Sat, Aug 13, 2011

Michael Barone | August 13, 2011

Never before has there been a televised presidential candidates debate so short a time before the Iowa Republicans' Ames straw poll. Last night's debate, co-sponsored by The Washington Examiner and Fox News Channel, provided plenty of spirited conflict and some unscripted, or at least unanticipated, moments.

John Ransom | August 13, 2011

A key argument by the states was that the power to require Americans to purchase a product gives the government unlimited powers to regulate all aspects of someone’s life and is thus unconstitutional. The 11th Circuit Court seems to agree by a 2-1 margin: “The government’s position amounts to an argument that the mere fact of an individual’s existence substantially affects interstate commerce, and therefore Congress may regulate them at every point of their life.”

John C. Goodman | August 13, 2011

Many liberals think of profit as evil. They see it as the product of “corporate greed,” something that needs to be harshly taxed. Yet the desire to earn a profit is what impels innovators to solve some of our most important social problems.

Humberto Fontova | August 13, 2011

Ron Paul in an exasperated tone during the Iowa debates: “All these trade sanctions!…this is why we still don’t have a trade relationship with Cuba.”

Kathryn Lopez | August 13, 2011

There's no escaping the Obamas. As I was watching "Phineas and Ferb" with three of the fittest boys under 10 in America, there was Michelle Obama promoting fitness and physical movement. Putting aside her policy prescriptions, it's certainly not a bad message. And Pat Castle would be more than happy to lead the training.

Bill Tatro | August 13, 2011

Periodically, as my old economics professor John Kenneth Galbraith used to say: “Sometimes, it’s good to return to Econ 101” (a paraphrase.)

Mike Shedlock | August 13, 2011

Prior to the Great Financial Crisis I had a bet with "Heli-Ben", a staunch hyperinflationist who insisted we would hyperinflation before deflation. I won the bet but have not yet received my prize, a "crying towel" from "Heli-Ben".

Jeff Carter | August 13, 2011

It’s no secret that Obama’s record on job growth is the poorest in generations. Who cares about “saving” jobs? What’s really important is growing economic output and creating many new jobs. Approaching job creation with a “saving jobs” approach is fighting like the Black Knight in a Monty Python movie.

Fri, Aug 12, 2011

Bob Beauprez | August 12, 2011

The Obama EPA is preparing to implement two major new air quality regulations that will cost consumers hundreds of billions of dollars more in their energy bills and destroy great numbers of American jobs.

David Stokes | August 12, 2011

A major political question in the run-up to the 2012 election is: How effective will the Christian Right be? The recent mass-prayer rally in Houston led by Texas Governor Rick Perry is the latest indication of the potential potency of the union of politics and faith.

Paul Greenberg | August 12, 2011

It may be only when the casualties of this unending war on terror around the globe are listed that those of us whose security depends on American might day and night may learn their names, and to whom our homage is due.

Caroline Glick | August 12, 2011

The basic concept being propounded by leading neoconservative writers and publications is that anyone who disagrees with neoconservative policies is an isolationist.

Rich Galen | August 12, 2011

Fox News wanted to look for questions to ask and for ways to ask them which would make the candidates engage on the stage. As one Fox exec put it, "We know they want to throw punches at Obama, we want to see how they mix it up with each other."

Hugh Hewitt | August 12, 2011

The "supercommittee" of six senators and six House members can propose whatever it wants to their colleagues, and those proposals are guaranteed an up-or-down vote by both chambers? No amendments. No filibuster. no kidding.

Karen Lugo | August 12, 2011

An administration known for double-speak recently announced a strategy for preventing violent extremism: compelling “inclusiveness.” Yet the real agenda is likely to establish a nationwide network of partners to monitor speech on issues like the debate over Islamic law.

Donald Lambro | August 12, 2011

WASHINGTON -- The Obama economy is looking bleaker than ever. All recessions end, but this one's going to last a lot longer than most because America remains overtaxed, overregulated and drowning in unfathomable debt.

Diana West | August 12, 2011

This week, a three-day conference hosted by the CIA on "homegrown radicalization" was supposed to have taken place at CIA headquarters. It did not. The conference was abruptly canceled.

Rachel Alexander | August 12, 2011

Move over Mitt Romney. Rick Perry has a bigger problem to defend from his tenure as governor. Remember the NAFTA Superhighway project?

Kyle Olson | August 12, 2011

Those of us who attended public schools before “social justice” spread through the curriculum like a bad infection probably remember sitting in math class and working through problems.

Douglas MacKinnon | August 12, 2011

As our economy continues to self-destruct; U.S. credit is shockingly downgraded; home prices remain at historic lows; unemployment rises; small businesses continue to close their doors; public-employee-bloated cities, towns, states and employers continue to default...

Michelle Malkin | August 12, 2011

Everything that's wrong with the so-called debt "super-committee" can be summed up in the person, partisan hackery and policy ignorance of Washington Democratic Sen. Patty Murray.

Brent Bozell | August 12, 2011

This fall, the Showtime movie channel will air its sixth season of "Dexter," their show glorifying a just serial killer.

Jonah Goldberg | August 12, 2011

Riots are fascinating things. How lawless greed, cruelty and violence suddenly set fire to the minds of men is one of the most mysterious, almost magical (though not in the positive sense) manifestations of human behavior.

David Limbaugh | August 12, 2011

What is 2011 if not a dramatic global outworking of the abysmal failures of liberalism? Their failures are everywhere, but liberals are no closer to abandoning their political theology than they were, say, five years ago.

John Ransom | August 12, 2011

On the one thing that could have brought us all together, the honor killing of Osama bin Laden, he acted like such an ass by his “Osama bin Laden’s Still Dead World Tour,” that he fumbled his one legitimate opportunity to prove he could rise to the occasion.

Oliver North | August 12, 2011

WASHINGTON -- Sixty-six years ago, Aug. 14, 1945, the bloodiest war in human history finally ended with a radio broadcast by President Harry S. Truman.

Pat Buchanan | August 12, 2011

"You've damaged your own race," said Mayor Michael Nutter to the black youths of Philadelphia whose flash mobs have been beating and robbing shoppers in the fashionable district of downtown.

Suzanne Fields | August 12, 2011

We're all children of our histories. Some of us become victims, others reactors and rebels. Some of us just keep putting one foot in front of the other. Commemorations, celebrations and memorials become important, documenting what is, what was and what might have been.

Linda Chavez | August 12, 2011

The riots that have wracked England in the last week should be a sober warning to the United States: This is what happens when a country breeds a generation of welfare dependents who are happy to bite the hand that feeds them.

Alan Sears | August 12, 2011

Because the radical demands of groups like the American Civil Liberties Union run counter to common sense and the tenets of Western Civilization, they and their leftist allies and colleagues use fear, intimidation, and disinformation to accomplish their ends which generally mean a loss of liberty for everyone else.

Jeff Carter | August 12, 2011

These extra layers of regulation mean that producers will have to charge a higher price for food. The price will be passed down from the field through the elevator, through the trading pits, through the food producers, and greet you at the checkout counter at the grocery.

Jay Sekulow | August 12, 2011

It is a critical step forward to undoing ObamaCare. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals today declared the individual mandate, the provision forcing Americans to purchase health insurance, unconstitutional.

Craig Steiner | August 12, 2011

Even if you soak the wealthy as Obama prefers, huge spending cuts cannot be avoided. And, quite frankly, it's going to be painful whether we cut a trillion dollars per year or $925 billion.

George Friedman | August 12, 2011

The current economic crisis is best understood as a crisis of political economy. Moreover, it has to be understood as a global crisis enveloping the United States, Europe and China that has different details but one overriding theme: the relationship between the political order and economic life.

Bill Tatro | August 12, 2011

When the Japanese Nikkei increased from 30,000 to 40,000, the pundits and worldwide analysts loudly trumpeted “get on board or the train will leave you behind.” Many people took action just as they were told, only to find the Nikkei plummet an astonishing 75% to 10,000. Currently, it trades at less than 9,000

Mike Shedlock | August 12, 2011

Shorts have to cover eventually. Short covering supports the market. These attempts to drive out shorts removes that pool of buyers. Frequently, the immediate short-term reaction is for share prices to rise.

Thu, Aug 11, 2011

Dwayne Horner | August 11, 2011

Stories started surfaced earlier this week saying that Perry, the longest serving chief executive in Texas history, would use the conservative gathering to remove all speculation about a run for the White House.

Cal Thomas | August 11, 2011

Mark Hatfield, 89, who died last weekend in his native Oregon, was the first Christian politician I recall meeting in Washington, which is to say he did more than keep a Bible on his desk. He sought to keep its words and teachings and its main "Character" in his heart.

Frank Gaffney | August 11, 2011

As the nation mourns the loss in combat of thirty of its military heroes - including 22 members of the Navy's elite SEAL Team 6 - in Afghanistan over the weekend, the question inevitably occurs: What are we fighting for that justifies this latest among so much sacrifice in that distant, backwards and inhospitable land?

Iain Murray | August 11, 2011

America is a country founded on entrepreneurship and free enterprise. That’s why one of its most enduring childhood traditions is the lemonade stand. It teaches children initiative, about the value of money and how to earn it. Recently, however, children have been learning entirely different lessons—that bureaucrats are in charge and you cross them at your peril.

Humberto Fontova | August 11, 2011

Here’s Rupert Wyatt, director of the blockbuster movie Rise of the Planet of the Apes in a recent interview: “(the script) had become very different and much more exciting to me. It became less a story of domesticization of a pet and more about an uprising and a Che Guevara story.”

Cliff May | August 11, 2011

The debt crisis, chronic high unemployment, the tumbling stock market, the credit downgrade — these are — fairly obviously — symptoms of an economy in distress. We might disagree about the best policy responses. But perhaps we can agree on the worst: Borrow massive amounts of money from the Communists who want to diminish us and transfer that wealth to the jihadis who want to destroy us.

Jeff Jacoby | August 11, 2011

It is one thing to curb freedom to prevent fraud or widespread social harm. But in a free society, there is no guarantee your feelings will never be hurt.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | August 11, 2011

Jobs, jobs, and more jobs should be the focus. With 25.1 million persons who are unemployed, underemployed or discouraged, we have to figure out a way to create jobs. There is a lot of untapped energy and potential in these people, if we can just figure out how to get them the jobs that they want.

Victor Davis Hanson | August 11, 2011

The U.S. stock market has nose-dived. Congress just approved the highest debt ceiling in American history, allowing the government to carry over $16 trillion in national debt -- prompting the credit-rating agency Standard & Poor's to downgrade America's multitrillion-dollar debt for the first time in 70 years.

Michael Barone | August 11, 2011

Nothing in the Constitution says that Iowa gets to vote for president before any other state. It just does. For years, Iowa like many states had precinct caucuses that elected delegates to county conventions, which in turn elected delegates to the state convention, which then elected delegates to the national convention.

Larry Elder | August 11, 2011

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney wants to be president. And a plurality of Republican voters want him to be president. Recent polls show Republican nominee Romney beating President Barack Obama. Three big issues, however, threaten to implode the GOP front-runner's nomination, let alone general election victory.

Elisabeth Meinecke | August 11, 2011

Their party platforms place them worlds apart, but whether Democrats or Republicans rule the roost in D.C., the media and culture atmosphere in the district has remained largely the same over the past several years.

John Ransom | August 11, 2011

Here was the moment when the next Great Recession began. We saw in that crisis the epitome of a failed presidency: the listless leadership, the lack of direction, the lack of pretension (or even pretending) in being presidential, disregard for the consequences of policy. And the certainty that vacations would always come first.

Cal Thomas | August 11, 2011

If civility, right and wrong, personal responsibility and accountability and the right to life, liberty and personal property are not values worthy of being passed on to the next generation, then their opposites will be taught by default.

Debra J. Saunders | August 11, 2011

California Gov. Jerry Brown believes that "the occupant of the White House should be the candidate who wins the most votes." On Monday, he signed a bill that could hand the state's 55 electoral votes not to the candidate who wins California, but to the candidate who wins the most votes nationally.

Mattie Duppler | August 11, 2011

Since President Obama has been in office, the 'Cost of Government Day' has fallen halfway into August. This is fueled largely by explosive federal spending—taxpayers now work 103 days, nearly half of the total cost of government, just to pay for federal spending.

Matt Towery | August 11, 2011

Wall Street analyst Meredith Whitney has ventured into an area she should have avoided -- political analysis. The results were not pretty.

Emmett Tyrrell | August 11, 2011

Washington: Who on Aug. 18, 2010 -- almost one year ago -- said, "I now think it is clear even to official Washington that President Obama is the worst president of modern times. President Jimmy Carter is redeemed"?

Jay Sekulow | August 11, 2011

Christians are in the crosshairs around the globe - facing more danger than ever before because of their faith.

Larry Kudlow | August 11, 2011

Inflation hawks beat that number back QE2 $600 billion. But now $1.4 trillion -- could conceivably be on the table for a new QE3 announcement by the Fed.

Marita Noon | August 11, 2011

On August 4, Gore was speaking at the Aspen Institute FOCAS seminar in Colorado. The minute plus clip is the most interesting part of an hour-and-half long snooze fest—though he does perk it up when he talks about how climate change has fallen from the front burner of the public psyche. He uses several different fecal terms to describe the various valid theories regarding climate change.

Lincoln Brown | August 11, 2011

I never had the chance to meet this young man. I know he walked and drove the same streets I do, he ate in the same restaurants, and that he played high school sports, and was a member of student government. I also know that his family is in the midst of shock and grief, and that our town is preparing to give him a hero’s welcome upon his return.

Mike Shedlock | August 11, 2011

The bear market is back says Australian economist Steve Keen. I agree. Moreover, the recent action, including the rally, offers sufficient evidence. The biggest percentage gains in history have all been in bear market rallies.

Michael Youssef | August 11, 2011

Let America take a long, hard look at what is happening in London...then take a deep breath and learn a powerful lesson.

Bill Tatro | August 11, 2011

In the late 1990’s and through the turn of the century to 2008, people found that $80,000 was not enough. Through credit cards, home equity loans, refinancing, and job switching, a couple could live as if they were making $120,000 per year. Sorry to say, it just wasn’t one couple, it was the entire country.

Jeff Carter | August 11, 2011

The way forward is to truly embrace classical economics. Get the money out of the hands of bureaucrats and Congressman. Aggressive tax cuts, combined with reduced Keynesian spending will put us on that path.

Wed, Aug 10, 2011

Ann Coulter | August 10, 2011

I guess we now have the proof of what conservatives have been saying since forever: Looting is a result of liberal welfare policies. And Britain is in the end stages of the welfare state.

Michael Reagan | August 10, 2011

President Obama, the Democrat party and their members of Congress have spent years blaming former President George W. Bush for the nation's current economic woes, which is akin to blaming the bank's tellers for a bank robbery, or for the dishonesty of their bosses, the bank's executives who were looting the till.

Earl Tilford | August 10, 2011

The U.S. Department of Defense must restructure to accommodate deep budget cuts and, more importantly, be ready for the challenges of 21st-century warfare. Those challenges will include unconventional operations and wars fought in vastly expanded battle spaces. Reforms are needed in three areas.

Meredith Turney | August 10, 2011

California’s initiative process has long been a thorn in the side of the state’s labor unions and their allies in the Democrat Party. While they have occasionally utilized ballot measure to coax more money out of taxpayers, overall progressives have viewed ballot initiatives as the one aspect of the state’s government that they cannot fully control.

Thomas Sowell | August 10, 2011

There are people who see no connection between what they have done and the consequences that follow. But Barack Obama is not likely to be one of them. He is a savvy politician who will undoubtedly be satisfied if enough voters fail to see a connection between what he has done and the consequences that followed.

Michelle Malkin | August 10, 2011

Van Jones, President Obama's disgraced green jobs czar, is back with a radical progressive plan to rescue America ... from his old boss.

John Stossel | August 10, 2011

President Obama has declared that auto companies' fleets must average 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, almost double the current 27.5. Standing at his side when he made the announcement were executives from the Big Three automakers.

Walter E. Williams | August 10, 2011

President Barack Obama has called for a luxury tax on corporate jets as a means to generate revenue to fight federal deficits. The president's economic advisers ought to be fired for not telling him that doing so is unwise and counterproductive.

Brent Bozell | August 10, 2011

Just like the last Republican takeover of the House in 1995, it was easy to predict the media elite were going to dig deep into the mud and throw every smear they had at the new conservative powers in town.

Jonah Goldberg | August 10, 2011

What offended the fiscal pundits of S&P was the "brinksmanship" in Washington that failed to deliver a $4 trillion budget cut. That's why we had the "tea party downgrade." What's odd is that if the tea party didn't exist, there would have been no deficit reduction -- and little demand for it.

John Ransom | August 10, 2011

The recent Obama debt downgrade has left the United Auto Workers in a shaky bargaining position says an economist with the Center for Automotive Research according to the Detroit Free Press. The results is that union brass is ready to leave workers high and dry.

Tony Blankley | August 10, 2011

Except according to the Lord's plans -- which are not known to man -- the "end of the world" is not nigh, although to listen to politicians and pundits, we should be packed and ready to go by next Thursday.

Michael Medved | August 10, 2011

Beyond the dueling sound bites and apocalyptic rhetoric of Washington’s increasingly desperate battle of the budget, President Obama enjoys an automatic advantage with his relentless calls to tax the rich.

Ben Shapiro | August 10, 2011

For years, the President of the United States has told us that his single economic achievement has been the recovery of the stock market. In his state of the union address this year, President Obama told us, "Two years after the worst recession most of us have ever known, the stock market has come roaring back. The economy is growing again."

Austin Bay | August 10, 2011

America's military services devote much time and thought to developing strategic leaders. Producing a leader capable of commanding a combat theater like CENTCOM remains a long and involved process, where experience and maturation progressively hone cognitive, interpersonal and managerial skills.

Steve Chapman | August 10, 2011

It's a steamy August day, and the candidate arrives shortly after high noon for an outdoor rally in full sun. But bounding off the campaign bus, she is smiling broadly, and no wonder: It's a good day to be Michele Bachmann.

Rebecca Hagelin | August 10, 2011

New HHS regs mandate free contraceptive coverage as preventive care: they trample the conscience rights of believers and restrict Americans' economic choices.

Jeff Carter | August 10, 2011

Obama is out of any meaningful ideas. When the debt crisis came to a head, the world saw that. Now that the entire international economy is toppling over, the market knows it.

Carrie Schwab Pomerantz | August 10, 2011

And while you're immersed in handling the new physical and emotional responsibilities, it's easy for some financial essentials to get lost in the flurry. But as you're well aware, kids cost money and you need to be prepared. So here are some things to think about now.

Larry Kudlow | August 10, 2011

So Bernanke acknowledges that the economy is sputtering and he hopes and prays that an easy-money zero-interest-rate policy for two more years doesn’t depreciate the dollar and drive up energy and commodity prices all over again. Recall that QE2 sunk the greenback and generated about 5 percent inflation, which ate away at the first-half economy, which came in at less than 1 percent in real terms.

Marybeth Hicks | August 10, 2011

Among last week’s troubling headlines: ” ‘Jersey Shore’ scores most-watched season premiere ever: Opener drew 8.8 million total viewers.”

Peter Schiff | August 10, 2011

Schiff weighs in on the debt downgrade and comes to the conclusion that S&P ratings downgrade wasn't low enough.

Bob Beauprez | August 10, 2011

The Politico article quotes a "prominent Democratic strategist aligned with the White House" as confessing that, "Unless things change and Obama can run on accomplishments, he will have to kill Romney."

Bill Tatro | August 10, 2011

All of this gave a whole new meaning to garbage in, garbage out. The models were not only garbage, but also self-serving to all of the participants from Washington to Wall Street. We all know what happened, and know the S&P ratings based on the information provided was wrong.

Terry Jeffrey | August 10, 2011

Newsweek ran a cover story this week intended to be a brutal hit piece on Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, who has emerged as a top candidate for the Republican presidential nomination.

Jacob Sullum | August 10, 2011

I was much more offended by the alacrity with which Perry, who is expected to announce his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination next Saturday, abandoned his avowed federalist principles to embrace the legislative agenda of the Christian right. It took less than a week.

Tue, Aug 09, 2011

Paul Greenberg | August 09, 2011

The big news last week was what didn't happen. The United States of America didn't default on its national debt.

Donald Lambro | August 09, 2011

Job creation remains unacceptably weak in the Obama economy, which some Democrats are calling the "new normal." Friday's labor report for July showed there weren't even enough new jobs to keep up with population growth, let alone make a serious dent in the unemployment rate.

Virgil Goode | August 09, 2011

Tucked in between dramatic stock market drops on Thursday and Monday, there was a little bit of seemingly good economic news on Friday morning. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the private sector added 117,000 jobs in the month of July.

Armstrong Williams | August 09, 2011

We live in a culture that is 100% monetized. Unfortunately just about everything is judged by money and the lack thereof. In this society a man’s character doesn’t necessarily determine his worth but it’s the perceived amount in his bank account. Madison avenue is done an excellent job of convincing society as a whole that you can only have happiness if you have an abundance of material things.

Caroline Glick | August 09, 2011

In the wake of Anders Breivik's massacre of his fellow Norwegians, I was amazed at the speed with which the leftist media throughout the US and Europe used his crime as a means of criminalizing their ideological opponents on the Right.

Rachel Marsden | August 09, 2011

Ipsos has just released a poll measuring citizens' perception of immigration in 23 countries. Despite what politicians around the world would have their countrymen believe, the average person isn't buying the benefits of current immigration policy.

Rich Galen | August 09, 2011

Where are we in terms of a really juicy August story in 2011? Credit rating agencies, 10-year bond returns, credit default swaps, and ECB interventions.

Thomas Sowell | August 09, 2011

Theodore Roosevelt said that his foreign policy was to speak softly and carry a big stick. Barack Obama's foreign policy in Libya has been to speak loudly and carry a little stick.

Byron York | August 09, 2011

Not a day, maybe not an hour, goes by without someone in Washington denouncing irresponsible spending and unfair tax cuts by George W. Bush and the Republican Party.

Chuck Norris | August 09, 2011

Our sincerest gratitude is owed to those serving in the Middle East and Afghanistan, those who have left family and friends to serve abroad. And the real heroes are those who sacrifice everything for the cause of freedom -- ours and others'.

John Hawkins | August 09, 2011

If it wasn't for those darn Tea Partiers, we’d already be in Obamatopia with unicorn-powered cars and an economy driven to new heights by unity, hope, and most importantly, THE POWER OF LOVE.

David Limbaugh | August 09, 2011

One thing is for sure: It's not in Barack Obama to accept personal responsibility for the consequences of his actions and policies. He still won't own this economy and the exploding spending spiral, reminding us at every turn that our problems are a result of what he "inherited".

Mona Charen | August 09, 2011

Much of the interpretation of the Standard and Poor's downgrade of U.S. debt focused on the "dysfunction" of the U.S. political process. And certainly the S and P (which, let's not forget, contributed to the 2008 financial crisis by failing to downgrade bad mortgage debt) invited such analysis by citing "the prolonged controversy over raising the statutory debt ceiling and the related fiscal policy debate . . ."

Cal Thomas | August 09, 2011

My father was a product of the Great Depression and World War II. Like so many others of his generation, he, like his parents before him, knew how to "do without."

Pat Buchanan | August 09, 2011

The decision by Standard & Poor's to strip the United States of its AAA credit rating, for the first time, has triggered a barrage of catcalls against the umpire from the press box and Obamaites.

Debra J. Saunders | August 09, 2011

Beware any candidate who tells you he is not a politician -- after he refers to himself in the third person.

Paul Greenberg | August 09, 2011

No, it's not Louis XVI being trundled off to his execution to the jeers of the mob, soon enough to be followed by Marie Antoinette.

Phyllis Schlafly | August 09, 2011

The problem isn't the debt ceiling, but out-of-control spending. The bipartisan compromise increased the government's borrowing limit by nearly a trillion dollars but cut less than $2 trillion in spending over the next 10 years, which hardly makes a dent in the problem.

Bill Murchison | August 09, 2011

Evidently, as my sainted mother used to observe, it's just one "D" thing after another. A handy letter, D, standing for debt along with other insalubrious things.

Larry Kudlow | August 09, 2011

Corporate profits will continue to rise while business balance sheets are pristine and chock full of cash. Consider the combination of solid productivity, moderate wage rates, and falling commodity prices. These are all plusses for the economy and stocks.

Eleanor Vaughan | August 09, 2011

Under the Obama administration, energy subsidies and tax breaks have grown enormously. The EIA reports that the value of direct federal interventions and subsidies in energy markets doubled between 2007 and 2010, growing from $17.9 billion to $37.2 billion. Big energy companies don't need these government handouts.

Mike Shedlock | August 09, 2011

The housing boom in Australia is now an escalating bust. Many Australian homeowners put every cent they had into their homes and they needed double incomes to just scrape by. Unfortunately, those jobs are disappearing in a construction and commercial real estate bust.

Marita Noon | August 09, 2011

Perhaps traders were holding their breath thinking that the President, absent since the announcement, was really going to say something that might stabilize the markets and give confidence to skittish businesses. Instead he begged Congress to do something to create jobs and talked about the taxes.

Dave Ramsey | August 09, 2011

Here’s the deal. You should already have long-term disability insurance through your employer. If you don’t, then you need to get it today. That way you’re already covered and can make the payments if you happen to become disabled somewhere down the road.

Bob Beauprez | August 09, 2011

Secretary of Treasury Tim Geithner was asked over the weekend if the Obama Administration was "in any way responsible" for the credit rating downgrade by Standard & Poor's issued last Friday. Geithner responded "absolutely not."

Douglas MacKinnon | August 09, 2011

I spoke recently with a senior Democrat strategist who offered up a quite logical and incredibly frightening scenario for those who are desperate to vote Barack Obama out of office in 2012.

Craig Shirley | August 09, 2011

As of the last count by the Associated Press several years ago, there had been over 900 books written about Ronald Reagan. In the last several years, more have been added and given the abiding interest in the Gipper, one can be assured that many more are in the offing.

Mon, Aug 08, 2011

Michael Whalen | August 08, 2011

Politicians love to extol the virtues of small business and praise the entrepreneurs who take risks to create jobs – when it's politically expedient for them to do so. But when the political winds change, the political establishment is quick to take to the airwaves to vilify small business owners for being profitable, dubbing them "millionaires" and calling for an increase in their taxes.

Michael Brown | August 08, 2011

Surely, it still is "the economy, stupid." Or is it? Could it be that there's more to the story? Could it be that we make a serious and fundamental mistake when we separate economic issues from moral issues?

Dwayne Horner | August 08, 2011

It’s not Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Fraser, and it may not even be a fight, but much is being written about a feud between Governor Perry’s team and former George W. Bush loyalists. In particular, how a Perry run could affect the fortunes of Karl Rove.

Rachel Alexander | August 08, 2011

A disturbing trend has developed over the last few years of broadcasting the suicides of the weak and elderly in society for entertainment. Much of it is due to the glamorization of assisted suicide by a Swiss suicide clinic known as Dignitas.

Jeff Jacoby | August 08, 2011

It is getting hard to remember a time when US presidents didn't tout "energy independence" -- meaning freedom from imported oil -- as an urgent and achievable American objective. But energy independence is a delusion.

Neal Boortz | August 08, 2011

We were mindless enough to hire someone who detests capitalism and free enterprise to oversee our economy

Michael Barone | August 08, 2011

Why aren't voters moving to the left, toward parties favoring bigger government, during what increasingly looks like an economic depression? That's a question I've asked, and one that was addressed with characteristic thoughtfulness by Democratic pollster Stanley Greenberg in The New York Times last week.

Mike Adams | August 08, 2011

I am frequently asked whether I would be willing to spend the money necessary to send my own kids to a four-year brick and mortar college. The answer used to be a qualified “yes.” But college isn’t what it used to be. So my answer is now a firm “probably not.”

Star Parker | August 08, 2011

Who can forget that rare moment of honesty during the campaign to pass Obamacare when Nancy Pelosi said “We have to pass the bill in order for you to find out what’s in it”? Now we have it and almost daily there are new revelations about the staggering extent to which our private lives and individual freedoms have been stomped on.

John Ransom | August 08, 2011

One week after Democrats drove us to the brink of default because they wouldn’t cut the U.S. budget deficit, White House officials tried to blame everyone from ratings agencies to the Tea Party for the economic woes they created. By my math, that makes the Tea Party 100 percent OK with me.

Katie Kieffer | August 08, 2011

If Britney Spears performs her hit single “I'm a Slave 4 U” alongside exotic animals or dances inside a cage, you assume she craves easy attention but you don’t think that she literally wants to live like a zoo animal. Needless to say, humans do not belong in zoos. Cages do not enable men to grow and prosper.

Ken Blackwell | August 08, 2011

Advocates for extending marriage rights to same-sex couples think they are on a roll with New York State’s action. Lawmakers and lobbyists cut a midnight backroom deal to push a marriage bill through Albany. They would not dare to submit this issue to New York voters. Some of them remember how state voters turned back the ERA in the Empire State thirty years ago.

Lurita Doan | August 08, 2011

The idea of the self-made man, the rugged individualist, armed with nothing but a superior work ethic, character, and talent has vanished from Obama’s vision of winning the future. Clearly, the president does not understand that in his bid to bludgeon Republicans into agreeing to additional tax hikes, he was simultaneously signaling his contempt and hostility for the self-made man.

Bruce Bialosky | August 08, 2011

Now that peace has temporarily descended upon the nation’s capital and this sordid episode in the life of our Republic has come to an end, behold my review of the Movie of the Week: “High Noon at Debt Ceiling.”

Mike Needham | August 08, 2011

Last week, President Obama played tough, scolding Congress as he tried to pivot the national political narrative to job creation. The President’s pivot, which he’s tried numerous times before, includes a host of excuses like “headwinds” and “uncertainty” but little in the way of real solutions.

Chris Poindexter | August 08, 2011

If the dismal week in equity markets wasn’t bad enough, Standard & Poor’s added insult to injury on Friday when they cut the credit rating of the United States from AAA to AA+. A downgrade that was more symbolic than substantive, but the S&P went a step further and kept the U.S. on review for another downgrade in the near future.

Craig Steiner | August 08, 2011

As recently as four months ago "Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said Tuesday there is "no risk" the U.S. will lose its top credit rating." Early on the president was asking for a "clean" debt ceiling bill with no spending reductions at all, an idea that Democrats brought back in the days before a final agreement.

Mike Shedlock | August 08, 2011

The S&P warned the US, now it has warned France. Notice how the rating agencies want austerity. I asked some tough questions before, here is a cream-puff question: Short-term, what will all these austerity measures do to global growth?

Jay Sekulow | August 08, 2011

It is a bold move in the fight to protect life. I'm talking about Indiana's new state law that prohibits federal funds it receives from going to abortion providers like Planned Parenthood.

Jeff Carter | August 08, 2011

Hold your elected officials feet to the fire. Write letters. There is only one way out of this mess. Cutting spending, and growing the economy. Too much spending and debt got us into this mess, less spending and growth can help get us out of it.

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John Ransom | August 07, 2011

I see Roy and Odin and Mo and Steve this week in the mail bag. We talk Matt Damon- who had a great part playing himself in Team America World Police- SEIU, racism of the progressive type. And we point out once again that numbers and words aren't the strongest skill sets for liberals. Besides that, they're bleeping golden.

Derek Hunter | August 07, 2011

File under: It’s Always Good To Keep Things In Perspective - If you think the federal government’s credit rating being downgraded was bad, S&P also downgrade Fonzie from AAAYYY to AAAYY+.

Salena Zito | August 07, 2011

The recent debt debate was not politics at its worst or most dysfunctional. It worked exactly as American politics was designed to work.

Michael Reagan | August 07, 2011

He should quit blaming the rich for being successful and take a look in the mirror. Instead of quoting my father to justify himself and his shocking incompetence he should try to imitate my Dad and try to govern as well as my Dad did.

Austin Hill | August 07, 2011

I understand the theological tensions between Mormonism and other faith traditions, and my choice to be friends with and supportive of Mormons is by no means an uninformed choice.

Doug Giles | August 07, 2011

How many of you have met the book smart 4.0 summa cum laude lady who, in regard to street smarts, is a summa dumb loopy chick? What about the poor honey who is neither book nor street smart? What a shame, eh?

Debra J. Saunders | August 07, 2011

On Wednesday, congressional Democrats were doing everything in their power not to end the legislative stalemate that shut down the Federal Aviation Administration, but to make sure everyone blamed Republicans.

Steve Chapman | August 07, 2011

As a resident of Illinois, I'd never had any particular desire to fly from McCook, Neb, to Denver. But lately, I've been looking for an opportunity. Turns out the federal government is willing to pay me a handsome fee to do it.

Bob Beauprez | August 07, 2011

Late this week, Standard & Poor's dropped the credit rating for the United States of America for the first time since 1917. While most countries were cautious about the downgrade, China slammed the Unites States' addiction to credit calling for a new world wide reserve currency.

Marita Noon | August 07, 2011

Like Thelma and Louise, the American economy, with Obama at the wheel, is heading for a cliff. Hopefully, the credit rating downgrade will be a speed bump that slows us down enough to realize that what we are doing isn’t working and we need a course correction. Since the president will not change direction, we’ll change him.

Heidi Harris | August 07, 2011

Even a rat in a maze will adjust his behavior sooner or later, especially when he keeps hitting the wall that doesn’t open up and give him the reward. But Obama is hell bent on destroying our economy, making decisions that even a first year economics student would find ridiculous.

Mike Shedlock | August 07, 2011

China, fearing unrest, does not talk about rising unemployment. Thus, in spite of all the misguided huffing and puffing of numerous analysts, it is China who fears not buying US debt. Otherwise, they would not buy the debt.

Earl Tilford | August 07, 2011

The U.S. military needs massive restructuring. The National Security Act of 1947 institutionalized the Industrial Age force extant today. Now, the armed forces of the United States would be hard-pressed to counter a North Korean invasion of South Korea without using nuclear weapons.

Ken Connor | August 07, 2011

Let's face it, if your contentment level is tied to your 401(K), you're probably not feeling too good right now. The Dow Jones Industrial Average has dropped precipitously, job numbers are weak, consumer spending is down, and we may be on the brink of a double dip recession.

Mark Baisley | August 07, 2011

Like many of you, I involve myself in politics in an attempt to preserve what we still have of the original dream. And while I may not have spent sufficient years on this planet to be considered wise, decades of observation have made me certain of this; those who respect life, liberty and property are also those who recognize that one unique and specific Creator described in the American Declaration.

Paul Jacob | August 07, 2011

The budget deal not only set government spending to grow, it set up an oligarchy. Wrong direction. So what's the right direction?