Mona Charen from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/mona-charen Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Mon, 27 May 2019 06:30:54 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Mona Charen from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/mona-charen-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/mona-charen 677991ed71ae64111b8a0cf03a6cbb8b What's Missing from Trump's China Policy for 05/24/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/mona-charen/05/19/whats-missing-from-trumps-china-policy Fri, 24 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The Dow plunged 450 points on the opening bell May 6 in response to this presidential tweet: "The Trade Deal with China continues, but too slowly, as they attempt to renegotiate. No! The 10% will go up to 25% on Friday." Economists eye this brinkmanship fearfully. Bank of America/Merrill Lynch's global research team, among many others, has warned that a trade war could cause a global recession. Desmond Lachman of AEI notes that there are splash back effects of imposing harsh tariffs. They may succeed in weakening China, but any "marked slowing in the Chinese economy is bound to have spillover effects on those economies with strong trade links to that country." </p> <p>Among those countries with "strong trade links" to China would be ours. Lachman is warning that Trump's policies may be undermining the strong economy, and that this should worry him looking at 2020. But before we get there, spare a moment to savor the irony of what Trump's policies have so far achieved on one of his favorite 2016 hobbyhorses &#8212; the trade deficit. In 2016, the goods and services trade deficit with China stood at $309 billion (which Trump frequently exaggerated to $500 billion). As of March 2019, the trade deficit with China was $379 billion &#8212; a 23 percent increase.<p>Updated: Fri May 24, 2019</p> be2a2f14f631147a3028b4027df3a43c White Males and Abortion for 05/17/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/mona-charen/05/19/white-males-and-abortion Fri, 17 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Sen. Doug Jones, D-Ala., tweeted in response to anti-abortion legislation passed by the Alabama legislature: "I refuse to believe that these Republican men represent the views of most Alabamians. Their action is both unconstitutional and shameful. The people of Alabama deserve to be on the #rightsideofhistory &#8212; not the side of extremists. Women deserve better."</p> <p>It seems much more likely that Jones is the one who is out of step. A 2014 Pew poll found that Alabama is among the most "pro-life" states in the country, with 58 percent saying the procedure should be illegal in "all or most cases." It's possible that among the 58 percent who oppose abortion in Alabama, some will find the legislation passed this week to be too extreme, but don't count on it. Just last year, voters approved a state constitutional amendment declaring that it is "the public policy of this state to recognize and support the sanctity of unborn life and the rights of unborn children." Fifty-nine percent of voters voted in favor. <p>Updated: Fri May 17, 2019</p> a8168eb466681c9347d763a0dc61d7b7 Should Democrats Avoid Female Candidates? for 05/10/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/mona-charen/05/19/should-democrats-avoid-female-candidates Fri, 10 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Many Democratic voters are worried that a female candidate cannot win the presidency in 2020. "I don't think they're strong enough to carry it for themselves," an Iowa voter told The Washington Post. Amber Phillips reports that "female politicians are held by voters to a much higher standard than men," and points to polls showing that today's support for Elizabeth Warren (12 percent) and Kamala Harris (8 percent) drops to low single digits when voters are asked who is likely to defeat President Donald Trump.</p> <p>Without denying that some people may harbor misogynistic feelings, and that many Democrats may indeed fear, as Phillips reported, that while they personally would happily vote for a woman for president, their neighbors might not, this doesn't prove that women are held to a higher standard. The evidence is mixed. It's never possible to know with certainty what motivates voters. Could Mitt Romney's religion have decided the 2012 race? It's possible. <p>Updated: Fri May 10, 2019</p> 95ed6a7215712dcc4a889c61fdc0b314 A Tale of Two Obstructions for 05/03/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/mona-charen/05/19/a-tale-of-two-obstructions Fri, 03 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Every Republican remembers with disgust the video of Bill Clinton glowering into the camera and declaring: "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky. I never told anybody to lie, not a single time; never. These allegations are false." </p> <p>It's worth revisiting why that statement was so infuriating. It wasn't because we &#8212; well, let me speak for myself, I &#8212; was outraged at the idea of a president having an affair with a young intern (though that was part of it). No, it was the lying. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Clinton lied and lied and lied. He even lied under oath. </span>Lying is cheating. Lying displays contempt for other people.</p> <p>Today, the attorney general of the United States asserts, in terms that should make Clinton smile, that because the president of the United States was "frustrated and angered by a sincere belief that the investigation was undermining his presidency, propelled by his political opponents, and fueled by illegal leaks," he could not be considered guilty of obstruction of justice.<p>Updated: Fri May 03, 2019</p> 4305bec5a2a389ac117a5bd8f43b5c20 Will Conservatives Give Russia a Pass? for 04/26/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/mona-charen/04/19/will-conservatives-give-russia-a-pass Fri, 26 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The conservative media world, along with all but a few Republican members of Congress, are in the process of handing Vladimir Putin his greatest victory yet. They are ignoring the copious evidence in the Mueller report that Russia interfered in our election &#8212; and continues to do so. Pace Jared Kushner, it was a whole lot more sinister than a "couple of Facebook ads."</p> <p>The narrative has now taken hold that the Mueller investigation originated with the Steele dossier. On Fox News, Ed Henry said that the FBI relied on the dossier to "get this whole thing going." Breitbart referred to the debunked "Russia hoax," and a Wall Street Journal editorial demanded to know how "the partisan propaganda known as the Steele dossier become the basis for an unprecedented FBI probe of a presidential campaign..."</p> <p>As the Mueller report makes clear, and as even the infamous "Nunes memo" of 2018 conceded, the investigation did not begin with the dossier. It began when a foreign government (believed to be Australia) "informed the FBI about its May 2016 interaction with (George) Papadopoulos and his statement that the Russian government could assist the Trump Campaign." <p>Updated: Fri Apr 26, 2019</p> 80b87a48d413d65927562c3521a1b6a1 Did Bernie Sanders Steal His Wealth? for 04/17/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/mona-charen/04/19/did-bernie-sanders-steal-his-wealth Wed, 17 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In 2016 and 2017, Bernie Sanders raked in over a million bucks. Last year, his gross income was down to $561, 293 &#8212; still not too shabby. The point is not to rib the senator about his membership in the top 1 percent, though that's tempting. Nor is it to chide him for his relatively paltry charitable donations. His contributions to charity represented only 3.4 percent of his income, it's true. But compared with some of his competitors in the Democratic field, that was generous. Beto O'Rourke reportedly contributed only one-third of 1 percent of his 2017 income ($370,412), and he may have underpaid his taxes by $4,000 by taking medical deductions in excess of the permitted amount. Amy Klobuchar, Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillebrand all gave less than 2 percent of their incomes away. Cory Booker and Pete Buttigieg have yet to release their tax returns, and of course, President Donald Trump is hiding behind a spectral audit (still not complete, three years on?) that in any case would present no legal obstacle to disclosure. Why he is hiding his "beautiful" tax returns is up to the imagination.</p> <p>The question for Bernie Sanders is: How can you sleep at night knowing that you became rich at the expense of the middle class and the poor? <p>Updated: Wed Apr 17, 2019</p> 7c51972a2e8384bdc5dd62669cb8ee79 Twitter Ain't America for 04/12/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/mona-charen/04/19/twitter-aint-america Fri, 12 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>An appropriately Twitteresque meme circulated recently on that platform: Write a sad story in just three words. This was an homage to Ernest Hemingway, who, challenged to write a sad story in only six words, grabbed the nearest blank paper and scrawled: "For sale: baby shoes. Never worn." Or so the story goes. It's too good to check. Responses to the three-word challenge ran the gamut from "People trust CNN," to "Trump elected again." I suggested, "Twitter represents America."</p> <p>It would be a sad story if it were true, but there are many reasons to doubt that Twitter represents anything other than a cacophony of curmudgeons. <p>Updated: Fri Apr 12, 2019</p> 12889a94eab18cd6eda862e717727cd2 Biden and the Problem of Touch for 04/05/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/mona-charen/04/19/biden-and-the-problem-of-touch Fri, 05 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"If I profane with my unworthiest hand</p> <p>"This holy shrine, the gentle sin is this:<p>Updated: Fri Apr 05, 2019</p> 55401dedd8e2cbf9a841bc7b341810e7 Mueller Did the Right Thing for 03/29/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/mona-charen/03/19/mueller-did-the-right-thing Fri, 29 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It seems that "13 hardened Democrats" or "angry Democrats" did not deliver a politically motivated, illegitimate hit job after all. Based on what we know so far, the special counsel's office reported that it did not find evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. This is a fabulous vindication of the integrity of the system.</p> <p>No one is noticing that. Instead, the Trump team is gorging on schadenfreude, and the anti-Trump team is choking on bile. <p>Updated: Fri Mar 29, 2019</p> 22a3cb7e00978501a0c818e76be1f75a More Misconceptions About College for 03/22/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/mona-charen/03/19/more-misconceptions-about-college Fri, 22 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Now that we've all had a good airing of grievances about elite colleges and their attendant injustices, let's get some perspective.</p> <p>While the numbers of high school graduates heading off to college has increased in recent years, the percentages graduating with a four-year degree have not increased much. Many students, especially those who are the first in their families to attend college, drop out before receiving a degree. (They cannot drop out of student loan payments though.) <p>Updated: Fri Mar 22, 2019</p> 8e939f423f37e78314deede360a878ab Liars and Cheats for 03/15/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/mona-charen/03/19/liars-and-cheats Fri, 15 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Operation Varsity Blues has unleashed a veritable orgy of stereotypes. "Entitled white kids" have been trending, along with told-you-so's about how the system is "rigged." Several commentators have suggested that this scandal should quiet concerns about affirmative action because the criminality of Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin, and Co. proves that whites are willing to do anything to get ahead. A writer at The Week declared meritocracy a fraud, while The New York Times perceived a "lesson in harsh racial disparities." </p> <p>"This scandal exposed the fact that there is a misplaced emphasis on so-called affirmative action inequities, rather than privilege," one education consultant told The New York Times. The paper quoted a black parent: "You often hear talk about pulling yourself up by your bootstraps and that college admission is based on merit. What this story tells me is that the playing field is not level based on race and wealth."<p>Updated: Fri Mar 15, 2019</p> ce4899fce06684a5cf03f5e1df4b8f43 If You're Serious About Climate... for 03/08/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/mona-charen/03/19/if-youre-serious-about-climate Fri, 08 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Do you ever wonder why people run for office? I mean, unless you're a total cynic, you must assume that at least part of the motivation is wanting to do good. Sure, those who run for office want fame and prestige, but they also have strongly held views and want to affect public policy, right? So why in the world would they engage in sabotage of the ideas they hope to advance?</p> <p>That's undeniably what Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey have done with their juvenile Green New Deal. <p>Updated: Fri Mar 08, 2019</p> 6fca2f6ee7cf2b7f7f29842cfb03fc84 Trump's Fatal Attraction for 03/01/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/mona-charen/02/19/trumps-fatal-attraction Fri, 01 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The good news is that the Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, did not result in a deal &#8212; because any deal would have been nothing but a scam perpetrated by Kim Jung Un. Selling this same rug repeatedly is a North Korean specialty. The Kim dynasty inked agreements to denuclearize in 1985, 1992, 1994, 2005, 2007 and 2012. You've seen the results. Pyongyang violated every one and marched inexorably toward nuclear weapons and ballistic missile technology. It's bad enough to confront the prospect of a nuclear-armed North Korea. It would be worse to, in effect, subsidize it, which is all that was on offer.</p> <p>Why would Kim give up his nukes? To get American aid to improve his economy? Fantasy. He runs a prison state that actually exports slaves to countries such as China, Kuwait and Qatar. His goal is not to develop the economy but to remain firmly in power and conquer South Korea. He saw what happened to Muammar Gaddafi when he gave up his nuclear program and to Saddam Hussein, who only pretended to be working on one. <p>Updated: Fri Mar 01, 2019</p> 26e8038468b101cc834b42122ecf8612 Unwarranted: Elizabeth Warren's Flawed Idea for 02/21/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/mona-charen/02/19/unwarranted-elizabeth-warrens-flawed-idea Thu, 21 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Elizabeth Warren, one of the &#8212; what is it now, 211? &#8212; candidates for president, seems intent on proving that having been a Harvard law professor is no bar to fatuous policy prescriptions. She has endorsed the farrago of foolishness called the Green New Deal, promises to tax the rich to "make the economy work for us" and recently proposed a shiny new policy idea fresh from 1971 &#8212; government-funded universal preschool. </p> <p>Decade after decade, this old chestnut is trotted out as a pro-family, pro-middle class reform, and every time, assumptions about government's competence to perform this task are blithely assumed.<p>Updated: Thu Feb 21, 2019</p> d438edf2064aacdb493521c2799f82ce You Can't Say That on Twitter for 02/15/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/mona-charen/02/19/you-cant-say-that-on-twitter Fri, 15 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>She tweeted that "men are not women," and for that, Meghan Murphy, feminist journalist, was banned from Twitter. An anodyne statement of biological reality qualifies as "hate speech" for some of the gnomes at Twitter HQ. Murphy received a rote notification that "you may not promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease." </p> <p>Excuse me, but that sound you heard was me spitting my coffee across my desk. I cannot count the number of times I've been harassed on Twitter on some of the above grounds. Twitter has benefits, but let's face it, threats, vile abuse and harassment have become a key part of Twitter's brand. Louis Farrakhan has an account. Terrorists romp through its pixels with ease, and the Russians deploy bots like biological agents. Only a select few offenders are punished or banned.</p> <p>When founder Jack Dorsey was asked on Sam Harris's podcast why suspensions and other disciplinary actions always seem to go in a PC direction, Dorsey was phlegmatic, "I don't believe we should optimize for neutrality." That was Silicon Valley-speak for, "We are not fair." <p>Updated: Fri Feb 15, 2019</p> 0fb45c1bffa9d38d345d9ff494c85a1f An Opening for a Party of Reality for 01/25/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/mona-charen/01/19/an-opening-for-a-party-of-reality Fri, 25 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Here they come, the newly resurgent Democrats, ready to take on "the man" (Rep. Rashida Tlaib); protect America's middle class from "attack" by big corporations and billionaires (Sen. Elizabeth Warren); provide "Medicare-for-all" (Sen. Kamala Harris); offer universal pre-K (Julian Castro); and fight capitalism in general without any idea of how it works (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez). The Democratic Party is lurching to the left like a confused American driver on a British highway.</p> <p>As The New York Times' Thomas Edsall notes, it isn't just leaders who are stampeding to the port side. Democratic voters are becoming more liberal, too. In the past 17 years, Pew Research has found, the percentage of Democrats who described themselves as liberal jumped from 30 to 50 percent. This is reflected in issue positions. In 2008, the percentage of Democrats who agreed that immigrants here illegally should be permitted to become citizens was 29 percent. That increased to 51 percent in 2018. Between 2010 and 2017, the portion who said "racial discrimination is the main reason many blacks can't get ahead these days" rose from 28 percent to 64 percent. (Notably, among white liberals, 79.2 percent agreed that discrimination was the main thing holding blacks back, whereas among black respondents, the percentage was lower &#8212; 59.9 percent identified discrimination as the obstacle to progress. Hmm.) <p>Updated: Fri Jan 25, 2019</p> 9a0277f7facf446eb2fb7e1b39064974 Gillette Is Not Wrong for 01/16/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/mona-charen/01/19/gillette-is-not-wrong Wed, 16 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Is the new Gillette razor ad a radical feminist attack on masculinity &#8212; the commercial embodiment of a woke sensibility? I was prepared to think so. But having watched it twice, I find a lot to like. The ad has been panned by some conservative commentators. With all due respect, I think they are falling into a trap. They seem to have accepted the feminist framing. Feminists see culture as a Manichean struggle. It's women versus men. Women are benign and men are malign. For society to progress, men must change. We must extirpate "toxic masculinity." </p> <p>Understandably, this rubs conservatives the wrong way. I've risen to the defense of masculinity many times myself. But is the Gillette ad really "the product of mainstream radicalized feminism &#8212; and emblematic of cultural Marxism," as Turning Point USA's Candace Owen put it? Is it part of "a war on masculinity in America," as Todd Starnes argued on Fox News?<p>Updated: Wed Jan 16, 2019</p> 40f0aa1466bebed764160dd312179df2 Don't Ask Government for Love, Tucker for 01/11/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/mona-charen/01/19/dont-ask-government-for-love-tucker Fri, 11 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p></p><p>Tucker Carlson is completely right about one thing: The decline of marriage is a great challenge of our times. I've written a whole&#160;<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Sex-Matters-Modern-Feminism-Science/dp/0451498399" target="_blank">book</a>&#160;about it. So, you'd think I would rejoice that Carlson's rant-heard-round-the-right focused on it. Sorry, no. I've rarely seen such a cynical and misleading use of television.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 11, 2019</p> 3268b92d8ee5dbc0a4518aeb3284491c On Being Too Nice in Politics for 01/04/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/mona-charen/01/19/on-being-too-nice-in-politics Fri, 04 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Mitt Romney's declaration of independence from Donald Trump as he takes his seat in the U.S. Senate has been illuminating &#8212; more for the responses than the op-ed itself. Professional speculators are asking whether it's the opening gambit of a 2020 primary challenge (his denials notwithstanding) or mere virtue signaling.</p> <p>The unappeasable left has drummed its fingers on the table, demanding to know whether Romney will oppose absolutely everything Trump does. If you are truly appalled at Trump, they insist, you must obstruct every judge, deregulation and foreign policy move. Anything less taints you as insincere or useless. If Romney doesn't vote like a liberal Democrat, he could pace up and down Pennsylvania Avenue with an "Impeach Trump" sandwich board and still be dismissed as a wuss. <p>Updated: Fri Jan 04, 2019</p> 77e138da93ec8d894070781dda24a2b5 Fake News for 12/28/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/mona-charen/12/18/fake-news-e704c Fri, 28 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Remarkable, isn't it, that Donald Trump has made decrying "fake news" his calling card? Is the press hostile to him? Sure. Do they lie about him? For the most part, no. Then again, the truth is not everyone's friend. As William Randolph Hearst once quipped: "If Mr. Hughes will stop telling lies about me, I'll stop telling the truth about him." Or, even better, William F. Buckley said of Gore Vidal: "Anyone who lies about him is doing him a favor."</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">On his visit to Iraq, the president lied to the troops. How can you claim to honor people you are lying to? </span>Lying signals contempt. "We are always going to protect you. And you just saw that, 'cause you just got one of the biggest pay raises you've ever received. ... You haven't gotten one in more than 10 years. More than 10 years. And we got you a big one. I got you a big one."<p>Updated: Fri Dec 28, 2018</p>