Sat, Feb 18, 2012

John C. Goodman | February 18, 2012

We are experiencing an ever widening cultural divide, according to Charles Murray.

John Ransom | February 18, 2012

Isn't this 2012? Wasn't this guy who bragged in 2009 that his presidency was to be the one "that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal"?

Ken Blackwell | February 18, 2012

They said it would never lead to rationing. But rationing is already here. Under the latest assault by the Obama administration, they are rationing our rights.

Paul Greenberg | February 18, 2012

It's hard to imagine how anyone can take President Obama's latest budget seriously, including President Obama.

Peter Ferrara | February 18, 2012

You have probably heard by now the disastrous performance by new White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew on the Sunday morning talk shows last weekend.

Ed Feulner | February 18, 2012

Americans pride themselves on being a self-reliant people. We know that the freedom to make our own fortune sets us apart from many other nations. It’s what has drawn generations of immigrants to our shores -- men and women risking their lives to live a life in which they, not the government, are in charge.

Steve Deace | February 18, 2012

The road to underdog Rick Santorum’s improbable journey to becoming the Republican nominee for President of the United States runs right through favorite Mitt Romney’s “home” state.

George Landrith | February 18, 2012

When a few fellow conservatives criticize plans to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank on grounds that it is just another costly government corporate welfare program, why do I strongly disagree? The answer is simple – the Ex-Im Bank is none of the things some of my fellow conservatives claim.

Bill Tatro | February 18, 2012

After giving my daughter specific instruction never to do something, I then contradicted myself by acting in a hypocritical manner.

Chris Edwards | February 18, 2012

Let me suggest that when reporters are investigating problems with federal programs they ask a few big-picture questions. Is the program really needed? Can state governments or the private sector do it? What can we learn from reforms in other countries?

Daniel J. Mitchell | February 18, 2012

It seems that many of the statists I debate and deal with support punitive taxation for reasons of spite and envy. As such, they don’t really care about the impact on either the economy or tax revenues.

Tad DeHaven | February 18, 2012

The alleged savings would only amount to $24 billion in a $3.8 trillion budget

Jeff Carter | February 18, 2012

Manipulation makes credible marketplaces look like a sham. For those who don’t know, the LIBOR market is the largest most liquid credit market in the world.

Doug French | February 18, 2012

As Jared Dillian says in this video clip promoting his book Street Freak: Money and Madness at Lehman Brothers, "For someone who has bipolar disorder, being on the trading floor is the absolute worst place to be, because no one's going to notice that anything's wrong, because everybody is crazy."

Matt Mackowiak | February 18, 2012

Rick Santorum was the longest of long shots when, five years after losing his bid for reelection to the Senate by 18 points, he spent much of 2011 campaigning for president in three early-primary states. But he campaigned longer and harder - albeit with less media attention, money, and staff - than any other Republican candidate. By the time Santorum barely won Iowa (as we belatedly learned), he had held nearly 400 town-hall meetings.

Night Watch | February 18, 2012

The Iranians who were arrested after mistakenly setting off explosives in Bangkok on Tuesday planned to attack Israeli diplomats, Thai police chief Prewpan Dhamapong said on 16 February.

Michael F. Cannon | February 18, 2012

Even if Congress won't provide money, HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius says she'll find a way to get the money for "health reform" Consitution or no.

Bob Beauprez | February 18, 2012

36.3% of working-age Americans do not have a job and are not even looking.

Michael Tanner | February 18, 2012

Let's start with the idea that the president's budget would reduce the debt. That is true only using Washington math.

Mike Shedlock | February 18, 2012

Given teenage unemployment, this would (or at least should) artificially lower unemployment numbers for Gallup versus the US government. Yet, Gallup is higher, way higher, when one considers underemployment.

Charles Payne | February 18, 2012

Yesterday the CBO reported the unemployment rate will probably remain above 8.0% to 2014. So, it's been 36 months and counting, the longest stretch outside the Great Depression.

Political Calculations | February 18, 2012

This one pipeline project, which would add to the estimated total of 55,000 miles of crude oil trunk lines in the U.S., would outproduce the entire U.S. wind power industry in terms of actual energy production by a factor of nearly 5 to 1.

Fri, Feb 17, 2012

Crystal Wright | February 17, 2012

Rick Santorum may be riding high in the polls of late, running neck in neck with Romney, but he’s not the Mr. Clean picture of social conservative perfection he wants everyone to believe.

Humberto Fontova | February 17, 2012

Mimi Alford certainly has cause to regret her handling by President Kennedy.

Steven Aden | February 17, 2012

The Obama administration’s birth control/abortion pill mandate is not only still in the news, but actually is the news on many leading media websites and news publications.

Rich Galen | February 17, 2012

The General Assembly of the United Nations took the boldest of steps yesterday by adopting a resolution condemning the government of Syria's on-going assault on its citizens. It was the equivalent of an international finger-wagging.

Mike Shields | February 17, 2012

Following a razor-thin victory in 2010, Liberal California Democrat Jerry McNerney faces an uphill battle in his quest to stay in office.

Michael Brown | February 17, 2012

It was a truly classic moment as the arch-atheist Richard Dawkins, struggling for words during a radio interview, uttered a brief, almost suppliant, “oh, God.”

Michelle Malkin | February 17, 2012

Two years ago this month, as public debate over Obamacare raged, former President Bill Clinton rushed to the hospital because of a heart condition. He immediately underwent a procedure to place two stents in one of his coronary arteries. It was a timely reminder about the dangers of stifling private-sector medical innovation. No one listened.

John Hawkins | February 17, 2012

1) Gay marriage is incompatible with Christianity (and for that matter, Islam & Judaism). If someone asks you why you oppose gay marriage, the only thing you really have to say to explain it is, "I'm a Christian."

Brent Bozell | February 17, 2012

The shocking death of pop star Whitney Houston built a massive audience for the Grammy Awards telecast Sunday night on CBS. It attracted 39.9 million viewers, making it the most watched non-sports program of the season.

Jonah Goldberg | February 17, 2012

"My rival in this race," President Obama announced early in 2007, "is not other candidates. It's cynicism." It's now clear that what he meant by this was other people's cynicism -- not his own.

David Limbaugh | February 17, 2012

A strong move is on to demonize and marginalize social conservatives, a move that originates from the political left but is being aided by some on the right, a move that is based on assumptions that better describe the leftist accusers than they do their targets.

Mona Charen | February 17, 2012

Wikipedia defines "kowtow" as "kneeling and bowing so low as to have one's head touching the ground. ... (Chinese history scholar) Immanuel (Hsu) describes the 'full kowtow' as 'three kneelings and nine knockings of the head on the ground.'" Wikipedia adds that, "In modern times, usage of the kowtow has become much reduced."

John Ransom | February 17, 2012

Obama’s presidency has a "Jackass: The Movie" quality to it, just like a few other candidates. Herein, I offer them some advice. ;-)

Scott Rasmussen | February 17, 2012

In a campaign defined by Republican reluctance to embrace Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum has emerged as the latest not-Romney candidate to surge ahead.

Oliver North | February 17, 2012

Twenty-three years ago this week, Iran's self-appointed supreme leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, broadcast a religious edict declaring that author Salman Rushdie and his publishers were "hereby sentenced to death." The fatwa also called for "all the intrepid Muslims in the world" to "execute them quickly, wherever they find them."

Pat Buchanan | February 17, 2012

My days as a political analyst at MSNBC have come to an end.

Rachel Alexander | February 17, 2012

Ever wonder why taking out a public notice costs so much money? It shouldn’t be that way. With the demise of print newspapers, it no longer makes sense to require that public notices be published only in newspapers.

Suzanne Fields | February 17, 2012

Only Americans of a certain age remember what the holiday on the third Monday in February is all about. I asked a few high-school students the other day what it is, exactly, we celebrate with "Presidents Day." One young man suggested that it was about selling used cars, since there are so many newspaper advertisements and television commercials announcing "birthday sales."

Linda Chavez | February 17, 2012

Extending the payroll tax cut -- as the GOP leadership has now agreed with Democrats to do -- may be good politics, but it is lousy policy.

Donald Lambro | February 17, 2012

In the high stakes of political combat, perceptions can matter as much as, or more than, reality. Maybe that's why Barack Obama's numbers are creeping up in some polls.

Kyle Olson | February 17, 2012

If the taxpayers of Delaware aren't startled by the following news, nothing will bother them.

Political Calculations | February 17, 2012

President Obama has permanently grown the size of the U.S. federal government's budget by 16.5% during the four years he will have been in office.

Charles Payne | February 17, 2012

The story at this very moment is Santorum has something the giants Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich are lacking.

Fritz Pfister | February 17, 2012

One head of a mortgage department says the same amount of time is invested to process four applications as it did to process ten before the Leviathan was unleashed on banks.

Brian and Garrett Fahy | February 17, 2012

The Great Recession is proceeding apace, but it cannot be seen in the undulations of the Dow Industrial average or the housing index. Rather, the more worrisome and dangerous recession is happening abroad as President Obama withdraws American influence when it is most needed.

Daniel J. Mitchell | February 17, 2012

Some left wingers criticized the idea, saying the big drop in the stock market in 2008-2009 is proof that personal retirement accounts are too risky. You won’t be surprised to learn, though, that they are wrong.

Night Watch | February 17, 2012

Pakistani news services reported that this new ultra-nationalist and Islamist coalition was formed after the 26 November killing of 24 Pakistani soldiers in a US airstrike. It is virulently anti-American and anti-Indian and strongly supports the Afghan Taliban

Mike Shedlock | February 17, 2012

Dr. Lacy Hunt correctly identifies fractional reserve lending as the culprit behind the massive rise in debt. Hunt also explains why government spending cannot help, why Europe is in worse shape than the US, why a US recession is coming.

Bill Tatro | February 17, 2012

Germany’s strength of austerity, manufacturing, and productivity would have made the Deutsche Mark the strongest currency on the continent.

Jeff Carter | February 17, 2012

Europe sucks. China is going down. But the US is the most ingenious economy the world has ever seen, in spite of really crappy fiscal policy enacted over the last several years.

Paul Tracy | February 17, 2012

When we looked only at the companies that turned a profit during the past year, we found just 17 U.S. common stocks paying yields of more than 12%.

George Friedman | February 17, 2012

We expect fighting over the methamphetamine market to maintain violence at its current levels, but once a group comes out on top it will have far more resources to expel or absorb rivals.

Doug French | February 17, 2012

Back in 1997 Gregory Bresiger penned a piece for the Free Market tearing apart the notion of "socially responsible investing" (SRI). Managers focused on social issues instead of profits will perform poorly as resources are diverted to unproductive uses. Bresiger looked to close the argument with this seemingly absurd proposition.

Larry Kudlow | February 17, 2012

In a hearing on the president’s budget, Camp stated that nearly $2 trillion in tax increases will take more money away from employers, investors, and savers, and would push the top rates close to 45 percent.

Cherylyn Harley LeBon | February 17, 2012

In recent months, there have been a growing number of reports of cheating on standardized tests. Just last month, an official with Claremont McKenna College in California resigned after admitting to inflating the SAT scores of incoming freshmen to boost the college's standing in the US News and World Report rankings.

Tad DeHaven | February 17, 2012

In Obama's newest budget are the building materials for an economic time-bomb that will explode on future generations.

Thu, Feb 16, 2012

Michael Gerson | February 16, 2012

The central narrative of the Republican nomination contest is easy to summarize: Any candidate who is perceived as the main opponent to Mitt Romney immediately ties or leads Mitt Romney.

Demetrius Minor | February 16, 2012

As we celebrate and acknowledge the significance of Black History Month, we remember those who paved the way for success and progress among the black community. We remember the dream of Martin Luther King, Jr. to promote racial equality and to eradicate poverty and injustice.

Diana West | February 16, 2012

Have you heard about the 23-year-old Saudi journalist who tweeted an imaginary conversation with Muhammad? It went something like this: He loved Muhammad, he hated Muhammad, he couldn't understand Muhammad, he wasn't going to pray for Muhammad.

Gary Shapiro | February 16, 2012

I recently ran across an old Internet joke that attempts to define the term “political correctness.” The joke reads: “Political correctness is a doctrine – fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and rapidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media – which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a piece of shit by the clean end.” It’s as funny as it is nakedly true.

Maggie Gallagher | February 16, 2012

In an appearance on Al Jazeera, I was asked: Why is gay marriage emerging as a big issue in the campaign?

Michael Reagan | February 16, 2012

I am an adopted son. I am a very lucky adopted son. And as an adopted son I want all adoptees like me to have the same wonderful adoptive parents I was lucky enough to have.

Earl Tilford | February 16, 2012

From Damascus to Tehran, a test for world leadership is underway.

Cliff May | February 16, 2012

Thanks to the marvels of modern technology, members of the resistance movement inside Syria last week were able to have a secure conversation with a small group of foreign policy mavens in Washington. What they told us boils down to this: A revolution is underway.

Laura Donovan | February 16, 2012

There are so many more noteworthy and relevant topics than the clothes of CPAC attendees, especially in an election year. Let's put this "controversy" behind us and get back to reality.

Thomas Sowell | February 16, 2012

The same presumptions of superior wisdom and virtue behind the interventionism of Progressive Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson in the domestic economy also led them to be interventionists in other countries.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | February 16, 2012

This year for Presidents Day, instead of buying a new appliance, I'm urging all of us to mark the holiday by reading George Washington's Farewell Address and Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural. I know. Focusing on two great presidents on Presidents Day. It's radical, but at least you won't be stuck in traffic on the way to the mall.

Victor Davis Hanson | February 16, 2012

President Barack Obama recently assured El Salvador that the United States would not deport more 200,000 Salvadorans residing illegally in the United States. As the election nears, and the president looks to court Hispanic voters, he also created a new position of "public advocate" for illegal immigrants. His duties would appear to be to advocate that millions circumvent, rather than follow, current federal law.

Michael Barone | February 16, 2012

Believers in central planning should take a look at Washington's Metro rail transit system. While they will find many things to like, they will also see examples of how central planners -- and especially rail transit planners -- can get things disastrously and expensively wrong.

Larry Elder | February 16, 2012

Whitney Houston struggled with something else that black Republicans and black non-Democrats can understand: ridicule and ostracism for "selling out," or "acting white," or not being "black enough."

Judge Andrew Napolitano | February 16, 2012

When the federal government was created, those who risked their lives and their fortunes and their scared honors to secede from England were animated by recent events. The government did not come into existence in a vacuum. Rather, those who led the Revolutionary War joined those who fought and financed it to create a central government that would be constitutionally incapable of doing to Americans what King George III and Parliament did to the colonists.

John Ransom | February 16, 2012

The mean greenies in Germany are so hot at enviro Vahrenholt's change of heart that they probably ought to charge themselves a carbon tax, or buy on offsetting credit, or just kick back and relax with a cold drink on a furry polar bear rug in front of a big log fire.

Cal Thomas | February 16, 2012

When one writes about moral convictions, it's probably a good idea to consistently live up to them. That way people can still disagree with your convictions, but they have a difficult time accusing you of hypocrisy.

Debra J. Saunders | February 16, 2012

This week, the administration presented a $3.8 trillion budget. The 2012 fiscal year will close with a $1.3 trillion deficit; the deficit for 2013 is expected to be $900 billion.

Matt Towery | February 16, 2012

Just three weeks earlier, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was sailing high. He won the South Carolina primary and seemed headed for Florida with the wind at his back. That was before Mitt Romney ripped him apart with the toughest and nastiest ads I have ever witnessed.

Steve Chapman | February 16, 2012

Factory farming and its abuses were once the province of an eccentric minority that invited ridicule and scorn. Agribusiness corporations could afford to ignore them.

Emmett Tyrrell | February 16, 2012

There is a grisly pallor that has beset former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. Then, too, there is a lumpiness -- to his face, to his features, to his ... well, to his lump.

Mike Shedlock | February 16, 2012

Violence and destruction in Greece that you saw on Sunday is being caused directly because people have had their democratic rights taken from them.

Nathan Slaughter | February 16, 2012

With more time to examine the project and find an agreeable solution, a second permit could prove successful -- particularly after the 2012 elections.

Bob Goldman | February 16, 2012

It's your fault! I don't know what happened, or why it happened, or when it happened, or, even, if it happened, but I do know that the person who did it, whatever it was, was y-o-u.

Bob Beauprez | February 16, 2012

When Barack Obama promised that his non-energy energy policies would “bankrupt” anyone foolish enough to try to operate a coal-fired power plant, he talked as if he would only inflict pain on some inanimate structure of concrete and steel.

Bill Tatro | February 16, 2012

It’s the 1930s all over again, and we know exactly how the last sovereign attack campaign ended.

Carrie Schwab Pomerantz | February 16, 2012

While no one likes to think about their Social Security benefits being reduced, in a case like yours, where you've worked in both the private and public sectors, that's a very likely scenario.

Political Calculations | February 16, 2012

We though we'd compare our results with those of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Chris Poindexter | February 16, 2012

Demand is staying high, as it typically does in times of uncertainty, but that demand is balanced out by growing optimism in the rest of the global economy, particularly the U.S. Investors want to shift to risk on investments, but just can’t bring themselves to do it.

Jeff Carter | February 16, 2012

Demand for gas is plummeting. Crude oil ($CL_F) prices have been all over the map. With the recent tension in Iran, they are poised to go higher.

Daniel J. Mitchell | February 16, 2012

Why should we ever agree to more taxes when politicians and bureaucrats do such a rotten job with the money we’re already giving them?

George Friedman | February 16, 2012

As the rebels and their supporters respond in kind, the jihadists can thus instigate a cycle of violence leading to an intensely polarized environment.

Charles Payne | February 16, 2012

If 10,000 Volts are sold this year it would cost taxpayers $100.0 million. If President Obama's goal of 1,000,000 Volts is reached by 2015, folks driving Ford F-150's will fork over $10.0 billion.

Wed, Feb 15, 2012

Ann Coulter | February 15, 2012

One theory for why Barack Obama pushed the contraception mandate right now is that it helps Rick Santorum. Others theorize it's because Obama is an anti-religious bigot with a left-wing agenda. Reasonable minds can disagree on this.

Donald Lambro | February 15, 2012

Two things you need to know about President Obama's nearly $4 trillion budget for fiscal year 2013: It will likely add another $1 trillion to a $15.3 trillion debt, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he will not act on any full budget plan this year.

Frank Gaffney | February 15, 2012

Over the weekend, a drama with potentially horrific consequences for freedom-loving Americans played out half-a-world away.

Rich Galen | February 15, 2012

The National Journal's Ron Brownstein reported last night that with Rick Santorum taking a two percentage point lead over Mitt Romney in the latest CNN poll, it marks the sixth lead change this cycle.

Jeff Jacoby | February 15, 2012

Much was made of the president's supposed compromise on requiring religious institutions to pay for their employees' contraceptives and sterilization drugs.

Crystal Wright | February 15, 2012

Here we go again with President Obama demanding one class of citizens pay more in taxes than everyone else to help pay for his Ponzi scheme called a 2013 budget.

Floyd and Mary Beth Brown | February 15, 2012

The GOP presidential contest is officially out of control. We blame Mitt Romney.

Laura Hollis | February 15, 2012

The firestorm of controversy over the January 20th HHS mandate requiring Catholic and other religious organizations to pay for contraception, sterilization and abortifacient drugs for their employees shows no sign of abating.

Ken Blackwell | February 15, 2012

Early in his administration, President Obama, pledged to cut the federal deficit in half. But his recent budget proposal, to say Obama has not kept his promise is an understatement.

Marybeth Hicks | February 15, 2012

When it comes to 21st-century environmental and energy debates, a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. Especially when what little knowledge you may have is incorrect. And most especially when could be a lie.

Michael Prell | February 15, 2012

Are you happy with the remaining Republican candidates? Or the current occupant of the White House? Or Congress? If your answer is “no,” don’t worry. You are not alone. In fact, you are in the majority.

Mike Shields | February 15, 2012

Colorado’s 3rd District, currently represented by Republican Congressman Scott Tipton, runs along the Western Slope of Colorado and includes Durango, Grand Junction and Pueblo. Under the newly drawn lines, both Bush and McCain won the district in their respective races.

Reince Priebus | February 15, 2012

In 2009, Obama pledged to cut the deficit in half by the end of his term. On Monday, he officially broke that promise, by unveiling a budget with the fourth consecutive deficit in excess of a trillion dollars. By the end of 2012, the national debt will exceed $16 trillion and by 2022, a whopping $25.9 trillion.

Thomas Sowell | February 15, 2012

"Often wrong but never in doubt" is a phrase that summarizes much of what was done by Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, the two giants of the Progressive era, a century ago.

Michelle Malkin | February 15, 2012

The tea party isn't dead. It's just looking down ballot. While fiscal conservatives remain split over the GOP presidential candidates, grassroots activists are coalescing around a stellar slate of limited-government candidates looking to reinforce and reenergize the right in Washington.

John Stossel | February 15, 2012

President Obama said in his State of the Union speech, "We've already agreed to more than $2 trillion in cuts and savings."

Brent Bozell | February 15, 2012

Valentine's Day is probably not the day most people would pick to remember the marriage of John and Jacqueline Kennedy. But on Feb. 14, CBS spent more than eight minutes recalling how it was the 50th anniversary of CBSs "historic" TV tour of the White House with Jackie. They brought on liberal historian Doug Brinkley to proclaim "50 years ago on Valentine's Day, she became America's sweetheart, and 50 years later, she still is."

Mike Adams | February 15, 2012

It was good seeing you the other day at lunch. I meant to share a story with you but the room was too crowded and the story is too long. So I write to you today sharing something that will surely lift your spirits just the way you lifted mine when I first heard you speak in May of 2007.

John Ransom | February 15, 2012

The sudden, deliberate introduction of the word “austerity” into the progressive lexicon ought to give the country cold chills as Greece burns. Class warfare might no longer simply be a political metaphor for taxing the rich.

Michael Medved | February 15, 2012

Mitt Romney may have won the straw poll but Sarah Palin won CPAC's heart—electrifying the Conservative Political Action Conference with one of the most rousing and effective political speeches of recent years. Both winners managed to advance the cause of conservative unity and raised the prospects for a competitive and formidable Republican challenge to Barack Obama's re-election.

Terry Jeffrey | February 15, 2012

In October 2009, I published a column titled, "Can Obama and Congress Order You to Buy Broccoli?" Now I need to ask a follow-up: Can Obama order grocers to give away bread?

Ben Shapiro | February 15, 2012

On Monday, President Obama released his budget to the world. As per his usual Orwellian arrangement, Obama called this budget his attempt to implement "fiscal responsibility." Obama's attempt at "fiscal responsibility" works about as well as Madonna's attempts at virginity.

David Harsanyi | February 15, 2012

It's always curious to watch the champions of "choice" decide what choices to champion and what choices to dismiss for the common good. If you believe that the Obama administration's decision to force Catholic institutions to pay for and offer (directly or indirectly) products the church finds morally objectionable is an assault on religious freedom and free speech, you probably also realize the importance of consumer choice. After all, when government dictates what people buy and sell, it dictates much more.

Austin Bay | February 15, 2012

Anarchists tossing firebombs celebrated the Greek government's latest round of economic austerity measures. In their violent revelry's afterglow, four dozen or so Athenian buildings became party candles and 150 Athenian shops provided presents to any rioter willing to loot them.

Paul Greenberg | February 15, 2012

No wonder the Titanic became not just a metaphor for a whole, calamitous century but a cliche. The story of its maiden and final voyage in 1912 featured a whole pantheon of modern gods that have failed: science and technology, expertise and efficiency, mathematical probability, the worship of the biggest and best. ... In the case of the Titanic, they all added up to one more chapter in man's unending history of hubris.

Donald Lambro | February 15, 2012

WASHINGTON - Two things you need to know about President Obama's nearly $4 trillion budget for fiscal year 2013: It will likely add another $1 trillion to a $15.3 trillion debt, and Senate Majority leader Harry Reid says he will not act on any full budget plan this year.

Jacob Sullum | February 15, 2012

Decrying "a decade of deficits" on Monday, President Obama declared that "my budget lays out a path for how we can pay down these debts." It is hard to see how that can be true, since his plan would add $6.7 trillion to the national debt during the next decade.

Bill Tatro | February 15, 2012

We are being constantly bombarded with seasonally adjusted numbers that are designed to make all of us feel good.

Political Calculations | February 15, 2012

Economics offers a simple suggestion for the lonely economist: He could, for example, expand his search to consider more options than just a London-based, university-educated, single, 24-34 year old woman that he finds attractive and whose personality he can stand, who in turn, also finds him attractive.

Peter Schiff | February 15, 2012

Paul Krugman compares the sluggish growth in Europe to the somewhat-less-sluggish growth in the US to prove that stimulus was more effective than austerity.

Jeff Carter | February 15, 2012

On this side of the pond, Keynesian economists vehemently wail that any cut in government spending by the US will be fatal to our domestic economy. They are wrong.

Doug French | February 15, 2012

Discussion of gold has gone from nonexistent a decade ago to the question of whether its price is in bubble territory, and now a policy question in the Republican primary.

Ralph Benko | February 15, 2012

Who stands in opposition to “the [central] bank of the United States, public debt, a navy, a standing army, American manufacturing, federally funded improvement of the interior, the role of a world power, military glory, an extensive foreign ministry, loose construction of the Constitution, and subordination of the states to the federal government”? Hint, these words were not written about Rep. Ron Paul.

Fritz Pfister | February 15, 2012

Obama just threw contract law out the window with bankruptcy law (see GM).

Ken Connor | February 15, 2012

When it comes to the hot-button issue of abortion, there are some questions that make even the staunchest pro-lifer uncomfortable: What do you say to the woman who finds herself pregnant due to rape? What do you do with the adolescent girl who is impregnated by her father, brother, or uncle? What if it was your wife, or your daughter that was the victim? Would you expect her to bear a child conceived in violence and fear?

Mike Shedlock | February 15, 2012

The one thing worse than having central banks be responsible for monetary policy would be to turn it over to politicians.

Laura Hollis | February 15, 2012

The firestorm of controversy over the January 20th HHS mandate requiring Catholic and other religious organizations to pay for contraception, sterilization and abortifacient drugs for their employees shows no sign of abating.

Charles Payne | February 15, 2012

The budget put out by President Obama yesterday was such a farce it screamed for a funky name.

Night Watch | February 15, 2012

This is another episode in a continuing constitutional crisis in which the Supreme Court is acting in its own interest as well as a proxy for the Pakistan Army leadership.

Daniel J. Mitchell | February 15, 2012

What isn’t funny, though, is how far we’ve drifted from the system created by our Founding Fathers.

Chris Poindexter | February 15, 2012

As long as countries can continue borrowing money, independent of their credit rating, the global currency race to the bottom continues unabated and we’re all stuck in a global economy where debt is money.

Walter E. Williams | February 15, 2012

The Philadelphia Inquirer's big story Feb. 4 was about how a budget crunch at the Philadelphia School District had caused the district to lay off 91 school police officers. Over the years, there's been no discussion of what has happened to our youth that makes a school police force necessary in the first place.

Tue, Feb 14, 2012

Larry Kudlow | February 14, 2012

If you shake out the Obama budget in terms of bold headlines, it’s really a class-warfare, tax-the-rich budget. Layer upon layer of tax hikes are piled on successful investors, small-business owners, and corporations.

Susan Stamper Brown | February 14, 2012

Sometimes, the very thing that could serve to become our demise becomes our pathway to victory when we choose to face it head-on and humble ourselves long enough to ask for a little help from the Almighty. Moses had his Red Sea, George Washington his Valley Forge, and Barack Obama has his 2012 re-election campaign.

Joseph Infranco | February 14, 2012

You have to hand it to the Administration; their latest proposed “compromise” to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and other religious pro-life ministries manages to insult both their intelligence and integrity.

Marvin Folkertsma | February 14, 2012

Amidst the hoopla, cheers, and ear-piercing whistles of enthusiastic approval for Republican presidential nominees at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference, several themes emerged.

Byron York | February 14, 2012

Thursday, Feb. 9 was just the second time Rick Santorum's campaign has raised more than a million dollars in a single day. The first was the day before, immediately after Santorum swept GOP contests in Minnesota, Colorado and Missouri. That's what winning will do. Santorum is now enjoying the bounce he never got after his belated victory in Iowa. The question is, what is he going to do with it?

Fred Wszolek | February 14, 2012

Toward the end of last year, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) finalized a rule for “quickie” or “ambush” elections. The final rule significantly diminishes the amount of time for workplace elections and threatens the unionization of workplaces without labor having secured the employees’ un-coerced majority support.

Townhall.com Staff | February 14, 2012

During the reign of Claudius II, a priest named Valentine was said to have been arrested and imprisoned for marrying Christians, who were at the time being persecuted in Rome. Other versions of the story say that Valentine was secretly marrying soldiers, because Claudius allegedly ordered young men to remain single, believing that married men did not make good soldiers.

Rachel Marsden | February 14, 2012

I can't believe that I actually agree with something President Obama has done. Granted, I'm one of those conservatives who has never subscribed to the full-meal-deal checklist, preferring to critically consider whether each of my positions is the most logical and sensible given the available information and my own values.

Marvin Olasky | February 14, 2012

In February we celebrate Presidents Day, a movement from specific detail (Lincoln's birthday, Washington's birthday) to the generic.

Jonah Goldberg | February 14, 2012

If you're not with us, you're against us. President Bush popularized this expression after 9/11 to describe his foreign policy doctrine: Countries couldn't support or indulge terrorists and be our friends at the same time. But his detractors quickly turned it into a fairly paranoid vision of domestic political life, as if Bush had been talking about domestic opponents and dissenters.

Night Watch | February 14, 2012

Imagery release provided credible evidence of the extent of the Syrian operation. It looks superficially like the start of the destruction of Hama in 1982

Thomas Sowell | February 14, 2012

Although Barack Obama is the first black President of the United States, he is by no means unique, except for his complexion. He follows in the footsteps of other presidents with a similar vision, the vision at the heart of the Progressive movement that flourished a hundred years ago.

Chuck Norris | February 14, 2012

In 2008 -- when my wife, Gena, and I were on the campaign trail backing former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee for president -- former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania was fighting to get former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney elected.

Mike Adams | February 14, 2012

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor spoke to the interns of the House and Senate in June of 2010.

David Limbaugh | February 14, 2012

President Obama is nothing if not an incorrigible spendaholic, as his new budget reconfirms in spades. While the nation drowns in debt, Obama wants to buy new expensive Tinkertoys to indulge his utopian fantasies.

John Ransom | February 14, 2012

The Obama budget is a lie wrapped in a theory inside a stimulus.

Mona Charen | February 14, 2012

Leaving aside the blatant assault on religious liberty that the Obama administration's contraceptive mandate represents (a number of commentators have ably elucidated the assault on free exercise), the edict ought to offend all sensible Americans for its sheer economic and moral fatuousness.

Cal Thomas | February 14, 2012

Liberty is always tenuous. Those who enjoy it seem to be a minority in the world. That's why liberty must not only be preserved by those who currently benefit from it; it must also be fought for and constantly renewed for future generations, because there are always those who wish to restrict or eliminate our freedoms.

Dennis Prager | February 14, 2012

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie addressed the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) last week. In the few words reported by the Weekly Standard magazine, he said just about everything one needs to know about Israel; about America and Israel; and about American political leadership.

Pat Buchanan | February 14, 2012

Our War Party has been temporarily diverted from its clamor for war on Iran by the insurrection against the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad.

Michael Gerson | February 14, 2012

Before Barack Obama can defeat his opponents he must first be rescued from his friends. Some of them are now suggesting that his contraceptive mandate on religious institutions was a skilled political stratagem.

Debra J. Saunders | February 14, 2012

From San Francisco, where I live, the controversy over the White House decision to require church-affiliated employers to provide contraception in their employee health care benefits has felt like an argument about the barn door's being open years after the horse got out of the barn.

Phyllis Schlafly | February 14, 2012

Proclaiming in a New York Times headline that "Obama Adjusts a Rule Covering Contraceptives," the pro-Obama media tried to dig the president out of the political hole he had jumped into.

Brian Birdnow | February 14, 2012

The current discontent concerning President Obama’s ham-handed decision to force Catholic hospitals, schools, and charities to provide birth control and abortion pills for their employees has generated enough heat and light to scorch the entire USA this chilly February.

Bill Murchison | February 14, 2012

"Compromise," in President Obama's lexicon, has a funny meaning. It means -- with respect to the row over forcing religious employers to provide health insurance for contraception -- "Oh, all right, if you're going to be that way about it, we'll make the insurance companies provide the coverage. Will that make you shut up now?"

Mike Shedlock | February 14, 2012

Coverage of the chaos in Greece is now everywhere I look. Here is a sampling of stories.

Bill Tatro | February 14, 2012

“What promises do you want?” says Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos. “We’ll give it to you, just give us the money,” he exclaims.

Dave Ramsey | February 14, 2012

Someone who isn’t making any headway in getting out of debt while they’re single probably isn’t going to do a complete turnaround just because they get married.

Charlotte Hays | February 14, 2012

A noble band of Republicans legislators on Capitol Hill is doing something almost unheard of in the annals of courage: not jumping through hoops to placate the nation’s feminist minority.

Jon Sanders | February 14, 2012

Vampires are bloodsucking monsters that live forever but can be killed by sunlight. The impulse to compare them to out-of-control government is certainly understandable.

David Sterman | February 14, 2012

The real appeal for me is that investors were mistakenly seeing this as a company that has moved past its heyday.

Nathan Slaughter | February 14, 2012

On Dec. 12, a high-ranking Iranian official announced plans to conduct "a military maneuver on how to close the Strait of Hormuz," according to news reports.

Jeff Carter | February 14, 2012

Studies of fishing and quotas have shown that private property rights do a better job of saving fish species than public quotas.

Robert Knight | February 14, 2012

I get a lot of news online, but I still love to read real newspapers, too. For one thing, you can physically flip pages with gusto to show your contempt for what some editor thought should be holding your interest.

Armstrong Williams | February 14, 2012

Democrats are, and have always been, getting their way on taxing and spending. Here’s proof of that: Government spending went up in 2011, despite the debt-ceiling showdown over the summer and at least three potential government shutdowns.

Daniel J. Mitchell | February 14, 2012

If we believe the President’s forecasts (which may be a best-case scenario), the burden of federal spending will grow by $2 trillion between this year and 2022.

Bob Beauprez | February 14, 2012

By election time this fall, Obama will have nearly completed his first term. The annual deficits on his watch will be as follows...

Charles Payne | February 14, 2012

Over the weekend, Greece burned as its citizens came to the conclusion the only way to destroy the deceptive labyrinth of sloth, profligate spending, and complacency is to rip it down.

Political Calculations | February 14, 2012

China entered into recession in December 2011.

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Austin Nimocks | February 13, 2012

On February 8th, the Washington state legislature completed its process to allow same-sex couples to “marry” beginning this summer.

Rich Tucker | February 13, 2012

Back in 1993, The Washington Post made headlines by describing religious conservatives as “largely poor, uneducated and easily led.” It was a silly thing to write, but resonated because it seemed to prove what many already believed: Liberals and members of the mainstream media (I repeat myself) don’t think conservatives are very intelligent.

Jeff Jacoby | February 13, 2012

Did the New York City Police Department use "terrible judgment," as Mayor Michael Bloomberg said, when it showed a documentary about Islamist extremists -- The Third Jihad -- to more than 1,400 officers undergoing counterterrorism training?

Amy Ridenour | February 13, 2012

As part of its campaign to promote its HHS birth control/early abortifacient mandate, the Obama Administration has repeatedly claimed that 99 percent of all women have used birth control at some point in their lives.

Michael Brown | February 13, 2012

Bill O’Reilly was really off point in his recent article, “A Gay Time at JCPenney,” claiming that the conservative group called “One Million Moms” was guilty of “witch-hunting against certain people” when they opposed JC Penney’s hiring of Ellen Degeneres as their new spokesperson.

Rich Galen | February 13, 2012

Ever since the White House announced its new rules on requiring employers that provide health insurance to provide contraceptive services with no additional cost to their employees.

Paul Greenberg | February 13, 2012

It was only a matter of time in this Age of the Poll that some mastermind at a political headquarters would decide to ask the almighty American public to pass judgment on God along with more temporal rulers.

Kathryn Lopez | February 13, 2012

Sean Hannity calls President Barack Obama "The Chosen One." And as a matter of policy, it turns out to be the perfect characterization.

Michael Barone | February 13, 2012

Rick Santorum won big victories in three small contests in the Republican presidential race last Tuesday. In doing so, he reshaped the oft-reshaped nomination battle once again. But he has not installed himself as the favorite, and neither he nor Mitt Romney has established himself as the candidate who can do best in the general election.

Mike Adams | February 13, 2012

I want to take the time to thank you for turning in your paper assignment on time and for conforming to the minimum word requirement. Unfortunately, I have some bad news: You turned in the paper assignment for your political science class.

John Ransom | February 13, 2012

With this plan the U.S. would create at least 10 million new U.S. jobs, keeping around $500 billion per year here at home. Over twenty years that would be an additional $12.5 trillion in GDP even at a modest 2 percent growth rate. At 4 percent the numbers are closer to $15.5 trillion.

Katie Kieffer | February 13, 2012

Forget chocolate, diamonds and flowers. Women want fathers.

Terry Paulson | February 13, 2012

"We the people," in many ways, get what we deserve from our politicians. When a leader changes her position, she's called a flip-flopper. When a misstatement is made, the snippet is played endlessly on YouTube to the raucous delight of political foes. Fearful of losing votes, the mere admission of a mistake is turned over to the spin mavens to minimize the exposure or to blame the other side.

Lurita Doan | February 13, 2012

The Obama Administration likes to "talk the talk" when it comes to small businesses, but they have yet to "walk the walk".

Bruce Bialosky | February 13, 2012

Aggreived societal interests see a problem – and then develop a solution that’s worse than the problem. Political interests with an agenda are perhaps the worst offenders; nobody is better at crafting legislation that fails to consider all of the side effects. One shining example of this tradition was McCain-Feingold. The newest case of overzealous government reform is the California Citizens Redistricting Commission.

Matt Barber | February 13, 2012

Barack Obama may have just lost the election. He has foolishly gone to war in an election year with tens of millions of Catholics, Protestants and Jews – Democrat, Republican and independent alike. He has thrown down a radical feminist gauntlet and dared the Church to pick it up.

Mark Baisley | February 13, 2012

While surviving is the primary act of a culture, it will not last long without hopeful, creative expression.

Chris Poindexter | February 13, 2012

The precious metals trade can be a little confusing and intimidating, so today I thought we could review the basics.

Daniel J. Mitchell | February 13, 2012

The bottom line is simple. When people get rich by providing goods and services in a competitive market, that’s capitalism. When they get rich because of subsidies, bailouts, preferences, and handouts provided by the ruling class, that’s Argentina.

Mike Shedlock | February 13, 2012

Give it time and Portugal and Spain will follow. Greece is in an economic depression (as are Spain and Portugal), and things are about to get much worse.

Michael F. Cannon | February 13, 2012

If anything, it’s amazing that as many as 36 percent of the public are so economically literate as to know that these government price controls will actually harm people with pre-existing conditions.

David Sterman | February 13, 2012

China is no longer the bargain it once was, thanks to a rising minimum wage and a strengthening currency.

Chris Edwards | February 13, 2012

In 2002 Chile created a system of UI personal savings accounts to replace the traditional government hand-out system.

George Friedman | February 13, 2012

The former Soviet republics in the Caucasus -- Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan -- have very different attitudes toward Russia's resurgence.

Christopher Prandoni | February 13, 2012

After a yearlong fight, House Republicans land a blow against the politicized National Mediation Board (NMB). After assuming office in 2009, President Obama appointed two pro-union members to the three member NMB, the federal agency that oversees union-employer relations in the transportation industry.

Jeff Carter | February 13, 2012

Obama's White House is always the same: Really dumb ideas to solve very deep and complex problems.

Chris W. Cox | February 13, 2012

This November’s election isn’t about the direction of our country over the next four years – it’s about the very survival of our Constitution, our values, and our freedoms as we know them. If freedom-loving Americans needed any more evidence for this, U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg recently provided it.

Nathan Slaughter | February 13, 2012

The amount of electricity produced thanks to this program is more than solar, wind and hydroelectric combined. But when it expires in 2013, there's going to be a massive shortfall.

Bob Beauprez | February 13, 2012

Should Members of Congress be forbidden to buy and sell stocks based on inside information? Yes. Can Congress police itself without overreaching and creating even more bureaucratic regulations funded by more money we don’t have? Yes.

Mark Calabria | February 13, 2012

Moderation in food/energy prices, however, did not translate into a lower core CPI. In fact the core CPI continued its fairly steady increase.

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Michael Youssef | February 12, 2012

No column that I have written for MichaelYoussef.com has brought more tears of grief than this one.

Paul Jacob | February 12, 2012

A public system started to bring education to everybody now sets up special limits.

Derek Hunter | February 12, 2012

Progressives hold the U.S. Constitution in the highest regard. That’s not a line you hear often outside of a parody or a conversation with someone who has recently suffered a closed-head injury, but it’s true. Progressives hold the parts of the Constitution they like in high regard but only when applied to other progressives. The rest, particularly the parts they like to use against conservatives, are held in contempt.

John Ransom | February 12, 2012

About half the people in the administration followed Obama to DC from Chicago. And the amount of sheer corruption shown in the Solyndras, the Lightsquareds and Fast and Furious scandals say it was the wrong half. Liberals didn’t select an Arthur when they reconstituted Camelot, but rather a Mordred.

Daniel Doherty | February 12, 2012

Two hundred and three years ago today, one of the greatest presidents in American history was born in Hardin County, Kentucky.

Salena Zito | February 12, 2012

During a drive between the Mon Valley towns of McKeesport and Elizabeth, a man named Ray was overheard calling into a local radio station to talk about the subject of the hour: November's presidential election.

Austin Hill | February 12, 2012

“Can Obama win his battle with the Catholic Church?”

Debra J. Saunders | February 12, 2012

The domestic-violence case against San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi did not start with a call from wife Eliana Lopez or neighbors who heard a fight getting out of control at the family's home on New Year's Eve.

Steve Chapman | February 12, 2012

Stupid it may be, but it's also the hottest trend since the iPhone. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said last year that if Iran proceeds toward acquiring a nuclear arsenal, "we will take whatever steps are necessary to stop it." Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said the same thing.

Peter Ferrara | February 12, 2012

Sorry, Ann. I have adored you as a commentator, as you know, and appreciate your kind words about me in the past. But in discussing the individual mandate in your piece last week, "Three Cheers for RomneyCare," you honestly don't know what you are talking about.

Tad DeHaven | February 12, 2012

An additional dollar of government spending increases GDP by less than one dollar or even reduces it.

Mark Calabria | February 12, 2012

Years after these misdeeds at the SEC have been dsicovered, the employees in question have yet to lose their jobs.

Mike Shedlock | February 12, 2012

81 percent of bankruptcy attorneys say that potential clients with student loan debt have increased “significantly” or “somewhat” in the last three-four years.

Paul Kengor | February 12, 2012

I've gotten some very interesting emails regarding President Obama's mandate commanding Roman Catholics (and many evangelical Protestants) to violate their consciences by providing mandatory contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing pharmaceuticals. The emailers noted that Obama’s action will force Catholics to challenge the president in court, particularly given that bishops are saying they will not comply with the law.

George Jarkesy | February 12, 2012

The real brain children behind the “balanced budget” were the individuals who took risk in the stock market, made profits and paid their taxes.

Chris Edwards | February 12, 2012

Indian gaming and other complex regulatory schemes usually generate “rent” or monopoly privileges that groups vie for a manner that is unproductive to society as a whole. When the government confers special benefits through regulation, wealth is channeled to lawyers and lobbyists but the overall economy shrinks due to the misallocation of resources.

Marita Noon | February 12, 2012

Building a new gas-fueled power plant near the consumers would be cheaper than bringing the wind energy from afar. But once again, the few are benefitting while the average person pays.

Michael Tanner | February 12, 2012

The upcoming vote over the highway bill is about much more than one bill. It is a question about whether the Republican congressional establishment got the message of 2010, or whether it will simply continue with business as usual.

Michael F. Cannon | February 12, 2012

Like everyone who supports a government guarantee of access to medical care, the genius who left this graffiti on Kaiser Permanente’s offices probably thought he was signaling how important other human beings are to him.

Daniel J. Mitchell | February 12, 2012

Why does the establishment media report about “cuts” that would “slash” the budget, when actual spending is rising? I explain this scam to John Stossel.

Jeff Carter | February 12, 2012

The quick and dirty solution prescribed by unknowing bureaucrats is a Tobin tax on trading. Tax the trades and then it will stop. It’s the fools way to solve a real problem. It’s also the cowards way out.