The High Cost of Liberalism: Part III
Income inequality has long been one of the liberals' favorite issues. So there is nothing surprising about its being pushed hard this election year.
Jackie Gingrich Cushman:
This week marks the 44th anniversary of Earth Day. In years past, the day has been marked with great media fanfare and attention. This week, it marched by with little mention.
Victor Davis Hanson:
Reid Has Become a McCarthy for our Time
Reid is back in the news for denigrating the peaceful supporters of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, a popular critic of the Bureau of Land Management policy, as "domestic terrorists."
Who Needs Laws?
The problem of Congress passing and presidents signing vague laws that leave much to interpretation from courts and bureaucrats is nothing new. The Americans with Disabilities Act, signed into law in 1990, has been used relentlessly to file frivolous lawsuits and extort untold millions from American businesses. But the ADA was written imprecisely, deliberately leaving the fleshing out of the intentions of Congress and the law to others. As bad as that is, we’ve entered a time when the clear wording of laws is subject to change not through the legislative process or the courts, but by temporary politicians’ personal thoughts or feelings on a given issue.
Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, R.I.P: Triple Murderer Who Fooled Hollywood
Rubin "Hurricane" Carter has died. Sympathetic obituaries say things like "wrongfully convicted" or "exonerated." But the black middleweight-title-contending boxer was neither.
Judge Andrew Napolitano:
A Legal Way To Kill?
When President Obama decided sometime during his first term that he wanted to be able to use unmanned aerial drones in foreign lands to kill people -- including Americans -- he instructed Attorney General Eric Holder to find a way to make it legal -- despite the absolute prohibition on governmental extra-judicial killing in federal and state laws and in the Constitution itself.
How Obamacare Could Kill Your Kids, and Their Kids Too
It would be shame if the wonder drugs we rely on to help the elderly, the sick and our children stopped working wonders because a parochial and partisan prejudice against profits by liberals was allowed to outweigh the greater good.
Raising Kids in Just 18 Summers
My dear friend Michelle Cox has written a novel that every parent in America needs to read.
It was nice to be away from politics for a week. It was even nicer to be in the great city of Boston for six days to celebrate the running of the 118th Boston Marathon.
John Paul Stevens Proposes New Constitutional Amendments
Honestly, unless you are a big government liberal, how many people think the federal government should have more power than it already exercises over its citizens?
Debra J. Saunders:
Cruder Than Alberta Tar Sands
According to experts cited by The New York Times, President Barack Obama's eventual decision on the Keystone XL pipeline -- last week, the administration once again postponed a decision -- "will have a marginal impact on global warming emissions."
GOP Future: From Tea to Pot?
Polling numbers and political maneuverings are increasingly confirming what I first reported months ago. The tea party movement is no longer the large dominant force in the GOP that it was in 2010 or even 2012.
Save the Fulbrights
With its talent for doing just the wrong thing, or at least avoiding the right one, the U.S. State Department has decided to follow the latest trend in American higher education -- over the nearest cliff.
Culture Challenge of the Week: A Lack of Vision
“What do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s the hallmark question of childhood. We ask wide-eyed little kids, expecting answers like “pilot,” “astronaut” or “firefighter.” It’s not a bad question, but when it’s the only one we ask, kids end up believing their identity belongs to their occupation.
Democracy and Affirmative Action
The question of racial preferences in university admissions has bedeviled the nation for decades. In 2003, the Supreme Court finally issued a verdict that gave something to either side of the debate.
It's Time to Divorce Ourselves from the Skin Game
Using skin color rather than merit to pick winners and losers is a policy that fosters cynicism. Such policies only serve the politicians, who hand out the spoils, using racial preference as governmental levers as they win power and treasure for themselves.
The Press Never Calls
My telephone is not ringing off the hook. No intriguing or inquiring emails have arrived on my computer. Yet, on Friday, a document drop from the Clinton Library revealed that years ago, in the 1990s, I was at the very heart of the "vast right-wing conspiracy."
Mother Vents on Common Core Worksheet: ‘Go Back to Basic Math!’
Some parents have had quite enough of the crazy, convoluted and sometimes error-filled Common Core math worksheets.
In Africa, a Real “War on Women”
Last week, more than a hundred Nigerian students, girls between 15 and 18 years of age, were kidnapped by the al Qaeda-affiliated terrorists of Boko Haram. Most of the girls are still being held. That should be a big story, don’t you think?
MD Attorney General Says Military Not a “Real Job”
Apparently government bureaucracy counts as a “real job” as opposed to serving in the Armed Forces. You heard it correctly. Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler, who is running for Governor of Maryland, said that he had held a real job by being Attorney General of Maryland, as opposed to his opponent who had “only” served in Iraq and is also the currently serving Lt. Gov. of Maryland.
Western Europe Makes the Choice Easy for Mother Russia
The Russian leaders are not rushing to engage in economic warfare, but are using the crisis to build national pride, reinforce societal discipline and to move towards greater self-sufficiency within the Russian sphere of influence.
Gutting the Tomahawk is a Shortsighted, Strategic Misstep for the United States and its Allies
As the US government tightens its fiscal belt, it is important for policymakers to consider that cutting key programs can create ripple effects far beyond US borders. A prime example is the Tomahawk missile.
The Gender Hypocrisy of the Liberal Left
Every successful Republican woman politician today faces the inevitable question … is she the next Sarah Palin? It’s unfortunate that every Republican female leader is put to this same litmus test by the liberal media.
Rhetoric vs. Reality on ObamaCare
Once again, President Obama has felt the need to come out swinging in defense of his signature health care law. Countless times since the rollout, and again last week, he proclaimed that ObamaCare is working, called on Democrats to defend it, and chastised conservatives for their opposition that he believes is entirely political. But people should look beyond Obama’s rhetoric and consider reality – ObamaCare is bad medicine for America.
Ransom Notes Radio:
Big Government Hates Personal Success
Sure, Wall Street wants more of your money… So does the Government. Which one do you think is a bigger threat to the average American? It’s almost like the Government hates it when someone gets too successful. Also, Chris Versace joined the show to talk about the importance of having an “edge” in the market.
The New Pharaohs
This week, Bankrate.com published a poll on Main Street's appetite for investing (conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates), which revealed 73% of adults are no more inclined to invest in the stock market right now, than in the past.
Crony Capitalism Keeps the US Dependent on Vladimir Putin
America’s spy satellites, as it turns out, depend upon Russian provided technology to reach orbit. Giving Putin our business, simply to maintain the Boeing/ Lockheed Martin monopoly on military space missions, doesn’t exactly seem to fall in line with national security interests.
And Then There Was One!
So Bloomberg does a survey of 67 economists around the nation and they all come to the same conclusion. I’m not sure whether it was a direct oversight or simply that my questionnaire was lost in the mail.
Daniel J. Mitchell:
Financial Bureaucrats on Easy Street, with Consumers and Taxpayers Paying the Bill
So what’s the rationale for overpaid bureaucrats? Defenders of the status quo claim that high pay is necessary to attract skilled professionals. Needless to say, that’s not true.
Three Surprising Double-Digit Percentage Gainers in 2014
Almost a third of the way into the year, one thing is becoming clear: 2014 is not shaping up to be another monster year for the U.S. stock market.
Au Contraire, Jim DeMint Does Know His US History
Recently, I interviewed Jim DeMint for my radio show to discuss his new book, Falling In Love With America Again. Some remarks he made on the show, especially about slavery, have been burning up the blogosphere. Many of the articles imply or state that Mr. DeMint, former US Senator (R-SC) and now head of The Heritage Foundation, doesn’t know his US history.
New Home Sales Plunge - And It's Not the Weather
If the home sales decline was weather related, then why were sales up in the Northeast? I suggest the Fed managed to blow another housing bubble, especially in California and the West where sales are down the most.
What You Won't Read in the Papers About the 'Central Park Five'
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is demanding a quick settlement of the lawsuit brought by the five men convicted of one of the most sickening crimes in the city's history: the attack on the Central Park jogger in 1989.
The High Cost of Liberalism: Part II
Liberals can be disarming. In fact, they are for disarming anybody who can be disarmed, whether domestically or internationally.
NBC's Cognitive Dissonant Hack Syndrome
I've always thought entrenched left-wing journalists in Washington needed their heads examined. Much to my satisfaction, it appears the corporate media bosses of at least one Beltway anchor now agree.
Walter E. Williams:
"President Obama Vows Zero Tolerance on Gender Wage Gap," read one headline. Another read, "Women Still Earned 77 Cents On Men's Dollar In 2012." It's presumed that big, greedy corporations are responsible for what is seen as wage injustice.
For Academic Elites Evidence is Irrelevant
Former UNC Dean Dan Plyler is like a lot of academics today. He forms strong opinions without taking the time to study an issue to determine whether his opinion is supported by evidence.