Larry Elder from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Sun, 05 Apr 2020 08:58:51 -0700 Larry Elder from Creators Syndicate 6a7aff42380b1668fd6a7477f64bbf6b The Coronavirus: What Would Joe Biden Do? for 04/02/2020 Thu, 02 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Many Democrats and much of the media claim that President Donald Trump has mishandled and continues to mishandle the response to the coronavirus pandemic. </p> <p>But a Johns Hopkins study found the United States is better prepared for a pandemic than any other country. Released in October 2019, the Global Health Security Index examined 195 countries on their preparedness and ability to handle an epidemic or pandemic. It found: "No country is fully prepared for epidemics or pandemics, and every country has important gaps to address." <p>Updated: Thu Apr 02, 2020</p> 3ace2a04745a955ee84e34f043e3e958 Rapper Ice Cube, Who Benefited From School Choice, Denounces Trump, Who Supports It for 03/26/2020 Thu, 26 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Rapper and actor O'Shea Jackson, commonly known as Ice Cube, supported President Donald Trump's impeachment and removal from office. Cube recently said he "can't wait to see" Trump in handcuffs. So, the black rapper, who became rich and famous by attacking the country's "racist" criminal justice system, now cheers on criminal justice &#8212; at least when it comes to Trump.</p> <p>But when it comes to how blacks have fared under Trump, Cube's objection to him becomes hard to fathom. Precoronavirus, blacks, under Trump, saw record lows in unemployment. Trump restored funding for historically black colleges and universities. He wants to stop unskilled illegal aliens from competing against unskilled Americans for jobs and wages. He increased funding for "opportunity zones" &#8212; economically disadvantaged census tracts where investors receive favored capital gains tax treatment. </p> <p>Trump signed the First Step Act that, during its first four months last year, allowed nearly 1,000 blacks to have their sentences reduced. The sentences for more than 1,000 prisoners of all races were reduced by a mean of 73 months, or 29.4%, but over 91% of the individuals whose sentences were shortened were black, and 98% were male. Trump posthumously pardoned Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight champion and a victim of a racially motivated prosecution. Johnson originally applied for his pardon in 1920. <p>Updated: Thu Mar 26, 2020</p> 4fe7c54bf8b2e0b701675bc2566e87a0 Biden's Memory Isn't the Only Problem; It's His Lies for 03/19/2020 Thu, 19 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The fact that former Vice President Joe Biden, now on his third try for the presidency, remains the last "moderate" standing says more about his now-vanquished rivals than about Biden. The same media that post running tabs on President Donald Trump's "lies" ignore, downplay or otherwise dismiss Biden's gaffes, memory lapses and frequent incoherence.</p> <p>He's Uncle Joe, the regular guy from Scranton, Pennsylvania, who understands the common man. So what if he says, without proof, that he worked to "desegregate restaurants and movie houses of Wilmington, Delaware"? So what if he says since 2007, "150 million people" &#8212; almost half of the U.S. population &#8212; "have been killed" due to gun violence?</p> <p>So what if he boasts about his "arrest" in South Africa for supposedly attempting to visit Nelson Mandela, an effort Mandela allegedly later thanked Biden for attempting? Never mind that none of it is true &#8212; not the arrest, not the attempted visit and not the thank you from Mandela. According to the Daily Beast: "Biden finally admitted that the story was much different than he'd initially described, saying he told police while on a congressional delegation to South Africa that he was 'not going to go in that door that says white only' and separate from his black colleagues." And so what if Biden, who voted for the Iraq War resolution and publicly accused Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein of possessing weapons of mass destruction, now claims he "didn't believe (Saddam Hussein) had those weapons of mass destruction"?<p>Updated: Thu Mar 19, 2020</p> 81720f969602f49791903ee2387cc268 Actor Antonio Sabato Jr. -- A Hollywood Pro-Trump Casualty? for 03/12/2020 Thu, 12 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>In 2016, I was in the greenroom for a Fox News segment, where I met a charismatic actor named Antonio Sabato Jr. I had never heard of him. Born in Italy, he became, he told me, a "proud American citizen." He called himself a "Christian conservative" and said that he recently came out in favor of presidential candidate Donald Trump and planned to speak at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. </p> <p>Given Hollywood's hostility toward Republicans, let alone pro-Trump Republicans, I assumed Sabato's career was likely in decline, if, in fact, he ever really had one. Why else would a Hollywood actor risk career suicide by coming out so vocally in favor of Trump? I later learned, however, that this strikingly handsome man starred in a soap opera, had a successful modeling career and recently performed on "Dancing with the Stars." If anything, his star was rising.</p> <p>Then came Sabato's pro-Trump speech at the 2016 GOP convention in Cleveland and, more importantly, Sabato's 10-minute post-speech interview with ABC News. During that interview, he harshly criticized President Barack Obama, adding that, in his opinion, he considered Obama "a Muslim." One could practically hear the sound of the interviewers' jaws dropping over this Obama-is-a-Muslim assertion. <p>Updated: Thu Mar 12, 2020</p> afe57a2ea6c731931cbd343a79d64a2d Hollywood in the Trump Era: Conservatives Not Welcome for 03/05/2020 Thu, 05 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Hollywood is one leg of the Axis of Indoctrination, with media and academia completing the trifecta. </p> <p>There are some outspoken nonliberals in Hollywood. Self-described "libertarian" Clint Eastwood comes to mind. But the list is short. A month before the 2016 election, I met a young actress at a party. She just arrived in Los Angeles from Michigan and excitedly told me about a meeting scheduled the following morning with one of the major agencies in Hollywood, an agency she hoped would represent her. For an actor, getting an agent &#8212; especially with one of the major firms &#8212; is a huge accomplishment. Later at the party, I overhead the actress say something about voting for Donald Trump by absentee ballot. I wasn't sure I heard her correctly, so I quietly asked her if she voted for Trump. She said yes. I advised her not to mention this, under any circumstances, at her meeting the next day. She was surprised, and I was just as surprised at her naivete. "This place hates Republicans," I said, "and hates Donald Trump to a degree I've never seen."</p> <p>A few days later, the host of the party told me that actress called her and asked her to thank me for the warning about not sharing her politics with the agency. The actress said that for the first 10 minutes of the meeting, three agents completed one another's sentences about Trump, calling him degenerate, racist, sexist, idiotic and other things not printable. <p>Updated: Thu Mar 05, 2020</p> 265280803578f14015076f5df577d943 Republicans Are Ready to Party Like It's 1972 for 02/27/2020 Thu, 27 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>After Richard Nixon's landslide 1972 victory over Democratic opponent George McGovern, New Yorker film critic Pauline Kael gave a speech in which she said: "I live in a rather special world. I only know one person who voted for Nixon. Where they are I don't know. They're outside my ken. But sometimes when I'm in a theater I can feel them." </p> <p>2020 Democrats, at least the sensible ones, find themselves in a full-blown panic over the prospect of a nominee who is outside <i>their</i> ken. How scared are they? About the prospect of Sen. Bernie Sanders leading the Democratic ticket, top Democratic strategist James Carville said: "I'm 75 years old. Why am I here doing this? Because I am scared to death, that's why. Let's get relevant here ... All the Sanders people are taking pictures wishing (British Labour Party leader) Jeremy Corbyn the best. I don't want to go down that path!"</p> <p>He added: "We've got to decide what we want to be. Do we want to be an ideological cult? Or do we want to have a majoritarian instinct to be a majority party? What we need is power, you understand? That's what this is about. Without power, you have nothing. You just have talking points."<p>Updated: Thu Feb 27, 2020</p> c5bb569d7369415711ac881c3c42ad9e Black History Month: Why Don't They Teach About the Arab-Muslim Slave Trade in Africa? for 02/20/2020 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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>