Betsy McCaughey from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Mon, 19 Apr 2021 01:59:47 -0700 Betsy McCaughey from Creators Syndicate c0ce30855c7d9e71e2967cc21e9324a2 'America First' in Vaccinations for 04/14/2021 Wed, 14 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>In the race to save lives, the United States and England are winning. A stunning 47% of U.K. residents and 36% of U.S. residents have received at least one dose. Compare that with the European Union, where only 15% have gotten at least one jab. The U.S. and the U.K. are way ahead thanks to the brash nationalism of U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and former President Donald Trump. </p> <p>The U.S. is now vaccinating as many as 4 million people a day, and President Joe Biden has announced vaccines are plentiful enough that all adults will be eligible by May 1. A remarkable achievement. Biden gets some credit for distributing the shots, but Trump is responsible for producing vaccines in record time and guaranteeing that America had first dibs on the supply. The current president claims he inherited a mess. In fact, he inherited a miracle &#8212; Trump's Operation Warp Speed. </p> <p>In the spring of 2020, Trump put America at the front of the line for whatever vaccines would ultimately be produced. He had the foresight to contract with not one or two but six different vaccine companies for a total of 800 million doses. Not all six companies' vaccines would actually be approved and put into use. He bet on all six because failure was not an option. <p>Updated: Wed Apr 14, 2021</p> c89e720f491fa792b14416e4b1cf384c Ending Big Tech Tyranny for 04/07/2021 Wed, 07 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>On Monday, Justice Clarence Thomas announced that the Supreme Court soon will have to put an end to big tech tyranny. He cited the "glaring" problem of social media platforms like Facebook and Google wielding unlimited power to censor users whose views they don't like. These tech giants, he argued, ought to be regulated like "common carriers," which are legally required to serve all customers. AT&T can't refuse to open a phone account for you or limit your conversations. Amtrak cannot pick and choose who rides its trains. </p> <p>Thomas's opinion offers hope at a time when Democrats controlling Congress are demanding tech giants do more censoring, not less. On March 25, Democrats on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce ordered tech CEOs clamp down on "disinformation" and silence views that "undermine social justice movements." Spoken like true totalitarians.</p> <p>Thomas' groundbreaking announcement was made in the context of a case involving Donald Trump. As president, he blocked critics from commenting on his tweets or retweeting them. Critics sued, claiming the president's Twitter account is a public forum. The high court ruled the case is now moot because Trump is out of office. Thomas concurred, and agreed with a lower court ruling that Trump violated his critics' First Amendment right to be heard. <p>Updated: Wed Apr 07, 2021</p> fc1a095c8299ee494ae901c34be1a94c Chinese Communists' Germ Warfare Research for 03/31/2021 Wed, 31 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The Chinese Communist Party is good at hiding mass killings. There are no monuments in China to the millions who were starved during the Great Leap Forward under Mao in the 1960s or to the throngs mowed down at Tiananmen Square. Now, the CCP is covering up the origins of COVID-19, which has killed 2.7 million so far.</p> <p>The CCP's fingerprints are all over the joint World Health Organization-China report on the virus's origins leaked Monday. China barred international scientists from collecting data, inspecting labs, scrutinizing medical records, or even having unmonitored talks with Chinese scientists. WHO even gave China veto power over the report's contents. It's a coverup.</p> <p>The report argues that the virus probably spread from bats to another animal species (yet to be identified, despite testing thousands of species) and then leaped to humans in the city of Wuhan. <p>Updated: Wed Mar 31, 2021</p> 21f303ef2cdf605e739b0b106db22581 China Must Come Clean on COVID for 03/24/2021 Wed, 24 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>If a plane goes down, there has to be an investigation. Otherwise, no one would feel safe flying again. But a virus from China has killed 540,000 people in our country so far &#8212; equal to two thousand jumbo jet crashes &#8212; and the Biden administration is doing nothing to get to the bottom of it.</p> <p>Scientists worldwide are divided over whether the virus jumped naturally from the animal world to humans, or whether the virus accidentally leaked from a lab such as the Wuhan Institute of Virology, where biowarfare research is conducted. </p> <p>The Chinese view biological warfare as the future, and scientists are developing genetic and viral weapons. The State Department has warned about low safety standards at Chinese labs, including the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and the risk of deadly leaks. <p>Updated: Wed Mar 24, 2021</p> 761dd2e7a4a3e9171e8167aa11605fed The Border Crisis May Be Coming to Your Kids' School for 03/17/2021 Wed, 17 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The Biden administration is scrambling to shelter thousands of unaccompanied minors crossing the southern border from Central America. The media are declaring the crush at the border a "crisis." </p> <p>Truth is, this crisis could be heading to your school district. If your kids are in public school or you pay school taxes, you need to know the facts. </p> <p>The media show photos of young migrant children. Don't fall for that. Three-quarters of these unaccompanied minors are young men ages 15 to 17. Think tattoos, not teddy bears.<p>Updated: Wed Mar 17, 2021</p> f4791797e8082fd07de3bab662c93565 COVID Hypocrisy at the White House for 03/10/2021 Wed, 10 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Biden administration health official Rochelle Walensky announced Monday that vaccinated Americans can visit with others who are vaccinated in small groups at home. But when Walensky was asked about visiting grandchildren, she said no, unless the kids are local. Even vaccinated people must avoid traveling. "Every time there's a surge in travel, we have a surge in cases in this country."</p> <p>The Biden administration is making one exception. It's OK to wade across the Rio Grande River and enter the U.S. illegally. Even if you have COVID-19, you can get on a bus in a Texas border town and travel to any part of the U.S., including New York, Baltimore, Miami and Los Angeles. Never mind how far and wide COVID-infected migrants spread the virus as they fan out.<p>Updated: Wed Mar 10, 2021</p> d081a35ef5082b90a66be08fbe018e79 Nancy's Election-Rigging Bill for 03/03/2021 Wed, 03 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Nancy Pelosi's top priority is to turn America into a one-party nation ruled by Democrats. Her bill HR 1, to be voted on this week, trashes the U.S. Constitution in an attempt to rig the system and make it virtually impossible to elect a Republican president or Congress again. It's a power grab.</p> <p>The bill eviscerates state voting laws and forces all the states to conform to a set of rules that includes automatic voter registration. Anyone who goes to a DMV or applies for food stamps, Medicaid or other social services, or attends a public college will be automatically enrolled to vote. Noncitizens are obligated to identify themselves and opt out, but there are no criminal penalties if they don't. From California to New York, Dems are already pushing to allow noncitizens to vote in local elections. They see this as their roadmap to a future permanent majority </p> <p>HR 1's bag of tricks also includes banning state voter ID requirements. Anyone can show up on Election Day to vote, registered or not, and simply sign a statement that they're a legal voter. HR 1 is being sold as a reform to make voting easier. In truth, it makes cheating easier. <p>Updated: Wed Mar 03, 2021</p> a11864592c52d2f108f266801709f454 Biden's Appointees: Diversity But Not Much Else for 03/01/2021 Mon, 01 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Dr. Rachel Levine's nomination to be assistant secretary of Health and Human Services is being hailed as "historic" by Democrats and the media, solely because Levine is transgender. That's crazy. Her own sexual identity should be irrelevant. What's needed, especially during the pandemic, is competence. Levine lacks it. </p> <p>As Pennsylvania health secretary, Levine was in charge of the state's COVID-19 response. She told the Senate panel on Thursday that the pandemic was her "urgent and primary focus." What the record shows is that she failed miserably, costing Pennsylvanians their lives. </p> <p>Pennsylvania ranks a dismal 45 out of the 50 states in COVID-19 case fatality rates, meaning the likelihood that a COVID-19 victim dies, according to Kaiser Family Foundation. The state also lagged most of the nation in testing. Worse, like New York, Pennsylvania ordered nursing homes to admit COVID-infected hospital patients, causing carnage. In the first five months of the pandemic, 70% of COVID-19 fatalities in the state were nursing home residents. <p>Updated: Mon Mar 01, 2021</p> eb1c21a58778c449f63fb69b2518bb7c It's a Racist Plan, Not a Rescue Plan for 02/24/2021 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Polls show most Americans support the COVID-19 relief bill. But this bill comes with a slap in the face for people who believe in racial equality and want everyone to benefit. </p> <p>Section 1005 of the bill offers women and minority farm owners a total debt forgiveness of up to hundreds of thousands of dollars per farmer. No strings or other requirements. An amazing offer &#8212; but white men need not apply. <p>Updated: Wed Feb 24, 2021</p> 70a72b5acdb9c1febef1834118090794 Strip Governors of Their COVID Emergency Powers for 02/17/2021 Wed, 17 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>From Pennsylvania to California, Americans are relearning what Lord Acton warned about over two centuries ago: power corrupts. Giving governors "emergency powers" to fight COVID-19 is destroying our civil liberties and endangering our lives.</p> <p>The stench from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's nursing home carnage and months-long cover up is finally causing even Democratic pols in Albany to turn against him. At least 14 are now joining Republicans to demand Cuomo be stripped of his emergency COVID-19 powers. </p> <p>And not a day too soon. Cuomo used those powers to shut restaurants and other businesses, close schools and even impose heavy-handed restrictions on houses of worship until the U.S. Supreme Court rebuked him. Emergency powers should last for a few weeks or maybe a month &#8212; just long enough to keep the public safe until the legislature can swing into action. Instead, Cuomo has wielded emergency powers for 11 months &#8212; with disastrous consequences for businesses, workers, schoolchildren and the elderly. <p>Updated: Wed Feb 17, 2021</p> 2c74d21ab85668f6c7adb4dd12be42e4 Small-Business Struggles for 02/10/2021 Wed, 10 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Small-business owners are struggling to survive the pandemic and government-imposed lockdowns. But white male business owners have an added problem. While politicians are offering loans and grants to minority-owned and women-owned businesses, they could care less about helping white men.</p> <p>What's next? Tax breaks for women and minorities, and higher rates for white men? Government programs shouldn't discriminate. We're all supposed to be equal under the law.</p> <p>Tell that to President Joe Biden, who won the election with promises to unify. His 27-page plan to "build back better by advancing racial equity" proposes dozens of taxpayer-funded programs for businesses owned "by Black and Brown people" and no mention of white-owned businesses. That's bound to provoke racial resentment.<p>Updated: Wed Feb 10, 2021</p> ea65f815897f5b9a942b2298cb6736ae Biden Is Ignoring Virus Mutations for 02/03/2021 Wed, 03 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Two straight weeks of good news: COVID-19 cases are declining, hospitalizations are down and the daily pace of vaccinations is on the rise nationwide. What's not to celebrate?</p> <p>Yet, the nation's leading infectious disease experts are warning us that the situation is dire because new, more dangerous strains of the virus threaten the success of the U.S. vaccination effort. They caution we're in a race to vaccinate before the virus becomes vaccine-resistant. </p> <p>Message to the Biden administration: The public doesn't want to see any more presidential press conferences announcing Climate Day, racial Equity Day, Immigration Reform Day, or any other themes. Every day needs to be vaccination day. The urgency needs to be translated into action. <p>Updated: Wed Feb 03, 2021</p> edf11481f4a81a9f65478329dd9734c0 US Should Vaccinate Its Own Before Sharing Vaccines for 01/27/2021 Wed, 27 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>On Thursday, Anthony Fauci informed the World Health Organization that the Biden administration will participate in WHO's vaccine-sharing project. That reverses President Donald Trump's "America First" approach. Fauci says the goal is to ensure "equitable access" to vaccines for all countries in the world, rich and poor alike. </p> <p>Americans scrambling to get vaccinated have a right to know how sharing doses with poor countries will affect their own ability to get vaccinated. </p> <p>Biden is coming under pressure from the public health community to share the vaccine supply the U.S. has prepurchased before all Americans who want shots receive them. <p>Updated: Wed Jan 27, 2021</p> 88a1e988770daeb21035240eb4deed89 Biden's Timid Plan to Fight COVID-19 for 01/20/2021 Wed, 20 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>As COVID-19 mutates, it's becoming more contagious than the virus that invaded the U.S. about a year ago. A trip to the grocery with a mask on, which used to be low risk, is becoming riskier. </p> <p>As cases and deaths increase rapidly, people are scared and upset. They're spending hours on websites and hotlines struggling unsuccessfully to get vaccine appointments. </p> <p>President-elect Joe Biden's vaccine distribution plan, which he announced Friday, doesn't offer them much hope. Biden said he'll open 100 federal vaccine sites in school gyms, community centers and stadiums the first month. That's for the entire nation. <p>Updated: Wed Jan 20, 2021</p> d9bca6d2c2b2c102d247f3b1e3712020 Feds Should Launch Massive Vaccine Effort for 01/14/2021 Thu, 14 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Americans are stressing out over how long they'll have to endure isolation, closed businesses and fear of COVID-19. It all hinges on getting vaccinated. Yet, only one-third of doses shipped to the states are actually making it into people's arms. The public hears the wait will be many months. Most states are failing miserably. </p> <p>Meanwhile, Washington pols are fighting over punishing President Donald Trump. They need to choose &#8212; vengeance or vaccines &#8212; and turn their attention to rolling out a massive emergency vaccination distribution staged by the federal government at malls, arenas and other public spaces. </p> <p>Members of Congress have already received their shots. They need reminding that the rest of us need ours. It's how we get our lives back. <p>Updated: Thu Jan 14, 2021</p> 84af31a04b76f0ead4147edbfebb8009 Regulate Social Media Like Public Utilities for 01/13/2021 Wed, 13 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Democracy took a big blow when Twitter shut down President Donald Trump's accounts and Google and Amazon ousted Parler, a site favored by millions of conservatives.</p> <p>Big Tech, which is run by the left, is robbing Americans of their right to communicate freely and exchange ideas. <p>Updated: Wed Jan 13, 2021</p> 0e15487411065b3d37bf6161d7c36cef End the Deadly Vaccine Delays for 01/06/2021 Wed, 06 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>If you live in Florida or Texas and you're 65 or over, you can get in line for a COVID-19 vaccine at a mall, stadium or drive-thru center. You may have to wait for hours, but being in line is better than being in the dark. That's where most New Yorkers are &#8212; desperate to get the vaccine and with no way to sign up. It may be months before they can. It's a problem in many other states, too. </p> <p>The first vaccines were shipped to the states on Dec. 13, but most are sitting on shelves unused, while some 2,600 people a day die from COVID-19 nationwide. State and local officials &#8212; including Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill De Blasio in New York &#8212; are showing a depraved indifference to human life as they play politics over who gets vaccine priority. </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">It's time for the public to demand that these officials open up mass vaccination centers and get the lifesaving shots into our arms. </span><p>Updated: Wed Jan 06, 2021</p> 0e3ad32da38f05034e68ad90d47bc93d Cancer Patients Need COVID-19 Vaccines for 12/30/2020 Wed, 30 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>As COVID-19 vaccines are being rolled out, an extremely vulnerable group is being overlooked: millions of cancer patients. Doctors nationwide are sounding the alarm that many state governments and the federal advisory committee charged with prioritizing who gets vaccinated should move cancer patients up to the front of the line, right after nursing home residents and frontline health care workers. Right now, they're deemed a lower priority than "essential workers" such as firefighters and mass transit employees.</p> <p>Yet cancer patients are getting decimated by COVID-19. New data from 360 U.S. hospitals show that patients with cancer are more at risk of catching COVID-19 than the rest of the population. Once infected they are nearly twice as likely to be seriously ill and need hospitalization. <p>Updated: Wed Dec 30, 2020</p> fe2fb55fb21e3b295d1379ecda515f6b Leftists Hijacking Vaccination Rollout for 12/22/2020 Tue, 22 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>You were warned about this first in July. Now, it's happening. On Sunday, the federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended that seniors ages 65 to 74 be moved toward the back of the line for the COVID-19 vaccine.</p> <p>The reason, says ACIP, is that "racial and ethnic minority groups (are) under-represented" in this age group. Put another way: Seniors are too white.</p> <p>Vaccines are already being administered to health workers and nursing home residents. The question is this: Who comes next? ACIP wants to push 87 million essential workers &#8212; such as transit workers, supermarket employees and uniformed public servants &#8212; to the front of the line, forcing 32 million seniors to wait.<p>Updated: Tue Dec 22, 2020</p> f696dd112e21ee51951073d1d5cb1311 Cuomo Not Fit to Be US Attorney General for 12/16/2020 Wed, 16 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Governor Andrew Cuomo is reported to be on Joe Biden's shortlist for attorney general of the United States, though Cuomo claims he's not interested. A savvy response, considering he might not be Biden's final choice, and if he is, he'll have to undergo Senate scrutiny. He's got a lot to explain. </p> <p>Not because of an unsubstantiated accusation of sexual misconduct hurled against Cuomo on Sunday. The real issue is Cuomo's track record of proven public policy blunders that cost New Yorkers their lives. <p>Updated: Wed Dec 16, 2020</p>