Sat, Jun 23, 2012

John C. Goodman | June 23, 2012

Are you in an HMO? If you are a senior on Medicare the answer is probably "yes." And if you’re not in one now you soon will be.

John Ransom | June 23, 2012

Kennedy thinks that we shouldn’t get too carried away by the prospect of “free wind power”- especially when his pet projects like the Kennedy trust fund, the Kennedy ocean views and the Kennedy beachfront property on Nantucket Sound are in conflict with “free wind power.”

Ken Blackwell | June 23, 2012

Coal today may seem of little relevance to many residents of New York City or other American urban centers. It long ago ceased to fuel the furnaces of their homes and apartment buildings in winter.

Caroline Glick | June 23, 2012

You have to hand it to the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood. They know how to play power politics. They know how to acquire power. And they know how to use power.

Jeff Carter | June 23, 2012

American markets aren’t like European or Asian markets because we have independent traders that trade their own money. It’s in our DNA and an integral part of our history.

Steve Deace | June 23, 2012

What is the role of government in our economy? Should we tax the wealthy higher and raise the minimum wage to induce “fairness”? What is the solution to poverty?

Zachary Gappa | June 23, 2012

With the future of the Affordable Care Act resting on the decision of the Supreme Court as early as next week, the future of American health care generally is up in the air. If the Act (or significant portions of it) is struck down, there will be a legislative rush to erect something new from its rubble. Unfortunately, hasty legislation is often bad legislation, so we need to consider alternatives now.

Chris Poindexter | June 23, 2012

Yesterday’s jaw-dropping decline was brought on by the sudden realization that with $6 trillion in new money already on the books, the Fed may not have any ammunition left to pull the world out of the current economic slump.

Bob Beauprez | June 23, 2012

New hires in the private sector are still woefully short of pre-recession levels. Far from "fine" and a healthy recovery, the data increasing raises concern about falling backward into a double dip recession.

Mike Shedlock | June 23, 2012

It is not at all uncommon for politicians (in this case Merkel) to simply not give a damn about constitutional issues.

David Sterman | June 23, 2012

I'd normally be willing to simply close the book on this losing investment idea and move on. But I remain convinced investors need to track uranium, because at some point -- perhaps soon -- investors could revisit this out-of-favor investment.

Political Calculations | June 23, 2012

For the U.S. stock market, the noise event that began on 6 June 2012 came to a sudden end on 21 June 2012, as investors suddenly realized that the window of time in which effective central bank and government-backed actions to bail out out ailing financial institutions and troubled national economies had closed.

Night Watch | June 23, 2012

Shahabuddin's arrest is an embarrassment, but will not derail the search for a new prime minister. The News reports the PPP has four other potential nominees under consideration.

Daniel J. Mitchell | June 23, 2012

Let’s translate this into plain English: The IMF wants more money from American taxpayers (and other victimized producers elsewhere in the world) to subsidize the types of statist policies that are in places such as France, Italy, and Greece.

Fri, Jun 22, 2012

Kathryn Lopez | June 22, 2012

The warmth with which elderly Catholic nuns have been greeted on their cross-country bus tour to protest Republican cuts to the federal budget is hugely encouraging.

Phil Kerpen | June 22, 2012

There has never been a more "shovel ready" project in history than the Keystone XL pipeline, which has been exhaustively engineered, studied, reviewed, and re-reviewed as Obama tries to kill the project without admitting that's what he's doing. At stake are about 20,000 immediate jobs, a secure supply of North American oil, billions in private investment, and the global efficiency benefits of connecting a major crude source to the world's most efficient refining center. The latest news is that rather than simply say "yes," Obama is conducting yet another open-ended study.

Crystal Wright | June 22, 2012

Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) reminded President Obama and his Attorney General Eric Holder that Obama isn’t King of the United States of America and can’t ignore the powers of Congress. After 14 months of refusing to give the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee documents relating to the Fast and Furious fiasco, the committee, chaired by Issa, voted to hold Holder in contempt this week.

Michael Brown | June 22, 2012

If the elections were held today, I would vote for Mitt Romney rather than sit out the elections or cast a protest vote for a third party candidate. But I would do so with extremely limited hopes, and my very act of voting in November would be a reminder to me that I cannot expect the radical changes America needs to come from the White House.

Rich Galen | June 22, 2012

Lots of things for a Friday morning. This week marked the first day of summer in Your Nation's Capital. We had a temps in the high 90's to mark the occasion. A lovely young woman from the office said we missed Spring. I said, "No we didn't. We had Spring in January." I got that kind of look that 65 year-old-man gets from a 20-something woman who is begging the elevator to go faster.

Michelle Malkin | June 22, 2012

There aren't Greek columns tall or wide enough to camouflage Barack Obama's impending North Carolina catastrophe. In September, the campaigner-in-chief will travel to Charlotte for his party's presidential nominating convention. For once, the incurable jetsetter may wish he had stayed home.

John Hawkins | June 22, 2012

Since there are currently no work permits for illegal aliens, handing them out would require a change in the existing law.

Brent Bozell | June 22, 2012

June is Gay Pride Month, which immediately begs two questions: 1. Says who? 2. How is it that we have become a nation of such compliant sheep that we accept this rubbish?

Jonah Goldberg | June 22, 2012

It's becoming increasingly clear that President Obama is not burdened with too heavy a commitment to honesty.

David Limbaugh | June 22, 2012

Few principles are more important to our constitutional scheme than the separation of powers, which is precisely why President Obama's bogus assertion of executive privilege to thwart Congress' investigation into Fast and Furious is so inexcusable.

Mona Charen | June 22, 2012

They always get the benefit of the doubt, these America haters -- from our enemies, of course. But also from our celebrities, our "mainstream" press and other organs of liberal opinion.

Scott Rasmussen | June 22, 2012

Every summer, millions of Americans enjoy baseball, summer camps and vacation plans. But for the nation's political junkies, every fourth summer is filled with guessing games about the vice presidential nomination. While the guessing games are fun, it's more accurate to look at the fundamentals facing the candidate and what he hopes to achieve.

Oliver North | June 22, 2012

According to press reports from sycophants in the mainstream media, Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin had a productive, 2-hour, private meeting of the minds during this week's G-20 summit in Los Cabos, Mexico. Don't believe it.

Pat Buchanan | June 22, 2012

In introducing his new book, "Leo Strauss and the Conservative Movement in America," Paul Gottfried identifies a fundamental divide between neoconservatives and the traditional right. The divide is over the question: What is this nation, America?

Rachel Alexander | June 22, 2012

The local pro-life organization in Olafson's district, Walsh County Right to Life, is led by an individual who is one of North Dakota's leading proponents of personhood, despite the fact that National Right to Life does not support personhood legislation. If the national pro-life organizations do not support personhood, what do a handful of rogue state and local chapters know that the national associations don't?

Suzanne Fields | June 22, 2012

The e-book generation lucks out. Winston Churchill is going digital and global. More than 40 volumes of his prose are being downloaded so that they can be read throughout the world. The man who said, "History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it," won't have to depend on the kindness of readers. Nor on their ignorance, either.

Diana West | June 22, 2012

Are we watching the meltdown of Barack Obama, soon to become a radioactive pile from which voters will run come November? Or are we instead witnessing the stirrings of a kind of political phoenix heretofore unseen in American history?

Donald Lambro | June 22, 2012

Are you better off than you were four years ago? That is the politically pivotal question that will ultimately determine the outcome of the 2012 presidential election.

Chris Poindexter | June 22, 2012

The drop in commodities prices was pretty much across the board as the dollar gained strength against the euro. Joining gold and silver on the downside were palladium, copper, and crude oil.

Edward White | June 22, 2012

As I explained previously, last month Congress began moving toward holding Attoryney General Eric holder in criminal contempt for his stonewalling concerning Congress's valid inquiry into the Operation Fast and Furious scandal.

Political Calculations | June 22, 2012

A large number of environmental activists recycle the data because updating it would take actual effort on their part.

Bob Beauprez | June 22, 2012

A little stonewalling, followed by less than truthful answers, quickly becomes a full blown cover-up. And, cover-ups can have very serious consequences – see Richard Nixon.

Fritz Pfister | June 22, 2012

Obama should invoke executive privilege to hide from the people the progressive economic policies that have caused, continue to cause, and will cause further economic destruction regardless the outcome on November 6th.

Mike Shedlock | June 22, 2012

Regardless of whether or not you feel taxes need to be raised, a big set of tax hikes is scheduled to happen. To be sure, some of those hikes will be undone in compromises, but many if not most will sneak through.

Bill Tatro | June 22, 2012

Short of a uranium blockade, an Israeli attack, or the landing of an oil-eating alien, petroleum demand will decrease.

Jeff Carter | June 22, 2012

Since the market has gone from trading in eighths, or .125, to pennies, those of us that trade it every day have found that there isn’t as much volume traded on each price.

David Sterman | June 22, 2012

From day to day, overvalued stocks can climb yet higher, while undervalued stocks can fall and fall. Some of them fall so much that they move far below any logical, rational level.

Daniel J. Mitchell | June 22, 2012

Other than mocking E.J. Dionne’s sophomoric understanding of America’s political system and making a general point about how the judicial branch is supposed to protect us from untrammeled majoritarianism, I haven’t said much about the constitutional issues being discussed at the Supreme Court.

Stewart Scott | June 22, 2012

According to the group, the attack depicted in the video employed a type of IED called an explosively formed penetrator (EFP). Though the video was shot from a fairly long distance away, it does appear that the IED punched a substantial and focused hole through the armored bus.

Thu, Jun 21, 2012

Humberto Fontova | June 21, 2012

Back on April 23rd, 2000 Fox News’ Andrew Napolitano had a few questions for (then Deputy) Attorney General Eric Holder.

Brian and Garrett Fahy | June 21, 2012

In 2000 and 2004, before the advent of the Tea Party, George W. Bush won Nevada, Colorado, Indiana, Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida and the White House. In 2008, Barack Obama did the same. This year, Mr. Obama is unlikely to repeat this accomplishment. According to recent polling, these states, save Indiana, are up for grabs.

Cliff May | June 21, 2012

Back in the day, when I was a newspaper columnist in Denver, representatives of the local chapter of the Anti-Defamation League paid a visit. Over coffee, they told the opinion editor and me that they had a program, “A World of Difference,” that “celebrates America’s diversity.”

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | June 21, 2012

John Winthrop, the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, crossed the ocean from England to New England aboard the Arabella in early 1630. While aboard, he penned a directive that he read to those traveling with him either while they were still on board the ship or shortly after they had disembarked that June in Salem. Most of them were Puritans, who were leaving England for religious freedom as well as to start afresh in a New World, as directed by God.

Michael Barone | June 21, 2012

What's up with the white working class vote? For years, the horny-handed blue-collar worker was the star of the New Deal Democratic coalition. It was for him, and his wife and family, that Democrats taxed the rich, invented Social Security and supported militant labor unions.

Victor Davis Hanson | June 21, 2012

The recent indecisive Greek elections could be summed up by two general themes: Greeks want to stay in, and expect help from, the eurozone. But they still do not want to take the necessary medicine to stop borrowing billions of euros from northern Europeans, who want a radical Greek reform of the tax code, deregulation of labor laws, fiscal discipline, massive cuts in bureaucracy, and greater transparency -- all unlikely given Greek history and contemporary culture.

Larry Elder | June 21, 2012

Last week, a "right-wing activist" (according to Michael Eric Dyson, guest-hosting for Ed Schultz on MSNBC) interrupted President Barack Obama as he explained his executive order that bars deportation for at least 800,000 illegal aliens who came to America -- "brought to this country by their parents" -- before the age of 16.

Judge Andrew Napolitano | June 21, 2012

Here we go again. Is the Constitution merely a guideline to be consulted by those it purports to regulate, or is it really the supreme law of the land? If it is just a guideline, then it is meaningless, as it only will be followed by those in government when it is not an obstacle to their purposes.

John Ransom | June 21, 2012

How else do you describe the president of a country, mired in the most persistent unemployment since the great depression, who then blithely tells the rest of us that the economy “is just fine?” Certainly he’s a comedian.

Debra J. Saunders | June 21, 2012

The acquittal and dismissal in the John Edwards campaign-finance fraud case and the acquittal of Roger Clemens on perjury charges after high-profile federal trials should give San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi hope.

Matt Towery | June 21, 2012

Next month, the woman who actually beat out Oprah Winfrey for Winfrey's "dream job" will retire from that very job after 37 years.

Steve Chapman | June 21, 2012

Remember the guy who ran for governor of New York as the candidate of the Rent Is Too Damn High Party? We need a new one, called the Money Is Too Damn Tight Party. It would get my vote.

Benjamin Bull | June 21, 2012

Last week, the British Columbia Supreme Court emulated the state of Oregon’s assisted suicide law via a decision in Carter v. AG Canada, which “carves exceptions into the laws allowing Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia in Canada.” Making matters even worse, the court did this against the expressed will of Canadians as demonstrated over the last 20 years.

Townhall.com Staff | June 21, 2012

It seems that President Bill Clinton’s previous helpful comments for the Republican presidential campaign have finally been reciprocated with Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) own nostalgia for his administration.

Emmett Tyrrell | June 21, 2012

Warren Kozak, the author of "LeMay: The Life and Wars of General Curtis LeMay," wrote a memorable piece in "The Wall Street Journal" on June 6, 2012 that cries out for comment. On the 68th anniversary of the Allies' invasion of Europe over the bloody beaches of Normandy, he reminds us of an unthinkable act by President Franklin Roosevelt on that day.

Maggie Gallagher | June 21, 2012

Does biology matter? The front page of The New York Times' business section reports on a new scientific breakthrough: a noninvasive blood test that can determine paternity while a child is still in the womb, as early as the eighth week of the pregnancy.

Bill Tatro | June 21, 2012

Having lived with Mrs. Bernanke for many years, I’m sure that Ben is well aware that no matter how much cash his wife has in her purse, or credit cards in her wallet, if she believes the items she wants will be less expensive next week, she’ll wait to buy.

Mike Shedlock | June 21, 2012

One of the most amusing interviews Farage has given. Moreover, Farage is correct on every point. The Republican party would do well to adopt the UKIP Party Creed as shown.

Justin Hart | June 21, 2012

There are literally umpteen thousand quotes on the Internet about “expectations” and any one of them explains outright why Barack Obama will lose the upcoming election.

Ira Mehlman | June 21, 2012

On June 15, President Obama stepped into the Rose Garden to announce that his administration would halt deportations of illegal aliens under the age of 30 who can plausibly show they arrived in the United States before their 16th birthdays.

Jeff Carter | June 21, 2012

For those of you that don’t know, the CFTC is the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. It regulates the futures industry. Currently, it has a horribly misguided leader, Gary Gensler.

Bob Goldman | June 21, 2012

If you learn that your evenings are wasted, mostly because you are wasted, drinking with your low-rent work friends at the Kit Kat Klub, you can improve the situation by starting your drinking well before breakfast.

Carrie Schwab Pomerantz | June 21, 2012

Interestingly, you and your husband both have a point.

Crista Huff | June 21, 2012

The company reported record 2011 revenues of $17.8 billion, and record net income of $2.0 billion. Wall Street expects continued growth, with projected earnings per share (EPS) increases of 14%, 11% and 11% in fiscal years 2012 through 2014.

Night Watch | June 21, 2012

Sunday's supplemental statement is the SCAF's third constitutional declaration since February 2011. Cumulatively the declarations stand for the proposition that in Egypt there is no authority higher than the SCAF.

Bob Beauprez | June 21, 2012

Total job separations (includes quits, layoffs and discharges, and other separations) within the private sector increased by 71,000 for the month; a further indication of growing economic weakness.

Daniel J. Mitchell | June 21, 2012

These soirees are more than just money-wasting junkets. They also encourage bad policy. With everything that’s happening around the world, the evidence is stronger than ever about the adverse economic consequences of bloated public sectors and punitive tax regimes.

Thomas Pyle | June 21, 2012

While natural gas production is helping to lead an economic recovery and secure America’s energy future, the technology that has generated stunning production increases is also attracting its share of hysteria. Despite the fact that hydraulic fracturing has been used safely the past 60 years in more than 1.2 million wells without a single case of groundwater contamination, natural gas critics have sought to convince the public that it is a new, dangerous technology. One prominent foe is amateur filmmaker Josh Fox, who makes a number of meritless claims about unconventional shale gas in his 106-minute film, Gasland.

Wed, Jun 20, 2012

Paul Greenberg | June 20, 2012

At last conflicting reports, Hosni Mubarak was suspended somewhere between life and death, just as the Egyptian dictator's last precarious year has been spent somewhere between justice and only political justice.

Ann Coulter | June 20, 2012

A Michigan legislator, Lisa Brown, gave a speech in the statehouse last week that would have made her right at home in a women's studies course at a local community college, but a wacko in a group of actual legislators.

Michael Reagan | June 20, 2012

If you don't like something or want to get something done, you don't let little things like the Constitution get in your way.

Katie Pavlich | June 20, 2012

"How can the President assert executive privilege if there was no White House involvement? How can the President exert executive privilege over documents he's supposedly never seen? Is something very big being hidden to go to this extreme?"

Jeff Jacoby | June 20, 2012

Do kids raised by same-sex couples turn out as well as those raised by parents of the opposite sex? In recent years, the accepted answer among social scientists has been that there is no difference: Families headed by a mother and father are no better at child-rearing than those headed by two mothers or two fathers.

Ken Connor | June 20, 2012

As the controversy over President Obama's birth control mandate continues to rage at the national level, lawmakers in Connecticut are making news with their recent determination that elective abortion is an “essential health benefit” and must therefore be covered under all insurance plans developed according to the new guidelines established by Obamacare.

Rich Galen | June 20, 2012

The G-20 summit in Los Cabos, Mexico is, thankfully, over. During the proceedings we watched as President Barack Obama maneuvered himself into a position of being - if not totally inconsequential - certain a minor member of the chorus.

Cal Thomas | June 20, 2012

Those "cannibals" who recently turned up in Miami aren't the only people eating their own. Following President Obama's 54-minute snoozer of a speech in Ohio last week, even his "friends" are beginning to feed on him.

Thomas Sowell | June 20, 2012

What is scarier than any particular political policy or issue is the widespread tendency to treat political issues as personal contests in talking points -- competitive skill in fencing with words -- rather than as serious attempts to find out what the facts are and what the options are.

Michelle Malkin | June 20, 2012

The smell of singed air here is inescapable. Less than 50 miles west of my neighborhood, the latest wildfire has spread across 1,100 acres. It's the fifth active blaze to erupt in our state over the past month. But ashes aren't the only things smoldering.

Hugh Hewitt | June 20, 2012

The Brief Against Obama: The Rise, Fall and Epic Fail of the Hope and Change Presidency is my new book, and new books mean book tours, both real and virtual. Thus I began the week in Las Vegas, moved to New York City and am headed to Phoenix Thursday, promoting the book and the website as I go, dashing between television studios and dialing radio stations spread across the country.

John Stossel | June 20, 2012

It's presidential season, so again pundits are indignant that money is spent on politics. Spent by corporations! And rich people! Because the Supreme Court allowed that, "2012 will be a miserable year," says The Washington Post's E.J. Dionne.

Walter E. Williams | June 20, 2012

Back in 2009, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said we were "a nation of cowards" on matters of race. Permit me to be brave and run a few assertions by you just to see whether we're on the same page.

Brent Bozell | June 20, 2012

Team Barack Obama knows they are in a heap of re-election trouble when pundits look at his shambles of an economic record. So what to do? Easy. The most shameless of our Obama-loving journalists are painting Obama as an action-movie superhero in the war on terror.

Jonah Goldberg | June 20, 2012

Is it time to start talking about the inevitable demise of the Democratic Party? Since the 1990s there's been a thriving cottage industry of doomsaying about the Republican Party. The gold standard of the genre is undoubtedly 2002's "The Emerging Democratic Majority" by Ruy Teixeira and John Judis, which argued that the Democrats were destined to become a majority party because demographic and cultural trends were on their side.

John Ransom | June 20, 2012

If you can’t grow out of a financial hole, you can at least inflate out of it. If the federal government was giving me interest-free loans right now, like they are the world’s banks, I’d probably be buying a barrel or two of oil with that money too, just as they are.

Salena Zito | June 20, 2012

U.S. Rep. Mark Critz said Tuesday he will skip the Democratic National Convention in favor of campaigning in Pennsylvania, much like top elected Democrats in neighboring West Virginia who are disgruntled with President Barack Obama.

Michael Medved | June 20, 2012

Ethnic stereotypes generally bear some connection to reality, but the well-established image of the “New York Jewish Liberal” looks less relevant than ever before, based on rapidly changing demographics of the nation’s largest Jewish community.

Ben Shapiro | June 20, 2012

Remember when President Obama inspired Americans with such tired bromides as, "There are no red states or blue states, just the United States"? Remember when Obama declared that Americans had to pull together, because what united us was stronger than what divided us? Yeah, not so much.

Terry Jeffrey | June 20, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has staked out a position on federal spending to the left of every Republican in the U.S. Senate.

Austin Bay | June 20, 2012

Cerberus, the Greek mythological monster charged with guarding Hades' gates, is traditionally depicted as a huge dog with three carnivorous heads. This dire hellhound has a dreadful job. He (or is it a "they"?) sinks his teeth into Hades' new arrivals, making certain the recently deceased don't accidentally lug their bodies into the Underworld. Yucky, huh? Well, Cerberus is, fortunately, an imaginary monster.

Paul Greenberg | June 20, 2012

A nation without poets. Could there by anything sadder?

Donald Lambro | June 20, 2012

If you are closely following the 2012 presidential race, you have to track the state by state jobless numbers, because they will decide who wins.

Paul Driessen | June 20, 2012

The UN Conference on Sustainable Development is underway in Rio de Janeiro. This time, 20 years after the original 1992 Rio “Earth Summit,” thousands of politicians, bureaucrats and environmental activists are toning down references to “dangerous man-made climate change,” to avoid repeating the acrimony and failures that characterized its recent climate conferences in Copenhagen, Cancun and Durban.

Jacob Sullum | June 20, 2012

Everyone expected that New York City's Board of Health, all 11 members of which were appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, would rubber-stamp his proposed 16-ounce cap on servings of sugar-sweetened soft drinks. But at a meeting last week, several board members zeroed in on the most obvious problem with Bloomberg's plan to treat adults like children: It does not go far enough.

Austin Nimocks | June 20, 2012

For the last two decades, proponents of same-sex “marriage” have tirelessly worked to convince average, everyday citizens that same-sex relationships and same-sex “parenting” are no different than traditional relationships and parenting, and in some cases, have even advocated that they are better.

Mike Shedlock | June 20, 2012

As I have said repeatedly, Greece is nothing but a sideshow, with the election last Sunday in France far more important than the election in Greece that has had everyone's attention.

Chris Poindexter | June 20, 2012

My sense is there is a solid foundation for gold’s upward movement that is not dependent on the actions of the Fed, though a definitive statement suggesting the Fed will not be providing further stimulus would certainly hurt gold prices in the short term.

Paul Tracy | June 20, 2012

You'd expect that opportunities to pick up royalty trusts at good prices would be next to impossible. After all, who doesn't want a stake in an oil field... especially when that stake throws off a yield of 10% or more?

Daniel J. Mitchell | June 20, 2012

It’s “positive” when other nations reject big government and vote for right-of-center parties, but Heaven forbid that this advice apply to the United States.

Dave Ramsey | June 20, 2012

Your first obligation is to your own household. Once that’s done, you can help family members and your immediate community as best you can without weakening yourself.

George Friedman | June 20, 2012

The Greek vote has settled nothing. In fact, it may not even lead to the formation of a government; the last election failed to produce a government and forced this election.

George Jarkesy | June 20, 2012

Under President Obama we have seen the largest actual unemployment numbers since the U6 figure was established in 1990 and unemployment at levels similar to the Great Depression.

Jeff Carter | June 20, 2012

The EU countries that spent beyond their means, borrowed beyond the capacity of their countries GDP, and over regulated businesses so they couldn’t compete or grow aren’t at fault. Not in the least.

Ralph Benko | June 20, 2012

Our presidential candidates squared off in Ohio last week, each merrily indicting the policies of the other. Both speeches lacked one crucial plank in their platforms. Good jobs require good money. The absence of good monetary policy is submerging the whole world in a second decade of “Dark Ages” stagnation … and misery.

David Sterman | June 20, 2012

If Kocherlakota is right, and further Fed action will do more harm than good, then your portfolio may be carrying too much risk.

Tue, Jun 19, 2012

Rachel Marsden | June 19, 2012

But just because the First World is in financial trouble doesn't mean it can't still pay everyone's bar tab! Heck, no! Don't even think of taking out your wallet!

Bill Bunkley | June 19, 2012

President Barack Obama has demonstrated, once again, that he is an amateur who has no problem battering and bruising the U. S. Constitution in order to win four more years for his “Dismantle America” tour. He is singlehandedly making a mockery of our foundational document. Question is: Will he get away with it?

Harry R. Jackson, Jr. | June 19, 2012

I have always appreciated President Obama as a family man. He and first lady Michelle have popularized several healthy family practices. For example, his practice of date night is something that thousands of congregations have taught for several decades. In some ways, he is the nation’s father in chief!

Brian McNicoll | June 19, 2012

I can safely say – now that it has come to fruition, of course –I was the very first person in the world to predict Roger Clemens would be acquitted.

Michael Brown | June 19, 2012

It’s one of the perennial debates in America, especially when we’re faced with socially divisive issues: Can you legislate morality?

Armstrong Williams | June 19, 2012

Among the epithets that liberals so often turn to when rational argument and discussion have not gone as they would wish (and they never do), “the party of no” has become a popular one since the 2010 landslide midterm election victories by Republicans. I’d like to explain why this is outrageous.

Katie Pavlich | June 19, 2012

If you’re a conservative, you must read The Great Destroyer: Barack Obama’s War on the Republic by David Limbaugh and What the (Bleep) Just Happened: A Happy Warrior's Guide to the Great American Comeback by Monica Crowley. Then, pass them along to your “undecided” voter friends.

Thomas Sowell | June 19, 2012

President Obama's latest political ploy -- granting new "rights" out of thin air, by Executive Order, to illegal immigrants who claim that they were brought into the country when they were children -- is all too typical of his short-run approach to the country's long-run problems.

Chuck Norris | June 19, 2012

Do you remember when President George H.W. Bush made the promise not to raise taxes ("Read my lips: No new taxes") but unfortunately was talked into raising taxes and it cost him in his bid for a second term?

John Hawkins | June 19, 2012

No matter how unfairly you're treated specifically because you're a white male, a Christian, a conservative, or a Republican, very few people are going to accept the idea that you're a victim.

David Limbaugh | June 19, 2012

As disturbing as was President Obama's lawless usurpation of constitutional authority in circumventing the DREAM Act to grant backdoor amnesty, this type of overreach is nothing new for him. He has frequently complained about how democracy and the Constitution are "messy" and do not permit him to exercise the authority of a Chinese president. But he nevertheless warned us that he would be pushing forward with his agenda through executive orders and administrative actions "on a wide range of fronts."

John Ransom | June 19, 2012

People wanted to believe that Truman was the straight-talking, guy-next door. And he was. But no one would mistake Obama as a straight talker. Fast talker? Yes.

Mona Charen | June 19, 2012

The verdict on the presidency of Barack Obama, at least during this campaign season, might be No One Left to Pander To.

Ken Blackwell | June 19, 2012

In 2010 we published a book arguing that Barack Obama was creating an imperial presidency. The past few months prove that prediction was correct. First President Obama’s EPA claimed power to create cap-and-trade through new regulations, rather than Congress passing a law. Then Obama’s FCC claimed the power to regulate the Internet, despite a federal appeals court ruling that only Congress could authorize such control through legislation. More recently, Obama’s Department of HHS issued regulations requiring Catholic and Evangelical organizations to violate their religious conscience regarding birth control and abortion-related services.

Cal Thomas | June 19, 2012

President Obama is no longer president in the constitutional sense. He appears to have elevated himself to the role of emperor, deciding unilaterally what should be the law and what should not, bypassing Congress and placing himself in the role of Julius Caesar.

Dennis Prager | June 19, 2012

Commentators on both the right and left and both secular and religious note with disdain that Mormons (Latter Day Saints, as Mormons refer to themselves) have irrational practices and beliefs.

Pat Buchanan | June 19, 2012

"The entry into force of the U.S.-Korea trade agreement on March 15, 2012, means countless new opportunities for U.S. exporters to sell more made-in-America goods, services and agricultural products to Korean customers -- and to support more good jobs here at home." Thus did the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative rhapsodize about the potential of our new trade treaty with South Korea. And how has it worked out for Uncle Sam?

Phyllis Schlafly | June 19, 2012

"Mr. President, why do you favor foreign workers over Americans?" That was the obvious question Barack Obama refused to answer when a reporter, doing his job, sought an answer, rather than a canned teleprompter presentation.

Bill Murchison | June 19, 2012

When Congress, split seven ways from Sunday on the question, squelched legislation granting resident status for those formerly called "illegal aliens," President Obama said, in effect, so what? -- we'll do it anyway.

Nathan Slaughter | June 19, 2012

One of the heaviest-hitters in this space is caught in a firestorm of controversy. That's leading many investors to question whether this company is worth an investment.

Bill Tatro | June 19, 2012

This brutal sequence of events repeats itself until the general public loses their patience. Greece is getting closer to that point, but it seems the rest of the world is still embracing the vicious cycle.

Hal Scherz | June 19, 2012

The AMA's problems have deepened because they are not what they purport themselves to be- the spokesman for the community of physicians.

Mike Shedlock | June 19, 2012

When asked by a Canadian journalist "Why should North Americans risk their assets to help Europe?" EC President José Barroso replied "Frankly, we are not here to receive lessons in terms of democracy or in terms of how to handle the economy."

Night Watch | June 19, 2012

The Army has refused to surrender political control. It is acting as parens patriae, in the Turkish Ataturk or Pakistani Musharraf model, which ensures violent internal demonstrations in the coming weeks

Carrie Lukas | June 19, 2012

I need a new car. I recently had my fourth child, and while everyone fits in our current vehicle, one person must ride in the far back, which seems awfully vulnerable in case of an accident. The problem for my family—and millions of families like mine—is that new cars are expensive, and the government is making them more so. In fact, a recent report revealed that more stringent government regulations for cars’ fuel efficiency (what’s known as the “CAFE standard”) will raise the average cost of new automobiles by nearly $3,000. That will price millions of would-be buyers out of the new car market.

Robert Knight | June 19, 2012

The unabated moral confusion flowing through the media is stunning. It’s so bad, you can’t look away. But we should try. With a few exceptions, the major TV networks are a torrential sewer of leftwing propaganda and smutty sitcoms.

Edward White | June 19, 2012

Within the next two weeks we will know the outcome of the ObamaCare case, filed by twenty-six States, pending at the United States Supreme Court.

Daniel J. Mitchell | June 19, 2012

The reason we have “spiraling health costs” is because of something called third-party payer. Nearly 90 percent of health care costs in America are financed by someone other than the consumer.

Jeff Carter | June 19, 2012

As electronic trading has developed, there have been lawsuits filed when engineers have switched firms. They are being sued over the trading codes they developed.

Chris Poindexter | June 19, 2012

Commodities were split with crude oil, platinum, and silver trading slightly lower and gold, palladium, and copper trading slightly to the upside

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Michael Gerson | June 18, 2012

President Obama's decision to lead with social issues in his re-election campaign -- immigration, gay marriage and contraception -- makes some political sense.

Byron York | June 18, 2012

What is it with Barack Obama and 27 months? Listen to the president and his aides talk, and you'll soon hear claims that the administration has accomplished great things in the last 27 months.

Paul Greenberg | June 18, 2012

A $2 billion loss can produce a moment of humility even in a fabled master of American banking and international finance.

Frank Gaffney | June 18, 2012

The rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East has caused many Americans to reflect on that group's stated ambition to impose worldwide the totalitarian,supremacist Islamic doctrine known as shariah. Particularly unsettling is evidence of the group's goal in America, namely of "destroying Western civilization from within," as documented in the Holy Land Foundation trial in Dallas in 2008.

Rich Galen | June 18, 2012

A Wall Street Journal story by Robin Sidel looks at a troubling trend in the banking industry. No, not the JPMorgans of the industry losing $2 billion on bad bets, but on small community banks who don't have the word "billion" anywhere on their balance sheets. According to her piece: "A growing number of tiny community banks are deciding it's time to put out the 'for sale' sign … many executives of these small lenders are frustrated by costly, new regulations."

Salena Zito | June 18, 2012

WEST NEWTON, Pa. — Bill "Smokey" Baird is tinkering with a customer's bike in his shop along the Great American Passage trail connecting Homestead with Washington, D.C. A family of seven walks in to rent bikes for the day. The owner of West Newton Bicycle Shop, and of an auto-body shop across the road, sends them on their way with a variety of bikes.

Paul Driessen | June 18, 2012

Presidential candidate Barack Obama promised that his Administration would “fundamentally transform the United States of America.” One clue to what he meant was his comment to now-congressional candidate Joe “The Plumber” Wurzelbacher: “When you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.”

Michael Barone | June 18, 2012

Four years ago, the Obama forces heavily outspent those supporting John McCain. The Obama campaign had enough money to target -- and carry -- heretofore Republican states like North Carolina and Indiana.

Star Parker | June 18, 2012

The late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously observed that “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.” It’s an admonition not taken particularly seriously by today’s political left. They embrace, extol, advocate ideas and policies based on what they wish were true, regardless of how often and consistently their ideas have been proven wrong.

Jeff Jacoby | June 18, 2012

BY A VOTE of 183-50, town meeting members in Middleborough, Mass., last week approved a bylaw making public cursing a civil offense and authorizing police to enforce the ban by fining offenders $20.

John Ransom | June 18, 2012

If there wasn’t a financial crisis in Europe, God- that is Obama- would have to invent one, just to turn the fire hoses on the rest of us.

Katie Kieffer | June 18, 2012

Bullfighting is a dangerous sport; the bull wins by lethally plowing into the matador. Nevertheless, President Obama is trying his hand at bullfighting and he’s using unconstitutional trickery to shield himself from a lethal political blow. In Obama’s case, the bull’s name is “Wall Street”—the lifeblood of American culture.

Wayne Allyn Root | June 18, 2012

If Presidential politics is a chess game, then it’s time to checkmate Obama. And the perfect place to do that is in Orlando at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials conference.

Lisa De Pasquale | June 18, 2012

One of my favorite things about summer is cultivating a summer reading list. Regular readers may have noticed that I frequently ask people what books they’re looking forward to reading. One of the books on my list is Jay Cost's new one.

Lurita Doan | June 18, 2012

Like a shape-shifter from a sci-fi film, Obama’s primary skill is to appear to be something he is not, as he repeatedly masks his full-tilt assault on entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Terry Paulson | June 18, 2012

American capitalism doesn’t make you selfish; socialistic entitlements foster more selfishness. Free enterprise encourages you to earn your reward by serving customers willing to pay; entitlements build the expectation that someone else ought to pay to fulfill your wants and needs.

Bruce Bialosky | June 18, 2012

Watching the protesters in Chicago, who are commonly referred to as the “Occupy Wall Street” crowd, I am inclined to believe that we need to reinstitute the military draft for both boys and girls. It would make them into men and women.

Brian Darling | June 18, 2012

The left wants us to believe that paying for teachers, firefighters and police is a federal responsibility. Not so. Such services have traditionally been the responsibility of state and local governments.

Doug French | June 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.

Mike Shedlock | June 18, 2012

This is a time for serious reflection. We all need to think about what government owes us (or doesn't), what taxpayers owe public union workers (or don't), and what promises have been made by politicians at taxpayer expense that cannot possibly be met.

Bob Beauprez | June 18, 2012

The Constitution is very clear about separation of powers; the Congress makes laws, the executive branch administers them.

Jeff Carter | June 18, 2012

George Washington is the Big Daddy in the US.

Chris Poindexter | June 18, 2012

As a hedge against economic uncertainty, central banks around the world added over 450 tons of gold last year, the most in five decades and are expected to add another 400 tons in 2012, according to the World Gold Council.

Political Calculations | June 18, 2012

We have to admit that we're pretty amused by the latest economic dispute to break out in the world of social media involving a Nobel-prize winning economist, Paul Krugman, and the President of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves.

Charles Payne | June 18, 2012

We know Americans love to shop, but how are they pulling it off? The simple answer is consumers have been dipping into savings, but even that trend has odd angles. In the meantime, the S&P Retail Index has skyrocket since the financial meltdown.

Daniel J. Mitchell | June 18, 2012

Why would any Republicans (most recently Sen. Lindsey Graham and Jeb Bush) want to help the Democrats achieve those goals?

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Gina Loudon | June 17, 2012

We examined many men and women for the honor of being the quintessential gentleman and lady. All of them had excellent resumes; several of them could arguably have been chosen. Two stood out above the rest: George Washington and Abigail Adams.

Derek Hunter | June 17, 2012

It seems as though the last month has been a gift to Republicans, particularly the Romney campaign.

John Ransom | June 17, 2012

Typical liberal logic: The automakers asked for $50 billion, Bush offered $17 billion and Obama compromised at $80 billion, to paraphrase Winston Churchill.

Austin Hill | June 17, 2012

Obama's immigration policy shift potentially scores points for the President on both the left and right sides of the political aisle.

Doug Giles | June 17, 2012

I have two twentysomething daughters who’re currently taking over the planet. When these female charges popped out of their mommy’s womb, this thing called “responsibility for their upbringing” hit me like a Jackie Chan punch.

Steve Chapman | June 17, 2012

If you've got some clothes you don't need anymore, you can give them to Goodwill or the Salvation Army. If you have an old car, you can call various organizations to take it away. And if you're in Chicago and have a gun that's burning a hole in your pocket, you can get rid of it on Saturday, no questions asked.

Kevin McCullough | June 17, 2012

Republicans will be wanting to 'recount Illinois,' I said to a seemingly annoyed former Kerry staffer and Obama supporter in the Fox News green room on Friday.

Ed Feulner | June 17, 2012

Are America’s best days behind her? Joseph Stiglitz, a Nobel laureate in economics, seems to think so. “The American dream is a myth,” he writes in a recent column.

Political Calculations | June 17, 2012

What has actually happened is that at the same time Derby boosted its property tax rate, it also altered its assessed values for the properties to which it would be imposed

Bob Beauprez | June 17, 2012

Now there's another one: It involves the largest single loan guarantee of the entire $16 billion program, a current Cabinet Secretary and a former Chief-of-Staff to Vice-President Joe Biden.

Mike Shedlock | June 17, 2012

In a 2002 New York Times editorial Krugman said "To fight this recession the Fed needs…soaring household spending to offset moribund business investment. [So] Alan Greenspan needs to create a housing bubble to replace the Nasdaq bubble."

Jeff Carter | June 17, 2012

I know Democrats are all about big government getting bigger. That’s why you can never vote or give money to them. Republicans aren’t much better-but many of them are learning. At least there is a small sliver of hope.

Daniel J. Mitchell | June 17, 2012

The Obama campaign has already released a theme song and an official cigarette, so I guess it’s appropriate for them to share a 2012 t-shirt for all supporters.

Michael Tanner | June 17, 2012

But a much bigger question is: Why is the private sector doing so poorly? Perhaps because most businessmen are not that dumb.

Marita Noon | June 17, 2012

Now, it is time to call out Virginia's Republican Governor Bob McDonnell—whose actions on energy more closely resemble those of the Obama administration than his Republican colleagues.

Michael F. Cannon | June 17, 2012

Obamacare requires the secretary of Health and Human Services to implement them — which means they become law automatically — unless Congress takes certain steps to head them off.

Mark Baisley | June 17, 2012

A CBS opinion news piece by Peter Van Buren went even further with the bold headline, “Obama only goes after leaks that don't benefit him.”

Paul Jacob | June 17, 2012

This Father's Day, take a few moments to contemplate today's high cost of being a parent. And the higher cost of not being one.