Froma Harrop from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Wed, 16 Jan 2019 01:58:36 -0800 Froma Harrop from Creators Syndicate 21537843943abfea14fe63499f84aed3 Are We Truly One Paycheck From Disaster? for 01/15/2019 Tue, 15 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The partial government shutdown has forced some federal workers to move money around to pay for food and rent. No surprise there. What's shocking is the many who don't have the money to move. They have no financial cushion to cover even one month's worth of ordinary expenses.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Don't they have any savings, any savings at all? Consider, a government job provides fairly secure employment. It comes with health coverage, paid vacations and sick days. And the pay, though not princely, is solid.</span><p>Updated: Tue Jan 15, 2019</p> 00b80e5f33b86895b673d9ee3b47d3c3 Foreigners Shape Up Americans for 01/10/2019 Thu, 10 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The kids are bratty, the parents fighting, the homes a mess. It's remarkable how American domestic life can breed so much dissatisfaction amid so much plenty.</p> <p>Foreigners have made an industry of observing this paradox and offering Americans fixes. Restoring tranquility and, frankly, dignity is the goal.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 10, 2019</p> b8e326b13c0f4b4dff9a0c70d23041f2 If Trump Really Wanted to Enforce Immigration, He'd Open the Government for 01/08/2019 Tue, 08 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>We who follow immigration policy closely know that the wall is a dumb idea. Closing much of the government over it is dumber still.</p> <p>Why is the wall a dumb idea? It would be expensive. It'd be unsightly. It'd be environmentally destructive. More to this point, it'd be ineffective.<p>Updated: Tue Jan 08, 2019</p> 63a5480e4893a0c5097d410889fb3393 Are We Brave Enough for the New World of Reproduction? for 01/03/2019 Thu, 03 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>A new medical device may change almost everything we think about making babies. It may also sweep away the current controversy over abortion while creating new ethical dilemmas. We speak of the artificial womb.</p> <p>Also called a biobag, an artificial womb is a big plastic sack filled with synthetic amniotic fluid. A tube going into the bag supplies the fluid, and another tube drains it.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 03, 2019</p> 4f484041caff4242e1b1026164526a5b Stop Obsessing Over Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for 01/01/2019 Tue, 01 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The right can't stop talking about the incoming youngest member of the House, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The left isn't much better.</p> <p>You know AOC. She rose from obscurity to instant celebrity as a self-described socialist running for Congress. The former waitress did it with a brilliant campaign combining social media genius with just showing up.<p>Updated: Tue Jan 01, 2019</p> 2f2d6a4b6f503f9354112c86537c83b8 The Self-Destruction of US Farmers for 12/27/2018 Thu, 27 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Not long ago, agriculture was a crown jewel of America's export economy. Then President Trump happened.</p> <p>He launched his "easy-to-win" trade wars, and our trading partners hit back right where the farm belt hurts.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 27, 2018</p> 41e1fe78b91d0c8850b2dea5e2ef2eb3 Are We Taking Our Security for Granted Amid Trump Chaos? for 12/21/2018 Fri, 21 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p></p><p><p>Updated: Fri Dec 21, 2018</p> 4ca59a22d85187d0065ebfd49bc22e46 Judge Sullivan Confirms That We're Not Crazy for 12/20/2018 Thu, 20 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Thank you, Judge Sullivan, for certifying the nation's sanity &#8212; that ice is cold, rain is wet and the inhabitants of Trump world are also subject to the law.</p> <p>When U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan said "I'm not hiding my disgust" for Michael Flynn's criminal conduct, he gave voice to what was obvious to all but Donald Trump's most unquestioning supporters. The offenses were especially serious coming from, of all people, a national security adviser. Flynn had admitted he lied to the FBI about conversations with the Russian ambassador. He also lied about his lobbying for a foreign government during the election and after.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 20, 2018</p> 9ae6a28fa98fa6d0350c5fb5f7cce661 May You Be Healthy and Covered in 2019 for 12/18/2018 Tue, 18 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>A federal judge in Texas just threw out the Affordable Care Act root and branch. If the decision were to survive legal challenges, an estimated 17 million Americans could lose their health coverage. Uncounted others would face monstrous premium hikes as protections for pre-existing conditions vanish.</p> <p>Upheld, the ruling would rocket Republicans toward their goal of killing Obamacare. President Trump didn't hold back his joy, hailing it as "a big, big victory" by a "highly, highly respected" judge.<p>Updated: Tue Dec 18, 2018</p> ae3820bd742d2cff8a2ce6d1f92ec167 New Yorkers Yelling at New Yorkers for 12/13/2018 Thu, 13 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Respected news sources have described those 16 televised minutes of shouting between Donald Trump and "Chuck and Nancy" as an "altercation" and a "lurid" exchange. To New York ears, it was just a discussion.</p> <p>As Johnny Carson (the late "Tonight Show" host) once said, "anytime four New Yorkers get into a cab together without arguing, a bank robbery has just taken place."<p>Updated: Thu Dec 13, 2018</p> 2985345d049f10ab8f5a81d9b4707a28 Few of Us Are Even Remotely Prepared for Elder Care for 12/11/2018 Tue, 11 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>It often starts off easy. For me it did. An elderly friend needed some help with food shopping and dealing with the cable company. He has no family to speak of, and his close friends have died. Pushing 90, his thinking had obviously slowed, but he could still shave, bathe and dress.</p> <p>So I volunteered to run some errands. No big deal. I'd drive him to doctors' appointments and pick up drugs. When he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, I started taking him to the cancer center for infusions.<p>Updated: Tue Dec 11, 2018</p> 209535877893533ec4eff8e15c5b2c43 Bringing the Future Back Into American Politics for 12/06/2018 Thu, 06 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>An ad on ABC's "Live with Kelly and Ryan" shows a little girl dragging a teddy bear to her mom at an elegant dinner table. The mother hugs her again and again. Then up pop the words: "You never actually own a Patek Philippe. You merely look after it for the next generation."</p> <p>A Patek Philippe is a very fancy Swiss watch. If only the leaders in Washington would take a comparable interest in preserving the environment for the generation to come.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 06, 2018</p> 9f2671e8ae16ceaedcbe315379cfd9f8 Why Barbara Bush Is So High Up in George H.W.'s Obituaries for 12/04/2018 Tue, 04 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Rarely has a president been identified so closely with his wife. That Barbara Bush never pursued a big-league career made her high profile even more remarkable. Nor did she fashion herself into an icon of elegance and glamour. She rose to prominence for simply being the partner-in-life of George H.W. Bush.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">It was not just staying married that elevated her status but the nature of their bond. Theirs was an old-school marriage, meaning unbreakable. Prenup not required.</span><p>Updated: Tue Dec 04, 2018</p> af430ee241ab273b343c3caacd66fae5 Alcohol and Opioids Are Different Risks for 11/29/2018 Thu, 29 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Is alcohol really "the most dangerous drug"? That's what Governing magazine said on a cover, adding, "Cheap, legal and more deadly than opioids."</p> <p>This assertion is problematic. One could say that biking is quite dangerous if you ride 5,200 miles a year at night along poorly lit busy roads. If you ride 800 miles a year on dedicated bike paths, the risk is obviously lower.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 29, 2018</p> 3a9924df94d988983cae40be0d0de698 He Who Primaries Can Be Primaried for 11/27/2018 Tue, 27 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Republicans and Democrats both battle over party doctrine and control. The difference with the Democrats is that their discontents often don't stop fighting after the results are in. They continue the hostilities rather than unite in common cause with fellow Democrats whom they disdainfully call "the establishment."</p> <p>Case in point is the campaign by Democratic "rebels" against efforts to return Nancy Pelosi to the House speaker's chair. Of course, any Democrat is perfectly within his or her rights to want a new head of party. Speakers get elected, not crowned.</p> <p>But the problem with the anti-Pelosi faction, led by Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts, isn't the desire for changed leadership. It's that the insurgents have absolutely no one to replace Pelosi with. Thus, they have interrupted the Democrats' ascension to power with pointless acrimony.<p>Updated: Tue Nov 27, 2018</p> 4d8a6e48aea12b420cdfd7c370226213 Is the Economy Headed to Crazytown? for 11/22/2018 Thu, 22 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The recent election suggested &#8212; and subsequent polls showed &#8212; that a public happy with the economy under Donald Trump is nevertheless very unhappy with the man himself. It took a massive amount of discontent with the president's character and conduct for voters to punish his party at a time of low unemployment, rising wages and quarterly growth exceeding 3 percent.</p> <p>Now suppose the benefit of a strong economy were to be pulled out from under Trump in the months to follow. What would be Trump's selling point then? His charm and wit?<p>Updated: Thu Nov 22, 2018</p> 179e979e97800224017a8776dac899cd Democrats, Listen to Bustos and Keep Pelosi for 11/20/2018 Tue, 20 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Nancy Pelosi will probably return as speaker of the House and should. A proven master at running the legislature, she's plug-and-play ready and able to steer Democrats through these chaotic times.</p> <p>That Pelosi is a woman is not why she should be speaker. That she is relatively old, at 78, is not why she should <i> not </i> be speaker. On the dubious assumption that most voters want leaders matching their gender, age, ethnicity and race, many Democrats do their party harm by appealing to this or that identity tag in the so-called base.<p>Updated: Tue Nov 20, 2018</p> 6bba7d0617c4a0739884d509ccee590a America's Wealth Floods Into Already Wealthy Cities for 11/15/2018 Thu, 15 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>When Amazon chose a Queens neighborhood across from Manhattan for one of its new headquarters, James Corden remarked on "The Late Late Show," "I gotta say, I really think this could be the thing that finally puts New York on the map."</p> <p>That was a joke. New York is already the capital of finance, media, fashion, art and advertising. Does it need tech, too? Actually, it already has tech. More than 320,000 tech workers toil in New York. Google, meanwhile, plans to double its employment in the city, to nearly 20,000. The Amazon move will add 25,000 new high-paying jobs.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 15, 2018</p> c6d071d7da1dad87f1c251ff0d3560c7 Dilemma for Moderate Republicans: Leave the Party or Go Native for 11/13/2018 Tue, 13 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>If there was one place where the moderate Republican could make a brave last stand, it was at the Metropolitan Republican Club on Manhattan's Upper East Side. New York County (Manhattan) was one of the few counties outside Ohio to prefer John Kasich over Trump in the 2016 primaries.</p> <p>The club was home base for John Lindsay, the legendary liberal Republican mayor of the 1960s. Michael Bloomberg was a member when he was elected mayor in 2001. (He's now a Democrat.) The club's past speakers tended toward the likes of Jeb Bush and foes of the estate tax.<p>Updated: Tue Nov 13, 2018</p> 519ad69990455c227f6df4ffca5b765f Democrats Need an Immigration Policy Fast for 11/08/2018 Thu, 08 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>In recent months, the political leadership of two neighboring countries with large immigration programs issued very different messages. They would be the United States and Canada.</p> <p>In the United States, President Trump and his Republican allies vilified the "caravan" of Central Americans making their way toward the border. They are a gang of diseased criminals and Middle Eastern terrorists, he said without evidence.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 08, 2018</p>