Sun, Aug 19, 2012

Paul Jacob | August 19, 2012

When an industry oligopoly refuses to do its job for political reasons, what is he politic response?

Sat, Aug 18, 2012

John C. Goodman | August 18, 2012

President Obama has long favored reducing the payments to these plans and significant cuts are part of the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare). However, neither the president nor any other prominent Democrat is calling for the abolition of these very popular plans.

John Ransom | August 18, 2012

There’s no lack of money in the world. It’s just not flowing to U.S. businesses that need it. That's why jobs are being created at such a sluggish pace.

Humberto Fontova | August 18, 2012

“Fidel Castro could have been Cuba’s Elvis!” (Dan Rather.) “Fidel Castro is one hell of a guy! “You people would like him!” (Ted Turner to a capacity crowd at Harvard Law School during a speech in 1997.) “Fidel Castro is old-fashioned, courtly—even paternal, a thoroughly fascinating figure!” (Andrea Mitchell.)

Harry R. Jackson, Jr. | August 18, 2012

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Activists would have us believe that the issue of marriage is about the “rights” and “equality” of homosexuals. But in reality, the push to redefine marriage is about demanding public approval and celebration of homosexuality. There is a difference. Slot machines are legal in some areas, but if the COO of Chick-fil-a had expressed a personal disapproval of gambling, would slot-machine supporters have demanded a boycott of his restaurants? What about smokers? Would they have lambasted Dan Cathy for expressing that he personally does not approve of smoking?

Kathryn Lopez | August 18, 2012

The Cosmo church is one that was always a bit too satisfy-your-man for feminists, and yet the spirit of faux empowerment has been at the core of the sexual bible.

Paul Driessen | August 18, 2012

America needs more economic growth, domestic manufacturing, jobs – and secure, affordable energy to make those things happen.

Casey Mattox | August 18, 2012

That is the breadth and scope of the religious liberty you believe ought to be respected? Do you believe religious liberty stops where Planned Parenthood’s financial needs begin? Should Americans be forced to pay for that which violates their conscience and the tenets of their faith?

Lincoln Brown | August 18, 2012

I’m certain that the Republicans’ hearts were in the right place when they passed the bill in the House. It’s just their heads were where their backside ought to be.

Mike Shedlock | August 18, 2012

Note that three years into an alleged recovery, the unemployment is still higher than the peaks in 8 of the last 10 recessions.

Steve Deace | August 18, 2012

The mainstream media claims independents, the great unwashed in the middle, decide presidential elections. Conservative orthodoxy claims otherwise. Who is correct?

Hal Scherz | August 18, 2012

You did not graduate from medical school, putting in thousands more hours of studying and hard work. The government subsidized part of the school; your degree belongs to us all.

Night Watch | August 18, 2012

Multiple western media outlets described this ill-conceived and poorly executed militant attack as "storming." Who writes and approves such nonsense? Comments about the presence of nuclear weapons at Minhas Air Base exposes the ignorance of western commentators.

Daniel J. Mitchell | August 18, 2012

Every so often, you read something so ridiculously stupid and absurd that you assume that you’re being pranked. Then you discover "Oh, it's the New York Times."

Paul Tracy | August 18, 2012

I don't know which is worse: the fact that insider trading was legal for some of our nation's wealthiest politicians... or that Congress refused to do anything about it for decades.

Jeff Carter | August 18, 2012

We know that the far left wing of the Democratic party would like nothing better than to mimic what they did in Argentina and seize retirement assets to pay for bigger government. Heck, at the end of the Bush administration, there was even a sub committee hearing where lefties proposed that idea.

Bill Tatro | August 18, 2012

What most of my colleagues are missing regarding this complicated and convoluted campaign is that the end result will boil down to simple mathematics.

Chris Poindexter | August 18, 2012

Now we’re stuck at a clumsy price point that’s high enough to encourage retail investors to hold off on their small, regular buy for a few days but well below any level to recommend selling.

Stephen DeMaura | August 18, 2012

Green energy has become a focal point of President Obama’s jobs agenda. Through generous taxpayer-funded loans and federal regulations, the administration has promised to prop up clean energy initiatives in order to grow the economy and protect the environment. Unfortunately, it is Obama’s allies that have received the boost, as opposed to the American workers.

Brian and Garrett Fahy | August 18, 2012

Mitt Romney’s choice of Republican Congressman and budget guru Paul Ryan as his running mate has profoundly altered the presidential race. In selecting the wonkish, articulate Ryan, Mitt Romney has enhanced his campaign, and thereby his chances of winning the presidency, by arming the GOP ticket with an eloquent mouthpiece whose bold policy prescriptions strengthen Romney’s campaign with a reform-minded seriousness the Obama-Biden ticket simply cannot match.

John Browne | August 18, 2012

Unpredictable markets now appear to take no cue whatsoever from underlying economic data, and maxims long cherished by traditional money managers are being abandoned in favor of seemingly illogical choices.

Fri, Aug 17, 2012

Ken Blackwell | August 17, 2012

We thought Joe Biden couldn't top--or bottom--the appalling gaffe of calling a 2010 White House bill signing ceremony "a big f___ing deal." But he just did it. In Danville, Virginia this week, Biden told a largely black audience the Republicans were going to "put y'all in chains." Now, of course, his staff is backpedaling furiously. He meant the banks. He was talking about banking de-regulation, they bleat frantically. Sure he was.

Linda Chavez | August 17, 2012

Many conservatives reject President Obama's recent policy to defer action against illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children. But as a conservative who supports the president's decision, I think it's important to seriously engage the arguments both for and against the policy.

Michelle Malkin | August 17, 2012

Hey, remember when Nancy Pelosi and a gaggle of Democratic women vowed to eradicate Washington's culture of corruption? Tee-hee. Instead of breaking up the Good Ol' Boys Club, Capitol Hill's leading liberal ladies have established their very own taxpayer-funded Sisterhood of the Plundering Hacks.

John Hawkins | August 17, 2012

Joseph Goebbels is often credited with saying, "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe." Not only was Goebbels right, his comments are at the core of the Democratic Party's messaging strategy.

Brent Bozell | August 17, 2012

Floyd Corkins, a volunteer for the last six months at the D.C. Center for the LGBT Community, marched into the Family Research Center with a gun and serious ammunition, denounced FRC's policy positions and shot a security guard in the arm before being subdued. Another hate crime, but this time against, perhaps, the pre-eminent pro-family organization in America. CBS gave the story 20 seconds. NBC spent 17 seconds.

Jonah Goldberg | August 17, 2012

In 1995, Barack Obama released "Dreams From My Father," a compelling memoir full of stories about his life that -- though often not exactly true -- persuaded many people that this young man had a great political future ahead of him.

Mike Adams | August 17, 2012

Ethnocentrism is under-rated. Most college students are exposed to the concept only if they take a course in Introductory Sociology or if they should chose to major in sociology. Even then, the concept of ethnocentrism is presented as an evil to be extinguished by fostering the value of anti-ethnocentrism.

David Limbaugh | August 17, 2012

Analysts may be correct that the presidential election won't primarily turn on entitlements reform, but by choosing Paul Ryan as his running mate, Mitt Romney can, contrary to conventional wisdom, make it a winning issue and lay the foundation for a reform mandate when he wins.

John Ransom | August 17, 2012

Every time President Scholarship blames Bush, he just reinforces to voters how irrelevant he has become.

Scott Rasmussen | August 17, 2012

One of the things Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate ensures is a series of polling questions over the coming months asking voters what's more important: creating jobs or cutting government spending; helping the economy or cutting deficits; repealing the president's health care law or focusing on the economy.

Oliver North | August 17, 2012

WASHINGTON -- In December 2009, our commander in chief went to West Point and proclaimed that he would withdraw all U.S. forces from Afghanistan by 2014. Since then, he has proudly emphasized that "We are on a course to end this war responsibly."

Pat Buchanan | August 17, 2012

U.S. newspapers this fall will devote countless column inches and network TV will set aside endless hours to revisiting the most perilous month in the history of the republic, if not of the world.

Suzanne Fields | August 17, 2012

We remember Granny. She's the helpless old lady in a wheelchair that Paul Ryan, or somebody who was supposed to look like him, pushed over the cliff. That's the way an Obama campaign commercial attempted to demonstrate the heartlessness of the mean ol' Republicans.

Diana West | August 17, 2012

First, kudos to Mitt Romney for choosing Paul Ryan as his running mate. Now, the danger: Romney, Ryan, their surrogates, their supporters and the American people will continue to treat Election 2012 as just another contest to determine whose hand is at the helm of state for the next four years.

Donald Lambro | August 17, 2012

Let's get a few things straight about the presidential race between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. It's not a dead heat anymore.

Rebecca Hagelin | August 17, 2012

Culture Challenge of the Week: Movies "Selling" Sex to Children: Can you name the last five movies your teenage son or daughter has watched with friends? How strong was the sexual content in those movies? And does it really matter?

Kyle Olson | August 17, 2012

For a school district facing possible bankruptcy, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District was very generous with its employees during the 2010-11 school year. For example, taxpayers may be surprised to learn they paid the pension contributions for the district and the teachers during 2010-11. So instead of just paying the district’s $49 million contribution to the State Teachers Retirement System, taxpayers took care of the teachers’ $35 million contribution, too.

Marita Noon | August 17, 2012

With its wealth and widespread influence, the DOE gave this huge energy conglomerate nearly $2 billion of taxpayer money, which includes the two risky projects listed below, plus hundreds of millions more in various stimulus grants.

David Sterman | August 17, 2012

Our economy is unlikely to handle three more years of gridlock, which keeps us stuck in a phase of higher government spending and shrinking revenue. Any day now, the ever-rising mountain of debt will need to be addressed.

Lincoln Brown | August 17, 2012

Now keep in mind, Congress, and only Congress, can create wilderness- and you thought all this time that only God could create a tree. God didn’t have the power of liberal activist judges.

Fritz Pfister | August 17, 2012

There is a historic lesson in the housing collapse, central planning by government caused this disaster. The market left free of their meddling and we wouldn’t have had a meltdown.

Chris Poindexter | August 17, 2012

So what happened? Why did the price of gold slide during a week when we should have seen prices drift higher? Turns out there are several factors feeding the August doldrums this year.

Bob Beauprez | August 17, 2012

Somebody has been encouraging more jobs to go overseas alright – and, it's Barack Obama.

Daniel J. Mitchell | August 17, 2012

In one of my early paragraphs, I give Ryan credit for steering the GOP back in the right direction after the fiscal recklessness of the Bush years.

Bob Goldman | August 17, 2012

You feel a profound admiration for my willingness to tell you that you're a stupid idiot. You think I'm courageous and principled and exactly the kind of person you'd like to promote.

Jeff Carter | August 17, 2012

The complexity of the trade added to the complexity of the case and why the investigation has turned its sights on MF Treasurer Edith O’ Brien. I imagine she will become the fall person for the whole affair.

Mike Shedlock | August 17, 2012

The problem with such thinking is government programs start out "small" then end up costing tens of billions of dollars as each party tries to outdo the other in an attempt to buy voters.

Thu, Aug 16, 2012

Larry Kudlow | August 16, 2012

According to author Edward Klein, Obama has put out feelers to Hillary Clinton about accepting the VP spot on the ticket, but Hillary has said no. In the exclusive video below, Klein tells Larry Kudlow why Clinton is reluctant to take the number two spot.

Donald Lambro | August 16, 2012

WASHINGTON - Let's get a few things straight about the presidential race between Barack Obama and former governor Mitt Romney. It's not a dead heat anymore.

Cliff May | August 16, 2012

National security and foreign policy have received short shrift in the 2012 presidential-election campaign. Mitt Romney made a quick swing through Britain, Israel, and Poland to suggest he would repair strained relations with America’s closest allies. President Obama has repeatedly reminded voters that he gave the order to kill Osama bin Laden. That’s about it.

Phil Kerpen | August 16, 2012

Without reform Medicare will go bankrupt. So, it is not a question of “if” Medicare will be cut but “how.” President Barack Obama’s approach is to simply gut Medicare’s funding and let the bureaucrats decide who does or doesn’t receive care. Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s approach is to inject individual choice and competition into the program to provide more with less and to let patients, not bureaucrats, decide how to spend scarce resources. Ryan’s approach puts seniors first; Obama’s puts Washington bureaucrats first

Rich Galen | August 16, 2012

USA Today invested good money surveying people who are not going to vote in this year's elections. Why? So they could find out how Barack Obama would do in November if everyone did vote.

Maggie Gallagher | August 16, 2012

Mitt Romney showed he's reaching not just for a win, but for a mandate. The elevation of Rep. Paul Ryan is a game changer because it is a conversation changer. His selection as veep nominee puts front and center the need to reign in the spending of a government that borrows 40 cents from China for every dollar it spends.

Ken Blackwell | August 16, 2012

Ben is a young friend of ours who was an intern in our Washington office. This summer, Ben is working on yard crews and in restaurants prior to going into the military. This recent college grad is getting quite an education working with the working poor.

Hugh Hewitt | August 16, 2012

This is a long memo, born of two decades of frustration with the Beltway sharpies who run campaigns and are clueless about talk radio. There is no hostility here, just frustration with the invincible ignorance of the consulting class that wouldn't know the difference between a Thursday afternoon drive show in Denver and a late night dollar-a-holler stick in Flat Plains, Nowhere.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | August 16, 2012

We are less than three month out from the presidential election. Yes, I know that it seems as if it has already lasted forever, but so far, it's simply been the warm-up.

Victor Davis Hanson | August 16, 2012

Driving across California is like going from Mississippi to Massachusetts without ever crossing a state line.

Larry Elder | August 16, 2012

Shrewd move in choosing House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., as running mate for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Now here's the next play: Invite George McGovern, the 1972 Democratic presidential candidate, to speak this month in Tampa at the Republican National Convention.

Judge Andrew Napolitano | August 16, 2012

We are in terrible straits this presidential election. We have a choice between a president who has posed more of a danger to personal freedom than any in the past 150 years and a Republican team that wants to return to Bush-style big government.

John Ransom | August 16, 2012

The chairmanship under Ed Towns (D-NY) had to be worth more than just two VIP loans to a Congressman-for-life, ranking member, writer of 408 bad checks on the House Bank; the man who won his last campaign with 91 percent of the vote.

Michael Reagan | August 16, 2012

Choosing Paul Ryan is a game-changer.

Cal Thomas | August 16, 2012

When women complain about men who can't commit, they can thank -- or blame -- two people: Playboy magazine publisher Hugh Hefner and the former editor of Cosmopolitan magazine, Helen Gurley Brown, who died this week at age 90.

Fred Wszolek | August 16, 2012

Even as union enrollment has plummeted to its lowest level in history, American labor bosses have reason for optimism: the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). In the pantheon of big government patrons, this largely-unchecked federal agency tops the list having jolted otherwise-stalled union membership rolls through the Specialty Healthcare decision creating micro-unions.

Debra J. Saunders | August 16, 2012

Vice President Joe Biden played the race card this week when he drawled Southern-style to a racially mixed audience that if Mitt Romney takes the White House, he'll "unchain Wall Street. They're going to put y'all back in chains."

David Harsanyi | August 16, 2012

With words like "radical" and "extreme" being liberally flung around, it's probably time to define our terms. After all, vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan, I am assured, embodies both words in deed and spirit.

Matt Towery | August 16, 2012

I have already gone on record saying that the Romney campaign has not been mean and tough enough. The Obama crowd, which knows it is important to define an opposing candidate in a negative light before the candidate really gets to introduce himself to the public, has thrown everything but the kitchen sink at both Romney and Paul Ryan to accomplish that goal.

Paul Greenberg | August 16, 2012

Of course it would happen in the dark, which is where I saw all those old B-movies at the neighborhood theater on Saturday afternoons. One week it would be cowboys and Indians, the next Dick Tracy in his snapbrim hat and trenchcoat outwitting villains who, back then, still looked like villains and had names to match -- Pruneface and Mumbles and Flattop. What fun. But my favorite had to be those cardboard sci-fi epics, preferably with aliens uttering commands in unknown tongues ("Klaatu barada nikto!") just in time to save Earth.

Emmett Tyrrell | August 16, 2012

A week passes, and thus far, the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has yet to tell us whether he is or is not having sexual relations with a cow. As was reported in this column last week, based on sources in the field, Reid has been involved with the cow for at least three months, possibly more. My sources cannot be identified for obvious reasons. Even The New York Times would not reveal their identities.

Steve Chapman | August 16, 2012

If you are on a pleasant walk and someone comes out of nowhere to demand that you stop and turn around, you may regard him as an unwelcome interloper.

Steven Aden | August 16, 2012

Nellie Gray left the life arena this week. We mourn her death. Already, we miss her voice and her fight for all life, born and preborn. She was a woman whose personal vision and relentless drive brought together hundreds of thousands of people from all racial, ethnic, economic, and creedal backgrounds to cry out for America to stop killing children in the womb. And she did this every year, for almost 40 years.

Rich Tucker | August 16, 2012

Ethanol, because it’s popular in corn-growing states such as Iowa and Nebraska, was once thought to be politically untouchable. But at the end of last year lawmakers finally scrapped a tax subsidy that paid refiners to blend ethanol into gasoline. The subsidy had cost Americans some $20 billion over three decades. “Fiscal conservatives joined liberal environmentalists to kill it, with help from a diverse coalition of outside groups,” The New York Times explained. And, as politicians must have noted by now, the world didn’t end.

Kyle Olson | August 16, 2012

Earlier this week, voters in Florida’s Marion County school district went to the polls and defeated a union-supported effort to raise property taxes, which would have “saved” music, art and library programs.

Carrie Schwab Pomerantz | August 16, 2012

My first thought when reading your question is that it's too bad that you're not self-employed because that would allow you to save more in a retirement account.

George Friedman | August 16, 2012

Perhaps the deepest aspect of the crisis is that Israel has no internal consensus on whether it is in fact a crisis, or if so, what the crisis is about.

Nathan Slaughter | August 16, 2012

I've found one energy company that is prospering, despite low natural gas prices. In fact, this company has navigated the difficult pricing environment so well that despite gas prices trading at a third of where they were back in 2007... its stock price is actually up 81% in the past five years.

Shawn Mitchell | August 16, 2012

It’s gratifying the president realizes he faces a serious economic and philosophical challenge, one that calls for vintage, anti-Reagan artillery. One problem for him: Reagan won.

Mike Shedlock | August 16, 2012

Either California data is extremely messed up, or retail sales nationally will be revised sharply lower.

Matt Mackowiak | August 16, 2012

The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza rightly called Mitt Romney's bold selection of Representative Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) as his running mate, "the most daring decision of his political career."

Dave Moenning | August 16, 2012

A quick glance at the scoreboard should remind investors that things aren't all that bad right now either. The S&P 500 is up +11.76% on the year and the NASDAQ (QQQ) - thanks in no small part to Apple (AAPL) - currently sports a gain of +16.76%.

Daniel J. Mitchell | August 16, 2012

I’m guessing that the vast majority of substantive laws are bad for freedom and result in less prosperity.

Ralph Benko | August 16, 2012

Welcome to the Wild West, 2012 style. The Feds to Tombstone: “If you want to fix your water line, better lawyer up and talk to President Obama.”

Marybeth Hicks | August 16, 2012

We’re too busy scrounging around our wallets for the $20 needed for sports physicals so our kids can join a team this fall. And to be sure, we care about the $70 we’re spending to fill the gas tank so we can drive our sons and daughters to campus in the first place.

Night Watch | August 16, 2012

This is the first news item to suggest the bomber flights occurred during a submarine operation in the Gulf of Mexico. The coincidence remains unconfirmed, but plausible.

Chris Poindexter | August 16, 2012

Interesting that billionaire hedge fund manager John Paulson recently raised his stake in gold, putting nearly 44 percent of his fund resources into the shiny metal.

Wed, Aug 15, 2012

Ann Coulter | August 15, 2012

My smash best-seller "Demonic: How the Liberal Mob Is Endangering America" has just come out in paperback -- and not a moment too soon! Democrats always become especially mob-like during presidential election campaigns.

Jeff Jacoby | August 15, 2012

Humility, it is sometimes said, doesn't mean thinking less of yourself. It means thinking of yourself less.

Reince Priebus | August 15, 2012

Gov. Romney and Congressman Ryan have something President Obama does not: A plan to save Medicare.

Michelle Malkin | August 15, 2012

Looks like Vice President Joe Biden has been taking extracurricular Democratic jive-talking lessons. The results of condescending liberals' cynical racial pandering attempts are, as always, seismically cringe-inducing.

John Stossel | August 15, 2012

I’m a libertarian in part because I see a false choice offered by the political left and right: government control of the economy -- or government control of our personal lives. People on both sides think of themselves as freedom lovers. The left thinks government can lessen income inequality. The right thinks government can make Americans more virtuous. I say we’re best off if neither side attempts to advance its agenda via government.

Walter E. Williams | August 15, 2012

President Barack Obama recently wrote an executive order that established a White House initiative on educational excellence for black Americans that will be housed in the Department of Education. It proposes "to identify evidence-based best practices" to improve black achievement in school and college. Though black education is in desperate straits, the president's executive order will accomplish absolutely nothing to improve black education.

Brent Bozell | August 15, 2012

Mitt Romney made a smart executive decision selecting Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate. Ryan's genial personality, serious policy wonkery and political courage have dazzled conservatives and won respect even in a few liberal circles. Romney scores points for political courage as well. He knew liberal politicians and journalists would talk in punishing terms about Ryan's budget ideas.

John Ransom | August 15, 2012

Add up money citizens will pay to government-dependent corporations and you’re looking at payments of over $3000 per month to some government-involved entity for your mortgage ($1500), your healthcare ($1100), your car ($300), and your student loan ($250). That comes out to 80 cents on every dollar of the average American pretax earnings as donations to the Church of Obama.

Bob Barr | August 15, 2012

With only the formality of the Republican National Convention standing between them and the November election, the “Comeback Team” of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan has a little less than three months in which to convince a majority of the American electorate it is better equipped to govern the country for the next four years than its Democrat counterpart. If these two Republican leaders wish to get a jump start on accomplishing that goal, there is one person with whom they quickly should set up an appointment – Texan T. Boone Pickens.

Michael Medved | August 15, 2012

In selecting Paul Ryan as his running mate, Mitt Romney signals his determination to conduct a campaign of ideas.

Ben Shapiro | August 15, 2012

Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate has utterly unhinged the Obama campaign. Last week they were happily jabbering about Romney's record at Bain Capital, implying that he had killed a man's wife, stating that he was a tax cheat and blaming him for outsourcing jobs. This week they're stuck defending Barack Obama's $700 billion cuts to Medicare and spending addiction.

Terry Jeffrey | August 15, 2012

To justify expanding the power of the federal government and increasing the burden of debt on federal taxpayers, President Barack Obama has repeatedly lied about a peerless icon of America's pioneering spirit -- the Golden Gate Bridge.

Austin Bay | August 15, 2012

The Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese surprise air strike on Pearl Harbor and subsequent attacks on American bases in the Philippines dealt U.S. naval and air forces a savage material blow.

Donald Lambro | August 15, 2012

No domestic issue, other than jobs and the economy, fuels more worry from America's voters than the $5 trillion plus debt President Obama has run up over the past four years.

Jacob Sullum | August 15, 2012

On June 21, 1989, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a Texas law that made flag burning a state crime, ruling that it violated the First Amendment right to freedom of speech. A month later, Rep. Jack Brooks, D-Texas introduced a bill that made flag burning a federal crime. Approved by Congress that fall, the new law was overturned by the Supreme Court the following year.

Susan Stamper Brown | August 15, 2012

Liberals have taken Chicago politics to a whole new level this campaign cycle with baseless accusations suggesting their opponents are unsympathetic, money-grubbing extremists who will feed your grandmother cat food and steal her Medicare benefits and Social Security check before they push her backwards off a cliff without a blindfold.

Daniel J. Mitchell | August 15, 2012

When folks on the left say the bailout is a success, I explain that any industry can be propped up with a sufficiently large injection of other people’s money.

Ken Connor | August 15, 2012

Harry Reid paints his toenails red and wears a girdle. No, seriously, a former Nevada Democrat who shall remain nameless told me so. And if the erstwhile Senator wants to prove otherwise, he will have to take off his socks and shoes, along with his pants, and show the public it’s not true.

Robert Knight | August 15, 2012

Public figures’ records are fair game in political campaigns. It’s not “mudslinging” unless it’s untrue or employs “derogatory personal slurs” (Living Webster Dictionary).

Ira Mehlman | August 15, 2012

The unlegislated Obama amnesty for illegal aliens under 30 begins August 15 as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) begins accepting applications for “deferred action” and work authorization. Initially, the White House estimated that about 800,000 illegal aliens would be covered under this amnesty, when the policy was first announced in June.

Night Watch | August 15, 2012

This visit is a North Korean way of apologizing for having ignored Chinese advice to not try the space launch.

Mike Shedlock | August 15, 2012

Even by a strict definition of two consecutive quarters of negative GDP, does this look like a recession or not? The picture tells the story.

Chris Poindexter | August 15, 2012

Early trading in commodities was largely in line with currency moves, with the euro gaining back more ground against the dollar.

Tue, Aug 14, 2012

Rachel Marsden | August 14, 2012

A recent intelligence leak confirms something that regular readers of this column already know: that the Obama administration has officially authorized covert support of local "rebel" groups, through government agencies like the CIA, with the goal of destabilizing and subverting the Bashar al-Assad regime. The interesting consequence is that al-Qaeda is among the groups President Obama's directive now supports.

Lisa De Pasquale | August 14, 2012

For several years the hysterical, ratings-seeking media has waged a war on businesses that use bisphenol A (also known as BPA), a chemical found in water bottles, canned foods and even thermal cash-register tape. The media has succeeded in ignoring the science and instead stoked the public’s irrational fears by simply proving that traces of BPA can be found in your food. However, numerous studies by the FDA, CDC, World Health Organization, and European Food Safety Authority have found that BPA is easily and quickly metabolized, with no discernible human harm ever being identified.

Thomas Sowell | August 14, 2012

Governor Mitt Romney's choice of Congressman Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential running mate is one of those decisions that seem obvious -- if not inevitable -- in retrospect, even though it was by no means obvious to most of us beforehand.

Chuck Norris | August 14, 2012

On Feb. 2, 2009, President Barack Obama explained his chance to fix the economy to host Matt Lauer on NBC's "Today": "I will be held accountable. I've got four years. ... If I don't have this done in three years, then there's going to be a one-term proposition."

John Hawkins | August 14, 2012

Given that he appears to be largely indifferent to the law and the wishes of the American people, there's no reason to be hopeful.

Michael Barone | August 14, 2012

Our presidential elections, pundits sometimes remind us, are not national contests, but rather contests in 50 states and the District of Columbia. And since most states lean heavily to one party or the other these days, the only real contests are in a dozen or so target states.

David Limbaugh | August 14, 2012

Mitt Romney has outdone himself in choosing Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate. The conservative base is ecstatic, and that will translate into voter intensity and high turnout.

John Ransom | August 14, 2012

Public employee unions make public campaign contributions to politicians precisely for the exigency when taxpayers’ interest conflict with the interests of public employees. You lose again.

Cal Thomas | August 14, 2012

Last Thursday's Wall Street Journal editorial "Why Not Paul Ryan?" made the case for his selection as the Republican vice-presidential nominee in this statement: "Romney can win a big election over big issues. He'll lose a small one."

Dennis Prager | August 14, 2012

The Republican vice-presidential candidate, Congressman Paul Ryan, is the Democrats' political version of the Anti-Christ.

Pat Buchanan | August 14, 2012

Mitt Romney's decision to select Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate speaks well of the man who made it. Indeed, it seemed less like the moderate man we have come to know.

Debra J. Saunders | August 14, 2012

Mitt Romney is a bit of a sci-fi buff. He not only took his grandkids to see "The Hunger Games" when the movie came out but also read the Suzanne Collins trilogy.

Paul Greenberg | August 14, 2012

This Mitt Romney means business, in more than one sense of the word. He has just chosen the most businesslike member of Congress as his running mate. Not only is Paul Ryan a serious man, a man of ideas, but he's had the courage to put them into specific form, complete with numbers and goals, and let the American people be the judge. And invite the opposition to take its best shot.

Phyllis Schlafly | August 14, 2012

To the surprise of the pundits, pollsters and predictors who think they are smarter than the rest of us, Ted Cruz won the nomination for U.S. Senator from Texas. A few months ago, he rated only 2 percent in the polls, but in the primary runoff, he coasted to a 14-point win.

Bill Murchison | August 14, 2012

Watch the Obama "progressives'" glee and mirth spreading across their countenances as they chunk mud balls at Mitt Romney's running mate-designate, Paul Ryan.

Frank Gaffney | August 14, 2012

A magician typically succeeds when the attention of the audience is diverted from his main activity onto some distraction. President Obama has raised this sort of deflection into a political art form.

Mike Shedlock | August 14, 2012

As Hollande steers France further into the gutter, French unemployment (already over 10%) is bound to rise and GDP will sink.

Jeff Carter | August 14, 2012

“Without a good economy, you cannot have individual liberty.” Scott McNealy, Sun Microsystems CEO. He said,

Steve Stockman | August 14, 2012

Like most Americans who believe that the rule of law and democratic process should be respected, I was outraged when Barack Obama issued an executive order to institute the DREAM Act amnesty, which will go into effect on August 15. The American people have made it loud and clear that they don’t want amnesty for illegal aliens under any circumstances. Even with a lame duck Democratic congress in 2010, Obama could not get the votes to pass the DREAM Act.

Charlotte Hays | August 14, 2012

While campaigning in Colorado with that pill, Sandra Fluke, at his side, President Obama eloquently summarized what he sees as the dilemma that confronts the typical coed: textbooks or contraception?

Bill Tatro | August 14, 2012

More than likely, both sides will sweep this discussion under the rug because TARP was the first of the really big giveaways and painted all sides with a bad brush.

David Sterman | August 14, 2012

According to a June 2012 survey conducted by the University of Chicago and Northwestern University, 84% of respondents say the stock market is untrustworthy and that it's foolish to put your money into stocks.

Armstrong Williams | August 14, 2012

Mitt Romney has taken a lot of heat for telling the truth lately. First, the guy says what everyone knows: that the British were not completely ready for the Olympics. How dare he say what every newspaper had been saying for weeks! Then, he goes and praises Israeli culture, and credits Israeli prosperity and strength, in part, to the greatness of Israel's culture.

Night Watch | August 14, 2012

The US administration reportedly and belatedly does not want the opposition to win because it fears that the US may have abetted genocide, if the al Asad regime collapses in violence.

Daniel J. Mitchell | August 14, 2012

If you have to engage in fiscal triage, it would be smart to first address Medicare and Medicaid, but Social Security also needs reform. And not the kind of statist reform the folks at AARP would like to see.

Dave Ramsey | August 14, 2012

Coupons are definitely a ploy to entice you to buy something you may not have purchased otherwise. But that doesn’t mean they’re bad things.

Chris Poindexter | August 14, 2012

In the absence of any major news I expect today’s pattern to set the standard for most of the week. You can expect to see higher prices on low volume until economic news pushes the market one way or the other.

Mon, Aug 13, 2012

Byron York | August 13, 2012

In the eyes of the Obama administration, most Democratic lawmakers and left-leaning editorial pages across the country, voter fraud is a problem that doesn't exist.

Stephen DeMaura | August 13, 2012

Once again, big labor has shown that it can’t play nice. On Wednesday, American Airlines’ Allied Pilots Association (ALPA) rejected a concessionary contract offered by management. The contract included pay raises and a 13.5 percent stake in the company, but that apparently was not enough.

Lisa De Pasquale | August 13, 2012

It’s no surprise to Townhall readers that Katie Pavlich has been at the forefront of reporting on the Obama Administration’s Fast and Furious scandal. In addition to her duties as News Editor of Townhall.com and TV appearances, her New York Times bestseller, Fast and Furious: Barack Obama's Bloodiest Scandal and the Shameless Cover-Up, is the only comprehensive look at the events that led to death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and many others.

Wayne Allyn Root | August 13, 2012

If there’s one man in America born for the job of debunking Obama’s myths and lies, it’s Paul Ryan.

Michael Barone | August 13, 2012

On the USS Wisconsin in Norfolk harbor, a coatless Mitt Romney named a tieless Paul Ryan as his vice presidential nominee. Romney's choice was not much of a surprise after he told NBC's Chuck Todd on Thursday that he wanted someone with a "vision for the country, that adds something to the political discourse about the direction of the country.

Star Parker | August 13, 2012

Somehow we’ve come to accept, regarding government policy, that there are separate “economic” issues and “social” issues. The former being issues having to do with our pocketbook and the latter being issues touching religious values and behavior. But this is a mistake. The economy is also a social “values” issue.

Jeff Jacoby | August 13, 2012

SENATOR SCOTT BROWN is right. For the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to be mailing voter-registration forms to nearly 480,000 welfare recipients — at a cost to taxpayers of more than $275,000 — is indeed "outrageous," as the Republican incumbent declared last week.

John Ransom | August 13, 2012

Compliance with one feature in public companys' annual audits cost American businesses $35 billion per year, more than all the money raised annually by IPOs since 2000, with one exception.

Katie Kieffer | August 13, 2012

The TSA is effectively an unconstitutional, carcinogenic petting zoo. Deep down, we all feel that the airport security system is an FDA-approved rubdown and radiation parlor. But we are busy, rushing to catch flights, and we tell ourselves it is for our “safety.” So, like sheep, we comply.

Salena Zito | August 13, 2012

Barack Obama does not want this election to be about Barack Obama.

Lurita Doan | August 13, 2012

In January of 2009, Barack Obama promised Americans an "unprecedented" level of transparency in his dealings with the American people and throughout his Administration. Almost four years have passed since that promise, during which time, Americans have witnessed an extraordinary level of deception and obfuscation, all designed to divert attention from the Obama Administration's failure to grow the economy, their failure to create jobs, their failure to curb out-of-control government spending, and their failure to maintain American prestige on the international level.

Terry Paulson | August 13, 2012

Don't just put your trust in President Obama or in Mitt Romney. Elect the president who will put his trust in "We the People." That's right. It's time to put your trust in yourself, your fellow countrymen, your community, and the ability of a renewed American Dream to once again transform our economy and our country.

Rachel Alexander | August 13, 2012

One of only two right-leaning justices who has served on the Washington Supreme Court in recent years is in the battle of his life to regain his seat. As a result of his unflinching defense of property rights, freedom of religion, sanctity of marriage, gun rights, and the unborn, former Justice Richard Sanders has been a lightening rod for attacks from the left and the biased media.

Bruce Bialosky | August 13, 2012

Since the beginning of our current political and cultural environment during the term of Barrack Obama we’ve heard many references to his political mentor, Saul Alinsky. For years, people have described how profoundly Alinsky has influenced Obama and his team. I finally concluded that it was time to sacrifice myself on behalf of the readers of this column and buy Alinsky’s book (Rules for Radicals), and then report back exactly what Alinsky has to say.

Brian Darling | August 13, 2012

Why do people run for office? Too many, it seems, do it for the sheer joy of throwing their weight—and other people’s money—around. Thus we have, at the local level, the sorry spectacle of tin pot politicians—apparently offended at the idea of traditional marriage—threatening to ban Chick-fil-A restaurant openings.

Rich Galen | August 13, 2012

The selection of Rep. Paul Ryan to be Gov. Mitt Romney's running mate was an excellent choice.

Matt Barber | August 13, 2012

The secular left has mastered use of the Internet to further its extremist goals. In fact, President Obama’s web-based “Organizing for America” propaganda machine may have given him the 2008 election.

Daniel J. Mitchell | August 13, 2012

I’m much more concerned about bad laws issued by politicians, such as asset forfeiture laws that give cops incentives to harass people who aren’t a threat to society.

Mike Shedlock | August 13, 2012

Note that meter maid positions do not require much more than the ability to drive a standard transmission car and have a high school diploma.

Crystal Wright | August 13, 2012

Mitt Romney really wants to win this thing! After watching Team Obama turn the 2012 presidential election into a sideshow of discussions on minutiae, tax returns, horses, and Olympics, it was thrilling to see Romney finally seize control of this election narrative in naming Rep. Paul Ryan his running mate.

Bob Beauprez | August 13, 2012

Every time Washington regulators pass down another heavy-handed rule or levy another hefty fine, Colorado loses potential jobs, revenue, and economic security.

Chris Poindexter | August 13, 2012

Pretty much as predicted gold ran into selling pressure at $1,623 as profit-taking kicked in and moved prices back to the new support level around $1,620.

Political Calculations | August 13, 2012

An upward shift corresponds to the situation where business revenues are falling while costs are rising, triggering the decision to lay off employees, while a downward shift corresponds to the opposite situation, resulting in employees being retained.

Jeff Carter | August 13, 2012

When confronted with a fiscal cliff like we are, how do you compromise without going over the edge?

Shawn Mitchell | August 13, 2012

Why do kids think their land was a nasty and oppressive place, like an Olbermannian “Worst Nation in the World!”?

Marita Noon | August 13, 2012

The countries with the best human health and the most material wealth are the countries with the highest energy consumption. So, why is it that Obama’s policies push us to use less energy, while paying more for it?

Laura Hollis | August 13, 2012

Within the space of a few hours, Mitt Romney’s pick of Paul Ryan for Vice President has changed the entire tenor of the campaign, and revealed about both presidential candidates what really should have been obvious before:

Ashe Schow | August 13, 2012

Last week, as I entered Union Station Metro station in Washington, I saw ads for what appeared to be First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign. It was a series of three ads, the first said: “Let’s move hot dogs out of school lunch.” Okay, fine, because, let’s face it, while hot dogs may be scrumptious and all-beef, they look like small batons of questionable meat.

Morgan Brittany | August 13, 2012

How many times do you let the school bully pummel you into the ground without standing up and punching back? It’s time for Mitt Romney to do just that.

Sun, Aug 12, 2012

Jeff Carter | August 12, 2012

I saw a speech at the Chicago Economic Club lunch and Ryan hit it out of the park if you consider yourself “socially liberal and fiscally conservative”. At that lunch Ryan spoke at length about “managed scarcity” and “crony capitalism”.

Salena Zito | August 12, 2012

MANASSAS, Va. — U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan spent his first day as the likely Republican vice presidential candidate in this key political state, pledging to help running mate Mitt Romney “restore the greatness of this country.”

Derek Hunter | August 12, 2012

President Obama has no interest in having “more civility in our public discourse,” no concern for grieving families.

John Ransom | August 12, 2012

Even now, a man in a pin stripe suit, wearing a pince-nez in his right eye and clutching an ivory cigarette holder in his left hand is dictating to me exactly what to write. For more information on how you too can become part of the secret society bent on world domination, please see this informative educational video.

Austin Hill | August 12, 2012

Something exciting just happened in San Francisco. And it should pose an intellectual challenge for those who call themselves “progressives.”

Doug Giles | August 12, 2012

Wow, I thought George W. Bush was the worst man ever to walk the earth. Now, according to the Leftists, it’s Mitt Romney?

Debra J. Saunders | August 12, 2012

In this very negative election season, the Barack Obama and Mitt Romney campaigns don't sweat accuracy. Even if fact-checking PolitiFact rates a 30-second spot as "pants-on-fire" false or Washington Post fact checker Glenn Kessler gives it four Pinocchios -- his maximum rating -- no worries; they don't clean up their act.

Kevin McCullough | August 12, 2012

Paul Ryan--as the pick for Vice President--is a demonstrative, serious, commitment by Governor Mitt Romney to fulfill the vision of returning America to fiscal sanity.

Mike Shedlock | August 12, 2012

Banks label these schemes "Wealth Management Products" (WMPs) but any individuls foolish enough to invest in them are going to lose money, perhaps all of it.

Mark Baisley | August 12, 2012

While pounding him for the transgression of being a self-made millionaire, the Obama campaign had been reportedly hoping that Mitt Romney would select Paul Ryan as his running mate.

Bob Beauprez | August 12, 2012

It was my privilege to serve with Paul Ryan in the House and on the Ways and Means Committee. Ryan's vast experience and bold, reform minded ideas were always evident.

Daniel J. Mitchell | August 12, 2012

With some caveats, the Ryan pick is mostly good news.

Michael Youssef | August 12, 2012

Is America still the land of the free and the home of the brave? Or is our nation dangerously adrift on a sea of complacency and immorality? Too often we are content to think only of our families and ourselves, and ignore the world around us. We pay little attention to the continual changes taking place in governmental policies.

Larry Kudlow | August 12, 2012

When you think of Republican Rep. Paul Ryan, terms like earnest, serious and important come to mind. So does the term old-fashioned. Ryan comes from an old-fashioned place, the blue-collar town of Janesville, Wis. He cherishes the old-fashioned values of a faithful family man. He even looks old-fashioned, with his white shirts and striped ties.

Carl Horowitz | August 12, 2012

Is it possible to be sympathetic toward an ostentatious Florida billionaire family at risk of losing their unfinished dream home – the largest residence in the U.S. – because of a mortgage crisis which, in a modest way, they helped to create? Actually, it is…sort of. A new movie documentary, “The Queen of Versailles,” shows why. Intentionally or not, it also makes a powerful case for why government shouldn’t cover losses incurred by high-rolling lending and borrowing.

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.