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  • Left should know, Obama did goodJan 7, 2013 12:00 AM
    By Froma Harrop: President Obama did cave or compromise (pick your term) on his earlier resolve to let Bush tax cuts expire for households earning over $250,000. But by putting off dramatic cuts in spending and raising taxes only on the most cushioned Americans, Obama has avoided what made the fiscal cliff so scary — the specter of draining over $500 billion from a still-weak economy.

  • Getting more for less in health care Jan 2, 2013 12:00 AM
    Columnist Froma Harrop: Sad, sad, sad that in talking about budget cuts, we use painful words like "extracting billions from Medicare" or "slashing the Medicare entitlement." Has it ever occurred to the gladiators that improving the quality of health care can also save money

  • The politics of threat Dec 28, 2012 12:00 AM
    Columnist Froma Harrop: The Fiscal Cliff is a phony crisis dropped on us by the politics of threat. Rather than further their goals through the normal process, so-called conservatives are using threats against the economy to get what they want.

  • Real “realism” on gun control Dec 21, 2012 12:00 AM
    Columnist Froma Harrop: As the shock of Newtown, Conn., mellows, the new theme of gun-rights absolutists is coming together: The problem is not widely sold assault weapons with magazines capable of carrying 30 rounds. It's crazy people who get their hands on them.

  • Online and in your faceDec 21, 2012 12:00 AM

  • Crashing federal hypocrisy on pot Dec 14, 2012 12:00 AM
    Columnist Froma Harrop: The successful ballot measures in Colorado and Washington give the Obama administration another opportunity to find its bearings and stop throwing billions down the hole of marijuana prohibition. That money could be put elsewhere, so we're told.

  • Feds subsidize risk on farms as well as beaches Dec 11, 2012 12:00 AM
    Columnist Froma Harrop: The agriculture committee leaders are proposing to add another layer of federal spending — a whole new generation of farm subsidies that pick up a larger share of the deductible on federally subsidized crop insurance. Both the House and Senate versions include three such deals, tailored to specific crops. These new revenue subsidies would add between $25 billion and $35 billion to the $90 billion.

  • Meet the undressed: Newswomen on TV Dec 7, 2012 12:00 AM
    Columnist Froma Harrop: I'm not the first woman to be astounded by the dolls on daytime cable news, their overall impression being arms, legs and lip gloss. Why anyone would think "sex sells" on information-oriented news shows is beyond me.

  • Elder lobby should back off on Medicare Dec 3, 2012 12:00 AM
    Columnist Froma Harrop: Like the $10,000 handbag that's become a status symbol because it costs so much, America's extravagant medical system has been sold on the notion that the more you pay, the more you get. In health care, that's not necessarily so. In some cases, the opposite is true.

  • How to kill Social Security, with a smile Nov 29, 2012 12:00 AM
    Columnist Froma Harrop: If conservatives think rich people should pay more, they can simply let marginal tax rates (and the capital gains tax rate) rise. Complicating Social Security with more means-testing and ending the tax dedicated to keeping it afloat would kill the program

  • Health coverage a ‘gift’ to ourselves Nov 25, 2012 12:00 AM
    Columnist Froma Harrop: The whole idea of employer-sponsored health coverage is a historical oddity from the wage and price controls of World War II. Obamacare offers a step away from that irrational link.

  • They led us to the cliff but can’t make us jump Nov 16, 2012 12:00 AM
    Columnist Froma Harrop: Many GOP leaders blame Tea Party antics for their recent electoral defeats. Now they must deal with the "fiscal cliff" and are going to need all the reality-based supporters they can get.

  • Polls that make no sense Nov 13, 2012 12:00 AM
    Columnist Froma Harrop: Here's a question from a recent national exit poll: "Which is closer to your view? Government should do more. (Or) government is doing too much." Has anyone noticed through all this that the question is meaningless? Government should do more of what?

  • The Romney myth about helping Detroit Nov 3, 2012 12:00 AM
    Columnist Froma Harrop: Of Mitt Romney's many costume changes, the new Superman outfit portraying him as the would-be savior of the American auto industry wins for most imaginative. Understood: His infamous "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt" op-ed has proved a great inconvenience to winning votes in the industrial Midwest. But continually insisting that one didn't say what one said is severely not honest.

  • ‘Access’ to birth control doesn’t count Oct 29, 2012 12:00 AM
    Columnist Froma Harrop: To obtain the pill, a woman must first visit a doctor and get a prescription. Organized women do what they must. Disorganized women don't get around to it.

  • The weird political war between the generations Oct 21, 2012 12:00 AM
    Columnist Froma Harrop: A weird war between the generations is growing, and the Republican candidates are the mongers. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan both accuse President Obama of taking money out of Medicare to help younger Americans get health care — while they blame government spending (Medicare is a big item) for burdening "our grandkids" with debt.

  • Leave the driving to it Oct 12, 2012 12:00 AM

  • Mitt’s master act not beloved by all Oct 9, 2012 12:00 AM
    Columnist Froma Harrop: If you are specific about cutting marginal rates by 20 percent, ending the estate tax and lowering corporate income taxes, and you insist those lost revenues will be made up by closing loopholes and deductions, aren't you a teensy bit obligated — though master you may be — to reveal what loopholes and deductions would go?

  • At the House of Kennedy, Arnold shrugs Oct 5, 2012 12:00 AM
    Columnist Froma Harrop: Too bad a celebrity-sloshed culture infects our politics — and this comes from one generally in tune with the Kennedy stances on issues. It’s just that churning myths of “royal political families” is not healthy for a democracy.

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