Dear Mark from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/mark-levy Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Tue, 19 Jun 2018 16:17:32 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Dear Mark from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/dear-mark-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/mark-levy 33be17e341b02ca22e3e4b5e34087bc0 'Twas the Week Before Christmas for 12/18/2015 https://www.creators.com/read/mark-levy/12/15/twas-the-week-before-christmas Fri, 18 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0800 <p>'Twas the week before Christmas, when all through this place,</p> <p>Not a creature was stirring, politicians scurry in haste;</p> <p>The stockings were filled by the lobbyists with care,<p>Updated: Fri Dec 18, 2015</p> 052e21eb1250cd49ecf89d4ef925f8ee Obama's Foreign Policy, Kerry's Climate and Biden Hell for 09/06/2014 https://www.creators.com/read/mark-levy/09/14/obamas-foreign-policy-kerrys-climate-and-biden-hell Sat, 06 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Dear Mark: You constantly bash our president when you should be standing with him, especially when it comes to foreign policy. The issues America faces abroad are daunting, yet you hammer him anyway. Our political differences should end at our shore. If you're so smart, what would you do? &#8212; Liberal Veteran</p> <p>Dear Veteran: First of all, thank you for your service. As far as leaving political differences at our shore, maybe you should ask President Obama to do the same. It's rather obvious that the president's decisions in the Middle East and Russia are being driven by his fear of his liberal base prior to the November elections.</p> <p>Theologian Harvey Cox is credited with saying "To not decide is to decide." That's the problem I have with Obama's foreign policy. The problems we face today could have been minimized if we had a commander in chief who acted in a timely and decisive manner. <p>Updated: Sat Sep 06, 2014</p> 88c47a09aa2f947028b13c72c27f4266 IRS's Blackberry and Burger King in Canada for 08/30/2014 https://www.creators.com/read/mark-levy/08/14/irss-blackberry-and-burger-king-in-canada Sat, 30 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Dear Mark: I am deeply disturbed at the news that the Blackberry phone of embattled IRS employee Lois Lerner was mysteriously destroyed during the investigation into allegations that the IRS illegally targeted conservative groups. The IRS is the most powerful agency in Washington, and this obvious cover-up should scare all Americans. Don't you think Richard Nixon would be proud of this scandal? &#8212; Remembering Watergate</p> <p>Dear Remembering: Richard Nixon might be proud of this scandal, but famed journalist Edward R. Murrow is rolling over in his grave over the lack of journalistic curiosity in today's reporters.</p> <p>Much of the successful prosecution during the Watergate scandal and subsequent resignation of President Nixon was due in large part to the tenacity of the media in the 70s. Fast forward 40 years, and today's media has hardly raised an eyebrow concerning a story that affects millions of Americans. <p>Updated: Sat Aug 30, 2014</p> d6f7f63e6864e31ab5d2eaa8aaafbc6c Ferguson Justice and Perry's Problem for 08/23/2014 https://www.creators.com/read/mark-levy/08/14/ferguson-justice-and-perrys-problem Sat, 23 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Dear Mark: I am very concerned about what is happening in Ferguson, Missouri, after the shooting death of Michael Brown. There is plenty of evidence that the police officer acted appropriately, and yet the protests and looting continue. Why in the heck does everything become a racial issue? The entire situation in Ferguson over the death of Michael Brown disturbs me to no end. Now Attorney General Holder has stuck his nose in it. What do you think will happen?&#8212; Sid</p> <p>Dear Sid: Unfortunately, politics is playing a far more important role in this situation than the facts of the case, and I am afraid that Officer Wilson may be railroaded into an indictment because of political and media pressure. I smell a political opportunist by the name of Barack Obama. Team Obama's plan was simple: Send Attorney General Eric Holder to Ferguson in the name of serving justice while covering up the real mission of playing the race card to fire up the Democrat voting base for the midterm elections in November.</p> <p>During the visit, Attorney General Holder bent over backwards to appease protestors and also visited with Michael Brown's family. Funny, but if Holder was so concerned with "justice" why didn't he also visit with Officer Darren Wilson and his family? Combine that with comments by Missouri Democrat Gov. Jay Nixon who promised a "vigorous prosecution" of the case and this sounds more like a vote grabbing lynching than an investigation. <p>Updated: Sat Aug 23, 2014</p> a025b2f90fc0ba2221976be9fd32d0aa Hillary pot Shots, Obama Blame Game and the VA for 08/16/2014 https://www.creators.com/read/mark-levy/08/14/hillary-pot-shots-obama-blame-game-and-the-va Sat, 16 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Dear Mark: Hillary Clinton took a shot at President Obama's foreign policy this week basically saying that, "Don't do stupid stuff is not an organizing principle for great nations." Now don't get me wrong; I love Democrat infighting. My question is, if Hillary is the smartest woman on the planet, why would she say these things in the middle of all this turmoil in the world? &#8212; David in California</p> <p>Dear David: Does the phrase "rats jumping off a sinking ship" mean anything to you? Hillary is trying to separate herself from President Obama and his disastrous foreign policy in preparation for her second presidential run in 2016. I guess Hillary is hoping voters will forget that, as Secretary of State, she played an important role in President Obama's foreign policy decisions for the first four years of his presidency.</p> <p>If Hillary runs in 2016, it will be difficult for her to hide from the fact that the problems we see today in Iraq, Russia, Libya, Syria and Israel among others began to heat up during her tenure in Obama's cabinet. Unfortunately, the world is reaping what those two "60 Minutes" love birds sowed. <p>Updated: Sat Aug 16, 2014</p> 8a92803b71c9c6aaf80ce9141f471e47 'Twas the Month of Summer Recess (With Apologies to Clement Clarke Moore) for 08/09/2014 https://www.creators.com/read/mark-levy/08/14/twas-the-month-of-summer-recess-with-apologies-to-clement-clarke-moore Sat, 09 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0700 <p>'Twas the month of summer recess when all through DC</p> <p>Not a creature was stirring, not even Pelosi.</p> <p>Congress was gone with nary a care, <p>Updated: Sat Aug 09, 2014</p> fe7cb68d197e9c938caa810d001b76f7 GDP growth, Obamacare Waste and Foul Mouthed Lerner for 08/02/2014 https://www.creators.com/read/mark-levy/08/14/gdp-growth-obamacare-waste-and-foul-mouthed-lerner Sat, 02 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Dear Mark: I don't think you're man enough to print a letter praising President Obama after the news that our economy grew 4 percent for the second quarter. Conservatives have wanted President Obama to fail since day one, so what do you have to say now that his economic plan is working? &#8212; Gloating Glenda</p> <p>Dear Gloating: I'm not so cynical as to hope America fails in order to prove that President Obama is a terrible leader. I'm happy that the U.S. economy may finally be coming back to life. No spin here because the numbers don't lie, but I challenge you to name one specific piece of legislation the president signed to cause this mild growth. I credit the hard work of the American people to grow the economy despite the onslaught of regulations and executive orders signed by this president.</p> <p>Dear Mark: The Government Accounting Office just came out with a report that the disastrous rollout of Obamacare's website Healthcare.gov was a result of numerous management failures and poor oversights. In fact, it's estimated that the website alone has cost tax payers $840 million, and it's still not working right or even completed. How much longer will we stand for such insane incompetence from this corrupt administration? &#8212; Mad Dan<p>Updated: Sat Aug 02, 2014</p> ec8ea5e4003127bba38a475aa9560e79 Immigration Solution and Obamacare Rulings for 07/26/2014 https://www.creators.com/read/mark-levy/07/14/immigration-solution-and-obamacare-rulings Sat, 26 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Dear Mark: I consider myself to be politically independent and feel fairly objective when it comes to the current border issue with Mexico. Both Democrats and Republicans appear to be focused on scoring political points rather than a true solution to the undocumented worker issue. Was Harry Reid right when he said that a new comprehensive immigration policy would have prevented this? &#8212; Crystal Clear</p> <p>Dear Crystal: Of course, Sen. Reid was wrong. The word comprehensive comes from the Latin word comprehendo, which, according to my 7th grade Latin teacher, translates into "many words hiding a lot of bull and pork." The senate bill Reid is referring to does not include the type of increased border security that would have prevented the incursion by thousands from Central America across our southern border.</p> <p>Successful immigration reform doesn't have to be comprehensive because it isn't one homogenous issue. In fact if it was separated into several categories of legislation I believe bipartisan support could easily be found for the majority of the proposals.<p>Updated: Sat Jul 26, 2014</p> f1e7e6a0685ceaedcd105b1543946e25 Russian Missiles, the Border and Food Stamp Movie Passes for 07/19/2014 https://www.creators.com/read/mark-levy/07/14/russian-missiles-the-border-and-food-stamp-movie-passes Sat, 19 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Dear Mark: Well, who could've imagined with Barack Obama leading the world that the situation between Russia and the Ukraine could have ever gotten worse? Now a Malaysian airliner full of innocent passengers has been shot down over Ukraine. I don't care who pulled the trigger because we know that the missiles were given to the Pro-Russia rebels by Vladimir Putin. What do you think our illustrious president is going to do? &#8212; P.O.'d in PA</p> <p>Dear P.O.'d: President Obama will probably play nine holes of golf instead of 18, give a speech full of empty promises about international repercussions, and then jet off to a Democrat fundraiser. I'm sorry; did that sound snarky?</p> <p>From the outside it appears that the "reset" button Hillary Clinton proudly pressed with the Russians has backfired. Unless of course it meant Vladimir Putin could "reset" Russia back to the cold war era.<p>Updated: Sat Jul 19, 2014</p> 1c5808e6e3e4a86171a4ade5a172fb9c Politicians say the Darnedest Things for 07/12/2014 https://www.creators.com/read/mark-levy/07/14/politicians-say-the-darnedest-things Sat, 12 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0700 <p>It's hard to believe but we're already past the halfway point of 2014. Have no fear; politicians continue to ignore the words that actually come out of their own mouths. Please enjoy these gems.</p> <p>"That should happen as soon as possible. I think this country is ready. This country is ready for anyone who can do the job, and what we have learned is that the person who can do the job doesn't have a particular race or gender or background or socioeconomic status. The person who should do the job is the person who is most qualified, and I think that we have some options, don't we?" &#8212; First lady Michelle Obama during an interview on ABC News in reference to a woman president.</p> <p>Wow. I actually agree with Mrs. Obama; we do need to find somebody who is qualified to be president, and that it should happen "as soon as possible."<p>Updated: Sat Jul 12, 2014</p> 100e7843850b82e5523bc88960f6b673 Liberals Fanning the Flames of the War on Women for 07/05/2014 https://www.creators.com/read/mark-levy/07/14/liberals-fanning-the-flames-of-the-war-on-women Sat, 05 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The economy is shrinking, the Middle East burns, and our southern border is under siege, so with all of that bad news, what do Democrats do? They distort the Supreme Court's decision on the Hobby Lobby case to fan the flames of the phony Republican war on women to score political points.</p> <p>In the Supreme Court's dissenting opinion penned by Ruth Bader Ginsberg, "The exemption sought by Hobby Lobby and Conestoga would ... deny legions of women who do not hold their employers' beliefs access to contraceptive coverage." She later continued, "The court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield."</p> <p>Excuse me, your honor, but your court was forced into this minefield when the Department of Health and Human Services declared without congressional approval that "free" birth control and abortion pills must be paid for by employers. Also, nowhere in the majority opinion does this decision "deny legions of women" anything.<p>Updated: Sat Jul 05, 2014</p> 32e401d31e295aab29bd7c1f2a9cff6b Liberal Payoff, Yoga Taxes and Economic Shrinkage for 06/28/2014 https://www.creators.com/read/mark-levy/06/14/liberal-payoff-yoga-taxes-and-economic-shrinkage Sat, 28 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Dear Mark: The liberal agenda is to expand government's control over its citizens, spread the wealth, reduce the size of the military, increase entitlements, not worry about a balanced budget, and last but by no means least, in the words of Dick Cheney, President Obama wants to "take America down a notch." If this all comes to pass and the USA becomes a weakened second-rate country, then what is the payoff for liberals in general and Obama in particular? &#8212; Just Wonderin'</p> <p>Dear Wonderin': Liberals believe the federal government is their god and that it's the government's job to establish utopia here on Earth. Unfortunately, liberals are ignorant to history as well as economic theory, and there will not be the payoff liberals expect. Just ask the former Soviet Union and other parts of Eastern Europe. Liberals might also want to check out the wonderful success of Venezuela, Cuba, Vietnam and numerous other "socialist" countries throughout history.</p> <p>British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher famously said, "The trouble with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money." Throughout history and even today we have seen communism, socialism, totalitarianism and any other form of government where the economy is centrally planned, fail miserably. Yet somehow today's American liberals feel they can do it better because they think they're smarter, more compassionate and truly know what is best for each and every individual. With the national debt having blown by $17 trillion, the United States government is coming dangerously close to running out of other people's money.<p>Updated: Sat Jun 28, 2014</p> dcd4be3e1909fb6b3ca3877941d61c62 IRS Scandal Reveals President Obama's True Colors for 06/21/2014 https://www.creators.com/read/mark-levy/06/14/irs-scandal-reveals-president-obamas-true-colors Sat, 21 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0700 <p>"No more mister nice guy</p> <p>No more mister clean</p> <p>No more mister nice guy<p>Updated: Sat Jun 21, 2014</p> 4fe5ad8be2626bec0a6a5b348478a12e Republicans and Hispanics Can Do This for 06/14/2014 https://www.creators.com/read/mark-levy/06/14/republicans-and-hispanics-can-do-this Sat, 14 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Dear Mark: I am upset with the Republican Party of Texas. As a Hispanic Republican (yes, we do exist), I am frustrated that delegates at the Republican State Convention decided to end in-state tuition for illegal immigrants and place that in their platform. If Republicans want more Hispanics to join the party, why would they do something like this? &#8212; Hecho en Texas</p> <p>Dear Hecho: Thank you for being honest about your concerns regarding the Republican Party of Texas Platform's view on in-state tuition for children of illegal immigrants. </p> <p>I was fortunate enough to attend the State Republican Convention in Fort Worth, and I can tell you from personal experience that the "in-state tuition" plank of the platform was not voted in because of malice toward Hispanics. Granted, some people are jingoistic, but for the most part the plank was inserted for pragmatic budgetary concerns about who should receive such benefits and who is going to pay for them. Heck, even President Obama is concerned about the skyrocketing cost of college although he will never touch this part of the issue.<p>Updated: Sat Jun 14, 2014</p> 9f19b34ee13433b54bf64fff57588967 The Sergeant Bergdahl Fiasco for 06/07/2014 https://www.creators.com/read/mark-levy/06/14/the-sergeant-bergdahl-fiasco Sat, 07 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Dear Mark: Does the recently "swapped" Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl get court martialed or does President Obama give him a pass on the lives he endangered? Does the release of the Taliban "gang of five" give the president the cover he needs to close Guantanamo Bay before he leaves office? I believe the true reason for the swap is all political. Just some food for thought. &#8212; John B in the Falls</p> <p>Dear John B: I like what you've been eating, and, for once, the media and numerous Democrats including Sen. Diane Feinstein are chomping on the same food, as they feel they have been double crossed by the Obama administration.</p> <p>As far as Bergdahl being court martialed, I'm sure in a normal situation with a semi-trustworthy administration, Sgt. Bergdahl would be brought to the United States, nursed back to health, debriefed, investigated, faced with the appropriate charges and then proceed through the proper military system of justice.<p>Updated: Sat Jun 07, 2014</p> 9bde0966a254ae14403aff3c9af2a06f Michelle's Food Fight and Fire Shinseki for 05/31/2014 https://www.creators.com/read/mark-levy/05/14/michelles-food-fight-and-fire-shinseki Sat, 31 May 2014 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Dear Mark: Why does everything have to be political? Now Republicans are going after First Lady Michelle Obama and her pursuit of healthier kids through better nutrition. Healthy kids should be a universal goal supported by both parties, yet Republicans are trying to undo all of Michelle's progress. Isn't there anything the Obama's do that pleases Republicans? &#8212; Happy Vegan in Nevada</p> <p>Dear Happy: This is not about politics other than a bill before congress; this is about money &#8212; plain and simple. Many school systems across the country are having trouble making ends meet due to the federal nutrition regulations implemented in 2010. The cost of a school lunch has gone up, while the participation rate has decreased sharply, causing school districts to lose money.</p> <p>In acting more like a drama queen than a First Lady, Michelle Obama has gone hyperbolic claiming Republicans in the House want to "roll back everything we have worked for." That is hardly the case. According to the USA Today, "House Republicans said the proposal &#8212; part of an Agriculture Department appropriations bill would be a temporary waiver for schools that are having financial trouble meeting the new food standards." <p>Updated: Sat May 31, 2014</p> d4053a1249af8c22de1cea0088bf01b7 Nancy Pants, a Marine in Mexico and Ronald McDonald for 05/24/2014 https://www.creators.com/read/mark-levy/05/14/nancy-pants-a-marine-in-mexico-and-ronald-mcdonald Sat, 24 May 2014 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Dear Mark: Nancy Pelosi is back in the news, and as usual it's because she said something stupid. Well liberals and the media don't think it's stupid, but those of us with common sense see the ridiculousness of her statements. Nancy Pelosi actually tried to blame the VA mess on George Bush. Barack Obama has been president for over five years, how much longer can they blame Bush before the media finally catches on to this lame excuse? &#8212; Tom in Temple</p> <p>Dear Tom: Ahhh, Nancy Pelosi, the gift that keeps on giving to conservative columnists everywhere. The former Speaker of the House really thought she had found a way to deflect blame from the Obama administration when she spoke of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars as reasons why the VA was overwhelmed. </p> <p>Nice try, but a true executive would have anticipated the increased traffic at the VA due to two recent wars and would have made the appropriate adjustments in order to provide the proper service to our military veterans. Somehow all of that community organizing is not translating too well to leading the free world.<p>Updated: Sat May 24, 2014</p> 4bf555a622c5def722ea81e24c7080e6 VA Scandal, Military Transgenders and Hillary's Brain Damage for 05/17/2014 https://www.creators.com/read/mark-levy/05/14/va-scandal-military-transgenders-and-hillarys-brain-damage Sat, 17 May 2014 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Dear Mark: There appears to be another scandal under President Obama, but this one really hurts because it involves our VA hospitals and the poor medical treatment of our military veterans. As a Vietnam vet, it was bad enough how we were treated when we returned from our tours, but now the scandal in the VA system is adding insult to injury. Caring for our veterans seems like a nonpartisan issue. So why all the problems? &#8212; Proudly Served</p> <p>Dear Proudly: First of all, thank you for your service. Apparently there are some serious problems in the VA system, and there appears to be evidence of a cover up that prompted the recent senate hearings. But even if the Veterans Administration is completely innocent or free of corruption, this incident highlights the problems with large bureaucracies and a bloated government. The larger the bureaucracy, the less accountability and oversight. Unfortunately, the health of our veterans has suffered.</p> <p>During senate hearings, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki said "Any allegation, any adverse incident like this makes me mad as hell." Well, let's hope his outrage produces better results than the "outrage" President Obama showed when he first heard about the IRS targeting conservative groups.<p>Updated: Sat May 17, 2014</p> fc8501cd0ad3503ce678c60d0e786cfe The Benghazi Witch Hunt, Sorry, Hillary for 05/10/2014 https://www.creators.com/read/mark-levy/05/14/the-benghazi-witch-hunt-sorry-hillary Sat, 10 May 2014 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Dear Mark: Here comes another Republican distraction. Republicans are losing on Obamacare, so they are changing the subject and launching a Benghazi witch hunt. I believe they are playing politics with the deaths of four Americans and also trying to derail Hillary's presidential bid. This investigation is a foolish waste of taxpayers' money, and there are far more important issues to tackle. Why don't Republicans admit their ridiculous political motives and move on? &#8212; Hey, GOP, It's Your Funeral</p> <p>Dear Hey: Your email sounds so much like Democrat talking points that if I didn't know better, I'd say the same person who gave Hillary her Benghazi video talking points gave you these as well.</p> <p>Of course, politics is involved because there could be significant political ramifications depending on the outcome. But whether one is a Republican or a Democrat, the truth on Benghazi should outweigh the politics. <p>Updated: Sat May 10, 2014</p> 780bc94827df5175e0b4d1a7383948f6 Clipping Racism and Crowing Democrats for 05/03/2014 https://www.creators.com/read/mark-levy/05/14/clipping-racism-and-crowing-democrats Sat, 03 May 2014 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Dear Mark: Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was recorded by his mistress making some horribly racist remarks concerning blacks and, even more ironic, blacks attending his NBA games. The NBA took swift action and banned this man for life along with fining him. As usual, the talking heads on television are going crazy over this subject, but what does this really say about racism in America? &#8212; Conservative Against Racism</p> <p>Dear Conservative: It really depends on whom you ask. As a diehard conservative who grew up in the south and abhors racism, I believe that America has made giant strides with regard to civil rights, but we do still have some moron racists running around spewing their brand of hate. But I also believe we have all the necessary governmental laws as well as private sector rules to tackle any civil rights grievances. Just look at the quick response from the NBA and its sponsors.</p> <p>However, if you were to ask liberals and the race baiters who are bent on dividing this country to score political points, they would tell you that the Donald Sterling incident proves that racism runs rampant throughout our country, especially if you are a conservative, a Republican or a member of the Tea Party.<p>Updated: Sat May 03, 2014</p>