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Why is Social Security on the Cutting Block?

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

"We have no choice but to make hard decisions," Oklahoma Rep. Kevin Hern recently said. He leads the Republican Study Committee, a group of more than 160 Republican lawmakers that recently called for making cuts in Social Security.

Among other things, the group wants to raise the age at which a worker can collect full Social Security benefit to...Read more

Why Not Pete Buttigieg?

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

Political news pounces on any poll suggesting Republicans' preference for the 2024 presidential candidate. Little attention has landed on the Democratic side, where the numbers have been quite interesting.

The Granite State Poll suggesting a considerable lead for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis over Donald Trump also puts Pete Buttigieg well ahead of...Read more

We Can Now Call Economic Terrorists 'Economic Terrorists'

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

In late 2011, John Oliver and his "Daily Show" cameraman made a trek to my office, then in Providence, Rhode Island, to take me to task. I had recently referred to the Tea Partiers who had pushed America to the brink of a disastrous default as "economic terrorists."

Oliver had apparently swallowed whole a series of barbs directed my way by a ...Read more

The Parties: A View From the Suburbs

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

There are moderates in the suburbs -- Democrats, Republicans and Independents -- who want Washington spending kept in check. They tend to be liberal on social issues but pained over the extremes of the woke. They have respect for various sexual identities but little interest in learning new pronouns. And they overwhelmingly want some access to ...Read more

Population Shouldn't Be a Ponzi Scheme

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

China's shrinking population, we are told, poses an economic threat to that country, as well as an economic drag for us.

Here are the numbers: Deaths exceeded births in 2022 by 850,000. That leaves over 1.4 billion Chinese. That's over four times the U.S. population occupying about the same land mass. More than 1 billion people would be a lot ...Read more

Egg Prices Are Already Cracking

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

When I worked on Reuters' business desk, we weren't allowed to parrot press releases reporting that earnings soared 100% from the year before. Why? Because here's the reality behind some such claims: Acme Pebble's income last year may have grown from a miserable $100 to only $200. That's a 100% gain but hardly a reason to party.

And so it is ...Read more

The Bros Are Sorry, So They Say

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

Sam Bankman-Fried perfected the poses, uniform and attitude of the bro, the boy-man who gets away with it. He sucked billions into his FTX cryptocurrency platform by convincing the public that he was touched with supersized genius at making fortunes. His claim to want the money for higher things than simply amassing luxury only burnished the ...Read more

Biden's Border Policies: Better But Not Good Enough

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

Joe Biden has done so many things well -- saving Ukraine, confronting China, signing a bipartisan gun control bill. And in a week of right-wing crazytown, he stood out as a comforting keeper of stability,

But there's one thing he hasn't gotten right: curbing the chaos at the border. The problem isn't just the policies themselves, which are a ...Read more

Did Joe Biden 'Shut Down' American Energy? Hardly

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

President Joe Biden "shut down American energy," Rep. Steve Scalise hollered with great confidence. The Louisiana Republican was nominating Kevin McCarthy for House speaker when he appended some commentary unburdened by facts.

Scalise painted a sad, sad picture of American families "who can't even afford to put gas in their tanks." They can't "...Read more

The Lies of George Santos: Quantity Over Quality

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

In the movie classic, "All About Eve," George Sanders as the snob theater critic rakes scheming young actress Anne Baxter over the lies she told about her hard-knocks background.

The one where she claims being at a Shubert Theater in San Francisco was a lie too far. That theater never existed, Sanders roars: "That was a stupid lie. Easy to ...Read more

People I Don't Want to See Next Year

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

There are media heavies we saw written about, talked about, day after tedious day, month after tiresome month. May the obsession over them fade in 2023.

(SET BOLD)Mehmet Oz.(END BOLD) Donald Trump's hand-picked TV doctor lost his quest to win an open Senate seat in Pennsylvania, but his ads live on. One showed him cruising a supermarket for ...Read more

TikTok Needs to Leave These Shores

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

I've wiled away the half-hours on TikTok, time I'll never get back. I won't say there haven't been moments. I've seen some super breakdancing, useful cleaning tricks and a cat working a door knocker. But the scrolling short videos do turn tedious after a short while. At least for me.

Not for others, obviously. TikTok has 100 million users in ...Read more

DeSantis Passes the Kool-Aid to Republicans!

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

Ron DeSantis has earned some recent notoriety for casting doubt on the COVID-19 vaccines and attacking the experts who happen to know about them.

"It seems like our medical establishment never wanted to be honest with people about the potential drawbacks," the Florida governor said in his nasal whine. "So why can't our medical establishment ...Read more

People Shouldn't Live on the Streets. Period.

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

A lot of smart voices seem afraid to say outright that homeless mentally ill people should be taken off the streets, forcibly if necessary. They may easily agree that the sad humans sleeping on grates and under bridges would benefit from coming indoors for medical care and other social services. But they can't concede that the public's right to ...Read more

Sinema Needs To Be Always in Our Face

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

Almost nobody likes Kyrsten Sinema. Some 57% of Arizona Democrats hold an unfavorable view of their U.S. senator, who just declared herself an Independent. Republicans dislike her almost as much, according to the AARP poll. Independents are more mixed but give her a minus-10 approval rating.

It's not Sinema's political independence, which is ...Read more

We Didn't Regulate Beanie Babies So We Shouldn't Regulate Crypto!

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

Cryptocurrencies were born out of the libertarian dream of a financial system free from government regulation. Bitcoin's promoters peddle its ability to let us make transactions without dealing with regulated banks, which, they say, we are not supposed to trust.

What crypto players since stripped of their "investments" saw were some operators ...Read more

Democrats Are Learning How to Win

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

By removing the Iowa caucuses as the first stop in picking a presidential candidate, would Democrats be giving up on Iowa? Not at all. The opposite could happen.

It's true that the Iowa caucuses crowned Democrats Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, two times each, and the state followed in the general elections. But Iowa went for Republican Donald ...Read more

Fauci Proved No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

Good-bye, Dr. Fauci. You did your job while under attack from the worst sort of people.

You devoted more than 50 years to public health. As director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, you led us through HIV/AIDS, Ebola, COVID, respiratory syncytial virus and, every year, seasonal flu.

You say your "proudest moment" ...Read more

Time for Democrats to Primary AOC

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

Hakeem Jeffries seems poised to replace Nancy Pelosi as leader of the House Democrats. A Black political moderate, the Brooklyn congressman is often likened to Barack Obama. Even-tempered, he is known to "play" with most of the children in Washington. And at 52, he represents generational change from the 82-year-old Pelosi.

Who among Democrats ...Read more

Please Drop the First-Elected Whatever

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

Is it really news that Karen Bass will become the first female mayor of Los Angeles? In an era where women have already run Chicago, Phoenix, Fort Worth, Charlotte, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington, D.C., and Boston, the gender of the new Los Angeles mayor should not have dominated the headlines, as it did in numerous media.

This obsession ...Read more

 

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