Froma Harrop from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Tue, 21 Aug 2018 17:49:50 -0700 Froma Harrop from Creators Syndicate 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> 3f321939ad237f55d6c338fcfb6f163d Comic Relief as We Wait for Trump to Be Gone for 08/14/2018 Tue, 14 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Rick Wilson was minding his own business as a Republican operative when Donald Trump happened. Though his commercials for GOP candidates often pressed thorns in liberal flanks, he won broad respect as a principled conservative.</p> <p>Trump has made Wilson stark raving mad. The charges? Betraying the conservative movement and putting the Republican Party at risk. Fortunately for us at ringside, Wilson is also a bad boy with a wicked sense of humor. His new best-seller, "Everything Trump Touches Dies," rains sucker punches of mockery on all things Trump.<p>Updated: Tue Aug 14, 2018</p> 723077dd0b32195612a8bb3e85cd868b Dereliction of Political Duty in a Tweet for 08/09/2018 Thu, 09 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It's been policy hereabout to ignore presidential tweets of no national consequence. Whether Donald Trump likes Roseanne or dislikes Rosie matters not. But Trump's tweets about the catastrophic California fires do. They demonstrated remarkable ignorance and cowardice. And in the words that weren't there, they showed a collapse of the leadership needed to defend this country from the onrushing disaster of climate change.</p> <p>"Bad environmental laws," he tweeted, have diverted needed water "into the Pacific Ocean," making the wildfires "so much worse." That's the ignorance part.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 09, 2018</p> 39b9a8775f68bce01add32227807a9ba Out of the Frying Pan, Onto a Farm for 08/07/2018 Tue, 07 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"For many years ... I never rested," Ray Stannard Baker wrote more than a century ago. "I neither thought nor reflected. I had no pleasure, even though I pursued it fiercely during the brief respite of vacations. Through many feverish years I did not work: I merely produced."</p> <p>Baker was one of the most intense journalists of his time and also one of the best. His dogged reporting on the poverty, violence and corruption plaguing 1900s America won praise from President Theodore Roosevelt. The work, however, drained him. And when Roosevelt seemed to turn on journalists with the demeaning label "muckrakers," Baker looked for the exits.<p>Updated: Tue Aug 07, 2018</p> 759496a88d0f239e4fdbe1d01070d2cc Female Candidates Must Move Beyond #MeToo for 08/02/2018 Thu, 02 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Have you heard? A woman who recently ran for president got nearly 3 million more votes than Donald Trump. Only the Electoral College &#8212; actually, a few thousand ballots in three key states &#8212; delivered the presidency to the current POTUS. And that was with an assist from Russia.</p> <p>That's why much of the excitement over so many women running for House seats and even (gosh!) running against each other should be filed under "anticlimax." After Margaret Thatcher, Angela Merkel and Hillary Clinton and with the female powerhouses now serving in the U.S. Congress, a woman vying for elective office should not be that big a deal.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 02, 2018</p> 4c1ea9073c5250385c5ff39e336cbc8d Sombra, Rescue Dog of My Dreams for 07/31/2018 Tue, 31 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Dear Sombra,</p> <p>So you're the German shepherd so good at sniffing out stashes of cocaine that drug traffickers in Colombia want you dead. Your story &#8212; how your laser-guided snout helped the Colombian National Police seize at least 9 tons of drugs, leading to 245 arrests &#8212; has gone global.<p>Updated: Tue Jul 31, 2018</p> 10b1aea526d67f63ea20c66e5f354275 Democrats Should Move to the Center -- of the Country for 07/26/2018 Thu, 26 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Contrary to what we hear, "the energy" in the Democratic Party is coming not so much from the political left as from the geographical center. The most notable victories belong to Conor Lamb in Pennsylvania, Doug Jones in Alabama and Democrats taking statehouse seats in Missouri and Wisconsin. They win because they talk economics, not economic theory, and they avoid sounding radical. </p> <p>Our last two Democratic presidents, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, spoke to wide audiences. Both hailed from the interior. Both were elected twice.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 26, 2018</p> dbe9d181c132daf2d18090d873b1adbc Trump's Targets: The View From Fifth Avenue for 07/24/2018 Tue, 24 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Donald Trump once famously said that he could "stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody" and not "lose any voters." He hasn't shot anyone, though he's seriously wounded a number of economic interests. The most serious casualties, however, are far from Fifth Avenue. America's urban gentry, who overwhelmingly did not vote for Trump, are doing just fine. </p> <p>I'd be the two millionth pundit to point out that Trump's economic policies disproportionately hurt people who voted for him. His trade war threatens factory jobs in the industrial Midwest and has ravaged farm incomes in the heartland. In Trump's Appalachian stronghold, struggling families risk losing their health care. <p>Updated: Tue Jul 24, 2018</p> d415ec2c62ed8dfe9b91fdefb56e1952 Foreigners Boycott Trump's America for 07/19/2018 Thu, 19 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Are President Trump's threats and insults against our allies just an obnoxious negotiating tactic? It hardly matters, because they haven't worked. And it's worse than not working. Trump has turned "made in America" into consumer poison around the globe.</p> <p>Trump is not content to wage a simple war on trade, itself an economically ignorant endeavor. He feels compelled to also dump invective on the foreigners who buy our goods and services. Whether to entertain his base or to serve the interests of Vladimir Putin, the result is long-lasting damage to our producers. No discernable American interest hides in this rubble.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 19, 2018</p> b7eea76c6a803c36b061e2aaba271351 Requiem for a Pretty Boy With Dignity for 07/17/2018 Tue, 17 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Tab Hunter died this month at 86. Blond and blue-eyed with a sweet smile, Hunter fit the 1950s bill for a Hollywood heartthrob. But he had no interest in the girls who swooned over him &#8212; or for girls in general. Hunter was one of several closeted gay movie stars leading complicated double lives. Unlike most of the others, however, he eventually chose a life of sexual honesty.</p> <p>In his 2005 autobiography, made into the documentary "Tab Hunter Confidential," Hunter describes his wild ride with remarkable objectivity. He rarely seemed to confuse Tab Hunter, the Hollywood product, with Arthur Gelien, the human he was born as. That and perhaps a lifelong attachment to the Roman Catholic Church helped save his sanity.<p>Updated: Tue Jul 17, 2018</p> 4e0e789bfcf4d1dcd3a70b11390f44f5 How Many Times Must We Save People Who Overdose? for 07/12/2018 Thu, 12 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>A deeply humane friend recently suggested that medics stop saving people on their third opioid overdose. The subject was naloxone, a medication that can yank users from the jaws of death. It can be given via Narcan nasal spray or injection.</p> <p>My friend surprised me. I thought that if a life could be so easily and cheaply salvaged (a Narcan kit costs about $40), why not do it?<p>Updated: Thu Jul 12, 2018</p> 7e4ea1c3e727d049aba9f70239d66163 Roe v. Wade Is Yesterday's Fight for 07/10/2018 Tue, 10 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>If the Supreme Court were to overturn Roe v. Wade, the right to an abortion might no longer be law of the land. But the ability to obtain one would remain a fact of the land. It might be harder to end a pregnancy in some states, but there would be no returning to the pre-Roe world.</p> <p>That's because a lot has changed since the 1973 decision. For all the passionate anti-abortion activism, Americans have been, if anything, moving toward greater acceptance. Support for making abortion illegal in all cases has fallen to 18 percent, down from 22 percent in 1976, according to Gallup polling. The percentage of people who want it legal in all circumstances has risen by 7 points over the period, to 29 percent.</p> <p>In the middle stand the 50 percent who want it legal under certain circumstances. That is the position of Roe. The ruling held that the right to an abortion lasts only to the point that the fetus could live outside the womb. Back then, viability was placed at about 28 weeks.<p>Updated: Tue Jul 10, 2018</p> 86bc796cb47d0ae0ee4450f5bfe72806 Trump Tricks Naive Democrats on Immigration for 07/05/2018 Thu, 05 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If I worked for Donald Trump and designed a T-shirt that read "I don't believe in borders" in Spanish &#8212; and I got a Democratic congressman, say Minnesota's Keith Ellison, to parade in it &#8212; I'd probably get a raise. Heck, he might even give me a top agency job with his unspoken permission to abuse the taxpayers.</p> <p>But Trump didn't need to pay anyone to pull off the T-shirt feat. Ellison did it for him and for free.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 05, 2018</p> 6aa51b0d81fbdc200c901ab69d8eda2e Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Off to a Mostly Fabulous Start for 07/03/2018 Tue, 03 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>As most everybody knows, a remarkable Bronx resident named Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez just won a Democratic primary against a 10-term congressman. That she is a 28-year-old Latina and an unapologetic progressive has many Democrats over the moon.</p> <p>She <i> is </i> perfect, almost.<p>Updated: Tue Jul 03, 2018</p> 09b2bc457e887038b6717845cc64af82 Funny, We Don't Worry About Mad Romaine Disease for 06/28/2018 Thu, 28 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Come July Fourth, millions of Americans will toss burgers on the grill without a second thought. It was different 14 years ago. Remember "mad cow disease" &#8212; the health crisis that never happened?</p> <p>Shortly before Independence Day 2004, the U.S. Agriculture Department announced &#8212; James Comey-like &#8212; the discovery of two "inconclusive" cases of mad cow disease. You can imagine what that did to hamburger sales.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 28, 2018</p> 56f7e1a05127f5b29c25ad98202722bc If You Want Fiscal Responsibility, Elect Democrats for 06/26/2018 Tue, 26 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>Before last year's big tax cuts, the economy was improving nicely. After the tax cuts, the economy is doing the same &#8212; for now, anyway. What's different is the $1.9 trillion the tax cuts have tacked onto deficits.<p>Updated: Tue Jun 26, 2018</p> a448ce6579df0c9c4185788a5f41a662 How Opponents Feed Trump Media Machine for 06/21/2018 Thu, 21 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The time has come for Donald Trump's critics to take a much-deserved vacation from all things Donald Trump. The media especially can use this time to work on dropping their compulsion to obsess on every lie, insult and provocation he crafts for their consumption. This invitation extends to participants in social media, which, after all, are media also.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">It is slowly dawning on the anti-Trump camp that repeating every inanity only feeds the propaganda machine.</span> Attaching condemnation matters not. Just typing Trump's affronts word for word amplifies them. You know what they say about how lies replayed and replayed start being taken as truth.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 21, 2018</p> 276dec99245393866330e535d1dbebe3 When Women's Dignity Counts for Zero for 06/19/2018 Tue, 19 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The woman soon to be Rudolph Giuliani's third ex-wife is not the most sympathetic of victims. Judith Nathan cavorted openly with Giuliani while the New York mayor was still living with his second wife and their two children.</p> <p>The second Mrs. Giuliani learned she was being left while watching a news conference called by her husband. She obtained a restraining order barring Nathan from visiting Gracie Mansion, which was, after all, the family home. (Giuliani had been taking her to events there.)</p> <p>Giuliani's contempt for women's honor may have found a safe space in Donald Trump World, where he serves as the president's lawyer and surrogate bigmouth. But it has run into a wall in Melania Trump World.<p>Updated: Wed Jun 20, 2018</p> 8750590f05fbb9f3086f499a2047deb3 Weak Environmental Policies Cost Jobs for 06/14/2018 Thu, 14 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"The public will no doubt be surprised at the economic importance of this industry as (we measure) the impact of activities like boating, fishing, RVing, hunting, camping, hiking and more."</p> <p>The speaker is U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. The industry goes under the broad name of outdoor recreation. It was a $374 billion business in 2016, accounting for 2 percent of the gross domestic product. Its revenues had grown that year by 3.8 percent, about 36 percent faster than the overall economy.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 14, 2018</p>