Sat, Jun 16, 2012

John C. Goodman | June 16, 2012

If you and I have different incomes, is that unfair? Strange as it may seem, the chattering class is full of people who think equality and fairness are the same thing. Conversely, they assume that inequality of income is unfairness, per se.

John Ransom | June 16, 2012

Obama says the rest of us ran up the tab. Sure. Who’s writing this material? Steve Martin? Because: Excuuuuuuse me.

Kathryn Lopez | June 16, 2012

"We will not fail," Archbishop William Lori declared at the quarterly meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Atlanta on June 13.

Lincoln Brown | June 16, 2012

According to E&E Times, last week, the House killed funding for oil shale research in the 2013 energy and water spending bill. Had the funding been left in place 25 million dollars would have been allocated for oil shale R&D. It was a close vote, 208 to 207, but the funding was eliminated.

Bill Tatro | June 16, 2012

We laugh at the break-up of the word and vow it will never happen to us. However, in the U.S., the word “assume” has a much broader meaning which is to “take for granted.”

Political Calculations | June 16, 2012

If only those anti-plastic bag advocates cared more about the environment.

Jeff Carter | June 16, 2012

My bad. Woulda, shoulda, coulda. Three worst words in entrepreneurship.

Mike Shedlock | June 16, 2012

Since 2010, the economy has added 3.23 million jobs according to the BLS. Of those 3.23 million jobs, 3.33 million (slightly greater than 100%) have been self-employment, contractor, family-business jobs, or other jobs with insufficient wages and therefore ineligible to collect unemployment insurance.

Michael Norton | June 16, 2012

Over the past year, it seems the news cycle has gotten worse and worse for Planned Parenthood. Besides learning that they cook their books to hide financial disclosures, are doing their best to convert the Girl Scouts into a Planned Parenthood Youth Camp, and support the Obama Administration’s abortion pill mandate (it means more business for them on your dime), we’ve also learned that they refuse to denounce gender-selective abortions—the practice of killing a preborn child because he is a he or she is a she.

Daniel J. Mitchell | June 16, 2012

It's business as usual in the continent where voters think you can get nothing for nothing and politicians think every problem can be solved by more borrowing.

Steve Deace | June 16, 2012

My home state of Iowa was one of several in 2010 that swept out of office an ineffective liberal Democrat (apologies for the redundancy) and replaced him with a Republican.

Bob Goldman | June 16, 2012

If another person is paid less than you, you will have to live with their jealousy and envy, not to mention the fear that the boss has been grooming a lower-cost, harder-working person to replace you.

Stewart Scott | June 16, 2012

The group appears to have used legitimate companies to transport methamphetamine from California to the Denver area and elsewhere in the Western and Midwestern United States. The group then sent the profits back to California, where the cash was wired to banks in China and the Cayman Islands.

Chris Poindexter | June 16, 2012

Commodities were generally trading higher tyesterday morning, despite overnight gains by the dollar against the euro. Silver, gold, crude oil and copper are all to the upside this morning while platinum and palladium are trading flat to slightly down.

Night Watch | June 16, 2012

The NightWatch position since the overthrow of Mubarak has been that no revolution occurred in Egypt. Mubarak was overthrown in a military coup, led by Mubarak's Defense Minister Field Marshal Tantawi, over Mubarak's insistence that his son succeed him as president.

Fri, Jun 15, 2012

Rich Galen | June 15, 2012

As Colorado is in the Mountain Time Zone, I am now eight hours away from where I sat at this exact moment one week ago when I was in Paris with The Lad. Woe to me. Let's take a quick look at how we're doing in our place among what is poetically, if incorrectly, called "the family of nations."

Diana West | June 15, 2012

Does "character" count? How about the more archaic notion of "reputation"? Not in the Obama administration, now standing tall behind what in Washington parlance is called the "troubled" nomination of Brett McGurk to be U.S. ambassador to Iraq.

Caroline Glick | June 15, 2012

With her unbridled hostility towards Israel, the EU's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton provides us with an abject lesson in what happens when a government places its emotional aspirations above its national interests.

Ken Blackwell | June 15, 2012

Vice President Joe Biden is almost casual about ending marriage. It’s “inevitable,” he says. He thinks it’s not such a big deal. But it is a big deal. Recognizing same-sex couplings as marriages will mean the end of marriage. That’s because saying yes to two men or two women marrying opens the door to polygamy.

Maggie Gallagher | June 15, 2012

Do children raised by same-sex couples do just as well as children raised by married moms and dads?

Hugh Hewitt | June 15, 2012

On Monday The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza launched a voyage of the imagination --an extremely well sourced essay on what Team Obama thinks a second term would look like.

Michelle Malkin | June 15, 2012

While calls for U.S. Attorney General Eric "Stonewall" Holder's resignation grow and the House GOP gears up for a contempt vote next week, it's worth remembering how we got into this mess. In two words: feckless bipartisanship.

John Hawkins | June 15, 2012

The mainstream media is awash with criticism of Republicans, but it always denounces the wrong people. If you listen to the media, you'd think the GOP is being wrecked by people like Jim DeMint, Allen West, Sarah Palin, and the Tea Party.

Victor Davis Hanson | June 15, 2012

Ancient Sparta turned its conquered neighbors into indentured serfs -- half free, half slave. The resulting Helot underclass produced the food of the Spartan state, freeing Sparta's elite males to train for war and the duties of citizenship.

Brent Bozell | June 15, 2012

Barack Obama keeps desperately pounding the entertainment industry's ATMs in Hollywood and Manhattan, while our manufacturers of make-believe have absolutely refused to expel their vicious hatred of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.

Jonah Goldberg | June 15, 2012

My daughter learned a neat rhetorical trick to avoid eating things she doesn't like. "Daddy, I actually really like spinach, it's just that this spinach tastes different."

David Limbaugh | June 15, 2012

I saw it with my own eyes on a video clip that Sean Hannity played. At a speech in Baltimore, President Obama laughingly dismissed the notion that he is responsible for our nation's current spending orgy. Seriously.

Mona Charen | June 15, 2012

As the nation debates whether to institutionalize same-sex marriage, social scientists have been weighing in -- often with a heavy hand. As Mark Regnerus, author of a new study examining outcomes for children in a variety of home environments, notes social science regarding gay and lesbian parenting has swung from "presents challenges," to "no difference" to "superior" in the space of one decade. The American Psychological Association declared flatly in 2005 that, "Not a single study has found children of lesbian or gay parents to be disadvantaged in any significant respect relative to children of heterosexual parents."

Scott Rasmussen | June 15, 2012

The new Federal Reserve report showing that household net worth collapsed between 2007 and 2010 quickly became campaign fodder for both sides.

Oliver North | June 15, 2012

Senior members of Congress -- both Republicans and Democrats -- are reacting with shock and awe at the tsunami of national security leaks emanating from the Obama administration.

Pat Buchanan | June 15, 2012

"History does not repeat itself, but it often rhymes," said Mark Twain.

Suzanne Fields | June 15, 2012

When Chelsea Clinton stood in for her mother at a recent gala at the Kennedy Center in Washington, she addressed her mother's hopes that women could build a better world. She said, slyly, that if her mother had been speaking in her own voice, and not the voice of the secretary of state, she would have added, "and for the grandchildren she hopes to have."

Julie Borowski | June 15, 2012

President Obama’s so-called Paycheck Fairness Act (PFA) thankfully failed in the Senate on a party-line vote last week. But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has entered a motion to reconsider the bill meaning that he can bring it back up for a vote at any time. He may force another vote on the misnamed bill in a desperate ploy to paint Republicans as “anti-woman” in the weeks leading up to the presidential election.

Matt Towery | June 15, 2012

They were the cornerstone of his 2008 election, independent voters who wanted "change" they could believe in. But of independent voters, according to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll, only 38 percent have a favorable view of President Obama's economic plans. A strong majority of 54 percent disapproves of Obama's handling of the economy.

Linda Chavez | June 15, 2012

Can the federal government adequately predict exactly how many mathematicians, engineers, biochemists, and inventors the United States will need twenty years in the future? I doubt many of us would answer yes.

Peter Ferrara | June 15, 2012

What would you do if gangs of robbers roamed your neighborhood at night, breaking into your neighbors' houses and stealing their family jewels and life savings? You would arm yourself, and your family members of sufficient age, to defend your property. Or you would move to a safer neighborhood.

Rich Tucker | June 15, 2012

Powerful mystery novels keep you reading right to the end to find out “whodunit.” But some end up disappointing; after all the twists and turns, it simply turns out “the butler did it.” That’s how Washington’s mystery of the century, Watergate, has turned out.

Peter Schiff | June 15, 2012

When taking heat from these surprised congressmen, I couldn't help but think back to the reaction I received when I went down to the Occupy Wall Street protest last year. Both venues were dominated by people who knew very little about how capitalism actually works.

Bill Tatro | June 15, 2012

Those people not in political office say things are bad, while our current political leaders say give it more time since things are improving. Nevertheless, in making our voting decision, perhaps the simplest of fact is the most overlooked.

Mike Shedlock | June 15, 2012

Given that Spain is supposed to get €100 billion from the ESM, some might be surprised to learn ESM Still Not Ratified by Germany, Austria, Belgium, Estonia, Slovakia, Netherlands

Lincoln Brown | June 15, 2012

Most Americans will never lead the lifestyle highlighted by Vogue, and pretty as the teacup poodles that make up the celebrity scene may be, they have no clue what the average American is coping with, and further, they actually believe that the average American cares what they have to say on any given issue.

Randall DeSoto | June 15, 2012

I had recently moved to Los Angeles when the nation received the news in early June of 2004 that former President Ronald Reagan’s health was rapidly declining. In true LA fashion, helicopters began flying overhead and news trucks zipped near my apartment on the West Side. I knew Reagan’s home was fairly close by, but until that day, I didn’t realize how close: a mere two miles away.

Jeff Carter | June 15, 2012

There isn’t a single economic stat that Obama can point to when it comes to government spending where he has not outdone the prior administration.

Marita Noon | June 15, 2012

The sand dune lizard victory should be an example for concerned citizens everywhere—regardless of the issue. Wake up, show up, stand up, and speak up.

Night Watch | June 15, 2012

t least half of the North Korean Scud launchers are built upon heavy duty Japanese trucks used in drilling that the North Koreans converted into Transporter-Erector-Launchers, or TELs.

Daniel J. Mitchell | June 15, 2012

Kudos to Paul Ryan for making the obvious point about make-believe spending cuts. And Grover is correct about the failure of previous budget deals.

Chris Poindexter | June 15, 2012

The bad news continues out of Europe with Spain getting a downgrade and European finance ministers engaged in an epic game of finger pointing.

Larry Kudlow | June 15, 2012

Here at home, ex-Clinton strategists James Carville and Stan Greenberg sent a memo to President Obama telling him that his campaign message of slow and steady recovery progress is out of touch with Main Street America.

Stephanie Hessler | June 15, 2012

A look at President Obama’s first term shows his repeated disregard for the Constitution that he has sworn to preserve, protect, and defend. Since taking office, Obama has betrayed contempt for our constitutional system of separation of powers.

Tom Borelli | June 15, 2012

While the liberal media obsesses with jobs losses from Bain Capital’s private equity investments, it conveniently ignores the mounting economic cost of President Obama’s command and control energy policy that has destroyed billions of dollars in investment capital in the coal and renewable energy sectors.

Thu, Jun 14, 2012

Donald Lambro | June 14, 2012

Barack Obama simply refuses to take responsibility for a weak, jobless economy that's persisted longer than it should have because of his impotent policies over the past four years.

Cliff May | June 14, 2012

Wars of the future will be very different from wars of the past. Everyone gets that. What many do not grasp: The present war also is very different from wars of the past.

Crystal Wright | June 14, 2012

This is the worst of times for President Obama. He’s a president on the ropes, up for re-election in the worst economy since the Great Depression with no successes to run on and a Supreme Court who may rule this month his signature initiative Obamacare is unconstitutional. And just when you think Obama can’t step into any more proverbial poop . . . well, he does.

Emmett Tyrrell | June 14, 2012

One of my favorite controversialists is back, Bob Woodward, with his sidekick Carl Bernstein. Sunday in "The Washington Post," they wrote that Richard Nixon was more hideous than we have heretofore known. The 37th president conducted five wars while in office, according to the boys, and those do not even include his minor fracases, the Cold War against the Soviet Union and the Vietnam War.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | June 14, 2012

In January 1995, I made a list of 18 attributes that described the type of man I wanted to marry. The list included "wants children," "high family ties -- loves his mother," "secure in themselves" and "social."

Michael Barone | June 14, 2012

Who does Barack Obama listen to?

Larry Elder | June 14, 2012

After President Barack Obama said, "The private sector is doing fine," he later quickly regrouped. "The economy is not doing fine (emphasis added). That's the reason I had the press conference." But Obama said he was particularly concerned about losses in the public sector.

Judge Andrew Napolitano | June 14, 2012

If you are still listening to those in the political class who are falling over each other to condemn leaks from the government to the media, you'd think the leaks had revealed private information in which the public has no legitimate interest, or perhaps a planned secret government mission to rescue innocents. Neither is the case.

John Ransom | June 14, 2012

Congress can start using psychology couches for corporate testimony every time a company tied to Obama has a bad quarter or files for bankruptcy. That way executives can confess, apologize, plead the Fifth and quicken the process of “healing,” while satisfying their government overlords.

Michael Reagan | June 14, 2012

Everyone in the Washington-New York Axis of Evil knows that's why there has been a string of White House national security leaks.

Cal Thomas | June 14, 2012

Don't you find it odd that the word extremism seems to apply only to conservative Republicans? Terminology often drives political discourse and those who control the terms often determine the outcome.

Debra J. Saunders | June 14, 2012

It was gutsy for Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein to come out against Washington's recent rash of dangerous intelligence leaks last week; she made criticism of the leaks bipartisan.

Steve Chapman | June 14, 2012

When White House press secretary Jay Carney stood up in front of reporters and said, "Do not buy into the B.S. that you hear about spending and fiscal constraint with regard to this administration," I naturally assumed someone would come out with a hook and drag him away before sending him on a long vacation to recover from whatever was addling his mind.

Kyle Olson | June 14, 2012

PHILADELPHIA – Every pay period, the Philadelphia school district puts $155 per union member into a special fund that helps educators pay their personal legal bills, which includes everything from routine legal advice to estate planning.

Matt Barber | June 14, 2012

It's no secret that I have been and remain a vocal critic of Mitt Romney. To say that his conservative bona fides are suspect is an understatement. I have tremendous respect for a number of fellow evangelical Christians who say that they will not support his presidential candidacy.

Bill Tatro | June 14, 2012

My dad’s car had an auto loan which also came from the bank. I asked, “How could I get my $3.00 back if it had been lent out to others?”

Jerry Bowyer | June 14, 2012

Ripley, the modern woman, rebels against the joint program of imperialism, capitalism, war and reproduction, all in one act of forcible expulsion from the narcissistic self. In the words of Camille Paglia, abortion is an act of revolt against the “fascism of nature.”

Daniel J. Mitchell | June 14, 2012

So when Robert Reich and I went on Erin Burnett’s CNN show to discuss Obama’s stumbling economic performance, much of our discussion focused on whether to further expand the burden of the public sector.

Chris Poindexter | June 14, 2012

The source of European optimism is difficult to divine with Italy queuing up for a bank bailout after Greece and Spain.

Mike Shedlock | June 14, 2012

Italy’s prime minister Mario Monti "forcefully denied" Italy would be next in line to seek a eurozone bailout.

Bob Goldman | June 14, 2012

Outside of the fact that you have nothing to do and nowhere to be, unemployment can be pretty sweet.

Night Watch | June 14, 2012

Daily reporting from Afghanistan indicates the Taliban have sustained at least 100 attacks and security incidents per day since the start of the spring offensive. That is a high number for a group supposedly on the ropes.

Jeff Carter | June 14, 2012

This is an exercise in stupidity. It gives the “fairness” people a bully pulpit to try and dictate CEO salaries and bank practices.

Lincoln Brown | June 14, 2012

A great deal of time and energy and gigabytes have been spent in the conservative media over how tax money is used and abused in this nation, which is in fact a republic and whose leaders are supposed to answer directly to the people who elected them. There would be no checks and balances on a global tax.

Wed, Jun 13, 2012

Ann Coulter | June 13, 2012

Last week, President Obama said "the private sector is doing fine." This was not reassuring to those of us who suspect the Democrats haven't the first idea what "private sector" means.

Michael Brown | June 13, 2012

I received the news yesterday that the Facebook page for my book A Queer Thing Happened to America was deleted for allegedly violating Facebook’s “Community Standards.” But Facebook pages like “Hitler Fetus is our Jesus,” “Zombie Jesus,” and a host of other grossly offensive pages apparently do not violate these standards.

Jeff Jacoby | June 13, 2012

What is the best way to make sure that Americans with chronic medical conditions -- those most likely to need costly or frequent health care -- can afford the insurance they need to meet their bills? The conventional answer, reflected in Mitt Romney's 2006 health-care reform law in Massachusetts and the federal overhaul signed by Barack Obama in 2010, contains these ingredients:

Rich Galen | June 13, 2012

The holes in the Obama Administration continue to show the greatest inherent problem to the President's re-election: These people are incompetent.

Austin Bay | June 13, 2012

A string of White House information leaks, each leak a war-story skit crafted to buff President Barack Obama's tough-dude cred in the upcoming presidential election, has very likely harmed U.S. national security interests.

Michelle Malkin | June 13, 2012

During the summer of 2009, conservative activists turned up the heat on Democratic politicians to protest the innovation-destroying, liberty-usurping Obamacare mandate. In the summer of 2012, it's squishy Republican politicians who deserve the grassroots flames.

John Stossel | June 13, 2012

Any day now, the U.S. Supreme will rule on whether the Obamacare insurance mandate is constitutional. Seems like a no-brainer to me. How can forcing me to engage in commerce be constitutional?

Walter E. Williams | June 13, 2012

Some of the responses to my column last week, titled "Immoral Beyond Redemption," prove that Americans have been hoodwinked by Congress. Some readers protested my counting Social Security among government handout programs that can be described as Congress' taking what belongs to one American and giving to another, to whom it doesn't belong -- legalized theft.

Brent Bozell | June 13, 2012

Les Moonves, the president and CEO of CBS, took his wife, the former CBS news anchor Julie Chen, on a date on June 6 -- to a star-studded Beverly Hills Democratic Party fundraiser starring President Obama. He told a reporter for the Los Angeles Times of his respect for Obama, who he said "has shown great leadership" -- by bringing his support for gay marriage out of the closet.

Jonah Goldberg | June 13, 2012

The 1990 Italian film "Everybody's Fine" is one of the most depressing films I've ever seen. Starring the late Marcello Mastroianni, it's the story of an old man who tells his wife he's going to visit their grown kids. According to their letters the kids are doing great, but he'd like to see for himself.

John Ransom | June 13, 2012

Progressives used every doomsday machine and every death ray in their cartoon arsenal in Wisconsin and still they got an old-fashioned butt kicking.

Michael Medved | June 13, 2012

As the presidential contest heats up, President Obama and his Democratic allies will only intensify their attack on Mitt Romney’s Republicans for waging “war on the middle class.” The best GOP response to this charge is to insist that liberals have been assaulting middle-class values for years—and it’s those values, not government giveaways, that built prosperity for the Great American Middle.

Lisa De Pasquale | June 13, 2012

In 1995, the VENONA project revealed that there were pro-Soviet, anti-American saboteurs and spies who infiltrated the State Department, Treasury, Office of Strategic Services, and the White House during the Roosevelt and Truman Administrations.

Ben Shapiro | June 13, 2012

In California, the mayor of a major city has decided that it's time to renegotiate union pensions, which are bankrupting the municipality; more specifically, he wants to raise the retirement age.

Terry Jeffrey | June 13, 2012

Vincent Gray, who is the mayor of Washington, D.C., which has some of the worst public schools in America, has an idea he believes will improve them: Keep children there longer.

Harry R. Jackson, Jr. | June 13, 2012

The scene in North Carolina was a familiar one: traditional marriage supporters were outspent 2 to 1 and were subjected to smear campaigns that painted them as bigots for merely upholding their moral convictions.

Rebecca Hagelin | June 13, 2012

Parenting is tougher than it used to be. And if California is any indication, parents may soon have to fight for the right to exercise any influence--not to mention authority--over their children's sexual behaviors.

Jacob Sullum | June 13, 2012

Last month, when President Obama finally endorsed gay marriage after years of equivocation, he emphasized that he still thinks states should be free to address the issue as they see fit. Since many voters strongly oppose gay marriage, it is clear why Obama advocates a federalist approach to the question. But it is not clear that he logically can

Ken Connor | June 13, 2012

In America, the Left and Right are ever-engaged in a fierce debate over whether we truly are a land of opportunity for all. What, exactly, does equal opportunity mean? What does it look like?

Jeff Carter | June 13, 2012

Taxpayers pay for cell phones for indigent people. But, the use of the program has gone up 5 fold since Obama took office.

Carrie Schwab Pomerantz | June 13, 2012

While you may think by the time you reach your 50s you've passed most of life's major milestones, think again. From 55 on, there are a number of age-related financial milestones that you can't afford to ignore, no matter how young you feel.

Mike Shedlock | June 13, 2012

If there are 27 million small business owners and 23% have not received any pay for a year, there are 6.21 million business owners who received no paycheck for at least a year.

Daniel J. Mitchell | June 13, 2012

Art Laffer and Steve Moore investigate Obama’s claim in today’s Wall Street Journal.

Robert Knight | June 13, 2012

Wouldn’t it be awful if an important election hinged on some fat cats outspending the opposition? That was the liberals’ excuse for the failure of Democrat Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett to unseat Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in Tuesday’s recall election.

Peter Schiff | June 13, 2012

In an exclusive interview today on the Peter Schiff Show, Sen. Rand Paul took time to explain the strategy behind his controversial endorsement of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Lincoln Brown | June 13, 2012

Creepy atmospheric music aside, the federal government truly has crossed a threshold which in most people’s wildest dreams would never have appeared on the horizon, even in this administration.

George Friedman | June 13, 2012

This is a shift in the position of Europe's creditor nations, particularly Germany. Berlin has realized that it has no choice but to fund this and other bailouts.

Bill Tatro | June 13, 2012

For a brief moment, all people, young and old, rich and poor, blended together to talk about music, the basketball game, or anything else that was on their mind.

Marvin Olasky | June 13, 2012

Tom DeLay, the former House majority whip and leader, wasn't called "The Hammer" for nothing. In recent months he's been the best book publicist an author could want, asking me repeatedly to read his friend Norm Mason's The Political Imperative: An Assignment from God (Jebaire, 2011). I finally did, and will argue that its analysis is solid but its final prescription is wrong.

Ralph Benko | June 13, 2012

Last week the voters decisively vindicated Gov. Scott Walker. America also saw overwhelming referenda victories over runaway public pension costs in San Diego and San Jose. America, finally, may be seeing daylight at the end of the tunnel of $3 trillion in unfunded state and local pension liabilities.

David Sterman | June 13, 2012

The nation's health care insurers are anxiously awaiting the Court's ruling. These firms tacitly agreed to caps on their profit margins in exchange for the chance to serve many more customers.

Night Watch | June 13, 2012

The last thing the North wants is to provoke an exchange of fire when the US-South Korean forces are at high readiness. The North can do damage, but will lose every such encounter… by a large margin.

Tue, Jun 12, 2012

Donald Lambro | June 12, 2012

WASHINGTON - President Obama's belief that "the private sector is doing fine" ranks as the most uninformed statement on the struggling American economy to date.

Townhall.com Staff | June 12, 2012

Every vote in Congress can be viewed as an opportunity to either increase liberty or increase government. Right now, the Senate appears poised to choose the latter as they prepare to vote on the 2012 Farm Bill.

Bill Bunkley | June 12, 2012

The eyes of the nation are watching and waiting to see how the infamous George Zimmerman—Trayvon Martin “Stand Your Ground” case will play out in the courts. But hold on, this is not the only example of where Florida is in the “stand your ground” business.

Stephen Smoot | June 12, 2012

Twenty-five years after President Ronald Reagan delivered his Brandenburg Gate speech, debate persists over the meaning and true impact of his words that day. Conservatives, including former Secretary of State James Baker, described the June 17, 1987 speech at the Brandenburg Gate as a “historic challenge.” Its historical resonance has escaped Reagan’s detractors then and now.

Rachel Marsden | June 12, 2012

The English-teacher son of a Pulitzer Prize winner gave a much-ballyhooed commencement speech recently to students graduating from an American high school that one might categorize as privileged.

Ken Blackwell | June 12, 2012

Every American high school student knows, or should know, that President Ronald Reagan went to the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin on this date in 1987. The President said: “If you seek liberalization, open this gate…Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.”

Paul Greenberg | June 12, 2012

The news filtered through the great publishing companies, the fan clubs, the writers' guilds. Through the staffs of the few sci-fi pulps and fantasy magazines left. Through the minds of old readers who were once young and still couldn't escape his spell.

Byron York | June 12, 2012

A lot of political insiders in both parties think Bain Capital is pretty much a dead issue in the 2012 presidential campaign. After all, Mitt Romney has ably defended his work at the private equity firm that made him rich, and a number of top Democrats, ranging from Cory Booker to Ed Rendell to Bill Clinton himself, have defended Bain and companies like it. So there's an emerging consensus that Bain is over as an issue.

Pat Buchanan | June 12, 2012

Within days of SEAL Team Six's killing of Osama on that midnight mission in Pakistan, Defense Secretary Bob Gates, reading all about the raid in the press, went to the White House to tell President Obama's national security adviser pungently to "shut the (bleep) up."

Mona Charen | June 12, 2012

President Obama ran a successful campaign in 2008 against George W. Bush. Yes, yes, John McCain's name was on the ballot, but that was a detail. Obama campaigned against Bush. McCain even laughed about it at the Alfred E. Smith dinner, joking that Obama's "pet name for me" is "George Bush."

David Limbaugh | June 12, 2012

President Obama continues to prove how out of touch he is with the plight of the American people under his anemic economy. No, Mr. President, the economy and the private sector are not "doing fine."

John Hawkins | June 12, 2012

The harassment that seems to follow people who get caught in the crosshairs of Speedway bomber Brett Kimberlin has started to put a spotlight on the staggering level of abuse that many activists, columnists, and bloggers on the Right have to endure just to exercise their First Amendment rights.

Thomas Sowell | June 12, 2012

It bothers me a little when conservatives call Barack Obama a "socialist." He certainly is an enemy of the free market, and wants politicians and bureaucrats to make the fundamental decisions about the economy. But that does not mean that he wants government ownership of the means of production, which has long been a standard definition of socialism. What President Obama has been pushing for, and moving toward, is more insidious.

Chuck Norris | June 12, 2012

How much power does the president actually possess? That is a question at the heart of most debates about the federal government. Declaring war, writing executive orders, legislating, allocating taxpayers' money and even influencing what your children learn and eat are just a very small sample of subjects hotly under dispute right now. Well, I know a position more powerful than the presidency.

John Ransom | June 12, 2012

To a millionaire community organizer who the heads up the One Percent of the One Percent who never really earned their millions, there is no difference between $3,000 a month and $3,000 a year.

Ken Blackwell | June 12, 2012

Talk show host, Bill Press, doesn’t like the Star-Spangled Banner.

Cal Thomas | June 12, 2012

One of many things left out of the film "The Iron Lady" was Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's warnings on the effects a single currency would have on the economies of European nations. Thatcher's premonitions place her among the great political prophets of all time.

Dennis Prager | June 12, 2012

Rather than dividing the world between good and evil, the left divided the world in terms of economics.

Caroline Glick | June 12, 2012

Saul Alinsky, the godfather of subversive radical political action, had a very clear strategy for undermining and destroying his enemies: Infiltrate, divide and destroy.

Debra J. Saunders | June 12, 2012

"The private sector is doing fine," President Barack Obama declared Friday at a news conference that was supposed to show that the administration knows how to make the economy stronger.

Phyllis Schlafly | June 12, 2012

One of the ways to cut the big-spending binge engaged in by the federal government is to terminate the racket of college loans.

Kyle Olson | June 12, 2012

“The private sector is doing fine,” President Obama told us last Friday. That makes sense, coming from someone whose sole focus is propping up and protecting the Government Class. Creating government jobs is the fool’s gold of stimulating economic growth. You can’t lift a bucket while standing in it, just as you can’t produce sustainable private sector activity by focusing your concern on 14 percent of the workforce.

Bill Murchison | June 12, 2012

What some of us -- well, anyway I do -- refer to as the Slobbification of America made a good showing the other day on the front page of The Wall Street Journal: the tale of a town talking up a ban on public profanity of the grosser sort.

Brian Birdnow | June 12, 2012

The turbulent waters of American politics grew more treacherous last week as former President Bill Clinton plunged, uninvited into the 2012 campaign unleashing a number of rhetorical zingers, defending Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s private sector career and expressing an opinion that the Bush-era tax cuts should be extended in order to ward off a recession that Clinton sees looming just over the horizon.

Dave Ramsey | June 12, 2012

So, you’re looking at moving to California with $2,500 in your pocket, a car payment, and no job waiting.

Mike Shedlock | June 12, 2012

The average non-wizard non-union employee has long ago figured out the moral of this story. Those in ivory towers in "Academic Wonderland" have not, so I need to spell it out.

Night Watch | June 12, 2012

About 12% of the adult French population have determined the direction of French fiscal and social policy and strongly influenced the survival of the eurozone.

Hal Scherz | June 12, 2012

Healthcare does not operate in a free market system in America. The creation of Medicare and Medicaid in the 1960s put an end to that, with government involvement in medical decisions and artificial price fixing for medical services.

Andrew Langer | June 12, 2012

With some polls showing Barack Obama down five points to Mitt Romney, it’s clear that Americans are far from convinced that the president deserves a second term in office. But as Obama ramps up his re-election campaign he can find solace in the fact that key members of his coalition, namely the green movement and labor unions, have decided to stand by his candidacy.

Political Calculations | June 12, 2012

We should note that these events are not taking place in a vacuum - the actions described are being coordinated among the world's major central banks and financial institutions, largely because they perceive that the global economy is nearing the event horizon of a global depression.

Crista Huff | June 12, 2012

A world leader in the athletic apparel & equipment market, NIKE markets its products to over 170 countries, with an audience ranging from the non-athletic consumer to college & professional sports teams.

Janet M. LaRue | June 12, 2012

President Obama is offended by accusations that the White House authorized leaks of highly classified national security information detailed in Confront and Conceal, a new book by David Sanger of The New York Times.

Daniel J. Mitchell | June 12, 2012

The bigger outrage is that politicians have created costly, inefficient, and bankrupt entitlement programs that threaten our fiscal future.

David Sterman | June 12, 2012

For savvy investors, such a lousy performance brings opportunity. We get the chance to dig deeply into these washed-out stocks, seeking out the stocks that now offer even more compelling value.

Julie Gunlock | June 12, 2012

The federal government has hardly left America’s collective weight problem “unchecked.” In fact, the federal government has spent years and billions of taxpayer dollars trying to do just what the IoM suggests in its lengthy report—reduce our waistlines. The result of this expensive and decades-long government crusade has been nothing more than billions in wasted tax dollars.

Jeff Carter | June 12, 2012

Someone in the crowd called Peterson Field and found out that the air show was halted because Obama wanted to leave. A helicopter soon appeared and flew around in a circular pattern, basically doing reconnaissance as Obama’s motorcade exited the Air Force Academy.

Mon, Jun 11, 2012

Frank Gaffney | June 11, 2012

Suddenly, congressional leaders of both parties are demanding investigations into serial disclosures of national security secrets on President Obama's watch. The truth of the matter is that we already know what we need to about these leaks. The question is: Will anybody do anything about it?

Crystal Wright | June 11, 2012

DC government stinks to high heaven. We know DC lawmakers are certainly not “bullet proof” to corruption but it’s disturbing they think they can engage in criminal behavior without retribution.

Rich Galen | June 11, 2012

Two weeks ago the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics dropped a bomb on the Presidential campaign of Barack Obama when it released data showing only 66,000 jobs had been created in May - far below estimates - and that the top-line unemployment rate rose from 8.1 to 8.2 percent.

Ryan James Girdusky | June 11, 2012

Conservatives have made huge strides in advancing their political beliefs in certain niches of public policy at the state level, such as promoting school choice, limiting abortion access, and 2nd Amendment rights in respect to right to carry laws. Albeit in no other area has the right-wing philosophy been the most legislatively progressive than in the field of taxes.

Humberto Fontova | June 11, 2012

Given the media’s neurotic hyper-sensitivity to the most microscopic hint of white on black racism here’s a question: When would a black human-rights activist who was jailed and tortured by a lily-white regime for the crime of quoting Martin Luther King be totally ignored by this same media while he testified to a Senate Committee?

Matt Barber | June 11, 2012

It’s been a pitiful sight – a sad week for progressives and “Big Union” Democrat-shilling thugs. In the wake of Tuesday night’s devastating recall smackdown in Wisconsin, tens of thousands of “Occupy” hippies across the nation have simply been too depressed to get stoned and not look for work.

Michael Barone | June 11, 2012

We pundits have been busy crunching the results in last Tuesday's Wisconsin recall election and have noted that the public-employee unions sustained a huge defeat.

Star Parker | June 11, 2012

Engraved large on one of the walls of the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, DC are the words “Freedom is not free.”

John Ransom | June 11, 2012

While many of us labored under the impression that the presidency elevated men, in the case of Nixon and Obama, it instead exposed their flaws.

Katie Kieffer | June 11, 2012

If you’re tracking the economy, start tracking women’s lips. If they’re red, plump and glossy, then you know that the economy is heading into a recession.

Lurita Doan | June 11, 2012

Acts of faith are performed each day in this country, and we are all the better for it. But sadly, Barack Obama does not seem to have faith in the American system, nor does he believe in American exceptionalism, nor does he believe that Americans can make it on their own without government handouts.

Bruce Bialosky | June 11, 2012

The battle is over for now, but the war has just begun. Scott Walker has responsibly and successfully led duly-elected officials in an historic effort to permanently change this nation’s course.

Brian Darling | June 11, 2012

A massive corporate welfare bill – the Farm Bill—is moving through Congress, and it’s garnering broad support.

Dan Holler | June 11, 2012

Perhaps John Edwards was right; maybe there are two Americas. In one, government-dependent Americans take to Youtube to sing about everything they can buy with their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, i.e., food stamps. In the other, First Lady Michelle Obama appears with the head of Disney to announce that the iconic brand’s media outlets will only advertise food that “align[s] with federal standards to promote fruit and vegetables and limit calories, sugar, sodium, and saturated fat.”

Doug French | June 11, 2012

If not for these private game reserves, a number of species would be extinct. Because people like the four in our party are willing to pay to see the "Big Five" and so much more, the populations of a number of these animals are thriving.

Bob Beauprez | June 11, 2012

The Obama Administration takes "creative accounting" to an entirely new level.

Chris Poindexter | June 11, 2012

At this point it may not matter to gold and silver if the Fed decides to print more money or not; many of the forces that could move gold and silver prices higher are already in place.

Charles Payne | June 11, 2012

I still think these central banks will try to do something if for no other reason than eventually there is a pop in the economy and they can take credit. Let's face it, Ben Bernanke has taken more bows than anyone this side of President Obama for saving the economy.

Mark Baisley | June 11, 2012

Replacing Barack Obama with an amazingly qualified former governor and turnaround artist should be a no-brainer.

Political Calculations | June 11, 2012

In the year 2000, the U.S. government ran a budget surplus, as the nation benefitted from outsize tax collections resulting from the peaking of the Dot Com stock market bubble, which reached its maximum inflation in August of that year.

Larry Kudlow | June 11, 2012

Walker’s victory, Bush said, also meant the Tea Party movement was alive and well.

Daniel J. Mitchell | June 11, 2012

In a column for Bloomberg, Anders Aslund elaborates on Sweden’s efforts to reduce the size of the state.

Sun, Jun 10, 2012

Jeff Jacoby | June 10, 2012

There were two conspicuous giveaways that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was headed for victory in last week's recall election.

Lisa De Pasquale | June 10, 2012

If you were to visit all 19,679 homes in an Ohio congressional district how many shoes do you think you would wear out? For Josh Mandel, it was three pairs. In 2006 when he ran and won a seat in the state legislature he did just that.

Derek Hunter | June 10, 2012

The recall election results in Wisconsin were like Christmas in June. There’s something about tears of disappointment from liberal progressives that makes my liberty-loving heart smile.

Salena Zito | June 10, 2012

This longtime Democrat left his party after it demanded that he sign a pledge to support only its candidates.

Austin Hill | June 10, 2012

America needs a bunch more Scott Walkers, a whole lot more thoughtful, discerning voters – and we need California voters, in particular, to wake-up.

Doug Giles | June 10, 2012

I love Miami. Many of my conservative buddies can’t figure out why I moved here or why I stay. I remind them quite often that Miami does have its perks:

Debra J. Saunders | June 10, 2012

Every once in a while, Democrats and Republicans can work together. Witness Thursday's 90-8 vote to bring a "bipartisan reform" farm bill before the Senate. In the expectation that the bill will garner the necessary 60 votes, the House Agriculture Committee has changed its schedule to allow a floor debate on the measure in July. The White House applauded. This is Washington's version of the dawning of the Age of Aquarius.

Brian McNicoll | June 10, 2012

By now, you’ve probably seen the video of the young man on the state capitol grounds in Madison, Wis., upset over the loss of Tom Barrett in the Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election.

Paul Greenberg | June 10, 2012

"The characteristic note of our time is the dire truth that the mediocre soul, the commonplace mind, knowing itself to be mediocre, has the gall to assert its right to mediocrity, and goes on to impose itself where it can."

Rich Tucker | June 10, 2012

The Wall Street Journal reports: “Federal regulators are using powers they gained in the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul law to ramp up an inquiry into the recent trading blunders at J.P. Morgan Chase.” How dare a private company lose $2 billion. Losing money, after all, ought to be restricted to the federal government.

Kevin McCullough | June 10, 2012

The rage of the heat blowing in the direction of the White House this past Friday was so intense that in less than three hours from saying what has to be the most universally disconnected assertion in Presidential history President Obama was back at the microphone lapping up what he said like a dog at his own vomit.

Steve Chapman | June 10, 2012

In the 19th century, Catholicism was regarded by many people in this country as thoroughly incompatible with Americanism. They saw it as a hostile foreign element that would subvert democracy. Today, a majority of the justices on the Supreme Court are Catholic, and they are taken to be as American as Mountain Dew.

Gina Loudon | June 10, 2012

Modern culture is more desperate than ever for a return to solid character with uniform, universal virtues. Our nation is starved for male and female models of virtue.

Bob Beauprez | June 10, 2012

ACORN alumni and radical leftists know they have the godfather of all Community Organizers in the Oval Office, and Obama has long been in the middle of promoting the failed housing policies that led to the current crisis.

Marita Noon | June 10, 2012

The simple term crony capitalism belies the evil, corrupt nature associated with the actual process. Crony capitalism goes way beyond helping your friends, your cronies. It is a twisted, orchestrated plan that rewards the cronies and costs the taxpayer, while punishing the average citizen.

Peter Schiff | June 10, 2012

Given what most economists now know, few would actively argue that Greece's entrance into the Eurozone back in 2001 was a good idea.

Mike Shedlock | June 10, 2012

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner issued this meaningless statement on Spain following the Eurogroup announcement.

Daniel J. Mitchell | June 10, 2012

If we look at the failure of central planning in the Soviet Union and elsewhere, a fundamental problem was that government officials – even assuming intelligence and good intentions – did not have the knowledge needed to make decisions on prices.

Jeff Carter | June 10, 2012

We have all kinds of technological tools to capture and record their stories so eons from now, historians can research and retell the lessons we learned back then. Can you imagine if we would have had video oral histories of the battle at Sparta?

Paul Jacob | June 10, 2012

New York's Mayor Bloomberg wants to ban the Big Gulp. Thus freedom goes, with each small sip at the fount of tyranny.