Froma Harrop from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Sat, 23 Jun 2018 17:59:35 -0700 Froma Harrop from Creators Syndicate 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> 132a3256be1e5631cbd652da17bb9b42 Trump Will Sink the Economy, Too for 06/12/2018 Tue, 12 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>That was quite a show Donald Trump put on in Canada. Insulting our closest friends and trading partners while sucking up to Russian leader Vladimir Putin &#8212; well, that got people's attention. As Guy Verhofstadt, former prime minister of Belgium, tweeted, "Just tell us what Vladimir has on you. Maybe we can help."</p> <p>On the economic front, Trump's antics at the G-7 summit are sure to provoke a response not favorable to the United States. There are unfair tariffs on all sides, but the public should know at least this about the president's confusion on trade deficits: The U.S. doesn't have one with Canada. It has a trade surplus. As for steel, Trump's manic obsession, the U.S. sends more steel to Canada than Canada sends here.<p>Updated: Tue Jun 12, 2018</p> ad3e807d3845618e4e2e2831b149c4b7 Roseanne, Bee, the Eagles: What About Whataboutism? for 06/07/2018 Thu, 07 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Whataboutism is a "logical fallacy that attempts to discredit an opponent's position by charging them with hypocrisy without directly refuting or disproving their argument." Thank you, Wikipedia.</p> <p>After praising ABC for dumping Roseanne Barr over a racist tweet, I was asked many times, What about Samantha Bee? The comedian had hurled the disgusting C-word at Ivanka Trump.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 07, 2018</p> 08179107d80f3edf8909f63a9bb8bb42 Immigration Policy Both Nasty and Ineffectual for 06/05/2018 Tue, 05 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>President Trump's sound and fury on immigration has delivered close to nothing. Trump never lets up, thundering against "illegal aliens" as a criminal class while pushing his enforcers to treat the impoverished ones without mercy. But actually, illegal immigration is again rising &#8212; and significantly. So much for the "Trump effect."</p> <p>Here's the naked truth: Trump tries to look tough by brutalizing Central Americans without papers but avoids disturbing the companies that hire them.<p>Updated: Tue Jun 05, 2018</p> 720ff50aae9642719af2967e5607d709 Dumping Roseanne: Quick, Dirty and Smart for 05/31/2018 Thu, 31 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>Roseanne Barr's divorce from civilization started 28 years ago. Given the honor of singing the national anthem at a San Diego Padres-Cincinnati Reds game, she shrieked the words and, upon concluding, spit at the ground and scratched her crotch. All choreographed for a national TV audience.<p>Updated: Thu May 31, 2018</p> 1a2d3d688840cb40f19af3657dc9ce89 America's Clown Show Negotiations Are Not Funny for 05/24/2018 Thu, 24 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>When bluster ends in capitulation, what do other negotiating partners see? Blood in the water.</p> <p>North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, surely absorbed the lesson from the Trump administration's recent dealings with China. He saw how rashly President Trump waged trade war against China and how rapidly he retreated at the first sign of serious resistance.</p> <p>Kim thus took the administration's implied threats to his life in stride. He waved aside Trump's demand that North Korea agree to give up its nuclear weapons before talks even commence. All Kim had to do was say he might cancel the planned summit with the president, and the president took it all back. Oh, now Trump's canceling, too. Back to fire and fury.<p>Updated: Thu May 24, 2018</p> 151b5f623dffe77e8904bb528dbb68af Does More Debt Lead to Fewer Babies? for 05/22/2018 Tue, 22 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Romper, a website for young mothers, asks a good question. Is crushing student debt a big factor in millennials' not having children? Its answer is yes.</p> <p>Members of the class of 2016 left school owing an average of $37,173 in student loans. And that "doesn't calculate the average amount of interest and dollars that will be added on over time," the site notes.<p>Updated: Tue May 22, 2018</p> 501c27a4e2898e2652fb46d3cfd4cdf3 Prosperity Exacts a Quality-of-Life Price for 05/17/2018 Thu, 17 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It's the craziest thing. Factory towns that bled both jobs and people still have a fine housing stock, cheap for lack of demand. Booming tech centers, meanwhile, attract battalions of newcomers despite their soaring housing costs and growing congestion.</p> <p>Can't something be worked out here?<p>Updated: Thu May 17, 2018</p> d07b28d33a36aa970f9bbf0584aab476 California Keeps the Faith on Climate, Replacing Washington for 05/15/2018 Tue, 15 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Many on the right insist that California's tough environmental rules are strangling its businesses. Evidence to the contrary emerged last week in news that California has just zoomed past Britain to become the world's fifth-biggest economy. California must be doing something right.</p> <p>One of the things is vigorously confronting the perils of global warming. <span class="column--highlighted-text">The Trump administration, married to fossil fuel interests, has gone AWOL in dealing with this threat to both the environment and global stability. Under Gov. Jerry Brown, California has assumed the leadership role, helping other states and other countries bypass Washington.</span><p>Updated: Tue May 15, 2018</p> 78973baa8fc750ef14102a1cf4f39c1d Freeing Predators to Bilk Little People Hurts Everyone for 05/10/2018 Thu, 10 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The most vivid takeaway from the financial meltdown of 10 years ago was that nearly everyone got hurt. Stock investors took a beating. People who had carefully set aside money for retirement saw a third of their savings vanish. Consumer spending collapsed, pushing two of the Big Three U.S. car companies to the edge of bankruptcy. Unemployment soared to 10 percent.</p> <p>Taxpayers had to bail out both the banks and the automakers. And no, they didn't have a choice. It was that or turn the Great Recession into another Great Depression.<p>Updated: Thu May 10, 2018</p> d4977537602a03fa6bc5d6a6251dc6ee Time to Put Space Between Trump Stimuli and Our Responses for 05/08/2018 Tue, 08 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>For Donald Trump's critics, it's tempting to jump on every juicy reveal regarding the president's sex romps. The swirl of accusations, denials, contradictions, backstabbing and confusion does keep us entertained. Today's story revolves around the hush money sent to porn actress Stormy Daniels. And the unconfirmed report of a tawdry frolic with prostitutes in a Moscow hotel &#8212; what Trump calls the "golden shower thing" &#8212; still hovers.</p> <p>Though amusing on some levels, these seeming confirmations of low character nonetheless act as stimuli setting off stress responses. They also take attention off more serious crises, such as the collapse in health coverage, exploding deficits and a potentially catastrophic trade war.<p>Updated: Tue May 08, 2018</p> e150c5bc571f142b878c1d08b4fd6980 Democrats Need Their Own Version of 'America First' for 05/03/2018 Thu, 03 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"America First" would be a harmless phrase were it not loaded with dark undertones. It harks back to the America First Committee, a group advocating U.S. neutrality in World War II. Some members were Nazi sympathizers, while others simply wanted to keep America out of another bloody conflict in Europe. The attack on Pearl Harbor put the committee out of business.</p> <p>One can be sure that few Americans hear that historical echo when President Trump repeatedly talks up "America First." Packing a strong emotion, the term speaks of leaders protecting the people's interests. That Democrats would be doing an overall better job of it isn't the point here. It's that Democrats are lousy at conveying this message.<p>Updated: Thu May 03, 2018</p> e60b3101035b4ba90d6fcd364c87c128 The Right Lesson to Take From the Alfie Evans Tragedy for 05/01/2018 Tue, 01 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The baby Alfie Evans has died. Born in Liverpool with a degenerative brain condition, Alfie had been in a semi-vegetative state for over a year. Against his parents' wishes, the hospital took Alfie off ventilation.</p> <p>The parents had wanted to move him to a Vatican hospital in Rome that would have kept him on life-support. But the British hospital refused to release the baby, deeming further treatment "futile."<p>Updated: Tue May 01, 2018</p> 19259abb95bceb47dac217d3ef098e9f Trump's People Would Dirty Everyone's Nest but Their Own for 04/26/2018 Thu, 26 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>It's easy to tell when the Trump administration has nasty plans for the environment. The officials in charge spare the places where they or their political allies operate. The examples are as egregious as they are bizarre.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 26, 2018</p> 8092aae3122b002e8463404eb642230d Bernie the Good Versus Bernie the Bad for 04/24/2018 Tue, 24 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Bernie Sanders is back in the news, showing us all both his good side and the bad. Let's start with the good.</p> <p>"If Democrats control either the House or the Senate," he recently told The New York Times, "Trump's agenda is dead."<p>Updated: Tue Apr 24, 2018</p> 2af3b68f81b6ed1f71d07d161649cd4f Imagine a 2020 Street Fight Between Cuomo and Trump for 04/19/2018 Thu, 19 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Democrats scouring their ranks for a 2020 presidential candidate should put Andrew Cuomo high on their list. The New York governor is already on the case, giving speeches tailored for the Iowa caucuses.</p> <p>Assuming Donald Trump wins the Republican nomination for a second term, Cuomo would be an especially strong combatant. Five reasons:<p>Updated: Thu Apr 19, 2018</p> fa06492e255c4b88beceaeb1548bbda0 Social Media Spreads Fake Bodies, as Well as Fake News for 04/17/2018 Tue, 17 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Phony "news" stories aren't the only toxic content being spread on social media these days. Bad people are pitching digitally touched-up rear ends and modified thighs as real, dismaying teens and young women unable to attain what's being sold as perfection.</p> <p>Public anger at the ills unleashed by social media currently burns hottest on Facebook &#8212; namely, its profiting off political lies posted by masked operatives. Many also blame Facebook for stoking the modern hell of FOMO &#8212; fear of missing out. <span class="column--highlighted-text">We speak of the feelings of inadequacy fanned by friends' jolly vacation and party posts, presentations that make many think everyone is having a better time than they are.</span><p>Updated: Tue Apr 17, 2018</p> 23b3162d514eb0b74ba829a63d8cee37 Facebook Clearly Won't Fix Itself for 04/12/2018 Thu, 12 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Mark Zuckerberg in 2006: "We really messed this one up. ... We did a bad job of explaining what the new features were and an even worse job of giving you control of them."</p> <p>Zuckerberg in 2010: "Sometimes we move too fast. ... We will add privacy controls that are much simpler to use."<p>Updated: Thu Apr 12, 2018</p>