Helicopter Ben Bernanke passed his reconfirmation vote in the Senate Banking Committee this week. But he passed by 16 to 7. Most of the Republicans voted against Bernanke, as did one Democrat, Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon.
In 2005, the National Rifle Association of America enacted a law that probably saved the American gun-making industry from bankruptcy.
It is hard to seize the initiative. The consequences of acting are frightening. It is always better to let others go first. But sometimes that is impossible. Today it is becoming clear that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has no choice but to lead.
About a month ago, Barack Obama, in complicity with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev), bribed Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La) with $300 million of our tax money to add her vote to the 60 needed to bring some form of health care legislation to the floor.
For husbands everywhere, Tiger Woods. By comparison, we all look good. Even Letterman, Gov. Sanford and former Sen. Edwards said - "See!" It's like going to your wife's high school reunion and discovering the quarterback she could have married is a lot fatter than you, balder than you, and selling used cars. Tiger's another illustration of the principle: if it seems too good to be true, it is. Just like Obama.
Lest any citizen think the U.S. Congress is absorbed only in the weightiest matters like nationalizing the health care system, the House just passed another piece of legislation -- a bill urging that TV commercials be no louder than the shows in which they appear.
While Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid scrambles to assemble 60 Democratic votes for health care legislation that, according to the realclearpolitics.com average of recent polls, is opposed by a 53 percent to 38 percent margin, several Democratic members of the House are scrambling for the exits on what is starting to look like a sinking ship.
Italy is a nation with long stretches of lovely landscapes and volumes of rich history. I've always longed to return there -- that is, until I watched in horror at the kangaroo court that was the trial of American Amanda Knox.
I am rather sorry that Myles Brand has passed on to his reward. Brand is the fellow who, as president of Indiana University, gained enormous respect among liberals for ruining the basketball program of that basketball-loving university in that basketball-loving state.
The "jobs summit," the economy, Copenhagen (and East Anglia), Tiger Woods -- in the news an abundance of the bizarre. And let us not overlook Tareq and Michaele Salahi, that other uncredentialed couple oddly winding up in the White House.
Rushing to lock the nation into expensive health care and climate change commitments, Democrats are in an understandable frenzy because public enthusiasm for both crusades has been inversely proportional to the time the public has had to think about them. And the president pushing this agenda has, with his incontinent hunger for attention, seen his job approval vary inversely with his ubiquity. Consider his busy December -- so far.
Liberal newspaper people are so predictable when it comes to internal party fights. If it's inside the Republican Party, it's the conservative Republicans who are wrong. If inside the Democratic Party, it's the conservative Democrats who are wrong.
The public feels rightly outraged at lavish pay-packages for executives in government-assisted companies that have blown billions in recent years.
Due to pressure from enraged Americans, the most pernicious features of Obama's health care legislation have, for now at least, been stripped from his bill. This is no time for complacency, however, since the liberals are trying to push back and get the provisions back in.
It is symbolic of the Senate's health care bill that the section titled "No lifetime or annual limits" would allow insurance companies to impose annual dollar limits on medical care -- meaning that patients in need of expensive cancer treatment, for example, could still be bankrupted.
A strategist casting a cold eye on the Gallup poll tracking President Barack Obama's job approval rating might be tempted to give our president the following advice: Sir, you need more unmarried, unchurched, poor and inexperienced Americans.
In November 2002, a Hellfire missile launched from a CIA-operated Predator hit a vehicle on a road in Yemen's Marib province. The strike killed six al-Qaida terrorists, among them Qaed Senyan al-Harthi. Al-Harthi organized the October 2000 terror attack on the USS Cole (in the Yemeni port of Aden), which left 17 American sailors dead.
For connoisseurs of Obama-speak, last week's address featured a trifecta, combining three of his favorite rhetorical tropes. There was the vague reference to "those who" question his agenda, the "false choice" they use to deceive the public, and the determination to "be clear" and forthright, in contrast with those dishonest naysayers. These devices are useful as signals that the president is about to mislead us.
With health care reform looking more and more certain of passage – albeit without a public option – tea party protesters continue to congregate outside the U.S. Capitol and at Congressional district offices to protest not only health care, but high spending, soaring deficits, and increased government interference in their lives.
Washington is up to its old political shell game again, this time in an unprecedented way. While Americans are focused upon the Christmas season and the mainstream media on health care and President Barack Obama's two trips to Europe, the Democrats in Congress have slipped major pro-abortion legislation under the radar.
It's bad enough for America that President Barack Obama is a committed far-left ideologue, but when you couple that with his narcissism, you've got a recipe for a major disaster.
Today, shame seems to be something experienced after an action, if it is felt at all. Shame now follows what used to be considered shameful behavior before everything became relative and tolerable in a society that judges nothing, except those who judge certain behavior to be wrong.
The U.S. Senate defeated an amendment last week to restrict taxpayer funding of abortions under Obamacare. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., voted against the measure, arguing that it would require women to buy special riders to purchase abortion coverage.
The biggest political issue today and in the 2010 election is that one in six Americans are jobless. The political party that offers a solution has the best chance of victory -- but, so far, both parties just don't seem to get it.
Last week in the nation’s newspaper of record, the venerable New York Times, well-known columnist/commentator/Palin critic/conservative impersonator David Brooks mounted his soapbox and told those who harbor doubts about the economic recovery to cheer up because things are not as bad as they seem.
In an attempt to make our children feel as if their lives have meaning, many parents bustle them from countless sports, clubs, and social activities, and then back home for homework, quick dinners and weary evenings. We wake up the next morning and start the day with stress and mayhem…only to live the whole routine all over again.
The 15th UN climate change conference began in Copenhagen last Monday, continuing through the end of this week. It is estimated that 15,000 participants from 192 countries are attending. The conference is the result of two years of international talks, and is intended to produce a binding treaty to cut global carbon emissions.
‘Tis the season…. That is, to not refer to the Christmas Season as the “Christmas Season.” Of course, that’s old news. But what’s new news, or recent news, is the bewildering refusal in some quarters to call a “Christmas tree” a Christmas tree.
This is a true story, except for everything that was made up to make it more dramatic or to mock someone. Any resemblance to real politicians, as well as any insult to the religious beliefs of global warming alarmists, is purely intentional.
According to the conventional wisdom after last year's presidential election, Barack Obama's victory proved that a number of once-reliably red states -- Virginia, North Carolina, and Colorado among them -- were turning blue, perhaps permanently.
Last week, the worldwide summit on climate change in Denmark encouraged some and terrified others. During the past few years, the debate among many informed people has just not been about whether the globe is getting warmer or not, but about how our nation should respond to the “perceived” international threat.
Americans, not surprisingly, are feeling cynical. Gallup's just released Honesty and Ethics of Professions poll shows that for the first time, a majority -- 55 percent -- rate members of the U.S. House of Representatives low/very low for honesty and ethics.
The Norwegians may have awarded Obama the Peace Prize because he has replaced the reviled George W. Bush. But the speech Obama gave, despite a few veiled digs at his predecessor, sounded much more like Bush than they surely expected or wished.
The classical poet A.E. Housman wrote, “For nature, heartless, witless nature…” He might have said the same thing about history which like nature is neither cruel nor kind, right or wrong; it is simply indifferent. It has, as they say, no dog in the fight.
The release of some 3,000 emails hacked from the Climate Research Unit at East Anglia University illuminates the true intent of those in the forefront of one of the most complex scientific and political issues of our times: “Global Warming” (or, if you prefer, “Climate Change”).
Long ago, the wisest of all men who ever trod earthly sod reminded us to beware of those peddling false information, noting that they often appear in “sheep’s clothing,” but really they are nothing more than “ravenous wolves.”
Rep. Joe Barton, who considers the BCS part of the axis of evil, is incandescent, and prepared. Last January, this 13-term Republican, whose district includes Cowboys Stadium and nearly nuzzles TCU in Fort Worth, introduced the College Football Playoff Act of 2009.