Sat, Feb 04, 2012

John C. Goodman | February 04, 2012

During the debate over ObamaCare, more than one critic charged that government panels would make life and death decisions affecting patient care.

John Ransom | February 04, 2012

Another 1.2 million people dropped out the workforce, which means that Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) economists can say that unemployment has moved down to 8.3 percent without that messy job-creation thing getting in the way.

Austin Hill | February 04, 2012

“Jesus would back my tax-the-rich policy.”

Floyd and Mary Beth Brown | February 04, 2012

President Obama has hit a new low. By promoting his reasoning for hiking taxes on the rich at the National Prayer Breakfast, he diminished the seriousness of his proposals and manipulated Jesus' teachings for his own political purposes.

Night Watch | February 04, 2012

As a warning to speculators, several money changers working on the streets of central Tehran have been arrested by undercover police officers pretending to be desperate to purchase foreign currency.

David Sterman | February 04, 2012

Consider this: $3 of natural gas gets you about one million BTUs (British thermal heating units) of energy. It takes about eight gallons of gasoline (or about $25 to $30 worth at current prices) to get the same amount of energy.

Bob Beauprez | February 04, 2012

Three days ago, the Associated Press reported that “U.S. intelligence officials acknowledged Tuesday that the United States may release several Afghan Taliban prisoners from the military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, as an incentive to bring the Taliban to peace talks."

Charles Payne | February 04, 2012

Today's unemployment number would be a low number if we would allow this built-to-last-already economy to really do its thing.

Bill Tatro | February 04, 2012

Obama wasn't aware that a green bankruptcy could have such a tremendous effect on the economy and stated they are looking for many more opportunities to put companies into bankruptcy.

Chris Poindexter | February 04, 2012

Expect the surging equity markets to be a headwind for gold, but that doesn’t mean it’s a sell signal.

Mike Shedlock | February 04, 2012

In January, those "Not in Labor Force" rose by a staggering 1,177,000. Things are much worse than the reported numbers indicate.

Larry Kudlow | February 04, 2012

A bold tax-reform plan is important. The middle class faces 25, 28, and 33 percent tax rates. That’s way too much. We need a fairer, flater tax code.

George Friedman | February 04, 2012

Rebuilding a clan system in the Kremlin is more problematic, as there are many powerful personalities with different agendas to consider.

Vincent Vernuccio | February 04, 2012

Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois soon may need to construct a wall—not to keep people out but to keep business in. While such a drastic move is unlikely, they will need to do something because they are at a severe regional economic disadvantage now that Indiana has passed a right to work law.

Jeff Carter | February 04, 2012

I have watched certain large companies approach to innovation closely to see if they really innovate, or if they just say they innovate. Innovation is really hard to do. When you are battling corporate culture, it makes it even harder.

Lincoln Brown | February 04, 2012

Under the auspices of “streamlining” the permitting process, the Department of the Interior has added new layers of bureaucracy.

Chris Edwards | February 04, 2012

A year ago, CBO’s baseline showed the deficit falling modestly from more than $1 trillion this year to $763 billion by 2021. CBO’s new baseline shows the deficit falling to just $279 billion by 2021.

Robert Knight | February 04, 2012

Maryland’s proposed Civil Marriage Protection Act, which would legalize same-sex “marriage,” is not about tolerance.

Daniel J. Mitchell | February 04, 2012

If Obama wins reelection, he should send a bouquet of roses to John Boehner.

Fri, Feb 03, 2012

Kathryn Lopez | February 03, 2012

To hear much of the American media tell it, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the breast-cancer charity that recently cut its ties with Planned Parenthood before (sort of) backing down, should simply be no more: It has gone from being a women's health charity to becoming anti-woman, as the National Organization for Women's president, Terry O'Neill, explained.

Matt Bowman | February 03, 2012

The far-Left advocates now running elite societal institutions and the federal executive branch do not merely seek to legalize certain activities, they seek to coerce the rest of us to assist.

Caroline Glick | February 03, 2012

Former US congressman Robert Wexler is a man worth listening to. Wexler served as then-senator Barack Obama's chief booster in the American Jewish community during the 2008 presidential campaign.

Rich Galen | February 03, 2012

Once again, Donald Trump trumped the rest of the world and made a grand opera out of an otherwise modestly interesting situation.

Paul Greenberg | February 03, 2012

The results in Florida were even better for Mitt Romney than most of the wildly swinging polls said they would be. With 100 percent of the vote in the Republican primary in, he was getting almost half of it -- 46 percent in a four-man field. And this in the first state to vote that actually reflects the American electorate, for Florida is big and diverse and unpredictable and dynamic. It's not just a swing state but the swing state in presidential elections.

Michelle Malkin | February 03, 2012

Congressman Jim Moran is an old white Democrat from Virginia who thinks he can judge whether we minority conservatives are acting sufficiently non-white enough.

Brent Bozell | February 03, 2012

While Democrats mock Mitt Romney for his alleged lack of interest in the "very poor" and focus their political pitch on income inequality, one can't help noticing the Obamas running around to $35,000-a-head fundraisers with the very rich and very famous in New York City and Hollywood.

Jonah Goldberg | February 03, 2012

Years ago a friend told me a story from her days living in South America. The movie "Wayne's World" had come out, and she went to see it. She spoke English, but it was interesting to read the Spanish subtitles.

David Limbaugh | February 03, 2012

Obama's latest homeowner mortgage relief plan is perfect for him: It both is consistent with his ideology -- duh -- and allows him to buy more votes with someone else's money, all the while pretending there is in fact such a thing as a free lunch.

Mona Charen | February 03, 2012

In 1992, Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton built his campaign for the White House on doing more for the "forgotten middle class."

Scott Rasmussen | February 03, 2012

While much of the focus these days is on the fight for the Republican presidential nomination, there are some developing trends that are likely to have the man already in the White House smiling.

Oliver North | February 03, 2012

Blacklist (n.): a list of persons who are disapproved of or are to be punished or boycotted.

Pat Buchanan | February 03, 2012

After his fourth-place showing in Florida, Ron Paul, by then in Nevada, told supporters he had been advised by friends that he would do better if only he dumped his foreign policy views, which have been derided as isolationism.

Michael Gerson | February 03, 2012

The granting of Secret Service protection following Mitt Romney's decisive Florida victory did not prevent him from immediately shooting himself in the foot.

Suzanne Fields | February 03, 2012

"I don't smoke, and I don't chew, and I don't go out with girls who do." My, how times have changed since kids amused each other with schoolyard doggerel like that one.

Linda Chavez | February 03, 2012

Horror of horrors! Lego has introduced a new line of gender-specific toys aimed at girls.

Rich Tucker | February 03, 2012

To date, it’s been easy to ignore the various “Occupy” movements around the country. Protesters pitched their tents hither and yon (both legally and illegally) but could never explain what, exactly, they were protesting about.

Nathan Slaughter | February 03, 2012

Gold stocks consist of the gold miners, the companies that actually pull the yellow stuff out of the ground. I prefer gold stocks to bullion for a couple of reasons.

Crista Huff | February 03, 2012

It's a rather well-known fact that many worldwide researchers have studied abortion and breast cancer, and issued statements describing their inter-relationship for decades now.

Jerry Bowyer | February 03, 2012

The few who address inflation, misunderstand it, holding that monetary inflation is good for growth and therefore good for stocks.

David Sterman | February 03, 2012

By now, you've read countless articles about the rise and fall of the natural gas industry. A half decade ago, the industry was giddy with delight because a newly-refined drilling technique (hydraulic fracturing, known as "fracking") turned seemingly dormant energy fields into absolute gushers.

Charles Payne | February 03, 2012

This Facebook obsession is really amazing. After making it official after the close, there was so much interest that the SEC website crashed for demand to download offering material.

Bob Beauprez | February 03, 2012

Interior has effectively maintained an "informal moratorium" by stalling and delaying permitting. The results have been devastating to businesses.

Night Watch | February 03, 2012

Most old hands, however, consider Chinese intervention in North Korea in the event of a government collapse to be a foregone conclusion.

Stewart Scott | February 03, 2012

Reports now indicate that thousands of armed Tuareg tribesmen who previously served in Gadhafi's military have returned home to Mali. The influx of this large number of well-armed and well-trained fighters, led by a former Libyan army colonel, has re-energized the long-simmering Tuareg insurgency.

Political Calculations | February 03, 2012

This result suggests that instead of the employment situation in the United States having become brighter, the decline of the "official" unemployment rate really reflects the economic discouragement of those who lost their jobs during the recession, as they face diminished economic prospects.

Jon Sanders | February 03, 2012

In President Obama's mind, religion serves one purpose: to push political ends. Today's prayer breakfast farce was no different, save that this is an election year, so Obama's political trespasses are ever more blatant and offensive.

Daniel J. Mitchell | February 03, 2012

My problem with Obama is that he hasn’t fixed any of the problems. Instead, he has kept in place all of the bad policies – and in some cases made them worse.

Jeff Carter | February 03, 2012

What I found especially interesting about the LinkedIn IPO ($LNKD) is that a lot of people joined post-IPO that hadn’t joined already. I suppose the same will happen with Facebook ($FB).

Mark Calabria | February 03, 2012

Here Calabria evaluates the state of the Union with respect to housing.

Mike Shedlock | February 03, 2012

Mayor Bing is taking his script straight from Greece where a deal has been "close" for days, weeks, and now months.

Michael Tanner | February 03, 2012

If one includes all the unfunded liabilities of pension and health-care systems, Greece’s total debt equals 875% of its GDP. France, the next-most insolvent country in Europe, owes 570% of GDP. The United States, however, now owes 885% of GDP, more than any other industrialized country.

Chris Edwards | February 03, 2012

Cato has published a new section on that examines the Department of the Interior.

Thu, Feb 02, 2012

Donald Lambro | February 02, 2012

The Congressional Budget Office gave us a forecast preview Wednesday of the frightening fiscal catastrophe that threatens to engulf the government in a sea of debt. Staff | February 02, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney recently set off fireworks all across the American heartland. "I'm not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs repair, I'll fix it. I'm not concerned about the very rich. They're doing just fine. I'm concerned about the very heart of America, the 90-95 percent of Americans who right now are struggling," he said.

Katie Pavlich | February 02, 2012

After thirteen months of investigation in the Obama Justice Department’s lethal Operation Fast and Furious and Attorney General Eric Holder’s sixth time answering questions from Congress on the topic, we are stuck with stonewalling, non-answers and more calls for gun control.

Paul Kengor | February 02, 2012

America’s Catholic bishops are princes of diplomacy, highly educated, erudite, men of tact, propriety. They’re asked to shepherd the flock with a long historical timeframe—like, say, eternity. They tend not to have knee-jerk reactions to issues of the moment.

Humberto Fontova | February 02, 2012

At the São Paulo fashion show on July 15, 2002 supermodel Gisele Bundchen catwalked wearing a glamorous bikini consisting entirely of faces of Che Guevara, who rarely bathed and constantly reeked of “boiled liver” and “rotting fish” according to his early comrades and surviving victims.

Cliff May | February 02, 2012

There’s pain and then there’s pain. Getting stung by a bee hurts. Having a Doberman sink his teeth into your thigh is a more intense experience. By the same token, there are sanctions and then there are sanctions.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | February 02, 2012

Transitional phases are never easy. Whether it's remodeling a kitchen, rearranging the furniture or cleaning out a closet, the transitional phase is always a bit messy. This past month, we had our children's bathroom remodeled. We put it off for as long as we could.

Hugh Hewitt | February 02, 2012

It may have taken a few days to sink in, but by now you should all have realized that President Obama has opened a massive assault on the Roman Catholic Church in America the likes of which none of you have ever experienced and for which few of you have prepared.

Victor Davis Hanson | February 02, 2012

Barack Obama's favorability in the polls falls when he is himself -- overexposed, hard left in his press conferences, and boastful about legislative achievements like Obamacare and a stimulus of more than $1 trillion.

Michael Barone | February 02, 2012

Mitt Romney's impressive victory Tuesday makes it very likely that we will look back on the Florida primary as the contest that determined the 2012 Republican nomination.

Larry Elder | February 02, 2012

Forgive Republican candidate Mitt Romney for his alleged failure to adequately explain why he paid "only" 14 percent of his income in taxes.

Judge Andrew Napolitano | February 02, 2012

When President Obama announced last April that he was sending the United States military to bomb Libya, he not only violated the United States Constitution, which he has taken an oath to uphold, but he also violated the moral principles of the just war.

John Ransom | February 02, 2012

Great news folks: The social engineering gets to continue unimpeded from the left or the right no matter who wins the presidency.

Cal Thomas | February 02, 2012

One of several casualties of the vitriolic name-calling between Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich is what to do about Iran.

Debra J. Saunders | February 02, 2012

Why did the super PACs spend more than the candidates' own campaigns? Washington passed laws designed to curb the amount of money that big donors could shovel into presidential elections. It's a noble cause, but it's like passing a law against water flowing downhill.

Terry Jeffrey | February 02, 2012

A defining moment in Mitt Romney's post-pro-life-conversion political career came in his third year as governor of Massachusetts, when he decided Catholic hospitals would be required under his interpretation of a new state law to give rape victims a drug that can induce abortions.

Steve Chapman | February 02, 2012

But many of those who think it's wrong to forbid Americans to buy contraceptives think it's just fine to require them to buy contraceptives.

Kyle Olson | February 02, 2012

You just have to love it when government uses taxpayer resources to convince taxpayers to cough up more. It takes an unusually large set of brass ones to do such a thing.

Emmett Tyrrell | February 02, 2012

Ah, yes, Newt Gingrich did in the last days of the Florida primary precisely what I predicted he would do. He hurled wild charges at Mitt Romney that suggested Newt was losing his grip.

Mike Shedlock | February 02, 2012

I did an analysis of the proposal based on sketchy details, immediately following the president's State of the Union Address.

Larry Kudlow | February 02, 2012

Rising Republican star, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, was right on message concerning pro-growth tax reform, spending cuts, deficits and debt.

Dave Ramsey | February 02, 2012

Everyone wants to live their dream, but you never want that dream to become a nightmare. One definition of a nightmare in business is “going all in.”

Daniel J. Mitchell | February 02, 2012

I’m not a Romney fan, and it irks me to defend good tax policy on behalf of someone who is incapable and/or unwilling to make the same principled arguments. But my job is to do the right thing and bring truth to the economic heathens.

Bill Tatro | February 02, 2012

"I've sentenced boys younger than you to the gas chamber. I didn't want to do it- I felt I owed it to them." - Judge Elihu Smails

Bob Beauprez | February 02, 2012

Democrats and Republicans have known for a long time how to fix the entitlements to make them financially sustainable and reduce the burden of growing debt.

Carrie Schwab Pomerantz | February 02, 2012

For lots of investors in lots of situations, aggressive investing is not the right strategy.

Michael Tanner | February 02, 2012

The Cato Institute estimates that corporate welfare now tops $125 billion per year. Among the biggest beneficiaries are companies such as Boeing, Xerox, IBM, Motorola, Dow Chemical, and General Electric.

George Friedman | February 02, 2012

Dissent is on the rise again, both outside the Kremlin and within Putin's circles of power. All of this comes as Russia is facing economic instability and national security concerns, and Russia's next presidential election -- in which Putin is running -- is a mere month away.

Political Calculations | February 02, 2012

Perhaps if Chait had thought to actually direct questions to people who actually work with the data he could have found that he was wrong sooner sooner, but he just wasn't curious enough. What a strange trait in a "journalist."

Bob Goldman | February 02, 2012

I found two articles and a blog post on the subject of stress in the last two weeks, and well, it's making me feel stressed.

Jeff Carter | February 02, 2012

Why they haven’t used RICO on MF Global I don’t know. In 1988, they threw RICO at innocent floor traders during the FBI sting.

Michael F. Cannon | February 02, 2012

As I wrote over and over as Congress debated ObamaCare, anger and division are inevitable consequences of this law.

Wed, Feb 01, 2012

Maggie Gallagher | February 01, 2012

Let's take a break from politics to ask the burning question: How did Karen Santorum and Ann Romney get so lucky?

Ann Coulter | February 01, 2012

If only the Democrats had decided to socialize the food industry or housing, Romneycare would probably still be viewed as a massive triumph for conservative free-market principles -- as it was at the time.

Susan Stamper Brown | February 01, 2012

During World War II, posters displaying the slogan "Loose lips might sink ships" reminded service members and civilians alike to avoid indiscreet discussions about secure information that could be exploited by the enemy and used against America during wartime.

Ken Blackwell | February 01, 2012

A three-star Army general and war hero cannot speak at West Point because he’s an outspoken Christian.

Ben Shapiro | February 01, 2012

In 1831, Henry Clay formed a new political party. He called it the Whig Party. His goal was to ensure Jeffersonian democracy and fight President Andrew Jackson, a Democrat. Over the course of the next 20 years, the Whig Party achieved several presidential victories.

Ryan James Girdusky | February 01, 2012

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) is set to propose “The Buffett Rule”, a tax increase on everyone making more than a million dollars a year. The law named after Warren Buffett, the second richest person in the world, is also known as the “Paying a Fair Share Act.”

John Andrews | February 01, 2012

So now we’ve seen Gingrich’s debating prowess and Romney’s tax returns, Santorum’s sweaters and Ron Paul’s scowl. We’ve heard the State of the Union according to Obama and the State of the State according to governors across the land. But how much does that really tell us about the shape America is in?

Frank Gaffney | February 01, 2012

According to the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), there is a grave threat to America that must be suppressed at all costs.

Jeff Jacoby | February 01, 2012

SOON -- PERHAPS AS EARLY AS TODAY -- Gov. Mitch Daniels will sign legislation making Indiana the nation's 23rd right-to-work state.

Rich Galen | February 01, 2012

No campaign for President is a straight line upward. Some campaigns are a flat line; some are a straight line down, but no Republican in a contested cycle has ever run the table.

Paul Driessen | February 01, 2012

In December 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency released new Clean Air Act “National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants.” Once again, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson touted the supposedly huge benefits of controlling emissions of mercury (Hg) and other air toxics from U.S. coal- and oil-fired power plants (or electric generating units, EGUs).

Salena Zito | February 01, 2012

Mitt Romney easily won Florida's Republican presidential primary in a record-breaking performance on Tuesday.

Marybeth Hicks | February 01, 2012

Last week in his State of the Union address, President Obama claimed to share President Lincoln’s opinion “that government should do for people only what they cannot do better by themselves, and no more.”

Reince Priebus | February 01, 2012

Zoo animals and art exhibits are “interesting.” Chronic unemployment is not—unless you’re President Obama.

Thomas Sowell | February 01, 2012

California has a huge state debt and Washington has a huge national debt. But that does not discourage either Governor Jerry Brown or President Barack Obama from wanting to launch a very costly high-speed rail system.

Michelle Malkin | February 01, 2012

President Obama and his radical feminist enforcers have had it in for Catholic medical providers from the get-go. It's about time all people of faith fought back against this unprecedented encroachment on religious liberty. First, they came for the Catholics. Who's next?

John Stossel | February 01, 2012

With an election approaching and at least some Americans upset about irresponsible spending, the president has finally expressed a political interest in cutting something. He says the Pentagon will spend "only" $525 billion next year. That's slightly less than the current $531 billion.

Walter E. Williams | February 01, 2012

There's been a heap of criticism placed upon President Barack Obama's domestic policies that have promoted government intrusion and prolonged our fiscal crisis and his foreign policies that have emboldened our enemies. Any criticism of Obama pales in comparison with what might be said about the American people who voted him in to the nation's highest office.

Brent Bozell | February 01, 2012

The photograph of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer pointing a finger at President Obama on the tarmac at the Phoenix airport brought out the worst in amateur psychoanalysis from our media elite. No one had an audiotape or videotape of what was said but just the finger-pointing image somehow was definitive evidence of profound disrespect.

Jonah Goldberg | February 01, 2012

In response to the face-off in Arizona between President Obama and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer last week, Jackson said, "Even George Wallace did not put his finger in Dr. King's face." And it's true; he didn't. Similarly, not even Josef Stalin wrote two autobiographies the way Obama has. And even Genghis Khan didn't have a Swiss bank account the way Mitt Romney did.

John Ransom | February 01, 2012

Just think of this: Warren Buffett and the railway workers now control a significant portion of your oil. We thought we’d stop letting our enemies dictate to us once we used less Middle East, Iranian and Venezuelan oil. Think again.

Michael Medved | February 01, 2012

Does Newt Gingrich enjoy an electoral advantage with movement conservatives in part because he reaps the benefits of an “adultery edge”?

David Harsanyi | February 01, 2012

Once the presidential nomination process is settled -- and Lord knows that day can't come fast enough -- Republicans will get back to doing what they do best, getting on Barack Obama's case. Incredibly, though, they'll have to do it without one of their most potent arguments.

Austin Bay | February 01, 2012

Sudan and South Sudan's slow yet deadly war of blood for oil reserves has ensnared Africa's slyest empire builder: Communist China.

Paul Greenberg | February 01, 2012

It happens every between-the-wars period. It happened in the 1920s and '30s, then in the post-war 1940s. ... Now it's happening again in the 2010s. War-weariness sets in. A new chorus of isolationist voices arises. America cuts back on its defenses. Which explains why these are between-the-wars periods. American weakness invites the next war. The way appeasement invites aggression.

Donald Lambro | February 01, 2012

The Republicans' presidential primary slugfest has all of our attention right now, but the general election race is really the more interesting story.

Jacob Sullum | February 01, 2012

In his State of the Union address last week, President Obama used billionaire investor Warren Buffett's secretary, Debbie Bosanek, as a prop to illustrate the unfairness of our tax system. "Right now," he said as Bosanek sat near first lady Michelle Obama, "Warren Buffett pays a lower tax rate than his secretary."

Mark Calabria | February 01, 2012

I have to wonder if Obama even has the slightest clue what he is talking about. As someone who’d like to see government come to a halt, let me assure you, it isn't.

Political Calculations | February 01, 2012

Cheer up Obama? Did you know that the most downwardly mobile members of society are millionaires? It's true, and what's more, we have the data and math to prove it!

Chris Poindexter | February 01, 2012

At least a global economic collapse would reboot the world economy; we’d all be starting fresh. What we have now is a collection of zombie economies; not living and thriving, but not dead.

Jeff Carter | February 01, 2012

I have been called the “oldest man in social media” by some of my Stocktwits friends

Marybeth Hicks | February 01, 2012

Last week in his State of the Union address, President Obama claimed to share President Lincoln’s opinion “that government should do for people only what they cannot do better by themselves, and no more.”

Daniel J. Mitchell | February 01, 2012

Balancing the budget doesn’t require any tax increases. Not does it require big spending cuts (though that would be a very good idea).

Mike Shedlock | February 01, 2012

I expect a dramatic reversal in Germany. The German export machine cannot keep humming mightily along with a slowdown in China and the huge recession that is going to hit Europe.

Ken Connor | February 01, 2012

For a picture of how low the level of public discourse has sunk in America, look no further than the New York Times. In an editorial following Newt Gingrich's upset victory in the South Carolina Republican Primary, the Times' editorialists dealt from the bottom of the deck, playing the race card in an attempt to deflect attention from the growing public dissatisfaction with the policies of the Obama administration.

Bob Beauprez | February 01, 2012

Thus far, Obama & Co. have been successful in driving energy prices higher. As for saving the planet and other ancillary benefits, the record isn’t very good.

Dave Ramsey | February 01, 2012

It’s also important to have auto, which you do, and homeowner’s insurance, too. If you don’t own a home, make sure you have renter’s insurance instead. Don’t forget about life insurance, either.

Ralph Benko | February 01, 2012

Newt Gingrich is the Tom Sawyer in the 2012 presidential narrative. There are legitimate reasons to support Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, and Rick Santorum (as there are to support Gingrich). Disputing Gingrich’s grand claims is not among them. The truth of Gingrich’s claim to having stood, and effectively, shouting Stop athwart a history hurtling toward socialism is indisputable.

George Friedman | February 01, 2012

More and more, it is the Germans that are the question mark. How far are they willing to go, and do they fully understand their national interests?

Tue, Jan 31, 2012

Donna Wiesner Keene | January 31, 2012

De Tocqueville’s observations of the infant America include exceptionalism of liberty, egalitarianism, individualism, populism and laissez faire. Shorten them into modern terms as the democratic acceptance of rule of law.

Humberto Fontova | January 31, 2012

Last week the regime co-founded by Che Guevara (worldwide icon of youthful rebellion) murdered a young defenseless political prisoner named Wilman Villar for the crime of “disrespect to authorities.”

Caroline Glick | January 31, 2012

To date, the Republican presidential primary race has been the only place to have generated any useful contributions to America's collective understanding of current events in the Middle East.

Rachel Marsden | January 31, 2012

The Fitch Ratings agency has downgraded the credit of another five European countries -- Belgium, Cyprus, Italy, Slovenia, and Spain -- citing "the financing risks faced by eurozone sovereign governments in the absence of a credible financial firewall against contagion and self-fulfilling liquidity crises."

Guy Benson | January 31, 2012

Sinking in the polls ahead of Tuesday’s Florida primary election, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich adopted an optimistic tone during remarks to supporters at a Fort Myers rally late Monday. Gingrich cited an unspecified poll showing that the race is “now tied,” telling the crowd that with their help, he “absolutely can win” the state.

Thomas Sowell | January 31, 2012

The Republican establishment is pulling out all the stops to try to keep Newt Gingrich from becoming the party's nominee for President of the United States -- and some are not letting the facts get in their way.

Chuck Norris | January 31, 2012

I think the mainstream media and Washington elite think the majority of voters just fell off the turnip truck. But the South Carolina primary and other current voting trends show otherwise.

John Hawkins | January 31, 2012

It's a mystery to some people why so many Tea Partiers and grassroots conservatives can’t stand Mitt Romney. What is it about him that turns them off so much that at one time or another, they've preferred Donald Trump, Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, Herman Cain, Rick Santorum, and Newt Gingrich to him nationally despite the fact that he has every advantage in the race?

David Limbaugh | January 31, 2012

In the intense heat of the present, it is easy to forget even the relatively recent past, but it seems to me that this GOP primary season is more acrimonious than the past few, probably because the stakes are so high.

John Ransom | January 31, 2012

It’s hard to keep up with the rhetoric when a campaign has one set of lies to fool the public, one set of lies to fool reporters and one set of lies to fool themselves.

Mona Charen | January 31, 2012

The advice columns of newspapers are good windows into the conscience of a culture. There you will find a field guide to what is considered socially acceptable and unacceptable. One of the advice columnists for the Washington Post, Carolyn Hax, is consistently sensible and solid in her suggestions.

Cal Thomas | January 31, 2012

One of the memorable slogans from the Reagan administration was "peace through strength." Reagan believed a strong defense was a safeguard against enemy attacks and the best hope of victory should America go to war.

Dennis Prager | January 31, 2012

The Muslim world is threatened by religious fanaticism. The Western world is threatened by secular fanaticism.

Pat Buchanan | January 31, 2012

At the end of Sunday mass at the church this writer attends in Washington, D.C., the pastor asked the congregation to remain for a few minutes.

Debra J. Saunders | January 31, 2012

Occupy Oakland is aptly named. When forces occupy a city, they know that occupied turf is not their home. They can maraud, loot, vandalize, abuse the locals, and then leave. They can treat other people's property as their own.

Phyllis Schlafly | January 31, 2012

The now-famous picture of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer shaking her finger at President Barack Obama is both appropriate and deserved. In America, we don't have rulers entitled to the deference and obsequiousness other countries show to their kings; our elected officials are ordinary citizens whom we are free to criticize.

Bill Murchison | January 31, 2012

What's all this "Republican establishment" vs. "grassroots populist" business; would somebody kindly inform me? I have rarely heard of anything nuttier.

Kyle Olson | January 31, 2012

When I watched the video of the Wisconsin teacher snubbing Congressman Paul Ryan, I knew instantly he was little more than an activist teacher seizing his moment.

Bob Beauprez | January 31, 2012

Family work on a farm or ranch is also a way of life that instills values and principles that seem to be increasingly more difficult to pass from one generation to the next in today’s America. But not for Obama.

Stewart Scott | January 31, 2012

These recent attacks tell us that before the group can become an existential threat to the Nigerian government -- or a legitimate transnational threat -- it will need to develop the ability to deploy its IEDs and suicide operatives to the point that it successfully can attack hardened targets.

Robert Knight | January 31, 2012

When I was a copy editor at the Los Angeles Times, a young reporter submitted an article about a single mother having trouble obtaining government checks. The story was designed to elicit outrage at callous bureaucrats who should be showering this poor woman with subsidies. I asked the reporter if she knew anything about the father. Was he providing any assistance? Was he a deadbeat dad?

Charlotte Hays | January 31, 2012

When the National Education Association—the nation’s largest teachers’ union—addresses the problem of high school dropout rates, you can bet your bottom dollar that their proposals will be more beneficial to the powerful union than to the dropouts.

Daniel J. Mitchell | January 31, 2012

The tax morale in the United States is further undermined by an internal revenue code that has metastasized into a 72,000-page monstrosity of corruption and sleaze.

Mike Shedlock | January 31, 2012

"To write into law a Germanic view of how one should run an economy and that essentially makes Keynesianism illegal is not something we would do," a British official said.

Chris Poindexter | January 31, 2012

The more people get chiseled on the big investments in their lives, like their homes and 401(k) plans, the more they’ll be more likely to opt for defensive investments like precious metals.

Political Calculations | January 31, 2012

If you care about money or politics, you must not miss Political Calculations forecast of GDP. The advance figure for 2011-Q4 real GDP is just 0.21% higher than PC's last posted forecast.

Charles Payne | January 31, 2012

Despite the clearly positive impact on economic growth and overall quality of life birthed by the flow of money and ability to borrow, societies have held pockets of resentment.

Larry Kudlow | January 31, 2012

The plan is "designed to come at me if I'm the nominee," Romney said in a taped interview. "If I happen not to be the nominee, he'll still take the 99-versus-one attack. He's really trying to divide America."

Jeff Carter | January 31, 2012

In the futures industry, there isn’t a lower crime than stealing customer money. I suppose if we were to try and find a criminal equivalent, it would be child molesting.

Michael F. Cannon | January 31, 2012

Even if the mandate were popular and constitutional, it would still be a bad idea. Here's why.

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Paul Greenberg | January 30, 2012

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

Armstrong Williams | January 30, 2012

Republicans and Democrats agree that these are difficult times: we have a stagnant economy, a dysfunctional government, and a war on terror to wage. We agree that we need a great leader. Is President Obama one? Republicans and Democrats also happen to agree that he simply is not. For this critical moment in history, the consensus is that he simply will not suffice.

Michael Prell | January 30, 2012

Thou shall not covet your neighbor’s house, your neighbor’s wife, not “anything that is your neighbor’s." Not anything.

Michael Brown | January 30, 2012

For years I have been saying that those who came out of the closet one generation ago (speaking of gay activists) want to put us in the closet today. For making that statement, I have been derisively scorned and ridiculed: “No one is trying to put you in the closet!” But as the tide continues to turn in favor of the gay activist agenda, I’m noticing a shift. People are now saying to me, “Bigots like you belong in the closet!”

Frank Gaffney | January 30, 2012

Knowing President Obama’s Alinskyite proclivities, his third State of the Union address – coming as it did amidst a reelection campaign – could have been predicted to be filled with lofting, sometimes inspiring but routinely bait-and-switch rhetoric. Even so, his exploitation of the U.S. military for nakedly political purposes translates into an extreme plumbing of what might be called his audacity of deceit.

Salena Zito | January 30, 2012

The bustling Versailles restaurant and bakery in Little Havana has a reputation for serving savory pastries, sweet Cuban coffee and politicians who are looking for support among Latino voters.

Rich Galen | January 30, 2012

The polls in South Carolina and Florida have been the statistical equivalent of a zero-gravity flight: Sharp climbs followed by steep dives.

Crystal Wright | January 30, 2012

Apparently, all black people walk, talk, eat, pray alike AND fit squarely in the Democrat Black box, basking in the glow of liberalism. There also is a “black issues manual,” which I have yet to see, that all blacks must adhere to. Wait, there’s more.

Rebecca Hagelin | January 30, 2012

Who can forget the images last month of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia, tipped on its side, half submerged in frigid waters off the coast of Italy? The cause: arrogant recklessness and devastatingly poor leadership. The cost: 16 dead, 16 missing, and millions of dollars in damage.

Michael Barone | January 30, 2012

We got mixed signals from a turbulent political week. Barack Obama seems to be enjoying an uptick in polls -- up toward, but not quite at, 50 percent approval.

Mike Adams | January 30, 2012

Someone once asked me whether I would abort Adolf Hitler if I knew in advance he would try to launch a Holocaust against millions of Jews. I said I would not. That is because aborting Hitler would not have prevented the Holocaust. It would have justified it.

Star Parker | January 30, 2012

The theme President Obama gave to his State of the Union address was “An America Built to Last.” But his vision would be better described as an “An America Built to Be Last.”

John Ransom | January 30, 2012

Like Allen West, the rest of us will pay the price for Romney’s intellectual and political inconsistencies in pursuit of the great, white house.

Katie Kieffer | January 30, 2012

Two months before Apple Inc. co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs died of pancreatic cancer, he told his biographer Walter Isaacson: “I’m disappointed in Obama.”

Terry Paulson | January 30, 2012

In President Obama's State of the Union Address, the president shared a quote by Abraham Lincoln that finally got Republicans to rise and applaud a core principle that America used to stand for: "You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.”

Lurita Doan | January 30, 2012

The recent FBI lawsuit filed against John Kiriakou, former CIA agent and former Democrat Senate staffer, for treason (multiple counts of allegedly violating the Espionage Act and the Intelligence Identities Protection Act) is serious business. But, a close review of the details of the case seems to indicate that Vice President Biden, while serving in the Senate as the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, condoned this treason in order to boost his political profile and to further his political agenda.

Bruce Bialosky | January 30, 2012

January 22nd was a sad day in America. A pitiful and depressing episode that confirms how a lawyer-controlled and weak-kneed society, ended with the tragic death of Joe Paterno. As sure as day turns into night, the actions taken last November by the Board of Trustees of Penn State University were responsible for the premature death of this great man.

Harry R. Jackson, Jr. | January 30, 2012

The last few years, I have been repeatedly disappointed by the bickering and pettiness displayed by our legislators, political pundits, and candidates for office. I have longed for representatives who are informed and articulate, who habitually seek the best laws and results for the land.

Dan Holler | January 30, 2012

I did not want to say it, but President Obama made me: I told you so!

Jerry Bowyer | January 30, 2012

"what we have done, and what we have left undone, in thought, word, and deed" on a national level determines as much as anything else our margin of safety.

Jeff Carter | January 30, 2012

The same as a corporation, once you pay your bills you need to figure out where to put any excess cash that you have.

Crista Huff | January 30, 2012

It's a large-cap stock with a current yield over 4%, and possibly a good addition to a growth & income stock portfolio.

Chris Poindexter | January 30, 2012

What the Fed’s monetary policy really means is Wall Street will continue being able to take basically zero interest loans and gamble that money on the secretive and unregulated swaps market, which is more profitable and less trouble than loaning it out to those pesky small business people.

Michael Tanner | January 30, 2012

The president sees the Buffett rule and his complaints about other tax loopholes as simply a tactic, the camel’s nose under the tent, in his desire for more money for the federal government.

Larry Kudlow | January 30, 2012

Newt resumed that Bain attack when he said in Florida that Mitt "lives in a world of Swiss bank accounts and Cayman Island accounts and automatic $20 million income for no work."

Mark Calabria | January 30, 2012

The President wants you to believe that even if he is taking from citizen A and giving to citizen B, the latter is more deserving.

Daniel J. Mitchell | January 30, 2012

For all intents and purposes, Congressman Delahunt directly pilfered the Treasury for personal gain.

Michael F. Cannon | January 30, 2012

Increasingly, is so disconnected from reality that they don't even understand the question the are addressing.

Charles Payne | January 30, 2012

Earlier this week, I began an interview on Fox Business by asking the guest if the market had entered into some kind of Pax Romana period.

Mike Shedlock | January 30, 2012

All these taxes are economic insanity. Europe is headed into a huge recession. Increasing the VAT is the last thing one should want to do.

Bill Tatro | January 30, 2012

When such illustrious proponents of hyperinflation such as Marc Faber, Peter Schiff, and even the venerable Warren Buffett seize the microphone and take such a convincing position, it is very difficult for a deflationist such as myself to compete and put forth my point of view.

Bob Beauprez | January 30, 2012

Nearly everyone recognizes that this path is unsustainable, but not everyone agrees how to fix it or has the courage to do what is obviously necessary to avoid bankrupting the nation.

Chris Edwards | January 30, 2012

From the president’s one “true” comment we can derive the simple and logical solution to our corporate tax problem. We should stop “hitting” companies with a 40-percent sledgehammer, and cut our corporate statutory rate to boost investment and reduce corporate tax avoidance.

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David Sterman | January 29, 2012

After a solid recent move in its stock, Ford (NYSE: F) needed to deliver a strong quarter to maintain its momentum. The just-released fourth-quarter results are a bit shy of the consensus view, and the stock is being hit by profit-taking.

Mark Baisley | January 29, 2012

I hope that the Lion and Bear return to a contest of describing their plans for skinning the donkey so that we can restore the dignified image of the elephant.

Peter Schiff | January 29, 2012

The Fed's commitment gives politicians a "Get Out of Jail Free" card to continue avoiding responsibility.

Jeff Jacoby | January 29, 2012

With my driver's license expiring in February, I made a trip to the Registry of Motor Vehicles last week to renew it. To my astonishment, I was in and out of the RMV branch at the Watertown Mall in just 15 minutes.

Salena Zito | January 29, 2012

Florida's first military governor and America's seventh president, Andrew Jackson, never lived in this city named to honor his military exploits that forced Spain to cede the territory to the United States.

Paul Jacob | January 29, 2012

Socrates' advice to President Obama: Follow the argument wherever it leads.

Derek Hunter | January 29, 2012

This Tuesday, voters in Florida will have their chance to tell the country which Republican candidate they favor.

John Ransom | January 29, 2012

Try running any one of Chevy’s iconic music backgrounds like, “Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet,” or Bob Seger's “Like a Rock,” or John Mellencamp’s “Our Country” over footage of a Chevy Volt starting a garage fire.

Austin Hill | January 29, 2012

Americans have come to loath the idea that some business enterprises are so important and so “big,” that they can’t be allowed to fail - especially as it regards large corporations that “need” government bailouts.

Doug Giles | January 29, 2012

Obama, in his State of the Union address and during his initial five-state, multi-million dollar taxpayer funded re-election jaunt has stated repeatedly that his platform and policies are not about class warfare, which means, of course, that his ticket is all about class warfare—or “fairness,” as he likes to call it … or as the Scripture labels it, envy.

Debra J. Saunders | January 29, 2012

Last week, Sarah Palin stepped over the edge of civility. Fox Business host Eric Bolling played a clip of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on "Meet the Press" in which Christie said Newt Gingrich "has been an embarrassment" to the Republican Party.

Kevin McCullough | January 29, 2012

Mitt Romney desperately needs both Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum to stay in this Presidential race as long as possible. Though it is not a reality the former Governor relishes.

Horace Cooper | January 29, 2012

Last year, after its historic victory, the new Republican majority in the House of Representatives took a commendable step toward curbing congressional enthusiasm for enacting laws that reach beyond those powers prescribed in the Constitution.

Steve Chapman | January 29, 2012

Many teenage kids regard school as the functional equivalent of prison -- where they are forced to endure oppressive rules, bad food and unpleasant company. For them, Barack Obama has a message: There will be no parole.

Ed Feulner | January 29, 2012

Reading about Meryl Streep’s preparation to act in “The Iron Lady” could lead one to believe that the real Margaret Thatcher was difficult to understand.

Ralph Benko | January 29, 2012

Saul Alinsky, author of Rules for Radicals, was one of the 20th Century’s most iconic provocateurs. “Alinskyite” has become a banal epithet on the Right. Many conservative politicians routinely link Barack Obama with Alinsky.

Lincoln Brown | January 29, 2012

The Rasmussen Report indicated last week that 33 to 34 percent of those polled indicated that they would like to see someone else get into the GOP race.

Michael F. Cannon | January 29, 2012

Last week, the White House claimed 28 states are “on their way” toward creating ObamaCare’s health insurance Exchanges. Here are the facts.

Crista Huff | January 29, 2012

In the U.S., cars on the road are old, with plenty of mileage, out of warranty, lacking fuel efficiency, and generally obsolete. New model launches are significantly higher in 2012 and 2013 than in recent years, which should add excitement to new car sales, expected to be up 9% this year.

Jeff Carter | January 29, 2012

I am not a fan of the policies of former President Carter. However, I am interested to learn how he thought faith played a part in his decisions.

Michael Youssef | January 29, 2012

In Luke 18:9-14, Jesus told of two men who went down to worship. One was a publican and the other was a Pharisee.

Larry Kudlow | January 29, 2012

In an exclusive interview, Newt Gingrich blasts Mitt Romney as an out-of-touch establishment Republican.

Marita Noon | January 29, 2012

The Obama administration has worked hard to line up the dominos to insure a “transformation of the cars we drive and the fuels we use.” They have provided “generous tax incentives” and “more tax credits.” But to what end?

Daniel J. Mitchell | January 29, 2012

Being disappointed in the leading Republicans doesn’t mean I’m deluded about Obama and his agenda.

Bob Beauprez | January 29, 2012

Radical environmentalists like McKibben – a second generation jailed protestor and disciple of John Kerry – seem either not to know or else don’t care what real poverty looks like.

Charles Payne | January 29, 2012

These days Americans are so intimidated they won't even invest in McDonalds, Nike, or Starbucks. In fact, USA Today underscored a pet peeve of mine for the past decade, pointing out in an article yesterday how Americans snatched $400 billion out of stock market funds over the past four years.

Bill Tatro | January 29, 2012

I would like to remind the President that he was unequivocal in his State of the Union address when he said “NO MORE BAILOUTS.”

Mike Shedlock | January 29, 2012

The popularity of technocrat, temporary prime minister Lucas Papademos has plunged from 75% to 8%. Greek citizens are clearly fed up. Anger is going to erupt big time soon.

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