Sat, Jul 14, 2012

John C. Goodman | July 14, 2012

Did you know that public uncertainty about federal economic policy is at a 30-year high? Economists at Stanford University and the University of Chicago have actually discovered a way of measuring how uncertain people are. They find that their measure of uncertainty correlates with such economic activities as deciding to invest, deciding how much to produce and deciding whether to hire more workers.

Caroline Glick | July 14, 2012

Two weeks ago, in an unofficial inauguration ceremony at Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt's new Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Mursi took off his mask of moderation. Before a crowd of scores of thousands, Mursi pledged to work for the release from US federal prison of Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman.

Marita Noon | July 14, 2012

In a DOE press release, Reid actually bragged about how he included the green loan guarantee in the stimulus bill.

David Sterman | July 14, 2012

If you've been on the winning end of the credit card trade, then you need to get out --now.

Bob Beauprez | July 14, 2012

A ticking fiscal time bomb has already begun to explode in some cities, a direct consequence of unsustainable union pay and benefit packages.

Mike Shedlock | July 14, 2012

There is no other way to state it. If banks thought they had good credit risks, they would lend.

Night Watch | July 14, 2012

The Supreme Court's power struggle to establish the autonomy of Pakistani courts is not finished.

Nathan Slaughter | July 14, 2012

It's the world's most preferred fuel for electricity generation, and people hate it... Even children don't like it.

Steve Deace | July 14, 2012

The only way the Freeh Report on the Penn State scandal could’ve been any worse for those involved is if it discovered they acted as their former pedophile football coach’s pimps by helping him actually procure the young boys he abused.

Chris Poindexter | July 14, 2012

It was hard to find a dark spot in commodities with gold and silver joined by platinum, palladium, and copper. Crude oil surged over 1 percent higher on optimistic trading.

Bill Tatro | July 14, 2012

President Obama will look directly at the television camera and talk about the progress being made regarding job creation, knowing full well the so-called improved job figures that he is referring to are totally contrived.

Daniel J. Mitchell | July 14, 2012

Supporters of limited government also should explain that the left wants higher taxes on the rich as a prelude to higher taxes on everyone.

Ann-Marie Murrell | July 14, 2012

Obama used words like "holding hostage" and offered veiled threats to the middle to lower-classed, warning us that if his offer of taxing the rich doesn't happen, the middle class (cue threatening music) will pay.

Fri, Jul 13, 2012

Rich Galen | July 13, 2012

The coverage of former FBI director Louis Freeh's report on the 14-year cover-up of the child abuse scandal associated with Penn State's football program gives us a peek into an issue I've thought about for a long time: Closed circles.

Thomas Sowell | July 13, 2012

Nothing produces more of a sense of the futility of facts than seeing someone in the mass media repeating some notion that has been refuted innumerable times over the years.

Michelle Malkin | July 13, 2012

The Obama administration's loathsome cowboy, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, won't take no for an answer. He's been smacked down repeatedly by federal courts for imposing a draconian, junk science-based moratorium on the oil and gas industry. Yet, the job-killing zealot and his boss just introduced another ruinous offshore drilling ban two weeks ago.

Scottie Hughes | July 13, 2012

Let’s ignore the trouble that is happening on the national scene. It is the local municipalities that should really have every American worried

John Hawkins | July 13, 2012

The more completely a person, group, or organization embraces liberalism, the less virtuous it becomes. It's almost like a mental sickness in that respect.

Brent Bozell | July 13, 2012

On July 9, Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi composed a puff piece to honor Stephen Colbert, "fake news" commentator and satirical fake conservative. It turns out Colbert is becoming an "obsession in academia," with a new collegiate submersion in "Truthinessology."

Jonah Goldberg | July 13, 2012

Those of us who believe the United States would be best served by pulling out of the United Nations and starting up a more morally and politically serious clubhouse for morally and politically serious nations are often accused of tilting at windmills.

David Limbaugh | July 13, 2012

So what about the GOP House vote to repeal that legislative monstrosity that masquerades under the misleading title of "Affordable Care Act"? Was the vote more than symbolic?

John Ransom | July 13, 2012

The only new ideas Democrats- and D.C. bureaucrats- have are the old ideas of finding new ways to tax Americans and creating new bureaucracies to spend that money.

Mona Charen | July 13, 2012

Mitt Romney delivered one of the best speeches of the year at the NAACP meeting in Houston. It made me proud to watch him.

Scott Rasmussen | July 13, 2012

There are plenty of reasons that the economy is the most important issue of Election 2012. Unemployment has remained high for a long time, and even 27 percent of those who have a job are worried about losing it. Only half of homeowners now believe their home is worth more than what they still owe on it. Just 16 percent believe that today's children will be better off than their parents.

Ken Blackwell | July 13, 2012

Public officials and pundits are still digesting the Supreme Court’s Obamacare decision in NFIB v. Sebelius. Not yet discussed are the extraordinary implications for the size and role of government in a second Obama term in light of President Obama’s new stump speech, as it is clear there is not a reliable majority on the Court to restrain government power by enforcing the limits imposed by the Constitution.

Oliver North | July 13, 2012

Here in the Carolina Lowcountry, there are few things lower in the esteem of American citizens than the United Nations. While filling the tank of my SUV this morning, I noted the following about the pickup truck at the pump ahead of me: a South Carolina license plate, a U.S. Marine Corps decal, a National Rifle Association decal, a gun rack in the rear window, a sticker reading "Armed Infidel" and another that said "Get US Out of the UN" on it.

Pat Buchanan | July 13, 2012

San Bernardino, Calif., has now followed Stockton into bankruptcy.

Suzanne Fields | July 13, 2012

These past few days have given us a lot of fireworks, between the Supreme Court decision upholding Obamacare and the celebration of Independence Day. With the fireworks came a serious look at the Founding Fathers -- and what they had to say about governance.

Linda Chavez | July 13, 2012

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh has now issued his final report on the scandal at Penn State University, but the question remains: How could so many decent people fail to act when presented with an eyewitness account of sexual abuse of a child?

Humberto Fontova | July 13, 2012

Though a consistently good show, few conservatives mistook M.A.S.H for anything but pinko propaganda. Last week long-time M.A.S.H star Mike Farrell (Capt. B.J. Hunnicut) took the last few baby-steps and started spouting outright Communist propaganda.

Diana West | July 13, 2012

The Washington Free Beacon reported this week on the continuing omission of Israel from a U.S.-sponsored organization called the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF). At a recent forum meeting in Spain, Maria Otero, U.S. undersecretary of state for civilian security, democracy and human rights, delivered a speech titled' Victims of Terrorism,' but, in her roll call of victims, she didn't mention Israel.

Donald Lambro | July 13, 2012

Mitt Romney delivered a gutsy speech to the NAACP convention on Wednesday, reminding African-Americans of what most of them knew or should have known: President Obama hasn't made their lives better.

Kyle Olson | July 13, 2012

A chorus of Washington, D.C. Democrats are calling on Mayor Vincent Gray to resign amid allegations his campaign engaged in “underhanded deeds” to win his race against incumbent Mayor Adrian Fenty in 2010.

James Hyerczyk | July 13, 2012

Since the Fed meets on July 31 and August 1, investors are encouraged to pay close attention over the next two weeks to economic reports since this same information will be used by the FOMC members to make their next decision on additional stimulus.

Night Watch | July 13, 2012

Anecdotal reports indicate many Egyptians voted for Mursi precisely because he promised to fix these five problems.

Daniel J. Mitchell | July 13, 2012

In a real-world version, the little red hen never again baked bread and the farmyard suffered Greek-style chaos when the animals riding in the wagon suddenly discovered there was nobody left to pull the wagon.

Paul Tracy | July 13, 2012

The preferred stock I'm going to tell you about belongs to one of the largest financial institutions in the world. It has branches all over Latin America, the United States and Europe.

Mike Shedlock | July 13, 2012

He learned nothing from the great depression. Yet, because he has a Nobel prize, he can write a book and tell everyone what they should be doing.

Hal Scherz | July 13, 2012

Physicians who care for patients every day understand what no one else does – that the benefits of Health Information Technology are not a forgone conclusion.

Larry Kudlow | July 13, 2012

Larry inteviews former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan.

Fritz Pfister | July 13, 2012

You know when you’re deep in debt the solution is always to borrow more money. So the governors of the Federal Reserve Board said we may have to do something.

Bill Tatro | July 13, 2012

The debate continues, but seems to be waning, as to whether or not we are in a treasury bond bubble.

Chris Poindexter | July 13, 2012

Now is the time to be buying silver. That’s not because prices are particularly low, but because the price of silver is attractive relative to gold.

Dave Moenning | July 13, 2012

The sentiment toward the global macro outlook is dour and fear is in the air. Nouriel Roubini is out with a new forecast suggesting the sky will actually fall this time around.

Thu, Jul 12, 2012

Alan Sears | July 12, 2012

In nations where socialized medicine has been in force for some time, the elderly and infirm are being sacrificed (killed) for the comfort of the young and healthy. And with the Supreme Court’s recent decision to uphold socialized medicine in America via ObamaCare, there is justifiable concern that the elderly and infirm may eventually face the same fate here in America.

Paul Greenberg | July 12, 2012

For some four years now, Barack Obama has been telling us that the dramatic tax cuts that George W. Bush got passed in order to encourage investment, rev up the economy, create jobs, and generally let Americans keep more of their own money were really a disaster.

Paul Driessen | July 12, 2012

President Obama has waged war on fossil fuels for three and a half years – and American consumers and families are caught in the green energy crossfire.

Gary Beckner | July 12, 2012

While most Americans were enjoying a festive Independence Day last week, the National Education Association was holding their annual convention in Washington, D.C. Beaten down after another solid year of negative press, declining membership, and legislative and legal battles, the NEA convention took on a hyper-partisan tone best reserved for partisan political rallies.

Demetrius Minor | July 12, 2012

On Monday, Benjamin Jealous, president of the NAACP, decided to confront the issue of Voter ID. Unfortunately, he embraced the left’s absurd ideology that it is voter suppression and an assault on the rights of minorities.

Cliff May | July 12, 2012

President Obama has long wanted to engage Iran. In his inaugural address, he said he was willing to “extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.” Over and over, Iran’s rulers have demonstrated that they are not willing. He should reach out again — but this time to the Iranian people, not those who oppress them.

Thomas Sowell | July 12, 2012

Anyone who wants to study the tricks of propaganda rhetoric has a rich source of examples in the statements of President Barack Obama. On Monday, July 9th, for example, he said that Republicans "believe that prosperity comes from the top down, so that if we spend trillions more on tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, that that will somehow unleash jobs and economic growth."

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | July 12, 2012

What are Americans interested in? According to a Gallup poll released on June 14, it's the economy, in a variety of forms. The poll found that "68 percent of Americans mention some aspect of the economy when asked about the most important problem facing the country today, with the economy in general (31 percent) and unemployment (25 percent) most often mentioned as specific concerns." (Poll of 1,004 adults, conducted June 7-10, with a sampling error of plus-or-minus 4 points.)

Victor Davis Hanson | July 12, 2012

We are witnessing a seismic shift in global affairs. The shake-up is a perfect storm of political, demographic and technological change that will soon make the world as we have known it for the last 30 years almost unrecognizable.

Michael Barone | July 12, 2012

The best view of London's Olympic Park is from the picture windows at the top floor of the John Lewis department store in the vast Westfield Stratford mall five miles east of the Tower of London.

Larry Elder | July 12, 2012

Richard Kind is a funny, talented actor. I had the pleasure of working with him when I did a cameo on the show "Spin City," where Kind co-starred. He was thoughtful and helpful on set, even though I was a dreaded non-lefty.

Judge Andrew Napolitano | July 12, 2012

Presently in America, nearly half of all households receive either a salary or substantial benefits from the government. Presently in America, nearly half of all adults pay no federal income taxes. Presently in America, the half that pay no income taxes receive the bulk of their income courtesy of the government, but ultimately from the half that do.

John Ransom | July 12, 2012

In order to reconcile their grandiosity and iconography with inconvenient economic facts, liberals, like Obama, depend upon the unreliable magic trick of redefining words to mean the opposite of what any plain speaking person would understand them to mean.

Michael Reagan | July 12, 2012

There you go again, Mr. Obama -- again and again and again, engaging in class warfare.

Cal Thomas | July 12, 2012

In order to get the correct answer to anything, one must ask the right question. That is what former ABC News and current Fox News TV host John Stossel does on his weekly program. If ever there was "must see-TV," this is it.

Debra J. Saunders | July 12, 2012

NAACP members booed Mitt Romney when he spoke at the group's annual convention in Houston on Wednesday. The audience heckled the former Massachusetts governor three times, once after he promised to repeal Obamacare if elected. It's also true that the audience cheered Romney repeatedly, if not wildly.

Matt Towery | July 12, 2012

Oh, yes, I have seen Republican presidential campaigns ... far too many. Make no mistake, in my judgment, Mitt Romney has everything it takes to be a great president. Unfortunately, my job is to provide realistic analysis about elections.

Steve Chapman | July 12, 2012

If Charles Dickens were writing "A Tale of Two Cities" about today's Afghanistan, his opening line would be abbreviated: "It was the worst of times."

Peter Ferrara | July 12, 2012

With a second term for Obama, the world-leading America we have known and hoped to leave to our children will be gone. Last Friday's jobs report confirms that Obama is well on his way to transforming America into a third world country, with declining living standards and perpetual economic stagnation.

Kyle Olson | July 12, 2012

Union-funded hacks like those at the Economic Policy Institute tell us public employees have it rough. Their pay is so low they resort to eating dog food at night. Their pensions are terrible and no one – and we mean no one – should be subjected to such poor health care coverage.

Emmett Tyrrell | July 12, 2012

I have just cleared the "Soo" locks of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, passing from the lower Great Lakes to Lake Superior. In fact, I am now anchored just off a beautiful lighthouse on Lake Superior. Yes, you have guessed correctly. I am in a boat, a cruise ship, in fact, known as the "Yorktown," possibly in honor of the famed battle that ended our War for Independence, though possibly for some other achievement. I shall not hazard the question to our extremely busy captain. He has enough on his mind, and I am told these waters are treacherous. My life jacket is never far away

Maggie Gallagher | July 12, 2012

The 'veepstakes' speculation is in full swing.

Marybeth Hicks | July 12, 2012

When she was a precocious preschooler, the daughter of my cousin was famous for begging to sit in the front seat of the family car. As the youngest of four children, she was unlikely to have that privilege, even if she was large enough to safely sit up front. She begged anyway.

Jeff Carter | July 12, 2012

A lot of statistics are bandied about in conversations, idle gossip, the media and then used by politicians for political advantage. They are actually meaningless when it comes to analyzing the health of an economy when viewed by themselves, or in a vacuum.

Craig Steiner | July 12, 2012

The right way to implement austerity is to reduce spending to fit within revenues without raising taxes, and to do it before the country is the subject to rising interest rates and talk of bailouts.

Bob Goldman | July 12, 2012

You may not understand this dichotomy, because you are one of the fortunate people who don't know what a dichotomy is.

Mike Shedlock | July 12, 2012

To escape the "faith-based initiative" physical gold is the answer.

Marybeth Hicks | July 12, 2012

For a man known in political and media circles for his prodigious application of the “f-word” (as a noun, an adjective, a verb, an adverb — most likely all eight parts of speech), Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel sounds like the veritable schoolmarm when recently scolding that city’s murderous gangs.

Bill Tatro | July 12, 2012

Faced with the impossible odds of resurrecting the growth pattern of a country whose place in current history is now being questioned, Rajoy chose to save the bankers and let the people be damned.

Daniel J. Mitchell | July 12, 2012

If they don’t reform their entitlement programs, the burden of government spending will rise dramatically, which would mean a higher tax burden and/or substantial government debt.

Crystal Wright | July 12, 2012

Lost in all the chatter about Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney speaking to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was that Romney demonstrated a desire to earn the black vote while President Obama could care less about it.

Carrie Schwab Pomerantz | July 12, 2012

As much as we all want to focus only on romance as we approach marriage, finance also plays an important part in a happy and long-lasting relationship.

Night Watch | July 12, 2012

The execution is consistent with past Taliban practice in accord with its interpretations of Sharia.

Chris Poindexter | July 12, 2012

It does not appear that the Fed has much effect beyond short-term price fluctuations, although that could change if the Fed announces a new stimulus program.

Michael Youssef | July 12, 2012

Christians in America need to learn how to articulate their faith to a very different culture from that of their forbearers.

Wed, Jul 11, 2012

Ann Coulter | July 11, 2012

Most Americans don't care about whether Attorney General Eric Holder is hiding Fast and Furious documents because they don't understand the story.

Ben Shapiro | July 11, 2012

This week, the city of San Bernardino, Calif., went bankrupt. It followed hot on the heels of Vallejo and Stockton, Calif. And they'll be followed, no doubt, by Los Angeles -- and then, shortly after that, by California.

Paul Greenberg | July 11, 2012

Granted, it was not the most popular decision ever rendered by a chief justice of the United States. Its immediate result was particularly unpopular with those who over the years had shared his own political loyalties and ideological tendencies.

Crystal Wright | July 11, 2012

President Obama’s ego is bigger than the office of President of the United States and that’s the problem because he’s more concerned with himself than leading the country. As four-term Congressman Bobby Rush, who defended his seat against Obama in 2000 remarked in the book the Amateur, “Obama believes in Obama.”

Ryan James Girdusky | July 11, 2012

After two long years of speculating, campaigning, hoping, and voting the Ron Paul presidential campaign has come to an end. At the end of this year, Ron Paul’s bid for the presidential ticket will be eclipsed by his retirement, after the completion of his four decades as a congressman.

Jeff Jacoby | July 11, 2012

Congress enacted the first federal minimum wage in 1938. A provision of the Fair Labor Standards Act, it covered about 6 million workers and set a wage floor of 25 cents per hour.

Rich Galen | July 11, 2012

Last Friday's top-line unemployment figures - showing only 80,000 jobs were created during the month and the unemployment rate remaining unchanged at 8.2 percent - was far worse than anyone in the Obama campaign or in the political shop at the White House could have expected.

Lincoln Brown | July 11, 2012

Lexus came up with its hybrid not because of an executive order that dates back to 1975, but because Lexus wanted an edge in the market.

Thomas Sowell | July 11, 2012

One of the reasons for the popularity of political rhetoric is that everybody can be right, in terms of their own rhetoric, no matter how much the rhetoric of one side contradicts the rhetoric of the other side.

Michelle Malkin | July 11, 2012

Hollywood and the American left love diversity, except when it offends their "progressive" value system.

John Stossel | July 11, 2012

Last year, Congress agreed to $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts, unless politicians find other things to cut. They didn't, of course. So now, with so-called sequestration looming in January, panic has set in. Even the new "fiscally responsible" Republicans vote against cutting Energy Department handouts to companies like Solyndra and subsidies to sugar producers. Many claim that any cut in military spending will weaken America and increase unemployment.

Walter E. Williams | July 11, 2012

One of the more difficult lessons to teach economics neophytes -- and, many times, trained economists -- is that economic theory cannot say anything definitive about subjective statements, such as what's better, good, bad or worse. Let's try a few examples to make the point.

Brent Bozell | July 11, 2012

Barack Obama has trouble telling the truth. This is the man who admitted his memoir "Dreams from My Father" was semifictional. "For the sake of compression, some of the characters that appear are composites of people I've known, and some events appear out of precise chronology." Translation: On some pages, I'm taking poetic license with the facts to burnish my image.

Jonah Goldberg | July 11, 2012

Why aren't more people furious about the Libor scandal?

John Ransom | July 11, 2012

Chris Dodd is gone to pasture and Barney Frank is about to follow. The legacy of their signature reform legislation called Dodd-Frank however is still alive- and it could kill again.

Michael Medved | July 11, 2012

As Mitt Romney ponders the most fateful decision of his presidential campaign, he must move decisively to break a dysfunctional habit that’s afflicted his party for a half century.

Terry Jeffrey | July 11, 2012

No previous president ever promoted a giveaway more peculiar than Barack Obama's mandate that all health care plans must offer free sterilizations to all women -- but not all men -- capable of breeding.

Austin Bay | July 11, 2012

Last month (June 18) marked the 200th anniversary of the start of the War of 1812. In this "second round" of the Revolutionary War, a weak, aggrieved yet ornery United States confronted its former colonial master, the eminently powerful but also riled Great Britain.

Donald Lambro | July 11, 2012

With the economy at a virtual standstill, President Obama is trying every desperate trick he can to distract voters from his failures on the issues that matter: economic recovery and jobs.

Jacob Sullum | July 11, 2012

Early last year, when the death toll from Mexican President Felipe Calderon's crackdown on the cartels stood at 35,000 or so, Michele Leonhart, head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, told reporters in Cancun that "the unfortunate level of violence is a sign of success in the fight against drugs."

Night Watch | July 11, 2012

The Commander of the Pacific Command remains the US proconsul for Asia, but nobody apparently informed the administration of this history. Asians remember Pacific Command more than they remember US presidents.

Paul Tracy | July 11, 2012

Most U.S. investors dismiss the idea of investing abroad. They tend to think other countries are "riskier" than the United States.

Daniel J. Mitchell | July 11, 2012

Simply stated, people won’t be smart consumers and providers won’t compete to keep costs low when the vast majority of expenses are paid for either by government programs or by insurance companies.

Chris Poindexter | July 11, 2012

The news was generally good for commodity prices, except for oil which broke from the pack to move lower on the news that the oil strike in Norway was over almost before it started.

Mike Shedlock | July 11, 2012

Once again, deficit spending, union wages, and soaring pension obligations are at the heart of the matter.

Ralph Benko | July 11, 2012

Obama is beginning to look like a president with Carter’s policy competence and Nixon’s ethics. Unemployment remains stuck, once again, at a horrendous 8.2%, while the Obama administration bends the Constitution into unrecognizable shapes and in prosperity-thwarting ways

Jeff Carter | July 11, 2012

According to published reports, PFG was understating the amount of capital it had for months. Not by a little, but by a longshot.

Peter Schiff | July 11, 2012

The automatic spending cuts, to the extent they are actually allowed to go into effect, will promote economic growth not prevent it.

Bill Tatro | July 11, 2012

I thought Obama had led us out of the recession with all his economic hope and change.

Christopher Merola | July 11, 2012

In this year’s election, the economy has certainly taken center stage. This is for good reason, of course. The real unemployment numbers for our nation show a figure between 15-20% when all factors are considered, including the underemployed and those who have stopped looking for work.

George Jarkesy | July 11, 2012

Romney and his staff will have to attack at the right locations with the right message. The economy is broken, Obama made it significantly worse, and Obama is unable and unwilling to fix it.

Chris Poindexter | July 11, 2012

Commodities were higher across the board, lead by crude oil which got an extra kick on news of a possible production strike. Platinum, palladium and copper were all higher as well, but mostly in line with gains by the euro.

Tue, Jul 10, 2012

Susan Stamper Brown | July 10, 2012

Baby, it's hot outside. If it wasn't for the refreshing cold front pushing through parts of the U.S. right now, one might be tempted to think there is something to all that global warming nonsense that conveniently breaks out every time it is warm enough for a climate change alarmist to break out in a sweat.

Rachel Marsden | July 10, 2012

Testifying before a Senate committee a few months ago, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lamented that America was "in an information war, and we are losing that war." This week, she blew a fuse at the "Friends of Syria" meeting in Paris, saying that Russia and China should "pay a price" for not supporting regime change in Syria.

Ken Connor | July 10, 2012

Want to know how Washington really works? Can you say, “Crony capitalism”?

Thomas Sowell | July 10, 2012

Trying to choose the greatest pitcher of all time is at least as difficult as trying to choose the greatest hitter of all time. In both cases, the best we can do is narrow down the list.

Chuck Norris | July 10, 2012

In 2007, when I began writing my New York Times best-seller "Black Belt Patriotism," unemployment was less than 5 percent; the annual federal budget was about $2.9 trillion; the federal deficit was $161 billion; and the national debt was $9 trillion.

John Hawkins | July 10, 2012

Know what hasn't been "doing fine" for a single day since Barack Obama came into office? The private sector.

David Limbaugh | July 10, 2012

During my book "tour," radio hosts are forever asking me whether I believe that Obama is intentionally attempting to destroy America. It's a fair question, especially given the title of my book and because so many people legitimately believe he is. I have never been too receptive to conspiracy theories, and I'm not particularly enamored of ones circulating about Obama. But unlike many other such theories, this one is about a truly unprecedented assault on the American idea and on those first principles that have made America the unique experiment in constitutional governance that it has been.

John Ransom | July 10, 2012

For labor unions around the country, political losses serve as a painful reminder that when they decided to go all-in for Obama in 2008, they alienated the rest of us non-government, non-union members- the 99 Percent- who have to go out and earn our keep every day. And that alienation is being felt in political defeats by unions around the country.

Mona Charen | July 10, 2012

June brought the perfect encapsulation of the Obama economy: More Americans signed up for disability benefits than got jobs.

Cal Thomas | July 10, 2012

President Obama's attempt to spin the latest discouraging unemployment numbers as "a step in the right direction" is like telling passengers aboard the Titanic to ignore the sinking vessel and listen to the live music.

Dennis Prager | July 10, 2012

Those scientists and science writers who have likened the god-particle's discovery to the discovery of DNA are wrong.

Doug Giles | July 10, 2012

If some of you ladies want to know how you can suck the life out of your marriage and drive your good husband to insanity, or to the bar, or into the arms of another woman, or to a divorce attorney, or just shrivel him up into a conquered quail who inwardly loathes you as he dies a slow, emotionally tortuous death, well then . . . this is your lucky day.

Pat Buchanan | July 10, 2012

Comes now news from across the pond that executives at one of the world's most respected banks, Barclays, rigged Libor. Even the venerable Bank of England is apparently being investigated.

Rachel Alexander | July 10, 2012

Rupert Murdoch has gone public with his dislike of Mitt Romney.

Debra J. Saunders | July 10, 2012

Democratic California state Sen. Joe Simitian probably is best-known as the author of California's bill to ban the use of hand-held cellphones while driving. After Friday's vote, Simitian may be best-known as the Democrat who warned his colleagues not to issue $4.6 billion in bonds for big-ticket high-speed rail.

Paul Greenberg | July 10, 2012

The other day I saw a syndicated column about sex-selection abortion. That is, a mother's choosing to abort her baby because it's the "wrong" sex, say a girl, when she really wanted a boy. It happens around the world, particularly in Asia. And the one-child policy in still Communist China has only increased the practice. It would be hard to come up with a clearer example of sexual discrimination.

Phyllis Schlafly | July 10, 2012

When Barack Obama promised to "fundamentally transform the United States" we could not have anticipated the extreme transformations he would seek.

Frank Gaffney | July 10, 2012

In Lone Survivor, a chilling, firsthand account of the loss of eleven members of the Navy’s elite Sea, Air, Land (SEAL) Team and eight Army aviators, Petty Officer Marcus Luttrell describes the fateful decision that led to disaster for him and death for his comrades. It came down to a judgment call about whether to risk prosecution and jail-time for doing whatever it took to complete their mission, or to allow three Afghan goatherds to rat out his unit to the Taliban.

Steven Aden | July 10, 2012

When the U.S. Supreme Court upheld ObamaCare on June 28, supporters immediately pronounced “game over” on the fight against President Obama’s abortion pill mandate as well. Their thinking was that since the overall health care act had been upheld, the mandates and rules proceeding from it had been upheld, too.

Armstrong Williams | July 10, 2012

How foolish does the media look now, after weeks of demagoguery, now that the Court has issued two huge victories for the Left in one week?

Robert Knight | July 10, 2012

“Americans loved, and still love, the notion of the small town as a manageable, nonthreatening, friendly, finite community …. The black-and-white world that Andy Griffith shaped so masterfully is there for our perusal from a distance, but it is not coming back – either on television or anywhere else.” – Ted Anthony.

John Browne | July 10, 2012

The deal made by Merkel puts at risk Germany's hard-won financial treasure and could earn her the permanent ire of her people.

David Sterman | July 10, 2012

Gas has been in an uptrend for precisely the reason you'd expect. Demand is steadily rising.

Bill Tatro | July 10, 2012

In 2004, Alan Greenspan knew full well that a 1% interest rate would have a positive effect on the economy, and most specifically, housing.

Frank Turek | July 10, 2012

What if we all simply decided to interpret the 5-4 Supreme Court decision to uphold Obamacare as a 9-0 vote to overturn Obamacare?

Mike Shedlock | July 10, 2012

Anecdotal evidence is in sync with a collapse in new manufacturing orders globally as noted in Plunging New Orders Suggest Global Recession Has Arrived

Daniel J. Mitchell | July 10, 2012

You probably remember President Obama’s infamous statement during the 2008 campaign that he wanted to raise the capital gains tax rate for reasons of “fairness” regardless of whether tax revenues decreased.

Night Watch | July 10, 2012

The Brotherhood President is outsmarting the generals. He is pushing the limits of his authority, presuming that anything not proscribed is permitted.

Jeff Carter | July 10, 2012

The futures industry is littered with people who have killed themselves. I have known a few. Off the top of my head, I can count at least ten people since 1986.

Morgan Brittany | July 10, 2012

In another bone-headed attempt at messing up the real estate market instead of letting it reset on its own, officials in San Bernardino County have figured out a way to seize property.

Marvin Olasky | July 10, 2012

Are evangelicals ready to join the crowd in recommending that unmarried individuals use contraceptives?

Jerry Bowyer | July 10, 2012

Increasingly, we’re thinking of more and more ways to game a system which we have less and less faith in.

Dave Ramsey | July 10, 2012

You don’t pass up a great, lifelong relationship just because of debt. You do, however, walk away from a relationship based on things like laziness, irresponsible behavior and immaturity.

Edward White | July 10, 2012

Overshadowed the past two weeks by the Supreme Court’s ObamaCareTax decision and the Fourth of July holiday was an important revelation that, since at least March 2010, senior Department of Justice officials knew about the gun-walking tactics used in Operation Fast and Furious and did nothing to stop it.

Phil Kerpen | July 10, 2012

A couple of weeks before President Obama's big immigration dictate, his IRS issued a more quiet but no less outrageous edict that attempts to up-end the ability of states to opt out of his health care law's new entitlement.

Julie Gunlock | July 10, 2012

Mayor Bloomberg’s recent decision to outlaw the Big Gulp in New York City in the name of promoting public health made news headlines as well as fodder for some pretty scathing one-liners from the late night comedians. But this is no laughing matter.

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Michael Gerson | July 09, 2012

One would think, given so much practice, that the Obama White House would have been better prepared for last week's wretched jobs report.

Byron York | July 09, 2012

It's always been a challenge for Mitt Romney to explain the differences between Romneycare and Obamacare.

Jeff Jacoby | July 09, 2012

The Supreme Court's recent decision in the Arizona immigration case settled the debate over whether states may criminalize violations of federal immigration law (they may not) or require local police to check the immigration status of detainees they suspect of being in the country illegally (they may).

Brian Darling | July 09, 2012

Congratulations to the Supreme Court’s supreme effort to protect their reputation at the expense of the Constitution and the idea of a limited federal government. The problem with the ObamaCare decision is that the individual mandate is not a constitutional exercise of the federal government’s taxing power.

Harry R. Jackson, Jr. | July 09, 2012

Summer is coming and everyone expects to pay a little more to keep the temperature in the house bearable. But do you expect to pay eight times as much as you have in previous years? Unfortunately, that is exactly what will happen to consumers in some parts of the country unless Congress stands up to the insane regulations on coal put forth by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Michael Brown | July 09, 2012

According to published reports, when Larry Brinkin was arrested two weeks ago, the police found “images of year-old infants subjected to sodomy and oral sex, and perverse racial comments (Brinkin’s email: ‘I loved especially the 2 year old n----- getting nailed. Hope you’ll continue so I can see what the little blond b---- is going to get. White Power! White Supremacy! White D--- Rules!’).” Yet the media has barely reported this terribly disturbing incident.

Lisa De Pasquale | July 09, 2012

Last week there was a lot of buzz about a teenage conservative who made a splash when he spoke at a conference and became the darling of the conservative – and liberal – media. The liberal media especially propped him up as a parlor trick. Conservatives were amused by his earnestness. Liberals were amused by the stereotype of the conservative nerd in a little suit and tie.

Thomas Sowell | July 09, 2012

Nothing is likely to get an argument started among sports fans faster than attempts to name the all-time greatest in any sport, or even the all-time greatest in a particular aspect of a sport. However, in baseball, we can at least narrow down the list of possibilities -- considerably, in fact -- when it comes to hitting.

Michael Barone | July 09, 2012

"A step in the right direction." That's what Barack Obama said in Poland, Ohio, about Friday's Bureau of Labor Statistics unemployment report, which showed only 80,000 net new jobs and unemployment remaining at 8.2 percent.

Star Parker | July 09, 2012

The annual Independence Day party that I host at my home was particularly alive with conversation this year. Conversation probably not too different from what was taking place in a lot of backyards around the country.

Mike Adams | July 09, 2012

Well, it looks like the libertarians are mad at me again. Several of my libertarian readers have written to complain that my recent columns have been switching back and forth between making fun of homosexual rights activists and abortion rights activists.

John Ransom | July 09, 2012

As to me being “pure” evil, I’m not sure that you have the required FDA information to make such a claim. Nor could you call me either “naturally” evil or even “organically” evil without sufficient data to support the claim. I’m disappointed, but not surprised, that liberals like you would trifle with the fine folks at the federal government by making unsupported scientific claims about the nature and quality of my evilness.

Katie Kieffer | July 09, 2012

Strip poker is one of Attorney General Eric Holder’s favorite games. As in, he evidently enjoys stripping online poker entrepreneurs of their Fourth Amendment rights.

Bruce Bialosky | July 09, 2012

Feeling misled? You certainly should. Congress created a law so complex that it occupies between 2,400 and 2,800 pages depending on who says what, almost all of them unread by the people who voted for it. President Obama and his Democratic colleagues told you many things about the law – most of which were either mischaracterizations or outright lies. What Chief Justice John Roberts did was tell the truth, and now we can move forward.

Bob Beauprez | July 09, 2012

Two new workers are being added to the population for every one job that is created. The only direction Obama has the economy moving is backward.

Dave Moenning | July 09, 2012

Yes, you are correct; applying one of literature's most famous quotations to the problems facing today's central bankers is the very definition of trite. But after reading the four lines and making the referenced substitutions, I'm guessing even an Econ 201 student can see what I'm getting at.

Ashe Schow | July 09, 2012

Watch out! The pork-laden farm bill is coming to the People’s House. Just like in the Senate, the same special interests undermining their competitors and crying foul that someone else is getting a better handout will be out in full force to ensure the House of Representatives keeps the government trough filled to capacity, courtesy of the taxpayers.

Chris Poindexter | July 09, 2012

Commodities in general were down on the week, the follow-on of steady gains in the dollar against the euro. Investors may not be showing faith in the U.S. dollar as much as demonstrating a lack of faith in the euro.

Tad DeHaven | July 09, 2012

The Indy Star recently reported on an attempt by the state’s Indiana Economic Development Corporation to pressure the city of Madison into subsidizing a manufacturing facility for a shady California businesswoman.

Shawn Mitchell | July 09, 2012

Pouring public money into a good or service doesn’t make it “more affordable”; it just changes who’s paying. Pouring public money into a good or service doesn’t lower costs; it tends to inflate them.

Daniel J. Mitchell | July 09, 2012

Since the United Nations has a long track record of supporting global taxation (with the money going to the U.N., of course), I’m even less surprised when that crowd produces another idea for fleecing people in the productive sector of the economy.

Michael Tanner | July 09, 2012

While congressional Republicans have been reduced to taking symbolic repeal votes, and Mitt Romney struggles to determine whether or not the individual mandate is a tax, governors — and state legislators — have become the real heroes of the fight against Obamacare.

Mike Shedlock | July 09, 2012

This my friends is what's called progress. As Ransom suggests, we hope to see a lot more of it. I have every expectation we will.

Charles Payne | July 09, 2012

I can understand why Democrats are loath to calling the so-called Affordably Care Act what it really is—a tax!

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Derek Hunter | July 08, 2012

Obamacare is a tax. It’s not a tax. Politicians and pundits are all over the map on this. A tax, a mandate, a ham sandwich…the answer depends on who you ask. But none of this matters because, whatever else it is, it’s currently the law of the land. But how did this happen?

John Ransom | July 08, 2012

What do you have against Japanese car markers that provide jobs here in the U.S.? What do you have against Chinese people who are just trying to make a living? Or Mexicans? Or Canadians?

Salena Zito | July 08, 2012

When Carolyn Coulson was deciding how to vote in 2008, she found Barack Obama’s rhetoric “exciting,” especially when he talked about a “different kind of politics.”

Austin Hill | July 08, 2012

The economic experts are worried.

Doug Giles | July 08, 2012

Whenever the ends of Government are perverted, and public liberty manifestly endangered, and all other means of redress are ineffectual, the People may, and of right ought to reform the old, or establish a new Government; the doctrine of non-resistance against arbitrary power and oppression is absurd, slavish and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind. –Declaration of Rights, Maryland

Debra J. Saunders | July 08, 2012

John Burton has achieved the impossible. As the author of the 2004 bill that led to California's foie gras ban, the crusty former state senator, now chairman of the California Democratic Party, has made eating liver cool.

Rich Tucker | July 08, 2012

In spring, bicycles come out of storage, newspaper photographers snap pictures of people riding them, and those photos generate letters of complaint to The Washington Post.

Kevin McCullough | July 08, 2012

Years from now historians will look at the presidency of Barack Obama and assess that while his goals could have perhaps been well intentioned when he campaigned for office for his first term, the ensuing campaign for his second term and the desire to change very little was conclusive proof that he couldn't care less about the nation's outcome.

Steve Chapman | July 08, 2012

If you want to understand the intensifying showdown between the United States and Iran, consider the headline in The Washington Post on the threat of rapid nuclear proliferation: "Many Nations Ready to Break into Nuclear Club."

Mike Shedlock | July 08, 2012

Of course this is about bailouts. It is also about the need to allow banks to fail. Let that happen, punish the bondholders, and kill fractional reserve lending and the situation will take care of itself.

Ann-Marie Murrell | July 08, 2012

Don’t get all excited, Occupy Types. Obama did not pay off all your student loans although he did lower monthly payments. While Obama blames the GOP for not doing more about this, he forgets to mention that it’s actually his Democrat-led Senate that is causing all the student loan road blocks for him.

Charles Payne | July 08, 2012

It's not only most men (and women), but nowadays, even governments and powerful organizations seem to be moving day to day in a quiet desperation.

Tad DeHaven | July 08, 2012

Countrywide was a major beneficiary of the federal government’s overzealous subsidization of housing, which contributed to the housing bubble and bust that fueled the recent economic downturn.

Daniel J. Mitchell | July 08, 2012

I enjoy sharing jokes about the thieves and clowns in Washington, probably because it helps keep me sane.

Chris Edwards | July 08, 2012

Thank goodness we have entrepreneurial companies such as Apple and Google generating economic growth and providing exciting opportunities for young people. But that won’t last if governments have their way.

Political Calculations | July 08, 2012

The invention we're featuring today is real. Really. You can look it up at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, under its patent number 6,293,874, which was issued on 25 September 2001, if you don't believe us.

Mark Baisley | July 08, 2012

Private industry can't spend $7 billion on a pipeline that will create tens of thousands of jobs, but Obama can earmark $100 billion for high-speed rail in California.

Marita Noon | July 08, 2012

Mitt Romney may not be our first choice, but he is a choice. Sitting the election out will give us four more years of punitive energy regulation—on steroids.

Michael Tanner | July 08, 2012

By striking down part of the law that required states to expand their Medicaid programs, the court tossed a very hot potato into the laps of state lawmakers everywhere.

Austin Nimocks | July 08, 2012

From the moment the push to redefine marriage began, the most militant of the would-be redefiners deployed a “scorched earth policy” toward marriage to achieve their goals.

Paul Jacob | July 08, 2012

When voters turn on politicians, it can't be the politicians that are wrong. It must be "the people." The dumbies.