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 Sun, 16 Jun 2019 19:02:26 -0700 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 b8df8e4b013100f7fc3a26a75bc90273 America Will Always Be 'Racist' -- If Nirvana Is the Goal for 06/13/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/06/19/america-will-always-be-racist-if-nirvana-is-the-goal 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 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/06/19/aoc-returns-to-the-scene-of-the-minimum-wage-crime 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 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/05/19/democrats-2020-the-grievance-party 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 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/05/19/the-lefts-battle-against-inequality 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 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/05/19/trumps-infrastructure-plan-versus-obamas-stimulus-part-ii 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 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/05/19/trumps-infrastructure-plan-versus-obamas-stimulus-whats-the-difference 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 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/05/19/fake-news-the-post-trump-economic-disaster 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 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/04/19/media-matters-fake-news-pro-slavery-headline 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 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/04/19/tiger-woods-is-back-told-you-so 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 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/04/19/the-fake-news-surge-in-hate-crimes 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 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/04/19/the-trump-charlottesville-moral-equivalency-lie-the-left-keeps-telling 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> aa94975307139921439af517243778a1 Has the Trump 2020 Collusion Investigation Started Yet? for 03/28/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/03/19/has-the-trump-2020-collusion-investigation-started-yet Thu, 28 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The two-year-in-the-making Mueller report has finally concluded. The main takeaways: no further indictments, no allegations of interference with the investigation and no finding of collusion with Russia. So, let's go to the videotape. </p> <p>Before Robert Mueller's report:<p>Updated: Thu Mar 28, 2019</p> c1866efebf8e392b80f65b2f21060d99 If $15 Minimum Wage Is Such a Good Idea, Why Did AOC's Bar Close Down? for 03/21/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/03/19/if-15-minimum-wage-is-such-a-good-idea-why-did-aocs-bar-close-down Thu, 21 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The brilliant Thomas Sowell, when in college, considered himself a Marxist. Asked what changed him, Sowell said, "Evidence."</p> <p>After completing undergrad at Harvard and obtaining a master's in economics, Sowell landed a summer internship with the Department of Labor. While there, he researched the impact of minimum wage law on employment. Sowell learned two things, both of which he found startling. First, minimum wage laws <i>create</i> job loss by pricing the unskilled out of the labor force. Second, Sowell discovered that "the people in the labor department really were not interested in that, because the administration of the minimum wage was supplying one-third of the money that was keeping the labor department going. ... I realized that institutions have their own agendas and their own incentives." In short, Sowell found that the Department of Labor did not care about the real-world effects of the minimum wage law. He credits this experience, this search for evidence, with having the "biggest" impact on his thinking. <p>Updated: Thu Mar 21, 2019</p> 2e883e8fd08d2b6fcbfe75c7998ab36b It Is Time for 'Jexodus' for 03/14/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/03/19/it-is-time-for-jexodus Thu, 14 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., denies that anti-Semitism is "on the rise" within the Democratic Party. He's right. This is <i>not</i> a recent phenomenon; anti-Semitism within the Democratic Party has been on the rise for some time. </p> <p>Democrats failed to pass a resolution specifically condemning freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., a Muslim and naturalized citizen from Somalia, who recently made several comments considered anti-Semitic. She tweeted that American politicians support Israel because "it's all about the Benjamins," meaning Jews essentially offer bribes for political support. She accused politicians who support Israel of dual loyalty, recently explaining, "I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is okay to push for allegiance to a foreign country." In 2012, she tweeted, "Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel." <p>Updated: Thu Mar 14, 2019</p> 6e1b157fea3eabbd94131e27d9247f30 To Pay for Reparations, Will Democrats Sue Themselves? for 03/07/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/03/19/to-pay-for-reparations-will-democrats-sue-themselves Thu, 07 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>After the election and re-election of the country's first black president, who would have thought that, less than two years later, leading Democrats would seriously debate paying blacks reparations for slavery?</p> <p>Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi supports a bill that would set up a commission to consider reparations, which she says is "One of the things that we can do not only just in terms of trying to make up for a horrible, sinful thing that happened in our country in terms of slavery, but for our country to live up to who we think we are." She added: "We have to reduce the disparity in income in our country. We have to reduce the disparity in access to education in an affordable way in our country, reduce the health disparities in our country."<p>Updated: Thu Mar 07, 2019</p> da808a8ce25b4896c18447da2c2fff16 Smollett Lies Expose a Culture of Lying to -- and About -- the Police for 02/28/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/02/19/smollett-lies-expose-a-culture-of-lying-to-and-about-the-police Thu, 28 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Lawyers representing Jussie Smollett, the actor who apparently lied to the Chicago Police Department about an alleged hate crime, called him a "man of impeccable character and integrity." </p> <p>Before Smollett's tale of being of a victim of an attack by two men yelling pro-Trump slogans fell apart, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., one of many who vouched for his character, blamed President Donald Trump for creating an atmosphere that encouraged such an attack. Waters said: "I know Jussie. I love him. His family's a friend of mine. I know his sisters, I met his mom, and I called already to Jazz, one of the sisters, to talk to her about what's happening, what's going on."<p>Updated: Thu Feb 28, 2019</p> 8a7f097c5ef5b6328c8e879748476dcf Jussie Smollett Supporters: Rooting for a 'Modern Lynching' for 02/21/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/02/19/jussie-smollett-supporters-rooting-for-a-modern-lynching Thu, 21 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., not only believed black and openly gay actor Jussie Smollett's tale of being attacked by two N-word-spouting homophobic Trump-supporters, she &#8212; and many other big-name Democrats &#8212; knew exactly whom to blame.</p> <p>Waters said: "I know Jussie. I love him. His family's a friend of mine. I know his sisters, I met his mom and I called already to Jazz, one of the sisters, to talk to her about what's happening, what's going on. ... I'm pleased that he's doing okay. But we have to understand this is happening for a reason. Why, all of a sudden, do we have people unable to study while black, unable to mow a lawn while black, unable to have a picnic while black, and being attacked? It's coming from the President of the United States. He's dog whistling every day. He's separating and dividing, and he is basically emboldening those folks who feel this way."<p>Updated: Thu Feb 21, 2019</p> 299d0f63eef1291fb949287694babe8e The Virginia Blackface Follies for 02/14/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/02/19/the-virginia-blackface-follies Thu, 14 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The "blackface scandal" proved beneficial for two things. It displaced the frenzy over Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's support for a law lifting many restrictions on late-term abortion. It also took away headlines and news print space from the commonwealth's Democratic lieutenant governor, who faces two sexual assault allegations.</p> <p>But the blackface controversy has legs.<p>Updated: Thu Feb 14, 2019</p> 98ea20a773f7aa9d5aac3d1f1cb9cb70 NFL's Kaepernick Still Calls Criminal Justice System 'Racist' -- Despite Reform Action and Lack of Evidence for 02/07/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/02/19/nfls-kaepernick-still-calls-criminal-justice-system-racist-despite-reform-action-and-lack-of-evidence Thu, 07 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick's attorney accused the musical group Maroon 5 of crossing the "picket line" to perform at the Super Bowl and called the explanation by Adam Levine, the lead singer of the musical group, a "cop-out."</p> <p>Kaepernick, when he played in 2016, kneeled during the national anthem to protest what he considers an unjust criminal justice system that he believes allows cops to systematically "oppress" blacks. Kaepernick said: "There's a lot of things that need to change. One specifically is police brutality. There's people being murdered unjustly and not being held accountable. The cops are getting paid leave for killing people. That's not right."<p>Updated: Thu Feb 07, 2019</p> adc5ad34d6476c3397de6606311c143a Media Call Kamala Harris, Barack Obama, Tiger Woods 'Black' -- But Not Naomi Osaka? for 01/31/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/01/19/media-call-kamala-harris-barack-obama-tiger-woods-black-but-not-naomi-osaka Thu, 31 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>When Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., announced her candidacy for the 2020 presidential race, MSNBC's Chris Matthews asked a black guest whether Harris is "seen as African-American." The guest promptly assured a relieved Matthew: "Yes, I think she's seen as African-American. The fact that she was at Howard University today ... when she did her announcement press conference, she's going to South Carolina in the first week &#8212; she's really planting her feet in the African-American community." Mother Jones magazine called Harris "a woman of color" who attended Howard University, where she "was inspired by a strong legacy of black achievement."</p> <p>Being "African-American" or "black" is an important factor to Democrats, for whom white men need not apply &#8212; unless you're Joe Biden. But Matthews poses an interesting question. Harris was born in Oakland, California. "Kamala" is a Sanskrit name meaning "lotus." Her mother is from India, her father from Jamaica. The Wall Street Journal describes Harris as "an African-American." An Oprah Magazine piece, however, updated after Harris' recent announcement, checked off several race/ethnicity boxes: "(Harris is) currently (California's) first African-American senator and the country's first South Asian-American senator. And now, with a 2020 run, she could be our first black female president." So, she's African-American, black <i> and </i> South Asian-American.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 31, 2019</p>