Sat, Nov 12, 2011

John C. Goodman | November 12, 2011

J.K. Rowling is the former welfare mother who wrote the Harry Potter books. She’s worth an estimated $1 billion. That makes her one of the richest self-made women in the world. I don’t know what her U.S. income is, but I’m sure she is in the top 1 percent. Make that the top 1/10th of 1 percent.

John Ransom | November 12, 2011

And the beauty for Obama in this latest axe he's taken to jobs in the USA is that he doesn't even have consider Congress while he's swinging it. He can kill close to a half-a-million jobs all on his own.

Ken Blackwell | November 12, 2011

When Sec. of State Hillary Clinton is not berating Canadians in Ottawa for not pushing abortions in Africa, when she’s not celebrating gay pride in Rome with Lady Gaga, when she’s not counting Jews in Jerusalem, nagging Israelis about building homes for their people in their own capital, what does she do with herself?

Caroline Glick | November 12, 2011

The slurs against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu voiced by French President Nicolas Sarkozy and US President Barack Obama after last week's G20 summit were revealing as well as repugnant.

Brian McNicoll | November 12, 2011

Back in 1999, I was driving into State College for a Penn State football game, listening to the pregame show on the radio. They were interviewing Jerry Sandusky about his impending retirement. The play-by-play man asked him how much he had enjoyed working with Joe Paterno.

Kevin McCullough | November 12, 2011

In recent weeks I have been ridiculed, derided, mocked, and I believe even spit upon--though I was very near Wall Street at the time and it might have been rain-drops--for my prediction this past summer that Rick Perry would win the GOP nomination and beat President Obama in 2012.

Mike Shedlock | November 12, 2011

The hubris of central bank wizards and economists is dangerous and insane. Indeed it is central bank wizardry combined with fractional reserve lending and insane levels of government bureaucracy that is at the root of the problem.

Michael Whatley | November 12, 2011

During a recent interview, President Obama said: "We need to encourage domestic natural gas and oil production. We need to make sure that we have energy security and aren't just relying on Middle East sources."

David Morris | November 12, 2011

The youth is the future, as often said. Thanks to the crushing effects of this economy however, our youth is finding it difficult to grow up.

David Sterman | November 12, 2011

Cuts in military spending already have the support of most Democrats, and a rising number of deficit hawks in the Republican Party are willing to trim Department of Defense (DoD) spending as well.

Bill Tatro | November 12, 2011

Unfortunately, given Mr. Bernanke’s artificially contrived low interest rates, a 5% to 6% rate seems difficult when all your money is sitting in a CD, savings account, or money market.

Jeff Carter | November 12, 2011

In 2008, both Goldman and Morgan revamped their businesses and became bank holding companies. The advantage to this was they could go to the Federal Reserve window and borrow funds directly from the government, just like any other bank. Currently, they can borrow at practically 0% interest.

Larry Kudlow | November 12, 2011

“I am for 100 percent,” Gingrich told CNBC's Larry Kudlow. “I think this idea of 99 percent and 1 percent is grotesque European socialist class warfare baloney.”

Amy Oliver | November 12, 2011

Without government subsidies there would be almost no supply of solar modules, but without government subsidies there is almost no demand. Artificial markets are doomed to failure. At this juncture, only low-cost Chinese manufacturers may stay afloat with more limited competition

Fri, Nov 11, 2011

Kathryn Lopez | November 11, 2011

The morning after this month's relatively quiet (for most of us) Election Day, story after story arrived celebrating a pro-life defeat.

Paul Greenberg | November 11, 2011

Count me among the many thousands, maybe millions, who long admired, applauded and -- I admit it -- loved Joe Paterno. He seemed the embodiment of everything that used to be fine in college sports as he made sure his student athletes were students first, the kind who graduate. In every other way he seemed to adhere to the code of a gentleman. And now this.

Peter Ferrara | November 11, 2011

In 1858, U.S. Senator Stephen A. Douglas was facing a tough reelection challenge in Illinois from former Congressman Abraham Lincoln. A serious, reasoned America was at the height of debate over the fundamental human rights challenge posed by its contradictory maintenance of the vile institution of slavery, in the most path-breaking, classical liberal nation in the world.

Donald Lambro | November 11, 2011

The best thing Democrats have going for them in this 2012 election cycle is the deep division among Republicans over who should be their presidential nominee. Less than 60 days before the Iowa caucuses, the GOP is no closer to coalescing around a front-runner to take on President Obama than it was a year ago.

Floyd and Mary Beth Brown | November 11, 2011

America's mainstream media is hard at work on the Obama re-election effort. Nonstop reporting on the Herman Cain allegations, the break-up of the European Union and Occupy Everything is quietly building a playing field or political environment to empower Obama's excuses.

Bill Nelson | November 11, 2011

Are people paying more attention to Veteran's Day this year because of the uniqueness of its date-11-11-11? Will this Veteran's Day garner more media "play" because it comes on the heels of the 10th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks?

Diana West | November 11, 2011

We haven't had a good, old-fashioned "feeding frenzy," a la Herman Cain, for a long time – maybe not since the days of Dan Quayle. I'm talking about the kind of media wilding where someone is a whole person one day, and then, whoosh, the piranhas swim in and a gnawed carcass is all that remains.

Kyle Olson | November 11, 2011

On Wednesday, National Public Radio Education Correspondent Larry Abramson phoned Education Action Group to ask about our activities related to Issue 2 in Ohio, the referendum on the collective bargaining reform that was defeated at the polls Tuesday. Specifically, he inquired about our “canvassing and mobilization” efforts.

Hugh Hewitt | November 11, 2011

In case you were thinking that the GOP would-be nominees had pretty much been obliged to exchange pleasantries with every single talking head on every cable network, think again.

John Ransom | November 11, 2011

In the spring, as the budget and the debt ceiling hung over a country trying to kick start business Obama absconded to Brazil. Things must be really tough now, because now off to Bali.

Larry Kudlow | November 11, 2011

But the more interesting story might be Gingrich, who has surged into third place. When I interviewed him on Tuesday, the night before the debate, I asked him about 1 percent versus 99 percent, the class-warfare argument being propagated by President Obama and the Wall Street protesters.

Michelle Malkin | November 11, 2011

The bipartisan debt panel to nowhere is exactly where K Street lobbyists want it to be: hopelessly deadlocked. A November 23 deadline for agreement on $1.2 trillion in budget savings is looming, but no real reductions in the size, scope or spending of government are on the table. Instead, we are witnessing another obscene special-interest splurge to preserve the status quo. All in the name of "reform," of course.

Brent Bozell | November 11, 2011

In Hollywood, the only truly serious sexual disease is virginity. It's a dire and embarrassing condition, desperately in need of elimination. Teenagers that still have "it" are woefully immature. They might as well consider themselves to be walking the school hallways in diapers.

Jonah Goldberg | November 11, 2011

"Of course we're going to riot," Paul Howard, a 24 year-old aerospace engineering student at Penn State University, told The New York Times. "What do they expect when they tell us at 10 o'clock that they fired our football coach?"

David Limbaugh | November 11, 2011

Today's liberals would have you believe they occupy the moral high ground on every political and cultural issue. But have you ever taken inventory of their double standards?

Mona Charen | November 11, 2011

I think I understand why the audience at Wednesday's CNBC debate booed Maria Bartiromo's question to Herman Cain about sexual harassment allegations. They don't believe there is any truth to them.

Oliver North | November 11, 2011

This little town not far from Fresno may be the perfect place to observe Veterans Day as our nation closes a decade of war. A quiet San Joaquin Valley community in the heart of our most populous state, Clovis has lost 10 of its sons -- eight of them from local Buchanan High School -- in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Pat Buchanan | November 11, 2011

Our mainstream media have discovered a new issue: inequality in America. The gap between the wealthiest 1 percent and the rest of the nation is wide and growing wider.

John Hanlon | November 11, 2011

It’s difficult to dislike Clint Eastwood. He’s an excellent director and a fine actor, who is openly conservative in a town that often disdains them. Many of Eastwood’s films have avoided politics but his new film “J. Edgar” will likely open up a political debate because of its depiction of J. Edgar Hoover, the long-serving former director of the FBI

Rachel Alexander | November 11, 2011

It has become all too easy today to receive government assistance. Half of all babies born in the U.S. today receive food assistance, and half of all children live in a home that will use food assistance at some point during their childhood.

Suzanne Fields | November 11, 2011

The war between the sexes will never be easy to win because there are too many incentives for men and women to lay down their arms and call for a truce, if not a tryst. Nothing is more powerful than that image of Adam giving up all for Eve. He chose to leave paradise and work for a living rather than lose the woman he loved. (Besides, he couldn't spare another rib.)

Linda Chavez | November 11, 2011

For the last several years, State Senator Russell Pearce has been the face of the anti-illegal immigrant movement in Arizona. But his district voted this week to recall him, ending a 10-year state legislative career that has been marked by ugly episodes.

Humberto Fontova | November 11, 2011

When Japan’s ferocious General Tomoyuki Yamashita (“The Tiger of Malaya”) finally emerged from his headquarters on Luzon to surrender on September 2nd 1945 he handed his pistol, samurai sword and battle flag to the nearest U.S. soldier he saw. This was staff sergeant Manuel Perez-Garcia of the 32nd Infantry Division. Perez-Garcia was born in Cuba but immigrated to the U.S. after Pearl Harbor to join the U.S. Army and volunteer for combat.

Rich Galen | November 11, 2011

You've seen it a thousand times since Wednesday night. Gov. Rick Perry, primed with a talking point about the three Federal Departments he would shut down as President named the Departments of Commerce and Education and then couldn't remember the name of the third Department.

Townhall.com Staff | November 11, 2011

The retired Airborne ranger stepped up to the body bag on the plowed wheat field just as the two young SEALs were about to load it into the big enabler hello. He put his arm up like a traffic cop and shouted over the whine of the big twin idling lycoming jet engines, “Hey, dude, lemme see him quick.”

Political Calculations | November 11, 2011

Pretend for a moment that you've just been elected to public office and that you now have the power to choose whose income you're going to tax to pay for all the vital government programs you believe should be supported.

Crista Huff | November 11, 2011

The stock price briefly touched $40 after a six-year climb, then fell to $10 with the 2008 Financial Meltdown. The stock price has been recovering somewhat steadily, with price corrections in the summers of 2010 and 2011.

Lincoln Brown | November 11, 2011

At issue: whether or not memorial crosses can remain along Utah’s roadways. The crosses mark the places where Utah Highway Patrol Troopers sacrificed their lives in the line of duty.

Mark W. Hendrickson | November 11, 2011

In economics, the first lesson I teach my pupils is the lesson of things that are seen and things that are not seen. Actions have some effects that are readily apparent and others are overlooked or not perceived. It’s the same with our military veterans.

Jeff Carter | November 11, 2011

Why not let the market determine the right size? If they have a growing customer base that they service competitively, let them be as big as they want.

David Sterman | November 11, 2011

The solution is increasingly clear, even though it is simply bad politics to acknowledge it: Greece needs to move out of the house, re-institute a (much-cheaper) drachma as its currency, and focus on a turnaround that is based on rising exports and shrinking imports (which is what always happens when a currency is devalued).

Mike Shedlock | November 11, 2011

The two-day move in French bond yields vs. German is likely a 6-sigma event. Today alone, the 2-year yield rose 27 basis points vs. 2 for Germany.

Stewart Scott | November 11, 2011

Boko Haram, which means “Western education is sinful” in Hausa, was established in 2002 in Maiduguri, the capital of Nigeria’s Borno state. It has since spread to several other northern and central Nigerian states.

Thu, Nov 10, 2011

Harry R. Jackson, Jr. | November 10, 2011

Energy-depriving, job-killing, income-squeezing regulations have a frightening impact

Michael Prell | November 10, 2011

As a Tea Party Patriot, I have been asked by the media to explain the differences between the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protesters and modern-day Tea Partiers.

Cliff May | November 10, 2011

If only we submit to "global authorities" who will produce "global governance" with "global justice" under "global rule of law."

Paul Greenberg | November 10, 2011

If a store in town has to collect the sales tax, so should online companies.

Ken Connor | November 10, 2011

Since the beginning of his meteoric rise to political stardom, Herman Cain has worn his lack of political experience like a badge of honor. That same lack of experience, however, likely accounts for Mr. Cain's rather inept response to allegations that he was the subject of complaints of sexual harassment while CEO of the National Restaurant Association.

Steven Aden | November 10, 2011

An institution once held in high esteem by the public has been shamed by revelations that it failed to report sexual abuse against children. Despite knowledge by its officials that sexual predators were victimizing children, they swept it under the rug. Now that the news media has brought this to public attention, the institution is facing well-placed anger and demands for justice.

Michael Brown | November 10, 2011

There is one verse in the Bible that begins with the words “dead flies,” found in the King James translation of Ecclesiastes 10:1: “Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour.”

Judge Andrew Napolitano | November 10, 2011

In America, the federal government seems to control everything. Light bulbs, shoe leather, refrigerators, even the water strength in your shower. Your banker, your doctor, your lawyer, your computer all are regulated beyond belief. What is it in America that the feds can't control? The answer is simple: human nature.

Reince Priebus | November 10, 2011

Yesterday morning: President Obama signs an executive order to end government waste. That afternoon: Investigators uncover emails indicating a prominent Obama donor actively lobbied the administration on behalf of Solyndra (that now-bankrupt stimulus-backed California-based solar energy company).

Katie Pavlich | November 10, 2011

The Obama Administration botched the cover-up of Fast and Furious. Lies perpetuated by the Holder Justice Department continue to be shredded by a handful of media outlets, Sen. Charles Grassley, Sen. John Cornyn, Rep. Darrell Issa and members of the House Oversight Committee, but in no way was allowing Mexican cartels to get their hands on high powered weapons a "mistake."

Thomas Sowell | November 10, 2011

The real scandal in the accusations against Herman Cain is the corruption of the law, the media and politics.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | November 10, 2011

I'm going to take the opportunity this week to write a letter of thanks, to our veterans.

Victor Davis Hanson | November 10, 2011

Richard Nixon went to Red China with political impunity. Had a Democrat tried that, he would have been branded a commie appeaser.

Michael Barone | November 10, 2011

Some of my friends in the conservative blogosphere have been ridiculing a New Yorker named Joe Therrien. I want to put in a good word for him. Therrien appears in the lead paragraph of a story in The Nation on Occupy Wall Street. He's an example, writer Richard Kim wants us to know, of the "creative types" ingeniously protesting capitalism.

Larry Elder | November 10, 2011

"He's got it coming to him," said Ben Bradlee, former editor of The Washington Post. "You can't do that in this town anymore. Probably could do it 50 years ago, but you can't do it now."

John Ransom | November 10, 2011

Long live the 99, err, 98 percent!* (*98 percent for descriptive purposes only- not intended to be an actual value.)

Cal Thomas | November 10, 2011

If ever there was a time when "see, I told you so" was warranted, it is now as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reports this week that Iran is close to developing a nuclear weapon.

Debra J. Saunders | November 10, 2011

The collapse of MF Global Holdings gives Americans yet another reason not to trust Wall Street. The firm filed for bankruptcy as federal regulators were looking for $600 million missing from customer accounts.

Matt Towery | November 10, 2011

A new Poll Position national survey taken right after Herman Cain's press conference to deny sexual harassment charges shows Cain still clinging to a lead, but with Newt Gingrich charging towards the top, statistically tied with Mitt Romney and within points of Cain.

Paul Driessen | November 10, 2011

Apply CSR standards to Doug Tompkins for honesty, transparency and concern for people

Emmett Tyrrell | November 10, 2011

Someday the historians will acknowledge that by the time of his death in 2008, liberalism was on the run and Buckley's conservatism was chasing it.

Steve Chapman | November 10, 2011

As a crowd of more than 100 waits patiently for Mitt Romney's late arrival, the sound system blares country singer Alan Jackson: "You must be the dream I've been dreamin' of/Oh, what a feelin', it must be love." That selection suggests it's Romney who is dreaming.

Bill Tatro | November 10, 2011

The degeneration that had been simply covered up with paint moved so quickly that the house became uninhabitable in a very short period of time.

David Sterman | November 10, 2011

Here's a fresh look at three stocks I've recently panned now that the 3rd quarter is in the bag.

Brian and Garrett Fahy | November 10, 2011

To prevail in a civil case, a plaintiff must generally prove that it is more likely than not that the defendant’s behavior satisfies the elements of a particular cause of action. The most common civil claim (think car accidents, scalding coffee) is negligence.

Bob Goldman | November 10, 2011

Based on the insider information provided, it is instantly clear that the tiny brains of HR professionals are focused on the minutia of the interview process.

Mike Shedlock | November 10, 2011

What one bank does, they all do. As Mish clearly shows, the Magic has Spread already.

Paul Kengor | November 10, 2011

As the indignation of the Wall Street Occupiers spreads across the nation, it is time to step back and consider the broader historical perspective. What will history books record about the Wall Street Occupation? For starters, what was the start date? The answer to that simple fact alone has some potentially profound meaning.

Political Calculations | November 10, 2011

We've built our latest tool to do quick math for estimating how much the price of a barrel of oil might change if the supply of oil being produced were suddenly changed.

Jeff Carter | November 10, 2011

Meanwhile, the EPA, NLRB, FDA, SEC, CFTC, and other alphabet soup of agencies continue to write more regulations to put the brakes on honest businesses.

Wed, Nov 09, 2011

Ann Coulter | November 09, 2011

Herman Cain has spent his life living and working all over the country -- Indiana, Georgia, Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas, Washington, D.C. -- but never in Chicago. So it's curious that all the sexual harassment allegations against Cain emanate from Chicago: home of the Daley machine and Obama consigliere David Axelrod.

Caroline Glick | November 09, 2011

Over the past week, there has been an avalanche of news reports in the Israeli and Western media about the possibility of an imminent Israeli or American strike on Iran's nuclear installations. These reports were triggered by a report on Iran's nuclear program set to be published by the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency later this week.

Michael Reagan | November 09, 2011

My Dad would be beaming with pride over the behavior of Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain in Saturday's debate, where there were polite discussions over the issues that concern us all. Moreover, the candidates offered their genuine solutions to the nation's problems without the personal attacks that would have violated Dad's 11th Commandment. The winner in the Gingrich-Cain debate was this nation and its people.

Jeff Jacoby | November 09, 2011

RON PAUL, the Texas congressman and isolationist would-be president, is against using tough economic sanctions or military force to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. How then, he was asked on "Fox News Sunday," would he persuade Teheran to abandon its quest for the bomb? "Well," Paul suggested, "maybe offering friendship to them." Hmm, there's an idea. How might it work in practice?

Steve Deace | November 09, 2011

Over the course of six decades, Penn State football coach Joe Paterno has been considered a paragon of virtue. His exploits both on and off the field have given him iconic status.

Byron York | November 09, 2011

This could have been Tim Pawlenty's moment. With many Republicans writing off Rick Perry, worried Herman Cain can't last, and perpetually dissatisfied with Mitt Romney, the former Minnesota governor might have gotten another look, had he stayed in the race. Given all the changes that have taken place in the GOP presidential contest, who knows? Pawlenty might have been a serious contender by now.

Alan Sears | November 09, 2011

Nowhere in the Constitution will one find even the slightest hint of the office of “Czar,” much less the power of a czar to rule over the American people. Yet the Obama administration is rife with such officeholders, put in place as a way to enlarge the role of the president in the midst of system that was not meant to be enlarged upon in such a way.

Rebecca Hagelin | November 09, 2011

Culture Challenge of the Week: Girl Scouting Turns Raunchy

Rich Galen | November 09, 2011

One of my Tweets (@richgalen) as I watched the Herman Cain presser yesterday afternoon: "I am now officially as over watching pressers re: #thehermancain as I am watching GOP primary debates"

Susan Stamper Brown | November 09, 2011

On this Veteran's Day, 2011, our thoughts should turn once again toward our military, who find themselves busier than they have been in recent memory. Despite the tempo of current operations, our president appears determined to govern a peacetime force by way of withdrawal and drawback.

Michelle Malkin | November 09, 2011

The White House laments that America hasn't built enough massive government infrastructure projects. Nonsense. At the rate it's growing, the Great Stonewall of Obama may soon be the second largest manmade object visible from outer space.

John Stossel | November 09, 2011

It would be nice if politicians and regulators left us alone. But they don't. They always want to do more. Recently, there have been shortages of some medicines. Cancer patients can't get drugs they need. Why not?

Walter E. Williams | November 09, 2011

Many Wall Street occupiers are echoing the Communist Party USA's call to "Save the nation! Tax corporations! Tax the rich!" There are other Americans, on both the left and the right -- for example, President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner -- who call for reductions in corporate taxes.

Brent Bozell | November 09, 2011

With a swoosh, the Gulfstream 550 is effortlessly launched into the heavens for the hour-long slingshot from Dallas to Stillwater, the sleek jet headed for Oklahoma State University and the football field bearing the name of our host -- Boone Pickens Stadium. The game against Kansas State University is spectacular, a record 58,750 fans roaring their (now) No. 2-rated Cowboys to an explosive 52-45 victory.

Jonah Goldberg | November 09, 2011

You know who I blame for the terrible tone in American politics? Tom Brokaw. No, not the man himself, but what he represents.

Mike Adams | November 09, 2011

There are a number of differences between the college students of the 1960s and the college students of today.

John Ransom | November 09, 2011

Even amongst world leaders Obama pulls the one-up card and the victim card. Impressive. And we thought Obama saved his pettiness for Congress and voters who cling to their guns and religion as a reaction to a government that arms Mexican drug cartels while telling citizens that they’re not responsible enough to own guns?

Tony Blankley | November 09, 2011

Here's a thought: The GOP presidential primaries may well prove to be inconclusive, with the nominee actually being chosen at the convention in Tampa, Fla., in the fourth week of August next year.

Michael Medved | November 09, 2011

When the nation’s most prestigious newspaper runs a misleading headline proclaiming “IT’S OFFICIAL: THE RICH GET RICHER” why should ordinary Americans respond as if this amounted to bad news?

John Hanlon | November 09, 2011

Over the weekend, I attended a screening of "Tower Heist," a new comedy that pits a group of working-class employees at a residential high-rise against a corrupt financial investor. The first scene shows the investor swimming in a rooftop pool with an image of a $100 bill at its base. That’s the story's first symbol of cold opulence in a story rife with them.

Terry Jeffrey | November 09, 2011

About a decade before he began a Nashville recording career that has included five platinum albums, Collin Raye was singing at a nightclub in Beaverton, Ore., when he experienced something he would later recognize as an act of Providence.

Ben Shapiro | November 09, 2011

That's the question that has to be on everyone's lips at this point. We've spent trillions of dollars of taxpayer money we don't have -- to no avail. We've created massive new entitlement programs without funding them. We've emboldened class warfare artists to take to the streets, littering America's public spaces with human debris -- all with presidential backing.

Brian McNicoll | November 09, 2011

I don’t agree we should forgive college loans, but I do believe it’s time to rethink the whole premise of government aid and college.

Austin Bay | November 09, 2011

In 1981, Israeli fighter-bombers attacked and destroyed Iraq's Osirak nuclear reactor. That airstrike, widely condemned by the so-called civilized world, kept the truly barbaric Saddam Hussein from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

Paul Greenberg | November 09, 2011

Of the stage-full of Republican hopefuls running for president this year, Mitt Romney is beginning to emerge as the only serious one in sight. It's his sober rather than angry approach to the issues that appeals. Now he's showing another mark of responsible leadership: a willingness to take unpopular stands the rest of the candidates may know are right but don't dare risk.

Donald Lambro | November 09, 2011

Bill Clinton's new book doesn't mince words about the dismal state of the Obama economy. The former president flatly declares, "We're in a mess now."

Jacob Sullum | November 09, 2011

Presenting his fiscal plan in USA Today last week, Mitt Romney said he wants to "eliminate every government program that is not absolutely essential." That sounds good until you realize that Romney's goal of cutting $500 billion from projected federal outlays in 2016 would, at best, leave the budget about 8 percent higher than it is now and only 11 percent lower than it would be without any attempt to restrain spending.

Robert Knight | November 09, 2011

“In God We Trust” is the national motto, even though Barack Obama told a Jakarta, Indonesia audience last November that our national motto is E Pluribus Unum (out of many, one).

George Friedman | November 09, 2011

The fundamental patterns of European domination held for 500 years. That epoch of history ended in 1991, when the Soviet Union — the last of the great European empires — collapsed with global consequences.

Robert Morrison | November 09, 2011

Well, why not tax all those millionaires and billionaires to close the budget gap? J.P. O’Rourke said it with more humor: Why not “eat the rich”? We could certainly appeal to the Occupy Wall Street crowd and maybe get ourselves some favorable treatment on MSNBC. Who knows, by yelling “soak the rich” we might even send some shivers up and down Chris Matthews’ leg.

Ralph Benko | November 09, 2011

Big Government has become the grotesque man-devouring giant Gargantua, skewered by Rabelais half a millennium ago.

Carrie Schwab Pomerantz | November 09, 2011

Generally speaking, if you take a withdrawal before age 59-and-a-half, you're subject to a 10 percent penalty. In the case of a SEP or traditional IRA, you also would pay ordinary income taxes on the withdrawal.

Marybeth Hicks | November 09, 2011

Halloween came and went, but Marion Salmon Hedges wasn’t able to hand out the hundreds of dollars worth of candy she purchased for the underprivileged children who annually visit her Manhattan neighborhood.

David Sterman | November 09, 2011

Trading at just six times projected 2012 profits, it's clear investors aren't holding her to a very high set of expectations.

Political Calculations | November 09, 2011

Do you suppose the U.S. Congress will propose a "meat transaction tax" to deal with the problem of rising meat inequality instead of actually stopping doing the stupid things that created the problem in the first place?

Mike Shedlock | November 09, 2011

My bullishness is relative, but the biggest contributors to long-term wealth tends to be your choice of currency. I have a target of 100 in DXY for next year, so a 25% rise in the US dollar during 2012.

Janet M. LaRue | November 09, 2011

“I think I have an ongoing conversation with God. Throughout the day I’m constantly asking myself questions about what I’m doing, why I am doing it.” --Barack Obama

Jeff Carter | November 09, 2011

The Chinese government has managed to keep a lid on it for years, but the injection of some capitalism brings different emotions to the front that haven’t existed for a long time there.

Bill Tatro | November 09, 2011

Before we get into the “how did that work out for you” analysis, it’s time to first look at another misguided Wall Street strategy.

Tue, Nov 08, 2011

Rachel Marsden | November 08, 2011

The slogan for last week's G-20 meeting here in France was "New World, New Ideas." It should have been "Same World, Bad Ideas." High drama played out in front of the world press as members of the G-20 family squabbled with each other in various displays of political showmanship. Here's a rundown of what really happened at this dysfunctional family reunion:

Steven Aden | November 08, 2011

Last month, Planned Parenthood celebrated 95 years of providing “essential health care” for women throughout this country. But if you’re like most Americans, there’s a good chance you didn’t know the anniversary took place. For unlike the pro-abortion heydays of the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, Planned Parenthood’s so-called “successes” are frequently being heralded with a whimper rather than a bang.

Crystal Wright | November 08, 2011

In what was designed to be a modern day re-play of the Lincoln-Douglass style debate, Newt Gingrich reinforced he’s the best candidate in the GOP field with what appears to be the slimmest odds of capturing the nomination. Newt not only was knowledgeable of the issues but gave practical solutions for solving the country’s problems. Conversely, Cain repeatedly abdicated first responses to questions to Gingrich and kept agreeing with Newt’s answers.

Michael Brown | November 08, 2011

According to social commentator Bill Muehlenberg, “The fate of a nation is intimately tied up with its moral and spiritual condition.” If this is true, would it be wrong for conservative Christians, within the parameters established by our Constitution and laws, to do everything in their power to take the lead in the political and educational and media and business sectors of our country? Or does the very thought of that send shivers up your spine?

Sandy Rios | November 08, 2011

It’s hard to take a victim seriously when she laughs as she tells her story of “victimhood.” Even though her voice broke briefly during the most explicit parts of the public statement, Sharon Bialek’s claims of sexual harassment by Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain were just another silly spectacle orchestrated by America’s most unscrupulous feminist attorney, Gloria Allred.

Katie Pavlich | November 08, 2011

Holder’s testimony surrounding Operation Fast and Furious on Capitol Hill can be summed up this way: I knew nothing about this, none of my senior officials authorized this, it was a local project and we need more gun control.

Thomas Sowell | November 08, 2011

One of the things that has struck me, when I have gone on luxury cruise ships, is that most of the passengers look like they are older than the captain -- and luxury cruise ships don't have juveniles as captains.

Chuck Norris | November 08, 2011

While most mainstream news media cover presidential campaigns or economic conditions, the feds are going under the radar and your skin -- literally -- with something that could be detrimental to your and your children's health.

John Hawkins | November 08, 2011

With a few exceptions, foremost among them the New York Post, the coverage of OWS protests compared to the coverage of tea-party protests is the worst media double standard in recent history.

David Limbaugh | November 08, 2011

It's almost 2012, and we have a black president, yet the white ghost of racial tensions still haunts our national politics. Will it ever end?

John Ransom | November 08, 2011

In part, this is because the Tea Party has always aimed at party-like activities, like victory in elections or on legislative issues, while the Occupy movement is interested in the extra-legal occupation of other people’s property and persons. Both visions reflect in my opinion, the competing visions of where each movement stands in regards to the Constitution and how it operates in the US.

Cal Thomas | November 08, 2011

The politics of personal destruction is nothing new. It has been around from the beginning of the country when worse things were said about presidents and presidential candidates than have been alleged against Herman Cain.

Dennis Prager | November 08, 2011

Commentary Magazine asked 41 Americans to respond to this question: "Are you optimistic or pessimistic about America's future?"

Pat Buchanan | November 08, 2011

Friday, thousands in Moscow, giving Nazi salutes and carrying placards declaring, "Russia for the Russians!" marched through the city shouting racial slurs against peoples from the Caucasus.

Debra J. Saunders | November 08, 2011

"I have great respect for each of you individually, but collectively I'm worried that you're going to fail -- fail the country," former Bill Clinton chief of staff Erskine Bowles said last week to the 12-member joint congressional supercommittee tasked with cutting the federal deficit by some $1.2 trillion over 10 years.

Paul Greenberg | November 08, 2011

Today's column is drawn from Paul Greenberg's remarks October 27 accepting the Human Life Foundation's annual Great Defender of Life award...

Phyllis Schlafly | November 08, 2011

After years of negative votes in Congress and the opposition of the American people, on Oct. 21 Barack Obama allowed the first Mexican truck to cross the border at Laredo, Texas, and head north to deliver door-to-door service of its industrial equipment.

Rich Tucker | November 08, 2011

Money, like water, is almost impossible to contain. Hold it down someplace, it’ll bubble up someplace else. That’s why the solution to what some see as college football’s current dilemma (money is crushing the sport) would be to stop attempting to contain the market and instead to allow the sport to generate even more money.

Bill Murchison | November 08, 2011

No "normal" person, for the privilege of leading the United States of America, would subject himself, I hereby suggest, to

Townhall.com Staff | November 08, 2011

"You’re a black Conservative? Wow, you’re a rarity.” I’ve heard this and similar responses over the course of my life. This indicates that there is a cultural stereotype that exists in the mindset of many people. So what does it exactly mean to be a black conservative?

Bill Tatro | November 08, 2011

The real job creator in this ocuntry is a single bean-counter who works in a small room with a green eyeshade pulled over his head at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). He creates jobs with the stroke of a pen.

Carrie Lukas | November 08, 2011

Cutting $1.5 trillion from the federal budget, supposedly the goal of the Super Committee, sounds daunting. When you put those numbers into the context of the total federal budget and our exploding national debt, however, you realize it shouldn't be so hard. The Committee's real challenge—and it's a doozy—is a political system that discourages common sense.

Political Calculations | November 08, 2011

We strongly suspect that gain in the number of employed is somewhat of a statistical outlier, perhaps strongly affected by sampling errors in the surveyed data. We're not certain however, given that almost all of the improvement in the past several months has been concentrated within this age grouping.

Christopher Prandoni | November 08, 2011

Democrats should be rooting for America’s oil and natural gas producers to succeed—the nine million people employed by the industry and millions of shareholders certainly are. Not cheering yet? You should be. In all likelihood, you are Big Oil.

Dave Ramsey | November 08, 2011

When you die, you can leave your belongings to whoever you choose. I mean, it was your grandfather’s stuff, so it was his decision. Period.

Jeff Carter | November 08, 2011

Groupon hired good looking women to work there. This attracted the engineers. The old adage is “sex sells”. The simple fact is that most of the engineers on the planet are men, and most of the VC world is dominated by men. How do you attract most of the men? Women. Groupon figured that out and has had no trouble getting talent.

David Sterman | November 08, 2011

A few tailwinds set to take hold in 2012 could make these undervalued stocks jump in a big way. Here's why.

Mark W. Hendrickson | November 08, 2011

Decades of government intervention into economic activity have produced economic distortions, sluggish growth, an unsupportable debt burden, and a rotten financial structure ready to collapse of its own dead weight. In spite of that record, most Europeans want more government. That’s their choice. Like it or not, sooner or later, we reap what we sow.

Mike Shedlock | November 08, 2011

Michael Pettis at China Financial Markets asks the question "Will Greece unravel by Christmas?"

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Rich Galen | November 07, 2011

On November 6 next year - 52 weeks from tomorrow - those of us who haven't availed ourselves of early voting, absentee voting, mail-in voting or some other form of not standing in line on election day will, in fact, be stepping into a voting booth to vote for President and Congress and for about a third of the population, for U.S. Senator.

Floyd and Mary Beth Brown | November 07, 2011

On this wild continent is carved a marvelous home, unrivaled around the globe. Only an idiot would want to trade in this heritage for the porridge of our poorer cousins in Europe.

Jeff Jacoby | November 07, 2011

Here's one for the Guinness World Records people: Two New York City taxi medallions were sold last month for $1 million apiece. That's the highest price ever paid for the right to operate a car as a taxicab in The City That Never Sleeps. It's also an expensive lesson in the harm caused to consumers and would-be entrepreneurs by overregulation and the strangling of competition.

Caroline Glick | November 07, 2011

You have to hand it to the Palestinians. They decided to abandon the peace process and seek international recognition of the "State of Palestine" - a state in a de facto state of war with Israel. And they are pursuing their goal relentlessly.

Frank Gaffney | November 07, 2011

Until recently, most politicians, pundits and others among the so-called "smart people" insisted that Election 2012 was all about jobs, jobs, jobs. The more broad-minded contended that the related issues of the lousy economy and the imperatives of deficit reduction might also feature. But that was all the mattered, especially in the presidential contest.

Michael Barone | November 07, 2011

Herman Cain, beleaguered by charges of sexual harassment, was all over Washington last week -- an odd choice of venue, considering that the Iowa precinct caucuses are now just 58 days away and the New Hampshire primary 65.

Star Parker | November 07, 2011

Santorum may be dragging up the rear in the line-up of Republican presidential candidates, but I am grateful to him for being the only candidate who insists that the so-called “social issues” remain an integral, explicit part of his agenda.

John Ransom | November 07, 2011

At least, if Mitt flipped, he also flopped, unlike Huntsman who apparently has no problem plagiarizing President George the First’s criticisms of Bill Clinton in his Waffle House reference.

Katie Kieffer | November 07, 2011

Steve Jobs was suspended from high school for playing a salacious prank on the graduating senior class. Biographer Walter Isaacson says Jobs and his friends tie-dyed a bedsheet with the school colors and enlisted one of their mothers to paint a large hand extending its middle finger across the sheet.

Terry Paulson | November 07, 2011

At a recent National Speakers Association convention, agewave.com futurist Ken Dychtwald shared a startling fact, "Two-thirds of the people who have ever lived past 65 throughout history are alive today." That's not surprising when he reports that that for 99% of human history life expectancy was 18 years of age. By 1900, it was only 47.

Lurita Doan | November 07, 2011

If a man is judged by the company he keeps--what does Obama's choices say about him? Consider Obama's choices for his economic advisors. There seem to be three overarching principles that guide their decision-making--all bad.

Bruce Bialosky | November 07, 2011

We all embrace immigrants to this country, and all of us hope that they succeed beyond their wildest dreams. But there’s a difference between legal immigrants and illegal immigrants, and it is right for Republican candidates to advocate policies that eliminate the incentives of illegal immigration.

Dan Holler | November 07, 2011

Behind closed doors on Capitol Hill, a massive lobbying effort is underway. On a seemingly small issue with scant public attention, powerful special interests are looking to cash in their chits and strike a deal – a deal that will come at the expense of taxpayers.

Kyle Olson | November 07, 2011

According to the propaganda of the teachers unions, these are bleak times for public education. Younger teachers are being laid off, school employees are making benefit concessions, and unions are losing bargaining privileges.

Mike Shedlock | November 07, 2011

In the last year, the civilian population rose by 1,739,000. Yet the labor force rose by a mere 238,000. Those not in the labor force rose by 1,501,000. Were it not for people dropping out of the labor force, the unemployment rate would be well over 11%.

David Sterman | November 07, 2011

Cuts in military spending already have the support of most Democrats, but a rising number of deficit hawks in the Republican Party are willing to trim Department of Defense (DoD) spending as well.

Bob Beauprez | November 07, 2011

Nancy should have left the numbers to somebody who actually understands them, because a little analysis of the real tragic situation in the workforce reveals that the total number of unemployed in America is much closer to 15 percent than the former Speaker apparently realizes, and there is plenty more bad news, too.

Jeff Carter | November 07, 2011

Holocausts don’t start with an event like Kristalnacht. They start with a trickle. I am seeing signs of that trickle all over the world, and have been for a few years.

Chris Poindexter | November 07, 2011

have been many times in recent history when gold has lost value; you can’t look at the last ten years and assume that trend is going to continue indefinitely. But it really doesn’t matter because you’re buying gold and silver to hold on to the intrinsic value, not the current relative value.

Political Calculations | November 07, 2011

No matter what the tax rates have been, in postwar America tax revenues have remained at about 19.5% of GDP.

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Derek Hunter | November 06, 2011

There’s a great 1959 movie starring Peter Sellers called “The Mouse That Roared.” It’s about the “Duchy of Grand Fenwick” and a plot to get economic aid from the United States.

John Ransom | November 06, 2011

Judging by the number of comments on the story, liberals are very offended that I believe Obama is the "The Worst of All Possible Presidents." Somehow, I think, I'll learn to live with the guilt. Over time, I might even learn to laugh about it. Yep: Time's up.

Salena Zito | November 06, 2011

On Memorial Day 1963, Vice President Lyndon Johnson stood where Abraham Lincoln gave his immortal address here. In a calculated leap, Johnson gave a politically charged speech at an event meant to mark a solemn occasion.

Austin Hill | November 06, 2011

What happens to a U.S. President when he aligns himself with civil unrest? Barack Obama’s pledge to the occupy protesters that he is “on their side” is – to use the President’s word of choice to describe himself – “unprecedented.” Where this association takes him and his fellow Democrats will be very interesting to watch.

Doug Giles | November 06, 2011

Isn’t it ironic that the same media that’s indignant over Cain’s alleged sexual misconduct from fifteen years ago is Teller-like in their silence over the multitudinous rapes going down at the Occupy rallies like fifteen hours ago?

Debra J. Saunders | November 06, 2011

The morning after Occupy Oakland's midweek violent protests, the take in the Bay Area was that it was a dirty, rotten shame that a few bad-egg anarchists hijacked a mostly peaceful protest and made an otherwise good cause look bad.

Kevin McCullough | November 06, 2011

This week's episode is dangerous for family viewing for several reasons, the most significant being that regardless of orientation the episode will justify unsafe sex between high-school children too young to understand the responsibility.

Kyle Olson | November 06, 2011

I guess NATSLA – that is, the “North American Teacher/Student Love Association”* – will have to look for members in places other than Michigan. That’s because the Michigan legislature will likely pass a bill that would make it a crime for teachers and students to have sex.

Steve Chapman | November 06, 2011

If you want to know what motivates the people involved in Occupy Wall Street, you can get a good idea from Think Progress, a left-leaning website. It offers a map of the continental United States labeled, "If U.S. land were divided like U.S. wealth."

Marita Noon | November 06, 2011

History tells us that we do not need to “wait and see.” The longer there is silence, the harder it will be to reverse the order, which is scheduled to become effective December 1, 2011.

Mark Baisley | November 06, 2011

No matter who the nominee becomes, if we can elect a Republican replacement for Barack Obama, America will have a rare opportunity to clean up one of its biggest messes.

Gina Loudon | November 06, 2011

Just as thousands of Americans occupy “Main Street USA” demanding Wall Street accountability, high-ranking officials in the Obama administration are pushing for a deal that would let these giant institutions off the hook.

Jeff Carter | November 06, 2011

One of the reasons I am involved with building the National World War Two Museum in New Orleans is because of people like Andy Rooney.

Paul Kengor | November 06, 2011

An extended tour of Nazi camps as a wounded POW scratching for survival wasn’t what Frank had in mind when he signed up to serve his country in World War II. He refused his parents’ wishes to stay home; they already had two sons overseas. Frank was eager to fight for the freedom his Slovakian parents had secured in America. It was the least he could do.

Larry Kudlow | November 06, 2011

It’s not unreasonable to suggest that Bernanke is setting the stage for a new round of QE. Growth at 2.7 percent is insufficient to significantly reduce unemployment.

Mike Shedlock | November 06, 2011

The official unemployment rate is 9.0%. However, if you start counting all the people that want a job but gave up, all the people with part-time jobs that want a full-time job, all the people who dropped off the unemployment rolls because their unemployment benefits ran out, etc., you get a closer picture of what the unemployment rate is.