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 Fri, 14 May 2021 03:26:04 -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 22cbaba656db580119b2e39df437292a Punishing Big Pharma for Its Success Will Cost Lives for 05/07/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/05/21/punishing-big-pharma-for-its-success-will-cost-lives Fri, 07 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The New York Times reports that "Pfizer Reaps Hundreds of Millions in Profits From Covid Vaccine." The pharma giant Pfizer earned revenues of $3.5 billion in the first three months of 2021, estimated to generate around $900 million in profits. All the company had to do was create a safe drug that effectively alleviated the threat of the most deadly virus we've faced in over a century &#8212; one responsible for hundreds of thousands of American deaths and a cost of trillions in economic damage &#8212; and then manufacture and dispense hundreds of millions of doses in the shortest span of any vaccine ever created.</p> <p>"Unlike several vaccine manufacturers that vowed to forego profits during the Covid-19 pandemic, Pfizer planned to profit," explained former secretary of labor Robert Reich to his 1.3 million followers. "Today it announced that the vaccine brought in $3.5 billion in the first three months of 2021, nearly a quarter of its total revenue."</p> <p>Good for Pfizer.<p>Updated: Fri May 07, 2021</p> 4988e650e9c693e2e7ff7c007b950edc The Ugly Reaction to Tim Scott's Speech Is Telling for 04/30/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/04/21/the-ugly-reaction-to-tim-scotts-speech-is-telling Fri, 30 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>South Carolina Senator Tim Scott gave a competent Republican response to Joe Biden's mendacious speech to congress this week. Considering the failed history of the opposition responses, being competent is no easy accomplishment. And boy, the contrived, hyperbolic outrage and derision we saw from liberal talking heads was something to behold.</p> <p>Some of it was just farcical. Take MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace, who argued that Scott's speech, in which the senator dared praise the Trump administration for its work on vaccines, was "delivered from a planet where facts don't matter." It's almost perfunctory at this point to make such claims, whether there is evidence or not. Operation Warp Speed, Wallace argued, "didn't do anything to get a needle in the arms, so a lot of disinformation." </p> <p>Well, the effort did help boost the lifesaving innovation that flows through those needles &#8212; not to mention, it also led to a million doses being dispensed daily by the time Joe Biden got his own shot.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 30, 2021</p> ce9f2db5f8dfe253b7638ea479a7f1d5 Joe Biden's Climate Denialism for 04/23/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/04/21/joe-bidens-climate-denialism Fri, 23 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In anticipation of the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate, a two-day global gathering of more than 40 world leaders, President Joe Biden declared that the United States had a "moral imperative" to adopt an "ambitious" goal of cutting greenhouse-gas emissions by 50% from 2005 levels by 2030 and 100% by 2050.</p> <p>Such an effort, if we were serious about it, would entail massive destruction of wealth, a surrender of our international trade advantages, the creation of a hugely intrusive state-run bureaucracy at home, the inhibition of free markets that have helped make the world a cleaner place and a precipitous drop in the living standards of most citizens &#8212; especially the poor.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 23, 2021</p> 10e58b223fc12ae3a37a7d394732a9e7 Kristen Clarke Is Unfit to Be in Government for 04/16/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/04/21/kristen-clarke-is-unfit-to-be-in-government Fri, 16 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Kristen Clarke, Joe Biden's nominee for assistant attorney general of the United States, once promoted racist pseudoscientific quackery, arguing that the human brain was structured in a way that makes Black people superior to white people, and that "human mental processes" in the brain have chemicals that imbue one race with "superior physical and mental abilities" and "spiritual abilities."</p> <p>Rather than owning up to a youthful relationship with radicalism, Clarke, who made these comments in the Harvard Crimson as a 19 year old, claims that her racist diatribe was a merely a parody mocking the controversial book, "The Bell Curve." "What I was seeking to do was to hold up a mirror," she says, "Put one racist theory alongside another."</p> <p>Purely by chance, Clarke also happened to invite a Holocaust-denying fraud named Anthony Martin &#8212; then a professor at Wellesley College whose assigned primary textbook was called "The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews," which blamed Jews for the slave trade, and who wrote "The Jewish Onslaught," published by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan &#8212; to speak at Harvard. Around the same time Clarke was writing unrecognizable satire about Black supremacy, she was calling Martin an "intelligent, well-versed Black intellectual who bases his information on indisputable fact." Weird that.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 16, 2021</p> 7aa3210917c237a8dd1b8d5b8f59f276 Moving the MLB All-Star Game to Denver Makes Zero Sense for 04/09/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/04/21/moving-the-mlb-all-star-game-to-denver-makes-zero-sense Fri, 09 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Major League Baseball is moving its 2021 All-Star Game from Atlanta, Georgia, to Coors Field in Denver, Colorado. This, says ESPN, is "in response to a new Georgia law that has civil rights groups concerned about its potential to restrict voting access for people of color."</p> <p>Or, more likely, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred moved the game because he is concerned about Rob Manfred.</p> <p>Cobb County estimates that losing the game will cost the region more than $100 million. Atlanta, a city with a 51 percent black population &#8212; the largest Black-majority metro area in the nation &#8212; will lose most of all. They'll live, but it's certainly a peculiar way for professional baseball to show solidarity with the African American community.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 09, 2021</p> 8d8dac8b26694d8a127c7c56bf3b21a4 The Media's All-In Campaign to Destroy the Filibuster for 04/02/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/04/21/the-medias-all-in-campaign-to-destroy-the-filibuster Fri, 02 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>As we speak, there is no bill on the congressional docket that would provide Democrats an excuse to blow up the filibuster &#8212; or, as the media might euphemistically refer to it, "reforming" or "overhauling" the filibuster.</p> <p>Yet, a casual follower of politics would surely be under the impression that there is a pressing battle unfolding because the media are incessantly covering the filibuster issue as a way to pressure holdout moderate Democrats to join the left in the efforts to destroy the Senate.</p> <p>Take Manu Raju at CNN, whose main job it seems is to badger Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema with hypothetical questions about stripping Senate guardrails to allow Democrats to jam through their agenda with a narrow majority. Would you blow them up for a gun bill? Would you blow them up for a voting bill? Would you like it in a house? Would you like it with a mouse? Would you? Could you? <p>Updated: Fri Apr 02, 2021</p> 6caff987e2ad26bccd3b33be1affc3b4 No to DC Statehood for 03/26/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/03/21/no-to-dc-statehood Fri, 26 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>There are numerous principled reasons to oppose D.C. statehood. But, really, no arguments are more applicable than the ones offered by the founders, who created a federal district for the distinct purpose of denying it statehood. </p> <p>First, because they were concerned about the seat of federal power being controlled by a hostile or intrusive state government. Second, because they knew that if the capital were in a state &#8212; much less its own state &#8212; the people would vote to grow and accumulate federal power. Both situations were incompatible with the proper separation of powers and state rights.</p> <p>Today, though, Democrats want to localize one of the only things in the Constitution that is actually federalized &#8212; while federalizing everything else.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 26, 2021</p> 18d2c969cb32e04220f4842b36c9924d The Hypocrisy of the Filibuster Busters for 03/19/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/03/21/the-hypocrisy-of-the-filibuster-busters Fri, 19 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The effort to undo the Senate's legislative filibuster is an un-American, Constitution-eroding, radical play to nationalize politics by empowering slim and fleeting majorities to institute wide-ranging, generational policies.</p> <p>Judging from the media coverage, you might be under the impression that Mitch McConnell has some kind of duty to "diffuse" the Democrats' threats of "filibuster reform" &#8212; "reform" is the euphemism for liberals destroying long-held Senate norms &#8212; by preemptively acquiescing to their demands before he even knows what they are.</p> <p>Few reporters seem to have even the slightest bit of curiosity as to why a filibuster emergency didn't come up during the Trump administration when Democrats were constantly &#8212; in unprecedented fashion, even &#8212; using the parliamentary tool against the president? Democrats filibustered the GOP when it was running the House, Senate and presidency; they filibustered a COVID-relief bill and Tim Scott's criminal justice bill, just to name two. The Senate GOP had to end debate on judicial nominees and break filibusters 314 times in President Donald Trump's single term. To put that in perspective, every other president in the history of the United States has faced, combined, 244 of those roll-call votes over a filibuster.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 19, 2021</p> ce5cc476f550afaf0f7706ad4d033e63 Biden Prepares to Strip College Students of Due Process Rights for 03/12/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/03/21/biden-prepares-to-strip-college-students-of-due-process-rights Fri, 12 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>It's worth reminding people that if President Joe Biden were compelled to live by the standards he intends to institute for college students accused of sexual misconduct, he would be presumed guilty of rape, denied any legitimate opportunity to refute Tara Reade's charges and tossed from office in disgrace.</p> <p>The New York Times reports today that Biden's Kafkaesque "White House Gender Policy Council" is "beginning his promised effort to dismantle Trump-era rules on sexual misconduct that afforded greater protections to students accused of assault." The subhead informs us that, "The Biden administration will examine regulations by Betsy DeVos that gave the force of law to rules that granted more due process rights to students accused of sexual assault."</p> <p>The most disingenuous word here &#8212; though the piece is brimming with them &#8212; is "more." History did not begin in 2015, and former education secretary Betsy DeVos did not invent more due process rights in Title IX; she simply reinstated time-honored fundamental due process rights that have guided justice systems in the liberal world for hundreds of years. The Constitution says &#8212; twice &#8212; that no citizen shall be arbitrarily "deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law." No means no.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 12, 2021</p> 2c9082c44022318ddec95e8f5dfbe066 AOC's Terrible Minimum Wage Argument for 03/05/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/03/21/aocs-terrible-minimum-wage-argument Fri, 05 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>"It is utterly embarrassing that "pay people enough to live" is a stance that's even up for debate," Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently tweeted. "Override the parliamentarian and raise the wage. McD's workers in Denmark are paid $22/hr + 6 wks paid vacation. $15/hr is a deep compromise &#8212; a big one, considering the phase in."</p> <p>The most obvious problem with Ocasio-Cortez's contention is that Denmark, like other Scandinavian nations, doesn't have a statutory minimum wage. Industries and workers engage in sector-by-sector salary negotiations, which might well undermine intra-industry competition, but which is a much better idea than the flat national-wage floor being peddled by Democrats. So, this popular progressive talking point about Denmark's miracle middle-class fast-food worker doesn't make much sense to begin with.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 05, 2021</p> f5dc4d14753e87f642f3486346e74826 It's Not a COVID Relief Bill. It's Christmas for Democrats. for 02/26/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/02/21/its-not-a-covid-relief-bill-its-christmas-for-democrats Fri, 26 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Republicans should stop referring to the Democrats' newest ideological wish list as a COVID-19 "relief bill" or "rescue bill," or any of the other euphemistic misnomers used by the media. Surely, there is some GOP spin doctor who can come up with a catchier, more precise name for Joe Biden's $2 trillion partisan monstrosity?</p> <p>Whatever they call it, the media have mobilized to warn us about the devastating fallout that will come if Republicans oppose the Democrats' plan &#8212; not only for the future of the country but for their own party.</p> <p>Do you remember when the Republican resistance to President Barack Obama's partisan slush-fund "stimulus" bill sunk them in the 2010 midterms? Nor do I. Though polls told us that a majority of Americans supported Obama's efforts, not a single House Republican voted for the 2009 stimulus bill. By the next year, a majority had turned on the plan, and the GOP picked up a historic 63 seats, the biggest victory by a party in the midterm elections since 1938. The loss essentially froze Obama's agenda for the rest of his presidency. By 2014, the Republicans &#8212; after maintaining equally intractable positions on other bogus stimulus efforts &#8212; would run both the Senate and House.<p>Updated: Fri Feb 26, 2021</p> f5186ef71d7a0f39accaa2d271320baa Fact-Checkers Heart Joe Biden for 02/19/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/02/21/fact-checkers-heart-joe-biden Fri, 19 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Appearing at a friendly CNN town hall event this week, President Joe Biden dropped a string of untruths on issues both large and small. One of the president's most egregious falsehoods was the claim that "we didn't have (the vaccine) when we came into office." The first shot was administered back on Dec. 14, 2020.</p> <p>Glenn Kessler, lead fact-checker for The Washington Post, quickly jumped into action on Twitter, explaining that this was merely a "verbal stumble, a typical Biden gaffe, as he had already mentioned 50 million doses being available when he took office. Former Trump officials should especially cool the outrage meter, as it just looks silly." Castigating those who pointed out the lie is a weird thing for someone charged with verifying factual information to do.<p>Updated: Fri Feb 19, 2021</p> 816a070a81b386a07449b9a1ac28983d The Democratic Party Is Radicalizing against the Constitution for 02/12/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/02/21/the-democratic-party-is-radicalizing-against-the-constitution Fri, 12 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Republicans are "radicalizing against democracy" because they rely on our constitutional process when governing. This is the essence of Chris Hayes' recent Atlantic piece contending that the GOP is descending into authoritarianism.</p> <p>The MSNBC host notes, without any suggestion of self-awareness, that "the Constitution puts a wind at the backs of Republicans and makes them more competitive than they would be otherwise." What does "otherwise" mean here, exactly? A return to the British Empire? Or does it mean functioning as the centralized direct democracy that progressives covet, but that's never existed in this country? There is no "otherwise."</p> <p>The idea that the Constitution allows "minoritarian control" might be popular in certain quarters, but it remains a faulty way of looking at our system. The American republic is democratic, yes; but it also protects the rights of the individual, the power of the states and the dignity of the minority, and it does so openly and deliberately. Federalism, far from representing a modern plot, has existed from the start as a means by which to diffuse power and prevent the subordination of smaller states &#8212; read: communities &#8212; by bigger ones. There is nothing preventing California from passing whatever laws it wishes at the state level. There are provisions making it hard for California to pass whatever laws it wishes in West Virginia. That's not a bug; it's the point.<p>Updated: Fri Feb 12, 2021</p> a5be50cd8cb8c252f6423b2cc066a358 What Not to Do with Marjorie Taylor Greene for 02/05/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/02/21/what-not-to-do-with-marjorie-taylor-greene Fri, 05 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Several recent precedents offer House Republicans a clear roadmap on how not to deal with Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene:</p> <p>Under no circumstances should the Republican minority leader appear on glossy magazine covers celebrating the ascendancy of the radicals in the party as Nancy Pelosi did with The Squad. That's an easy one. Don't mainstream them.</p> <p>Republicans should never elevate anyone who believes that Jews are imbued with the power to hypnotize the world and/or armed with massive lasers &#8212; though, as a Jew, I believe both could be quite useful &#8212; to the House Foreign Affairs Committee Democrats did with Ilhan Omar. This is something you might see in an idiocracy, not in the world's greatest deliberative body.<p>Updated: Fri Feb 05, 2021</p> 0369d246fc94eea6ced674fdb7b1024f Joe Biden's COVID Deceptions for 01/29/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/01/21/joe-bidens-covid-deceptions Fri, 29 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>President Joe Biden contends there is "nothing we can do to change the trajectory of the pandemic in the next several months," which is the exact opposite of what presidential candidate Joe Biden promised voters during the 2020 campaign. And by "exact opposite," I mean the president's alleged plan to beat coronavirus literally said that "the trajectory of COVID-19 in America is headed in the wrong direction" and only he could fix it.</p> <p>The Biden "plan" amounted to a slew of nebulous promises that would be implemented to correct the "Trump fiasco," such as accelerating the development of a vaccine, producing more masks and pressuring governors to sign mask mandates. Biden repeatedly promised to alter the trajectory of COVID-19. In a platitudinous Oct. 23 speech, Biden pledged to "immediately put in place a national strategy that will position our country to finally get ahead of this virus and get back our lives."<p>Updated: Fri Jan 29, 2021</p> 12aa24c542b46a396936a1be37561392 It's John Brennan's Authoritarianism That Threatens Democracy for 01/22/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/01/21/its-john-brennans-authoritarianism-that-threatens-democracy Fri, 22 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Every time former CIA Director John Brennan appears on cable news to warn America about some new "insidious threat to democracy," I am reminded again that he deserves to be in federal prison. In this corrupt media environment, however, the official who oversaw an illegal domestic-spying operation on the legislative branch of the United States government, who tried to cover it up and blame innocent Senate staffers when discovered, and who then brazenly lied about it to legislators and the American people &#8212; this man is held up as a paragon of civic virtue.</p> <p>We still don't even know what role Brennan played in spying on his political opponents during the 2016 campaign. We do know he went on TV for years after, alleging to have insider knowledge of an unprecedented seditious criminal conspiracy against the United States. Never once was he challenged by his hosts. And when an independent multimillion-dollar investigation couldn't pull together a single indictment related to those claims, Brennan shrugged it off by saying that he may have "received bad information."<p>Updated: Fri Jan 22, 2021</p> cb05c1df49f61c4f8d228f8a42759c01 Free Speech Is a Value Not Just a Right for 01/15/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/01/21/free-speech-is-a-value-not-just-a-right Fri, 15 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>In recent days, some of the nation's most powerful corporations have engaged in a concerted effort, at the behest of a major political party, to limit the speech of millions of Americans who engaged in wrongthink. First, Twitter permanently banned the sitting president. As is its right. And when millions of his fans left and bolstered Parler, a different platform, Apple, Google and Amazon went ahead and shut it down as well.</p> <p>But if you say that targeted deplatforming, though not Stalinist, is troubling, the same people who want to compel everyone to buy state-mandated health insurance, who want to dictate how corporations compensate their employees, who want to force nuns to buy abortifacients and who want to destroy the lives of bakers and florists who run businesses according to long-held religious beliefs will vigorously defend the value of free-association rights that allow corporations to act this way. So I'm pretty skeptical that most of these people are genuine champions of individual market choices, and aren't just super excited about silencing people.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 15, 2021</p> 524c74a5a002e24e926556d3c1fa9c3b Washington Deserves Its 'Brutalism' for 01/01/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/12/20/washington-deserves-its-brutalism Fri, 01 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>In his 1981 diatribe against contemporary American architecture, "From Bauhaus to Our House," Tom Wolfe notes that seemingly every American child "goes to a school in a building that looks like a duplicating-machine replacement-parts wholesale distribution center warehouse." Anecdotally speaking, this still seems to be the case in East Coast metro areas like Washington and New York City, where suburban teens shuffle in and out of buildings that could double as minimum-security prisons.</p> <p>Wolfe traces the problem to the Lost Generation, which internalized the notion that "they do things better in Europe." In architecture, this outlook was made manifest in the insipid giant glass boxes erected up and down Sixth Avenue in Manhattan and in other major cities from the 1950s to the 1970s. On Wolfe's mind was the demolition of the original Beaux Arts Penn Station &#8212; "the Roman Temple of transportation," one paper called it &#8212; and the construction of the modern Madison Square Garden. Across the country, American towns were being blighted by unsightly and cheerless concrete structures masquerading as utilitarian art much in the same way that the walls of dentists' offices were being hung with third-rate Jackson Pollock knockoffs posing as abstract expressionism.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 01, 2021</p> 2adb015fb8d58eaf74afc5806e50e77a Wanted: An Honest Debate about the Death Penalty for 12/18/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/12/20/wanted-an-honest-debate-about-the-death-penalty Fri, 18 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Mike Dukakis was asked by CNN's Bernard Shaw during the 1988 presidential debates whether he would support the death penalty if his wife, Kitty, had been raped and murdered. The Massachusetts governor famously responded: "No, I don't, Bernard, and I think you know that I've opposed the death penalty during all of my life. I don't see any evidence that it's a deterrent, and I think there are better and more effective ways to deal with violent crime."</p> <p>Given the coddling Democrats receive from the press today, Shaw's question sounds especially jarring. But Dukakis's automaton-like response to a query about the theoretical slaying of his dear wife did not go over well with the American public. Dukakis did not seem to genuinely grapple with the complex moral implications of murder and punishment.<p>Updated: Fri Dec 18, 2020</p> f32aa15a22b08735d70c88452f4f82f6 The True Meaning of Hanukkah for 12/11/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/12/20/the-true-meaning-of-hanukkah Fri, 11 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>In a recent Parents magazine piece headlined, "How to Explain the Hanukkah Story to Kids," we are informed that, "this year more than any other is a great opportunity to take extra time to teach your family about the Jewish holiday that celebrates the power of light and miracles." Hanukkah, Parents goes on to explain, "means dedication in Hebrew, and the Jewish holiday, also known as The Festival of Lights, represents joy."</p> <p>Joy? This kind of insufferably vacuous, anesthetized, consumerist celebration that American Jews have concocted to compete with Christmas is stripped of any genuine theological or cultural meaning. It's a shame because, from a historical and cultural perspective, <span class="column--highlighted-text">Hanukkah might be Judaism's most fascinating holiday. It's a story about roiling political upheavals of the ancient world, nationalism, assimilation, civil war, religious zealotry, martyrdom and corruption.</span></p> <p>In short, the first two books of the Maccabees detail a revolt led by the patriarch Mattathias and his five sons against the Hellenistic king Antiochus, who had barred Jewish religious practice, desecrated the Holy Temple, levied high taxes and forced the population to adopt Greek rituals and norms.<p>Updated: Fri Dec 11, 2020</p>