Sat, Aug 06, 2011

John C. Goodman | August 06, 2011

Sometime in the mid-1970s, near the end of the Vietnam War, liberalism in America died an intellectual death. Since that time, virtually every new idea — whether good or bad — about how to solve our most important economic problems has come from the right. Virtually nothing has come from the left.

John Ransom | August 06, 2011

At issue was a competing union’s claims that the SEIU used coercion, intimidation and threats improperly to foil elections that would have helped the other union. Apparently, when you run a union there is a right way and a wrong way to threaten the workers you represent.

Kathryn Lopez | August 06, 2011

This was going to be a column insisting that Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida run for president of the United States. Now. Even though he has ruled out the possibility; even though he is but a baby senator. (Neither of these considerations has invariably stopped people in the past.)

Paul Driessen | August 06, 2011

A frequent refrain during budget and debt ceiling debates is that we need revenue enhancement: higher tax rates, reduced deductions, eliminated credits. But doing this, especially amid today’s massively expanding regulations, will kill more jobs and further reduce government revenues.

Alan Sears | August 06, 2011

Ours is nation built on liberty, the ideals of Western Civilization, and prayer. It is also a nation under assault by people who wish to erase prayer from the list: this much was evident in the vitriol hurled at Texas Gov. Rick Perry when he recently called his fellow governors and President Obama to join him for prayer for our nation.

Ed Feulner | August 06, 2011

One of the biggest factors behind whether companies hire or not is regulation. It's expensive to run a business, and if government agencies are saddling you with more and more expensive rules, you're simply not going to have as much money left over to hire additional employees.

Larry Kudlow | August 06, 2011

What the economy needs, Mr. President, is a strong dose of new incentives, with pro-growth tax reform that flattens marginal rates and broadens the base for individuals and businesses. It doesn't need more spending directed by you and paid for by taxes on the "rich."

Bill Tatro | August 06, 2011

Unfortunately, Walt had to take drastic action, so grudgingly and reluctantly he downsized his longtime assistant, contributing to the unemployment number by one.

Mike Shedlock | August 06, 2011

Might the US be in recession now? One thing is for sure: At a minimum, the US is certainly on the border of one. Economist Dave Rosenberg raised his odds of recession this week from 99% to 100%.

Gil Morales and Chris Kacher | August 06, 2011

You will note that in late 2008 when the market had its slow motion crash from September through November, nothing was safe, with most stocks and commodities losing typically between 50-85% of their value peak-to-trough. Gold was perhaps the most robust out of all vehicles, but still sold off over 25% peak-to-trough.

Kelvin Kemm | August 06, 2011

Making the challenge even greater, many African countries and communities are only 5% electrified. In other words, 95% of their families, schools and businesses have no electricity, or have it only a few hours a day or week, and then often erratically and unpredictably.

Fred Smith | August 06, 2011

The debt ceiling negotiations and debates over government spending have transfixed the nation for the last few weeks. President Obama’s call for a “clean” debt limit increase—one without spending reductions attached—was bound to fail from the beginning, as many House Republicans were elected on promises to bring the growth of government under control.

Fri, Aug 05, 2011

Humberto Fontova | August 05, 2011

Given the success of Castro’s recruitment of U.S. agents of influence, the line between his propaganda apparatchiks and the blathering from the Democratic/MSM complex has always been blurred to the point of invisibility.

Caroline Glick | August 05, 2011

What makes Obama's Israel policy notable is not simply that it involves betraying the US's most steadfast ally in the Middle East. After all, since taking office Obama has made a habit of betraying US allies.

Rich Galen | August 05, 2011

During the week of July 17, 2011 the market closed at 12,143.24. In the past 14 trading days the Down Jones Industrial Average has lost six percent of its value. Worse yet, since the week of April 25, 2011 the market has lost more than 11 percent of its value.

Michelle Malkin | August 05, 2011

In Damon's world, all public school teachers are selfless angels. Government workers and Hollywood entertainers are impervious to economic incentives. And anyone who disagrees is a know-nothing, "corporate reformer" ingrate who hates education.

Brent Bozell | August 05, 2011

NBC has placed a new drama called "The Playboy Club" on its fall schedule to capitalize on the scandalous sound of America's most famous pornography empire. If this network had any shame at all, it wouldn't be so desperate to associate itself with female exploitation.

Jonah Goldberg | August 05, 2011

Uncle Sam now owes more on his credit cards than he makes in a year. The national debt passed the total U.S. GDP this week. Mull that over for a bit.

David Limbaugh | August 05, 2011

Before moving on, I'd like to take one more stab at explaining the differing viewpoints of the opposing sides in the contentious internecine conservative debate over the debt ceiling and also assess the deal's winners and losers.

Mona Charen | August 05, 2011

Anticipating his entry into the presidential race, the Washington Post ran a long piece on Texas Governor Rick Perry's ideas about higher education. "A man of grand plans," the headline warned, "criticized as not sweating the details."

John Ransom | August 05, 2011

In his State of the Union address President Obama claimed, “We are poised for progress. Two years after the worst recession most of us have ever known, the stock market has come roaring back. Corporate profits are up. The economy is growing again.” Um, Mr. President...

Oliver North | August 05, 2011

The potentates on the Potomac claim that President Barack Obama's signature on the "debt deal" solves the immediate problems created by Washington's spendthrift fiscal madness while "protecting America's future." Truth be told, it does neither. Here's why.

Pat Buchanan | August 05, 2011

A new clash is ahead that seems fated to split the right into fiscal hawks versus security hawks. It was scheduled for early 2012 by the debt-ceiling deal forced on Barack Obama by Tea Party Republicans.

Linda Chavez | August 05, 2011

Given these dramatic disparities between worldviews, it's hard to imagine how a divided government is going to achieve the budget cuts promised in the debt-ceiling compromise or rewrite tax laws that nearly everyone agrees need to be reformed.

Diana West | August 05, 2011

They are the forgotten warriors of the Iraq War, the men whose lives and families and careers blew up in "murder" charges on a vicious battlefield, the pieces coming down in Fort Leavenworth's military prison where the men now serve long sentences.

Donald Lambro | August 05, 2011

It is painfully clear that Obama has no plan and no set of comprehensive growth proposals to pull this economy out of its nosedive. Only more government spending on construction projects, or more green subsidies for renewable energy sources like wind power that have yet to prove they can be economically viable.

Alan Sears | August 05, 2011

“Freedom” is a strange word in our day. It has been used in so many contexts at so many times that it’s hard to pinpoint exactly what it means now to most speakers and advocates. More than not, however, it is safe to assume that post-moderns use the word to sum up their “right” to do what they want, when they want, where they want.

Kyle Olson | August 05, 2011

It’s safe to assume that the Los Angeles school district cannot be bothered with pro-capitalist messages which would only distract from the mission of creating the next generation of labor leaders.

Bill Tatro | August 05, 2011

Most people have an image of the 1930’s and the Great Depression as a time period of monumental job loss, vast family dislocation, widespread famine, and severe uncertainty. The typical head of household toiled daily in order to put bread on the table and keep a roof over their family’s head. New clothes were a luxury and an automobile was in many instances, way out of reach.

Mike Shedlock | August 05, 2011

In the US, banks want credit-worthy borrowers. However, credit-worthy borrowers are parking cash, not asking for more of it.

Bob Beauprez | August 05, 2011

There is a deep ideological divide. Democrats want to start with tax increases which are anathema to the GOP. And, the closer the 2012 elections get the more difficult it will be to find a point of compromise. Neither side is inclined to budge, nor give the other any legitimate claim to victory.

Bob Goldman | August 05, 2011

Putting aside the consequences of having a bunch of scared rabbits in charge of our economic health, the stress of constantly being afraid can have a serious effect on what's left of your mental health. One employee interviewed by Goldfarb is so anxiety-ridden that he has trained himself to shut up and back off if he sees his boss "rolling her eyes" at one of his suggestions.

Suzanne Fields | August 05, 2011

Nothing so focuses the mind on the nature of evil like mass murder. The numbers magnify a singular horror, and become collectively unfathomable. Josef Stalin, who knew something about mass murder, showed his cold-blooded ruthlessness when he called one death a tragedy, many deaths a statistic.

Thu, Aug 04, 2011

Michael Gerson | August 04, 2011

With varied motivations, human beings tend to invoke the name of God in foxholes, in the throes of passion and in budget debates.

Floyd and Mary Beth Brown | August 04, 2011

"Voters will take note that Republicans, when the chips were down, voted with Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner to keep the Washington merry-go-round humming."

Hugh Hewitt | August 04, 2011

"Both GOP congressional leaders emerged with enhanced reputations," concluded Karl Rove in the Wall Street Journal today. And depending on who you ask, he is absolutely correct.

Cliff May | August 04, 2011

Who deserves the blame for the terrorist attacks in Norway? My answer would be the perpetrator and no one else -- unless it turns out there really is a modern Knights Templar or some other organized movement that sent him on his mission of mass murder.

J.D. Thorpe | August 04, 2011

During the entire process of the debt ceiling battle, many politicians, and pundits repeated similar nonsense about democracy working better through compromise. Yet often compromise is the bane of our political system and a major hindrance to our ability to enact good public policy.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | August 04, 2011

It's the last few weeks of summer. For those of us with children in school, this is our last chance to get away before becoming engulfed in school schedules, homework, activities and carpool. For children, it is their last chance to be carefree, sleep in and play with friends.

Victor Davis Hanson | August 04, 2011

During the recent debt crisis, President Obama talked about the need for bipartisan compromise and, as in the past, urged civility.

Michael Barone | August 04, 2011

"It's tempting to seek quick votes by promising the impossible and pledging to do things no president ever would. "

Larry Elder | August 04, 2011

So, who "won" the debt ceiling standoff? President Barack Obama -- for two reasons.

John Ransom | August 04, 2011

I’m sure, since it’s in Chicago AND Obama's there-big fish, bad smell- one way or another the night will be tax-deductible for the royalty who can afford to shell out that kind of coin. That way the Dukes and Duchesses of boardrooms from L.A. and NYC can stop worrying about denying jobs to regular Americans in order that their solar farm investments can finally pay off.

Cal Thomas | August 04, 2011

"We call them patriots. And those patriots just might force the vice president and his boss out of a job next November. That is their right. They have it in their power."

Debra J. Saunders | August 04, 2011

Republicans running in the 2012 presidential primary have a credibility gap.

Matt Towery | August 04, 2011

While some of these groups may return to the Obama fold, this much is still clear: The president was the biggest loser of the debt crisis. The only saving grace for him is that he had a lot of help from a lazy Congress and from his predecessor in getting us here.

Emmett Tyrrell | August 04, 2011

Washington -- we are engaged in a long war -- actually two long wars.

Steve Chapman | August 04, 2011

The 10th Amendment to the Constitution is like the skinny teenage girl who blossoms over the summer and suddenly finds herself besieged by suitors. Once ignored, it has found a host of champions among Republican presidential candidates who are competing to show their devotion.

Gina Loudon | August 04, 2011

which is approximately 98.6% of 2010's annual gross domestic product (GDP) of $14.66 trillion. Economists generally agree that debt levels exceeding 90% of GDP is dangerous territory.

Mike Shedlock | August 04, 2011

The idea the ECB can "protect" Italy by buying Italian bonds is as silly as the idea the ECB could protect Greece by buying Greek bonds. We all know how the Greek purchase turned out.

Larry Kudlow | August 04, 2011

Slowly but surely the Tea Party Republican coalition is turning the tide on spending. Too bad President Obama was out once again this week attacking millionaires, billionaires, businesses, and oil and gas with his usual soak-the-rich class-warfare redistributionism. This kind of politics has helped generate a capital strike by profitable and cash-rich businesses.

Wed, Aug 03, 2011

Jeff Carter | August 03, 2011

The government can create more jobs with flat taxes, low regulation, and by simply staying out of the way. As President Reagan said, the worst words you could hear are, “I am from the government and I am here to help.”

Ann Coulter | August 03, 2011

A front-page story by James Risen in The New York Times on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008, reported on a "troubling trend" of sexual assaults committed by American employees of military contractors in Iraq. The centerpiece of his story was Jamie Leigh Jones, who claimed to have been brutally gang-raped in 2005 while working in the Green Zone.

Jeff Jacoby | August 03, 2011

But there is a difference -- a sharp difference -- between disputing a view you reject and demonizing someone who holds that view as a murderous enemy. Liberals who loathe the Tea Party have every right to challenge it. But when, in an apoplectic frenzy, they defame its members as "terrorists," they go way too far, and debase only themselves.

Bill Tatro | August 03, 2011

These words are also being echoed by statisticians who measure such things. The most recent ISM report shows that manufacturing has come to a standstill, thus discarding the term “soft patch” in favor of the newest global buzzwords: “global slowdown.”

Thomas Sowell | August 03, 2011

If there were a contest for the most misleading words used in politics, "poverty" should be one of the leading contenders for that title.

Michelle Malkin | August 03, 2011

The American Age of Austerity lasted approximately three minutes, give or take a nanosecond. Obama wasted no time putting his new "investment" priorities on the table.

John Stossel | August 03, 2011

The political class predicted "disaster" if Congress didn't raise its debt limit. I think that was a scam to get more money.

Walter E. Williams | August 03, 2011

What does it take to be able to own and operate a taxi and earn $30,000, $40,000 or more a year? You need to purchase a used car and liability insurance. Compared with other businesses, the startup cost to become a taxi owner/operator is modest; that's until you have to come up with money for a license.

Brent Bozell | August 03, 2011

You can tell the liberals are really sweating the politics of the debt-ceiling talks when NBC puts on a special "Dateline NBC" devoted to politics. This is normally a time slot devoted to "news" topics like Casey Anthony or Lindsay Lohan.

Jonah Goldberg | August 03, 2011

After Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidency changed. As he put it in 1943, "Dr. New Deal" had to be replaced by "Dr. Win the War."

Mike Adams | August 03, 2011

"I am writing to express my deep disappointment with your recent decision to push for an expansion of the definition of marriage – one that allows for marriage between a man and a man or between a woman and a woman."

Renee Ellmers | August 03, 2011

Americans are fed up and disgusted with the way Washington has spent their money and caused this crisis. This crisis did not begin last week or even a few months ago.

Tony Blankley | August 03, 2011

The debt deal, if it sticks, is a triumph for the bipartisan, status quo-clinging Washington establishment. Here is a prediction: Between now and January 2013, total actual spending cuts will be minimal.

Michael Medved | August 03, 2011

Now that our elected leaders have finally found a way to avert the Great Debt-Ceiling Disaster with an imperfect settlement that generally advances the conservative agenda, mainstream Republicans must prepare to answer the objections of Tea Party True Believers who grumble, "If we had just held on, we could have gotten more."

Terry Paulson | August 03, 2011

If nothing is passed to lower government spending and increase the debt ceiling, America will still be America. The only difference will be that the ridiculous debt ceiling that “always” gets raised finally will hold firm and politicians won’t have to wait for a balanced budget amendment.

Ben Shapiro | August 03, 2011

We were told over and over again that if America didn't raise her debt-ceiling, the financial roof would come tumbling down about our ears.

Terry Jeffrey | August 03, 2011

A speaker who cuts a debt-limit deal like that is not planning to fight over the 2012 appropriations bills. He is planning to cut another deal.

David Harsanyi | August 03, 2011

You know what they say; one man's terrorist is another man's democratically elected congressman. Nazis are out. Jihadists are in.

Austin Bay | August 03, 2011

In a democracy, when senior military officers can no longer support the policies of the elected civilian government they serve, they are supposed to resign their posts and retire -- not launch a coup.

Donald Lambro | August 03, 2011

The air was thick with bombastic predictions throughout the months-long battle over raising the debt ceiling. A deal appeared impossible, and pundits predicted that the divided Republicans and tea party insurgents who ignited the budget-cutting revolution would be the political losers.

Jacob Sullum | August 03, 2011

Two weeks ago, The New York Times reported that Republicans "want a vastly smaller government." Last week, the Times called the dispute about raising the federal debt ceiling "an epic clash over the parties' divergent views on the size and role of the federal government."

Marybeth Hicks | August 03, 2011

Examining one’s faith in the intellectually stimulating environment of a college or university could and should lead to a deeper understanding of the theological tenets on which a childhood faith was built.

Peter Schiff | August 03, 2011

But the real crisis is not, nor has it ever been, the debt ceiling. The crisis is the debt itself. Economic Armageddon would not have resulted from failure to raise the ceiling, but it will come because we succeeded in raising it. This outcome falls along the lines that I had forecast.

Dave Ramsey | August 03, 2011

Now, serving someone doesn’t mean you bring them coffee, and it sure doesn’t mean you take a bunch of crap from them. When I talk about serving, I mean looking at your team as real people.

Carrie Schwab Pomerantz | August 03, 2011

Low interest rates coupled with ongoing global economic and political uncertainty have made it doubly difficult for the individual investor. You can't get a significant return on cash investments and or, you may not be ready to invest fully in the stock market.

Mike Shedlock | August 03, 2011

Any bets on when the EU has another emergency meeting? I suspect two more days of this action might do it. Now answer this: what can they do that makes any sense?

Tue, Aug 02, 2011

Rachel Marsden | August 02, 2011

Lone Nordic nutbar Anders Behring Breivik kills nearly 80 people in a terrorist attack linked to his frustration with growing multiculturalism.

Rich Galen | August 02, 2011

Last week it was all "Boehner Embarrassed," "Boehner Loses Control," "Boehner Speakership in Peril," and so on.

Caroline Glick | August 02, 2011

"Just as Israel's economic success owes to the government's withdrawal from the markets, so Israel's ability to have a rational, truthful, fact-based public debate is entirely dependent on a government initiative to deregulate the media."

Rebecca Hagelin | August 02, 2011

"He's a good dad to our kids, but was always criticizing me," Terry complained. "I couldn't do anything right, in his mind at least. Thirteen years was enough. I figured it would only get worse, so I left."

Armstrong Williams | August 02, 2011

It amazes me every time people go on about the backwardness of Islamic culture – calling it homophobic, chauvinistic, and draconian. Those criticisms have some merit. But what does it say about our own moral values when no one really cares anymore about honor?

Thomas Sowell | August 02, 2011

Many years ago, the Saturday Evening Post was one of the best-known magazines in America. But somehow I learned that the Saturday Evening Post was actually published on Wednesday morning. That was a little disconcerting at first. But it was one of the most valuable lessons, that words do not necessarily reflect reality.

Byron York | August 02, 2011

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid frequently accused Republicans of playing partisan politics during the debt ceiling crisis.

Chuck Norris | August 02, 2011

Last week, when President Barack Obama spoke to the National Council of La Raza, he said something that should alarm every American. He confessed that he'd like to "bypass Congress and change the laws" on his own. He added, "Believe me; the idea of doing things on my own is very tempting. I promise you."

John Hawkins | August 02, 2011

So next time someone starts talking about "fairness," put your hand over your wallet, put on your thinking cap, and consider that what liberals define as "fairness" could look extremely "unfair" if you're open minded enough to take a look at it from another perspective.

David Limbaugh | August 02, 2011

One of the most striking facts about the course of the Obama presidency so far is that Obama has no constructive solutions for anything, which is one reason he campaigned on vague promises. It's why he established bogus metrics, such as "saved or created jobs."

Mona Charen | August 02, 2011

There are some on the right who believe that Barack Obama is intentionally steering the United States into disaster -- that he privately rejoices in the dismal economy because it partially fulfills his objective to bring the country down.

John Ransom | August 02, 2011

In 2010 conservatives helped a great deal in getting the GOP to take back some of the states and the U.S. House. But the budget we have now reflects the divided government we have. Funny how that works.

Cal Thomas | August 02, 2011

"In a presidential straw poll conducted at the Western Conservative Summit Perry came in second to Herman Cain, but since the politically inexperienced Cain won't win the nomination, Perry's finish demonstrates strength among at least some conservatives."

Dennis Prager | August 02, 2011

The question is in no way meant to be provocative, let alone insulting. But the world, including vast numbers of Muslims, needs this question answered.

Pat Buchanan | August 02, 2011

Mocked by The Wall Street Journal and Sen. John McCain as the little people of the Harry Potter books, the Tea Party "Hobbits" are indeed returning to Middle Earth -- to nail the coonskin to the wall.

Debra J. Saunders | August 02, 2011

White House spokesman Jay Carney called the debt ceiling deal "a victory for the American people." There are days when I feel sorry for Carney.

Paul Greenberg | August 02, 2011

Barack Obama put it so persuasively in his address the other night that I had to restrain myself from rushing out to apply for still another credit card. Or just accepting the next one to arrive in the mail, as they do with remarkable frequency.

Phyllis Schlafly | August 02, 2011

If Congress can't repeal the law that banishes the Edison light bulb and forces us to buy Chinese-made bulbs we don't like, voters will ask, what was the use in electing a Republican House? Not only are the majority of Americans in favor of abolishing that obnoxious law, but even a majority of House members voted to repeal the current law, yet that didn't eliminate the ban.

Bill Murchison | August 02, 2011

A little perspective on the debt-ceiling fracas might not be amiss. And so...

Whoever said it first spoke a mouthful: Rome wasn't built in a day. To which I would add: congressmen didn't build it either.

Kyle Olson | August 02, 2011

The embarrassing attendance underlined one major truth - there is no mass movement to maintain the status quo in our nation's public schools. The only people defending the current system are those who profit from it, like the leaders of the nation's teachers unions.

Virgil Goode | August 02, 2011

One of the most tired clichés of the immigration debate is that “immigrants do the jobs Americans won’t do.” With 16 million Americans out of work, this justification for not enforcing our immigration laws rings hollower than ever.

Dave Ramsey | August 02, 2011

As their parents, you should love them more than that, because they’re just not ready to be in full control. You want them to be in control of some parts of their lives, so that when they leave they have a clue about life and don’t boomerang on you.

Mike Shedlock | August 02, 2011

The Central Falls' police and fire fighters are taking a big chance in letting the court decide if union contracts can be voided. There is no realistic alternative to massive cutbacks in those pension agreements. Raising taxes would drive out homeowners and businesses and that is the last thing Central Falls needs.

Morgan Brittany | August 02, 2011

It should strengthen the dollar temporarily, lift equities and start the process of moving bond yields up toward more normal levels. U.S. GDP growth and developments in Europe (particularly EU steps to counter the procyclical interaction between short selling, derivatives and ratings downgrades) are important remaining variables in the strength of the asset reallocation from bonds to equities.

Jay Sekulow | August 02, 2011

We're moving forward with our aggressive strategy against Planned Parenthood (PP) in what can only be described as a massive fraud case involving the PP affiliates of California.

Carrie Lukas | August 02, 2011

Yet there's more disturbing news than just the debt ceiling debate. Our already anemic economic growth is slowing again, sending warning signs that we may be slipping back toward an actual recession.

Mon, Aug 01, 2011

Michael Gerson | August 01, 2011

Over lunch with columnists a month ago, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid precisely predicted the future course of the debt-limit debate. Democrats, he said, would not accept serious entitlement changes without accompanying tax increases. Republicans would not accept revenue increases.

Frank Gaffney | August 01, 2011

At this writing, many details of the debt ceiling deal wrangled out over the weekend remain fuzzy. One thing is clear, unfortunately: The national security of the United States is going to suffer greatly.

Brian Raum | August 01, 2011

Recently, PR Newswire ran the latest Harris Interactive poll under the headline, “Over Half of all Americans Favor National Recognition for Same-Sex Marriages.”

Paul Kengor | August 01, 2011

Ronald Reagan was a remarkable negotiator, both incredibly patient and principled. Negotiating was one of his greatest but most unappreciated attributes, to the point where I've many times considered doing a book strictly on Reagan as a negotiator.

Star Parker | August 01, 2011

A just released study from the Pew Research center reporting a record high wealth gap between whites and blacks should have been labeled “handle with care.”

Bill Tatro | August 01, 2011

Simply put, a reduction in what was spent, or earned, the year before. A cut is easily understood and accepted by all until it gets to the Beltway, and then it becomes Washington-speak.

Michael Barone | August 01, 2011

Everyone seems pretty cross at this juncture in the fight over raising the debt limit. As this is written, the House has just passed the bill that Speaker John Boehner yanked from the floor Thursday night and then revised with a balanced-budget amendment on Friday. The Senate has yet to pass Majority Leader Harry Reid's measure that in many but not all respects is not that much different.

Mike Adams | August 01, 2011

So, in a nutshell, I think it’s time for American Atheists to start carrying their own crosses. And they should do it without the help of American judges.

John Ransom | August 01, 2011

I love the taste of those peas in the morning. After trying with all his might to raise taxes and demonize the “rich,” Obama finally has to accept a debt and budget deal that severely hampers his ability to get reelected because he couldn’t raise taxes on CEOs and corporate jets.

Katie Kieffer | August 01, 2011

Insecure business moguls like Warren Buffet occasionally spout anti-affluence nonsense like the rich “…should be paying a lot more in taxes.” If Buffet won’t defend the rich, I will. I love rich people. I wish them well and I hope they get richer.

Lurita Doan | August 01, 2011

The day of the congressional handshake deal is over. Perhaps it was only ever a much-loved urban legend. Who knows? Watching the discord among elected officials in Washington this past week, many Americans are wondering: why don’t they trust one another, why can’t congress arrive at an acceptable solution?

Rachel Alexander | August 01, 2011

Have you noticed how there is more road construction than usual lately, which never seems to end? In some states it has gotten so bad their departments of transportation have set up road closure email alerts on each highway.

Bruce Bialosky | August 01, 2011

The spectacle of Roger Clemens on trial for lying to Congress reveals once again the overreach of our federal government, and why we need wholesale budget cuts to salvage our freedom.

Harry R. Jackson, Jr. | August 01, 2011

From New York, Washington and Atlanta to Chicago, St. Louis and Dallas, America is baking in a furnace. As millions swelter and gasp, they thank their lucky stars for air-conditioned cars, homes, offices and other places of refuge. And for the reliable, affordable electricity that makes AC possible.

Ed Feulner | August 01, 2011

OK, so the average poor family lives in an uncrowded house or apartment, it’s in good repair, and it has many modern conveniences. What about food? Again, the surveys indicate that, on average, the poor are well-nourished. The level of protein, vitamins and minerals that children in poverty consume is virtually identical to what middle-class children get.

Sandy Rios | August 01, 2011

“The perfect is the enemy of the good,” wrote deist Voltaire in an 18th century poem. The idea, of course, is that the pursuit of perfection may sometimes prevent an action less perfect that still produces something good…or at least better than nothing.

Mike Shedlock | August 01, 2011

This is a pathetic deal. It's no wonder futures are rallying. My dead grandmother could find more cuts than this. The S&P, Moody's, and Fitch should all downgrade US debt on this deal.

Mark Baisley | August 01, 2011

I believe it was that great Democratic philosopher Rahm Emanuel who advised mankind that “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” And what could be a greater crisis for Washington than running out of spending cash?

Sun, Jul 31, 2011

Marita Noon | July 31, 2011

Addressing the declining public alarm about global warming, Edward Maibach, director of the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University, said, “The erosion in both public concern and public trust about global warming should be a clarion call for people and organizations trying to educate the public about this important issue.”

Bob Beauprez | July 31, 2011

The DOJ admits another 60 banks are already under "investigation." Holder's demanding the banks sign "non-disclosure" settlement agreements barring them from talking while allowing the DOJ to operate behind a curtain of secrecy.

Derek Hunter | July 31, 2011

With all the news of doom and gloom and threats to halt Social Security checks, you might not have noticed there is a political event coming up that the media will inevitably hype - the Ames Straw Poll.

Salena Zito | July 31, 2011

When historians look back on this moment in American politics, they may wonder why the White House failed to focus on the consuming issue of the time: the economy -- and, in particular, jobs.

Austin Hill | July 31, 2011

What’s more important: the wellbeing of each individual citizen in America, or the wellbeing of government?

Debra J. Saunders | July 31, 2011

The world is becoming unbalanced. In pockets across the globe, women are giving birth to too many boys.

Paul Driessen | July 31, 2011

Frustrated that Congress refused to enact cap-tax-and-trade, President Obama unleashed EPA to promulgate thousands of pages of rules governing carbon dioxide, “toxic” pollutants that have already been reduced dramatically, “cross-state transport” of emissions, and other power plant operations. All tout health claims based on virtual reality computer models, cherry-picked research and illusory benefits.

Steve Chapman | July 31, 2011

The debt ceiling fight has been long and exhausting, but it will have a big payoff. After it's finally resolved -- with the Boehner plan or the Reid plan or something else -- we will have confronted our budget crisis, made tough choices and forced the federal government to live within its means.

Kevin McCullough | July 31, 2011

This week the Mexican Consulate to Sacramento California proclaimed, "We have become a middle class country!"

Marvin Folkertsma | July 31, 2011

This brings us back to Congressman West, who is a role model of clarity against the din of left-wing prevarications about saving mythical grannies from non-existent legislation. Democrats are accustomed to smearing Republicans when they’re out of the room; they’re not accustomed to Republicans defending themselves.

Michael Youssef | July 31, 2011

Many faithful Christians feel that Campus Crusade for Christ’s announcement to drop Christ from their name is one more confirmation that there is a wholesale departure from the bedrock foundation of their faith. A woman recently asked me, “Where will this end?”

Ken Connor | July 31, 2011

Campus Crusade for Christ, one of the world's leading evangelistic ministries, is changing its name. Apparently the passage of time and changing cultural sensitivities have made its old name – in place since its founding on the campus of UCLA in 1951 by Bill and Vonette Bright – a liability.

Ken Blackwell | July 31, 2011

A BBA that allows judges to hike taxes would be even worse than the status quo.

Paul Jacob | July 31, 2011

When those who cry loudest about "identity theft" won't tell you who they are, expect theft soon to follow.

John Ransom | July 31, 2011

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?