Larry Elder from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Fri, 21 Feb 2020 23:09:29 -0800 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Larry Elder from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/larry-elder-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder c5bb569d7369415711ac881c3c42ad9e Black History Month: Why Don't They Teach About the Arab-Muslim Slave Trade in Africa? for 02/20/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/02/20/black-history-month-why-dont-they-teach-about-the-arab-muslim-slave-trade-in-africa Thu, 20 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>As for America's annual Black History Month, actor Morgan Freeman spoke for many during this 2005 exchange with CBS's Mike Wallace on "60 Minutes":</p> <p>Wallace: "Black History Month, you find ..." </p> <p>Freeman: "Ridiculous." <p>Updated: Thu Feb 20, 2020</p> bdf326cae08a86dec66bc98b3797192a Dems' New Talking Point on the Trump Economy: Obama Built It for 02/13/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/02/20/dems-new-talking-point-on-the-trump-economy-obama-built-it Thu, 13 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The "expert" predictions of economic disaster should Donald Trump win the 2016 election did not occur. Under Trump, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and Nasdaq composite have reached historical highs while unemployment for blacks and Hispanics have hit historical lows. In the wake of Trump's undeniable economic success, what is the 2020 Democratic Party argument for why voters should back their candidate over Trump?</p> <p>The morning after Trump's election, Paul Krugman, economics professor and columnist for The New York Times, wrote: "Now comes the mother of all adverse effects &#8212; and what it brings with it is a regime that will be ignorant of economic policy and hostile to any effort to make it work. Effective fiscal support for the Fed? Not a chance. In fact, you can bet that the Fed will lose its independence, and be bullied by cranks. So we are very probably looking at a global recession, with no end in sight. I suppose we could get lucky somehow. But on economics, as on everything else, a terrible thing has just happened." <p>Updated: Thu Feb 13, 2020</p> 4c9e8610b4f853d1216939d2059feec3 Trump Critics Denounce Pro-Trump Blacks as 'Sellouts' -- While Criticizing Trump for Not Having More 'Sellouts' for 02/06/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/02/20/trump-critics-denounce-pro-trump-blacks-as-sellouts-while-criticizing-trump-for-not-having-more-sellouts Thu, 06 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>The Donald Trump White House put out a photograph of the president's task force on the coronavirus. CNN promptly showed its displeasure, not with the task force's effort but with its racial composition. There was insufficient "diversity" in the photo.</p> <p>In a piece called "Coronavirus Task Force Another Example of Trump Administration's Lack of Diversity," CNN national political writer Brandon Tensley wrote: "Who are these experts? They're largely the same sorts of white men (and a couple women on the sidelines) who've dominated the Trump administration from the very beginning. </p> <p>"By contrast, former President Barack Obama's circle of advisers in the face of the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa was hardly so monochromatic. Neither was it so abysmal in terms of gender diversity. (Of course, to contextualize, Obama's administration, on the whole, was far more diverse than Trump's.) <p>Updated: Thu Feb 06, 2020</p> ed53c5c2f84255d713837aa080684d77 Impeachment Trial of Trump: Remember When Pelosi and Nadler Insisted on Bipartisanship? for 01/30/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/01/20/impeachment-trial-of-trump-remember-when-pelosi-and-nadler-insisted-on-bipartisanship Thu, 30 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi insists she does not "hate" President Donald Trump. Responding to a reporter's question after she directed the Democratic House Committee chairmen to draft articles of impeachment, Pelosi said: "As a Catholic, I resent your using the word 'hate' in a sentence that addresses me. I don't hate anyone. I was raised in a way that is a heart full of love and always pray for the president. And I still pray for the president. I pray for the president all the time. So don't mess with me when it comes to words like that."</p> <p>Yet, in December 1998, during the House debate on the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, Pelosi attributed the Republicans' motive to their alleged "hatred" of Clinton. On the floor of the House, Pelosi said: "Today the Republican majority is not judging the president with fairness but impeaching him with a vengeance. In the investigation of the president, fundamental principles which Americans hold dear &#8212; privacy, fairness, checks and balances &#8212; have been seriously violated, and why? Because we are here today because the Republicans in the House are paralyzed with hatred of President Clinton, and until the Republicans free themselves of this hatred, our country will suffer."</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">As recently as last March, Pelosi argued that, without significant buy-in from Republicans, she considered a Trump impeachment a non-starter. </span>Pelosi said: "Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there's something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don't think we should go down that path, because it divides the country. And he's just not worth it."<p>Updated: Thu Jan 30, 2020</p> b77d1c3a70656b6064a1fa2a599de138 Does a Minimum Wage Hike Lower the Suicide Rate? for 01/23/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/01/20/does-a-minimum-wage-hike-lower-the-suicide-rate Thu, 23 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>This is a new one. The New York Times headline read: "Minimum Wage Raises Could Lower Suicide Rates, Study Says." But there was a subheadline: "It was the latest study to suggest that effects of wage increases reach beyond economic welfare, but some experts pushed back on the findings."</p> <p>Let us "push back."<p>Updated: Thu Jan 23, 2020</p> 3ea33e747486b81bc209b113486ec3b3 Ilhan Omar and Steve King: A Tale of Two Flamethrowers for 01/16/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/01/20/ilhan-omar-and-steve-king-a-tale-of-two-flamethrowers Thu, 16 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Eighty-six percent of Democrats consider President Donald Trump "racist," according to a July 2019 Quinnipiac poll. By contrast, 91% of Republicans do not consider him "racist." Perhaps more disturbing, a November 2018 online Axios poll by SurveyMonkey found that a whopping 61% of Democrats believe <i>Republicans</i> are "racist/bigoted/sexist." A comparatively small 31% of Republicans feel the same way about Democrats. </p> <p>For a party that considers Republicans racist/bigoted/sexist, how do Democrats somehow, someway manage to tolerate, if not embrace, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn? For a congressional first-termer, her list of cringeworthy, insulting and anti-Semitic remarks is impressive. </p> <p>Omar's latest occurred shortly after Trump authorized the drone strike that killed the Iranian terrorist leader Qassem Soleimani. Flanked by other Democratic House members, Omar said she felt "ill" because "of everything that is taking place," adding: "And I think every time I hear ... of conversations around war, I find myself being stricken with PTSD. And I find peace knowing that I serve with great advocates for peace and people who have shown courage against war." <p>Updated: Thu Jan 16, 2020</p> 34d9f5f4b9b9ef9fcab72df726bb29a6 The Great Recession: 'Reparations' Gone Bad for 01/09/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/01/20/the-great-recession-reparations-gone-bad Thu, 09 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Some of the Democratic candidates for president support studying reparations to blacks to compensate for slavery. But in many ways, America has made reparations to blacks. What are race-based preferences if not a form of compensation for historical wrongs? Many cities have "set-aside" programs that award government contracts to minority contractors. President Lyndon Johnson pushed his Great Society programs to "end poverty and racial injustice." </p> <p>But few think of the federal government's housing policy, particularly the Community Reinvestment Act, or the CRA, as a form of reparations. But that is exactly what it was and still is. In many ways, the so-called Great Recession of the late 2000s was a product of affirmative action and a form of reparations gone bad. Really bad. </p> <p>In 1999, almost a decade before the Great Recession, the libertarian Cato Institute issued a warning about the CRA, which President Jimmy Carter signed in 1977. The CRA was based on the assumption that racist lenders denied mortgages to credit-worthy would-be borrowers, particularly minority applicants. The act initially merely sought data on banking practices to encourage lenders to practice fairness in granting mortgages. <p>Updated: Thu Jan 09, 2020</p> bf31673e30e22b70617cf2ab47e55e31 Killing Ourselves With Hate for 01/02/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/01/20/killing-ourselves-with-hate-dd087 Thu, 02 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The recent shooting inside a kosher supermarket in Jersey City, New Jersey is the latest example that we Americans are literally killing ourselves with hatred for our neighbors.</p> <p>It is just the latest in an ever-lengthening litany of putrid examples showing the terrible consequences of hating the "other" rather than loving in our hearts all of those created in God's image. The facts surrounding the murder of innocents just across the river from New York City illustrate how pervasive this problem is today.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 02, 2020</p> da8bcf2c56f5af523aab14898fc3abc4 America's Real 'Freedom Dividend': Hard Work and Pro-Business Policies for 12/26/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/12/19/americas-real-freedom-dividend-hard-work-and-pro-business-policies-0e764 Thu, 26 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang is on to something: Americans could use a big "freedom dividend" &#8212; that is, a guaranteed source of income on which they can rely month after month, free from the uncertainties of the job market and employment. But like many Democrats' ideas, Yang's otherwise brilliant insight is corrupted by an ideology that strangely sees the government as the engine of wealth creation and distribution.</p> <p>Yang's plan to provide a universal basic income of $1,000 per month to every American over age 18 sounds pretty good. All that money could go toward education, health care, job retraining or even housing assistance for everyday Americans. It also could be wasted with mindless consumer spending on things like clothing, electronics or even drugs.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 26, 2019</p> fecfb8c16fb2b1779d0a41003285c482 Cory Booker Gripes About a Democratic Debate 'With No Diversity Whatsoever' for 12/19/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/12/19/cory-booker-gripes-about-a-democratic-debate-with-no-diversity-whatsoever Thu, 19 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>About the cabinet of newly elected President Barack Obama, the Los Angeles Times gushed in 2008: "Seldom has a presidential Cabinet included so many intellectual and political heavyweights. Obama's other achievement is to have assembled such an impressive team with due deference to the need for an administration that 'looks like America' &#8212; Bill Clinton's shorthand for ethnic and gender diversity."</p> <p>Sounding the same "diversity" theme, former Vice President Joe Biden recently told NPR: "I have the most diverse staff of anybody running. I've always done that. ... The country has to look like, the administration should look like, the American public."<p>Updated: Thu Dec 19, 2019</p> d016725bbf25ffc256a152efc944385e Biden Claims He Marched To Protest Segregation; Where's the Proof? for 12/12/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/12/19/biden-claims-he-marched-to-protest-segregation-wheres-the-proof Thu, 12 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Former Vice President Joe Biden remains the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination largely because of massive support from black voters. A CNN poll two weeks ago showed Biden ahead of his rivals at 28%, with Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., at 17% and 14%, respectively.</p> <p>Biden's support among black voters has been critical. About its poll, CNN writes: "Biden's averaged 49% among all potential black Democratic primary voters in our last two CNN national polls. That's good enough not only for a 35-point lead over his Democratic competitors, but good enough to beat all of them combined by about 10 points." Biden, who prides himself on his relationship with black voters, clearly benefits from his eight years of service to the popular Barack Obama.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 12, 2019</p> bd059da6c03f5402897208d24f78e921 Michael Bloomberg: Tax the Poor for Their Own Good for 12/05/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/12/19/michael-bloomberg-tax-the-poor-for-their-own-good Thu, 05 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Let's examine some of the many reasons why billionaire Michael Bloomberg is wasting his money on his bid to win the Democratic nomination for president.</p> <p>First, none of the Democratic candidates can win the nomination without the black vote. That means the former New York City mayor needs to pry black voters from former vice president Joe Biden, who owes his front-runner status to the black voters who embrace him, given his eight years as a loyal second-in-command to the extremely popular former President Barack Obama. Bloomberg has his work cut out for him. Consider the recent New York Times op-ed by a Times black columnist, Charles M. Blow, who said, "No black person &#8212; or Hispanic person or ally of people of color &#8212; should ever even <i>consider</i> voting for Michael Bloomberg in the primary." Blow urged blacks, Hispanics and their "allies" to reject Bloomberg because of his allegedly "racist" stop-and-frisk policy. Bloomberg recently apologized for the policy, after defending it only months ago. </p> <p>Second, Bloomberg, despite an estimated net worth of over $50 billion, is <i>still</i> an old, white male in a gender/race/ethnicity identity-obsessed party where being an old, white, male presidential candidate &#8212; Biden excepted &#8212; is an increasingly tough sell. Bloomberg's a determined gun controller, although unlike former Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke, Bloomberg does not &#8212; at least not yet &#8212; push a "mandatory buy-back" plan. But, like O'Rouke, Bloomberg never bothers to ask how many Americans defend themselves every year with a firearm.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 05, 2019</p> 3d6fa8236dff12a12fc9c18fa5b19b72 If Trump Is 'Racist' for Questioning Waters' IQ, What Is Waters for Questioning the Intelligence of Dr. Carson? for 11/28/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/11/19/if-trump-is-racist-for-questioning-waters-iq-what-is-waters-for-questioning-the-intelligence-of-dr-carson Thu, 28 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Among the reasons Democrats and their media sympathizers offer to show President Donald Trump's alleged "racism" is that he called Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., a "low IQ individual."</p> <p>At a July 2018 rally in Montana, Trump said: "She is a low I.Q. individual, Maxine Waters. I said it the other day. I mean, honestly, she's somewhere in the mid-60s, I believe that." And in June 2018, Trump tweeted: "Congresswoman Maxine Waters, an extraordinarily low IQ person, has become, together with Nancy Pelosi, the Face of the Democrat Party. She has just called for harm to supporters, of which there are many, of the Make America Great Again movement. Be careful what you wish for Max!" </p> <p>Trump's tweet was in response to a fiery Water's speech in which she urged a campaign of harassment against members of Trump's cabinet: "Let's make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they're not welcome anymore, anywhere." <p>Updated: Thu Nov 28, 2019</p> 861264765f5686af9b46bf0e9ccdad8b Where Was the Love for Whistleblowers During the Obama Administration? for 11/21/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/11/19/where-was-the-love-for-whistleblowers-during-the-obama-administration Thu, 21 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently put President Donald Trump on notice about any possible retaliation against the whistleblower who filed a complaint against Trump. Pelosi warned: "I will make sure he does not intimidate the whistleblower. I was there. I told the President, you're in my wheelhouse when you come after the whistleblower."</p> <p>But where was this love for whistleblowers during President Barack Obama's administration? Obama remains enormously popular among Democrats. But many in the how-<i>dare</i>-President-Trump-attack-a-whistleblower camp paid little attention to Obama's unprecedented attack on whistleblowers, as well as on the reporters who reported on their whistleblowing. Liberal filmmaker Robert Greenwald released a documentary in 2013 called "War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State" that examined the fate of four whistleblowers during the Obama administration. Greenwald said: "One of the things that was a common denominator with all the whistleblowers we interviewed is the terrible personal price they paid ... And what is happening over and over again is the Obama administration and previous administrations are literally shooting the messengers &#8212; punishing the whistleblowers, trying to pass laws that make it harder for whistleblowers."<p>Updated: Thu Nov 21, 2019</p> c9ede4dc7123623ad26fd13f912a4863 How Crazy Is Warren's Health Care Plan? for 11/14/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/11/19/how-crazy-is-warrens-health-care-plan Thu, 14 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., wants "Medicare for All," as does Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., her self-described "Democratic socialist" rival. Unlike Sanders, however, Warren claims she can finance her plan by raising taxes only on the superrich. The middle class, Warren insists, will see their health care costs go down and their taxes will not go up. </p> <p>Some of her nearly equally left-wing rivals demanded specifics. Who pays? And how much? <span class="column--highlighted-text">After a Democratic debate, one rival, Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, said Warren was "more specific and forthcoming about the number of selfies she's taken" than about her plan.</span> </p> <p>Buttigieg said: "Not only is it important to have 'yes-or-no' answers to 'yes-or-no' questions at a time when people are so frustrated with Washington-speak, but also there's still been no explanation for a multitrillion-dollar hole in this plan."<p>Updated: Thu Nov 14, 2019</p> efa12493b8490d07e435a2a4ff88fe0e What Michelle Obama Leaves Out About 'White Flight' for 11/07/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/11/19/what-michelle-obama-leaves-out-about-white-flight Thu, 07 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Michelle Obama recently complained about "white flight" in her old Chicago neighborhood. By "white flight " she means that whites left her neighborhood as it became increasingly black. "Upstanding families like ours, who were doing everything we were supposed to do and better &#8212; as we moved in, white folks moved out, because they were afraid of what our families represented," she said. "I always stop there when I talk about this out in the world because I want to remind white folks that y'all were running from us. This family, with all the values you read about: You ran from us. And you're still running."</p> <p>My family was the second black family to move into my South Central neighborhood in Los Angeles. <span class="column--highlighted-text">We moved there in 1959, when I was entering the second grade. By seventh grade, virtually all the whites in my neighborhood had moved out.</span> <p>Updated: Thu Nov 07, 2019</p> ba66ecdb43a16702828b549d6022e9bd The 'Lynching' Hypocrisy for 10/31/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/10/19/the-lynching-hypocrisy Thu, 31 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>President Donald Trump ignited yet another controversy when, on Twitter, he compared the Democrats' pursuit of his impeachment to a "lynching." </p> <p>His tweet that launched a thousand denunciations read: "So some day, if a Democrat becomes President and the Republicans win the House, even by a tiny margin, they can impeach the President, without due process or fairness or any legal rights. All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here &#8212; a lynching. But we will WIN!"<p>Updated: Thu Oct 31, 2019</p> 23fc548ac90c888c83b03d6cbacf8f1f Democratic Debate: 10 Questions Left on the Cutting Room Floor for 10/24/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/10/19/democratic-debate-10-questions-left-on-the-cutting-room-floor Thu, 24 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The New York Times and CNN co-sponsored the recent Democratic presidential debate. The New York Times has not endorsed a Republican for president since 1956. Prior to the Mueller report, the influential paper published story after story about alleged Russian collusion with the Trump presidential campaign. </p> <p>Project Veritas, the investigative reporting outfit that uses undercover video, recorded CNN employees complaining about the cable news organization's anti-Trump agenda. On one video, a voice, identified as CNN president and CEO Jeff Zucker, can be heard all but instructing his staffers to focus on impeachment, to the exclusion of what taped staffers say they considered other important news. "There's a lot of people out here just trying to do what they think is the best of journalistic integrity," said one CNN staffer. "Then you get on the 9 a.m. call and big boss Jeff Zucker f&#8212;-ing tells you what to do."<p>Updated: Thu Oct 24, 2019</p> 51040a8febf96e7c98e0fcba92a94e20 The NBA and the Elephant on the Court -- Unwed Fathers for 10/17/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/10/19/the-nba-and-the-elephant-on-the-court-unwed-fathers Thu, 17 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The general manager of the NBA's Houston Rockets posted a "controversial" tweet that simply read: "Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong." Two days later, the NBA issued the following statement: "We recognize that the views expressed by Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey have deeply offended many of our friends and fans in China, which is regrettable. ... We have great respect for the history and culture of China and hope that sports and the NBA can be used as a unifying force to bridge cultural divides and bring people together." The Rockets' manager not only deleted the tweet but apologized to China: "I did not intend my tweet to cause any offense to Rockets fans and friends of mine in China. ... My tweets are my own and in no way represent the Rockets or the NBA."</p> <p>So much for the woke NBA and its outspoken faces, including President Donald Trump critics such as Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and superstar player LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers, who once called Trump a "bum." Kerr once explained why his championship team refused to visit the White House by noting that, under President Trump, "these are not ordinary times." <p>Updated: Thu Oct 17, 2019</p> 55655634981363cf027948310dc76676 The Rise of Young Black Conservatives for 10/10/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/10/19/the-rise-of-young-black-conservatives Thu, 10 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This past weekend, I spoke for the second time at the second annual Black Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., hosted by Turning Point USA. Turning Point was founded in 2012 by then-18-year-old Charlie Kirk. Its website describes its goal as seeking "to identify, educate, train, and organize students to promote the principles of freedom, free markets, and limited government."</p> <p>In addition to the Black Leadership Summit, Turning Point holds other annual gatherings, including the Young Women's Leadership Summit, the Young Latino Leadership Summit and the Student Action Summit. Turning Point, according to Kirk, has established chapters at over 1,000 college campuses across the country. In a short time, the organization has become quite a force. <p>Updated: Thu Oct 10, 2019</p>