David Harsanyi from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Mon, 15 Jul 2019 16:52:32 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss David Harsanyi from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/david-harsanyi-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi 54fe14d5417493b77f4ebee77660baca Barr Is Right: The Trump-Russia Conspiracy Is 'Bogus' for 07/12/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/07/19/barr-is-right-the-trump-russia-conspiracy-is-bogus Fri, 12 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>In a recent interview with The New York Times, Attorney General William Barr reiterated his intention to find out why the Obama administration launched an investigation into the Republican Party presidential candidate's campaign during the 2016 campaign.</p> <p>If the political parties in the sentence above were reversed, we would be in the midst of the biggest scandal in our lifetimes. As things stand, however, we are once again reduced to arguing over semantics. And one Barr quote, in particular, has gotten Democrats and their media allies agitated.</p> <p>"What we're looking at is: What was the predicate for conducting a counterintelligence investigation on the Trump campaign?" Barr asked. "How did the bogus narrative begin that Trump was essentially in cahoots with Russia to interfere with the U.S. election?"<p>Updated: Fri Jul 12, 2019</p> d3f27b01488963aba75f0054956f777b Bernie's #CancelStudentDebt Is a Dangerous Scam for 06/28/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/06/19/bernies-cancelstudentdebt-is-a-dangerous-scam Fri, 28 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed that it was "literally easier" for her to win the congressional election than pay off her student loan debt &#8212; which says something unfortunate about both the cost of college and the electorate's choices.</p> <p>Ocasio-Cortez was commenting on Sen. Bernie Sanders' new plan to eliminate $1.6 trillion in student debt and transform higher education into a "free" and "fundamental right." "This proposal will make it possible for every person in America to get a college education no matter what their financial situation," Sanders explained.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 28, 2019</p> dd893166ef7ce69e2baffbef9b85815c The Problem With Ocasio-Cortez's Shameful Ignorance of History for 06/21/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/06/19/the-problem-with-ocasio-cortezs-shameful-ignorance-of-history Fri, 21 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"The United States is running concentration camps on our southern border, and that is what they are." &#8212; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.</p> <p>In April 1944, two Slovakian Jews named Alfred Wetzler and Rudolf Vrba escaped from Auschwitz and provided two of the first eyewitness accounts of the horrors of the European concentration camps. Both men had been rounded up with a group of their countrymen and sent to the Birkenau section of the camp in the spring of 1941, where they were immediately put to work as slave labor.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 21, 2019</p> 5dbf4f9bebc613d8dd6c3470cb96f9c0 Hey, Joe Biden! Here Are Some Scandals You Forgot for 06/14/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/06/19/hey-joe-biden-here-are-some-scandals-you-forgot Fri, 14 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"Know what I was most proud of?" presidential candidate Joe Biden told a crowd on Wednesday. "For eight years, there wasn't one single hint of a scandal or a lie."</p> <p>In an era where every presidential tweet is an existential threat to democracy, there are probably plenty of people who believe this myth. Off the bat, though, it should be mentioned that even liberal fact-checking outfit PolitiFact once awarded Barack Obama the "Lie of Year" for misleading the American people about his technocratic health care plan.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 14, 2019</p> 599da4bd661837f9fb5931da852ab6f4 In Defense of Lobbying for 06/07/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/06/19/in-defense-of-lobbying Fri, 07 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The media adores stories that bolster prevailing narratives about the virtuousness of "bipartisanship" and the nefariousness of money in politics. Last week, they got both when socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and conservative Ted Cruz displayed some populist synergy by promising to work on legislation that would ban former lawmakers from taking paid lobbyist positions.</p> <p>With the "ambitious bipartisan effort," these two "seemingly opposite legislators" found "common ground" in their disapproval of former members of Congress "wielding their influence in new careers as government lobbyists," read one particularly insufferable piece.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 07, 2019</p> cadf08917ad1ce6a6eb71aa93db3ccac Sorry, Democrats, There Is No Climate Chaos for 05/31/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/05/19/sorry-democrats-there-is-no-climate-chaos Fri, 31 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Climate isn't the same as weather &#8212; unless, of course, weather happens to be politically useful. In that case, weather portends climate apocalypse.</p> <p>So warns Elizabeth Warren as she surveyed Iowan rainstorms, which she claims, like tornadoes and floods, are more frequent and severe. "Different parts of the country deal with different climate issues," Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-Malthusia, cautioned as she too warned of extreme tornadoes. "But ALL of these threats will be increasing in intensity as climate crisis grows and we fail to act appropriately."<p>Updated: Fri May 31, 2019</p> 79bd67e715516841a33d05d3d7e5c3b4 Impeach Trump or Go Home, Democrats for 05/24/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/05/19/impeach-trump-or-go-home-democrats Fri, 24 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>When House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler and Speaker Nancy Pelosi claimed that the United States had been plunged into a "constitutional crisis," a large swath of the media took to plying this fantasy for them.</p> <p>"Ever wonder what a constitutional crisis looks like? Well, open your eyes," CNN's Don Lemon explained to his viewers. "The president of the United States is just blowing right through our system of checks and balances, the very thing that is supposed to keep our Congress, the judiciary, and the executive branch working, which means our country working."</p> <p>None of this is remotely true. Our checks and balances are working exactly as they should. Congress is free to make perpetual demands for information and testimony, and threaten the White House with contempt charges and impeachment when it doesn't get its way. The White House, in turn, is free to assert executive privilege and decline to hand over that information or give testimony.<p>Updated: Fri May 24, 2019</p> b1c607661f9fee9a479feb9b73f1a1d1 Seth Meyers, Useful Idiot for 05/17/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/05/19/seth-meyers-useful-idiot Fri, 17 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>After listening to Seth Meyers run interference for Rep. Ilhan Omar last week, an exasperated Meghan McCain asked him: "Are you her publicist? Are you her press person?" Perhaps the more pertinent question is, "Who else do you represent?"</p> <p>Because on the same day Rep. Rashida Tlaib was complaining (via her 500,000-follower Twitter account) that powerful forces were "trying to silence" her, the freshman representative also appeared on NBC's "Late Night with Seth Meyers."<p>Updated: Fri May 17, 2019</p> 1b0358c4ac2614ce14d744ba3cb7e4c3 Liberals Were Very Wrong About Tax Cuts. Again. for 05/10/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/05/19/liberals-were-very-wrong-about-tax-cuts-again Fri, 10 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>For those of you who survived the Great GOP Tax Cut Massacre, things are finally looking up. The unemployment rate fell to 3.6 percent last month, the lowest level since 1969. We've now experienced over a full year of unemployment at 4 percent or lower. The economy beat projections, adding another 263,000 jobs in April. Wages are rising.</p> <p>It was Larry Summers, Bill Clinton's former treasury secretary and Barack Obama's White House economic adviser, who warned that tax reform would lead to over 10,000 dead Americans every year in December of 2017. Summers, considered a reasonable moderate by today's political standards, was just one of the many fearmongers.<p>Updated: Fri May 10, 2019</p> d6624d57572d40a49e864c6185cf560c The Real Reason Democrats Hate Bill Barr for 05/03/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/05/19/the-real-reason-democrats-hate-bill-barr Fri, 03 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On the day of Attorney General Bill Barr's testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, there was, as always, a selective leak dropped into the fray. With bated breath, we learned Special Counsel Robert Mueller had sent the attorney general a sternly worded letter grousing that Barr's four-page March 24 explanation of the core conclusions of the Mueller report "did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance" of the Mueller's "work and conclusions."</p> <p>The customary histrionics followed. Posturing Democrats on the judicial committee gave long soliloquies on Barr's treacherous behavior. Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, accused the attorney general of abusing his office and lying to Congress, and many others demanded his resignation. The usual suspects called for impeachment.<p>Updated: Fri May 03, 2019</p> 12a0993b4447f270651c25e99a95a493 Islamic Terrorism Remains the World's Greatest Threat to Peace for 04/26/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/04/19/islamic-terrorism-remains-the-worlds-greatest-threat-to-peace Fri, 26 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>After the horrific mass murder of 50 Muslim worshippers in Christchurch, New Zealand, there was widespread coverage and a torrent of mainstream news networks contemplating the threat of white supremacy. These conversations, completely reasonable and necessary in the face of violent attacks from a racist gunman, soon began deteriorating into politically motivated and specious claims contending that "white supremacy" had become the predominate terror threat in the world.</p> <p>Well, the coordinated bomb blasts aimed at Christian worshippers on Easter Sunday, which killed at least 290 people and injured hundreds more, demonstrates the kind of meticulous planning, funding, resources and support that is still exclusively the domain of radical Islamic terrorism. It's not merely that the act was planned to maximize the death toll, but that it is a continuation of long-standing efforts by Islamists to destroy the Christian communities left in Asia.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 26, 2019</p> 81edefbe714530635566454f7e0292ff Democrats Are Using Ilhan Omar as an Excuse to Chill Speech for 04/19/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/04/19/democrats-are-using-ilhan-omar-as-an-excuse-to-chill-speech Fri, 19 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Democrats have spent the past two-plus years accusing the president of the United States and his allies of seditiously conspiring with our enemies to destroy "democracy." For the most part, this fairytale has been cynically deployed by politicians to undermine the legitimacy of a Republican presidency, yet millions of Americans now believe their votes were upended by a foreign power. There is no more serious charge against an elected official than treason.</p> <p>Then again, for decades before the 2016 election, Democrats argued that Republicans were literally killing their fellow Americans when cutting taxes, murdering the sick when rejecting nationalized health care, and sentencing the poor to death when dismissing socialist schemes. Not to mention suppressing the minority vote when asking for ID, engaging in Nazi-like actions when enforcing existing border laws, and destroying the world when failing to embrace a takeover of the economy. And so on.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 19, 2019</p> 183284e13fcde1514f11785fcd915006 Why Are Democrats Pandering to Al Sharpton? for 04/12/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/04/19/why-are-democrats-pandering-to-al-sharpton Fri, 12 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Rev. Al Sharpton's fortunes have been on the upswing. A few years ago, then-President Barack Obama claimed that Sharpton was "the voice of the voiceless and a champion for the downtrodden." In the real world, of course, the only downtrodden Americans helped by Sharpton's activities are the ones who find themselves on the payroll benefitting from his numerous corporate shakedowns.</p> <p>Yet apparently Obama's resuscitation of Sharpton has worked. In fact, many of the very same Democratic Party hopefuls who boycotted the tepid bipartisanship of an AIPAC conference last month could be found speaking at Sharpton's National Action Network Convention in New York this past week, pandering to a charlatan with a history of inciting violence and racism.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 12, 2019</p> 45618e8079e0846c74400b089d22a8f4 Zuckerberg's Plan for the Internet Would Be a Disaster for Free Expression for 04/05/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/04/19/zuckerbergs-plan-for-the-internet-would-be-a-disaster-for-free-expression Fri, 05 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In a recent op-ed, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg implored the state to get more involved in governing the internet. "Every day, we make decisions about what speech is harmful, what constitutes political advertising, and how to prevent sophisticated cyberattacks," he said. "These are important for keeping our community safe. But if we were starting from scratch, we wouldn't ask companies to make these judgments alone."</p> <p>For starters, there's no such a thing as "harmful speech." There might be speech that offends us. There might be speech we disagree with. There's also speech that's inarguably ugly, dishonest, pornographic or despicable. Yet, "we" allow these unpleasant words to go largely unregulated because we value the broader liberty of being able to offer opinions without government censors dictating which thoughts are acceptable.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 05, 2019</p> 31d037a38d4b0f3aab03a8c98e15f956 The Media Have Done Tremendous Damage to the Country and Themselves for 03/29/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/03/19/the-media-have-done-tremendous-damage-to-the-country-and-themselves Fri, 29 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>For the past two years, a large swath of the media engaged in a mass act of self-deception and partisan groupthink. Perhaps it was Watergate envy, or bitterness over Donald Trump's victory, or antagonism towards Republicans in general &#8212; or, most likely, a little bit of all the above. But now that special counsel Robert Mueller has delivered his report on Russian collusion, it's clear that political journalists did the bidding of those who wanted to delegitimize and overturn Trump's election.</p> <p>While bad behavior from partisan sources should be expected, the lack of skepticism from self-appointed unbiased journalists has been unprecedented. Any critical observer could see early on that Trump-era partisan newsroom culture had made journalists susceptible to the deception of those peddling expedient stories. Our weekly bouts of Russia hysteria all sprung from one predetermined outcome: the president was in bed with Vladimir Putin.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 29, 2019</p> 3ef12fb060794af92f4c7475172b3676 Why Democrats Fear the Electoral College for 03/22/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/03/19/why-democrats-fear-the-electoral-college Fri, 22 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The United States isn't a "democracy." Though every American should have learned this fact in high school civics class, the smart set still like to ridicule people who point it out &#8212; such a cliche and all.</p> <p>Today we see why the left has worked to convince Americans that majoritarianism is a profound moral good. And it's not just that the political class is going through another silly debate about the suddenly inconvenient Electoral College; it's that Democrats are increasingly comfortable attacking foundational ideas of American governance.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 22, 2019</p> fc780f56dc396afd250d6c71f1c4f083 Elizabeth Warren's Plan to Break Up Big Tech Would Be Bad for America for 03/15/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/03/19/elizabeth-warrens-plan-to-break-up-big-tech-would-be-bad-for-america Fri, 15 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren has a new plan to break up Big Tech companies. The proposal entails appointing a bunch of regulators to undo mergers that her administration would deem anti-competitive. Warren's plan would classify any company that runs a marketplace and makes more than $25 billion a year as a "platform utility" and prohibit them from selling their own products. </p> <p>Considering the prevalent knee-jerk loathing of Big Tech and capitalism in general, it's likely to be a popular idea. Many conservatives, angered at social media platforms, will also find the notion of breaking up these companies agreeable. But there are number of good economic and idealistic reasons to oppose Warren's plan.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 15, 2019</p> d88cf43b2aa314026033244f3bd49a23 Democrats Keep Trying to Cover Up Their Anti-Semitism for 03/08/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/03/19/democrats-keep-trying-to-cover-up-their-anti-semitism Fri, 08 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Rep. Ilhan Omar argues that American "democracy is built on debate," tweeting, "I should not be expected to have allegiance/pledge support to a foreign country in order to serve my country in Congress or serve on committee." I'm sure no decent person disagrees with her comment. Also, every sane person understands this is merely a deflection from Omar's many anti-Semitic comments.</p> <p>No one asked her &#8212; or anyone else &#8212; to pledge allegiance to a foreign nation. It's her belief that supporting the Jewish state, a longtime ideological and geopolitical ally of the United States, is an act of dual loyalty &#8212; either by Jews or by others who, as Omar might say, have been "hypnotized" to do "evil." She is the one who accuses Jewish Americans, a group that has played a robust role in the nation's civic life for a long time, of doing the bidding of a foreign power to the detriment of their own.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 08, 2019</p> 49f9c991d007c74c25c161b5e29a8907 Trump Calls the Democratic Party Socialist. He's Right for 03/01/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/02/19/trump-calls-the-democratic-party-socialist-hes-right Fri, 01 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>A recent New York Times headline warned readers that "Republicans Already Are Demonizing Democrats as Socialists and Baby Killers." The article pivots on President Donald Trump's strategy of portraying Democratic Party leaders as a gaggle of radicalized socialists.</p> <p>Judging from the media's reaction, there is much apprehension about Democrats' being portrayed as "socialists," which one expects isn't as popular, even theoretically speaking, in suburban areas or Middle America as it is among the blue-check Twitterati and journalists in urban newsrooms.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 01, 2019</p> 8473b06e6443e0db80fb691a95d8899a GOP Pounces by Allowing Democrats to Vote on Their Own Idea for 02/22/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/02/19/gop-pounces-by-allowing-democrats-to-vote-on-their-own-idea Fri, 22 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p><i> "The Green New Deal is the only way to save the earth from utter extinction. If you keep standing in the way, troglodytes, we are doomed."</i></p><i> <p>"OK, Democrats, let's vote on your nonbinding resolution."<p>Updated: Fri Feb 22, 2019</p>