Sat, Sep 24, 2011

John C. Goodman | September 24, 2011

Barack Obama wants the rich to pay more taxes. Since the days of Ronald Reagan, says the president, Republicans have been protecting the rich at every opportunity — shielding them from the obligation to pay their fair share.

John Ransom | September 24, 2011

Frank, an advocate of legalizing prostitution and online gambling, has been taking money from offshore gaming company Full Tilt Poker (FTP) that the Justice Department now says is just a Ponzi scheme.

Humberto Fontova | September 24, 2011

As he attempted to address them this week, one third of the UN General Assembly walked out on Iranian “President” Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Then, he was pointedly snubbed by all U.S. political figures and hard-balled by the media, which grilled him on human rights abuses and nuclear weapons.

Kathryn Lopez | September 24, 2011

"I'd like you to convert Chicago," Father Robert Barron remembers his boss, Francis Cardinal George, archbishop of the Windy City, telling him about six years ago.

Paul Greenberg | September 24, 2011

Why shouldn't the United Nations recognize an Arab state of Palestine alongside the Jewish one called Israel? It wouldn't be the first time.

Carrie Schwab Pomerantz | September 24, 2011

The ability to endure market ups and downs defines your risk tolerance, which in turn should determine how you divide your investments between stocks, bonds and cash. It's easy to think you can handle more risk when times are good. But if you're heavily into stocks and losing sleep with every downturn, you need to reassess just how much risk you're really willing to take and adjust your portfolio accordingly.

Erik Stanley | September 24, 2011

When thinking of cruel and unusual punishment, we’ve grown accustomed to thinking of torture or similarly brutal treatment at the hands of police interrogators and/or agents of the State.

Jeff Carter | September 24, 2011

Watching the long slow death of this market has been agonizing. Back in 2009, a friend of mine who heads up research at a very big firm asked me what I thought. I told him the market was crap, but it would go up as long as the government bought it. We looked at some charts from the 1930's. While not a perfect mirror, this market reminds me of that time. We rallied in 2009, 2010, and this year the government stopped buying it.

Political Calculations | September 24, 2011

Kevin Hall is a biologist at the U.S. National Institute of Health whose research into the body's metabolism has led him and his colleagues to publish a new paper in the Lancet medical journal, which quantifies how a person's metabolism adjusts when they change their calorie intake or physical output.

Political Calculations | September 24, 2011

Kevin Hall is a biologist at the U.S. National Institute of Health whose research into the body's metabolism has led him and his colleagues to publish a new paper in the Lancet medical journal, which quantifies how a person's metabolism adjusts when they change their calorie intake or physical output.

Mike Shedlock | September 24, 2011

Gannon says "I am extremely proud of my many years of service to the city of Chicago." I believe he means one day of service for which he will collect $4 million for ripping off taxpayers for his own personal gain. Yes, that is something to be damn proud of.

Bob Beauprez | September 24, 2011

In Part I of this series, "Iran at our Doorstep," published in the August issue of A Line of Sight, I documented Iran's continued quest to develop a nuclear weapon. Additionally, I explained the Iran-Venezuela-Russia alliance currently constructing a military missile base on the extreme northern coast of Venezuela well within reach of many heavily populated U.S. cities. The publicly stated purpose of building the base is to provide the capability for Venezuela to launch missiles at "Iran's enemies."

Jack Bouroudjian | September 24, 2011

Taxulationism = taxes + overregulation + trade protectionism. Three of the four so-called prosperity killers, as defined by Art Laffer.

Fri, Sep 23, 2011

Jonah Goldberg | September 23, 2011

On Wednesday, two men were lawfully executed. Both insisted they were innocent. If you've been watching the news or following Kim Kardashian's tweets, you've likely heard of one of these men, Troy Davis.

Rich Galen | September 23, 2011

The stock market is in free fall: The Dow Jones Industrial Average has lost 675 points or almost nine percent of its value in the past two days alone, so it is likely the economy will be a big part of the debate. The execution of Troy Davis in Georgia Wednesday night will doubtless be a subject of discussion as well. On foreign policy, the Israel/Palestine issue is at the top of the stack; and funding FEMA - UH-gain - will probably be dealt with.

Ed Feulner | September 23, 2011

As I write this column, my plane is taking off from Taiwan's Taoyuan Airport to bring me back home. It was a special visit to Taiwan -- one that helped put so many earlier visits into a larger perspective.

Caroline Glick | September 23, 2011

Will the Egyptian military be permitted to remilitarize the Sinai? Since Palestinian and Egyptian terrorists crossed into Israel from Sinai on August 18 and murdered eight Israelis this has been a central issue under discussion at senior echelons of the government and the IDF.

Guy Benson | September 23, 2011

Given her prominent role as a top party spokesperson, fundraiser and cheerleader, some of Wasserman Schultz’s critics may forget that she simultaneously wears another hat: Three-term Congresswoman from Florida’s 20th Congressional District. Karen Harrington wants to strip DWS of that title in 2012.

Hugh Hewitt | September 23, 2011

"These debates do have winners," wrote the Wall Street Journal's Neil King in that paper's "Washington Wire" column last night after keeping up a running commentary on the GOP gathering in Orlando.

Floyd and Mary Beth Brown | September 23, 2011

Today one of America's most important conservative leaders is under brutal assault from the radical left, and he desperately needs conservatives from across America to rally to his defense. His name is Russell Pearce and he is the President of the Senate in Arizona.

Michelle Malkin | September 23, 2011

President Obama still hasn't learned the classic First Rule of Holes: When you're in one, stop digging. Up to his earlobes in failed stimulus grants and tainted federal loan guarantees, the shoveler in chief tunneled forward this week on his latest Government Loans to Nowhere bill

Brent Bozell | September 23, 2011

It's easy to get nostalgic for those classic Dean Martin TV celebrity roasts. Just watch a Friars Club Roast on Comedy Central. This is not comedy; they are unremittingly vicious. When they announced they were going to roast Charlie Sheen, a disgraceful human being if ever there was one, there was a sense of karmic comeuppance.

David Limbaugh | September 23, 2011

When Obama promised "hope and change" as a candidate, I think he had in mind a new paradigm, one of restructuring America's economic system in his image rather than triggering economic growth, though he wanted the electorate to believe that growth was his focus.

Mona Charen | September 23, 2011

When New York's District 9 went Republican, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, explained that the district, which has been in Democratic hands since 1923, is "a very difficult district for Democrats." By that standard, the entire nation may go Republican in 2012.

Oliver North | September 23, 2011

Last week, this column prognosticated that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's appearance at the United Nations General Assembly would be celebrated by those who hate America. That's certainly true.

Pat Buchanan | September 23, 2011

In June 1967, with ex-Vice President Richard Nixon, this writer toured an Israeli military hospital full of wounded Egyptian soldiers.

John Hanlon | September 23, 2011

“The last thing Christ wants is our heart…what God wants from us is our feet, our legs, our hands, our arms. He wants our entire body,” Sam Childers recently stated during a roundtable interview for his new film, “Machine Gun Preacher.” The film chronicles the story of how Childers went from selling drugs in Pennsylvania to building an orphanage in the Sudan.

Suzanne Fields | September 23, 2011

It's gang-up time on Israel again. Right on schedule, here come the huffers, puffers and pipsqueaks. Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, arrives in New York to demand a seat at the United Nations.

Linda Chavez | September 23, 2011

As predictably as fall marks the beginning of the new school year in campuses across the country, so, too, does it usher in new attacks on standardized testing.

Larry Kudlow | September 23, 2011

We are on the front end of a recession. The profits picture is very much in doubt. More Obamanomics tax hikes are in the air. Europe is unsolved. U.S. finances are a mess. All this is being discounted by slumping stocks.

Craig Steiner | September 23, 2011

Translation for the perplexed analysts: The Federal Reserve will be virtually the only entity buying long-term (20 and 30-year) debt from the U.S. Government through mid-2012. This is most likely because even though the government would like to extend its debt for two or three decades, not many investors are willing to trust the government with their money for three decades.

Stewart Scott | September 23, 2011

The lone-wolf threat is nothing new, but it has received a great deal of press coverage in recent months, and with that press coverage has come a certain degree of hype based on the threat’s mystique. However, when one looks closely at the history of solitary terrorists, it becomes apparent that there is a significant gap between lone-wolf theory and lone-wolf practice. An examination of this gap is very helpful in placing the lone-wolf threat in the proper context.

Jeff Carter | September 23, 2011

I remember in the halcyon days of the Bill Clinton Presidency, many told me, “gridlock is good”. Republican controlled houses of Congress with a Democrat President. “Nothing can get done.”, they said. “It’s better for working families.”

Brett McMahon | September 23, 2011

It’s no secret that the most elusive prey in Washington these days is the long-lost, newly created American job.

Political Calculations | September 23, 2011

What we do see indicates that the maximum tax rate has little to no bearing on how much money the federal government collects per household in any given year. Since 1967, the government's RPH to MHI ratio has risen steadily on average, indicating that the U.S. government is collecting more and more money per household over time, with the changing level of the topmost income tax rate having little to no effect on the rate of that change.

Bob Beauprez | September 23, 2011

A second witness has now come forward, as well. Anthony Russo, director of the National Coordination Office for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing told The Daily Beast, that the White House pushed him to alter his testimony to say that "the government's concerns about the project by the firm LightSquared could be resolved in 90 days."

Mike Shedlock | September 23, 2011

Commodities across the board are an ocean of red. I still expect gold to hold up well, at least on a relative basis. I could be wrong. There may indeed be no hiding places in this downturn.

Thu, Sep 22, 2011

Diana West | September 22, 2011

Only the U.S. military could build a defensive wall of words -- "dismounted complex blast injury" (DCBI) -- around the bare fact that single, double, triple, even quadruple amputations are up sharply among U.S. forces on foot patrol in Afghanistan. So are associated pelvic, abdominal and genital injuries, according to a newly released report.

Donald Lambro | September 22, 2011

What if Barack Obama had begun his presidency by enacting a permanent tax cut that further lowered income tax rates, cut the capital gains rate in half and reduced business taxes across the board?

Frank Gaffney | September 22, 2011

In the future, historians may point to the present diplomacy of September as the catalysts for the next horrific conflict now in the offing in the Middle East, and potentially beyond.

Michael Brown | September 22, 2011

As many of the nations of the world align themselves against Israel, this is a good time to be reminded of the unique nature of anti-Semitism, hatred of the Jews because they are Jews.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | September 22, 2011

At some point during development, most of us begin to realize that life is not fair. If we have siblings, this happens earlier. We notice that the other child is better at math, or baseball, or whatever. We learn life is not fair, and we move on.

Cliff May | September 22, 2011

Journalism, they say, is a rough draft of history. Sometimes, very rough.

Alan Sears | September 22, 2011

In China, human rights are not recognized as fixed or unalienable. Rather, they are a benevolence to be given or taken away in response to the mindset and behavior of individual Chinese citizens.

Michael Barone | September 22, 2011

As Barack Obama huffs and puffs about his tax plan, which is unlikely to pass in the Democratic-majority Senate much less the Republican-controlled House, Robert Zoellick, president of the World Bank, has provided a much broader view of where the United States stands amid great changes in the world and some useful guidance on what direction public policy ought to take.

Victor Davis Hanson | September 22, 2011

Will Israel survive? That question hasn't really been asked since 1967. Then, a far weaker Israel was surrounded on all sides by Arab dictatorships that were equipped with sophisticated weapons from their nuclear patron, the Soviet Union. But now, things are far worse for the Jewish state.

Larry Elder | September 22, 2011

Two and a half years into the Obama presidency, why does the economy still sputter?

John Ransom | September 22, 2011

This much I know: When the Illinois Combine has a problem, they usually make it go away. Like either forever or at least until paroled for good behavior.

Cal Thomas | September 22, 2011

The cultural and media snobs are trying to explain Texas to those who don't know the difference between a steer and a bull. If you fall into this category, a steer has been castrated -- a bull has not. I'll leave any analogy to East and West Coast elites for you to sort out.

Reince Priebus | September 22, 2011

The more we learn about the failure of the stimulus-backed company Solyndra, the more questions we have. It is time the White House give us honest answers, not convenient excuses.

Rachel Alexander | September 22, 2011

Two high-level government officials have revealed they were pressured by the Obama administration to change their testimony to Congress in order to favor a wireless company linked to a high-level Democratic Party donor, and to sound supportive of Obama’s stated goal of bringing high-speed wireless to at least 98 percent of Americans within five years.

Debra J. Saunders | September 22, 2011

At first blush, Chief U.S. District Judge James Ware's decision to unseal videos of the federal trial challenging Proposition 8 would seem to be a victory for truth, justice and open government. But you can't always tell a video by its jacket.

Matt Towery | September 22, 2011

If anyone ever believed that the more conservative Bill Clinton really thought the more liberal Barack Obama was prepared to be president in 2008, let them wonder no longer.

Emmett Tyrrell | September 22, 2011

It is clear from the way President Barack Obama has been talking about the federal budget recently, and about taxation since he came to office, that all the money that Americans earn belongs to the federal government.

Steve Chapman | September 22, 2011

In his dogged quest to boost employment, President Barack Obama has searched far and wide for new solutions. One provision in his American Jobs Act may very well have a positive impact on hiring. Just not in America.

Crista Huff | September 22, 2011

Newton’s Laws tell us that objects in motion tend to stay in motion. This applies to stocks going down, stocks going up, and also stocks experiencing repetitive motion, a.k.a. trading ranges.

Bill Tatro | September 22, 2011

The day after the Federal Reserve’s announcement of Operation Twist and the financial market’s response to “significant downside risk,” the Keynesians are out in full force.

George Friedman | September 22, 2011

The American system was designed to be a phased process. By separating the selection of the legislature from the selection of the president, the founders created a system that did not allow for sudden shifts in personnel.

Mike Shedlock | September 22, 2011

Forced unionism and forced collective bargaining is tantamount to slavery as I have noted before.

Jeff Carter | September 22, 2011

The Fed has been a consistent fixer. It has meddled too much and muddied up the marketplace. Something adverse happens, and everyone looks to the Fed to “do something, anything”. The Twist is the latest version of that. It didn’t work in 1960, and it’s not going to work today.

Bob Goldman | September 22, 2011

Do you hate being asked dumb questions by a wimpy columnist you could crush between your fingers like a milk-soaked Fig Newton? If you answered yes to this question, you're an alpha.

Political Calculations | September 22, 2011

All in all, given the variation we observe from year to year, the formula we presented on the chart will be accurate to within 12% of the actual amount of money collected by the U.S. government in any given year if you only know the median household income, and often much less than that amount. That's pretty remarkable considering how much, and how often, U.S. income tax rates have changed since 1967.

Bob Beauprez | September 22, 2011

Since we first write about the collapse of Solyndra, the solar energy company favored by the White House with a $535 million taxpayer funded loan, the stench has only gotten worse.

Morgan Brittany | September 22, 2011

Though Treasury bond yields fell today after the announcement, we think this is mostly in response to the Fed’s view of the economy, not the Fed’s bond announcement.

Wed, Sep 21, 2011

Ann Coulter | September 21, 2011

For decades, liberals tried persuading Americans to abolish the death penalty, using their usual argument: hysterical sobbing.

Jeff Jacoby | September 21, 2011

If the Palestinian Authority genuinely desired international recognition as a sovereign state, Mahmoud Abbas wouldn't have come to New York to seek membership in the UN General Assembly this week. There would have been no need to, for Palestine would have long since taken its seat in the United Nations.

Michael Reagan | September 21, 2011

There's one sure way for Republicans and conservatives to lose the 2012 presidential election -- split over who their presidential nominee will be, and fail to go all-out to support the winner.

Rich Galen | September 21, 2011

The Popular Press is swooning over what they consider to be the new-found potency in President Barack Obama's demands that the Congress pass his Jobs Bill.

Townhall.com Staff | September 21, 2011

In a grandiose display of the very ignorance he therein denounced, President Obama gave an address to the United Nations General Assembly this morning.

Mark W. Hendrickson | September 21, 2011

The Greek government is in a gigantic financial hole and is teetering on the brink of defaulting on its debt. It has been able to limp along since last year only with bailouts from outside of Greece.

Thomas Sowell | September 21, 2011

The so-called "debates" among Republican presidential aspirants are classic examples of the media spreading misunderstanding instead of enlightenment. The ancient admonition, "With all you're getting, get understanding" has been replaced in the media by, "With all you're getting, get sound bites -- and, if possible, 'gotcha' sound bites."

Michelle Malkin | September 21, 2011

If you thought the half-billion-dollar, stimulus-funded Solyndra solar company bust was a taxpayer nightmare, just wait. If you thought the botched Fast and Furious border gun-smuggling surveillance operation was a national security nightmare, hold on. Right on the heels of those two blood-boilers comes yet another alleged pay-for-play racket from the most ethical administration ever.

John Stossel | September 21, 2011

School spending has doubled over the past 30 years. Yet what do we get? More buildings and more assistant principals -- but student learning? No improvement. If you graph the numbers, the spending line slopes steeply, while the lines for reading, math and science scores are as flat as a dead man's EKG.

Walter E. Williams | September 21, 2011

During the recent GOP presidential debate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said that Social Security is a "monstrous lie" and a "Ponzi scheme." More and more people are coming to see that Social Security is a Ponzi scheme, but is it a lie, as well? Let's look at it.

Brent Bozell | September 21, 2011

Twenty years ago, NBC's "Today" devoted three days of interviews to the insufferable Kitty Kelley, who unspooled baseless allegations against Nancy Reagan, like her supposed love affair with Frank Sinatra. That kind of tabloid bilge belched back up the garbage disposal on Sept. 16, when "Today" promoted the new Palin-bashing book "The Rogue," by leftist author Joe McGinniss.

Jonah Goldberg | September 21, 2011

In his 1973 "Libertarian Manifesto," the late Murray Rothbard argued that the biggest obstacle in the road out of serfdom was "status quo bias." In society, we're accustomed to rapid change. "New products, new life styles, new ideas are often embraced eagerly." Not so with government.

John Ransom | September 21, 2011

Critics will say that Obama and Carter were victims of policies that started way before them. True enough. But neither did anything to change the trend and it ended badly for one. LBJ moved us right with Nixon; Carter moved us righter with Reagan; and I think Obama will move us righter still with…well, you tell me.

Tony Blankley | September 21, 2011

In one of the least needed reassurances in modern political history, President Obama's top political man David Plouffe, "told Democrats late last week that the White House would not suffer from overconfidence. 'What I don't want to suggest is that we're sitting around and thinking everything is great,' he said."

Michael Medved | September 21, 2011

With gridlocked Washington unable to choose between the two great economists Keynes and Hayek, some leaders of both parties are attempting to come together in embracing the philosophy of another influential thinker: the immortal J. Wellington Wimpy.

Terry Jeffrey | September 21, 2011

Asia Bibi, a mother of five, hails from one of only two Christian families that lived in the Pakistani village of Ittanwali.

Ben Shapiro | September 21, 2011

Very often, I am asked to sum up for politics-minded colleagues just what I think is so terribly wrong with the American economy. It's always difficult to encapsulate all of America's fiscal problems in a few sentences -- everything from devastating crime to rising poverty levels, from inflated real estate values to bank bailouts, comes into play. Barrels of ink have been spilled on this topic, and barrels more will follow them.

Austin Bay | September 21, 2011

Syria's Arab Spring civil war began as another round in a long struggle between the 10 percent and the 90 percent -- the 10 percent loyal to the Alawite dictatorship of the Assad clan versus everyone else.

Humberto Fontova | September 21, 2011

“I am leaving Cuba most disappointed and perplexed,” said former New Mexico Governor and recent Democratic diplomatic troubleshooterBill Richardson from Havana’s Hotel Nacional last week.

Paul Greenberg | September 21, 2011

Dear Dominique Strauss-Kahn, familiarly known as just DSK in haute-financial and political circles: I owe you an apology.

Phyllis Schlafly | September 21, 2011

We are now beginning to grasp the definition and the scope of the words "new world order," an expression inserted into the U.S. political vocabulary by the first President Bush. He never defined it, leaving that task to his successors, and President Barack Obama is only too glad to expand its meaning.

Donald Lambro | September 21, 2011

Once again Barack Obama proposes to raise job-killing taxes on a weakening economy, one that has all but stopped growing under his 1930s-style policies.

Jacob Sullum | September 21, 2011

When Solyndra went belly up last month, less than a year after it started making solar arrays in Fremont, Calif., an Energy Department spokesman insisted that the $535 million the federal government had loaned the company was well spent. "The project that we supported succeeded," he said. "The facility was producing the product it said it would produce."

Douglas MacKinnon | September 21, 2011

I must confess that I no longer have a clear understanding as to how many of our major newspapers operate.

Jeff Carter | September 21, 2011

The government's incentive to expand isn’t based on profit at all. It’s based on power. The more it can expand, the more power it has. The more power government has, the less freedom individuals have. Government always will want more revenue.

Political Calculations | September 21, 2011

We should note that people filing income taxes have been able to claim both deductions on their federal income tax returns since the income tax went into effect in 1913. The only difference is that Americans used to be able to claim all the interest paid on their debts, rather than just their mortgage interest, which was changed by the Tax Reform Act of 1986.

Dave Ramsey | September 21, 2011

There may not be a great ending to this story, because it all rests on your sister. She has the entire family tied up in knots, and in a sense, she’s controlling everyone right now. But if you want my advice, here it is. Give her the address of the nearest homeless shelter, and send her on her way.

Bill Tatro | September 21, 2011

I’m sure there are many other cash dispensing techniques Bernanke could use that are far beyond me. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if he reverts back to his original nickname “Helicopter Ben,” and started dropping $100 bills from aloft.

Mike Shedlock | September 21, 2011

Neither Maximum Intervention nor Japanization are sustainable. There simply is no political will by anyone for prolonged Japanese-style debt-deflation, and maximum intervention will blow up eventually. Eventually Crisis 2.0 will take hold, and the sooner the better.

Marybeth Hicks | September 21, 2011

Here’s a pop quiz: What percentage of elementary school children in Washington, DC public schools is proficient in math? What about reading?

Vincent Vernuccio | September 21, 2011

On Friday September 9, Michigan State Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville (R-Monroe) announced he would introduce legislation giving teachers in his state right to work protections.

Bob Beauprez | September 21, 2011

If the President really wants to be watchdog of moral correctness, someone should remind him that the most enduring moral code in human history also requires truthfulness.

Lincoln Brown | September 21, 2011

People making money, spending money and investing money. On the corporate, local and individual levels. Isn’t that what the President has been touting? But under the current state of affairs, the only people who will be making money are people such as Al Gore, and green technology companies who donate to the President's re-election campaign.

Tue, Sep 20, 2011

Armstrong Williams | September 20, 2011

Watching all the network specials and tributes to 9/11 proved something very powerful to me: I’ll never be “over it.”

Greg Baylor | September 20, 2011

In March 2011, the school board in Douglas County, Colo., voted 7-0 to implement a school voucher program. It was designed to provide concerned parents with 75 percent of the education money provided by the state for their children if the parents preferred to send their children to the private school of their choice.

Bill Murchison | September 20, 2011

The fashion, one of them anyway, since Gov. Rick Perry entered the presidential lists is to bash him as a drooling neo-Confederate, pining for the good ol' days of states' rights. Yessuh, them Yankees tellin' us what to do all the time, why it's just unconstitutional, and we needs to see-seed!

Dennis Prager | September 20, 2011

Last week, David Brooks of The New York Times wrote a column on an academic study concerning the nearly complete lack of a moral vocabulary among most American young people. Below are some excerpts from Brooks' summary of the study of Americans aged 18 to 23. (It was led by "the eminent Notre Dame sociologist Christian Smith.")

Rachel Marsden | September 20, 2011

As a conservative in favor of limited government, I'm often asked what kind of government intervention I do support. The answer is simple: I'm in support of people doing anything they want in a free and democratic society -- until their actions infringe on my freedom or anyone else's.

Caroline Glick | September 20, 2011

Speaking Sunday at the UN's conference of donors to the Palestinian Authority, Deputy Foreign Minister Daniel Ayalon warned that while Israel supports economic assistance to the PA now, that is liable to change within the week.

Thomas Sowell | September 20, 2011

Many in the media and in politics have gone ballistic over the fact that Texas Governor Rick Perry called Social Security "a Ponzi scheme."

Byron York | September 20, 2011

For generations, Democrats longed for a president who could enact national health care. Barack Obama did it.

Chuck Norris | September 20, 2011

Smart meters are being installed stealthily by water, gas and electric utility companies on houses and buildings across the country. Despite that, the majority of the public still doesn't know about their potential health risks.

John Hawkins | September 20, 2011

Illegal immigration has become a heads-we-win / tails-you-lose proposition in this country. If the supporters of amnesty and open borders could get that codified into law, they would.

David Limbaugh | September 20, 2011

The finger wagger in chief, in too many ways to count, has permanently forfeited his moral authority.

Mona Charen | September 20, 2011

President Obama and the Democrats are finally happy. Liberated from thoughts of compromise with Republicans, they can fully indulge their most lascivious pleasure -- trashing rich people.

Cal Thomas | September 20, 2011

The world -- or at least the large part of it that hates Israel and wishes it would go away -- moves a step nearer that goal this week when the United Nations votes on whether to recognize a Palestinian state.

Pat Buchanan | September 20, 2011

For the third straight year, the median income of the typical American family fell in 2010. Adjusted for inflation, it is back where it was in 1996, the longest period of zero growth since the Depression.

Fred Wszolek | September 20, 2011

For some time, we have been saying that Americans are concerned with the overly burdensome and stifling regulations coming from unelected bureaucrats in government agencies more concerned with rewarding special interests than facilitating job creation. This week, two separate polls revealed that voters believe government is getting in the way of business and that there is wide-spread opposition to the actions of the Obama Administration’s National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Debra J. Saunders | September 20, 2011

"None of the changes I'm proposing are easy or politically convenient," President Obama noted from the Rose Garden on Monday. I've never seen a president less in a hurry to get things done -- or as quick to display his deep reservoir of self-pity.

Robert Knight | September 20, 2011

Let’s take a look at what Barack Obama, like any president, is empowered to do and see if it squares with his actions.

Larry Kudlow | September 20, 2011

Pause a moment on the Buffett Rule. Almost all of Warren Buffett’s income comes from capital gains taxed at 15 percent. He only pays himself $100,000 a year, which would be taxed at the top rate. Most of his wealth is untaxed as unrealized capital gains. So his effective income-tax rate is lower than his secretary’s.

Jeff Carter | September 20, 2011

Everyone told me in 2007-08 that Obama was “pragmatic,” “different,”“smart.” I knew better. His economic programs might have more appropriate adjectives to describe his persona and style of leadership. You might call him, “unimaginative”, “dense,” “fixed,” or “bourgeois."

Adam Hasner | September 20, 2011

For decades, the world knew America would stand beside its allies.

Political Calculations | September 20, 2011

How much can typical Americans actually afford for the U.S. federal government to spend? And how does that compare with the amount of money that President Obama would really like to spend? Now that we have the median household income data for 2010, we can update our chart showing the relationship between the amount of federal spending per household against the U.S. median household income to answer those two questions! The results are illustrated below:

Mike Shedlock | September 20, 2011

Banks Stock fueled the decline in 2008 and have done so this year as well. There was never a recovery in the real economy and we have the pictures to prove it.

Bill Tatro | September 20, 2011

All the theatrics of meeting after meeting, general pronouncements, and dramatic conference calls can do no more to stop the inevitable than a lifeguard raising their hand trying to stop a tsunami.

Gil Morales and Chris Kacher | September 20, 2011

Ultimately, the fundamental backdrop continues to look as disturbed as ever. The Greek bailout situation is looking dire, and new Euro-dominoes could topple in the European fallout with countries that are "too big to bail" such as Italy and Spain. This could make the Lehman bankruptcy that occurred in the U.S. back on September 15, 2008 seem small by comparison.

Colin Hanna | September 20, 2011

Pressure is building on President Barack Obama to call for an extension of the so-called payroll tax holiday. Keeping it in place, say the people who favor the idea, brings some kind of needed economic stimulus... In reality it’s a dangerous idea, almost certainly doing more harm than good.

Eleanor Vaughan | September 20, 2011

An investigation by the Energy and Commerce Committee has revealed that, for political reasons, the White House rushed a $528 billion federal loan to solar firm Solyndra, which went bankrupt two weeks ago. Taxpayers should be outraged.

Mon, Sep 19, 2011

Rebecca Hagelin | September 19, 2011

Culture Challenge of the Week: The Left’s assault on our children.

Rich Galen | September 19, 2011

Some of you may remember that I told you in Friday's MULLINGS that I was going to be on Bill Maher's HBO program, "Real Time." I said that I was going to be on with, among other people, Keith Olbermann.

Jeff Jacoby | September 19, 2011

Elizabeth Warren, Harvard law professor and Wall Street scourge, formally opened her campaign for the Democratic US Senate nomination in Massachusetts last week.

Paul Driessen | September 19, 2011

Millions of Americans recently celebrated the demise of the Environmental Protection Agency’s job-killing ground-level ozone regulations. While a toast was appropriate, we shouldn’t drink too much champagne just yet.

Michael Brown | September 19, 2011

Is marriage simply the union of two human beings or is it specifically the union of a man and a woman?

Floyd and Mary Beth Brown | September 19, 2011

Corruption inside the Obama administration runs rampant. The list of scandals grows longer by the moment, with a new one popping up at an ever-increasing rate. However, the Republican leadership empowers the corruption by refusing to fight.

Marvin Olasky | September 19, 2011

If 'creating jobs' is Job No. 1, lay off the rhetoric

Gary McCaleb | September 19, 2011

For over a year, ADF and decorated, high-ranking veteran chaplains have warned that DADT repeal will harm military religious liberty. One of the most significant threats is that the lack of strong regulations protecting chaplains and service members from “sexual orientation discrimination” complaints will chill free speech and freedom of religion.

Michael Barone | September 19, 2011

Barack Obama has been at pains to convince voters that he cares about jobs. It seems to be a hard sell. But he certainly can demonstrate that he cares about certain jobs -- the 7 percent of private-sector jobs and 36 percent of public-sector jobs held by union members.

Mike Adams | September 19, 2011

One night during the summer of 1989, I was over at my friend Del Rendon’s house. We both lived in Starkville, Mississippi. We also both played guitar.

Star Parker | September 19, 2011

The Congressional Black Caucus is gearing up for its big annual Washington event – its “legislative conference.”

John Ransom | September 19, 2011

So our love of idolizing the yappy captains of industry has come to the point where George Kaiser controls investments, Warren Buffett controls tax-policy, George Soros controls media and organizing, T. Boone Pickens controls our energy policy and TV pundits treat the Donald’s TV reality candidacy like it’s, um, reality.

Katie Kieffer | September 19, 2011

It’s time for unemployed Americans to embrace capitalistic martial arts. It’s time to talk like Rex from Napoleon Dynamite. It’s time to give socialism a roundhouse kick to the face.

Lurita Doan | September 19, 2011

As the Obama agenda proves increasingly impotent, Americans have witnessed Obama's czars crash and burn or run for cover over the past thirty months.

Bruce Bialosky | September 19, 2011

The first law passed in 1995 after Republicans assumed control of the Congress was quite succinct: “Congress must abide by all the laws that they impose on the rest of America.” Ever since then, hundreds of stories have been written that describe how our Federal government reserves special treatment for itself.

Dan Holler | September 19, 2011

When Newt Gingrich criticized House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) budget proposal in May, a who’s who of conservative, tea party and Republican leaders, including many in Congress, told him to “get back on board with what we’re trying to do.” Conservative-leading pundits said Newt was “not a serious person” and was “underm[ing]” conservative efforts.

Heidi Harris | September 19, 2011

It always sounds good to those “less fortunate” to make those “more fortunate” pay all the bills, regardless of whether their lack of “fortune” is related to laziness, bad decisions, or anything else in their control. With the exception of inherited wealth, the “fortunate” have earned their money, through innovation and motivation.

Chris Poindexter | September 19, 2011

When I see the Federal Reserve warning Wall Street they’re going to need to go back to depositors and investors for their cash instead of the endless dependence on the Fed, when I see our government start to threaten countries endlessly devaluing their currency with equalizing tariffs on manufactured goods, and the government setting up a series of state banks, ala North Dakota, for direct lending to small business, then I’ll start being concerned about gold prices.

Jeff Carter | September 19, 2011

Yesterday, I devoured a book. It is titled, The Color of Rain. It’s the tragic and in the end, uplifting, story of Mike and Gina Spehn. Like a tragic thriller, it’s really three separate intertwined stories in one. You should pick it up and read it. I guarantee that it will make you think. It might even change your life and help you find your own personal rainbow.

Crista Huff | September 19, 2011

China is the largest motorcycle market in the world, and Harley sold a little more than 200 bikes in China last year. The problem lies in the Chinese regulatory environment. “About 100 cities in China, including Beijing and Shanghai, have restrictions that include banning two-wheel vehicles from elevated highways and major thoroughfares to curb noise and thefts, according to the state-affiliated Society of Automotive Engineers of China.”

George Friedman | September 19, 2011

Like nearly all of the peoples of North and South America, most Americans are not originally from the territory that became the United States. They are a diverse collection of peoples primarily from a dozen different Western European states, mixed in with smaller groups from a hundred more. All of the New World entities struggled to carve a modern nation and state out of the American continents. Brazil is an excellent case of how that struggle can be a difficult one. The United States falls on the opposite end of the spectrum.

Mike Shedlock | September 19, 2011

Geithner, the Fed, the ECB, and the banks all want to screw taxpayers one more time, bailing out the banks at taxpayer expense. The amounts are not trivial. German banks alone need $175 billion.

Janet M. LaRue | September 19, 2011

When it comes to Social Security, Republicans should stop treating seniors like the feeble-minded demographic portrayed in commercials written by 13-year-olds on Madison Avenue.

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Paul Jacob | September 18, 2011

Who do you trust? For thinking people, that may not be the primary question.

Derek Hunter | September 18, 2011

Tone-deaf is one thing; incompetent is another. There’s a fine line between the two and they are often confused. If there was any doubt about which camp President Obama belongs to, it has been removed this month.

John Ransom | September 18, 2011

Liberal strategist James Carville has suggested that Obama find someone to indict. Never mind whether the person is actually guilty of a crime. So the Mighty One has fallen a bit, but hasn’t fallen enough yet to take his place with the rest of us mere mortals bound by laws.

Salena Zito | September 18, 2011

Another wave is coming, Washington – and “the ‘ins’ may be thrown out, and the ‘outs’ may be thrown in,” according to Michael Genovese, Loyola University political-science professor.

Austin Hill | September 18, 2011

If I could get close to President Obama, close enough to speak to him, I’d like to ask him this question: “Mr. President, how, exactly, is a job created?”

Doug Giles | September 18, 2011

The community where I live is upgrading our Comcast cable services—which means that I won’t have Fox News on the third floor of my hacienda until they get out to my place and give me whatever fancy box I need.

Paul Greenberg | September 18, 2011

It's a sad, and dangerous, thing when governments lose sight of Micawber's Rule, first enunciated in Charles Dickens' "David Copperfield" and demonstrated many times over since.

Steve Chapman | September 18, 2011

When Ronald Reagan ran for re-election in 1984, his slogan was "Morning in America." For Barack Obama, it's more like midnight in a coal mine.

Ken Connor | September 18, 2011

On Sunday, September 11, 2011, Americans across the country and around the world joined together to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks.

Jeff Carter | September 18, 2011

I disagree with Noonan. As regular readers of this blog know, Obama and his administration are a frequent pin cushion for barbs. However, few things are 100% bad, and Obama is one of them. There are some things that I actually admire in Obama-I’ll list them later after using Ms. Noonan as a pincushion.

Amy Oliver | September 18, 2011

It’s no wonder that Pew Research Center found that 86 percent of Americans are either frustrated or angry with the federal government. Solyndra gives them 535 million more reasons. You’d think someone would have the common decency to apologize. Don’t hold you’re your breath waiting for one. The reaction from all the players ranges from defensive to offensive, from cavalier to incredible. No responsibility. No display of remorse.

Mike Shedlock | September 18, 2011

Regardless, sentiment has clearly changed in Germany. Moreover, Finland and Austria have had enough of bailouts as well. It's good to see someone thinking clearly, and that someone is certainly not Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner who wants to dump more Euro risk on the backs of European taxpayers, especially German taxpayers.

Mark Baisley | September 18, 2011

The Apple product watershed has revolutionized how we use software, how we purchase music and movies, communicate using cell phones, receive help desk support in person at a retail store, and most recently, how we get portable with a tablet computer.

Marita Noon | September 18, 2011

The Otero Country Tree Party has worked to stay within the law and asked people to leave their pitchforks and chainsaws at home. The trees were cut by professionals, who safely dropped them, as a cheering public looked on. Congressman Steve Pearce cut the first tree under the direct supervision of the professionals. The Tree Party supporters then helped clean up—doing what the USFS should be doing.

Marc Nuttle | September 18, 2011

Rather than create jobs, the President’s plan does exactly the reverse. It accelerates the time of impact with a debt wall that could destroy our economy and kill our chance for more jobs.

Michael Youssef | September 18, 2011

Having lived in Australia for over eight years, I learned the very common axiom: “No worries, mate.” Things could be falling apart, but the positive Aussie spirit would always say, “No worries, mate.”

David Cortman | September 18, 2011

On college and university campuses around the country, officials are increasingly using “nondiscrimination” policies to deny religious groups the right to choose prospective members and leaders based on whether they share the group’s religious beliefs.