Froma Harrop from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Tue, 15 Oct 2019 16:02:51 -0700 Froma Harrop from Creators Syndicate 2947b94c67db33253ff7cdc4b10d891d Sanders Still Sees Democrats As the Problem for 10/15/2019 Tue, 15 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On a recent "Saturday Night Live," Bernie Sanders (played by Larry David) exclaimed, "l'm so excited to be back and to ruin things a second time." The audience emitted a nervous laugh. </p> <p>The Vermont senator's fan base takes great offense at the notion that Sanders was a spoiler in the 2016 election who helped elect Donald Trump. But many Democrats believe that and remain bitter over his burnt-earth campaign against Hillary Clinton. This explains Sanders' frequent shoutouts these days about how he avidly supported Clinton's candidacy.<p>Updated: Tue Oct 15, 2019</p> 1d216e31d912b115320fe0416435e255 Are Supermarket Aisles Racist? for 10/10/2019 Thu, 10 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>BY FROMA HARROP</p> <p>FOR RELEASE: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2019</p> <p><p>Updated: Mon Oct 14, 2019</p> d6454c1d5ffc21d0c87d76f5b3609a51 Trump Invades the Democratic Party for 10/08/2019 Tue, 08 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>President Trump's path to reelection goes through the Democratic Party. Goal No. 1 is to get Democrats to eliminate his greatest threat: Joe Biden. </p> <p>It's not the Iowa and New Hampshire polls that freak out Trump. These contests are dominated by the white liberal gentry, not Biden's huge base of moderates and African Americans. The general election polls are what keep him up at night. They show the former vice president beating Trump like a drum. <p>Updated: Tue Oct 08, 2019</p> fd5ed120e4c54df6aa7c386d5fa5143c Which America Speaks to Hong Kong? for 10/03/2019 Thu, 03 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Celebrating 70 years of Communist Party rule, Chinese leader Xi Jinping stood in the open sunroof of a Red Flag limousine and shouted, "Greetings, comrades," to the masses below. Xi wore a Mao-style suit to his giant military parade, which featured a missile that could carry 10 nuclear warheads and strike anywhere in the United States. </p> <p>President Trump congratulated him.<p>Updated: Thu Oct 03, 2019</p> 0969eaac92d27456151a71157d8152ea Pelosi and the Power of Restraint for 10/01/2019 Tue, 01 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>For a long time, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi held a stop sign before vocal Democrats' revving demands to get President Donald Trump's impeachment on the road. Now her sign reads, "proceed with caution." Pelosi knows what she's doing.</p> <p>The speaker wouldn't launch an impeachment inquiry back then because she knows that impeachments are fraught with risks. Polls show a public tired of Trump's civic decrepitude but also weary of more political strife. Impeachment proceedings sometimes backfire on the party that launches them. And in any case, an election is planned for just over a year from now. Voting Trump out of office would be the cleanest way to get rid of him.<p>Updated: Tue Oct 01, 2019</p> 81659eaeaaf1170b9ac278e38fdaac59 Help Wanted: Republicans Willing to Defend Country for 09/26/2019 Thu, 26 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>For Democrats, political reasons to avoid stepping on the road to impeachment still stand. But political complications have collapsed in importance compared with reasons to move ahead. </p> <p>The burning issue is no longer ordinary corruption like President Donald Trump's skimming taxpayer money for his hotel properties or lying about payoffs to a porn star. It's not even major corruption, like asking a hostile foreign power to help him in the 2016 election.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 26, 2019</p> 69dabc24fcb390fabac897dd18cbf349 Trump's Need to Destroy Meets the Environment for 09/24/2019 Tue, 24 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><span style="background-color: initial;">One word best describes Donald Trump's environmental policy: sick. The president has an obsessive urge to ravage nature just for the heck of it. Exhibit A is his crusade to weaken environmental regulations against the very wishes of those being regulated.</span><br></p> <p>Trump seems bent on destruction as an end in itself. He has worked to destroy America's ties with its traditional allies. He's striving to destroy the Affordable Care Act &#8212; and, with it, health coverage for millions of Americans. Now it's the environment's turn.<p>Updated: Tue Sep 24, 2019</p> c013ef71573de51985465ea334c8022a Cultural Appropriation Has Become a Tedious Subject for 09/19/2019 Thu, 19 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Fashion brand Carolina Herrera has been unfairly dragged on the carpet of shame for creating an elegant gown adorned with Mexican motifs. The charge, "cultural appropriation," was made by no less a person of authority than Mexico's cultural minister. </p> <p>Cultural appropriation is typically defined as the use of one culture's traditional designs, music or ideas by a member of another culture. The charge is usually launched when a famous creator mines the artistic ideas of a group deemed a disadvantaged minority. Nowadays, it's become fodder for self-righteous tirades on social media. <p>Updated: Thu Sep 19, 2019</p> 91fb0a8166a00a75639b8c19da49969a Something's Off About Elizabeth Warren for 09/17/2019 Tue, 17 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Ed Rendell recently whacked Elizabeth Warren when she bashed Joe Biden for taking rich donors' money. The former Pennsylvania governor wrote that he himself had run a "swanky" fundraiser for Warren's Senate race, for which she thanked him royally. Furthermore, she transferred $10.4 million of her big-money hauls into her presidential campaign while bragging that she was only accepting small donations.</p> <p>Calling that maneuvering sleazy would be overdoing it, but there is certainly something untoward about it. <p>Updated: Tue Sep 17, 2019</p> 47f3bbd8918b899e438ce159eccba164 Online Baby Pics Do Not Always Amuse for 09/12/2019 Thu, 12 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>My Facebook feed often carries pictures of children whom I don't know and, in the case of sonograms, who aren't even born yet. They are strangers to me, albeit cute strangers. If I'm very close to the sender, I'll respond in a private message, "That's the most beautiful baby I've ever seen," and then move on. </p> <p>Many social media posts showcasing children, however, do bother me. Babies with birthday cake smeared on their faces are not adorable. Nor are children on the edge of tantrum, for whatever silly reason. <p>Updated: Thu Sep 12, 2019</p> 8c273830d83d3e4c2e41b82b58742548 Taking Good Money From Bad People for 09/10/2019 Tue, 10 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The now-former head of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab went from hero to zero in a couple of news cycles. Once heralded for overseeing projects that use technology for social good, Joichi Ito resigned after revelations that he had tried to hide the source of donations from sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein.</p> <p>It was the cover-up that ultimately did him in. Before that, there was some back and forth on the morality of taking good money from bad people &#8212; a subject on which hypocrisy often takes center stage. Few of the fortunes that shower colleges, medical facilities and the arts with millions were made in a totally squeaky-clean fashion. Hedge funders, for example, collect billions pillaging American companies, destroying thousands of jobs. <p>Updated: Tue Sep 10, 2019</p> e072c00100bd8be961e1cb3d9734ccc4 Curb Your Enthusiasms. Biden's the One for 09/05/2019 Thu, 05 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>As the Democratic contenders gallop around the backstretch, political handicappers are once again obsessing over the candidates' crowd size, the enthusiasm of said crowds and the age of the enthusiasts. </p> <p>Once again, little of this should matter. We've been told for months that Elizabeth Warren and, to a lesser extent, Bernie Sanders are exciting crowds in a way Joe Biden does not. The visuals of their rallies seem to bear this out. Why, then, does Biden lead them in most polls, usually by double digits? <p>Updated: Thu Sep 05, 2019</p> 1e8121a6ba27cf89595b3dddea11b5b9 Looking for Love in the Online Snake Pit for 09/03/2019 Tue, 03 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Some scandals reported as shocking are shocking for reasons other than those implied in the coverage. One would be the online scam that bilked millions from businesses, the elderly and women looking for romance. </p> <p>Federal prosecutors say this is one of the biggest online swindles in U.S. history. The fraud centered mainly on Nigerian nationals who would impersonate American servicemen stationed overseas. They'd strike up intimate conversations of the you're-the-woman-I've-been-waiting-for variety. Once the conmen sensed ardor and trust, they would ask the women to send them money. <p>Updated: Tue Sep 03, 2019</p> 54387b5f36dbf14de7093ff59b2db13c Andrew Luck: The Quarterback We All Need for 08/29/2019 Thu, 29 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Andrew Luck, the superstar quarterback who just quit professional football at the tender age of 29, has received mixed reviews from the sports world. Colts fans booed him. And any number of sports writers see his decision to get out of football to avoid more injuries as tragedy combined with weakness. One called it "unthinkable."</p> <p>This is not the beginning of the end for football. The beginning began when kids started showing up in smaller numbers for high school football, no doubt spurred by their parents. It continued in 2017 when sportscaster Ed Cunningham of ESPN decided to stop calling college games because of his "growing discomfort" with younger players' brain trauma. <p>Updated: Thu Aug 29, 2019</p> 82a6f79b782c4be989664ccc1fef5756 Democrats Need a Smarter Nominating Process for 08/27/2019 Tue, 27 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Is anything really wrong with Jay Inslee? Was John Hickenlooper not qualified to be president? And is Steve Bullock a weak candidate? The answers are no, no, no and for all three, "on the contrary." </p> <p>Any of them could be a remarkably attractive Democratic nominee for president. In a general election, they might do better than the two firebrand senators trailing Joe Biden in the polls: Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. But their campaigns never took off. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Something in the Democrats' nominating process isn't working for their kind of candidacy.</span><p>Updated: Tue Aug 27, 2019</p> f1f14e1cd60759a7af6506c6a1d9c569 On Setting Vehicle Efficiency, California Will Win for 08/22/2019 Thu, 22 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>It was almost the weirdest Trump play of the week. The president's bizarre threats against carmakers fell in the shadows after he called off a meeting with the Danish prime minister because she wouldn't discuss selling him Greenland. What we and the Danes initially interpreted as a clownish stunt turned creepy after Trump canceled his visit in an apparent snit. </p> <p>Of greater significance was Trump's warning carmakers they should reject California's tighter standards for automobile emissions. Conservative arguments in the past would have centered on the auto industry's right to oppose what were deemed to be unreasonable demands for fuel economy &#8212; specifically those set by the Obama administration and the environmentally conscious state of California.</p> <p>Now Trump is demanding that other automakers not do what Honda, Ford, Volkswagen and BMW have done &#8212; side with California on this matter. He's specifically pressured Toyota, Fiat Chrysler and General Motors to stay on his polluting side. Mercedes-Benz was also called on the carpet but is apparently joining the California club.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 22, 2019</p> 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>