Susan Estrich from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Sat, 06 Jun 2020 13:52:58 -0700 Susan Estrich from Creators Syndicate 31cd2256f30e22fa85ba2eb10f04d00c The Race Card, 2020 Version: How Trump Has Used the Pandemic to Play His Willie Horton Card for 05/30/2020 Sat, 30 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Donald Trump has been trying for years to play his Willie Horton card, to divide the country along lines of race as a means of reaffirming his base.</p> <p>You can hardly give him credit for creativity, strategically speaking. It's not so different from the way former President Richard Nixon played "law and order," the way former Sen. Jesse Helms played the pink unemployment slip (that always went into a black hand), the way former President George Bush &#8212; Daddy Bush &#8212; played the black man on prison furlough (William Horton). Crime, welfare reform, affirmative action: Prick up your ears for the bias below the surface.<p>Updated: Sat May 30, 2020</p> bd5d8d7681a4c8228dbc56e63340f702 Selfishness and the Sun for 05/28/2020 Thu, 28 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><span style="background-color: initial;">The weather was glorious in Southern California the past week, as it was in much of the nation. The beaches and Boardwalk were so crowded, full of families who had clearly come from other parts of the city to escape the confines of crowded apartments. No, it wasn't the usual crowd of druggies and bikers and meth heads but families old and young crowded together and partying.</span><br></p> <p>L.A. County officials say it will take 14 days before they know how many will get sick or die from the fun. And make no mistake: They will. Los Angeles is the epicenter right now. We plateaued too high in coronavirus deaths. The more open we become, and the more reckless, the more people will get sick and die.<p>Updated: Thu May 28, 2020</p> 4b049e58e90084dcab2e21e1f2489a70 What's Missing From This War for 05/23/2020 Sat, 23 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>We are reading about the teams of researchers around the world &#8212; the most brilliant of the brilliant &#8212; working together, partnering with drug companies, on a mission to create vaccines more quickly than ever before. There is unity of purpose. And while the politicians may think of it as a competition, the scientists quoted uniformly praise one another's efforts. To produce enough of a vaccine, we will need more than one success. </p> <p>In World War II, we made the trade of human lives. Everyone knew the fatalities would be catastrophic. We made the trade for freedom.<p>Updated: Tue May 26, 2020</p> 964ed662b4d0d17b4330e22f7059e158 The Patient for 05/21/2020 Thu, 21 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>He is 73 years old. At his checkup last year, he weighed 243 pounds. Obese &#8212; that's the medical definition.</p> <p>And he has been reported to be taking drugs to control his cholesterol and prevent a heart attack. Obesity and heart problems are among the "high-risk" indicators for serious COVID-19 illness.<p>Updated: Thu May 21, 2020</p> dbc7561401e7a23d2eb6d9fe7c894d2d Don't Stay Home! Die! for 05/16/2020 Sat, 16 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Or, to be fair, you may not die; you may just be the type who kills other people.</p> <p>Sound like government playing God? Making life and death decisions? Just what conservative orthodoxy has insisted for years government must never do? Yes.<p>Updated: Sat May 16, 2020</p> e5d43f7ac11cf7feb5bfd0aa353d35b3 The Death Tolls and the Unemployment Rolls for 05/14/2020 Thu, 14 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Three months ago, it was difficult to find an honest Democrat who privately believed that President Donald Trump would lose reelection. The economy seemed to be, quite simply, too strong to convince a majority of Americans in some of Trump's red states that they'd be better off with a Democratic president.</p> <p>Three months ago, it was difficult to find an honest Republican who privately believed that Trump was vulnerable. Most of them, best as I can tell, simply didn't think he was, notwithstanding his erratic performance; notwithstanding comments and tactics that have shocked Republicans and Democrats alike; notwithstanding him having the most fractious relationship between a president and the press, at least since Richard Nixon. Trump managed to convince himself and a majority of Americans &#8212; and even, it seemed, a majority of the press corps &#8212; that he was headed for reelection, like it or not.<p>Updated: Thu May 14, 2020</p> 58562d4d3209d2d0dff8b18549af8f14 Apologies to Helen for 05/09/2020 Sat, 09 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"When you're a mother, you'll understand."</p> <p>How many times did my mother say that? And how many times did I think, "No, I won't, because I'll be a better mother"?<p>Updated: Sat May 09, 2020</p> b2090bf0078201d747aa3f7eafc1ed5e Cruella DeVos for 05/07/2020 Thu, 07 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Announcement: Spring prom has been canceled. Instead, Cruella DeVos invites you to harass or rape your would-be date off campus. Just make sure you follow her regulations when doing so.</p> <p>A new and complex set of regulations was released in the middle of a pandemic that has posed a crushing burden on colleges and universities? According to Cruella DeVos, "civil rights really can't wait."</p> <p>The civil rights in question are those of young men disciplined by their colleges and universities for sexual wrongdoing. <p>Updated: Thu May 07, 2020</p> 91787fe97234a5335bfb164603fe6676 Humanity Comes First for 05/02/2020 Sat, 02 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Who are these idiots &#8212; excuse me, neighbors &#8212; frolicking on the beach on a warm April day, when frolicking on the beach can cost someone (more than just one someone) their life? But what is a death compared with a life without frolicking on the beach?</p> <p>You can't just blame the beach frolickers. They're not the only ones who can't wait to get back to business. People may die. People will die. But if the American economy doesn't open back up, a lot more people will lose a lot more money.<p>Updated: Sat May 02, 2020</p> e1d88a43a769789f8206020ac29c9393 Where Is Everyone Going? for 04/30/2020 Thu, 30 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I live in Los Angeles County, where new coronavirus cases are showing up as fast as anywhere in the country. We're on lockdown. We were the first state to be told to stay in place. Until this week, we were actually able to take some comfort in that, because we lagged so far behind New York in cases and in deaths.</p> <p>California isn't competing with New York yet, but it's not a competition anyone wants to be in. In Northern California, the lockdown has already been extended until May 31. Los Angeles is somehow supposed to partially return to work in May, but no one believes that will happen.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 30, 2020</p> dd23e88acf413db722fa7c72cdeead61 About the Homeless for 04/25/2020 Sat, 25 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>What about them? They have started dying. It would be surprising if they didn't. What hasn't happened &#8212; but will &#8212; is the numbers becoming concentrated. We'll see television anchors not only in skid row but also on streets full of well-protected neighbors who will not react well to being told that the sidewalk actually belongs to the person who pitched his tent there, and that drug laws cannot be enforced in these tents because they are "homes." </p> <p>In normal times, it is almost impossible to understand why Los Angeles, with state and federal and county money, with props and exemptions and community groups told to stand down, has taken a bad situation and made it worse. How is this for a terrible idea? Take the single most valuable piece of land for development in the city (a Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus parking depot on Main Street in Venice, two blocks from the beach), and instead of increasing the tax base and providing a broad range of jobs and housing, spend two years fighting about whether to use it for a "temporary" shelter until (and unless) Metro gets around to letting someone give the county a few hundred million and change. It must have been a matter of days before the opening of the latest tent city when the coronavirus began its assault and the very idea of getting a large group of homeless adults and families together in a series of closed-in group tents seemed, well, insane. <p>Updated: Sat Apr 25, 2020</p> f9615251730838219ab0141ab0f08bf2 Gavin for President for 04/16/2020 Thu, 16 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>California Gov. Gavin Newsom, much of the time in the shadow of his better-known New York counterpart, Andrew Cuomo, has shown himself to be a future president. If the primary were held today. ... But it isn't.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 16, 2020</p> 81fbec5c655afed67334096c5c27f432 Counting Candy Bars for 04/11/2020 Sat, 11 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>My first non-waitressing job was counting candy bars in the basement of a Sears/Roebuck warehouse in Boston. Within weeks, having demonstrated my great prowess, I moved on to Twinkies, Ring Dings and my absolutely favorites, Coffee Cakes.</p> <p>The job was not without its challenges, the biggest of them keeping a running total of how much the stock guys and I were consuming so I could adjust the totals accordingly.<p>Updated: Sat Apr 11, 2020</p> 4b33ea0e3dea665ee71a5c697da633a5 Sleepless in Santa Monica for 04/04/2020 Sat, 04 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>When I was a kid, my mother and sister used to castigate me for being too emotional (I cried), not tough enough. "Susie just can't handle hard things," the two of them would smugly agree.</p> <p>As it turned out, Susie didn't have any choice.<p>Updated: Sat Apr 04, 2020</p> 371f41fad2f221afd446c0bf54d10444 The Newest Federalism for 04/02/2020 Thu, 02 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It's "federalism time" again in Washington. No, don't get your "Federalist Paper No. 10" (my favorite) out yet. Federalism time rarely involves a serious debate about the balance of power between the federal government and the states, although that is technically what American federalism is about. It's about politics, pure and simple. It's about who gets what &#8212; in this case, tests, masks and ventilators, among other things &#8212; and who gets blamed, the president or the governor. Every time President Donald Trump assigns one of these imperatives to the governors, as he has done repeatedly during the coronavirus pandemic, he covers for himself and sets the states up for blame. Federalism is the cover story for what can't or won't be said. It's the history many of us learned about as children and unlearned as adults: redemptive but wrong. </p> <p>The constitutional compromise limited federal authority to the enumerated powers, including the power to regulate interstate commerce. All powers not specifically granted to the federal government were reserved for the states. Federal law is supreme &#8212; federalism on one foot.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 02, 2020</p> 83e270c460339433972a77a2e205918a Jenny for VP for 03/28/2020 Sat, 28 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The novel coronavirus has made clear who in this country actually runs things. </p> <p>It should be, and occasionally is, the president. <p>Updated: Sat Mar 28, 2020</p> ce2f013cf6c019e9747e4bdbe1fe5013 The Robot Rule for 03/26/2020 Thu, 26 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>What if?</p> <p>The novel coronavirus' fatality rate is highest in men over 70. All three men left in this presidential race are over 70. I am certainly not the only one who has thought about this.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 26, 2020</p> f900282d02e5a06b15bc2458f448eac4 The Anger Piece for 03/21/2020 Sat, 21 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I'm old enough to know that anger is sure to harm only one person: the one who is angry. I know because I've done it. So I have learned as best I can to put my anger in a black box, not in my poor stomach.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">The black box isn't working anymore.</span> This pandemic has me worried sick for my loved ones (although, for some reason, I'm not worried about myself) and overflowing with anger, to wit:<p>Updated: Sat Mar 21, 2020</p> 56b9f34518cbab066223e26caa37e63f HIPAA Wasn't Meant for This for 03/19/2020 Thu, 19 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>HIPAA was a great law for its time. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act protects the privacy of your personal medical records. You don't have to tell anyone about underlying diseases. That's your business, not theirs. For years, it has protected Americans with AIDS and cancer and everything else from discrimination, private or official. </p> <p>Now it is leaving us vulnerable to COVID-19 carriers who don't tell us their names.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 19, 2020</p> 539adbefa47d36526db81750e6c58994 The Blame Game for 03/14/2020 Sat, 14 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>No one is better at playing the blame game than Donald Trump. For three years, the president has been blaming the press ("fake news") and the Democrats ("low IQ" Joe Biden and the wicked Nancy Pelosi) for anything that has gone wrong and taking credit for anything that has gone right (notably, the stock market).</p> <p>News flash, Trump: Now it's our turn to blame you.<p>Updated: Sat Mar 14, 2020</p>