Froma Harrop from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Wed, 21 Aug 2019 03:52:43 -0700 Froma Harrop from Creators Syndicate dce553d0113f10cc490495541d5452fe No, There Will Be No Big Infrastructure Plan for 08/20/2019 Tue, 20 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Democrats running for president are vowing to bring high-speed internet to rural America. President Donald Trump campaigned on the same promise. It was to be part of his big infrastructure plan. But no, there will be no big infrastructure plan.</p> <p>Responding to the Democratic candidates' reminder of a broken pledge, Trump's former infrastructure adviser, D.J. Gribbin, told Politico: "If I were in the White House right now, I would point to the fact that we had a plan. We took a big swing."<p>Updated: Tue Aug 20, 2019</p> 86c6dd7727bf3da060f22644249840ec Bernie Sanders Needs a Shot of Dignity for 08/15/2019 Thu, 15 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I have never been a big fan of Bernie Sanders. His authoritarian tendencies and aggressive attacks on any who would disagree have outweighed the good in him. </p> <p>The good is his working-class voice, emphasis on economic issues and some solid ideas. But his recent lashing out at The Washington Post, where he accused the progressive beacon of punishing him, carried an air of populist paranoia &#8212; so much so he's being likened to Donald Trump.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 15, 2019</p> 6aefaeb388fe7ad3b5ae99b2e605163c Boycotting Trump Donors to Save Country for 08/13/2019 Tue, 13 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>New York real estate developer Stephen Ross was reportedly shocked by calls to boycott his businesses. The issue was the fundraiser he held last weekend for Donald Trump. </p> <p>"Steve, welcome to the world of politics," Trump joked at the posh luncheon. This was one of two back-to-back Hamptons events that put $12 million in his campaign coffers.<p>Updated: Tue Aug 13, 2019</p> 263135c34da09bc1ad27ac99afe5cb75 Economy Not So Rosy for the Middle Class for 08/08/2019 Thu, 08 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>We keep hearing about this wonderful economy of ours. Jobs plentiful. Inflation low. Interest rates low. Where's the problem?</p> <p>Problem is, the uptick in pay has been modest while the prices for things the middle class thinks it's due are beyond reach &#8212; or rather, impossible to obtain without borrowing. Thus, middle-class families are racking up big debt to keep up middle-class appearances. <p>Updated: Thu Aug 08, 2019</p> 26dc94d9e1458aa9dfc820251e4a2090 Good Men With Guns Won't Protect Us for 08/06/2019 Tue, 06 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><span style="background-color: initial;">It was a remarkable 13 hours in American history. A mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, taking nine lives was overshadowed by a massacre in El Paso, Texas, costing 21.</span><br></p> <p>Others are dwelling on the El Paso gunman's alleged online "manifesto" about Hispanics' growing political clout in Texas &#8212; and Donald Trump's use of code words appearing to validate the frothing. But here let's discuss the guns themselves. <p>Updated: Tue Aug 06, 2019</p> 31a547274f5692cf554d505e65f21d5c The True Dope on Clothes Pollution for 08/01/2019 Thu, 01 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Do you worry that the clothes you buy pose an environmental hazard? The idea never crossed my mind until serious news sources started talking about it. The central claim was that the fashion industry is the world's second biggest source of pollution, the first being oil. </p> <p>The story circulated so widely because few of us imagine that our T-shirts and track shoes could be hurting the environment big time. We'll get to the scientific consensus on its accuracy shortly.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 01, 2019</p> cbc3d8b7edc392509e06c1ddd0ad8060 Democrats, Drop Identity Politics Now for 07/30/2019 Tue, 30 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The public dislikes identity politics big time. Right-winger Steve Bannon rejoices when Democrats try to sell themselves through special appeals to race, gender, ethnicity or sexual identity. When Democrats dwell on identity politics, "I got 'em," he said. "(W)e can crush the Democrats." </p> <p>Identity politics is dated and even ignored by many in the groups being pandered to, as Kamala Harris' low poll numbers among African Americans suggest. After the California politician attempted to smear Joe Biden as racially insensitive in the first Democratic debate, Biden's high support among African Americans did not go down at all. <p>Updated: Tue Jul 30, 2019</p> 9cfab6093153bd79042aab09d3bc9eba Build a Wall to Keep Them in for 07/25/2019 Thu, 25 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>BY FROMA HARROP</p> <p>FOR RELEASE: THURSDAY, JULY 25, 2019</p> <p><p>Updated: Fri Jul 26, 2019</p> 14bdab77befdd8e47e2a6498cf46f45c Democrats, Send the Wonks Home for 07/23/2019 Tue, 23 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Wonks can be useful people. Having studied the deep innards of public policy, wonks are essential to constructing programs that can function as desired. They help write complicated laws. But whereas wonks may know all the parts that make a clock work, they are usually not good at selling the clock. You need marketers for that. </p> <p>Politicians are the marketers. They tell ordinary people what's great about their proposals. When they have to drag a wonk onto the stage to explain something &#8212; or have to play the wonk themselves &#8212; they're in trouble. <p>Updated: Tue Jul 23, 2019</p> 8d27ffe7c7ed07a7b23da6be759ef32b Going Slow Turkey From Donald Trump for 07/18/2019 Thu, 18 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This summer, I'm taking a tip from the Chantix turkey. You may have seen the ads for Chantix, a drug claiming to help people stop smoking gradually. The turkey character is seen trying to quit cigarettes in a calm, slow manner rather than going "cold turkey." The mellow Galliforme calmly adjusts the A/C, reads a book poolside and relaxes at home in his retro argyle vest.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">I've used these hot months to greatly slow Donald Trump's assaults on my psyche. </span>That doesn't mean totally ignoring his destructive policies. It does mean ignoring his provocations. <p>Updated: Thu Jul 18, 2019</p> 3c9d3453dae3196540d16060c3531d74 Drug Price Gouging: An American Story for 07/16/2019 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>To be American is a wonderful thing most of the time. There are moments, however, when it is downright humiliating. Can you imagine a more pitiful scene than a busload of Americans traveling 815 miles from Minneapolis to a Walmart in London, Ontario, Canada, to buy insulin at a 10th &#8212; a 10th! &#8212; of the price charged in the United States? </p> <p>Dollar-wise, the difference is not modest. In the U.S., one vial of insulin costs around $300. In Canada, it's $30. <p>Updated: Tue Jul 16, 2019</p> d84d3da8c59f8be22315683d6bb70ca1 Playtime Over for Democrats' Radicals for 07/11/2019 Thu, 11 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It was certainly no slip of the tongue when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi cut a small group of her party's radicals to size. "All these people have the public whatever and their Twitter world," she told The New York Times. "But they didn't have any following. They're four people, and that's how many votes they got."</p> <p>The issue at hand was the $4.6 billion border bill passed by Congress. The "squad" &#8212; Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley &#8212; considered it inadequate for protecting migrant children. Pelosi argued that it was the strongest bill they could get passed.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 11, 2019</p> d83b602ca7eb7a68fa784c94f9b8b19c Climate Change Has Minor Winners and Big Losers for 07/09/2019 Tue, 09 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>A terrible thought, but suppose the planet were to heat up by 2 degrees Celsius &#8212; the level past which environmental damage would be catastrophic. It would also be wildly expensive. That much warming could cost the global economy $69 trillion by 2100, according to a study by Moody's Analytics.</p> <p>The consulting firm breaks down the pain country by country. Saudi Arabia would be the hardest hit. Among the larger economies, India would suffer greatly, as well as Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa. <p>Updated: Tue Jul 09, 2019</p> 479d120f05835f8b4b123b7144ff6601 Our Lesbian Soccer Players Make Us Proud for 07/04/2019 Thu, 04 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Five members of the U.S. women's soccer team &#8212; plus its coach &#8212; have publicly come out as lesbians. The fabulous Megan Rapinoe is the most out there. With her chiseled features and chiseled short haircut, she could pass for the Greek god Mercury. (She needs a helmet with wings.)</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Americans can be proud on two accounts. One is the team's stunning performance in the World Cup. The other is that our lesbian soccer players feel free to totally own their sexual identity, and most Americans are totally cool with it.</span> <p>Updated: Thu Jul 04, 2019</p> 6403f42fa0d4fa80801fe07ee155f710 Biden Remains the Dem to Beat Trump for 07/02/2019 Tue, 02 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>During the Thursday debate, Kamala Harris went straight for Joe Biden's jugular over his alleged failures on race matters. The day after, however, Keisha Lance Bottoms, the black mayor of arguably America's blackest city, Atlanta, endorsed Biden for the Democratic nomination. And according to The Daily Beast, a Democracy Corps poll had Biden's favorability with African Americans <i> up </i> by net 18 percent after the debate.</p> <p>What gives? Didn't the Twitter left just declare that Harris had eviscerated Biden? As usual, it interpreted events according to its own assumptions &#8212; and reporters, as usual, ran with the story being told in the loudest voices. <p>Updated: Tue Jul 02, 2019</p> c43d60f5ca5f902bbca1f5f5d61ac91b Vogue Doesn't Have to Put Melania on Its Cover for 06/27/2019 Thu, 27 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Michelle Obama made the cover of Vogue magazine three times. Hillary Clinton not only graced the cover in her first lady days but also, as the candidate running against Donald Trump in 2016, received the magazine's first and (so far) only political endorsement. </p> <p>Conspicuously missing is the current first lady, Melania Trump. She would seem a natural in that she's a former model and a beauty. Her magnificent posture is an inspiration to us all.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 27, 2019</p> b4a8fe9323451bc19ac9b02d9d2780ca Do You Really Want to Travel So Much? for 06/25/2019 Tue, 25 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Hypertourism has become the curse of desirable places all over the world. It refers to the swarms of tourists who clog the plazas and narrow streets of prized cultural destinations &#8212; Florence, Venice, Barcelona, Prague and others. Party cities, such as Amsterdam, where both prostitution and marijuana are mostly legal, draw especially low-quality tourists. But locals suffering under hypertourism everywhere endure the spectacle of drunken tourists urinating in public. </p> <p>And what about the visitors who are well-behaved and just want to expand their cultural horizons? Are they having such a wonderful time inching their way along the endless lines to get into Rome's Coliseum? <p>Updated: Tue Jun 25, 2019</p> ed78fec38aff551c6f32778f36aba4e7 Time's Up for Mandatory High Heels for 06/20/2019 Thu, 20 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Just think about it: a clothing item that permanently disfigures a body part, encouraging nerve growths that set off shooting pain. Fashionwise, it telegraphs sexual availability. And amazingly, some employers demand that their female workers wear this cause of physical agony to the office.</p> <p>We speak, of course, about high heels. For years now, working women have been agitating against this extraordinary &#8212; if you think about it &#8212; indignity to their gender. There has been progress, but there have also been setbacks.</p> <p>In a recent attempt to stop Japanese employers from mandating high heels for their female workers, Yumi Ishikawa, a 32-year-old model, started the #KuToo movement. The #KuToo hashtag cleverly combines the Japanese words for shoe (kutsu) and pain (kutsuu), suggesting an offshoot of the #MeToo movement.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 20, 2019</p> ba208ff4a3ab48ad9d9f62af1ed7de9b Many Democrats Happy to See Bernie Sanders on the Downward Slope for 06/18/2019 Tue, 18 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>History will best remember Bernie Sanders for his role in helping elect Donald Trump. Happily for many (if not most) Democrats, Sanders is now fading big time. </p> <p>The earlier assumption was that the 2020 Democratic race would boil down to a brawl between Sanders and Joe Biden. Now we see Elizabeth Warren edging Sanders out for second place in a few polls. Biden, meanwhile, remains comfortably ahead of both of them. <p>Updated: Tue Jun 18, 2019</p> 402340f72ea98fa804e1b96a055566d6 Tweets, Stock Prices and Donald Trump for 06/13/2019 Thu, 13 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>President Donald Trump's tweets often set off big gyrations in stock prices. Anyone who knows of the tweets in advance could make a fortune, though not legally.</p> <p>Who knows of the tweets in advance? Trump knows, and <span class="column--highlighted-text">there's growing speculation that he might be showing tweets in the making to select others in his inner circle.</span> Such suspicions have been bubbling since Election Day 2016, when Trump started attacking specific corporations, causing their stock prices to tank. An investor can make money off a falling stock price as well as a rising one. <p>Updated: Thu Jun 13, 2019</p>