Sat, Aug 25, 2012

Paul Greenberg | August 25, 2012

He was a minor figure in the freak show and dictionary of dysfunction that was American culture during the downhill years of the last century. And the more minor a figure, the better. Yet on his death at 86, another proof that the good die young, he still fascinated. You could no more stop watching him than you could maggots in a pile of rotting garbage. Call it the fascination of the repellent.

John C. Goodman | August 25, 2012

Within minutes of the announcement that Paul Ryan would be Mitt Romney's running mate, the Democratic attack machine shifted into high gear. "Paul Ryan will destroy Medicare as we know it," claimed the ads. "So will Mitt Romney." Be afraid. Be very afraid.

John Ransom | August 25, 2012

It turns out that being for having an energy policy before being against it –or vice a versa- it isn’t a gaffe at all; no, indeed. Under Obama, the Democrats have made it part of the party platform.

Ken Blackwell | August 25, 2012

The progressive mindset is set. It believes that whatever it pursues at the moment must be progress. Think Progress is one of the groups that is convinced progress is achieved by the right people thinking the right thoughts. Or, the right people thinking the left thoughts. "We are the people we've been waiting for," said candidate Obama four years ago. Better to wait for Godot.

Caroline Glick | August 25, 2012

This week a German doctor in Bavaria filed a criminal complaint against Rabbi David Goldberg. Rabbi Goldberg's "crime"? He performs ritual circumcisions on Jewish male infants in accordance with Jewish law. The doctor's complaint came shortly after a ruling by a court in Cologne outlawing the practice of male circumcision.

Humberto Fontova | August 25, 2012

Apparently the most tragic event in the Florida straits over the past fifty years involves recreational swimmer Diana Nyad getting stung by a jellyfish.

Kathryn Lopez | August 25, 2012

When New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan offers a benediction at the Republican Convention in Miami on Thursday, he will appear as a pastor, not a politician. The distinction often gets lost when one finds oneself talking about issues that necessarily involve politics. It especially goes missing in media coverage, which thrives on conflict and contrast and categories, tilting toward black and white in a world often much more complicated.

Paul Driessen | August 25, 2012

Back in 1983, during the information processing Cretaceous Period, Maxis developed a new genre of educational, yet entertaining computer games. The latest version will be released next year.

Kyle Olson | August 25, 2012

Sasha and Malia apparently aren’t enough for Michelle Obama. She wants to mother our children, too. That’s the only conclusion that can be reached when observing the First Lady’s campaign to decrease parents’ role in raising their children.

Jeff Carter | August 25, 2012

I find that when I interact with anyone from the aforementioned accelerators, they will readily admit their strengths, weaknesses and where they screwed up in the past and how they tried to fix it.

Robert E. Freer | August 25, 2012

"What we should probably do is go and split up investment banking from banking, have banks be deposit takers, have banks make commercial loans and real estate loans, have banks do something that's not going to risk the taxpayer dollars, that's not too big to fail,"… He added: "If they want to hedge what they're doing with their investments, let them do it in a way that's going to be market-to-market so they're never going to be hit."

Daniel J. Mitchell | August 25, 2012

Even though the War on Poverty seems to have put an end to the progress we were making Krugman equates spending money with compassion.

Lincoln Brown | August 25, 2012

Supporters of traditional marriage in California were treated to a whole laundry list of violent acts. Notable among those acts were death threats

Bill Tatro | August 25, 2012

Since the assumption is that the Federal Reserve’s power brokers have chosen to disregard the most recent economic improvements in retail, housing, and even employment (simply viewed as artificial seasonal adjustments), it only stands to reason that, once again, it’s time to stop the bleeding.

Brian and Garrett Fahy | August 25, 2012

Like conflict, numbers have a way of concentrating the mind. Everyone knows the economy is in bad shape. But just how bad is it? As President Obama campaigns to move the country “Forward” and tries to scare the middle class into voting against Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan (rather than for him), it’s critical to note how badly Americans’ incomes have fared in the Obama economy.

Steve Deace | August 25, 2012

Last week we took a look at the historical template for the Republican Party nominee to win the presidency going all the way back to the 19th century. In case you missed it, here’s a brief refresher course:

Mike Shedlock | August 25, 2012

Bernanke was wrong about housing, the recession, unemployment rate in the recovery, and he has admitted that he does not understand why the job recovery is weak. Yet, he is beholden to his own silly forecasts.

Political Calculations | August 25, 2012

The only problem for President Obama and his economic team is that too few Americans chose to exit the U.S. civilian labor force as they desired.

Night Watch | August 25, 2012

In combination the request for aid and the military huffing and puffing are meant to convey the same trite message: the North's willingness to discuss aid does not mean it is weak. In fact, everybody knows that is precisely what it means.

Chris Poindexter | August 25, 2012

Part of what makes me suspicious of this gold rally is all the stories in the media about buying gold and price predictions that run from $2,000 to $4,500 an ounce. I remain skeptical; we’ve been to this rodeo before.

Fri, Aug 24, 2012

Larry Kudlow | August 24, 2012

I know vice presidents are not supposed to be so influential. Political scientists say the top of the ticket is what matters. But Paul Ryan is disproving that.

Diana West | August 24, 2012

Prediction: If the GOP establishment doesn't follow Republican Rep. Todd Akin's example with a big, fat apology -- to Akin -- the whole party goes down in flames come November.

Michelle Malkin | August 24, 2012

Breaking news: The Fishwrap of Record has finally discovered that the Obama administration gives its Chicago corporate pals special access to power and regulatory favoritism. On Thursday, The Not-So-New York Times published an A1 story titled "Ties to Obama Aided in Access for Big Utility."

John Hawkins | August 24, 2012

1) Obama took 700 billion dollars out of the Medicare program and put it into his wildly unpopular health care program.

Brent Bozell | August 24, 2012

As easy as it might be to forget them in the cobwebs of the AM radio dial, the liberal pretenders to the Rush Limbaugh throne are still broadcasting, and they're often utterly, shamelessly ridiculous.

Jonah Goldberg | August 24, 2012

Todd Akin's idiocy appears to be infectious. The evil genius of the Missouri congressman's comments is that they lend themselves to such broad interpretations -- and misinterpretations.

Mona Charen | August 24, 2012

Todd Akin would do his party and his country a service by stepping aside. The rest of the campaign will be dominated by this side issue, possibly denying Republicans a key Senate seat. To use the words "legitimate" and "rape" in the same phrase betrays a serious lack of judgment. Only about 1 percent of women undergoing abortions report that they were raped, according to the Alan Guttmacher Institute. One percent is not zero.

John Ransom | August 24, 2012

Talk about bitter clingers who cling to their religion: It’s gotten so bad that the New York Times is appealing to people to “believe in” Obama, like he’s a children’s character or a Vegas magic act, rather than president of the United States.

Scott Rasmussen | August 24, 2012

When Republicans formally nominate Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan next week, the race against President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will be officially underway. Yet while the two teams represent different ideological views, different upbringings, different faith backgrounds and different experiences, neither of them has yet inspired any confidence among voters. Just 32 percent believe the economy will be stronger in a year if Obama is re-elected. Only 36 percent think it will be stronger if Romney wins.

Oliver North | August 24, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Americans following this year's presidential campaign would never know it from mainstream media coverage, but the commander in chief we hired four years ago has set the United States on a course for unilateral disarmament.

Pat Buchanan | August 24, 2012

Whittaker Chambers said that "the great failing of American conservatives is they do not retrieve their wounded." He had it right, as Todd Akin can testify.

Suzanne Fields | August 24, 2012

It's the time of the year when children's smiles begin to look a little pinched. You can feel it when you walk through any school supplies store. While the colored pencils and lunchboxes on display evoke memories of "the good times," they also spark memories of all that filler work -- the spelling and grammar exercises, multiplication tables and the dates of the Revolutionary War.

Linda Chavez | August 24, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney travelled to New Mexico this week in search of the state's 5 electoral votes, but he has a significant hurdle to overcome. The latest Rasmussen poll numbers in the state show Romney trailing the president by 14 percent.

Paul Greenberg | August 24, 2012

Mitt Romney is about to accept his party's presidential nomination in a shower of -- no, not confetti and red-white-and-blue balloons -- but questions about his taxes. Naturally, he complains that all this ginned-up furore over his personal finances is just a distraction from real issues facing the country, mainly the sluggish state of the economy and persistent unemployment. And says he'd really like to get back to talking about substance.

Mallory Factor | August 24, 2012

Most people believe that while many other classes of government workers are represented by Big Labor, our military and national security employees cannot be unionized. But is that really true?

Chris Poindexter | August 24, 2012

Comments by the Fed chairman powered gold higher as investors position themselves for the U.S. to once again debase its own currency.

Mike Shedlock | August 24, 2012

The Fed ought to be selling long-term bonds at these rates, locking in financing at attractive rates, not buying those bonds hoping to drive yields still lower.

David Sterman | August 24, 2012

When the VIX has fallen into the mid-teens in the past, investors would have been wise to book profits.

Stewart Scott | August 24, 2012

The recent spate of incidents is also not all that unusual. Other examples stand out in recent years of different streams of domestic radicalism leading to a confluence of attacks by different types of actors.

Marita Noon | August 24, 2012

Romney boldly announced his opposition to the extension of the PTC—while Obama continues to emphasize his belief in emotion and ideology over fact and science

Jeff Carter | August 24, 2012

The last two weeks have been a microcosm of the entire Obama strategy. Buy votes with stimulus money that means nothing and creates nothing.

Night Watch | August 24, 2012

The timing of this meeting coincides with the emergence of a new aggregation of state and non-state interests against those of the US.

Daniel J. Mitchell | August 24, 2012

We can now balance the budget if spending only grows 2.5 percent annually.

Fritz Pfister | August 24, 2012

The association of Realtors, and the Obama supporting liberal press can do all the happy dances they want but this surge in home sales is temporary.

Thu, Aug 23, 2012

Donald Lambro | August 23, 2012

WASHINGTON - The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office's latest report says the Obama economy is weaker than previously forecast and that darker days lie ahead.

Sandy Rios | August 23, 2012

Congressman Todd Akin claims refusing to step down from the Missouri Senate race is his way of taking a stand to “strengthen our country… standing on a principle of what America is.” But Akin claims heroism where only self-preservation exists.

Phil Kerpen | August 23, 2012

When Congress returns to Washington in September, it needs to do more than hold a few political posturing votes before going home to campaign. Even if a continuing resolution to fund government is passed as expected, there are still serious unresolved issues that should not be left for an unaccountable lame-duck session. Not only should Congress act to avert the toxic brew of tax hikes coming at the end of the year, but it should also act to check lame-duck regulatory abuses by the Obama administration.

John Bennett | August 23, 2012

It’s now official: Tod Akin is now losing horribly to his Democratic opponent. It is time for a full court press to force Akin out of the running. In the first legitimate poll to be released following Akin’s travesty, Rasmussen reports that he is losing by a stunning ten points, 48% for McCaskill versus 38% for Akin. Akin had a three point lead before his toxic gaffe.

Cliff May | August 23, 2012

Iran or Israel: Which is more deserving of censure? On the one hand, as the French news agency Agence France-Presse reported last week, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is calling Israel “a cancerous tumor” that, he threatened, will “soon be excised.” He added: “The nations of the region will soon finish off the usurper Zionists. . . . With the grace of God and help of the nations, in the new Middle East there will be no trace of the Americans and Zionists.”

Rich Galen | August 23, 2012

The Republican National Convention starts on Monday in Tampa, Florida.

Maggie Gallagher | August 23, 2012

Last week, a man with a master's degree from George Mason University, a gun and 50 rounds of ammo walked into the Family Research Council. When a building manager named Leo Johnson blocked his entry, he shot Leo in the arm.

Hugh Hewitt | August 23, 2012

When I asked Paul Ryan Wednesday night for his reaction to the news that the major television networks won’t carry a minute of the opening night of the GOP convention, he responded that he wasn’t surprised,

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | August 23, 2012

In politics, where there are more men than women in elected positions, it's easy to get the impression that men matter most. You see them on TV, see their pictures in the paper, hear them pontificating on the issues on TV and radio.

Victor Davis Hanson | August 23, 2012

As gas prices climb back toward $4 a gallon, the Obama administration -- facing a tough re-election campaign and rising Middle East tensions -- is once again considering tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. For years, administrations have bought and stored oil for emergencies, in fear of a cutoff of imported oil, as happened during the Arab embargo of 1973-74.

Michael Barone | August 23, 2012

Readers with long memories may recall that Charles E. Wilson, president of General Motors and nominee for secretary of defense, got into trouble when he told a Senate committee, "What is good for the country is good for General Motors, and what's good for General Motors is good for the country."

Larry Elder | August 23, 2012

Which is worse, Rep. Todd Akin's, R-Mo., ignorance about human anatomy -- or the way Republicans jump, run and hide when the Democrat-media complex decides they should?

Judge Andrew Napolitano | August 23, 2012

The criticisms of the recent absurd comments by Missouri Republican Congressman Todd Akin, who at this writing is his party's nominee to take on incumbent Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in November in a contest he had been expected to win, have focused on his clearly erroneous understanding of the human female anatomy.

John Ransom | August 23, 2012

At $1,285 per month, Towns’ 2-year lease on a 2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid for tooling around his district will cost taxpayers more than $30,000 — enough to buy the vehicle new.

Ken Blackwell | August 23, 2012

The national media was clearly tired of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright rants broadcast over and over again on talk radio and shown on FOX News four years ago. The press was only too happy when candidate Barack Oba ma disavowed the man he said he could never disavow. Well, that’s over.

Cal Thomas | August 23, 2012

It's trapping season. The targets are Republicans, whom the Democratic-friendly media (the trappers) hunt in order to smear -- especially the Romney-Ryan ticket -- forcing them off message.

Debra J. Saunders | August 23, 2012

Rep. Pete Stark, 80, has seven children; three are minors, the product of his third marriage. He once told the Los Angeles Times that he calls the three youngest his "second litter." Lucky Stark. Thanks to a dated Social Security system, he enjoys a "second-litter" subsidy.

Matt Towery | August 23, 2012

Oh, yes, it seems to happen to Republicans so often. Just when the other side stubs its toe, somehow the GOP trips over the entire foot.

Steve Chapman | August 23, 2012

Back in the early days of the Republic, the framers went to great trouble to draft and ratify the Bill of Rights. And every four years, our leaders pay homage to the framers by neglecting or disparaging that creation.

Susan Stamper Brown | August 23, 2012

President Obama needs to give EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson an ultimatum: Waive the requirement in the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) established in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 mandating ethanol blending in motor fuels now, or hit the road Jack-son.

Michael Brown | August 23, 2012

You claim that the FRC knowingly disseminates false and defamatory information about LGBT people. Why, then, have you refused to have a public dialog with FRC head Tony Perkins in order to demonstrate your points? What if there is support for the statements the FRC has made, or what if their statements have been taken out of context?

Jeff Carter | August 23, 2012

There were various reasons given, but the most apparent was that many customers don’t want to do business in the US for fear of being caught in the snare of Dodd-Frank.

Mike Shedlock | August 23, 2012

The district lost 392 students to vouchers at a cost to the district of $2.6 million in state aid. The district responded by cutting 10 positions. Is the cost of a teacher plus benefits really $260,000?

Bob Beauprez | August 23, 2012

Silverman's support of Romney is particularly notable as he publicly supported Barack Obama in 2008, has spent most of his life as a Democrat, is Jewish, a member of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, and a self-identified "moderate."

Daniel J. Mitchell | August 23, 2012

What do you get if you take my videos on the economics of government spending and mix them in a blender with my videos on America’s entitlement crisis?

Bob Goldman | August 23, 2012

Unfortunately, the sins you committed last night are just not appropriate when you arrive in the office in the morning.

Night Watch | August 23, 2012

A source at the Egyptian presidency said Mursi will attend the 30 August summit in Tehran at which the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) presidency will be passed from Egypt to Iran.

Bill Tatro | August 23, 2012

Years ago, when I entered my first securities training class, my instructor was adamant regarding the difference between a trade and an investment and I spent countless hours learning the significance of each.

Lincoln Brown | August 23, 2012

If I ever run out of topics, all I need to do is wait a bit and some new example of federal blockheadery will bubble to the surface like an ancient french fry in an abandoned grease trap.

Chris Poindexter | August 23, 2012

I look for profit-taking to kick in here as high-volume investors and those trading gold in bullion-backed securities, like ETFs, move to grab some profits.

Wed, Aug 22, 2012

Ann Coulter | August 22, 2012

Relying on Todd Akin's sense of decency has not worked. Within hours of his idiotic comments about "legitimate rape," Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS pulled out millions of dollars in funding for the Missouri Senate race. Akin didn't get the hint.

Ben Shapiro | August 22, 2012

The American system of democracy is under threat. It's under threat from an Obama campaign that seeks to polarize Americans along race and class lines. It's under threat from a Democratic Party that seeks to pit those who pay taxes against those who don't.

Jeff Jacoby | August 22, 2012

There are 366 major metropolitan areas in the United States, and a comprehensive new study by the Chronicle of Philanthropy ranks them on the basis of generosity -- the percentage of income the median household in each city gives to charity. According to the Chronicle, the most generous city in America is Provo, Utah, where residents typically give away 13.9 percent of their discretionary income. Boston, by contrast, ranks No. 358: In New England's leading city, the median household donates just 2.9 percent of its income to charity.

Marybeth Hicks | August 22, 2012

If “all politics is local politics,” it must be said: This is a bad week to be a Missourian. No, I don’t live in Missouri. But I’m a conservative and a pro-life advocate, so thanks to Rep. W. Todd Akin, I must necessarily worry about the U.S. Senate race in Missouri, a contest that should have been an easy win for my side.

Thomas Sowell | August 22, 2012

Years, and sometimes decades, pass between my visits to movie theaters. But I drove 30 miles to see the movie "2016," based on Dinesh D'Souza's best-selling book, "The Roots of Obama's Rage." Where I live is so politically correct that such a movie would not even be mentioned, much less shown.

Michelle Malkin | August 22, 2012

Can we stop calling the hosts of the presidential debates "moderators"? They're left-erators. It's time for the old media godfathers to end the pretense that they're fair and neutral observers of the American political scene. And it's time for the GOP to stop perpetuating these rigged exercises in futility.

John Stossel | August 22, 2012

I wanted to like Paul Ryan. Before he was nationally known, Rep. Ryan visited me at ABC, and we went to lunch. He was terrific. He was a rare politician, one who actually cared about America's coming debt crisis and the unfairness of entitlements. He even talked about F.A. Hayek's "The Road to Serfdom"! If only more politicians thought that way.

Walter E. Williams | August 22, 2012

If I were a Klansman, wanting to sabotage black education, I couldn't find better allies than education establishment liberals and officials in the Obama administration, especially Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who in March 2010 announced that his department was "going to reinvigorate civil rights enforcement."

Jonah Goldberg | August 22, 2012

If it hasn't completely vanished down the memory hole, you might recall that last week a man walked into the headquarters of the conservative Family Research Council with a backpack full of Chick-fil-A sandwiches and bullets, said something like "I don't like your politics" and then shot the building manager.

John Ransom | August 22, 2012

Klein cites an article that he wrote himself as proof that Ferguson’s criticism of Obamacare is untrue. Yes Ezra; the “because-I-said-so argument” has been compelling to all of us since we were five years old.

Bob Barr | August 22, 2012

Here they go again. Even before Mitt Romney’s choice of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate has been formalized at the Republican National Convention in Tampa next week, the Democrat drive to scare seniors by raising the specter that the GOP – led by Ryan - will eviscerate Medicare, has moved into high gear.

Michael Medved | August 22, 2012

New polls showing President Obama enlarging his lead over challenger Mitt Romney have brought some Republicans to the point of panic, but logic and history should reassure them that the race will inevitably tilt in their direction.

Terry Jeffrey | August 22, 2012

Americans witnessed a remarkable drama this week when some of our most exalted politicians frantically scrambled to reassure voters that they, too, believed that the United States ought to permit the deliberate killing of at least some innocent human beings.

Austin Bay | August 22, 2012

The Olympic games, ancient Greece's gift to the contemporary sports world, ended with a closing ceremony featuring British pop stars, aging rock icons and classical musicians. The show's promoters described it as a "mash-up" of British music.

Paul Greenberg | August 22, 2012

Ayn Rand is back in the news, as she always is in the subconscious of healthy American males. Reading her is as much a developmental stage as puberty. Most grow out of it, but that doesn't mean it leaves them, it just becomes part of their make-up somewhere back there. Like old girlfriends or nights on the town fondly remembered, but not something they'd want to go through again, please God.

Ryan James Girdusky | August 22, 2012

It’s the economy stupid! Every American is going to sleep at night tossing and turning over it. Each American is grappling with their distinct economic fiend and will have the opportunity to parry it in the ballot box this November.

Donald Lambro | August 22, 2012

Chris Chocola likes taking on his party's establishment and beating them at their own game. That's what he does for a living and he's helped pull off some big upsets.

Rachel Marsden | August 22, 2012

If Justin Bieber or the Rolling Stones suddenly decided to stage an impromptu concert in a public place somewhere in America without a permit, would the authorities ignore it and shrug it off? Doubtful. Even buskers performing in the New York City subway system can't play without formal authorization from the city.

Michael Brown | August 22, 2012

Dear Mr. Potok, Because your organization has not responded to my previous attempts to interact and because the SPLC is coming under increasing public scrutiny, I am writing this open letter with the hope that you will respond. You should be familiar with my name, since I am on your list of “30 New Activists Heading Up the Radical Right” and since I was profiled in the Spring 2012 Intelligence Report (more on that shortly).

Jacob Sullum | August 22, 2012

You know a politician has stepped in it big-time when he feels compelled to produce an ad declaring that "rape is an evil act."

Emmett Tyrrell | August 22, 2012

It has been a very rough patch for Our President, and I do believe it is going to get rougher still. Do not be surprised, as the month goes on and August runs into September, that his campaign budget becomes tighter. President Barack Obama is spending more money than he is raising.

Rebecca Hagelin | August 22, 2012

As our children head back to school, parents need to teach them this truth: Words matter.

Daniel Pipes | August 22, 2012

Bashar al-Assad's wretched presence in the presidential palace of Damascus may, contrary to Western assumptions, do more good than harm. His murderous, terroristic, and pro-Tehran regime is also non-ideological and relatively secular; it staves off anarchy, Islamist rule, genocide, and rogue control of Syria's chemical weapons.

Carrie Schwab Pomerantz | August 22, 2012

Retirement planning can sometimes seem like a lot of work, but the more you get organized now, the more you can relax later on.

David Sterman | August 22, 2012

Well, the folks who will be making decisions about capacity, financing, and other steps that affect cash flow have recently made clear that Goldman's view is flat wrong.

George Friedman | August 22, 2012

Discussion of national strategy normally begins with the question of national security. But a discussion of Mexico's strategy must begin with economics.

Dave Ramsey | August 22, 2012

But no, your lawyer is not correct. Payment for federally insured student loans is not due upon the borrower’s death. They are waived.

Daniel J. Mitchell | August 22, 2012

I’m not an expert on weapons systems. Heck, I know less about such matters than Obama’s cabinet knows about the economy. But it certainly seems foolish to throw good money after bad on a program that doesn’t work. Especially when the military doesn’t want it!

Chris Poindexter | August 22, 2012

Commodities rallied after a strong recovery by the euro on currency markets as investment money is starting to flow back into Europe on hopes of better days.

Mike Shedlock | August 22, 2012

Mish Translation: "The Bundesbank and its president Jens Weidmann are without a doubt isolated and essentially ignored. The printing press door is open and the presses ready for operation."

Ralph Benko | August 22, 2012

When Ronald Reagan was elected president the Dow Jones Industrial Average hovered around 1,000 (less than 2,800 inflation adjusted) — and had dipped, under President Carter, as low as 759. Unemployment stood at an unacceptable 7+%. The Soviet Union was aggressive, bellicose, and, in the eyes of the Western policy elite, could be but contained, not challenged. At the end of Reagan’s eight years in office, the Dow had tripled in value, on its way much higher. Job growth was vibrant. The USSR was well on its way to dissolution.

Ken Connor | August 22, 2012

Conservatives are quick to criticize public welfare for the poor, pointing out that it often undermines natural consequences and the incentives that flow therefrom. Such criticism is often well founded—poverty frequently becomes multigenerational when "solved" by simply throwing money at the poor. But conservatives should no less vehement in their opposition to corporate welfare, a form of welfare that is running rampant while the taxpayers of our country are dying a slow death of a thousand payouts.

Robert Knight | August 22, 2012

When a man shot and wounded security guard Leo Johnson at the Family Research Council (FRC) on August 15, the shooter left little doubt as to why.

Bill Tatro | August 22, 2012

Most people have absolutely no clue about high-frequency trading, mark-to-model, or a dozen other tactics and techniques that create fraudulent and manipulated financial markets.

Tue, Aug 21, 2012

Gina Loudon | August 21, 2012

The Democrats begin to pick at Republican candidates, then Republicans begin the circular fire and faction against one another.

Frank Gaffney | August 21, 2012

Last week’s near-massacre at the Family Research Council (FRC) put into sharp relief a curious fact: The people most aggressively denouncing others for their “hatemongering” sure are engaging in a lot of it themselves – with dangerous, and potentially lethal, repercussions.

Rich Galen | August 21, 2012

It's time for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to get their arms around the Republican Members of the House and give - at least some of them - a Leroy Jethro Gibbs slap to the back of the head.

Thomas Sowell | August 21, 2012

There are some very serious issues at stake in this year's election -- so many that some people may not be able to see the forest for the trees. Individual issues are the trees, but the forest is the future of America as we have known it.

Chuck Norris | August 21, 2012

The New York Times reported, "With waning approval ratings and a stagnant economy, the possibility that Mr. Obama will not be re-elected has entered the political bloodstream." It's more than entered; it's flowing strong.

John Hawkins | August 21, 2012

It's such a shame that she's not being given an opportunity to speak at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. So here are the quotes the GOP brass need to read to change their minds.

Mike Adams | August 21, 2012

A former Texas high school teacher was convicted of multiple felonies after having sex with five 18-year-old students at her home. The conviction was a victory for the prosecution but it was a setback for the feminist movement. It was also a setback for the homosexual uncivil rights movement, which seeks unlimited authority to redefine relationships among consenting adults.

David Limbaugh | August 21, 2012

I was on Sean Hannity's show the other night, and the question was whether Obama's statement denying his divisiveness is defensible. It's not.

John Ransom | August 21, 2012

Let’s disregard what the data tells us, and go to that bastion of deconstructing EVERYTHING, white, liberal academia- with just a hint of Native American to satisfy a quota- so they can tell us what the study REALLY means.

Mona Charen | August 21, 2012

Have you noticed how often the president's supporters talk about the "likeability" factor in politics these days? No longer do we hear that presidential candidates must convey "the vision thing" or "gravitas" or credibility as commander in chief.

Ken Blackwell | August 21, 2012

We do not know who will win the White House in November. But we do know that American politics has crossed the Rubicon on spending and entitlements, and these issues will at long last complete the journey from a forbidden third rail to a central element of national politics. Even if Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan lose this year’s battle to Barack Obama, they will win the war on the challenge of our generation.

Cal Thomas | August 21, 2012

Dictionary.com defines a "debate" as: "A formal contest in which the affirmative and negative sides of a proposition are advocated by opposing speakers."

Dennis Prager | August 21, 2012

Rep. Todd Akin has, unwittingly to be sure, harmed the pro-life movement, his senatorial race in Missouri, the Republican Party, and therefore quite possibly the nation.

Pat Buchanan | August 21, 2012

After his great victory in Desert Storm, George H.W. Bush went before the United Nations to declare the coming of a New World Order.

Debra J. Saunders | August 21, 2012

There are two sides within the anti-abortion movement.

Paul Greenberg | August 21, 2012

Helen Gurley Brown wasn't just a little girl from Little Rock, to borrow a lyric from "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes." No, sir, she was from Green Forest, Ark., which is about 125 miles up the road from Little Rock. And from Los Angeles as well as Texas State College for Women at Denton, to name a couple of other locales that could claim her.

Phyllis Schlafly | August 21, 2012

A very public marital melodrama is now playing in San Francisco.

Bill Murchison | August 21, 2012

What goes around seems to come around, such as an accusation Democrats are perennially thrilled to hurl at Republicans.

Townhall.com Staff | August 21, 2012

Mallory Factor blows the lid off of government union corruption in his scathing new book, Shadowbosses: Government Unions Control America and Rob Taxpayers Blind.

Steven Aden | August 21, 2012

In Britain these days, parents of desperately ill children are literally ridiculed for trusting in God’s providence over and above the prognosis of doctors.

Mary Grabar | August 21, 2012

Recently announced Vice Presidential pick Paul Ryan is being called a radical by the left for his fiscal policies. But no one would expect that anyone would imply that the Roman Catholic family man would be a Black Panther. Yet, the New York Times ran the headline "Paul Ryan, Black Panther?" on the day after the announcement was made. This was in a series called “Historically Corrected.”

Chris Poindexter | August 21, 2012

The dollar gained ground against overseas currencies in overnight trading Sunday, putting early downward pressure on commodities.

Mike Shedlock | August 21, 2012

If you want to blame something for the loss of manufacturing jobs, blame increased productivity, not China or NAFTA.

Daniel J. Mitchell | August 21, 2012

Robin Hood was not a left-wing hero who stole from the rich and redistributed to the poor. Instead, he was a quasi-libertarian tax protestor.

Armstrong Williams | August 21, 2012

Mitt Romney just made it double or nothing. His pick of Paul Ryan as his running mate is not only the bravest move of his political career, but the bravest pick of any running mate ever.

Jeff Carter | August 21, 2012

Did Corzine and MF Global commit fraud? We won’t know until they are charged and the case tried. What’s clear is that there is plenty of circumstantial evidence to cause experienced commodity players to think Corzine did commit fraud.

Political Calculations | August 21, 2012

The amount of the U.S. national debt per American household has increased from $81,984 to $131,113 - the latter number being nearly equal to the cost of a 3 bedroom, 1-1/2 bath house in Hartville, Ohio.

Charles Payne | August 21, 2012

I'm convinced handing out excuses from the start is hurting poorer students more than a lack of funds.

Marvin Olasky | August 21, 2012

Fellow promotion committee members: Let's go through the checklist on Assistant Professor of Sociology Bob Woodberry's request to receive tenure at the University of Texas at Austin.

Bob Beauprez | August 21, 2012

The examples of the Obama Administration "stimulating" jobs everywhere on the planet except here in America are endless. An astute reader reminded us of one of the most glaring examples – hiring Chinese companies and Chinese workers to build roads and bridges all across America.

Night Watch | August 21, 2012

In his speech on the end of Ramadan this week, Mullah Omar reminded everyone that this has been a Taliban policy all along.

Mon, Aug 20, 2012

Michael Gerson | August 20, 2012

It is now being reported that Donald Trump is likely to play a "surprise" part on the first day of the Republican National Convention in Tampa -- perhaps, some speculate, in a comedy bit involving the firing of a Barack Obama impersonator.

Byron York | August 20, 2012

It sometimes seems the political world has forgotten that the unemployment rate is 8.3 percent.

Humberto Fontova | August 20, 2012

Paul Ryan claims fondness for the music of Rage Against the Machine, a hard-left, union-backing and "peace-marching," grunge group. Ryan specified that the music -- rather than lyrics -- forms the attraction. For this, the band's outraged lead guitarist (Harvard-graduate) Tom Morello recently took to the pages of Rolling Stone magazine to denounce Ryan as "clueless."

Laura Hollis | August 20, 2012

Public awareness of Rep. Paul Ryan’s familiarity with (and apparent fondness for) the works of Ayn Rand has now seeped into the academy. The Chronicle of Higher Education features an essay today by Professor Alan Wolfe, Director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College. This is an edited version of my response to Professor Wolfe in the article’s comments section.

Jeff Jacoby | August 20, 2012

Michael Bloomberg, the independent mayor of New York City, is no one's idea of a hardline Republican conservative. Media titan Rupert Murdoch, whose empire includes Fox News and The Wall Street Journal, is no one's idea of a squishy Republican moderate. And Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, a lifelong Democrat, is no one's idea of a Republican at all.

Lisa De Pasquale | August 20, 2012

It’s been a tough primary season. One to race to watch is the newly redrawn 6th congressional district in Arizona. The Independent Redistricting Commission carved up the map in favor of Democrats, forcing two incumbent congressmen to run against one another. The primary is August 28.

Guy Benson | August 20, 2012

The American people face an important choice in November. They will either re-elect President Barack Obama for another four-year term, or they will replace him with Governor Mitt Romney.

Michael Barone | August 20, 2012

Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan was supposed to be a problem for the Republicans. So said a chorus of chortling Democrats. So said a gaggle of anonymous seasoned Republican operatives. All of which was echoed gleefully by mainstream media.

Star Parker | August 20, 2012

There’s a line of thinking on the political left that Mitt Romney served them up a great softball in picking Paul Ryan as his running mate.

John Ransom | August 20, 2012

It’s bad enough that Democrats, like John Kerry, describe the Global War on Terror as a “bumper sticker.” But when the commander-in-chief of the armed forces of the United States plays politics with intelligence and the lives of our combat troops, you wonder if its not just LSD flashbacks from the 1960s, but perhaps LSD flash-forwards.

Katie Kieffer | August 20, 2012

The man, who had just turned 65, was signing up for retirement benefits while his wife stood over his shoulder. I relay the story to illustrate how our government is expanding the definition of the term “disability.”

Ken Blackwell | August 20, 2012

There are precedents for what Iran's "Supreme Leader" Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has just done. Khamenei is the top in Tehran who is threatening to wipe Israel off the map. Khamenei said "the fake Zionist (regime) will disappear from the landscape of geography.” He said this to a meeting of Iran-Iraq war veterans. That 1980s war claimed millions of lives and was fought for what?

Bruce Bialosky | August 20, 2012

The year 1965 brought us a new program aimed at securing health care for Americans over the age of 65. This program is now becoming the centerpiece of the 2012 presidential campaign, yet many Americans don’t understand the basic financial facts about the plan, or why its sustainability is considered so essential to America’s future.

Brian Darling | August 20, 2012

In making law, process matters. A lot. When lawmakers eschew regular order to craft legislation, it usually means there’s dirty work afoot.

Michael Brown | August 20, 2012

Within hours of the shooting of the security guard at the Family Research Council last Wednesday, more than 20 gay organizations issued a joint statement that they “utterly reject and condemn such violence.” This is highly commendable. Unfortunately, they did not utterly reject, condemn, or even acknowledge their potential role in helping to create the toxic environment that may have contributed to the shooting. Consider how shrill gay activist rhetoric has become.

Matt Barber | August 20, 2012

To borrow from President Obama’s Black Nationalist mentor, Jeremiah Wright, the Southern Poverty Law Center’s hate-baiting chickens “have come home to roost.” The hard-left group has become everything it presumes to expose.

Randall DeSoto | August 20, 2012

Everyone loves the movie Back to the Future. Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) mistakenly launches Doc Brown’s DeLorean time machine car back to November 1955 and finds himself a peer of his high school parents. Thanks to Marty’s interactions with them, he sets in motion an alternate future for his entire family.

Jeff Carter | August 20, 2012

Bloomberg said he though social media was terrible for politics. He said all the bloggers, all the tweeters and Facebookers were ruining politics worse than the money.

Chris Poindexter | August 20, 2012

There’s been a lot of speculation about what might be holding the floor on gold prices, but the explanation is really not all that complicated. All you have to do is look at the accumulation by central banks and China and you have your answer.

Mike Shedlock | August 20, 2012

Attempting to adjust the establishment (payroll) survey via the birth-death model, the BLS admits it may have introduced even more errors. Moreover, the BLS admits "lags". Those lags are especially critical at turning points.

Bill Tatro | August 20, 2012

In the past year, it seems that old Joe has been persona non grata much more than usual.

Shawn Mitchell | August 20, 2012

Telling a largely black audience that Republicans want to “put y’all back in chains” was a burst of verbal flatulence the media just couldn’t deodorize.

Morgan Brittany | August 20, 2012

We are faltering under a national debt that could reach as high as 40 trillion dollars within a decade and illegal immigration is a big part of that number.

Ashe Schow | August 20, 2012

It’s difficult to find time to govern between golfing and hobnobbing with celebrities for campaign donations, just ask President Obama. But when he does find time to bill taxpayers for his supposedly non-campaign speeches, he decides to speak to just one swath of American voters at a time.

Daniel J. Mitchell | August 20, 2012

If you need another reason to be upset, it turns out that Obamacare is going to be a very lucrative gig for a new crop of government bureaucrats.

Paul Tracy | August 20, 2012

It's little surprise Coca-Cola has increased its annual revenue every year since 2001. Meanwhile, its dividends have increased every year since 1962.

Charles Payne | August 20, 2012

I see this article titled "America's Aversion to Taxes" and it's laced with all the dumb nonsense that celebrates socialism while promoting racism.

Sun, Aug 19, 2012

Derek Hunter | August 19, 2012

If Vice President Joe Biden didn’t exist, you couldn’t invent him. You couldn’t invent him because no one would believe such a character possibly could exist. No Hollywood producer ever would believe someone that dumb could rise to that level without an “R” after his name.

John Ransom | August 19, 2012

I would say that a fair number of people who seek elected office suffer from some sort of mental disorder that involves the ego, such as sociopathy or narcissism. They learn how to mimic the traits of conscience without actually having empathy for others.

Salena Zito | August 19, 2012

Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan says he wants “to bring on” the Medicare debate with the Obama administration in the campaign for the White House. “We are heading towards a European-like debt crisis which means a deeper recession, fewer jobs, lower revenues and bigger deficits if we don’t get our fiscal house in order fast,” Ryan said on Thursday in an interview with the Tribune-Review.

Salena Zito | August 19, 2012

Seventy-plus men walked out of the ground, overalls and hardhats covered in coal dust, and onto the risers of a stage built for a Mitt Romney speech.

Austin Hill | August 19, 2012

You think President Obama is avoiding the subject of the economy? Think again.

Caroline Glick | August 19, 2012

In 1949, the Communist takeover of China rattled the US foreign policy establishment to its core. China's fall to Communism was correctly perceived as a massive strategic defeat for the US. The triumphant Mao Zedong placed China firmly in the Soviet camp and implemented foreign policies antithetical to US interests.

Doug Giles | August 19, 2012

If you want to score twenty G’s this summer and garner at least thirty minutes of crazy fame then get busy rooting out Obama’s college transcripts.

Debra J. Saunders | August 19, 2012

What is official misconduct? That was the matter before the San Francisco Ethics Commission on Thursday. What is political misconduct in San Francisco? The standard constantly evolves.

Steve Chapman | August 19, 2012

When you hear of people in Chicago sleeping on the sidewalk to be first in line in the morning, you may figure they are hoping to snag tickets for Lady Gaga or a Cubs World Series. But those were not the explanation Wednesday when thousands lined up at Navy Pier.

Mike Shedlock | August 19, 2012

Right now the currency market is torn between whether or not the eurozone stays intact, and if not, what countries leave and how. A eurozone breakup is easily the primary driver. How the break-up occurs is unresolved.

Daniel J. Mitchell | August 19, 2012

Today, it’s Obama’s turn on the chopping block. I went on Neil Cavuto’s Fox Business News program and commented on the fact that the President doesn’t have a fiscal plan.

Marita Noon | August 19, 2012

We know that high energy prices are just the beginning of inflation that raises the cost of everything from food to clothing to manufactured goods.

Mark Calabria | August 19, 2012

Essentially, the Treasury has amended its agreements with Fannie and Freddie so that the companies no longer have to pay a fixed dividend to the U.S. taxpayer, but instead “every dollar of profit” from the companies to the taxpayer.

Bill Tatro | August 19, 2012

Miss Howard was simply my ninth grade Social Studies teacher.

Peter Schiff | August 19, 2012

It says a great deal about where we are that the symbolic budget plan proposed last year by Congressman Paul Ryan, the newly minted vice presidential nominee, has created such outrage among Democrats and caution among Republicans.

Mark Baisley | August 19, 2012

I marvel at the rapid transformation of an entire nation, from knowing so clearly who its enemy is to the point of struggling to recognize the enemy all.

Michael Youssef | August 19, 2012

Last week, I introduced a new series, titled: The Price of Liberty. In this series, I address the troubling changes occurring in our country, why they are happening, and what to do about them.

Michael F. Cannon | August 19, 2012

The rule is therefore illegal. It lacks any statutory authority. It is contrary to both the clear language of the PPACA and congressional intent. It cannot be justified on other legal grounds.

Crystal Wright | August 19, 2012

Vice-President Biden tells blacks, Romney’s “gonna put y’all back in chains.” Mitt Romney accuses Obama of running a campaign of “anger and division.” Then MSNBC host Toure charges Romney with engaging in the “niggerization” of Obama. WHAT?

Charles Payne | August 19, 2012

The nation is struggling with the idea that envy can be the same as toil and that a man's hard-earned riches can be taken and distributed to the masses.

David Sterman | August 19, 2012

Even if a biotechnology company's approach is straightforward and understandable, many other factors can trip up an investor -- from disappointing clinical trials to a cash-poor balance sheet to a fickle Food & Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel.

Paul Jacob | August 19, 2012

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