Chaos in the Primaries
Painful as it is to realize that both the Democrats and the Republicans will still be holding their primaries a year from now, that is one of the high prices we pay for democracy.
The Liberal Vision For The Poor Vs. The Conservative Vision For The Poor
When liberals look at the poor, first and foremost, they see people who will vote for them in exchange for goodies. This gives liberals a perverse incentive to keep as many Americans mired in poverty as humanly possible.
Meet the Southern Judge Judy
It took the Chattanooga gangbanger about two seconds to realize he had mouthed off to the wrong judge.
Was 2007 a Flexion Point, When Everything Started Going Downhill?
I would bet on globalization slowly being in abeyance," tech entrepreneur Peter Thiel said in a video interview with George Mason University economist Tyler Cowen. "I think with the benefit of hindsight, we will realize that 2007 was not just the peak year of the finance boom, but also the peak year of globalization, like maybe 1913."
Hillary Candidacy Doesn't Worry Me, Part 2
I don't get depressed too often, but I feel the blues coming on. Many moons ago, if memory serves, I tweeted my skepticism that Hillary Clinton would even get the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, much less win the general election.
Democrats Can’t Wait for Hillary to Lose
"Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue." Hillary isn't a new bride but she's hoping to cross the threshold of the White House yet againthis time as president.
Flunking Civics Should No Longer Be An Option
"Don't know much about history" -- Sam Cooke
It's an old joke, but one that is a commentary on our times. A pollster asks: "What do you think about the level of ignorance and apathy in the country?" The person replies: "I don't know and I don't care."
Black Murderers Matter
The "Black Lives Matter" campaign is based on as big a lie as the "campus rape culture" lie; the Rolling Stone magazine gang rape at the University of Virginia fraternity lie; the gang rape by the Duke University lacrosse team lie; the "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" Ferguson lie; and all the other lies that animate leftist hysterias.
Obama's Republican Collaborators
The GOP swept to victory in November by declaring that this imperial presidency must be brought to heel, and President Obama's illicit seizures of Congressional power must end.
A Fading Eloquence: The State of American Rhetoric
Once upon a quite different time, Americans debated politics; we didn't just trade videos of politicians making gaffes on the campaign trail. As when Barack Obama tells those who built their own businesses, "You didn't build that." Or the hapless Mitt Romney described the 47 percent of Americans who were expected to vote for his opponent in the last presidential election as "takers." As he put it: "My job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."
Candidates Should Read The Republican Platform
Nineteen of the about two dozen people who may seek the Republican presidential nomination trooped to Nashua, New Hampshire, last weekend hoping to impress that state's primary voters and activists. The candidates rehearsed Republican talking points about lower taxes, smaller government and a strong foreign policy, but they had nothing to say about the impending Supreme Court decision that threatens to redefine marriage and undermine the family as we have always known it.
The Whitehouse-White House inquisition
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse recently had a Huff-Po tantrum. The Rhode Island Democrat was miffed that people criticized him and equally liberal Senate colleagues Barbara Boxer (CA) and Ed Markey (MA) for attacking skeptics of dangerous manmade climate change like Spanish Inquisition tormentors.
Cashiering Andy Jackson
Andrew Jackson was sort of a rough-and-tumble president, undoubtedly, but the United States, in the 1820s and '30s, was sort of a rough-and-tumble country. Notice how refined and civilized we've gotten since then, to the point that a coalition of lady activists is ready to pull President Jackson's mug off the $20 bill, substituting -- well, that's yet to be decided.
The Terrible Failure of the Secular Gospel
Almost 20 years ago, the journal First Things published an article by a famous German theologian named Wolfhart Pannenberg titled How to Think About Secularism. In the article, Pannenberg outlined the nature of secularism and how it threatened the church, also explaining how the church should not respond to the challenge.
Susan Stamper Brown:
I Am a Democrat[ic] Party Defector
The diagnosis is in. America is sick. Radicals rule Washington and most of them are snuggled comfortably within the political party to which I once identified. Please, no judging. Unless things turn around, their domestic and foreign policies mean our kids (and theirs) will suffer, not prosper. "Freedom was a beautiful thing" is what we'll tell them.
Operation Storm of Resolve: Lessons for the US Iran Policy
In a significant move dubbed Operation Storm of Resolve", Saudi Arabia has launched airstrikes against Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen. There is no question that Iran has been providing weapons and ammunitions, training, logistical support, and advanced military technology to the paramilitary Houthis.
Memo to Congress: Don't Give Obama Fast Track Authority for Pacific Trade Pact
Congress should deny President Obama authority to negotiate yet another jobs killing trade pact in the Pacific.
Greece to Seize Local Government Cash; Two Year Bond Yield Tops 28%
Robbing Peter to pay Paul took another leap forward in Greece today as Tsipras to Seize Public-Sector Funds to Keep Greece Afloat.
John Kartch :
Bush-Sandoval 2016: The Left’s Tax Hike Dream Team
Jeb Bush is vetting Nevada Republican Governor Brian Sandoval as a potential running mate, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal. Taxpayers should hope this is just a rumor pushed by Sandovals political consultants, because a Bush-Sandoval ticket is the 2016 tax hike dream team.
Cardinal Francis George, The Intellectual Rock of American Catholicism
Cardinal Francis George of Chicago -- the intellectual rock of the Roman Catholic Church in America -- died in his bed the other day.
A Fictional Conversation Between President Obama and Justice Clarence Thomas
Never before in Americas history have three black men occupied such official positions of power: President Barack Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Given that Mr. Holder as Attorney General has been an integral member of the Presidents cabinet over his two presidential terms, one assumes they speak often and concur to a certain extent in their philosophical outlooks.
Protest: The Property Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Brazil
I have made the case that one of the reasons the Amazon, African, and Indonesian rain forests are relentlessly plowed under is due to the absence of the rule of law and the general lack of respect for property rights in these countries. The rain forest is in many respects a commons which people exploit as all commons are exploited. No one owns the forest, so its a free-for-all.
Gauging the Insanity Around Us
Did someone explode a crazy bomb over America? Theres so much insanity afoot some serious, some silly that one has to wonder if the asylum doors popped open in the middle of the night and the inmates emerged as cultural and political leaders.
AutoZone: Still in the Growth Zone
AutoZone (AZO) is one of those specialty retailers that tend to do well regardless of the economic cycle.
Here Comes the Newest Third Party: IHNC
History is filled with third parties. Unsuccessful candidates for President represented The Free Soil, Socialist, Prohibition, Bull Moose, Constitution, Libertarian and Green, just to name a few.
Dave Says: The Difference in Debts
Dear Dave, My wife and I are on Baby Step 3 of your plan. Were also saving up to buy a car with cash. Were about $3,000 away from our goal, but now my wife wants to go ahead and finance the rest.
China Takes & Gives
Why does the market have to correct? It has to correct because the rally is long in the tooth. Market bears have griped about the lack of a correction (which is a decline of 20% or more) for a long time.
Freeing My Inner Lesbian
Dear Chancellor Sederburg (email@example.com):
I would like to apologize for the recent controversy I caused by asking that the university fire an activist/administrator who recently attempted to violate the free speech rights of pro-life students attending our university.