Sat, Oct 01, 2011

John C. Goodman | October 01, 2011

Did you know that Paul Krugman is more compassionate than you are? Or so he says.

John Ransom | October 01, 2011

Almost uniquely in the history of our country, you, the grassroots- the ordinary people who do all the working and pay all bills- get to determine whether we are saved or whether we are damned.

Ken Blackwell | October 01, 2011

Daniel Webster was the most famous lawyer of his day. In 1819, the “Godlike Daniel” stood before the U.S. Supreme Court and argued passionately for the right of Dartmouth College to govern itself, and not to be brought under the rule of the New Hampshire legislature.

Kathryn Lopez | October 01, 2011

Chai Ling, a former student leader in the Tiananmen Square democracy protests of 1989, testified at a recent Capitol Hill hearing, "I did not realize how much I was turned into the same sinful being" as the Chinese leaders enforcing the country's one-child policy.

Paul Driessen | October 01, 2011

Hydraulic fracturing sends “huge volumes of toxic fluids” deep underground at high pressure, to fracture shale rock and release natural gas, Food & Water Watch claims. “Billions of gallons of toxic fluids” will “contaminate” groundwater and drinking water “for generations.” We need to “Ban Fracking Now.”

Jeff Carter | October 01, 2011

As you may or may not know, I live in one of the most left wing areas of the country. The recent statements by Massachusetts far left Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren were being repeated and put on Facebook pages everywhere.

Gina Loudon | October 01, 2011

You can buy laundromats, vending machines, create products, write songs, and sell stuff on a website. You name it, there are many different ways to create passive income. You just have to find the one that works for you.

Bill Tatro | October 01, 2011

Then along came Chairman Ben and his echoes of Alan Greenspan with interest rates lower than imaginable: CDs at 0.59%, money market accounts at 0.25%, 2-year treasury notes at 0.26%, and savings account at 0.28%. Savers were completely stunned when they experienced essentially no return on their money.

Mike Shedlock | October 01, 2011

With real wages falling and jobs exceptionally hard to get (and keep), this drop in personal income will be accompanied with more unwillingness of banks to lend, and therefore must be considered highly deflationary.

Bob Beauprez | October 01, 2011

The White House says this wasn't stupid. "That's just the way business works," according to the President's spokesman, Jay Carney. The next time Obama shows he understands how ANYTHING in business works, it will be the first time.

Jack Bouroudjian | October 01, 2011

It turns out that Obama’s American Jobs act contains another hidden provision, one that would allow unsuccessful job applicants to sue if they think a company denied them a job because they were unemployed.

Fri, Sep 30, 2011

Katie Pavlich | September 30, 2011

Multiple sources, including sources from ATF, DOJ and Congressional offices have said there is a white paper circulating within the Department of Justice, outlining the essential elimination of ATF. Last week, ATF offered 400 agents buy outs to avoid budget cuts and is expecting 250-275 agents to take the offer through Voluntary Early Retirement.

Brian McNicoll | September 30, 2011

Of all the absolutely mindless things coming out of Washington these days, it’s hard for me to imagine anything more mindless than the Obama administration’s thinking on energy policy.

Paul Kengor | September 30, 2011

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is being urged to seek the Republican presidential nomination. There is a genuine groundswell for Christie.

Michelle Malkin | September 30, 2011

The Obama administration's crony green subsidy scandal is erupting like a solar flare in Washington. But do you know what your kids are learning in their environmental education classes about this red-hot taxpayer eco-scam? Chances are: not much.

Brent Bozell | September 30, 2011

What was Fox thinking? The network that's supposed to be airing a show trying to attract a family audience with millions of children watching is expected to edit this garbage out of the show.

Jonah Goldberg | September 30, 2011

President Obama's failure to fully achieve the liberal agenda and remain popular in the process is fueling dangerous radicalization in the oddest of places: the media establishment, which considers itself the guardian of the political center.

David Limbaugh | September 30, 2011

Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign was grounded in meaningless platitudes, such as "hope and change."

Mona Charen | September 30, 2011

The Southern Poverty Law Center is appalled by the results of a new study finding that states are not teaching the history of the civil rights era.

John Ransom | September 30, 2011

And while apologists are rushing to say that the Pelosi connection had nothing to do with the award, haven’t we heard this story before? Why should anyone trust anything coming out of Washington, DC today?

Tony Katz | September 30, 2011

Recently, scientists at the CERN labratory stumbled upon something so simply remarkable that they had to test, double check, and retest themselves. When they realized it was happening, they opened up their findings to the world: You can go faster than the speed of light.

Oliver North | September 30, 2011

When the U.S. State Department announced this week that it finally is going to designate the Haqqani network as a foreign terrorist organization, it was a nonevent for most of our countrymen. That's because few Americans know how deadly the organization is.

Pat Buchanan | September 30, 2011

As Greece lurches on the precipice of default on its sovereign debt, a default that could bring down banks across Europe and precipitate a global financial panic, a consensus is building that there is but one way out.

Suzanne Fields | September 30, 2011

The mix of dissonance and energy calls for reflection and renewal, and we've got a lot to reflect on, particularly now that Israel and the Palestinians are once more the focus of ferocious debate.

Ben Shapiro | September 30, 2011

"The story is one of not covert activity alone," intoned Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, "but of covert foreign policy .... It is a tale of working outside the system and of utilizing irregular channels and private parties accountable to no one, on matters of national security, while ignoring the Congress and even the traditional agencies of executive foreign policy making.

Linda Chavez | September 30, 2011

You'd never know it by listening to the GOP presidential hopefuls, but the Republican Party is launching a major effort to woo Hispanic voters in next year's election.

Ed Feulner | September 30, 2011

Think we could use 5 million new jobs right about now?

Kyle Olson | September 30, 2011

Public employee unions and their apologists will tell any tale to elicit sympathy for their cause.

Mike Shedlock | September 30, 2011

The cost of college education will crash within a decade, simply because it has to. Moreover, the free market would lower costs sooner and far more dramatically, if only given the chance. Wages are not supportive of current education costs.

Bill Tatro | September 30, 2011

It was only logical to show that both parties could and would be bi-partisan. Who to make the whipping boy for both parties? None other than China.

Jeff Carter | September 30, 2011

We cannot put up a fence and solve our problems. We can’t put more patrols and solve our problems. Illegal immigration is an economic problem, not a law and order one. We solve for the economics, and the law and order will take care of itself.

Stewart Scott | September 30, 2011

Due to the crime environment in Mexico, security is also a very real concern for the athletes, sponsors and spectators who will visit Guadalajara during the games. The organizers of the games, the Mexican government and the governments of the 42 other participating countries also will be focused intensely on security in Guadalajara over the next two months.

Political Calculations | September 30, 2011

What if you were in charge of reforming the U.S. individual income tax? Would you consider ditching today's excessively complex tax code in favor of something much, much simpler? Something like a flat income tax, perhaps?

Crista Huff | September 30, 2011

The much bigger change will come with a new POTUS, because business leaders simply don’t trust our current president. Even if the Supreme Court ruled Obamacare unconstitutuional, CEOs would continue to sit on the sidelines with their cash, wondering what type of expensive regulatory assault would hit them next.

Armstrong Williams | September 30, 2011

I never thought it would come to this. I never imagined a time post 2000 when I would actually lament a return to the past. But here we are, facing a recession as deep and even longer than the one in the early 1990s, a recession that ushered in none other than the Comeback Kid – President William Jefferson Clinton.

Larry Kudlow | September 30, 2011

“Telling those who are scared and struggling that the only way their lives can get better is to diminish the success of others . . . trying to cynically convince those who are suffering that the American economic pie is no longer a growing one . . . insisting that we must tax and take and demonize those who have already achieved the American dream . . . is a demoralizing message for America.”

Thu, Sep 29, 2011

Donald Lambro | September 29, 2011

Thus far, the maddening Republican storyline in the presidential election cycle is complicating the party's prospects of winning back the White House in 2012.

Michael Brown | September 29, 2011

Can we hope for positive change? Absolutely. Can we expect national transformation? That will come from the nation, not just the president.

Diana West | September 29, 2011

Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, publicly declared his disappointment with Pakistan's actions in support of jihad terrorism in Afghanistan as "part of their national strategy." Just as Carter took three years to admit what the Soviets were up to, so Mullen has taken three years to face any facts about Pakistan.

Paul Greenberg | September 29, 2011

The succession of American secretaries of the Treasury from Alexander Hamilton to Timothy Geithner is alone enough to raise questions about the Theory of Evolution. For when it comes to secretaries of the Treasury, devolution might be the better term.

Matthew Bowman | September 29, 2011

On Thursday September 29, 2011, the Alliance Defense Fund submitted a comment to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, pointing out the illegal character of HHS’s proposal to mandate that the vast majority of religious entities, individuals, and insurance plans must cover abortifacients, contraceptive and sterilizing drugs, devices and information.

Cliff May | September 29, 2011

At the United Nations last week, amid great fanfare and to thunderous applause, Mahmoud Abbas declared that the Palestinian people want a state of their own. The obvious question: What’s stopping them?

Paul Kengor | September 29, 2011

Envy is sadness or discontent at another’s good fortune or excellence. Dante defined it as a perversion of one’s own good; a “wish to deprive” others of their own good. Augustine deemed it “the diabolical sin.”

Crista Huff | September 29, 2011

I like the earnings growth, I love the dividend, and I absolutely hate the share price. I rarely benefit from buying stocks with prices in the teens: I avoid them like the plague.

Hugh Hewitt | September 29, 2011

There's a stimulus plan that President Obama could put forward that would attract strong bipartisan support and which would also produce great jobs at great wages while strengthening the nation's defenses.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | September 29, 2011

Are you frustrated with the American government? If so, then you are not alone. According to Gallup's annual governance survey, you have more company than usual. "A record-high 81 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with the way the country is being governed," said the poll, which was released Monday.

Victor Davis Hanson | September 29, 2011

When President Obama's polls hit 40 percent approval, he fumed at "billionaires and millionaires," "fat cat bankers" and "corporate jet owners." In his sloppy targeting, Obama doesn't care much that a billionaire has 1,000 times more than a millionaire -- or that his new tax proposals will take a lot more from those making $200,000 than from the tiny few making $1 million.

Michael Barone | September 29, 2011

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels did not attract as large a crowd when he spoke at American Enterprise Institute (where I am a resident fellow) earlier this week as he did when several months ago, before he disappointed admirers by announcing that he wouldn't run for president.

Larry Elder | September 29, 2011

Why did the Obama administration, after dragging out the various court challenges to ObamaCare, suddenly step on the gas?

Mike Adams | September 29, 2011

Over the course of the last few months, main stream media attacks on Michele Bachmann have intensified. Most of those attacks have been careless. Some have even taken aim at Summit Ministries, which is a place where I teach and where Michele has sent several of her children for Biblical worldview instruction. Michele and her husband have also attended Summit adult conferences held every spring in the Garden of the Gods near Summit’s campus in Manitou Springs, Colorado.

John Ransom | September 29, 2011

The National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) has submitted Freedom of Information requests to the Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service following an announcement that the administration is investigating homebuilders in an attempt to bolster union membership at the expense of housing sector jobs.

Michael Reagan | September 29, 2011

There's an old curse that begs, "O that mine enemy would write a book." That's a desire getting a big play in the debates between Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who are both trashing my Dad Ronald Reagan's so-called "11th Commandment," that Republicans must refrain from attacking each other in public.

Cal Thomas | September 29, 2011

You know President Obama thinks he is in trouble with his liberal base when he lapses into what used to be called "jive talk" before an audience of Congressional Black Caucus members. Dropping his "g's", the president admonished the group to "stop complainin'."

Debra J. Saunders | September 29, 2011

On Tuesday, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan gave a talk at Stanford's Hoover Institution on what should become the Republican Party's template behind its bid to "repeal and replace" Obamacare.

Emmett Tyrrell | September 29, 2011

One of the causes that has brought the great and worthy movement of Liberalism to its present state of decrepitude has been remarked upon in this column many times before: Liberalism always goes too far.

Steve Chapman | September 29, 2011

As a rule, it's a bad idea to let pedophiles baby-sit, to hire embezzlers as tax collectors or to give a pyromaniac a key to the fireworks factory. We generally try to avoid inviting dangerous people into situations that encourage them to repeat their destructive behavior. So why do we allow drunk drivers unfettered access to their cars?

Alan Sears | September 29, 2011

Americans continue to pay a terrible, terrible toll for one of the longest (and most ill-conceived) wars in our nation’s history.

Kyle Olson | September 29, 2011

Vladimir Lenin is popularly attributed with coining the term “useful idiots” – a description of Americans who were in effect doing the bidding of the communist Soviet Union – and subverting American exceptionalism – in the name of global humanity. Lenin “has left the building,” but his leftist agenda lives on among progressives who are obsessed with trying to subvert our free market economy.

George Friedman | September 29, 2011

The Islamic republic simultaneously is trying to steer popular unrest in the Arab world in its favor. That unrest in turn has significant implications for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, an issue in which Iran has successfully inserted itself over the years. The question of the U.S.-Iranian relationship also looms — does accommodation or confrontation lie ahead? At the same time, the Iranian state — a unique hybrid of Shiite theocracy and Western republicanism — is experiencing intense domestic power struggles.

Bill Tatro | September 29, 2011

Unemployment will reverse dramatically and nobody will have to worry about losing a job ever again. All those college students living at home can now throw away those Starbucks aprons and get on with their careers in Philosophy, Art History, or Medieval Studies.

Mike Shedlock | September 29, 2011

The state of Pennsylvania continues to take half-way measures in resolving the budget crisis in Harrisburg. New legislation fails to address two badly needed action items.

Mike Shedlock | September 29, 2011

The cost of college education will crash within a decade, simply because it has to. Moreover, the free market would lower costs sooner and far more dramatically, if only given the chance. Wages are not supportive of current education costs.

Bob Goldman | September 29, 2011

When you first came into the company as a bright-eyed, optimistic applicant, it was through the HR birth canal. And when you leave the company, a bitter, broken husk of your former self, it will be through the HR disposal unit.

Jeff Carter | September 29, 2011

Changing policy and programs will change the economics. Government spending will go down, and production will go up. America is so innovative, that we will make up the gap in our lifetimes. The road map to change is simple. All we have to do is have the will to do it. Otherwise, debt will overwhelm us and we will be doomed.

Douglas MacKinnon | September 29, 2011

Leaving aside the televised, overly scripted, predictable and marginally useful "debates" now taking place between the Republican candidates for president, there are much more important discussions going on between conservatives and independents who are unified in their belief that for the good of the nation, Barack Obama must be defeated.

Lincoln Brown | September 29, 2011

Someone might want to clue the administration in to the fact that people that need inhalers don’t use the substance contained therein as a room freshener. They inhale it. Hence the name. And to that end, if these little lung grenades are doing such an effective job of punching holes in the ozone, shouldn’t asthmatics across the nation keeled over years ago from the corrosive properties of all the medicine they have been sucking in?

Bob Beauprez | September 29, 2011

As the graphic represents, the DOE is busy processing nine more applications totaling $6.5 billion. As the chart shows, just 283 permanent jobs would result –at an average of nearly $23 million per job.

Wed, Sep 28, 2011

Ann Coulter | September 28, 2011

Liberals, whose entire political strategy is the smoke and mirrors of showbiz, have concluded that Rick Perry put in a poor performance at last week's Republican debate and has got to step up his debating technique to get back in the game.

Caroline Glick | September 28, 2011

Upon his return to Ramallah from New York, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas was greeted by a crowd of several thousand well-wishers. They applauded him for his speech at the UN. There, Abbas erased Jewish history from the Land of Israel, denied Israel's right to exist and pledged his commitment to establish a racist Palestinian state ethnically cleansed of all Jews.

Jeff Jacoby | September 28, 2011

MEETING WITH VOTERS in an Andover living room last month, US Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren vigorously challenged the idea that Obama Democrats are engaging in "class warfare" when they clamor for higher taxes on the wealthy.

Rich Galen | September 28, 2011

This Gov. Chris Christie. Is he running? Yes, he’s running. No he is not running. Former N.J. Gov. Tom Kean says he's running. Christie's brother says he's not.

Daniel Doherty | September 28, 2011

Over the past few weeks, there were innumerable reports from across the political spectrum that Governor Chris Christie would formally seek the 2012 Republican nomination.

Thomas Sowell | September 28, 2011

They say "all politics is local." But economic decisions impact the whole economy and reverberate internationally. That is why politicians' meddling with the economy creates so many disasters.

Michelle Malkin | September 28, 2011

Spin, baby, spin. Throughout his frenetic jobs tour across the West this week, President Obama tried to seize the narrative. Republicans, he told champagne-sipping, tea party-trashing Hollywood moguls and tech titans, are intolerant bigots, know-nothings and thugs. They've made his hair "grayer" and left him "all dinged up."

John Stossel | September 28, 2011

Politicians say they create jobs, but they really don't. Or rather, they rarely create productive jobs. Government has no money of its own. All it does is take resources from one group and give them to another.

Walter E. Williams | September 28, 2011

If European governments and the U.S. Congress ceased the practice of giving people what they have not earned, budgets would be more than balanced.

Brent Bozell | September 28, 2011

No one thinks Barack Obama is sitting pretty in this race for the White House. The Real Clear Politics average of the mid-September approval-rating polls measures him at 43 percent approval, 51 percent disapproval. With these numbers, they should be measuring his political coffin. But to listen to the networks talk, it's the Republican field that is a mess in desperate need of new talent, and its debate audiences are a bloodthirsty horror movie.

Jonah Goldberg | September 28, 2011

"You woke the bears! Why did you do that?"

Tony Katz | September 28, 2011

Over the weekend, businessman and presidential candidate Herman Cain won the Florida Straw Pollwith a very convincing 37% of the vote. He more than doubled his nearest challenger, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and third place finisher, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

Tony Blankley | September 28, 2011

President Obama, like most American presidents, is lucky that the public pays little attention to foreign policy and rarely casts its votes on the basis of presidential foreign-policy performance. It required something as dramatic as the November 1979 Iranian seizing of our diplomats as hostages, followed the next month by the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan to turn Jimmy Carter's foreign policy mess into a major negative issue for him in his failed 1980 re-election bid.

Michael Medved | September 28, 2011

Aside from their occasional entertainment value, GOP presidential debates serve to answer one crucial question above all: which of the candidates would do the best job in confronting Barack Obama in a series of fateful televised encounters beginning about one year from today?

Rachel Alexander | September 28, 2011

Owners of popular conservative websites have increasing reason to be concerned their sites may be hacked or otherwise physically attacked for political reasons.

Terry Jeffrey | September 28, 2011

When Thomas More was in the Tower of London waiting to be tried for refusing to take an oath that claimed Henry VIII was the supreme authority over the church in England, he explained to one of his daughters why it did not matter to him if almost every other man in England was willing to take that oath.

David Harsanyi | September 28, 2011

Don't for a second believe that a politician is destined to lose re-election simply because he has been an unmitigated disaster. That would be unfair to your senator or your congressman, and it certainly wouldn't be fair to countless two-term presidents. Any elected official can overcome self-induced failure with a little help.

Austin Bay | September 28, 2011

Remember Darfur, site of the genocide in Western Sudan? Two years ago, in August 2009, the then-United Nations peacekeeping force commander claimed the war in Darfur had "effectively ended." He argued that major attacks had declined to the point that he thought the war would soon be over.

Paul Greenberg | September 28, 2011

I'm the editor here at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette who put that article that so offended you -- and a number of other valued readers -- on the cover of our Sunday opinion September 11th

Donald Lambro | September 28, 2011

A rattled tone of desperation has taken hold of President Obama's once self-confident rhetoric as he struggles to rally his party's dispirited political base.

Jacob Sullum | September 28, 2011

On Jan. 13, 2009, Michael Allison brought a digital recorder to the Crawford County Courthouse in Robinson, Ill., where he was contesting a citation, because he had been told there would be no official transcript of the proceedings. He was immediately confronted by Judge Kimbara Harrell, who accused him of violating her privacy and charged him with eavesdropping, a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

Robert Knight | September 28, 2011

Rodney King showed up at the United Nations on Sept. 20 and instructed everyone there to well, get along.

Marybeth Hicks | September 28, 2011

Barely enough time has passed for bologna sandwiches to begin rotting in school lockers, yet the 2011-2012 school year is shaping up to be one of the stinkiest ever, if we’re measuring in episodes of putrid political correctness and radicalism.

Jeff Carter | September 28, 2011

The real problem is the US tax code itself. Until we make it flatter, with no deductions, nothing will change. Special interest groups of all types will seek rent and try to lobby to retain loopholes. The code needs to be changed so everyone pays some tax.

Political Calculations | September 28, 2011

We've got good news, bad news and really bad news for you this morning, White House Staffer!

Carrie Schwab Pomerantz | September 28, 2011

With upwards of 79 million baby boomers currently living in the U.S. -- and people living longer -- there are lots of folks considering long-term-care insurance. And I believe they're wise to do so.

Dave Ramsey | September 28, 2011

Here’s the problem. When most people talk about “doing their homework” on single stocks they’re just barely skimming the surface. And most of the time this involves just talking to their broke friends. There’s no way you and your golfing buddy are going to dig up and decipher the kind of solid, reliable information you’ll need to be successful at this kind of thing.

Mike Shedlock | September 28, 2011

Hopping into commodities or commodity-related currencies with a strengthening US dollar, falling global demand, a potential breakup of the Eurozone, a default by Greece, etc, was a poor investment idea.

Ralph Benko | September 28, 2011

Does the Constitution still matter? Time Magazine asked that question in a recent cover story featuring a half-shredded copy of our national charter.

Gina Loudon | September 28, 2011

Consider comparing the economy to a game of tug-of-war. When there are winners, there are also losers on the other end. And if you’ve played tug-of-war, you know you can be on the winning or losing side of the game just as soon as the momentum swings in the other direction.

AWR Hawkins | September 28, 2011

As time passes, and the distance between George W. Bush’s presidency and the present grows, we can gauge his biggest decisions and his fortitude with greater circumspection. And the deeper understanding that comes through time helps us see that many of the decisions that elicited the most outrage while he was in office have proven, with time, to be some of his best.

Tue, Sep 27, 2011

John Ransom | September 27, 2011

Gov Bev Perdue: "I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won't hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover. I really hope that someone can agree with me on that."

Jeff Jacoby | September 27, 2011

Bill Clinton declared last week that Americans "look like a joke" because leading Republican presidential contenders decline to embrace the agenda of the global-warming alarmists. Presumably he had in mind Texas Governor Rick Perry, who says that "global warming has been politicized" and calls claims of a decisive human role in climate change an unproven theory. "You can't win the nomination of a major political party in the US," fumed the former president, "unless you deny science?"

Ryan James Girdusky | September 27, 2011

If economic advantages are not enough to keep the richest continent in the world together, what are the chances it will keep the richest nation in the world together?

Frank Gaffney | September 27, 2011

To the uninitiated, Vladimir Putin has seemingly just undertaken what President Obama might call a "reset" of the Russian political landscape.

Rachel Marsden | September 27, 2011

To gauge President Obama's lack of direct involvement on the international stage, you only have to look at the popularity polls in Europe, where his approval numbers still soar at around 75 percent.

Byron York | September 27, 2011

You want a quick and easy introduction to media bias? Just look at the reception given to author Ron Suskind when he appeared on NBC's "Today" show recently to promote his new book, "Confidence Men," which is critical of President Obama -- and then compare it to the reception Suskind received in 2004 when he appeared on "Today" to tout another book, "The Price of Loyalty," which was critical of President George W. Bush.

Mark W. Hendrickson | September 27, 2011

For over 100 years, baseball has been a cultural reference point for millions of Americans. Just as certain songs are associated with special times in our lives, so many of us remember our past in terms of: "That was the year Player A or Team B did this or that."

John Hawkins | September 27, 2011

Barack Obama has pumped job-killing, growth-draining rat poison directly into the veins of our nation's economy.

Katie Pavlich | September 27, 2011

“President Obama is not above the law and he and this administration will have to account for this." -Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu

Daniel Doherty | September 27, 2011

In his latest work, The New Road to Serfdom, British author and politician Daniel Hannan expounds on F.A. Hayek’s warning that centralized power leads inevitably to statism, despotism, and the loss of individual liberty.

Thomas Sowell | September 27, 2011

One of the problems in trying to select a leader for any large organization or institution is the tendency to start out looking for Superman, passing up many good people who fail to meet that standard, and eventually ending up settling for a warm body.

Chuck Norris | September 27, 2011

Would you know if you were eating genetically engineered foods?

David Limbaugh | September 27, 2011

Poor President Obama. His leftist backers have momentarily fallen out of love with him for not destroying the country fast enough. Obama must ask himself, "What would Hugo Chavez do?"

Mona Charen | September 27, 2011

Do not suppose for a minute that Herman Cain's victory in the Florida straw poll will alter the liberal narrative about the Tea Party and Republicans. No, we will continue to be instructed by the Congressional Black Caucus, the Today Show and The New York Times that the eruption of the Tea Parties is a reflection of the dark id of American conservatism; that it is primarily racist and xenophobic; and that the Tea Party movement is radical and extremist.

Cal Thomas | September 27, 2011

According to a report by the Office of Personnel Management and reported in Ed O'Keefe's "The Federal Eye" column in the Washington Post, our government has been sending checks to dead people. "In the last five years," O'Keefe writes, "the Office of Personnel Management has made more than $601 million in payments to dead federal retirees, according to the agency's inspector general. Total annual payouts range between $100 million and $150 million."

Dennis Prager | September 27, 2011

About five years ago, I was invited by the Hoover Institution to lecture at Stanford University over the course of a week. Coincidentally, Israel's Independence Day fell during that week, so I was invited to speak at the celebration held by pro-Israel students. In my talk, I noted that the crux of the problem in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict was that most Palestinians wanted Israel to cease to exist.

Pat Buchanan | September 27, 2011

That was state Sen. Barack Obama in his keynote address to the 2004 Democratic convention. His rejection of tribal politics, his stirring call to national unity, vaulted him into the Senate and was the first step on the path that took him to the White House. Well, that was then, but now is now.

Debra J. Saunders | September 27, 2011

On Friday, Solyndra execs Brian Harrison and Bill Stover invoked their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

Paul Greenberg | September 27, 2011

Talk about the wish being father to the thought. Harry Reid, leader of the now diminished Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate, once said the Tea Party was a reaction to hard times and would disappear when the economy improves.

Phyllis Schlafly | September 27, 2011

Outsourcing is not the only way we are losing American jobs to Communist China. The Chinese have figured out how to capture jobs inside the U.S. by using our EB-5 visas (employment-based, fifth priority).

Bill Murchison | September 27, 2011

Possibly the biggest argument against big government is that if it weren't so big we'd wait until election years to hold election-year arguments over what to do about big government.

Kyle Olson | September 27, 2011

When President Obama once again addresses public school students this week, he will likely hit all the poll-tested phrases (“The future of America depends on you”) and other warmed-over pablum (“There is no excuse for not trying”) which will leave the kids reaching for their contraband ear buds.

Julie Gunlock | September 27, 2011

Nearly 80 years after prohibition ended, the temperance movement in the United States continues to thrive in the form of state-run liquor stores which attempt to limit consumption of liquor through price manipulation. Yet while last century's temperance movement sought to protect women and children from “the drink,” those who defend government-controlled liquor sales today aren’t quite so altruistic. Their concern is state tax revenues and government jobs.

Mike Shedlock | September 27, 2011

The smart thing to do would have been to let Greece default. It is now clear Greece is going to default anyway. History will show the world will not end. It will also show that bailouts to date have done nothing but harm.

Bill Tatro | September 27, 2011

Everyone kept saying “I’ll sell it when it gets back to $110” or, “I’ll sell it when it gets back to $50 or $60” or “I’ll sell it when it gets back to $25 or $30.”

Sam Graves | September 27, 2011

Earlier this year, President Obama issued Executive Order 13,563, requiring all Executive branch federal agencies to establish procedures for a retrospective review all of their existing regulations. Initially, I was hopeful this review would yield real results; that the President had finally heard the pleas of our small business community and was ready to give them the tools necessary to expand their businesses and create jobs.

Jeff Carter | September 27, 2011

Since 2000, many have plowed a lot of money into gold. As fear crept through the economy post 9/11, and post Fannie/Freddie crisis of 2007-08, the velocity of money ran into all commodities. Fear is a powerful motivator. You are now seeing a different kind of fear.

Political Calculations | September 27, 2011

If we had to pick a quarter that would be mostly likely to see recession in the future, it would be the second quarter of 2012. Since a recession would most likely be accompanied by falling prices, there's your most likely source for today's expectations of future deflationary conditions

Karen Lugo | September 27, 2011

All Americans owe the Orange County (CA) District Attorney a huge debt of gratitude. Despite demands to withdraw the prosecution of the “UCI-11” Muslim students who shouted down Ambassador Michael Oren, the DA and his team tried the case and won a hugely important constitutional point: It is a crime to exploit expressive rights to squelch another’s speech rights.

Mon, Sep 26, 2011

Gina Loudon | September 26, 2011

Mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, along with the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), are currently holding approximately 250,000 foreclosed homes. That’s roughly half of all unsold, repossessed properties. Plus, these government-backed agencies may soon be forced to repossess 830,000 more homes currently in some stage of foreclosure.

Katie Pavlich | September 26, 2011

Earlier today, I had the privilege of sitting down with National Sheriff of the Year Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu to discuss his reaction to Operation Fast and Furious and his ongoing fight against ruthless drug cartels. After our conversation, it became clear the Obama Administration is fighting him with lawsuits and by arming the very cartels he and his deputies are trying to combat in the Arizona desert.

Paul Driessen | September 26, 2011

Delaware’s political establishment thinks First State electricity consumers should subsidize the manufacturing of super-sized fuel cells, under the auspices of California-based Bloom Energy, to replace natural gas and coal-fired power plants in generating electricity.

Townhall.com Staff | September 26, 2011

Supporters of limited government too often lose Washington policy debates because we don’t challenge our opponents on their use of weasel words. Here are some needed clarifications that will help conservatives win more debates.

Rich Galen | September 26, 2011

Just before 6 PM Saturday, the remarkably efficient information loop known as Twitter exploded with the news that Herman Cain had won the straw poll in Florida.

Sandy Rios | September 26, 2011

Pundits seem hell bent on singling out a dismal performance by Governor Rick Perry on Thursday night’s FOX/Google debate, which was the most watched debate in history—proving voters are paying attention in record numbers as the economics tighten.

Star Parker | September 26, 2011

The presidential debates are looking more and more like symptoms of the problems we’ve got than part of the process of solving them.

Mike Adams | September 26, 2011

As the states go deeper and deeper into debt, liberals keep finding new ways to go deeper and deeper into our pocket books to teach people things they could easily learn by themselves. There is no better example than the recent spate of universities that have decided to help lost and helpless homosexuals find themselves spiritually. This sudden revival of interest in religion in our secular universities is a queer one, indeed.

John Ransom | September 26, 2011

Well according to CBSNews, Obama's not letting people off as easily this time around. He’s not going to let you slackers idly worship him as the single greatest president in the history of MSNBC without you showing some elbow grease for his efforts.

John Ransom | September 26, 2011

John Ransom of Townhall.com updates Alexis Garcia and PJTV viewers on the Solyndra scandal. Solyndra executives invoked their constitutional rights and refused to talk to Congress. Can you blame them? Should Solyndra worry about a Chicago style set-up from the Obama Administration, and should they protect themselves by requesting a special prosecutor? Find out.

Katie Kieffer | September 26, 2011

What do Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, business tycoon Warren Buffett, Dallas Mavericks billionaire owner Mark Cuban, and movie star Brad Pitt have in common? Each man is a high profile capitalist asserting that American capitalism propagates greed while government redistribution of wealth produces justice.

Lurita Doan | September 26, 2011

Forget about Dancing with the Stars. If Americans want to see some really fancy footwork, just watch the senior members of the Obama Administration as they do the hokey pokey. The President is, perhaps, the greatest dancer of all as he constantly talks about his policy goals, waves it all about, only to take it all back as he turns himself around

Terry Paulson | September 26, 2011

America--the home of the free and the brave--is changing. Could we still find those self-reliant, confident Americans like those who put their kids and possessions into a covered wagon and populated our country's manifest destiny?

Bruce Bialosky | September 26, 2011

Honestly, it’s difficult for me to be so disrespectful to two people of such prominence; I prefer to simply express an opinion regarding public policy and then make the case for my argument. But neither of these two esteemed gentlemen has a clue about how our tax system operates, nor the history and consequences of changes to the nation’s tax laws.

Peter Ferrara | September 26, 2011

If you work hard, play by the rules, save your money, create jobs, and make a success out of yourself, President Obama and the Democrat party will plunder everything you have worked so hard for, because in their view that is only fair.

Dan Holler | September 26, 2011

Tax. Subsidize. Tax. Train. Tax. Repeat.

Heidi Harris | September 26, 2011

I honestly don’t have a simple solution for teens who are brought here illegally as children, but then again, I’m not running for President. Send them home? Home where? Let them stay? You’re rewarding their parents’ lawbreaking, and encouraging the next wave of parents to do the same.

Chris Poindexter | September 26, 2011

While I’m glad to see speculators getting out of precious metals, until the selling trend has run its course and prices stabilize calling a bottom is like trying to catch the proverbial falling knife and even people getting paid to watch gold and silver prices are split. In Kitco’s weekly survey 23 precious metals analysts responded; 12 saw prices up, 10 see more downside and one says prices will be largely unchanged. In other words, no one knows.

Bob Beauprez | September 26, 2011

If "drag on the economy" is the nicest thing his own economic expert can say about the plan, it pretty well sums up why Son-of-Stimulus is likely headed for the trash bin on Capitol Hill.

Crista Huff | September 26, 2011

Sarah Palin’s record in Alaska shows her to be the bravest, most effective executive I’ve ever seen. She accomplished incredible feats as Governor and united Democrats and Republicans in order to succeed with projects which brought great prosperity to her state.

Rick Dunham | September 26, 2011

As part of his plan to fund the American Jobs Act, President Obama is once again seeking to raise the tax rate and decrease the charitable deduction for the people who form the backbone of charitable giving in America.

Mike Shedlock | September 26, 2011

If Deutche Bank goes under as a result, Ackerman and the entire board should be fired. Indeed the entire banking system would be better off if failed bank executives get shown the door and their pensions set to zero when banks fail.

Michael Barone | September 26, 2011

The Republicans' presidential debate Thursday night sponsored by Fox News and Google gave primary voters and caucus-goers at least one good reason to reject every candidate on the stage. The interesting question now is whether someone else will enter the race -- at just about the same point in the election cycle in which Bill Clinton entered the Democratic race in 1991.

Sun, Sep 25, 2011

Derek Hunter | September 25, 2011

When Ronald Reagan ran for President in 1980, he did so by asking a simple question: Are you better off now than you than you were four years ago?

John Ransom | September 25, 2011

Who was the last president to move the top marginal rate to 39.6 percent as Obama proposes? Clinton of course. Clinton moved it from 31 percent. Where are the cries of hypocrisy? Do Democrats really think that they can take the black vote for granted if they oust Obama? Yes, they do.

Salena Zito | September 25, 2011

From the two-lane Simon Kenton Bridge at the Kentucky border to the steep curves past farms and river towns, U.S. Route 62 reminds you that Ohio is a battleground.

Austin Hill | September 25, 2011

If you were posting a Facebook relationship status update about President Obama and rich people, you'd have to check "it's complicated."

Doug Giles | September 25, 2011

For the Christian who has been paying even minimal attention to the state of our union and its current crappy condition, it’s easy to see that our nation is in deep weeds from a God blessed standpoint.

Debra J. Saunders | September 25, 2011

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad engineered the release last week of two American hikers serving eight-year prison terms on trumped-up espionage charges. He may have thought the release would make him seem more humane, but the $1 million bail-for-freedom deal makes Tehran look like Somali pirates, grabbing innocent tourists, holding them hostage and then releasing them for ransom.

Steve Chapman | September 25, 2011

The abortion debate has raged since 1973, when the Supreme Court gave abortion constitutional protection, but the basic law of the land has proved immutable. Abortion is legal, and it's going to remain legal for a long time.

Kevin McCullough | September 25, 2011

In this week's GOP Presidential debate, Governor Mitt Romney and Senator Rick Santorum both repeated untruths about Governor Rick Perry's immigration position. It is time to set the record straight.

Ken Connor | September 25, 2011

In his seminal work, After Virtue, philosopher Alisdair MacIntyre argues that the abandonment of Aristotelian ethics lies at the heart of modern society's slide into moral decadence and decline. Having abandoned an ontological, "is-ought" conception of the world, MacIntyre maintains that society now lacks a foundational vision to guide and order itself.

Jeff Carter | September 25, 2011

I live in Chicago. It’s home of machine politics. Politicians of course will tell you there is no machine but they are full of Obama stimulus. Normal Chicagoans that try to do business in the city will quote you chapter and verse stories of graft and payola. Chicagoans know how the machine works.

Amy Oliver | September 25, 2011

Turns out there's a lot of money to go around when a company gets a taxpayer loan. Congressional campaigns, governor campaigns and yes, even presidents get a rebate when loans are made.

Peter Schiff | September 25, 2011

Many of those who oppose QE3 do so because they believe the economy doesn't need more stimulus not because the stimulus itself is causing the economic weakness. As a result when the economy deteriorates, support for QE3 could grow.

Mike Shedlock | September 25, 2011

So here we are, with a half-baked 2+ trillion Euro proposal, highly likely in violation of the Maastricht Treaty, that all 17 nations in the Eurozone would have to approve. Finland, Austria, the Netherlands, and Germany are already balking over various proposals and Finland in particular wants collateral.

Mark Baisley | September 25, 2011

Is there any credibility in the candidacy of the former Godfather Pizza CEO? He has no election experience and the words “Washington” and “Governor” do not appear on his resume. GOP nominee Herman Cain may be a credible notion if we consider not only the competition, but the national mood.

Michael Youssef | September 25, 2011

For a person who loves people regardless of their chosen sin, I am flabbergasted - but not surprised - by this runaway train that leads us to the same fate of Sodom and Gomorrah.

Marita Noon | September 25, 2011

On the very same week that the Obama administration is rushing to send stimulus out the door for questionable renewable energy projects that must be funded by the end of the month, he is also trying to sell Congress on singling out the oil-and-gas industry—penalizing them just because he doesn’t like them.

Paul Jacob | September 25, 2011

A republic is run by its people. Tell that to the folks in government.