Sun, Aug 12, 2012

Paul Jacob | August 12, 2012

Mitt Romney's choice for second banana in the upcoming presidential race is about as good as one could hope for. But don't go ape just yet.

Political Calculations | August 12, 2012

As best as we can tell, the apparent sudden shift in employer hiring preferences for women after 1977, which we observe in both the number of women with incomes with respect to men and the growing median income of women in the years since.

Sat, Aug 11, 2012

John C. Goodman | August 11, 2012

Did you know that personal income taxes equal about 10% of personal income? Think about that. In principle, we could collect all the income tax revenue the government is collecting today for a tax rate no higher than the biblical tithe.

John Ransom | August 11, 2012

It has generally been assumed that the general obligations of municipalities would be honored with tax revenues, come hell or high-water. It’s known as a moral obligation. But don’t let a little thing like morality get in the way of the unions and public employees.

Humberto Fontova | August 11, 2012

For expressing the opinion of the majority of voters in the 31 states where gay marriage was put to vote Chick-fil-A’s President Dan Cathy is accused of “hate speech” by D.C. Mayor Vernon Gray. Such is the mayor’s revulsion that he threatens to mimic Lester Maddox circa 1962 and stand at his city gates wielding an ax handle to bar restaurant Chik-fil-A’s entry into his municipal domain.

Kathryn Lopez | August 11, 2012

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has an old story that she likes to tell about her days as Speaker of the House: My chair was getting crowded; it begins. She was at her first White House meeting as the first woman Speaker when she found Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Alice Paul and Sojourner Truth, among others, all sitting in her chair. I could hear them say: 'At last we have a seat at the table.' And then they were gone.

Paul Greenberg | August 11, 2012

Any hope for peace and light in Syria was doomed from the start as long as a remnant of Bashar al-Assad's murderous regime was allowed to stick around. Now its death throes have become the Syrian people's. But the appointment of Kofi Annan to negotiate a peace there double-doomed that empty hope. For wherever the man goes, massacres are sure to follow. Also corruption, injustice and general chaos.

Kyle Olson | August 11, 2012

Big Labor has traditionally been the life blood of the Democratic Party. The party owes everything it has to unions. The two have become one.

Mike Shedlock | August 11, 2012

The question at hand is whether the US agriculture secretary is an economic dimwit, a shill for the Obama administration, a shill for corn producers, or some combination thereof.

Chris Poindexter | August 11, 2012

Commodities were down pretty much across the board and largely in line with currency valuations. Platinum, palladium, crude oil and copper joined silver and gold lower on the dollar’s Friday rally.

Steve Deace | August 11, 2012

NBC News is reporting the Mitt Romney presidential campaign has had the time to settle on three finalists for a running mate in between throwing the Boy Scouts and Chick-fil-a under the bus, praising the disaster that is Romneycare, and doing its best to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in an election that should be a slam dunk.

Jerry Bowyer | August 11, 2012

People with sound economic principles and good minds have been pushing the imminent inflation line more aggressively. I keep telling them that they’re right, but early.

Mark W. Hendrickson | August 11, 2012

According to a recent USA Today/Gallup poll, Americans under the age of 30 favor President Barack Obama over Mitt Romney by almost a two-to-one margin. This is a startling statistic. What explains the lopsided support for President Obama among younger Americans?

Jeff Carter | August 11, 2012

When you decide to vote for Obama, you in fact are voting for Chicago corruption. Obama is a product of, and a master of Chicago machine politics.

Doug French | August 11, 2012

Old ideas are continually destroyed by life-changing entrepreneurs who take new ideas and make all of society the better for it. Joseph Schumpeter is smiling while the equity holders of Borders stock are crying.

Daniel J. Mitchell | August 11, 2012

In recent days, more leftists have come out of the we-only-want-to-tax-the-rich closet.

Political Calculations | August 11, 2012

The annual average income earned by all individual women has nearly tripled, while the income for men has increased by a factor of 2.1.

David Sterman | August 11, 2012

Even if you can spot these high-growth stocks in the early phases of their life cycle, it can still be hard to assess whether signs of robust growth are just a short-term event or the beginning of a sustained longer phase of growth.

Night Watch | August 11, 2012

Maybe there were more than one Russian general officer serving as an advisor whose name started with "K". Or maybe the opposition got things wrong, again. Or maybe all sides are lying, as usual.

Tad DeHaven | August 11, 2012

Republicans Mike Pompeo (Kansas), Michael Burgess (Texas), and Steve Scalise (Louisiana) were the only members to vote to abolish the program.

Charles Payne | August 11, 2012

There was a deliberate campaign to stoke doubt and self-loathing into the American psyche more than four years ago. That campaign has been very successful.

Fri, Aug 10, 2012

Larry Kudlow | August 10, 2012

Looking back through his speeches, interviews, and programmatic proposals, I see an emphasis on economic freedom, free enterprise, low tax rates, deep federal spending cuts, and free trade, and a free-market approach to tough social problems, such as health care, education, and poverty.

Ed Feulner | August 10, 2012

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder may show up on “Jeopardy!” one of these days. No, not as a contestant. As an answer. The clue: “He’s the first attorney general in U.S. history to be held in contempt of Congress.” The answer: “Who is Eric Holder?” That’s surely not the distinction Holder was going for when he took the job. But thanks to the scandal known as Fast and Furious, that’s what he’s best known for: overseeing an operation that put more than 2,000 guns into the hands of a Mexican drug cartel and led to the deaths of hundreds of Mexican citizens and a U.S. Border Patrol agent.

Katie Pavlich | August 10, 2012

Today marks the four year anniversary of when ATF Special Agent Jay Dobyns’ house was burned to the ground. The blaze was set to his home while his wife and children were sleeping inside at 3 a.m. Four years later and ATF still hasn’t held a single person accountable within the agency for failing to address threats against his family and hasn’t solved the arson of his home.

Michelle Malkin | August 10, 2012

In the wake of the horrific Sikh temple shootings in Wisconsin, left-wing barrel-scrapers are demanding that talk-radio giant Rush Limbaugh and other conservatives apologize for criticizing a 2009 Department of Homeland Security report that hyped an ominous new wave of violent "rightwing extremism."

John Hawkins | August 10, 2012

Far too much of the campaign season so far has revolved around trivia. That's largely Barack Obama's fault. Obama wants to see more of Mitt's tax returns. Who cares? Obama's rich, but Mitt's really rich; so we should hate him because he has more money than we do -- or something.

Brent Bozell | August 10, 2012

On Aug. 6, that pseudo-conservative satirist Stephen Colbert utterly failed to pretend to play a right-winger on TV. Colbert invited on "legendary" radical-left folk singer Pete Seeger and treated him with deep reverence.

Mike Adams | August 10, 2012

In one week, it starts all over again. Thousands of young people will enroll in classes in the sixteen-campus University of North Carolina system. Before the first day of class is over, the professors and administrators will begin the assault on students and their Judeo-Christian values. Parents will have spent their entire lives saving money that will ultimately be used to turn their children against them. Students will unlearn everything they were taught about the foundations of liberty, the basis of morality, and will even begin questioning the very existence of truth.

David Limbaugh | August 10, 2012

Those who understand that America is now on the wrong track cannot reasonably vote for Obama in November, because he is absolutely unwilling to change, perhaps even ideologically incapable of changing, course. Evidence abounds.

Mona Charen | August 10, 2012

We have reached a point in the 2012 campaign when you long for a referee -- someone with a whistle to call foul and declare that one side has so discredited itself that it must forfeit points or be otherwise disqualified.

John Ransom | August 10, 2012

At the start of 2011, the president was an insufferable blowhard, anxious to let us know that he saved the economy. He was even more of a blowhard in December going into 2012.

Scott Rasmussen | August 10, 2012

Just 16 percent of voters nationwide believe it was a good idea for the government to provide Solyndra with loan guarantees. The solar power company went bankrupt and stuck taxpayers with the tab for a half-billion dollars.

Cal Thomas | August 10, 2012

Two of my pundit colleagues -- David Brooks of The New York Times and Peggy Noonan of The Wall Street Journal -- have written about this "boring" and "inconsequential" presidential campaign.

Oliver North | August 10, 2012

WASHINGTON -- According to the pollsters and the so-called mainstream media, as of the dead of summer, the presidential contest between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney is a dead heat. We also are told this race is all about the "economy" or "jobs" or "middle-class taxes" or "repealing Obamacare." Or not.

Pat Buchanan | August 10, 2012

This week, the friends of Barack Obama introduced into the political battle of 2012 the moral equivalent of poison gas. In an ad produced by the super PAC Priorities USA, Mitt Romney is charged with moral, if not material, complicity in the cancer death of the wife of a Missouri steelworker.

Suzanne Fields | August 10, 2012

Sex is always interesting, but mix it with politics in a presidential campaign and it becomes downright sensational. First Amendment guarantees of free speech get lost in the protest when gay couples meet to make out at Chick-fil-A. Instead of ordering the spicy chicken sandwich, these men and men and women and women spice up their relationship with rage against Dan Cathy, the born-again president of Chick-fil-A, for saying he supports "the biblical definition of the family unit."

Julie Borowski | August 10, 2012

Enthusiastic young people paved the way for an Obama victory in 2008. From the viral “Crush on Obama” YouTube video featuring a bikini-clad young woman to the popular Obama-inspired rap videos, the Internet was buzzing with excitement over Obama’s message of “hope and change.” Fast-forward four years, and Obama has lost much his rock star appeal to millennials.

Linda Chavez | August 10, 2012

As an American, I am proud of Olympic Gold medalist Claressa Shields' feat in women's boxing at the Olympics -- but as a woman who has suffered traumatic brain injury, I am deeply concerned that her win will encourage other young women to pursue this dangerous, potentially life-altering sport.

Paul Greenberg | August 10, 2012

Who would have thought that sweltering night in Atlanta's Omni back in 1988 that Bill Clinton would ever be asked to deliver another nominating speech at a Democratic national convention?

Donald Lambro | August 10, 2012

Presidential campaigns can get down and dirty at times, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is pushing this year's contest to an even dirtier level.

Kyle Olson | August 10, 2012

When Nevada government unions created a self-serving petition drive to create a 2 percent margins tax on businesses across the state, the Committee to Protect Nevada Jobs filed suit. The group claimed the unions’ effort to put the tax on the November ballot was “deceptive,” and a judge agreed.

Mike Shedlock | August 10, 2012

Mayor Dana Redd and Police Chief Scott Thomson noted that for the same price, Camden can have 400 county officers on staff. That is nearly a 50% increase in the number of officers for the same price.

Chris Poindexter | August 10, 2012

Volume is weak as investors take a wait and see approach on additional stimulus from the U.S. Federal Reserve. The European Central Bank has already committed to additional stimulus, which is ironically what’s been propelling the euro higher against the dollar.

Carrie Schwab Pomerantz | August 10, 2012

Had you only been dating for a few months, I'd likely advise you to simply gently reign in your spending. But if you're really in this for the long term, it's important to come up with an arrangement that works for both of you. The only way I know to do that is to talk it out.

Daniel J. Mitchell | August 10, 2012

Even though tax reform should appeal to well-meaning liberals, Obama seems committed to the class-warfare approach.

Stewart Scott | August 10, 2012

Central Asia was an important region for Islamist militancy in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The region is predominantly Muslim, though like all religious practices, Islam was suppressed during the Soviet era.

Night Watch | August 10, 2012

All of the recent reports seem to stem from meetings late last year between North and South Korean mining concerns about how best to exploit the rare earth ores. In those meetings, the North delivered to South Korea samples of the ores for evaluation.

Fritz Pfister | August 10, 2012

To the woman the three most important things when looking at a home are the kitchen, bathrooms, and closets. The three most important things to the man are the garage, basement, and yard.

David Sterman | August 10, 2012

And down the road, you'll be hearing a lot more about Chinese markets for our goods. It's still a tough sell, but as China shifts away from being an export-led economy to a domestic consumption economy, this economy has the potential to become the United States' greatest export success story.

Jeff Carter | August 10, 2012

You will relive your beloved wife’s death over and over again. The right wing and left wing media scrutiny will be awful. Paparazzi looking at your private life. It sucks. No ordinary citizen should have to go through what Joe is going through now.

Thu, Aug 09, 2012

Cliff May | August 09, 2012

Jeane Kirkpatrick spent her life studying — and fighting — totalitarianism. Reading Peter Collier’s illuminating new biography, Political Woman: The Big Little Life of Jeane Kirkpatrick, I was struck by how closely the war against Communism in the 20th century mirrors the war against Islamism in the 21st — and by how little we’ve learned.

Rich Galen | August 09, 2012

The SuperPAC supporting Barack Obama, PrioritiesUSA Action, has produced an ad showing a man who claims is wife died of cancer because the steel plant at which he worked was closed by Mitt Romney.

Maggie Gallagher | August 09, 2012

For 40 years, the academic left has taught that reality is socially constructed, preferably by the left for the left.

Hugh Hewitt | August 09, 2012

Mitt Romney came on my radio show yesterday and fielded question after question on the burgeoning controversy over President Obama’s plans to gut the work requirement for welfare.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | August 09, 2012

Here's my first admission: I'm a geek. In school, I was the bookish girl who kept her head down during class and barely talked with other students. A bit of a nerd, geek or whatever other slang word would fit at the time. A voracious reader, I spent most lunch hours during my eighth-grade year reading in the library. It was easier to go there than it was to endure the process of trying to find someone to sit with in the cafeteria.

Victor Davis Hanson | August 09, 2012

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently said of the Chick-fil-A fast-food franchise that "Chick-fil-A's values are not Chicago's values." Why? Because Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy is on record as being opposed to gay marriage -- as is close to half the U.S. population, according to polls. The mayors of Boston and San Francisco also suggested that the company isn't welcome in their cities.

Michael Barone | August 09, 2012

Traumas suffered by a society generations ago can still have a negative effect centuries later.

Larry Elder | August 09, 2012

Gabrielle Douglas became the fourth American -- and first black female -- to win a gold medal in women's individual all-around gymnastics. Effervescent and attractive, Gabby stands to make millions of dollars in endorsements. But she has received criticism -- in the social media, via Twitter, Facebook and, according to The Daily Beast, several "black blogs."

Jonah Goldberg | August 09, 2012

One of the few things Americans on both sides of the partisan divide can agree on is that this election is shaping up to be vexingly petty. The hunt for gaffes -- some real, many imagined -- has taken over. Romney's recent overseas tour, we are told, produced three: an impolitic, if defensible, statement about Britain's preparations for the Olympics; a statement about the importance of culture in economic development; and when an aide to Romney dressed down a reporter with an inflated sense of entitlement.

Judge Andrew Napolitano | August 09, 2012

Gazillions. That's the number of times the federal government has spied on Americans since 9/11 through the use of drones, legal search warrants, illegal search warrants, federal agent-written search warrants and just plain government spying. This is according to Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who, when he asked the government to tell him what it was doing to violate our privacy, was given a classified briefing. The senator -- one of just a few in the U.S. Senate who believes that the Constitution means what it says -- was required by federal law to agree not to reveal what spies and bureaucrats told him during the briefing.

John Ransom | August 09, 2012

Obama remains stuck at the far left of his party’s spectrum, fueling leftist fantasyland policies that don’t work, often with an assist by the center of American politics.

Cal Thomas | August 09, 2012

To call Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid a "mad dog," as Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank did, is an affront to the canine community and those suffering from legitimate mental illness. Reid was completely sane when he spread hearsay about an anonymous Bain Capital investor who allegedly told him Mitt Romney paid no taxes for 10 years.

Michael Medved | August 09, 2012

Will Barack Obama’s innate likability turn out to be the decisive factor that keeps him in the White House?

Debra J. Saunders | August 09, 2012

Jared Lee Loughner pleaded guilty Tuesday to 19 counts involving a 2011 shooting in Tucson, Ariz., that left six dead and 13 others, including then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, wounded. As part of the deal, Loughner will receive a sentence of life without parole.

Paul Greenberg | August 09, 2012

Harry Reid may be majority leader of the U.S. Senate, but that's just his day job. His real calling, his true vocation, the arena in which he seems most his lowdown self, is that of ax man. And he's got a real talent for it. By now there are few tricks of that dirty trade he hasn't mastered. Sen. Reid seems to enjoy the seamy side of politics so much it's hard to envision him being anything but the crass pol he is and may always be.

Emmett Tyrrell | August 09, 2012

Now it can be told. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, despite his lofty position in the United States Senate and despite being married to a very nice woman, has been having sex with a cow for at least three months, maybe more. How he met the cow I cannot say, as it would compromise extremely sensitive sources. Where he met her? Again, my lips are sealed.

Marvin Folkertsma | August 09, 2012

Consider this fictitious scenario: In the summer of 1950, President Thomas E. Dewey faced a national security crisis of extraordinary proportions—one that his advisors agreed likely would define his presidency.

Paul Tracy | August 09, 2012

In past years, electric utilities like Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) and American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) have become extremely popular among income investors.

Chris Poindexter | August 09, 2012

Commodities were all down in early morning trading, but not by much and largely in line with currency adjustments. Platinum, palladium, crude oil and copper all meandered lower in largely sideways trading.

Mike Shedlock | August 09, 2012

In a recent panel discussion in Spain, Paul Krugman said he would start to worry when government spending is over 50% of GDP. France is there now, and the US headed there unless we rein in the deficit, which Krugman does not want to do.

Craig Steiner | August 09, 2012

In fact, the air conditioning industry is currently profiting from the arrogance and stupidity of the global warming industry.

Bob Goldman | August 09, 2012

I first heard the buzz about self-deception from the "Work & Family" columnist for The Wall Street Journal, Sue Shellenbarger. "Lying to yourself," Shellenbarger writes, "can actually have benefits."

Daniel J. Mitchell | August 09, 2012

I'm quite confident that my analysis – however inadequate – is far more defensible than the garbage from the pro-Obama super PAC.

Night Watch | August 09, 2012

There is no independent evidence that 50,000 IRGC are in Syria, but that number is well within Iranian capabilities, if the Tehran government has decided to defend Syria.

Ralph Benko | August 09, 2012

8+% unemployment, now. The GDP, last we checked, crawls along at a 1.5% growth rate, slower than population growth. Washington is paralyzed.

Peter Schiff | August 09, 2012

More important than the official unemployment rate (which ticked up to 8.3%) or the number of jobs created, is the number of people who have left the workforce out of frustration or despair. This number continues to head higher.

Wed, Aug 08, 2012

Ann Coulter | August 08, 2012

Fifty years from now, everyone will agree that Karl Rove committed treason by revealing the identity of CIA "spy" Valerie Plame, tea partiers shouted the N-word at a black congressman and Duke lacrosse players gang-raped a stripper.

Ben Shapiro | August 08, 2012

President Obama is my president. He's not illegitimate. He's not a usurper. He was duly elected by my fellow citizens -- and as much as I think he's a horrible commander-in-chief with anti-American ideals, that's the choice Americans made in 2008.

Jeff Jacoby | August 08, 2012

ARE AMERICANS EAGER for higher taxes on the affluent? Barack Obama and his allies clearly think so. The president who came to office vowing to "spread the wealth around" by raising taxes on individuals with incomes above $200,000 is doubling down, making a tax hike on the rich the centerpiece of his campaign for reelection.

Thomas Sowell | August 08, 2012

Books about the history of Harlem have long fascinated me -- my favorite being "When Harlem Was in Vogue" by David Levering Lewis. However, a more recent book, titled simply "Harlem" by Jonathan Gill, presents a more comprehensive history -- going all the way back to the time when the Dutch were the first settlers of New York, and named that area for the city of Haarlem in the Netherlands.

Michelle Malkin | August 08, 2012

Chutzpah overload in full effect: President Obama's sleazy super-PAC, run by his former White House spokesman Bill Burton, just released an ad accusing GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney of causing the cancer death of a steelworker's wife.

John Stossel | August 08, 2012

On his recent trip abroad, Mitt Romney observed an American taboo by not criticizing President Obama's military policy. But before his trip, he made his position clear. Obama has "exposed the military to cuts that no one can justify," Romney said. He meant that unless Congress intervenes, Pentagon spending will be cut by more than $500 billion over 10 years under the (bipartisan) budget sequestration scheduled for January. This terrifies those who fear that limiting the growth of the military-industrial complex will leave us less safe. But is that true?

Walter E. Williams | August 08, 2012

In Europe, especially in Germany, hoisting a swastika-emblazoned Nazi flag is a crime. For decades after World War II, people have hunted down and sought punishment for Nazi murderers, who were responsible for the deaths of more than 20 million people. Here's my question: Why are the horrors of Nazism so well-known and widely condemned but not those of socialism and communism?

Brent Bozell | August 08, 2012

On Aug. 5, Chris Cillizza at The Washington Post announced he was playing with a "somewhat controversial idea" that Mitt Romney should be the favorite to win the presidential election. Debatable, maybe. But controversial? Well, yes. It violates the pro-Obama mandate of our national press corps.

Jonah Goldberg | August 08, 2012

"A friend of mine, a Hispanic entrepreneur, asked me a question some time ago. He said, 'When is the last time you saw a Hispanic panhandler?' I think it's a great question. I'll tell you, in my life I never once have seen a Hispanic panhandler, because in our community it would be viewed as shameful to be out on the street begging."

John Ransom | August 08, 2012

Because the high profile federally-financed bailout for GM has generally gotten poor reviews from politicians, voters and Wall Street, General Motors is a good place to start to look at what the next automotive bankruptcy could entail.

Heather Mac Donald | August 08, 2012

In March 2010, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that his department was “going to reinvigorate civil rights enforcement” in the nation’s schools. What was the pervasive racial injustice that led Mr. Duncan to redouble such efforts? Black elementary and high school students are three and a half times more likely to get suspended or expelled than their white peers, according to federal data.

Bob Barr | August 08, 2012

Will the upcoming national conventions be snoozers, or will they actually offer some degree of excitement?

Cal Thomas | August 08, 2012

Marvin Hamlisch, 68, the composer-conductor who died Monday in Los Angeles after a brief illness was a certified genius. From the age of seven, when he became the youngest student ever admitted to New York's Juilliard School of Music, Marvin grew up to win both the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for his 1975 musical "A Chorus Line." He also was awarded three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys and three Golden Globes.

Terry Jeffrey | August 08, 2012

Those who have convinced themselves that American football is incurably violent and shortens the life expectancy of those who play it -- I am thinking of George Will -- ought to read the study the American Journal of Cardiology published in March on the mortality of former NFL players.

Austin Bay | August 08, 2012

Late last week, Syrian Prime Minister Riad Hijab denounced his boss, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, fled to Jordan and pledged allegiance the anti-Assad rebellion.

Harry R. Jackson, Jr. | August 08, 2012

Legislators and regulators need to observe a fundamental Golden Rule: Do not implement new laws if you have not considered or cannot control important unintended consequences.

Paul Greenberg | August 08, 2012

Harry Reid may be majority leader of the U.S. Senate, but that's just his day job. His real calling, his true vocation, the arena in which he seems most his lowdown self, is that of ax man. And he's got a real talent for it. By now there are few tricks of that dirty trade he hasn't mastered. Sen. Reid seems to enjoy the seamy side of politics so much it's hard to envision him being anything but the crass pol he is and may always be.

Donald Lambro | August 08, 2012

What will the job-starved Obama economy look like during the next few years if he were to win re-election in November?

Jacob Sullum | August 08, 2012

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence says Sunday's deadly attack on a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, a Milwaukee suburb, shows "our elected officials" need to "do something." Slightly more specifically, the group says we should "Demand Congress Stop Arming Dangerous People."

Kyle Olson | August 08, 2012

Fitch became the second credit rating agency in as many months to downgrade Chicago Public Schools’ outlook from “stable” to “negative.”

Charles Payne | August 08, 2012

It is one thing to be worried about the fate of the country, and it is another to promote the pity party that has been going on non-stop since 2008.

Night Watch | August 08, 2012

Taliban fighters killed two New Zealand soldiers and four Afghan intelligence officers Saturday in an ambush in Bamiyan Province in central Afghanistan.

David Sterman | August 08, 2012

Stocks have delivered very little for investors since 2000, and according to some polls, more than 80% of individuals simply don't trust stocks. Even some of the pros are getting pessimistic on the long-term viability of stocks.

Daniel J. Mitchell | August 08, 2012

Notice that I began this post by saying I “almost feel sorry” for the spin-meisters who defend Obamanomics. But “almost” is the key word in that sentence.

Jeff Carter | August 08, 2012

When the futures industry had a horrible reputation back in the late 1950's early 1906's, people from inside the futures industry did something about it.

Paul Kengor | August 08, 2012

Try to define progressivism. In fact, ask progressives to try to define progressivism. All we really know is that they’re, well, progressing. They and their ideas and their politics are always changing, evolving. This means that what they believe and hold fast and dear today may not be what they believe and hold fast and dear tomorrow, or decades or a century from now.

Ken Connor | August 08, 2012

Dan Cathy, President of Chick-fil-A, probably did not expect to be at the center of the storm of the gay marriage debate, but his company proved an unexpected financial beneficiary of the controversy

Mike Shedlock | August 08, 2012

The current upfront cost of this $1 billion proposal would be $2196 per every man, woman, and child. By the time Poway starts paying the bill, the cost will be $20,916 per every man, woman, and child.

George Friedman | August 08, 2012

"What they are doing is trying to thwart natural market outcomes. It is amazing how important the decision-making of one person, Angela Merkel, has become to world markets."

Lincoln Brown | August 08, 2012

Dear Valerie Jarrrett, It’s a fact of life: If you stick your head up, someone is going to take a poke at you.

Chris Poindexter | August 08, 2012

This rally in gold prices is starting to look pretty solid as Asian demand picks up in advance of the holidays in India. While nothing like last year’s meteoric rise it is good to see some stability coming back to prices.

Tue, Aug 07, 2012

Laura Hollis | August 07, 2012

One of the aspects of President Obama’s worldview that has drawn consistent fire is his evident hostility toward business. His comments in Roanoke, Virginia three weeks ago (“If you have a business, you didn’t build that”) are just the most recent in a long history of shameful displays of ignorance about the way a business is launched, how it is grown, and what makes it successful.

Rachel Marsden | August 07, 2012

Watching the Olympic Games, I find one phenomenon particularly striking. After an event, athletes who literally seconds before had been attempting to trounce one another in competition suddenly start hugging each other.

Rich Galen | August 07, 2012

August in Your Nation's Capital slows to a crawl. The Congress is gone - which is good news for the Republic. In normal years the President and Vice President head for some shore somewhere.

Thomas Sowell | August 07, 2012

It has long seemed to me that there is far more rationality in sports, and in commentaries on sports, than there is in politics and in commentaries on politics. What has puzzled me is why this is so, when what happens in politics has far more serious effects on people's lives.

Chuck Norris | August 07, 2012

Last Thursday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad posted on his website his most recent anti-Semitic tirade, saying global forces should join together to annihilate Israel. Meanwhile, in Orlando, Fla., President Barack Obama had a takeout plate of pulled pork and rice.

John Hawkins | August 07, 2012

Economics are an important thing to understand - and if you read this list of quotes from some of the most prominent thinkers and economists in history, you might understand it a little better.

Mike Adams | August 07, 2012

The faux outrage over Chick-fil-a's stance on gay marriage has moved to my little campus of UNCW.

David Limbaugh | August 07, 2012

President Obama's disgracefully corrupt policies on green energy alone should be enough to ensure his defeat in November -- even apart from his war on reliable energy sources, which is unspeakably outrageous.

Mona Charen | August 07, 2012

Scurrilous would be a step up for Harry Reid. If he were a Republican ... you know the drill. The word "McCarthyite" would be on everyone's lips and the thoroughly contemptible accusation -- based (ha!) on an anonymous "investor" who supposedly phoned Reid -- would be the story of the day. Reid's fetid slander, and not Romney's response, would preoccupy everyone interested in politics.

Neil McCabe | August 07, 2012

When President George H. W. Bush raised taxes in the 1990 budget deal, it not only meant breaking his “Read my lips” promise with the American people. It was also from that time forward that conservatives in Congress have opposed any and all tax increases.

Dennis Prager | August 07, 2012

The Democratic mayors of Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. gave Mitt Romney and the Republican Party the greatest gift possible.

Pat Buchanan | August 07, 2012

"Apart from political maps of mankind, there are natural maps of mankind. ... One of the first laws of political stability is to draw your political boundaries along the lines of the natural map of mankind."

Debra J. Saunders | August 07, 2012

Whenever a name Republican says something stupid or indefensible or arguably both, for the next three days folks will open a conversation by asking me what I think about the latest GOP gaffe.

Paul Greenberg | August 07, 2012

Remember when the question of the day was what the meaning of is, is? That seems so long ago -- A.D. 1998. Back then the president doing the explaining was The Hon. William J. Clinton, Esq. Testifying before a grand jury at one point, he explained that he wasn't lying, not at all, when he'd assured his top aides, the kind of loyal supporters who might actually have believed him, that, no, there was nothing going on between him and this Monica Lewinsky.

Phyllis Schlafly | August 07, 2012

President Obama on July 12 ended welfare reform, the crowning achievement of the Republican Congress of 1996.

Frank Gaffney | August 07, 2012

Ronald Reagan forged a winning electoral majority on the stable foundation of what he described as a three-legged stool: fiscal discipline, traditional values and peace through strength.

Bill Murchison | August 07, 2012

Language, in politics, gets you only so far, but sometimes "so far" is far enough.

Rich Tucker | August 07, 2012

It's amazing what you can get used to. Looking back a few years, the unemployment rate in April 2004 was 5.6 percent when presidential candidate John Kerry announced that then-President George W. Bush sported “the worst economic record since the Hoover administration.”

Michael Brown | August 07, 2012

In case you haven’t heard, some of the stars of the popular TV show “Sister Wives” are suing the state of Utah, arguing that its laws against bigamy are unconstitutional. And just last week, a reporter asked White House press secretary Jay Carney, “How does the president stand on polygamy?”

Kyle Olson | August 07, 2012

The school lunch regulations championed by his administration, and in particular First Lady Michelle Obama, take effect next month and they have schools and parents scrambling.

Susan Stamper Brown | August 07, 2012

The belief that no one owes me anything is one of the greatest gifts my hardworking, blue-collar father gave me when I was young. His words carried me through some difficult times growing up, sustained me through widowhood, years back, and helped to shape me into the person I am today.

Bob Beauprez | August 07, 2012

The unemployment rate went up in July to 8.3% according to the Labor Department's latest report, as the total number of unemployed workers increased by 45,000. That's 42 months in a row over 8.0%.

John Browne | August 07, 2012

Given the record of Central bankers for encouraging hopes that invariably have proved fruitless, it was surprising how international financial markets appeared to be taken for yet another ride.

Chris Poindexter | August 07, 2012

While gold bucking the trend is good news, I don’t expect it to last. Of course, I don’t expect the dollar’s recovery against the euro to last, either, so look for gold to stay on the current shallow uptrend.

Mike Shedlock | August 07, 2012

Any commentary whatsoever about the news, by anyone, anywhere, anytime, introduces bias (intentional or not). The only way to not introduce bias is to present data with no comments, no trendlines, and no anecdotes.

Paul Rondeau | August 07, 2012

The mayors of Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. are publically threatening Chick-fil-A, telling them they are not welcome to expand in “their” cities because CEO Dan Cathy does not support same-sex marriage. Edwin Lee, mayor of San Francisco, even tweeted a threat: “Closest #ChickFilA to San Francisco is 40 miles away & I strongly recommend that they not try to come any closer.”

Michael F. Cannon | August 07, 2012

A critical mass of states could literally force Congress to repeal the Obama health law.

Charles Payne | August 07, 2012

The tanks and bombers of this war include agencies like the EPA and Czars with power to circumvent Congress. The enemy of this war is success and the desire to be successful, and the targets are the rich, and the not-so-rich.

Night Watch | August 07, 2012

Khan's major mistake was in being too open in his advocacy of a caliphate in Pakistan and in being too critical of the chain of command.

Tom Tancredo | August 07, 2012

By now, anyone half-awake has heard about the Chick-fil-A controversy. What you may not have heard is that the survival of the Chick-fil-A company in the face of an all-out boycott campaign conducted by the allied forces of political correctness spells trouble for President Obama.

Jeff Carter | August 07, 2012

Are you sleeping better knowing the SEC has your back? Ask Bernie Madoff investors how that goes.

Dave Ramsey | August 07, 2012

Responsible adults don’t behave like bums, and I don’t give a flip what the rest of the family thinks

Daniel J. Mitchell | August 07, 2012

In my latest electoral map, I’m moving Colorado from the lean-Obama category to the lean-Romney category. This leaves Obama with a lead of just 275-263 in the electoral college.

Robert Knight | August 07, 2012

A couple of weeks ago, on July 17, the Scouts released a two-year study whose conclusion was that it’s still not a good idea to put males who sexually desire other males into the Scouts as either role models or members.

Armstrong Williams | August 07, 2012

It is a great irony that our last two presidents have sold themselves to us as uniters, and instead have proven divisive largely because of their eagerness to please.

Marvin Olasky | August 07, 2012

With most unmarried evangelicals in their 20s apparently having occasional or frequent sexual intercourse, some say pastors should offer contraceptives, and others say they should merely offer louder "Thou Shalt Nots." Belden Lane's Ravished by Beauty: The Surprising Legacy of Reformed Spirituality (Oxford University Press, 2011) suggests an alternative.

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Michael Gerson | August 06, 2012

Concerning Mormons and Republicans, history offers a large helping of irony.

Michael Reagan | August 06, 2012

It's taken more than 200 years, two world wars, an industrial revolution, and the dawn of the Internet, but the United States once again finds itself at the mercy of an intolerant king.

Byron York | August 06, 2012

The Romney campaign likes to project an image of great confidence. It sees itself as an organization that doesn't panic when things go wrong.

Michael Barone | August 06, 2012

But there's a pattern here that the big liberal press has been reluctant to recognize: Candidates from the GOP establishment are getting knocked off by challengers with less name recognition, far less money and the support of the tea party movement. The tea party was supposed to be dead and gone, you know.

Rich Galen | August 06, 2012

Former Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, abruptly resigned as the special peace envoy to Syria. Abrupt is the correct word, because Annan's brief only extended until the end of this month. The current UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon said he would try to find a replacement for Annan to complete the term of the "mandate."

Peter Ferrara | August 06, 2012

The Big Picture Lesson of the 20th century was that capitalism works and socialism and communism don't. The rest of the world learned that lesson far better because they and their close neighbors suffered far more with the socialist and communist progeny of Saul Alinsky's first radical. But America should know better because it has enjoyed most the workers paradise of capitalism.

Salena Zito | August 06, 2012

For a striking number of Democrats, May 31, 2008, is a day that lives in infamy. It marked the moment that the national party’s rules committee dealt a deathblow to Hillary Clinton’s bid to win the presidential nomination over Barack Obama.

Matt Barber | August 06, 2012

Writer Sinclair Lewis is credited with saying, “When fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in the flag and waving a cross.”

Star Parker | August 06, 2012

Support for same sex marriage is now in the Democratic Party preliminary platform. Once approved by the full platform committee and voted on at the convention, same sex marriage will have the formal support of the Democratic Party. But as Democrats institutionalize their support for same sex marriage, their relationship with the Party’s most loyal constituency, black Americans, becomes increasingly uneasy.

John Ransom | August 06, 2012

Ever since Jimmy Carter took to the airwaves to urge us all to conserve energy in one of the most demoralizing speeches given by an American president, Americans have been ignoring the radical Left’s call for “energy efficiency” in favor of a more pragmatic approach.

Katie Kieffer | August 06, 2012

Entrepreneurs must take action. Now. And by ‘action,’ I mean protesting the federal government’s unconstitutional taxes and regulations. Or, the guilt is theirs if the economy tanks. Luckily, entrepreneurs have two role models to help them develop action plans: John Galt and Steve Jobs.

Lisa De Pasquale | August 06, 2012

Mia Love is a former mayor, avid runner, mother, and has a penchant for straight talk. She also stunned the political world with her meteoric rise to success. There are sure to be comparisons to another conservative woman leader.

Bruce Bialosky | August 06, 2012

When speaking with swing voters (yes, there really are some truly moderate people left), I often encounter a fierce animus against the gridlock in Washington. They typically blame both political parties for the inability of our leaders to resolve the issues of the day. I reply by informing them that we have entered a period of little compromise. Among the reasons for this environment is Wayne LaPierre and the NRA, and what they’ve caused is not necessarily a bad thing.

Dan Holler | August 06, 2012

For the past ten days, Americans have watched in awe as Olympic athletes perform feats unimaginable to us mere mortals. These men and women have trained for years – some for decades – to compete at the highest possible level and represent their country. While competing in the Olympics is an accomplishment in and of itself, true success in London is measured in medals. What patriotic fans want and what ferociously dedicated athletes strive for are medals, more specifically, gold medals.

Shawn Mitchell | August 06, 2012

If you didn’t see it with your own eyes, you might have missed something big last week. Under fire by gay activists and their media amplifiers, Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy unapologetically confirmed he supports the biblical definition of family as he understands it.

Chris Poindexter | August 06, 2012

The price moves in precious metals were spurred by strong gains in the euro against the dollar. European stock markets went on a bull rampage with the FTSE up over 2 percent.

Mark Baisley | August 06, 2012

In spite of his self-glorifications, Fidel Castro has been term-limited by the Creator Himself. Voices like Marco Rubio are rising to replace the unnatural oppression of Castro's communism with the natural law of Liberty.

Morgan Brittany | August 06, 2012

Obama's plan is working and in three and a half years he has taken America in a completely different direction and the results are disastrous.

Mike Shedlock | August 06, 2012

Space does not permit a complete discussion of zombified cities. Such a list would be in the many hundreds.

Craig Steiner | August 06, 2012

A recent global warming propaganda "study" says that meteorological and climate events over the last few years are so statistically rare that they must be man-made global warming. Translation: Global warming has been debunked by science.

Jeff Carter | August 06, 2012

Three days later I started getting emails from people that I hadn’t emailed in a long time telling me they were out of the office. Uh-oh.

Daniel J. Mitchell | August 06, 2012

Italians have taken the next step with a crucial legal decision that will enshrine an important basic freedom. What are we talking about, the right to free speech, the free exercise of religion, or the right to emigrate? Don’t be silly, Italian courts have focused on something far more important.

Political Calculations | August 06, 2012

Going by our preferred Modified Limo forecasting technique, we now see a 50% probability that real GDP in 2012-Q2 will be finalized at a value over $13,608.0 billion, and a 50% probability that it will be finalized under that level.

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Paul Jacob | August 05, 2012

In politics, it has been observed, mudballs are trump. This week, Missourians will see if a dirty, fraudulent smear takes the trick from an honest player.

Derek Hunter | August 05, 2012

Every attempt to find the dumbest thing in liberal world this week just led to another, and another, each dumber than the last. Picking just one to rant about became a task of epic proportions, so two of them it is.

John Ransom | August 05, 2012

I’m a conservative and proud of it; you’re a liberal and pretend to be “non-partisan.” Now I understand your reluctance to be identified as a card-carrying member of the ACLU liberal conspiracy, but wouldn’t it make more sense just to be a conservative? I mean it must be awfully hard “defending the indefensible” day after day.

Austin Hill | August 05, 2012

America is in fiscal trouble, and seems determined to making matters worse for itself. That’s why it’s long past time for an honest discussion about the “C-word:” capitalism.

Doug Giles | August 05, 2012

Well, the anti-Chick-fil-A thing sort of backfired, now didn’t it?

Caroline Glick | August 05, 2012

Less than 100 days before the US presidential elections, the Obama administration is openly denying Israel's sovereignty over Jerusalem. Can this be a vote-getter?

Debra J. Saunders | August 05, 2012

State Sen. Mark Leno wants California to recognize that a child can have "more than two legal parents." So he wrote a bill, SB 1476, which, he argues, wouldn't change the definition of a parent -- for example, live-in lovers would not qualify -- but would allow family court to recognize more than two parents only "when it is required to be in the best interest of the child."

Steve Chapman | August 05, 2012

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg cares a whole, whole lot about what you drink. First he acted to take away your 32-ounce Big Gulp. But be aware you don't have complete latitude among non-sugary beverages. He also wants to take away your baby formula.

Kevin McCullough | August 05, 2012

President Obama has never been one to tread lightly while insulting people's sports' sensibilities. It's just so awful that he exposes so much in the revelation of his elitist worldview while doing so.

Daniel J. Mitchell | August 05, 2012

Since I’m not a Romney fan, I would have preferred if the cartoon didn’t imply anything about the current election and instead focused on the rhetorical question of what happens to a society when those living off the government outnumber those who get stuck picking up the tab.

Stewart Scott | August 05, 2012

In an interview aired July 30 on CNN, U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said it would be a "disaster to have those chemical weapons fall into the wrong hands -- hands of Hezbollah or other extremists in that area."

Jeff Carter | August 05, 2012

Chicago passed an ordinance that allows food trucks to prepare meals inside the food truck-which means they can put mustard on a hot dog for you, but the trucks cannot park within 200 feet of a brick and mortar establishment. That includes places like Walgreens.

Political Calculations | August 05, 2012

As it happens, we might have stumbled into another alternate indicator of the relative health of the U.S. economy. The potential alternate economic indicator is seen by a decrease in the number of companies that increase their dividends, and perhaps more significantly, the number of companies that act to cut their dividends, which is much less volatile.

Mark Calabria | August 05, 2012

Under Section 1071, Subtitle G, labeled "Regulatory Improvements" (who says Congress doesn't have a sense of humor?), the act establishes a system of small business loan data collection. Translation: Push affirmative action in small-business lending.

Ann-Marie Murrell | August 05, 2012

These major monetary discrepancies perfectly explain why Republicans are constantly screaming and shouting about “big government”. Any state that is so out of control that it can misplace enormous amounts of money—making politicians and Union fat cats richer and richer while her cities are filing bankruptcy--needs a major dose of checks and balances

Tad DeHaven | August 05, 2012

It does not say that the federal government shall have the exclusive power to deliver mail. Nor does it require that the mail be delivered by an agent of the federal government to every home in the country, six days a week.

Mike Shedlock | August 05, 2012

With everyone watching and analyzing US jobs data on Friday, there were a number of other news reports showing steeper contractions in much of the world.

Marita Noon | August 05, 2012

This summer, Tea Party types, once again, need to give their Senators an earful—especially the Republican Senators like Grassley (IA), Hatch (UT), Crapo (ID), and Roberts (KS) who voted for the “extender bill” and TPCM Moran (KS) who will, if it makes it to a floor vote.

Steve Deace | August 05, 2012

In last week’s column I noted several specific examples of how the term “conservative” has been bastardized to mean standing for nothing other than not being a Democrat. Given what we’re seeing from Republican “leadership” on Capitol Hill, if every Republican is a conservative then nobody is.

Phil Kerpen | August 05, 2012

President Obama and Governor Romney are worlds apart on energy, with Obama favoring severe restrictions on fossil fuel development and a "doubling down" (Obama is fond of this gambling terminology) on failed solar and wind subsidies.