Sat, Jul 23, 2011

John C. Goodman | July 23, 2011

Time and again President Obama has told us how he intends to solve our health care problems: spend money on pilot programs and other experiments; find out what works and then go copy it. He's also repeatedly said the same thing about education. The only difference: in education we've already been following this approach with no success for 25 years.

Kyle Olson | July 23, 2011

This approach to “merit pay” seems to be the equivalent of a t-ball game in which everybody gets a hit and scores a run. If nearly every teacher is receiving “merit pay,” then it ceases to be actual merit pay, and instead becomes a kind of generic bonus that won’t motivate anybody.

Jack Bouroudjian | July 23, 2011

“I’m afraid to do anything in the current political environment in the United States,” he said. “Those of us who have business opportunities and the capital to do it are going to sit in fear of the president.”

Mike Shedlock | July 23, 2011

The proposal involves the creation of a "European Monetary Fund" and it will require changes to the Maastricht Treaty. Paul Krugman does not like the austerity measures and ECB president Jean-Claude Trichet had to eat his words regarding defaults and acceptance of defaulted bonds as collateral. German taxpayers may potentially be screwed big time on this bailout.

Bill Tatro | July 23, 2011

But here’s the rub. If the debt ceiling is not raised, and I sure hope it’s not, the balanced budget amendment is no longer theoretical. It’s very real, and it’s happening right NOW.

Fri, Jul 22, 2011

AWR Hawkins | July 22, 2011

After campaigning for “equality” (which is something certain persons believe they secure only by being “married” to someone of the same sex), homosexual activists in New York were ecstatic to see New York legislators fabricate same-sex “marriage” on June 24.

Kathryn Lopez | July 22, 2011

Michele Bachmann gives me a headache. But it's not the congresswoman herself who is to blame for the pain. It's so many of the stories about her.

Byron Babione | July 22, 2011

In a great victory for religious liberty and equal treatment under the law, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has overturned a federal district court’s ruling which barred Centro Familiar Cristiano Buenos Nuevas Christian Church from occupying and holding worship services in its own building in downtown Yuma, Ariz.

Humberto Fontova | July 22, 2011

Say The New York Post hired Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's daughter to denounce several U.S. legislators and a former U.S. President as "insane"-- but described this apparatchik for a terror-sponsor innocently as a "columnist" and "Teheran-based news analyst." Might the disclosure of her employment and pedigree merit media mention?

Caroline Glick | July 22, 2011

Saying that Israel faces daunting challenges today and that those challenges will multiply and grow in the near future should not be construed as a partisan or ideological statement. Rather, it is a statement of fact.

Rich Galen | July 22, 2011

Every time I turn around someone is locking out someone; someone is threatening to lockout someone; and there is a deadline looming. There is always a deadline looming.

Hugh Hewitt | July 22, 2011

Weekends mean the phones on the Hill don't get answered. Twitter rolls on, however, and whether or not Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy check their feeds, their staffs do.

Tony Perkins | July 22, 2011

There has been a frenzy of drummed up controversy about Marcus Bachmann, the psychologist husband of a Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN). His “scandal?” A counselor in a practice run by Dr. Bachmann offered a client the service he requested.

Michelle Malkin | July 22, 2011

Dodd-Frank, the 2,300-page financial "reform" monstrosity spearheaded by Capitol Hill corruptocrats, turned 1 this week. It made too-big banks bigger. It made too-risky incentives riskier. It made a lousy economy lousier. Billed as a "consumer protection" act, Dodd-Frank has succeeded phenomenally -- in protecting and stimulating the business-stifling business of government.

Brent Bozell | July 22, 2011

Laura Ingraham calls her newest book, "Of Thee I Zing," a "comedic intervention" on the sorry state of our popular culture. It begins with a declaration of independence from the moral soup in which we swim.

Jonah Goldberg | July 22, 2011

Every political movement has its rhetorical strengths and weaknesses. The right can wax poetic about liberty and freedom, the left about the nobility of the poor and downtrodden. Nowhere do these differences come across more starkly than on the subject of taxation.

David Limbaugh | July 22, 2011

The vaunted budget plan from the "Gang of Six" is said to be growing in popularity, but all you need to know to oppose the plan is that a "gang" is behind it. Also, President Obama and Sen. Dick Durbin both support it. But let's not stop there.

Mona Charen | July 22, 2011

Free medicine! That's what Obamacare has brought you -- or should bring you, at least according to CNN. The story's opening sentence set the tone: "Contraceptives, sterilization and reproductive education should be covered by health insurance plans with no cost to patients under the health reform law, a new report recommends."

Oliver North | July 22, 2011

"Will your Boykin hunt?" asked the young man, admiring the little red spaniel at my side. "Casey" wagged her tail and sat, patiently waiting for me to check out of the local farmers market with a basket of fresh peaches, corn and tomatoes.

Pat Buchanan | July 22, 2011

They were called "terrorists," "fanatics" and "unpatriotic." Yet the principled resistance of the Tea Party Caucus in the House has put their leader right across the table from Barack Obama to negotiate the final terms of armistice in the debt-ceiling battle of 2011.

Suzanne Fields | July 22, 2011

Like it or not, Michele Bachmann is a contender. She triumphed over low expectations in the opening Republican debate. She advanced from flaky to crusty, from outlandish to charismatic, from beyond the fringe to inside the ring.

Linda Chavez | July 22, 2011

The Department of Labor is about to release figures on long-term unemployment that suggest a major shift in employment patterns in the U.S.

Diana West | July 22, 2011

This week, the madness of the counterinsurgency doctrine (COIN), which drives the war in Afghanistan, reached new heights -- or depths -- as revealed by two news stories.

Donald Lambro | July 22, 2011

President Obama's job approval score sank to nearly 40 percent this week in the midst of a budget and debt-limit crisis that threatens to further weaken our economy and America's future.

Kyle Olson | July 22, 2011

Any good community organizer knows an effective protest requires two things: a bully to excoriate and a catchy slogan that resonates in the public mind.

Floyd and Mary Beth Brown | July 22, 2011

"Americans want reform. The Republican majority in the House of Representatives was swept into office by promising reform. The Gang of Six Solution is the antithesis of reform. "

Jack Bouroudjian | July 22, 2011

During his company’s quarterly earnings conference call on Monday, Wynn—a man who has gone on record as saying he supports democrats like Harry Reid—declared Obama to be “the greatest wet blanket to business, progress and job creation in my lifetime.”

Morgan Brittany | July 22, 2011

European equities and the euro did a full reversal today, rising out of negative territory as details emerged on preparations for today’s European summit. We note several positives.

Bill Tatro | July 22, 2011

They call it transitory default, which means it only lasts for a few days. Apparently, in that window of “transition,” all sorts of games can be played in order to cover what is effectively a totally bankrupt system. Sound familiar?

Mike Shedlock | July 22, 2011

The granddaddy speculation of them all is the possibility Merkel might drop her opposition to common Euro bonds. That is the "nanny state" option I have written about many times recently. Fearing the common bond nanny state possibility, Otmar Issing, former ECB president issued a statement called the backers of common bonds "Euro Gravediggers".

Thu, Jul 21, 2011

John Ransom | July 21, 2011

Betcha five bucks that one year under a Palin presidency- or a Bachmann, a Perry, a Romney, or a Huntsman presidency, or a (Bill) Clinton regency- that the unemployment arrow will be pointing the right way.

Michael Gerson | July 21, 2011

Prime Minister David Cameron's largest public test began with a hasty return from an African trade mission. His staff had debated canceling the trip entirely, but decided this would give the appearance of being "besieged."

Paul Greenberg | July 21, 2011

Greece isn't the only country to try spending its way to prosperity -- only to find a sure way to poverty.

Sam Graves | July 21, 2011

Today marks one year since the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 was signed into law. One year since Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) and former Senator Chris Dodd (R-CT) chose to ignore our concerns that this bill would stifle the recovery, harm job creation and crush Main Street America.

Paul Kengor | July 21, 2011

I can't say we're teetering on that precipice, but Zuckerman's article got me thinking: Imagine if America today experienced an economic catastrophe similar to the 1930s. How would you survive?

David Holt | July 21, 2011

"Taxing American energy companies would actually increase the debt and deficit. It would also have the unintended consequence of forcing these companies to relocate to more hospitable tax climates overseas, taking American jobs with them."

Cliff May | July 21, 2011

Syria does not sit atop an ocean of oil, as does Saudi Arabia. It does not have a huge population as does Egypt. It does not wield economic and military clout like Turkey. But under the oppressive rule of Bashar al-Assad, Syria has been the primary agent of Iran’s ruling jihadis within the Arab world.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | July 21, 2011

When opportunities present themselves, do we have all the equipment necessary to take full advantage of them, or will we simply allow ourselves to be swept up, tossed about, and then left high and dry?

Larry Elder | July 21, 2011

For those who voted for President Barack Obama expecting him to bridge America's "racial divide," a question: "How's that working for you?"

Elisabeth Meinecke | July 21, 2011

An exclusive excerpt from Sen. Mike Lee's new book, The Freedom Agenda.

Cal Thomas | July 21, 2011

"Glee" is not just an American TV show, it is also the emotion many people feel and express toward the trouble Rupert Murdoch's News Corp is having, since they consider Murdoch's properties a blight on their formerly pristine media landscape.

Debra J. Saunders | July 21, 2011

I've been plagued with migraines for years. So when The Daily Caller reported that GOP presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann has had severe migraines, it took my colleagues but minutes to propose that I write on the controversy.

Kyle Olson | July 21, 2011

For some strange reason, some union activists prefer their organizations be referred to as “associations,” as opposed to unions. That's odd, given that the National Education Association has grabbed the union mantle with both hands, and the American Federation of Teachers adopted the slogan "A union of professionals."

Steve Chapman | July 21, 2011

Gambling has proliferated in America in recent years, and it's not about to stop. The Illinois legislature has approved a bill authorizing more casinos as well as slot machines at race tracks. Ohio has four new casinos in the pipeline. Maine voters approved a new one last year. Massachusetts lawmakers plan to consider a gambling expansion this fall.

Bill Tatro | July 21, 2011

First, you’re allowed to ask the politician any question. Of course, they will probably give you an answer to a totally different question. You then try for a second time to ask the same question repeated a different way.

Mike Shedlock | July 21, 2011

Once again the BLS does not ask directly ask people if they are employed. Rather the BLS determines that answer with a set of questions that likely produce a far different, and higher answer. Like do you have been paid for any work you did last week? If you answered yes, congratulations, you're employed!

Bob Goldman | July 21, 2011

Let's face facts: People have congregated around the water cooler since Mr. Dithers chased Dagwood around his desk. Still, I suppose the same management no-nos could make sense when you're chatting the boss up by the espresso machine or the ozone generator. Let's take a closer look and decide.

Virgil Goode | July 21, 2011

On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee voted 19-11 to pass Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s (R-VA) SAFE Act to abolish the Diversity Visa Lottery. The bill will now go before the full House.

Larry Kudlow | July 21, 2011

Now, there are glitches in this plan that cannot be overlooked. The biggest is the harsher treatment of capital gains. In a CNBC interview on Tuesday, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., told me that the investment tax rate would rise to 20 percent from 15 percent. This is a black mark. It's anti-growth. Coburn, however, also told me that the tax treatment of IRAs and 401(k)s would not change in this plan. That's good.

Michael Barone | July 21, 2011

When governments want to encourage what they believe is beneficial behavior, they subsidize it. Sounds like good public policy. But there can be problems. Behavior that is beneficial for most people may not be so for everybody. And government subsidies can go too far.

Emmett Tyrrell | July 21, 2011

"It seems Rep. Michele Bachmann is under increased scrutiny for her religious views, even as she climbs ever higher in the presidential polls."

Wed, Jul 20, 2011

Ann Coulter | July 20, 2011

In December 1996, a Florida couple, John and Alice Martin, who sounded suspiciously like union goons, claimed to have inadvertently tapped into a phone conversation between then House Speaker Newt Gingrich and House Republican leadership.

Janet M. LaRue | July 20, 2011

As if the public isn't fed up with racism and sexism in politics, political pundits, short on creativity and long on mimicry, have added another "ism" when discussing the possibility of Gov. Rick Perry of Texas announcing his run for president.

Frank Gaffney | July 20, 2011

It's not exactly news that Obama is determined to go to unprecedented lengths to mollify, appease and otherwise pander to the "Muslim world." But at what point do these efforts cross the line from a misbegotten policy to one that is downright anti-American?

Jeff Jacoby | July 20, 2011

With more people tend to come more progress and more prosperity. That's why the birth of virtually any baby is cause to rejoice, and why parents who decide to raise another child bestow a gift on all of us.

Marybeth Hicks | July 20, 2011

I'm working the refreshment tent this week at the music festival in my hometown, putting in my volunteer hours for our children's school, when I realize I am not shocked by the tattoo-covered, fifty-something woman walking toward me in Daisy Duke shorts and midriff-baring bustier.

Rich Galen | July 20, 2011

Every dollar of the $3.7 trillion dollars that the Federal government is scheduled to spend before September 30, 2011 has got a patron - someone who believes that dollar is not just a good and necessary expenditure; but better and more crucial than any other of the dollars the government is scheduled to spend.

Michelle Malkin | July 20, 2011

Immediately after President Obama took office, his Hollywood benefactors clamored for the creation of a "Secretary of Culture." Tinseltown was disappointed with the administration's crony arts czar choice (Chicago lawyer Kareem Dale), but left-wing artists and entertainers have now been mollified.

John Stossel | July 20, 2011

Herman Cain has an impressive record in the business world. He was a successful vice president at Pillsbury and Burger King, then he turned around the failing Godfather's Pizza. Is that the kind of person the country needs as president? Cain thinks so.

Walter E. Williams | July 20, 2011

Last December, I reported on Harvard University professor Stephan Thernstrom's essay "Minorities in College -- Good News, But...," on Minding the Campus, a website sponsored by the New York-based Manhattan Institute.

Jonah Goldberg | July 20, 2011

The president, we are told, is a pragmatist for wanting a "fair and balanced" budget deal. What that means is tax increases must accompany spending cuts. Any significant spending cuts would be way in the future. The tax increases would begin right after Obama is re-elected.

Tony Blankley | July 20, 2011

In Atlanta, the teachers cheat on exams so the students don't have to. It doesn't raise the knowledge level of our children, but it gets the school system past the next exam -- even as the system continues its death spiral.

Michael Medved | July 20, 2011

Senator Mitch McConnell’s original suggestion for solving the nation’s debt ceiling dilemma outraged many of his fellow conservatives and would, if enacted in its initial form, have probably produced deep disgust in the public at large

Ben Shapiro | July 20, 2011

For those who couldn't tell from my name, I'm a Jew. Not only am I Jew, I'm an Orthodox Jew. I pray three times a day to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. I keep kosher. I wear phylacteries in the morning, and I say the Shema at night. And I love Texas Gov. Rick Perry's "The Response."

Terry Jeffrey | July 20, 2011

It should surprise no one that a government that will not adequately enforce the immigration laws within its own Energy Department facilities will not adequately enforce them anywhere else.

David Harsanyi | July 20, 2011

Remember that the president's last tangible stab at a "responsible choice" was a budget that would have added $9 trillion of debt over the next 10 years. This was months before he realized the debt ceiling debate and "economic Armageddon" could bring about political opportunity.

Matt Towery | July 20, 2011

Once when George W. Bush looked to be in steep political trouble, his mother Barbara famously said that she'd seen this movie before and didn't like how it ended.

Austin Bay | July 20, 2011

Two of the oldest tricks in the Middle Eastern dictator's grab-bag of deceit and thuggery have failed Syria's Bashar al-Assad. In early June, Assad's regime played the Israel card.

Paul Greenberg | July 20, 2011

Consider this an obituary for a newspaper. The suddenly late News of the World succumbed at 168 this month to a fatal case of shame aggravated by financial calculation. Its chronic hubris became acute under its latest owner, who has not been free of that malady himself.

Jacob Sullum | July 20, 2011

Only in Washington, D.C., would Mitch McConnell's Rube Goldbergian plan to capitulate on the national debt limit without admitting it be taken seriously. The Senate minority leader's "Plan B" is Exhibit A in the case against Congress, which dodges responsibility with the alacrity of a roach dodging a shoe.

Ed Feulner | July 20, 2011

Want to improve the housing market? Evict Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Sounds harsh, but without such a serious, drastic step, the market won’t get better anytime soon.

Mike Shedlock | July 20, 2011

As Greek 2-year debt yields hit 39.15% the bond market finally forced the ECB's hand, and the Trichet group comes out looking foolish, not only on his "we say no to default" stance, even temporary defaults, but also on his ridiculous bluff repeated for the nth time just 2 days ago regarding the acceptance of Greek bonds as collateral.

Bill Tatro | July 20, 2011

I’ve heard all the excuses on television, from hosts to analysts and from executives to stock traders. When I sifted through all the data myself, it seemed to me that the old tale of the Emperor’s New Clothes was more true than ever.

Brent Bozell | July 20, 2011

On July 3, 1999, The New York Times exposed Al Gore for lying about his family in a national convention speech as vice president of the United States.

Tue, Jul 19, 2011

John Ransom | July 19, 2011

Obama and his friends have seriously miscalculated the public’s desire to have federal government intrude into their life. And the GOP will miscalculate if they think that the type of deal they cut in the spring to raise the debt limit will satisfy the base this time around.

Dave Ramsey | July 19, 2011

I know your heart is in the right place, but I don’t want you to fall into the American trap of thinking he’ll be happy if he has a Wii or you take expensive vacations every year. It sounds to me like he’s coming straight out of a big mess.

Donald Lambro | July 19, 2011

There have been many attempts to slay the deficit monster that lurks in the appropriations committee rooms of Congress, only to see it return to life more menacing than ever.

Rachel Marsden | July 19, 2011

"Some argue that Obama is merely a victim who was in the wrong place at the wrong time when the till ran empty."

Rebecca Hagelin | July 19, 2011

From the time we are children until our dying day, we will find ourselves subjected to ridicule and hate when we dare to stand for what is right. And when it happens, we also painfully discover that decent bystanders are often silenced by fear.

Rachel Alexander | July 19, 2011

Child custody and support laws have become more onerous over the last 50 years due to fewer parents staying together and women becoming equally as capable as men at earning a living outside the home.

Robert Knight | July 19, 2011

Over the past 90 years, a relentless campaign has unfolded to overthrow Judeo-Christian morality and replace it with an amorality that says desires in and of themselves validate choices.

Thomas Sowell | July 19, 2011

Life has many good things. The problem is that most of these good things can be gotten only by sacrificing other good things. We all recognize this in our daily lives. It is only in politics that this simple, common sense fact is routinely ignored.

Byron York | July 19, 2011

The story Obama told about his mother's health care, Scott writes, was "abbreviated" -- the abbreviation was to leave out the fact that Ann Dunham had health insurance that paid for her treatment.

Chuck Norris | July 19, 2011

President Barack Obama and House Republicans' showdown over the debt and deficit quickly is turning into Washington's OK Corral.

John Hawkins | July 19, 2011

Like Douglas Adams' description of space, the economic issues in this country have become quite big. In fact, most people are, in a very real way, unable to comprehend how "vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big" our problems have become.

Mike Adams | July 19, 2011

At the University of North Dakota (UND) the unthinkable has become a reality. A student has been found guilty of sexual assault despite the fact that local police refused to charge him with a crime – any crime.

David Limbaugh | July 19, 2011

There is an overarching reason we can't move toward a balanced budget, which underscores why we face ongoing stalemates over debt ceilings and continuing resolutions: President Obama doesn't want to balance the budget.

Mona Charen | July 19, 2011

To be a Democrat means to live in denial. Consider all of the things you must ignore or explain away.

Cal Thomas | July 19, 2011

If your disgust over America's crushing debt and the irresponsible leaders who refuse to reduce unnecessary spending has reached the fed-up point, there is an easy solution beyond whatever compromise might be reached in the current standoff between President Obama and congressional Republicans. Vote Republican in 2012.

Dennis Prager | July 19, 2011

While liberals are certain about the moral superiority of liberal policies, the truth is that those policies actually diminish a society's moral character.

Pat Buchanan | July 19, 2011

Though President Obama has run rings about the Republican Party in the debt-ceiling debate, that party can yet emerge victorious, if it will stick to its guns.

Debra J. Saunders | July 19, 2011

If Washington fails to raise the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling and default follows, the results won't mirror that of L.A.'s "Carmageddon" weekend (when Angelenos stayed home in response to a major freeway closure and then blamed the media for over-hyping the story).

Phyllis Schlafly | July 19, 2011

The World Trade Organization just ruled against the United States. Again.

Bill Murchison | July 19, 2011

Politicians are committed formally to doing their best for us, but they can't figure out as a body what we want, inasmuch as we appear to want everything: tax, spend, cut, raise, go to work, go away.

Lori Drummer | July 19, 2011

Almost two weeks after Georgia Governor Nathan Deal (R) released a report last week that detailed evidence of cheating on the state test in the Atlanta Public School System (APS), parents are still left to wonder who will be held responsible for these appalling actions.

Mike Shedlock | July 19, 2011

One of the things that can "save" the Euro is the creation of a European Nanny State, complete with joint fiscal policy and joint government bonds. Jean-Claude Juncker, head Euro-Zone finance minister, is in favor of the idea and ECB president Jean-Claude Trichet is agnostic. However, Jens Weidmann, the head of German Central Bank has ruled out the idea.

Mon, Jul 18, 2011

Larry Kudlow | July 18, 2011

Assuming there are real spending cuts in the Obama package, I wonder if it’s possible to insert a business tax cut in the deal that would repatriate foreign earnings of U.S. companies. Let’s say with a 5 percent tax holiday.

John Ransom | July 18, 2011

After the defeat of card check at the legislative ballot box, the former SEIU goon is acting creatively in order to implement portions of card check unilaterally. What would one expect from a guy appointed to his position despite his nomination being rejected by the Senate?

Caroline Glick | July 18, 2011

As bad as Israel's experience with post-withdrawal Gaza and South Lebanon has been, Israel's prospects with a post-withdrawal Judea and Samaria will be far worse.

Armstrong Williams | July 18, 2011

Talk is cheap. That's not me saying it. That's the world's three credit agencies, Moody's, Finch and now Standard & Poor's, which all have threatened that the U.S. risks losing its top-notch credit rating if it cannot fix the debt mess.

J.D. Thorpe | July 18, 2011

What does racial prejudice have to do with the debt ceiling debate? For the average person the answer to this question isn’t obvious.

Jeff Jacoby | July 18, 2011

In 5½ months, the sale of traditional 100-watt incandescent light bulbs will become illegal in the United States.

Fred Wszolek | July 18, 2011

More than two years ago, the nation was told by then Illinois Senator and now President Barack Obama, that there would be a new era of openness and transparency in government consistent with promises he made to change the way business was done in Washington, D.C.

Meredith Turney | July 18, 2011

"The best talent was in California and could have created thousands of jobs there. But it was the government's tax policies that drove the company into the arms of another state."

Rich Galen | July 18, 2011

Barack Obama may be the most surprising President in the history of the Republic. In his two-and-a-half years in office, no matter what has happened, it seems to have come as a surprise to him.

Caroline Glick | July 18, 2011

It was seven months ago that Mohammed Bouazizi, a vegetable peddler in Tunisia set himself and the Arab world on fire. The 26-year-old staged his suicidal protest on the steps of the local city hall after a municipal inspector took away his unlicensed vegetable cart thus denying him the ability to feed his family of eight.

Elisabeth Meinecke | July 18, 2011

As Washington spends the summer arguing over its spending addiction, GOP Sen. Mike Lee of Utah has a solution to help prevent the same crisis for future generations: a balanced budget amendment.

Humberto Fontova | July 18, 2011

This week an Iberia Airliner left Havana, landed in Madrid and found an obviously desperate Cuban stowaway.

Mike Needham | July 18, 2011

With everyone in Washington consumed by whether and how to increase our nation’s debt ceiling, the necessity for welfare reform seems oddly absent from the negotiations.

Lurita Doan | July 18, 2011

Albus Dumbledore advised Harry Potter that “Dark and difficult times lie ahead. Soon we must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.” As the final installment of the Harry Potter series comes to a close, it becomes clear that Harry was equal to that challenge, and that, despite great personal cost and effort, Harry consistently chose “right” over “easy”.

Michael Barone | July 18, 2011

It's hard to keep up with all the arguments and proposals in the debt limit struggle. But what's at stake is fundamental. The bedrock issue is whether we should have a larger and more expensive federal government. Over many years, federal spending has averaged about 20 percent of gross domestic product.

Star Parker | July 18, 2011

Approval rates for President Obama among whites have dropped from 56% in early 2009 after he became president to 39% now - a drop of 17 points. But over this same period, Obama’s approval rating among blacks has dropped just 8 points – 93% to 85%.

Mike Adams | July 18, 2011

Whenever I find myself in an extended argument about abortion I find that there are about six arguments I can expect to encounter before the argument has come to term, so to speak. But, fortunately, the six arguments all suffer from one fatal flaw, which makes them somewhat easy to rebut as long as the proponent of life stays focused on the central moral question of the abortion debate, which is “Are the unborn human?”

Katie Kieffer | July 18, 2011

When Michael Moore looks at a skyscraper, he sees a bloated monument to rich investors. He becomes nauseous and his lunch floats back up into his throat as he imagines the tenants who can afford Class A rent.

Ken Blackwell | July 18, 2011

America has a growth deficit. As the latest job report shows unemployment reached 9.2%-- the highest rate of 2011-- investors and employers continue to react negatively to this bad news.

Terry Paulson | July 18, 2011

Many Americans believe that the recession will soon be over if we just raise some tax revenue, make a few cuts, and stay the course.

Michael Gerson | July 18, 2011

Arguably the most famous living Englishman is, technically, not alive. But Harry Potter now determines the American conception of Britishness as thoroughly as Sherlock Holmes ever did.

Bruce Bialosky | July 18, 2011

Anyone who reads articles outside the Mainstream Media is well aware of the lack of diversity of thought on college campuses today. Students with opinions outside the conventional left-wing mantra inevitably face brutal retaliation, often accompanied by administrative reprimands.

Chris Poindexter | July 18, 2011

There was a time when different entities in this country issued a variety of currencies. It was economic chaos. The federal government stepping in to issue a central medium of exchange solved a lot of problems for a growing nation at the time.

Chris W. Cox | July 18, 2011

In 2009, at the behest of the Obama administration, the United States joined 152 other countries in endorsing a U.N. Arms Trade Treaty Resolution.

Mike Shedlock | July 18, 2011

We all realize the plane called Europe is going to crash. The debate now is when, where, and how big the smoking crater is after impact.

Sun, Jul 17, 2011

John Ransom | July 17, 2011

Another week and another round of comments and answers from my friends, both conservative and progressive. I see Lilly and Goshawk and Odin and James. And the week wouldn't be complete if bin Leaded didn't resort to name-calling. I suppose if you are going to write 30,000 words per week on a message board, you are bound to call someone a name sooner or later.

Bob Beauprez | July 17, 2011

If Obama wants some insight as to why the Republicans don't seem willing to just accept his ideas, he needs to look no further than his own record. As the two charts demonstrate, the policies implemented by the Democrats on his watch the last couple of years are an abysmal failure, having come up far short of even his own promises.

Paul Jacob | July 17, 2011

The United Nations shockingly notices the obvious, and expectedly ignores it.

Doug Giles | July 17, 2011

According to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Obama is pretty adept at tossing temper tantrums

Derek Hunter | July 17, 2011

Are you a Republican? If so, I’d like to congratulate you on your 8 point lead in the polls over President Obama in the 2012 race. Man, November 2012 can’t come fast enough...

Salena Zito | July 17, 2011

Candy Penny and her husband have owned their novelty shop here just long enough to not know what it was like when American tourists flooded this small Peterborough County town in Canada’s “cottage country.”

Austin Hill | July 17, 2011

“Did you hear about the new ‘Obama Happy Meal Deal?’” a friend posted on Facebook earlier this week. “You order whatever you want and as much as you want, and the person in line behind you has to pay for it….LOL!”

Debra J. Saunders | July 17, 2011

Democratic California state Sen. Loni Hancock is pushing legislation to end California's death penalty. "Capital punishment is an expensive failure and an example of the dysfunction of our prisons," she explained in a statement.

Kevin McCullough | July 17, 2011

Over the last two weeks a series of seemingly unrelated events demonstrate one clear idea. Radical activists, small in number and not even representative of the homosexual community at large, are intolerant bigots, who seek to do harm not just to people with who they disagree, but to those that would be helped by the groups they disagree with.

Steve Chapman | July 17, 2011

It was once suggested, as a general rule of staying alive, never to fly on an airline named after a state or the owner. As a general rule of sound government, it's also a good idea never to enact a law named after a person. Personalizing criminal law usually stems from fruitless outrage at a freakish event.

Mike Shedlock | July 17, 2011

Obama offered up a fat pitch that Republicans can hit out of the park. All Republicans have to do is insist on ending collective bargaining rights of public unions and scrapping Davis-Bacon in return for very modest tax hikes. Such a deal would be well worth it. Republicans would even win if Obama rejected it.

Bob Goldman | July 17, 2011

Cubical walls are designed to be the modern equivalent of bundling boards for consenting co-workers, while corporate retreats, once hedonistic playgrounds for the executive staff, have become sedative as quilting bees, only not as much fun.

Mark Baisley | July 17, 2011

While young Americans won’t easily relate to traditional GOP heroes, there are some appealing, contemporary characters whose personal convictions have matured to conservative creeds. I urge the following celebrities to increase their public voice in politics for America’s under-40 population.

Ken Connor | July 17, 2011

Another week has come and gone, and our government still cannot agree on a plan for addressing America's impending financial disaster.

Michael Youssef | July 17, 2011

The headline on the July 14, 2011, edition of the British paper, The Telegraph, heralded some very bad news for British Anglicans. It declared, “Aging Church of England 'will be dead in 20 years.'