Author: Froma Harrop

They’re Not Making Many Republicans Like Powell Anymore for 10/21/2021

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 another reason I became a Republican was that the party included exemplary leaders like Colin Powell, John McCain and George H.W. Bush. These men, true patriots, rejected the cheap moralizing of the increasingly strident right.

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Yes, Our Economic Problems Are ‘High Class’ for 10/19/2021

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 economic challenges “high class problems.” The view that some positive developments lay behind current inflation and supply-chain woes mutated into cause for outrage.

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A Jerk and His Job May Soon Be Parted for 10/14/2021

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 to be a jerk, within the bounds of the law. But a company has the right to separate itself from a public figure it feels sullies its reputation.

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We Can Stop Being the World’s Suckers on Drug Prices for 10/12/2021

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.

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So-Called Progressives Versus the Democratic Party for 10/05/2021

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. This took the form of noting that his $3.5 trillion figure was a markdown from the $6 trillion he previously wanted.

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