Sun, Aug 23, 2009

Kevin McCullough | August 23, 2009

President Barack Obama has taken to a unique and possibly quite macabre strategy into the August recess.

Sat, Aug 22, 2009

Doug Giles | August 22, 2009

What’s this? Obama now needs the Church—which he’s been regularly dissing—to come to his aid and help “prod Congress” to pass his Health Scare Deform Swill?

Paul Driessen | August 22, 2009

In the minds of politicians and rent-seekers, the cash-for-clunkers program was so successful that it deserved even more taxpayer money.

Fri, Aug 21, 2009

Roger Schlesinger | August 21, 2009

Now that we have seen "amateur night at the Bijou,” starring the President and the Congress, maybe we can realize that knowledge of a subject should be somewhat of a prerequisite to running anything: ice cream truck, bagel company, an army or the health care system of a very large country.

Dan Gainor | August 21, 2009

Politicians don’t just find citizens revolting. They actually fear their constituents. Liberal congressmen and senators are avoiding their voters out of a sense of impending doom.

Brent Bozell | August 21, 2009

Interestingly, and sadly, few can be found to disapprove of foisting these "adult situation" lyrics on children. Radio station managers are, as a group, completely apathetic.

Sara Tappen | August 21, 2009

A few years ago, a popular movie called What Women Want played off the ancient joke and popular conceit that – while almost any woman can read almost any man like a book – most men haven’t the foggiest notion of what’s going on in the minds of their wives, girlfriends, daughters, and co-workers.

Nathan Tabor | August 21, 2009

Once the Obama Administration completed their goal of passing an enormous spending bill with the promise of stimulating the US economy, they immediately set their sights on passing legislation to control the health care system throughout the nation.

Paul Greenberg | August 21, 2009

Remember those days of yore, namely the presidential campaign of 2008, when Democrats regularly accused the Bush administration of politicizing the Justice Department?

Rich Galen | August 21, 2009

The election for President of Afghanistan is over. Maybe. If you've followed this at all, then you know that incumbent President Hamid Karzai has been in a battle for re-election (not counting minor and vanity candidates) against three other men.

Mona Charen | August 21, 2009

He was certainly brave, but was he crazy? That's what I wondered when I picked up Rory Stewart's "The Places in Between," an account of the Scotsman's 2002 solo walk across Afghanistan.

Thomas Sowell | August 21, 2009

The serious, and sometimes chilling, provisions of the medical care legislation that President Obama has been trying to rush through Congress are important enough for all of us to stop and think, even though his political strategy from the outset has been to prevent us from having time to stop and think about it.

Michelle Malkin | August 21, 2009

Money from pharmaceutical firms and health care companies is dirty, evil and corrupting -- except when key members of Team Obama are pocketing it. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs derides grassroots opponents of socialized health care as industry-funded lackeys with questionable motives and conflicts of interest.

Jonah Goldberg | August 21, 2009

What if America transcended race, and Barack Obama wasn't invited? The question comes to mind as cries of racism grow ever louder from Obama's supporters.

David Limbaugh | August 21, 2009

Since assuming office, Obama has been on a mission to fundamentally alter the social compact between the government and a once powerfully sovereign people.

David Limbaugh | August 21, 2009

President Barack Obama has run into a brick wall: the American people, who cherish their liberty and revere their nation and do not want it remade in Obama's socialist image.

Oliver North | August 21, 2009

Last week's brief "Three Amigos" summit in Guadalajara, Mexico, has been all but forgotten in the growing storm over "health care reform."

Pat Buchanan | August 21, 2009

Rationed care is coming, and the death panels will not be far behind.

Michael Gerson | August 21, 2009

This week, as the health care reform debate reached new levels of divisiveness, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that America's health system is achieving wonders of longevity.

Suzanne Fields | August 21, 2009

Life is not fair -- we all know that. But the recession is "unfairer" to some than to others.

David Harsanyi | August 21, 2009

This week, President Barack Obama claimed his version of health care reform is "a core ethical and moral obligation," beseeching religious leaders to promote his government-run scheme.

Linda Chavez | August 21, 2009

With a new poll out showing that a majority of Americans now think the war in Afghanistan isn't worth fighting, it won't be long before Democrats decide to turn tail.

Jillian Bandes | August 21, 2009

After news broke this week that over 60,000 AARP members had left the organization because of its support of Obamacare, the group launched a massive media campaign to try and restore its image and integrity.

Linda Chavez | August 21, 2009

Afghanistan was supposed to be the good war -- the one Democrats said we should be fighting instead of Iraq. We heard it over and over again during the presidential campaign, as if to exorcise the image that a Democrat wasn't tough enough to assume the role of commander in chief.

Matt Towery | August 21, 2009

It's as simple as this: Just as semi-rural Georgia politics of the mid-1970s couldn't be imposed on the Washington establishment, Chicago-style, brute-force politics doesn't work, either.

Rich Tucker | August 21, 2009

In the late 1970s, as the federal government arranged to bail out Chrysler, not-yet-famous economist Alan Greenspan warned the problem “was not that it would fail, but that it would succeed.” And it did, thus paving the way for more bailouts, including (again) Chrysler.

Charles Krauthammer | August 21, 2009

Let's see if we can have a reasoned discussion about end-of-life counseling. We might start by asking Sarah Palin to leave the room. There are no "death panels" in the Democratic health care bills, and to say that there are is to debase the debate.

Thu, Aug 20, 2009

Donald Lambro | August 20, 2009

Reports that President Obama's Justice Department has begun an "internal ethics investigation" into acting U.S. Attorney Ralph Marra's remarks about the root causes of corruption in New Jersey raised suspicions in certain political circles last week.

Diana West | August 20, 2009

The official story is that fear of Muslim violence drove Yale University Press (YUP) to censor the Danish Muhammad Cartoons and other imagery of Muhammad from an upcoming book about, well, the Danish Muhammad Cartoons.

Dan Kennedy | August 20, 2009

It’s rare to find reason to praise Newsweek Magazine. But in the July 20 issue, they revealed a little something about the high cost of taking too much from the rich.

David Gratzer | August 20, 2009

President Obama’s point person on health care isn’t his point person on health care after all. These days, wherever you’d expect to see Kathleen Sebelius – the respected former Governor of Kansas and newly appointed Health and Human Services Secretary – you’ll probably see the forty-year old Peter Orszag instead.

Janet M. LaRue | August 20, 2009

Obama’s presidential approval index is now at minus 6; 32 percent strongly approve of him and 38 percent strongly disapprove. Since his inauguration, his job approval rating has sunk from 65 percent to 51 percent. Only 27 percent trust him with the economic crisis, according to Rasmussen daily tracking polls.

Floyd and Mary Beth Brown | August 20, 2009

The abstinence message is coming through loud and clear to Christian youth, but another message promoted in many Christian churches is undermining it.

Frank Turek | August 20, 2009

As more Americans learn that “hope and change” really means more government and less liberty, support for President Obama is falling dramatically. That should be no surprise.

Meredith Turney | August 20, 2009

With the ascent of the Internet, modern political warfare is now increasingly waged online. The Obama presidential campaign raised millions of dollars through the Internet last year, and in doing so set a groundbreaking benchmark for utilizing social media to engage voters.

Hugh Hewitt | August 20, 2009

Most of the commentary on David Axelrod's contract with his former political campaign and consulting firm has missed the crucial point.

Matt Barber | August 20, 2009

Lincoln's Gettysburg Address comes to mind. In the art of persuasion, it's often most effective to paint in brief, colorful strokes.

Thomas Sowell | August 20, 2009

Amid all the controversies over medical care, no one seems to be asking a very basic question: Why does it take more than 1,000 pages of legislation to insure people who lack medical insurance?

Michael Barone | August 20, 2009

Robert Novak's voice was mostly stilled after he was diagnosed with brain cancer in July 2008 -- he seemed to adhere to his longstanding practice of never writing a column in which he did not break news -- but he surely anticipated the problems now facing Barack Obama and Democratic congressional leaders, optimists all.

Larry Elder | August 20, 2009

"We spend more on health care than most other countries." "We need to bring costs down." To address these complaints, enter ObamaCare -- which may or may not include a "public option" or a taxpayer-assisted "co-op" to keep insurance companies "honest." But do countries with government-run health care succeed in retaining high quality while "bringing costs down"?

Mike Adams | August 20, 2009

Welcome back! I am so glad to start another semester here at UNC by the Sea. I just got back from teaching at Summit Ministries in Manitou Springs, Colorado.

Ken Blackwell | August 20, 2009

An independent polling company is out with a new survey with stunning news: Family Research Council’s ad warning of President Obama’s government takeover of health care is being highly effective.

Cal Thomas | August 20, 2009

Seven months after taking office amidst a religious-like faith that he was the one (or even The One) we had been waiting for, President Barack Obama is beginning to resemble a shooting star.

Jillian Bandes | August 20, 2009

Are physician-owned medical groups a silver bullet for health care reform, a bad idea from yet another special interest group, or just one component of a larger reform package?

Steve Chapman | August 20, 2009

Opponents of same-sex marriage reject it on religious and moral grounds but also on practical ones. If we let homosexuals marry, they believe, a parade of horribles will follow -- the weakening of marriage as an institution, children at increased risk of broken homes, the eventual legalization of polygamy and who knows what all. Well, guess what? We're about to find out if they're right.

Ross Mackenzie | August 20, 2009

Domestically, it's a heart beating hotly for throttling American industry in the name of a cleaner environment. For "energy independence" without expanded nuclear power.

George Will | August 20, 2009

It began with the proliferation of campus "speech codes" ostensibly designed to promote civility but frequently used to enforce political conformity. The new censorship accelerated with the McCain-Feingold legislation that licenses government regulation of the quantity, timing and content of speech in political campaigns. Now the attack on First Amendment speech protections has taken an audacious new turn.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | August 20, 2009

The current health care conundrum is filled with health care non-sequiturs, or conclusions that don't make sense based on their premises.

Frank Turek | August 20, 2009

As more Americans learn that “hope and change” really means more government and less liberty, support for President Obama is falling dramatically.

Wed, Aug 19, 2009

Steve Poizner | August 19, 2009

Each day thousands of farmers in California’s Central Valley depend on water to produce America’s food, but that water isn’t being delivered. Inaction from Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Congress and state legislators are leaving thousands unemployed.

Janice Shaw Crouse | August 19, 2009

The President campaigned on a promise of “hope and change.” We got plenty of change, but hope is dwindling fast.

Ann Coulter | August 19, 2009

National health care will punish the insurance companies. You want to punish insurance companies? Make them compete.

Paul Kengor | August 19, 2009

What if a president, on his own initiative, under no demands from staff or from supporters or opponents, set out to spend an unprecedented amount of money on AIDS in Africa, literally billions of dollars, at a time when the nation could not afford it, citing his faith as a primary motivation and, ultimately, saved more than a million lives?

Paul Greenberg | August 19, 2009

The Great Explainer is at it again. Every era has one, or maybe quite a few if it's as enlightened, liberated and gullible as our own.

Michael Reagan | August 19, 2009

This week I was saddened to learn that conservative stronghold Robert Novak was lost to his long battle with brain cancer. While his life was long and full, his loss will be keenly felt.

Scooter Schaefer | August 19, 2009

As a recent graduate of George Mason University, I can attest that the details of this July's Obama-Gates controversy will most likely fade into the sun-drenched carefree months of your typical college students' summer.

Thomas Sowell | August 19, 2009

When famed bank robber Willie Sutton was asked why he robbed banks, he said: "Because that's where the money is."

Michelle Malkin | August 19, 2009

How much longer until the pay czar is determining all corporate pay he wishes to deem "inappropriate, unsound or excessive"?

John Stossel | August 19, 2009

Conservative Republican critics need not look any further than Economics 101 to find good reasons to worry about Obama's nationalization scheme.

Walter E. Williams | August 19, 2009

Harvard Professor Henry Gates' arrest has given new life to the issue of racial profiling. We can think of profiling in general as a practice where people use an observable or known physical attribute as a proxy or estimator of some other unobservable or unknown attribute.

Brent Bozell | August 19, 2009

There are an awful lot of people I know in the world of public policy, many of whom I respect and admire. But beyond respecting his wisdom and admiring his courage, I just plain like Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League. I like his Irish feistiness. I like his sense of loyalty. I like his sense of humor. Most of all, I like how he drives his opponents mad.

Jonah Goldberg | August 19, 2009

To listen to the White House and its supporters in and out of the media, you would think that opposition to "ObamaCare" is the hobgoblin of a few small minds on the right.

Michael Medved | August 19, 2009

At a time of economic pain and insecurity, populist outrage inevitably focuses on corporate leaders who pocket huge paychecks despite the wretched performance of their companies.

Ben Shapiro | August 19, 2009

What exactly are co-ops?

Terry Jeffrey | August 19, 2009

The current debate over whether the national health care plan being developed in Congress should or should not include a so-called "public option" -- a health insurance plan set up by the government to compete with private health insurance providers -- misses the point.

David Harsanyi | August 19, 2009

Nearly everything we do in life depends "in part" on "chance." So we might as well think of our entire existence as one colossal game of craps -- with government as the hairy-knuckled, silk-suited mobster calling in the "vig" (whatever the heck that is).

Austin Bay | August 19, 2009

In the midst of the Cartel War's vicious bloodletting, Mexican president Felipe Calderon continues to pursue his "systemic revolution" on multiple fronts, and he's doing so with an enviable cool and steadiness.

Jacob Sullum | August 19, 2009

Two years ago, the Senate rejected an attempt to regulate "astroturf," professional political agitation aimed at stimulating (or simulating) grassroots activity. Recently, that measure's supporters have been saying, "I told you so," citing the debate over who is behind boisterous criticism of President Obama's health care agenda at congressional town hall meetings. But if the problem is that special interests with deep pockets tend to dominate public policy debates, stricter limits on political speech will only make things worse.

Marvin Olasky | August 19, 2009

One of the favorite words of President Obama and his supporters is "justice," often combined with the adjective "social." We hear calls for government-imposed economic redistribution through taxes and various kinds of welfare, and advocates of same-sex marriage also talk about "social justice."

Carrie Schwab Pomerantz | August 19, 2009

Certified Financial Planner Carrie Pomerantz answers readers' top questions in this edition of "Ask Carrie."

Tue, Aug 18, 2009

Donald Lambro | August 18, 2009

The gutsy admonition that "failure is not an option" has turned into the "failed public option" in President Obama's trouble-plagued, government-run health care plan.

Emmett Tyrrell | August 18, 2009

It took cancer longer than a year to kill Bob Novak, and actually, this was the fifth cancer that tried to kill him. Let that stand as testimony as to how tough this guy was.

Larry Kudlow | August 18, 2009

Now we say good-bye to Robert Novak, who passed away early Tuesday morning at the age of 78. Yet another conservative icon has left us. He was a good friend, and an amazing reporter. In fact, I believe he was the best reporter of his generation, which spans all the way back to the Eisenhower years.

Tim Carney | August 18, 2009

Robert Novak’s long career should serve as the inspiration for American skepticism about Big Government—especially during this time of “hope and change.”

Rachel Marsden | August 18, 2009

Holiday optics matter for politicians. These are people who painstakingly spend hours trying to figure out the best setup for a speech or press conference room.

Ken Klukowski | August 18, 2009

Three Florida school employees will go to federal court on September 17 to see if they'll be thrown behind bars. The reason? Prayer. Their school made a deal with the ACLU to stop praying and this ridiculous situation proves that you can't make a deal with the devil.

Rich Galen | August 18, 2009

Afghanistan will hold its second-ever elections for President on Thursday. The Afghans will also be holding their second-ever elections for provincial councils. It will be the first time the two elections are held on the same day.

Thomas Sowell | August 18, 2009

There was a time when rushing a thousand-page bill through Congress so fast that no one has time to read it would have provoked public outrage. But now, this has been attempted twice in the first 6 months of a new administration.

Chuck Norris | August 18, 2009

I've read on several blogs that if my tears can cure cancer, I should take care of universal health care. Cute.

John Hawkins | August 18, 2009

Although racism certainly exists in this country, it has become blessedly rare and marginalized. Some of the best evidence you can find for that is Barack Obama's election as President.

David Limbaugh | August 18, 2009

As I write this, I don't know whether President Barack Obama and his Democrats will end up pretending to abandon the public option aspect of Obamacare, but I do know that if they do, it will only be a matter of time before they resurrect it because that's where their heart is.

Mona Charen | August 18, 2009

It is a fact of life -- sad or not I leave to readers -- that most Americans have no strong feelings about our northern neighbor because we often forget entirely that Canada exists.

Cal Thomas | August 18, 2009

For the past month I have watched British media report and comment on the American health care uproar. American cable networks are also available here.

Dennis Prager | August 18, 2009

If Western liberal civilization endures, it will be despite the modern university, not because of it.

Pat Buchanan | August 18, 2009

Glancing over the New York Times Book Review Sunday, one finds three of the top four non-fiction best-sellers were written by conservatives -- columnist Michelle Malkin, talk-show host Mark Levin and Fox News contributor Dick Morris.

Debra J. Saunders | August 18, 2009

When Barack Obama was 11, his mother and grandmother took him and his half-sister Maya on the most American of family vacations -- a road trip that included Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon.

Phyllis Schlafly | August 18, 2009

President Obama went to Guadalajara, Mexico, in August as part of his promise to "rejoin the world community" and become a "citizen of the world." He participated in a conference with Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Rebecca Hagelin | August 18, 2009

Moms everywhere are aghast at teen idol Miley Cyrus' recent pole dancing and exaltation of Britney Spears as her hero.

Mon, Aug 17, 2009

Carrie Lukas | August 17, 2009

Thus far, the role of the old guard feminist groups has been typical of a liberal advocacy group: They are lobbying for the biggest government option on the table.

Courtney O'Brien | August 17, 2009

In early August, a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ordered California to reduce its prison population by 40,000 inmates in the next two years.

John Wohlstetter | August 17, 2009

The prime focus of concern since Judge Sonia Sotomayor was nominated for the Supreme Court has been on what extent, freed from the constraint of appellate reversal of her judicial opinions, she might apply her racial and gender philosophy.

Michael F. Cannon | August 17, 2009

The Obama administration's offer to drop a Medicare-like health insurance option for Americans under age 65 is neither a surprise nor a comfort, because it does nothing to change the administration's dangerous plan for health reform.

Bill Steigerwald | August 17, 2009

Environmentalists and the media have successfully bamboozled half the populace and every school child in America into believing large numbers of polar bears are starving and drowning in the Arctic because of global warming.

Allen Hunt | August 17, 2009

An honest conversation, filled with reality and facts, instead of mindless political correctness and sensitivities, would be a really good place to start.

Wynton Hall | August 17, 2009

It never fails: Democrat elitism always boomerangs back on itself.

Harry R. Jackson, Jr. | August 17, 2009

This week I was shocked by the news that a long list of “progressive” ministers came out in support of the administration’s healthcare plan. They claim that universal health care is a moral issue.

Robert Knight | August 17, 2009

A direct threat to Christianity and Judaism, relativism is just as deadly to liberal societies, which is why even nonbelievers need to take the threat seriously.

Michael Barone | August 17, 2009

Congratulations. You have truly changed America. Those of you under 30 voted 66 percent to 32 percent for Barack Obama, an unprecedented margin.

Terry Paulson | August 17, 2009

We can say with confidence that Americans love sales. They love good deals and “free” government services. Incentives matter and always will.

Bruce Bialosky | August 17, 2009

Politics is a team sport. People who do not realize that live on the fringes and generally are unsuccessful in getting anything done.

George Will | August 17, 2009

It is a poker skill to know when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em. Congress probably should fold its interference with Internet gambling.

Neal Boortz | August 17, 2009

Any federal tax increase on me is going to cost you money, not me.

Laura Hollis | August 17, 2009

Saying that health care is a “public good” sounds wonderful – the kind of statement with which no intelligent and compassionate person could disagree.

Joseph C. Phillips | August 17, 2009

Democrats disparaging voters and telling those that disagree with them to sit down and shut up may demonstrate some political savvy of which I am unaware.

Robert Knight | August 17, 2009

In recent years, many people have abandoned the search for transcendent truth, replacing it with a quest for personal fulfillment. This is the alluring but poisonous siren song of relativism.

Star Parker | August 17, 2009

It's not just Republicans. The gap between the president's approval from Democrats and from independents has expanded from 25 points last February to 37 points today.

Sun, Aug 16, 2009

David Stokes | August 16, 2009

The other day, I was in the pharmacy at my local HMO facility picking up a prescription. I know you aren’t supposed to listen to what the people up at the window are saying, but this one guy was virtually shouting and was quite hard to ignore.

Salena Zito | August 16, 2009

The Republican Party became Humpty Dumpy in August 2006 and, by the 2008 election, all the king’s horses and men couldn’t put the cracked party together again.

Austin Hill | August 16, 2009

The party in charge in Washington is doing a horrible job. But can Republicans do any better?

Debra J. Saunders | August 16, 2009

The latest infamous incident of Major Airline Tarmac Dysfunction occurred in Minnesota last weekend when a severe storm curtailed Continental ExpressJet Flight 2816.

Steve Chapman | August 16, 2009

A hammer is a marvelous tool, but only for the right job. If you took an expensive watch to a repairman and he pulled out a hammer, you would be extremely nervous, if not aghast.

Ken Connor | August 16, 2009

Ask any politician in the free world, and they will tell you that intense public scrutiny and uncomfortable clashes with detractors are all in a day's work for an elected official.

Doug Giles | August 16, 2009

I haven’t seen choreography that tight since the finale of So You Think You Can Dance.

Paul Jacob | August 16, 2009

Could Congress be as clueless as Alfred E. Neuman: "What? Me untrustworthy?"