Words with Fiends
Whenever liberals are in a tight spot, they adopt the scorched-earth policy of argumentation. With no answer, they start demanding that you define words: What do you mean "liberal"? What do you mean "democracy"? What do you mean "patriotism"?
Jackie Gingrich Cushman:
Bipartisan Baby Steps
A bi-partisan budget agreement was unveiled in a press conference this past
Tuesday night by House Budget Chairman Congressman Paul Ryan (R - WI) and
Budget Committee Chairman Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash). According to Ryan,
this is the first "divided government budget agreement since 1986."
Catholic Capitalist Replies to the Pope
Supporting higher taxes, after all, on those who make more than you-- and this is what opponents of free markets wish for-- is not the same as a rich man feeding and clothing the poor. Or even yet a widow donating out of her want.
Victor Davis Hanson:
Nuclear Gangbangers Have Upper Hand on Global Police
The gangster state of North Korea became a nuclear power in 2006-2007,
despite lots of foreign aid aimed at precluding just such proliferation --
help usually not otherwise accorded such a loony dictatorship. Apparently
the civilized world rightly suspected that if nuclear, Pyongyang would
either export nuclear material and expertise to other unstable countries,
or bully its successful but non-nuclear neighbors -- or both.
It’s Time For Republicans To Think Strategically
On Tuesday, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., revealed their budget plan to the world. I would say it was immediately met with complaints, but those complaints started before it was introduced. Is it perfect? Absolutely not. But are there other plans? No.
Intervention to Cure Black Friend's Addiction -- to Liberalism
At an out-of-town memorial service for my dear friend and mentor, Alan Schonberg -- a business titan known for his warmth, grace and generosity -- I saw "Paul," a man I've known some 30 years. It had been a long, long time.
Affirmative Action Polling
A friend of mine recently expressed shock at the fact that nearly half of the electorate still approves of the job performance of President Barack Obama. In his view, the poll numbers defy common sense.
GOP Lawmaker Equates Sebelius to North Korea
In the congressman’s defense, he probably wanted to equate her with a soviet propaganda chief or a socialist economist, but was afraid that she would take the analogy as a compliment.
The Militarization of Law Enforcement - “We’re Not in Mayberry Anymore”
The University of the Incarnate Word is a highly-rated Catholic college in San Antonio, Texas. It is hardly a hot bed of campus violence. When senior Robert Cameron Redus was pulled-over last Friday by campus police for “erratically speeding,” it is unlikely he had any clue of how tragically the stop would end.
In a December 4 speech, President Obama declared income "inequality" to be "the defining challenge of our time."
Ransom Notes Radio:
The Budget Deal I Support: Reduce the Number of Democrats in Congress
If you’re worried about the budget deal, only one number really matters: The number of Democrats we cut in Congress. Conn Carroll, managing editor for Townhall Magazine, joined the program to discuss the latest budget deal.
Daniel J. Mitchell:
Ryan-Murray Budget Deal Replaces Real Spending Restraint of Sequester with Budget Gimmicks
The Ryan-Murray plan: Tax hikes and make-believe spending cuts are supposed to generate “savings” over 10 years that will “offset” the higher spending that will occur 2014 and 2015. (Don't hold your breath.)
High-Powered Idiocy from Academic Wonderland
Alan Blinder, a professor of economics and public affairs at Princeton University and former vice chairman of the Federal Reserve, is back at it.In an Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal Blinders says suggests negative interest rates.
Debra J. Saunders:
An Ugly Budget Deal but a Deal
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was right. If the tea party were to brave a government shutdown in a bid to defund Obamacare, the stout of heart would prevail, and wobbly partisans would run for cover.
Feds Drive Dividends Back into Recessionary Territory
The number of publicly-traded U.S. companies announcing that they would be acting to cut their dividend payments rose back into recessionary territory again in November 2013.
North Korean Official Turning Information Over to the West?
If the story is true, there will be continuing turmoil from investigations and interrogations, internal terror, and many executions of senior officials. This will be accompanied or followed by a nationwide re-education.
Smart Conservatives Understand that the Real Battle Is Debt Ceiling, Not Budget
Yes, I've written this before, but in the context of the proposed budget agreement, it needs to be restated. Real conservatives supported the government shutdown in October and should make no apologies for that stance.
"I'm only human," people say to excuse their faults.
All I Want for Christmas Is My Freedom Back
Tell Santa to bring President Obama a stocking stuffer: a copy of the U.S. Constitution with the words “Laws be faithfully executed” underlined in red.
An American Tragedy
A superb report in the Wall Street Journal by that inimitable journalist, James Taranto, moves me to reflect on the modern university and things sexual. Taranto has come across another of those poor saps, a male student as fate would have it, who fell into the clutches of a predatory female student.
Time to Party or Mourn
Despite that big move last Friday, the market has largely been in a lull that's kind of like the quiet before the quiet.
The Wrong Lesson of the Metro-North Crash
In the aftermath of the deadly Metro-North train wreck in New York, there was ample fuel for outrage. The anger was directed at the driver for apparently taking a turn way too fast -- and at the federal government for not making that impossible.
The Lion and Prophet of South Africa Has Died
In February and March of 1990, I had a profoundly life-changing experience.
Party On! Party Off!
Talk about weird! The CEO of Lululemon, the trendy manufacturer of trendy athletic gear, has resigned over a few innocent remarks. What did ex-CEO Chip Wilson say that was so terrible?
Obama's Cash for Universal Preschool Clunkers
It's elementary: When Democrats find themselves in political trouble, they reach for your wallets. After squandering billions on an ineffectual stimulus, failed green energy boondoggles and the disastrous Unaffordable Care Act, the Obama White House wants to dump $75 billion more into "free" preschool for all. That'll solve everything.
Walter E. Williams:
Our Fragile Planet
Let's examine a few statements reflecting a vision thought to be beyond question. "The world that we live in is beautiful but fragile." "The 3rd rock from the sun is a fragile oasis."