Sat, May 19, 2012

Thomas Sowell | May 19, 2012

Now that census data show -- for the first time in American history -- the number of white babies born exceeded by the number of babies born to non-white minorities the question is: What does this mean for the future of American society?

John C. Goodman | May 19, 2012

"Out of ideas; out of excuses." That’s Mitt Romney’s critique of Barack Obama. I’d like to second that indictment.

Ed Feulner | May 19, 2012

It has been more than three years since the U.S. Senate last passed a budget. The last time Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid fulfilled his legal responsibility, Conan was still on NBC, Tea Parties hadn’t come together, and the iPad hadn’t yet been introduced.

Michael Whatley | May 19, 2012

It’s no wonder most Americans don’t trust politicians and government agencies in Washington, D.C. Too often the city’s power brokers offer talking points that seem to fly in the face of logic.

Jeff Carter | May 19, 2012

Even though the sands of investor sentiment are shifting, internally life inside companies is business as usual. That can be a dangerous, and strategic mistake.

Bob Beauprez | May 19, 2012

What is causing continued slow economic growth and high unemployment in America? On Friday at AEI, Sanjai Bhagat of the University of Colorado at Boulder discussed his research exploring the correlation between job losses and persistent unemployment.

Fritz Pfister | May 19, 2012

It appears a power surge from a central source (DC) has damaged the operating system almost to the point of no repair. Just got here in time the mechanic says, if you had waited past November 6th it would have been off to the junkyard for your car (country).

Lincoln Brown | May 19, 2012

There is also a notion that the former First Lady thinks that the Obamaphenomenon is raging beyond even her wildest left-wing dreams to the point that she would prefer to distance herself from the most liberal president ever.

Charles Payne | May 19, 2012

You know I can understand why primitive societies once worshiped and feared active volcanoes, but we are being told to pay for sidewalks over and over again and to sacrifice our paychecks in the future as tribute.

Steve Deace | May 19, 2012

In a culture as divided as ours, it’s rare to have a majority on both sides of the debate see something the same way, but it appears as if both a majority of traditionalists (conservatives) and progressives (liberals) have made the same mistake.

Tad DeHaven | May 19, 2012

My suggestion to the House GOP freshmen who haven’t swallowed the Beltway Kool-Aid yet is to make it an objective to get as many roll call votes as possible on bills or amendments to terminate specific federal agencies and programs.

Carl Horowitz | May 19, 2012

The European Union (EU) is now in a full-scale panic over how to arrange financial bailouts for its least capable members. Yet few officials within the 27-nation federation have pondered the possibility that the best arrangement may be no bailout – and no EU as well.

Political Calculations | May 19, 2012

Here are our three favorite charts showing the relationship between stock prices as represented by the S&P 500 and their underlying dividends per share.

Mike Shedlock | May 19, 2012

The idea that Germany is going to consider anything for Greece but still more austerity measures is yet another Fantasyland notion.

Daniel J. Mitchell | May 19, 2012

Needless to say, Julia is the type of person who believes in riding in the wagon rather than pulling it. Heck, she wants the wagon to be a party bus, as suggested by this cartoon about the rise and fall of the welfare state.

Night Watch | May 19, 2012

North Korean naval commands are expected to earn a significant portion of their operating expenses on their own. Their two main income earning activities are fishing and seizing Chinese or South Korean fishing boats caught poaching in North Korean claimed waters and holding them for ransom.

Chris Poindexter | May 19, 2012

There’s also evidence that Greek voters really don’t want to leave the euro and the pro-EU parties may win enough of a majority to form a government next month.

Peter Schiff | May 19, 2012

Over the last generation, the vast majority of the world's economic growth has occurred beyond America's borders. I believe the emerging markets will continue to emerge and those who operate successfully there will have a leg up on the competitions.

Fri, May 18, 2012

Michael Brown | May 18, 2012

No sooner had I expressed my differences with the president’s announcement supporting same-sex “marriage” than a young man named Collin posted on my Facebook page, “You have to leave your stupid religious dogma behind when talking about state and national issues. You are basing your objection to homosexual marriage on the Bible which would be violating the American principle of separation of church and state.”

Charles Djou | May 18, 2012

This weekend, the heads of state for the member nations of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will gather in Chicago to discuss its future. As someone who has served both as a Member of Congress and as a soldier under NATO command in Afghanistan, I have a unique perspective on NATO’s role and future

Paul Greenberg | May 18, 2012

Anybody need still another argument for reviving the old Glass-Steagall Act (1933-99), with its salutary separation between commercial and investment banking? If so, JPMorgan Chase has just provided one. A big one.

Rich Galen | May 18, 2012

After Vice President Joe Biden backed President Barack Obama into a corner on same sex marriage there has been a flurry of activity surrounding the issue, but not much - if any - coming out of House or Senate Republicans.

John Hawkins | May 18, 2012

"Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but they are not entitled to their own facts." -- Daniel Patrick Moynihan

Phil Kerpen | May 18, 2012

The interest rate on federal Stafford Loans is a phony political issue. The 6.8 percent interest rate was slashed - at taxpayer expense - to 3.4 percent last year. Now Obama and Democrats in Congress are acting as if the rate returning to its usual level is an economic catastrophe for students. It isn't.

Jonah Goldberg | May 18, 2012

This is the season of generational twaddle. At graduation ceremonies across the country, politicians, authors, actors and businessmen take to the stage to tell young people they are fantastic simply because they are young. This year, the ritual is more pathetic than usual because there's a presidential election in the offing.

Michelle Malkin | May 18, 2012

Boxing champion Manny Pacquiao is guilty -- of being true to his Catholic faith. The gay-marriage mob is guilty -- of the very ugly bigotry it claims to abhor. And left-wing media outlets are guilty -- of stoking false narratives that shamelessly demonize religion in the name of compassion.

Brent Bozell | May 18, 2012

Howard Stern has not been missed since he took his smutty shtick off the airwaves and onto the unregulated Sirius satellite radio. His super fans -- the brainiacs still playing their VHS tapes of a Stern show called "Butt Bongo Fiesta" -- have made the satellite radio chiefs happy, but Stern has almost vanished as an icon of pop culture. He even scaled back his radio schedule to three days a week, semi-retiring.

David Limbaugh | May 18, 2012

People have asked what Obama could possibly have been thinking to announce the final step in his "evolution" in favor of same-sex marriage right after another state resoundingly rejected the notion and despite the fact that most Americans oppose it.

John Ransom | May 18, 2012

The difference between the working-class hero worship that attended FDR and the pang that voters feel toward Obama today is made possible by social media outlets like Facebook.

Mona Charen | May 18, 2012

The president dropped by Barnard College (my alma mater) this week to deliver the commencement address. It wasn't long planned. No, the college had lined-up a woman speaker -- Jill Abramson, editor of The New York Times. But in March, as part of the "war on women" gambit, the White House decided it needed a friendly female audience before whom the president could strut his feminist stuff. Barnard, bastion of women's rights, dumped the Times gal for him in a New York minute.

Scott Rasmussen | May 18, 2012

Mitt Romney has pulled a point or two ahead of President Obama in polls of likely voters. In polls of registered voters, Obama has the advantage. The president's job approval ratings are hovering in the upper 40 percent range, which suggests a close race.

Pat Buchanan | May 18, 2012

Among the more controversial chapters in "Suicide of a Superpower," my book published last fall, was the one titled, "The End of White America."

Suzanne Fields | May 18, 2012

What a country. In one corner, the president of the United States endorses same-sex marriage, evoking his personal evolution with the Golden Rule, "You know, treat others the way you want to be treated." In the other corner, Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican candidate for president, addresses an audience of 35,000 at the Liberty University commencement, one of the largest Christian universities in the country.

Linda Chavez | May 18, 2012

Like many Americans, genealogy has been a keen interest of mine...But what I knew was only part of the story.

Donald Lambro | May 18, 2012

WASHINGTON - President Obama's budget deficit this year will hit $1.2 trillion, following three previous monster deficits of $1.3 trillion, $1.3 trillion and $1.4 trillion.

Larry Kudlow | May 18, 2012

Boehner is aggressively taking on President Obama's leadership ineptitude on the economy.

Stewart Scott | May 18, 2012

Individuals like al-Asiri and al-Wahayshi play critical roles in militant groups. History has shown that the loss of exceptional individuals such as these makes a big difference in efforts to defeat such organizations.

Political Calculations | May 18, 2012

There appears to be an increasing level of disability fraud in the U.S., where hundreds of thousands of people end on SSDI after their extended unemployment insurance benefits expire.

Mark Baisley | May 18, 2012

Marriage is a longstanding religious institution, plain and simple. If the state’s only role was recording weddings that churches conducted, there would be less of an issue here.

Chris Poindexter | May 18, 2012

The run on European banks continues only it’s not just Greek bank customers withdrawing euros, but also customers of Bankia SA in Spain who have pulled out over a billion euros in just under a week.

Mike Shedlock | May 18, 2012

"In Italy we have two realities, Germany and Greece, in the same borders."

Daniel J. Mitchell | May 18, 2012

Setting aside the snarky comments, all that Rand Paul is proposing is to limit the growth of government so that the federal budget grows by an average of about 2 percent annually.

Jeff Carter | May 18, 2012

Curbing speculation in any commodity won’t work. It will simply force risk transfer and price discovery into less transparent marketplaces.

Gina Loudon | May 18, 2012

A recent article estimated that the total national taxpayer cost of policing and cleanup from last fall’s OWS stands at nearly $30 million.

Doug French | May 18, 2012

Self-made billionaire Sheldon Adelson says the secret to his success was "never knowing anything" about the businesses he entered. That sounds like an exaggeration, but he emphasized that point when speaking to students at UNLV recently, upon receiving the Hospitality Industry Leader of the Year by the UNLV's Harrah Hotel College.

Thu, May 17, 2012

Diana West | May 17, 2012

Here I am again in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces in Washington, D.C., the highest appeals court for the U.S. military. Last month, I was here to cover Army 1st Lt. Michael Behenna's final appeal.

Cliff May | May 17, 2012

Last week, the major media focused on issues of global consequence – like whether Mitt Romney and his “prep school posse” engaged in forcible hair-cutting almost a half century ago.

Bill Tatro | May 17, 2012

It seemed Obama was saying the government needed to protect poor Jamie from himself. In light of J.P. Morgan’s total capital, Main Street media looked at the trading loss and said “what’s the big deal?”

Matt Kibbe | May 17, 2012

In the wake of Dick Lugar’s loss to Richard Mourdock in last week’s Indiana Republican Senate primary, former Senator Bob Bennett is wondering which party is going to control the Senate this November. According to Mr. Bennett, the Tea Party “gave” three Senate seats to the Democrats in 2010.

Larry Elder | May 17, 2012

President Obama's affirmation of gay marriage threatens to undermine the near-monolithic black support Obama enjoyed in 2008. Several members of the black clergy now say they intend to sit out the presidential election. One poll from last November found black opposition to gay marriage at 58 percent, higher than the rest of the country, which is about evenly split.

Maggie Gallagher | May 17, 2012

Just how bad a blunder was President Obama's forced gay marriage endorsement?

Hugh Hewitt | May 17, 2012

"He is a bitter man...Jeremiah Wright is a joke...[What] Obama's crazy preacher is saying this week" is a "side show."

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | May 17, 2012

As a child, I was a voracious reader, mostly of fiction. I would read during class, during lunch, during the bus ride. When I was reading, I was not part of my boring normal life, but part of a deeper, more compelling story.

Michael Barone | May 17, 2012

Is it panic time at Obama headquarters in Chicago? You might get that impression from watching events -- and the polls -- over the past few weeks.

Victor Davis Hanson | May 17, 2012

The newly elected French Socialist president, Francois Hollande, is warning Germany that Mediterranean ideas of "growth," not Germanic "austerity," should be the new European creed. No surprise there -- reckless debtors often blame their own past imprudence on greedy creditors, especially if the latter are supposed to be guilt-ridden over causing two world wars.

Judge Andrew Napolitano | May 17, 2012

Earlier this week, the federal government announced that the Air Force might be dispatching drones to a backyard near you.

Cal Thomas | May 17, 2012

It is one thing to talk about "fairness" when it comes to allowing gays and lesbians to marry; it is quite another to claim biblical authority for such relationships.

Debra J. Saunders | May 17, 2012

When presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's eldest son, Tagg Romney, 42, and his wife, Jen, 39, posted a birth announcement for healthy, happy twin boys on their Facebook page, they demonstrated how mainstream in vitro fertilization births have become.

Matt Towery | May 17, 2012

Many decades ago as a young punk working in Washington, I was given the job of teaching public speaking and debate at the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee's candidate's school. I doubt I helped anyone, but being in my early 20s, I thought I was saving America by creating great future members of Congress ... Oh, the follies of youth.

Peter Ferrara | May 17, 2012

Obama has already succeeded in fundamentally transforming America, from a prosperous nation that draws people the world over, voting with their feet, to a rapidly declining former superpower on the fast track to a third-world status similar to Argentina or Venezuela.

Rich Tucker | May 17, 2012

A recent comic strip summed up life in these United States in 2012. Several rotund Americans are waiting in line at the movie theater. All are holding massive tubs of popcorn, jumbo candy bars and vats of soda. They’re queuing to watch “The Hunger Games.”

Emmett Tyrrell | May 17, 2012

WASHINGTON -- I first heard it two, perhaps two and a half years ago. A sage sitting in his New York City office pronounced it. Said the sage to me: "This is going to be the dirtiest presidential campaign in history." I would pass on my prescient friend's name, but he is a gentleman of high profile.

Steve Chapman | May 17, 2012

Ever since Sept. 11, 2001, Americans have had to live with the knowledge that the next time the terrorists strike, it could be not with airplanes capable of killing thousands but atomic bombs capable of killing hundreds of thousands.

Carrie Schwab Pomerantz | May 17, 2012

While it sounds like you're experiencing a tough time, your age and the size of your 401(k) mean that you do have some options for getting through it.

Marybeth Hicks | May 17, 2012

For as well as I know my only son, I never really understood him until I read John L. Parker Jr.’s “Once a Runner.”

Bob Goldman | May 17, 2012

You know what they say about sailboats -- the best two days you'll ever have with your boat is the day you buy it and the day you sell it.

Chris Poindexter | May 17, 2012

Welcome to the Great Market Panic of 2012 where investors sell everything that isn’t nailed down to raise cash.

Bob Beauprez | May 17, 2012

Sadly, three years later, it is more like Hopeless Change that millions of young Americans face.

John Browne | May 17, 2012

The political isolation will likely weigh on the Merkel administration to abandon their monetary obstructionism.

Jeff Carter | May 17, 2012

The big government fanatics are out in the media pounding their chests that we need more regulation. I thought we had great new regs with Dodd-Frank, and prior to that we made CEO’s and CFO’s responsible with Sarbanes-Oxley.

Mike Shedlock | May 17, 2012

Developers, burdened by 70% leverage ratios and loans threatening to come due, rushed to complete projects already in their pipeline, to put those units onto the market and raise cash.

George Jarkesy | May 17, 2012

With the Justice Department today indicating they are launching a criminal probe into a $2 Billion trading loss at JP Morgan, the President’s Administration is at it again.

Brett McMahon | May 17, 2012

Many descriptors could be used when describing President Obama’s time in office. The Era of Big Government and Big Labor, certainly. The Over-Spending Years or Over-Regulating Years are strong contenders, as well. But how about this one: The Era of Uncertainty.

Jeff Carter | May 17, 2012

The corporate cultures of the two companies are very different. One example. GM pulled its ads from Facebook. Ford is doing more with Facebook. Another, GM bailed out by the government, Ford weathered the storm.

Daniel J. Mitchell | May 17, 2012

The latest example of this battle is taking place in Oklahoma, where the Governor has proposed to eliminate the state income tax and her main opponents are members of the corrupt GOP establishment.

Wed, May 16, 2012

Ann Coulter | May 16, 2012

The real class warfare in this country isn't rich vs. poor, it's government employees vs. we, the taxpayers, who pay their salaries.

Judson Phillips | May 16, 2012

Throughout history, Presidential elections have again and again come down to a single question. In 1994, Bill Clinton swept into the White House on the strength of one simple phrase: "it's the economy, stupid." In 1980, Ronald Reagan asked "are you better off than you were four years ago." Now, after a long and bloody nomination process, the Republicans seem no closer to crystallizing their pitch to the American people than when they started.

Michael Reagan | May 16, 2012

Sheep and chickens. That's what America's greatest corporations have become.

Jeff Jacoby | May 16, 2012

PRICES WERE OUT OF CONTROL at the end of 3rd-century Rome, and the Emperor Diocletian was determined to rein them in.

Rich Galen | May 16, 2012

The investing community is agog at the prospect of the Initial Public Offering (IPO) of Facebook on Friday.

Michelle Malkin | May 16, 2012

The stench of Chicago cronyism over the White House just got fouler.

John Stossel | May 16, 2012

When my wife was a liberal, she complained that libertarian reasoning is coldhearted. Since markets produce winners and losers -- and many losers did nothing wrong -- market competition is cruel. It must seem so.

Walter E. Williams | May 16, 2012

Let's think about whether all acts of Congress deserve our respect and obedience. Suppose Congress enacted a law -- and the Supreme Court ruled it constitutional -- requiring American families to attend church services at least three times a month. Should we obey such a law?

Brent Bozell | May 16, 2012

When it comes to opposition research, there is often only one difference between a candidate's vicious negative ad and an "investigative" news report: the undeserved patina of media "objectivity" and respectability.

Jonah Goldberg | May 16, 2012

Perhaps Mitt Romney played it right when he was meek and contrite in response to the Washington Post's front-page allegations that he bullied a kid half a century ago in high school.

John Ransom | May 16, 2012

The tape doesn’t lie; and the tape says that Obama is in trouble, hence the L.A. handshake Obama’s giving the gay community and guilty rich on Wall Street.

Michael Medved | May 16, 2012

A simmering controversy surrounding the "Ground Zero Cross" exposes the intolerance and absolutism behind ongoing battles over religious symbols on public property. Contrary to popular belief, it's not Christian conservatives who normally start these bitter disputes.

Rachel Alexander | May 16, 2012

The fiscal watchdog organization Club for Growth is calling the Congressional primary race in Arizona’s newly redistricted CD6 the most watched Republican congressional primary race in the country.

Terry Jeffrey | May 16, 2012

F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote a story about a family that discovered a diamond as big as the Ritz-Carlton Hotel sitting beneath a mountain in a remote corner of Montana.

Ben Shapiro | May 16, 2012

According to President Obama, he's a historic figure. That's no figure of speech.

David Harsanyi | May 16, 2012

When banks generate huge profits, they are exploiting the American people, engaging in unadulterated greed and, needless to say, in need of more regulation.

Austin Bay | May 16, 2012

The last two decades have demonstrated that NATO's post-Cold War death notices reprised a classic Mark Twain one-liner. When Twain learned that a New York newspaper had published his obituary, he wisecracked, "The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated."

Ryan James Girdusky | May 16, 2012

As a conservative Republican in New York State, I have long understood my vote doesn’t matter. Yes, Reagan won the Empire State back in 1984, however it is quite clear that unless the entire lower tier of the state were to sink in the ocean, we Republicans do not matter statewide.

Phyllis Schlafly | May 16, 2012

The stunning repudiation of Sen. Richard Lugar's, R-Ind., bid for a seventh term has sent shock waves through Washington's internationalist lobby. A former Rhodes Scholar, Lugar has spent his career promoting a globalist agenda, since he succeeded the late Jesse Helms as the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Donald Lambro | May 16, 2012

President Obama is attacking Mitt Romney's job creation record when he headed a capital investment firm that turned failing companies and start-up businesses into success stories.

Alan Sears | May 16, 2012

For good or for ill, when we hear someone talking about a “worthy life,” our minds usually equate it with a successful life.

Jacob Sullum | May 16, 2012

Last Thursday, the day after President Obama finally endorsed gay marriage, his campaign released a video that faults his presumptive Republican opponent, Mitt Romney, for not doing likewise.

Lincoln Brown | May 16, 2012

Higher taxes, lower earnings, an expanding, intrusive government, low employment numbers and the derision of the world community will negatively impact everyone in the United States, no matter a persons’ race, origin or sexual orientation.

Chris Poindexter | May 16, 2012

Last year gold showed pretty solid support at these levels and there’s no reason to think support won’t materialize here once again.

George Friedman | May 16, 2012

Although Sarkozy went as a committed ally of Germany, Hollande will not necessarily be predisposed to German solutions for Europe's problems.

Mike Shedlock | May 16, 2012

China bulls are in for a multi-year shock because rebalancing from an economy overly dependent on exports is going to be far more painful, and last much longer than most think.

Ralph Benko | May 16, 2012

Would you happily sign an IOU for $126,000 to allow Barack Obama to keep his Big Spender status going? In some ways, that’s the bottom line on how people are going to vote on November 6th. That’s what the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates Obama’s proposed deficits, from 2011 through 2020, will add to a family of four’s share of America’s liabilities.

Ken Connor | May 16, 2012

Oh, the irony of it all. For the past two years, the Republican establishment has been insisting that the only effective way to beat President Obama in 2012 is to set contentious social issues aside and focus like a laser on the economy. Who woulda thought that it would be the President himself who would catapult these issues to the fore just as campaign season enters full swing?

Daniel J. Mitchell | May 16, 2012

No amount of satire can match the real-world stupidity of government.

Cliff Ennico | May 16, 2012

The franchise really likes this location and is pushing us to start building our territory, since we've had it for a year now. But we do not want to 'throw good money after bad,' building a location that won't ever be profitable.

Bill Tatro | May 16, 2012

Prior to 2000, we enjoyed one of the greatest economic booms our country had ever seen. In fact, from 1982 to 2000, jobs were plentiful, manufacturing was homegrown, and a certain contentment and satisfaction enveloped us all.

Tue, May 15, 2012

Paul Greenberg | May 15, 2012

Let us now praise Barack Obama. The president has finally come out and said what everyone -- except maybe himself -- knew he believed all along: He's for allowing homosexual couples to marry. That's nice. Now he can tick off another item on the list of must-dos for an orthodox liberal/progressive/libertarian.

Rachel Marsden | May 15, 2012

While your co-workers hover around the water cooler debating whether it matters if Mitt Romney bullied some kid in his youth, a formerly First World nation called Greece is teetering on the brink of bankruptcy. Why, you might ask, should Middle America pry its overworked eyes away from Jennifer Lopez gyrating around in a bodysuit on "American Idol" long enough to bother caring?

Susan Stamper Brown | May 15, 2012

America is not the social issue fixer-upper in disrepair Progressives make her out to be. Instead, America is the “world’s last great hope,” and will continue to be, just as soon as we are able to get our head above the water economically.

Rebecca Hagelin | May 15, 2012

A recent Gallup poll highlights what many political insiders know intuitively: that the cultural divide between religious and non-religious Americans plays out at the ballot box.

Michael Brown | May 15, 2012

In my last article, I explained how embarrassed the liberal elites were in the aftermath of North Carolina’s decisive passage of the marriage amendment. In their view, it was a triumph for backwoods bigotry. But there was a deeper sentiment lurking beneath the headlines and the sound bites: It’s hardly fair that these bigots get to vote! Just think of how wonderful America would be if only the enlightened ones could make the decisions.

Peter Ferrara | May 15, 2012

On April 26, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan delivered the 2012 Whittington Lecture at Georgetown University focused on his 2013 budget and its implications for poverty programs and the poor. That budget has now passed the House of Representatives.

Byron York | May 15, 2012

Ever since the 2008 campaign, many voters, and some journalists, too, have felt they know Barack Obama's life story. In fact, the story they know is the one Obama told them.

Thomas Sowell | May 15, 2012

When two white newspaper reporters for the Virginian-Pilot were driving through Norfolk, and were set upon and beaten by a mob of young blacks -- beaten so badly that they had to take a week off from work -- that might seem to have been news that should have been reported, at least by their own newspaper. But it wasn't.

Chuck Norris | May 15, 2012

With Mother's Day right at our back, I want to address one of the most extreme overreaches by the federal government into American homes that I've seen in a long time. Then I want to call on my own 91-year-old mother, who was raised in rural Oklahoma and worked in cotton fields with her family during the Great Depression, to help set straight the rural farm and child labor record.

John Hawkins | May 15, 2012

There's a reason gun sales are through the roof, gold advertisements are everywhere, products like survival seeds have started to creep into the edges of our consciousness, and Doomsday Preppers now runs on National Geographic. It's the same reason people have started asking about ways to hedge their money against inflation and which countries they can flee to if America falls apart.

David Limbaugh | May 15, 2012

Some conservatives believe that other conservatives, on talk radio and Fox News Channel, are damaging the cause of conservatism by dishonestly overstating their case against President Obama to increase their ratings and profits.

John Ransom | May 15, 2012

I guess Obama’s version of Wall Street reform apparently isn’t working by Obama’s own working definition.

Mona Charen | May 15, 2012

Appearing on ABC's "This Week," former Gov. Eliot Spitzer (why do they give him a forum?) offered the Democratic Party's defense of the Obama economy. The Republicans, Spitzer sputtered "want to go back to medieval medicine, the bloodletting, leeches. They want to go back to the very crazy economics that brought us over the cliff and created a cataclysm."

Salena Zito | May 15, 2012

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner says the country is at odds with Washington lawmakers on the economy and people will see the evidence in the November election.

Ken Blackwell | May 15, 2012

Last week, the Washington Post produced a front-page story intended to shock readers with the news of Mitt Romney’s leading fellow preppies in cutting the bleach-blond hair of a student at their school. The incident in question took place in 1965, some 47 years ago.

Cal Thomas | May 15, 2012

LYNCHBURG, Va. -- It wasn't exactly the belly of the beast Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney visited recently on a picture-perfect commencement day at "the world's largest Christian University," but his appearance was a test as to whether the conservative school, founded by the late Jerry Falwell, would embrace a devout Mormon. And Romney passed.

Dennis Prager | May 15, 2012

On Saturday, Mitt Romney delivered a speech to the 6,000 Liberty College graduates.

Wayne Allyn Root | May 15, 2012

Have you ever noticed how almost all the leftist politicians who hate and want to punish the rich with draconian tax increases…are filthy rich themselves? Confusing, isn’t it?

Pat Buchanan | May 15, 2012

When the April figures on unemployment were released May 4, they were more than disappointing. They were deeply disturbing.

Debra J. Saunders | May 15, 2012

In 1993, a jury convicted Clarence Aaron for his role in two planned cocaine deals. Aaron was a 23-year-old college student. It was his first offense. Unlike his co-defendants, Aaron was not a career drug dealer. He didn't know enough to plead guilty and testify against others to win a reduced sentence. He perjured himself in court. A federal judge sentenced Aaron to three terms of life without parole for a first-time nonviolent drug offense.

Bill Murchison | May 15, 2012

So how did "same-sex marriage" get to be a political issue in the first place -- the kind of issue that draws presidents and presidential contenders into the smoke enveloping this extraordinary battlefield?

Dave Ramsey | May 15, 2012

The further along in life you get, assuming you do the stuff I teach, the less need you’ll have for life insurance!

Armstrong Williams | May 15, 2012

Biologists will tell you that evolution is never complete, and that it has no necessary direction; it is neither good nor bad, just something that happens. The president is supposedly done evolving on the issue of homosexual marriage, and it only took him 16 years—his entire career.

Jeff Carter | May 15, 2012

Of course, any Republican starts at least ten points down in Illinois simply because of the Democratic machine and the fact Illinois is populated with true believers that think big government and socialism work.

Charles Payne | May 15, 2012

Everyone outside of old white folks who believe in God is a victim.

Michael F. Cannon | May 15, 2012

My French is rusty, but I’m pretty sure the Fresh Prince just flipped out at the idea of a 75-percent marginal tax rate like that advocated by France’s new socialist president.

Robert Knight | May 15, 2012

After having done everything in his power to undermine marriage, Barack Obama has come out of the closet, so to speak, with his announcement that he’s now for brideless or groomless “marriage.”

Daniel J. Mitchell | May 15, 2012

If we want to know the consequences of the clas-warfare approach, we can look at the ongoing collapse of Greece. Or, if we don’t like overseas examples, we can look at California.

Mike Shedlock | May 15, 2012

California, like Greece is perpetually in fiscal trouble. Overoptimistic revenue forecasts coupled with spending $2 billion more than expected has California in a deep hole. Governor Jerry Brown has the same non-solution as ever, hike taxes.

Hal Scherz | May 15, 2012

At a time when it is trendy to invoke the term “war” against various groups, such as the contrived GOP “war against women” or “war against seniors”, it may appear trite to say that there is a war against doctors; but there is.

Christina Villegas | May 15, 2012

The Senate’s recent passage of legislation reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act was a victory for demagoguery over open and honest discussion of problematic social issues.

Political Calculations | May 15, 2012

Back in the days of the Soviet Union, there was a whole field within political science known as "Kremlinology", where people outside the ruling circle within the Kremlin would attempt to divine what was really going on in that nation from what little information the country's bosses made public in the media they controlled.

Mark Calabria | May 15, 2012

Calabria discusses JP Morgan's $2 billion loss and too big to fail.

Nathan Slaughter | May 15, 2012

My research team found that 12 of the 21 best-performing American income stocks of the past decade came from a single sector -- energy.

Mon, May 14, 2012

Frank Gaffney | May 14, 2012

Here we go again: The usual suspects - the environmentalists, the one-worlder transnationalists, the Obama administration (to the extent that is not redundant) and assorted short-sighted special interests including, regrettably, the United States Navy - are dusting off the hopelessly outdated and inequitable UN Law of the Sea Treaty (better, and more accurately, known as LOST) in the hope of jamming its ratification through the Senate as was done two years ago with the defective New START Treaty.

David Legates | May 14, 2012

Although he has rarely been willing to discuss or debate energy or environmental issues with those who do not share his views, environmentalist David Suzuki frequently challenges them on other grounds. In his recent article, “Religious Right is wrong about climate change,” Suzuki claims that some US and Canadian scientists hold religious views that are anti-science.

Rich Galen | May 14, 2012

Let's start with Europe and work our way back.

Paul Greenberg | May 14, 2012

The headline summed up the result of France's presidential election: "Hollande bests Sarkozy/ To claim helm of France." And the photograph that went with it caught the spirit of the occasion: There were the cheering mademoiselles celebrating the great Socialist triumph, their jewelry gleaming as bright as their smiles, the red flag waving in the background. ... Ah, Paris in May! The Revolution might as well have been taking place in the pages of Vogue.

Michael Brown | May 14, 2012

This past Tuesday, May 8th, was a rough day for the liberal elites of North Carolina, as the people of their home state overwhelmingly passed the marriage amendment. In fact, it was so embarrassing for them that over the weekend, Gov. Beverly Perdue told a reporter, “We look like Mississippi.” For a liberal elite, what could possibly be worse than that?

Ken Blackwell | May 14, 2012

Sen. Dick Lugar’s defeat in a Republican primary this week has not been attributed, as nearly as we can tell, to his 1979 trip to Moscow with Joe Biden. Then, the two members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee left the bosses of the Kremlin with the distinct impression that they cared about arms control and not so much about human rights.

Kathryn Lopez | May 14, 2012

They call it a war -- mainly, to dismiss it. As in: There go the Democrats again, fanning the flames of the culture wars, dividing Americans to win an election. But it's actually something very different that's going on.

Michael Barone | May 14, 2012

Last week, I wrote about the standings in the presidential race and said it looked like a long, hard slog through about a dozen clearly identified target states, much like the contests in 2000 and 2004. Call it the 2000/2004 long, hard slog scenario. But I said there were other possible scenarios. I can think of three.

Star Parker | May 14, 2012

President Obama now commands center stage following his formal announcement that, yes, he supports same sex marriage.

Mike Adams | May 14, 2012

Some years ago, I was sitting in a tree stand in Sampson County, North Carolina. Less than an hour after ascending into the stand, a beautiful doe stepped into my field of vision. I raised my 30/30 and set my sights just behind her right shoulder. Just as I was about to pull the trigger, I saw something moving along the outer perimeter of my field of vision.

Jeff Jacoby | May 14, 2012

IN DECEMBER 1862, from his military headquarters in Mississippi, Major General Ulysses S. Grant issued a directive expelling "Jews as a class" from the immense war zone known as the Department of the Tennessee. General Orders No. 11 was the most notorious anti-Jewish edict ever issued by an official of the US government, and it was overruled by the commander-in-chief -- President Abraham Lincoln -- as soon as he learned of it in Washington.

John Ransom | May 14, 2012

Is the footise that Obama played with Reverend Wright’s radial racial hatred-which he then sought to cover up- much different than the footsie that John Edwards tried to cover up with his knocked up mistress?

Katie Kieffer | May 14, 2012

Some like it hot. Some like it cold. And the Tea Party likes it red-hot, as in, red states. Three energetic Tea Party candidates are heating up to beat RINOs and help return the U.S. Senate to a true conservative majority.

Lisa De Pasquale | May 14, 2012

A few years ago I was at David Horowitz’s Restoration Weekend in Palm Beach, Florida. As a friend and I settled in for the next panel on Islamofascism, I decided to make it a little more interesting.

Bruce Bialosky | May 14, 2012

They walk where no mortals dare. They face challenges that melt the resolve of ordinary people. They fearlessly stride the pathways of the world, towering over the feeble masses. Commoners worship them as gods, without whom their lives would dissipate into madness and chaos. Who are these giants that rule the world and whose wisdom is essential to our daily existence? They are economists.

Brian Darling | May 14, 2012

Ever wonder why the Senate has voted not even once on a Second Amendment issue this year, yet cast a never ending series of votes on the Obama Agenda? The answer is Harry Reid (D-Nev.).

Dan Holler | May 14, 2012

Last week, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Lyndon Baines Johnson – America’s 32nd and 36th presidents, respectively – once again ruled the day in Washington. On back-to-back days, House Republicans joined with their Democrat colleagues to extend, expand and fund New Deal and Great Society programs.

Chris Edwards | May 14, 2012

The Washington Times discusses whether Mitt Romney’s political and policy team is looking too much like George W. Bush’s team.

Doug French | May 14, 2012

Just who was it that provided Rand the education in the glories of free markets that most people identify her with?

Cherylyn Harley LeBon | May 14, 2012

I am as partisan as the next Republican and when it comes to federal matters, I am not impressed with the legislative initiatives pushed by the Obama Administration and the previous Democrat—controlled Congress. Nationalized health care, stimulus funding, and endless job-killing regulations are all at the top of the list.

Jeff Carter | May 14, 2012

Energy prices aren’t going lower in the long run and instead of battery powered cars and trucks we should figure out how to make uranium powered cars and trucks.

Daniel J. Mitchell | May 14, 2012

I greatly enjoy the one-liners from the late-night comics, particularly since so many Americans get their news from these sources. Here are my favorites from the past couple of weeks.

Brian and Garrett Fahy | May 14, 2012

The economy created a disappointing 115,000 jobs in April, and the “official” unemployment rate “dropped” to 8.1 percent (from 8.3%) as a result of more Americans leaving the job market altogether.

Mike Shedlock | May 14, 2012

It is probably amazing to most US citizens that a political party named "Pirates" running on a platform of internet freedom could win any seats. Such is the nature of European politics where parties get representation if they meet a small threshold, in Germany's case, a mere five percent.

Bob Beauprez | May 14, 2012

More than 46 million Americans – about 1 out of every 7 people - now rely on food stamps – a 32% increase in the number of recipients just since the recession supposedly ended in June 2009. (

Douglas MacKinnon | May 14, 2012

As anyone who has worked on a presidential campaign knows, there is always an undercurrent of trepidation that the candidate or a trusted advisor will say or do something that connects in a very negative way with the vast majority of voters.

Charles Payne | May 14, 2012

The idea that we must lean on one another to reach common goals works in war and football but even then there is the assumption everyone is trying their individual best.

Political Calculations | May 14, 2012

We've previously shown that large declines in the working population of the U.S. has taken place across all age groups, but how much of that might be considered to be normal, such as in the case of retirement, and how much might due to other factors?

Sun, May 13, 2012

Gina Loudon | May 13, 2012

Willing to neglect all social graces to boost their slow sales at TIME, the magazine pits parental rights advocates against breastfeeding mothers, and makes a mockery of motherhood, in general.

Derek Hunter | May 13, 2012

Gay marriage is an issue most Americans simply don’t care about. We have opinions on it, but it simply doesn’t register, especially at a time of high unemployment.

John Ransom | May 13, 2012

Progressives today have no new ideas. All their ideas hearken back to Communism circa 1930, or FDR’s New Deal. Or the radicalism of the 1960s and 70s. Obama’s presidency amounts to little more than a bad remake of Starsky and Hutch.

Salena Zito | May 13, 2012

CANTON, Ohio-Rudy is the quintessential average white guy, right down to his last name. "It literally is Guy," he said, laughing at the irony.

Austin Hill | May 13, 2012

Is President Obama right about a looming student loan debt crisis? It depends on how you define “crisis.” But there is a problem, and it is real.

Doug Giles | May 13, 2012

I think I speak for most heterosexual males when I say I’m not homophobic but chick-o-centric. Let’s keep it positive, okay?

Debra J. Saunders | May 13, 2012

President Barack Obama emerged from his ideological closet last week when he said, "Same-sex couples should be able to get married."

Humberto Fontova | May 13, 2012

A painting of Che Guevara subtitled “Revolucion!” by a Mexican–American artist was on display for over three months at the International Airport in Reno, Nevada, USA. On May 9th it was taken down by airport officials as originally scheduled. Complaints by outraged airport patrons had nothing to do with this removal.

Paul Greenberg | May 13, 2012

When it come to the Republicans' choice for president this year, it's all over but the shoutin' in Tampa.

Steven Aden | May 13, 2012

There is an undeniable progression from bad to worse in the culture of death. Or, to paraphrase Dostoevsky, who was paraphrasing Jesus of Nazareth, “All things are possible to those who don’t believe.” Therefore, just when it seems we’ve seen man at his worst, a new example of his wickedness arises and reminds us that we haven’t seen anything yet.

Rich Tucker | May 13, 2012

In these tumultuous times, Americans seem to have trouble finding common ground. But it’s safe to say that most of us can agree that gasoline, at around $4 per gallon, is uncomfortably expensive.

Frank Gaffney | May 13, 2012

In the space of two weeks, three European governments have fallen, sending seismic shock-waves across the continent and calling into question the experiment that has consumed its elites for decades: the construction of a centralized, socialist superstate known as "Europe."

Steve Chapman | May 13, 2012

President Barack Obama's critics have a point in criticizing his handling of the gay marriage issue as evasive, politically devious and lacking in principle. I hate to say it, but it's bad enough to qualify as Lincolnesque.

Susan Stamper Brown | May 13, 2012

America's senior citizens deserve to enjoy their golden years in security rather than be faced with the uncertainty of having their beloved Medicare benefits yanked away thanks to provisions within the Democratic Party's darling, Obamacare.

Jeff Carter | May 13, 2012

Corporate bond trading, muni bond trading, many areas of equity and forex trading are simply small private clubs that banks can take a cut on both the entry and exit via their prop trading desks. The Volcker Rule sort of addresses that.

David Sterman | May 13, 2012

This past September, I laid out why I think this company is poised for a great future. And for a while there, the broader investment community was in agreement.

Political Calculations | May 13, 2012

We're going to start by looking directly at the evidence that would seem to support the case that Baby Boomers are making out much better than younger Americans in the Great Recession

Doug French | May 13, 2012

Zandi practices what one of my undergraduate economics professors told our class: "Predict often. That way, when you occasionally get lucky, you can take credit for it."

Mark Calabria | May 13, 2012

As I’ve written elsewhere, Presidents of both parties have in recent years behaved as if Wall Street owned a certain number of seats at the Fed. It appears Wall Street has now come to collect.

Robert Knight | May 13, 2012

God Almighty needs an editor, according to a federal judge in Virginia. At least, He does when the Ten Commandments are on government property.

Paul Kengor | May 13, 2012

Congressman Allen West (R-Fla.) is being heavily criticized for comments alleging that certain Democratic members of Congress are communists, and he is not backing down. West dared to quantify his accusation, claiming there are “78 to 81” Congressional Democrats who are communists.

Charles Payne | May 13, 2012

You see the powers that be have already begun a tug-o-war for Zuckerberg to be a Buffet-billionaire or an Ellison-billionaire. The former folksy and begging to be taxed more, the latter thrice married, owner of several yachts that held the title of world's largest and known for doing anything to win in the game of life and business.

Chris Edwards | May 13, 2012

The Democrats have changed. The party’s leaders have moved far to the left on economic issues.

Daniel J. Mitchell | May 13, 2012

So we are facing a big game of chicken. Democrats are holding the defense budget hostage and telling Republicans they have to raise taxes.

Marita Noon | May 13, 2012

If taxpayer subsidies disappear, the Wind energy industry will collapse.

Michael Tanner | May 13, 2012

Given Europe’s continued slow growth, Professor Krugman might have an argument to make — if there actually had been any austerity in Europe over the last two years.

Mike Shedlock | May 13, 2012

I believe another coalition whose sole purpose is to keep Greece in the eurozone will result in more years of useless torture.

Michael Youssef | May 13, 2012

I feel sorry for Mr. Obama. Regular readers of my blog may be surprised to see those words, but I really do have feelings of genuine sympathy for him. Any human who carries a semblance of spiritual understanding will share in that feeling of sorrow.

Paul Jacob | May 13, 2012

Media bias? It is not always hidden. The media bias against balancing budgets and paying off public debt is pretty out-in-the-open, these days.