Sat, Jul 09, 2011

John C. Goodman | July 09, 2011

Most conservative critics of the Massachusetts health reform have focused on any piece of bad news about the program they can find. After all, if this is the model for the federal legislation everyone calls “ObamaCare” it’s got to have a lot of defects. Right?

John Ransom | July 09, 2011

The presidential candidate who once promised that he’d never, ever raise taxes on anyone making less than $250,000 has become the president who has proposed another set of tax increases that will be felt most acutely by the poor and the middle class.

Kathryn Lopez | July 09, 2011

Want a little wisdom? Given we're a culture that tends to be self-help hungry, odds are that you and I aren't hostile to a little good advice. Who would be?

Floyd and Mary Beth Brown | July 09, 2011

Writing a syndicated column in 2011 is night and day different from when we started writing for publication in the 1990's. The overriding change is the volume and immediacy of feedback.

Ed Feulner | July 09, 2011

At all levels of government the dreary, dishonest philosophy of Progressivism is a crashing failure in practice. Its grandiose promises are as hollow as Al Capone's vault.

Sandy Rios | July 09, 2011

What is the fascination with Casey Anthony? One 96-year-old grandmother in Alabama was so fixated; she knew the names of Casey’s entire family, the defense team, the witnesses and prosecutors. The Nielsen ratings demonstrated clearly that millions of Americans spent hour upon hour of their own precious lives watching this tragic scenario unfold. But why?

Bob Beauprez | July 09, 2011

QE2 was the $600 billion sequel to the first big run that the Fed had taken at jolting the economy back to life. When added to QE1, $2.3 trillion was pumped into the economy; a completely unprecedented effort.

Tom Borelli | July 09, 2011

With unemployment unacceptably high and a new onslaught of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations about to crash into a stumbling economy, now is the time for the Republican Majority in the House of Representatives to end the EPA’s regulatory madness.

Morgan Brittany | July 09, 2011

We think the weakness in government employment (down 39,000 in June) will continue as some state and local governments downsize. It is probably good for the outlook.

Jack Bouroudjian | July 09, 2011

History will ultimately decide whether QE2 and the Obama administration’s decision to inflate our way out of the Great Recession was right or wrong. I happen to think it was the wrong decision, but regardless, it’s the condition we’re in now and we must react accordingly.

Fri, Jul 08, 2011

Caroline Glick | July 08, 2011

Just as it always has, the fate of Lebanon today lies in the hands of outside powers. Hezbollah rules the roost in Lebanon because it is backed by Syria and Iran. Unlike the US and France, Iran and Syria are willing to fight for their proxy's control over Lebanon. And so their proxy controls Lebanon.

Christopher Prandoni | July 08, 2011

With Congress thankfully derailing many of the President’s radical proposals, Obama has used regulatory agencies to implement the policies Congress rejected.

Rich Galen | July 08, 2011

The future of manned spaceflight? Who will issue the call to "boldly go where no man has gone before?" We can't figure out how to raise the debt limit much less launch a mission to Mars.

Hugh Hewitt | July 08, 2011

Henry Kissinger has written a sweeping new history of China, titled simply On China, that acquaints the reader with the thousands of years of Chinese history.

Katie Pavlich | July 08, 2011

When Americans think of terrorist activity, we think of Yemen, Pakistan, Palestine and other places in the Middle East, but we overlook the rapidly increasing terrorism threat coming from Hezbollah operations taking place in Latin America.

Michelle Malkin | July 08, 2011

Splendid news: Our homeland security officials have sent fresh warnings to foreign governments that "human bombs" may try to board planes with surgically implanted explosives.

Brent Bozell | July 08, 2011

Actor David Schwimmer, best known as the sad sack Ross Geller on the hit '90s sitcom "Friends," is now bemoaning the sex-saturated Hollywood business atmosphere and its corrosive effects on society and women in particular.

Jonah Goldberg | July 08, 2011

"In recent weeks, it seems that the White House has discovered that, barring an entirely unforeseen economic boom, the Reagan analogy is a non-starter for them."

Mona Charen | July 08, 2011

It's impossible to read Ying Ma's fascinating memoir, "Chinese Girl in the Ghetto," without wincing. She was born in Guangzhou, China's third largest city. Throughout her mostly carefree early childhood years, she kept her family's secret: that her parents repeatedly sought permission to emigrate to the United States.

Oliver North | July 08, 2011

First the good news. The war in Afghanistan is being won.

Pat Buchanan | July 08, 2011

By refusing to accept tax increases in a deal to raise the debt ceiling, Republicans are behaving like "fanatics," writes David Brooks of The New York Times.

Suzanne Fields | July 08, 2011

A neighbor of mine, age 15, left the picnic on the Fourth of July expecting to set off fireworks in the family. He had a declaration of his own: "I'm off to play one of those violent video games the Supreme Court says are protected by my First Amendment rights."

John Ransom | July 08, 2011

Whether is was GITMO, withdrawing from Iraq, Obamacare’s effectiveness in bringing down healthcare costs, the wars of choice in Libya (and Afghanistan), the debt ceiling he voted against before he was for, the stonewalling of the oil industry- Obama has a lot of broken promises to answer for.

Linda Chavez | July 08, 2011

After nearly 40 years in Washington, I'm leaving the nation's capital pretty much as I found it when I arrived. The players have changed, but the problems haven't.

Donald Lambro | July 08, 2011

The demonstrably false party line being peddled by President Obama and the Democrats in the budget battle is that tax increases must be a large part of the deal because corporations and the rich don't pay their fair share.

Kyle Olson | July 08, 2011

The Black Panthers of the 1960s and 1970s and the New Black Panther Party today are known for employing violence, intimidation and radicalism to get their way.

Rachel Alexander | July 08, 2011

Politicians today are getting away with higher levels of disgraceful behavior. Even just a few years ago it was a shock when a high-level political official did something immoral or promoted inappropriate values.

Bill Tatro | July 08, 2011

Well, I won’t bore you with all the haggling and negotiating, but in the end I paid cash, and saved almost 30%. In one day alone, I achieved price reductions of 26%, 58%, and 30%. That’s real savings, and in my mind, a solid return on my cash investment.

Bob Beauprez | July 08, 2011

Jeffry Eisenach and Kevin Caves of Navigant Economics, a financial and economic analysis and consulting firm looked at the results of Obama's rural broadband expansion efforts. The results aren't very pretty.

David Limbaugh | July 08, 2011

Someone recently emailed and asked me to rebut the claim that fascism is a right-wing system.

Thu, Jul 07, 2011

Frank Gaffney | July 07, 2011

For some time, the outlines of an Obama Doctrine have been apparent. It can be summarized in nine damning words: Embolden our enemies. Undermine our friends. Diminish our country.

Humberto Fontova | July 07, 2011

McGovern's "friend" jailed political prisoners at a higher rate than Stalin during the Great Terror, murdered more Cubans than Hitler murdered Germans during the Night of Long Knives, and craved to nuke U.S. Presidential candidate George McGovern's very homeland.

Bryan Quigley | July 07, 2011

Nothing is more powerful than real life stories.

Diana West | July 07, 2011

"Our dependence on, in many cases, anti-American oil -- Saudi oil, Nigerian oil, Venezuelan oil and the rest -- will continue to rise, transferring our remaining wealth to the stand-out Shariah states, kleptocracies and Marxist states of the world, further entrenching that 'oasis of interdependence and cooperation.'"

Paul Greenberg | July 07, 2011

Remember the Misery Index? It tends to reappear whenever the economy exhibits a couple of unwelcome trends in unusual tandem: not just a high unemployment rate but more inflation, too. Talk about a double whammy.

Cliff May | July 07, 2011

On Tuesday, June 28th, outside the holy city of Qom, the rulers of the Islamic Republic of Iran test-fired 14 ballistic missiles, including long- and medium-range Shahab missiles and short-range Zelzal missiles. Staff | July 07, 2011

We sit down in front of 68" 3D flat-screen that we got from the big box store last week. Who knew you could finance a television?

Victor Davis Hanson | July 07, 2011

Recently, in symbolic fashion, spectators of Mexican ancestry in Pasadena's Rose Bowl did not merely cheer on the Mexican national soccer team in a game against the U.S. national team -- such nostalgia is natural and understandable for recent immigrants -- but went much further and also jeered American players and, indeed, references to the United States.

Michael Barone | July 07, 2011

It's racially discriminatory to prohibit racial discrimination. That's the bottom line of a decision issued last Friday, just before the Fourth of July weekend, by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Larry Elder | July 07, 2011

The Constitution means what it says and says what it means. All this Constitution talk produces the inevitable backlash. Staff | July 07, 2011

Females, I have breaking news for our gender. We are in no way as strong as men physically, considering that we are talking about the average size of most human beings. That’s right I said it.

Michael Reagan | July 07, 2011

According to a shocking news report, California legislators have enacted legislation that gives the state the dubious distinction of being the first state in the nation to require public schools to include the contributions of gays and lesbians in their social studies curriculum.

Cal Thomas | July 07, 2011

Meaningful deep-space exploration requires human participation for meaningful results. And, according to The New York Times, NASA is facing "a brain drain that threatens to undermine safety as well as the agency's plans."

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | July 07, 2011

Why would teachers and principals who were supposed to be focusing on teaching children focus, instead, on falsifying student achievement?

Debra J. Saunders | July 07, 2011

Three years ago this month, then-Sen. Barack Obama told an enthusiastic throng in Berlin, "In Europe, the view that America is part of what has gone wrong in our world, rather than a force to help make it right, has become all too common."

Emmett Tyrrell | July 07, 2011

Busy people read when they have a special opportunity, and during summer break I would like to remind them of good books to read. This summer, there is an abundance of them.

Emmett Tyrrell | July 07, 2011

It is summer and time to read books. I recall that Meg Greenfield, the sainted and deceased former editor of the editorial page of The Washington Post, made fun of the idea of summer books.

Steve Chapman | July 07, 2011

Any candidate for president can fall victim to occasional stumbles, lapses, gaffes and clunkers. But Mitt Romney has a shot at raising ineptitude to an art form.

Larry Kudlow | July 07, 2011

Any time some Washington big shot like Ben Bernanke or Tim Geithner claims that immediate spending cuts in the debt deal will harm the economy—ignore them. Completely.

Robert Knight | July 07, 2011

During this past July 4th weekend, Americans rightly celebrated American Exceptionalism and our hard-won freedom from European dominance.

Wed, Jul 06, 2011

Ann Coulter | July 06, 2011

The plague of single motherhood isn't an inevitable decay brought on by stupid choices of the underclass. Destroying the family is the active social policy of liberals. They enjoy experimenting with other people's lives and leaving the taxpayer with the bill.

Marybeth Hicks | July 06, 2011

In May, a Toronto couple made international news when they revealed what they’re not revealing: the gender of their baby, Storm.

Ken Blackwell | July 06, 2011

Liberal pundits are panicking over constitutional conservatism. They shouldn’t, because every child—whether the parents are liberal or conservative—will benefit from constitutional conservatism’s ascendency.

Rich Galen | July 06, 2011

It seems to me that this is a great test because we will be able to watch and see what Minnesotans decide what they can and cannot live without when it comes to state services.

Armstrong Williams | July 06, 2011

"To hold reign over the bully pulpit and not use it to cry out against even basic injustices is to neglect a key mission of the one who holds the Office of the President."

Donald Lambro | July 06, 2011

The likelihood that Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner may resign from his post later this summer is the latest sign that President Obama's team of economic advisers is disintegrating as the economy grows weaker.

Bill Murchison | July 06, 2011

A problem as big and many-faceted as the problem of the public schools couldn't possibly be the fault just of teachers -- or even of teacher unions. The National Education, even so, makes clear why teachers have lost so much of the devotion and respect they used to command from Americans.

Thomas Sowell | July 06, 2011

No one is more of a master of political talking points than President Barack Obama. Remember "shovel-ready projects"? These were construction projects where the shovels were supposed to start digging the moment the government gave them the "stimulus" money.

Michelle Malkin | July 06, 2011

First rule of Obama transparency: If it's a holiday, it's time for a White House document dump. Over the Independence Day weekend, the administration released its 2011 annual report to Congress on White House staff salaries.

John Stossel | July 06, 2011

What do Michael Dell, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and Mark Cuban have in common? They're all college dropouts. Richard Branson, Simon Cowell and Peter Jennings have in common? They never went to college at all.

Walter E. Williams | July 06, 2011

There's little that's intelligent or informed about Time magazine editor Richard Stengel's article "One Document, Under Siege" (June 23, 2011). It contains many grossly ignorant statements about our Constitution.

Brent Bozell | July 06, 2011

The media pandering on behalf of the Obama re-election camp already is astonishing. During the George W. Bush years, everything bad that happened in America somehow was connected to the malignant reign of "The Decider."

Jonah Goldberg | July 06, 2011

Across the country, it's a staple of schoolyards, Internet discussion groups, Twitter and sitcoms.

Tony Blankley | July 06, 2011

One would be hard-pressed to find a better example of sheer misguided reporting than the story in The Washington Post last weekend in which it was reported that "Newt Gingrich thinks he can revive his debilitated campaign by talking about Alzheimer's. ... For most presidential candidates, Alzheimer's is a third- or fourth-tier subject, at best.

Michael Medved | July 06, 2011

According to the conventional wisdom peddled by the major media, Jon Huntsman’s emphasis on civility in his nascent presidential campaign counts as admirable but ill-advised.

Terry Jeffrey | July 06, 2011

Fourteen-year-old Tommy, on his way to baseball practice at a neighborhood park, detours by a local computer-and-appliance store. He has cash in his pocket, earned from mowing lawns. He now invests most of it in a vile video game.

Ben Shapiro | July 06, 2011

On Tuesday, a Florida jury found Casey Anthony not guilty of first-degree murder in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee Marie. As so often happens in high profile cases, the jury was wrong.

Austin Bay | July 06, 2011

Since the middle of June, Berber rebels based in western Libya's Nafusa Mountain region have launched what is arguably the most successful and sustained rebel offensive action since NATO intervened last March.

Matt Towery | July 06, 2011

I know, and I get it. In my mind -- and this is just my opinion -- Casey Anthony had some involvement in the death of her child Caylee. And in the weeks following the tragedy, Casey displayed behavior that was both bizarre and callous beyond measure.

Kyle Olson | July 06, 2011

An investigation into New Jersey's largest teachers union finds that the Internal Revenue Service has an outstanding lien against the New Jersey Education Association for $56,730.31 in back taxes.

Jacob Sullum | July 06, 2011

There was a time when Barack Obama seemed more honest than Bill Clinton. While Slick Willie notoriously claimed he smoked pot but "didn't inhale," Obama candidly admitted: "When I was a kid, I inhaled frequently. That was the point."

Bob Beauprez | July 06, 2011

What Obama doesn't mention is that while he and his Democrat sycophants implemented his failed plan, the national debt has increased almost $5 trillion – about 50 percent – in just over two years.

Tue, Jul 05, 2011

John Ransom | July 05, 2011

Welcome to the next education "crisis" in America, kids. And the message will be brought to you by Obama for only $10 per union teacher.

Paul Greenberg | July 05, 2011

Higher education keeps getting lower. And not just in this state, where the core curriculum at the University of Arkansas' campus at Fayetteville is being hollowed out.

Rachel Marsden | July 05, 2011

"Justice is a game that doesn't necessarily uncover the truth. A person can be telling the truth and still have her case dismissed because the prosecutor doesn't feel it can be won with 100 percent certainty 'beyond reasonable doubt.'"

Fred Wszolek | July 05, 2011

Last week, when asked about the controversy surrounding the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) complaint against the Boeing Company for building a facility in the right-to-work state of South Carolina, President Obama responded that the regulatory agency was "independent." And while that’s what is stated on the NLRB’s Web site, nothing could be further from the truth.

Michael Youssef | July 05, 2011

That is right…profile me and all men who were born in the Middle East, have a Middle Eastern profile or have Middle Eastern names...why you say?

Frank Gaffney | July 05, 2011

"Instead of relying upon - let alone hiring - Muslim Brotherhood operatives and associates, the United States government should be shutting down their fronts, shariah-adherent, jihad-incubating "community centers" and insidious influence operations in America."

Carrie Lukas | July 05, 2011

For the eleventh time in the last ten years, Washington is debating raising the federal debt ceiling.

Alan Sears | July 05, 2011

Having just celebrated July 4, the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, it behooves us to consider the foundation upon which that document rests.

Caroline Glick | July 05, 2011

"Our World: Israel today faces the most daunting and complex threat spectrum it has ever seen."

Armstrong Williams | July 05, 2011

It almost goes without saying that the human brain is a remarkable computing machine. It stores everything we’ve ever heard or seen, and can process more than 2 million bits of information per second on average.

Humberto Fontova | July 05, 2011

My father was one of Castro's tens of thousands of political prisoners at the time, listening to the gallant Che's firing squads every dawn, wondering when his turn would come.

Thomas Sowell | July 05, 2011

It is hard to understand politics if you are hung up on reality. Politicians leave reality to others. What matters in politics is what you can get the voters to believe, whether it bears any resemblance to reality or not.

Chuck Norris | July 05, 2011

Last week, I began to contrast America's Founding Fathers' understanding of God's role in our republic with that of those at NBC, who omitted the words "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance.

Cal Thomas | July 05, 2011

At first he didn't want to do any national media, preferring to focus on Florida issues. He didn't make his maiden speech on the Senate floor until June 14, five months after being sworn-in.

Pat Buchanan | July 05, 2011

As President Bush prepared to invade Iraq in September 2002, the head of his economic policy council, Lawrence Lindsey publicly estimated such a war could cost $100 billion to $200 billion.

Phyllis Schlafly | July 05, 2011

The U.S. Supreme Court got it wrong in Brown v. Entertainment Merchant Association. This wasn't a First Amendment case, it was a parents' rights case -- and only Justice Clarence Thomas understood that.

Chris Poindexter | July 05, 2011

In just a few days some fairly big changes in the commodities and currency trading markets are expected to land with a thud. The changes stem from the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act aimed primarily at consumer lending, but is also having a wide ranging impact on securities trading.

Jack Bouroudjian | July 05, 2011

The national budget must be balanced. The public debt must be reduced; the arrogance of the authorities must be moderated and controlled. Payments to foreign governments must be reduced, if the nation doesn't want to go bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance. -Cicero

John Ransom | July 05, 2011

We had a shortage of liberals this week on the message boards and emails. But we have enough to make a scrum. So here’s “have at it” for this week’s edition of Email, Hate Mail and Comments from Readers.

Mon, Jul 04, 2011

Michael Barone | July 04, 2011

One of the interesting things about our country, the independence of which the Founders declared 235 years ago today, is that we have been a property-holders' democracy.

Star Parker | July 04, 2011

Michele Bachmann has drawn some media flack about her views on the minimum wage. She has said that the minimum wage is a bad idea and that getting rid of it would bolster employment.

Mike Adams | July 04, 2011

The thing that has my blood boiling right now is the misuse of five simple words: "I will pray for you." There is a time to tell someone you will pray for him. But there is also a time to avoid telling someone you will pray for him.

Katie Kieffer | July 04, 2011

Tell Little Miss Scaredy Pants and the rest of your neighbors that you are hosting a can't-miss Fourth of July celebration tonight featuring a "live" performance by pop star Katy Perry in your backyard.

Terry Paulson | July 04, 2011

Looking for some engaging guests for your 4th of July celebration? Imagine a few of our Founding Fathers dropping by!

Lurita Doan | July 04, 2011

As you celebrate the 4th, it might be appropriate to contrast the straightforward language of our founders with the weasel words now emerging from Washington, and all too frequently, from President Obama, who prefers euphemism-laden, convoluted, pixilated flummery.

Bruce Bialosky | July 04, 2011

On this Fourth of July there is a topic I want to confront. I thought long and hard before writing this column, even though the topic is a subject that profoundly concerns me. While my words come from the heart, I was, frankly, fearful that I would be branded a racist.

John Ransom | July 04, 2011

The next day, Washington marched out of Fort Necessity and surrendered the fort to the French. The French promptly burned it to the ground.

Paul Greenberg | July 04, 2011

He rose to speak in the midst of a colonial war that would prove more than a colonial war but a whole Novus Ordo Seclorum, as it still says on the dollar bill, or A New Order for the Ages.

Mike Needham | July 04, 2011

Debt ceiling negotiations are intensifying and the rhetoric is heating up. And President Obama’s insistence that we raise taxes to solve our spending problem has paralyzed the debate. It is clear that President Obama has neither the will nor the ideas to lead in this debate or lead this country.

Sun, Jul 03, 2011

Mark Baisley | July 03, 2011

Several months after the Bill Clinton staff moved out of the West Wing in 2001, George W. Bush’s press secretary Ari Fleischer confirmed to the Washington Post that the outgoing liberals had trashed the place.

Doug Giles | July 03, 2011

The land of windmills and tulips officially tabled legislation that effectively says to the Religion of Peace, "No, thanks."

Derek Hunter | July 03, 2011

There’s a new boogeyman in town and its name is “Corporate Jet.” It’s not quite the thing of comic book villains, but it is a joke. President Obama, the comedian-in-chief, launched into a tirade against the evil corporate jet owners in his press conference Wednesday.

John C. Goodman | July 03, 2011

How many people do you know who pay three health insurance premiums to three plans? The only ones I know have gray hair. They pay one premium to Medicare itself, another for Medigap insurance (to plug many of the holes in Medicare), and a third for drug coverage (Part D).

Salena Zito | July 03, 2011

How interesting that the Pittsburgh theme in history never goes away. Whether it is her people or the surrounding region, this one-time edge of the wild west threads itself over and over into our country's founding.

Austin Hill | July 03, 2011

“Failed state.” That sounds harsh, doesn’t it? Do a web search with the words “failed state” and names like Somalia, Haiti, and Sudan will appear on your computer screen.

Floyd and Mary Beth Brown | July 03, 2011

This a Fourth of July we are reflecting on the Founding Father's intensive study of the Roman civilization. Knowing history, they embraced Rome's virtues and eschewed her vices. The Founders understood the currents of history which gave us a collective heritage unrivaled. Sadly, we as a nation are turning our backs on the morality that made America special.

Andrew Tallman | July 03, 2011

Let me begin by saying that although I enjoy playing golf, I don’t generally watch it on television. So, I didn’t personally see NBC’s double-butchering of the Pledge of Allegiance last week during the US Open broadcast. But having since watched it, I believe I see this fiasco a bit differently from many of my fellow religionists.

Ken Connor | July 03, 2011

Elevating the rights of women in Muslim Countries is a cause that should galvanize Liberals and Conservatives, Christians, Jews, and American Muslims – indeed, anyone who is interested in equality and liberty and justice for all. The blessing of a free society is that our citizens are free to speak out on this issue even though our public officials can't find their voice.

Paul Jacob | July 03, 2011

Patriotism demands something more and different than mere ritual obeissance.

Terry Savage | July 03, 2011

There are many rip-offs out there, promising help and charging steep fees. That can only add to your woes. But it's even worse to ignore the situation and hope the debt collectors will give up on finding you.