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 Tue, 31 Mar 2020 06:36:51 -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 31baaf4a896255dcb3b02e2629193493 When to End the Coronavirus Lockdown? Soon for 03/25/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/03/20/when-to-end-the-coronavirus-lockdown-soon Wed, 25 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>New facts about coronavirus are pouring in from scientists around the globe. This information needs to guide our response. </p> <p>People infected are most contagious before they have symptoms, and some spread the infection widely but never get sick themselves, reports the International Journal of Infectious Diseases. That's why screening for fever and telling people who don't feel well to stay home isn't enough to stop this virus. It's a danger to merely stand close to someone unknowingly infected. Traces of the virus can survive for hours on a shopping cart handle or an elevator button, the New England Journal of Medicine warns. <p>Updated: Wed Mar 25, 2020</p> 67615bbb07f0fd3503d6803d1d70208b New York's Ventilator Rationing Plan for 03/18/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/03/20/new-yorks-ventilator-rationing-plan Wed, 18 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Coronavirus is causing working-age people to worry about missing paychecks, caring for kids home from school, stockpiling groceries and canceling plans. But people in their 50s, 60s or older have bigger worries. Many are lying awake wondering if this is how they're going to die. </p> <p>At its most severe, coronavirus attacks the lungs, making it impossible to breathe without a ventilator. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Landing in the hospital on a ventilator is bad. But worse is being told you can't have one. </span>After learning that the state's stockpile of medical equipment had 16,000 fewer ventilators than New Yorkers would need in a severe pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo came to a fork in the road in 2015. He could have chosen to buy more ventilators. Instead, he asked his health commissioner, Howard Zucker to assemble a task force and draft rules for rationing the ventilators they already had. <p>Updated: Wed Mar 18, 2020</p> 5dcbe7731891a721c4ef1ba84279b4b7 Good and Bad News About Coronavirus for 03/11/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/03/20/good-and-bad-news-about-coronavirus Wed, 11 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>There's good news and bad news about coronavirus. </p> <p>First, there's reason for optimism. The virus struck only four months ago, yet we already know its genetic features. It took scientists years to get that far with HIV/AIDS. Antiviral drugs are in development, and a vaccine could be available within 18 months. The pace of scientific progress is breathtaking.<p>Updated: Wed Mar 11, 2020</p> c5bb752f8b3f0e9e0626f3df7d8ba593 What the First Coronavirus Deaths Tell Us for 03/04/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/03/20/what-the-first-coronavirus-deaths-tell-us Wed, 04 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The first nine coronavirus deaths in the U.S. show the biggest risks are not traveling internationally, riding mass transit or attending a crowded event. The most dangerous place to be is in a rehab or nursing home. The second-most dangerous is a hospital. </p> <p>Five residents of the Life Care Center, a nursing facility in Kirkland, Washington, have died, and some 50 other residents and staff members there reportedly have coronavirus symptoms.<p>Updated: Wed Mar 04, 2020</p> 1f397252b877d33014548b868bd6bcb1 Coronavirus: Dire Warnings and Vulnerabilities for 02/26/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/02/20/coronavirus-dire-warnings-and-vulnerabilities Wed, 26 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>With outbreaks raging in Italy, Iran, South Korea and other countries, U.S. authorities now predict coronavirus will strike Americans here, causing "significant disruptions to our lives." The warning came from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official Nancy Messonnier at a Tuesday briefing. </p> <p>If the virus &#8212; now dubbed COVID-19 &#8212; starts to infect large numbers of people inside the U.S., here's what you need to know. <p>Updated: Wed Feb 26, 2020</p> 67d332ff49ff05debc3ff6dd45184527 Federal Health Bureaucrats Unprepared for Coronavirus for 02/19/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/02/20/federal-health-bureaucrats-unprepared-for-coronavirus Wed, 19 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Federal health bureaucrats deserve an F grade for preparedness. Despite years of warnings about America's overdependence on China for medicines, masks and other equipment, these officials did nothing to remedy the situation. Now, these same officials tell us we're facing an "unprecedented public health threat" from coronavirus, now COVID-19. </p> <p>It would be bad enough if we had the weapons to fight it. But we're caught with our pants down. "It's quite shocking to me that we have allowed this to happen," Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee last week. <p>Updated: Wed Feb 19, 2020</p> b450b252a151e867f7f3910fe1a81957 Trump Right to Restrict Travel to Fight Coronavirus for 02/12/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/02/20/trump-right-to-restrict-travel-to-fight-coronavirus Wed, 12 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Chinese government officials and the World Health Organization are bad-mouthing the Trump administration for trying to stop the coronavirus from invading the United States. The Trump administration is barring foreigners who have been in China recently from entering the U.S. Americans returning from China are quarantined for 14 days. China accuses Trump of arousing fear. WHO claims the president's policies "unnecessarily interfere with travel and trade." Don't fall for this bombast. </p> <p>You can't fight an epidemic with political correctness. Trump's travel restrictions are saving lives here and sparing U.S. hospitals, which are already overwhelmed by flu season, from being thrown into crisis.<p>Updated: Wed Feb 12, 2020</p> 9a3a249a9c0928ffe26a322b11721a08 Forget Moving On for 02/05/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/02/20/forget-moving-on Wed, 05 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The Democrats want impeachment to disgrace President Donald Trump "for life" and tilt the 2020 election. Not if Senator Lindsey Graham has his way. Graham is proposing post-impeachment investigations by the Senate to "get to the bottom" of the Democrats' impeachment hoax. That will pin the disgrace where it belongs &#8212; on the party that dragged the nation through an unwarranted ordeal. </p> <p>Meanwhile, Vice President Pence is urging the country to "acquit and move on." The Washington Post reports many Republican Senators feel the same. <p>Updated: Wed Feb 05, 2020</p> a96d7ff99ef3d6dcc3a83ae7397634dc Joe Biden Must Explain His Ukraine Dealings for 01/29/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/01/20/joe-biden-must-explain-his-ukraine-dealings Wed, 29 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Democrats impeached President Donald Trump for putting his own political fortunes ahead of the national interest in dealing with Ukraine. But it's Joe Biden who should be in the hot seat for that. </p> <p>Trump is criticized for a July 25 phone call, when he asked the president of Ukraine for help investigating what Joe Biden did, as vice president, to get a prosecutor there fired. Biden's son was on the payroll of a corrupt Ukrainian energy company, Burisma, targeted by authorities.<p>Updated: Wed Jan 29, 2020</p> ccc4be32f41344d8228782723cd94121 Trump Comes Out Swinging Against Impeachment for 01/22/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/01/20/trump-comes-out-swinging-against-impeachment Wed, 22 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The White House fired back at Trump's impeachers Monday, taking aim at their far-fetched legal arguments and their dishonesty. Trump's lawyers called the Democrats' grounds for impeachment a "made-up theory." They singled out House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff for "lying," violating "basic fairness" and "concocting" the whistleblower complaint. </p> <p>The White House brief is Trump's battle plan for his trial, which begins in earnest Wednesday. The brief also serves as a warning to Democrats that if they succeed in their demand for witnesses, then Schiff will be called to testify about his role in engineering the whistleblower complaint and then denying it, and Joe Biden and his son Hunter will be grilled about their dealings in Ukraine.<p>Updated: Wed Jan 22, 2020</p> 2d54f9f79bf9cd6431615a85434d64b6 Dems Smear Trump: 'Impeached for Life' for 01/15/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/01/20/dems-smear-trump-impeached-for-life Wed, 15 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is gloating because President Donald Trump is "impeached for life," and "there's nothing the Senate can do that can ever erase that." Like a prosecutor telling a defendant, even if acquitted, you're "indicted for life" and you'll never shake the disgrace. So much for the noble principle of innocent until proven guilty.</p> <p>Could this be the same never-hate Pelosi who wore black on Dec. 18 as she "solemnly and sadly" called for a vote to impeach the president? What a charade. The Dems' goal all along has been to impeach Trump and damage his re-electability in 2020. <p>Updated: Wed Jan 15, 2020</p> ea2868d175f519f081f7c649f9a2cd7c Pelosi's Impeachment Stunt for 01/08/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/01/20/pelosis-impeachment-stunt Wed, 08 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Imagine if a district attorney charged you with wrongdoing, and then let the charges hang over you indefinitely?</p> <p>That's the stunt Nancy Pelosi has been pulling, sitting on the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump since Dec. 18.<p>Updated: Wed Jan 08, 2020</p> 52986f47fb34150b63e8cccd9fc2f1b2 Getting the Goods on Schiff for 01/01/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/12/19/getting-the-goods-on-schiff Wed, 01 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The truth behind House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff's role in engineering President Donald Trump's impeachment may soon come out because a nonprofit group promoting government transparency &#8212; Judicial Watch &#8212; is suing to get the whistleblower's emails. </p> <p>No matter how the Senate proceeds with Trump's trial, Schiff should be held accountable for the devious means he used to drive impeachment. <p>Updated: Wed Jan 01, 2020</p> e28a71175ee8ceb9c3142b4dc4c1b8c1 The Witness Wars for 12/25/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/12/19/the-witness-wars Wed, 25 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Senator Chuck Schumer issued another demand Sunday for more witnesses and documents as impeachment moves to the Senate. He's undercutting House Democrats' claim of a "rock-solid case" against President Donald Trump. "The case we have, if presented to a jury, would be a guilty verdict in about three minutes flat," boasts Judiciary Committee chair Jerry Nadler. </p> <p>That's a joke. <p>Updated: Wed Dec 25, 2019</p> cde7e20dec5f2f1ab9506b47a6f97e2a Dems' Plan to Drag Out Impeachment for 12/18/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/12/19/dems-plan-to-drag-out-impeachment Wed, 18 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>As the impeachment battle moves to the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is wisely holding the line against Democratic efforts to drag it out. </p> <p>Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is demanding that Democrats be able to call new witnesses. He insists an impeachment trial has to "pass the fairness test." Fairness? He must think Americans are fools. <p>Updated: Wed Dec 18, 2019</p> 08ca75741150dec9d588bb6d049fbb3d Dems Frame Trump for 12/11/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/12/19/dems-frame-trump Wed, 11 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>House Democrats are stampeding to impeach President Donald Trump without evidence of any crime. On Tuesday, they announced two articles of impeachment based on a new, rigged definition of an impeachable offense. They claim Congress can impeach a president who "ignored and injured the interests of the Nation" even if he hasn't violated any law. </p> <p>That's a dangerously vague standard. After all, who's to say what's in the national interest? Democrats and Republicans always disagree about that. That's why we have elections. <p>Updated: Wed Dec 11, 2019</p> 13cbdcc024e0c13accddec59e65e1b68 Dems' Impeachment Trickery for 12/04/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/12/19/dems-impeachment-trickery Wed, 04 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>On Wednesday, House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., takes over as ringmaster for the ongoing impeachment show. He's billing his opening act as an inquiry into the "historical and constitutional basis of impeachment" and "the framers' intent." Nadler claims he'll be looking into what the Constitution's authors meant by "high crimes and misdemeanors." </p> <p>Don't be fooled by Nadler's scholarly posturing. He isn't planning a civics lesson. Democrats are hell-bent on impeaching Trump, so Nadler has to rewrite American history and massage the meaning of the Constitution's Impeachment Clause to fit the pile of nonevidence Adam Schiff's Intelligence Committee has produced. <p>Updated: Wed Dec 04, 2019</p> b5c35265654893e6b35f0cb79ebaa22f Don't Impeach Trump. He Puts America, Not Ukraine, First. for 11/27/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/11/19/dont-impeach-trump-he-puts-america-not-ukraine-first Wed, 27 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Democrats are trying to impeach President Donald Trump for holding up military aid to Ukraine after Congress voted to provide it. Trump put a hold on the aid on July 18, and it wasn't released until Sept. 11. What the Dems and the media are not telling you is that Trump also delayed aid to Pakistan, Gaza, three central American countries and 10 aid projects involving Europe or the United Nations around the same time. </p> <p>A senior Office of Management and Budget official says reporters consistently ignore Trump's broad strategy of getting America's allies, including NATO countries like Germany, to pay their fair share for foreign defense. Trump was looking ahead to a meeting of these countries on Aug. 24-27, when he held up the aid to Ukraine. <p>Updated: Wed Nov 27, 2019</p> ad5d40372d1e7d9bc9327bfbcdc7fd4a Vindman's Claims Don't Hold Up for 11/18/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/11/19/vindmans-claims-dont-hold-up Mon, 18 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>For Tuesday's impeachment show, House Democrats are trotting out their star witness, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman. He listened in on the July 25 call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy that is central to the Dems' case. They allege that Trump demanded Zelenskiy dig up dirt on the Bidens in exchange for military aid. </p> <p>At first glance, Vindman looks like the ideal witness, wearing U.S. Army dress blues with medals. <span class="column--highlighted-text">The press portrays him as a hero reluctantly stepping forward to disclose the president's misconduct. But Vindman will wither under cross-examination, the same way he did during his closed-door testimony on Oct. 29.</span> You haven't heard about that because the media's lying about what's in Vindman's testimony. <p>Updated: Mon Nov 18, 2019</p> 3ffec2d9c57734aec0475a4b1daa815c Impeachment Dems Have Rumors, Not Evidence for 11/12/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/11/19/impeachment-dems-have-rumors-not-evidence Tue, 12 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>On Wednesday, the curtain rises on the House's impeachment show, featuring State Department career diplomats William Taylor Jr. and George Kent as the first witnesses. Mainstream media outlets claim Taylor and Kent have "damning evidence" that President Donald Trump delayed military aid to Ukraine in a quid pro quo to pressure the Ukrainian president to dig up dirt on the Bidens. </p> <p>Don't believe it. Kent and Taylor have no evidence against Trump &#8212; only a false rumor spread during Sept. 7's farcical game of telephone. Taylor heard the claim fourthhand and then called Kent, who got it fifthhand. </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Making these diplomats lead witnesses in the impeachment show is a ruse. They never spoke with Trump about the aid and admit they had no direct knowledge of why it was delayed.</span> They weren't even on the controversial July 25 phone call that has become the pretext for impeachment. <p>Updated: Wed Nov 13, 2019</p>