Obama's Taliban Tools and Treachery
To call President Obama's Afghanistan policy a mess is a colossal understatement. To call it a coherent "policy," for that matter, is a gut-busting exaggeration. It's a bloody, incompetent and treacherous disaster.
Hostility to Tradition
In the 90s, the Clinton Administration formed a bipartisan coalition to pass the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA. Nineteen states followed suit. The legislation came in response to a Supreme Court decision that had seen an American Indian suffer legally for having used a drug during a well-established American-Indian religious ceremony.
Harvey Weinstein's P.C. Oscar Campaign
The Academy Awards is meant to be the world's most prestigious honors for achievement in movies. Politics should have nothing to do with it, but, increasingly, that's not so. Hollywood is now regularly treading beyond "artistic excellence" and letting political overtones sway the outcome.
My Mistakes About 2016 Presidential Race
Some columnists write New Year's columns chronicling the mistakes over the last year. I don't, but as this January has rolled on, it's become clear I've made many about the 2016 presidential race.
Snyder’s Road Tax Reforms is a Bad Path for Michigan
After the 2014 midterm elections, a lame-duck session of lawmakers got together to strike one final blow against the citizens of Michigan who voted them out.
Obama's Narcissistic Dissing of Israel
It is just like the Obama administration to twist its own mistreatment of Israel into an opportunity to slander Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer.
A Better Cuba Deal
Cuban President Raul Castro has issued new demands for normalizing relations with the U.S. He wants us to lift the trade embargo, remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terror and give Cuba the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay. Truly. You can look it up.
GDP: Gross Disapponting Presidency
That means that for the year we're at 2.4% GDP growth...anemic in other words, which is exactly how to describe Obama's foreign policy. Weak at home, weaker overseas.
America Opposes Amnesty…Will the GOP Listen?
The 2014 midterm elections was one for the history books. When President Barack Obama said all of his policies were on the ballot, voters rushed to the voting booths to give Republicans an extraordinary landslide victory.
Derail Fast Track!
Last November, Republicans grew their strength in Congress to levels unseen since 1946. What united the party and rallied the nation was the GOP's declared resolve to stand up to an imperious president.
Heroes in the Age of the Selfie
Heroes, real ones, are getting harder to find. One of the few remaining annual surprises in the typical State of the Union address is the president's introduction of his "mystery guest." Ronald Reagan introduced the first one in 1982, celebrating one Leonard Skutnik for an extraordinary act of courage.
Did Global Warming Juice Winter Storm Juno?
The day prior to Juno hitting southern New England (and not New York), Governor Andrew Cuomo blamed the changing climate. Is there any evidence global warming buried southern New England?
Obama Keeps Bowing in the Middle East
At the World Economic Forum last week, Secretary of State John Kerry argued that though extremists may cite Islam as a justification for terrorism, the world should refrain from using the term "Islamic radicals."
The Price is Right; Budget Director Should Be Sent Packing
Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga) is by profession a physician, and a quiet and thoughtful man. For years he has led his colleagues in developing Republican policy in the House, and while he would appear to be a bit like the policy wonk, he has an ability to turn into a "superman" when it comes to taking strong conservative positions.
Rep. Steve King's Iowa Freedom Summit last week was not the most fortuitous launch for Republican presidential hopefuls, but it could have been worse. The Iowa congressman has embarrassed himself and the GOP with his anti-immigrant rhetoric over the years, which is no doubt why some prominent would-be candidates had "scheduling conflicts" that kept them away.
Republicans See Opportunity In Run-Up To 2016 Election
WASHINGTON -- The crowded race for the Republican 2016 presidential nomination has begun, and it promises to be a massive political assault on Barack Obama's failed presidency.
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The Race for California's U.S. Senate Seat
The rumblings about the race for California's US Senate seat are heating up. 2010 was a welcome attempt for Republicans to unseat incumbent Barbara Boxer, who has enjoyed relatively low approval ratings throughout her tenure. In the two prior contests, Republicans promoted a weak candidate, Matt Fong, in 1998, then a non-starter in 2004, the former Secretary of State Bill Jones, who did not have the money to finance a statewide media campaign.
An Open Letter To the Supreme Leader of Iran
Although I am no longer an American youth (I turn 60 in March), I am an American, and on behalf of others in my country, I would like to respond to your open letter to Western youth.
How the Strong Dollar and Earnings are Impacting the Market
There are many components that go into being a smart investor. From reading whatever you can get your hands on when it comes to industries and companies to not being afraid to do the number-crunching valuation homework.
What the ‘Big Mac’ Index Can Reveal about Global Currencies
George Soros, the world-famous currency speculator who broke the Bank of England in 1992, calls investing in currencies an existential choice. No wonder most folks have a hard time getting their heads around the $5-trillion-a-day world of currency trading.
Commercial crude oil inventory surged, coming in at almost 9 million barrels or 100% higher than anticipated. How much longer can we call this a story of supply, and not a hint at a flagging demand from a flaccid economy?
How is Calling for National Revival "Controversial"?
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal did something supposedly controversial. He called for a national revival.
Turkey Sulks as Kurds Claim Victory Over ISIS
Kurdish success at Kobani does not fit in Erdogan's vision of a Sunni-dominated region governed by Sharia and led by Turks.
The Fed Moves the Goalposts for Expectations
Going into Wednesday, 28 January 2015, investors had believed that the Fed was likely to indicate that the U.S. economy was performing solidly enough that it would begin to implement its plan to hike short term interest rates...
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White House Surrender on Plan to Tax College Savings
The Obama Administration has already announced a bunch of tax increases that will be part of the Presidents soon-to-be-released budget.
School Choice: An American Value
What could be more American than letting moms and dads decide where their kids go to school?
Why I Hate Taxes and Tax Collectors
We constantly hear about the need for tax reform but never really get it. The U.S. Tax Code gets more complex every year, whether its a Republican or Democrat in office.
'Occupying the White Male Syllabus' at Berkeley
Upon witnessing the trials of Nazi war criminals in Jerusalem, Hannah Arendt remarked that they shared in common one salient feature: it was not stupidity, she said, but a curious, quite authentic inability to think.
Are You Still Charlie?
Mark Zuckerberg isnt. Heck, even Charlie Hebdo isnt still Charlie.
That Three O’clock Phone Call
During the 2008 campaign for the Democratic nomination for president, Hillary Clinton famously ran a campaign ad claiming to be the one who was ready to answer that phone call at three oclock in the morning.
Inflationists beware: CPI About to Go Negative?
Inflationists claim that is a trend to oblivion. And actually it is. But it's a slow trend towards oblivion with intermittent disruptions as the following chart shows.