Sat, Oct 22, 2011

John Ransom | October 22, 2011

Like every program designed by Obama, he reckoned we'd all get caught in the snare of government spending and have no choice but to continue it. Even liberals saw this coming, but did nothing about it and states now have been left cleaning up another liberal mess.

Daniel Doherty | October 22, 2011

A few weeks ago, several friends and I braved the impending rainstorm and went to the National Book Festival on the Washington Mall. The purpose of attending -- besides the obvious reason of wanting to stand in the company of Hollywood actors, renowned historians and poet laureates -- was to hear David McCullough speak.

John C. Goodman | October 22, 2011

If you live in a middle-class household, you generally expect your needs to be met through the marketplace. You buy or rent housing in the real estate market. When you aren't driving your own car, you catch a taxicab or maybe even hire a limo. You or your employer buy health insurance, and you choose your doctor in the medical marketplace.

Mike Shedlock | October 22, 2011

Lies and deceit are easy to find. The math alone proves as much. So does the attempt to skirt German constitutional law.

Bill Tatro | October 22, 2011

Senator Lindsay Graham said Libya’s new government will pay us back $1.5 billion as reimbursement to our taxpayers for our Libyan actions.

Carl Horowitz | October 22, 2011

As Occupy Wall Street demonstrations have gone national and now global, observers are taking note of the prominent role of labor unions in this anti-business crusade. The rote denunciations of “corporate greed” at these events could be lifted from almost any AFL-CIO convention speech.

Political Calculations | October 22, 2011

We're really not sure why so many people seem to be surprised that new, seasonally-adjusted, weekly jobless claim filings persist in clocking in at levels above 400,000, or that the adjusted values for the previous weeks tend to be revised upward. Provided the established trend remains in effect, the number of seasonally-adjusted initial unemployment insurance claims filed each week in the U.S. is perhaps the easiest economic statistic of all to forecast.

Larry Kudlow | October 22, 2011

Both Perry and Cain include 100 percent cash expensing for new-business investment. Both Cain and Perry would eliminate the double tax on capital gains and other investments, as well as the double tax on the foreign earnings of U.S. companies.

Brett McMahon | October 22, 2011

For millions of Americans, a good job means the difference between keeping their home and family intact or facing a harsh winter ahead of a politically charged 2012. And despite his vaunted “jobs” bill, the President this week again showed he fundamentally doesn’t get it—in fact, he practically took an ad out to say as much.

Jeff Carter | October 22, 2011

"I say right now that the Democratic agenda of spend and bribe the public has bankrupt this country, and until it stops, the citizens of this country are in for more hard times. And fancy speeches aren’t going to change that."

Fri, Oct 21, 2011

Linda Chavez | October 21, 2011

Last week, the Obama administration dropped one of the signature provisions of its healthcare plan. The CLASS Act (Community Living Assistance Services) was intended to provide affordable insurance for long-term care to individuals who, because of infirmity or age, could no longer care for themselves.

Caroline Glick | October 21, 2011

Gilad Schalit is home. And that is wonderful. The terrorists Israel released in exchange for the IDF soldier held hostage by Hamas for more than five years are running around Judea, Samaria and Gaza promising to return to terror. And that is a nightmare.

Rich Galen | October 21, 2011

As I have told you before, I watch CNBC in the morning because I know about as much about politics as most of the guests on the morning cable news programs who talk about politics, but I know nearly nothing about finance so I watch the guests on CNBC who talk about finance.

Katie Pavlich | October 21, 2011

Think you know how corrupt ATF really is? You have no idea.

Michelle Malkin | October 21, 2011

We have entered a new phase of the endless Occupy Wall Street sleepover. Not working is hard work.

Brent Bozell | October 21, 2011

Networks hungry for viewers know the cheapest way to nab eyeballs is to produce a "reality show" with no stars and often uber-sleazy, supposedly-unscripted-but-in-reality-very-scripted content. But in the rush for the prized 18-49 adult viewers, what about the millions of youngsters, the audience aged 11 to 17, who are also lured into the soup?

Jonah Goldberg | October 21, 2011

Joe Biden is not a big effing deal, as he might say. In fairness, few vice presidents matter, and Biden suffers by comparison to his immediate predecessor, who mattered more than most.

Star Parker | October 21, 2011

Last week the House passed with bi-partisan support the Protect Life Act, which amends the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) to assure that no taxpayer dollars will be used to fund abortion. It also assures that health care providers which do not wish to provide abortions are not forced to by government.

David Limbaugh | October 21, 2011

What are we to think about a president and vice president who blow nearly a trillion dollars in borrowed money, accept no responsibility for it and then traverse the nation trying to convince Americans that if we don't spend half that much again, people will die from dilapidated bridges and women will be raped because we can't afford cops?

Mona Charen | October 21, 2011

By all means talk about jobs. Focus on the consequences of fiscal Armageddon. But Republicans should never discuss illegal immigration without first praising the contributions that legal Hispanic and other immigrants have made to American society.

John Ransom | October 21, 2011

The press corps’ painful subjectivity has contributed to three doleful years of a guy refusing to learn how to be president while on the job.

Oliver North | October 21, 2011

The good news about Moammar Gadhafi's demise arrived via my cellphone early Thursday morning. A friend from the Reagan administration, remembering the Libyan dictator's attempt to kill my family, called to let me know and added, "You must be very glad to see this day." But it doesn't seem to be a time for celebration.

Pat Buchanan | October 21, 2011

There was a time not so long ago when the nation was united on a common faith, morality, history, heroes, holidays, holy days, language and literature. Now we fight over them all. Our politics are as poisonous as they have been in our lifetimes.

John Hanlon | October 21, 2011

“We’re all on Daniel’s terms,” Tom (Martin Sheen) says referring to his adventure- seeking son in the new film, “The Way.” Daniel (Emilio Estevez) is a born traveler who loves to explore the world as the story begins. Unfortunately, that leads to a tragic accident and David is killed early on while taking a pilgrimage down the Camino de Santiago (“The Way of Saint James”).

Suzanne Fields | October 21, 2011

A young American man with black hair and dark brown eyes checked into a small hotel in Cappadocia, where visitors to Turkey flock to see the famous lava formations carved into the landscape.

Matt Towery | October 21, 2011

This is too juicy not to share. It's a little gossipy and involved, but it stars three presidential candidates, so it's topical stuff.

Donald Lambro | October 21, 2011

In a budget nearing $4 trillion a year, it strains incredulity to hear members of the so-called "supercommittee" say they're still no closer to finding $1.2 trillion in savings over the next decade.

Kyle Olson | October 21, 2011

While Marxists spout equality and equal worth, they are not above claiming ownership of the Occupy Wall Street protests. Turns out some are more equal than others.

Floyd and Mary Beth Brown | October 21, 2011

Some exciting developments in the Republican presidential race are being ignored by the media. We believe Americans will be excited when they understand the revolutionary nature of these candidate's proposals.

Political Calculations | October 21, 2011

The plight of teens and young adults from 2006 to 2010 in one picture.

Peter Schiff | October 21, 2011

How do you a silence a Noble Prize-winning economist? Ask him questions.

Jack Bouroudjian | October 21, 2011

Let’s not forget that these solar companies like Solyndra and Evergreen aren’t going bankrupt because they can’t compete with Chinese prices. They’re going bankrupt because they’re manufacturing inferior products.

Bill Tatro | October 21, 2011

Over the past several decades it has been the bankers’ understanding that if they are successful in their transactions, they keep the spoils and thus large bonuses for everyone- everyone who is bankers that is. However, if a financial engineered product goes awry or unsustainable debt is created, then the loss is laid off on either the depositor or the taxpayer.

Mike Shedlock | October 21, 2011

Roubinbi served as a senior economist for international affairs at the Council of Economic Advisers under the Clinton administration, and he spent a year working as lead adviser to Timothy Geithner, who was then undersecretary for international affairs.

Gina Loudon | October 21, 2011

The fact that this year’s sales were up 11% in September compared to last year, without the $7000 tax credit, is a very positive sign.

Michael Youssef | October 21, 2011

The clearest answer comes from a statement reputedly made by President Harry Truman during his 1948 Presidential election campaign.

Jeff Carter | October 21, 2011

The Greek economy is puny. The city of Los Angeles has more economic activity. But the lessons of Greece are large.

Thu, Oct 20, 2011

Brian and Garrett Fahy | October 20, 2011

One common theme emerging from the post-GOP debate analysis is the focus on which candidates scored rhetorical points. Given that the debate is on some (superficial) level about delivering verbal punches, this makes sense.

Jon Sanders | October 20, 2011

Credit the Occupy whatever movement with this: their protests are unwittingly underscoring the critical importance of property rights. I say "unwittingly" because they apparently lack the wits to figure that out.

Ed Feulner | October 20, 2011

It’s about time the rich started paying their fair share, according to the “Occupy Wall Street” protesters. Those fat cats aren’t chipping in as much as the less fortunate. When are they going to start spreading their wealth around?

Cliff May | October 20, 2011

In 1979, journalists and diplomats reported from Iran on a revolution against the Shah. They were mistaken. The Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and his followers were thinking bigger. Their goal was a global revolution – a revolution against the United States and other “oppressor” powers.

Caroline Glick | October 20, 2011

The Obama administration's response to Iran's plan to bring its 32-year-old war against the United States to the US capital is the newest confirmation that President Barack Obama has no intention in taking action to remove or diminish the threat Iran poses to the US, its allies and interests.

Gwilym McGrew | October 20, 2011

Jane Lubchenco, Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere (NOAA), has implemented a commercial fishing plan called “Catch Shares” that has created financial havoc in coastal fishing communities.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | October 20, 2011

In the two hours of the Republican debate Tuesday night, more energy was spent in back-and-forth bickering than substantive answers. At times, I put my head down to avoid watching the candidates talk over each other.

Victor Davis Hanson | October 20, 2011

Last week, protests broke out again in Europe, from Rome to London. The monthlong Occupy Wall Street demonstrations in New York have spread. The current unrest follows this summer's riots in London and flash mob incidents in U.S. cities. In 2009 and 2010, Tea Parties turned out hundreds of thousands in protests against the Obama administration's policies and eventually gave him the largest midterm rebuke since 1938.

Michael Barone | October 20, 2011

We've been hearing a lot about immigration on the campaign trail, most of it based on outdated assumptions and echoing the arguments made when Congress was considering so-called comprehensive immigration reform bills in 2006 and 2007.

Ken Blackwell | October 20, 2011

American taxpayers continue to underwrite Egypt ’s military regime. Why? We are constantly told that without them, things would be even worse for the Copts. Yes. They might be, like Egypt ’s Jews, driven out of their homeland.

Cal Thomas | October 20, 2011

At the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston, Sen. Barack Obama said, "...There is not a black America and a white America and Latino America and Asian America -- there is the United States of America."

Debra J. Saunders | October 20, 2011

On Tuesday, Hamas released Gilad Schalit, 25, an Israeli soldier kidnapped by Palestinian militants in 2006 and held by Hamas for more than five years.

Emmett Tyrrell | October 20, 2011

I do not know what the learned political scientists of the Republic say about it, but it seems to me that the laws of the land are now so poorly written that almost no one knows what they mean. That is a government bureaucrat's delight!

Steve Chapman | October 20, 2011

Candidates running for president can easily wreck their campaigns with one serious misstep. Back in 1976, one Democrat said he favored getting rid of criminal penalties for marijuana use. Can you imagine how Americans of that primitive era reacted to his blunder? They elected him.

Kyle Olson | October 20, 2011

The Occupy Wall Street mobs are getting plenty of attention from the media. The microphones are on. The cameras are rolling. The reporters are standing by, eager to get the mob’s message out.

Mike Shedlock | October 20, 2011

The "Occupy Wall Street" Movement would be better advised to protest the Fed and Congress rather than protest Wall Street and Bank of America because the Fed and Congress are responsible for the bailouts.

Marybeth Hicks | October 20, 2011

Call it an occupational hazard, but I can’t look at the Occupy Wall Street protesters without thinking, “Who parented these people?”

Alexis Garcia | October 20, 2011

Franklin H. Kameny died on October 11th at the age of 86. Recognized as a founding father in the gay activist movement, he made his mark more than a decade before the Stonewall riots of 1969

Political Calculations | October 20, 2011

We're continuing our visual presentation of the data inside our "How Much Does It Cost to Employ You? (2011-12 Edition)" tool today with a look at the average tax rates paid by employers to support the unemployment insurance benefits mandated by the states in which they operate.

Jack Bouroudjian | October 20, 2011

Remember: we want a little bit of inflation in a healthy economy; what we don’t want to see is runaway inflation. As it stands, the rate of inflation seems to be contained.

Ralph Benko | October 20, 2011

Some Republicans are panicking at the idea the defense budget might be cut even a little — as if that somehow will destroy the Republic. Malarkey. Examples of profligacy abound. The House is just now trying to get up the nerve to forbid the Treasury Secretary from getting around on military jets — at the cost of $150,000 per flight, a practice begun under Tim Geithner’s Republican predecessor.

Bob Beauprez | October 20, 2011

The head cheerleader of the Keynesians and NY Times columnist Paul Krugman wrote just last month that "the turn toward austerity (is) a major factor in our growth slowdown."

Bob Goldman | October 20, 2011

"I Didn't See It Coming," is the title of a new book by Nancy C. Widmann, Elaine J. Eisenman and Amy Dorn Kopelan. "The Only Book You'll Ever Need to Avoid Being Blindsided in Business," is the intriguing subtitle, though I am not convinced it is the only book you'll ever need.

Bill Tatro | October 20, 2011

Alchemists were enlisted to find the magic formula for something out of nothing. The alchemists of the past have nothing over the U.S. bankers of today.

Alexis Garcia | October 20, 2011

Franklin H. Kameny died on October 11th at the age of 86. Recognized as a founding father in the gay activist movement, he made his mark more than a decade before the Stonewall riots of 1969

Jeff Carter | October 20, 2011

You tell me, what’s the “fair” price of a barrel of oil? If it shouldn’t be trading at the price Brent Crude is trading at $ICE, or WTI Crude ($CL_F) at the $CME, then what is it? If you know, you should be able to enter a trade in the market and make a lot of money.

Carrie Schwab Pomerantz | October 20, 2011

Before you move ahead, make absolutely sure you won't need that money for your own retirement. Err on the cautious side, and proceed with this gift to your grandkids only if you're confident you'll have the financial resources you'll need for yourself.

Alexis Garcia | October 20, 2011

Franklin H. Kameny died on October 11th at the age of 86. Recognized as a founding father in the gay activist movement, he made his mark more than a decade before the Stonewall riots of 1969

Larry Elder | October 20, 2011

The Occupy Wall Street folks tell us to blame Wall Street for the nation's financial troubles. Notice the no-fly zone over President Barack Obama. Where are the anti-President Barack Obama signs or the verbal chants denouncing the President?

Wed, Oct 19, 2011

Ann Coulter | October 19, 2011

The worst thing about Occupy Wall Street is that it's ruining a good cause: hating Wall Street. Just when opposing Wall Street was gaining momentum, these brain-dead zombies are forcing us to choose between thieving bankers and them.

Michael Brown | October 19, 2011

Franklin H. Kameny died on October 11th at the age of 86. Recognized as a founding father in the gay activist movement, he made his mark more than a decade before the Stonewall riots of 1969.

Paul Greenberg | October 19, 2011

Another day, another jobs bill/economic stimulus. And another presidential tour to promote it.

Peter Ferrara | October 19, 2011

A new consensus is emerging among Republicans for fundamental entitlement reform providing for modern, 21st century social safety nets. The new, reformed programs would actually achieve all of the social welfare goals of the current programs far more effectively, ultimately serving seniors and the poor far better.

Michelle Malkin | October 19, 2011

One of my son's Suzuki violin teachers had a wise twist on an old saying: "If at first you don't succeed, try something else." The corollary? "When you do succeed, don't stop. Do it again." The White House could use some remedial Suzuki lessons in economics. They've got everything completely bass-ackward.

John Stossel | October 19, 2011

What's there to say about Occupy Wall Street? The answer isn't so simple. Some complain about taxpayer bailouts of businesses. Good for them. In a true free market, failing firms would go out of business. They couldn't turn to Washington for help.

Walter E. Williams | October 19, 2011

President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party have led increasingly successful efforts to pit Americans against one another through the politics of hate and envy. Attacking CEO salaries, the president -- last year during his Midwest tour -- said, "I do think at a certain point you've made enough money."

Brent Bozell | October 19, 2011

Walter Cronkite's longtime producer Leslie Midgley once wrote that, "News is what an editor decides it is." News today is what TV producers decide can help President Obama. News that hurts isn't news at all.

Jeff Jacoby | October 19, 2011

MANY ISRAELIS, and many friends of Israel in the West, think there is something to be admired in thelopsided deal that will free more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners -- including hundreds of terrorists serving life sentences for murder -- in exchange for Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier abducted by Hamas in 2006 and held virtually incommunicado ever since.

Jonah Goldberg | October 19, 2011

Very late in the day on Oct. 14, the Obama administration released a lot of politically problematic information, including the news that the deficit for 2011 hit $1.3 trillion (the second biggest ever, after 2009) and that it's abandoning the CLASS Act, one of the more expensive and unwieldy appendages of "Obamacare."

John Ransom | October 19, 2011

Today more than ever, policy is written by constituencies, not candidates. So I don’t see 999 as a un-get-aroundable road-block to Cain's nomination. In fact, he should get high marks for raising the level of debate and introducing serious tax reform into the national conversation.

Tony Blankley | October 19, 2011

For the past few years, fear of China's predatory mercantilism has been steadily growing in America, both amongst the public and in elite business and political circles. But last week, for the first time, one could discern the genuine possibility that America might actually do something about it -- even if it means a trade war.

Michael Medved | October 19, 2011

Optimistic Republicans like to view the upcoming presidential race as an echo of the epic battle of 1980 (when a triumphant Ronald Reagan thrashed the hapless Jimmy Carter).

Rachel Alexander | October 19, 2011

As the Occupy Wall Street protesters finish their first month of protests, they seem more confused and disorganized than ever.

Terry Jeffrey | October 19, 2011

U.S. District Judge Ellen Huvelle, a Clinton appointee, ironically provided evidence last week that seals the case that Justice Elena Kagan is required by law to recuse herself from cases challenging Obamacare.

Ben Shapiro | October 19, 2011

There are very few people we come across who profoundly touch our lives -- parents, teachers, friends. Almost all have one aspect in common: They spend copious amounts of time with us.

Diana West | October 19, 2011

The most amazing aspects of the accelerating American submission to the state are: 1) how matter-of-fact we are in contemplating massive government interventions, such as President Barack Obama's latest stimulus "jobs" plan, and 2) how virtually no one notices the blatant Marxist overtones. When someone does, a la "Joe the Plumber" at the end of the 2008 campaign season, he or she is mocked off the stage.

Austin Bay | October 19, 2011

For almost two decades, Joseph Kony, senior commander of the Ugandan rebel Lords Resistance Army, has practiced a peculiarly evil brand of the sociopathic warfare that curses central Africa.

Paul Greenberg | October 19, 2011

Gravity has its laws courtesy of Sir Isaac Newton, and protest has its authoritative field notes by Eric Hoffer.

Donald Lambro | October 19, 2011

Forget for the moment the coming political battle with Republicans, Obama is now struggling just to win back the support of his own party.

Jacob Sullum | October 19, 2011

Next month, the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, a 12-member subset of Congress that Congress created to make the hard fiscal choices Congress itself has failed to make, is expected to propose $1.2 trillion in cuts from projected spending during the next decade.

Bill Tatro | October 19, 2011

For those who can’t afford it, how do we keep them in the homes they currently own? How do we sustain the Barney Frank model of “anyone who breathes” realizing the American dream of home ownership?

Dave Ramsey | October 19, 2011

Let them know that you don’t want to be the bad guy, but that you and mom have been looking at the money situation, and things just don’t add up.

Ken Connor | October 19, 2011

They say that money is the mother's milk of politics, and now that the field of Republican presidential hopefuls has solidified, the media has locked onto fundraising numbers as the primary means of measuring the viability of the candidates.

Peter Schiff | October 19, 2011

The net effect is the creation of a brand new 9% tax on wages. When this fourth 9 falls from Cain's sleeve, many of his opponents will likely accuse him of cheating.

Justin Hart | October 19, 2011

In 2004, hundreds of Mormons crowded into the Provo Tabernacle and listened intently as the speaker, who was not a member of the LDS faith, exclaimed, "We have sinned against you."

Bob Beauprez | October 19, 2011

While there may be much about this particular situation yet to be learned, the evidence is overwhelming that Iranian influence – specifically through terrorist and criminal networks – extends well beyond their own borders or even the Middle East.

Mike Shedlock | October 19, 2011

Protectionism cannot bring prosperity. It never could and it never will . If protectionism seems to work in the short-term it is either by accident or by ignoring long-term consequences.

Jack Bouroudjian | October 19, 2011

There are three distinct factors that are driving these markets right now: earnings, Europe and China. Let’s break it down, shall we?

Jeff Carter | October 19, 2011

The following, intended to be humorous, is going around the internet.

George Friedman | October 19, 2011

What we do know is this: The crisis over Iran that we expected by the end of the year is here. It affects calculations from Cairo to Islamabad. It changes other equations, including the Hamas-Israeli dynamic. It is a crisis everyone expected but no one quite knows how to play.

Tue, Oct 18, 2011

Rich Galen | October 18, 2011

This debate was actually watchable. I'm not certain if it was because Anderson Cooper was such a good marshal, if the candidates have now done 274 debates, or both, but it was fun to watch.

Rich Galen | October 18, 2011

National polls show this is still a two-man race, but the second man is now named Herman Cain. Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul make up the second tier. The best that can be said for Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum and the aforementioned Jon Huntsman is: They are still in the race.

Rachel Marsden | October 18, 2011

For most people, the knee-jerk reaction to an event on the other side of the world is, "Why should I give a toss what happens in France? Also, they are Socialists and promiscuous, so there's that." While such foreign-policy prowess might be a hit at the local pub, would it really be smart to ignore an election that will impact everything in your life for which you pay or require borrowed money? Bear with me as I explain why this is the case.

Rebecca Hagelin | October 18, 2011

Recently I had the opportunity to ask Steve McEveety, famed producer of such powerful and meaningful films as The Passion of the Christ, BraveHeart and We Were Soldiers what he believes the culture challenge of our time is. He answered without hesitation, "Secularism".

Susan Stamper Brown | October 18, 2011

The response to president Obama's October 14, 2011 announcement that U.S. military boots were on the ground in Africa to assist in another "overseas contingency" "non-war" operation in Africa is another example of the left's ever-evolving definition of war based upon which political party is in control.

Armstrong Williams | October 18, 2011

Representative Jessie Jackson Jr. (D-Il) and many of the out-of-touch Democrats in Congress are proposing a jobs plan that will literally bankrupt not only the Federal government, but also America’s economy.

Townhall.com Staff | October 18, 2011

Just recently, President Obama's much-heralded "jobs" plan was derailed by the U.S. Senate, thereby adding to the evidence that it was designed with only one job in mind: the President's.

Tom Tancredo | October 18, 2011

In 2006, I met with Pat Buchanan to discuss running for president. While we did not see completely eye to eye on everything, we both agreed on the threat to this nation posed by massive uncontrolled immigration.

Thomas Sowell | October 18, 2011

Like so many people, in so many countries, who started out to "spread the wealth," Barack Obama has ended up spreading poverty.

Chuck Norris | October 18, 2011

As I recently tweeted (@chucknorris), I read through the book "The Miracle of Freedom: Seven Tipping Points that Saved the World," by Chris and Ted Stewart. I highly recommend it.

John Hawkins | October 18, 2011

He has excellent name recognition, he's extremely well organized, he's a great fundraiser, he's become a polished debater, and he's not gaffe prone....All that being said, there's a reason why Mitt Romney has been unable to walk away with the nomination despite all of those advantages.

David Limbaugh | October 18, 2011

President Obama acts as though he merely sympathizes with the Wall Street occupiers' "broad-based frustration" about how America's financial system works, but he's doing a lot more than sympathizing. He's fanning their flames.

Mona Charen | October 18, 2011

It doesn't come as a huge surprise that President Obama has decided to embrace the Occupy Wall Street movement. There has always been a certain drum circle flavor to this administration.

John Ransom | October 18, 2011

This is the first presidency in history that has substituted a policy platform for a list of demands. The mistake that many made was thinking those demands were a Christmas shopping list, when in fact they were a demand for your indenture to the federal government.

Cal Thomas | October 18, 2011

When pro-choicers stand in the way of women receiving information about such a critical decision, they place themselves where they say conservatives reside, in the land of intolerance and ignorance.

Dennis Prager | October 18, 2011

The major difference between Hitler and the Communist genocidal murderers -- Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot -- was what groups they chose for extermination.

Pat Buchanan | October 18, 2011

John Hope Franklin, the famed black historian at Duke University, once told the incoming freshmen, "The new America in the 21st century will be primarily non-white, a place George Washington would not recognize."

Michael Gerson | October 18, 2011

When President Obama announced the deployment of 100 U.S. military advisers to aid in the pursuit of Joseph Kony and the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), reaction was swift. Michele Bachmann criticized "unnecessary foreign entanglements," while admitting, "I do not know enough about it to comment on it."

Debra J. Saunders | October 18, 2011

On Friday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that the Obama administration was ending the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports, or CLASS, Act -- enacted as part of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.

Phyllis Schlafly | October 18, 2011

Despite the inordinate quantity of press coverage about next year's presidential election, attention to TV debates and the consuming desire of the media to predict who will win in 2012, the polls show that no candidate in either party is reaching 50 percent of public support.

Bill Murchison | October 18, 2011

"The protest against corporate greed born last month on New York's Wall Street spread across the world Saturday," according to The Los Angeles Times. But hold on! The Times is engaged in a question-begging exercise -- one with tendencies that deserve to be, but certainly won't be, shut down promptly.

Kyle Olson | October 18, 2011

Leftists love to get arrested at protests. It must make them feel like adults and compensates for their otherwise very childish behavior.

Marvin Folkertsma | October 18, 2011

The ink was barely dry on the asterisk in Jimmy Hoffa Jr.’s rant about taking out those “sons-of-b*tches”—referring to Tea Party members—when the vice president made his own contribution at a Labor Day rally. “This is a fight for the existence of organized labor,” the veep shouted. “You are the only ones who can stop the barbarians at the gate!” And the diatribes have continued, with the establishment of a website designed to track unfair comments made by those who, in President Obama’s words, want to “cripple” America. Congresswoman Maxine Waters’ snippet about telling the Tea Party to “Go to H*ll!” (that pesky asterisk again

Political Calculations | October 18, 2011

Once upon a time Political Calculations figured out what it would take per household to have zero deficit.

Mary Crookston | October 18, 2011

In his latest work, “It Is Dangerous to Be Right When the Government Is Wrong: The Case for Personal Freedom,” New York Times Best-Selling Author Judge Andrew Napolitano urges Americans to boldly oppose an increasingly tyrannical government.

Mike Shedlock | October 18, 2011

Government is not the answer nor are Keynesian makeshift work programs that will hire a few union workers at monstrous costs, fixing little. We need to fix structural problems.

Jeff Carter | October 18, 2011

If Occupy Wall Streeters had any common sense, they would be marching upon the bureaucratic offices of the government. They would be marching upon the biggest supporter of big government and increased regulation that we have ever seen, Barack Obama.

Bob Goldman | October 18, 2011

This is a column for entrepreneurs, not political junkies, but you can't write for business owners without at least thinking about the political, economic and environmental climate that is healthiest for them.

Bob Beauprez | October 18, 2011

Bloomberg doubted Zandi and the President's projections, too. They surveyed 34 other economists. Not one was as optimistic as Zandi. In fact the average job creation estimate by the group was a paltry 288,000. Five said the legislation would produce zero new jobs. Since Obama's wants to spend $447 billion to get there, if the average estimate were to come true that works out to $1.6 million per job.

Robert Knight | October 18, 2011

President Obama’s goofy, gimmicky American Jobs Act, which even the Harry Reid-led Senate rejected Wednesday and which the adult-led House regards with head-shaking bemusement, would throw another $447 billion “stimulus” at the economy, and extend unemployment benefits for another year.

Jack Bouroudjian | October 18, 2011

As all these European countries jockey for position, there’s one thing I think is very important for investors to understand: a lot of the debate in Europe revolves around the rate at which they will inflate their way out of the problem.

Julie Gunlock | October 18, 2011

The media likes to use the word “epidemic” and “health crisis” to hype problems and draw an audience's attention. When we are talking about the so-called “childhood obesity epidemic,” a little sober analysis would benefit the discussion.

Marvin Olasky | October 18, 2011

Last month I wrote about creating more jobs by not worrying about inequality and putting aside class envy. One reader responded by asking whether I truly understood the debilitating effects of inequality and the anger it can cause. Oh yes, I know.

Chris Poindexter | October 18, 2011

The sideways trading came as the dollar lost ground to almost every major currency and Europe managed to talk their way through yet another “comprehensive” plan to deal with their debt crisis. It’s likely the G-20 will follow up this talk with even more serious statements later this week.

Mon, Oct 17, 2011

Karen Lugo | October 17, 2011

The bold, bombastic style that has earned New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie much acclaim in the political bullpen excited conservatives when he used it to battle the unions and biased media agents. Now that Christie’s wrath is being vented on American citizens with legitimate concerns about political Islam and sharia law, however, there are questions about the principles driving the political star’s moral indignation.

Meredith Turney | October 17, 2011

While MTV is notorious for pushing the envelope of good taste and decency in its program selection, few of its shows are as controversial as Jersey Shore. Ever since television viewers first encountered Snooki, The Situation and other cast members of the now-infamous show named after their home state, there’s been no lack of the kind of debauchery that’s become the hallmark of all MTV fare.

Lurita Doan | October 17, 2011

In April of 2009, President Obama made a key decision to dramatically expand and extend the role of White House Staffers, giving them the power and responsibility to intervene in just about every decision throughout the federal government.

Rich Galen | October 17, 2011

The quarterly fundraising numbers are in and there are no surprises.

Crystal Wright | October 17, 2011

Occupy Wall Street is NO Tea Party! The masses of people collecting in New York City, across the country and world in the name of OWS look more like riots (reminiscent of the 1960s free love variety) than a movement. Participants in this “inchoate” movement as liberal and conservative media have described it, have trashed parks, attacked police, set cars ablaze and paraded around topless in the name of what?

Paul Greenberg | October 17, 2011

What makes a great teacher? You might as well ask what makes a great artist.

Byron York | October 17, 2011

What's wrong with Rick Perry? How did the successful, well-liked, long-term governor of one of America's largest states enter the Republican presidential primary race with great fanfare, zoom to the top of the polls, and then slide almost as quickly back into the pack?

Crista Huff | October 17, 2011

For ten years, MSFT has been trading between $22 and $31, with a few wild swings on each end. But for the most part, MSFT investors have not made money for a decade.

Michael Barone | October 17, 2011

Napoleon is supposed to have said that the quality he most valued in his generals was luck. In the current race for the Republican presidential nomination, Napoleon's favorite would clearly be Mitt Romney.

Star Parker | October 17, 2011

The GOP has become bogged down with careerists, rear view mirror thinkers, and its own establishment of inside the beltway elite. Nothing could speak more to this problem than establishment attitudes toward the remarkable Herman Cain.

Mike Adams | October 17, 2011

It is a truism to say that Marxist thought has done much to undermine the quality of today’s college experience. But few people realize just how deeply Marxist thought has penetrated education in America.

John Ransom | October 17, 2011

Occupy Wall Street is made up of a bunch of European-style nihilists in the purest sense. Their stock-in trade is alienation, Jared Lee Loughner-style. They are talking revolution; extra-legal punishment; confiscation of property; the recognition of rocks and trees as people.

Daniel Doherty | October 17, 2011

In his most recent work, “When the Crosses are Gone: Restoring Sanity to a World Gone Mad,” Dr. Michael Youssef argues that the United States is entering into a period of spiritual and moral decline.

Katie Kieffer | October 17, 2011

I believe in one God, the creator of the universe. I believe that renouncing capitalism is irrational and that to deny reason is to deny the existence of God.

Bruce Bialosky | October 17, 2011

Rarely has the Supreme Court struck a blow for individual freedom as it did in its recent decision in Brown vs. Entertainment Merchants Association.

Harry R. Jackson, Jr. | October 17, 2011

We should develop previously unusable energy resources to generate jobs, revenues.

Kyle Olson | October 17, 2011

The Occupy Oakland movement officially kicked off on Monday, October 10 at 4 pm. In a bold act of solidarity, the Oakland Education Association provided the occupiers with four Porta-Potty units, but that wasn’t enough for a movement as large as this one.

Dan Holler | October 17, 2011

Let me be the first to thank Senator Rand Paul (R-KY). Later this week, he will make some old bulls in the United States Senate very uncomfortable – and that is a good thing considering the Senate Establishment has never hesitated to expand government and spend taxpayer dollars.

Bill Tatro | October 17, 2011

Faced with the impossible task of telling constituents that Senators, Congressmen, and the President himself have continually failed the American worker with policies that rewarded a relative few at the expense of the many, we opted to point the finger at China.

Political Calculations | October 17, 2011

Want to see what happens when someone designs and constructs an intricate structure, where all the individual components are constrained to stay in place, and suddenly, the tension holding the entire system together is broken at just one place?

Jack Bouroudjian | October 17, 2011

As we priced in Armageddon, earnings season snuck up on us. The question is: when exactly are we going to see the next big move?

Jeff Carter | October 17, 2011

Cuban wades into student loans. This is a half-assed analysis of the situation. The problem isn’t the loans. The problem is the cost of the education combined with the earning potential of the graduate upon attaining a degree. There is a lot of variation in all the moving parts. Fixing higher education isn’t easy.

Chris Poindexter | October 17, 2011

I’ve been getting a lot of questions this week about whether I think gold can continue its upward climb. That’s the time I have to remind my readers that I’m an analyst, not the Wizard of Oz. I’m the guy reading the charts, not the one behind the curtain pulling the levers. My best guess right now, based on the chart data, is that gold will continue a choppy but generally upward trend.

Mike Shedlock | October 17, 2011

Home prices will not perpetually stay levitated above wages regardless of perceived shortages. Notice I said "perceived" shortages. Housing shortages in China are a mirage just as they were in Florida, Las Vegas, Phoenix, San Diego and other places in the US.

Sun, Oct 16, 2011

Derek Hunter | October 16, 2011

“What do they want?” is a common refrain in the media these days. Left-wing talking heads and progressive TV hosts are still scrambling to figure out exactly what the “Occupy Wall Street” crowd is up to.

John Ransom | October 16, 2011

Here’s a group of people who spent their formative years demonstrating on campuses in the 1960s against corporate greed and war- and hitting the bong pretty hard. And what have they done now that they are in power? They have masterminded incredible transfers of taxpayer dollars to their rich corporate friends.

Salena Zito | October 16, 2011

Obama has a Pennsylvania problem, particularly with working-class Democrats and women who supported Hillary Clinton in 2008’s primary.

Austin Hill | October 16, 2011

Hey Wall Street “occupiers.” What do you suppose would happen to the United States if the rest of us – I’ll call us “the other 99.99%” – started behaving like you? Will you allow this question to “occupy” your minds for a moment?

Doug Giles | October 16, 2011

This past week I saw a sad sight. No, it wasn’t Eric Holder trying to convince us that he’s now a terror exposing hero instead of the perpetrator of a deadly Mexican gunrunning op that had its sights set on ultimately getting our Second Amendment rights revoked—though that was pretty sad, as that dog wag had all the subtleties of a Chaz Bono rumba.

Debra J. Saunders | October 16, 2011

President Barack Obama has become quite the drug warrior.

Alan Sears | October 16, 2011

Over the course of the decades and years that have passed between the infamous Roe v. Wade decision (1973) and now, the demarcation between proponents of life and proponents of abortion has clearly proven to be a respect for life itself: an acknowledgement of the dignity of the human being, the human spirit, and the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” granted to all, regardless of age or date of conception.

Steve Chapman | October 16, 2011

In the Republican presidential campaign, candidates are sharply divided about Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke.

Ed Feulner | October 16, 2011

As anyone who’s Googled something on an iPad and then tweeted about it will tell you, trail-blazers such as Steve Jobs symbolize American exceptionalism every day.

Mike Shedlock | October 16, 2011

Bailing out the bondholders ever is simply wrong. Those who take risks need to pay the price. These protests are just a start of what we will see if bondholders and banks are bailed out again on the backs of taxpayers.

Bob Beauprez | October 16, 2011

The 2009 deficit still holds the record at $1.412 trillion. In 2010 the deficit reached $1.293. In just three years, more than $4 trillion of red ink has been added to the debt. The government's fiscal year ends September 30.

Marita Noon | October 16, 2011

We can be confident that Obama didn’t do this because he one day had an epiphany and realized that the MACT regulations were too harsh. He backed down because public pressure was so intense that it became clear his support of the expensive rule threatened his re-election.

Paul Kengor | October 16, 2011

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has a lengthy track record of jaw-dropping political statements. Among them, the lifelong Roman Catholic has been a huge disappointment to her Church on matters of unborn human life, which I’ve personally written about on many occasions.

Gina Loudon | October 16, 2011

A great benefit of a self-directed 401(K) plan is the large annual contribution limits allowed. Businesses with a spouse on the payroll can also contribute to the Solo 401k.

Mark Baisley | October 16, 2011

I tuned into the local “progressive talk” radio station today and they were actually talking about abandoning Barack Obama; not voting for him in 2012. That discussion was more melodic to me.

Paul Jacob | October 16, 2011

There's something special about politicians. That's why they should be made less special.