Froma Harrop from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Fri, 23 Feb 2018 06:09:00 -0800 Froma Harrop from Creators Syndicate 77c542161d531c0536624d49071da599 In Facing Russia, We Don't Even Have a Neville Chamberlain for 02/22/2018 Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>"Darkest Hour" follows Winston Churchill's struggle to rouse Britain to confront the Nazi menace. Winning the war was step two. Step one, the movie's theme, was to get the country to agree to wage war.</p> <p>And he did no buttering. "I have nothing to offer," Churchill famously told his nation, "but blood, toil, tears and sweat." And that's what it got as the price for saving civilization.<p>Updated: Thu Feb 22, 2018</p> e7aeabfa9913aae8fd8dec8b340c1ba4 In November, Democrats Need to Be the Third Party for 02/20/2018 Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Widespread displeasure with Donald Trump and his party bodes well for Democrats in November. They have a good chance of retaking the House and a decent one of winning a Senate majority. But to get there, they must be smart. And being smart includes attracting Republicans repelled by Trump.</p> <p>There's not going to be a third party any time soon, as much as many centrists crave one. But Democrats can serve as a haven for independents and appalled Republicans wanting options other than the moral wreckage that's become the GOP. At least in 2018.<p>Updated: Tue Feb 20, 2018</p> fb26472f1fc004c97ed9273524237892 Trump Turns Farmers Into a Sacrifice for 02/15/2018 Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Our generally strong economy has yet to cast its blessings on American farm country. Incomes there are headed for their lowest level since 2006. And farmers are going deep into debt to keep their heads above water.</p> <p>President Trump's budget blueprint would only make things worse for U.S. agriculture. Trump's hostility to trade deals has already inflicted damage on an economic sector highly dependent on exports. And that's on top of his deficit-exploding tax bill and cranked-up federal spending, sure to make borrowing still more expensive.<p>Updated: Thu Feb 15, 2018</p> d720eb48c979c04f81d13153fd013cfb Drop the Shock. Just Get These Creeps Out of Office for 02/13/2018 Tue, 13 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>There were actually two shocking things about the Rob Porter story. The obvious one was that President Trump kept a man known to have physically attacked both ex-wives and a former girlfriend as his staff secretary. The other was that Hope Hicks, occupying the high-ranking job of Trump's communications director, thought it OK to become romantically involved with Porter.</p> <p>The FBI would not grant Porter a full security clearance. Outside Trump world, that would have disqualified him from having access to sensitive documents reaching the president's desk. Some argue that Porter's past left him vulnerable to blackmail. <span class="column--highlighted-text">A simpler worry is that a psychologically screwed-up individual was serving as a right hand to a mentally unstable president.</span><p>Updated: Tue Feb 13, 2018</p> 0bd9f5a3b1283b3f51d7f5bd9ae64460 The Tax Cuts Are Truly a Crummy Deal for Most of Us for 02/08/2018 Thu, 08 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Would someone kindly replace Nancy Pelosi as a spokesperson for Democrats? The House minority leader's riff on the tax bill as "crumbs" for average Americans bombed on two fronts. One was her snide and preachy tone. The other was linking "crumbs" to $1,000-or-better bonuses that a few companies said they will distribute out of their tax savings.</p> <p>Not that Pelosi was entirely wrong. House Speaker Paul Ryan rescued her with his tweet about a woman doing backflips over a tax cut amounting to $1.50 a week.<p>Updated: Thu Feb 08, 2018</p> 592194d9b63a34fc86f1e68d1c820440 Clean Energy and Dollars Are Both Green for 02/06/2018 Tue, 06 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Some of the nation's fiercest winds tear across the 100-odd miles separating Casper and Rawlins, making Wyoming a potential colossus of wind power. So why is Wyoming the only state to tax wind power? Ask the politicians representing America's biggest producer of coal. Or simpler, check their donor list.</p> <p>"There is a real feeling that Wyoming is not open for business for wind," a frustrated economic development official from Casper told a conference in Laramie.<p>Updated: Tue Feb 06, 2018</p> eee798527fce771c2eceb2f7a74bf9fb Big Pharma May Own Washington, but It Doesn't Own Amazon for 02/01/2018 Thu, 01 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>President Trump offered few words about health care in his State of the Union address. He did mention drug prices, though.</p> <p>"One of my greatest priorities is to reduce the price of prescription drugs," he said. "In many other countries, these drugs cost far less than what we pay in the United States. ... That is why I have directed my administration to make fixing the injustice of high drug prices one of my top priorities."<p>Updated: Thu Feb 01, 2018</p> 7beac39ff33a10d2963afffb57a1fda5 What Americans Sacrificed for Modest Economic Gain for 01/30/2018 Tue, 30 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>"America is roaring back," Donald Trump pitched to the global elite gathered in Davos, Switzerland. Those back home should be asking two questions: How loud, really, is that roar? (The economy's, not Trump's.) And what price are Americans paying for his approach to growth?</p> <p>The Davos billionaires are not unimpressed by the opportunities offered by the grand deregulator. If the United States wants to let their mining companies ravage its public lands, why would they stop it? Energy Fuels, a Canadian uranium producer, successfully lobbied the Trump administration to shrink the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah by 85 percent.<p>Updated: Tue Jan 30, 2018</p> 15f5710b9b46cdfce492f5bd75329f8a A Shutdown Not to Remember for 01/25/2018 Thu, 25 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>By Groundhog Day, the government shutdown will have been largely forgotten. That's a guarantee.</p> <p>As memory of that long weekend fades, the matter of whether Democrats won, lost or tied in the deal to reopen the federal government will be of little consequence &#8212; at least to those of us who have lives.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 25, 2018</p> 2390aa0fdcc8d3df0a5f8b347d792e2b Bad Date With Ansari Wasn't Really a Date for 01/23/2018 Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Nothing TV star Aziz Ansari did during that now-infamous one-night stand constituted sexual assault. It wasn't even a proper one-night stand. Ansari and the young woman never engaged in carnal intercourse. But the woman accused Ansari of being a sexist brute nonetheless. Herein lies a cautionary tale for all.</p> <p>Given the fictional name of "Grace," the woman told the website Babe that Ansari had ignored her "non-verbal cues" that she wasn't interested in going all the way. The casual observer might think that sitting naked on a man's kitchen counter &#8212; as "Grace" had voluntarily done, along with exchanging oral sex &#8212; constituted a non-verbal cue that she was game.<p>Updated: Tue Jan 23, 2018</p> cc03e526914c146d8829d8fcaf649fc3 Republicans Don't Really Want to Fix Immigration for 01/18/2018 Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>President Trump and the Republican leadership have made clear that they have no intention of repairing our chaotic immigration system. Why not? Because illegal immigration is a problem that bothers most Americans. Fix it and all these politicians have are tax cuts for the rich, environmental degradation, soaring deficits and the loss of health care.</p> <p>As a campaigner, Trump learned that when audience passion flagged, he could demand a wall with Mexico and his folks would jump to their feet. The week that America went into convulsions over Trump's racist vulgarities about certain immigrants is a week we'll never get back again. But it did cancel right-wing displeasure over his seemingly constructive comments on immigration reform a few days earlier.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 18, 2018</p> 1135c09a681d807074022c0010e76ed0 Democrats Need to Stop Ingesting the Right's Propaganda for 01/16/2018 Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Donald Trump is fabulously adept at taking credit for and exaggerating every bit of good news, especially good economic news. When the news is bad, he changes the subject. Trump is the master, but Republicans generally are skilled at fine-tailoring reality for their benefit.</p> <p>Democrats are the opposite. They seem to assume that the public automatically sees the good things happening when they're in charge. Like psychologically abused children, they internalize almost any criticism. That's why rather than retell the story in the most flattering light, they dive into a defensive crouch. The inability to blast through the negative makes much of the public think them blameworthy.<p>Updated: Tue Jan 16, 2018</p> 0db0e6c8925ea2050a9d477a3b1e1a1d For at Least One News Cycle, Trump Talks Sense on Immigration for 01/11/2018 Thu, 11 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>One hesitates to assume that what the president says one moment won't be totally contradicted the next. But on the afternoon of Tuesday, Jan. 9, Donald J. Trump made sense on immigration reform &#8212; with just a few contradictions. Take a screenshot.</p> <p>Notably, he used the word "comprehensive" in talking about reform, a poisonous term for many opposed to legalizing the presence of millions here without papers. Proposed comprehensive reforms would also strengthen enforcement of immigration laws to curb future flows of undocumented workers.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 11, 2018</p> 6722296ef7e4dce0a27f5b9057283a83 Trump's Dancing Monkeys Break Bipartisan Hearts for 01/09/2018 Tue, 09 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Sen. Lindsey Graham's reputation as an honorable conservative lies like a ripped-up banana peel at the bottom of the baboon cage. What happened? <span class="column--highlighted-text">What turned the principled voice from South Carolina, respected by Republicans and Democrats alike, into one of Donald Trump's dancing monkeys?</span></p> <p>During the 2016 primaries, Graham warned about Trump: "I think he's a kook. I think he's crazy. I think he's unfit for office."<p>Updated: Tue Jan 09, 2018</p> f86e2eedd62307e589062b7fb6e9ceb6 Celebrate Freedom, Not Pot for 01/04/2018 Thu, 04 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>As many Californians reveled with unbridled joy over their new freedom to use marijuana for any reason, this writer felt the bit of mild disapproval tighten in her mouth.</p> <p>Make no mistake. She fully supports the legalization of pot, as well as the decriminalization of hard drugs. The war on drugs has been a costly failure, and the right to smoke, ingest or bathe in pot is a fine thing to celebrate. But that should turn pot into just another legal substance to be regulated, taxed and, importantly, used with care. It's not the new Roman god.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 04, 2018</p> 5dfd282472662979aa5cabe8e4b54a13 Seven Habits of Highly Effective Resisters for 01/02/2018 Tue, 02 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Cleaning up the cultural and civic debris left by Donald Trump and his right-wing helpers will require concerted effort. The "resistance" is determined to do that, but to succeed, its members must develop some effective strategies and drop counterproductive ones. Here are seven suggestions:</p> <p>One. Stop retweeting him. Trump's inflammatory tweets are designed to bait you, to draw you into his game. Angrily retweeting his inanities only amplifies the message. Despite his waning popularity, Trump retains the ability to entertain. He does this not only through the tweets themselves but through the passionate responses he provokes from critics. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Without your reaction, the tweets would shoot out into space and quickly lose altitude.</span><p>Updated: Tue Jan 02, 2018</p> 0d8e00323c9822ef29929e8ac18d822d Let's Skip the War Against Baby Boomers, OK? for 12/28/2017 Thu, 28 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>When things get dull, enterprising rousers of rabble promote a war against something or other to gain attention. The war against the baby boom generation is already in full swing.</p> <p>One book about the Americans born between 1946 and 1964 has "Generation of Sociopaths" in the title. And a recent piece in The Atlantic goes for their throats as "grandparents stealing from the grandchildren." (Ouch, that serpent's tooth.)<p>Updated: Thu Dec 28, 2017</p> e3680d707bbadfc1f09158d5d7b111cc Democrats Should Dial Back Racial Bargaining for 12/26/2017 Tue, 26 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The election of Doug Jones in Alabama delivered much joy to Democrats, and they rightly heralded the huge African-American turnout, without which Jones would not have won. But Democrats should have stopped there. Some of their prominent voices went further with the theme that black voters did them a favor.</p> <p>Have they considered the strong possibility that Alabama's African-American voters did it for themselves? They had a choice between a man who had convicted Klansmen of murdering black girls at a church and someone who spoke nostalgically of slavery. Let alone that Roy Moore would have tried to take away their health care and Jones will defend it.<p>Updated: Tue Dec 26, 2017</p> 119f50ed6acc8929249c517acfe5f51e From Dying Malls, Downtown Retailing Grows for 12/21/2017 Thu, 21 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Teens of the '80s may recall shiny new shopping malls as the hot place for hanging out, their food courts the cafe society of adolescence. These chain-store palaces knocked off local mom and pop retailers one by one, turning their downtown habitat into drab places for the poor and dysfunctional.</p> <p>Now online commerce is knocking off the malls, but guess what. Not only is downtown retail coming back but also the stores are proving themselves to be among the fittest of the bricks-and-mortar survivors.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 21, 2017</p> ad6104c52fd4f9a444785481aa075222 God Rest Ye Merry, Subway Riders for 12/19/2017 Tue, 19 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Collective groans greeted the New York subway system's decision to stop referring to passengers as "ladies and gentlemen." In olden days, which now date to last month, subway conductors would include these words in public announcements. For example: "Ladies and gentlemen, please watch your personal belongings."</p> <p>Fox News responded predictably, with both pained umbrage and inaccuracy. It took a break from undermining the democracy to complain, in one commentator's words, that muggers and perverts manhandling women are no longer the biggest threat facing the subway system. It is "conductors using the words 'ladies and gentlemen.'"</p> <p>Actually, there are bigger threats than even muggers &#8212; terrorists, for one. And though littering on the platform isn't more evil than molesting female passengers, it is still unacceptable. Just a little reality, for the interested.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 21, 2017</p>