Sat, Mar 03, 2012

Larry Kudlow | March 03, 2012

Mitt Romney snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in Michigan by unveiling a pro-growth, 20 percent tax-cut plan and by resetting his limited-government spending cuts and entitlement reforms. In other words, he delivered an economic-growth package. It served him well.

John Ransom | March 03, 2012

That’s why the Volt is the perfect car for the Occupy Wall Street crowd: It makes no economic sense no matter how convoluted its supporters make the economic argument or how much taxpayer support it’s given.

Ken Blackwell | March 03, 2012

President Obama responded calmly and masterfully to a heckler at one of his New York fundraisers this week. “Hold on there, young lady, nobody’s announced a war just yet,” he said. The protester demanded the U.S. not take military action against the escalating threat of Iran’s nuclear arms program.

John C. Goodman | March 03, 2012

Previously, I wrote about a dangerous development: a proposal by former Obama administration officials to give doctors immunity against malpractice lawsuits if they practice medicine according to government sanctioned guidelines. That would give the guideline writers enormous power to ration care.

Ed Feulner | March 03, 2012

The archbishop of Philadelphia. The president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. The head of the Union for Traditional Judaism.

Brian Birdnow | March 03, 2012

“We are not the same. I equate Republicans’ political views with thoughtlessness, intolerance and narcissism. They’re neither kind nor empathetic.” The preceding words are a direct quote, written by Diana Wagman, a novelist, in an Op-Ed piece she penned for the Los Angeles Times, on February 21, 2012.

Stewart Scott | March 03, 2012

While terrorism is a continuing concern, it can be understood, and measures can be taken to thwart terrorist plots and mitigate the effects of attacks

Political Calculations | March 03, 2012

How do high gasoline prices affect the pace of job layoffs in the United States? We now have the ability to answer this question thanks to a recent break in the trend for seasonally-adjusted initial unemployment insurance claim filed each week in the United States.

Night Watch | March 03, 2012

Killing Christians and Jews ends their existence which is itself a sin against Allah, the man said. Muslim deaths hasten their journey to be with Allah.

Charles Payne | March 03, 2012

Ben Bernanke has used all kinds of gimmicks from his magic tool box, but it all boils down to money-printing, and when that happens there's going to be a party.

Bill Tatro | March 03, 2012

In fact, he always said I was an Austrian. As a 17-year-old kid, I had no clue what he was talking about, and said “No, I’m from Upstate New York.”

Steve Deace | March 03, 2012

If Christians, constitutionalists, and conservatives were already concerned about apathy gripping the nation at a time when we need eternal vigilance, I’m guessing a rallying cry of vote for the guy “that will do the least amount of damage” won’t do much to awaken our fellow Americans from their slumber.

Fritz Pfister | March 03, 2012

After the most wasteful spending in our nation’s history, adding $5 trillion to our debt in just four years, comes radical environmental ideology driving up gas and food prices; by design to advance the fairy tale green economy.

Mike Shedlock | March 03, 2012

Taxpayers are already on the hook for $180 billion in losses at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. That number is going to rise, perhaps significantly.

Bob Beauprez | March 03, 2012

Even as Obama publicly voiced support for natural-gas production, his Environmental Protection Agency was actively trying to undermine the practice, by supporting a flawed report alleging drinking water contamination due to fracking in Wyoming.

Jerry Bowyer | March 03, 2012

The tide is always sucked out shortly before a tsunami hits. So it it with interest rates and inflation.

Jeff Carter | March 03, 2012

Fear mongering over China owning US debt really start to stick in my craw after awhile. Most of the people commenting have zero experience with an actual marketplace, and they are just trying to score political points by scaring people.

Doug French | March 03, 2012

The Austrian view is used throughout, including this writer's work on the Dutch monetary environment during Tulipmania and Mark Thornton's skyscrapers and business-cycle research, which is mentioned multiple times: the 1920s boom, the Asian contagion, and in a chapter contemplating whether China is a bubble on the verge of collapse.

David Sterman | March 03, 2012

Timber is a highly price-sensitive commodity, When demand marginally outstrips supply, prices can soar.

Daniel J. Mitchell | March 03, 2012

Yes, I realize anorexia is not a joking matter. I’ve known people with this problem and I recognize it’s serious. But banning skinny models is an absurd and abusive way for politicians to deal with the issue.

Fri, Mar 02, 2012

Paul Greenberg | March 02, 2012

Have you got health insurance? I do. Wouldn't it be nice if everybody did?

Caroline Glick | March 02, 2012

I just read the horrible news that Andrew Breitbart has died. I send from Jerusalem my heartfelt condolences to his widow and children.

Crystal Wright | March 02, 2012

In CNN’s Arizona Republican presidential debate, Newt Gingrich commented that under Obama’s presidency, “if you’re America’s enemy, you’re safe.” Newt added “I believe this is the most dangerous president on national security grounds in American history.”

Rich Galen | March 02, 2012

Super Tuesday. Ten states this year (21 on the GOP side four years ago). In most cases only registered Republicans can actually vote, but Democrats and Independents, citizens and non-citizens, likely voters and people who have never darkened the door of a precinct polling place all get to participate.

Michael Whatley | March 02, 2012

Energy has become an increasingly important topic during the 2012 election cycle with gasoline prices rising to historically high levels and threatening to send the U.S. economy into a double-dip recession.

Jonah Goldberg | March 02, 2012

If you don't know who Breitbart was, you haven't been paying attention. A conservative activist, entrepreneur, author, muckraker, media pioneer and performance artist of sorts, in his heart he was a radical.

Paul Greenberg | March 02, 2012

It was a last minute save. Mitt Romney managed to finish a couple of percentage points ahead of the latest non-Romney -- Rick Santorum -- in his native state's Republican primary Tuesday. In addition to carrying Michigan in a squeaker, he scored a decisive win in Arizona.

Katie Pavlich | March 02, 2012

To keep it simple: Andrew changed media and he did it by fighting, hard.

Michelle Malkin | March 02, 2012

They're baaaaaaack. Barack Obama's election-year goon squad kicked into high gear this week by kicking the president's fiercest opponents in the teeth and targeting their pocketbooks.

John Hawkins | March 02, 2012

The Founding Fathers were generally religious, gun-toting small government fanatics who were so far to the Right that they'd make Ann Coulter look like Jimmy Carter.

Brent Bozell | March 02, 2012

HBO has perhaps made Bill Maher America's nastiest talk show host. He's also America's most prominent, militant atheist. Now he's made himself the most prominent million-dollar donor to Barack Obama's super PAC, Priorities USA.

David Limbaugh | March 02, 2012

Now hear this: No Republicans on the national political scene, including Rick Santorum, threaten our religious liberty. Many Democrats, including President Obama and Senate Democrats, do. And they've struck again with the Senate's defeat of the Blunt amendment.

Mona Charen | March 02, 2012

The theme for this year's primary season was set back in May 2011. Recall that the Republican-dominated House of Representatives had just done something that cynics said would not and could not be done. They voted for a budget -- the Ryan budget -- that actually began to tackle the problem of limitless entitlement spending.

John Ransom | March 02, 2012

The Ambiguously Liberal Duo of Kessler and sidekick Hicks from the Washington Post receive my highest award for journalistic deception: 3 Nobel Prizes on the Fact ‘O Meter for their piece “Mitch Daniels’s unfounded claim: President Obama wanted higher gas prices.”

Scott Rasmussen | March 02, 2012

Nearly every national political campaign emphasizes the importance of connecting with the middle class. So how come in the 2012 presidential race, none of the candidates are able to make that connection?

Neal Boortz | March 02, 2012

Let’s see ... how was it the Fox News Channel anchor phrased it? Oh yeah. Here we go: “Bank of America is going to penalize some of its customers by charging them a fee for their checking accounts.”

Oliver North | March 02, 2012

On Feb. 20, a NATO-Afghan security team at the Parwan Detention Center -- adjacent to the U.S.-run Bagram Air Field, north of Kabul -- began destroying files, books and documents from the detention facility library.

Pat Buchanan | March 02, 2012

The prime minister of Israel is angry with Barack Obama and is coming here to force a hardening of U.S. policy toward Iran.

John Hanlon | March 02, 2012

Although I was never close enough to consider myself a friend of Andrew Breitbart,I always considered him an invaluable and fierce ally in the fight for conservative values. I only met him a few times but as a longtime contributor to one of his websites, I will be eternally grateful for the opportunities he provided for conservatives like me to write and engage in the political debate.

Suzanne Fields | March 02, 2012

Rick Santorum is making social conservatives look bad. While President Obama sets off class warfare and exploits natural income inequality, Santorum appeals to the lowest common denominator of social values in reckless pursuit of a winning political formula.

Diana West | March 02, 2012

Six U.S. military men have been murdered by Afghan security forces seized by what may be labeled Quran-Burning Rage.

Linda Chavez | March 02, 2012

When it comes to the Nanny State, count me a critic. But I make a distinction between the government improperly sticking its nose where it doesn't belong and government acting as a good steward of my tax dollars.

Donald Lambro | March 02, 2012

President Obama may be getting great pleasure from the Republicans' lengthening battle over who can beat him in November. But he faces a much stronger opponent between now and then: a weakened U.S. economy.

Political Calculations | March 02, 2012

The new trend officially began on 3 December 2011 and has continued through at least 18 February 2012. We suspect our previous prediction that the trend will flatten out in the weeks ahead will come true, given that we're closing in on the typical level of new jobless claims recorded before the recession began in December 2007, as the U.S. economy peaked at that time.

Mike Shields | March 02, 2012

New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District race will be a rematch from 2010 when Charlie Bass defeated career lobbyist Anne Kuster by less than two percent.

Daniel J. Mitchell | March 02, 2012

In addition to talking about the flat tax, I also focused on the importance of economic growth – something that will be less likely if the tax burden is increased.

Bill Tatro | March 02, 2012

The financing terms were irresistible: nothing down, no proof of employment required, verification of income was not necessary, no assets needed to be owned, and you had the ability to walk away if you decided to do so.

Michael Whalen | March 02, 2012

In his State of the Union address last month, President Obama raised some eyebrows in saying “I’ve approved fewer regulations in the first three years of my presidency than my Republican predecessor did in his.” While some of the President’s critics immediately figured him to be playing around with the numbers, others took it as evidence that the Administration might be more pro-business than it is usually portrayed.

Mike Shedlock | March 02, 2012

The Fed completely ignored (if not encouraged) the housing bubble because home prices are not in the CPI. A housing bubble and a housing crash was the result.

Night Watch | March 02, 2012

A Japanese program to strengthen the maritime security capabilities of these countries pits Japan against China, which claims the South China Sea as territorial waters.

Gina Loudon | March 02, 2012

To those of us he took the time to mentor, the word “teacher” might be the best description.

Dave Ramsey | March 02, 2012

The other day I heard some guys complaining about their jobs and saying that their company “owed” them all kinds of perks. Being a small-business owner, what is your stance on this?

Bob Beauprez | March 02, 2012

Just as Solyndra and other companies that received millions and billions for green projects were connected to campaign contributors and administration officials, one of the main investors in Abound – Pat Stryker - is a big Democrat financier.

Jack Bouroudjian | March 02, 2012

before you go blaming HFT for everything from the Chicago Fire to the ‘Flash Crash’ remember that most every strategy done manually 20 years ago is now done through automated systems which are all considered HFT.

Jeff Carter | March 02, 2012

Get rid of Obama, change policy to pro growth, cut federal deficits and we will be okay.

Thu, Mar 01, 2012

Michael Gerson | March 01, 2012

For me, the Quran-burning incident in Afghanistan brought back memories of the horrible morning at the White House when photos of abuse at the Abu Ghraib prison surfaced.

Maggie Gallagher | March 01, 2012

Can the government order you to pay for anything if it calls it 'health care'?

Cliff May | March 01, 2012

“To the justice of the firing squad!” That was the toast proposed by Stalin to Roosevelt and Churchill over dinner in 1943 in Tehran.

Earl Tilford | March 01, 2012

Much ink has flowed over the recent apologies from President Barack Obama, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and General John Allen, commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, following the burning of copies of the Koran and their careless disposal. An apology may have been justified. A national mea culpa was not.

Rachel Alexander | March 01, 2012

The anyone-but-Romney conservatives have currently latched onto Rick Santorum as their candidate du jour, providing him with a surge shortly into the Republican primary elections. But is he really that conservative?

Michael Reagan | March 01, 2012

When will they stop asking Republicans like me about our party's choice for vice president?

Robert Knight | March 01, 2012

This year’s presidential election will be a contest between truth and lies.

Thomas Sowell | March 01, 2012

President Obama is such a genial man that many people, across the ideological space, cannot see him as a danger. For every hundred people who can see his geniality, probably only a handful see the grave danger his warped policies and ruthless tactics pose to a whole way of life that has given generation after generation of Americans unprecedented freedom and prosperity.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | March 01, 2012

As one former speaker of the House famously said, "All politics is local." It wasn't my dad, former Speaker Newt Gingrich, who said that, but the illustrious Tip O'Neill -- a down-to-earth Massachusetts Democrat who understood the power of local politicians.

Victor Davis Hanson | March 01, 2012

The European Union and the United Nations, as well as globalization and advanced technology, were all supposed to trump age-old cultural, geographical and national differences and bring people together.

Michael Barone | March 01, 2012

I have long been puzzled by the enthusiasm with which many young liberal bloggers cheer on proposals to raise tax rates on high earners. I can understand why they might favor them, but not why they seem to invest so much psychic energy in the issue.

Larry Elder | March 01, 2012

Whether Bill Clinton was a good president, whether he deserves the credit for balanced budgets and projected surpluses or whether he should have been impeached are matters about which reasonable people can and do disagree. A new movie doesn't take that tact.

Judge Andrew Napolitano | March 01, 2012

On June 2, 2009, a janitor in an office building in New Brunswick, N.J., noticed what he thought was terrorist-related literature and sophisticated surveillance equipment in an office he had been assigned to clean. He told his boss, who called the local police, who notified the FBI. Later in the day, the FBI and the New Brunswick police broke into the office and discovered five men busily operating the equipment.

John Ransom | March 01, 2012

Last year Obama- who has always looked disinterested in real policy work- took several long vacations, inspired a sovereign debt crisis in the US and started the class warfare rhetoric that he now clings to bitterly as a substitute for religion and guns and real tax reform.

Ken Blackwell | March 01, 2012

If there is one thing we have learned from the Obama presidency, it’s that electing someone we barely know based on an ideal will end in certain disaster unless we fully analyze the candidate’s available record.

Cal Thomas | March 01, 2012

Most wars have a turning point that either signals the road to victory or the ditch of defeat. In Vietnam, the 1968 Tet Offensive by communist troops against South Vietnamese and American forces and their allies is regarded as the turning point in that conflict.

Debra J. Saunders | March 01, 2012

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom began a San Francisco Chronicle editorial board meeting last week by complaining about his job.

Matt Towery | March 01, 2012

Ok, folks, don't get mad. This little piece is purely to attempt a bit of comic relief from the strife that has been the race for the GOP nomination for president.

Emmett Tyrrell | March 01, 2012

The other day, the estimable Wall Street Journal editorial board took issue with the equally estimable T. Boone Pickens, the legendary oilman, over the Nat Gas Act. The Journal argued with its customary lucidity that Pickens' idea of subsidizing natural gas, even for a short period, was ill-advised.

Peter Ferrara | March 01, 2012

Recently, I discussed the central economic policy of President Obama's budget and accompanying Presidential budget message. What drives economic recovery and growth according to the President and his budget is federal spending, deficits and debt, the fundamental tenets of the Keynesian economics that arose in the 1930s.

Steve Chapman | March 01, 2012

Afghans are rioting, American soldiers are regularly murdered by their allies, the Taliban are hanging in, and civilian casualties in Afghanistan set a record last year. But a Pentagon spokesman assures us that "the fundamentals of our strategy remain sound."

Kyle Olson | March 01, 2012

Bullying has always been a problem in American government schools. Statistics say there are over 2 million bullies lurking in the hallways and on playgrounds.

Chris W. Cox | March 01, 2012

Three months ago, Attorney General Eric Holder told Congress that guns illegally supplied to drug cartels in Mexico – as part of the Obama Administration’s “Fast and Furious” scandal – would continue to show up at crime scenes “for years to come.” Unfortunately, this is the most honest declaration to come out of Holder’s Justice Department since this deadly scheme first surfaced.

Political Calculations | March 01, 2012

Increases in financial aid have increased tuition rates until they are unaffordable.

Bob Beauprez | March 01, 2012

Gas prices are soaring - up for the 21st consecutive day in a row - and we are still more than two months away from the start of the peak driving season.

Brian and Garrett Fahy | March 01, 2012

National attention has again been focused on California. President Obama was recently in Los Angeles fundraising with celebrities and movie stars.

Bob Goldman | March 01, 2012

Personally, I can be honestly insincere, or sincerely dishonest, but that's about as far as it goes. Honestly. Sincerely.

George Friedman | March 01, 2012

Over the past week several Chinese state-owned media agencies, including the People's Daily and Xinhua, have commented extensively on the need for political reform. To pre-empt rapid or even violent change that would threaten the current system and the party's hold on power, CPC leadership will introduce political reform slowly and incrementally.

Mike Shedlock | March 01, 2012

Does China need to increase competition, break apart, and privatize the state-owned monopolies? Or should China simply increase the dividends?

Night Watch | March 01, 2012

If firefighters and police retain the capability to use fire hoses against demonstrators, then the government remains in control in that city. That is a basic precept of internal instability analysis. Homs still has a functioning government that responds to orders from Damascus.

Jeff Carter | March 01, 2012

America needs to raise it’s GDP. No amount of government spending can increase GDP sustainably for any long period of time. Jim Clifton makes that point in his book too.

Chris Poindexter | March 01, 2012

It may be confusing to some people that gold can be “down” while still trading at higher prices than yesterday. The discrepancy has to do with how the spot price is calculated.

Daniel J. Mitchell | March 01, 2012

I rarely comment on Vice President Biden because he is not a serious person in the world of policy. The only attention he gets on this blog is jabs from the late-night talk show hosts.

Charles Payne | March 01, 2012

There was one email yesterday that compared the government's insistence that we don't feed animals in national parks to its insistence of feeding humans without limits through food stamps.

Wed, Feb 29, 2012

Chris Poindexter | February 29, 2012

As long as Greece limps along and confidence remains high, then the influence of the newly arrived hedge fund managers will keep gold prices afloat.

Ann Coulter | February 29, 2012

Even when I agree with Rick Santorum, listening to him argue the point almost makes me change my mind.

Rachel Marsden | February 29, 2012

As promised in December, WikiLeaks has begun to release a stash of documents related to the modus operandi of the "private intelligence" sector, using Texas-based Stratfor as a case study. Claiming to have hacked Stratfor's system to obtain millions of private emails, WikiLeaks has just released the first batch -- and what it suggests about the American intelligence community makes me feel as secure as day-old pizza in a frat house.

Humberto Fontova | February 29, 2012

Presidential mistress (while a teenager) Mimi Alford claims the President who remains the most popular in modern U.S. offered her amyl nitrate poppers during a nude swimming party at the Palm Springs estate of Bing Crosby, the most popular entertainer of America’s Norman Rockwell era.

Jeff Jacoby | February 29, 2012

IN A COLUMN many years ago, I described how I once attempted to chart a family tree. Most of my father's family had been killed in Auschwitz and my efforts to trace their genealogy left me, I wrote, with a family tree that "has stumps where branches ought to be" and "gets narrower, not wider, as it grows."

Paul Kengor | February 29, 2012

In case you didn’t notice . . . With George W. Bush out of office and a Democrat in the White House, the secular media stopped its handwringing over the president mentioning God. With Rick Santorum’s surge, the hysteria has started again. Every religious utterance by Santorum will be a cause for apoplexy by the liberal press.

Austin Nimocks | February 29, 2012

Throughout the push for the judicial overthrow of California’s marriage amendment, arguments were made about how it was time to quit peeking into people’s bedrooms, or allegedly singling out those who practice homosexual behavior. Sexuality was a private matter, some argued, and that shouldn’t affect public decisions, or so the argument went.

Paul Greenberg | February 29, 2012

It was big news last fall. Not just nationally or internationally but for the universe.

Hugh Hewitt | February 29, 2012

Along with the Weekly Standard's Jay Cost, I think it is hard to see anyone but Mitt Romney as the GOP nominee. More to the point, I am of the view that the race for the GOP nomination is effectively decided. Not over, just decided.

Michelle Malkin | February 29, 2012

The White House fairy tale about the Happily Ever After Auto Bailout is missing a crucial, bloody page. While President Obama bragged about "standing by American workers" at a rowdy United Auto Workers meeting Tuesday, he failed to acknowledge how the Chicago-style deal threw tens of thousands of nonunion autoworkers under the bus.

John Stossel | February 29, 2012

Unlike Bill Clinton, President Obama admits he inhaled!. "Frequently," he said. "That was the point."

Walter E. Williams | February 29, 2012

Rick Santorum's speech at the Detroit Economic Club stirred a bit of controversy when he said: "I'm not about equality of result when it comes to income inequality. There is income inequality in America. There always has been, and hopefully -- and I do say that -- there always will be."

Brent Bozell | February 29, 2012

It seemed like someone had been inhaling something at CNN on Friday morning. They kept touting an upcoming interview: "Barack Obama could win the presidential election by a landslide. Op-ed contributor Charlie Garcia tells us how next."

Derek Hunter | February 29, 2012

I’m normally a fan of Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, but he is not a fan of oil companies. This is where he loses me.

John Ransom | February 29, 2012

For decades the basic policy of all US governments, Democrat or Republican, has been to keep oil prices relatively low and relatively stable. Not anymore. But like a lot of things, Obama is turning economic logic on its head in pursuit of policy by other means.

Michael Medved | February 29, 2012

For conservatives and traditionalists, unusual good news from Hollywood—in terms of both weekend box-office results and, amazingly enough, the Oscar ceremonies.

Dennis Prager | February 29, 2012

As high school seniors throughout America will be receiving acceptance letters to colleges within the next month, it would be nice for parents to meditate on what they are getting for the $20–$50,000 they will pay each year.

John Hanlon | February 29, 2012

“Each day we remained unrescued made me wonder if we were worth saving,” Douglas MacKinnon writes in his new memoir, “Rolling Pennies in the Dark.” The highly-readable and emotionally-charged book tells the story of MacKinnon as he rose from devastating poverty to the heights of political power.

Ben Shapiro | February 29, 2012

President Obama apologized this week for the U.S. military's accidental burning of Qurans in Afghanistan. "I wish to express my deep regret for the reported incident," said Obama. "I extend to you and the Afghan people my sincere apologies. ... We will take the appropriate steps to avoid any recurrence, to include holding accountable those responsible."

Terry Jeffrey | February 29, 2012

The would-be suicide bomber who allegedly tried to attack the U.S. Capitol two weeks ago is living proof the people who run our government are not serious about enforcing our immigration laws.

David Harsanyi | February 29, 2012

False choices. Populist bromides. A lecture on values. President Barack Obama treated us to some of his greatest hits this week.

Austin Bay | February 29, 2012

Syria's Assad regime is conducting a deadly and very personal counterattack on its most dangerous enemy: information.

Donald Lambro | February 29, 2012

There's a simple, one-word answer to President Obama's latest lecture that "we can't drill our way" to lower gas prices: Baloney.

Rich Galen | February 29, 2012

All over big cities across this great nation of ours Establishment Republicans (ERs) are breathing again because Mitt Romney won both Michigan and Arizona. And Michigan.

Jacob Sullum | February 29, 2012

The day Tyler Clementi discovered that his roommate at Rutgers University had used a webcam to spy on him as he kissed another man, he described the incident to a friend during an instant-message chat. "It could be interpreted as a hate crime," the friend suggested, according to a recent New Yorker article by Ian Parker. Clementi's reply: "hahaha a hate crime lol."

Kyle Olson | February 29, 2012

The Chicago Teachers Union has brandished its radical political stripes in recent months. It has fully embraced Occupy Chicago, protested side-by-side with Action Now (the reincarnated ACORN) and joined a coalition set to protest the upcoming NATO/G-8 meetings scheduled for May in Chicago.

Michael Youssef | February 29, 2012

When will America realize that the infidel by any name is still an infidel?

Marybeth Hicks | February 29, 2012

If you get a text from your teenager in the middle of the school day, something’s wrong.

Dave Ramsey | February 29, 2012

If you force him to give up the motorcycle, will it damage the marriage and the progress he’s made toward getting out of debt and learning how to handle money?

Carrie Schwab Pomerantz | February 29, 2012

Data from the University of Michigan's Health and Retirement Study, conducted from 2006-2010 and sponsored by the National Institute on Aging, shows some eye-popping trends.

Jeff Carter | February 29, 2012

Government regulation has screwed up the entire food consumption process. The food pyramid isn’t about what’s healthy for you, it’s about which segment of the industry lobbied the best.

Ralph Benko | February 29, 2012

The conservative movement respectfully asks those who aspire to the presidency at least to reserve judgment on the critical issue of monetary policy. If unwilling to embrace gold with Dr. Paul or to join with Speaker Gingrich in calling for a gold commission, at least emulate Gov. Romney in maintaining an openness to “look at a whole range of ideas on how to have greater stability in our currency and in our monetary policies.”

Ken Connor | February 29, 2012

With the exception of Catholics and others in the religious community that closely follow such issues, few people took note of the Obama administration's rhetorical shift from "freedom of religion" to "freedom of worship" in 2010.

Nathan Slaughter | February 29, 2012

We're constantly told that fossil fuels are quickly becoming obsolete, and the future belongs to cleaner alternatives such as wind and solar power. Don't believe it.

Mike Shedlock | February 29, 2012

That is exactly what happened in the US 2008 presidential elections as well. Obama carried out the same bailout policies and the same war mongering policies as Bush.

Night Watch | February 29, 2012

Temporary disengagement is the only short term answer that safeguards US and other international personnel.

George Friedman | February 29, 2012

The weakness in Obama's strategy is that the situation in many regions could suddenly and unexpectedly move in undesirable directions.

Daniel J. Mitchell | February 29, 2012

There’s another international bureaucracy, also funded by American tax dollars, that is even more pernicious. The Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has the same leftist ideology as the U.N., but it actually has some ability to change policy.

Peter Schiff | February 29, 2012

I have long argued that neither recession nor high unemployment would protect us from inflation. If demand falls, but supply falls faster, prices will rise. That is exactly what is happening with gas.

Robert Morrison | February 29, 2012

No, there is no misspelling in the title. We all remember the Lincoln-Douglas Debates from school. They were a series of face-to-face encounters all over Illinois in 1858. Abraham Lincoln challenged Sen. Stephen A. Douglas to debate on the burning issue of the day – the extension of slavery into the territories.

Political Calculations | February 29, 2012

At some point during your office-based career, you will be required to run a meeting. And when that happens, it won't just be a large quantity of your time that will get wasted - it will also be the time of all those who attend your meeting.

Tue, Feb 28, 2012

Tony Katz | February 28, 2012

The biggest lie ever told is that there is something more important than winning in politics. For the rest of us, the concepts of valor, honesty and morals have clear cut lines and distinctions.

Ken Blackwell | February 28, 2012

While refinery workers of the United Steelworkers held demonstrations in Washington Feb. 15 to protest the closure of two Philadelphia area refineries and the likely closure of a third in June, their leader continued his support of policies that might lead more refineries to cut back operations or shut down – costing even more of his own members their jobs.

Frank Gaffney | February 28, 2012

As we witness surging Muslim violence against non-Muslims in Afghanistan, Egypt and even here, the response seems increasingly that the victims must apologize to the perpetrators.

Michael Brown | February 28, 2012

According to a popular 2010 movie, the children of anonymous sperm donors are often successful at tracking down their donor dad(s), and in the end, to use the movie’s title, “The Kids Are Alright.” The AnonymousUs.org website, which features the real life stories of “voluntary and involuntary participants in these [reproductive] technologies,” paints a very different picture.

Thomas Sowell | February 28, 2012

The only good news for the Republicans coming out of the seemingly endless presidential candidate "debates" is that some Republican leaders are now belatedly thinking about how they can avoid a repetition of this debacle in future elections.

Chuck Norris | February 28, 2012

You can be assured that religious liberty is under assault by secular progressives across America.

John Hawkins | February 28, 2012

Liberals love to think of themselves as intellectual and nuanced, but liberalism is incredibly simplistic. It's nothing more than ‘childlike emotionalism applied to adult issues.

David Limbaugh | February 28, 2012

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution contains two clauses addressing religious liberty: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."

Mona Charen | February 28, 2012

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued a firm statement to the Syrian elite this week, urging them to overthrow the regime of Bashar al-Assad. "The longer you support the regime's campaign of violence against your brothers and sisters, the more it will stain your honor," she advised.

John Ransom | February 28, 2012

Obama was rightly savaged for an incredibly stupid, misguided and ill-informed comment leaked by incredibly stupid, misguided and ill-informed White House staffers to an incredibly stupid, misguided and ill-informed newspaper.

Salena Zito | February 28, 2012

Everyone expected Jason Altmire to face a messy primary battle this spring with fellow Democrat Mark Critz, after their Western Pennsylvania congressional districts were essentially combined under redistricting.

Cal Thomas | February 28, 2012

There have been many "gaps" in modern politics. There is the gender gap, the generation gap and now the God gap, which is the gulf between people who take God's instructions seriously and those who don't. Which side of the gap you're on could influence your vote.

Pat Buchanan | February 28, 2012

"I wish to express my deep regret for the reported incident. ... I extend to you and the Afghan people my sincere apologies."

Debra J. Saunders | February 28, 2012

Newt Gingrich presented a stark contrast between Republicans and Democrats on gasoline prices Saturday at the California GOP convention in Burlingame. Gingrich promised that if elected, he would bring gasoline prices below $2.50 per gallon.

Phyllis Schlafly | February 28, 2012

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has proved again why she doesn't belong on the U.S. Supreme Court. She really doesn't like our U.S. Constitution, which she swore to uphold and defend, and she probably would like to rewrite it with input from various foreign laws and constitutions.

Susan Stamper Brown | February 28, 2012

Forgiveness is a discipline that transcends cultures and bridges many divides when words fail. Without it, the world would look like the chaotic mess that is Afghanistan these days, where an alleged Quran burning by the U.S. military supposedly inspired deadly riots and the murder of U.S. troops.

Bill Murchison | February 28, 2012

The "social issues" have popped up in the Republican presidential campaign, courtesy of Rick Santorum, causing Democrats to drool, left-wing pundits to twirl their broadswords in the air and various Republicans to turn green, fearful of alienating key voting blocs. The horror, the horror -- can't the party's candidates just keep their searchlight trained on the economy?

Bill Tatro | February 28, 2012

He can be seen everywhere with anyone who’s willing to listen. In fact, if you have a spare $2.6 million, it seems you can actually have lunch with the Oracle of Omaha.

Marvin Olasky | February 28, 2012

In business, social work, education, and even religion, competition beats monocracy

Charles Payne | February 28, 2012

This is the story in the land of plenty, where politicians say the poor need more food stamps and McDonald's should stop selling cheeseburgers. It's an odd reconciliation of reality.

Chris Poindexter | February 28, 2012

Some analysts expect the weakness in the euro to continue, possibly going as low as $1.259. If that happens and the Federal Reserve doesn’t respond with some plan to print more money, then gold prices could correct even farther.

Daniel J. Mitchell | February 28, 2012

Instead of defensively responding to Obama’s class warfare, proponents of good tax policy should be making a philosophical/economic point that “nobody in America, no matter how rich or how poor, should have to pay more than one-fourth of their income to government.”

Political Calculations | February 28, 2012

Gas prices are about as high as they were in mid 2008 when oil was about 140 per barrel but oil today is about 110. Why the disconnect?

Nicole Neily | February 28, 2012

Here we are, in the last week of February, discussing the extension of unemployment benefits. Again. Wasn’t Groundhog Day supposed to be on February 2?

Jeff Carter | February 28, 2012

Since so many people are either out of work or leaving the work force, starting their own companies becomes a palatable idea.

Mike Shedlock | February 28, 2012

Conventional wisdom suggests there will not be a brokered convention. From where I sit, one is increasingly likely.

Mike Shields | February 28, 2012

Iowa’s 3rd District was one of the first Member vs. Member races to develop this cycle after redistricting, with 78-year-old Democrat stalwart Leonard Boswell running against Republican Tom Latham. The district covers southwest Iowa – from Des Moines to Council Bluffs.

Paul Tracy | February 28, 2012

Global metals markets are heavily leveraged to economic news out of China. Any sign slowing growth for the Chinese economy is enough to send metals and mining stock prices tumbling.

Armstrong Williams | February 28, 2012

I stand for some pretty radical principles—that is, they’re radical by the standards of our time.

Night Watch | February 28, 2012

Disparity of cult, differences of religion, explains the protests but not the murders. They look like the work of Taliban infiltrators or sympathizers in the Afghan security forces. No place is safe for NATO soldiers and western workers.

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Paul Greenberg | February 27, 2012

There are some phrases that come to mean the opposite of what they say. For example, Never Again!

Ken Blackwell | February 27, 2012

President Obama began badly. He went to London and bowed low before King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. The famous red “reset” button he had Hillary present to the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, was intended to give Moscow a pass for its aggression against the neighboring Republic of Georgia. The button was even spelled wrong. How do you spell “appeasement” in Russian?

Kathryn Lopez | February 27, 2012

There's no doubt that Planned Parenthood and its supporters had a brilliant strategy: Get as many people as possible to repeat the word "transvaginal" in news and commentary stories, and accomplish two things: Defeat legislation at hand and make your opposition look like a freak show.

Alan Sears | February 27, 2012

Although popular opinion has been turning steadily against Planned Parenthood and their allies over the course of the last 20 years, the culture of death continues to seek and proselytize new adherents in pervasive and destructive ways. With their success, human life has been cheapened to such a degree that news stories about sex and death which our grandparents would have found heinous, don’t even make us blink today.

Karen Lugo | February 27, 2012

Muslims are organizing discussions across America to assert that sharia is compatible with the U.S. Constitution. Since these presentations rarely involve a real debate there is no opportunity for thoughtful challenge to the questionable premise.

Rich Galen | February 27, 2012

We haven't had any election activity since February 7 when Rick Santorum led the pack in the popular votes in Missouri, Minnesota, and Colorado.

Mark W. Hendrickson | February 27, 2012

Three decades ago, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher implemented a policy called “privatization” to rejuvenate the moribund economy of the United Kingdom.

Lurita Doan | February 27, 2012

Over the past ten years, Democrats have held a singular belief that almost all problems in America could be solved with more regulations and more oversight. Team Obama came to power and a Democrat-led congress immediately pushed through reams of new regulations.

Lori Roman | February 27, 2012

Left-leaning elitist pundits are scratching their heads. After two weeks of liberals trying to convince women that Rick Santorum wants to rip the birth control out of their hands and put them in the kitchen, more and more women are supporting Rick Santorum. “How could this be?” they ask. Answer: We are smarter than you think.

John Hanlon | February 27, 2012

“We thought that Hollywood’s misrepresented their community for so long that it would be great to get their story authentically told,” director Scott Waugh said about his new film, “Act of Valor.”

Michael Barone | February 27, 2012

If you were listening reasonably carefully to last Wednesday's Republican presidential candidate debate, you heard Rick Santorum say, "Charles Murray just wrote a book about this."

Star Parker | February 27, 2012

New Gallup polling shows the clearest picture yet of the great divide in the Republican Party that has been pushing Rick Santorum to the head of the class.

Mike Adams | February 27, 2012

I am writing today with some very bad news for you. It would appear that, by the end of the year, you may be removed from your position as Dean of Students at (University Name Withheld).

John Ransom | February 27, 2012

It’s good to be the 99%: You get a fat $7k bonus, plus $100k+ a year. Too bad GM is so broke that they can’t afford to pay the US government back the $23 billion they still owe us. Maybe the next time they make record-breaking profits? I guess some get to be more 99% than others.

Katie Kieffer | February 27, 2012

I think Sen. Rick Santorum would make a great community organizer. Unfortunately, we are trying to remove, not re-elect, a community organizer in the White House.

Terry Paulson | February 27, 2012

Mark: "My name is Mark. I'm here at Government Anonymous because I'm addicted...addicted to government aid."

Bruce Bialosky | February 27, 2012

This is the third of a three-part series on the redistricting process that was dictated by a Proposition voted by the residents of California to take the politics out of the process.

Rebecca Hagelin | February 27, 2012

“The culture wars are over, and the Republicans lost.” So says liberal columnist John Alter.

Dan Holler | February 27, 2012

During the summer of 2008, gas prices soared above $4 per gallon for the first time in our nation’s history. A few months later, the United States economy plunged into the abyss, as high gas prices rippled through the economy and undermined consumer confidence. When combined with the financial collapse, it was a recipe for disaster.

Daniel J. Mitchell | February 27, 2012

I realize the title of this post sounds like the beginning of a joke, along the lines of “A priest, a minister, and a rabbi walk into a bar…”, but this is a serious topic.

George Friedman | February 27, 2012

The "Vietnamization" strategy, in which ISAF forces in the country rely increasingly heavily on indigenous forces and personnel for the day-to-day administration and security of the country, almost ensures that elements opposed to the regime will infiltrate indigenous security forces to some degree.

Chris Edwards | February 27, 2012

Serious economists know that tax reform means lower marginal tax rates, simplification and a neutral tax base that doesn’t distort investment. Those were the goals of the bipartisan Tax Reform Act of 1986 and of many reform proposals since. However, that basic understanding of tax reform has eluded the Obama administration.

Neal McCluskey | February 27, 2012

With the recent revelations of a prominent scientist using dirty tricks against global-warming skeptics, the overheated climate debate has taken another ugly turn. Worse, the scandal reveals that our children’s minds may be the newest battleground in the unending global warming war.

Political Calculations | February 27, 2012

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Jeff Carter | February 27, 2012

Much is being made of his new proposal to lower corporate tax rates. Like most things Obama, the headline is good but the details leave a lot to be desired.

Tad DeHaven | February 27, 2012

The U.S. Postal Service has released a new five-year plan for congressional consideration that it says would get the beleaguered government mail monopoly on sounder financial footing and thus avoid a taxpayer bailout.

Chris Poindexter | February 27, 2012

Like my retired Marine buddy used to say, when the elephants are dancing, don’t cut in.

Mike Shedlock | February 27, 2012

In yet another break in Merkel's ranks, German interior minister Hans-Peter Friedrich says Greece should exit eurozone.

Bob Beauprez | February 27, 2012

Within weeks of Obama’s inaugural in 2009 and with the $800 billion Stimulus already passed, the green-energy community was euphoric that the new administration would soon be passing out billions like candy at a Fourth of July parade.

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David Holt | February 26, 2012

The decision to shudder the Keystone XL pipeline makes little sense. The President rejected the proposal on the grounds there wasn’t enough time to assess its environmental impact shortly after a three year review by the State Department found the project would “ be the safest in the history of constructed pipelines”.

Chris Edwards | February 26, 2012

The congresswomen’s comments are so cartoonish, I don’t even have to comment on them.

Derek Hunter | February 26, 2012

Charles M. Blow, communist, er, columnist for The New York Times, pulled back the curtain on the progressive mindset a little this week, as much as there is a mind behind it.

John Ransom | February 26, 2012

I pledge to be shaved bald, while eating a can of dog food in Zuccotti Park, surrounded by a drum circle of Occupy Wall Streeters if anyone can show me scientifically how the Cap and Trade bill would have reduced the temperature of the earth by even 1 degree Fahrenheit.

Salena Zito | February 26, 2012

Everyone expected Jason Altmire to face a messy primary battle this spring with fellow Democrat Mark Critz, after their Western Pennsylvania congressional districts were essentially combined under redistricting.

Austin Hill | February 26, 2012

“What do you think are some of the important issues in this year’s presidential election?”

Doug Giles | February 26, 2012

Finally, a 21st century movie that doesn’t portray our military as corrupt, stupid, confused torturers who murder innocent babies.

Debra J. Saunders | February 26, 2012

As I watched Wednesday night's GOP presidential primary debate on CNN, I couldn't help but notice that the four surviving Republicans are old news. Three have been out of power for a political half-life.

Steve Chapman | February 26, 2012

In the field of petroleum, location is everything. If you want to find oil, you don't drill in Rhode Island. And if you want to find wisdom about gasoline markets, you avoid Washington, D.C.

Kevin McCullough | February 26, 2012

There is a pretty reliable predictor in America today. If someone says something nice about our military, the need to support them, or show demonstrative appreciation for them outright--that person is likely a person of the political and theological right.

Ed Feulner | February 26, 2012

We keep hearing that the economy is in a “jobless recovery.” What’s holding American companies back? Why aren’t they hiring more people?

Mark Baisley | February 26, 2012

One who is Socially Left prefers government involvement in the engineering of its citizens’ behavior. Conversely, one who is Socially Right prefers less government involvement in engineering citizen behavior.

Casey Mattox | February 26, 2012

When Amy Hamilton’s pre-born son died, as a result of what she believed were “negligent acts” by doctors in Dekalb County, Alabama, she sought justice by filing a wrongful death suit. (Alabama law provides recovery for a mother whose preborn child is killed because of another’s negligence.) But Amy faced an obstacle, Roe v. Wade.

Michael Tanner | February 26, 2012

This is, after all, an administration that wants to dictate what foods we eat, what lightbulbs we use, what cars we drive, even how our toilets flush.

Craig Shirley | February 26, 2012

Newt Gingrich is getting attacked again by the redundant liberals at the Washington Post. Yawn.

Michael F. Cannon | February 26, 2012

The question is interesting because Romney is so wealthy that to spend his money on health insurance might seem like a waste.

Political Calculations | February 26, 2012

The results of what we found in doing this are graphically presented in the double chart where we've also indicated periods of recession.

Tad DeHaven | February 26, 2012

Sen. Franken uses his allotted time to badger Chu about a federal loan that Energy conditionally committed to a Minnesota company in 2010 that apparently has yet to be approved.

Jeff Carter | February 26, 2012

Over the past two years I have received a number of calls from people all over the country on how to ignite the entrepreneurial fire in their communities. It’s been interesting speaking with all of them, and interesting to hear about different approaches. What’s immensely clear, there is something going on.

Mike Shedlock | February 26, 2012

California is leading the way again in bad ideas.

Daniel J. Mitchell | February 26, 2012

Obama’s policies have undermined the economy. However, this may not matter much this November if Republicans are incapable of making coherent economic arguments.

Marita Noon | February 26, 2012

With rising gas prices bringing energy into the debate, and President Obama setting his energy priorities out in his budget, it is important to be aware of some energy realities. Otherwise you may think fossil fuels are “evil,” when, in fact, they provide us with the freedom to come and go, to be and do.

Paul Jacob | February 26, 2012

Choosey citizens don't choose less choice. Not here, not overseas.