Steve Chapman from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Mon, 23 Sep 2019 04:02:57 -0700 Steve Chapman from Creators Syndicate 47e596b1edee7909345c64a4d1a39517 Beto's Boneheaded Call for Gun Confiscation for 09/22/2019 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In an IQ contest with Beto O'Rourke, I would guess, Donald Trump would finish a distant second. But in tweeting Wednesday that, when it comes to gun legislation, "Dummy Beto made it much harder to make a deal," Trump actually had a point.</p> <p>The president was referring to O'Rourke's comments on AR-15 rifles during the Sept. 12 Democratic presidential debate. The general Democratic Party consensus is to forbid the sale, manufacture and import of "assault weapons," with the federal government offering to buy back those already in existence. But O'Rourke is not willing to stop there. He wants to require all current owners to hand them over.<p>Updated: Sun Sep 22, 2019</p> 914c6cd862cb3d77ac9ff45685d4e5d4 The US Should Not Fight a War for Saudi Oil for 09/19/2019 Thu, 19 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>From Donald Trump's comments on the attack on a Saudi oil facility, allegedly by Iran, it's not clear whether he's itching for a fight, leery of a fight or willing to take part in a fight if his friends in Riyadh want him to. He alternates between talking tough, waxing conciliatory and sounding as though he has no idea what to do.</p> <p>But the chance of U.S. military action can never be discounted, because, well, we're the United States and military action is our default option &#8212; under presidents of both parties. We are never short of reasons to put our forces in harm's way.</p> <p>The reason in this case would be that Iran is our enemy and stands accused of being responsible for a strike on a complex that normally puts out 5.7 million barrels of oil per day &#8212; some 5% of the world supply. We would be coming to the aid of the Saudi rulers, who buy our weapons, get along with Trump and share our hostility toward Tehran.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 19, 2019</p> b64be27571ed72f874b271d13948f2ff Trump Ended the Taliban Peace Talks, but Not the War in Afghanistan for 09/15/2019 Sun, 15 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The Taliban will not be guests at Camp David. The peace talks with them are history, and the Afghan government is relieved that it can proceed with the Sept. 28 presidential election without feeling irrelevant. There is only one problem: The U.S. war in Afghanistan continues on its interminable, ineffectual course.</p> <p>The president said the negotiations are "dead" because the Taliban carried out an attack that killed an American soldier. But the talks began in 2018, and 15 U.S. service personnel had died this year as they were going on. If Donald Trump's goal is to stop the Taliban from killing Americans, abandoning peace talks is a strange way to pursue it.<p>Updated: Sun Sep 15, 2019</p> 0faad8966f456ecdfe3300976424e0a9 If the Economy Tanks, It Will Be on Trump for 09/12/2019 Thu, 12 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Democratic political consultant James Carville once said that if he were reincarnated, he'd want to come back as the bond market because "you can intimidate everybody." Donald Trump is not intimidated by the bond market. On the contrary, its fear of him has caused yields to fall. </p> <p>What scares him is my profession. "The Economy is great," he tweeted last week. "The only thing adding to uncertainty is the Fake News!" If we in the news media industry had such power over the economy, we'd be directing it so our business would be booming, which it is not.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 12, 2019</p> a4a01e8af9265b2357333fcc1cd4a425 Do Americans Want Liberal or Conservative Policies? No. for 09/08/2019 Sun, 08 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If you want to confirm the folly of liberal policies, Illinois is not a bad place to start. The total tax burden is the ninth-heaviest in the country. Its 2018 private sector job growth was among the worst in the country. </p> <p>It has a terrible credit rating because its debts are so enormous. And a lot of Illinoisans are losing hope and bailing out. The state population has declined for five straight years.<p>Updated: Sun Sep 08, 2019</p> 4f6bf20b44e5677d58fa523fc97958d2 Will the Hong Kong Protests End in Tears? for 09/05/2019 Thu, 05 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The mass protests in Hong Kong have been the most thrilling news of 2019: a daring, dramatic movement involving people asserting their fervent support for liberty, democracy and the rule of law.</p> <p>On some weekends, a quarter of the territory's 7.4 million people have thronged the streets to demand reform from the Beijing government, which had tried to force through a new law allowing extradition to the mainland. They persisted, sometimes violently, even as police resorted to tear gas, rubber bullets and arrests.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 05, 2019</p> 5e7c9275e1d65a7b9b7a92f24d328fa3 Trump's EPA Keeps Trashing the Planet for 09/01/2019 Sun, 01 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In the face of any serious and growing problem, three options are available: You can do more to solve it. You could do the same things you've been doing. Or you could do things to make it worse.</p> <p>When it comes to combating climate change, the Trump administration cannot be accused of foot-dragging. The problem is that it is marching briskly in the worst possible direction.<p>Updated: Sun Sep 01, 2019</p> 9becd11b6bdf4cc31fb8174f1f68f45b Why Does Trump Do Putin's Bidding? for 08/29/2019 Thu, 29 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The disagreements, surprises and compromises that arose during the G-7 summit in Paris all have implications for the future of the world's biggest industrialized democracies. But they distract from a deep mystery that holds more importance: What is it with Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin?</p> <p>Trump has trouble getting along with leaders from Germany, France and Japan. His respect for anyone who works for him is often transitory. But when it comes to the Russian president, Trump is a model of loving devotion.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 29, 2019</p> 341e70b9c3909dd93856a21691a5ed4b Jerome Powell Is Not Trump's Worst Enemy; Trump Is for 08/25/2019 Sun, 25 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Jerome Powell is the bane of Donald Trump's existence. Lately, it seems Trump would rather bash the Federal Reserve than eat his favorite fast food. Every other tweet from him accuses the central bank chairman of being a hopeless bungler.</p> <p>On Friday, the president decided he had been far too mild in his criticism. "My only question is, who is our bigger enemy, Jay Powell or Chairman Xi?" he tweeted. This comes from someone who said of the Chinese leader in June, "I think we're going to be strategic partners."<p>Updated: Sun Aug 25, 2019</p> fcf4a4d96821a28340ada595aac69988 Bored to Death with Baseball? Try Tennis for 08/22/2019 Thu, 22 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I've been a baseball fan since before I could spell "bat." I test my wife's patience with St. Louis Cardinals news, carry fond memories of years coaching kids and never go to a game without filling out a scorecard. But the love affair is not what it used to be.</p> <p>It's not that I want to give up baseball. It's that baseball keeps pushing me away. Recently, when my eldest stepson and I went to see the Texas Rangers play the Milwaukee Brewers in Miller Park, we endured everything that has made a joyless slog of the modern game.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 22, 2019</p> 2f54cf5e355279109d7683a1cef118a5 Why Republicans Should Ditch the Electoral College for 08/15/2019 Thu, 15 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Beto O'Rourke didn't win a Senate seat in 2018, and he isn't likely to win the presidency in 2020. But he could gain a footnote in the history books as the person who set the Electoral College on the road to extinction.</p> <p>His home state of Texas is a big, brash Republican stronghold, which gave the nation George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, as well as Rick Perry and Ted Cruz. No Democrat has won statewide office since 1994. Today, 23 of the state's 36 U.S. House members are Republicans.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 15, 2019</p> 1c26286d69adbb4492dccc24da1eeed8 Trump Is Losing His Trade War with China for 08/11/2019 Sun, 11 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In the 1973 film, "The Sting," the character played by Robert Redford sizes up an enemy and says, "He's not as tough as he thinks." Replies his friend, played by Paul Newman: "Neither are we." </p> <p>Someone should have provided similar advice to Donald Trump before he decided to wage a trade war with China. It's dangerous to underestimate your adversary and overestimate yourself, and he's done both.<p>Updated: Sun Aug 11, 2019</p> 11313c5dce1f6ef2ff0ecdeb84448acb Trump Is Toxic, But Americans Are Not for 08/08/2019 Thu, 08 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Donald Trump is a toxin in the American political bloodstream, and the resulting symptoms are not only ugly and unpleasant but also dangerous. Among the signs are expressions of racial prejudice, religious bigotry, sexism and violent hostility for those deemed to be unacceptably different. It's a debilitating malady.</p> <p>Trump was an abnormal presidential candidate, indulging in overt antipathy for foreigners, crude slurs against women, juvenile insults of political rivals and nonstop lies on matters big and small. But he won the election, giving rise to fears that he represented the true character of the American public.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 08, 2019</p> 3e7c2ff0d008c611bb925fde2de25082 Democrats Turn Away From Endless War for 08/04/2019 Sun, 04 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>For most of the past 30 years, the default American approach to global affairs has been aggressive, ambitious and disastrously wrong. George W. Bush and Dick Cheney get the blame for the war in Iraq, but it had the support of such prominent Democrats as Hillary Clinton and John Kerry. For a long time, when military intervention was proposed, the Democrats offered Americans an echo, not a choice.</p> <p>That may finally be changing. The party's presidential candidates are not giving their primary attention to foreign policy and national security. But when they talk about it, <span class="column--highlighted-text">they evince a refreshing skepticism about our habit of fighting wars of choice</span>.<p>Updated: Sun Aug 04, 2019</p> 32c80f34aff7eaad3c660308222bf136 The Expensive Folly of Federal Executions for 08/01/2019 Thu, 01 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In recent decades, the United States has gone through a vast experiment in crime and punishment to answer the question: "What would happen if you began phasing out the death penalty?" We have an answer, not that the Trump administration cares.</p> <p>At Donald Trump's campaign rallies, you could see people in T-shirts with the message: "Trump 2016. F&#8212;- your feelings." But when it comes to capital punishment, the president and his supporters put their visceral impulses above real-world experience.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 01, 2019</p> c01e5528cf37337510c513f3752a6678 If Biden Was Wrong On Crime, He Had a Lot of Black Company for 07/28/2019 Sun, 28 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Cory Booker, Kamala Harris and other Democratic presidential candidates believe that Joe Biden was wrong in helping to craft and pass the 1994 crime bill, which they blame for the damage it wrought among African Americans.</p> <p>They have a point. What they fail to grasp is that if they had been senators then, they likely would have been wrong right along with him.<p>Updated: Sun Jul 28, 2019</p> 0485004019696a8f0650bd225ef139e4 The Mueller Hearings Won't Bring Trump to Account for 07/25/2019 Thu, 25 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Watching the House hearings with Robert Mueller was like watching extra innings in a tedious, sluggish midseason baseball game. Each inning presents the possibility of a breakthrough that could end it. And each inning ends without a decisive change, leaving us frustrated, fatigued and aching for a resolution.</p> <p>The difference is that in the case of the Donald Trump malfeasance spectacle, it was hard to picture what could bring about a finish. No one expected Mueller to hit a three-run homer for either side, and he didn't. On the contrary, he did the equivalent of leaving his bat in the dugout.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 25, 2019</p> 06023d56135a10c5b2862274b4a8989b More New Citizens? It's No Credit to Trump for 07/21/2019 Sun, 21 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By some baffling process, the Trump administration has acquired a reputation for not welcoming foreigners to our shores. This terrible misimpression grieves Ken Cuccinelli. He has offered a kinder, gentler approach intended to reassure every American who takes a positive view of legal immigration.</p> <p>In a Fox News interview, the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services spoke of the "very moving experience" of the naturalization ceremonies he has attended, seeing people who come from all over the world take an oath of allegiance to this country. He said the administration has actually increased the number of people becoming citizens.<p>Updated: Sun Jul 21, 2019</p> 9ae0967cbffa1e5acbcdc33d6ccf1289 Trump, the Fed and Our Resilient Economy for 07/14/2019 Sun, 14 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>What sort of machine is the economy? The common conception is that it's a fragile and sensitive device, highly responsive to both good and bad government policies. Pessimists worry that one or two wrong moves from Washington will cause it to seize up. Optimists think the right change in tax or regulatory policy can supercharge it.</p> <p>The administration shares this general outlook. Early in Donald Trump's presidency, he and his economic advisers hailed what was coming. With Trump's policies, declared Stephen Moore, "4 percent growth can and should be the new normal in America." After the president signed his big tax cut, Lawrence Kudlow said, "We're on the front end of an investment boom." <p>Updated: Sun Jul 14, 2019</p> c2ff83b163f58c47234ad7c37a18de5c How Ross Perot Paved the Way for Trump for 07/11/2019 Thu, 11 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>A nationally known tycoon with a boastful personality, a penchant for tough talk, an aversion to illegal immigration and free trade, and a contempt for Washington norms: Before there was Donald Trump, there was Ross Perot. His two presidential campaigns planted seeds that would bear poisonous fruit 20 years later.</p> <p>Perot, who died Tuesday, was the improbable candidate in 1992. Entering as a third-party challenger against President George H.W. Bush and Gov. Bill Clinton, he captured the spotlight and soon led in the polls. Despite pulling out in July, only to reenter in October, he got nearly 19% of the vote, the strongest showing by a non-major party candidate since 1912. Running in 1996 as the nominee of the Reform Party, which he founded, he got 8.4% of the vote.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 11, 2019</p>