Froma Harrop from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Fri, 14 Dec 2018 09:07:11 -0800 Froma Harrop from Creators Syndicate 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> 183d6dd01bccd1fa96e09d6bca3d61ea Responding to Domestic Terrorists for 11/06/2018 Tue, 06 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>It surprised few to learn that Robert Bowers, who is charged in the massacre of 11 congregants at a Pittsburgh synagogue, was a social misfit and psychotic wreck. Most domestic terrorists are. They latch onto some extreme ideology to obscure the mess in their head.</p> <p>It can be hard to focus on mental illness when individuals expound odious views. We want to simply condemn them for their hate. An effective response, however, is to pull off their cover and move on.<p>Updated: Tue Nov 06, 2018</p> ba4e6d4837a970d6787a942b059bc6f3 Funny How the Stock Market Tweets Come and Go for 11/01/2018 Thu, 01 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>After a long absence, another "Stock Market up" tweet was issued Wednesday by Donald Trump. He'd been the troubadour singing his own praises when the Dow Jones industrial average hit new highs, but when falling stock prices wiped out most of the gains for 2018, the music stopped. He was back even though the Dow was still sharply down for October.</p> <p>On down days, Trump blames the market lows on Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell. Powell's been raising interest rates, a concern for stock investors. Trump told the Wall Street Journal editorial board that he appointed Powell expecting "a low-interest-rate guy." (Trump also reportedly believed that he could more easily influence Powell than the other candidates.)<p>Updated: Thu Nov 01, 2018</p> b1d0ff2c72e5e27615b32ed0bffb76d0 Forget About Cheaper Drugs on Trump's Watch for 10/30/2018 Tue, 30 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>President Trump's plan for lowering Medicare drug costs is good, even cutting-edge. As Democrats successfully campaign on health care, Trump has come back with a proposal that could save Medicare patients and taxpayers $17.2 billion over five years. Too bad its chances of happening are close to nil.</p> <p>We've seen this talkie before. As Election Day approaches, Trump makes a promise that seems to favor the public over big-money interests. The moment the last vote is counted, it vanishes.<p>Updated: Tue Oct 30, 2018</p> 8a1024a9534b2f66484e281ebe061e4a So Now It's Real Explosive Devices for 10/25/2018 Thu, 25 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>What Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, former Attorney General Eric Holder, CNN and George Soros have in common is that each looms large in the right wing's pantheon of liberal demons. And each has been sent a pipe bomb.</p> <p>So much for Donald Trump's fantasies of left-wing mobs fomenting violence. This is the real thing. Investigations may find otherwise, but as of now, these criminal acts and their targets appear to have sprouted out of the sick conspiracies of the fringe right.<p>Updated: Thu Oct 25, 2018</p> 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>