Froma Harrop from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Thu, 21 Feb 2019 23:31:37 -0800 Froma Harrop from Creators Syndicate 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> 6d1bdc8e4530149c049564516e0213f7 With Foxconn, Americans Get Snookered Again for 02/05/2019 Tue, 05 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>At the White House celebration of a planned new factory in Wisconsin &#8212; "the size of three Pentagons" &#8212; the Great Negotiator was all smiles. That would be Terry Gou, CEO of the Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn.</p> <p>The guy standing next to him was Donald Trump. The president said that Foxconn would invest $10 billion and create up to 13,000 well-paying manufacturing jobs. He later called the project "the eighth wonder of the world." That was 18 months ago.<p>Updated: Tue Feb 05, 2019</p> ded18eb2dbbf3edbacddad7d7c12e6e5 The Deep Meaning of Groundhog Day for 01/31/2019 Thu, 31 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Saturday is Groundhog Day. It is the day when many eyes will turn to Gobbler's Knob, a wooded hill a couple of miles outside Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. A man in a top hat will pull a hibernating groundhog out of a simulated tree trunk. If the rodent sees his shadow, then we'll have six more weeks of winter. If not, then spring comes early. Either way, Punxsutawney Phil (the groundhog) may bite the handler. It's happened.</p> <p>As for the science of it, there isn't any. There's no correlation between the groundhog's seeing his shadow and the arrival of springlike weather, "studies have shown."<p>Updated: Thu Jan 31, 2019</p> 08596ccbdc37a93663abd38bb6402509 Shutdown Hit a Wall of Truth Evasion for 01/29/2019 Tue, 29 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>It's hard to count the half-truths, warped symbolism and abuse of logic that plunged our country into a government shutdown. Sure, blatant lies will do it, but these other players are worse because they are sneaky.</p> <p>Now, President Trump's reason for the shutdown, a "crisis" at the border, was a lie. The real reason was Robert Mueller's tightening noose around his world and a desperate need for new drama to draw eyes elsewhere. When things go south, Trump sends attention in the same direction &#8212; to where the United States meets Mexico.<p>Updated: Tue Jan 29, 2019</p> a8d9cf14fed41418f6f98954735bb01a Are People Ignoring Trump or Just Bored by Him? for 01/24/2019 Thu, 24 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>It started during the midterm campaign. Democrats stopped talking about Donald Trump all the time. Now presidential hopefuls are doing the same. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, once a relentless sparring partner on Twitter, all but ignores Trump's goading comments.</p> <p>Is the reason, as some commentators hold, that the public is tired of the constant Trump-bashing, including those who dislike the man? Is it that Democrats have suddenly realized that getting suckered into his social media combat is exactly what he wants?<p>Updated: Thu Jan 24, 2019</p> d0429d930d417929fb4c087d3c8c0969 Anti-Vaxxers Spread a Plague of Ignorance for 01/22/2019 Tue, 22 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>An outbreak of measles four years ago at Disneyland focused attention on a growing health menace &#8212; the refusal of parents to vaccinate their children. The threat has gone international. The World Health Organization has just named the anti-vaccination movement among the 10 biggest global health crises.</p> <p>Italy is ground zero, thanks to a law pushed by the far-right 5-Star Movement that ended compulsory vaccinations for children in public schools. Matteo Salvini, leader of its coalition partner, the League party, called mandatory vaccinations "useless and in many cases dangerous."<p>Updated: Tue Jan 22, 2019</p> 4c18dae68cda3df2b10a921810a22cda On Drug Prices, Americans Are the Real Suckers for 01/17/2019 Thu, 17 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Drugmakers rang in the new year by raising prices on hundreds of products &#8212; American prices, that is. Americans focused on the celebrations weren't paying attention.</p> <p>Allergan led the parade, hiking its prices by 10 percent on more than two dozen drugs. But note this: It didn't raise the price of Botox, the anti-wrinkle treatment. Why? Because most users of Botox pay for it out of pocket. They can say, "I'm not bearing the extra freight. I think I'll go another few months with crow's-feet."<p>Updated: Thu Jan 17, 2019</p> 21537843943abfea14fe63499f84aed3 Are We Truly One Paycheck From Disaster? for 01/15/2019 Tue, 15 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The partial government shutdown has forced some federal workers to move money around to pay for food and rent. No surprise there. What's shocking is the many who don't have the money to move. They have no financial cushion to cover even one month's worth of ordinary expenses.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Don't they have any savings, any savings at all? Consider, a government job provides fairly secure employment. It comes with health coverage, paid vacations and sick days. And the pay, though not princely, is solid.</span><p>Updated: Tue Jan 15, 2019</p> 00b80e5f33b86895b673d9ee3b47d3c3 Foreigners Shape Up Americans for 01/10/2019 Thu, 10 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The kids are bratty, the parents fighting, the homes a mess. It's remarkable how American domestic life can breed so much dissatisfaction amid so much plenty.</p> <p>Foreigners have made an industry of observing this paradox and offering Americans fixes. Restoring tranquility and, frankly, dignity is the goal.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 10, 2019</p> b8e326b13c0f4b4dff9a0c70d23041f2 If Trump Really Wanted to Enforce Immigration, He'd Open the Government for 01/08/2019 Tue, 08 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>We who follow immigration policy closely know that the wall is a dumb idea. Closing much of the government over it is dumber still.</p> <p>Why is the wall a dumb idea? It would be expensive. It'd be unsightly. It'd be environmentally destructive. More to this point, it'd be ineffective.<p>Updated: Tue Jan 08, 2019</p> 63a5480e4893a0c5097d410889fb3393 Are We Brave Enough for the New World of Reproduction? for 01/03/2019 Thu, 03 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>A new medical device may change almost everything we think about making babies. It may also sweep away the current controversy over abortion while creating new ethical dilemmas. We speak of the artificial womb.</p> <p>Also called a biobag, an artificial womb is a big plastic sack filled with synthetic amniotic fluid. A tube going into the bag supplies the fluid, and another tube drains it.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 03, 2019</p> 4f484041caff4242e1b1026164526a5b Stop Obsessing Over Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for 01/01/2019 Tue, 01 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The right can't stop talking about the incoming youngest member of the House, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The left isn't much better.</p> <p>You know AOC. She rose from obscurity to instant celebrity as a self-described socialist running for Congress. The former waitress did it with a brilliant campaign combining social media genius with just showing up.<p>Updated: Tue Jan 01, 2019</p> 2f2d6a4b6f503f9354112c86537c83b8 The Self-Destruction of US Farmers for 12/27/2018 Thu, 27 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Not long ago, agriculture was a crown jewel of America's export economy. Then President Trump happened.</p> <p>He launched his "easy-to-win" trade wars, and our trading partners hit back right where the farm belt hurts.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 27, 2018</p> 41e1fe78b91d0c8850b2dea5e2ef2eb3 Are We Taking Our Security for Granted Amid Trump Chaos? for 12/21/2018 Fri, 21 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p></p><p><p>Updated: Fri Dec 21, 2018</p> 4ca59a22d85187d0065ebfd49bc22e46 Judge Sullivan Confirms That We're Not Crazy for 12/20/2018 Thu, 20 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Thank you, Judge Sullivan, for certifying the nation's sanity &#8212; that ice is cold, rain is wet and the inhabitants of Trump world are also subject to the law.</p> <p>When U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan said "I'm not hiding my disgust" for Michael Flynn's criminal conduct, he gave voice to what was obvious to all but Donald Trump's most unquestioning supporters. The offenses were especially serious coming from, of all people, a national security adviser. Flynn had admitted he lied to the FBI about conversations with the Russian ambassador. He also lied about his lobbying for a foreign government during the election and after.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 20, 2018</p> 9ae6a28fa98fa6d0350c5fb5f7cce661 May You Be Healthy and Covered in 2019 for 12/18/2018 Tue, 18 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>A federal judge in Texas just threw out the Affordable Care Act root and branch. If the decision were to survive legal challenges, an estimated 17 million Americans could lose their health coverage. Uncounted others would face monstrous premium hikes as protections for pre-existing conditions vanish.</p> <p>Upheld, the ruling would rocket Republicans toward their goal of killing Obamacare. President Trump didn't hold back his joy, hailing it as "a big, big victory" by a "highly, highly respected" judge.<p>Updated: Tue Dec 18, 2018</p> 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>