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Tragic or Not, That Spiky Virus Shows He Can Fix Stupid

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

Cruel as this may sound, I'm having a hard time cringing at the internet trolls now going after noisy right-wingers who propagandized against the coronavirus vaccine and then succumbed to the deadly disease.

One was Nick Bledsoe, a car mechanic in Opelika, Alabama. Bledsoe achieved minor celebrity opposing public efforts to contain COVID-19. He...Read more

Americans Are Not Used to Not Working

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

Amazing to read that over 4 million Americans quit their jobs in September -- part of a mass labor pullout being called the Great Resignation. The social and economic chaos unleashed by COVID-19 has apparently jumbled pre-pandemic assumptions.

Many of the job leavers have used the downtime time to re-imagine what they want out of life and are ...Read more

Food Inflation Is a Turkey of an Issue

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

Economists tell us that the current high rate of inflation is not forever. And it's not all bad, certainly not for workers whose rising wages play a part in the climbing prices. How seriously Americans are taking it may be reflected in this Wall Street Journal headline: "Retail Sales Rose by 1.7% in October Despite High Inflation."

Anyhow, the ...Read more

Political Freeloaders Are All Around Us

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

Political freeloaders. They are to the left of us. They are to the right. These are politicians who grandstand, who vote against their constituents' interests, knowing that their tougher colleagues will do the hard work.

Start with the right. Start with Marsha Blackburn, the U.S. senator from Tennessee. She idiotically called the infrastructure...Read more

The SALT Tax Deduction Is Actually Progressive

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

No serious economist believed that former President Donald Trump's 2017 tax law would pay for itself. On the contrary, that buffet of tax cuts will explode deficits by almost $2 trillion over 11 years, according to Congressional Budget Office estimates.

Though the benefits went overwhelmingly to the highest-income Americans, red-state ...Read more

Hey Gen Z, You're Not In Charge

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

The Sunrise Movement didn't get what it wanted. Because its young climate activists have been led to believe they are supremely important to the Democratic Party, they are very disappointed that more of their demands were not met in the final infrastructure deal.

"I'm really enraged that we have a Democratic trifecta and they haven't delivered ...Read more

Virginia Race Delivers a Lesson to Democrats -- and Republicans

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

Contrary to many political prophecies, the election of Republican Glenn Youngkin as governor of Virginia does not augur a bloodbath for Democrats in the 2022 midterms. If it finally pounds in the lesson that the woke crusades of the far left are poison to the party, it may even improve the party's prospects.

The Democratic candidate Terry ...Read more

Texas Politicians Really Want to Micromanage Business

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott talks big about his love, love, love for private enterprise -- how his state doesn't tax big incomes and regulates with a light hand. The actual performance of Texas companies -- relatively mediocre of late -- will not be helped by Abbott's lust to invade corporate boardrooms and give orders.

One recent law bans state ...Read more

The Lefties, Not Liberals, Are Toxic to Democrats!

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

Things should be looking up for Democrats. Americans are flush with spending money. (They added at least $2.5 trillion to household savings during the pandemic.) Unemployment is back under 5%. As for stocks, the S&P 500 is up more than 30% from what it was before the pandemic.

Most every item on the Democrats' social wish list polls quite well....Read more

Online Women Have to Be Tough, Starting as Teens

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

When I was, like, 17, I didn't eat for three solid days. Ten pounds had to go -- immediately. The period of starvation crowded out every other thought in my head. Of course, I lost weight, though it was mostly water. Of course, I gained it back.

My point is that teenage girls' angst over body image long preceded Instagram, the photo- and video-...Read more

They're Not Making Many Republicans Like Powell Anymore

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

Confession: I used to be a Republican. I briefly became one years ago while living amongst the ultrawoke on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Their authoritarian diktats drove me crazy. And their narrow definition of economic interests as the rich versus the poor -- with the middle class almost invisible -- underscored their political naivete.

But ...Read more

Yes, Our Economic Problems Are 'High Class'

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

Here's how TV news works: What is just an annoyance becomes a concern. A concern turns into a serious worry. And a serious worry is elevated into a crisis. Stoking anxiety is how they keep the public glued.

White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain recently got sucked into the cyclone when he approved of a tweet that called most of our current ...Read more

A Jerk and His Job May Soon Be Parted

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for a private employer to get rid of a worker deemed bad for business, he or she can. Such appears to be the fate of Jon Gruden, who resigned as the Las Vegas Raiders football coach after a trove of racist, sexist and homophobic utterings came to light.

An American has an unalienable right...Read more

We Can Stop Being the World's Suckers on Drug Prices

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

There's a drug war on TV. It has nothing to do with cocaine or heroin but does involve an addiction -- the pharmaceutical industry's compulsion to charge Americans an average 3.4 times more for brand-name drugs than people in other countries pay. Step 1 in the rehab program is to let Medicare negotiate prescription drug prices.

The drug makers,...Read more

So-Called Progressives Versus the Democratic Party

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

Progressive Rep. Pramila Jayapal has been all over TV trying to look reasonable with her ingratiating smile and syrupy references to the left's interest in "negotiations." At issue is the Democrats' final number on its social spending bill.

Sen. Bernie Sanders was playing the sleazy salesman, inflating his original price to offer a discount. ...Read more

Republicans Don't Want to Pay Their Own Bills

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

This is not about what would happen were the United States to default on its debt. It's about what occurred in 2011 when one party just threatened to let that happen.

A Democrat, Barack Obama, was president, and for crazy partisan reasons, the Republican leadership deemed it a smart move to play games with the full faith and credit of the ...Read more

Idaho Descends Into Body Bag Shortage

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

Set aside the specter of overflowing intensive care units in Idaho -- or that the state's emergency rooms are now choosing which COVID-19 patients to save and which ones to give up on. The situation is so bad that desperate patients are crossing the border into Washington state to find hospital beds, putting Spokane hospitals under siege.

Idaho...Read more

France's Agony Over Sub Deal Couldn't Be Helped

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

About France and its submarines: Australia's decision to cancel a $60 billion contract to buy them and purchase American nuclear subs instead had to hurt. In response, France's foreign minister called the U.S.-backed move a "stab in the back," and President Emmanuel Macron recalled his ambassadors from both Washington and Canberra.

The ...Read more

Republican Excesses Bring New Hope to Democrats

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

Gov. Gavin Newsom's massive victory in California's recall election should spray some water on overheated predictions that Democrats will lose big in the 2022 midterm elections. And that's not the only source of hope for the Democratic Party.

Newsom's win surprised few in a state where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by nearly 2 to 1...Read more

Biden Applies His Bragging Rights to the Stock Market

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

"Biden's Stock Market Returns Continue to Trounce Trump's" reads a recent Forbes headline. Sophisticated investors know this, but most of the public may not because Democrats have this self-defeating aversion to boasting about bull markets during their watch.

That seems to have changed under President Joe Biden.

Recall how former President ...Read more

 

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