Froma Harrop from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Mon, 22 Oct 2018 09:04:18 -0700 Froma Harrop from Creators Syndicate 35c319635de1fa312febc96387809997 Will You Stop Obsessing Over Trump Insults? for 10/23/2018 Tue, 23 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It's getting harder by the day to tune in to MSNBC. My chief complaint isn't the leftish slant. It's the news channel's obsession with the latest idiocy to emerge from the Trumpian yap. Anyone who wants to express dismay that Trump called a woman "Horseface" is certainly entitled to, but not on my time's dime.</p> <p>There's little shock or news value here. Donald Trump's rap sheet of insults toward women is long. Watching the respectable media endlessly debate every attention-seeking gibe as if it were momentous news is depressing.<p>Updated: Tue Oct 23, 2018</p> e5b8e252c1e4121e62d3e8ae07abbae6 Blue-State Republicans Turn to Democrats for 10/18/2018 Thu, 18 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>You'd think that with stocks still up for the year and the new tax law smiling on big earners, the financial community would be gung-ho for Donald Trump and congressional Republicans. But it's not. For the first time in a good while, Wall Street is giving more in direct donations to Democrats than Republicans.</p> <p>And here's a big reason: The new tax law purposely punishes people in the expensive-to-live-in blue states, which is where Wall Street people live. To them, this is not just about money. It's personal.<p>Updated: Thu Oct 18, 2018</p> 612dab0f68988bda1d34ff52a39939d7 On Wall Street, Us R Toys for 10/16/2018 Tue, 16 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>As America emerged from World War II, the public generally agreed that the ordinary people who had endured the sacrifice should share in the good times ahead. A golden age for the American worker commenced as business, labor and government stood together on the stage.</p> <p>Labor has since fallen off. Behold the spectacle at Toys R Us.<p>Updated: Tue Oct 16, 2018</p> 94cfabf0154ad9eb272374cc21d63f19 Even Birth Control Is Under Attack for 10/11/2018 Thu, 11 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>There was a time when Republicans and Democrats generally agreed that access to birth control was a public good. Most saw preventing unwanted pregnancies as key to making abortions rare. Those days are over. The Trump administration is indulging a religious hard right, helping it merge the politics of abortion and birth control into one.</p> <p>There has long been a "pro-life" faction that extends its opposition to abortion to the very use of contraceptives. This is a tiny number of people. Only 4 percent of U.S. adults think contraception is immoral, according to Pew Research Center polling. Even among Catholics who attend Mass weekly, a mere 13 percent consider artificial contraception to be sinful.<p>Updated: Thu Oct 11, 2018</p> 1bca619b4acfd9940689d2688d65ac60 Democrats, Keep Cool and Keep Calm for 10/09/2018 Tue, 09 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Americans are hurting as their country descends into dysfunction, polarization and widespread anger. Democrats are feeling an extra dose of despair with the elevation of the intemperate and partisan Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.</p> <p>But Democrats can make up lost ground &#8212; if they're smart. If they're smart, they'll proceed in a cool, calm and controlled manner. The electorate outside the Trump base is a lot bigger than the Trump base. Donald Trump's crashing approval numbers in the middle of a strong economy reflect a public upset by the chaos, cruelty and unbridled nastiness. The U.S. has its disputes, even with allies, but only the inmates from crazytown would heap abuse on Canada.<p>Updated: Tue Oct 09, 2018</p> 28603e21bca1ced2ea1d78a9a60f8ca7 It Is in Our Interest to Save Other Species for 10/04/2018 Thu, 04 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The dusky gopher frog is a tiny thing. Once thriving in the longleaf pine forests of the South, only about 250 remain in the wild, in Mississippi. The endangered frog could soon disappear forever if the U.S. Supreme Court rules against a plan to preserve breeding ponds in Louisiana.</p> <p>The dispute centers on the Endangered Species Act. Since its enactment in 1973, the law has pulled numerous native animals and plants from the jaws of extinction. An amazing 99 percent of the species granted protection under the act are still with us today. Many are doing so well that they've been taken off the endangered list (the American bald eagle, for example).<p>Updated: Thu Oct 04, 2018</p> 1f590bf1fd5ea56bae43eb5d01c08811 Little Lies Mean a Lot for 10/02/2018 Tue, 02 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Brett Kavanaugh's fraught relationship with the truth took another hit Sunday, when a classmate from Yale called the Supreme Court nominee's claim of being a moderate drinker in college a "blatant mischaracterization." Under oath, Kavanaugh said that he was too busy being angelic &#8212; studying and playing sports &#8212; to get stumbling drunk.</p> <p>"On many occasions I heard Brett slur his words and saw him staggering from alcohol consumption, not all of which was beer," Chad Ludington, a fellow athlete, wrote in a statement. The drunk Kavanaugh would also turn belligerent. In one episode, Ludington recalled, he threw a beer in the face of a man who had made a semi-hostile remark.<p>Updated: Tue Oct 02, 2018</p> 637b4cd8ff270dd52df0308881ba42fc Are Low Prices Always a Good Thing? for 09/27/2018 Thu, 27 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If you like exploring the great outdoors, as I do, you probably enjoy shopping (or at least looking) in those high-end stores serving campers, hikers and the like. There, the wilderness fantasy rides high: Neat displays of specialized tents, headlamps and fleece jackets. Often a stone-and-wood decor smelling of cedar. And salespeople who know all about trail shoes.</p> <p>Selling upscale garb and gear for outdoor adventures has long been the province of these well-appointed stores serving a loyal clientele. Some major-league disruption, however, has come their way.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 27, 2018</p> cb6007d69084e75c7db85bfbbd466479 Double Standards for Dress Sabotage Working Women for 09/25/2018 Tue, 25 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Two remarkably different articles on dressing for business appeared in The Wall Street Journal on the same day. Both purported to offer advice.</p> <p>One was "Please, Men of the World, Tuck in Your Shirts." It urged men to dress more neatly. The other was "The Rebellious New Power Suit for Women." It challenged women to wear flashy outfits "with a side of sticking-it-to-the-man 'tude."<p>Updated: Tue Sep 25, 2018</p> 704b1c618a522e89ba3eb2dc4babfa76 Can We Have a Sensible Immigration Policy? for 09/20/2018 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>What would a sensible immigration policy look like? It would have three goals: be humane, enforce the laws and meet America's need for labor. This can happen only if our political fringes get out of the way.</p> <p>Some on the far right simply don't like most of the immigrants, mainly because of their color. There's little room for discussion here. Today's immigrants come from everywhere. They are essential to our economy. And they're every bit as good as the people who came before. <p>Updated: Thu Sep 20, 2018</p> 332e1723aab94bfcac0ec608b8d97a73 Sometimes Voters Just Want Competence for 09/18/2018 Tue, 18 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In our highly polarized era, we too often judge election results from the confines of partisan politics. That's not nearly as useful on the state and local levels, where elected officials have roads to fix, kids to educate and budgets to balance. Voters want people who can do the job. Ideology can wait.</p> <p>The conservative National Review recently put forth the "riddle" that four of the six states in deep-blue New England have Republican governors. Three of them &#8212; Charlie Baker in Massachusetts, Phil Scott in Vermont and Chris Sununu in New Hampshire &#8212; are quite popular. These states don't send a single Republican to Congress. <p>Updated: Tue Sep 18, 2018</p> 0d22db608737bd4e4093ba8dcba5adec How About Medicare Advantage for All? for 09/13/2018 Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>A resurfaced Barack Obama has uttered those three little words: "Medicare for all."</p> <p>Does that mean that the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, was a bad idea? Not at all.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 13, 2018</p> e88ff74cae3c179583300f51d8f7bd71 On Climate Threat, States Refuse to Surrender for 09/11/2018 Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>As large parts of America burn or drown under weird weather conditions made more extreme by global warming, California and other states are doggedly pursuing solutions. What do you say to those who deny climate change is happening &#8212; or who dismiss the scientific consensus that humankind is making the problem worse? You say nothing and move forward.</p> <p>It's long past time to expect any guidance from the environmental saboteurs now running Washington. The Trump administration not only has refused to address the crisis but is reversing progress made by previous leaders.</p> <p>The only remedy left &#8212; besides voting the wreckers out of office &#8212; is to help the states that are already doing the work. Much of the job now is preventing crazytown from vandalizing the states' efforts to save themselves and the world from climatic calamity.<p>Updated: Tue Sep 11, 2018</p> bafeb4a5e55b0402ccc220395122249d The Silly Debate About Socialism for 09/06/2018 Thu, 06 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>What's with all this socialism business? A handful of lefty candidates are calling themselves socialists without a single radical socialistic item on their promise lists. They seem to have little idea of what socialism is. And most of the conservatives talking back to them don't seem to know, either.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 06, 2018</p> 5320ef756daf503a33770af43141cb35 Identity Politics Are a Double-Edged Sword for 09/04/2018 Tue, 04 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The recent primaries, particularly on the Democratic side, have unleashed a pack of first-ism cliches. If elected in November, Andrew Gillum would become "Florida's first black governor" (CNN). Stacey Abrams in Georgia could be "America's first black female governor" (Time).</p> <p>Jared Polis, the Democratic nominee in Colorado, could become "America's first openly gay elected governor" (Vox). In Michigan, Rashida Tlaib could be "the first Muslim woman elected to Congress" (Fox News). And Jahana Hayes would be Connecticut's "first black Democrat to serve in Congress" (The New York Times).<p>Updated: Tue Sep 04, 2018</p> e22344d1e89080f681f809c1b4e1a5be Here's to People Who Work With Their Hands for 08/30/2018 Thu, 30 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>After leaving high school, my father worked in factories and drove trucks. College was never in the cards for him. Though a good thinker &#8212; the Navy put him in a program dominated by college grads &#8212; he never excelled academically. And in any case, he had parents and young brothers to support.</p> <p>A successful family business radically improved my father's fortunes, later enabling him and my mother to join the leisured retirees in a plush Florida community. My father would banter with the golfers, the round-the-world travelers and patrons of five-diamond restaurants, but he never could become one of them.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 30, 2018</p> de2729342421a712fa9826f775923f5d 'Colleges Defend Free Speech' Should Not Be a Headline for 08/28/2018 Tue, 28 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>As the academic year starts, we can expect to hear new tales of censorship at colleges and persecution of faculty who go astray from prescribed views. Much of the storytelling will take place on Fox News Channel and in other conservative outlets selling the notion that colleges have become islands of intolerance run by liberal thought police.</p> <p>The reality is a whole lot tamer than that. A study by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, or FIRE, found that only 1 percent of students would consider violently disrupting a guest speaker they find objectionable. Students who so engage should be arrested and booted out of school, but 1 percent is very small.<p>Updated: Tue Aug 28, 2018</p> f93e0de7759c712fb50aea9f95eb1ee2 Mothers Who Do Too Much for 08/23/2018 Thu, 23 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Here's a true story about a fine woman with an advanced degree whom I will not name for obvious reasons:</p> <p>We were chatting one day, when her little girl broke in to say she was hungry. It was 4:30 in the afternoon. Rather than respond with "Here's a cookie to hold you until family dinner," the mom took out her pots and pans and started cooking an elaborate meal. Our conversation, of course, was over.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 23, 2018</p> 415ad65f1fe5af1b311aee67e6a6e479 Environmental Malpractice Washes Onto the Beach for 08/21/2018 Tue, 21 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Florida Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency over an environmental disaster that he insists has nothing to do with him.</p> <p>It's true that red tide &#8212; an evil-smelling algae bloom now fouling the precious beaches along Florida's southwestern coast &#8212; is an oft-repeated natural phenomenon. Thousands of dead tarpons, manatees, sea turtles and other large creatures' floating offshore and onto beaches, though a jarring sight, has happened before.<p>Updated: Tue Aug 21, 2018</p> f39a7a840387199e622928b8aecd6408 Good Republicans Must Vote for Democrats for 08/16/2018 Thu, 16 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The most memorable campaign event I attended in 2016 was a rally for John Kasich in Rhode Island. The participants seemed the cream of the middle class &#8212; many old-fashioned small-business Republicans as my father was. The Ohio governor spoke on the benefits of not being angry with everyone all the time. His prescriptions were common-sense. (Starting at a community college can make a four-year degree less expensive. That kind of thing.)</p> <p>One questioner opened by noting that he was a registered Democrat. His query was respectful, and Kasich gave a serious answer. The attendees exhibited not a splinter of hostility toward the Democrat in their midst. He was a neighbor, after all.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 16, 2018</p>