“Give me liberty, or give me death!” With that thunderous declamation on March 23, 1775, Patrick Henry, the trumpet of the American Revolution, punctuated his famous speech that forever changed the course of history, and with it, mankind’s pursuit of liberty.
Realizing that his popularity may decline as the price of gasoline rises, President Obama is barnstorming the country, emphatically insisting that drilling for more oil isn’t the cure for high gas prices and that wind and solar energy represent our energy future.
This week marked the two-year anniversary of Obamacare, and while I share my fellow patriots’ desire to see Obamneycare repealed before it loosens the last latch on Pandora’s Box, that dream coming true still doesn’t save America from its looming healthcare nightmare.
While the Obama Administration with the cooperation of a largely complicit media tried to make the ensuing fight about "women's health care," church leaders including the Catholic Bishops of America rightly saw it as a direct assault on Religious Liberty and the Constitution.
It didn’t take long for some pundits to start hailing the end of the commodities bull market, which is complete nonsense. Commodities are subject to the same volatility as equity markets because of institutional trading of derivative products where the trades are settled in cash.
While the Supreme Court prepares for the showdown over the constitutionality of ObamaCare next week, another important battle over the controversial law is playing out in a state court in Rhode Island.
March 23, 2012, marks the 2-year anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act becoming law, otherwise known as “Obama Care.” It was On March 23, 2010 that President Obama signed the act into law and sanctioned one of the greatest power grabs by our federal government in our nation’s history.
The Hydra was a mythical swamp beast whose multiple heads grew back after being severed. Obamacare is a real Washington monster whose countless hidden bureaucracies keep sprouting forth even after they're rooted out. As soon as combatants lop off one of the law's unconstitutional agencies, another takes its place.
Because of slavery (Democrats did it), KKK violence (Democrats did it), segregation (Democrats did it), Jim Crow laws (Democrats did it) and other historic abuses heaped on black Americans in our country by the Democratic Party and its supporters, America has been a bit oversensitive about race for the last few decades.
In 1968, the Motion Picture Association of America effectively nationalized the movie industry's rating system to guide parents and the wider public about the content of films before purchasing tickets. A year hasn't gone by since that the "beautiful people" don't throw their artistic temper tantrums when they receive a harsher rating than they want.
There's a great old "Fawlty Towers" scene (if you're unfamiliar with the 1970s British sitcom, hie thyself to YouTube!) in which Basil Fawlty (John Cleese), an innkeeper, welcomes some German patrons. He gives explicit orders to everyone: "Don't mention the war!" He then proceeds to mention the uncomfortable subject of World War II over and over again.
It's one thing for good-faith conservative Republicans to challenge the Ryan plan from the right if they believe its cuts are too small and too slow, but these liberal attacks are something else again.
A recent weeknight found me among a group of about a dozen unhappy parents meeting with the principal of our kids' high school. The issue: An incompetent teacher who we had been promised would not be returning to the school had shown up unexpectedly, and an administrator had told the students that he might indeed be returning in September.
We can’t afford to tolerate Islamists, pat them on the head and send them back to their cultural corner like a willful and precocious child. They are armed and equipped with modern weapons, and a mind thoroughly embedded in the feudal past.
There's a reason President Obama, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and many others are touting tax reform these days. On the campaign trail, it taps into deeply held beliefs about the way American society ought to work and the role of government.
TIME Magazine’s nation editor, Amy Sullivan, thinks all this talk of President Obama’s “war” on religious liberty is overwrought. She told a recent Georgetown gathering that it was absurd to claim the latest Mandate from HHS ranks with such horrible events in American history as the Philadelphia Bible Riots of 1844.
Nine years ago this week, President George W. Bush ordered more than 250,000 troops in a U.S.-led coalition to cross the "berm" on the border of Kuwait and head into Iraq. Weeks later, Saddam Hussein's brutal regime was finished, and the despot was in hiding. It was a stunning victory for the force of American arms and leadership.
"Moderate Republican" wasn't always an oxymoron, but now it is. Politics is about opposites in search of compromise, and moderates only make fat targets in crossfire, shot by friend and foe. If the best ideas are drawn from strong debate, even at the extreme, moderates usually disappear in the mush of the middle.
Much of the attention in the Middle East over the past few months has been focused on the suffering of the people of Syria. But the Assad regime in Syria, which is slaughtering its own people by the thousands, does so with help from its only ally, Iran.
One gets the sense that voters are increasingly impatient with the GOP's seemingly interminable primary battles to choose a nominee who can beat President Obama.
Within a few days of that launch, we'll have a clearer read on whether these mobile phone titans (which collectively sport a $300 billion market value) can convince consumers to make a switch.
In a recent column for CNN, Sojourner magazine’s Tim King offered readers his opinion on why Christianity isn’t the attractive option for young people it once was.
All nine Supreme Court Justices sided with the property owners. I don’t know if they were outraged, but they made the right legal decision.
It is not shocking to most voters to find out that a politicians has committed some sort of ethical violation. Sometimes we even become immune to hearing about corruption or an accusation that looks and smells like fishy behavior. But every once in a while we hear about an elected official who has so many ethical questions around them that it reaches a tipping point even with a cynical electorate. That is where we are in Massachusetts’ 6th Congressional District.
Technology companies are probably the best levered to benefit from any inflection point that the market may be perceiving here as the potential for real "change" in November could set in motion a change in tone when it comes to the oppressive economic policies favored by the current Administration and Congress.
If you are looking for the most nauseating cover possible on Ben Bernanke, please consider the April 2012 issue of the Atlantic.
It’s really simple: If you are satisfied with Obama’s big government knows best dictates, mandates, Czars, Leviathan laws, and regulations that shapes and limits the boundaries of your dreams, then by all means vote for Obama.
We American’s find ourselves in this situation because of years of less control and less choice courtesy of government and insurer oligopolies. Americans need to think different about health care and demand more control and more choices, not less.
Presidential candidate Mitt Romney won big in the Illinois primary, taking 47% of the vote and picking up 38 delegates, giving him 554 total. After winning the majority of states on Super Tuesday, and amassing more delegates than the rest of the candidates combined, one must wonder if Romney will be the GOP nominee?
President Obama’s new campaign video “The Road We’ve Traveled” is enough to make any thinking, breathing American puke.
This week the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on one of the most damaging provisions of ObamaCare: The Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). The board is supposed to be President Obama’s solution to Medicare’s funding crisis, yet it still leaves the program bankrupt in nine years.
We in America today live in a country circumscribed by entitlement policies devised by an America that steadily has been disappearing. Those policies established more than a generation ago cannot possibly, in mathematical or demographic terms, support the America of the present, much less the America of the future. That is the stark reality.
In business, much like in most other fields, the person taking risk and branching out to start a new company or hire additional workers looks at his/her books to ensure their finances are in order, but then oftentimes makes a gut decision about how they feel about the likely success of the venture.
When the summer driving season starts soon, and tension heats up over Iran, gas may reach $5 a gallon. Nothing bothers voters more than paying an extra $20 or $30 every time they fill up. In times like these, they soon might prefer even an oilman in the White House to an ideologue whose opposition to new oil development seems more religious than empirically based.
"I am a refugee," my anesthesiologist told me after I had awakened from my third surgery in 12 years -- one to repair a muscle tear in my left shoulder and two for the same disc in my lower back. "I am part of the British 'brain drain' of the late '60s. Doctors could not make any money. So I left." Britain's loss, my gain
If this question had been asked by a fictional character in a spy thriller, it might intrigue you, but you wouldn't imagine that it could be true in reality. If the Constitution means what it says, you wouldn't even consider the plausibility of an affirmative answer.
Protecting the integrity of the ballot box is essential to our democracy.
University lecturer Ben stated the policies of FDR were needed in order to offset the problems created by the Federal Reserve. In my mind, I would have wondered if Professor Bernanke was referring to the Second World War.
While a nice plate of sliced fruit would be so much better for us, office parties invariably include forbidden fruit, such as rich carrot cake and dark chocolate mud-slide muffins and irresistible red velvet cupcakes and creamy rich ice cream and delectable mountains of whipped cream.
For years, the commodity markets were markets that could be very volatile, but at least they were somewhat predictable. That all went out the window in 2009 when the CME Group ($CME) actively pushed its off exchange customers to the screen.
There are plenty of yields that come from companies doing the "exploring" -- whether it be actual exploration for energy, delivering the next breakthrough drug, or building a new airplane.
I hereby bestow the Bob Dole Award on all the people who are mistakenly focusing on the symptom of red ink rather than the underlying disease of bloated government.
Facts are stubborn things. So said John Adams, and Senator Jim Inhofe agrees in his inaugural book, The Greatest Hoax. The title refers to the senator’s oft-cited proclamation that anthropogenic global warming is the “greatest hoax” ever perpetrated on the American people.
On March 14, the Romney campaign's political director, Rich Beeson, sent out a message touting Mitt Romney's recent delegate pickups.
Celebrities' skirmishes with the law typically involve substance abuse or drunk driving. So let's give actor George Clooney a round of applause for breaking the mold. He was arrested outside the Sudanese Embassy in Washington, D.C. last week, protesting the latest atrocities committed by the Sudanese government against non-Arab tribes in the Nuba Mountains. Good for him.
Mitt Romney has almost completely killed off the "zombie narrative" of a "brokered" convention.
The attorneys of embattled former ATF Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix Field Division Bill Newell and Phoenix Group VII Supervisor, the group that carried out Operation Fast and Furious, David Voth, are accusing Senator Charles Grassley and Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Darrell Issa of making “many inaccurate and harmful statements” and “factual distortions against” their clients.
Pond scum stinks. And so do the Obama administration's enormous, taxpayer-funded "investments" in politically connected biofuel companies. While the president embarks on a green rehabilitation tour this week to quell growing public outrage about big green boondoggles, the White House continues to cultivate a cozy algae racket.
President Obama says he want to make society more fair. Advocates of big government believe fairness means taking from rich people and giving to others: poor people; or people who do things politicians approve of, like making “green” energy equipment (Solyndra); or old people (even rich ones) through Social Security and Medicare.
A few nights back, Mark Levin made a powerful point on his radio show: Fox News boss Roger Ailes is a well-known and infamous name in media circles, like some sort of cable-news Voldemort or Darth Vader. Meanwhile, MSNBC boss -- quick, can you name him? -- Phil Griffin is unknown and not the least bit controversial after hiring, as Levin unforgettably put it, a "conga line of morons."
The angry, populist tone of the seemingly endless battle for the GOP presidential nomination may cripple the Republican Party in building a long-term connection with the fastest growing group of swing voters in the overall electorate: college graduates.
As you may have heard, Senate Democrats haven't bothered to present a budget in more than 1,000 days and counting -- which, unlike many pundits, I don't find particularly upsetting, considering we've been free of a new Democratic budget for 1,000-plus days and counting.
The government's monstrous budget deficits continue their meteoric rise under Barack Obama's big spending policies, further threatening America's shaky economy and future growth.
I built a retirement portfolio using ETFs and index funds. One of my 2012 resolutions is to re-examine my financial picture, but what am I looking for? What should I be thinking of?
It appears that there’s a chance to end a major source of corporate welfare known as the Export-Import Bank. As the irreplaceable Tim Carney notes, a handful of Republicans are standing up for free markets over corrupt cronyism.
Sounding very much like he’d gotten the message about over regulation, Obama said the goal of this review would be to “remove outdated regulations that stifle job creation and make our economy less competitive.” Yeah. Right.
No matter which party wins next November Washington again will — with a phony show of reluctance — raise the debt limit to allow it to continue its borrowing binge on our tab. Most Americans understand that the debt ceiling debate is as choreographed, as predetermined, as a professional wrestling match. Eyes full of crocodile tears, Washington will increase its debt ceiling by hundreds of billions … or trillions … of dollars.
Goldman Sachs executive Greg Smith made headlines last week with a public letter of resignation from the legendary firm. Smith's letter chronicled the ethical decline that led to his departure, and has sparked renewed interest in the culture of unmitigated greed that animates the world of high finance.
It was Winston Churchill who first used that term, “the crunch” in that way. It means, of course, that crisis when a leader has to make a judgment. It is when lives, perhaps millions of them, hang on the outcome of the decision the leader makes.
The video that the late Andrew Breitbart released of Barack Obama during his Harvard days revealed one more link in the president's early chain of associations with radicals. But I watched a video a couple of weeks ago that I believe is far more incriminating for our president because it shows the present fallout from his radical agenda, including the redistribution of wealth.
Saying that capitalism is better than socialism is like saying that winning a million dollars is better than being in a high impact car crash. In other words, if you have an open mind, a good grasp on human nature and economics, and a passing knowledge of world history, there's absolutely no question that capitalism is superior to socialism.
Speaking to students at a Maryland community college, President Obama indulged one of the left's favorite vanities -- the claim to represent "the future." His topic was energy. The president warned against Republicans who want "an energy strategy for the last century that traps us in the past."
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the NAACP, has gone to the United Nations -- specifically the U.N. Human Rights Council -- for, in the words of USA Today, "help battling what the organization views as forces attempting to push back voting rights."
Everything is political in San Francisco. In January, police arrested Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi on domestic violence charges after an argument in which he apparently bruised the right arm of his wife, Eliana Lopez. Mirkarimi's supporters tried to frame the prosecution as an effort by the city's political establishment to pick on a rebellious progressive.
When President Obama was participating in a live video chat, Jennifer Wedel asked him, "Why does the government continue to issue and extend H-1B visas when there are tons of Americans just like my husband with no job?" Her husband is a semiconductor engineer who was laid off three years ago and is still unable to find an engineering job.
The Supreme Court of the United States, whose inveterate habit is telling Americans what's good for them, will do the honors once more after weighing the merits and demerits of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, generally and ominously known as Obamacare.
An in-depth study of environmental groups’ energy-related goals as posted on their websites’ shows that there is not an energy project they like. In short, they want to “kill,” “block,” and “deny.” The only thing they want to expand is moratoriums.
We need to bear in mind there is a segment of the US and world population that will do anything in its power to kill capitalism. Their sole mission is to have a totalitarian environment where a central planner makes all the decisions.
I loved every one of his books -- except this one.
Granted, it may be part and parcel of how the U.S. has done business for the last 60 years and we may only be finding out about it because the digital age throws open the door on a whole host of things heretofore unknown by the voting public. But it does beg the question: does one branch of government really need all that power?
As Irene ravaged other parts of the eastern seaboard, causing millions to be without power, the eatery of last resort, Waffle House, kept its doors open in many locations, using generators and serving a limited menu designed specifically for emergency situations.
Here's one example of the perils of blindly chasing high-yield investments. While there are some quality companies yielding north of 10% in the current low-interest rate environment, the double-digit yield universe is replete with income traps.
It is time to expose the hypocrisy and intolerance of GLAAD, which is really the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Disagreement (not Defamation), as I have pointed out many times before. Not only does GLAAD seek to silence or discredit opposing voices, but it also praises those who attack those voices, even in the most vulgar and crass ways.
When President Obama took office, regular gasoline cost $1.85 a gallon. Now it’s hit $4.00 per gallon in many cities, and some analysts predict it could reach $5.00 or more this summer. Filling your tank could soon slam you for $75-$90.
While the Army Corps has built some impressive infrastructure, many of its projects have been economically or environmentally dubious. The agency's activities have often subsidized private interests at the expense of federal taxpayers. Furthermore, the Corps has a history of distorting its cost-benefit analyses in order to justify its projects.
Many people may be voting for Mitt Romney because of the view in some quarters that he is the inevitable Republican candidate for President of the United States and the candidate with the best chance of beating Barack Obama, rather than because they actually prefer Romney to the other candidates.
In my column, I correctly referred to the Nazi Holocaust as a Holocaust. I correctly referred to the feminist Holocaust as a Holocaust. I did not deny or in any way minimize any Holocaust. I simply spoke of two instead of speaking of one. If you are anti-Holocaust, then why are you morally superior for talking about one less Holocaust than I do? I just don’t understand your basic premise.
A plumpish girl making pizzas behind a counter methodically spreads red sauce on a circle of dough as she vents loudly to the cashier: “Do you drink soda pop? No? Well, I do. They say that pop makes you gain weight. I always gain weight from stress and I’m so stressed out. I don’t have enough money. I need a car for college and I can’t afford one. And gas is outrageous. It’s like $5! I mean, I could buy a bike for $5!
President Obama may lack chops in many areas—job creation, growing the economy, managing the cost of fuel and food—but, he is a master at political strategy and excels in the art of misdirection.
The Obama Administration and their allies know that regardless of any other issues, the election will revolve around the economy. Ultimately, it always does, which is why James Carville is famous for so eloquently stating “It’s the economy, stupid.”
For the last several weeks, I have been discussing the current battle over the definition of marriage with friends and parishioners. I have been amazed by a new collaboration between former political rivals in all of our urban, minority communities.
There are two Americas. No, I am not adopting occupy-style rhetoric that pits one group of Americans against another. What I am talking about is the fundamental difference between America’s entrepreneurial private sector and America’s cumbersome public sector.
This kind of ultra-high yield invariably means that most investors anticipate a major cut in the dividend. Otherwise, it would attract so much buying interest that the yield would get pushed sharply lower anyway.
An article in the Washington Times on the former Pennsylvania senator’s lack of popularity in the Keystone State is instructive.
Obama detests all Republicans, so he decided to go after one of the originals, Rutherford B. Hayes. Obama was using one of Hayes’ “statements” about the telephone to contrast it with his green energy policy today.
Some commentators have gone as far to say that the “single largest obstacle to meaningful economic recovery is a man who most Americans have probably never heard of, Edward J. DeMarco.” Of course, such a statement shows a stunning lack of understanding of both the mortgage market and the economy in general.
Fourteen of the 15 most populous cities at the start of the decade either grew more slowly or lost population by the decade's end. And while the 50 largest metro areas collectively grew by 3.7 percent in the 1990s, that growth was more than halved to 1.3 percent from 2000 to 2010.
They say all things must end, but the wrangling over Mitt Romney's support for an individual health-insurance mandate persists without letup.
Call me weird, but if Texans have to brandish an ID to buy cigarettes or beer, coach a youth football team, see an R-rated movie, cash a check, buy Sudafed or spray paint, pick up their children from school early, rent a video, open up a P.O. Box, pick up tickets at will call for a Bon Jovi concert, or rent a kayak to float down the Guadalupe then I don’t think it is too much to ask that a person who waddles up to a voting booth to elect our next president prove that he or she is here legally.
Liberals need to check their faux Occupy Wall Street outrage about greedy bankers. The liberal investment All Stars are as venial a bunch of robber barons as anyone this side of 1900.
America has always been a land of boom and bust. It’s just part of the natural business cycle. But Obama and his socialist cabal have channeled Hoover and FDR, who turned an ordinary bust into The Great Depression with a toxic strategy of bigger government, more spending, more debt, expanded entitlements, more rules and regulations strangling business, higher minimum wages, more power to unions, and dramatically higher taxes to pay for this expansion of big government.
The evangelical church is under constant threat to compromise its reliance on biblical truth. The human desire to be accepted, to not be seen as “outside the mainstream,” can be overwhelming. But that desire is our weakness, our downfall. It does not always immediately destroy the dam we build to protect the waters of truth, but instead it leads to tiny fissures that grow until destruction is inevitable.
The real winner from the SBA’s loan guarantees is the banking industry—particularly large banks. In 2009, the top 10 lenders (out of 2,600 total lenders) accounted for close to one-quarter of the SBA’s flagship 7(a) loan guarantee program’s volume.
This election year’s theme has evolved around one common theme: The identity of America. We’ve heard the rallying voices calling for “restoring”, “believing”, “saving” and “reviving” America. There is this undeniable feeling with oneself that America is wayward, distraught and dysfunctional.
Average citizens all over the world face many different kinds of threats on a daily basis -- from common thieves and assailants to criminals and mentally disturbed individuals intending to conduct violent acts to militants wanting to carry out large-scale attacks.
Less than a year and a half after Republicans swept to the biggest midterm congressional landslide since Grover Cleveland's second term, they are struggling against a president presiding over a struggling economy, rising gas prices, and an approval rating in the low 40s.
A German-Russian relationship would have the potential to tilt the balance of power in the world. The United States is currently the dominant power, but the combination of German technology and Russian resources -- an idea dreamt of by many in the past -- would become a challenge on a global basis.
Even I’m shocked the federal government gave an affordability award for a light bulb that costs $50. I’m not making this up. Here’s a blurb from ABC News.
According to Mayan calendars and some scholars, 2012 is supposed to be the end of an age and resulting in cataclysmic and transformative events. While the winds and storms are raging and the earth is moving and shaking both literally and figuratively, most everyone will agree the end of the world is not likely, though 2012 is shaping up to potentially bring to end the area of Big Labor as we know it.
With our deficit rising spectacularly over the Obama term, Obama proposes increasing spending to cut spending, obviously, I don’t get it.
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