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 Mon, 22 Jul 2019 11:05:54 -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 312e3023646da34e61b6b29edba53aae Short Takes on Gator Gawkers and All-Meat Fake Veggies for 07/22/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/07/19/short-takes-on-gator-gawkers-and-all-meat-fake-veggies Mon, 22 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Meat-etarians Rejoice</p> <p>Remember the April Fools Taco Bell joke? Taco Bell took out full-page ads in major newspapers on April 1, 1996, to announce its purchase of the Liberty Bell to help reduce the nation's debt. The company would pay to repair the bell's famous crack and would rename it the "Taco Liberty Bell."<p>Updated: Mon Jul 22, 2019</p> 17f8d105c6ff9902703ac580be156bb3 House Votes to Stomp Out Jobs for 07/22/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/07/19/house-votes-to-stomp-out-jobs Mon, 22 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Be thankful The Squad and other House Democrats don't control the Senate and White House. They would happily put millions of Americans out of work and render them as government dependents.</p> <p>That is what they and other Democrats voted to do Thursday. By a 231-199 margin, mostly along partisan lines, the House brazenly voted to kill between 1.3 million and 3.7 million jobs. Incredibly, they named the bill "The Raise The Wage Act of 2019."<p>Updated: Mon Jul 22, 2019</p> ace83522649cd5dff52f623cebd450e7 Longing for Grace and Poise for 07/19/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/07/19/longing-for-grace-and-poise-ebb79 Fri, 19 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Last Sunday, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic played 4 hours and 57 minutes, the longest Wimbledon singles final in history. The match ended with a winning tiebreak by Djokovic, 32, in the fifth set. Afterward, he praised his nearly 38-year-old opponent, saying, "Roger really inspires me with his effort at his age." It was an enormous effort by both gentlemen regardless of their age.</p> <p>The two top tennis players battled it out at Wimbledon with grace and poise. <p>Updated: Fri Jul 19, 2019</p> 177c102999ee2656719f60a2bf22d6ea Court Dings Trump's Efforts to Block Twitter Critics for 07/19/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/07/19/court-dings-trumps-efforts-to-block-twitter-critics Fri, 19 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On its surface, a federal court ruling Tuesday that President Donald Trump may not block critics on his Twitter account seems odd. Where is the First Amendment violation in allowing users to control access to their personal social media platforms?</p> <p>In fact, however, the 2nd U.S. Court of Appeals makes a persuasive case that the president's Twitter feed isn't simply his own personal account. Instead, the court ruled, it essentially has become a public forum Mr. Trump uses for official government business and is thus subject to restrictions on content-based speech regulation.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 19, 2019</p> f768e569593078709db07458dcbeadda Federal Laws Must Be Strengthened to Correct Abuse of Hospice Patients for 07/18/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/07/19/federal-laws-must-be-strengthened-to-correct-abuse-of-hospice-patients Thu, 18 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>A federal inspector general's report has identified appalling conditions at hospice centers around the country, including particularly bad conditions at one unidentified Missouri center operated by Vitas Healthcare. The kinds of abuse and neglect described in the report would be condemnable under any circumstances, but it's particularly galling that hospice centers collect taxpayer money for their services with far too little oversight to ensure abuses don't happen.</p> <p>The Washington Post, citing a state inspector in Missouri, identified Vitas as one of the hospice providers with the most severe service deficiencies. It referenced the federal inspector general's reference to a facility in which "a beneficiary developed maggots around his feeding tube insertion site" and required hospitalization for treatment. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services pay hundreds of hospice providers to help ease the suffering when patients with terminal illnesses enter their final six months of life.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 18, 2019</p> 567d7c83be508d0bd5c64a9ac67db908 Trump's Tantrum Bolsters Extremists for 07/18/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/07/19/trumps-tantrum-bolsters-extremists Thu, 18 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>For the first time, we have a president who communicates directly with the public from his personal phone. <span class="column--highlighted-text">For the first time, we have four freshman radicals stealing the congressional spotlight.</span></p> <p>The combination led to a perfectly moronic tweet storm Sunday from President Donald Trump:<p>Updated: Thu Jul 18, 2019</p> 3d54ad2ec3a8432b9b9325e92919ed5f Far Left Insults Our Country and Cops for 07/17/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/07/19/far-left-insults-our-country-and-cops Wed, 17 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In a veritable hate crime against law enforcement, left-wing protesters took down a "Blue Lives Matter" American flag Friday night. They spray painted it with "Abolish ICE," then raised it upside-down to the top of a flagpole outside an Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in Aurora.</p> <p>The activists took down a standard American flag and replaced with the flag of Mexico.<span class="column--highlighted-text"> All this to express disapproval of anticipated enforcement of court-ordered deportations.</span><p>Updated: Wed Jul 17, 2019</p> eb849d398ef0dd917516306a8851bb72 Trump Campaigned on Bashing America. Now He Demands That We Love It for 07/17/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/07/19/trump-campaigned-on-bashing-america-now-he-demands-that-we-love-it Wed, 17 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If President Donald Trump doesn't like this country and the free-speech rights the Constitution grants to all citizens regardless of color or ethnicity, then perhaps it's time for him to leave &#8212; the White House, that is. Any president who so fundamentally misunderstands America's foundational principles has no business remaining in the nation's top office.</p> <p>In 2017, Trump stood before members of Congress and the Supreme Court and swore to defend the Constitution. Minutes later, he delivered one of the most heavily critical, America-bashing inaugural addresses in the nation's history, punctuated by this jaw-dropping sentence: "This American carnage stops right here and stops right now."<p>Updated: Wed Jul 17, 2019</p> 7b31d4ebbe658d86e8c7090d976adf41 Put Down the Phone; Take Back Your Voice for 07/16/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/07/19/put-down-the-phone-take-back-your-voice Tue, 16 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>Former Colorado bartender Donald Trump Jr., the president's son, warned Colorado conservatives Friday about a growing threat: censorship imposed by large tech corporations that control internet search results and social media platforms.<p>Updated: Tue Jul 16, 2019</p> 2b327e5365297936fd3df9c465550cce Epstein's Power and Wealth Must Not Be a Shield From Justice for 07/16/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/07/19/epsteins-power-and-wealth-must-not-be-a-shield-from-justice Tue, 16 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Only the most naive would believe that power and wealth aren't the best defense for the guilty. This is what makes the stomach-turning case against mega-rich financier Jeffrey Epstein so much the more galling. We don't want to believe that what happened in his case could happen in a nation under rule of law. </p> <p>But it did happen. Epstein got away with amounted to a slap on the wrist in his first case for abusing girls &#8212; spending a little more than a year in "jail." In fact, he had the privilege of spending most days at his plush Palm Beach office where he entertained guests including, as The Miami Herald called it, "female friends." <p>Updated: Tue Jul 16, 2019</p> 7e52a2c5d67de66a5865c3ab2d3f3ad1 Economic Education for All for 07/15/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/07/19/economic-education-for-all-6f5b2 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The current push to drastically increase the national minimum wage seems to be lacking an economic framework. The economy is a system that is interlocking and interrelated. If one item changes, then other items will also change. </p> <p>So, increasing the pay of those making minimum wage will also increase the expenses incurred by the businesses that employ them. Those businesses, in turn, will increase the prices of their services or products to cover those increased costs. In response, their customers will reduce their demand for those products. </p> <p>In the end, those businesses that discover they cannot pass the full increase in costs to their customers will decrease their demand for workers. This will result in more people out of work or fewer people hired. <span class="column--highlighted-text">The idea that one item can be changed legislatively without having any other effect is, well, naive and an indication that we need to educate the nation about how the economy works.</span><p>Updated: Mon Jul 15, 2019</p> e49d8ab00e9f72a3e7469cbbbc425d8a Short takes on a Barred Female Journalist and a Black 'Little Mermaid' for 07/15/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/07/19/short-takes-on-a-barred-female-journalist-and-a-black-little-mermaid Mon, 15 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Off the Record</p> <p>Republican Mississippi gubernatorial candidate Robert Foster last week barred a reporter from traveling with his campaign. The reason? The reporter is a woman.<p>Updated: Mon Jul 15, 2019</p> 4a78dceeec83b0fee18731fb6b0437f0 Reid Needs to Get Real About Debt for 07/12/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/07/19/reid-needs-to-get-real-about-debt Fri, 12 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>A staple of Republican rhetoric has been to attack big government and the soaring debt. While many in the GOP have failed to follow through once comfortably ensconced in Washington, other Republican elected officials risked their political careers to do something about it.</p> <p>For instance, in 2005, then-President George W. Bush proposed reforming Social Security. Mr. Bush promised to preserve benefits for those 55 and older, but he wanted to give younger workers the ability to open private retirement accounts with a tiny portion of their Social Security contributions.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 12, 2019</p> 946e54c947aeeb58dad697dc633ca6cc GOP Faces Risk of Success in Tossing Millions Off Coverage With Obamacare Suit for 07/12/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/07/19/gop-faces-risk-of-success-in-tossing-millions-off-coverage-with-obamacare-suit Fri, 12 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Republicans are facing the old axiom of "be careful what you wish for," following a federal court hearing this week indicating the Affordable Care Act could be in jeopardy. A Republican-led lawsuit seeking to kill Barack Obama's signature health care law now appears to have a chance of success.</p> <p>So why are top Republicans talking down this development and vowing to restore the protections they themselves are suing to remove? Could it be the potential political cost of "winning" this suit is finally dawning on them? After all, an estimated 20 million Americans could be thrown off their health care plans or be denied affordable coverage for cancer, diabetes and other preexisting medical conditions.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 12, 2019</p> 4c7fdc85b70e19ca251f20cb1e1c7e04 1 Federal Department Now Spending $100 Billion Per Month for 07/11/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/07/19/1-federal-department-now-spending-100-billion-per-month-da97e Thu, 11 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>For the first time in our nation's history, <span class="column--highlighted-text">there is now a federal department spending an average of more than $100 billion per month.</span></p> <p>No, it is not the Department of Defense, which is charged with the core federal responsibility of defending us from foreign enemies.</p> <p>It is the Department of Health and Human Services, which, if Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont has his way, will run the "Medicare for All" program.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 11, 2019</p> fec51352479bd5546280c99f7fa389a4 Forcing Open Trump's Twitter Feed Sets Important Precedent, But Questions Remain for 07/11/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/07/19/forcing-open-trumps-twitter-feed-sets-important-precedent-but-questions-remain Thu, 11 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>President Donald Trump violated the First Amendment rights of his critics by blocking them from his Twitter feed, a federal appeals court said Tuesday. It sets an important boundary for public officials who try to get around the requirements of open government by conducting public business in private forums.</p> <p>As clear-cut as that situation was in Trump's case, though, it's often less so. This ruling highlights the need for more clarity about what constitutes a public forum in an age when politicians can routinely interact with millions of people outside of any formal governmental venue.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 11, 2019</p> 82659caaef0b3118279a15aa12faf1f3 Independence Day, for Spoiled Celebrities for 07/10/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/07/19/independence-day-for-spoiled-celebrities Wed, 10 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>As average Americans celebrate 243 years of independence, they endure privileged celebrities who take joy in dissing their country.</p> <p>"I'll probably never put my hand over my heart. I'll probably never sing the national anthem again," said multimillionaire soccer player Megan Rapinoe, a member of the U.S. women's national soccer team, in an interview with Yahoo! Sports.<p>Updated: Wed Jul 10, 2019</p> 0fa3ecf7008784b6b12cd65f64b9aed9 Don't Fall Victim to Internet and Phone Scammers Targeting the Elderly for 07/10/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/07/19/dont-fall-victim-to-internet-and-phone-scammers-targeting-the-elderly Wed, 10 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Movie buffs might remember director Richard Linklater's 2011 hit film "Bernie," which sympathetically portrays a gay funeral director in rural East Texas who befriends a crabby, rich elderly woman. In the film, starring Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey, the crabby old lady treats Bernie so badly that he just can't take it anymore. He shoots her, then stuffs her inside her own garage deep-freezer. Everyone in the film just loves Bernie and defends him to the hilt.</p> <p>That's the Hollywood version. In real life, Bernie Tiede was the quintessential scam artist who preyed on an elderly woman's loneliness after her husband's death. He systematically stole millions of dollars from her and continued to spend her money even after he killed her. Tiede was such a convincing con artist that Linklater, Black and others continued to defend him, even after Tiede was convicted and sent to prison, where he very deservedly resides today.<p>Updated: Wed Jul 10, 2019</p> f7fe290ceaec0a0feee78fb1f55171c9 Trump's Self-Assessment as the GOP's Savior Gets It Exactly Backward for 07/09/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/07/19/trumps-self-assessment-as-the-gops-savior-gets-it-exactly-backward Tue, 09 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>President Donald Trump is quoted in a new book trashing former President George W. Bush and the late Sen. John McCain, blaming them for the Republican Party's failures in recent years and crediting himself for bringing the party back to its former glory. Where do we even start?</p> <p>The book, "American Carnage: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump," is due out this month. According to the website Axios, the author, Tim Alberta, Politico Magazine's chief political correspondent, "argues that Trump won the presidency by channeling anxious Americans' indignation and darker impulses."<p>Updated: Tue Jul 09, 2019</p> 3309461cfd469e31c9492a6c256174a2 Don't Let Kids Die in Hot Cars for 07/09/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/07/19/dont-let-kids-die-in-hot-cars Tue, 09 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It is that time of year, so let us all be careful and save children from an all-too-common tragedy.</p> <p>Dozens of children die horrible deaths during the warm months of spring, summer and early fall when parents or other caregivers leave them in hot cars. Society should reduce that death statistic to zero.<p>Updated: Tue Jul 09, 2019</p>