Froma Harrop from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Fri, 19 Apr 2019 03:17:48 -0700 Froma Harrop from Creators Syndicate cd3412d38d6488f2d37e6ea83f8045c2 Paris and New York Are United by Urban Horror for 04/18/2019 Thu, 18 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Many of us watching the inferno at Notre Dame de Paris felt that 9/11 dread. This week, as nearly 18 years ago, the news channels kept looping the same horrific video of towers collapsing. At the end, the medieval cathedral remained mostly standing while the twin towers at New York's World Trade Center vanished into a pile of smoking rubble. The outcomes may have been different, but both calamities showed that what we think most permanent may not be.</p> <p>In human terms, the calamity on Sept. 11, 2001, was of an entirely different scale. Thousands died. The conflagration in Paris miraculously cost no lives. <p>Updated: Thu Apr 18, 2019</p> 4ba46ae1d3724285677eaf9dc11827c0 Change Is Coming to Health Care. Vote Wisely for 04/16/2019 Tue, 16 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It's a solid bet that our health care future won't look quite like the present. Whether the outcome would be good or bad for the average working stiff will depend a great deal on who is president after the 2020 election.</p> <p>If Donald Trump is reelected, we know where health coverage for millions of Americans is probably going. It's going away. For two years, a Republican president, House and Senate all tried to sink the Affordable Care Act. They did manage to punch holes in it, but the thing keeps floating. A reenergized Trump with no voters to face again would undoubtedly redouble his efforts to torpedo the whole law. Per his custom, he's offered zip to replace it. <p>Updated: Tue Apr 16, 2019</p> 700468887770f0cb1d977c60d219f453 Is the U.S. Full? Wrong Question for 04/11/2019 Thu, 11 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"Our country is full," President Trump said in regard to the immigration debate. Is this true? That depends. Some parts seem full, and some parts are definitely not. What the United States does need is a smart conversation on population. </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Nearly every point made in this "America, full or not?" discussion bears at least one questionable assumption.</span> Here goes:<p>Updated: Thu Apr 11, 2019</p> e1a8a26385f49a5a7e04d34a5823bff3 Bernhardt Would Be Another Disaster at Interior for 04/09/2019 Tue, 09 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Back in 2016, candidate Donald Trump said he opposed a Republican bill designed to grease the wholesale transfer of America's public lands to states. "I don't like the idea because I want to keep the lands great," he told Field & Stream, "and you don't know what the state is going to do."</p> <p>It turned out that, on the contrary, Trump very much liked the idea. He got to work on it in his first month as president. And he named Ryan Zinke, a zealot for privatizing public land, as the head of the Interior Department. The remarkably corrupt Zinke had to resign. Trump now wants Zinke's No. 2, David Bernhardt, to take over Interior and continue the mission.<p>Updated: Tue Apr 09, 2019</p> 5ed9cdb4a2fcfbe9694d574d8edfc3e2 Is Bernie Behind the Attacks on Biden? for 04/04/2019 Thu, 04 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>There was always something fishy about the #MeToo complaint against Joe Biden. Putting hands on Lucy Flores' shoulders and smooching the back of her head is in no way sexual. Even Flores admitted that. </p> <p>Nonetheless, Flores gave a dramatic rendition of the distress it caused her. "I just froze," she said. "I didn't know what to do. Because again the only thing that you're processing is that there is a very powerful man standing next to you ... and you just don't know how to respond."<p>Updated: Thu Apr 04, 2019</p> c359a0fe1ef6210828c751ec6661fd2c The War Against Warming: Why We Must Fight for 04/02/2019 Tue, 02 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Even after Hitler invaded Czechoslovakia and Poland, a strong pacifist movement in Britain opposed a military buildup to confront Nazi Germany. It vilified Winston Churchill as a warmonger for pushing one. </p> <p>"What is it that Britain and France are fighting for?" Churchill asked rhetorically in a March 1940 broadcast. "If we left off fighting you would soon find out." <p>Updated: Tue Apr 02, 2019</p> 2bb2774cb33bd46225103492b14cc742 Mueller Report Is What Democrats Needed for 03/27/2019 Wed, 27 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Many Democrats don't get this, but the Mueller report has done them a great service. Concluding no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia but no exoneration on obstruction of justice hardly takes the president off the hook of possibly criminal behavior. But it does take impeachment off the table. </p> <p>This will help Democrats avoid the political peril of dragging the country through a chaotic partisan fight with the president. They can now work on getting rid of Trump the cleanest way: in an election. They can do that by focusing on the people rather than on him. </p> <p>Sure enough, Democrats have just released a plan for expanding health coverage and restoring the benefits that Trump and allied Republicans have been sabotaging. Trump would much rather rant about the terrible things others are doing to him than about the terrible things he's doing to Americans' health care security.<p>Updated: Wed Mar 27, 2019</p> df87af86035b562ff350d22452d5feae Mayor Pete Will Be President One of These Years for 03/26/2019 Tue, 26 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>What corner of political heaven did Pete Buttigieg fly down from? The 37-year-old Democratic mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has mightily impressed mainstream Democrats with his refreshing common-sense intelligence. And that's won him admiring glances from many Republicans, as well. Buttigieg's last name is pronounced like "boot-a-judge." You can skirt the issue by simply calling him Mayor Pete. And oh, it looks as if he's running for president.</p> <p>Hollywood couldn't script a more appealing political resume. Buttigieg is an Afghanistan War veteran and a Rhodes scholar who studied Arabic and speaks a little Norwegian. He's also an earthbound mayor working on problems in a Rust Belt city. Importantly, he speaks fluent policy in an accessible way. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Though definitely a progressive, he describes his ideas with a Midwestern modesty that doesn't scare moderates.</span><p>Updated: Tue Mar 26, 2019</p> 5a87e99e2248276edf2008d654967e1e Are the Racists on Viral Videos Mentally Ill? for 03/21/2019 Thu, 21 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Most everyone who spends time on social media has come across videos in which a white person is screaming racial insults, usually at a Latino or African-American. A recent example shows a woman at a ShopRite in East Haven, Connecticut, barraging a black man with racist invective.</p> <p>But look more closely at these videos and eyewitness accounts for a fuller idea of what forces are at work. Comments on these videos tend to condemn the perpetrators as evil racists and nothing else. But what should be blazingly obvious to those who watch them carefully is that the assailants are almost always mentally unwell.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 21, 2019</p> 7af612d8c2794ec49e6fac07b7f4166d Democrats Look Forward by Looking Inland for 03/19/2019 Tue, 19 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In Texas, most politicians used to worry only about the primaries. Once they won their party's endorsement, candidates would coast to victory in November. Journalists still refer to Texas as "ruby red," meaning Republicans rule the roost. That is no longer reality. Texas is barely red, and some argue it's already purple. For statewide office, general elections now matter greatly.</p> <p>Small wonder Nancy Pelosi has called Texas "ground zero" for Democratic focus in 2020. Had the Democrats not chosen Milwaukee for their 2020 national convention, they probably would have picked Houston.<p>Updated: Tue Mar 19, 2019</p> f6f12c0eacb8f79b83b0827e6bfe6c8e Pelosi Is Right on Impeachment. Not Now and Probably Never for 03/14/2019 Thu, 14 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Nancy Pelosi has urged Democrats not to dive into impeaching President Donald Trump. Democrats, listen to her.</p> <p>"He's not worth it," she said. Yes, he's a scourge on our democracy. Yes, he has almost certainly done deeds qualifying him for removal from office (though we await slam-dunk evidence). <p>Updated: Thu Mar 14, 2019</p> 9ac64f2f753c1e0f154f077569f0fd7f Scant Economic Joy in Mudville for 03/12/2019 Tue, 12 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The American people have been ordered to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the economic recovery. Note the lack of balloons, however, and that the marching bands have their feet up. </p> <p>President Donald Trump, of course, is a brass section unto himself. He's been trumpeting the "Trump economy," even though nearly eight of those 10 years were under Barack Obama.</p> <p>Consider this recent presidential tweet: "More people are working today in the United States, 158,000,000, than at any time in our Country's history. That is a Big Deal!"<p>Updated: Tue Mar 12, 2019</p> a3c33875575321e3a00a417f400dc6bc Taping Mouths at Harvard for 03/07/2019 Thu, 07 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>It was inevitable that the #MeToo movement, started with valid anger at sexual harassment, would open the door to bizarre accusations. It's just surprising to see it go off the deep end at Harvard University, where rational thinking tied to principle is supposed to be a requirement for admission.</p> <p>Do note that the student group hounding law school Dean Ronald S. Sullivan to resign is described as "small but vocal." Dozens of law faculty have backed him. And many at Harvard no doubt find the histrionics deeply embarrassing.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 07, 2019</p> 0cfc4c23b853f4bef6f08b7914e4d070 Why Canadians Rule the Cannabis Business for 03/05/2019 Tue, 05 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>President Trump routinely waves his fist at alleged unfair trade practices, including at the hands of our good neighbor Canada. But what about playing fields that are uneven because the U.S. government makes them so? Witness the cannabis industry. It's enjoying explosive growth worldwide, but Canadians are running away with the profits because Washington has shackled their American competitors.</p> <p>It's not that Americans are unacquainted with cannabis in all its forms. Cannabis is a family of flowering plants that includes both marijuana, which produces a high, and hemp, which does not. Most states have relaxed their marijuana laws to various extents. Ten states and the District of Columbia have made pot fully legal.<p>Updated: Tue Mar 05, 2019</p> 9a595cb40628e7f7c2b468917030534d Privacy Will Belong to a New Top 1 Percent for 02/28/2019 Thu, 28 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Why did Jeff Bezos, founder of tech giant Amazon, send gushy texts to his paramour, it appears, without using encryption?</p> <p>Why did he even take selfies of an intimate nature?<p>Updated: Thu Feb 28, 2019</p> bbf3c23d275e6be953d4ce59a4358edc I Don't Really Own That Ridiculous Muscle Car. Let Me Explain for 02/26/2019 Tue, 26 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>My older brother in Florida owns a 2007 Ford Mustang Shelby. It has 500 horsepower and a six-speed manual transmission. Color: gimme-another-ticket red. When I visited, he let me drive it.</p> <p>Driving this paragon of the American muscle car gave me new insight into a culture that is foreign to me but makes me smile. I salute Shelby for his unapologetic roar and the pleasure he gives his cult. But boy (and "boy" is the right term), Shelby's sure an inconvenience for one who just wants to get to the Publix. My brother agrees.<p>Updated: Tue Feb 26, 2019</p> 1bbfdf824572181f184a469078ef5cae Bernie Sanders, It's Over for 02/21/2019 Thu, 21 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Before the 2016 presidential race, Bernie Sanders exuded some charm as an unapologetic lefty with a Brooklyn accent. But when his campaign gained traction, the authoritarian took over. Unwilling to concede that Democratic primary voters preferred Hillary Clinton to him &#8212; she had amassed nearly 4 million more votes &#8212; he continued to undermine her all the way up to the party convention. Without a doubt, he helped elect Donald Trump.</p> <p>Recall this scorched-earth attack, at a rally when Clinton had all but clinched the nomination: "Are you qualified to be president of the United States when you're raising millions of dollars from Wall Street, an entity whose greed, recklessness and illegal behavior helped destroy our economy?"<p>Updated: Thu Feb 21, 2019</p> 803ab15c233706e86c1d6cadf5187990 The Star-Crossed Romance Between Amazon and New York City for 02/19/2019 Tue, 19 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>So Amazon chose Valentine's Day to announce its breakup with New York City. No, it will not build a new headquarters in Queens as planned. Who is to blame for the split, the tech behemoth or grouchy New Yorkers? If one must choose, I'd say Amazon.</p> <p>Amazon seemed shocked that the masses were not doing cartwheels in the streets after it selected the Long Island City neighborhood for a new complex to employ 25,000. After all, the company had dozens of other cities groveling for that honor.<p>Updated: Tue Feb 19, 2019</p> bb724df6fba7591838d311c31c465dc5 Time for Democratic Pushback on Radicals for 02/14/2019 Thu, 14 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Outsize attention has been paid to outlier Democrats making outrageous remarks. They are a small handful of House Democrats, though you'd never know it, given all their headlines.</p> <p>The dominant names &#8212; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Pramila Jayapal of Washington and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota &#8212; are newly elected "women of color." Fine, but they also ran in districts wildly favorable to Democrats, districts that in 2018 would have chosen whatever Democrat was on the ballot.</p> <p>Today few would care much about what they think had other kinds of Democrats not delivered their party a House majority. These were the real Democratic heroes of the 2018 midterms.<p>Updated: Thu Feb 14, 2019</p> de0a8e68c50f87b1bd0ebf98df014bcf Do We Really Need So Many Foreign Tech Workers? for 02/07/2019 Thu, 07 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Americans don't usually think of technical professionals as "guest workers," yet at any one time, there are more than a half-million foreigners holding tech jobs in the U.S. They are here thanks to the H-1B visa program. H-1B, so the official spiel goes, addresses an alleged shortage of "highly skilled" Americans to fill jobs "requiring specialized knowledge."</p> <p>Growing evidence, however, points to companies' using the program to replace perfectly qualified American workers with cheaper ones from elsewhere. A new report published by the Atlantic Council documents the abuses. The authors are Ron Hira, a political scientist at Howard University, and Bharath Gopalaswamy, director of the Atlantic Council's South Asia Center.</p> <p>Among their criticisms:<p>Updated: Thu Feb 07, 2019</p>