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Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Froma Harrop

Froma Harrop’s nationally syndicated column appears in over 150 newspapers. Media Matters ranks her column 20th nationally in total readership and 14th in large newspaper concentration. Harrop has been a guest on PBS, MSNBC, Fox News and the Daily Show with Jon Stewart and is a frequent voice on NPR and talk radio stations in every time zone as well.

A Loeb Award finalist for economic commentary in 2004 and again in 2011, Harrop was also a Scripps Howard Award finalist for commentary in 2010. She has been honored by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists and the New England Associated Press News Executives Association has given her five awards.

Trump, Media

Trump Has The Media Crying All The Way To The Bank

Trump may bash the traditional media to please his base of die-hards, but the anti-Trump base is a lot bigger — and it’s growing. It’s also affluent. And one way to resist is to buy what Trump condemns. Legacy media are biting back, and that, it turns out, is good both for the news and for business.

February 21, 2017
Trump

What Is Donald Trump’s Biggest Fear?

Trump doesn’t seem to fear failure — after all, he’s filed for bankruptcy four times — so much as he fears not being seen as successful. Appearances are paramount in the Trump universe, and frankly, things are not looking so good these days.

February 17, 2017
Carbon Tax

Why A Carbon Tax Is A Truly Good Idea

A carbon tax plan would curb emission of greenhouse gases by taxing them at the refinery, at the mine, or wherever they enter the economy. The proceeds would be sent to Americans in the form of dividends. A family of four could expect to receive about $2,000 in the first year.

February 14, 2017
Trump, White House

Is Trump Really Running The White House?

Last weekend, Trump attended the Red Cross Ball at his Mar-a-Lago resort and watched the Super Bowl at his West Palm Beach golf course. As he left Florida on Monday, news emerged that he will probably return this weekend for golf with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Does Trump think being president is a part-time job? And is Trump the one doing the job? There’s no clear answer to either one.

February 9, 2017
Muslim Ban

The Right Way To Oppose The Muslim Ban

Americans concerned with national security can’t help but see dangers in the amateurish nature of this policy rollout, now frozen by the courts. Some may have found comic relief in Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway’s reference to the nonexistent “Bowling Green massacre.” But such dumb statements from top administration officials have turned America into an international laughingstock.

February 6, 2017
Trump

Can A Coalition Of The Principled Center Fight Trumpism?

The far left has become politically inert, preferring fiery speeches over voting for less-than-perfect Democrats. The far right is bonkers. A centrist coalition is the greatest hope for saving the country from Trump. And to maintain it, the members must keep their politics neat and tidy.

February 2, 2017
Democrats

It’s Time For Democrats To Get Out Of Bed And Protest By Vote

Many Democrats hope the massive demonstrations against Donald Trump will evolve into a Democratic tea party. Sloppy rollouts of incoherent policy dressed in malevolence can rile people up. But Democrats must first understand what made the tea party powerful. Its great success came not from the members’ anger, but from the ability to turn that anger into a show of force on Election Day.

January 31, 2017
Border Wall

Hitting Our Heads Against A Useless Border Wall

Illegal immigration from Mexico is yesterday’s problem. Last year, more Mexicans left the United States than entered, according to the Pew Research Center. But if Donald Trump were to follow through on threats to ditch or decimate the North American Free Trade Agreement, illegal immigration from Mexico would become tomorrow’s problem.

January 28, 2017
President Trump

Three Comforting Thoughts About President Trump

There’s comfort in knowing that with real power, Trump can no longer get away with contradictory positions. On such matters as Obamacare, there will be consequences whether Trump does one thing, the opposite, or nothing. And should those consequences involve hurting ordinary people, no amount of populist hypnosis is going to convince them otherwise.

January 24, 2017
Boycott, Trump

Yes, Political Boycotts Are A Form Of Free Speech

Obviously, there are effective boycotts and ineffective ones, stupid boycotts and well-directed ones, boycotts by the right, left and middle. The point here is that for whatever reason, a person has a right to withhold his or her custom. A consumer boycott does not muzzle anyone. Freedom of speech doesn’t end at the cash register.

January 19, 2017
seditious libel, Trump, Media

When Trump Goes Low, Media Can Go Away

If Trump won’t take questions from serious journalists at a news conference, it’s not a news conference. Reporters are merely playing “straight man” on a reality TV show — complete with paid hecklers and promotions for Trump properties. They don’t have to be there.

January 17, 2017
Obamacare, GOP repeal

The Obamacare Repeal Game Is A Complete Disgrace

Every other modern nation guarantees health care as a right of citizenship. Even their conservative leaders don’t touch benefits that beat ours by a mile. This Obamacare repeal game is, at bottom, an insult to the dignity of the American people. Actually, it’s a disgrace

January 10, 2017
Ethics Panel, Trump, GOP

The People Saved The Ethics Office, Not Trump’s Tweets

When the Republicans ditched the plan to kill the independent ethics panel, it was a good ending to a really bad start for the 115th Congress. Many attribute the reversal to Trump’s disapproving tweets, and they may have moved things along. But the power of an aroused electorate is what truly nixed the game plan.

January 5, 2017
Cocktail culture

Cocktail Culture: Meditation By Other Means

Stressed Americans seeking calm through decluttering and meditation might add a third activity: the cocktail hour. So put away the mobile devices and flush the illicit drugs down the drain. Cocktail culture is analog, and analog, we read, is again cool.

December 29, 2016
Newt, Republican, Trump

Why Donald Trump’s Favorite Targets Are His Republican Comrades

Donald Trump has inspired so much fear among his Republican comrades that he no longer has to issue harsh tweets when they misbehave. They do it themselves.

December 26, 2016
Obamacare, Blue States

How Blue State Americans Can Keep Their Health Coverage

Should Obamacare go down, states could replace it with a Romneycare-like plan or something more along the lines of single-payer. And the blue states would have more money to do that with because they wouldn’t be subsidizing others as before.

December 22, 2016
Working class, Trump, Con

The Art Of The Con: Trump Blows Off The Working Class

During the campaign, Trump checked off all boxes in the art of the con. 1) Learn what the target wants. 2) Play on that desire. 3) Create an emotional foundation based on rapport and an illusion of empathy.

December 15, 2016
Obamacare, Republicans

Let Republicans Fix What They Break

What if Republicans abruptly repealed Obamacare, chaos ensued and Democrats sat on their hands and watched? Democrats would be doing the right thing, both for the American people and for themselves.

December 13, 2016
Hillary Clinton - martyr of the year

Hillary Clinton For Martyr Of The Year?

The gang-up on Clinton amounted to political torture, the likes of which will be remembered for generations. That makes Hillary Clinton the Martyr of the Year.

December 8, 2016
Trump Tower

Trump And His Real-Life Billionaire Cabinet

A desire to fix any billionaire deficit may account for Trump’s decision to stock his administration with real-life tycoons. The way it works is that they cut him into their deals and he lets them influence tax and regulatory laws. This assumes that Trump might participate in such an unseemly trade, heaven forfend.

December 5, 2016
Hillary Clinton greets workers at Munster Steel in Hammond, Indiana, United States, April 26, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

The Uncertain Future Of The Working-Class

Nowadays, working Americans have far higher expectations regarding quality of life, but the people who work with their hands these days seem less hopeful.

November 29, 2016
Paris Climate Agreement - global warming

We Can Attack Global Warming Without Donald Trump

The comforting news is that America can move past the black hole of ignorance in Trump’s Washington — or New York or wherever he is. Enlightened state and city governments, as well as the private sector, can provide the leadership. As it happens, they’re already on the case.

November 25, 2016
Thanksgiving

The Zen Of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a throwback to that misty past. It requires a Zen-like acceptance of the present and what is. Gratitude is the order of the day. This is a full-glass holiday. To be healthy, educated and living in America is to have one’s cup running over. For that, let us give thanks.

November 22, 2016
Fake partisan news makes Facebook millions

A Platform For Fake News, Facebook Undermines Our Civic Culture

Though hyper-partisan fake news stories have come from both the left and the right, Facebook entrepreneurs know that the money is in plowing the Trumpian fields. And for all the patriotic memes, foreigners are behind much of the manipulation of the American public.

November 17, 2016
Identity politics Democrats

Democrats Must Drop Identity Politics

Obsessive appeals to racial, ethnic, sexual and gender identity groupings are bad politics. That’s because at a certain point, “inclusivity” takes on the air of exclusivity.

November 15, 2016