Daily Editorials from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Tue, 31 Mar 2020 15:27:47 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Daily Editorials from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/daily-editorials-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials a264c5840c9f355d77a7ee72cc5dfc3c Trump Should Make Daily Coronavirus Updates More Useful for 03/31/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/03/20/trump-should-make-daily-coronavirus-updates-more-useful Tue, 31 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The coronavirus outbreak has created an unprecedented crisis, presenting a complex set of problems to the nation's leaders. There are direct public health implications, economic ramifications, political dynamics and legislative questions.</p> <p>Various public officials must handle a variety of aspects of communicating to the public on these important matters. It is perfectly appropriate, for instance, for President Donald Trump to talk about the broad vision for the fight against the coronavirus, to try and keep up the morale of the public (who are being asked to endure personal hardship in the interests of slowing the spread of a disease that has only existed in humans for a few months), or to articulate his administration's position on legislation moving through Congress. Love him or hate him, that is clearly the right role for Trump to be playing at this time.</p> <p>That having been said, daily briefings on the scientific and medical aspects of the coronavirus should be led by the nation's public health experts. They should be used to convey factual information to the public to heighten understanding of this pandemic and the response. Unfortunately, the daily one-size-fits-all meetings dominated by Trump have been overshadowed by the typical banter between the president and reporters. This often drowns out important information.<p>Updated: Tue Mar 31, 2020</p> e26b3e2705a0dc3077edc5f244399854 Suggestion of Letting the Vulnerable Die to Save the Economy Is Absurd for 03/31/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/03/20/suggestion-of-letting-the-vulnerable-die-to-save-the-economy-is-absurd Tue, 31 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Texas' lieutenant governor has suggested that older Americans have a duty to, essentially, sacrifice themselves so America can ease up on social-distancing measures and repair the economy. A California lawyer has taken it a step further to suggest that the main victims of the coronavirus are "not productive" and so should be cut loose like ballast and left to die.</p> <p>These sentiments have shocked Americans &#8212; and should continue to shock them. Remember Republican outrage during the debates over Obamacare about phony 'death panels'? That's effectively what these Republicans are now calling for.</p> <p>Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has been rightly excoriated for his recent comments on (where else?) Fox News suggesting that grandparents, himself included, should be willing to fall on the coronavirus sword so Americans can resume their regularly scheduled economy.<p>Updated: Tue Mar 31, 2020</p> ffc766ba2c4bc0dc0a2ca411678cc290 Why Are Republicans and Democrats So Divided Over the Coronavirus? for 03/30/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/03/20/why-are-republicans-and-democrats-so-divided-over-the-coronavirus-9ddbd Mon, 30 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Obviously, we are a very badly divided nation: so divided we agree on virtually nothing; so divided we can't even talk to one another anymore; so divided one side doesn't believe in anything the other side says; so divided California, New York and Illinois might as well be on a different planet than Texas.</p> <p>We can't even agree on how to respond to the novel coronavirus, and when to get back to business.</p> <p>Check out the latest Rasmussen poll. Sixty-one percent of Republicans believe America will rise from the dead by Easter. Count me among them.<p>Updated: Mon Mar 30, 2020</p> 098f49c8c796eba6779bc76d77bb83d3 Trump's Implacable Ego Gets in the Way of Fighting an Implacable Foe for 03/30/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/03/20/trumps-implacable-ego-gets-in-the-way-of-fighting-an-implacable-foe Mon, 30 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>America's wartime president, Donald Trump, appears to have a 15-day attention span when it comes to combating the coronavirus pandemic. Weary of the economic sacrifice required to slow the pandemic's spread, Trump now proposes easing workplace restrictions despite warnings from experts that the country is nowhere near the point when things can return to normal.</p> <p>Trump's position marks a major departure from the kinds of methodical, science-based strategies recommended by experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Trump has reacted by back-benching Fauci while bringing in others who are more receptive to his unsubstantiated assertions during daily White House briefings.</p> <p>For the good of the country, Americans should disregard Trump and accept the scientific reality. Catastrophe is just around the corner if the nation lets down its guard against this relentless foe. If Americans return to the workplace before the coronavirus is extinguished, the pandemic's toll could be in the millions.<p>Updated: Mon Mar 30, 2020</p> 5ec5603af7e72f98e275510b4b8f4b97 Relief Welcome, But Cut Other Spending for 03/27/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/03/20/relief-welcome-but-cut-other-spending Fri, 27 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Congress and the Trump administration must act swiftly to send a lifeline to citizens and an economy reeling from the ravages of the coronavirus. The aid will come as welcome relief to many Americans, but lawmakers can't allow this unprecedented spending all to sit on the nation's credit card.</p> <p>The $2 trillion stimulus package &#8212; the third round of virus aid from the federal government and by far the largest &#8212; as of late Wednesday was on hold but passage is expected and would further add to America's huge deficit. We've already reached a $1 trillion budget shortfall. And our national debt is rushing toward the $24 trillion mark. The Congressional Budget Office in 2019 warned that unless major tax and spending changes are made, that federal debt was on an "unsustainable" course.</p> <p>That reality isn't going away.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 27, 2020</p> e0ed262c16747c93cec0dbc0b553190c To Slow Viral Spread, Ban the Plastic Bans for 03/27/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/03/20/to-slow-viral-spread-ban-the-plastic-bans Fri, 27 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Stop charging special fees for disposable plastic shopping bags. Stop prohibiting or discouraging plastic shopping bags, plastic straws and plastic coffee stirrers. In the pandemic and post-pandemic world, the war on plastic must end.</p> <p>Fashionably woke anti-plastic regulations begin with environmental activists telling consumers and lawmakers that disposables are an environmental crisis. On the surface, it sounds pretty sensible. The Gazette editorial board long ago encouraged consumers to shop with reusable bags. We did not know then what we know today.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 27, 2020</p> f54910a2dbf1372c453eae94695aa8bb Going Viral: Politicizing This Pandemic Gets Us Nowhere for 03/26/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/03/20/going-viral-politicizing-this-pandemic-gets-us-nowhere-3d166 Thu, 26 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By now the tropes have become almost typical. Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus, drumming up irrational fears in the media, and causing an economic meltdown, all in hopes of bringing down the president. It has even been floated that climate change activists are actively hyping the spread of the coronavirus because they believe that a decline in manufacturing will reverse climate change. For example, the air quality in Wuhan, a major Chinese manufacturing center where the COVID-19 outbreak first occurred, allegedly improved by over 20% during the slowdown caused by the virus. </p> <p>On the other side of the aisle, of course, Democrats have been quick to castigate President Trump for his early attempts to downplay the effects of coronavirus, and for allegedly creating institutional barriers to an effective national response to the pandemic. They hope to use the cratering economy as a political wedge to unseat the president this November. Numerous political action committees and dark money groups have put money into politicizing the president's response to coronavirus. This is politics as usual.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 26, 2020</p> a408f5821b417671dd4b6f8457f86424 A Much-Needed Rescue Package to Halt America's Economic Slide for 03/26/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/03/20/a-much-needed-rescue-package-to-halt-americas-economic-slide Thu, 26 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The $2 trillion bipartisan rescue deal worked out by Senate leaders and the Trump administration early Wednesday could mark a major turning point in the nation's ability to weather the coronavirus crisis. The key in this fight is to take Americans out of circulation as much as possible, which entails shutting down businesses and keeping workers at home indefinitely. This package contains essential compensation for the sacrifices required to stop the virus from spreading.</p> <p>Skeptics on the far right and left might still try to obstruct the package's quick passage in Congress &#8212; testament to skewed priorities that put selfish political interests in front of the nation's economic survival. One benefit of this crisis is that it has allowed political centrists, finally, to dominate the national conversation while helping expose the fallacies behind the extremists' agendas.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 26, 2020</p> 8243addf12d7eae4f45bd5032f675be2 New Medicare Policy Is a Medical Breakthrough That's Long Overdue for 03/25/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/03/20/new-medicare-policy-is-a-medical-breakthrough-thats-long-overdue Wed, 25 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Telemedicine and older patients were made for each other.</span> The inconvenience and infection risk associated with constant rounds to various waiting rooms constitute a waste of elders' time and limited health care resources.</p> <p>The recent move by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to use its new power to pay physicians who perform consultations with Medicare recipients by phone and video has the potential to revolutionize the way geriatric care is delivered in this country.<p>Updated: Wed Mar 25, 2020</p> 242f37edbe4c7048bb8044bdccdfe87f Using Crisis to Undermine Constitutional Rights Is The Worst Kind of Gouging for 03/25/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/03/20/using-crisis-to-undermine-constitutional-rights-is-the-worst-kind-of-gouging Wed, 25 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Attorney General William Barr, who serves an authoritarian-minded president, is seeking to have defendants detained indefinitely without trial, citing the coronavirus pandemic as justification. In Ohio, meanwhile, a Republican attorney general is using the pandemic to deny women their constitutional right to abortion &#8212; decreeing, ludicrously, that it falls under the category of "non-essential" medical procedures and so must be suspended to keep hospital beds free.</p> <p>Politicians trying to use this crisis to advance long-sought, controversial political agendas that they couldn't win in normal times are every bit as despicable and dangerous as those who price-gouge hand sanitizer or market phony coronavirus cures. These ideological opportunists must be stopped in their tracks.<p>Updated: Wed Mar 25, 2020</p> 712ce4440c21c79f55d97b059c3e7d10 We Survive This Crisis by Putting Others First for 03/24/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/03/20/we-survive-this-crisis-by-putting-others-first Tue, 24 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The American people are the government. They elect it and fund it. That means we cannot simply look to state, federal and local governments as a solution to the coronavirus. We must also look directly at ourselves, our families, our friends, our colleagues, our churches, our neighborhoods and our social circles as the solution to surviving the pandemic intact.</p> <p>To help guide and inspire us, nothing seems more fitting than the observation written by The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in his 1963 book "Strength to Love."<p>Updated: Tue Mar 24, 2020</p> 5e3feb6bc13891d222146c93dd7df3cb Suspicious Stock Sales by Members of Congress Might Warrant Prosecution for 03/24/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/03/20/suspicious-stock-sales-by-members-of-congress-might-warrant-prosecution Tue, 24 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>America's political leaders were slow to protect the nation from the coronavirus pandemic, but it seems some of them were much quicker to protect their own finances. New reports show several members of Congress sold off big personal stock holdings after getting official, closed-door assessments early on about how dire the situation might become &#8212; getting their money out of the market before it tanked. In one case, a senator's portfolio changes included a timely investment in a company that offers work-from-home technology.</p> <p>This merits investigation, and if any of it is shown to be what it looks like, those members should be criminally prosecuted for insider trading.</p> <p>As early as January &#8212; when most Americans thought the coronavirus was an overseas problem, if they thought about it at all &#8212; members of Congress were getting private briefings from government experts about the growing threat. This included a Jan. 24 non-public briefing from the director of the Centers for Disease Control.<p>Updated: Tue Mar 24, 2020</p> ea86e167676cf5b6cc13cfeaf3283226 Mr. President, Follow the South Korean Model to Defeat the Coronavirus for 03/23/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/03/20/mr-president-follow-the-south-korean-model-to-defeat-the-coronavirus-46f2a Mon, 23 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Great job, President Trump. You've done the impossible. You've turned perhaps the worst crisis in USA history and one of darkest periods Americans have ever suffered into a show of leadership and a jump in approval. </p> <p>The latest ABC News/IPSOS poll shows a dramatic turnaround. At 55% to 43%, Americans approve of President Donald Trump's handling of this crisis. The numbers were nearly completely reversed only a week ago. Bravo. </p> <p>But I have some advice you need to hear. <p>Updated: Mon Mar 23, 2020</p> 66213dbf7ef5c9646aca903d807db6aa Trump's 'Chinese Virus' Reference Encourages Anti-Asian Hatred for 03/23/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/03/20/trumps-chinese-virus-reference-encourages-anti-asian-hatred Mon, 23 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The nation seems to have two Donald Trumps now: One is the calm, focused president who emerged last week to finally begin taking the coronavirus pandemic seriously. The other is the more familiar figure of division and xenophobia who has dramatically lowered the bar of our political discourse for almost four years now.</p> <p>Unfortunately, that second Trump hasn't entirely left the stage, as he demonstrated this week when he insisted on calling the pandemic a "Chinese virus." With anti-Asian hate crimes on the rise, the president has a responsibility to stop feeding racism.</p> <p>Former President George W. Bush made mistakes after the attacks of 9/11, but he deserves credit for his swift moves to tamp down anti-Muslim hatred in the U.S., including his visit to a Washington mosque &#8212; something no sitting president had done. It was a strong message to America that the enemies were specific terrorists, not entire cultures.<p>Updated: Mon Mar 23, 2020</p> 30c69bba828de7307335eedf443f1709 With Trump Finally Acknowledging The Crisis, Unified Public Action Is Possible for 03/19/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/03/20/with-trump-finally-acknowledging-the-crisis-unified-public-action-is-possible Thu, 19 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Restaurants in Illinois and Ohio have been ordered to cease all dine-in service. In California, eateries are being told to cut their occupancy in half. Bars and theaters in New York City are shuttered, but carryout can continue. St. Louis city and surrounding counties have banned gatherings of more than 50 people, while elsewhere, it's 25.</p> <p>We're witnessing what happens when a health crisis is met with a vacuum of national leadership: Well-meaning state and local leaders step in to protect the public, creating a patchwork of different measures to deal with a virus that knows no city limits or state borders. The result is confusion about what the public actually should be doing. That sows distrust in governmental responses.</p> <p>So it's something of a relief that the Trump administration finally upped its game Monday. It released more specific guidelines of suggested behavior by individual Americans to avoid a potential spike in coronavirus infections that could overwhelm hospitals in coming weeks. In a news conference, President Donald Trump managed to avoid earlier gaffes that downplayed the danger and descended into political backbiting. For the first time, it felt like this White House understands what's at stake here.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 19, 2020</p> d4659f36a5505c1e1af2dc3a4367aa20 COVID-19 Could Be Deadly for American Small Business for 03/19/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/03/20/covid-19-could-be-deadly-for-american-small-business-02be0 Thu, 19 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Over the last few weeks, the United States has been grappling with the challenges of the global coronavirus pandemic. But the devastating effects have only just begun to surface for the average citizen. While COVID-19 is a very real and dire threat to the health and lives of the elderly and our most vulnerable, its unprecedented impact on the wider economy places us all at risk. </p> <p>The American way of life as we know it could be forever changed unless critical action is taken immediately.</p> <p>Although the U.S. economy has been performing at record highs over the last several years, it is not enough to absorb the shockwaves of this virus. The nation has come to a grinding halt with cities taking drastic measures to contain the disease's spread &#8212; shutting down schools, businesses and public places across the country.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 19, 2020</p> 178b986d83e9a3bc8fbf602926af06f3 Coronavirus Could Unveil Our Health Care Shortage for 03/18/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/03/20/coronavirus-could-unveil-our-health-care-shortage Wed, 18 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The coronavirus pandemic should change the way we address the American health care crisis. It may force us to face the hard facts.</p> <p>The Gazette has warned for years that our problem with overpriced health care begins with a supply that does not meet demand. High insurance premiums, deductibles, co-pays, out-of-wallet prices, and extended waits ration the dearth of care, drugs, and equipment. Third-party pay arrangements, regulatory barriers to entry and other disrupters of market forces leave us with a system that underserves the public.<p>Updated: Wed Mar 18, 2020</p> 5b4d0e77da9401a6d989212a3bf8c92c Trump Campaign Ran Afoul of Facebook Rules, But Other Abusers Get Away With It for 03/18/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/03/20/trump-campaign-ran-afoul-of-facebook-rules-but-other-abusers-get-away-with-it Wed, 18 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In a promising development, Facebook recently removed a Trump campaign ad for violating its policy against misleading political posts. But that one example of diligence by a platform that inadvertently enabled Russian election interference in 2016 doesn't negate the broader remaining danger: A new study finds a majority of political ads on Facebook fail to disclose their funding sources, in violation of the platform's own policy.</p> <p>This doesn't instill confidence in the company's ability to reduce the threat of more election interference this year through self-policing. It's time to start talking about bringing the politicos who use these unregulated platforms under the same campaign-regulation oversight they face in other media.<p>Updated: Wed Mar 18, 2020</p> 1d6ebb027e62bf0532dc59899d3790af Let's Work Together To Defeat the Monster Virus for 03/17/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/03/20/lets-work-together-to-defeat-the-monster-virus Tue, 17 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Our country and community are headed to the stars, but the journey is hard. A monster bug is in the way and we must defeat it.</p> <p>The 36th annual Space Symposium was to begin March 30 at The Broadmoor's newly expanded expo center. It would be a banner year, the first symposium since Congress and President Donald Trump established the new Space Force in Colorado Springs.</p> <p>Then came the coronavirus, a microscopic germ taking on major institutions that seemed invincible. No individual, business, or organization can ignore the virus and go on with life as usual.<p>Updated: Tue Mar 17, 2020</p> 7900eb864522ac0606f5177bbf0b0187 As America Cowers From a Pandemic, Trump Is Busy Providing Cover for a Crony for 03/17/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/03/20/as-america-cowers-from-a-pandemic-trump-is-busy-providing-cover-for-a-crony Tue, 17 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>America may be getting turned upside down by the coronavirus, but at least one thing hasn't changed: The nation's chief executive continues to undermine the rule of law in plain sight. Even as President Donald Trump was bungling his public messaging about the pandemic over the weekend, he also floated the idea of pardoning former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI during its investigation of Russian election interference.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">In a Twitter rant, Trump implied, as he has before, that the FBI and Justice Department are engaged in some dark conspiracy against him and his loyalists. A president who should be focused like a laser on the coronavirus response is instead consumed with false conspiracy theories and helping felonious cronies.</span> It's stunningly irresponsible if familiar behavior - and it helps explain why public trust in government is so low at a time when it's so crucially needed.</p> <p>While his administration on Sunday was frantically playing catch-up to convey the seriousness of the pandemic to the public, Trump's Twitter thumbs were rehashing his grievances over the Russia investigation. "So now it is reported that, after destroying his life & the life of his wonderful family (and many others also), the FBI, working in conjunction with the Justice Department, has 'lost' the records of General Michael Flynn," Trump wrote. "How convenient. I am strongly considering a Full Pardon!"<p>Updated: Tue Mar 17, 2020</p>