Sat, Jan 28, 2012

Chris Edwards | January 28, 2012

Just about every industrial country except the US provides relief for the double taxation of corporate equity, either by having a lower personal rate on dividends, a personal tax credit for dividends, or a lower corporate-level tax.

Sandy Rios | January 28, 2012

Pat Buchanan did something dreadful. He said politically incorrect things…incendiary, in fact and faces punishment in a New America where free speech is now applied more to rights to pornography and protections for curse words than to actual ideas.

John C. Goodman | January 28, 2012

I didn’t vote for Barack Obama. But like a lot of Americans, I was hopeful about his presidency.

John Ransom | January 28, 2012

If Obama made as many easy economic decisions as he has had vacations this year, we’d be seeing decent economic growth. In fact, if we could get Obama to take more vacations and not make ANY decisions, it’s likely real unemployment-U6- wouldn’t be at 16 percent and climbing.

Ken Blackwell | January 28, 2012

The official Republican response to the President’s State of the Union Address was fine—as far as it went. But Gov. Mitch Daniels missed a golden opportunity to put before the American people a better vision of family, faith, and freedom.

Townhall.com Staff | January 28, 2012

Is this a rerun? Why does the Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich political drama feel so eerily familiar? Alas, this schismatic plot has been acted out before on the stage of GOP presidential politics; except the original cast weren’t named Mitt and Newt—they were named Nelson and Barry.

Frank Gaffney | January 28, 2012

Shortly before Newt Gingrich's decisive victory in South Carolina last week, he was asked a critical question by a Palmetto State voter: Would he support a Muslim candidate for president?

Steven Aden | January 28, 2012

As the U.S. economy continues to shudder, Americans find themselves in a tight spot. 2011 was the worst year on record for home sales, unemployment claims rose markedly in the 4th quarter, and the high energy prices we have endured are set to worsen with gasoline expected to top $4 a gallon this summer. Nevertheless, money continues to come easy for those on the government dole.

Tad DeHaven | January 28, 2012

I don’t recall ever agreeing with the left-liberal Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), but their new paper on the drawbacks of the federal government switching to biennial budgeting is a good read.

Daniel J. Mitchell | January 28, 2012

close your eyes and envision a different map. Instead of American states, imagine a map of the world. And think what it will look like if Obama succeeds in imposing all the tax increases he has endorsed.

Bob Goldman | January 28, 2012

You know what's really depressing? The fact that your job is really depressing.

Political Calculations | January 28, 2012

Well, if you go by our chart below, which we constructed by sampling data we obtained from S&P roughly one-year apart (at the dates indicated) and mostly looking one-year-ahead in time, the answer is: not good at all!

David Sterman | January 28, 2012

Sadly, for every biotech stock that takes off sharply, another half-dozen plunge to new lows because of nature of these cash-constrained business models.

Steve Deace | January 28, 2012

You’ve got to hand it to Mitt Romney (and his acolytes). At the very least he’s a Republican trailblazer.

Larry Kudlow | January 28, 2012

There is a growing consensus around the country for full-fledged reform of the personal and corporate tax codes.

Ralph Benko | January 28, 2012

One of Newt Gingrich’s rivals just before the South Carolina primary criticized him for his claim of having created millions of jobs, saying “Congressmen taking responsibility or taking credit for helping create jobs is like Al Gore taking credit for the Internet.” This charge of self-aggrandizement didn’t stick to Gingrich (many of whose stands have engaged this columnist’s personal enthusiasm and support). Instead Gingrich stunned the pundits by a double-digit spread victory, close to a 30 point swing from January 9.

Mike Shedlock | January 28, 2012

In contrast to popular belief, recessions typically start with GDP in positive territory.

Fri, Jan 27, 2012

Matt Barber | January 27, 2012

You’re being manipulated. A well respected, highly influential news source has cast aside all journalistic integrity to shill for the liberal, GOP establishment candidate in this presidential race.

Diana West | January 27, 2012

No doubt Deborah Scroggins believes she just published a dual biography of Ayaan Hirsi Ali, former Dutch parliamentarian, and Aafia Siddiqui, jailed al-Qaida terrorist, and so she did. What may surprise the biographer, however, is that she also provided a third study: post-9/11 moral equivalence.

Caroline Glick | January 27, 2012

European and American perfidy in dealing with Iran's nuclear weapons program apparently has no end.

Mark W. Hendrickson | January 27, 2012

On Tuesday evening, I had the honor of attending the State of the Union address as the guest of Congressman Mike Kelly (PA-03). Here are my impressions in abbreviated form.

J.D. Thorpe | January 27, 2012

Gingrich is the personification of everything that’s wrong with politics. At time when a large portion of the Republican Party is adopting the limited-government beliefs of the Tea Party, Gingrich is trying to position himself as the conservative candidate in the race.

Michael Brown | January 27, 2012

I never expected to be in the middle of a public dispute between three Orthodox Jewish rabbis, a dispute that involves the banning of a book about Jesus, and one that is being played out in the Huffington Post.

Rich Galen | January 27, 2012

The 19th debate in this GOP primary season was held in Florida. This is the last one before Tuesday's primary. From this point on, the pace of primaries and caucuses increases, but the pace of debates slows almost to a halt.

Michelle Malkin | January 27, 2012

So, it turns out that the cool cat billed as "No Drama Obama" by his sycophants is actually quite the drama queen. While the White House publicly pretends to ignore conservative detractors of his administration, Chief Touchy-Touchy seems to be personally consumed by our critiques. Yes, mine included.

Brent Bozell | January 27, 2012

Remember when Don Imus saw his cushy CBS Radio and MSNBC career go up in smoke in 2007 when he tried very early one morning to make one of his fake misanthropic jokes about the Rutgers women's basketball team being "nappy-headed hoes"? Black activists demanded his firing. Advertisers fled. The corporate suits, appalled and fearful of the terrible publicity, canned him.

Jonah Goldberg | January 27, 2012

President Obama's State of the Union address was disgusting.

David Limbaugh | January 27, 2012

Only a president long shielded from criticism and accountability could make the kind of State of the Union speech President Obama did Tuesday night. It's hard to know where to begin, given his repetition of tired ideas from his previous SOTUs, his taking credit for successful policies he resisted and omitting failed ones he promoted, his numerous misrepresentations on issues big and small, and his glaring refusal to address the main issues that threaten the nation.

John Ransom | January 27, 2012

It’s nice to know from the guy in charge of sales at GM that actual sales really don’t matter, in the same way that Democrats want us to believe that Obama’s actual job performance doesn’t really matter either.

Mona Charen | January 27, 2012

It's as predictable as vultures at a carcass. When a wealthy Republican is running for office, the press will make his wealth a handicap. Recall that when George H. W. Bush was running in 1988, he was derided as a "preppy."

Scott Rasmussen | January 27, 2012

Newt Gingrich has surged to the lead in the race for the Republican presidential nomination with the strong support of evangelical Christian voters. To some, given Gingrich's personal life, this support is puzzling. Whatever else people say about Mitt Romney, his personal life seems above reproach and a good role model for others.

Oliver North | January 27, 2012

It's an unwritten law of modern America that a political campaign speech should last no more than 30 minutes. The lecture candidate Barack Obama delivered on the evening of Jan. 24 in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol came in at just longer than one hour and six minutes.

Pat Buchanan | January 27, 2012

U.S. Ambassador Michael McFaul, Obama's man in Moscow, who just took up his post, has received a rude reception. And understandably so.

Suzanne Fields | January 27, 2012

There's a debate just behind the Republican search for a winning candidate, just at the edges of President Obama's campaign for re-election, about whether America is finished. These debaters put it in the form of a polite academic question: Is America in decline?

Linda Chavez | January 27, 2012

One thing was missed in Newt Gingrich's victory in the South Carolina primary: Conservatives embraced a pro-amnesty candidate without batting an eyelash. This should come as a wake-up call to those who've been pushing a hard-line anti-illegal immigrant position in the Republican Party.

Donald Lambro | January 27, 2012

There was very little that was really new in the president's agenda-setting State of the Union address to the nation Tuesday. Since when is it new when Barack Obama calls for higher taxes on our economy?

Maggie Gallagher | January 27, 2012

American women are both incredibly dogmatic and anxious about our mothering.

Charles Payne | January 27, 2012

Italy is finally taking the axe to antiquated policies that have stifled competition and innovation for decades.

Nathan Slaughter | January 27, 2012

Royalty trusts boast some of the highest yields on the market -- typically 6% to 8%, but payouts north of 10% aren't uncommon. And aside from writing generous paychecks every quarter, many of these securities have also delivered triple-digit share price appreciation.

Lincoln Brown | January 27, 2012

What would we all do if we didn't have someone who made his fortune pretending to be someone else telling us how everything else is? It's all in a days work for Robert Redford.

Daniel J. Mitchell | January 27, 2012

I’m not sure what my reaction is to Newt’s latest brain fart. For lack of anything clever, let’s just say I’m bemused by his proposed galactic boondoggle.

Jeff Carter | January 27, 2012

This is a fun quiz. Listed below are 10 direct quotes. You have to guess which American politician said it.

Mike Shields | January 27, 2012

Democrat Susan Bonamici is such an embarrassment to her party, that national Democrats have been forced to dump at least $1.5 million into her efforts to win a special election in Oregon’s First District – a district Obama won with 62 percent of the vote in 2008. The district covers the northwest corner of the state, including southwest Portland.

Political Calculations | January 27, 2012

If we look just at the micro-trend established since 26 November 2011, when the level of volatility in the data really took off, the data suggests that the rate of improvement in the number of new jobless claims filed each week is leveling off between 370,000 and 380,000.

Mike Shedlock | January 27, 2012

Now is the time where you need your metals – particularly gold and gold stocks. The above issues shows you clearly and forcefully that we have moved from a ‘Maximum Intervention’ period into a ‘Maximum printing’ phase.

David Sterman | January 27, 2012

The stock market is making things awfully uncomfortable for short sellers. The S&P 500 rose 11% in the fourth quarter of 2011, and is up another 5% this month.

Thu, Jan 26, 2012

Earl Tilford | January 26, 2012

With breaking news of a U.S. Navy SEAL team successfully rescuing two hostages from pirates in Somalia, military pundits are quick to note how the deployment of small, elite units will fit in with President Barack Obama’s vision for modernizing the U.S. military.

Floyd and Mary Beth Brown | January 26, 2012

We have all been humiliated at the hands of the Transportation Security Administration, but this time the TSA may have to pay a price for stepping over the line.

Paul Greenberg | January 26, 2012

For those fortunate souls who didn't have to sit through the president's State of the Union speech Tuesday night out of a sense of duty, or maybe just masochism, here is a brief summary and free translation -- very free.

Rachel Alexander | January 26, 2012

Congress is supposed to represent the interests of everyone. But what happens when powerful special interests contribute heavily to lawmakers’ election campaigns? Last week Americans on the political right and left lined up to oppose SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act, and its Senate counterpart PIPA, the Protect IP Act.

Cal Thomas | January 26, 2012

Summertime is usually when TV networks air repeats of shows we've already seen. In his State of the Union Address Tuesday night, the president got a five-month jump on the summer season by re-running a class-envy video he has broadcast more times than local stations have shown episodes of "The Andy Griffith Show."

Rich Tucker | January 26, 2012

Americans like “freedom.” The very word conjures up powerful images: The Spirit of 1776, the allied victory in World War II, or the West’s victory in the Cold War that spread freedom beyond the Berlin Wall. But freedom isn’t always and everywhere on the march.

Mark W. Hendrickson | January 26, 2012

When Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney casually estimated that his effective tax rate is around 15 percent, progressives immediately pounced on the issue. To this ideological minority with its Ahab-like obsession on class warfare, a rich American paying an effective tax rate of “only” 15 percent is, a priori, a scandal of the first order.

Cliff May | January 26, 2012

For 65 years Pakistanis have been conducting one of modern history’s great experiments: Can a nation conceived as Islamic be free and democratic-- the vision of Pakistan’s founding father, Muhammad Ali Jinnah? Or will Pakistan’s identity be defined by “forces that want us to live in fear—fear of external and internal enemies."

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | January 26, 2012

The sweat somehow made the moment more real. There we were, standing on the stage at the Hilton Hotel in Downtown Columbia, S.C., on Saturday night with my dad, Newt Gingrich, celebrating his primary victory. It was the sweat rolling down the faces and dripping off the noses of the television cameramen, photographers, audience members and even those on stage celebrating that transformed the almost surreal scene into reality.

Thomas Sowell | January 26, 2012

The Republican candidates' circular firing squad now seems to be using machine guns.

Hugh Hewitt | January 26, 2012

The president and the Chicago Gang as well as their allies in Big Labor want the GOP nominee to be Newt Gingrich.

Michael Barone | January 26, 2012

You know politicians are serious when they move from campaigning to governing. Something like that may be happening on the Republican campaign trail -- but, unfortunately, not at the Obama White House.

Victor Davis Hanson | January 26, 2012

The news media seem obsessed with the serial affairs of a younger Newt Gingrich back in the last century.

Larry Elder | January 26, 2012

The Republican re-embrace of former Speaker Newt Gingrich says a lot about whom he sees as his opponent -- and it isn't just President Barack Obama. It's the media.

Mike Adams | January 26, 2012

There is a bumper sticker I have often seen displaying these four simple words: “A Black Man Can.” The words could be taken in either of two ways. One interpretation is liberal - calling for whites to stop discriminating and give black men a chance. Another interpretation is conservative - suggesting black men can achieve without the help of government programs.

John Ransom | January 26, 2012

Into this two-ringed circus of Unions and Occupy now steps Ringmaster Obama, who has promised us all a campaign that will pit the UAW and Occupy have-nots against the rest of the country.

Debra J. Saunders | January 26, 2012

Toward the end of his State of the Union speech, President Barack Obama observed that Washington politicians should learn from the example of the U.S. military: "When you're marching into battle, you look out for the person next to you, or the mission fails."

Matt Towery | January 26, 2012

Never before have debates in the primary/caucus season ever meant so much to the final outcome of the vote than this year.

Steve Chapman | January 26, 2012

Barack Obama, the law professor who railed against the Bush administration's disdain for privacy, has been to civil liberties what the Hindenburg was to air travel: an unexpected debacle.

Emmett Tyrrell | January 26, 2012

WASHINGTON -- How long have I been saying it? At least for 15 years, but in private, I have been aware of it longer. Newt Gingrich is conservatism's Bill Clinton, but without the charm.

Townhall.com Staff | January 26, 2012

In case you missed it, and many did, President Barack Obama gave his annual “State of the Union” address last night. All the pageantry, the pomp…the demagoguery, what’s not to watch? In light of President Obama’s promises and agenda, perhaps it would be useful to analyze his address through the lens of the founding generation.

Bob Beauprez | January 26, 2012

As a result of the smoke-and-mirrors Obama-spin, the following little exercise might be a good review. Credit is due to Barry Levinson, the famed Academy Award winning director, screenwriter, and producer who created and first published this two months ago in the Huffington Post.

George Friedman | January 26, 2012

A visit by a high-level U.S. defense official to Israel was already guaranteed to capture Iran's attention, especially coming on the heels of Iranian military maneuvers centered on the Strait of Hormuz.

Tad DeHaven | January 26, 2012

Total state spending continued to increase during the economic downturn because the federal government picked up the slack.

Nathan Slaughter | January 26, 2012

There are dozens, if not hundreds, of high-yield plays hiding in the market that most investors simply don't know about. You just have to know where to look.

Political Calculations | January 26, 2012

Since the President has been in office for three years now, we thought we would take a look at how well he's done so far in embracing manufacturing, by his own definition.

Larry Kudlow | January 26, 2012

“That’s his strategy … to demonize Congress, to complain because he can’t continue to get everything he wants, like he did the first two years,” senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told The Kudlow Report Monday. “It’s all about his re-election and not about the country.”

Mike Shedlock | January 26, 2012

This is a massive backdoor bailout of banks, mortgage companies, hedge funds, foreign banks, and anyone else holding mortgage related garbage.

Daniel J. Mitchell | January 26, 2012

I debunk the President’s class-warfare tax agenda by citing IRS data from the 1980s to explain that higher tax rates don’t necessarily mean higher tax revenue.

Mark Calabria | January 26, 2012

despite the fact that the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) was only about 2 percent of mortgages at the height of the bubble in 2005/2006, FHA is now over a fourth of total mortgages with negative equity.

Jeff Carter | January 26, 2012

Technical indicators say the market is a little over extended to the upside. There are gaps below the market that should be filled.

Wed, Jan 25, 2012

Ann Coulter | January 25, 2012

To talk with Gingrich supporters is to enter a world where words have no meaning.

Townhall.com Staff | January 25, 2012

One didn’t need to be a political insider to know that in this year’s State of the Union the president would address the public’s concern over scarcity of jobs and an unsteady economy. Attempts to assuage these worries included overviews of new proposals to spur growth and examples of success stories already unfolding as a result of his work.

Jeff Jacoby | January 25, 2012

FOR SHEER ANTIDEMOCRATIC GALL, it is hard to top the so-called "People's Pledge" signed on Monday by US Senator Scott Brown and Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren. The agreement is designed to keep third-party advertising from playing a role in their closely-watched race for the seat that Brown won in a special election in 2010.

Marybeth Hicks | January 25, 2012

That rumbling sound you hear isn’t a snow-removal truck, a low-flying plane or a train inadvertently chugging through your backyard.

Susan Stamper Brown | January 25, 2012

“We have now sunk to a depth where the restatement of the obvious is the duty of intelligent men.” --George Orwell

Caroline Glick | January 25, 2012

A year ago this week, on January 25, 2011, the ground began to crumble under then-Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak's feet. One year later, Mubarak and his sons are in prison, and standing trial.

Steven Aden | January 25, 2012

On Jan. 22, 1973, the Supreme Court handed down a decision in Roe v. Wade that literally wiped the abortion laws of all 50 states off the books. In one fell swoop, the court not only legalized abortion on demand, but pronounced abortion a fundamental right by saying that a so-called “right to privacy” found in the “penumbra” of the 14th Amendment extends to a woman’s decision to have an abortion.

Humberto Fontova | January 25, 2012

How easily Romney or Santorum could have enjoyed their “Gingrich in South Carolina Moment!” How easily Gingrich could have basked in another! The Media lobbed it over home plate and not even Gingrich bothered to swing.

Rachel Marsden | January 25, 2012

As increased globalization forces countries to pretend that they like playing with all the other kids in the playground despite fearing they'll have their toys stolen, never has there been more blatant self-interest cloaked in the phony pretext of outreach or do-goodery. Nowadays, a country is expected to appear both broke and overtly generous -- otherwise, you're just a jerk.

Rich Galen | January 25, 2012

One of the big things about the State of the Union address is talking about which Cabinet Secretary has been sent to an undisclosed location in case the Capitol Building goes up in a cloud of neutrons and there is no one left to run the government.

Karen Lugo | January 25, 2012

The murder of 30-year-old medical student Gelareh Bagherzadeh near her Houston home last week was surely meant to convey a message. This was no case of mistaken identity or random violence; what must be known about this remarkable young woman is that while she feared for her life she still spoke at every opportunity for freedom and women’s rights in Iran.

Thomas Sowell | January 25, 2012

This may be the golden age of presumptuous ignorance. The most recent demonstrations of that are the Occupy Wall Street mobs. It is doubtful how many of these semi-literate sloganizers could tell the difference between a stock and a bond.

Michelle Malkin | January 25, 2012

Had enough of fat cat Barack Obama, his jet-setting wife and his multi-millionaire Chicago consigliere/real-estate mogul Valerie Jarrett attacking the "rich"? Well, brace yourselves. You'll be hearing much more from the White House about the "wealthy few" who aren't paying their "fair share" as Obama's re-election campaign doubles down on class-war demagoguery.

John Stossel | January 25, 2012

Has Barack Obama learned nothing in three years? Last night, during his State of the Union address, he promised "a blueprint for an economy." But economies are crushed by blueprints. An economy is really nothing more than people participating in an unfathomably complex spontaneous network of exchanges aimed at improving their material circumstances. It can't even be diagrammed, much less planned. And any attempt at it will come to grief.

Walter E. Williams | January 25, 2012

Larry Sand's article "No Wonder Johnny (Still) Can't Read" -- written for The John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, based in Raleigh, N.C. -- blames schools of education for the decline in America's education.

Brent Bozell | January 25, 2012

The Brian Williams MSNBC debate in Florida was not only dreadfully boring -- I never thought I could ever long for commercials -- it was pathetic. Freed of the fear of triggering an avalanche of applause against loaded questions, Williams and his co-moderators couldn't bring themselves to utter one single question asking the Republican candidates to respond to Obama's mistakes. For almost two hours, not one Obama failure was cited. Apparently, his record is spotless.

Jonah Goldberg | January 25, 2012

Newtzilla is back.

Judge Andrew Napolitano | January 25, 2012

Last week marked the 39th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that permitted abortions. Prior to that case, abortion was regulated by each state, and most of them prohibited it unless two physicians could certify that the baby growing in the mother's womb would likely result in the death of the mother. Even the states that permitted abortions when the pregnancy was caused by rape or incest, an extremely rare occurrence, did not permit it after the sixth month of pregnancy.

Michael Medved | January 25, 2012

With Americans telling pollsters that they disproportionately disapprove of Barack Obama's job performance in his first term, advocates of his re-election must promise the public that another four years would represent a dramatic improvement.

Terry Jeffrey | January 25, 2012

Did President Barack Obama's appointment of Richard Cordray to be director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau without a Senate confirmation vote violate the Constitution? The answer is plainly yes.

Ben Shapiro | January 25, 2012

This week marked the 39th anniversary of the greatest American moral tragedy of the 20th century: Roe v. Wade. And yet the left cheered this anniversary with the enthusiasm of an intoxicated teenager stumbling on a free copy of Penthouse. Planned Parenthood, which rakes in millions each year by performing abortions, asked via Twitter, "How has #Roe changed your life?"

Mattie Duppler | January 25, 2012

The timing of the speech is perhaps what makes the President most vulnerable of all: when the President takes to the podium on Tuesday he will be marking the thousandth day since Senate Democrats have passed a budget.

Austin Bay | January 25, 2012

Should war with Iran erupt, you can bet the 2012 election that the Obama administration hopes the national press will conveniently forget Ambassador Ryan Crocker's September 2007 reply to Rep. Tom Lantos' belittling question regarding U.S.-Iranian diplomacy. The American people shouldn't.

Paul Greenberg | January 25, 2012

Sumday morning the word began to filter out. First it was a rumor, then the emails began arriving. Had the media jumped the gun again? But then the family released a statement. It was over. Joe Paterno, not only the football coach at Penn State, but the college's face -- and the face of honest college football -- had died.

Donald Lambro | January 25, 2012

It should be clear by now that Newt Gingrich, despite his denials, was lobbying for Freddie Mac, the home loan giant at the core of the subprime mortgage scandal.

Jacob Sullum | January 25, 2012

"If you win this case," Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer told Deputy Solicitor General Michael Dreeben during oral argument in U.S. v. Jones last fall, "there is nothing to prevent the police or the government from monitoring 24 hours a day the public movement of every citizen of the United States." That prospect, Breyer said, "sounds like '1984.'"

Michael Brown | January 25, 2012

Did you hear what happened to Aryeh Ralbag, chief rabbi of Amsterdam? He was suspended from his post by his own Orthodox Jewish community “for cosigning a declaration which said homosexuality was a ‘treatable’ inclination.” Oh the crime!

Charles Payne | January 25, 2012

Sure there was a speech. But did anyone catch what is the actual state of the union or is it just a rhetoric title these days?

Brian and Garrett Fahy | January 25, 2012

According to the New Testament gospel of Matthew, chapter 28, the messiah ascended into heaven, promising to return one day. In 2008, he made good on that promise, descending into Chicago’s Grant Park on a mission to redeem mankind and bring all men into a new promised land of his making.

Ken Connor | January 25, 2012

"Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned." No doubt this truism was at the top of Newt Gingrich's mind as he responded to John King's lead off question in the CNN Republican debate in South Carolina last week.

Jeff Carter | January 25, 2012

We would suggest raising the federal minimum wage in the U.S. to $8.00 per hour, with the increase taking effect in April 2012.

Paul Tracy | January 25, 2012

With the current yield on a 10-year U.S. Treasury Bond barely over 2% and most bank deposits earning next-to-zero interest, stocks that offer 10% and 12% dividend yields certainly look like attractive investments.

Daniel J. Mitchell | January 25, 2012

Romney’s remarks are amazingly misguided. Getting rid of the capital gains tax doesn’t result in a tax rate of zero. It simply means that there is no second layer of tax on top of the punitive 35 percent corporate income tax.

Mark Baisley | January 25, 2012

Like getting a tattoo of Michael Jackson, dating OJ Simpson, or singing “Feelings” on a karaoke machine at the company picnic, the original formation of labor unions must have seemed like a really good idea at the time

Jeff Carter | January 25, 2012

It is amazing how stupid a lot of people are on taxes, and how the extremely wealthy earned their money. Unfortunately, it’s easy to demagogue the big numbers and the tax rates. But reading what’s behind those numbers is wonky and something that most people don’t have the time or inclination to try and understand.

Crista Huff | January 25, 2012

The company is projecting long-term annual earnings growth of 10% to 15% per year. Gross margins are expanding, and stock repurchases -- which will come in at about $450 million for full-year 2011 -- are coming from continued strong free cash flow.

Dave Ramsey | January 25, 2012

It’s never a good idea to just blindly trust someone. If you do, you might end up like an old, washed up boxer – no money and no teeth!

Mike Shedlock | January 25, 2012

As far as Krugman and the Keynesians go, all one can say is the day of reckoning will arrive, yet the exact timing and nature of the ensuing credit crisis is unknown.

Tue, Jan 24, 2012

Matt Mackowiak | January 24, 2012

Willard Mitt Romney, born to family with a CEO, Governor one-time Presidential candidate father and U.S. Senate candidate mother, grew up around politics. He's entered into it throughout his career, first in 1994 when giving Ted Kennedy a run for his money, then again in 2002 when he won election as Governor of Massachusetts.

Derek Hunter | January 24, 2012

When President Obama adopted his “We Can’t Wait” program of violating the separation of powers and decided to govern by regulation instead of law, did he start damning his reelection chances?

Ryan James Girdusky | January 24, 2012

hree primaries, three winners, no major consensus on who’s the party should nominate to run against an incumbent president. A fractured party based upon social issues, marital infidelity, wealth redistribution, economic inequality, and a growing deficit saw a series of different victories in early primary states. Such was the dilemma facing the Democrat Party in 1992.

Charles Payne | January 24, 2012

Tonight we are going to hear the tag line "we can't wait" which is Obama code for "Help me usurp Congress and states' rights more while I can."

Fred Wszolek | January 24, 2012

As President Obama steps before the nation tonight, he will deliver a report to the American people on the condition of our country. The speech is the equivalent of Super Bowl Sunday for politicos in Washington, D.C. Commentators, policy experts, lobbyists, flacks and many others will be combing through the speech seeking mentions that affect clients or favored issues.

Thomas Sowell | January 24, 2012

Just days before the South Carolina primary, polls showed Mitt Romney leading Newt Gingrich. Then came the debates and the question about Gingrich's private life, which brought a devastating response from the former Speaker of the House -- and a standing ovation from the audience.

John Hawkins | January 24, 2012

During the practically endless series of Republican debates, we have heard almost every question imaginable asked to Republican candidates – if by every question imaginable, you mean horribly slanted, often irrelevant questions designed to make them look bad and help Obama.

David Limbaugh | January 24, 2012

Republican internecine squabbles this primary season seem to turn on the vying candidates' respective electability against incumbent Barack Obama. But if even uber-liberal New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd has finally awakened to President Obama's arrogance, what does it say about his electability?

Mona Charen | January 24, 2012

So the message South Carolina voters sent was -- "Anything goes so long as you attack the media."

John Ransom | January 24, 2012

Obama talks about wanting to engage in a big public works program, like “the Hoover Dam,” in order to capture the public’s imagination. The Hoover Dam was the failed shovel-ready project of the Great Depression’s generation.

Tony Katz | January 24, 2012

Ann Coulter is wrong about Newt Gingrich. She is wrong about Mitt Romney. She is wrong about President Obama. Since the election race began, Ann Coulter has been wrong about near everything having to do with the GOP race in 2012. Yet, she's still smarter than near everyone out there. I love Ann Coulter, even when she's wrong.

Michael Reagan | January 24, 2012

He had a mistress who was pregnant and his wife had terminal cancer; he was running for president and the press knew all about it. But there was no firestorm in the media about this juicy scandal until after the election of 2008 because John Edwards is a Democrat!

Cal Thomas | January 24, 2012

A longtime conservative friend sent me an email after reading something positive I had written about Newt Gingrich: "Whoever votes (for) or supports Newt for president is out of their mind."

Dennis Prager | January 24, 2012

As an American, a Republican, and a fiscal and social conservative -- and though I have endorsed no Republican candidate -- there is one thing that would disturb me greatly if Mitt Romney were not the Republican nominee: if Romney's Mormon faith were a factor in his defeat.

Pat Buchanan | January 24, 2012

Newt Gingrich's surge to success in South Carolina has surely brought joy to the Obama White House.

Debra J. Saunders | January 24, 2012

When Newt Gingrich called CNN anchor John King's decision "despicable" to begin last Thursday's GOP debate with a question about Gingrich's second wife, the Charleston audience responded with a standing ovation. Surely, I thought to myself, South Carolina Republicans are not going to vote for a candidate just because he is good at dressing down the media.

Phyllis Schlafly | January 24, 2012

Barack Obama's latest unconstitutional action is his attempt to make four so-called recess appointments to high-level, well-paying jobs in the federal bureaucracy when the Senate was not in recess.

Bill Murchison | January 24, 2012

One South Carolina Republican woman said she craved to see a "bulldog" at the top of the GOP ticket. That would describe Newton Leroy Gingrich all right.

Kyle Olson | January 24, 2012

“A Tale of Two Missions” – a film by Juan Williams and Kyle Olson (and directed by Chicago-based Andrew Marcus) – tells the story of competing cultures in American education through examples from Chicago.

Mike Shedlock | January 24, 2012

Write off the entire loan and there would be no chance of default. That does not mean it's a smart thing to do.

Carrie Lukas | January 24, 2012

Score a victory for the environmental lobby—but not for the environment—and a big loss for the American economy. By now Americans everywhere have heard that the Obama administration rejected the Keystone pipeline project, which analysts project would, at a minimum, create thousands of jobs.

Political Calculations | January 24, 2012

If you're just an average investor, how can you pick up on whether or not a company is cooking its books?

Larry Kudlow | January 24, 2012

After Congressman Ron Paul's strong second-place finish in New Hampshire, he's winning plaudits everywhere. Can the GOP find a home for the principles with the free market Austrian economic message?

Robert Knight | January 24, 2012

Checking his sundial and solar-powered calendar, Barack Obama has decided that he did not have enough time to study the impact of the $7 billion XL pipeline from Canada, so he killed it.

Bill Tatro | January 24, 2012

I’m sure that if Michele Bachmann had fared better, we would have learned that she kicked her dog and underfed her dozens of children, making her a contemporary Mommie Dearest.

Daniel J. Mitchell | January 24, 2012

What’s next, a poll of Obama campaign staff showing that people support the President’s reelection?

Jeff Carter | January 24, 2012

My gut tells me that a lot of Rick Santorum supporters are supporting him because quite frankly they are upset at what has happened to the traditional American family and don’t know what to do about it.

Bob Beauprez | January 24, 2012

The big labor union that represents government workers is spending $1 million on a television ad in Florida to attack Mitt Romney’s record as a businessman. It's an ad clearly designed to aid Newt Gingrich.

Armstrong Williams | January 24, 2012

How much does the public truly understand about the inner working of Bain Capital beyond the sound bites? Let me share my thoughts on the subject of Romney and Bain Capital, and why I think it’s a Rorschach test.

Marita Noon | January 24, 2012

It is in the Democrats' self-interest to brag about their energy record, while subtly using regulation to virtually end domestic energy development.

Mon, Jan 23, 2012

Paul Greenberg | January 23, 2012

We sit in classrooms listening to another boring lecture. Or we take the kids to school on the way to work. Or climb in the pick-up truck for another day at the construction site. We stay busy or, what's much harder, try to look busy. We go on about our business or tend to everybody else's, whatever's our pleasure in a free country.

Marvin Olasky | January 23, 2012

One recent bestselling book, Steven Pinker's The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined, devotes 832 pages to making the case statistically that a decreasing percentage of humans are dying in warfare or through crime than in previous millennia. Maybe, but look at all the defenseless tiny people against whom we wage war.

Crystal Wright | January 23, 2012

A little over a week ago, Karl Rove advised Republicans to wrap their support around Mitt Romney because it was pretty much a done deal Romney would grab the GOP presidential nomination. “In an open race for the GOP nomination, no Republican has won both Iowa and New Hampshire, as Mitt Romney has,” wrote Rove. He went on to say South Carolina would be the last dance/chance for several candidates like Newt Gingrich.

Michael Barone | January 23, 2012

Those who take a certain pleasure in denouncing the evils negative political advertising should have spent the last week in South Carolina. They could have plunked down in front of TV sets, especially during morning, early evening and late evening news programs, and by adroit use of the remote control seen one negative spot after another.

Star Parker | January 23, 2012

The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in Texas gave good reason for celebration for the hundreds of thousands who will arrive in Washington Monday for the 39th annual March for Life.

Jeff Jacoby | January 23, 2012

Cable TV service can be purchased in Boston for as little as 55 cents a day, a burden the city's top politician regards as so unjust that he is demanding the legal power to override it

John Ransom | January 23, 2012

GOP voters can’t find a bigger attack on free markets or a stronger case of crony capitalism, crony government than that which Romneycare represents.

Salena Zito | January 23, 2012

The four Republicans remain in competition for the party's presidential nod after South Carolina's primary election. Saturday night's stunning results sent the four farther south today in advance of the Sunshine State's Jan. 31 primary.

Katie Kieffer | January 23, 2012

I believe that states have the constitutional right to legalize drugs. For, the Constitution is silent on the federal government’s ability to regulate or ban substances that adults choose to digest at their own peril—or medical relief.

Lurita Doan | January 23, 2012

Democrats seem to have two preferred adjectives to describe Republicans this year-- racist and extremist. Angry charges of "Extremists!" have become common and ubiquitous. Rarely do leading Democrats, such as Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, ever talk about Republicans without adding the charge of extremist. Listen to them and it becomes quite clear that they believe "extremist" Republicans in Congress are the root of all evil.

Bruce Bialosky | January 23, 2012

In life, there are occasionally moments of great clarity. Sure enough, in the past couple of weeks there was a defining moment that patently identified who truly represents Republican principles and who are just impostors.

Dan Holler | January 23, 2012

The media, the occupiers, and others engaging in “the bitter politics of envy” have it all wrong. If they were concerned with anything other than dividing Americans and punishing success, their full attention would be on the 21%, not the 1%.

Gil Morales and Chris Kacher | January 23, 2012

In terms of our own performance, we focus on reporting in real-time on potentially winning names that can be pyramided as they move higher though such names have been few and far between since such quality trends have been very rare over the past year.

Political Calculations | January 23, 2012

Despite representing what Planned Parenthood says is only 3% of health services provided each year, abortion represents the core business of the organization in dollar volume.

Mike Shedlock | January 23, 2012

A new torch bearer will not come from the existing Republican establishment.

Lincoln Brown | January 23, 2012

Your friends at the Environmental Protection Agency apparently don’t think you are paying enough at the pump and that we have too many jobs in this country.

Marita Noon | January 23, 2012

Today, the people, who think of themselves as progressives, are actually against progress.

Jeff Carter | January 23, 2012

No one in the US is going to work for $17 bucks a day and live in a dormitory. But in China that is a higher standard of living than where they came from.

Daniel J. Mitchell | January 23, 2012

The economic illiterates in the press sometimes say the fight in Europe is between austerity and Keynesianism, but that’s not accurate. It’s really a battle between those who think big government should be financed by taxes and those who think big government should be funded by taxes and debt.

Chris Poindexter | January 23, 2012

Why is gold not climbing aboard the good news express and going down in price, as it should in a prosperous economy?

Nathan Slaughter | January 23, 2012

If you've been paying any sort of attention at all, then there's one news item that's practically dominating energy news headlines.

Carrie Schwab Pomerantz | January 23, 2012

Financial literacy scores declined by about 2 percent a year after age 60. Considering that the most recent Survey of Consumer Finances estimates that over 50 percent of the national wealth is controlled by people over 60 -- now about 12 percent of the population -- there are probably a lot of folks who could use some financial management assistance.

Rebecca Hagelin | January 23, 2012

When you look past Newt Gingrich's marvelous oratory skills and unrivaled ability to "articulate" what most Americans believe, you start discovering a politician with many of the same issues that plague Romney.

Sun, Jan 22, 2012

Derek Hunter | January 22, 2012

This Tuesday, when President Obama delivers his State of the Union Address, we can count on it to be filled with the same platitudes, anecdotes, false promises, cooked stats and tenuous connection with reality we find in everything the man does.

John Ransom | January 22, 2012

For every reasonable and responsible solution America comes up with to solve a problem, the frackin' Democrats have to come up with a hysterical response.

Salena Zito | January 22, 2012

Erik Grantham walked out of Stable Steak House on Main Street, through a door hand-painted in bright yellow with “Jesus is the reason.”

Austin Hill | January 22, 2012

President Obama wants more tourists at Disneyworld. Mitt Romney wants the race for the nomination to be done already. And Newt Gingrich wants us to ignore his second ex-wife who claims that he once wanted an “open marriage.”

Doug Giles | January 22, 2012

As a Christian, I will neither defend nor excuse Newt’s past adultery. That said, after watching his ex-wife Marianne go off on him on ABC, as a man, I now get why he supposedly wanted an “open marriage.”

Debra J. Saunders | January 22, 2012

When former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman exited the GOP presidential primary earlier this month, left-leaning columnists were bereft. Huntsman, after all, was the Republican most respected by non-Republicans.

Steve Chapman | January 22, 2012

The Republican presidential candidates love the Constitution, but if they have their way, you'll barely recognize it. Like a plastic surgeon meeting with a prospective patient, they see all sorts of ways it could be vastly improved.

Townhall.com Staff | January 22, 2012

Manufacturing is on its way back in America. Growth in this sector is great news for America, and especially great news for small business people.

Alan Sears | January 22, 2012

It’s the time of year when thoughts turn more concertedly to the ongoing tragedy – and travesty – of abortion. Activists count back to the January 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade and produce new calculations on how many lives have been ended prematurely through the deliberate choice of their mothers—and with the often enthusiastic cooperation of medical professionals who have found their own ways of reconciling the destruction of life with their Hippocratic oath.

Michael F. Cannon | January 22, 2012

Who knew Romneycare and Obamacare had so much in common?

Mike Shedlock | January 22, 2012

For weeks we have been hearing "agreement soon" on Greek bond haircuts. The theme for the day today as it was yesterday and as it was a week ago is "tomorrow".

Chris Edwards | January 22, 2012

My friend David Brunori announced this week that he is no longer a “liberal” but a libertarian, although he says of the “bleeding heart” variety.

David Cortman | January 22, 2012

Maybe it is just me, but I am getting a bit tired of reading about the left’s aggressive push on the whole bullying issue. I am no bullying expert, nor am I a child psychologist, but I have been bullied before (after all, I am vertically challenged and wore braces growing up).

Mark Calabria | January 22, 2012

Our friends at the Economic Policy Institute continue to spin the myth that it is really race, and not credit history, that determines a borrower’s interest rate.

Bill Tatro | January 22, 2012

I want to scream “cheat, liars, fraud,” every time I hear a purported significant financial or economic announcement.

Bob Beauprez | January 22, 2012

Instead of running out of oil and gas as Carter predicted, the inventory of America's recoverable domestic reserves has increased dramatically. During the past three decades, scientists and energy industry experts continued to improve techniques to harvest known reserves and discover new ones.

Jeff Carter | January 22, 2012

Virtually every day, you can find a commodity market or a stock that has been manipulated by high tech trading.

Daniel J. Mitchell | January 22, 2012

I developed “Mitchell’s Golden Rule” to underscore the importance of restraining the burden of government so that, over time, it grows slower than the private economy.

Political Calculations | January 22, 2012

How are the number of annual abortions in the United States distributed by race? And how does that compare to the distribution of the potential child-bearing (Age 15-44) population of the United States by race?

David Sterman | January 22, 2012

I'm now seeing this stock in a different light. Though it's a bit too soon for the company to declare victory, the last few months have altered the investment thesis.

George Friedman | January 22, 2012

Motahari said the first half of the letter consisted of threats laying out actions that would be taken if Tehran crossed the "red line" of closing the energy-vital Strait of Hormuz; the second half included a request from Obama for direct talks with Iran.

Lincoln Brown | January 22, 2012

I was scratching my head trying to figure out why it was news that the people we send to Capitol Hill were doing what they promised to do when we sent them there. Then I read the story.

Tad DeHaven | January 22, 2012

In a Cato essay, I discuss the problems with Congress’s micromanagement of the U.S. Postal Service and conclude that it should be placed on the path to privatization.

Brett McMahon | January 22, 2012

“We can’t wait” has been the phrase uttered by President Obama throughout the fall while he was campaigning for 2012 touting his American Jobs Plan. Then, his first order of business in 2012 was bypassing the Senate to appoint Richard Cordray as director of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, and three union stooges to his rogue Nation Labor Relations Board—because, of course, "we can't wait".

Bob Goldman | January 22, 2012

If it wasn't for your job, you'd be sitting at home all day, chugging Red Bulls and watching "American Hoggers."

Paul Tracy | January 22, 2012

For years now we've seen the market rise one day, only to fall the next. Meanwhile, events considered to be "once in a generation" -- credit crises, sovereign debt downgrades and bailouts -- are now happening with surprising frequency.

Michael Youssef | January 22, 2012

No, I am not talking about the impending economic doom that some are predicting will impact both continents. I am talking about the complicit support given to Muslim countries in the UN who have been on a rampage to make it an international crime to criticize Islam in any way, shape or form.

Paul Jacob | January 22, 2012

Elementary notion: You shouldn't do everything you may do.