A big week for the unions, with racketeering charges coming for the SEIU. We heard from Illinios Roy, who I think is really just Transport Secretary Ray Lahood in disguise. Plus what week wouldn't be complete without someone comparing Republicans to Hitler?
According to the Journal effort by the administration to raise the current fuel standard just to “the 35.5 mpg target by 2016 will cost the industry more than $50 billion.” The administration didn’t provide the Journal with costs for the 2025 standard but expect it to cost a ton, jobs-wise and financially.
Many years ago, when I was finishing work on my graduate degree in political science in New York, I took a course on international affairs. The professor was a Muslim man from Beirut, Lebanon. One day for some reason he was talking about Pope John Paul II and he paused and looked over at me and asked: “What is the pope like personally?”
With Louisiana's Signs of Hope Act, women can't get an abortion without a gentle reminder about options. In other words: actual choice. Written in the reality, too, that for some women, who are being coerced in one way or another, a sign may be a real liberation for a woman.
But to a few of us simpler types, this little impasse in congressional halls demonstrates that the system is functioning, and not functioning, just as the writers of the Federalist Papers and the framers of the Constitution designed it.
In news reports last week, the US Navy announced, with appropriate fanfare, that they will soon break one of the last remaining gender barriers in the American military establishment. They are training a cadre of 24 female officers for duty on combat submarines.
We don't think the August debt limit fight will improve the fiscal outlook, but there's still a chance that the debt limit will come up again in a few months offering an opportunity for pro-growth structural reforms including lowering the federal spending trend or selling federal assets.
Yesterday, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a confirmation hearing for Rebecca Wodder, an enviromental rdical and the Obama nominee to be Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks for the Department of the Interior.
I aim to be a good steward of information, folks, and right now, this market is worrying me. It’s trading scared, which means fear and panic have set in. That’s one of the reasons gold is flying—that’s a fear trade, pure and simple. These jokers in Washington have no idea what they’re dealing with here, and the market is reflecting that.
The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) could have written the book on how to get corporations to surrender. In fact, it has written the book.
President Barack Obama, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, and many in the media continue to forward the absolute farce that the federal government will default on August 2 if we don't increase the debt ceiling.
The playbook of the Washington establishment is getting old. Whether it is the Boehner plan, the Boehner plan version 2.0, the Reid plan or the Obama non plan, it all is scripted from the same playbook they have used for years.
Mattie Ross, the lead female character in last year's movie True Grit, is a 14-year-old in 1877 with determination so steely and speech so precise that some reviewers have complained. They claim that Mattie could not have existed, since the 14-year-old girls they know are flibbertigibbets. They're wrong: Some students I know are just like Mattie, capable of intense concentration rather than multitasking.
Whether or not one agrees with the ideological self-justifications of a terrorist, as a member of a liberal democratic society, one is expected to abhor his act of terrorism. Because by resorting to violence to achieve his aims, the terrorist is acting in a manner that fundamentally undermines the liberal democratic order.
“The terms scoundrel and traitor should precede every mention of Humberto Fontova!” raves the Castro regime’s captive (literally!) press. “Fontova’s books and columns are nothing but scandalous libels against our Revolution’s founders, Fidel and Che! Now he has another editorial outlet for his rants and libels against our leaders. Townhall has put him on their payroll of ranters against Obama, where he cuddles close to tacky and scummy blonds and brunettes.”
Many of us never thought that the Republicans would hold tough long enough to get President Obama and the Democrats to agree to a budget deal that does not include raising income tax rates. But they did -- and Speaker of the House John Boehner no doubt desires much of the credit for that.
"Millionaires and billionaires," President Obama says derisively, must make more "sacrifices" and live by the same rules the rest of America lives by. But there are seven little words that will never appear on the White House teleprompter: "And that means you, too, George Soros."
The worst thing about the 2008 primaries -- other than, you know, the result -- was the huge amount of time wasted on what amounted to a Republican "Spartacus" re-enactment. Instead of each nominee yelling, "I'm Spartacus," and, "No, I'm Spartacus," we got, "I'm Ronald Reagan!" "No, I'm the real Ronald Reagan here."
Yesterday, when I was arguing with a liberal he told me I was entirely too harsh in my assessment of today’s youth. He told me specifically that I needed to be aware of the fact that in 21st Century America one out of five boys gets bullied in school on a “regular basis.”
I hope that as we conservatives traverse these very difficult roads, we will always remember who the political enemy is. Our internecine fighting of late has given President Obama a bit of needed cover for his primary culpability in our nation's budget crisis.
One Wall Street source has told me that he believes that in the event of a debt ceiling deal not being agreed to by the president and Congress that the Federal Reserve will stand in as the buyer of record on maturing Treasuries, therefore taking care of principal payments. The Treasury Department would then presumably only have to pay interest on the debt.
Collectively, Washington has the attention span of a fruit fly. That's why all we have heard about lately are the consequences of failing to raise the federal debt limit -- action that has prompted no fewer than two dozen dueling news conferences, presidential addresses and Republican "responses" in the past 10 days.
Thanks to Tea Party fanatics, we are told, America just lost an historic opportunity to deal with her national debt. Because of Tea Party intransigence and threats against their own leader John Boehner, the speaker had to reject Obama's "grand bargain," the "big deal" of $3 trillion in budget cuts for $1 trillion in "revenue enhancement."
What would a world without tabloids look like? Not as much fun, for sure, if the tattletales and snoopers and others of irreverent ilk lost their voices on the printed page. Who would supply headlines such as, "Headless Body Found in Topless Bar" (New York Post), "Ford to City: Drop Dead" (New York Daily News), or perhaps the pithiest of them all, the show biz tab Variety on the stock-market crash that announced the Depression, "Wall Street Lays an Egg."
About a year before he made his first run for the presidency, I had a chance to sit down and talk extensively with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. I found him more personable than much of the media had portrayed him.
This is one part of a running series entitled “Indoctrination Fridays,” a weekly review of leftist propaganda incorporated into public school curriculum, much of it geared towards elementary students. For more of the series, please visit PublicSchoolSpending.com.
Well, the Fed did do something, and they’ve been doing it ever since. From quantitative easing to artificial rates, from press conference briefings to outright market manipulation, the Fed has been anything but the defender of free market capitalism.
In the end, we expect a payments shutdown to force a debt limit increase, with no default and continued rapid growth in federal spending and debt. Here's a list of possible outcomes from worst to best and our view of the market reaction. In the first three cases, we think there would be a bond rating downgrade.
How real is the US debt downgrade threat? What will come of us? Here now for an exclusive interview is David Beers. He's the global head of sovereign ratings at S&P, Standard & Poor's.
This week the fiscal crisis was momentarily interrupted for a public service announcement. The Pew Research Center issued a report showing that the racial disparity in net worth -- the wealth gap in America -- is growing.
"I don't see how else to interpret the omission of highly relevant news, the projection of Muslim victimization, and the apparent elevation of a criminal lunatic's pseudo-thesis to a means to silence "politically incorrect" critiques of Islam."
Some have called August 2 “Financial D-Day.” That is the date, according to Treasury Secretary Geithner, by which either Congress raises the debt ceiling or some government disbursements will cease.
On Friday, June 24, a federal court in Indiana struck down portions of a bold and innovative set of measures intended to strengthen the Hoosier State’s legal protections for its most vulnerable residents – children in the womb.
This is our moment to take a stand and attempt to change the unsustainable course we are on. Doing nothing or making negligible cuts will seal a Greece-like fate for our future. This is not intended to scare people through fear-mongering or demagoguery. It’s the simple reality of our situation.
On the heels of the tragic massacre in Norway, the internet and media have been abuzz with warnings about the potential threat of “Christian extremists.” Typical is an article from domestic terrorism expert Daryl Johnson entitled, “Christian Extremism from Timothy McVeigh to Anders Breivik.”
Barack Obama's political genius is his ability to say things that will sound good to people who have not followed the issues in any detail -- regardless of how obviously fraudulent what he says may be to those who have. Shameless effrontery can be a huge political asset, especially if uninformed voters outnumber those who are informed.
Most presidents affect the standing of their political parties. Ronald Reagan advanced his party's standing among young voters. So did Bill Clinton. In his first term, George W. Bush helped Republicans equal Democrats in party identification in the 2004 exit poll -- the first time that happened since polling began.
"In other words, under Obama, the government during the last three years has borrowed on average about $4 billion each day. That staggering sum is far in excess of the $1.6 billion per day during the eight-year tenure of George W. Bush, who until Obama's presidency had borrowed more than any peacetime president."
To hear Democrats tell it, two things cripple the chance for a budget deal: the dastardly tea party, and the GOP's failure to understand that its beloved Ronald Reagan was actually militantly pro-tax.
The SEIU, which has strong ties to the Obama administration, has been accused of using ties to the federal government to harass companies such as Sodexo. The alleged methods include using regulatory or government action to pressure or embarrass the company or its employees. If true, how high does that knowledge in the Obama administration go?
Here is what I do not understand: President Barack Obama is acutely aware of what will happen if Congress fails to raise the government's $14.3 trillion debt ceiling. As he told the nation Monday, if Washington does not raise the debt ceiling by Aug. 2, rating agencies are expected to downgrade the government's AAA credit rating, and interest rates will rise for everyone.
In the 1980s, conservatives and feminists joined to fight a common nemesis: the spread of pornography. Unlike past campaigns to stamp out smut, this one was based not just on morality but also on public safety. They argued that hard-core erotica was intolerable because it promoted sexual violence against women.
Some of the more often used expressions are “at the end of the day,” “just a soft patch” (that’s Fed speak), or “it is what it is.” An ad nauseam phrase is most often employed politically though, when a politician has lost his political balance and is attempting to regain his footing with voters.
The President’s policies have come home to roost. The dismal employment numbers, the loss of businesses fleeing to other countries, and the high energy prices that hurt individual families and hamper the nation’s productivity have come to a head and rating agencies are telling us this isn’t working.
The New York Times wasted no time in jumping to conclusions about Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian who staged two deadly attacks in Oslo last weekend. This was a big departure from the Times'; conclusion-resisting coverage of the Fort Hood shooting suspect, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan.
Of the most important issues facing Americans today, the stalled economy and high unemployment rate rank at the top of the list.
The debt ceiling is the amount of money that the U.S. Treasury has been authorized to borrow in order to pay the government's bills. Since it was introduced in 1917, the debt ceiling has been raised 102 times, 10 times during the last decade alone.
Thanks to proposed new “voluntary guidelines” on what food companies can market to children proposed by a government interagency working group comprised of four federal agencies, Americans could see the economy lose another 74,000 jobs.
"It ain't so much the things we don't know that get us into trouble. It's the things we know that just ain't so." That famous line, attributed to many authors but apparently said by humorist Henry Wheeler Shaw (aka Josh Billings), applies to history as much as anything.
The president's statements suggest that he sees labor-saving technological innovation as a contributor to today's high rate of unemployment. That's unmitigated nonsense. Let's see whether technological innovation causes unemployment.
How have we arrived at this place where the fate of our federal budget -- our economy, indeed our capacity to have a functioning federal government -- seems to depend on what two men (the speaker of the House and the president) may or may not be secretly talking about in an interior room in the White House?
Last week, a psychotic anti-multiculturalism, anti-immigrant, anti-Marxist named Anders Behring Breivik shot up a children's summer camp in Norway. This begs the question: when should an ideology be held responsible for murder undertaken by its adherents?
If Americans who tuned in to President Obama's televised address Monday night were hoping for a breakthrough in the budget crisis, they were sorely disappointed.
Apparently there is also a drug exception to the 10th Amendment.
Regarding the Reid plan itself, it really looks like a Republican plan: A $2.7 trillion spending cut to raise the debt ceiling by something like $2.5 trillion, and no tax revenues. So, really, what’s so bad about the Reid plan? Increasingly, Wall Street gurus want one debt-ceiling increase, not two.
Like the NFL quarterbacks, the debt game is coming up against a deadline, much like a game clock. It would appear the game is close, and both are trying to stick to their original game plan. Reid, however, periodically brings in the big gun, the President, to run a play or two designed to confuse and disrupt Boehner’s strategy.
Vocal patient advocates are increasingly distorting public health priorities, research agendas, and even public policy. Media and policy makers, as sympathetic to the voices of patients and family members as the rest of us, are giving the advocates influence that outweighs their credentials.
Hundreds of United Nations global warming scientists just met in France via Earth-destroying air travel, ironically at a time of unseasonably cool temperatures across France, to once again justify their funding.
"As the debt ceiling deadline approaches, Republicans, and Democrats who want to save what’s left of our country, had better throw away the bottle of Old Profligacy, sober up, and take up the Tea Party mandate to cut back government and restore our constitutional republic."
In the end, Obama might be doomed whatever he does. But as his campaign aides have pointed out, he's betting that voters will judge him on whether they feel he's taking the economy in the right direction, not whether he has reached any particular point.
"It’s alleged that over 2,000 guns were trafficked in this investigation. To put that in context, upon information and belief, the US Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment has approximately 2,500 rangers. That means that as a result of this investigation, the Sinaloa cartel may have received almost as many guns that are needed to arm the entire regiment."
Amid all the debate, confusion, obfuscation, lies and lack of candor about how to deal with our out-of-control federal budget crisis, one simple, rarely cited fact stands out from all the rest: Our federal government borrows and spends roughly 70% more money than it takes in!
The big news, as far as the media are concerned, is the political game of debt-ceiling chicken that is being played by Democrats and Republicans in Washington. But, however much the media are focused on what is happening inside the Beltway, there is a whole country outside the Beltway
It's no secret that liberals and conservatives don't get along. But, if there's any one thing that we've learned from the liberal love of sensitivity classes and situation comedies, it's that once people get to know each other and learn about each other's beliefs and concerns, all legitimate differences melt away.
As the fight continues over whether to raise taxes to ratify the additional $3.6 trillion President Obama and the Democrats have spent in just 27 months, you hear the same refrain from Democrats: We must raise taxes to the levels of the Clinton administration.
First, there is the problem of the messenger. A messenger can undermine the message of the best message out there. Obama, for example, would have a hard time convincing voters that he’d like to pass a balanced budget amendment, but those darn Republicans just won’t let him. Pig s would have to fly first.
In 2007, Norwegian Justice Minister Knut Storberget proposed extending Norway's absolute maximum criminal sentence of 21 years to 30 years for genocide, crimes against humanity and terrorism. That proposal didn't go anywhere. The maximum criminal sentence in Norway is 21 years.
A national scandal hit the news when Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal released a 413-page report describing how hundreds of Atlanta public school teachers and principals had been cheating during the past 10 years on standardized tests in order to falsely report that their schools were doing a good job and the kids were improving.
It's not that this wonderful land of ours has never known political fracases. A war that took place midway through the 19th century comes to mind. There was also, years later, if memory serves, an upheaval known as the New Deal, during whose course all manner of head-butting took place.
Amid the crying of foul and media hype surrounding Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World Scandal a fundamental fact seems to have been lost. That is, before Rupert Murdoch came along and almost single-handedly saved it, the newspaper industry as we know it was dying an ignominious death.
Over the weekend several people asked what was in the various plans and how much would really be cut. Unfortunately details are scant and the plans keep changing. However, anything short of the "grand bargain" has no real substance. It is debatable if the "grand bargain" has substance.
Estonia happens to be in possession of oil shale. And while we have whittled away our time doing the environmental hokey pokey, dithering about where when how and why to develop resources all the while quaking in our boots over the fear that we would invoke the wrath of the Environmental Left, the country of Estonia got down to the business of making oil shale work.
Since his election to the Presidency of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama has been on a campaign to ingratiate himself to the Wahhabis, the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamic hardliners. In doing so he is magically transforming them, in his mind at least, into "moderates."
Washington is in a stew about the debt ceiling. With massive spending cuts and significant tax increases on the table, special interests are frantically trying to protect their goodies, from targeted tax breaks to the vast array of spending programs. But why are traditional feminists pulling out the stops to prevent a long-overdue, fundamental reform of Social Security?
What's interesting is that while the President is no longer directly involved in the negotiations to solve our nations' budget crisis, he continues to issue threats and engage in a campaign of fear and intimidation - trying to scare Americans - refusing to guarantee that Social Security checks, military paychecks, and crucial entitlements will go out if a deal isn't reached.
I don’t know how Debbie Wasserman Schultz was raised, but I had a younger brother that I was not allowed to hit. Of course I did anyway, on more than one occasion, so I was reprimanded and warned that “one day he’ll be bigger than you”.
The past month has been a difficult one for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for the Palestinians (UNRWA). First Palestinians in Hamas-controlled Gaza held mass protests against the agency's attempt to change its name to the United Nations Agency for Palestinian Refugees.
For those who may have written off Big Labor’s agenda after they failed to push the Employee ‘Forced’ Choice Act (EFCA) through Congress last year, they may want to take a careful look at the actions being undertaken by President Obama’s Administration and they’ll quickly find that the job-killing movement is alive and well.
"The tide is turning in Europe and elsewhere towards freedom, free markets and conservative values. To paraphrase an old folk song, we can’t let a psychopathic deviant – who professes admiration for such principles and their adherents, yet utterly betrays them – to turn us around."
The details of the tragic massacre in Norway are shocking beyond words. At least 92 fatalities. Scores of young people gunned down in cold blood. Others seriously injured or missing. Body parts still to be recovered in the bombed out buildings. A nation traumatized and in mourning.
Apparently he is. And it’s not just me saying it. From across the political spectrum, there has been widespread condemnation of the way the White House is using Social Security checks as a weapon in President Obama’s budget battles with the congressional Republicans.
Those who consider themselves constitutional conservatives should take care to consider not only the powers that the Constitution confers on the different branches of government and reserves to the states and the people, but also the schedule that the Constitution sets up for sharp changes and reversals of public policy.
Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), also Democratic National Committee chair, suggested that the nasty email she got from Congressman Allen West (R-FL), responding to her attack on him in the House, resulted from him being “under pressure.”
In 1972, Congresswoman Patsy Mink authored an amendment to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The amendment, which was passed and signed into law, states that "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance..."
The outcome of the 2010 elections signaled that our nation's founding principles still resonate with Americans of all stripes. The current struggle over whether and how to raise our nation's debt ceiling is another battle in the long war over what sort of country we leave our children and grandchildren.
A US housing bubble was brewing for years. Even after it popped in summer of 2005, many did not recognize that fact for 18 months as the chain reaction mentality "it's different here" spread to every city that had not yet burst.
Thank God! Were it not for the good graces of the Depratment of the Interior, the people in my part of the country would be consigned to real jobs with benefits! But lo! Here he comes descending on a cloud, Ken Salazar offering Americans in the West a chance to wait tables, tune skis, shine shoes and clean hotel rooms!
In May, I told you about an important brief we filed at a federal appeals court urging that our federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of ObamaCare go forward.
Corrections from profit-taking are equally plausible, but that didn’t take hold when prices surged last week. There were minor down-side corrections, almost certainly attributed to profit-taking, but prices recovered each time.
To say MSNBC is a left-wing propaganda outfit is to say the sun rises in the east. It qualifies as a “duh” statement. But that wasn’t always the case, nor were the embarrassing ratings.
In this week’s Email, Hate Mail and Comments column Odin the Intellectual asks: “Does this racist twit ever write anything serious?” although it’s not immediately clear that he’s not talking about himself; Henry says that we have to use a better message; and Lilly? Well, Lilly is just her usual self.
A note to business men and women who call themselves Democrats: you really can’t have it both ways.
The lesson is clear, little children: If you wanna be a vile vandal but don’t want to be harangued by the media and would like to skate when you should be fined or imprisoned, you might want to consider homosexuality.
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's bid to win the GOP presidential nomination hasn't exactly been catching on fire. Earlier this month, The New York Times ran a story about his candidacy under the headline "Will Republican Race's First In Be the First Out?"
When you pick up a glossy, multi-page color brochure at a presidential campaign event, you expect to see a candidate's image on the front. The ones stacked on a table inside the Sports Page Grill, where Tim Pawlenty is appearing this morning, do feature that sort of photo. But it's not of Pawlenty. It's of Barack Obama.
The bad news is that each owner is legally responsible for the entire tax bill. The good news is that in a tax foreclosure, action is usually taken against the property, and not personally against the landowner(s). If you don't pay, your relationship with your cousins might take a hit, but I don't think your credit record would.
What cannot be paid won't. Taxpayers have had enough. Central Falls is a small and troubled city, but this same scene is going to eventually hit Pittsburgh, Oakland, Houston, Detroit, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and most likely every major city in the country.
I am reminded of that low moment in my life every time that I hear about a conservative who leaves the GOP in protest or calls for the formation of a third political party. I appeal to conservatives who are disappointed in Republican leadership to get even more involved with the GOP and to recruit your like-minded friends to join you in the struggle.
For a long time, I have resisted using the terms “liberal” or “conservative” when it comes to both theology and politics. My experience has proven that those who identify themselves as theological liberals tend to also identify themselves as politically liberal and vice versa.