Sat, Jul 21, 2012

Ken Blackwell | July 21, 2012

Abraham Lincoln faced a similar problem in 1854 when he spoke of the “covert zeal” of President Franklin Pierce and Sen. Steven A. Douglas for the spread of slavery.

John C. Goodman | July 21, 2012

President Obama blasted American entrepreneurs last weekend, boldly claiming the self-made man is an illusion to an audience in Roanoke, Virginia.

John Ransom | July 21, 2012

Increasingly state governments in the US are facing budget shortfalls over entitlements paid to public servants and those on the public dole. And like the Social Security program, the shortfalls have been wholly predictable.

Salena Zito | July 21, 2012

Joseph Sites found bleak job prospects in Western Pennsylvania when he graduated in 2000 from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in chemical engineering. “I had to uproot myself and my family to North Dakota to get back to Western Pennsylvania,” said Sites, 35, a Bethel Park native whose career also took him to Houston, New Orleans, Mexico and Dallas.

David Sterman | July 21, 2012

Yet you may want to keep a very close eye on this sector, because a curious phenomenon is likely to happen again. Whenever investors begin fleeing retail stocks, they often punish them far too much.

Bill Tatro | July 21, 2012

Chucky, I’m pleased to say, is not of that bent. He’s clear, he’s concise, he’s Chucky the easy-to-read Senator.

Charles Payne | July 21, 2012

Tonya was allowed to pose for a fresh photo which came out a lot better than the first. The catch, unfortunately, was that the second photo came as a result of a second arrest.

Steve Deace | July 21, 2012

From the moment he made it abundantly clear he intends to turn these United States away from a constitutional republic and towards a Western European-style socialist democracy, conservatives have been trying to convince the American people to reject President Obama’s vision for the country.

Mike Shedlock | July 21, 2012

Citing pension problems and a slowing economy, S&P Revises Pennsylvania's Outlook to Negative

Jeff Carter | July 21, 2012

The real economic stories that came out this week will affect every American more than one terrible event.

Marita Noon | July 21, 2012

Today’s installment on First Solar includes billionaire investors, corporate welfare, favoritism, threats, exaggerations, lawsuits over inferior quality, layoffs and outsourcing, and even a romantic dalliance. The screenplay would be riveting.

Night Watch | July 21, 2012

Whole neighborhoods are not in insurrection. Shooting seems to take place at the intersections of selected streets by small numbers of fighters, an economy of force tactic when manpower is in short supply.

Daniel J. Mitchell | July 21, 2012

Worldwide taxation means that a company is taxed not only on it’s domestic earnings, but also on its foreign earnings.

Political Calculations | July 21, 2012

We wondered where President Obama may have gotten the idea businesses were so completely dependent upon the government to even be in business.

Chris Poindexter | July 21, 2012

Gold and silver had plenty of company to the downside in commodities as platinum, palladium, crude oil and copper gave back all of yesterday’s gains and then some, largely on gains by the dollar against the euro.

Fri, Jul 20, 2012

Rich Galen | July 20, 2012

The professional political class (of which I am a dues-paying member) has made it clear that they believe Barack Obama is a world-class campaigner and Mitt Romney steps on his tongue with some regularity.

Kathryn Lopez | July 20, 2012

"It's Time for Mark Regnerus to Get Collectively Dumped," read one online headline.The outrage was in response to a study that Regnerus, a professor in the department of sociology at the University of Texas, Austin, released earlier this summer. His crime? Doing research on the effects of same-sex parenting on children.

Michael Brown | July 20, 2012

A British hotel replaces the in-room Gideon Bibles with copies of Fifty Shades of Grey (aka Mommy porn). A Christian organization is banned by the Advertising Standards Authority from announcing that God can heal sickness today.

Brian and Garrett Fahy | July 20, 2012

In one of Saturday Night Live’s best sketches, Chris Farley played Matt Foley, a three hundred pound, disheveled divorcee and motivational speaker. In one memorable episode, Foley gives a speech entitled, “Go For It” to lethargic teenagers caught possessing pot.

Hugh Hewitt | July 20, 2012

Vienna was home to 23 synagogues prior to World War II, only one of which outlasted the Nazis --the Stadttempel, which was constructed in 1825 and 1826 and which survived Kristallnacht in November, 1938.

Thomas Sowell | July 20, 2012

There was a time, within living memory, when the achievements of others were not only admired but were often taken as an inspiration for imitation of the same qualities that had served these achievers well, even if we were not in the same field of endeavor and were not expecting to achieve on the same scale.

Michelle Malkin | July 20, 2012

When it comes to soldiers, breast-feeding moms, toddlers and grannies, the Transportation Security Administration is not just hands-on, it's hands-all-over. But when it comes to illegal alien pilot trainees, our homeland security bureaucracy's policy is still stuck in pre-9/11 mode: Hands off, blinders on.

John Hawkins | July 20, 2012

"Ask yourself why totalitarian dictatorships find it necessary to pour money and effort into propaganda for their own helpless, chained, gagged slaves, who have no means of protest or defense. The answer is that even the humblest peasant or the lowest savage would rise in blind rebellion, were he to realize that he is being immolated, not to some incomprehensible noble purpose, but to plain, naked human evil."

Brent Bozell | July 20, 2012

Network television is a pretty dreary place in the summer time. It's somehow the perfect time for Hollywood executives to throw millions of dollars at ever-dumber sexualized content. It's hard to tell what offends more, the raunch or the sheer stupidity of it all.

Jonah Goldberg | July 20, 2012

The president's defenders have claimed he either misspoke last week at a Roanoke, Va., campaign event or that what he said is true. Both defenses have merit. Obama surely didn't mean to say something that politically idiotic so plainly. And it's true that no man's accomplishments are entirely his own. We're all indebted to others, and we all rely on government to provide some basic things. Only the straw-men conservatives of Obama's imagination yearn for an America with no roads and bridges.

Mike Adams | July 20, 2012

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. Although I believe your organization is no longer necessary and is on the balance harmful to race relations in America, I am nonetheless honored to speak to you tonight. I am honored to speak to you because I recall the days when the NAACP was committed to racial equality.

David Limbaugh | July 20, 2012

Someone recently asked me what campaign advice I would give Mitt Romney if I were in his inner circle. Let me respond.

Mona Charen | July 20, 2012

President Obama's "you didn't build it" gaffe just defined the 2012 campaign. It succinctly encapsulates the president's prejudices about the public versus the private sector. Though the president has frequently mouthed platitudes in praise of enterprise, his suspicion and contempt for business has always percolated just beneath the surface.

John Ransom | July 20, 2012

Now I understand why the Democrats are so worried about Mitt’s tax returns: Mitt’s returns show income not losses. Obama's taxpayer rate of returns shows losses not income. Occupy that.

Daniel Doherty | July 20, 2012

On Thursday night, I attended “Bursting the College Bubble: The Status of Higher Education Today,” hosted by America’s Future Foundation and the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy.

Salena Zito | July 20, 2012

Mitt Romney repudiated President Obama’s attacks on his personal finances on Tuesday, calling it “a sad day when that is the course that the president takes.”

Scott Rasmussen | July 20, 2012

Over the past few weeks, President Obama and his campaign team have launched a furious attack on Mitt Romney's record as head of Bain Capital, a highly successful venture capital firm.

Oliver North | July 20, 2012

Taking a dozen grandchildren on vacation means that we buy cereal by the ton and milk in multiple gallons. I was in the cereal aisle, squinting at the list of ingredients on a brightly colored box of "high-fiber multigrain something," when a fellow shopper put the question to me: "So, Col. North, what's the 'October surprise' for this election?"

Pat Buchanan | July 20, 2012

Mitt Romney is today the beneficiary of some desperate counsel from alarmed Republicans on how to escape the snare in which he has found himself.

Suzanne Fields | July 20, 2012

Race has become the third rail of American politics. Touch it, and you die. It's the rail some of our angriest Democrats want to ride Mitt Romney and the Republicans out of town on. The word "racist" is the new shorthand for "evil," replacing Hitler as the all-purpose evil those with stunted imaginations accuse their opponents and enemies of. Not so long ago, racism was a crime so heinous that merely to be accused of it was all the proof needed for conviction.

Diana West | July 20, 2012

Be alarmed: The U.S. government continues to be "advised by organizations and individuals that the U.S. government itself has identified in federal courts as fronts for the international Muslim Brotherhood."

Linda Chavez | July 20, 2012

For a group of 4,000 Iranian refugees currently living in Iraq, a United Nations report this week could prove crucial in determining whether they will live as virtual prisoners in the desert or be able to build new lives in freedom elsewhere.

Donald Lambro | July 20, 2012

WASHINGTON -- With the economy showing new signs of weakness, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke was virtually begging Congress this week to act.

Paul Driessen | July 20, 2012

Millions of Americans watched their evening news in horrified fascination. The Colorado Springs wildfire had doubled in size overnight, to 24 square miles – half the size of San Francisco – as 50-mph gusts carried fiery branches from exploding treetops across fire breaks, down Waldo Canyon and into fresh stands of drought-dried timber. Flames crested the ridge above the beautiful Air Force Academy campus, 346 houses burned, hundreds more faced immolation, and 32,000 people were evacuated, through smoke and ash that turned daytime into a choking night sky.

Marvin Folkertsma | July 20, 2012

In December 1828, South Carolina had 5,000 copies of John C. Calhoun’s “Exposition and Protest” printed and distributed throughout the state. A defiant document, Calhoun’s “Exposition” outlined a theory of constitutional interpretation first adumbrated in the infamous Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions, which asseverated the right of states to declare “null and void” acts of the federal government within their respective jurisdictions.

Bill Tatro | July 20, 2012

It’s very possible the financial markets breathe a temporary sigh of relief because maybe, just maybe, Ben finally got one right.

Jeff Carter | July 20, 2012

The book Atlas Shrugged is required reading in my house

Matt Kibbe | July 20, 2012

Like a child who edges the line to see how many rules he can break, President Obama is testing America’s patience with a pattern of unconstitutional behavior that rivals any other president’s record, trading out America’s founding principles for top-down policies designed to centralize control in the federal government. No wonder Americans are fed up and eager to take back what’s theirs by staging a hostile takeover of Washington.

Night Watch | July 20, 2012

The North will be looking for a positive US response to its statement of readiness to discuss nuclear issues, made in Cambodia last week.

Mike Shedlock | July 20, 2012

I am starting to think the next jobs report is going to be downright miserable. New orders have plunged and mass layoffs are on the rise.

Fritz Pfister | July 20, 2012

All is not rosy on the national housing front no matter how the liberal mass media tries to spin the story.

Paul Tracy | July 20, 2012

Investing for a short period in a stock like Apple is like ordering a seven-course meal and only sticking around for the appetizer. Sure you get a taste... but wouldn't you rather have the whole meal?

Daniel J. Mitchell | July 20, 2012

Chile's transition from statism and dictatorship to freedom and prosperity must rank as one of the most positive developments over the past 30 years.

Jerry Bowyer | July 20, 2012

You don’t build the polis on the lie of the scapegoat, not because it can’t preserve the polis for a time, but because any city that requires the scapegoating of an innocent man is a society which does not deserve to be preserved.

Phil Kerpen | July 20, 2012

Supporters of the president's unpopular health care mandate tax are now trying to justify it on the theory that those who go uninsured later impose large costs on the rest of us through emergency rooms. But the truth is emergency rooms are crowded not by the uninsured, but by Medicaid patients.

Chris Poindexter | July 20, 2012

Oil saw its biggest overnight surge in a long time as the news of lower U.S. gasoline stockpiles combined with the weakening dollar moved crude oil prices back over $90 a barrel.

Charles Payne | July 20, 2012

We have an economy that is already built to last and doesn't need breast implants or liposuction.

Peter Schiff | July 20, 2012

Bernanke recently ran through a litany of supposedly unexpected factors, from the weather in the Midwest to the crisis in Europe, that have prevented his policies from producing a genuine recovery.

Lincoln Brown | July 20, 2012

These chickens have been the very model of Democratic social policy- content to just stroll around in their pen when they weren‘t sleeping.

Thu, Jul 19, 2012

Paul Greenberg | July 19, 2012

Not a presidential election goes by without producing another prize specimen for my extensive collection of Famous Smears I Have Known, and this year's campaign is no different. It's a red-white-and-blue, dadgum all-American tradition, telling whoppers about the opposition. It goes back at least to 1800 and the Adams-Jefferson match.

Larry Kudlow | July 19, 2012

While cynics proliferated, Reagan stayed with it, praising free enterprise and entrepreneurs. And eventually, sunny skies replaced gloomy clouds.

Salena Zito | July 19, 2012

Mitt Romney sharpened his attacks on President Obama’s economic and health-care policies in appearances at a Westmoreland County business and a Pittsburgh fundraiser on Tuesday.

Cliff May | July 19, 2012

Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, I expected there would soon be consensus across ideological, national, and other lines that terrorism is wrong — that no political goal or grievance justifies intentionally murdering innocent men, women, and children. I was wrong.

Reince Priebus | July 19, 2012

On Tuesday night’s broadcast of the CBS Evening News, anchor Scott Pelley opened with sobering words: “This is the worst economic recovery America has ever had. We’ve been looking for hopeful signs, but today the chairman of the Federal Reserve threw a cold splash of reality on those hopes.”

Thomas Sowell | July 19, 2012

Barack Obama's great rhetorical gifts include the ability to make the absurd sound not only plausible, but inspiring and profound. His latest verbal triumph was to say on July 13th, "if you've been successful, you didn't get there on your own." As an example, "Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you've got a business -- you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen."

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | July 19, 2012

When I think of the word enthusiasm, I am reminded of a scene out of the 1987 movie "The Untouchables" about gangster Al Capone. In the scene, Capone (played by Robert De Niro) is walking around a table that is surrounded by his men. As he walks, he talks.

Michael Barone | July 19, 2012

Perhaps the rain made the teleprompter unreadable. That's one thought I had on pondering Barack Obama's comments to a rain-soaked rally in Roanoke, Va., last Friday. Perhaps he didn't really mean what he said. Or perhaps -- as is often the case with people -- when unanchored from a prepared text he revealed what he really thinks.

Victor Davis Hanson | July 19, 2012

In the Arabic media, there are reports that Muslim clerics -- energized by the sudden emergence of Egypt's new president, Muhammad Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood -- are now agitating to demolish the Egyptian pyramids. According to agitated imams, the Pharaohs' monuments represent "symbols of paganism" from Egypt's pre-Islamic past and therefore must vanish.

Larry Elder | July 19, 2012

Photo voter ID laws, according to Attorney General Eric Holder, are a "poll tax." "Many of those without IDs," Holder recently told the NAACP, "would have to travel great distances to get them -- and some would struggle to pay for the documents they might need to obtain them."

Judge Andrew Napolitano | July 19, 2012

The greatest distinguishing factor between countries in which there is some freedom and those where authoritarian governments manage personal behavior is the Rule of Law. The idea that the very laws that the government is charged with enforcing could restrain the government itself is uniquely Western and was accepted with near unanimity at the time of the creation of the American Republic.

John Ransom | July 19, 2012

Warren- and Obama- explain that in return for not worrying about “marauding bands” taking everything we have, we should just allow a marauding government to take what they will, while we lay still and Think-of-England.

Neal Boortz | July 19, 2012

Dear Ruler: First, let me say how thrilled I am that you went off-teleprompter last week. This “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen” thing was just wonderful. Now I know how Chris Matthews felt.

Michael Reagan | July 19, 2012

Dirty political campaigns are as old as the Founding Fathers. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams are said to have thrown the first mud at each other in the presidential election of 1800.

Cal Thomas | July 19, 2012

Stephen Covey, the management guru who died this week, would have had a hard time selling his books in Benjamin Franklin's America, or Abe Lincoln's. His best seller "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" would have been considered a self-evident truth, one drummed into earlier Americans by schools, churches and the Puritan ethic.

Rachel Alexander | July 19, 2012

One of the few issues which both the political left and the right agree upon is rooting out financial corruption by the banking industry. The latest banking scandal involves big banks submitting falsified data in order to keep their borrowing rates low.

Debra J. Saunders | July 19, 2012

"Why is the modern Republican Party so opposed to allowing the rich to pay just a little bit more in taxes to help solve the debt and deficit problem in this country that they would prefer no deal at all?" Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., asked at The Brookings Institution on Monday.

Steve Chapman | July 19, 2012

It's a familiar story: A manufacturing company finds its wages too high, looks for ways to cut costs and ends up moving production overseas where the pastures are greener. It happened when some American jobs were outsourced to China.

Emmett Tyrrell | July 19, 2012

I see that the stalwarts of Reform Politics throughout the city of New York have been given reason for hope and change. It is reported that former congressman Anthony D. Weiner (pronounced as you might expect) is testing the waters for a return to public life. He is mulling over a run for the mayor's mansion or perhaps a campaign for "public advocate." I am not really sure what a public advocate does, but Weiner has done things in public that are very daring, so I have no doubt he could handle the duties of a public advocate.

Night Watch | July 19, 2012

Kim Jong-un now holds the highest military rank in North Korea and all his father's and grandfather's positions. It means he has consolidated the loyalty of the armed forces.

Mike Shedlock | July 19, 2012

An 'Exodus' of Wealthy is underway even before French parliament has passed Hollande's proposed top tax rate of 75%.

Daniel J. Mitchell | July 19, 2012

Rather than trying to squeeze more blood from an unwilling stone, maybe the Italian government should junk the current tax code and adopt a simple and fair flat tax.

Jeff Carter | July 19, 2012

Democrats are takers. They believe in the power of big government.

Bill Tatro | July 19, 2012

The existence of a zero interest rate policy (ZIRP), which inhibits most municipalities from achieving their actuarial assumptions, combined with a declining revenue base makes the math very easy to figure out.

Charles Payne | July 19, 2012

The biggest game of suspension of disbelief is the tango between Wall Street and Ben Bernanke.

Gina Loudon | July 19, 2012

At its very inception, modern liberalism sought to undermine, or at least ignore, God.

Ralph Benko | July 19, 2012

With Bastille Day just past, let us pause, briefly, to salute the greatest economist of the 20th century: French monetary statesman Jacques Rueff. The little-publicized Rueffian school (to which this writer belongs) quietly is working to gain influence in the corridors of power to revitalize Rueff’s great legacy, the classical gold standard.

David Sterman | July 19, 2012

Once the economy is firmer, investors will likely bid up banking stocks to at least tangible book value -- if not above book value.

Marybeth Hicks | July 19, 2012

Already, the folks at Oscar Mayer are offering suggestions for how to make a lunch that kids will find nutritious and delicious, though they don’t offer any advice in the ads on how to keep school administrators from pitching your homemade lunch and force-feeding your kid chicken nuggets.

Bob Goldman | July 19, 2012

Having a bad day? If your answer is no, you are either the luckiest person in the universe or the dumbest.

Chris Poindexter | July 19, 2012

The chairman left little doubt that he was prepared to backup the bold talk with even more words in the future.

James Hyerczyk | July 19, 2012

While short-term traders may have been listening to Bernanke for news to spark a sharp rally in the equity indices, others may have picked up on his warning of another recession if Congress doesn’t reach an agreement soon to avert a budget crisis.

Wed, Jul 18, 2012

Ann Coulter | July 18, 2012

Before taking the oath of office, Barack Obama vowed to fundamentally transform the United States. He has certainly done so.

Crystal Wright | July 18, 2012

Many people would say the biggest mistake President Barack Obama made was getting elected President of the United States. He’s presided over one of the worst economies since the Great Depression where unemployment has been stuck over 8% for 41 straight months and our soaring debt earned America its first credit downgrade in history.

Jeff Jacoby | July 18, 2012

BEACHES AREN'T MY THING, and reading on beaches even less so. I've never understood how anyone can enjoy a book in the midst of all that sand, glare, and greasy suntan lotion. For reading ambiance, I'll take an easy chair in an air-conditioned room , and leave the damp swimsuits and gritty beach towels to those who appreciate them.

Lisa De Pasquale | July 18, 2012

Several weeks ago the Supreme Court unintentionally gave conservatives a shot in the arm they needed to renew the fight against ObamaCare. The GOP Doctors Caucus, chaired by Georgia Rep. Phil Gingrey, has been vocal in educating the public and fellow members on the effects of ObamaCare.

Nick Ryan | July 18, 2012

American history is full of memorable campaign lines, from President Ronald Reagan’s speech on “A time for choosing,” to Senator John Kerry’s convoluted: “I voted for it before I voted against it.”

Alan Sears | July 18, 2012

Recently, I was going through an old box and found a picture of my father. As I held it in my hands, I remembered his life, and it was amazing how many emotions the picture communicated. I continued through other boxes, finding more and more photographs, and was struck again by the fact that, in every instance, I was looking at pictures of life. Then it dawned on me--

Rich Galen | July 18, 2012

Donna Brazile and I did our very popular "He said; She said" act in Cleveland for legislators from the Midwest. We will take the act somewhat further on the road next week when we reprise it in Edmonton, Alberta for the Western Legislative Conference.

Michelle Malkin | July 18, 2012

Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod and his hatchet people are still yammering about GOP presidential rival Mitt Romney's overseas investments.

John Stossel | July 18, 2012

What was your first job? I stuck pieces of plastic and metal together at an Evanston, Ill., assembly line. We produced photocopiers for a company called American Photocopy.

Walter E. Williams | July 18, 2012

The agendas of liberals, progressives and assorted tyrants desperately depend on the aspects of human nature they often condemn, such as acquisitiveness, profit motive, self-interestedness and greed. This crossed my mind while reading "How Departures From Economic Freedom Can Affect Freedom In General," by Dr. John Taylor, a Hoover Institution scholar.

Brent Bozell | July 18, 2012

Back in 2007 and 2008, it was remarkable watching Barack Obama treated to one puffball interview after another, courtesy of Steve Kroft on "60 Minutes." Kroft compared him to Abe Lincoln and oozed about his "political poetry." But it's simply irresponsible, after three and a half years of President Obama wrecking the economy, that CBS -- now with anchor Charlie Rose -- is still in puffery mode.

Jonah Goldberg | July 18, 2012

It was one of Barack Obama's best lines -- and best moments -- in the 2008 presidential campaign.

John Ransom | July 18, 2012

You can’t take the horror story that’s become Obama’s War-on-Everything and sell it as a children’s tome, or a feel good drama or even as a journey of personal discovery- as we were once warned about by Sarah Palin.

Michael Medved | July 18, 2012

Why should religious leaders, of all people, turn their fire on celebrities who use their popularity for public proclamations of the almighty’s power?

Terry Jeffrey | July 18, 2012

The truth is: We are in the Obama recovery now. If history is a guide, these are the best of the Obama times.

Ben Shapiro | July 18, 2012

This week, President Obama spelled out just how much he hates American business in an off-prompter moment in Roanoke, Va. If "you've been successful," said Obama, "you didn't get there on your own.

Austin Bay | July 18, 2012

Successfully organizing, leading and, at particularly contentious moments, refereeing Libya's fragmented anti-Gadhafi opposition movement in the midst of a revolutionary war was 2011's most underappreciated political miracle.

Donald Lambro | July 18, 2012

It should be clear by now that Barack Obama is running his shaky presidential campaign in 3-D: dishonesty, deception and distraction.

Rich Tucker | July 18, 2012

Over the years, many have wondered what happened to “Say Anything” star Ione Skye. Now we may have our answer. In the movie her character, Diane Court, famously urged her fellow graduates to “go back.” So maybe Ione has followed her own advice and become an environmentalist.

Jacob Sullum | July 18, 2012

Last week, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka ObamaCare. It was the 33rd such vote taken by the House and, since Democrats control the Senate, no more likely to be successful than the first 32.

Susan Stamper Brown | July 18, 2012

Liberals also criticized Bush for the way he communicated his foreign policy and claimed the world loathed us because of it. Bush’s strong-armed approach effectively protected us from another 9/11 for nearly a decade.

Bill Tatro | July 18, 2012

Sadly, like many other things in life that start out with the best of intentions, man has a way of bringing out the worst in a situation by hoping to reward themselves at the expense of others.

Ken Connor | July 18, 2012

Government provision of food stamps has become the second-largest welfare program in the country and is expanding rapidly. Rich Lowry shares the latest statistics, and they are troubling to say the least. Through the combined efforts of Presidents Bush and Obama, the number of people on food stamps has almost tripled in the last 12 years, growing from 17 million in 2000 to 46 million today!

Dave Moenning | July 18, 2012

In listening to Mr. Bernanke's Q&A with the Senate Banking Committee yesterday, it occurred to me that the path forward is now fairly clear.

Jeff Carter | July 18, 2012

In 2013, prices for protein could skyrocket. Not only that, but the fact that processors aren’t using “pink slime” anymore causes the demand to go up.

Daniel J. Mitchell | July 18, 2012

At the risk of stating the obvious, this doesn’t mean that anyone should use drugs. I’ve led a very boring life, for instance, and have never tried any illegal drugs.

Night Watch | July 18, 2012

All news services have reported the details of the US Navy engagement with a civilian boat that refused to respond to repeated warnings.

Mike Shedlock | July 18, 2012

The pension plan assumes 7.5% annual growth. This year is reported one precent.

Bob Beauprez | July 18, 2012

While many people do engage in supporting candidates, the vast majority of citizens remain on the sidelines. Barely half of the eligible population bothers to vote even in a presidential election.

Chris Poindexter | July 18, 2012

Compared to the crimes that have already gone unpunished in our nation’s banking system, the latest excesses may not seem like much, but these are only the beginning of revelations.

Charles Payne | July 18, 2012

I spent all of yesterday seething at comments from President Obama that sounded like typical sour grapes from people that haven't made it as far as they wanted in life but place none of the blame on themselves.

Dave Ramsey | July 18, 2012

If you find anything, you’ll need to file a police report in the locale where the offense occurred.

Carrie Schwab Pomerantz | July 18, 2012

much -- if not all -- of Yyour income is taxable. Unfortunately, though, it's not what the IRS considers earned, and therefore it is not qualified for an IRA contribution.

Tue, Jul 17, 2012

Tony Katz | July 17, 2012

The Obama campaign suggested last week that Mitt Romney may have committed a felony by listing himself as Bain’s CEO in SEC filings after he left the firm in 1999 to run the Olympics. As outrageous and inappropriate the claim, President Obama has no intention of apologizing to Governor Romney.

Randall DeSoto | July 17, 2012

If we as a nation want to know what it will take to get back on track, we need look no further than what Republican Governors are doing throughout the country. The principles they are following are the key to our salvation and lead down the exact opposite road Barack Obama and the Democrats want to take to go “FORWARD.”

Rachel Marsden | July 17, 2012

When I was a little kid, there was a game I used to play while out and about with my family. Every time we came upon an escalator, I'd run ahead and charge up it as fast as I could, just so I could then stand at the top and "pull" everyone else up by the moving handrail.

Mona Charen | July 17, 2012

Until this week, the Obama campaign's strategy of interest group payoffs and demonization of Romney seemed, if tawdry, at least a possible route to re-election.

Cal Thomas | July 17, 2012

Mitt Romney's speech to the NAACP convention in Houston was -- according to one's political perspective -- a "calculated move on his part to get booed..." to help his white base (Rep. Nancy Pelosi), or a presentation to "independent thinking adult citizens" whom he treated as equals (Rush Limbaugh).

Thomas Sowell | July 17, 2012

When I first saw a book with the title, "White Girl Bleed A Lot" by Colin Flaherty, I instantly knew what it was about, even though I had not seen the book reviewed anywhere, and knew nothing about the author.

Chuck Norris | July 17, 2012

Last week, I summarized how President Barack Obama has not lived up to his campaign promises to lower the national deficit and debt and get our nation's fiscal house in order. So now I'm calling on him to heed the economic advice of our nation's first eight presidents.

John Hawkins | July 17, 2012

It's all the golf you can play and as many free vacations as you want. The teleprompter tells you what to say to the crowd and if anybody makes a joke about you, someone calls him a racist!

David Limbaugh | July 17, 2012

If I didn't know better, I might conclude that President Obama is trying to validate my book. His personal attacks on Mitt Romney have been so harsh that Romney called them "beneath the dignity of the presidency."

John Ransom | July 17, 2012

Like all true Obamtrepreneurs, Gluckstern has opened a new company, to “partner” with local government in this extra legal scheme to steal from some mortgage companies and give to other mortgage companies with the full sanction of the government.

Neal Boortz | July 17, 2012

Obama has no clue how these small businesses work, and whether or not they “need” that money.

Dennis Prager | July 17, 2012

According to conventional wisdom, the older the person, the less young people are inclined to listen to him or her.

Doug Giles | July 17, 2012

Dudes, if you want to destroy your marriage say and do the following.

Pat Buchanan | July 17, 2012

The first criterion in choosing a vice president, it is said, is that he or she must be qualified to be president.

Debra J. Saunders | July 17, 2012

D.C. Democrats are pushing the DISCLOSE Act again. "DISCLOSE" stands for "Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections."

Phyllis Schlafly | July 17, 2012

Among President Obama's disingenuous promises made over his four years, he said he would focus on creating "jobs that pay well and can't be outsourced."

Peter Ferrara | July 17, 2012

Keynesian economics is the false vision of human action that says the way to promote economic recovery and renewed growth is through increased government spending, deficits and debt. If that sounds nuts, that's because it is.

Bill Murchison | July 17, 2012

Every human trend (as those of us who've seen a few will affirm) looks fixed, untouchable, set in ready-mixed concrete.

Kyle Olson | July 17, 2012

The Chicago Teachers Union made headlines a few months ago when it was revealed that the union was demanding a 30 percent raise in its new contract proposal. Such an enormous raise – regardless of the supposed justification – would be unthinkable in a district with a $665 million budget deficit and a 9.8 percent unemployment rate.

Frank Gaffney | July 17, 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.

Doug French | July 17, 2012

Reasonable people tend to tune out the Washington noise — rightly believing most of it is meaningless grandstanding. But the continued hectoring in China's direction is likely not so harmless. Combined with the Federal Reserve's stated policy to keep interest rates at virtually zero until the end of 2014, these are the sounds of Currency War III (CWIII) in its initial stages.

Chris Poindexter | July 17, 2012

It really doesn’t matter if the cash the Fed releases into the system stimulates the economy or not; honestly, I don’t think it will have much stimulative effect at all.

Charlotte Hays | July 17, 2012

Although Ralph Lauren got rich selling the American Wasp image, Mr. Lauren’s vaguely creepy uniforms for the U.S. Olympic team are more suggestive of Paris's Left Bank Maoists than hearty American athletes. The berets were a huge mistake, Ralph.

Armstrong Williams | July 17, 2012

Essence claims to have a “motivating message” for African-American women, and to “speak directly to a Black woman's spirit, her heart and her unique concerns. Every month African-American women rely on Essence for editorial content designed to help them move their lives forward personally, professionally, intellectually and spiritually.”

Mike Shedlock | July 17, 2012

All of a sudden, consumers and businesses alike are going to have a "lights out" moment where orders dry up, hiring dries up, and unemployment heads north.

Daniel J. Mitchell | July 17, 2012

Removing American-financed subsidies from the OECD won’t necessarily put an end to this corrupt and statist bureaucracy. But at least American taxpayers won’t be violated to subsidize the pampered officials who drive the OECD’s biased agenda.

Night Watch | July 17, 2012

Recognition of a state of civil war or belligerency has implications. For one thing it implies that there exists an alternative and functioning government that meets the qualifications for recognition in the UN Charter, which are derivatives of international customary law.

Ann-Marie Murrell | July 17, 2012

Jim never asked for money and she never offered it but in that one tiny moment, Tamara Colbert brought to life so many of the Sunday school lessons I had been raised with and later taught.

Jeff Carter | July 17, 2012

If we look at the facts on the ground, Obama’s economic plan has destroyed economic growth. The Geithner plan to re-capitalize banks and make them healthy has not made banks any better.

Bob Beauprez | July 17, 2012

During these days of dismal economic performance and a woeful lack of understanding and leadership from the White House, thoughts naturally turn to other Presidents and how they handled difficult times.

John Browne | July 17, 2012

Unlike the relatively mild post-war recessions, this recession threatens to spark a global currency crisis. Already, led by the Chinese, some important nations are calling for a replacement of the U.S. dollar as the reserve currency.

Patrick Trueman | July 17, 2012

The U. S. Supreme Court decision on broadcast indecency in FCC v. Fox Television, Inc., (June 21, 2012) (“Fox II”), has reignited an important debate: whether TV networks have a right to distribute indecent material into our homes without our consent. The U. S. Congress prohibited such activity and the high Court upheld that prohibition decades ago. To obtain their licenses to broadcast, networks pledge to act in the “public interest,” but for years, they have abandoned that pledge to promote their own morbid interest in indecency.

Brett McMahon | July 17, 2012

It wasn’t so long ago that a stranger asking for information from your Social Security card so the government could pay your household bills would set off internal alarm bells about this would-be do-gooder. But after years of bailouts, it’s no surprise thousands have fallen victim to a horrible hoax as they believe the Obama administration is set to pick up their utility tabs.

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Kathryn Lopez | July 16, 2012

The mid-July rumor that Mitt Romney might pick former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as his running mate was a fun Matt Drudge scoop for those in the country who live off political-campaign gossip. It was candy for junkies looking for a pre-convention news high, this one a natural coming after Ann Romney's offering that the former governor of Massachusetts might be eyeing a woman to fill the slot.

Michael Youssef | July 16, 2012

Recently, I explained the new religion that is taking American churches by storm. That new religion is articulated and exalted by no less than President Obama himself.

Paul Greenberg | July 16, 2012

Republican presidential candidates do not go to NAACP conventions to win votes. Any more than Christians went to the Coliseum to convert the lions.

Keith Smith | July 16, 2012

We hear the “repeal and replace” slogan a lot. Pundits such as the socialist editorialist Clarence Page have called Republican leaders out, Sen. Mitch McConnell in particular, for not having a replacement plan for ObamaCare if they can manage to repeal it.

Matt Barber | July 16, 2012

As his re-election hopes dim, the mainstream “progressive” media continue to run interference for Barack Obama. It’s predictable. They no longer even try to hide it. They persist in slobbering on their over-hyped, under-capable would-be savior as his campaign collapses around them. The sycophancy is embarrassing and the desperation palpable.

Michael Brown | July 16, 2012

In July, 2009, Newsweek ran a feature article on “relationships with multiple, mutually consenting partners,” entitled, “Polyamory: The Next Sexual Revolution.” Last week, Showtime launched a reality TV show called “Polyamory: Married and Dating.” To quote from Newsweek’s 2009 article, it’s “enough to make any monogamist’s head spin.” And all this, of course, is being touted as a great thing, a celebration of love and freedom, a deliverance from the monotony and constraints of monogamy.

Jeff Jacoby | July 16, 2012

As a general rule, that's obvious; it's why the law distinguishes between adults and minors in the first place. But why should policymakers be prohibited from recognizing exceptions to the rule, and treating juveniles as adults in certain extreme circumstances?

Rich Galen | July 16, 2012

Before we begin, let me remind you that I have worked for T. Boone Pickens on the Pickens Plan since 2008, so filter everything that follows through that lens.

Michael Gerson | July 16, 2012

The problem is real enough. Extreme political polarization is the product of democracy that undermines democracy.

Michael Barone | July 16, 2012

LONDON -- 1776 is a number with great resonance for Americans, but not one you expect to be featured on a British government website.

Mike Adams | July 16, 2012

I’m getting sick and tired of all the violence. Every few months, the campus community gets another email blast from the police saying that a gunman is loose on the UNCW campus. For those who don’t know, UNCW stands for The University of North Carolina at We-are-sitting-ducks-because-only-criminals-carry-guns-on-campus. Our ban on guns has turned the campus into safe haven for armed robbers. It has also increased the incidence of violent crime around the perimeter of our campus. The explanation for the trend is purely common sense. And my solution is pure genius, largely because it is born of my boundless humility.

Star Parker | July 16, 2012

The House Agriculture Committee has reported out its version of a new farm bill that will cut $16.5 billion over ten years from funding of SNAP – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - the program once known as food stamps.

David Stokes | July 16, 2012

It’s a predictable mantra as speculation mounts about the identity of the person who will occupy the number two spot on the 2012 GOP ticket: The most important thing for a VP selection is that it be someone who is prepared to be president.

John Ransom | July 16, 2012

The Scarecrow couldn’t make the waters recede, begin to heal the earth or make the Red Sea part, but he apparently fixed the tax tables for us while we were sleeping.

Katie Kieffer | July 16, 2012

President Obama is mass-texting me although I never opted into his texts. I feel like he controls my phone remotely. So, I’m texting him back: HEY PREZ, WILL U PLS STOP TXTING ME?! AND WHILE UR AT IT, STOP SPYING ON ME W/ DRONES. I’D LIKE SOME PRIVACY. THX!

Terry Paulson | July 16, 2012

Unearthing some politically incorrect statement by President Reagan, the media would charge, "You did this didn't you?" Reagan's reply: "Damn right, and I'd do it again!" Mitt Romney could do the same--"Game On, Mr. President!"

Lurita Doan | July 16, 2012

Barack Obama was a no-show at the recent 103rd NAACP conference, but, clearly, he is being given a pass by the NAACP leadership. Checking the president's schedule, apparently there was nothing so pressing that he should have been unable to attend the meeting in Texas, but instead, he relegated responsibilities of the annual NAACP meeting to the vice president.

Bruce Bialosky | July 16, 2012

In an otherwise routine speech in May, 1992, Vice-President Dan Quayle criticized Murphy Brown, the TV character played by Candice Bergen, for bearing an out-of-wedlock child, emphasizing that it “ignored the importance of fathers.” He was subsequently skewered by the elitists of the cultural left. How, they asked, could he make such a big deal about a fictional character? The culture warriors insisted that there was nothing wrong with a woman having a child that she would raise alone. Of course, the left always believed that Quayle was an idiot, so they abruptly dismissed his comments as idiotic. That lack of concern has led us to a point where our country – the American Experiment – is going to hell in a hand basket.

Harry R. Jackson, Jr. | July 16, 2012

July 12, 2012 marked the end of the NAACP’s annual meeting and 103 years of faithful service to the black community. Members and their families gathered from around the world. Their annual pilgrimage celebrates the work of WEB Dubois, Medgar Evers, and thousands of patriots who believed in the American dream.

Brian Darling | July 16, 2012

The left continues to pile on Mitt Romney for allegedly outsourcing jobs while at Bain Capital. Yet the mainstream media seem curiously uninterested in reporting on “outsourcing” by the Obama Administration, which has (1) outsourced stimulus monies to create jobs in foreign nations, (2) outsourced U.S. foreign policy to U.N. and (3) outsourced our kids and grandkids financial future to pay for his unprecedented spending binge.

Dan Holler | July 16, 2012

The Republican-controlled House could learn something from the Democrat-dominated DC City Council.

Political Calculations | July 16, 2012

Would dropping insurance coverage actually make sense for healthy individuals? To find out, we've built a tool to run those kinds of numbers! You can see that tool here.

Mike Shedlock | July 16, 2012

Long-term readers should know where I stand. LiborGate is an open-and-shut case of criminal fraud.

Tad DeHaven | July 16, 2012

If California’s voters and the officials they elect want to blow the state’s taxpayers’ money on high-speed rail, then so be it. But taxpayers in the other 49 states shouldn’t be on the hook.

Morgan Brittany | July 16, 2012

As the entire media was foaming at the mouth over Mitt Romney and whether or not he was a “felon”, our President signed another directive that completely gutted the Welfare reform act that was signed into law under Bill Clinton in 1996.

Daniel J. Mitchell | July 16, 2012

Hollande largely has pursued a statist agenda of higher taxes and more wasteful spending since taking office, which is par for the course, but I will give him credit for cutting back on some of the personal excesses of France’s ruling class.

Jeff Carter | July 16, 2012

Big government types like to point out how a teacher helped, how people get to work because of roads or rails or planes, and how the government or government program paved the way for them. The idea is all they had to do was show up.

Chris Edwards | July 16, 2012

The Washington Post’s Walter Pincus describes how the Pentagon has had a hard time saving money even when directed to do so by Congress.

Dave Moenning | July 16, 2012

If another round of QE is announced (or even hinted at), traders are going to buy what has worked the last three times and push "risk assets" higher. You can count on it.

Chris Poindexter | July 16, 2012

My problem with computer blips as money is that there’s nothing behind them. There’s nothing behind paper currency, either, but at least you have the paper and it has a serial number on it.

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Salena Zito | July 15, 2012

SCRANTON – This northeastern Pennsylvania city is charming. You might even consider it gorgeous, if you appreciate the remarkably well-preserved old-world charm that industrial cities carved into their grids at the start of the 20th century.

Derek Hunter | July 15, 2012

It is understandable President Obama would not want to run on his record. Who would? “Give me four more years so I can make up for the first four” is not the stuff of campaign slogan greatness.

John Ransom | July 15, 2012

If government spending was an answer, there never would have been a question to begin with. The billionaires and millionaires don’t have our money, the government unions do.

Austin Hill | July 15, 2012

“I thought I could get free healthcare by making someone else pay for it...”

Doug Giles | July 15, 2012

When I was a young dork growing up in West Texas in the 70s and 80s, my folks raised me to believe that making good money via righteous and industrious means was actually a good thing—y’know, something to aspire to. Remember that notion?

Debra J. Saunders | July 15, 2012

There are some ideas so convoluted that only an expert (or wannabe expert) could love them. For example: collateralized debt obligations, which seemed like a good idea until the mortgage meltdown swamped the U.S. economy.

Steve Chapman | July 15, 2012

It may have been a bit surprising when the NAACP held its national convention and Mitt Romney showed up. Romney, as comedian Reggie Brown put it, is "what people who hate white people think of when they think of white people." He's likely to do about as well among black voters as he is among Wiccans.

Matt Mackowiak | July 15, 2012

There appear to be four serious finalists to fill the vacant role of Mitt Romney's running mate: Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), former Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN), Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI).

Michael Youssef | July 15, 2012

Episcopalian leaders continue to guide their denomination into the abyss—and no doubt, the Presbyterians (PCUSA) will soon follow.

Mike Shedlock | July 15, 2012

The thing that amazes me in all of this is the USDA still expects the third biggest corn harvest ever.

Daniel J. Mitchell | July 15, 2012

The good news is that we know how Europe became rich and we know that a return to small government and free markets will enable Europe to again enjoy rapid growth.

Marita Noon | July 15, 2012

The countries with the best human health and highest material wealth are those with high-energy consumption. If that energy is more expensive, it will hurt our health and wealth.

Larry Kudlow | July 15, 2012

Larry Kudlow, anchor of The Kudlow Report on CNBC and a budget official in the first Reagan White House, says this year's presidential election will be a referendum on the economy and President Obama.

Mark Baisley | July 15, 2012

The Democratic Party prefers the tyranny of a pure democracy (frequently described as two wolves and a sheep voting on what’s for dinner).

Stewart Scott | July 15, 2012

In recent years, Mexican cartels have begun to forge close relationships with Chinese organized crime groups that are helping the cartels obtain precursor chemicals for the manufacture of methamphetamine and other synthetic drugs.

Political Calculations | July 15, 2012

The last time we featured this, the recovery from the 2007 recession was just barely the worst ever.

Jeff Carter | July 15, 2012

The problem that I see is there are so many agencies that want the power to regulate we could be in for a feeding frenzy in the futures industry.

Paul Jacob | July 15, 2012

"Political strategy" uses ideology to masquerade trickery. Or is trickery put in play to soften the blows of ideology?