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.
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."
National Service is Anti-Liberty and Un-American
Proponents of national service claim that young people have a moral obligation to give something back to society. But giving the government power to decide our moral obligations is an invitation to totalitarianism.
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.
City Threatens to Arrest Ministers Who Refuse to Perform Same-Sex Weddings
Two Christian ministers who own an Idaho wedding chapel were told they had to either perform same-sex weddings or face jail time and up to a $1,000 fine, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in federal court.
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?
Lisa De Pasquale:
De Pasquale’s Dozen with Congressman Paul Ryan
When the history of the 2012 elections is written, I hope it will show that my small part was being the first person to use the hashtag #VP90X when Paul Ryan was announced as the vice presidential nominee. Known for his wonkiness as much as his workouts, Congressman Paul Ryan is the rare person who isnt afraid to buck the image of the one-dimensional politician.
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.
The New York Times; Unrepentant Communist Enabler
This week the New York Times ran two editorials pleading for a U.S. economic lifeline to the Castro brothers terror-sponsoring regime (i.e. to end the so-called embargo.) One editorial ran on Sunday the other on Tuesday. The second editorial contains the following:
Heaven Has Arrived
Leaning on his cane, the old boy walked out his front door, took in the morning light, and was surprised.
Ebola: Obama's Katrina
The growing concern over the possible spread of Ebola in the United States is Barack Obama's equivalent of George W. Bush's Katrina problems.
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."
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.
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.
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?
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.
Needed: More Independent Contractors
If more Americans were self-employed independent contractors, the country would soar.
More Bad News for Airbnb
The online rental marketplace Airbnb received more bad news from New York today. According to a report released by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, almost three quarters of short-term Airbnb rentals in New York City from 2010-2014 were illegal.
A Stark Contrast in Iowa
Everything you need to know about Bruce Braley was made clear by the candidate himself in a thirty-seven second video of him speaking to his real constituents - his fellow trial lawyers - at a fundraiser in Texas.
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.