Sat, Aug 20, 2011

John C. Goodman | August 20, 2011

More than 30 million Americans are living in "poverty," according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s one out of every seven people. But what does it really mean to be "poor" in America?

John Ransom | August 20, 2011

As Obama tries to shore up his base of support amid blistering criticism from progressive groups, look for Obama to continue to use backdoor regulatory means to enforce, ignore or otherwise interpret laws to benefit special interests that support the president’s agenda.

Ken Blackwell | August 20, 2011

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was speaking for the Obama administration this week when she issued a sharp demand: Syrian dictator Bashar al-Asad should step down and now. The Obama administration is putting its Syria policy in line with its overall goal making the Mideast safe for democracy.

Kyle Olson | August 20, 2011

If teachers really supported their union, they would pay their dues. If they don’t support their union, should they be forced to be members and pay dues?

Mike Shedlock | August 20, 2011

Today I am going to do something different, openly praise blatant incompetence. I will list my reasons later but first let me sing the praises of sheer incompetence.

Bob Beauprez | August 20, 2011

Total employment at the conglomeration of federal agencies responsible for enforcing compliance with the myriad of laws now exceeds 281,000 people. That's an increase of 13 percent during a time when 27 million Americans find themselves unemployed, under-employed, or have completely given up even trying to find work. The budgets at these same agencies have increased 16 percent during the same period to over $54 billion.

Jeff Carter | August 20, 2011

There is so much negative sentiment flowing, it’s hard to break. Much of this stems from Presidential statements leading up to the budget resolution, but a lot of it comes from the evidence that the economy in the world pretty much stinks right now. A lot of that stems from the President too.

Brian Raum | August 20, 2011

On Aug. 2, the ripple effect from New York’s recently passed same-sex “marriage” law bumped up against New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. The Star-Ledger suggested Christie “should consider taking a page out of [New York Gov.] Cuomo’s playbook,” by which they meant that Christie ought to force-feed the public with same-sex “marriage” just like Cuomo did.

Larry Kudlow | August 20, 2011

Richard Fisher, Dallas Fed president, explains his dissent on two more years of a zero interest rate target. He believes the Fed has created enough liquidity, but it's tax and regulatory barriers that have blocked growth and job creation. He also responds to GOP attacks on the Fed. You're looking at a future Treasury secretary here.

Robert Knight | August 20, 2011

With the media intent on diverting blame from Obama and the Democrats, it’s no wonder that some folks are confused. Their instincts seem sound, but they are marinating in the mainstream media’s fantasized world in which the Tea Party is a monster, and that “more revenue” from “the rich” is the answer to our troubles.

Fri, Aug 19, 2011

Craig Steiner | August 19, 2011

Aside from the nervous reality of a communist country going out and buying the "means of production" around the world, the truth is that these kinds of purchases are increasingly insulating China from its inevitable future losses on the U.S. dollar, and the unsustainability of the current model where it exports trillions of dollars worth of products to countries around the world that finance those purchases by borrowing money from China (or by printing money).

Kathryn Lopez | August 19, 2011

I've been wondering for a while now why the heck Rep. Thad McCotter is running for president of the United States. Yes, you read that correctly.

Caroline Glick | August 19, 2011

Israeli military preparedness follows a depressing pattern. The IDF does not change its assessments of the strategic environment until Israeli blood runs in the streets.

Ron Meyer | August 19, 2011

Living at home after college just isn’t cool, and young people are blaming the Obama Administration.

Hugh Hewitt | August 19, 2011

Nir Nitzan's father fought in Israel's War of Independence, and again in the wars of 1956 and 1967.

Floyd and Mary Beth Brown | August 19, 2011

Obama says he will get focused on the jobs problem just as soon as he returns from his August vacation in Martha's Vineyard. Like the more famous Hamptons, the Vineyard is a playground of the rich and famous out to find some summer enjoyment on the Atlantic shore. Just before leaving, Obama articulated his number one goal is to grow the economy.

Michelle Malkin | August 19, 2011

Is there anything more condescending than a porcelain-skinned Hollywood liberal who attempts to show her presumed solidarity with minorities by referring to them as "people of color"?

Brent Bozell | August 19, 2011

A man wearing a Santa hat sits on a roof. He's talking to his ex-girlfriend on a cell phone, trying with feigned cheer to wish her a Merry Christmas. He asks if she's with her new boyfriend.

Jonah Goldberg | August 19, 2011

Before President Obama headed off to his rented 28-acre retreat in Martha's Vineyard, he spent a few days campaigning around the Midwest in his new million-dollar, Canadian-made campaign bus, paid for at government expense. He even unveiled what many believe will be his new re-election theme: "Country first."

David Limbaugh | August 19, 2011

Why aren't more people offended by the autocrat President Obama for always telling people what to do on economic matters when he obviously has no idea what he's doing?

I might have used the term "dictator" or "tyrant," but seeing as Obama is telling carmakers what kind of cars they should make, "autocrat" is especially fitting.

John Ransom | August 19, 2011

Gotta love the Democrats when they pass laws that don’t even attempt to solve the problems the laws were intended to address in the first place. If they solved problems then they wouldn’t get to write the outrage letters.

Ken Blackwell | August 19, 2011

“George W. Bush, forty-third president—forty-third president to not kill bin Laden, that is.” That’s the way the funsters on Saturday Night Live lampooned President Obama’s imaginary victory lap after Osama bin Laden was taken out by U.S. forces last May.

Oliver North | August 19, 2011

Having completed his three-state "Midwest listening tour," President Barack Obama is now on vacation on Martha's Vineyard.

Pat Buchanan | August 19, 2011

As he and his daughters bicycle around the summer playground of the Northeastern elite, Martha's Vineyard, President Obama is steadily bleeding away both the support of the nation and that of his most loyal constituency.

Suzanne Fields | August 19, 2011

If all politics were truly local, Tim Pawlenty might still be in the race. The former governor of Minnesota made the best offer to Iowans, promising to cook their dinner or mow their lawn. Of course, there was a catch. The winner of the dinner and a freshly clipped lawn had to come up with an example of something specific offered by President Obama to solve the economic mess.

Matt Towery | August 19, 2011

It seems like everything is going wrong for President Obama. Polling shows that white voters and independents who bolstered his effort in 2008 have soured on his presidency. Meanwhile members of the Congressional Black Caucus are complaining that he hasn't done enough to address the high unemployment rate for African Americans. And then there's this idiotic bus tour.

Linda Chavez | August 19, 2011

At a time when many state and local governments cannot afford even necessary government programs, the Obama administration is about to force hundreds of jurisdictions to waste millions of dollars printing ballots in Spanish and other languages for voters who don't need them.

Diana West | August 19, 2011

On the Afghan border with Pakistan, in Paktika province, is a tiny, isolated and primitive American outpost called Combat Outpost (COP) Margah. What happened there last fall never penetrated mainstream consciousness, but on Oct. 30, American forces were surprised by a wee-hours attack by hundreds of unusually sophisticated fighters who were "armed to the teeth and shouting 'Allah Akbar.'" Or so David Axe reported, quite vividly, in Wired magazine, the lone outlet to cover the battle.

Emmett Tyrrell | August 19, 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"? Yes, it was I. And I threw the entire weight of The American Spectator behind that asseveration, putting both Jimmy and Barry on the cover.

Kyle Olson | August 19, 2011

On July 30, 2011 a few thousand teacher union activists descended upon Washington D.C. for a “Save Our Schools” rally. The keynote speaker that day was actor Matt Damon, who took the occasion to bash standardized testing. You know, virtually the only thing used to assess student achievement and a tool for teacher accountability.

Mike Shedlock | August 19, 2011

The collapse in sentiment of all kinds continues. Concern over jobs and unemployment are at the top of the list of worries.

Jack Bouroudjian | August 19, 2011

When he told us that the low-interest-rate environment would last through mid-2013, Ben Bernanke had his Pontius Pilate moment. He symbolically washed his hands of whatever shall become of the U.S. economy.

Bill Tatro | August 19, 2011

It’s interesting to recall after the savings and loan crisis of the 1980s and 19990s, hundreds of people were indicted and many went to jail. Now, in the so-called aftermath of the credit crisis, no significant person has been either indicted or jailed. Maybe that’s because we haven’t yet reached the aftermath, it’s only just begun.

Bob Goldman | August 19, 2011

If you're looking for emotional support in these terrible economic times, if you'd like someone to put their arm around your puny shoulders and assure you that everything is going to be all right, then you'd better stay far, far away from the latest book by Larry Winget.

Marjorie Dannenfelser | August 19, 2011

Some Republicans in recent months have suggested that social issues, including the issue of protecting innocent, unborn children, will take a back seat during the 2012 election cycle. The nation’s unemployment rates, foreclosure rate, and credit rating, are all worse than they were when Obama took office in 2009.

Larry Kudlow | August 19, 2011

The biggest problem for the plunging stock market is coming out of Europe. Fears over the safety and solvency of European government debt and banks are haunting the stock market. I still don’t believe it’s 2008. But yes, like everyone else, I’m worried.

Jay Sekulow | August 19, 2011

It's official. The City of Pittsburgh has repealed a troubling ordinance that banned the distribution of pro-life leaflets.

Thu, Aug 18, 2011

Michael Gerson | August 18, 2011

As the presidential election of 2012 grinds into gear, President Obama is already behind.

Donald Lambro | August 18, 2011

The political battle for the Republican presidential nomination is all about who can get the U.S. economy back on track and restart the once-great American jobs machine.

Alan Sears | August 18, 2011

That aspect of Wildflower hospitality ended several months before a young couple filed a lawsuit against the Inn. According to the complaint, an employee refused the mother of the bride’s request to hold the wedding reception at the Inn, once she revealed that there were two brides and no groom.

Cliff May | August 18, 2011

If I asked you to name the important events of the early 20th century, you’d probably mention the start of World War I in 1914, the Russian Revolution in 1917, the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919, the stock market crash in 1929, and Hitler becoming Chancellor of Germany in 1933.

Rich Galen | August 18, 2011

Rick Perry has been in this race for about 12 minutes and has been deemed the frontrunner; the man who has the best chance of knocking Mitt Romney out of his frontrunner status; the guy who will knock / has knocked Michelle Bachmann out of second place; the man who will force (pick one) Mitch Daniels, Haley Barbour, Chris Christie, Paul Ryan, or Hopalong Cassidy to reconsider their previous decisions not to get into this race.

Thomas Sowell | August 18, 2011

The orgies of violent attacks against strangers on the streets -- in both England and the United States -- are not necessarily just passing episodes. They should be wake-up calls, warning of the continuing degeneration of Western society.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | August 18, 2011

It's vast, it's crowded, it's fattening and it's fun. "Nothing Compares to the Iowa State Fair." The slogan is aptly deserved.

Michael Barone | August 18, 2011

Pundits lately have been comparing Barack Obama to Jimmy Carter, suggesting he is a likely loser in 2012. But my American Enterprise Institute colleague Norman Ornstein, writing in The New Republic, compares Obama to Harry S. Truman, suggesting he may outperform the polls and win.

Victor Davis Hanson | August 18, 2011

A once civil and orderly England was recently torn apart by rioting and looting -- at first by mostly minority youth, but eventually also by young Brits in general. This summer, a number of American cities witnessed so-called "flash mobs" -- mostly African-American youths who swarmed at prearranged times to loot stores or randomly attack those of other races and classes.

Larry Elder | August 18, 2011

Just when you thought the disgruntled-about-Obama lefties gave up on the "let's replace Obama with Hillary" nonsense, it's back like "Rocky VI." Maybe even in 3-D.

Mike Adams | August 18, 2011

Well, this probably marks the first time I’ve read an email from a homosexual who is familiar with the Old Testament but not the New Testament.

Cal Thomas | August 18, 2011

As defined by Collins English Dictionary, a bigot is "a person who is intolerant of any ideas other than his or her own, especially on religion, politics, or race."

Humberto Fontova | August 18, 2011

“Let’s overlook President Obama’s failures during his first term,” advised Raul Castro’s daughter Mariela to Congresspersons Barbara Lee, Lynn Woolsey and Sam Farr recently in Havana. “We must support him for a second term so that he can have a better opportunity to accomplish better http://admin.townhall.com/thadmin/electionresults/raceswatching.aspxthings.”

Emmett Tyrrell | August 18, 2011

Washington -- There is squabbling in the White House. President Barack Obama's approval rating has dipped to unprecedented lows in the polls, and he has not a clue as to what to do about it. Within the president's team there are the pragmatists led by David Plouffe (pronounced plu' fey) and William M. Daley who favor small gestures.

Steve Chapman | August 18, 2011

At age 14, J.L. impregnated his girlfriend in a consensual encounter. This was bad news on several grounds, the worst being that she was 15 months younger. Convicted of rape for having sex with a 12-year-old, he will have to register as a sex offender -- for the rest of his life.

Zachary Gappa | August 18, 2011

The future of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA - a.k.a. "Obamacare") is more in question than ever after Friday's ruling by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. The divided court ruled that the individual mandate is unconstitutional (The individual mandate is a part of the PPACA that forces citizens to purchase health insurance or pay a hefty penalty).

Craig Steiner | August 18, 2011

The president has addressed the nation multiple times in his presidency and has, to the best of my recollection, never said anything we didn't already know. He almost said something we didn't know when he announced OBL's death--but due to his standard tardiness to his own speeches, the news had already been leaked by the time he took the podium.

Jim Powell | August 18, 2011

President Obama’s New New Deal of massive government intervention was inspired by FDR’s New Deal, and both have been plagued by chronic high unemployment.

Mike Shedlock | August 18, 2011

At the same time, I rather suspect the SEC has safeguarded with perfect care the files on Martha Stewart, two-bit Joe, and blogger Bob.

Bill Tatro | August 18, 2011

I guess I shouldn’t get so frustrated since President Obama, when asked about his economic recovery plan, simply launched into a diatribe and said wait until September. You know, he may be on to something.

Gina Loudon | August 18, 2011

This seems to be a growing sentiment among the American middle class. “The land of opportunity” is quickly becoming the “nation of the needy.”

Jay Sekulow | August 18, 2011

Something just doesn't seem right. It appears the Department of Justice has launched a probe of the nation's largest credit ratings firm, Standard & Poor's. As I told Martha MacCallum on Fox News, the timing of this development certainly raises a few questions.

Crystal Wright | August 18, 2011

Pretty soon Americans may be pledging allegiance to the United States of China. China owns most of our mounting $15 trillion debt and it turns out had more than a hand or two in creating and building the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial.

Jeff Carter | August 18, 2011

Mr. Buffett is rich enough to be a Democrat. It won’t alter his lifestyle one bit if we made the marginal tax rate 100%. He’s got his. Imagine how much more arduous his climb to the top would have been back in the 1960's if we targeted him for tax increases.

Wed, Aug 17, 2011

John Ransom | August 17, 2011

Taking their cues from the mid-term election that saw Obama’s team lose control of the House on dissatisfaction with the growth of government, they slimmed down, huddled up and came out with a new plan. Ready for it?

Ann Coulter | August 17, 2011

Like you, I've been horrified by the eruptions of mob violence around the globe this summer. But having spent the last two years researching and writing a book about mobs, I'm also grateful to the ruffians for taking to the streets so soon after my book was released.

Matthew Bowman | August 17, 2011

When the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently put forth their new health coverage mandates, people of faith – and particularly people of faith who operate and work for faith-based organizations – saw the pro-abortion administration’s handwriting on the wall.

Michael Reagan | August 17, 2011

If President Obama really wants to get the U.S. economy going again, he could do worse than to study the results of my Dad's 1981 Economic Recovery Act, which boosted the economy by leaps and bounds.

Jeff Jacoby | August 17, 2011

For liberals, perhaps the only thing more absurd and disagreeable than the prospect of a Washington with radically reduced influence in American life is a presidential candidate pledging to make that reduction a priority.

Ken Blackwell | August 17, 2011

Floundering. Flopping around like a fish on deck. That’s the best description of the Obama administration this summer. The president’s now on a bus tour of the Heartland. Next, he’s slated to go to Martha’s Vineyard for a well-earned vacation.

Thomas Sowell | August 17, 2011

Although much of the media have their antennae out to pick up anything that might be construed as racism against blacks, they resolutely ignore even the most blatant racism by blacks against others.

Michelle Malkin | August 17, 2011

Texas, we have a problem. Your GOP governor is running for president against Barack Obama.

John Stossel | August 17, 2011

Did we learn anything from last week's Republican presidential debate? I heard the usual platitudes like "bring people together," but there was also plenty of talk about the private sector.

Walter E. Williams | August 17, 2011

People are beginning to compare Barack Obama's administration to the failed administration of Jimmy Carter, but a better comparison is to the Roosevelt administration of the 1930s and '40s.

John Hawkins | August 17, 2011

Many spiritually advanced people I know (not coweringly religious, mind you, but deeply spiritual) identify Obama as a Lightworker, that rare kind of attuned being who has the ability to lead us not merely to new foreign policies or health care plans or whatnot, but who can actually help usher in a new way of being on the planet, of relating and connecting and engaging with this bizarre earthly experiment.

Brent Bozell | August 17, 2011

It's impossible to imagine the "objective" news rags picturing Hillary with crazy eyes and a headline like "Queen of Rage." There is a war on Michele developing.

Jonah Goldberg | August 17, 2011

Perry didn't exactly chase Pawlenty out of the race; the Iowa straw poll (in which T-Paw finished a distant third) did that. But the two developments are closely related. They're linked by the fact that Barack Obama is very beatable.

Tony Blankley | August 17, 2011

In the weeks during and since the debt-ceiling debate, the media, pushed by the Democratic Party, has peddled the propaganda that our government is broken -- because the Republicans in the House of Representatives negotiated a better deal than the liberals wanted.

Michael Medved | August 17, 2011

It’s probably a good thing that coverage of the Iowa Straw Poll and Rick Perry’s announcement of candidacy upstaged the discussion about the televised GOP debate two days before.

Ben Shapiro | August 17, 2011

Rick Perry's entry into the Republican nomination process has transformed the 2012 election into a truly memorable contest. Perry changes the game.

Terry Jeffrey | August 17, 2011

Will Boehner lead a Republican-controlled House of Representatives in enacting government funding bills for fiscal 2012 that allow tax dollars to flow to a group that kills an average of 910 unborn babies per day?

David Harsanyi | August 17, 2011

The Obama administration is finally going to focus on jobs -- again. Jobs, jobs, jobs. And nothing says jobs like food stamps, unemployment insurance and a shiny new federal department of ... yes, jobs!

Austin Bay | August 17, 2011

During his January 1, 2000, end-of-the-millennium broadcast, "McLaughlin Group" host John McLaughlin declared that his award for "the Person of the Full Millennium" went to the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

Paul Greenberg | August 17, 2011

Who says presidential debates and straw polls don't matter?

Donald Lambro | August 17, 2011

Things aren't going well for President Obama these days. Nearly four months before the presidential marathon officially begins, Obama's lackluster economy remains the overwhelming political issue in the country.

Bill Murchison | August 17, 2011

The way liberals reacted to Gov. Rick Perry's announcement of his presidential candidacy suggests many think Santa Anna didn't do half enough damage as he should of at the Alamo. Why he didn't burn down the whole &$!&$!& country, is the question seemingly on many minds.

Jacob Sullum | August 17, 2011

Opponents of the federal law requiring Americans to buy government-approved medical coverage face a daunting challenge. Because the U.S. Supreme Court has treated the power to "regulate Commerce ... among the several States" like Silly Putty since the New Deal, explaining why it cannot be stretched to cover the health insurance mandate is harder than you might think.

Larry Kudlow | August 17, 2011

Texas Gov. Rick Perry scorched the political pot Tuesday with a red-hot rhetorical attack on Fed-head Ben Bernanke.

Dave Ramsey | August 17, 2011

The amount you’re talking about isn’t enough to retire on with any kind of dignity. If you make 10 percent off your money over time it means you’re living on just $10,000 a year. That’s below the poverty level.

Jeff Carter | August 17, 2011

The market fell out of bed after the conference since virtually everything they proposed is more bureaucratic nonsense, and then the added "benefit" of a tax.

Gina Loudon | August 17, 2011

Economists who rely on housing starts data to gauge the strength of the economy really need to find a different source of GDP activity. However, they may be pleased to know that new construction was up nearly 10% from a year ago.

Mike Shedlock | August 17, 2011

It is time to end these piecemeal negotiations that should not even be happening in the first place. A bankruptcy agreement could dissolve the unions and all their agreements.

Marc Nuttle | August 17, 2011

Paul Krugman says he wants another $2 trillion in stimulus. He can’t get it unless he prints it, and while that won’t add to the debt, it will devalue the currency and lead to inflation.

Tue, Aug 16, 2011

Armstrong Williams | August 16, 2011

Now that the debt ceiling charade is over (for now) and the politicians have smugly retreated to their lavish homes and offices, the average American is faced with the stark reality. How are we going to get back to work to rebuild the wealth that was lost over the past few years?

David Legates | August 16, 2011

David Suzuki has never met, debated or even spoken with my colleague, scientist Willie Soon. But as more people dismiss Mr. Suzuki’s scare stories about global warming cataclysms, Suzuki has resorted to personal attacks against Dr. Soon and others who disagree with him.

Rachel Marsden | August 16, 2011

The riots that have ravaged urban England take root in phenomena that aren't exclusive to that country but are increasingly on the rise everywhere. Could the same thing happen in America? Of course it could. And here's why.

Michael Prell | August 16, 2011

During the GOP debate last Thursday, Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann was asked, “as president, would you be submissive to your husband?” Why was she asked such a question? Because, as a Christian, Mrs. Bachmann had previously espoused the belief that a wife should be submissive to her husband.

Caroline Glick | August 16, 2011

For the past 11 years, the Israeli Left has been divorcing itself from Zionism. This began in the wake of the violent riots in the Arab sector in October 2000 when the Barak government formed the Orr Commission of Inquiry. The Orr Commission for the first time conferred extralegal communal rights on radicalized Israeli Arabs, and so denied the police the right to enforce laws equally on all Israelis.

Phyllis Schlafly | August 16, 2011

USA Today published one of its colorful front pages last week detailing how America has not only grown dramatically in population over the last two decades, but has radically changed ethnically, geographically and culturally. The most costly of the many changes is the fact that having children has become increasingly detached from marriage.

John C. Goodman | August 16, 2011

Writing in The New York Times the other day, Buffett claimed that he and others like him pay too little in taxes. As he’s said before, he calculates that his tax rate is lower than his secretary’s and that’s not fair.

Robert Knight | August 16, 2011

Recall began as a progressive idea around the turn of the 20th Century, when the villains were law makers in the pockets of the “robber barons” who controlled large banks, railroads and oil. Today’s robber baron is the massive government/union axis that sucks money from the private sector and which always –always--wants more.

Terry Savage | August 16, 2011

Ironically, many of the states with the largest debt burden already have relatively high tax structures, meaning it will be even more difficult to fill the gap. But they will try. And eventually, you could find the most productive people moving out of high-tax states to those with lower rates.

Thomas Sowell | August 16, 2011

After mobs of young blacks rampaged through Philadelphia committing violence -- as similar mobs have rampaged through Chicago, Denver, Milwaukee and other places -- Philadelphia's black mayor, Michael A. Nutter, ordered a police crackdown and lashed out at the whole lifestyle of those who did such things.

Chuck Norris | August 16, 2011

President Barack Obama's pride-and-joy health care reform law (aka the Affordable Care Act of 2010) suffered a super setback last Friday, when an appeals court ruled that it is unconstitutional to penalize Americans who do not purchase medical insurance

David Limbaugh | August 16, 2011

Seeing as President Obama cannot govern, he's had to go back to campaigning -- an activity with which he's quite comfortable but decreasingly successful, as evidenced by his falling poll numbers and his endless, repetitive speeches.

John Ransom | August 16, 2011

I always think that it’s a mistake for someone to borrow their expertise from one area and try to leverage that into moralistic homilies on tax policy for the rest of us. Especially when that guy won’t come clean about his motives for the homiletic or his tax-return.

Cal Thomas | August 16, 2011

As in America with its flash mobs and curfews imposed in Philadelphia and considered in Kansas City and other cities, British rioters were not spontaneous creations. They developed from moral and relational decisions made decades ago.

Dennis Prager | August 16, 2011

There is only one solution to the world's problems, only one prescription for producing a near-heaven on earth.

Pat Buchanan | August 16, 2011

Last week's Republican debate at Ames, Iowa, and the straw poll Saturday did more than sort out the Republican field for 2012.

Debra J. Saunders | August 16, 2011

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is the first casualty of the Ames, Iowa, straw poll. After he came in third -- behind firebrand Reps. Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul -- he pulled out of the 2012 GOP presidential race.

Susan Stamper Brown | August 16, 2011

The hysterical reaction to Republican presidential hopeful Governor Rick Perry's faith is about as overblown as his home state of Texas is big.

Steven Aden | August 16, 2011

Taken together, the news coming out of these states is not just refreshing, it may also lead to a lessening of the number of children who will be killed in abortion mills in the coming months and years. And for defenders of life, it doesn’t get much better than that.

Michael Brown | August 16, 2011

There are some important things that can be lost and then recovered. Health. Finances. Friends. Even reputation. Innocence, however, is not one of them, especially the prepubescent, sexual innocence of a child.

Charlotte Hays | August 16, 2011

We are witnessing the left turning on an increasingly bewildered Barack Obama, who without his usual balm of praise, now seems lost in the cosmos, with the kind of bitterness that can spring only from one cause: love gone sour. Much to my horror, my fellow Republicans, I am seeing in you something alarmingly similar to what got the 2008 Democrats in such trouble: you, too, want to fall in love.

Wayne LaPierre | August 16, 2011

You’ve seen this in the movies. A group of gangsters surrounds an innocent bystander. One of the thugs pulls out a bat and smashes the poor guy’s windshield. “It’d be a shame if this sorta thing continued to happen,” says the thug. Unable to afford any future damage to his property, the bystander-turned-victim is now forced to surrender his money to the mob so they can “protect” his belongings.

Marita Noon | August 16, 2011

On Friday, a US District Judge, appointed by Obama, decided that the administration wasn’t playing fair with energy or jobs.

Lincoln Brown | August 16, 2011

So T-Paw is out, Perry is in, and Bachmann is the sweetheart of the moment. Of course Ron Paul came in second in Iowa, and I’ll be honest, I threw up in my mouth a little bit when he indicated that Iran having nuclear weapons wasn’t really an issue for him.

Bob Beauprez | August 16, 2011

Americans for Tax Reform publishes s a "Cost of Government Day" report every year, which calculates how long the average American must work to pay for the full costs of government spending and regulation. The 2011 version just came out and it isn't encouraging.

Mike Shedlock | August 16, 2011

In case you ever wondered how it is that Republicans do not want deficits and Democrats do not want deficits, yet we have massive and growing deficits, the following two articles will explain the reasons nicely.

Mon, Aug 15, 2011

Byron York | August 15, 2011

On "Meet the Press" Sunday, Iowa straw poll winner Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., was asked to make the case that she has the "judgment and experience" to be president of the United States. Bachmann listed several qualifications -- her work as a tax attorney, small-business woman, state senator in Minnesota and member of Congress -- but the first thing she said was: "I have a lifetime of experience. I'm 55 years old. I've been married 33 years."

Paul Greenberg | August 15, 2011

Who says presidential debates and straw polls don't matter? The field of Republican presidential candidates has narrowed a bit after the presidential debate-cum-straw poll at Ames, Ia., home of Iowa State, corn-fed beauties of every species, and the GOP's straw-in-the-wind poll.

Michael Uremovich | August 15, 2011

In the last session of Congress, members of both the Senate and House spoke loudly and clearly through their actions on various pieces of legislation, including the Employee ‘Forced’ Choice Act (EFCA). EFCA would have eliminated the secret ballot in union organizing elections and given to government arbitrators the authority to determine wages and other terms and conditions of employment.

Dale Peterson | August 15, 2011

After Alabama passed HB 56 in June, law professor and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who helped write SB 1070, said, “Alabama now has the strongest law deterring illegal immigration in the country, surpassing even Arizona.” Given the hissy fit Obama threw over Arizona, we knew it was just a matter of time for him before he filed another frivolous lawsuit to overturn the law.

Frank Gaffney | August 15, 2011

Straw polls are notoriously overrated. This observation applies especially to the over-hyped one held most recently in Ames, Iowa over the weekend.

Janet M. LaRue | August 15, 2011

Online sales of aluminum bats on Amazon.com increased by 6,000 percent during the violence, according to CNN. Most British police don’t carry guns. The situation is a far cry from the right to bear arms enshrined in the English Bill of Rights, a forerunner of our Second Amendment.

Rich Galen | August 15, 2011

Bachmann did it with advertising and a ton of what used to be called "free" media - press - but is now called "earned" media. This result will boost her Q-factor but there are two dark clouds on the horizon: Perry and Palin

Jeff Jacoby | August 15, 2011

But hating the Tea Party for being so insistent and single-minded in its focus on cutting spending is like hating a fire hall siren for calling attention to a potentially devastating blaze. And blaming the S&P downgrade on Tea Party-backed House Republicans makes about as much sense as blaming a raging fire on the 911 dispatcher.

Michael Barone | August 15, 2011

AMES, Iowa -- This has been quite a week or 10 days for Republicans. As this is written, down in South Carolina Rick Perry has just announced he's running for president, while here in Ames most of the votes have been cast but none has yet been counted in the Iowa Republican straw poll.

Star Parker | August 15, 2011

Mitt Romney is a clever and talented man. But, as was evident in the most recent Republican debate, he should not become our next president.

Mike Adams | August 15, 2011

I’d like to say that it ‘isn’t easy being me.” But actually it is. The campus left keeps handing me more material to write about in my weekly column. The endless supply of column-worthy madness is fueled by the endless degree of hypocrisy in the name of campus diversity.

John Ransom | August 15, 2011

Well the geniuses on the progressive left have decided that the county’s premier abortion provider, Planned Parenthood should take on “certain union tasks.” In short, they are trying to put the union “hood” back in Planned Parenthood.

Katie Kieffer | August 15, 2011

When it comes to cars, big is better. Bigger cars are safer. They haul more people and things. They typically ride higher—providing the driver with a better view. And, they are more comfortable (tall people can drive them without needing a chiropractor’s alignment.)

Lurita Doan | August 15, 2011

With the U.S. economy in disarray, it is becoming increasingly obvious that Team Obama has no new ideas to help spark economic growth. The various rounds of stimulus had little positive effect and left the nation with an additional $5 trillion in debt. So, it should come as no surprise that the president’s “best” idea is another round of “infrastructure spending”. Here we go again.

Terry Paulson | August 15, 2011

S&P downgrading our debt rating to AA+ and Wall Street tumbling ought to let you know that we have a debt problem in Washington, but let’s bring that problem home!

Bruce Bialosky | August 15, 2011

This is the impenetrable wall between Socialists like Sanders and we Capitalists. We believe that people who work hard and earn money are not obligated to support the remainder of the population, and that coercing them to do so is not only bad public policy, it is ineffective.

Harry R. Jackson, Jr. | August 15, 2011

Last Sunday night, one of my parishioners emphatically made the statement that President Obama was “not just another black man with bad credit.” She felt that class warfare and ancient racial wounds had not so subtly become part of the national debate over our financial strategies and debt.

Mike Needham | August 15, 2011

Every expansion of big government starts with a lofty, often inspiring goal. Politicians and interest groups identify a problem, and in turn, identify a corresponding government solution. Of course, more often than not, those solutions fail – or even worse, cause further harm.

Mark Baisley | August 15, 2011

The greenies’ dream of forcing the American culture into an undernourished energy consumer is alchemy pure and simple. But reality eventually wins every contest and even a Soros-funded campaign cannot turn environmentalist idealism into gold.

Mike Shedlock | August 15, 2011

So, yes, I blame Republicans too, but 180 degrees removed from what the Times suggests. Finally, it is primarily Democrat support for unions and untenable union pensions that is at the heart of the crisis in city, state, and municipal governments.

Chris Poindexter | August 15, 2011

In a strange quirk of how the precious metal trade works, it’s going to take a little more effort to sell gold than buy it. Even though you’ll have for more options on where to sell gold, having more choices isn’t necessarily a good thing if more of those choices are bad.

Jay Sekulow | August 15, 2011

I want to share with you a victory we have achieved in our efforts to protect the rights of those who wanted to show a powerful documentary marking the anniversary of 9/11 in several parks in New York City.

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Marita Noon | August 14, 2011

Combining FBI skills with the scientific expertise, a new team is exposing fatal flaws in the endangered species process that should bring every previous listing, and the entire process, into question.

Derek Hunter | August 14, 2011

I’ve avoided commenting on the Republican candidates to this point, mostly because I suspect a lot people are like me and haven’t found their choice yet, but now that we’ve had a good discussion amongst the candidates...

John Ransom | August 14, 2011

We have a whole new crop of liberals to taunt. Seems as if the old group dropped off and new ones turned up to pick at us this week. Oh, I so love wasting George Soros' troll money. I hope you do too.

Salena Zito | August 14, 2011

Democrats were remarkably unprepared for the discontent that dislodged them from running the U.S. House last year, a sentiment that began in the summer of 2009. Pete Sessions, the Texas congressman charged with retaining today’s Republican majority, says he will not repeat that mistake.

Austin Hill | August 14, 2011

A new poll shows that 73% of Americans think our country is on the wrong track. Are you one of the seventy-three percenters?

Doug Giles | August 14, 2011

Do you know what's truly pathetic (other than BHO's first two and half years in office)? I'll tell you what: the British police's limp wrist, no-gun, nonsensical approach to the looting and rioting of Britain's "working class youths." That's what!

Debra J. Saunders | August 14, 2011

Castro Valley, Calif., is the spot where the East Bay meets the 1950s. In the old parts of town, there's a white rock lawn on every block. First names are big -- as in Al's Food Market, Gigi's Florist and Pete's Hardware.

Steve Chapman | August 14, 2011

Barack Obama came into office aspiring to bridge the chasm between liberals and conservatives, red states and blue states, and behold, the gulf is gone. People in each camp heartily agree that as a president, he's a disappointment and a flop. Both sides even compare him to Jimmy Carter.

Michael Brown | August 14, 2011

The recent cover of the French edition of Vogue magazine caused considerable controversy, and it was not because of the all too typical, female model featured in a sensual pose. Instead, it was the fact that the model this time was a 10 year-old girl.

Peter Schiff | August 14, 2011

The government policy simply encourages banks to borrow money at zero percent from the Fed, and then use significant leverage to buy low yielding treasuries at 2 to 4 percent. The result is a banker's dream: guaranteed low risk profit. In other words it will encourage banks to lend to the government, which already borrows too much, and not lend to private borrowers, whose activity could actually benefit the economy.

Jeff Carter | August 14, 2011

There are a lot of changes we need to make to help grow our economy and change the pace of the anemic unemployment numbers. If we want to help teens, we ought to drop the minimum wage to $5 per hour, or get rid of it altogether.

Mike Shedlock | August 14, 2011

White House jester Jay Carney said on Wednesday that having unemployed creates jobs because the government gives them money. At least we now know why the White House is trying to drive uneployment up.

Michael Youssef | August 14, 2011

On June 26th, the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.was the latest church to be used for the promotion of syncretism—the attempted union of different religions.

Ken Connor | August 14, 2011

One can only imagine how different America would be if politicians in Washington rediscovered the virtues of integrity, honesty, forthrightness, and reclaimed a sense of stewardship in their handling of the people's business.

Paul Jacob | August 14, 2011

Ameria's oldest nation-wide business suffers from too much politics and not enough business.