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Froma Harrop: Democrats should put an end to caucuses

Posted 1/18/2020 in National Columns

"It is quite astonishing to see with what deadpan and neutral a tone our press and television report the open corruption -- and the flagrantly anti-democratic character -- of the Iowa caucuses."


Froma Harrop: Do Canadians want to defer to Harry and Meghan?

Posted 1/14/2020 in National Columns

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.


Froma Harrop: Energizer Bunny Biden spooks the left

Posted 1/11/2020 in National Columns

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.


Froma Harrop: Anxiety grips leaderless America

Posted 1/7/2020 in National Columns

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.


Froma Harrop: The great deal-maker says Canada should deal on our drug prices

Posted 1/2/2020 in National Columns

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.


Froma Harrop: Veganuary: A resolution you can skip

Posted 12/26/2019 in National Columns

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.


Froma Harrop: Feeding innovation better than barring fossil fuels

Posted 12/19/2019 in National Columns

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.


Froma Harrop: Was Boris Johnson's win bad for Democrats? Not quite

Posted 12/17/2019 in National Columns

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.


Froma Harrop: Raise revenues, but hold the drama

Posted 12/16/2019 in National Columns

Democratic candidates offer two basic approaches to raising revenues for public programs. One is grand opera -- 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.


Froma Harrop: Paul Volcker was a great man

Posted 12/11/2019 in National Columns

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.


Froma Harrop: The zen of Thanksgiving

Posted 11/27/2019 in National Columns

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.


Froma Harrop: Do US carmakers want us to like them?

Posted 11/22/2019 in National Columns

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.


Froma Harrop: Partisan lines fade with the right candidates

Posted 11/19/2019 in National Columns

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 -- Louisiana State University and the New Orleans Saints.


Froma Harrop: Bloomberg, billionaires and boobery

Posted 11/15/2019 in National Columns

I'd like to personally bop over the head the next Democrat who says that Michael Bloomberg shouldn't be running for president because he's a billionaire. Let's give thanks that a simple-minded dismissal of rich candidates didn't sink FDR's chances.


Froma Harrop: New York puts Trump in rearview

Posted 11/13/2019 in National Columns

The (mostly) charming family movie "Mr. Popper's Penguins" is about a divorced father living alone in his posh Manhattan digs. Unexpectedly, he receives two boxes of penguins, and chaos ensues.


Froma Harrop: Democrats preside over stronger economies

Posted 11/11/2019 in National Columns

Are you worried that the economy grew by only 1.9% in the recent quarter? That's a pretty weak performance. But it would seem downright dismal if you believed Donald Trump's assertion during the 2016 campaign that 1.9% growth during one of Barack Obama's quarters signaled an economy "in deep trouble."


Froma Harrop: Moderation and good manners actually win elections

Posted 11/7/2019 in National Columns

Moderation along with good manners delivered impressive victories to Democrats this week. Case in point was Andy Beshear's win over Republican incumbent Gov. Matt Bevin in the Kentucky governor's race.


Froma Harrop: Betting billions on bizarre entrepreneurs

Posted 11/1/2019 in National Columns

What can you say about "sophisticated" investors who would pile billions into a startup whose 40-year-old founder walks the streets of Manhattan barefooted and says his company's mission is to "elevate the world's consciousness"? Did I mention that his enterprise has yet to turn a penny of profit?


Froma Harrop: Is Klobuchar the heartland moderate Democrats need?

Posted 10/29/2019 in National Columns

Beats me why heartland Democrats running for president haven't gained more traction. Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan just left the race despite his success in part of the industrial Midwest that delivered the presidency to Donald Trump. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock continues to just hang on, arguing that he's the only Democrat who won statewide office in a very red state.


Froma Harrop: Sanders still sees Democrats as the problem

Posted 10/15/2019 in National Columns

On a recent "Saturday Night Live," Bernie Sanders (played by Larry David) exclaimed, "l'm so excited to be back and to ruin things a second time." The audience emitted a nervous laugh.



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