Larry Elder from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Tue, 20 Aug 2019 21:01:41 -0700 Larry Elder from Creators Syndicate 70fb05884ca321fcb20ce5d2ed9c8548 Biden's Gaffes, Verbal Blunders Make Trump Look Like Churchill for 08/15/2019 Thu, 15 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Former Vice President Joe Biden, in December 2018, said, "I am a gaffe machine." File that under the category of truer words have seldom been spoken.</p> <p>President Donald Trump benefited in the 2016 presidential contest because the unfavorable numbers of his opponent, Hillary Clinton, matched or exceeded Trump's own unfavorable numbers. This time, in his bid for reelection, Trump's opponent could be Biden &#8212; at this early date, still the front-runner for his party's nomination. Trump, of course, has been harshly attacked by Democrats, the media and even some Republicans for misstatements, exaggerations and, according to The Washington Post, uttering or writing some "10,000" falsehoods during his first 827 days in office.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 15, 2019</p> 5fa6cba183c5827aee8c060735af9a87 After Mass Shootings, Trump Blamed for 'Increasing Racism' -- But Is White Racism Really Increasing? for 08/08/2019 Thu, 08 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Immediately following two horrific mass shootings &#8212; one in El Paso, Texas, and another within a matter of hours in Dayton, Ohio &#8212; the blame game started.</p> <p>For many, culprit No. 1, of course, is President Donald Trump. Presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., said: "There is a complicity in the President's hatred that undermines the goodness and the decency of Americans, regardless of what party. To say nothing in a time of rising hatred, it's not enough to say that, 'I'm not a hatemonger myself.' If you are not actively working against hate, calling it out, you are complicit in what is going on." Booker used to be mayor of Newark, New Jersey, where in 2013 &#8212; his last year as mayor &#8212; the city's murder rate was the third highest of all large U.S. cities. Kind of difficult to pin that on Trump, who did not take office until January 2017. <p>Updated: Thu Aug 08, 2019</p> 8c836fa81150bcfbb6ba849817781496 NAACP Shows Its Irrelevance by Recommending Trump's Impeachment for 08/01/2019 Thu, 01 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>At the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's annual convention in Detroit, delegates unanimously recommended that the House of Representatives impeach President Donald Trump. For what?</p> <p>Derrick Johnson, the NAACP's president, said: "The pattern of Trump's misconduct is unmistakable and has proven time and time again that he is unfit to serve as the president of this country. ... This president has led one of the most racist and xenophobic administrations since the Jim Crow era." <span class="column--highlighted-text">Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, who introduced an unsuccessful motion for impeachment, argues that the President's "racist comments" constitute sufficient grounds for impeachment.</span><p>Updated: Thu Aug 01, 2019</p> 8ddcabb4831ef0a3c93ae961fb3a474f After Trump's 'Racist' Tweets, Dems Demand 'Civility,' But When Have They Practiced It? for 07/25/2019 Thu, 25 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>President Donald Trump, in a series of tweets, offered four freshman Democratic congresswomen a suggestion. Given their complaints about America and about Israel, tweeted Trump, the four, aka "the Squad" should "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came." <p>Updated: Thu Jul 25, 2019</p> 437f08c0bfd7477eb77c98153f6125f3 If Trump Jr. Is 'Racist' for Questioning Kamala Harris' Ethnicity, So Is Don Lemon for 07/18/2019 Thu, 18 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Poor Donald Trump Jr. He retweeted a post by a black man named Ali Alexander questioning whether Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., whose father is from Jamaica and mother is from India, is an "American black." </p> <p>Alexander's tweet reads: "Kamala Harris is *not* an American Black. She is half Indian and half Jamaican. I'm so sick of people robbing American Blacks (like myself) of our history. It's disgusting. ... These are my people not her people."<p>Updated: Thu Jul 18, 2019</p> 35255e61109334dfa3553ccedf0185b5 PolitiFact Rates Elder 'False' on Democrats and Slavery, But Elder Was Right for 07/11/2019 Thu, 11 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Getting fact-checked cuts two ways. It means the fact-checkers pay attention to what I say. It also means I should expect liberal bias from the checkers. </p> <p>In a recent appearance on Fox News, I made the following assertions:<p>Updated: Thu Jul 11, 2019</p> 9247e8acf0e53aa572c8efedce91a789 Democratic Debates: Did Russia Pay These Candidates to Throw the Election to Trump? for 07/04/2019 Thu, 04 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Did the Russians pay the 2020 Democratic candidates to throw the 2020 election to President Donald Trump? Watching all four hours of the first Democratic debates, it became increasingly difficult to reach any other conclusion.</p> <p>The candidates unanimously agreed on "Medicare for All" and that it should cover illegal aliens &#8212; or as the moderator and candidates generally called them, the "undocumented." Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., even said that Medicare for All requires the elimination of private health insurance. Sanders correctly asserted that a majority of Americans support Medicare for All. What he did not say, however, is that support steeply drops once people are informed that their taxes will go up to pay for it or when they learn that they may experience longer waiting periods before receiving health care. But give Sanders credit. Asked whether he intends to increase taxes on the middle class to pay for his health care plan, Sanders, after talking about the elimination of premiums, co-pays and deductibles, said that, yes, the middle class would pay more taxes.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 04, 2019</p> 497d8c86ede12239e14bed3276428055 Reparations: How Not to Foster Racial Harmony for 06/27/2019 Thu, 27 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>About reparations, a skeptical President Barack Obama in 2016 told reparations proponent Ta-Nehisi Coates that it would divide the country. Obama said: "It is hard to think of any society in human history in which a majority population has said that as a consequence of historic wrongs, we are now going to take a big chunk of the nation's resources over a long period of time to make that right. ... So the bottom line is that it's hard to find a model in which you can practically administer and sustain political support for those kinds of efforts."</p> <p>The polls bear Obama out. </p> <p>Just 26% of Americans support reparations. In fact, according to conservative Michael Medved, <span class="column--highlighted-text">since so many of today's non-black Americans are descendants of post-Civil War immigrants, as few as 5% of today's whites have a "generational" connection to slavery</span>. University of North Carolina historian Joseph T. Glatthaar, author of "Soldiering in the Army of Northern Virginia: A Statistical Portrait of the Troops Who Served under Robert E. Lee," estimates that 4.9% of the population, or 24.9% of households in slave states, owned slaves. Of the free blacks living in the South, some were slave owners. Famed historian Carter G. Woodson found that in 1830, 3,776 free Negroes owned 12,907 slaves. Historian Roger McGrath notes: "Every one of the 13 states and most of the major cities that would become part of the Confederacy had substantial numbers of black slaveowners. New Orleans by both numbers and by proportion had the most. A staggering 28 percent of free blacks in the Crescent City owned slaves." <p>Updated: Thu Jun 27, 2019</p> f5b50b0a5f4ea7710a4e7a607724241a AOC Got a Pass on the Cost of 'Free' for 06/20/2019 Thu, 20 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>ABC's Jonathan Karl recently interviewed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. Karl asked no question and did not call for a clarification when Ocasio-Cortez, presumably referring to the Mueller report, spoke about "the abundance of evidence, 10 counts of obstruction of justice, four with rock-solid evidence" against President Donald Trump. A "count" means a specific accusation of a crime. The Mueller report made no such accusation. </p> <p>Even worse, Karl, with not one follow-up question, allowed Ocasio-Cortez to rattle off her progressive agenda &#8212; which includes free college tuition, government health care for all and a $15 minimum wage indexed to inflation. After Karl's AOC interview, studio panelist and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie pointed out that <span class="column--highlighted-text">AOC's programs "cost trillions of dollars" and Karl "did not ask" about the programs' price tag nor whom she expects to pay for it.</span> <p>Updated: Thu Jun 20, 2019</p> b8df8e4b013100f7fc3a26a75bc90273 America Will Always Be 'Racist' -- If Nirvana Is the Goal for 06/13/2019 Thu, 13 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. predicted that America could elect a black president in 40 years or less. Implicit in King's prediction is that such an achievement would show that racism was no longer a serious problem in our country. Three years later, King said: "Because of prejudices and narrow-mindedness, Negroes have been held out of the political arena and certainly held out of the presidency. But I do think that the day will come in the not-too-distant future when the Negro vote itself will be powerful enough to be in a coalition with liberals and the white community and thereby elect a Negro president of the United States."</p> <p>Today, after the election and reelection of the first black president, white liberals consider racism and discrimination a bigger problem than blacks do. Zach Goldberg, a doctoral candidate at Georgia State University, tracked the opinions of whites by their ideology &#8212; liberal, moderate or conservative. Goldberg found that in 1994, according to polling data by the General Social Survey, approximately 20% of "white liberals" disagreed with the following proposition: "Irish, Italian, Jewish and many other minorities overcame prejudice and worked their way up. Blacks should do the same without special favors." By 2016, the share of white liberals who disagreed increased to more than 45%. In fact, in 2016, white liberals were more likely to disagree than blacks were, at less than 35%. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Apparently, white liberals consider racism and discrimination against blacks to be a bigger problem than even blacks do.</span><p>Updated: Thu Jun 13, 2019</p> 94f34ad0ab4d1250eba76ac071d324fb AOC Returns to the Scene of the Minimum Wage Crime for 06/06/2019 Thu, 06 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., an advocate for a $15 minimum wage, returned to work as a bartender for one day. Ocasio-Cortez said: "All labor has dignity, and the way that we give labor dignity is by paying people the respect and the value that they are worth at minimum. We have to make one fair wage, and we have to raise the national minimum wage to $15 an hour, nothing less."</p> <p>The issue is simple: Does a government-mandated minimum wage help or hurt the very workers and job seekers that Ocasio-Cortez wants to help? <p>Updated: Thu Jun 06, 2019</p> 40aa3c5743cb01c47c176e6bf6a55074 Democrats 2020: The Grievance Party for 05/30/2019 Thu, 30 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Describing the Democratic Party as one built on "identity politics" used to be a pejorative. But Georgia's failed 2018 Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Stacey Abrams, recently defended this description of her party. "I would argue that identity politics is exactly who we are," said Abrams, "and it's exactly how we won. ... When we refuse to engage in the conversation of identity politics, when we refuse to acknowledge that we see you and we understand you and we understand the barriers that you face, then what we are met with is a lack of trust."</p> <p>Fellow Democrat and presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg apparently failed to get the memo. A week before Abrams embraced and even expressed pride in Democrats' identity politics, Buttigieg was blasting President Donald Trump for his "racist" use of it. Trump, said Buttigieg, engages in "peak white identity politics" that creates a "crisis of belonging" in America "designed to drive apart people with common interests." Buttigieg added, "When you do not belong, it doesn't just put you in a bad mood; it puts you in a different country."<p>Updated: Thu May 30, 2019</p> 1fffedb85a2667944bf02b67da7557ad The Left's Battle Against 'Inequality' for 05/23/2019 Thu, 23 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In his book "Discrimination and Disparities," economist Thomas Sowell notes that a disproportionate percentage of first-born siblings become National Merit scholars compared to siblings born later, presumably because the first-born starts life with no sibling competition for parental attention. This, says Sowell, illustrates the absurdities of expecting equal results when equal results do not even occur within the same family among siblings raised under the same roof with the same parents.</p> <p>When I was growing up in South Central Los Angeles, one of my closest friends was "Paul." We met in the second grade and attended the same elementary school, middle school and high school. Not only did we take many of the same courses with the same teachers, our houses were identical.<p>Updated: Thu May 23, 2019</p> 4d4abba758a1f540fcc5ad008fff2d16 Trump's 'Infrastructure' Plan Versus Obama's 'Stimulus': Part II for 05/16/2019 Thu, 16 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>My previous column objected to President Donald Trump and Sen. Chuck Schumer's, D-N.Y., proposed $2 trillion "infrastructure" spending. As with President Barack Obama's "stimulus," the Trump-Schumer plan violates the concept of federalism and bails out states that spend irresponsibly, guaranteeing a future of continued irresponsible behavior by state and local governments.</p> <p>But several of my column's readers insisted that Trump &#8212; a builder and shrewd negotiator &#8212; plans to spend more efficiently and effectively than Obama did under his $787 billion so-called stimulus plan. Respected lawyer and columnist John Hinderaker, for example, wrote: "I disagree: Obama's <i>faux</i> stimulus consisted largely of support for state governments so they could keep union employees on the payroll. Very little of the 'stimulus' involved construction projects. Trump, at least, is actually talking about building, repairing and maintaining infrastructure." <p>Updated: Thu May 16, 2019</p> 5896cccebca02ae5117589cf97a1b6fd Trump's 'Infrastructure' Plan Versus Obama's 'Stimulus': What's the Difference? for 05/09/2019 Thu, 09 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>What's the difference between the $2 trillion "infrastructure" plan that Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and President Donald Trump have reportedly agreed to and then-President Barack Obama's so-called economic "stimulus"? Apart from the fact that the Schumer-Trump proposal is double the Obama price tag, the answer is: very little.</p> <p>Economist Milton Friedman famously said there are four ways to spend money, from the most efficient to the least. The most efficient way is to spend your own money on yourself. That way, the money is spent exactly the way you choose and on exactly what you want. The second, less efficient way is to spend your money on someone else, such as when you are buying a gift; you're somewhat careful about the cost and less careful about the content. The third, even less efficient way is to spend someone else's money on yourself, as when you have a company expense account. You won't be as careful spending company money as you are with your own, but you can't go crazy without running the risk of being fired. Finally, the least efficient, most unproductive way is to spend someone else's money on someone else.<p>Updated: Thu May 09, 2019</p> 52c0f0e2cc3785cb5940d5df6e41c811 Fake News: The Post-Trump Economic 'Disaster' for 05/02/2019 Thu, 02 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Many "experts" expected, predicted and warned of instant economic disaster under a Donald Trump presidency. But a funny thing happened on our way to economic oblivion. The economy took off.</p> <p>Former President Barack Obama presided over the worst economic recovery since 1949. He became the first president to preside over a recovery without at least one year of gross domestic product growth at 3% or better. Last year, under President Trump, the economy hit 3% GDP growth. And despite the predictions of an economic slowdown at the beginning of this year, the economy, according to the advance estimate by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, showed a healthy 3.2% GDP growth the first quarter.<p>Updated: Thu May 02, 2019</p> 55a4ce8a821d9003839b2d7bb192d586 Media Matters' Fake-News Pro-Slavery Headline for 04/25/2019 Thu, 25 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In journalism, a "lede" is the introductory section of a news story, intended to entice the reader into reading the full story. Traditionally, the lede is the first (or "lead") paragraph. But in today's fast-paced news media, enticements include the story's headline, subheading and a short summary that precedes the actual story, usually distinguished by a different typeface. </p> <p>The term "burying the lede" refers to a newspaper story that is downplaying the significance of the actual story by "burying" important information deep in the article. Now, "burying the lede" ought not be confused with "fake news," an expression popularized by President Donald Trump. After a recent television appearance, I experienced the latter. The term resonates due to left-wing outlets such as Media Matters, a website with a supposed mission of monitoring conservative opinion.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 25, 2019</p> 4cc9341ce137d035774e767c058cdcab Tiger Woods Is Back. Told You So for 04/18/2019 Thu, 18 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>From 1997 to 2008, Tiger Woods dominated the world of golf, winning an extraordinarily high percentage of the tournaments he entered. Woods' illustrious golf career included wins in 14 majors, just four short of tying Jack Nicklaus' all-time record. Then came the revelation and scandal about Woods' double life. Publicly, he was a devoted husband and father; privately, he was a serial cheater. He suffered a series of injuries, resulting in four back operations since 2008, and an embarrassing arrest &#8212; with an accompanying mugshot &#8212; for driving while under influence of the prescription drugs found in his car. Many gave Woods' career up for dead.</p> <p>At the time, a friend of mine declared, "Tiger's finished."<p>Updated: Thu Apr 18, 2019</p> 200667ac890beaa5169a435c76b4f32f The Fake News 'Surge' in Hate Crimes for 04/11/2019 Thu, 11 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>According to the FBI, "hate crimes" are on the rise. The agency reported a 17% increase in such crimes in 2017 compared to 2016. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., recently said: "There has been an increase in hate crimes. There has been an increase in very negative rhetoric at groups." Notwithstanding the crime hoax perpetrated by actor Jussie Smollett, CNN recently reported, "Hate crime allegations show no signs of stopping, with plenty of examples reported in recent months."</p> <p>But wait. The FBI, in its news release announcing the 2017 Hate Crime Statistics report detailing the "rise" in hate crimes, said, "Although the numbers increased last year, so did the number of law enforcement agencies reporting hate crime data &#8212; with approximately 1,000 additional agencies contributing information." Coincidentally, the number of agencies that reported at least one hate crime within their jurisdiction also increased in 2017 &#8212; by 15%. The FBI described its efforts "to encourage reporting of hate crime statistics." The FBI release said: "Next year, FBI personnel will provide training for law enforcement officers on how to identify bias-motivated incidents and report that data to the FBI's UCR (Uniform Crime Reports) Program. Additionally, the Department of Justice launched a new hate crimes webpage, which has information for law enforcement on reporting incidents."<p>Updated: Thu Apr 11, 2019</p> f08e3439de9d1bb25c781eb72de245f3 The Trump-Charlottesville 'Moral Equivalency' Lie the Left Keeps Telling for 04/04/2019 Thu, 04 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>During a 2008 interview with then-Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, ABC's Charlie Gibson asked whether Alaska's proximity to Russia offered Palin unique "insight." Palin responded, "They're our next-door neighbors, and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska." </p> <p>In a Saturday Night Live skit, comic Tiny Fey mocked in this exchange with comic Amy Poehler, who portrayed Hillary Clinton.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 04, 2019</p>