Sat, Jan 07, 2012

Peter Schiff | January 07, 2012

The critical factor that has been in play the past few months has been the European debt crisis going critical. I have said all along that the US is in worse shape than the EU overall because the EU has less will and capacity to resolve - or even temporarily paper over -its problems.

Kathryn Lopez | January 07, 2012

The piece has whipped up a predictable frenzy on the Internet, with one commenter labeling the Catholic Church a cult. The problem with these headlines and comments is that they are untrue.

John C. Goodman | January 07, 2012

Are you having difficulty finding a doctor who will see you? If you are, brace yourself. Things are about to get a whole lot worse.

John Ransom | January 07, 2012

If you can give Obama a Nobel Peace Prize for a non-existent peace, you should also consider an Oscar award for a movie yet to made. If there were a remake of Dr. Strangelove today, there’d be no better subject than the Obama administration’s deconstructionist assault on truth.

Ed Feulner | January 07, 2012

It’s hardly news to say that the American people are fed up with Congress. Public disapproval of the legislative branch is practically as old as the country itself. But lawmakers seemed to reach a new low in 2011.

Floyd and Mary Beth Brown | January 07, 2012

When Sarah Palin, during the post Iowa media spin feast, warned GOP leaders to not "marginalize" the Ron Paul supporters, she was looking ahead to the greatest challenge faced by whoever captures the nomination.

Steve Deace | January 07, 2012

The Iowa Caucuses have come and gone, and through all the ups and downs of a volatile and fluid race we learned 4 key things about Iowa and the rest of the race to evict Barack Obama from the White House.

Larry Kudlow | January 07, 2012

Like any president, Mr. Obama will take credit for these economic gains. He’s doing that right now. And he has a case to make.

Political Calculations | January 07, 2012

How much money will you really take home from your paycheck in 2012 after they rob a little more from Social Security?

Daniel J. Mitchell | January 07, 2012

This is why the Obama Administration can’t rely of a falling unemployment rate. As I’ve explained elsewhere, the American economy appears to have suffered a permanent loss of output in recent years.

Nathan Slaughter | January 07, 2012

And as you'll see below, all the signs are pointing to 2012 being a banner year for this company. As the chief strategist of StreetAuthority's Energy & Income advisory, I've tabbed it as my top energy stock for this year.

Jerry Bowyer | January 07, 2012

It used to be that Wall Street was functioning on the basic idea that financial events were subject to something very like a normal distribution, also known as a bell curve. Since they saw stock and bond prices as largely random variations from the average, they saw the risk to their portfolios as relatively low.

Bill Tatro | January 07, 2012

Everyone was now on board, the magnificent ship could set sail, and sail it did, right into history.

Mike Shedlock | January 07, 2012

I have commented before that brick-and-mortar book stores are in serious trouble. It's time to move Barnes & Noble to the top of the list.

Fri, Jan 06, 2012

Rick Perry | January 06, 2012

New jobs and unemployment figures came out today, which on their face depict an economy that looks better than many pessimists had anticipated. Understandably, they are being greeted as welcome news from a public desperate for job growth and economic recovery, and an end to the hardship, pain and misery that so many Americans have experienced over the last few years. But while I am all for good news, a couple of hard truths must be told as these numbers are scrutinized today.

Maggie Gallagher | January 06, 2012

On Tuesday night in Iowa, he stood before the cheering throngs like a Republican Rocky, or better yet, a latter-day Rudy suddenly lifted above his Notre Dame teammates in a fantastic storybook finish.

Rich Galen | January 06, 2012

A political campaign is like a wedding or the launch of a space vehicle in that the planning and activity starts sometimes years in advance, reaches a frenzied pitch in the last days before the event, then it all stops with "I do," the "The vehicles has cleared the tower," or, "We're reassessing."

Caroline Glick | January 06, 2012

The rise of the forces of jihadist Islam in Egypt places the US and other Western powers in an uncomfortable position.

Michelle Malkin | January 06, 2012

Here is the operating motto of the Obama White House: "So let it be written, so let it be done!" Like Yul Brynner's Pharaoh Ramses character in Cecil B. DeMille's "The Ten Commandments," the demander in chief stands with arms akimbo issuing daily edicts to his constitution-subverting minions with an imperious wave of his hand. His entourage of insatiable usurpers never rests.

Brent Bozell | January 06, 2012

For many months, the liberal media elite has made no secret that in its mind the field of Republican presidential candidates includes Mitt Romney and a collection of clowns. Clearly, Romney is the opponent that Barack Obama and the liberal establishment want nominated.

Jonah Goldberg | January 06, 2012

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a man whose political success is largely attributable to the aura of befuddled incompetence he uses to disarm his adversaries, was a failed Watergate baby.

David Limbaugh | January 06, 2012

President Obama is calling for dramatic defense cuts that could threaten our national survival while obstructing structural reforms to our entitlement programs that are essential for our national financial survival. It just doesn't get much worse than this.

Mona Charen | January 06, 2012

If you were running the Illinois Humanities Council and a famous terrorist offered to help in your fundraising drive, what would you do? If you said, "slam down the phone" or something to that effect, it just shows how remote you are from the sensibilities of the Obama age.

Ken Blackwell | January 06, 2012

Informed in 1960 that the Rev. Martin Luther King, Senior would be voting for the Protestant Richard Nixon, Sen. Jack Kennedy smiled and said: “We all have fathers.”

Cal Thomas | January 06, 2012

How does one measure whether a life was a success, or a failure?

Oliver North | January 06, 2012

The U.S. military had better get ready to do a whole lot more with a whole lot less. That's the bottom line of the so-called "new strategic guidance" issued this week by President Barack Obama during a brief visit to the Pentagon.

Pat Buchanan | January 06, 2012

In what The Washington Post called "a bold act of political defiance," President Obama Wednesday announced the recess appointment of Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Suzanne Fields | January 06, 2012

What a country. Between the tears and triumphs, the angry accusations and the grudging admiration, the repetitive epithets and the evocative patriotism, the race in Iowa ends in a photo finish.

Matt Towery | January 06, 2012

It will become conventional wisdom over the next few weeks that the Republican Party and its candidates for the nomination have been damaged by the close and surprise finish in Iowa. They will suggest the field is weak and that the failure of a candidate to win a mandate in Iowa would suggest a weak nominee in November. That's nonsense and wishful thinking by some pundits and media.

Diana West | January 06, 2012

On Dec. 31, 2011, Iraq's Nouri al-Maliki declared a national holiday to celebrate the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq. Funny way to say "thank you" for all the blood and treasure, no?

Linda Chavez | January 06, 2012

Death is never easy to accept, much less embrace, but it taught me that the end of life need not be frightening. She lived 90 years -- the last three of them in my home -- healthy, independent and happy, despite a life that others might have regarded as difficult, if not tragic.

Donald Lambro | January 06, 2012

There were two notable changes in the contest for the presidency this week. Barack Obama's job approval score rose and the race for the Republican nomination appears to be between Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum.

Lincoln Brown | January 06, 2012

Romney, Perry, or whoever finally emerges as the lead dog after Iowa, New Hampshire, Florida, Nevada or Lower Slobovia would do well to listen to Paul’s supporters. Whatever else may be said about them, I predict that they represent a broader base than the frontrunners would like to believe.

Political Calculations | January 06, 2012

For all practical purposes, no individual who has their taxes withheld under the Married filing status whose income equals or exceeds $78,800 can expect to see any meaningful increase in their take-home pay with respect to what they might have done under the tax withholding rules of 2010.

Mike Shedlock | January 06, 2012

Misguided souls preaching hyperinflation in the US for years on end have yet to grasp the fact that hyperinflation is not really a monetary event as much as a political event.

Jeff Carter | January 06, 2012

Given that the Occupy Wall Street class is a three credit hour class, it costs an undergrad $5001.09 to learn how to camp out in a park and beat a drum while articulating a far left manifesto.

Daniel J. Mitchell | January 06, 2012

Because this distorted system leads to ever-higher costs, the increase in total compensation for lower-income and middle-income people does not translate into an increase in their living standards. Ordinary people feel like they’re on a treadmill.

Thu, Jan 05, 2012

Steven Aden | January 05, 2012

The U.S. economy is in serious trouble. Unemployment is up, the housing market is down, and the net worth of average Americans had fallen by 6.7% over the past three years. Moreover, there’s no reason to believe the immediate future will be any better than the recent past.

Paul Greenberg | January 05, 2012

It seems former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter has undertaken a second career as a stand-up comic. He's now switching occupations the way he once switched political parties.

Paul Kengor | January 05, 2012

This past Christmas, the people of North Korea were without their messiah. That is, their self-anointed messiah.

Michael Reagan | January 05, 2012

Iowa caucus results show it's still early in the game and nothing's certain. So what happened on the way to the Republican presidential nomination?

Victor Davis Hanson | January 05, 2012

It proved as hard to break up the bankrupt European Union as it was to create it. For all the hundreds of stories predicting the imminent end of the union, insolvent Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain still hung in.

Hugh Hewitt | January 05, 2012

Either Mitt Romney is the presumptive nominee by early February, or we have a replay of the 1976 GOP primaries on our hands.

Rachel Alexander | January 05, 2012

Political analysts are scratching their heads trying to figure out how Mitt Romney won first place in the Iowa caucuses since the state is highly evangelical, he did not campaign heavily there, and his share of support in the polls has remained steadily at just under 25 percent.

Byron York | January 05, 2012

In 1993, Mitt Romney was a successful businessman with an urge to enter public life and a plan to challenge Ted Kennedy for a Senate seat from Massachusetts.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | January 05, 2012

My family and I have spent over a week in Iowa. We were expecting the normal cold, snowy weather, and bought boots, wool socks and sweaters the week before Christmas. We packed up soon after Christmas and flew to Des Moines. Four family members, 8 checked bags (double my initial goal -- bulky snow boots and sweaters).

Michael Barone | January 05, 2012

Elections are contests held during a moment in time between candidates who have records stretching back, often far back, into the past. So there is always a tension between the man (or woman) who is running and the moment.

Larry Elder | January 05, 2012

It is quite extraordinary what the rumpled, unpretentious 76-year-old OB/GYN has already achieved. Many Republicans now agree: If the GOP listened to Paul on domestic and economic issues, their "brand" would look a lot better.

Mike Adams | January 05, 2012

Last semester, I was giving a lecture on the history of the Supreme Court from 1953 to present. Toward the end of the lecture, I asked my students if they could name the current Chief Justice. None were able to do so. There were thirty students in the class. This was in a college classroom, mind you.

Judge Andrew Napolitano | January 05, 2012

Since Barack Obama became president on Jan. 20, 2009, the federal government has not had a budget. It did not have one for the first two years of his presidency, when Democrats controlled both houses of Congress, and it did not have one for 2011, when the Democrats controlled the Senate and the Republicans controlled the House.

John Ransom | January 05, 2012

If First Solar can’t make it after all the subsidized loans, state incentives, money spent on lobbying and political donations, then someone ought to ask for their money back.

Cal Thomas | January 05, 2012

President Obama's decision in 2010 to cut NASA's budget and abandon the Constellation program, established by the Bush administration, which was charged with returning Americans to the moon by 2020 and creating an "extended human presence on the moon," has created a vacuum, which China will attempt to fill.

Debra J. Saunders | January 05, 2012

As the results of the Iowa caucuses dribbled in, Americans got to see how the GOP candidates greeted victory and defeat. Top vote-getter Mitt Romney was gracious toward Rick Santorum, who came in second by eight thin votes, but uninspiring as he pledged to get America back to work.

Kyle Olson | January 05, 2012

Earlier this week, a Virginia-based organization came under fire for leading 3rd grade students at Woodbrook Elementary in Charlottesville to write a song titled "We Are Part of the 99."

Steve Chapman | January 05, 2012

Back in 2007, when Barack Obama was running for president, a mildly surprising bit of news emerged: He and Dick Cheney were eighth cousins. Today, though, it appears that report was wrong. Judging from Obama's record in office, the two are practically brothers.

Sandy Rios | January 05, 2012

John McCain has just endorsed Mitt Romney. That should mean something to Republican voters on the fence as we move into the next phase of the presidential race. But what?

Emmett Tyrrell | January 05, 2012

An underlying theme of our times that has gone unperceived by the high and mighty in media, government and other locales where the politically alive come to roost is the thumping failure of an increasing number of counter-productive, old progressive reforms.

Mike Shedlock | January 05, 2012

At every critical juncture, the consequences for Greece to "stay in the Eurozone" have done nothing but get worse. The lesson here is the sooner a country tells the EMU to "go to hell", the better off the consequences.

Ralph Benko | January 05, 2012

Happy New Year! Consider Keynes’s last words: “I should have drunk more champagne.” To avert similar rue when our own lives end let us pop an extra cork to celebrate a world undeniably confronting a tsunami of … affordable energy.

Bill Tatro | January 05, 2012

When you’re consuming that delicious elixir the world always seems to be a better place. The more you consume, the more the problems, the troubles, and the concerns fade away and become distant memories.

Political Calculations | January 05, 2012

We estimate that only 53% of the wage and salary earners who have their taxes withheld at the Single filing status will see any significant benefit on their paychecks from the extension of the Social Security payroll tax cut.

Daniel J. Mitchell | January 05, 2012

Politicians almost certainly won’t adopt the needed reforms if they have the ability to instead confiscate more money from taxpayers – especially if they have a new tax like the VAT, which is a money machine for bigger government.

Jeff Carter | January 05, 2012

When I co-founded an angel group in Chicago, there wasn’t a lot going on here. Much had been tried, and failed. But my experience has a lot of parallels to other start up companies that were really successful.

Bob Goldman | January 05, 2012

Of course, being a perfect human being, you may feel you really don't need to make any resolutions. After all, 2011s "try to share my genius with others less brilliant than me," resolution really didn't pan out.

Wed, Jan 04, 2012

Ann Coulter | January 04, 2012

It's been a mixed week for Mitt Romney's campaign. On one hand, Romney won Iowa, but on the other, he was endorsed by John McCain.

Ben Shapiro | January 04, 2012

Much of the conservative punditocracy has declared that Mitt Romney is the consensus conservative candidate. If he is, he's the least consensual consensus candidate in modern political history -- the man can't break 25 percent with a sledgehammer.

Matt Barber | January 04, 2012

As the political season heats up it occurs to me that, as important as elections are, unless the hearts of men are changed, the heart of a nation cannot awaken. Our nation is experiencing heart failure. It needs an awakening – a spiritual awakening. Desperately.

Jeff Jacoby | January 04, 2012

A year ago this week, just two days before being shot by a deranged assailant in her district, Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords introduced legislation to cut congressional salaries by 5 percent, from $174,000 to $165,300.

Bill Murchison | January 04, 2012

The battle smoke lifts, the noise of past political combat dies away and we envision at last the right role model for John Boehner as he assumes the speakership.

Rich Galen | January 04, 2012

At long last, real voters cast real votes on behalf of real candidates. One down, 49 to go and that doesn't include American Somoa, Guam, the District of Columbia and other U.S. holdings.

Michael Medved | January 04, 2012

Few of Ron Paul’s enthusiastic supporters actually expect their curmudgeonly, 77-year-old champion to win election as President of the United States, but they nonetheless plan to give him their votes in Republican primaries in order “to send a message” to the GOP and the nation at large.

Michelle Malkin | January 04, 2012

The Iowa caucuses may not have much predictive value, but they did a wonderful job of unmasking both elitist whingers on the left and incompetent whiners on the right.

John Stossel | January 04, 2012

An idea walks into a bar. She meets another idea. They get together, and nine months later (or maybe it's nine minutes or seconds? It's not clear how it works with ideas), a new idea is born. A baby idea with the best traits of both parents.

Walter E. Williams | January 04, 2012

What human motivation gets the most wonderful things done? It's really a silly question, because the answer is so simple. It turns out that it's human greed that gets the most wonderful things done. When I say greed, I am not talking about fraud, theft, dishonesty, lobbying for special privileges from government or other forms of despicable behavior. I'm talking about people trying to get as much as they can for themselves. Let's look at it.

Brent Bozell | January 04, 2012

The Occupy Wall Street movement has hit several huge roadblocks. First it was the cold temperatures that sent many home. Next was the long-overdue decision to evacuate them out of public parks by liberal Democrat mayors. But another huge roadblock that's emerging: their enormous hypocrisy on wealth.

Terry Jeffrey | January 04, 2012

Even though he is a columnist for The Washington Post, Charles Krauthammer often makes shrewd observations about American politics.

Austin Bay | January 04, 2012

Colossal sovereign debts owed by member nations may yet shatter the eurozone. The political effects of a euro-breakup are uncertain, though Greece may be serving as an unfortunate indicator of what a small state can expect in terms of troubling future history if the world's fragile economic circumstances deteriorate.

Donald Lambro | January 04, 2012

President Obama and his top campaign officials have mapped out a new 2012 reelection strategy: run against an unpopular Congress.

Jacob Sullum | January 04, 2012

"I don't think Ron Paul represents the mainstream," says Mitt Romney. Newt Gingrich, another of the Texas congressman's opponents in the contest for the Republican presidential nomination, uses stronger terms, declaring, "Ron Paul's views are totally outside the mainstream of virtually every decent American."

Emmett Tyrrell | January 04, 2012

The year 2011 has drawn to an end, and as I look back, I see several of my predictions that appear pretty sound. President Barack Obama is dead in the water and will be beaten in 2012. I have made that prediction over and again this year and I think it will be borne out.

Rich Tucker | January 04, 2012

Some statistics are so absurd it almost isn’t worth refuting them. Almost.

Marvin Folkertsma | January 04, 2012

On December 16, 1944, the men of Lieutenant Lyle Bouck’s platoon had their all-night vigil interrupted by a pre-dawn fusillade of artillery rounds from a hundred German guns, their muzzle flashes punctuating the darkness like a volley of fireballs hurled from the pit of hell.

Political Calculations | January 04, 2012

Today's example of that would appear to provide more evidence that social factors have more to do with the perceived rise in income inequality in the United States over time than do economic factors.

Daniel J. Mitchell | January 04, 2012

The ballots haven’t even gotten cold and the new government is proposing a bevy of new taxes. Here are some of the grim details from Tax-news.com.

Dave Ramsey | January 04, 2012

What you’re talking about is rationalizing the fact that you want a vehicle you can’t afford. It’s a bad idea.

Bob Beauprez | January 04, 2012

The chance of cooling the hostile environment would sure be greater if the Leader of the Free World had the strength of conviction of a Reagan or a Thatcher, instead of the willingness to waiver of Barack Obama.

Ken Connor | January 04, 2012

In case you haven't noticed yet, the battle for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination has been a highly volatile, highly unpredictable roller coaster ride. With a different candidate emerging at the top of the polls week after week, it would be folly for any of them to take their chances for granted. It is no exaggeration to suggest that each and every primary election will prove critical in the quest to amass delegates for the General Convention in August.

Mike Shedlock | January 04, 2012

The major countries have $7.6 trillion in debt that they will need to refinance in 2012. Where will the money come from?

Nathan Slaughter | January 04, 2012

The company has generated $3.7 billion in free cash flow during the past nine months. And management has returned every penny, repurchasing $2.2 billion worth of stock and dishing out $1.5 billion in dividend payments.

Jeff Carter | January 04, 2012

Sarah Palin was picked to energize the type of conservative voter that has contributed to Rick Santorum’s recent rise in Iowa. Even her magnetic personality wasn’t enough to save McCain.

Carrie Schwab Pomerantz | January 04, 2012

At the risk of sounding obvious: Stop using your cards, and use cash or checks instead.

Ralph Benko | January 04, 2012

Last week, passing nearly uncelebrated, occurred the 20th anniversary of the formal dissolution of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. There is much to celebrate about the December 25, 1991 implosion of a totalitarian, bellicose, imperialistic regime with 45,000 nuclear warheads, captor of dozens of nations, killer of tens of millions, sociopathic in its brutality against the innocent in its quest for world domination.

Michael Norton | January 04, 2012

It used to be said that the way to a man’s heart was through his stomach. Saying this was a tongue and cheek means of addressing simpler times and plainer ways. In the same lighthearted spirit the way to a woman’s heart was viewed as far more mysterious, and was often described as a path laced with kindness, understanding, flowers, and a diamond or two.

Brian and Garrett Fahy | January 04, 2012

Nebraska senator Ben Nelson’s recent announcement that he is retiring is further bad news for Democrats. After the disastrous 2010 midterms, the GOP’s pickup in NY-9, GOP gains in November’s local elections, and declining nationwide Democratic voter registration, the operative narrative should be impending electoral disaster for Democrats in November. Yet one critical dynamic absent from the political discussion is the possible up-ticket effect of these and other realities on the upcoming presidential election.

Robert Knight | January 04, 2012

The most consequential election in our lifetime is still 11 months away, but it’s clear from the Obama administration’s order halting South Carolina’s new photo ID law that the Democrats have already brought a gun to the knife fight.

Tue, Jan 03, 2012

Matt Mackowiak | January 03, 2012

Only two candidates are slated to be on the 2012 Virginia Republican presidential primary ballot. The mainstream media is choosing to frame this predicament as evidence of which GOP candidates are running "serious" campaigns and which are not. But this media-driven narrative largely misses the mark.

Rachel Marsden | January 03, 2012

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's reaction to Moscow protesters perfectly illustrates how the former Soviet spy chief can masterfully leverage classic subversion strategies typically found in espionage to undermine the opposition and even ridicule the concept of democracy.

Michael Prell | January 03, 2012

Meanwhile, as we digest the Iowa Caucus chaos, a lot has happened outside of Iowa.

Paul Greenberg | January 03, 2012

Who is this Richard Kinder, and why is what he says both so funny and so true?

Susan Stamper Brown | January 03, 2012

An eleventh-hour ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals in D.C. to delay an Environmental Protection Agency's Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) scheduled to go into effect January 1, 2012 saved the day for Americans who are doing their best to make ends meet in this struggling economy and cannot afford higher electricity bills.

Armstrong Williams | January 03, 2012

The GOP presidential race has now reached its 2012 critical mass. With the caucuses and their flock of power brokers gaming to determine the next challenger to President Obama, everything is now at stake for the real contenders that remain viable in the race.

Caroline Glick | January 03, 2012

On balance, Israeli society is extremely healthy. Unemployment is at record lows. At a time of global recession, the Israeli economy is growing steadily.

Brian Birdnow | January 03, 2012

The anti-poverty industry, although populated by idealistic and earnest workers, depends on an intractably large and growing underclass as a precondition for the continued existence of their own jobs.

Frank Gaffney | January 03, 2012

American capitalism - led by and caricatured as the financial industry centered on Wall Street - is predicated on the notion that the market is driven by fundamentally economic motives. To its admirers, that means its dynamics are dictated by profit motivation. Wall Street's critics call it greed.

Ryan James Girdusky | January 03, 2012

Imagine for a moment that the Twenty Second Amendment to the constitution was abolished and George W. Bush in a brokered convention is given the Republican nomination against Barack Obama. Should Republicans vote for him again?

Chuck Norris | January 03, 2012

Whom should we nominate to represent the GOP in a fight against President Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election?

John Hawkins | January 03, 2012

Rod Blagojevich makes license plates, Sarah Palin gets blamed for Gabrielle Giffords' shooting, and the other biggest debacles of 2011.

Mike Adams | January 03, 2012

She wasn’t always like this. She was raised in a middle class home by educated parents – both of whom are lifelong self-described liberals. They loved her and cared for her. But they also gave her some poor advice, which largely accounts for her downward spiral over the course of the last several years.

Mona Charen | January 03, 2012

Campaign season is not a time for truth. It's a time for the candidates, the press and the voters to tell themselves fables.

John Ransom | January 03, 2012

If they can't get what they want at the negotiating table, the UAW will now try the economic equivalent of a suicide bombing of the economy. Never mind that they already destroyed the US automakers and their employees.

Ken Blackwell | January 03, 2012

The United States is at a fork in the road regarding which way we will go as a people. The 2012 election could be the most important in our lifetime, and conservative leaders have reached a consensus on how to channel the energy and concerns of the American people to realize historic change this year.

Cal Thomas | January 03, 2012

A friend of mine hands me what looks like a business card. It says, "Don't Die Stupid." As America begins another round of voting to select the next president, or retain the current one, what we need is a stupid test. Flunk it and you shouldn't vote.

Pat Buchanan | January 03, 2012

Friday's lead stories in The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal dealt with what both viewed as a national affront and outrage.

Phyllis Schlafly | January 03, 2012

Just before sneaking off to Hawaii, where he barred news photos on the golf course, President Obama overturned a longstanding U.S. policy that prohibited Internet gambling.

Tad DeHaven | January 03, 2012

There are multiple ways to skin this cat, but I decided to put together a comparison table based solely on the content found on each candidate’s campaign website. I did not consider past statements or votes, the televised debates, or outside sources (unless linked to by a campaign’s website).

Mike Shedlock | January 03, 2012

Any Senator voting on a bill that would allow US citizens to be arrested, detained indefinitely, even sent to Cuba without being formally charged with any crime is no friend or supporter to the US constitution.

Charlotte Hays | January 03, 2012

After turning himself into a veritable caricature of the 1 percent he derides at every opportunity, President Obama has suddenly discovered his true calling: champion of the middle class.

Daniel J. Mitchell | January 03, 2012

The competitive juices must be flowing, because there’s a new example of government stupidity from the United Kingdom that is hard to believe. As reported by the Register, you now need an ID to buy teaspoons.

Mark Calabria | January 03, 2012

Put simply, the Fannie and Freddie bailout is $169 billion that could have been used productively by the private sector to create jobs and/or wealth. Instead it has gone to continue a corrupt and broken system.

Michael Tanner | January 03, 2012

Let us also stipulate that Paul is not going to be the Republican nominee for president. If he wins Iowa, as polls now indicate is possible, he may well run second in New Hampshire, further deflating Newt and guaranteeing a long, drawn-out primary process.

Jeff Carter | January 03, 2012

Keynesian believer Jon Corzine thought that he could “hypothecate” funds and increase leverage over and over without any costs. Instead, what he learned is that there is a cost to carrying too much leverage and the lessons he should have mastered while he was in MBA school really do mean something.

Janet M. LaRue | January 03, 2012

My New Year’s resolution is never hearing the words “Iowa caucuses” ever again.

Dave Ramsey | January 03, 2012

What’s worse, her father is the preacher at our church and he has convinced her that he knows the Lord is coming back in our lifetime. Thinking this, she says there’s no reason to save because it will all be gone anyway.

Mon, Jan 02, 2012

Tony Katz | January 02, 2012

According the latest numbers from Public Policy Polling, Rep. Ron Paul is still edging out former Governor Mitt Romney for the lead in the polls leading up to the Iowa Caucus on January 3rd. According to the final Des Moines Register poll, Romney has the lead, with Paul in second and a surging former Senator Rick Santorum in third.

Steve Deace | January 02, 2012

Sadly, there are only two candidates offering a real means by which to actually undo that which the Left has done to this country for the past 50 years, and not just conservative platitudes.

Douglas MacKinnon | January 02, 2012

Okay. It is now officially crunch-time for conservative voters. Time for them to grow-up, stand on principle, admit there is not a perfect candidate, cast aside the pretenders, flip-floppers, and flakes, and unite behind the most genuine traditional values espousing candidate in the field. That being Texas governor Rick Perry.

Jeff Jacoby | January 02, 2012

Newt Gingrich's presidential ambitions may be heading for the exits -- opinion polls suggest that the former House speaker's hour has come and gone -- but his critique of judicial supremacy deserves to taken seriously no matter what happens in Iowa or New Hampshire.

Salena Zito | January 02, 2012

When Iowa Republicans caucus with their neighbors on Tuesday night, they will have scrutinized the presidential candidates more closely than ever before.

Harry R. Jackson, Jr. | January 02, 2012

For every high-profile celebrity wedding that makes headlines, it seems we are treated to at least two high-profile celebrity divorces. I am praying for people like Kim Kardashian whose marriage problems seem to suggest that there should be a public exam for marriage prior to the issuance of a license.

Michael Barone | January 02, 2012

Election year has finally arrived, well after the beginning of a turbulent and unpredictable elections season, and voting begins on Tuesday in the Iowa Republicans caucuses.

Mike Adams | January 02, 2012

Shelby wasn’t expecting such difficult questions when she took a job teaching grammar school in middle Tennessee. But it was an election year and little Emily had been hearing a lot of talk about politics.

Star Parker | January 02, 2012

Over time I have observed changes in attitude among many young Republicans and I believe the shifts in attitude I see help explain the rise of Ron Paul.

John Ransom | January 02, 2012

In lieu of waterboarding while detained, the administration will make Geithner go through “green job” retraining. Subsequently the Supreme Court will find “green job” retraining unconstitutional as cruel and unusual in a landmark case styled Trump vs. The United States.

Katie Kieffer | January 02, 2012

I keep hearing the same three rumors about Paul: He blames America for 9/11, he’s anti-Israel and he’s pro-Iran. So, who is the real Ron Paul?

Lurita Doan | January 02, 2012

President Obama may best be known as the president who took kicking the can down the road to new, unimagined levels. Obama has demonstrated an unusual ability to delay decision-making, to obfuscate issues, to divert attention from matters of critical importance, and his preference to take half measures when pushed to the brink is now well known. Obama is the Grand Master of Kicking the Can Down the Road.

Terry Paulson | January 02, 2012

On a recent trip to the Reagan Presidential Library I was struck over and over again by the confidence President Ronald Reagan had in Americans--in American workers, leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, the young and the old.

Bruce Bialosky | January 02, 2012

The debates are over and the task of nominating someone to replace our current President now becomes a reality. The need to choose wisely could not be more important. The full impact of Obamacare and Dodd-Frank was deliberately deferred until after the 2012 election to disguise their disastrous effects. These policies will need to be dramatically altered in 2013. After months of campaigning, it’s clear that Mitt Romney is the best choice to do this and to be the nominee of the Republican Party.

Michael Brown | January 02, 2012

I know that every candidate has passionate supporters, but it’s obvious that Ron Paul’s followers are especially passionate to the point of being downright touchy whenever he is strongly criticized. Or am I being unfair in my assessment?

Dan Holler | January 02, 2012

It is important to understand the origins of the media-driven hype. Gallup’s daily tracking poll measured President Obama’s approval at 47% and disapproval at 45%.

Mike Shedlock | January 02, 2012

Raising taxes at the onset of a depression or in a severe recession is one sure-fire way to make things worse.

Crista Huff | January 02, 2012

When I look at investing, I look at it from the point of view of getting my portfolio to grow from stock prices going up and earning dividends coming in. Additionally, I am always looking to minimize risk to the lowest possible level commensurate with growth.

Bill Tatro | January 02, 2012

The emotion of fear usually strikes everyone the same way. When fear turns to panic, the outcome is easily determined.

Daniel J. Mitchell | January 02, 2012

I won’t try to predict the economy. As I already have explained, economists are lousy short-term forecasters. If we actually knew what was going to happen, we’d be rich.

Mark Baisley | January 02, 2012

Bachmann, Perry and Santorum would do fine as President. Newt Gingrich brings the right measure of eccentricity necessary to run through the temple overturning the tables of the money changers

Jeff Carter | January 02, 2012

Gaming the system is rampant among a certain sector in America. Find an upper crust neighborhood in the US and you will find families that are trying to artificially create an edge. They have the disposable income or inherited trust assets to do it. The game: Extended Time.

Bob Goldman | January 02, 2012

I'm a mite sentimental about the Christmas turkeys management handed out to every employee -- a wonderful tradition, now banned by the human resources department and their crazy obsession with political correctness.

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Derek Hunter | January 01, 2012

Forget the polls. Forget the talking heads. And in three days, you can forget all about Iowa. The quadrennial exercise of pretending the “first-in-the-nation” Iowa caucus determines much of anything beyond weeding also-rans from the field of potential presidential hopefuls ends this Tuesday.

John Ransom | January 01, 2012

The Democrat Party used to be about the little guy. Now it’s just a party of great, big guys trying to make sure everyone stays little. And they are all about the money that they want to make. Just look at who Obama surrounds himself with. Soros, Buffett, Pelosi, Kaiser, Corzine. Ask yourself how Harry Reid came to be a multi-millionaire on a civil servant’s salary.

Salena Zito | January 01, 2012

Iowa does not share the country's high unemployment rate -- but it does share the Midwest's disapproval of the president's performance.

Austin Hill | January 01, 2012

Which would you prefer at the White House -Mormon theology, or Marxist liberation theology?

Doug Giles | January 01, 2012

If I wanted to murder my family or destroy a historic university and yet not give my faith a bad name in the press, I would convert to the Religion of Peace.

Debra J. Saunders | January 01, 2012

Mitt Romney may be the best candidate in the 2012 GOP primary, but that's not saying much. It's like being the best mayor of Oakland, Calif.

Kevin McCullough | January 01, 2012

You have been told for the better part of year now who it is that you must choose. Beltway insiders have insisted upon thrusting establishment candidates upon you. Libertarian anarchists have swopped into your state shouting that you must support Ron Paul, while toking on the marijuana they soon believe President Paul will make legal.

Marita Noon | January 01, 2012

The Keystone XL pipeline, and the tens of thousands of true shovel-ready jobs it can provide, isn’t just about moving oil from Canada to the US, it will allow for safer transport of new oil discoveries like North Dakota’s Bakken Field that produces more than 400,000 barrels per day.

Jeff Carter | January 01, 2012

With the advent of the financial crisis, the election of Obama, and the crony capitalism that ensued I couldn’t take it anymore. Bush put us on the wrong economic path, and Obama only accelerated it. My dog has created more shovel ready projects than Obama.

Daniel J. Mitchell | January 01, 2012

Paul Krugman has told us that awful stories about government-run healthcare in Britain “are false.” I guess this means that the media must be dominated by conservative liars, since we keep getting reports about substandard care and needless deaths.

Jerry Bowyer | January 01, 2012

When Rome fell and barbarian hordes raped and murdered their way across the dark ages, civilization was rebuilt on the Christmas story.

Mike Shedlock | January 01, 2012

The US will not avoid a recession in 2012. Retail spending ran its course with the tail-off into Christmas of 2011. The Republican Congress has little incentive for fiscal stimulus measures in 2012 so do not expect any. However, with housing already limping along the bottom in terms of construction and investment (not prices), a US GDP decline will not be severe.

John Browne | January 01, 2012

Politicians and bankers moved mountains to make this spending possible. Endless unemployment benefits, payroll tax holidays, and the lowest mortgage rates in history have allowed Americans to keep spending even as their economic outlook deteriorates.

Mark Calabria | January 01, 2012

Whether Fannie and Freddie rank in one’s top 5 or top 20 causes of the financial crisis, they should have been ended a long time ago.

Paul Jacob | January 01, 2012

Wish lists that require crimes to fill must be rejected.