Sat, Aug 15, 2009

Nick Nichols | August 15, 2009

I was born and raised in Wisconsin, so when a politician calls other Americans “un-American,” it conjures up the bad old days of Joe McCarthy—that cold war demagogue sent to the U.S. Senate by Dairy State voters. Not Wisconsin’s finest hour!

Fri, Aug 14, 2009

Jillian Bandes | August 14, 2009

Obama’s “town hall” meeting in Montana was filled with lengthy cheers and softball questions, despite the administration’s vows that questions would not be pre-determined and that tickets would be handed out on a first-come first-serve basis.

Kathryn Lopez | August 14, 2009

Hillary Clinton snapped. It was unfortunate, because she is our secretary of state, and she blew a fuse while abroad; but it's only human to unload now and again, and it was all a misunderstanding, in any case.

Arne Owens | August 14, 2009

Earlier this year, President Barack Obama sent his Administration’s 2010 budget priorities to the Congress. What it revealed was shocking, even if it should not have been surprising, with trillion-dollar deficits as far as the eye can see, even before healthcare reform spending is counted.

Burt Prelutsky | August 14, 2009

If I had to explain Americans to a Martian, I would be hard-pressed. It would be especially difficult when it came to liberals. But, there are even conservatives who confound me.

Rich Galen | August 14, 2009

During the primary season last year, Hillary Clinton claimed she was more qualified than Barack Obama to be President of the United States because of the skills and knowledge of international affairs she had gained at the side of Bill Clinton.

Diana West | August 14, 2009

Question for Americans: How can we as a nation even consider using our military for another "surge" in Afghanistan when the "surge" in Iraq has left little more imprint on the sands of Mesopotamia than the receding tide?

Paul Greenberg | August 14, 2009

Gosh, what a surprise: A committee of their fellow senators has decided that Chris Dodd and Kent Conrad did nothing unethical when they took out loans from Countrywide Financial on the kind of favorable terms not available to us mere mortals without their financial or political standing -- or a personal connection to the head of Countrywide.

Jillian Bandes | August 14, 2009

What's the best way to save the planet? Don't have kids, say researchers from Oregon State University.

Michelle Malkin | August 14, 2009

The White House press office is now Miss Manners' office. President Obama's press secretary, Robert Gibbs, took to the television airwaves this week to criticize congressional town hall protesters for "yelling."

David Limbaugh | August 14, 2009

President Barack Obama apparently came to believe the myth of his messiahship and has accordingly abused and squandered his good will and political capital and possibly self-sabotaged his socialized medicine scheme.

Oliver North | August 14, 2009

Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the senior U.S. and NATO commander in Kabul, predicted higher casualty rates as the number of U.S. and allied troops "in-country" climbed and "optempo" increased.

Pat Buchanan | August 14, 2009

Though U.S. force levels are higher than ever, the U.S. military situation is worse than ever.

Suzanne Fields | August 14, 2009

The politicians -- most of them -- have taken their leave of Washington, and the wisest of us can take some time to think about things.

David Harsanyi | August 14, 2009

It's about time we conceded that proponents of the "public option" in health care reform have offered up a tremendously constructive idea.

Linda Chavez | August 14, 2009

Like most epithets, the u-word says more about the person hurling it than it does about the object of disapproval. So when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called opponents of Democrats' health care reform "un-American" this week, she became the focus of attention, not the vocal protestors at congressional town hall forums.

Charles Krauthammer | August 14, 2009

Researchers who have examined the effects of preventive care generally find that the added costs of widespread use of preventive services tend to exceed the savings from averted illness.

Ken Blackwell | August 14, 2009

When dealing with Russia, Bush and Obama could do no better than to remember Ronald Reagan’s famous words: Trust, but verify.

Thu, Aug 13, 2009

Donald Lambro | August 13, 2009

Angry "tea party" patriots who launched a nationwide grassroots rebellion against an intrusive government, punitive taxes and reckless spending are rallying their troops once again.

Armstrong Williams | August 13, 2009

While the Washington press corps was fixated last week on the latest developments surrounding President Obama’s trillion dollar co-pay in the guise of health reform, followed by backyard beer swilling, IRS bean counters quietly went about their business.

Rich Tucker | August 13, 2009

Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, as the saying goes, but not his own facts. And the fact is that Americans enjoy more sources of information today than ever -- and we’ll enjoy even more in the weeks, months and years ahead.

Ann Coulter | August 13, 2009

Just as the left pioneered "AstroTurf" protesters -- homeless people lured to demonstrations with the offer of a free T-shirt and a box lunch -- liberals have also specialized in producing fake "insiders" denouncing their alleged group.

Hugh Hewitt | August 13, 2009

The contests for statehouses in New Jersey and Virginia are the best referenda the country could ask for on Obamacare, and Congress would be wise to wait to see how these two states vote in November before it takes any final vote on the president's plans to radically rewrite the rules of American medicine.

Michael Barone | August 13, 2009

In the 2008 exit poll, 34 percent of voters described themselves as conservatives and 32 percent as Republicans; 39 percent described themselves as Democrats but only 22 percent as liberals.

Larry Elder | August 13, 2009

"Hispanic pride" and "overcoming obstacles" only count when the "good guys" say so.

Cal Thomas | August 13, 2009

The Daily Telegraph's headline is meant to shock, or at least get the attention of Europeans apathetic about the threat they face: "A Fifth of European Union Will Be Muslim by 2050."

Debra J. Saunders | August 13, 2009

I've never flown on a private jet. I've never flown on a Gulfstream. Never flown on a private 737 "office in the sky." So it could be that I am missing the good reasons why the House padded the $636 billion defense budget by adding two additional C-37 Gulfstreams and two additional C-40s (the military version of a Boeing 737) -- even though the Department of Defense never requested the planes.

Matt Towery | August 13, 2009

Several months back, I suggested that Florida Gov. Charlie Crist was the perfect moderate politician to help bring independent voters back to the Republican Party.

Steve Chapman | August 13, 2009

The unfortunate truth is that four of the 100 members of the Senate got there without the consent of the governed.

Emmett Tyrrell | August 13, 2009

Allow me a word of encouragement to our president. Mr. Obama, you are doing just fine.

Ross Mackenzie | August 13, 2009

Ever wish you could sit down and talk to President Obama? Such a conversation might go this way....

Larry Kudlow | August 13, 2009

For the sake of economic freedom, liberty and fiscal sanity, let's hope the markets are right.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | August 13, 2009

Right now, President Obama might be happy to share a Coke and a smile with supporters of his plan, but the number of people who fit this description is dwindling faster than ice melts in a glass on a hot Georgia day.

Wed, Aug 12, 2009

Jillian Bandes | August 12, 2009

Former Sen. Rick Santorum is making a trip to Iowa that screams “I’m running for President.”

Roger Schlesinger | August 12, 2009

An answer is what every question needs, a result is what every experiment needs. So why aren't we concerned with results? The only thing that seems to be interesting to the general public is a quick blush of results without any real meaning or understanding.

Mary Grabar | August 12, 2009

Imagine if, as you chat with your child’s first-grade teacher and ask about how he decided to embark on a career in education, he told you, “I walked out of jail and into my first teaching job.”

Matt Barber | August 12, 2009

Dr. Obama, Nurse Nancy and the rest of the congressional candy-stripers recognized that if Americans had a chance to actually vet this medical monstrosity, they’d rise-up against it.

Laura Hollis | August 12, 2009

If Americans had any doubt how the liberal elite (Democrats in Congress, the press, the entertainment industry) felt about them before this month’s congressional recess, surely they must understand it now.

Michael Medved | August 12, 2009

In pop culture, images of wealthy executives usually connect the execs with yachts and swimming pools, golf-courses and ski lodges, Gulfstreams, and absurdly expensive restaurants.

Larry Kudlow | August 12, 2009

Government insurance is what’s in trouble today. Medicare is in the hole by about $40 trillion on a discounted present-value basis over the next 40 or 50 years.

Michael Reagan | August 12, 2009

This past week, I was fortunate to play in the Wounded Warrior charity golf tournament. This commendable project aims to raise awareness and enlist the support of the public's aid for severely injured service men and women while at the same time creating an environment of support which allows these injured heroes to recuperate with high-quality care and treatments.

Meredith Turney | August 12, 2009

When government steps outside the bounds of its proper authority, the consequences can be devastating. Too often we’re told that increasing the size and scope of government programs is compassionate or beneficial to society.

Marybeth Hicks | August 12, 2009

What's the price of love? That's the question I've been asking myself lately as I don my rubber gloves and prepare to administer a dose of antibacterial ointment on the business end of my dog, Scotty.

Michelle Malkin | August 12, 2009

Who are the real thugs? Democrats attack congressional town hall protesters as "Brown Shirts" -- likening taxpayer activists across the country to Hitler's storm troopers. But it's the Big Labor hoodlums clad in identical purple shirts -- the uniform of Service Employees International Union members -- who own the mob label.

John Stossel | August 12, 2009

Although President Obama and big-government activists demonize health-insurance companies, the companies "are still mostly on board with the president's effort to overhaul the U.S. health-care system."

Walter E. Williams | August 12, 2009

President Barack Obama won an unprecedented 96 percent of the black vote. That's not much of a news story since blacks typically give their votes to the Democratic candidate.

Jonah Goldberg | August 12, 2009

My wife and I took our dog to the neurologist the other day. Yes, the neurologist. For a dog.

Tony Blankley | August 12, 2009

I have talked with soldiers from Afghanistan -- both American and British, both in the ranks and field-grade officers -- in an effort at making sense of what we are doing there.

Michael Gerson | August 12, 2009

During live television coverage of the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago, novelist Gore Vidal famously called William F. Buckley a " crypto-Nazi." To which Buckley famously replied (in addition to other choice words), "Stop calling me a crypto-Nazi or I'll sock you in the goddamn face and you'll stay plastered."

Dick Morris and Eileen McGann | August 12, 2009

The most ominous signal yet for the Obama health-care plan emerged in the poll by Scott Rasmussen released today. While public support for the plan fell to a new low (42 percent support, 53 percent oppose -- down five points in two weeks), the elderly emerged as the strongest opposition group. Those over 65 rejected the plan by 39 percent to 56 percent, while almost half -- 46 percent -- said they were "strongly opposed" to it.

Terry Jeffrey | August 12, 2009

It was Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009. Congress was planning to vote the next day on a so-called "stimulus" bill anticipated to cost $787 billion. The final text of the bill had not been published, so no one knew exactly what it would authorize the government to do.

Ben Shapiro | August 12, 2009

President Barack Obama thinks of himself as a master political manipulator. And why shouldn't he? Since 2004, Obama has catapulted himself from unknown Senate candidate to occupant of the White House. And he has done so largely by mastering the art of diversion.

David Harsanyi | August 12, 2009

They own the bully pulpit. They enjoy a mandate. They can move the votes. They dictate the debate. They write the legislation. They monopolize the coverage. When it comes to politics, Democrats are U.S. Steel, Ma Bell and Google all rolled into one. And yet because of a mystifying cosmic event, they are also victims.

Jillian Bandes | August 12, 2009

Mark Lloyd has recently been appointed “Chief Diversity Officer” at the Federal Communications Commission. Conservative groups believe his installation is merely another way to impose the dangerous principles contained in the Fairness Doctrine.

Austin Bay | August 12, 2009

Iran's Information Age demonstrators, exploiting the capabilities of the social networking and "micro-blogging" service Twitter, surprised then threatened Iran's tyrannical mullahs. Tehran's thugs in robes suddenly discovered they could not control information within Iran. Kicking out BBC reporters used to separate dissidents from the global megaphone, but no longer. Now that mobile phones are essentially small computers, instant Internet access is widely distributed. Men, women and children hold a global link with audio- and video-recording capability in their palm.

Jacob Sullum | August 12, 2009

Last week, Christina Romer, chairwoman of the White House Counsel of Economic Advisers, suggested that we think of the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act as an extremely expensive course of antibiotics.

Carrie Schwab Pomerantz | August 12, 2009

LTC Insurance: Do You Need It?

Tue, Aug 11, 2009

Michael Gerson | August 11, 2009

Eunice Kennedy Shriver was a civil rights hero, and unique even in that select company. Most civil rights revolutions are made by rhetoric and law -- ignited by protest, summarized in memorable speeches and confirmed at bill signings. In founding the Special Olympics, Shriver led a revolution of sport and competition that forever changed the way Americans view people with intellectual disabilities, and the way that many of the intellectually disabled view themselves. It was America's most joyful civil rights movement -- a revolution of play.

Rich Galen | August 11, 2009

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer have single-handedly returned us to, as the opening to the Lone Ranger used go.

Thomas Sowell | August 11, 2009

Different people have very different reactions to President Barack Obama. Those who listen to his rhetoric are often inspired, while those who follow what he actually does are often appalled.

Chuck Norris | August 11, 2009

Health care reforms are turning into health care revolts. Americans are turning up the heat on congressmen in town hall meetings across the U.S.

John Hawkins | August 11, 2009

In the early days of Barack Obama's presidency, his approval rating soared to dizzying heights as many Americans thought we had entered a new era of hope, change, unity, bipartisanship and uplifting speeches.

David Limbaugh | August 11, 2009

The hubris, arrogance and deceit of President Barack Obama and the Democratic leadership are breathtaking. In their maniacal frenzy to assume control over every aspect of our lives through socialized medicine, they are behaving like the thuggish autocrats they have proved themselves to be.

Cal Thomas | August 11, 2009

The debate -- OK, the shouting match -- we are having over "health-care reform" is about many things, including cost, who gets help and who does not and who, or what, gets to make that determination.

Dennis Prager | August 11, 2009

Living in liberal Los Angeles, I am surrounded by people -- and bumper stickers -- I do not agree with.

Pat Buchanan | August 11, 2009

To hear the Obamaites, those raucous crowds pouring into town hall meetings are "mobs" of "thugs" whose rage has been "manufactured" by K Street lobbyists and right-wing Republican operatives.

Debra J. Saunders | August 11, 2009

The first thing you have to know when you read that California's 33 adult prisons -- like the state prison in Chino where riots erupted over the weekend -- are operating at 190 percent capacity is that 100 percent capacity means one inmate per cell, single bunks in dormitories and no beds in spaces not designed for housing.

Phyllis Schlafly | August 11, 2009

Obama's staff and retreads from the Clinton administration are using Chicago-style intimidation to rescue his extravagant health-care bill from its decline in public opinion polls.

Ed Feulner | August 11, 2009

If there’s a parade going by, any good politician will jump in front and claim to be leading it. But it’s especially brazen to do so when you’re promoting policies likely to bring that parade to a screeching halt.

Bill Murchison | August 11, 2009

President Obama's strategy and tactics overthrow all known counsels of prudence and good sense. You can say if you want to, mercy's sake, Can't We Listen Respectfully to Each Other?

Lorie Byrd | August 11, 2009

Over the weekend, Democrat congressional leaders Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer wrote of the recent protests taking place in town hall meetings around the country, “These disruptions are occurring because opponents are afraid not just of differing views — but of the facts themselves. Drowning out opposing views is simply un-American.”

Jon Sanders | August 11, 2009

I have just gotten off the Patients First bus after touring North Carolina with Americans for Prosperity and speaking out against Pres. Obama's healthcare legislation.

Mon, Aug 10, 2009

Dick Morris and Eileen McGann | August 10, 2009

The only part of the stimulus program that is working, the cash-for-clunkers program is, in reality, a subsidy to foreign car companies, proving that Barack Obama is the best president Japan ever had.

Paul Kengor | August 10, 2009

Late Republican political strategist Lee Atwater, a brilliant Machiavellian, used to invoke what he called "The Napoleonic Maxim:" Never interfere with the enemy when he's in the process of destroying himself.

Bruce Bialosky | August 10, 2009

Rarely has a government program displayed the gross ignorance of our political and media elites as the “Cash for Clunker” program.

Allen Hunt | August 10, 2009

A “crisis” would have occurred if my daughter had passed out and there were no medics to call. In much of the world, that is a reality, and it is a true crisis. A “crisis” would have occurred if my daughter had fallen, and the medics had refused to treat her until I could demonstrate 100% ability to pay.

Michael Barone | August 10, 2009

One video is worth a thousand words (or, as in this column, about 730). The video in question shows public statements by three advocates that a health care bill with a "government option" would move America toward a single-payer government health care system.

Mike Adams | August 10, 2009

I want to express my deep disappointment with Obama's continued refusal to address my questions about the new health care reform bill currently being pushed through Congress.

Dick Morris and Eileen McGann | August 10, 2009

Jews who identify themselves as Democrats strongly agree with the Israeli position and disagree with President Obama's on issues such as a Palestinian state, settlement construction, and trading land for peace.

Harry R. Jackson, Jr. | August 10, 2009

The healthcare “reforms” currently offered by the administration may have deadly consequences for the average person.

Burt Prelutsky | August 10, 2009

I suspect that because George Bush and Condoleezza Rice were so respectful of Muslims, constantly telling us that theirs is a religion of peace, some otherwise sensible Americans actually began to believe it.

Sun, Aug 09, 2009

Ken Klukowski | August 09, 2009

The president and her supporters say she is a mainstream moderate, while her opponents say she's a liberal activist. We'll know soon enough.

Star Parker | August 09, 2009

Old discredited socialist ideas meet the new economy and free people are reacting and revolting -- as the White House knew they would if they got a chance to know what was going down.<

David Stokes | August 09, 2009

It is a fascinating thing when an adversary ironically uses a methodology that was previously owned by an opponent – especially when he does so with surprising effectiveness.

Salena Zito | August 09, 2009

Deep-Democrat-blue New Jersey is on a direct course to go Republican-red this fall, and it does not look like even Obama-esque hope and change can stop that.

Austin Hill | August 09, 2009

Could you be on President Obama’s “enemies list” and not even know it?

Debra J. Saunders | August 09, 2009

Imagine it's four years ago and an aide to President Bush posted a blog on the Whitehouse.gov website that bemoaned Internet criticism of the Iraq war, then continued: "These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversations."

Steve Chapman | August 09, 2009

Cash for Clunkers has been a thrilling moment for advocates of expanded government, who say it proves what we can accomplish when our leaders put their minds to it.

Ken Connor | August 09, 2009

One of the most controversial issues of the current health care reform debate is the concept of health care rationing—allocating medical care according to predetermined criteria that dictate how much and what kind of care a given patient will receive under a government-run system.

Dan Kennedy | August 09, 2009

Affluent Americans – defined as the top 20 percent of U.S. households by income – spent about 10 percent less in 2008 than they did in 2007, according to a study by luxury-goods researcher Unity Marketing.

Paul Jacob | August 09, 2009

Picking your friends is an important part of life. Picking your enemies is an important part of politics.

Kevin McCullough | August 09, 2009

President Barack Obama, his staff and administration, are all in danger of making the worst political mistake of their lives.