lives, not so much. </p> <p>With GOP lawmakers paralyzed about how to repeal and replace Obamacare, Senators Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., are swooping in with a plan to keep the floundering health law afloat. Senate hearings begin Wednesday. The senators cloak themselves in the mantle of bipartisan reasonableness, but don't be fooled. There's nothing bipartisan about their scheme. The big losers are middle-class buyers priced out of the individual insurance market and taxpayers footing the bill for the billions in extra spending these fixers are proposing. <p>Updated: Wed Sep 06, 2017</p> b19a3a9062259ba2d0562f3dc268b29b Feds Warn of Nursing Home Horrors for 08/30/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/08/17/feds-warn-of-nursing-home-horrors Wed, 30 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Nursing home residents trapped in wheelchairs with floodwaters rising to their waists &#8212; the photo of Hurricane Harvey everyone's seen. But even where the weather's fine, nursing home residents are in peril. An alert issued Monday by the inspector general for the federal Department of Health and Human Services calls for urgent action. It cites incidents in 33 states where nursing home residents were rushed to emergency rooms because of rape, broken bones and severe neglect. The IG warned families to "visit your loved ones often" and "report potential cases of abuse or neglect to your local police." </p> <p>One out of every 3 baby boomers will need a nursing home. Not necessarily for permanent living. Many will go for rehab after heart surgery or an orthopedic repair, never thinking the stay could turn deadly. Robert Pineda, a New Mexico accountant, had surgery on his injured knee, and then went to a rehab near the hospital. Inadequate care led to a bedsore, which became infected, requiring several surgeries, landing him on dialysis and a ventilator. He was taken off life support one week before his 69th birthday.<p>Updated: Wed Aug 30, 2017</p> da857470a1560fe11c26a54a81dbb810 Trump's Trade Doctrine for 08/23/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/08/17/trumps-trade-doctrine 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 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/08/17/workers-benefit-from-business-tax-cuts 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. MoveOn.org 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 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/08/17/single-payer-will-cut-boomers-lives-short 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 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/07/17/feds-turn-doctors-into-clerks 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>