Froma Harrop from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Sat, 25 Jan 2020 08:21:09 -0800 Froma Harrop from Creators Syndicate 86ce79009404c2f5e6980a397cbbf92d Democratic Attacks on Sanders Are Long Overdue for 01/23/2020 Thu, 23 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Bernie Sanders' campaign recently stabbed Elizabeth Warren in the back. She was the Vermont senator's comrade in arms. It also threw a pack of lies at Joe Biden, tarring him as corrupt with zero evidence. As former Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin told Politico, Sanders "will play dirty." The Democrat added, "I'm concerned that we're seeing a replay of the kind of dynamics that didn't allow Hillary to win."</p> <p>The difference between now and 2016, though, is that Sanders' targets are finally hitting back. This outbreak of hostilities among Democrats is not hurting the party. On the contrary. An airing of these grievances is long overdue. <p>Updated: Thu Jan 23, 2020</p> 0a774796aa7ed97bb346c2ba3f5400f3 Sanders' 'Medicare for All' Is Not Fair to Medicare for 01/21/2020 Tue, 21 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>It needs pointing out that Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All plan bears little resemblance to Medicare. The Vermont senator undoubtedly exploits the word "Medicare" to obscure the radicalness of his single-payer proposal. Medicare, after all, is very popular. </p> <p>Those who admire single-payer systems &#8212; which do have their virtues &#8212; should own up to it and not hide their plans under misleading labels. Medicare isn't single-payer. <p>Updated: Tue Jan 21, 2020</p> 798c0f373ec18ce4714de7b64aee8dfe Democrats Should Put an End to Caucuses for 01/16/2020 Thu, 16 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>"It is quite astonishing to see with what deadpan and neutral a tone our press and television report the open corruption &#8212; and the flagrantly anti-democratic character &#8212; of the Iowa caucuses." </p> <p>I quote the late Christopher Hitchens because I couldn't put it better. <p>Updated: Thu Jan 16, 2020</p> 15ad19d34ab475b097478c63200a30e5 Do Canadians Want to Defer to Harry and Meghan? for 01/14/2020 Tue, 14 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>One thing Canadians tend to be is sensible. And so it is surprising how many would consider making Prince Harry and his wife, the former Meghan Markle, king and queen of Canada. Harry is a beneficiary of the lucky sperm club, and Meghan was TV actress from Los Angeles. Do Canadians really want to defer to these two, even under their current titles, His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex and Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex? </p> <p>A writer for Toronto's The Globe and Mail called their possible part-time residence in Canada "the fairy-tale ending we all deserve." Ottawa needs to issue a nationwide dignity alert. <p>Updated: Tue Jan 14, 2020</p> f83e90d37ca2cd3d2b27e7d8a8f71e16 Energizer Bunny Biden Spooks the Left for 01/09/2020 Thu, 09 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Throughout this unsettling conflict with Iran, Joe Biden has stood out as a calming Democratic voice, speaking of the stakes and challenges with deep knowledge of foreign policy. Just another reason for activists on the left backing Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren to lose their minds.</p> <p>The news for them hasn't been great of late. Biden is now tied with or close to Sanders for first place in Iowa and New Hampshire, according to the most recent reputable poll. Warren polls behind Pete Buttigieg in both places. Sanders and Warren were supposed to triumph in these states, where the Democratic electorate tends toward very liberal white people. Biden also raised nearly $23 million in the fourth quarter, the best haul since he entered the campaign.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 09, 2020</p> e220fb0074bbdcfe619794eaf116620b Anxiety Grips Leaderless America for 01/07/2020 Tue, 07 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>George W. Bush and Barack Obama both had Gen. Qassem Soleimani in their gunsights. Neither ordered the trigger pulled because of the enormous risks involved in killing one of Iran's top leaders. In listing the possible responses to recent Iranian provocations, U.S. military commanders told President Donald Trump that doing this would be the most dangerous. </p> <p>Trump did it on Friday. Iran predictably returned fire with dire threats to U.S. interests. Trump then tweeted in big capital letters that he would retaliate against the retaliation by bombing Iran's cultural sites, among other targets. That would be a war crime, so his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, said Trump had no intention of doing that. Soon after, Trump tweeted, again in big capital letters, that, yes, he would. <p>Updated: Tue Jan 07, 2020</p> 7b0325ffeb4610caca1ab43b86a42ebf Do Americans Even Want Time off? for 01/02/2020 Thu, 02 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p><span style="background-color: initial;">A new Gallup survey finds that about half of Americans who hold second jobs say they don't do it out of financial necessity. Why, then, do they put in the extra hours? <span class="column--highlighted-text">Do they just like working?</span></span><br></p> <p>Europeans, in stark contrast, relish their free time. Workers in Denmark actually went on a general strike because they were entitled to <i> only </i> five weeks of vacation. They wanted six.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 02, 2020</p> 3b1dcedc28fe21188bd1f1add9bdce3e The Phantom Momentum of Bernie Sanders for 12/31/2019 Tue, 31 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>A late-December flurry of articles on a revival of Bernie Sanders' prospects points to a cardinal rule of political journalism: The story must change. Whether the story has actually changed matters not.</p> <p>Thus, we had a headline in The New York Times reading, "Why Bernie Sanders Is Tough to Beat," and one in Politico that said, "Democratic Insiders: Bernie Could Win the Nomination." The polls, however, have barely budged. <p>Updated: Tue Dec 31, 2019</p> c531db1c8c16270dd681ae2ff2870698 Veganuary: A Resolution You Can Skip for 12/26/2019 Thu, 26 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>I never got the point of a vegan diet. I dislike its cultish mindset. And I regard New Year's resolutions as prelude to failure. That gives Veganuary three strikes and an out as an obsession to commandeer my January.</p> <p>The push to adopt a strictly vegan diet for the month of January speaks volumes about English-speaking peoples' rocky relationship with food and affection for movements. Veganuary started in Britain.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 26, 2019</p> a74fcf128337b385fde548f343eaf87e The Great Deal-Maker Says Canada Should Deal on Our Drug Prices for 12/24/2019 Tue, 24 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Heavens, no. We don't want the U.S. government to negotiate drug prices for Americans. That would be socialism, conservatives keep saying. So let's have the Canadian government do it for us.</p> <p>President Donald Trump's latest plan for reducing the outrageous prices Americans pay for their prescriptions is to let states import cheaper drugs from Canada. Past proposals to tie U.S. drug prices to other countries' prices have gone nowhere. And nowhere is where this one will go.<p>Updated: Tue Dec 24, 2019</p> 65388113065e6bafc01341eecf90cf09 Feeding Innovation Better Than Barring Fossil Fuels for 12/19/2019 Thu, 19 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The two most left-leaning presidential candidates, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, seem to think that a ban on fracking would help solve the climate crisis. Hydraulic fracturing is a process that has enabled a revolution in the U.S. production of oil and especially natural gas.</p> <p>Natural gas emits half as much of the planet-warming gas carbon dioxide as does coal. The newfound abundance of natural gas has lowered its price, nearly putting coal out of business. In fact, there's now a glut of natural gas that has sliced its price nearly in half from a year ago. As a result, gas producers are closing drilling rigs and filing for bankruptcy. <p>Updated: Thu Dec 19, 2019</p> 9041275971aab749a5b653c29753f5c4 Was Boris Johnson's Win Bad for Democrats? Not Quite for 12/17/2019 Tue, 17 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Right-leaning opinions have declared British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's trouncing of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn a favorable portent for President Donald J. Trump in 2020. Not so fast. Other readings of the British election results see the very opposite. </p> <p>For starters, Corbyn was a despised figure including within his own party. Trump is, let us say, also less than universally loved. Even a strong economy hasn't lifted his approval ratings above the disapproval ones, which, according to reputable polls, remain quite high.<p>Updated: Tue Dec 17, 2019</p> 73ad7ab4e5a61a8b2ae2d95ea396ff39 Raise Revenues, but Hold the Drama for 12/12/2019 Thu, 12 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Democratic candidates offer two basic approaches to raising revenues for public programs. One is grand opera &#8212; accusing the wealthy of greed (Bernie Sanders) and malice, that is, "leaving everyone else behind" (Elizabeth Warren). For this bad behavior, there must be punishment in the form of taxation. </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">The other approach is to simply increase their taxes a reasonable amount and not get personal. Many rich people may not like it, but they won't feel under moral condemnation. </span>Some even back the idea. That is Joe Biden's approach. And it was the way Democratic Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton succeeded in raising taxes on the higher income.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 12, 2019</p> 5808d179286f4d972a8b57830387756a Paul Volcker Was a Great Man for 12/10/2019 Tue, 10 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Paul Volcker administered the tough medicine when the American economy badly needed it. It was 1980, and the inflation rate had passed 14 percent. OPEC, a cartel of foreign oil producers, had launched an oil embargo against the United States a few years before, causing prices to soar. Older Americans remember long lines of cars snaking to gas pumps. The country felt in crisis.</p> <p>President Jimmy Carter appointed Volcker chairman of the Federal Reserve Board to fix inflation. Volcker knew he had to raise interest rates to beat it down. He did and succeeded, but the cost was a sharp economic downturn. Workers lost jobs, and many regarded Volcker as the villain.<p>Updated: Tue Dec 10, 2019</p> 5486c597bb43ba1fb19816f4edb48602 Not Much Romance in Santa's Toy Warehouse for 12/05/2019 Thu, 05 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>A fixture of family Christmas movies is worldly-wise children recovering some of their innocence. "Miracle on 34th Street" (1947) provides an early example. </p> <p>The new animated film "Klaus" (on Netflix) does not stray from this theme. Children living on an icy island seek a workaround to their toyless Christmas, the work of mean, greedy adults. But one children's fantasy remains: that the toys would come from a shop in the woods run by a Santa Claus figure named Klaus. <p>Updated: Thu Dec 05, 2019</p> 606d2c8e2c6b9359385b871b61db45c2 Warren's Problems Go Beyond Health Care for 12/03/2019 Tue, 03 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Elizabeth Warren had great momentum for a while. Then her poll numbers leveled and fell. The standard explanation is that the Democrat's "Medicare for All" plan comes across as too radical &#8212; both the price and the part that would force over 150 million Americans off their employers' private coverage. </p> <p>But other negatives subtract from Warren's appeal as a presidential candidate. One is that she grates on us, another way of saying not likable. The other is she's not totally honest.<p>Updated: Tue Dec 03, 2019</p> f6b8af66b4b43ff729bb7090c2779bcb Astoundingly, the Republican Attack Machine Targets the Military for 11/28/2019 Thu, 28 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The focus here isn't President Donald Trump. He is a creature unto himself. Rather, this is about his spineless political party, which stands mute, or even supportive, as he breaks U.S. military discipline, morale and leadership. </p> <p>The GOP used to be the party of superpatriots, always saluting our men and women in uniform. It still playacts. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Some members of the Republican caucus continue to make a show of thanking soldiers for their service even as they savage the soldiers' reputations to advance the president's interests. </span>(Someday we'll get to the bottom of what those interests really were.)<p>Updated: Thu Nov 28, 2019</p> 5deab2ef5ba84b77872088e19f59473a The Zen of Thanksgiving for 11/26/2019 Tue, 26 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p><i style="background-color: initial;">Editor's Note: The following is a revised version of a column first published in November 2002.</i><br></p> <p>Thanksgiving is the most American of holidays. But there is something almost un-American about it. It is a day opposed to striving, to getting more. We stop adding up the numbers on the scorecard of life. We freeze in place and give thanks for whatever is there.<p>Updated: Tue Nov 26, 2019</p> 431ea15559b686e22f638fa91040b880 Do US Carmakers Want Us to Like Them? for 11/21/2019 Thu, 21 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Ask not why the Trump administration must dismantle America's environmental laws with such gusto. By now, that's a given. Instead, let's ask why some automakers, businesses that must plan years in advance, are siding with a president intent on sowing chaos in their own industry.</p> <p>The issue at hand is President Donald Trump's pointless crusade to strip California of its unique right to limit tailpipe emissions of vehicles sold there. You've got to wonder whether the companies backing these efforts &#8212; GM, Toyota, Fiat Chrysler, Subaru and Nissan &#8212; are out of their ever-loving minds. <p>Updated: Thu Nov 21, 2019</p> 1d846dc74a2acac8883be4170d3aa172 Partisan Lines Fade With the Right Candidates for 11/19/2019 Tue, 19 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>I think Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards meant it when he partly credited his reelection to LSU's and the Saints' winning season. That would be the football teams &#8212; Louisiana State University and the New Orleans Saints. </p> <p>"People are just in a better mood," the Democrat said. And he did have LSU coach Ed Orgeron vouching for him. <p>Updated: Tue Nov 19, 2019</p>