Sat, Sep 01, 2012

Star Parker | September 01, 2012

The political parties throw a lot of glitz at us with their made-for-TV spectaculars, which we call conventions.

John Ransom | September 01, 2012

Like a lot of claims coming from Obama or one his corporate surrogates, the Volt sales numbers surely aren’t signs of success, but rather just the opposite. And if the doublespeak doesn’t point to government involvement in the development, sale and ultimate failure of the Volt, it certainly betrays a government mentality that believes that perception matters more than results.

Caroline Glick | September 01, 2012

By Tuesday, 50 Israeli families will have been tossed out of their homes in their village of Migron, which is set for destruction.

Debra J. Saunders | September 01, 2012

Clint Eastwood put on an odd skit Thursday night at the Republican National Convention. It was awkward to watch and hard to hear, but I have to hand it to Eastwood. He achieved the impossible; he made the gaffe-prone Mitt Romney come across as supremely tactful.

John C. Goodman | September 01, 2012

During the Republican Convention, Democrats took every available moment of air time to count the women's vote. "Republicans are anti-women," they chanted.

Harry R. Jackson, Jr. | September 01, 2012

Years ago, a tough private TV detective softened his crazy appearance by chewing on a lollipop instead of a cigar. To those he had rescued by brute force, he also frequently uttered the phrase, “Who loves ya, baby!” For those of us that have dared to oppose the LGBT [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered] community’s stance on marriage, we know that we are often persecuted and intimidated, just like those who dared to go up against the TV character Kojak. Same-sex marriage proponents have been increasingly free to show us anything but love.

Kathryn Lopez | September 01, 2012

"He didn't just see a tangle of plastic and tubes; he saw our beautiful little girl, and he was clearly overcome with compassion for her," Pam Finlayson told the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Thursday night. She was talking about the man of the hour, Mitt Romney, and the love he demonstrated as a lay bishop in the Mormon Church. Her daughter was born three and a half months early, with grave medical problems.

Paul Greenberg | September 01, 2012

It had the air of a debut. The 42-year-old out of the world of conservative ideas was stepping on stage at Tampa as his party's nominee for vice president of the United States. And you could tell he was happy to be there, and would be even happier once the bell rang for the main event, which will be this fall's presidential campaign. ("We can do this!")

Kyle Olson | September 01, 2012

From the “too outrageous to be true” file comes this gem: a teacher is instructing English language learners in Thailand to talk like Barack Obama.

Phil Kerpen | September 01, 2012

It is always foolish for a country to order the burning of its food supply, but it takes a special kind of depravity to do it in the midst of a severe drought.

Rick Berman | September 01, 2012

Labor Day was originally set aside to reflect upon contributions the labor movement has made to keep our nation strong and prosperous. This year, however, Americans should focus on how far the labor movement has moved away from its roots.

Charles Payne | September 01, 2012

As much as Spain stands today as a cautionary tale against mindless spending in the name of short-term glory, it was the Spain of the past that truly stands as the best example of how the greatest nation in the world can begin a decent into an also-ran nation.

Chris Poindexter | September 01, 2012

While gold is up this morning, it’s not for the reasons you might think. A few of these may be last minute bets on the Fed Chairman’s comments, but it’s mainly an adjustment to currency valuations.

Jeff Crouere | September 01, 2012

In our colorful history, we have faced hurricane threats almost yearly, but the people of Louisiana refuse to surrender to Mother Nature. The aftermath of Hurricane Isaac will be no different. This spirit of resiliency has been a hallmark of our region since Bienville founded New Orleans almost 300 years ago.

Steve Deace | September 01, 2012

Proving yet again that its first principles and ideas that drive people to become Republicans, almost in spite of itself the GOP has an emerging generation of leaders that seem dramatically superior to the current one.

Daniel J. Mitchell | September 01, 2012

Whenever I begin to feel sorry for myself, I remind myself of how bad things could be if I lived in the United Kingdom.

Mike Shedlock | September 01, 2012

In a long-overdue moment, governor Jerry Brown has finally admitted the obvious, the state's pension system is broke and California Has "Lived Beyond Our Means". Unions of course are howling at that obvious admission.

Jeff Carter | September 01, 2012

Reagan pursued a “southern strategy” in 1980. He had that, plus a horrible sitting President and won handily. But that southern strategy was very forward thinking in terms of future electoral movement. It’s why Republicans are so competitive today.

Crystal Wright | September 01, 2012

Mitt Romney needed to hit a home run with his nomination speech at the Republican National Convention. Put another way, Romney needed to prove he was Batman to Ryan’s Robin and not the other way around, as a Tampa Bay Times editorial cartoon featured him August 30th. I think he did that, if you evaluate him for the content and substance of his speech rather than judging him on pageant standards of congeniality the mainstream media use to praise and prop up a failing President Obama.

Larry Kudlow | September 01, 2012

I do not understand why he did not talk about his 20 percent across-the-board personal tax cut plan that would help the middle class enormously. He never mentioned it, and he went into no detail on the business tax cut plan.

Night Watch | September 01, 2012

While the implied threat against India after US forces leave Afghanistan probably is bravado, it is a threat that must be taken seriously in light of the Mumbai attacks.

Tad DeHaven | September 01, 2012

Corporate welfare in the federal budget and crony capitalism have a long, bipartisan history.

Fri, Aug 31, 2012

Lee Habeeb | August 31, 2012

You can’t give your children real self-esteem. They have to work for it.

Michelle Malkin | August 31, 2012

Thumper the Rabbit's parents always taught him, "If you can't say something nice, don't say nothing at all." If the left's self-appointed Omniscient Diviners of True Meaning have their way, conservatives in the public square won't be left with anything at all to say. Ever.

John Hawkins | August 31, 2012

Have you heard of "Negro Spotting?" It's a liberal game on Twitter. Libs see a black person at the Republican National Convention and they laugh and laugh at the hilarity!

Brent Bozell | August 31, 2012

I watch some commercials on television and am amazed that the corporate sponsor really signed off on the product. Think about the expressions on the faces of the dark suits in the executive boardroom when they were presented with some of the commercials running on TV right now.

Jonah Goldberg | August 31, 2012

In 2004, Arnold Schwarzenegger, then a popular figure in the Republican Party, gave an exciting, upbeat and surprisingly funny speech at the GOP convention. He covered a lot of territory: the story of how he came to America, how he became a Republican after listening to Richard Nixon, and other highlights of his life story.

David Limbaugh | August 31, 2012

The Democrats and their mainstream media cheering section can huff and puff at Paul Ryan's convention speech, but they can't blow his house down. It was built on a solid foundation. So powerful was the speech that the liberal establishment is reduced to wailing about alleged lies the speech contained -- dishonest and easily refuted allegations.

John Ransom | August 31, 2012

You see, president Distraction’s folks have launched a petition for the White House to release the national beer recipe. Jay Carney, the White House Press Jester has tweeted about it- all while being paid by your tax dollars.

Mona Charen | August 31, 2012

Among the most stirring moments in an effective convention came during Condoleeza Rice's speech. She delivered (beautifully) a number of well-chosen one-liners that hit bull's-eyes with Republicans and conservatives, warning, for example, that "when a nation loses control of its finances, it eventually loses control of its destiny."

Scott Rasmussen | August 31, 2012

Political junkies get excited about the Republican and Democratic national conventions, but for many Americans they provide a stark reminder of how out of touch our political system has become.

Oliver North | August 31, 2012

MY LIVING ROOM COUCH -- It was the political convention that almost wasn't. In the run-up to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., Democrats and their fellow travelers in the so-called mainstream media claimed that the GOP was waging a "war against women," depicted Mitt Romney as a heartless felon responsible for the death of a woman who lost her health insurance and blasted Romney for choosing Paul Ryan as his running mate.

Pat Buchanan | August 31, 2012

"The success of a party means little except when the nation is using that party for a large and definite purpose," said Woodrow Wilson in his first inaugural, 100 years ago.

Suzanne Fields | August 31, 2012

How will the voters of Generation X mark their presidential ballots? If the baby boomers never trusted anyone over 30, the Gen Xers are said to never trust themselves. They've been stereotyped as slackers, cynics and whiners. They've also been described as confident, pragmatic and engaged.

Diana West | August 31, 2012

Ah, to be a member of Big Media when the white Republicans gather to nominate their white ticket for the White House.

Paul Greenberg | August 31, 2012

Of all things to be expected at a national political convention, with its balloons and confetti, its pep-rally chants and general hullabaloo, the last thing to surface in such a surreal sea of glitz and glitter might be a glimpse of reality. Sighting reality in those parts would be as surprising as seeing how folks really live in those glamorous ports of call where the sleek cruise ship puts in just for the day.

Rich Galen | August 31, 2012

In case you were wondering, Fox News Channel won the ratings war for the 10-11 pm slot Wednesday night when Condoleezza Rice, Susana Martinez and Paul Ryan delivered their speeches.

Donald Lambro | August 31, 2012

The most salient characteristic of the Obama administration's abject failure to put the American economy back to work has been their deafening silence on the issue in this campaign.

Kyle Olson | August 31, 2012

What happens when progressives run government schools? They judge teachers based upon their own socio-political values.

Lincoln Brown | August 31, 2012

Despite the Left’s efforts to demonize the pro-life movement, and pro-life Christians, Christians have a chance to add a dimension to the discussion that never seems to be present.

Fritz Pfister | August 31, 2012

Romney seems to be modeling his economic policies after Reagan’s plan that created nine and one half million jobs his first four years, and twenty-one million in eight years.

Jeff Carter | August 31, 2012

If we contemplate the Chicago entrepreneurial ecosystem, we have had various points where a fire has been kindled. In the nineties, it was government led. It failed.

Night Watch | August 31, 2012

Officials held the first direct talks in four years. The subject of today's talks was recovering Japanese military remains in North Korea from World War II.

Daniel J. Mitchell | August 31, 2012

I suppose it’s good that they included this language in the platform, even if it’s merely empty political rhetoric

Mike Shedlock | August 31, 2012

As always, before one can have a rational discussion, one must agree on definitions. Hyperinflation is a complete loss of faith in currency. In other words, currency becomes worthless in a short period of time.

Nathan Slaughter | August 31, 2012

Despite high fuel costs across the country, a select group of drivers are paying only $2.14 a gallon... more than $1.50 below the national average.

Charles Payne | August 31, 2012

You can steal money in the name of the so-called middle class and distribute it to unions and social welfare programs, but it won't make matters any better.

Thu, Aug 30, 2012

Larry Kudlow | August 30, 2012

Ryan, in typical fashion, seriously and analytically ripped apart the Obama Economy, what has been called Obamanomics. He ripped it to pieces, and it needed to be done.

Frank Gaffney | August 30, 2012

Suddenly, a murderous threat has intensified in Afghanistan: American servicemen are being killed there at an accelerating rate by Afghans who ostensibly are their allies.

Maggie Gallagher | August 30, 2012

The future of the Republican Party was on display in Tampa, Fla., as the roll of speakers before Mitt Romney provided a preview of nomination battles in 2016 and beyond.

Cliff May | August 30, 2012

Is there no point at which we conclude that the United Nations has evolved into an organization that is not just flawed, not just in need of reform, but fundamentally, structurally and incorrigibly hostile to American values and the cause of freedom in the 21st century?

Debra J. Saunders | August 30, 2012

What do you think of the media coverage? That's what I asked California Republican Party Chairman Tom Del Beccaro. "I'm weathering it," he quipped.

Rich Galen | August 30, 2012

Fifteen thousand reporters are here all watching the same thing, writing about the same thing, and Tweeting the same thing.

Hugh Hewitt | August 30, 2012

His "whole life has prepared him for this moment – to meet serious challenges in a serious way, without excuses and idle words. After four years of getting the run-around, America needs a turnaround, and the man for the job is Governor Mitt Romney."

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | August 30, 2012

One of my mother's favorite sayings is to do the best you can with what you have at the time.

Kevin Glass | August 30, 2012

Enthusiasm runs high amongst some of the younger official delegates to the GOP 2012 convention. They stand out in the crowd of predominantly older Republican activists by their brisk pace and infectious energy.

Victor Davis Hanson | August 30, 2012

The United States is backing off from the Middle East -- and the Middle East from the United States.

Michael Barone | August 30, 2012

The Republicans who are assembled here have been told time and time again that Barack Obama's great advantage over Mitt Romney is likability.

Larry Elder | August 30, 2012

Abortion, according to a recent Rasmussen poll, fails to make the cut among the top 10 issues important to voters.

John Ransom | August 30, 2012

Good to see however that you all admit that about the only things you progressives support as patriotic are: 1) Spending taxes; and 2) Raising taxes; and 3) Occasionally killing American citizens without trial when it suits you.

Michael Reagan | August 30, 2012

We can win in November with ease. All Mitt Romney and Republicans need to do is follow the GOP’s script from the historic midterm elections of 2010.

Cal Thomas | August 30, 2012

The delayed opening of the Republican National Convention worked to the advantage of the GOP by both heightening anticipation and forcing the elimination of extraneous speakers, which there are always too many of at these things.

Matt Towery | August 30, 2012

Halfway through the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., one thing was obvious. Despite great planning and perfect execution by the head of the committee responsible for day-to-day operations of the event, longtime RNC committeeman Alec Poitevint, the Tampa event was a burden to pull off. Here is the real story behind the 2012 convention.

Michael Brown | August 30, 2012

Are conservative Christians fighters by nature who thrive on the front lines of the culture wars? While there may be some of us who tend to be more confrontational, a recent incident suggests to me that most of us who identify as followers of Jesus are drawn to compassion more than conflict and are given to building friendships more than engaging in fights.

Kyle Olson | August 30, 2012

The politicians are once again in a panic over looming automatic budget cuts – known as sequestration – despite the fact the plan was set in motion many months ago.

Emmett Tyrrell | August 30, 2012

How little we know about holy Islam! When those poor wretches who were imprisoned at Abu Ghraib were pictured for all the world to see naked with underpants on their heads, we were told that the naked male Islamic body must never be seen in public. Yet we have been seeing naked male Islamic bodies for years -- often with their hands tied behind their backs and their heads chopped off.

Rich Tucker | August 30, 2012

In 1992 presidential candidate Bill Clinton assured ordinary Americans that he understood the problems we face. His philosophy was summed up in the soundbite: “I feel your pain.” Or as The Onion joked, “New President Feels Nation’s Pain, Breasts.” During a campaign event in 2010, President Obama reprised the line, explaining that he understood the pain of standing in the hot sun.

Bill Tatro | August 30, 2012

Amidst dramatic contraction event, however, come the first truly green shoots. New businesses replace old businesses, entrepreneurs jump into the fray, and many people lick their wounds as consolidation takes over.

Peter Schiff | August 30, 2012

The gold standard forces the government to responsibly confront irresponsible fiscal policy.

Bob Goldman | August 30, 2012

You have annoying habits. You have annoying ideas. You're annoying at work. You're annoying when you're not at work. Ask anyone.

Crystal Wright | August 30, 2012

Ann Romney just didn’t shine at the Republican National Convention when she spoke Tuesday night, she rocked the hall, owned the stage and won the hearts of conservatives and –dare I say undecided voters. In telling America why she fell in love with Mitt Romney, Ann not only humanized a man who can seem distance, stony at times but also made the case why Romney “will not fail” and is the best man “to lift up America.”

Daniel J. Mitchell | August 30, 2012

If you can read the following and not get upset, you are not a good person. Please move to France.

Night Watch | August 30, 2012

The last attempt at monetary reform resulted in the execution of its proponents because it was a total disaster.

Jeff Carter | August 30, 2012

As my wife says, “Who better than to raise the next generation than a college educated person that loves them?”. My wife has a business degree from the University of Illinois’ College of Business.

Charles Payne | August 30, 2012

By this point in the recovery, our jobs market should resemble the stock market, and if the right policies were in place, the jobs market would mirror the share rebound in Dollar Thrifty.

Chris Poindexter | August 30, 2012

There’s been a lot of speculation in the media that current gold prices are stimulus bets. If that’s the case, those are bad bets.

Mike Shedlock | August 30, 2012

What appears to have gotten Sandeep in trouble is his criticism that Mises made "too many mistakes".

Wed, Aug 29, 2012

Ann Coulter | August 29, 2012

Poor Mickey Kaus. He's the liberal intellectual (not an oxymoron -- he's the last known living "liberal intellectual") lefties on TV are usually stealing from, but now that this welfare reform maven has concluded that Romney's welfare ad is basically correct, liberals refuse to acknowledge his existence.

Ben Shapiro | August 29, 2012

The Republican National Convention started off as an anxiety-ridden, soggy, depressing mess on Monday morning. By Tuesday night, the Democratic Party and Barack Obama in particular had to be an anxiety-ridden, soggy, depressing mess.

Debra J. Saunders | August 29, 2012

Tuesday night was Good Cop/Bad Cop night at the Republican National Convention. Ann Romney played the good cop; the keynote speaker, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, played the bad cop.

Ken Connor | August 29, 2012

Recently The Washington Post reported a story about Obama advisor, Zeke Emmanuel, brother of Rahm Emmanuel. Dr. Emmanuel, a bioethicist and devoted “foodie”, is an atheist who catches a lot of grief from his friends because of his devotion to the dietary laws set forth in Leviticus and Deuteronomy. Emannuel responds that Judaism and atheism are completely compatible.

Jeff Jacoby | August 29, 2012

Party conventions are no longer just about rallying the faithful. More important is making a good impression on the "persuadables," the narrow slice of the electorate that is still undecided about whom to vote for, or at least open to a convincing argument to change their minds.

Marybeth Hicks | August 29, 2012

A costume party at the GOP convention?

Larry Kudlow | August 29, 2012

Mrs. Romney gave a brilliant speech about her life with Mitt Romney, about their love, about their lives and about how they grew up without a silver spoon in their mouth.

Thomas Sowell | August 29, 2012

For those of us who like to believe that human beings are rational, trying to explain what happens in politics can be a real challenge.

Michelle Malkin | August 29, 2012

While all eyes were on the Republican National Convention in Tampa and Hurricane Isaac on the Gulf Coast, the White House was quietly jacking up the price of automobiles and putting future drivers at risk.

John Stossel | August 29, 2012

Forty years ago, the United States locked up fewer than 200 of every 100,000 Americans. Then President Nixon declared war on drugs.

Walter E. Williams | August 29, 2012

If you listen to America's political hacks, mainstream media talking heads and their socialist allies, you can't help but reach the conclusion that the nation's tax burden is borne by the poor and middleclass while the rich get off scot-free.

Brent Bozell | August 29, 2012

The Republican convention was delayed by a day on Monday. It's not a problem: The national media's preconvention spin was timed perfectly, almost as if it was on automatic pilot. In Monday's New York Times, longtime political writer Adam Nagourney regurgitated the same old, tired political spin that the Republican Party is too conservative and exclusionary on "social issues" and that their divisive stands will hurt them with "mainstream" voters.

Jonah Goldberg | August 29, 2012

Huzzah, America, our centuries-old struggle with racism and bigotry may be coming to an end.

John Ransom | August 29, 2012

This really is how the wonks in DC think. And it is this kind of thinking that ought to be covered in the DSM IV under Axis II as a Developmental Disorder or a Personality Disorder. And yes: Only a wonk would understand that.

Michael Medved | August 29, 2012

What does President Obama plan to do to slow or stop the explosive growth in the number of Americans who count on regular welfare checks from the federal government?

Terry Jeffrey | August 29, 2012

President Barack Obama has such ill-advised contempt for the intelligence of American taxpayers that he has become an habitual liar when talking about his plans to deal with a national debt that will imminently top $16 trillion.

Austin Bay | August 29, 2012

South Korea confronts a very tricky internal strategic threat to its military: declining birth rates mean that each year there are fewer draftees, and for decades South Korea has relied on conscription to fill the ranks. However, the major threats confronting South Korea, such as war with North Korea or a confrontation with China, have not declined or diminished.

Donald Lambro | August 29, 2012

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has to do two things really well at his convention: Lay out in dramatic terms how bad the Obama economy is, and demonstrate that he is the candidate who can fix it.

Kyle Olson | August 29, 2012

“Parents Across America,” a union shill group that defends all things status quo, has taken the lead in attacking the soon-to-be-released movie, “Won’t Back Down.”

Jacob Sullum | August 29, 2012

Last Friday, upon receiving the maximum possible penalty for murdering 77 people in and near Oslo, Norway, a year ago, Anders Behring Breivik smiled. The prison sentence -- 21 years initially, but indefinitely extendable for as long as Breivik is deemed a threat -- meant a five-judge panel had rejected the prosecution's argument that the self-proclaimed anti-Islamic militant was insane when he committed his bloody crimes.

Mike Shedlock | August 29, 2012

Congratulations to CNBC for one of the silliest economic assertions in history.

Doug French | August 29, 2012

The cracks in the mortgage market had not yet begun to show and Stephen Schwarzman's Blackstone Group had just completed its $39 billion purchase of Equity Office Properties in what was the largest leveraged buyout ever.

Mike Gallagher | August 29, 2012

If you asked a team of expert psychologists and sociological researchers to come up with a design that was sure to infuriate and offend liberals in America, they’d probably come up with what we call the Great Seal.

Armstrong Williams | August 29, 2012

This morning I had a chance to speak with two of our nation’s most vibrant and exciting conservative leaders, Ralph Alvarado, candidate for Kentucky Legislature, and former Presidential candidate Herman Cain. To give you an idea of what people on the ground here in Tampa are feeling like, here’s a little of what they told me.

Daniel J. Mitchell | August 29, 2012

Proponents of liberty and markets obviously don’t like government-financed healthcare, but there are very-bad ways of doing the wrong thing and there are less-bad ways of doing the wrong thing.

Carrie Schwab Pomerantz | August 29, 2012

In the financial world there's a common distinction made between "good debt" and "bad debt." But to keep debt from ruining your retirement plans, you have to know the difference.

Night Watch | August 29, 2012

US arms transfers to other countries nearly tripled last year to $66.3 billion, giving America a market share of nearly 80 percent, government researchers said Monday.

Ralph Benko | August 29, 2012

The most interesting — because powerful and not widely anticipated — plank in the draft GOP Platform scheduled to be voted on tomorrow calls for, according to a Bloomberg, “creation of a commission to ‘consider the feasibility’ of returning the U.S. dollar to the gold standard ‘to set a fixed value’ for the currency.”

Charles Payne | August 29, 2012

The political fact is President Obama is going after families that make more than $250,000 a year, but keeps calling out billionaires.

Robert Knight | August 29, 2012

Facebook's stock may be anemic at the moment, but the social media site is growing by leaps and bounds. It is poised to hit 1 billion users.

Bill Tatro | August 29, 2012

I pulled into the parking lot looking for one or the other of my favorite attendants. I was met instead by a big metal sign that read “This lot is no longer attended.”

Chris Poindexter | August 29, 2012

The investment world seems to be taking a wait and see approach to the Fed’s comments on Friday. Really, no matter what Chairman Bernanke says, it’s unlikely to change the underlying fundamentals of the U.S. economy, though it could introduce some short-term volatility.

Tue, Aug 28, 2012

Rachel Marsden | August 28, 2012

This week's Republican convention in Tampa, Fla., is a political autobahn. Depending on how Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan play it, they'll either gain some unfettered mileage in advancing their agenda with the voting public, or slam into a pole in a single-car crash.

Lisa De Pasquale | August 28, 2012

A few weeks ago I wrote about how sensationalist reporting has led to ethical questions about the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s reporting on BPA. The lead reporter in the series has, predictably, moved on to work at an environmental group, but still brags that she was nominated for a Pulitzer. With award season just around the corner, you can expect TV and print journalists to start dusting off their reels and clip files. Facts be damned, this is for a major award!

Jeff Stier | August 28, 2012

The Obama Administration would like to have us believe that his agencies have struck a reasonable approach to using its regulatory powers. In his Executive Order on regulatory reform last year, the president proclaimed (in part), "Our regulatory system must protect public health, welfare, safety and our environment while promoting economic growth, innovation, competitiveness, and job creation. It must be based on the best available science." (Executive Order 13563, January 18, 2011.)

Wayne Allyn Root | August 28, 2012

Since Obama can’t run on his dismal failures with jobs and the economy; his devastating $5 trillion in new debt creation; his radical energy plans that have resulted in a hidden tax of thousands of dollars on the poor and middle class in higher gas and utility bills; or his pathetic foreign policy that has diminished America in the eyes of the world and made the Middle East a far more dangerous place; he and his socialist cabal (aka Democratic Party) have enacted a strategy to defeat and demonize fiscal conservatives (aka “sane people”) by distracting voters and instilling fear.

Armstrong Williams | August 28, 2012

The theme for this year's Republican National Convention in Tampa is We Did Build That! It's an interesting choice of a theme. There are a lot of options this year: Governor Romney is running against a president who simply hasn't got anything right. Even the death of Osama Bin Laden, it turns out, is something that he bungled, since we saw him "spike the football" about it when his poll numbers started looking scary (incidentally, they haven't got any better since then).

Susan Stamper Brown | August 28, 2012

One of the worst things that could be said about any of us is that greatness passed before us, and we failed to recognize it.

Debra J. Saunders | August 28, 2012

Mitt Romney chose Paul Ryan to be his running mate. Since his teens, Ryan has been a big fan of Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged." In 2005, he told The Atlas Society that the novel shaped his "values system" -- and that speech has launched a number of recent columns by liberals aghast at Ryan's taste in literature.

Byron York | August 28, 2012

"This election, to me, is about which candidate is more likely to return us to full employment," says former President Bill Clinton in a new ad released by the Obama campaign. Most voters would agree, at least if one believes countless polls that show the economy and jobs are the nation's top concern.

Rich Galen | August 28, 2012

As you are no doubt aware, Monday's schedule for the Republican National Convention in Tampa was cancelled due to fears of Tropical Storm Isaac becoming Hurricane Isaac, and Hurricane Isaac taking dead aim at Tampa.

Thomas Sowell | August 28, 2012

Insurance is all about risk. Yet neither insurance companies nor their policy-holders can do anything about one of the biggest risks -- namely, interference by politicians, to turn insurance into something other than a device to deal with risk.

Chuck Norris | August 28, 2012

In 2010, President Barack Obama confessed to ABC News' Diane Sawyer, "I'd rather be a really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president." But what if Obama's one term was not good but bad for the country?

John Hawkins | August 28, 2012

1) America's credit rating would get so low that it would force President Dennis Kucinich to petition the UN for donations to pay for Social Security, Medicare, and his newly implemented 350 weeks of unemployment plan.

David Stokes | August 28, 2012

The world will be watching this week as Mitt Romney receives the Republican nomination for the presidency and has his moment to speak to history. Hurricane Isaac notwithstanding, this convention, like most in recent memory, has been orchestrated to somehow give a foregone conclusion a hint of drama. It’s a tough sell.

Mike Adams | August 28, 2012

I have a friend who suffered through a horrific gang rape nearly twenty years ago. There were three perpetrators but one in particular served as the ringleader and principal conspirator. He was in his early thirties when he planned the crime and convinced a twenty-one year old and a nineteen year old to join him. His victim was only sixteen years old.

David Limbaugh | August 28, 2012

President Obama's casting of Mitt Romney as extreme is one of the most glaring incidents of political projection in the modern era. Romney doesn't approach extremism in substance, style or disposition. Obama swims in it.

John Ransom | August 28, 2012

Obama wants you to know that your next promotion, the car you own, your house, your kids, you don’t deserve any of it. Someone else is responsible for it.

Mona Charen | August 28, 2012

We've all heard the objection that political conventions have become empty kabuki theater. The high drama of multiple ballots is dead and gone. Uncertainty about the outcome is no more. "Today," laments political guru Mike Murphy, "delegates are bound through the application of TV ad ratings points, not machine deals. They sit in the convention hall like the background actors in a TV show, milling about to the director's orders, wearing costumes and denied a single line. It seems a shabby ending to a great tradition. It's time for a mercy killing."

Cal Thomas | August 28, 2012

This week when Mitt Romney strides to center stage to deliver his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, he might draw inspiration from an unlikely source: the song "I Am What I Am" from the musical "La Cage Aux Folles."

Dennis Prager | August 28, 2012

My fellow Americans, my fellow Republicans: The 2012 election is not an election between two men but between two entirely different visions of America. President Obama and I are simply the standard bearers of opposing, and may I add, irreconcilable visions of what America is and should be.

Pat Buchanan | August 28, 2012

Looking back all the way to America's Civil War, there have been three dominant presidential coalitions.

Terry Paulson | August 28, 2012

If you have not already summed up the Democratic talking points to usher in four more years of liberal "hope and change," you soon will as the political attacks drone on. One that remains a liberal favorite is how Mitt Romney's years at Bain Capital ushered in bankruptcies, cut thousands of jobs, and contributed to the deaths of some who lost healthcare coverage in the wake of these "greedy" takeover efforts.

Phyllis Schlafly | August 28, 2012

After a genuinely grassroots Republican platform committee produced a principled document on a plethora of issues, including immigration, some people who were not part of the process are promoting pro-amnesty proposals.

Kyle Olson | August 28, 2012

Most people would be thankful if they only had to pay three percent of their salary toward retirement. That would be considered a gift in the private sector. But to Florida’s government employees, it’s a crime and an insult.

Bill Murchison | August 28, 2012

As Lyndon Johnson told it -- or allowed it to be told in his name -- this Goldwater guy, if given half a chance, would blow up the world. In which case, why shouldn't the voters back in '64 not play it safe and keep LBJ in the White House?

Randall DeSoto | August 28, 2012

On the campaign trail, President Obama often makes references to Bill Clinton and the 1990s as proof that increasing taxes on the “wealthy” will be no impediment to restoring our nation's economic health. In fact, he truly seems to believe it is good for the economy, like having an extra portion of broccoli or something.

Dave Ramsey | August 28, 2012

From what you’re telling me, you put her there originally on a charity basis, and now you want to change the deal. You didn’t say anything about giving her a house, but you didn’t set up a rental agreement either.

Bob Beauprez | August 28, 2012

Since I'm writing about it and highlighting Stephen Moore's analysis you probably can guess there is a pretty dramatic tale to tell – and a message about the question in front of the voters in 70 more days.

Charles Payne | August 28, 2012

These celebrities are asking people to give up not only economic security but also the sense of pride that comes from achievement. They get to hole up in private jets, exclusive enclaves, and exotic beaches when they need to find that creative touch.

Chris Poindexter | August 28, 2012

Investors will be looking to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, this Friday to comments the Federal Reserve chairman will be making at the Fed’s annual symposium.

Mike Shedlock | August 28, 2012

Three members of the Douglas County School Board have floated proposals to terminate dealings with teacher's unions.

Emily Wismer | August 28, 2012

Campaigning is really hard work: running from one campaign event to the next, answering hostile questions from the press, kissing babies, and shaking hands. There is no room for mistakes and no time for distractions. Being a politician is a hard life. Don’t laugh; I’m being serious.

Daniel J. Mitchell | August 28, 2012

Saint Ronald understood the basic American economy, but Barack the Destroyer somehow thinks America will be more prosperous if we mimic Europe’s welfare states.

Nathan Slaughter | August 28, 2012

If you invest during the height of the boom, then you know what's coming next.

Doug French | August 28, 2012

So the government says there is no price inflation and so no COLA for you, retirees. Retirees know better and so does John Williams at Shadowstats, who says prices are increasing at a 10 percent rate.

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Christopher Merola | August 27, 2012

This past Friday, August 24, 2012, while campaigning in Michigan, Republican Party presidential nominee Mitt Romney made a joke concerning his own birth certificate. The Obama campaign reacted with outrage to Romney’s joke, even though President Obama has joked about his own birth certificate in public. Naturally, responding to the Obama campaign’s outrage, some members of the media followed suit and did the same. Yet, the Obama campaign and the media refused to show outrage when Vice President Joe Biden recently made racially charged comments while on the campaign trail.

Robert E. Freer | August 27, 2012

Some months ago I wrote an article, the underlying point of which was that facts are facts. In order to get anywhere as a nation, our voters must be able to compare relevant facts on both sides of the issues of the day. As voters we do know that if you don’t have the facts on an issue, one is likely to deflect attention from your weak hand by using the techniques mastered by National Socialists in the 1930s and ‘40s to demonize their opponents or blatantly lie regarding an issue.

Michael Barone | August 27, 2012

Today, the 40th Republican National Convention assembles in hurricane-threatened Tampa, Fla. Seven days later, the 46th Democratic National Convention will assemble in presumably non-hurricane-threatened Charlotte, N.C. Thousands of delegates, many thousands more press personnel and even more political enthusiasts will be on hand.

Mike Adams | August 27, 2012

Todd Aiken’s grossly irresponsible remarks about “legitimate rape” and conception have received much media attention. As well they should. The sheer weirdness of the remarks calls into question both his intelligence and his personal integrity. How could someone conclude logically that a rape victim’s body has the capacity to prevent conception in the wake of sexual assault? And why would someone assert that the conclusion had been supported by doctors with whom he had spoken?

Star Parker | August 27, 2012

Republican Party operatives, who wasted no time indicting their Missouri Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin for his interview faux pas on abortion, may bear more responsibility than Akin himself for the mess that has been created.

John Ransom | August 27, 2012

So now Governor Brown can have a high-speed rail project in the same way that Obama supports the Keystone Pipeline. As long as neither actually goes somewhere, nor does something useful, we can leave the rest to a bailout for another day.

Katie Kieffer | August 27, 2012

Farming is a game to RINOS (Republicans In Name Only). But farming is not a game. Not in America. We are the world’s No. 1 exporter of wheat, corn and soybeans. If we mess up, global food prices soar, livestock die, and streets erupt in riots.

Austin Hill | August 27, 2012

Have you heard the latest from the Obama re-election team? Mitt Romney doesn’t have enough of his money taken from him in taxes. Paul Ryan wants to give rich people a tax “break.” Mitt Romney cut jobs when he was an executive at a private equity firm. Paul Ryan wants to cut school lunches for needy children.

Lisa De Pasquale | August 27, 2012

I have been a supporter and NRA Lifetime Member for several years (and, hopefully, several more). As such, I am a fan of NRANews.com’s flagship program Cam and Company and its intrepid executive producer and field reporter, Cameron Gray. The show can be seen on NRANews.com and heard on Sirius XM Patriot every weeknight.

Bruce Bialosky | August 27, 2012

One would instinctively conclude that it is a tremendous act of courage to have been a leading Black supporter of President Obama – in fact, the first Congressman outside of Illinois to endorse Obama for president – and then change parties to become a Republican. But if you ask Artur Davis, he’d tell you that it was completely natural and the right thing to do.

Brian Darling | August 27, 2012

What about a constitutional convention convened for the sole purpose of adding a balanced budget amendment (BBA) to the U.S. Constitution?

Dan Holler | August 27, 2012

All eyes will be on Tampa, Florida as Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan attempt to reset the presidential campaign narrative. As all conventions are, this one will be a tightly scripted affair with the intention of firing up the party base and appealing to Mr. and Mrs. Swing Voter.

Matt Barber | August 27, 2012

There’s evidently a fine line between a “hate crime” and a BLT. The Reuters headline screamed: “Bacon found at NY Muslim celebration probed as possible hate crime.” I was expecting the subtitle: “Cops bring lettuce & tomato, dispose of evidence,” but to no avail. (Pork, of course, is verboten in Islamic culture. Don’t knock it, I say.)

Chris Poindexter | August 27, 2012

The world lacks a standard unit of exchange that is based on a tangible hard asset. What we really need is something like bitcoin backed by gold, a digital reference currency that can be exchanged for a specific amount of gold.

Marita Noon | August 27, 2012

President Obama’s approach has been to “end the age of oil.” To that end, he has poured billions of dollars into green energy projects—many of which were risky investments that have now failed or are headed for failure.

Shawn Mitchell | August 27, 2012

Never let a frenzy go to waste; moderation in understanding facts is no virtue; extremism in government solutions is no vice.

Doug French | August 27, 2012

Lord Keynes was constantly worried that people were saving too much and consuming too little — thus the need for more and cheaper money to stimulate the economy. Mr. Bernanke is nothing if not a good Keynesian, and his low rates make even the savviest question whether to forgo consumption.

Political Calculations | August 27, 2012

We continue to anticipate that this will be a short-lived condition as the U.S. economy is likely to grow more strongly in the third quarter of 2012 before falling back toward those near-recessionary levels later in the year.

Mike Shedlock | August 27, 2012

Going into debt to fund pensions seems like a ridiculous thing to do, especially for a company had a chance to shed more of those pension obligations in bankruptcy.

John Andrews | August 27, 2012

Is America in decline? Do we need to lower our expectations, aspire to lead from behind or not at all, and warn the kids of tougher times to come? Or are America’s best days still ahead?

Charles Payne | August 27, 2012

There is no doubt that while America has a fascination with the mean approach and mean people in general, in the end we like nice people more.

Daniel J. Mitchell | August 27, 2012

future seniors, for all intents and purposes, will have a health plan similar to what’s now available for Members of Congress. Not only the politicians, but also their staff and the entire federal bureaucracy.

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Jeff Jacoby | August 26, 2012

When it comes to abortion, which political party's views are more extreme?

Paul Jacob | August 26, 2012

These are the dog days, Fortunatas. And what lies limp and dead? The rationale for tolerating oppression by our own elected governments.

Derek Hunter | August 26, 2012

Our self-described most transparent administration in history is at it again. The folks who claim executive privilege over documents in the Fast and Furious case yet maintain the president wasn’t involved have decided transparency is overrated. The people who meet with lobbyists in coffee shops near the White House to keep unseemly names off the official visitor logs, have decided we don’t need to know who pays for their convention.

John Ransom | August 26, 2012

Why yes I do get paid to write this stuff. I’m guessing that you are wondering how to tax it. The Stamp Act has already been tried. But hey: Maybe Democrats can bring it back and just call it a fee? Three cheers for King Obama!

Doug Giles | August 26, 2012

If Obama were wise he would really ramp up his misinformation machine. He should start giving away free weed, beer, hookers, tanks of gas, kazoos, Vaseline, stretch pants, whirly hats, Flowbees and ShamWows to anyone who promises to vote for him because he just ticked off stacks of Catholics even further by dissing Cardinal Dolan for the DNC.

Rachel Alexander | August 26, 2012

Liberal pundits are declaring they have no idea what Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) meant when he referred to “legitimate rape” in an interview this past week. Akin stated, "In cases of legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." It was an awkward, inarticulate statement, but the substance of it was correct.

Debra J. Saunders | August 26, 2012

Like teenagers on vacation with their parents, Republicans from blue states and Democrats from red states don't want to be seen with party elders.

Steve Chapman | August 26, 2012

The old line is that there's a simple way to know a politician is lying: His lips are moving. Odds are good that any lurid charge leveled against a candidate is largely fraudulent. So it was no surprise that when Mitt Romney accused Barack Obama of gutting welfare work requirements, fact checkers said his trousers were conspicuously aflame.

Jeff Carter | August 26, 2012

Certain investors are being called out for selling stock. Insiders are being publicly chastised for selling stock as lock ups expire. As Fred Wilson correctly points out, this is wrong.

Night Watch | August 26, 2012

Nothing has changed in four or more years. Nothing the US has done has reduced the volatility of the 12 or 13 Pashtun provinces in southern Afghanistan and the dozen or so districts that formed the heart of the insurgency.

Charles Payne | August 26, 2012

There are a lot of people in the country that can afford $350.00 sneakers, although many got that money by being frugal enough to never buy $350.00 sneakers.

Mike Shedlock | August 26, 2012

That video helps explain former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's infamous statement "We have to pass the [health care] bill so that you can find out what’s in it."

Crystal Wright | August 26, 2012

Paul Ryan had a black girlfriend in college? The Root’s Kelli Goff suggests in this article that blacks should be suspicious of this, implying Ryan could be a racist. Maybe a call to the Guinness Book of World Records is in order. Ryan isn’t the first white man to date a black person and certainly won’t be the last

Mark Baisley | August 26, 2012

The Democratic Party has evolved into a collection of those who reject the conserving of founding principles as America’s liberals.

Larry Kudlow | August 26, 2012

On last night’s Kudlow Report Paul Ryan talked to me about pro-growth policies and the American idea. He defended his Medicare option as a bipartisan plan going back to the Clinton era.

Daniel J. Mitchell | August 26, 2012

I’m surprised there’s not more material about Todd Akin, but that may change in coming days.

Michael Youssef | August 26, 2012

No country is perfect, but I choose to live in this country because there is no nation I love or respect more than these United States. And there is no other place where people have more freedom.

Political Calculations | August 26, 2012

Today's initial data release for the week ending 18 August 2012 from the BLS, although showing an "unexpected" increase, doesn't qualify as the upward shift we had expected.