The topic de jour on the political left is inequality. From President Obama to the editorial pages of The New York Times the message is the same: low taxes (especially on the wealthy) and deregulation are making the rich richer and the poor poorer. Their solution: more big government.
Obama thinks things are swell for all of us bloodsuckers out here in the private sector who just won’t pay our fair share so that public payrolls can be expanded with everything from sugar plum police, to food stamp recruiters.
Indeed, the rising tide of exports from U.S. factories to foreign markets has been one of the most under-reported stories of recent years. It's the single biggest factor behind a long string of upside earnings surprises coming out of America's heartland, and I think it's where there are significant gains for investors.
Press said he is “embarrassed” by the lyrics of the National Anthem, which includes such stirring phrases as “the land of the free,” and the “home of the brave.” Press claims that he does not know whether America is the home of the brave, asking whether we are “the only ones who are brave on the planet?”
Iran is ready to deliver oil to China by constructing pipelines through Afghanistan and Pakistan in order to meet China's long-term energy demands, President Ahmadi-Nejad said on 7 June.
10. The Left had their lawyers at the ready, and the liberal media was promising us "a late night." However, the margin of victory for Scott Walker made it impossible for the Left to utilize their tactical motto: if you're not cheating, you're not trying.
The farther out this administration gets, the easier it is for Americans to see just what kind of Faustian bargain they made for themselves in 2008. And dinner with the president is not going to mollify them.
At times, it seems there is little difference between "Monopoly Money" and "Bernanke Money". It all depends on the willingness of banks to lend and consumers and businesses to borrow.
If for some reason any individual is determined to be a material financial risk to the economic system, they can be investigated. That’s any individual for any reason. The government can demand that you turn over every document, credit card statement, business statement, tax return so they can investigate your activity.
The left-leaning magazine The Nation has published a list of what it deems America’s all-time, most influential progressives.
Though it hasn't been celebrated as such, Scott Walker's victory in Wisconsin represents the full flowering of the tea party movement. It is also a sign -- among others -- that the Republican Party has recaptured its ideological core.
Free speech is under fire. Online thugs are targeting bloggers (mostly conservative, but not all) who have dared to expose a convicted bomber and perjuring vexatious litigant who is now enjoying a comfy life as a liberally subsidized social justice operative.
As Ronald Reagan noted, Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.
On the heels of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's latest stupid regulations commanding a shrinkage in the size of sugary drinks in restaurants, movie theaters and stadiums, the Walt Disney Co. has announced it will ban ads for products on its broadcast and online platforms that it has scientifically determined are "junk food" and do not meet the company's nutrition standards.
On my book "tour" to promote my new book, "The Great Destroyer," hosts keep asking me to explain how President Obama can maintain high personal approval ratings when his policies are unpopular and his record is abysmal.
Liberals have to accept that even in those areas where Obama’s accomplishments were real, that, yes, Sandra, 2008 was all just a terrible fluke.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg ignited a firestorm of debate with his proposal to ban super-size sugary drinks in New York City. Critics bashed his nanny-statism, but supporters like first lady Michelle Obama hailed his courage.
"Moving forward" is suddenly everybody's cliche in a city that thrives on political cliches, but there's another Washington that looks to the past -- or at least a commemoration of the past, and how we pay homage to the men who shaped the nation's destiny. Our most famous marble testifies to the memory of Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln.
Gov. Scott Walker's victory in the Wisconsin recall election this week was no surprise to anyone but Big Labor. Unions were furious when Walker and the Republican-controlled legislature cut back their right to bargain on anything beyond wages.
You hear the band strike up and play it at least once during every Democratic national convention: "Happy Days Are Here Again." It's been the party's theme song since FDR swept the presidential election of 1932. ("Happy days are here again/ The skies above are clear again...")
Bill Clinton continues to distance himself from some of Barack Obama's policy positions, firing opinions that have ticked off the White House and the president's reelection campaign.
Paul Krugman of the New York Times criticized Estonia yesterday, writing that the Baltic nation suffered a “Depression-level slump” in 2008 and has only managed an “incomplete recovery” over the past few years. He blames this supposedly weak performance on “austerity.”
There are two powerful market currents converging. And where they meet, there is a well-positioned company that is poised to make a ton of money simply by riding along and doing nothing.
I’ve been writing about the college bubble hypothesis for three years, but I’ve been living it for ten.
Monetarist and Keynesian clowns never want to address fiscal cliffs in advance, bubbles in advance, regulations in advance, or anything else in advance, except of course when they are dead wrong about what to do.
After testifying about Fast and Furious for the eighth time, Attorney General Eric Holder still evades questions, but admits DOJ and White working together on messaging to the the "facts" out about the case.
In this life, a number of relationships are of great significance, such as the relationship between a customer and his banker, a patient and his doctor, or even a congregant and his pastor. These are important relationships—some of which produce near-familial emotions, binding people together at a deep, deep level. And while all of these relationships are important, they are but proximate compared with the ultimate earthly relationship—and that is marriage.
Words have power; they create images and possibilities, and provide a window into the future of what could be. The best leaders use positive words to communicate a potential future for a country that is possible if actions are taken. They inspire action, progress and positive results. For words to matter, there must be a solid foundation underlying them. They cannot be all fluff and flutter.
The results are in, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has beaten Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in the recall election. That's in line with pre-election polling, though not the Election Day exit poll.
Barack Obama lately has been accusing presumptive rival Mitt Romney of not waging his campaign in the nice (but losing) manner of John McCain in 2008. But a more marked difference can be seen in Obama himself, whose style and record bear no resemblance to his glory days of four years ago.
President Barack Obama's re-election turns on his ability to convince voters that 1) Obama inherited a "Great Recession," 2) every "independent" economist supported the "stimulus," 3) "bipartisan" economists agree that Obama's stimulus worked, and 4) as actor Morgan Freeman puts it, racist Republicans say, "Screw the country ... we're going to do whatever we can to get this black man outta here" -- nothing to do with deeply held policy differences.
Compromise has always been a holy word for the Washington establishment. But against the backdrop of ever-increasing anxiety over our fiscal dysfunction, most particularly the next budget showdown, the word has taken on a tone of anger, desperation and even panic.
For the past few weeks, I have been writing in this column about the government's use of drones and challenging their constitutionality on Fox News Channel where I work. I once asked on air what Thomas Jefferson would have done if -- had drones existed at the time -- King George III had sent drones to peer inside the bedroom windows of Monticello.
Four years ago, Israeli “dove” Avi Primor cooed over the prospects for a comprehensive peace settlement in the Mideast. The “key” to peace, wrote Israel’s former Ambassador to Germany, lies in Damascus. Amb. Primor wrote if Israel would only agree to give up the Golan Heights she had captured in the 1967 Six-Day War, Syria might yet come around to accepting the existence of the Jewish state and break its dependence on the mullahs in Iran.
In his 2007 book, "The Great Upheaval: America and the Birth of the Modern World, 1788-1800," historian Jay Winik writes that among Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton and James Madison, none "believed in political parties, which they feared would lead to 'rage,' 'dissolution,' and eventual 'ruin' of the republic..."
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California's most popular politician, garnered 49.3 percent -- less than half -- of the vote on election day Tuesday. Winning 1.8 million votes, Feinstein trounced her 23 challengers handily in what wags call California's "jungle primary." There was no big-name challenger, yet more than half of voters went for Anyone But DiFi.
They are at it again. Following what can only be described as a butt-kicking win for Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin's recall election, many media pundits were trying to "split the baby" by acknowledging Walker's win, but pointing to exit polls that show President Obama with a seven-point lead against Mitt Romney in that state.
As any debater knows, defining the issue is a major part of the battle. On Tuesday, Democrats failed to persuade the Senate to approve the Paycheck Fairness Act. What are we to conclude from that outcome? That paychecks will be unfair, to the detriment of America's working women.
WASHINGTON -- Frankly, I wish the Pew Research Center would occasionally keep its thoughts to itself. Sometimes those thoughts are merely insipid and beneath the attention of serious minds. Sometimes they are alarming and capable of stirring up an already excitable populace. There is talk of cannibalism being practiced by the criminal element. There is Lady Gaga. These are worrisome times. Yet the Pew Research Center has gone and done it again.
The sudden enthusiasm for gold on Wall Street may signal that we’re at a bottom for gold selling. As I mentioned last month, it’s not unusual to see investors selling gold during times of down markets when they’re fleeing to cash. Once the markets are awash in liquidity, all that money has to go somewhere.
Last summer, the debt crisis in Europe was in the front of most investors' minds, prompting some wild sell-offs in global stock markets regardless of corporate fundamentals. And, in recent weeks, traders have become increasingly concerned about some softening in U.S. economic data, a bright spot for the world economy since late last year.
The Army wants to shape the constitution so that it recognizes and respects the Army's control of defense matters, including the budget and its economic holdings, which are extensive.
A recent business trip got me thinking about those on the Left who oppose the movement by States to increase the security of elections by requiring people to produce photo identification (“ID”), generally a driver license or government-issued identification card, although there are other forms of permitted ID, before they can vote.
Welcome to the season of spin. As the presidential contest heats up, so does the parade of “news stories” trumpeting a carefully manicured version of President Obama and his record, making the case for a second term in an “objective” way his official campaign never could.
When historians one day look back on the rise and fall of the American republic, it won’t only be our habitual deficit spending and lack of financial discipline they blame for our demise, but the deficit of faith and lack of religion in our children’s generation
As Obama looks at a world of falling employment, European crisis, Chinese contraction, and a whole host of other problems, he wakes up every morning and goes to sleep every night without any real two-point slam dunk, the guaranteed easy shot.
It’s hard to see how a state survives, in the long run, with such a burdensome government.
I watched the Wisconsin returns on MSNBC Tuesday night, and it came right down to the wire between "the Democrats were outspent 7-to-1" and "Republicans are stripping union rights!" As we go to press it's still too close to call.
The Obama administration is no friend of farmers, and the recent stunt involving the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sending spy planes over the state of Nebraska to keep an eye on where cows drop their patties is the latest example of overreach by an administration that is bent on controlling every aspect of our lives, but farming in particular.
It is tempting, but not entirely accurate, to say "Obama Loses!" after Democrats suffered another embarrassing defeat last night when the effort to recall Wisconsin's Republican Governor Scott Walker failed by the surprisingly wide margin of 55 percent to 44 percent for the Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. An independent got about one percent of the vote.
They really outdid themselves. In Wisconsin and across the nation, public school employee unions spared no kiddie human shields in their battle against GOP Gov. Scott Walker's budget and pension reforms. Students were the first and last casualties of the ruthless Big Labor war against fiscal discipline.
It's clear David Limbaugh isn't writing books with the goal of being honored in the salons of the liberal media. He doesn't mince words with the media. His devastating new book on Barack Obama is titled "The Great Destroyer: Barack Obama's War on the Republic."
Gov. Scott Walker Walked his Talk. He faced down a militant, union-led effort to drive him from office. Scott Walker never lacked courage. It took steely determination not to buckle in the face of militant unions who “occupied” the stately Wisconsin capitol in Madison when Walker’s reforms were first voted on.
The outcome of the upcoming electoral battle between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will depend on public perceptions of the president’s economic stewardship, with particular emphasis on his performance on the all-important issue of jobs.
Back in 2008, after a hard-fought primary battle against then-Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., then-Sen. Barack Obama had a choice: he could put her on the ticket as his vice presidential nominee, thereby healing the rift that had torn apart the Democratic Party or he could go another direction. He chose Joe Biden over Clinton -- a move for which comics everywhere will forever thank him -- and relegated Clinton to a figurehead secretary of state.
President Obama gave a speech in Iowa recently in which he told one of the biggest whoppers of his 2012 re-election campaign. Under increasing attack from Mitt Romney's campaign and Republican super-PACs for the unprecedented trillion dollar deficits and $16 trillion debt he has run up during his presidency, Obama claims he has the best fiscal record of any chief executive in the past six decades.
Casting about for a reason why Rudy Eugene gnawed off most of a homeless man's face in an unprovoked attack on Miami's MacArthur Causeway last month, his girlfriend suggested he may have been the victim of a voodoo curse. Or maybe he was drugged, she told The Miami Herald, adding, "I don't know how else to explain this."
Chicago’s bureaucratic maze of paperwork (the City has over 70 different business permits to apply for), along with a corrupt city inspector system, has brought the Windy City’s economy to a halt.
Apparently, HHS is under the impression that the vast majority of Americans are eating in Viking mead halls and throwing roast mutton at a jester, or just wallowing at a trough filled with cheeseburgers in between turns on the X Box.
The US economy is clearly slowing rapidly and is likely in recession right now.
While all investments are speculative to a certain degree, precious metals serve another purpose for retail investors. The purpose is to have part of your wealth in a solid thing that will maintain some value relative to currency over a long period of time.
Wars are easier to end when all that is required is for ships to sail away.
Krugman’s Fairy Tales would be wonderful entertainment … but for their power to destroy the livelihoods of millions. The confusions Krugman and his progressive colleagues sow in the minds of less astute policy makers have lead, and are leading, to pure misery for millions of working people.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 20 percent of U.S. adults have a disability. Recent CDC data also states that 1 in 88 children has been identified with an autism spectrum disorder.
A recent New York Times article spilled a lot of ink insisting tax-credit scholarships funnel public funds to private schools. It barely mentioned a U.S. Supreme Court decision last year that dismissed this argument out of hand, along with the faulty logic behind it.
The AP photo showed a Syrian mother holding her wounded son somewhere near the Lebanese border. That's what the caption said. Yet the scene seemed as old as human suffering itself. It was a picture of every stricken mother and child in every burnt-over war zone.
Anyone who claims that teachers unions exist to improve public education is misinformed or lying. The unions have become blatantly political organizations that spend most of their time and resources trying to maintain their domination of public schools and school budgets.
In defending his controversial proposal to ban the sale of all sugary drinks over 16 ounces, New York City’s Mayor Bloomberg boasted that, on average, New Yorkers outlive other Americans by three years. But that is only if they make it out of the womb. At present, 41% of all New York City babies are killed before birth.
As someone who mocked Romney mercilessly during the primaries and co-founded NotMittRomney.com, I can’t be accused of being a water carrier for Mitt. Moreover, I wouldn't walk back a single word I said about him, including the fact that he's the least electable GOP candidate since Goldwater. Yet and still, despite what you're hearing from the mainstream media, today Mitt Romney should be considered the favorite to win in November.
Wisconsin Democrats, Washington elite and insiders, and liberal special interests have joined together to fight for the recall of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in Tuesday's election. But this past Friday, when I saw them also send in the big gun -- former President Bill Clinton himself -- against Gov. Walker, I knew I had to enter the ring, too.
One elementary law of politics that the Obama campaign does not seem to have internalized is this: Don't play against type. Last week White House spokesman Jay Carney brazenly asserted that President Obama's spending binge never happened. "The rate of spending -- federal spending -- increase is lower under President Obama than all of his predecessors since Dwight Eisenhower, including all of his Republican predecessors."
That’s the kind of rugged individualists that cow herds appear to be now in face of the bullying- pun intended-cowards in the Obama administration. It’s gotten so bad that not content to rough up people, the Obama administration has to go do some environmental cow-tipping. What’s supposed to be sport for drunk people, is now official policy.
In pushing for U.S. military intervention in Syria -- arming the insurgents and using U.S. air power to "create safe zones" for anti-regime forces "inside Syria's borders" -- The Washington Post invokes "vital U.S. interests" that are somehow imperiled there.
Explaining his call to ban the sale of supersize sodas at restaurants, theaters and arenas, New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg told NBC's Matt Lauer on Friday: "We're not banning you from getting the stuff. ... If you want 32 ounces, the restaurant has to serve it in two glasses."
In recent days, top U.S. cabinet officers have traveled around the world on high-profile diplomatic missions. Ironically, in the process of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit to the Arctic Circle and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s travels in Asia, they both undercut the case for the United Nations’ controversial Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST) – a case they had jointly made prior to departing in testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Have you ever stopped to think about how the breakup of AT&T revolutionized the information and communications technology (ICT) market? Most people probably haven’t, but in 1984, the end of the regulated monopoly ushered in an era of unprecedented competition and innovation.
Many of my Democratic/Independent friends will tell me, “I am fiscally conservative and socially liberal.” Fine, I am cool with that. People on the social divide of issues like abortion will never agree. But they should be cool with supporting Walker since this election has nothing to do with social issues.
Leavitt has spent the last couple of years spreading dangerous (but self-enriching!) nonsense about how states would benefit by establishing ObamaCare’s health insurance “exchanges.”
“Politics is fought between the forty yard lines,“ remarked Charles Krauthammer just after Obama was elected in 2008. Krauthammer is right about nearly everything, but his rule clearly warrants an exception when applied to Barack Obama and his administration. Attorney David Limbaugh shows why in his new book, The Great Destroyer: Barack Obama’s War on the Republic.
I should have stated first and foremost that states should reduce the burden of government spending.
It’s interesting to me that gold is holding after Friday’s big run, as one would usually expect some early profit taking. The lack of selling tells me investors are still expecting intervention from the Federal Reserve after a dismal jobs report and the drubbing stocks have taken over the last year.
Someone calls 911 falsely claiming that a person has killed someone or is about to do so. It can bring down a world of hurt, complete with sirens and a SWAT team with drawn guns. In a radio interview on the Hugh Hewitt Show, conservative Web entrepreneur Andrew Breitbart began warning people about the tactic shortly before he collapsed and died on March 1. No, I’m not suggesting his death had anything to do with this, however convenient it was for the political Left.
Senate Democrats are again making noise about the so-called DISCLOSE Act, S. 2219, legislation that would force non-profit advocacy organizations to disclose their donors if they criticize elected officials. The bill has support from 44 Democratic senators and may be brought up for a vote in the next couple of weeks.
The Founders wouldn’t believe it. The Colorado Court of Appeals says the governor may not proclaim an official day of prayer because of a clause in the state constitution prohibiting that “any preference be given by law to any religious denomination or mode of worship.
In summer action movies, there always seem to be superheros ready to swing into action and protect the world when it’s in need. Outside of movie theaters, of course, there are no superheros. But there is a super system, one that gives birth to the sort of companies that can help protect the world.
Government employee unions are a real threat to national security, far worse than the unproven fraud called global warming. Government employee pensions threaten our children’s future. They will destroy the American Dream and wipe away our quality of life. America is doomed to follow Europe off the cliff, if we don’t dramatically reform public pensions…today.
As a nation, we are much like a train without a conductor, flying down the tracks in a scenic countryside. Because the ride was smooth at the start and the view out the windows was pleasant, we ignored the fact we’ve been chugging along toward an uncertain destination. But now, with night upon us, we have entered a tunnel wherefrom we see a light ahead of us.
There’s no question that the stakes are high for the 2012 election. In addition to the economy and jobs, one of the most important issues on voters’ minds is repealing Obamacare. Leading the repeal and replace movement is Rep. Tom Price of Georgia. Rep. Price recently told ABC News, “The president’s health care law was built with smoke and mirrors in order to hide its true cost from the American people.”
I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore. For eighteen years, I’ve been playing singles tennis. But, recently, I decided to switch to doubles in an effort to attenuate some back and knee pain I’ve been experiencing on the hard courts. So my friend Gary Faulkner and I decided to sign up to play doubles for the local tennis club.
Why mince words: The guy is a vampire when it comes to currency crises. And right now he’s looking for blood. After spending literally trillions in taxpayer money in bailing out our financial system, should we put it all at risk just because one speculator writes big checks to progressive causes?
In the early 20th Century, the Mexican people banded together and fought a war against their overzealous government which was infringing on their religious rights. And although the Cristero War was an important event in that nation’s history, many Mexicans don’t learn about it in public school because it embarrasses the government, according to actor Eduardo Verástegui.”
How do you become a business titan that treats employees like garbage, creates products intended to be monopolies, charges excessive prices that result in outrageous profits, practices significant tax avoidance, and yet not get pilloried (on the contrary, become deified) by the anti-business media?
In spite of having the highest property tax rates in the county, the city's budget is in a mess, wrecked by the busting of the housing bubble.
While it’s tempting to take a victory lap and call some of my friends in the equity investment business and leave them a BOOM SHAKA-LAKA! on their voicemail, it would probably be a good idea to first review why we had the sudden spike in gold prices.
The CBO projection gives Republicans ammo to argue against any tax increases and cuts to military spending. And it gives Democrats ammo to argue against any spending cuts while allowing them to support the continuation of tax cuts for all but the “wealthy.”
Who the hell in their right mind would appoint someone Secretary of Energy who thinks that gas prices being substantially higher is a good thing for the country? Or tolerates people in their administration who think that crucifying oil and gas companies somehow serves a higher purpose.
Newspaper accounts of the day described with shock the “enormous crushing crowds” that gathered in cities and towns (including this one) to see William Jennings Bryan, the Democrats’ presidential candidate of 1896, as he made his way to Pittsburgh.
Mitt Romney came to stand on a weed-infested patch of dirt in front of the shuttered Solyndra plant in Fremont, Calif., Thursday. If you stood at the right angle, you could look past Romney's shoulder and see a big red "for sale" sign draped on the building, dubbed by Romney the "Taj Mahal of corporations."
I can really empathize with Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic Massachusetts Senate candidate who may owe her connection with Harvard to the school's belief that she was Native American. I don't say this because I'm a particularly empathetic person.
Obama campaign operative Rex Nutting surprised a lot of people with an article on the Wall Street Journal's MarketWatch website claiming that the "Obama Spending Binge Never Happened." Adding a new chapter to Aesop's Fables, Nutting fantasized that "under Obama, federal spending is rising at the slowest pace since Dwight Eisenhower brought the Korean War to an end in the 1950s."
One of the myths about the overall decline in worker participation is that it's simply baby boomers checking out for The Villages. That's not the case at all.
Periodically I come across topics where I’m not sure about the right answer. So I throw these topics out there to see what other people think.
Once you put your money into a fund like that, ignore the news. Don’t look at the day to day gyrations of the market. Just consistently put money away.
Periodically come across topics where I’m not sure about the right answer. So I throw these topics out there to see what other people think.