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 Wed, 15 Jul 2020 01:21:30 -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 5cd042ef4e15591daebf1873228df2f2 What Happened To the Record Income Taxes Americans Paid Last Year? for 07/15/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/07/20/what-happened-to-the-record-income-taxes-americans-paid-last-year-41786 Wed, 15 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Back in fiscal 2019, which ended last September before COVID-19 hit, the federal government set two records.</p> <p>It collected more money in individual income taxes than in any previous year &#8212; and then spent more.<p>Updated: Wed Jul 15, 2020</p> f5217f3518c8283e12e225acb721b588 Exploiting Coronavirus Fears to Serve Selfish Objectives for 07/15/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/07/20/exploiting-coronavirus-fears-to-serve-selfish-objectives Wed, 15 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The adage says to never let a crisis go to waste. Union leaders are taking it to heart, looking for every opportunity to strong-arm employers in the name of COVID-19 safety. As employers try to stumble back to life, unions want expensive new contracts or government-imposed mandates.</p> <p>The latest display of crass union opportunism played out in San Francisco, where the Unite Here hospitality workers union pressed the Board of Supervisors to enact mandates on hotels, convention centers, and other travel and tourism businesses. Among a laundry list of onerous and expensive regulations, hotels must clean surfaces several times a day &#8212; right down to whiteboard markers and erasers in rooms that haven't been used since the last cleaning.<p>Updated: Wed Jul 15, 2020</p> 88ed02126f80e78850ff6954be5c50e6 Stone Lied for Trump. Trump Commuted Stone's Sentence. Republicans Stay Silent. for 07/14/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/07/20/stone-lied-for-trump-trump-commuted-stones-sentence-republicans-stay-silent Tue, 14 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>As America's Founders were ratifying the Constitution in 1788, delegate George Mason argued against granting presidential pardon power, warning that some crooked future president might use it to "pardon crimes which were advised by himself." Not to worry, James Madison assured him: Such brazen malfeasance would surely prompt that president's impeachment. That's how serious an abuse of power President Donald Trump committed Friday by commuting the prison sentence of his crony Roger Stone, convicted of lying to Congress to protect ... Trump.</p> <p>Stone isn't even bothering to conceal the corrupt bargain here. He told an interviewer that Trump "knows I was under enormous pressure to turn on him. It would have eased my situation considerably. But I didn't."</p> <p>Turn on him regarding what, exactly? Do Senate Republicans &#8212; who keep refusing to exercise any oversight whatsoever of this rogue president &#8212; have any thoughts on that mafioso-like comment? Sen. Roy Blunt? Sen. Josh Hawley? Anyone?<p>Updated: Tue Jul 14, 2020</p> 3ac3d838e4c314f8482fcd809317a224 Left-Wing Democrats Want to Control Minorities for 07/14/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/07/20/left-wing-democrats-want-to-control-minorities Tue, 14 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The left's message to minorities has never been clearer. People with brown and black skin must do as told by woke, elite liberals &#8212; most of them white.</p> <p>We saw this when presumptive Democratic presidential nominee <span class="column--highlighted-text">Joe Biden declared: "if you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or Trump, then you ain't Black."</span><p>Updated: Tue Jul 14, 2020</p> 8179c648b9ed170faf0f66754f8dda37 Court Strikes Two Quick Blows For Religious Liberty for 07/13/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/07/20/court-strikes-two-quick-blows-for-religious-liberty Mon, 13 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>It only took seven years and two trips to the Supreme Court, but the Little Sisters of the Poor finally won its case this week in a 7-2 ruling, Little Sisters v. Pennsylvania.</p> <p>Although the decision is a narrow one, it is a victory for religious freedom and the cause for unequivocal celebration. After years of legal harassment from left-wing organizations and Democratic government officials, this Catholic religious order, founded to serve the needs of impoverished seniors, can live without government interference according to the teachings of the faith that gives it purpose.</p> <p>The case involved the Obama administration's contraceptive mandate &#8212; a regulation finalized by the bureaucracy in 2013 requiring all employers to provide employees with coverage for contraception and sterilization. The Little Sisters, a Catholic order, wanted no part in providing or funding such services, which Catholicism forbids. It also rejected, as a moral evasion, the alternative offered by the Obama administration &#8212; that it certifies for its group insurer that it was refusing such coverage so that the insurer could handle it for the order separately.<p>Updated: Mon Jul 13, 2020</p> 00f1c14644a7c55a0942c6d2af1cb6a2 Last Year's 'Sharpiegate' Foretold How Badly Trump Would Handle the Pandemic for 07/13/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/07/20/last-years-sharpiegate-foretold-how-badly-trump-would-handle-the-pandemic Mon, 13 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Last summer, President Donald Trump mistakenly warned that Hurricane Dorian threatened the Alabama coast. Days later, rather than admit error, he displayed a government weather map clumsily altered with a Sharpie marker, as if to confirm his erroneous claim. In a postscript, a federal watchdog last week chided the administration for threatening government scientists who had the audacity to contradict the president with facts.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">"Sharpiegate" today looks like an early harbinger of what would later go so wrong with America's pandemic response</span>: Now, as then, this president ignores science and puts his personal interests above the good of the nation. Worse, people around him &#8212; people who clearly know better &#8212; enable this dangerous behavior.<p>Updated: Mon Jul 13, 2020</p> e6274cc1755ef340ccf4b5b3b1c2d771 US Can't Leave the WHO Fast Enough for 07/10/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/07/20/us-cant-leave-the-who-fast-enough Fri, 10 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>President Donald Trump is withdrawing the U.S. from the World Health Organization. All we can say is that it's about time.</p> <p>The organization's legitimacy as a body looking out for humanity's well-being has been effectively reduced to zero.</p> <p>Just as the U.S. with the United Nations's Human Rights Council, a shambolic body that gives cover to the world's worst human rights offenders, it is better for the U.S. not to associate with this farce, lending it undeserved credibility. The WHO has shown itself to be a puppet of Xi Jinping's regime in China, the campaigning of which installed its director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 10, 2020</p> f276bdd5079788724d487a26dd12b756 Ignore Those 3 Million Virus Cases. Trump Says It's Time Kids Get Back to School. for 07/10/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/07/20/ignore-those-3-million-virus-cases-trump-says-its-time-kids-get-back-to-school Fri, 10 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The desire to get kids back into classrooms is not in dispute. Parents and pediatricians increasingly feel that children are suffering for lack of educational and social stimuli. Teachers want professional fulfillment. Taxpayers want to know their money isn't being wasted on a bunch of empty buildings. And politicians mindful of November elections, including President Donald Trump and Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, are anxious to produce symbols of America's economic revival.</p> <p>But no matter how overwhelming the desire, the simple scientific facts cannot be ignored: The pandemic continues to rage out of control, with conservative states in the South and West leading the country in new infections and hospitalizations. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas insists that his state's students return to their classrooms in just a few weeks, even as the state is seeing more than 10,000 new cases per day. Where's the logic in that?<p>Updated: Fri Jul 10, 2020</p> dea0a999f90f6759b7966986b0e31c80 This Fall, Let's Get the Kids Back in School for 07/09/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/07/20/this-fall-lets-get-the-kids-back-in-school Thu, 09 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The American Academy of Pediatrics has released a needed opinion that is strongly in favor of getting children back to school this fall. It's what the nation needs right now in times that seem anything but normal.</p> <p>"The AAP," the group's statement reads, "strongly advocates that all policy considerations for the coming school year should start with a goal of having students physically present in school."</p> <p>"Schools are fundamental to child and adolescent development and well-being," AAP's statement points out. They "provide our children and adolescents with academic instruction, social and emotional skills, safety, reliable nutrition, physical/speech and mental health therapy, and opportunities for physical activity, among other benefits."<p>Updated: Thu Jul 09, 2020</p> 4de50d2b9f2c97ee243c734a281bc094 Spike In Cases Exposes Lack of Contact Tracing for 07/09/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/07/20/spike-in-cases-exposes-lack-of-contact-tracing Thu, 09 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The American Academy of Pediatrics has released a needed opinion that is strongly in favor of getting children back to school this fall. It's what the nation needs right now in times that seem anything but normal.</p> <p>"The AAP," the group's statement reads, "strongly advocates that all policy considerations for the coming school year should start with a goal of having students physically present in school."</p> <p>"Schools are fundamental to child and adolescent development and well-being," AAP's statement points out. They "provide our children and adolescents with academic instruction, social and emotional skills, safety, reliable nutrition, physical/speech and mental health therapy, and opportunities for physical activity, among other benefits."<p>Updated: Thu Jul 09, 2020</p> 83f6aa1882656f19ee642d05400de539 'They Say Black Lives Matter'; How Left-Wing Chaos Kills Kids for 07/08/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/07/20/they-say-black-lives-matter-how-left-wing-chaos-kills-kids Wed, 08 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Stop the violence, now. All Black lives matter and the mostly white nationwide protests are ending Black lives in droves, as seen during a heart-breaking July Fourth holiday weekend.</p> <p>The made-for-TV protests are not peaceable, not legal, and it is past time for President Donald Trump, governors, and mayors to shut them down. It is the least they could do to honor the irreplaceable Black children killed over the holiday weekend as the direct or indirect result of civil unrest.</p> <p>Much of the mainstream national media have no intention of accurately portraying the violence. They want Americans to believe these are peaceful civil rights demonstrations to defend Black lives.<p>Updated: Wed Jul 08, 2020</p> c98c0ea744ef759088dbee19a8d41ef9 Trump Uses Independence Day to Promote His Campaign to Divide America for 07/08/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/07/20/trump-uses-independence-day-to-promote-his-campaign-to-divide-america Wed, 08 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>It's hard to decide what was most appalling about President Donald Trump's two speeches over the Independence Day weekend. Was it his intentionally divisive rhetoric in the shadow of Abraham Lincoln? His obvious race-baiting? His outright lie about the coronavirus as new cases spike?</p> <p>Instead of offering messages of unity and healing, Trump used the nation's most sacred holiday to label millions of Americans as "bad, evil people" for practicing their constitutional right of protest. His familiar strategy of vilifying immigrants and foreigners has now metastasized into the vilification of many of the Americans he ostensibly leads.</p> <p>Although Trump's Mount Rushmore speech Friday was a presidential event, as opposed to a campaign rally, he didn't hesitate to blame "cities run by liberal Democrats" for the "violent mayhem we have seen in the streets." He didn't mention that demonstrators were protesting police brutality against African Americans, nor that most protests have been peaceful &#8212; including one near the White House that Trump's people arranged to have violently dispersed to stage a photo op.<p>Updated: Wed Jul 08, 2020</p> 7e84bf00f355519c0f899a489caffa3a Mask-Wearing Isn't Political, It's Lifesaving for 07/07/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/07/20/mask-wearing-isnt-political-its-lifesaving Tue, 07 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The nation is five months and more than 128,000 lives into its worst disease outbreak in a century and, short of a vaccine or cure, only a few effective tools remain for staving off new coronavirus infections.</p> <p>Americans can recite them by heart: Wash your hands frequently. Stay at least 6 feet from others. And wear a face mask.</p> <p>Unfortunately, knowing by heart and actually doing are not one and the same.<p>Updated: Tue Jul 07, 2020</p> fc7abf200cf343323b9e515298e34946 Wealthy Hospitals Shouldn't Be Taking Pandemic Dollars Needed By Poor Ones for 07/07/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/07/20/wealthy-hospitals-shouldnt-be-taking-pandemic-dollars-needed-by-poor-ones Tue, 07 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It wasn't just Wall Street titans and national retail chains that accepted federal pandemic money meant for smaller, more vulnerable economic players. Wealthy hospitals did it, too, snatching funds intended for struggling medical facilities while sitting on billions of dollars in reserves, according to a recent New York Times report. Congress should claw that money back and rewrite the rules in the program that allowed it to happen.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">As America's economy shut down earlier this year to contain the coronavirus, Congress approved a series of programs to provide emergency funding to struggling segments of the economy.</span> Among them was a program that was supposed to provide a financial-aid lifeline to small businesses. But it saw hundreds of millions of dollars funneled instead to national chains and publicly traded companies because the program was approved hurriedly, with lax rules. Public outrage was so intense that some companies ended up returning the money.<p>Updated: Tue Jul 07, 2020</p> dcc279cc91016b51bb5091f66fd85368 The War on Cops Will Mostly Harm Minorities for 07/06/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/07/20/the-war-on-cops-will-mostly-harm-minorities Mon, 06 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Videos on TV and the internet show a trend of white left-wing activists shouting at black law enforcement officers. They call them "traitors," "sellouts," and "Uncle Tom." "You should know better," said a white activist in the face of a black cop last week.</p> <p>It is just the latest in a disgusting attack on the police &#8212; a movement few Americans could have imagined just two months ago.</p> <p>Anti-American leftists, under the guise of defending minorities, want local politicians to defund police and even close departments. More rational voices are calling for reasonable reforms to ensure better outcomes. (See today's "Perspective" features).<p>Updated: Mon Jul 06, 2020</p> 0fb6b5d9c71e89129e35cfa6920914a1 Virus Deaths Aren't Rising With Infections. Mask Up to Keep It That Way. for 07/06/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/07/20/virus-deaths-arent-rising-with-infections-mask-up-to-keep-it-that-way Mon, 06 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>There's a silver lining in the national spike of coronavirus infections, but it may be a temporary one. Even as more than half of U.S. states, including Missouri, see a surge of coronavirus cases, deaths aren't currently on a similar upward swing.</p> <p>The problem with taking too much solace from that is death rates have always lagged behind infection rates, but they eventually follow similar paths. Much of the infection surge now is among young people, which offers hope that deaths won't spike this time &#8212; unless those young people are currently infecting their parents and grandparents whose vulnerability would tend to be much more pronounced.</p> <p>All scenarios point to the need to quit politicizing proven precautions like social distancing and wearing masks. Vice President Mike Pence has started setting the right example by masking up and urging others to. President Donald Trump continues to treat mask-wearing as if it's some personal affront to him, which endangers his own most fervent followers. Despite the new surge, Gov. Mike Parson refuses to issue a statewide masking requirement, oddly citing politicization of the issue.<p>Updated: Mon Jul 06, 2020</p> 3fc79f84e45c0271af389e4c7162de2e Proud To Be an American for 07/03/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/07/20/proud-to-be-an-american-30909 Fri, 03 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>I am proud to be an American. Yes, I know that our system of government is not perfect, but I firmly believe that it is the best in the world. We are an exceptional country &#8212; not because our people are exceptional but because we have a different &#8212; and exceptional &#8212; structure of government. I am grateful that I was born an American. </p> <p>We declared our independence from Great Britain 244 years ago this week. It happened after years of overreaching rule by King George III and Britain's insistence on taxation without representation. We had had enough. We were pushed into action over time &#8212; and act we did, finally.</p> <p>The taxation began in the 1760s; the Boston Massacre occurred in 1770; the Boston Tea Party in 1773; and the Battles of Lexington and Concord in April of 1775.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 03, 2020</p> ec730b3907752d0fe2d31780d6896eed The Last Confederate-Themed State Flag Fell This Week. It's Long Past Time. for 07/03/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/07/20/the-last-confederate-themed-state-flag-fell-this-week-its-long-past-time Fri, 03 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>What a great gift for America's birthday: The Confederate States of America officially, finally fell this week. Lawmakers in Mississippi on Sunday voted to scuttle their state flag because it sports a Confederate emblem &#8212; the last state flag in America to include that symbol of bondage and treason. Republican Gov. Tate Reeves signed the bill Tuesday, making it official. Along with modern rejection of other Confederate symbolism, it signals that America is at long last ready to quit honoring an enemy that has no more deserved to be honored than would colonial England, Nazi Germany or Cold War Russia.</p> <p>Less than 20 years ago, Mississippians voted 2 to 1 to keep their state flag, which incorporates the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia. Last week, a poll showed 55% of the state now supports changing it. Such is the dizzying speed with which America's racial awakening has reached even the furthest corners of Dixie.</p> <p>Reasonable people can disagree upon whether symbols venerating, say, George Washington should be expelled from modern society. America's first president personally enslaved hundreds of human beings, after all. But he also played a key role in founding the nation, and that's clearly the point of the statues to him. Washington is honored in spite of the parts of his life that failed to embody the best of America, not because of those failings.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 03, 2020</p> 267167b90985351ce90135ff92c48672 Don't Panic Over Virus Increase for 07/02/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/07/20/dont-panic-over-virus-increase Thu, 02 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>No one should have expected the reopening of America after the long COVID-19 shutdown would be seamless. More people out and about means more opportunities for exposure to the virus.</p> <p>And that's what seems to be happening, as several states are reporting spikes in new COVID-19 cases over the past two weeks.</p> <p>At this point, the increase should serve as a reminder that common-sense safety precautions are still very much needed. But it shouldn't lead to a resumption of the harsh stay-at-home orders that devastated the nation's economy this spring.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 02, 2020</p> 7a956bfdb461f36c3a3b6677db308634 Supreme Court Rejects the Last Remnant of School Segregation for 07/02/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/07/20/supreme-court-rejects-the-last-remnant-of-school-segregation Thu, 02 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>As mostly white left-wing activists wreaked ongoing havoc on minority neighborhoods, the country barely noticed a landmark civil rights victory in the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday.</p> <p>The ruling, on the magnitude of Brown v. Board of Education, liberates all children to benefit from schools traditionally available only to the rich.</p> <p>The 5-4 majority decision in Espinoza v. Montana effectively neuters Blaine amendments in Colorado and 36 other states. The laws were encouraged by the Ku Klux Klan to prevent sectarian schools from educating immigrants and minorities. Teachers unions have fought to preserve Blaine Amendments because they uphold a public school education monopoly, ensuring children from middle- and low-income families have no options other than traditional public attendance centers.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 02, 2020</p>