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Steve Chapman from Creators Syndicate

Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber.

Last Build Date: Sun, 18 Mar 2018 12:39:16 -0700


Trump the Wuss for 03/18/2018

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700

There are all sorts of possible reasons to admire Donald Trump, but none more imaginative than one offered by a fan attending his Pennsylvania rally before Tuesday's congressional election. Trump's planned meeting with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, said retiree Paul Ambrose, was the product of his unflinching toughness.

"To me, Obama was a butt-kissing liberal," he told a Washington Post reporter. "Trump is Teddy Roosevelt. He just might go in there and kick some ass. Kim's kind of (pooping) his pants because Trump's put the fear of God into him. Obama would have come and bowed."

Updated: Sun Mar 18, 2018

Trump's Wall Is Performance Art, Not Border Security for 03/15/2018

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700

Donald Trump loves the ceremonial parts of his job, and his trip to California to inspect prototypes for a border wall was pure theater. He got to project toughness, point to something tangible, make big promises and take credit — without actually accomplishing anything. He's not a president; he's a performance artist.

Of all his campaign pledges, none was more appealing to those at his rallies than the border wall, and none was more harebrained. The idea of creating an impermeable vacuum seal on our southern perimeter was appealing to opponents of immigration (legal or not) and drug smuggling. Forcing Mexico to pick up the tab made it irresistible.

Updated: Thu Mar 15, 2018

Trump's North Korea Gambit Could Be a Big Deal, for Good or Ill for 03/11/2018

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0800

It's not Richard Nixon's opening to China. It's not Neville Chamberlain's journey to Munich. But President Donald Trump's announcement that he's willing to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is one of those decisions that could produce important results, good or bad.

The administration portrays this as a triumph for Trump's tough approach, which has allegedly forced the enemy to the negotiating table. But one-on-one negotiations are something North Korea has offered before.

Updated: Sun Mar 11, 2018

Trump's Tariffs Are Self-Impoverishing for 03/08/2018

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0800

Perfection is a rare achievement in Washington, so give Donald Trump credit for the trade policy he unveiled last week to put new tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum. It is perversely flawless in its disregard for factual reality, U.S. trade law and economic logic. It is all flies and no ointment.

The policy has two rationales, one official and one unofficial, which are alike in being either terribly misguided or consciously fraudulent. In reality, it is classic special-interest pandering, fleecing the many to enrich a favored few.

Updated: Thu Mar 08, 2018

The Irrelevant 2nd Amendment for 02/25/2018

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800

In the wake of the Parkland school shooting, the Second Amendment looms over us like a giant pillar of fire. It is inspiring to some and frightening to others.

At Wednesday's CNN town hall on guns, a teacher from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School brought it up, asking an NRA official to define the "well regulated Militia" the amendment cites and to explain how the accused killer was part of it. Conservative New York Times columnist Bret Stephens called for repealing the amendment. On Thursday, the NRA's Wayne LaPierre said opponents want "to eliminate the Second Amendment and our firearms freedoms so they can eradicate all individual freedoms."

Updated: Sun Feb 25, 2018

First-Class Travel Is the Least of Scott Pruitt's Sins for 02/22/2018

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800

Trying to point out the mistakes, transgressions and failures of the Trump administration is like trying to load frogs into a wheelbarrow. For every one you get, a dozen get away. The latest example comes courtesy of Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Pruitt has gotten some attention for his efforts to roll back measures aimed at curbing carbon emissions and slowing climate change. There have been stories about his obsession with secrecy, which led to the installation of a $25,000 soundproof booth in his office.

Updated: Thu Feb 22, 2018

A Cure for Mass Shootings Doesn't Exist for 02/18/2018

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800

Every time there is a mass shooting, a chorus goes up: "We must do something to keep this from happening again. We can't tolerate it any longer." Revulsion understandably creates a demand for remedies. But every time, we do nothing, to the fury of those who denounce the inaction as shameful.

There is a simple explanation, though, for the inaction. It's not that the National Rifle Association is all-powerful, that too many Americans are blind to reason or that most are complacent about wanton slaughter. It's that there are no plausible options that offer more than the faintest prospect of preventing a massacre in the next year or the next decade.

Updated: Sun Feb 18, 2018

Trump Leads an Attack on Legal Immigration for 02/15/2018

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800

One of the big moments in the phenomenally popular musical "Hamilton," which has been running on Broadway for 2 1/2 years, is the line, "Immigrants — we get the job done." In the debate over new federal legislation, a response is being heard: "Get it done somewhere else."

Many people have long decried illegal immigration while claiming to have no problem with legal immigration. The complaints about undocumented foreigners are familiar: "Why can't they follow the rules? Why don't they get in line and wait their turn like everyone else? Why should they be rewarded for breaking the law?"

Updated: Thu Feb 15, 2018

The Porter Debacle Confirms Trump's Incompetence for 02/11/2018

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800

English monarchs are often known by their names and their most conspicuous traits, from William the Conqueror and Richard the Lion-Hearted to Bloody Mary and Edward Longshanks. If presidents followed that custom, the incumbent could borrow his title from the medieval king Ethelred, going down in history as Donald the Unready.

President Trump has an assortment of grave flaws: a conspiratorial mindset, an irrepressible streak of racial and religious bigotry, thin skin, and consuming narcissism. But no characteristic dominates this administration more thoroughly than his fundamental incompetence.

The case of staff secretary Robert Porter is damning not just because of his importance in the White House but because his record of domestic abuse elicited scant notice or concern from his superiors. It stemmed from a series of failures by multiple staffers and ended in a debacle.

Updated: Mon Feb 12, 2018

Harmful Cures for Government Failures for 02/08/2018

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800

Illinois has made many contributions to America, but lately its biggest service is making other states feel better about themselves. With the biggest public pension obligations, the slowest personal income growth and the biggest population loss of any state, it has consistently recorded achievements that are envied by none but educational to all.

Updated: Thu Feb 08, 2018

How Federal Policies Mortgage the Future for 02/04/2018

Sun, 04 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800

Twenty or 50 years from now, the uproar over the House Intelligence Committee memo will be no more than a footnote to history, and many Americans living then will have fading memories, if any, of the Trump administration. But they will be sure to feel the consequence of other policies, little noticed now, that will weigh more heavily with each passing year.

You may have never heard of Irene Triplett, who illustrates something politicians often forget: Decisions made for immediate purposes can reverberate for a long, long time.

Updated: Sun Feb 04, 2018

Trump Should Do the State of the Union Every Week for 02/01/2018

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800

This year's State of the Union address was in line with past ones: a tedious and bloated exercise in Washington pageantry that ate up a lot of cable news time despite its almost complete irrelevance to how Americans will actually be governed. But those are not the real problems. The real problem is that it happens only once a year.

Donald Trump gave a bravura performance. By that, I mean he used the occasion to prove that he can show up and read carefully vetted lines off a teleprompter without hurling juvenile insults at his critics, pledging allegiance to Vladimir Putin or sexually assaulting any women. If you squinted your eyes just a bit, he looked like a reasonable approximation of a higher primate.

Updated: Thu Feb 01, 2018

The Trump Economy Is No Great Success for 01/28/2018

Sun, 28 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800

Amid all the uncertainty about Donald Trump's presidency, his admirers are sure of one thing: The economy is booming, and it's because of him. We are riding a mighty wave of prosperity driven by his tax cuts, deregulation and business savvy.

The enthusiasm is contagious. "I've really liked what he's done for the economy," marveled Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein. "Year One has been nothing short of excellent," declared Fox Business Network's Maria Bartiromo. Blackstone Group Chairman Stephen Schwarzman said, "There are companies all around the world who are looking at the U.S. now and saying, 'This is the place to be in the developed world.'"

Updated: Sun Jan 28, 2018

Trump Repeats the Folly of Protectionism for 01/25/2018

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800

Next month, thanks to the tax bill signed by Donald Trump, many Americans will see more money showing up in their paychecks. They should contain their enthusiasm. It won't be long before his trade policy starts removing that money from their wallets.

On Monday, the president imposed hefty tariffs — taxes, that is — on imported washing machines and solar panels. They will be set at a minimum of 20 percent and a maximum of 50 percent on washers and at 30 percent on solar equipment. Rest assured, the duties will boost prices accordingly.

Updated: Thu Jan 25, 2018

The Trouble With Medicaid Work Requirements for 01/21/2018

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, acting out of an abundance of compassion, is doing a favor to people on Medicaid: forcing them to work or lose their coverage. "Human beings want to be treated with dignity and respect," he says. "And we're going to give them that opportunity." Now all he has to do is stand back and accept their gratitude.

He shouldn't hold his breath. In becoming the first state to impose a work requirement for Medicaid, which needed the approval of the Trump administration, Kentucky is not likely to move many people into the dignity of paid employment. It's more likely to move them into the indignity of doing without medical care until illness or injury forces a visit to the emergency room.

Updated: Sun Jan 21, 2018

Trump, Nielsen and the Border Wall Fraud for 01/18/2018

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800

In Tuesday's testimony by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, all the attention was on whether she had heard Donald Trump use a derogatory scatological phrase at a meeting with senators. Overlooked in the coverage was new evidence that when it comes to his favorite proposal, Trump is full of something.

In reference to a border wall, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., asked Nielsen about funding: "Have we opened an account that Mexico can put the money in to pay for it?" He persisted in asking whether Mexico would bear the cost as Trump repeatedly pledged. Nielsen had several unhelpful answers, including, "I am not aware" and "How do you mean 'pay,' sir?"

Updated: Thu Jan 18, 2018

Offshore Drilling and Trump's War on the Environment for 01/14/2018

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800

It's rare to see bipartisan agreement on much of anything these days. But an array of Republican and Democratic governors of states on the East and West coasts have found common cause in telling the Trump administration: Take your offshore oil rigs and put them where the sun don't shine.

A number of GOP leaders sounded as though they had just come from a two-week wilderness outing sponsored by the Sierra Club. "We cannot afford to take a chance with the beauty, the majesty and the economic value and vitality of our wonderful coastline," said South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, objecting to the Interior Department's plan to open thousands of miles of coastal waters to oil and gas exploration.

Updated: Sun Jan 14, 2018

Jeff Sessions Gives a Boost to Legalization of Pot for 01/11/2018

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800

When Winston Churchill's party lost an election in 1945, evicting him from the job of prime minister of Britain, his wife ventured that the defeat might be "a blessing in disguise." He replied, "Well, at the moment, it's certainly very well-disguised."

For those who favor legalizing recreational and medical use of marijuana, there is plenty of bad news in Attorney General Jeff Sessions' decision to reverse the Justice Department's previous hands-off policy toward state experimentation. He ordered federal prosecutors "to enforce the laws enacted by Congress." That directive poses a threat to cannabis growers, dispensaries, investors and users who had been operating under a permissive regime.

Updated: Thu Jan 11, 2018

Trump's Brazen Hypocrisy on Human Rights in Iran for 01/07/2018

Sun, 07 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800

As protesters march in Iran, the U.S. government has emerged as a brave champion of human rights. "The great Iranian people have been repressed for many years," noted Donald Trump on Twitter. Mike Pence saluted them for "rising up to demand freedom and opportunity" and endorsed their "unalienable right to chart their own future."

The president and vice president are inordinately proud of themselves for saying such things. But every administration statement on Iran should carry a qualifier: "Void in Saudi Arabia." The noble phrases only serve to highlight the White House's hypocrisy.

Updated: Sun Jan 07, 2018

2017 Was Bad, but 2018 Could Be Much Worse for 01/04/2018

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800

The best thing to be said for 2017 is that it didn't last forever. It's gone, carrying a host of memories we'd like to forget — from white nationalists marching in Charlottesville to hurricanes devastating Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to a procession of accused sexual predators.

If the Broadway musical character Annie were around today, she'd be singing her song with extra fervor: "The sun'll come out tomorrow!" But sometimes dark clouds don't give way to sunshine. Sometimes they give way to ferocious storms. By the time this year concludes, we may find ourselves wishing for the happy times of 2017.

Updated: Thu Jan 04, 2018