Sat, Mar 10, 2012

Michael Barone | March 10, 2012

In the cold, gray numbers of election returns and exit poll percentages, a reader with some imagination can find clues to people's deep feelings, their hopes and fears, their self-images and moral values.

John C. Goodman | March 10, 2012

In the United States, the national debt now equals 100 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), and is still growing. With the retirement of the baby boomer generation, 78 million additional people will turn to the federal government for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits — roughly $40,000 per beneficiary per year, on the average.

John Ransom | March 10, 2012

Obama has somehow misplaced the campaign rhetoric supporting “My Jobs Bill” along with “My Foolish Budget” and “My Invisible Energy Policy.”

Ken Blackwell | March 10, 2012

Secretary Hillary Clinton took to the air yesterday to boast of the “toughest sanctions” yet imposed by the international community on Iran.

Ed Feulner | March 10, 2012

Into every life, they say, a little rain must fall. And a little snow as well. In fact, here in Washington, some are rooting for snow before spring arrives.

Kyle Olson | March 10, 2012

Unfortunately for traditional America – the one that values independence, free market capitalism and limited government – too many aging radicals from the 1960s and ‘70s have found their way into government school classrooms.

Larry Kudlow | March 10, 2012

In my interview with Mitt Romney this week he stayed on message for growth, jobs, less debt, and smaller government. Here's Part 2.

Steve Deace | March 10, 2012

There is a window of opportunity to avert another four years of the Obama Regime, as well as a devastating down ballot disaster that would threaten many of the substantial gains conservatives just made in 2010.

Bob Beauprez | March 10, 2012

With growing outrage over soaring gasoline prices, instead of approving the Keystone Pipeline and policies that would increase supplies, Barack Obama has renewed his attack on oil and gas calling for Congress to tax oil and gas.

Doug French | March 10, 2012

It was lobster, filet mignon, and baked Alaska for everyone, washed down with expensive vino, with comedian Martin Short as emcee.

Mike Shedlock | March 10, 2012

Over the past several years people have dropped out of the labor force at an astounding, almost unbelievable rate, holding the unemployment rate artificially low. Some of this was due to major revisions last month on account of the 2010 census finally factored in. However, most of it is simply economic weakness.

Jeff Carter | March 10, 2012

It would be better for the market if the BLS clearly released their suppositions and rational for judgements when they calculated numbers.

Michael Tanner | March 10, 2012

Last summer’s agreement, you will recall, raised the federal government’s debt limit from $15.194 trillion to $16.394 trillion in exchange for promised future reductions in spending. Until recently, the consensus has been that federal borrowing will bump up against the new limit sometime between late November of this year and early January 2013.

David Sterman | March 10, 2012

This stock is so unloved, that it has fallen from a peak of $80 in late 2007 to a current $3.90. That's a 95% drop. This stock will never, ever again see $80 (at least in my lifetime), but could easily be back at $7 or $8 in 12-18 months.

Daniel J. Mitchell | March 10, 2012

Hugo Chavez, the hopefully-soon-to-die dictator of Venezuela, has suspended firearms imports.

Tad DeHaven | March 10, 2012

while Republican policymakers have enjoyed making political hay out of the Obama’s administration’s Solyndra problem, the truth is that both parties are willing partners in the corporate welfare racket.

Peter Schiff | March 10, 2012

The recession should have forced us to address the problem of persistent and enormous trade deficits.

Charles Payne | March 10, 2012

Despite Arlo Guthrie's ode to the death of the railroad, it's still the circulatory system responsible for our economic health.

Fri, Mar 09, 2012

Kathryn Lopez | March 09, 2012

There is something special about a mother and her love.

Greg Baylor | March 09, 2012

The State of Florida is punishing students who choose Florida Christian College (FCC), simply because the school is religious. Through the Florida Resident Access Grant (FRAG) program, the state provides over $2,000 in annual tuition assistance to qualifying students who attend private colleges and universities in the state. In order to participate, a student must attend a college that has “a secular purpose.”

Matt Barber | March 09, 2012

Saul Alinsky is alive and well in the political maneuverings of the secular left. The problem is; we all have the play book now.

Rich Galen | March 09, 2012

Mitt Romney won Super Tuesday. He won Super Tuesday in grand fashion, winning 6 of the 10 states in play and getting (according to the Associated Press) 212 of the 390 delegates that were awarded Tuesday. That is about 54 percent of available delegates.

Michelle Malkin | March 09, 2012

There's no escaping Solyndra Syndrome. Here in my home state of Colorado, citizen journalists have uncovered our own gaping government green loan sinkhole. The stench of Chicago-on-the-Potomac is fouling the fresh Rocky Mountain air.

John Hawkins | March 09, 2012

Liberalism is so unrelentingly hostile to Christianity that it's virtually impossible to be both a devout Christian and a devout liberal at the same time.

Brent Bozell | March 09, 2012

At the same time Washington was ablaze with outrage at the idea that Rush Limbaugh insulted a woman as a "slut," ABC premiered a new Sunday night show called "GCB" -- shortened from "Good Christian Bitches." Limbaugh apologized. ABC displays no such contrition.

Jonah Goldberg | March 09, 2012

There's a great scene in the movie "The Right Stuff" where the original Mercury astronauts are checking out the capsule for their first trips to space. They're horrified to discover that the German scientists in charge of the program see the astronauts as nothing more than living props.

David Limbaugh | March 09, 2012

How much truth is there in President Obama's latest favorite mantra that we consume a disproportionate share of the world's oil, especially considering how little of the world's reserves we have?

John Ransom | March 09, 2012

Despite the majority vote, Senate rules apparently require a 60-vote supermajority to create jobs in this country. And according to Democrat Party rules, any vote to create jobs also has to have a massive, wasteful, multi-trillion dollar appropriation attached to it. This rules out Keystone.

Mona Charen | March 09, 2012

Apple Inc. makes dazzling, life-enhancing products, so God bless them ... to a point.

Scott Rasmussen | March 09, 2012

Many Republicans talk of an entitlement mentality that threatens the character and finances of the United States. In their view, the problem is that too many voters feel entitled to goodies provided by the government and financed by taxpayers.

Oliver North | March 09, 2012

One year ago this week, I wrote a column titled "Crude Cruelty," which covered a jump in the cost of motor fuel and a corresponding spike in prices for food and rising unemployment. Government "experts" attributed the bad news to "supply disruptions" and "uncertainty" caused by unrest in Libya.

Pat Buchanan | March 09, 2012

Denouncing Republican "bluster" about war with Iran, President Obama went on the offensive Tuesday: "Those who are ... beating the drums of war should explain clearly to the American people what they think the costs and benefits would be."

Suzanne Fields | March 09, 2012

The Republicans still have a lot of bullets in the magazine. Mitt Romney's tin ear, Rick Santorum's gag reflex, Newt Gingrich's endless pomposity and Ron Paul's narrow-minded consistency all come accompanied by big feet to shoot at.

Diana West | March 09, 2012

This week, a bombshell wrapped in an SOS landed on the desk of the inspector general at the Pentagon.

Humberto Fontova | March 09, 2012

“I have been affiliated with the Cuba Council of Churches since the 1980s,” boasted Rev. Jeremiah Wright in a sermon on July 16th 2006.

Linda Chavez | March 09, 2012

Is Mitt Romney in favor of increasing the number of illegal immigrants in the United States? You might not think so, given his tough anti-illegal immigration rhetoric, but his leading immigration adviser wants to do just that. What's more, the proposal this adviser is pushing would impose a new tax -- from $1,200 to $1,600 -- on every American family for the birth of each child.

Donald Lambro | March 09, 2012

A Republican takeover of the Senate in November was about as close to a sure thing as it gets in today's politics. But now the contest could become a bit more difficult after some unsavory back-room deals cut by two Democratic leaders.

Townhall.com Staff | March 09, 2012

Newsweek rhetorically asked America recently, “Why are Obama’s critics (read conservatives) so dumb?” We have to admit that we do fall short of our erudite betters on the Left in the field of expression.

Kyle Olson | March 09, 2012

Every so often, a story comes along that is so outrageous, all one can do to soothe the rage is to laugh. And shed a tear. That’s the case in Buffalo, New York.

Townhall.com Staff | March 09, 2012

The connection between intelligence and wisdom has been debated since the beginning of recorded history, but it seldom finds more acute form than in our consideration of presidents and presidential candidates. No one disputes that very smart people can do dumb or evil things, and that wisdom is often found in seemingly childlike verities.

Night Watch | March 09, 2012

The Syrian situation in no way resembles Libya and accurate information is just not available, except one fact. There are no significant and sustained operations in Damascus. Until they occur, the regime will survive.

Jerry Bowyer | March 09, 2012

In the United States, where respect for the Bible remains high, the left more often attempts to appropriate religious language, misquoting it in support of statist solutions.

Chris Poindexter | March 09, 2012

The news has European stock markets all aflutter and commodity prices were up sharply as the euro gains back ground against the dollar.

Bill Tatro | March 09, 2012

It has become very apparent that Apple did not lose a product creator in Steve Jobs; they lost another P.T. Barnum.

Fritz Pfister | March 09, 2012

Real estate is and always will be a supply and demand commodity. What happens to the price when you have fewer buyers? Prices fall.

Political Calculations | March 09, 2012

What if you had your own brain trust, where you knew that everyone in it was truly one of the top people in their lines of work? People who have devoted years to what they do, and because they have, could answer almost any question you might ask them. Wouldn't that be pretty cool?

Daniel J. Mitchell | March 09, 2012

The eurocrats in Brussels have much bigger fish to fry. They’re addressing the unmitigated horror of inadequate female representation in corporate boardrooms and contemplating continent-wide quotas.

Jeff Carter | March 09, 2012

You might have noticed that several funds were able to make some money recently on initial public offerings. However, that’s the headline. Under the surface, the VC industry in America is continuing a contraction.

Mike Shedlock | March 09, 2012

Except for the years 2008-2009, and recessions in general, seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate tends to peak in January.

James Inhofe | March 09, 2012

President Obama's speech before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) last Sunday was an attempt at making an empty glass look half full.

Thu, Mar 08, 2012

Larry Kudlow | March 08, 2012

I didn’t want to let the latest cockamamie Fed idea for “sterilized” bond buying pass without a comment.

Frank Gaffney | March 08, 2012

The untimely death of my friend Andrew Breitbart last week got me thinking about what an extraordinary contribution he had made to our country and to the cause of freedom in his forty-three years.

Paul Greenberg | March 08, 2012

After his last comeback of so many (now he's down, now he's up, now he's both) Mitt Romney's campaign proved it was alive by eking out a win in the Michigan primary.

Cliff May | March 08, 2012

Islamists are a diverse lot. Some are what diplomats like to call “violent extremists.” They want to kill you.

Tony Katz | March 08, 2012

In partial fulfillment of Andrew Breitbart's promise to "vet" the President this time, the Breitbart.com team posted a video of President Barack Obama as a law student at Harvard. It also ran on Hannity tonight. The video shows the young Obama asking his fellow law students to:

Tim Huelskamp | March 08, 2012

When President Obama took the oath of office three years ago, he swore to defend the constitutionally-guaranteed rights of all Americans. There were no asterisks denoting exceptions for health care providers, religious employers, service members, or military chaplains. More than three years later, his inaugural words fail to match his actions and those of his administration.

Mark W. Hendrickson | March 08, 2012

Those of you past a certain age may remember the old Art Linkletter show “Kids Say the Darndest [sic] Things.” The one I still remember was when Linkletter asked a little boy if he looked like his daddy. “No,” replied the boy innocently, “I look like the mailman.”

Brett McMahon | March 08, 2012

President Obama and the rest of his Administration remain vigilant in their attempt to convince Americans that “green energy” and “green jobs” are real. The only reality seen in this Administration’s “green jobs” push is the consequence of Big Government intervening into the private markets.

Maggie Gallagher | March 08, 2012

It was a bad night for Mitt Romney. Don't kid yourself, Romney supporters. The mixed vote on Super Tuesday is a profound setback for the fragile front-runner.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | March 08, 2012

I've come to realize that it's often not very telling if those who don't know someone well love them the most. After all, what they often see is the thin veneer of outward appearances.

Victor Davis Hanson | March 08, 2012

Americans -- left, right, Democrats and Republicans -- are all sick of thankless nation-building in the Middle East. Yet democratization was not our first choice, but rather a last resort after prior failures.

Michael Barone | March 08, 2012

Kicking the can down the road. That's been the Obama administration's response on issues from Iran's nuclear weapons program to America's entitlement systems.

Larry Elder | March 08, 2012

"A firestorm of outrage from women after a crude tirade from Rush Limbaugh," said NBC anchor Brian Williams. This was followed by a reporter who said: "In 2012, the personal is political. What began as a debate over religious freedom has devolved into what some call a 'war on women.'"

Judge Andrew Napolitano | March 08, 2012

Can the president kill an American simply because the person is dangerous and his arrest would be impractical? Can the president be judge, jury and executioner of an American in a foreign country because he believes that would keep America safe? Can Congress authorize the president to do this?

John Ransom | March 08, 2012

Your biggest problem, Anonymous, is that hubris led you to a confrontation with Mexican drug lords who have all sorts of contacts in some of the smallest places in America- prisons. And that is where you are likely headed. What part of "don't steal from drug lords" don't you get?

Michael Reagan | March 08, 2012

We all need to calm down and watch our mouths.

Cal Thomas | March 08, 2012

The first apology by Rush Limbaugh, posted on his website over the weekend, sounded forced, qualified, almost defensive. The second, broadcast live on his Monday show, sounded sincere and heartfelt.

Debra J. Saunders | March 08, 2012

While running for governor of California in 2010, Jerry Brown admitted he would "rather have a society where we didn't have to use death as a punishment." But because the Legislature and California voters approved capital punishment, "we've got to make it work."

Ben Shapiro | March 08, 2012

I recently became editor-at-large of Andrew Breitbart's empire, but I first met Andrew when he was still the unnamed other half of Matt Drudge's monster website.

Matt Towery | March 08, 2012

After the not so "Super" Tuesday results, pundits and experts predicted a much longer march to the Republican National Convention to be held in Tampa, Fla. Many experts believe Mitt Romney will ultimately gain the required delegates to win the nomination prior to the convention.

Steve Chapman | March 08, 2012

What is it called when football players are given significant sums of money to hurt their opponents on the field? You may think the term is "National Football League." But apparently it's "bounty."

Emmett Tyrrell | March 08, 2012

I like to think of Miss Sandra Fluke's contretemps with the madly admired Mr. Rush Limbaugh as, well, a fluke. She objected to his joke about her being "a slut" and "a prostitute," and hesto presto the part-time Georgetown University law student struck pay dirt.

Doug French | March 08, 2012

In 1990, 6.4 million people worked for federal, state, and local governments. By 2010, that number had grown almost 6 times — to 38.3 million — with many of these jobs being white-collar.

Daniel J. Mitchell | March 08, 2012

I don’t actually expect any politicians to pay attention when I make these demands, of course, but I am highlighting issues that send a signal about whether Republicans actually learned any lessons after getting shellacked in 2006 and 2008.

Mike Shedlock | March 08, 2012

The key take-away is home prices still have not bottomed in most areas. Moreover, nothing stops a renewed decline in those 8% of areas that did not decline.

Marita Noon | March 08, 2012

Obama's policy mirrors that of California where the resistance to tapping the resources under the residents’ feet has resulted in increased imported oil from the Middle East. Once the largest oil producer in the world, California is now importing nearly 50% of its oil—with about 21% coming through the Strait of Hormuz.

Political Calculations | March 08, 2012

The robot increases its stride and running speed by flexing and un-flexing its back on each step, much as an actual cheetah does.

John Browne | March 08, 2012

This selloff was sparked not by a development, but a non-development. In his address to Congress, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke offered no clue as to when the Federal Reserve would unleash its next round of quantitative easing.

Mike Shields | March 08, 2012

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result – which is exactly what Democrats are planning for California’s 7th Congressional District this year.

David Sterman | March 08, 2012

I went looking for small-cap stocks that appear poised for solid sales growth in 2012 and again in 2013. I removed any companies form the list that derive more than 20% of sales from foreign markets.

Gina Loudon | March 08, 2012

There is more to Rick’s support by Middle American Moms than meets the eye. In the states where he has campaigned and delivered a message, women are feeling emboldened to support this hubby-daddy-slightly geeky teacher-type.

Larry Kudlow | March 08, 2012

In my interview with Mitt Romney this week he stayed on message for growth, jobs, less debt, and smaller government.

Stewart Scott | March 08, 2012

While surveillance is a necessary part of the planning process, the fact that it is a requirement does not necessarily mean that terrorist planners are very good at it.

Peter Schiff | March 08, 2012

As a result of our current and proposed tax policies towards corporate shareholders, our government collects a portion of industrial output that would inspire envy in even the most rabid Bolshevik.

Night Watch | March 08, 2012

A member of Hamas' political bureau in Gaza City said that Hamas will not be a part of a war between Israel and Iran. The member said the group would not launch rockets into Israel at Tehran's request in response to a strike on its nuclear sites.

Jeff Carter | March 08, 2012

Bulls continue to point to all the cash on the sideline, but I have been hearing about cash on the sideline for years now. It’s not going anywhere. There is still too much uncertainty.

Chris Poindexter | March 08, 2012

No surprise gold prices recovered after this week's beat down, a recovery that will likely be further fueled by the Federal Reserve chairman’s comments on inflation.

Michael Prell | March 08, 2012

Eight years ago, “Israel Apartheid Week” began on campuses in America and around the world to show “solidarity with the Palestinian struggle” and to demonize Israel as an “Apartheid” regime.

Wed, Mar 07, 2012

Ann Coulter | March 07, 2012

Mitt Romney won more than twice as many delegates on Super Tuesday as Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum. The Non-Fox Media's take-away is that Romney suffered a major setback Tuesday night.

Jeff Jacoby | March 07, 2012

Many Americans disdain Rush Limbaugh, some of them high-placed and influential. The author of Rush Limbaugh Is a Big, Fat Idiot is now a US senator from Minnesota. The incumbent president of the United States publicly picked a fight with the broadcaster less than a week after being inaugurated. "You can't just listen to Rush Limbaugh," Barack Obama admonished attendees at a White House summit in January 2009.

Hugh Hewitt | March 07, 2012

David Parker is a very smart and successful businessman, a Romney guy, and an occasional contributor to the blog MittRomneyCentral. He is close to the Romney campaign, so I read his posts and emails with care, and found this bit of math from his missive on Wednesday morning to be the sort of analysis missing from the MSM as it sifts through Romney's big night Tuesday.

Ryan James Girdusky | March 07, 2012

The loss of Dennis Kucinich in Ohio’s 9th congressional district against fellow democrat Marcy Kaptur was not just the defeat of a longstanding member of congress, it was the loss of the Democrats moral compass. Kucinich was the last high profile Democratic congressman to be an archetype liberal: anti-war, anti-big business, anti-wall street, pro-environment, pro-universal healthcare liberal democrat who very rarely wavered on principles.

Rich Galen | March 07, 2012

At 10:08 PM Rick Santorum was hanging on to a two percentage point lead in Ohio, but it was a very good night for Santorum no matter what happens as the rest of Ohio's votes are counted.

Michael Brown | March 07, 2012

It’s one thing to be called an intolerant bigot. It’s another thing to be called “an accomplice to murder,” but that’s the latest charge being raised by gay activists and their allies, and it needs to be exposed for what it is: an outrageous lie.

Thomas Sowell | March 07, 2012

What are we to make of President Barack Obama's latest pronouncements about Iran's movement toward nuclear bombs? His tough talk might have had some influence on Iran a couple of years ago, when he was instead being kinder and gentler with the world's leading terrorist-sponsoring nation. Now his tough talk may only influence this year's election -- which may be enough for Obama.

Michelle Malkin | March 07, 2012

I'm sorry Rush Limbaugh called 30-year-old Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke a "slut." She's really just another professional femme-a-gogue helping to manufacture a false narrative about the GOP "war on women."

John Stossel | March 07, 2012

Now that Mitt Romney is likely to be the Republican nominee, we can expect new attacks on his "vulture capitalism." That's how Rick Perry characterized his private equity work. Newt Gingrich's supporters ran an ad about Romney's firm, Bain Capital, that said, "Their greed was only matched by their willingness to do anything to make millions in profits."

Walter E. Williams | March 07, 2012

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that 2011 manufacturing output grew by 11 percent, to nearly $5 trillion. Were our manufacturing sector considered a nation with its own gross domestic product, it would be the world's fourth-richest economy. Manufacturing productivity has doubled since 1987, and manufacturing output has risen by one-half.

Brent Bozell | March 07, 2012

In the wake of the Obama administration dictate that private insurance companies cover contraceptives and abortifacients, supporters have defined anyone who would oppose this mandate as waging a "war against women." Obviously, no opponent of this policy is actually bombing, shooting or stabbing women to death.

Jonah Goldberg | March 07, 2012

In 1984, Mario Cuomo pioneered the argument that one may be "personally opposed" to abortion, while supporting abortion rights.

John Ransom | March 07, 2012

Remember it’s the first job of the environmental and hate-crime fighting Ambiguously Liberal Journalist to appear to be non-partisan. Check. And mate.

Ken Blackwell | March 07, 2012

“Just words? Just words? Don’t tell me words don’t matter,” said Barack Obama in 2008. He was responding to criticisms from the Hillary Clinton campaign that he had never done anything but deliver speeches.

Michael Medved | March 07, 2012

Left-leaning pundits and activists who cackle gleefully at the prospect that current controversies will seriously damage Rush Limbaugh’s media career display their own vast ignorance of the talk-radio industry.

Terry Jeffrey | March 07, 2012

Barack Obama is now achieving a vision that environmentalist ideologues could only dream about in the 1970s: He is driving Americans out of their cars.

Austin Bay | March 07, 2012

Argentina is using the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War to tout its historical claim to the South Atlantic islands. The diplomatic ballyhoo includes trade threats aimed at Great Britain, with a belligerent hint of saber-rattling.

Paul Greenberg | March 07, 2012

First comes the talk. It can't be helped, much like the announcers' chitchat on KLRE, the classical music station here in the middle of Arkansas. It's a small station, but there are those who love it. Putting up with the chatter is the tax you pay for getting to hear the music that is the station's reason for being. Think of it as verbal static. It may be annoying between compositions, but the wait is worth it.

Donald Lambro | March 07, 2012

At a time when Americans consider the lackluster Obama economy to be the No. 1 issue facing the country, Rick Santorum this week was suggesting that other issues deserve equal treatment.

Peter Ferrara | March 07, 2012

About every four years, the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) produces a voluminous Assessment Report (AR) on the state of global warming science, such as it is. Two years after each AR, the IPCC produces an updating Interim Report.

Jacob Sullum | March 07, 2012

On his radio show last Friday, Rush Limbaugh complained that Democrats try to "impugn and discredit the people who disagree with them." That was two days after Limbaugh called Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke a "slut" and a "prostitute" because she disagreed with him about the Obama administration's regulation requiring employers to provide health care plans that cover contraception.

Kyle Olson | March 07, 2012

It is heartbreaking to witness the unfolding scandal at Muskegon Heights [MI] Public Schools. The breathtaking mismanagement has inflicted long-term damage on students, the community and the staff of the school system.

Carrie Schwab Pomerantz | March 07, 2012

Before we get into how to prioritize where to put your money, I think you need to look at your tax situation and determine if you're managing your withholding properly.

Ken Connor | March 07, 2012

The specter of the "slippery slope" is widely considered to be a logical cop-out – an intellectually lazy response employed by the rigid and fearful among us (usually conservatives and the religious, of course). Like all enduring metaphors, however, the concept embodied by the slippery slope is quite often proved true.

Political Calculations | March 07, 2012

A story in two pictures, covering January 1976 (the earliest year for which we have average inflation-adjusted monthly retail motor gasoline prices in the U.S.) through February 2012.

Mike Shields | March 07, 2012

In Michigan’s vast Upper Peninsula, voters might feel like they are in the movie Groundhog Day when they go to the voting booth this November, as they will once again reject liberal politician Gary McDowell. In 2010, Dr. Dan Benishek defeated McDowell by nearly 12%.

Peter Schiff | March 07, 2012

Mr. Buffett's lack of credibility goes deeper than a differing monetary philosophy. He has been in the press since last August claiming that he pays less taxes than his secretary - and urging Congress to pass a "Buffett Rule" mandating a 30% minimum tax on millionaires.

Jeff Carter | March 07, 2012

Many of us have been exposed to pretty stupid bosses. It taints us. Since 1986, I have been basically self employed so I haven’t had to deal with too many of them. When I was a clerk on the trading floor, I was lucky to have clerked for some decent people. I saw some pretty rotten behavior though. I vowed never to treat employees that way.

Dave Ramsey | March 07, 2012

If you’re valuable enough, and they like you enough to want you on their team, then I’d use that as a negotiating point before accepting the position.

Ralph Benko | March 07, 2012

To consume without producing does America as much harm as the producing without consuming does to the rest of the world. The decoupling of work and reward, which inconvertible paper money does, causes a social, and spiritual, malady. This undermines world prosperity. It undermines world peace.

Night Watch | March 07, 2012

On disposing of religious materials, in 2009 the Chaplain Center and School at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, published a detailed Information Paper providing guidance for all major religions and denominations.

Mike Shedlock | March 07, 2012

This plan will not be "broadly positive" for housing and the economy any more than numerous other misguided attempts purported to do the same thing.

Daniel J. Mitchell | March 07, 2012

Since everybody outside of Washington already seems to understand that government-run car companies are doomed to fail, I will spare you a dull treatise on why the GM bailout is a bad idea.

Bill Tatro | March 07, 2012

For those airline passengers traveling in the opposite direction these headwinds became tailwinds, and their arrival time would be sooner than anticipated, a real positive.

David Sterman | March 07, 2012

Each of these countries is beset by stunningly-large budget deficits, unfavorable demographics, a too-strong currency and weakening consumer demand.

Tue, Mar 06, 2012

Armstrong Williams | March 06, 2012

Ron Paul wants to abolish the Federal Reserve. He may be right; it is hard to see how the Fed has enhanced our US economy.

Rachel Marsden | March 06, 2012

So Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has just been re-presidented for at least another six years, during which we can all watch his newly tucked eyes migrate back to where they used to be. And as surely as a pound dog comes with fleas, this election came with "irregularities" -- cloaked in "democracy," as Russian powers like to do it.

Humberto Fontova | March 06, 2012

"In all essentials, Castro's battle for Cuba was a media public relations campaign, fought in New York and Washington." (Paul Johnson, Modern Times)

Steven Aden | March 06, 2012

Virginia recently enacted a new law making theirs the eighth state to require an ultrasound to be performed prior to an abortion. As with other states that have passed similar measures, Virginia’s law provides the mother “an opportunity to view the ultrasound image of her [baby] prior to the abortion,” but it is an option she can decline.

Thomas Sowell | March 06, 2012

There are undoubtedly many people who are alive today because of James Q. Wilson, who died last week. He was not a doctor or medical scientist, nor was he a fireman or coast guardsman who rescued people from immediate dangers.

Byron York | March 06, 2012

Andrew Breitbart, the Web entrepreneur, writer, provocateur and television personality who died suddenly last week at 43, always described himself as an 'accidental culture warrior.'

Chuck Norris | March 06, 2012

Since Jan. 1, the price of gas has soared 45 cents a gallon -- the highest on record for this time of year. AAA reported this past week that the national average of unleaded gasoline climbed from Feb. 28's $3.71 per gallon to March 2's $3.73 per gallon and then up again to $3.76 per gallon over the weekend -- the 25th straight increase in the past month.

John Hawkins | March 06, 2012

Andrew Breitbart was a giant in his field who accomplished more than most men could in ten lifetimes in his all too short forty-three years and he has deserved every kind thing that has been written about him since. But rather than being just one more person saying nice things about a great man, it seems more appropriate to pay respect to Breitbart by continuing his work. Breitbart loved nothing better than exposing the festering anger and hatred at the heart of modern liberalism.

Mike Adams | March 06, 2012

David Limbaugh | March 06, 2012

If you'll indulge me, I need to express this beyond my Twitter posts: I am proud of my brother, Rush, for his multiple sincere apologies to Sandra Fluke. I am not even slightly surprised that so many on the left refuse to accept his apology.

Mona Charen | March 06, 2012

The Obama administration issues an edict regarding birth control that is 1) blatantly unconstitutional, 2) economically absurd, and 3) completely unmatched to any national need. What are they talking about? The "Republican war on women."

John Ransom | March 06, 2012

We’ve given it three years but, according to Obama, we’re still three years away from seeing the benefit of the administration being involved in General Bank (TARP), General House (FHA), General College (Sallie Mae), General Healthcare (Obamacare), as well as General Motors and General Electric.

Neal Boortz | March 06, 2012

We all know the answer to that one. She’s the latest recipient of the legendary “15 minutes of fame,” and she is surely making the most of it. Fluke is the Georgetown Law student who was invited to Nancy Pelosi’s little publicity stunt to bemoan the fact that she isn’t getting free contraceptives. She is now enjoying and, I must say, making the absolute most of her 15 minutes.

Cal Thomas | March 06, 2012

"Seeing is believing" is an ancient idiom. It teaches that a dispute can often be resolved by presenting physical evidence.

Dennis Prager | March 06, 2012

Here in Sydney, Australia, where I've been lecturing for a week, I may have had one Australian-born waitress or waiter and one Australian-born taxi driver. As is my wont, I ask all of them where they were born and, whenever possible, have some discussion about their native country.

Pat Buchanan | March 06, 2012

Anyone who believes America's culture wars are behind her should have started out Friday reading The Washington Times.

Phyllis Schlafly | March 06, 2012

Contrary to politicians who want to call a truce about social issues, there is absolutely no way to separate social and fiscal issues; they are locked in a tight political embrace. Politicians who say we can ignore social issues or avoid talking about them, are really saying that they have no plan to cut federal spending and the growing national debt.

Townhall.com Staff | March 06, 2012

For years, defenders of life have warned that the culture of death will – obviously – lead to death: that arguments used to justify killing some people in dire circumstances, via abortion or euthanasia, ultimately undercut arguments against not killing many others for superfluous or even pretextual reasons.

Bill Murchison | March 06, 2012

After Barack Obama regains the presidency -- a prospect that seems likelier, the more the Republican candidates slice and dice one another -- we can look forward to four more years of statements such as: "You can either stand up for the oil companies, or you can stand up for the American people."

Daniel J. Mitchell | March 06, 2012

So here’s a deal for Ms. Fluke and her fellow travelers. I’ll agree to you doing whatever you want behind closed doors (heck, you can even leave the doors open, as far as I’m concerned). But, in exchange, I want you to leave me alone, which means I don’t want to pay higher taxes OR higher insurance premiums to subsidize your birth control.

Paul Tracy | March 06, 2012

Sadly, many investors don't put their money in stocks like this. Instead, millions of small investors end up pouring money into risky securities that I think are likely to lose them money.

Nathan Slaughter | March 06, 2012

It turns out the United States isn't running out of natural gas -- it is actually swimming in it. It won't need to borrow from its neighbors.

Charlotte Hays | March 06, 2012

That Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke's congressional testimony has come to dominate our national conversation about the government's unprecedented insurance mandate shows just how easily the media can become distracted from the truly profound questions that confront our country.

Charles Payne | March 06, 2012

Subprime auto loans are soaring, too. Still, it was good news, right? Well ... Ford and General Motors (last two American auto makers since we gave away Chrysler) lost market share.

Jeff Carter | March 06, 2012

The incorrect supposition is that speculators are buying and holding thousands of contracts that drive the price of oil higher. What regulators and lawmakers forget is that it’s a zero sum game. For every buyer, there is a seller. All positions net out and open interest is never an odd number when you include options positions.

Mike Shedlock | March 06, 2012

Austerity measures across the board coupled with a slowdown in Asia strongly indicate the vaunted German export machine is about to break down as well.

Political Calculations | March 06, 2012

Here's a starter list of recent or pending "green energy" business failures, all of which feature companies that have received substantial backing from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Tad DeHaven | March 06, 2012

This slice of corporate welfare will hand out approximately $56 million in taxpayer dollars this year to “producers of agricultural commodities” who can use the money “for planning activities and for working capital for marketing value-added agricultural products.”

George Friedman | March 06, 2012

Simply put, China has three core strategic interests.

Bob Beauprez | March 06, 2012

It defies common-sense why the President would be suggesting further disincentives for more production of badly needed gasoline supplies, but that’s his plan

Doug French | March 06, 2012

Plenty of teenage boys cut their employment teeth filling people's tanks, checking their oil, and airing up their tires. When not pumping gas, these kids poked their heads in the attached garage and learned from the mechanics.

Chris Poindexter | March 06, 2012

The strong dollar is a two-edged sword in the economy. While it means your money will go farther, it also means goods and services from the U.S. are less competitive in overseas markets.

Robert Knight | March 06, 2012

Liberals love coercion. And they think they’re smarter than the rest of us. If they didn’t, they wouldn’t expend so much effort inventing new rules and laws for our betterment.

Mon, Mar 05, 2012

Chris Edwards | March 05, 2012

For your interest Soledad, the average central government rate is just 23.6 percent, which is much lower than our 35 percent rate. Our rate is the highest in the OECD.

Earl Tilford | March 05, 2012

Late in the summer of 1961, President John F. Kennedy asked the Air Force to plan a nuclear first strike on the Soviet Union. The plan involved 55 B-52 bombers hitting 80 targets to degrade Soviet Long Range Air Force and Strategic Rocket Forces by 80 to 90 percent. Since these bases were located in remote parts of the USSR, estimated casualties numbered less than one million.

Kathryn Lopez | March 05, 2012

Jerusalem -- Many of the most contentious controversies of the hour are only made worse by Christians not acting like Christians, people not being who they say they are. It's an issue of identity and of integrity.

Susan Stamper Brown | March 05, 2012

President Barack Obama is right. America must pursue an “all-of-the-above” strategy to take control of our energy future. We should build the Keystone Pipeline, drill in Alaska, manufacture energy-efficient vehicles, and call for the resignation of United States Energy Secretary Steven Chu, to name a few.

Craig James | March 05, 2012

In the last few weeks, America has witnessed a remarkable surge in support for Rick Santorum. Trailing in the polls at less than five percent for forty-seven weeks, Santorum was written off as a true underdog without a chance of overcoming Mitt Romney’s well-financed political machine. Yet the latest national polls show him neck-and-neck with Romney, having swept three primary elections in Colorado, Minnesota, and Missouri.

Jeff Jacoby | March 05, 2012

Commentators, not all of them Democrats, have been having a field day since GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum charged Barack Obama with snobbery for pushing the idea that everyone needs a college education.

Rich Galen | March 05, 2012

Tomorrow is Super Tuesday, 2012. As in real life, some Supers are more super than others. There have been dreadful, for instance, Superbowls and, for that matter Superbowl ads.

Ryan James Girdusky | March 05, 2012

Vladimir Putin won an easy re-election on March 4, he reclaimed his position as President of Russia after a four year absence. Putin won the majority of the vote with 64% to his nearest opponent’s 17%; with numbers like these you would think they were stealing the election. Certainly the Putin administration is corrupt and tyrannical, they have been accused of many crimes including murder, indefinite imprisonment, and suppression of political opponents. With such a pedigree you would have thought he would be perfect for the Democratic primary.

Michael Barone | March 05, 2012

Few social scientists, and even fewer political scientists, have done as much to improve American life as James Q. Wilson, who died last week at age 80.

Star Parker | March 05, 2012

If you think about it, Andrew Breitbart’s untimely passing from this life, at the age of 43, might be seen as the ultimate message that this man of media could deliver.

John Ransom | March 05, 2012

I know: You are worried because this guy is already in BIG trouble as a result of that whole murder thing. Garcia is serving 65 years-to-life for murder. But, as Pelosi points out, collecting unemployment is the fastest way Garcia can help Democrats create real, good-paying jobs.

Katie Kieffer | March 05, 2012

Middle East foreign policy is Obama’s greatest strength and Romney’s greatest weakness. When I say ‘Obama’s greatest strength,’ I’m referring to voter perception and marketability. For example, get ready to hear Obama take credit for killing Osama bin Laden from the Situation Room about 10,000 times between now and November.

Lurita Doan | March 05, 2012

While Republicans focus on skewering GOP presidential candidates in primaries, Team Obama’s regulatory juggernaut continues to destroy the American way of life. Small businesses, entrepreneurs, and job creators are already groaning from the weight of the many and new regulations Obama has initiated in the past three years.

Bruce Bialosky | March 05, 2012

Most of my non-Jewish Republican friends are baffled by the fact that Jews would even think of voting for Democrats. They tell me that Jews have all the essential characteristics of Republicans – strong family values, religious beliefs, and a commitment to education. Unfortunately, I’ve spent the better part of the last 25 years providing explanations and excuses, one of which is that there typically have been few Jewish Republican candidates with whom to identify. That is changing dramatically, and the person creating this new wave is Josh Mandel from Ohio.

Dan Holler | March 05, 2012

With her retirement announcement, Maine’s Olympia Snowe sent shockwaves through the Washington Establishment. The chattering class went through the normal exercise, decrying how partisan politics had driven away yet another “moderate” and boldly predicting the demise of the Republican Party.

Bob Beauprez | March 05, 2012

James O’Keefe registers NFL quarterbacks Tim Tebow and Tom Brady to vote – without any form of identification or appearing in person.

Doug French | March 05, 2012

Despite the obvious, policymakers and wonks think trimming mortgage principal down to just 10 percent underwater or that lowering borrowers' financing costs for those 25 percent (or more) underwater will somehow halt the slide in home values and spur consumer spending.

Charles Payne | March 05, 2012

And so goes the famous or soon to be very famous line from Dr. Seuss' 1971 ode to overconsumption.

Michael F. Cannon | March 05, 2012

According to HealthLeaders Media, regulators reviewed a batch of coverage denials and “found that in excess of 75% of the cases the services indeed were medically necessary, and 10% were not.”

George Friedman | March 05, 2012

Masked gunmen stopped a tourist bus and forced the passengers to hand over cash, cameras, watches and other valuables. Though no one was injured in the incident, the robbery demonstrates the degradation of security as a result of the ongoing drug wars in Mexico.

Gina Loudon | March 05, 2012

It is hard to imagine a rational, national public interest, in the creation of a “free birth control culture”. If pandering isn’t his rationale, the motive of this birth control entitlement, when coupled with other policies, begins to appear sinister.

Chris Poindexter | March 05, 2012

Instead of infrastructure investments, we have a ruling class of modern day money changers who trade money to make money.

Mike Shedlock | March 05, 2012

If Romney does worse than expected on Super Tuesday, it's a whole new ball game. It would also be a whole new ballgame if Romney were to do poorly in California, or split the delegates three ways here on out.

Mark Calabria | March 05, 2012

As much as it pains me to say it, the recent suggestion by Paul Myners and Manus Costello in the Financial Times that, in the context of RBS, we are better off as taxpayers taking our losses and getting out of these companies rather than holding out for better returns, is probably correct.

Jeff Carter | March 05, 2012

The reason Republicans and Independents were so chagrined with the Bush administration is they had the opportunity to cut spending and didn’t.

Daniel J. Mitchell | March 05, 2012

It is with considerable envy that I offer up this video about Europe’s fiscal/financial/monetary mess.

Sun, Mar 04, 2012

Derek Hunter | March 04, 2012

I'm trying to write and trying to think, but I can't. I just listened again to the first interview radio I did with Andrew Breitbart. It’s weird to hear yourself interview a friend. It’s harder to say goodbye to one.

John Ransom | March 04, 2012

Um, I believe that electricity pre-dates gasoline as a power source. Look up: Franklin, Benjamin. The only thing that is really “new” about electric cars is the persistency with which liberals try to impose poor engineering on to the laws of physics.

Salena Zito | March 04, 2012

STEUBENVILLE – This Ohio River town once was an outpost of the Wild West, guarding surveyors who mapped the land beyond.

Austin Hill | March 04, 2012

“We are five days away,” the future President famously said in October of 2008, “from fundamentally transforming the United States of America…”

Doug Giles | March 04, 2012

Unlike many of Breitbart’s friends and admirers who initiated a relationship with him, I was forced to relate with him. And I don’t like being forced to do anything.

Debra J. Saunders | March 04, 2012

Though the Obama administration's decision to force church-based institutions to provide "access" to contraception as part of their health plans was intolerant and unconstitutional and gratuitously divisive, events have proved the move to be brilliant politics.

Humberto Fontova | March 04, 2012

The city of Galway in Ireland is building a monument to Ernesto “Che” Guevara de la Serna y Lynch. That last word in his full nomenclature accounts for the honor. Che’s maternal grandmother, Ana Isabel Lynch, was born in Galway, and while still a lassie, moved to Argentina.

Steve Chapman | March 04, 2012

The legendary Chief Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. said the most important element of the Constitution "is the principle of free thought -- not free thought for those who agree with us but freedom for the thought that we hate."

Marita Noon | March 04, 2012

America needs a President who will put “defending the nation’s interests” ahead of “advancing his socialist agenda.”

Demetrius Minor | March 04, 2012

The conservative movement suffered a heart-wrenching loss with the death of blogger and activist Andrew Breitbart. Social networking sites such as Twitter & Facebook, were saturated with memorials, tributes and positive statements of how Breitbart impacted their lives.

Nathan Slaughter | March 04, 2012

Back in 2005, Hurricane Rita struck the Texas coast, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) released the Xbox 360 console, the Chicago White Sox won the World Series, and the United States seemed to be running out of natural gas.

Chris Edwards | March 04, 2012

The top-down and bureaucratic Medicare and Medicaid systems are perfectly designed for scamming.

Mark Calabria | March 04, 2012

He forgets that it was the NY Fed’s approval of using credit default swaps to lower bank capital that lead to so much bank counter-party risk being concentrated in AIG (see Gillian Tett’s Fool’s Gold), as well as increasing bank leverage. But then who was heading the NY Fed at this time? Tim Geithner.

Doug French | March 04, 2012

Going on 30 years ago Lew Rockwell had an idea. The idea was to form an institute to celebrate the works of a forgotten scholar — Ludwig von Mises — and promote the study of Austrian economics.

Bob Beauprez | March 04, 2012

Last week, Chu appeared before the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology and was grilled about gas prices. Rep. James Sensenbrenner invited Chu to retract his earlier statement about chasing European gas prices.

Mike Shedlock | March 04, 2012

In hope-against-hope scenario, countries with balance-of-trade surpluses struggle to maintain it. Put Japan, Germany, Brazil, and China in that group.

Michael Tanner | March 04, 2012

The Department of Health and Human Services has announced that it must delay implementation of new reimbursement codes for Medicare. Those new regulations would have increased the total number of reimbursement codes from the current 18,000 to more than 140,000 separate codes.

Daniel J. Mitchell | March 04, 2012

We were told, if you remember those grim days, that adopting a giant new entitlement somehow was going to lead to less red ink, but I doubt anybody with an IQ above room temperature actually believed that nonsense.

George Friedman | March 04, 2012

With most of the reformist politicians banned from participating, the elections are shaping up to be a competition between Iran's two dominant conservative camps: the populists, led by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and candidates supporting the clerical establishment, led by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Charles Payne | March 04, 2012

The Obama administration is prepared to shoot and kill the barred owl in an effort to save the spotted owl. Keep in mind the spotted owl became a major cause of contention as efforts to save it from loggers eventually saw hundreds of logger jobs lost as millions of acres were set aside for their protection.

Mark Baisley | March 04, 2012

In all of my years of analyzing human nature as it applies to politics, nothing has come close to the intrigue of motive principle. In other words, what is the underlying, personal premise that moves a given individual to lean fiscally left or socially right, and vice versa?

Tad DeHaven | March 04, 2012

The quote comes from a McClatchy Newspapers article on lobbying expeditions to Washington undertaken by local government officials who want federal taxpayers to pick up the tab for projects in their backyards.

Jeff Carter | March 04, 2012

Chicago’s finances stink and the taxes are high but it is a great restaurant town. Chef Paul Kahan is one of the best. My skills don’t compare to his but we will try to duplicate it tonight.

Paul Jacob | March 04, 2012

In the political arena, a case can be made for conscientious use of an oral argument prophylactic - to prevent foot-in-mouth disease.