Froma Harrop from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Mon, 06 Apr 2020 04:44:58 -0700 Froma Harrop from Creators Syndicate 5125080f7aba3dd2109254e33049b411 How Governor Cuomo Filled the Void for 04/02/2020 Thu, 02 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"Politics abhors a vacuum," said the late John McCain, as have others. The coronavirus menace shows the truth of it. President Donald Trump's floundering response created a void into which New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was sucked.</p> <p>New York City is itself a stage, and Cuomo now commandeers the spotlight. His daily news conferences detailing how the state is dealing with COVID-19 have become a source of information and encouragement for Americans everywhere. And they underscore the serious leadership that has been missing on a national level. <p>Updated: Thu Apr 02, 2020</p> c38420315027a9e90c03c8ff5915fa43 Virus Escapees' Dilemma: Borders Without Doctors for 03/31/2020 Tue, 31 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In "The Decameron," seven women and three men leave plague-tormented Florence for a villa in the hills, where they tell one another bawdy stories. Written nearly 700 years ago, the tale remains fresh, as affluent New Yorkers try to escape the coronavirus outbreak by moving into their second homes at the beach or in the woods.</p> <p>But there are two big differences. In Renaissance Italy, people living outside the city didn't patrol their borders. By contrast, Florida and Rhode Island have tried to deter visitors from New York by demanding that they undergo two weeks of self-isolation. After New Orleans became a coronavirus hotspot, Texas started checking cars at the Louisiana state line, ordering their passengers to do likewise. Texas was already imposing self-quarantines on airline passengers flying from Miami, Atlanta, Detroit and elsewhere. <p>Updated: Tue Mar 31, 2020</p> 170a79921574ef4386dcd0e068ee7c08 Rainbows Behind the Virus Crisis for 03/26/2020 Thu, 26 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Milan is the V-8 engine of Italy's economy. Known as an industrial and financial powerhouse, Milan is also famous for its foul air. Now the city and its region, Lombardy, have become the epicenter of Europe's coronavirus pandemic. To stop the virus' spread, factories, offices, restaurants and bars are closed. People are ordered to stay at home. The traffic is gone.</p> <p>And the air is much cleaner. Satellites report a dramatic drop in the region's air pollution. Since the lockdown started on March 9, the levels of nitrogen oxide in northern Italy have plunged dramatically. NO2 is a toxic gas that can cause inflammation of the body's air passages. Clean air has been a bright spot in the region's immense suffering. <p>Updated: Thu Mar 26, 2020</p> b87847f0a4cdd108bd029572219fea14 The Togetherness of Social Distancing for 03/24/2020 Tue, 24 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>As the coronavirus stops normal life, trapping more Americans in their homes, some have raised the specter of another health threat: loneliness. Before this crisis seized our anxieties, much discussion centered around the dangers of perceived social isolation and feeling cut off from others. </p> <p>A 2015 analysis by Brigham Young University found loneliness is a bigger cause of early death than obesity. And so we must ask: Is all this social distancing &#8212; staying away from other humans as a way to curb the virus' spread &#8212; adding to loneliness?<p>Updated: Tue Mar 24, 2020</p> be35f3f7e9b319f89cd4fadeab74534b Votes Do Matter, Bernie for 03/19/2020 Thu, 19 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If Bernie Sanders were amassing a nearly insurmountable lead in the delegate counts, I have little doubt that he would be saying to Joe Biden: "Democrats have spoken. Time to drop out and help the team." </p> <p>But doing what he expects of others is not Bernie's way. As in the past, he can stay in, waving the implied threat that not adopting his program might cause his base to stay home in November. The impolite word is "extortion," which Sanders launders with baloney claims that he is, somehow, actually winning.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 19, 2020</p> 00991289591591454127f08cdac8b06d Caring for the Elderly Just Got More Stressful for 03/17/2020 Tue, 17 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>We who oversee the care of elderly friends or family know what stress is all about &#8212; in normal times. It's a hard job, physically and mentally. Even for those who can hire others to help out, there remains worry about paying good wages to keep good people, and coordinating doctor visits and prescriptions. </p> <p>Intensive caregiving is known to unleash an anxiety and social isolation that can compromise one's own immune system and its ability to fight off diseases. Now everyone faces the coronavirus threat. But keeping it away from our old people creates new complexities on multiple fronts. <p>Updated: Tue Mar 17, 2020</p> 4d746dbda70bce9c2f18099c20ec82c1 AOC Must Choose Between the Future and the Political Abyss for 03/12/2020 Thu, 12 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><span style="background-color: initial;">Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hitched her star to Bernie Sanders &#8212; and vice versa. AOC brought a young, hip Latina vibe to the elderly Sanders' rallies. Photogenic and enjoying a massive social media presence, she joined Bernie in the far left's crusade to take over the Democratic Party.</span><br></p> <p>Joe Biden now commands a nearly insurmountable lead in Democratic delegates, thanks to a multiracial coalition including the white working-class voters Sanders believed he'd attract. Biden also has suburban women, whom Sanders hasn't even tried for.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 12, 2020</p> d23c057fc4df07ceb242c04c114b2855 Identity Politics Didn't Work for Warren, Either for 03/10/2020 Tue, 10 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Was being a woman Elizabeth Warren's problem? That's the wrong question. Here's a better question: Was playing the protector of all damsels from that infamous rake, Mike Bloomberg, her problem? It was one of them, for certain. </p> <p>Look what's happening in the world. Warren was a candidate of ideas with a strong understanding of the financial system. Her candidacy could have thrived in today's chaos. But <span class="column--highlighted-text">she threw her advantages away to work the inquisitional end of the #MeToo movement.</span><p>Updated: Tue Mar 10, 2020</p> 7ad5dd6e2218dc38da86dba3c53734b3 Watering Plants Is Actually Good for You for 03/03/2020 Tue, 03 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>I know this is an outlier story. It's about Brooklyn brownstone couples who pay over $2,000 for professionals to choose and care for their houseplants. Houseplant designing is actually a service being offered to the urban and suburban gentry. One such "Plant Doctor & Stylist" charges an hourly rate between $125 and $175. Those are psychotherapy prices.</p> <p>What I see, sadly, are busy careerists outsourcing basic acts of living. It's one thing to pay for child care. But indoor-plant care? Is carrying a glass of water to the ficus on the windowsill such a time-wasting, big deal? </p> <p>It's not like these people have a quarter-acre lawn to mow (for which they'd no doubt hire someone). <p>Updated: Tue Mar 03, 2020</p> 4c2834b56c26a7e627f119568d9fe15b Experience Sanders Couldn't Buy, Even With Bloomberg's Money for 02/27/2020 Thu, 27 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Mike Bloomberg was elected New York mayor two months after the outrage of Sept. 11, 2001. He took over a city reeling with grief and suffering economic losses tied to the terrorist attacks. Rather than lay off public workers who had performed gallantly in the crisis, he raised taxes on the well-to-do. </p> <p>The conservative media beat him up with their usual argument that tax hikes kill off business. The opposite happened. The city grew new veins. Bloomberg led this revival with grit and smarts, not his personal wealth. <p>Updated: Thu Feb 27, 2020</p> eecd3035d4c712af3e8cc275b107f535 How Trumpcare Could Lower Medical Costs for 02/25/2020 Tue, 25 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>In 2016, candidate Donald Trump promised to repeal Obamacare and replace it with "something terrific." The replacement never materialized. The repeal, however, had been making progress in a piece-by-piece fashion. President Trump has made a frontal assault on the Affordable Care Act by asking the U.S. Supreme Court to strike it down altogether. As it happens, Obamacare has become popular, and so, with the next election approaching, Trump badly needs a replacement. </p> <p>Let me offer ideas. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Some elements of my Trumpcare 2020 plan may sound heartless and extreme. But several fit policy changes the administration has already put in motion.</span> </p> <p>Without further ado, here it is:<p>Updated: Tue Feb 25, 2020</p> 142c2bc22f0e1fe771d8bad15c72e6db Nevada Nastiness Could Hurt Sanders for 02/20/2020 Thu, 20 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Bernie Sanders' clash with the hospitality workers union did not start the history of bad feelings about him in Nevada. That started four years ago. Both involved thuggery wherein nasty Sanders followers harassed other candidates and their backers with misogynist and racist delight. </p> <p>Worse than these outbursts are Sanders' two-faced responses to them. He verbally condemns this behavior. But he never fires or singles out the perps. Then he and his surrogates go into weasel mode, holding that the nastiness comes from both sides. <p>Updated: Thu Feb 20, 2020</p> 05a31ed7b188726ae92ddd6fc109a262 Before Fixing Tomorrow, Democrats Must Fix Today for 02/18/2020 Tue, 18 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Like all candidates, Democrats focus their campaigns on what they will do if elected. Progressives often accuse Joe Biden in particular of wanting to take America back to the Barack Obama years. And it's true that Biden often portrays his candidacy as a restoration of the era in which he served as Obama's vice president. </p> <p>But that's not a bad stance for any of the Democrats to take. They and their followers must understand that to move forward, America must first move back. The next president must reverse much of the damage President Donald Trump has wrought. The work will be considerable.<p>Updated: Tue Feb 18, 2020</p> aef7d85fbd07c4397b34cfc3bf826d2c Bernie Sanders Is Not Doing So Hot for 02/13/2020 Thu, 13 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Bernie Sanders was supposed to run away with the New Hampshire primary. This is his kind of state, where Democrats are mostly educated liberals. Yet the national celebrity from next-door Vermont bested Pete Buttigieg, recently an unknown from Indiana, by less than 4,000 votes. It appears they are both walking off with nine delegates. And that was after Buttigieg had split the moderate vote with Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, who came in a strong third.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">This was a second weak showing for Sanders.</span> In the Iowa caucuses, a contest custom-made for an archliberal with an activist base, he tied with Buttigieg. <p>Updated: Thu Feb 13, 2020</p> be36cd0535957cdc8955901af7e3bd90 Inequality of Effort Mars Valentine's Day for 02/11/2020 Tue, 11 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>My friend in Omaha, Nebraska, assures me that a disturbing phenomenon once focused on the coasts has invaded the heartland. He speaks of young couples where the woman is nicely dressed and her male date or mate is in slob mode. The women are neat and stylish, often wearing some (or a lot of) makeup, but their male partners are in soiled sweatshirts and baggy jeans, hems dragging on the floor. </p> <p>This is a sign of gross inequality. It flashes a disparity of effort. <span class="column--highlighted-text">The women are trying, and the men are not.</span><p>Updated: Tue Feb 11, 2020</p> b09079143c358d0e2752048f4be603aa Iowa Was Very Good for Bloomberg for 02/06/2020 Thu, 06 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>BY FROMA HARROP</p> <p>FOR RELEASE: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2020</p> <p><p>Updated: Thu Feb 06, 2020</p> fc9c2baf8c8bb178455e67daac207532 Donors Are a Lousy Way to Gauge Political Support for 02/04/2020 Tue, 04 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>To get onstage at the last Democratic debate, a candidate had to have received contributions from at least 225,000 donors. That disqualified Mike Bloomberg. He has only one donor: himself. </p> <p>That rule sounded nice and democratic with a small "d," but actually, it is a highly flawed way to measure a candidate's ability to win a national election. The Democratic National Committee has wisely just removed that requirement from the next debate, scheduled for Feb. 19 in Nevada. <p>Updated: Tue Feb 04, 2020</p> 73923afe3f7423ad35d8cb13d7e4f2ef China's Environmental Malpractice Hurts Everyone for 01/30/2020 Thu, 30 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>A lot of things are going wrong on this planet, and a lot of those problems are made in China. The deadly coronavirus is being linked to "wet markets" that traffic in wildlife. Not only have these markets enabled the virus to pass from animals to humans but they have also contributed to the decimation of the world's wildlife.</p> <p>The coronavirus outbreak has led China to quarantine more than 50 million of its people &#8212; the population of California, Oregon and Washington put together. After the SARS crisis, Chinese scientists called for the closing of these markets. The government ignored them.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 30, 2020</p> 5cc66ad7ec6a897b8b536cd3d542dc2e Bloomberg Is Showing Democrats a Good Time for 01/28/2020 Tue, 28 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Democrats could use some cheering up now that their conventional politicians are locked in fierce ideological battle. The moderate Democratic majority fears that an aggressive left could saddle them with a zombie candidate sure to lose to President Donald Trump. That person could also cost them control of the House by hurting down-ballot Democrats in hard-won swing districts.</p> <p>Oh, happy day, then, that former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg is tapping his vast fortune to make defeating Trump central to his mission. Bloomberg is vying for the Democratic nomination, and his candidacy is gaining strength. But <span class="column--highlighted-text">he's now focused on getting under Trump's skin.</span> <p>Updated: Tue Jan 28, 2020</p> 86ce79009404c2f5e6980a397cbbf92d Democratic Attacks on Sanders Are Long Overdue for 01/23/2020 Thu, 23 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Bernie Sanders' campaign recently stabbed Elizabeth Warren in the back. She was the Vermont senator's comrade in arms. It also threw a pack of lies at Joe Biden, tarring him as corrupt with zero evidence. As former Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin told Politico, Sanders "will play dirty." The Democrat added, "I'm concerned that we're seeing a replay of the kind of dynamics that didn't allow Hillary to win."</p> <p>The difference between now and 2016, though, is that Sanders' targets are finally hitting back. This outbreak of hostilities among Democrats is not hurting the party. On the contrary. An airing of these grievances is long overdue. <p>Updated: Thu Jan 23, 2020</p>