Just what is predatory lending? It is lending that charges a higher interest rate than people like those at the New York Times approve of. According to such thinking -- or lack of thinking -- the answer is to have the government set an interest rate ceiling at a level that will be acceptable to third parties like the New York Times.
Apple's Profits and the GOP's Polls
Sometimes there are nasty surprises, just as there are with earnings, and sometimes candidates blow past expectations set by flawed polling just as Apple beat estimates Monday. For the most part, though, two weeks out from voting, candidates know.
The Audacity of Greg Orman
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- The image some conservatives have of Greg Orman, the wealthy businessman running as an independent against veteran Republican Sen. Pat Roberts here in Kansas, is that Orman is, in the words of a recent Weekly Standard story, a "vacuous cipher."
Houston, We Have a (1st Amendment) Problem!
It all started in September, when Houston Mayor Annise Parker and City Attorney David Feldman issued an "overly broad" subpoena for the sermons of select ministers who opposed the city's equal rights ordinance.
Pity Party Nation: Who Cares If You're Offended?
Since when did, Im offended, become an argument that trumps all facts, logic and common sense? When did regularly claiming to be aggrieved on behalf of some splinter of the population become a high paying gig? How did we get to a point in America where people are PROUD to tell you that theyre victims?
Does the End of History Result in Political Decay?
Francis Fukuyama picked an auspicious publication date for his latest book, "Political Order and Political Decay." The news is full of stories of political decay: the Centers for Disease Control and Ebola; the Department of Veterans Affairs' health service; the Internal Revenue Service political targeting.
Criminalizing Innocent Christian Behavior
Where are all the atheist freedom lovers we always hear about? It's time for them to start standing up for religious liberty.
The Petro-States in Shambles Despite Obama
Despite an administration that has no energy policy, free market forces in the United States are finding a way to provide relief from high prices for an economy that greatly needs the respite.
Houston’s Mayor: Endangering Civil Rights
Tavis Smiley raised a lot of eyebrows this weekend when he spoke on ABC-TVs This Week news show, hosted by George Stephanopoulos. Smiley pointed to double-digit unemployment in the Black community under President Obama and said: If youre Black or Brown, other than saving the Democrats hide, what inspires you to go out and vote?
Houston Pastors Fight Censorship Challenge
Houston recently passed an ordinance through its city council that has sparked quite a bit of controversy amongst conservative evangelicals.
The Media Are Much Scarier than Ebola
Why do some things scare people more than others?
Wayne Allyn Root:
Ebola is an Economic Catastrophe
Everyone has it wrong. Americans are frightened to death of the medical implications of Ebola- as well they should be. Ive never in my lifetime seen a disease that has infected and killed so many stock market crash.
The Price of Papal Popularity
Normally a synod of Catholic bishops does not provide fireworks rivaling the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, where Mayor Richard Daley's boys in blue ran up the score on the radicals in Grant Park.
The Problem of Pain
The problem of pain, to borrow a title from C.S. Lewis, is that with regard to our enormous national debt, there is none.
Debra J. Saunders:
Spare Me the Sermon on Seizing Sermons
If you believe Houston Mayor Annise Parker, then you have to believe that when lawyers for her city subpoenaed five local pastors and demanded their sermons, the episode represented an unfortunate instance of lawyer overreach, with no intent to harass or intimidate the opposition.
Republicans Need Tools for 2014 Victory
Although the midterm elections are still two weeks away, about two million Americans have already voted. The circus of early and mail-in voting undermines the federal law, which provides: "The Tuesday next after the first Monday in November, in every even numbered year, is established as the day for the election."
Why Wendy Can't Win
"(Wendy) Davis is running (for governor) against Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who is heavily favored to win in a state that remains strongly Republican."
Conservatives: Reaching Deeper into their Pockets for Charity
When it comes to charity, no one has as big a heart as Americans. So, this begs the following questions: Which Americans give so much? And why?
M&A Deals Fail At Highest Rate Since 2008
In yet another potential market topping sign, M&A Deals Fail At Highest Rate Since 2008
Obama Voting “Present”,….Again
For the last six years America has been saddled with a president who continues to vote present when faced with difficult leadership decisions.
Barack W. Obama
This must be a difficult time for liberals, Democrats, and all other flavors of Obama followers.
Europe Must Drop the Euro, Germany Abandon Mercantilism
Europe faces yet another recession, and the prospect is shaking global financial markets. To eliminate the persistent threat of collapse, Europe must drop the euro, and Germany must abandon mercantilism.
The Bulls vs Bears: Who Will Win?
The stock market Bulls have been right for almost 6 years. They have been crushing the Bears since March of 2009. It hasnt even been a close contest. During this time, the S&P 500 has gone from 666 to a peak of over 2,000 in mid-September of this year.
Daniel J. Mitchell:
The Irish Tax Policy Debate: Bono 1 – Irish Union Bosses 0
I wrote last year about the remarkable acknowledgement by Bono that free markets were the best way to lift people out of poverty. The leader of the U2 band and long-time anti-poverty activist specifically stated that, capitalism has been the most effective ideology we have known in taking people out of extreme poverty.
Saudi is Eating Its Own
Headlines this week: Venezuela Goes From Bad to Worse As Oil Prices Plummet. Actually Bloomberg had it: as Oil Prices Plummets, but thats OK. So much for eastern liberal educational superiority.
Big Blue's Blues
Big Blue, otherwise known as IBM, reported a disaster of a quarter this morning, sending its shares lower and crushing the stock market in the process.
It used to be that corporations made their money the old fashioned way-they would earn it. Now is seems that financial and accounting engineering are the only way that corporations can proclaim an improving bottom line.
Ransom Notes Radio:
Fighting Ebola with… A Bureaucrat?
So We recruit an Ebola Czar who knows nothing about Ebola or Medical response protocols? Excuse me for not being terribly confident Michael Tanner joined the program to talk about the economic impact of Ebola.
Max Allen: Chief Divisiveness Officer
UNCW officials have decided to move forward with hiring their first ever Chief Diversity Officer. This is happening despite recent revelations that one of their current diversity officers had been involved in illegal political campaigning using university property.