Sat, Sep 08, 2012

Star Parker | September 08, 2012

Maybe Democrats have some slick salesmen, like Bill Clinton and our current president, who can sell you swampland and have you convinced that you've bought choice beachfront property.

John C. Goodman | September 08, 2012

The Democratic Party is supposed to be the party of government. That idea was reinforced at the Democratic convention this week in a video that had this memorable line: "The government is the only thing we all belong to." But there is another saying worth remembering: "Actions speak louder than words."

John Ransom | September 08, 2012

Only Obama could preside over an economy with so much money that has produced so little return as our economy has since January 2009. Never in the annals of human history have so many dollars done so little for so many.

Ken Blackwell | September 08, 2012

That’s not a typographical error. I’m not mistaking the Democratic Platform’s definition of all things progressive. I’m not misapplying their slogan: Forward.

Caroline Glick | September 08, 2012

Throughout his presidency, Barack Obama and his supporters have been dogged by criticism of his position on Israel. From the very outset of his tenure in office, critics and supporters alike have not been able to shake the sense that Obama is deeply hostile to the Jewish state.

Debra J. Saunders | September 08, 2012

"First shot, straight through, that's how you perform under pressure," Barack Obama said in 2008. They played the quote with a video clip of Obama making a basket at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday.

Kathryn Lopez | September 08, 2012

Michelle Obama, in her speech to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte last week, explained that her husband "believes that women are more than capable of making our own choices about our bodies and our health care."

Paul Greenberg | September 08, 2012

The message of the Democrats' big show at Charlotte has been a mirror image of the Republicans' in Tampa. Everything the nation was told at Tampa about the ever fluid State of the Union and what to do about it was turned upside-down and inside-out at Charlotte.

Paul Driessen | September 08, 2012

Seven score and nine years ago, President Lincoln resolved to take increased devotion to ensuring that government of the people, by the people and for the people shall not perish from the Earth.

Kyle Olson | September 08, 2012

The Inglewood, California school district has slipped closer to financial ruin now that S&P has downgraded its credit rating to BBB-minus.

Political Calculations | September 08, 2012

Since hitting bottom in February 2010, some 7 months after the recession officially ended in June 2009, we find that the rate of job creation during President Obama's administration has been extremely lackluster.

Chris Poindexter | September 08, 2012

The European Central Bank announcement of unlimited bond buying is what got us here but it will be the Federal Reserve that dictates whether we stay in the $1,700 neighborhood or push higher.

Crystal Wright | September 08, 2012

Oozing with contempt, bombast, bravado, and arrogance but void of a plan describes the speech President Barack Obama gave to the Democrat National Convention to justify his re-election. Strutting onto the stage before his adoring base, Obama launched into the same tirade we’ve heard many times before: class warfare, Osama bin Laden is dead, I inherited a mess, I need more time, “change is a coming.”

Stephen DeMaura | September 08, 2012

In two months, voters will be faced with a choice between two fundamentally different approaches to America’s economic challenges: one that advocates for tremendous investments from the federal government to restart the economy and another that allows the regulatory and financial flexibility to let the market and small businesses drive economic growth.

Bob Beauprez | September 08, 2012

More than three years after Obama gleefully announced the recession had ended America is still waiting to see the results.

Phil Kerpen | September 08, 2012

The Democratic convention took place in an alternative universe in which Mitt Romney wanted a very ominous "bankruptcy" for General Motors and Chrysler -- a catastrophic event that would have put millions out of work. Alternatively, speaker after speaker kept telling us, President Barack Obama implemented a "rescue" that saved all those jobs and avoid that fateful "bankruptcy." It's as if, somehow, not a single Democrat remembers the historic bankruptcy filings by Chrysler on April 30, 2009 and General Motors on June 1, 2009. Which is pretty weird, because they were among the largest bankruptcies in history.

Larry Kudlow | September 08, 2012

Perhaps the reason for President Obama's flat and energy-less speech Thursday night -- TV cameras panning the convention floor actually showed delegates falling asleep -- was that he already knew Friday's jobs numbers were going to be a disaster.

Charles Payne | September 08, 2012

All week long during the DNC I had to listen to people imply that those who have made the nation better, richer, smarter and more competitive are somehow the problem.

Mike Shedlock | September 08, 2012

Yesterday I was asked if the services ISM changed my view about the US being in recession. I responded that I wanted to see today's job report first. Well I have seen it and the report is nothing short of a certified disaster.

Steve Deace | September 08, 2012

Anybody slightly to the right politically of Arlen Specter has been struggling to define the freak show that was the just concluded Democrat Party Convention in Charlotte.

Daniel J. Mitchell | September 08, 2012

For some inexplicable reason, I’ve decided that one of my responsibilities is to educate a backwards and primitive people who seem impervious to common sense, simple logic, and strong principles. As you’ve probably guessed already, I’m talking about Republicans.

Peter Schiff | September 08, 2012

Posing as an anti-business crusader, Peter spoke to a wide range of DNC attendees who support adding a plank to the Democratic platform that would explicitly outlaw or cap profitability.

Jeff Carter | September 08, 2012

Our labor participation rate is horrific. It almost looks to me like government employees are messing with that number in order to change the headline percentage number.

Fri, Sep 07, 2012

Humberto Fontova | September 07, 2012

My Hispanic can beat up your Hispanic!” pretty much captured the Convention kick-offs.

Sam Graves | September 07, 2012

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Labor reported more disappointing news. The economy created only 96,000 jobs in August, the unemployment rate remains above 8 percent, and more than 350,000 Americans have dropped out of the work force. While some may focus on the jobs that were created last month, this jobs report is nothing but horrendous. I welcome any jobs, but American workers giving up on employment in the weakest recovery since the Great Depression is cause for alarm, not celebration.

Rich Galen | September 07, 2012

This is going to be an ugly column. Pure partisan smirking and finger pointing. If you are looking for high-minded, lofty thoughts, hit the delete key now.

Michael Brown | September 07, 2012

We all know about the shocking, Democratic waffling on the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s (undivided) capital in the current party platform. But there’s another important issue that no one seems to be talking about: If Jerusalem is really Israel’s capital, why haven’t we moved our embassy there?

Michelle Malkin | September 07, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Hide your children. This is what the progressive left's idea of women's empowerment looks like: For the past two weeks, radical feminists from the group Code Pink have paraded across the fruited plain in giant female reproductive organ costumes.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | September 07, 2012

The question this fall is clear: Do we want a president who cares for others but is not competent or a president who might care, if he could just show it, but has proved his competence?

John Hawkins | September 07, 2012

How is it that the party of Lincoln, a party that led the way in opposing slavery, Jim Crow laws, lynching, the KKK, poll taxes, led the way on integration and voting rights for black Americans, and top percentage wise, voted for the 1964 Civil Rights Act in greater numbers than Democrats is now only getting about 10% of the black vote?

Brent Bozell | September 07, 2012

Some hateful stereotypes never die in Hollywood. The cover of the Sept. 7 edition of Entertainment Weekly featured the 63-year-old actress Jessica Lange, smirking in a nun's black habit, holding a big, punishing cane in her hands. Lange is returning for a second season on the FX series "American Horror Story," but this time with an entirely new plot and characters.

Jonah Goldberg | September 07, 2012

Charlotte, N.C. -- Going by the conventional rules of American politics, the Democratic Convention this week was an unmitigated disaster. And, going by the same rules, GOP convention was a disaster, too. So, either the rules of American politics have fundamentally changed, or at least one of the parties is taking an enormous gamble.

David Limbaugh | September 07, 2012

The Democratic National Convention is an elaborate effort to sanitize a failed record that cannot be rehabilitated, even by the glib sophistry of former President Bill Clinton.

Mona Charen | September 07, 2012

Were you shocked when at least 50 percent of the delegates to the Democratic Convention appeared to vote "nay" on recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital and reinserting God into the platform? Admittedly, it was high drama -- a truly unscripted moment that laid bare the raw hostility toward Israel that has gradually achieved mainstream status within the Democratic Party. But a surprise? Not really.

John Ransom | September 07, 2012

It’s a novel concept for a president to stand-up to lobbyists by taking their money and doing basically everything they want. But Obama, as we know now, is just the kind of guy who will stand up to lobbyists everywhere, as long as it's mostly only in his own imagination.

Scott Rasmussen | September 07, 2012

Mercifully, the political conventions have ended. The political press will keep buzzing over whether Clint Eastwood's unconventional speech helped or hurt Mitt Romney and whether the snafu over Israel and God in the Democratic platform will do any lasting damage to President Obama. But they are missing the point.

Ken Blackwell | September 07, 2012

It's good to see Bill Clinton looking so healthy. He has given up meat after his heart operation, but his performance last night proves he can still handle a whopper.

Tim Phillips | September 07, 2012

President Obama badly wants you to believe that he is the next Bill Clinton. By putting Clinton center stage at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) this week, he practically begged you to believe that he will return America to Clinton-era prosperity by working with Republicans, transforming the economy to bring in surpluses and lowering the national debt.

Oliver North | September 07, 2012

WASHINGTON -- According to the pundits and politicians, this election is all about the economy. We're all supposed to know that -- because we're not stupid. That's why the Republicans had a "national debt clock" over their convention floor in Tampa, Fla., and the Democrats didn't have one in Charlotte, N.C.

Pat Buchanan | September 07, 2012

The authors of the Democratic platform have inadvertently revealed to the world the sea change that has taken place in that party we once knew.

Suzanne Fields | September 07, 2012

A sea change has washed over America since Sigmund Freud asked the question that forever perplexes everybody: "What do women want?" The question remains forever elusive because women are never of one mind. To the consternation of marketers -- political and otherwise -- women don't all think alike.

Debra J. Saunders | September 07, 2012

Michelle Obama connected with voters during her moving opening night speech of the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday. She was smart, extremely likable and the perfect spokeswoman for the American president as she talked about "the unflinching sacrifice" her parents and husband's family made so their kids could have the "chance to go places they had never imagined for themselves."

Diana West | September 07, 2012

Back in 2008, during the peak illusory powers of Barack Obama as the post-partisan hopester-and-changer, the media consistently failed to report that the statist beliefs of the Democratic presidential nominee came straight from the socialist playbook.

Paul Greenberg | September 07, 2012

The traditional role of a first lady at campaign events is to let us see her husband as she sees him. And a national convention is the ultimate Campaign Event.

Donald Lambro | September 07, 2012

WASHINGTON - There was a huge, gaping hole in former President Bill Clinton's defensive speech in behalf of Barack Obama's bid for a second term.

Jeff Carter | September 07, 2012

Public employee unions promote big government and cronyism. They have an economic incentive to make government bigger. Their pensions are bleeding taxpayers dry at every level of government; federal, state, county, township, and city.

Crystal Wright | September 07, 2012

The corrosive theme pervading the Democrat convention is government is the solution to all our ills and “we the people” can achieve a government subsidized American Dream.

Paul Kengor | September 07, 2012

Bill Clinton was basking in glory at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night. Few presidents so love the spotlight. The occasion for Clinton, however, was not himself, but the reelection of Barack Obama.

John Browne | September 07, 2012

Recently, German politicians, led by Chancellor Angela Merkel, have begun signaling greater comfort with monetary debasement, even while the top bankers at the German Bundesbank remain firmly committed to sound money.

Night Watch | September 07, 2012

Both China and the US told the press corps the cancellation was not an insult, but everyone knows China dissed the US and got away with it.

Fritz Pfister | September 07, 2012

The economy can’t recover until housing recovers, and neither can recover until the labor market recovers.

Chris Poindexter | September 07, 2012

As I mentioned before, this is the price level where I would start locking in prices on a series of small sales, particularly if you’re planning on using the cash to buy durable goods or real estate.

Bob Beauprez | September 07, 2012

Well into Wednesday afternoon Democrat officials were defending the revised platform as reflecting Obama's policy positions including the Administration's established unwillingness to support Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. But, after the firestorm erupted in Charlotte, the President personally intervened and changed course.

Casey Mattox | September 07, 2012

A deliberate effort is underway to rebrand Planned Parenthood as an integral provider of healthcare services, without which untold millions of women would lack basic medical care, or so the story goes. Thus, whenever any effort is made to cut off funding for the nation’s largest abortion provider and stalwart financier of leftist politicians, we’re told there is a “war on women.”

Mike Shedlock | September 07, 2012

In light of the plunge in manufacturing this is a relatively strong report.

Bob Goldman | September 07, 2012

It may seem to you that it's a waste of time to lie to yourself when there are so many other people you can lie to, but there are real advantages to lying to yourself, or practicing "self-deception," as we scientists call it.

Thu, Sep 06, 2012

Laura Hollis | September 06, 2012

So, the Democrats, unable to run on Obama’s economic record, have decided that their big winning issue is abortion.

Bob Barr | September 06, 2012

The Republican Party’s party in Tampa is over; there were no surprises. The Democrats are having their fiesta this week in Charlotte, and there will be no surprises. Each of these two major political parties will launch into their official campaigns armed with well-vetted talking points and skilled orators (excepting the current Vice President), and holding high their respective party's 2012 Platform.

Cliff May | September 06, 2012

Learning from a half-century-old foreign policy critique.

Frank Gaffney | September 06, 2012

In October 2001, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon issued a prophetic warning: "Do not repeat the dreadful mistake of 1938, when enlightened European democracies decided to sacrifice Czechoslovakia for a ‘convenient temporary solution'." He declared: "Israel will not be Czechoslovakia." Tragically, President Obama today is increasingly treating Israel as Western leaders did in abandoning the Czechs seventy-four years ago.

Rich Galen | September 06, 2012

I am not one to whine about the Liberal bias of the national political press corps. It's there. You know it. I know it. THEY know it.

Maggie Gallagher | September 06, 2012

How can they defend President Obama's record? For those of us who've been wondering, the first days of the Democratic convention are very revealing. They can't help themselves.

Neal Boortz | September 06, 2012

By now you certainly know that the Democrats have been suffering from a self-inflicted injury since their convention began in Charlotte on Tuesday. For the first time in many presidential election years, the word God was omitted from their platform. The platform also failed to acknowledge Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Both of these breaks from Democrat Party tradition were reportedly ordered by Obama.

Jack Kerwick | September 06, 2012

Addressing the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday night, First Lady Michelle Obama told audiences that, ultimately, her husband’s ambitious agenda is not political, but personal.

Hugh Hewitt | September 06, 2012

Just as America prepares to hear a plea from Barack Obama for four more years, The Daily Beast arrives with a big leak of Bob Woodward's latest big book.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | September 06, 2012

The question this fall is clear: Do we want a president who cares for others but is not competent or a president who might care, if he could just show it, but has proved his competence?

Michael Barone | September 06, 2012

"One question, Mr. President," read the words on the front cover of this week's Economist, behind a silhouette of the back of Barack Obama's head, "just what would you do with another four years?"

Victor Davis Hanson | September 06, 2012

The 2012 race has turned into one of Aesop's classic fables. After each new media blitz against the no-frills Mitt Romney, a far cooler President Obama races ahead three or four points in the polls -- only to fall back to about even as the attention fades.

Larry Elder | September 06, 2012

The case for re-electing President Barack Obama rests on five arguments, the most important of which is that Romney/Ryan represent sexism, racism, homophobia and fascism.

Jonah Goldberg | September 06, 2012

A few years ago, it was fashionable for Democrats to describe themselves as "members of the reality-based community." These days, it seems the foreclosure crisis has hit them so hard they've been forced to move to another neighborhood.

John Ransom | September 06, 2012

To make the point that liberals AREN’T really cheap-we need to cue the liberal social scientist whose job it is to explain to us that the results of the study don’t really say what they say.

Michael Reagan | September 06, 2012

It’s not Obama vs. Romney in 2012. It’s really Obama vs. Obama.

Cal Thomas | September 06, 2012

Columnist Leonard Pitts wrote a story for the front page of last Sunday's Charlotte Observer indicting both parties for failing to speak up for the poor. He inspired this column.

Debra J. Saunders | September 06, 2012

"The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman's right to choose a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay, and we oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right." So reads the 2012 Democratic National Committee platform.

Matt Towery | September 06, 2012

As readers know, this syndicated column is based out of the Republican-rich "First Coast" of Florida and Jacksonville's Florida Times-Union. Since 2000, I have been polling and analyzing Florida races for broadcast names such as Fox News' Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity, as well as CNN and a host of others. We polled Florida for Politico in 2008 and correctly showed Barack Obama winning by 1 percentage point.

Paul Greenberg | September 06, 2012

Ever since quisling became a common noun, a synonym for traitor, Norway has produced its share of low scoundrels with high political ambitions. But at least Vidkun Quisling, head of the Nazis' puppet regime in his country, was executed for his various crimes, including murder and treason.

Steve Chapman | September 06, 2012

If there is any issue you can be sure will come up during a presidential election campaign, it's gasoline prices. They are simple, important and plainly visible to anyone who drives. They're the classic pocketbook issue: When prices are low or at least falling, voters somehow feel better than when prices are high or rising.

Emmett Tyrrell | September 06, 2012

At this Democratic National Convention, I am going to be particularly interested in the crowds on the floor. Who cares about what Bill Clinton says? He does not mean it anyway. In the 1990s, he governed like a Republican after saying that "the age of Big Government is over."

David Corbin | September 06, 2012

“Forward,” says the reelection campaign of President Obama. It’s a natural slogan for a president with few concrete results. Why would he want anyone looking back, especially with his own mediocre record in plain view in the rear-view mirror?

Bob Goldman | September 06, 2012

If the management of your company doesn't care enough to offer you the luxury of a treadmill desk, some of the other perks sound good.

Jeff Carter | September 06, 2012

He aggressively pursued the Democrat dream of socializing America’s medical system. Instead of debating the issue, he paid off Congressman and Senators with earmarks and money.

Mike Shedlock | September 06, 2012

Following the 2001 recession, the Greenspan Fed held interest rates too low too long, allowing one last party. And it was the party-of-a-lifetime, culminating in the biggest housing and credit bubbles the world has ever seen.

Brian and Garrett Fahy | September 06, 2012

Often in politics, what is not said is as or more important than what is. Silence can serve as an endorsement, an admission, an evasion, or all of the above. As the Democrats gather in Charlotte for their convention, it is useful to consider what you will not hear or see from the party vowing to move the nation “forward.”

Night Watch | September 06, 2012

If State Department diplomatic security cannot protect the US Consulate in Peshawar, it must be closed.

Chris Poindexter | September 06, 2012

It’s almost sad to point out that if the silver/gold ratio goes any lower, silver will be flashing a sell signal. It’s sad because I was really having fun shopping for silver this summer.

Bob Beauprez | September 06, 2012

Of course the Democrats restored Jerusalem to the platform- along with God- over the objections to many in the hall, making the disaster even worse for the Democrats.

Daniel J. Mitchell | September 06, 2012

To be sure, it’s possible to reverse this trend if we implement entitlement reform. But how likely is that given the short-sighted outlook and self-interested attitude of the political class.

Peter Schiff | September 06, 2012

Holding rates of interest far below market levels (which is the goal of stimulus) alters patterns of consumption, savings, and investment. Fed intervention short-circuits the market driven process that resolves misallocations.

Charles Payne | September 06, 2012

The notion of voting with your mind rather than your heart is why contests are so difficult to call. Not only are people willing to forget their own values but they're also willing to forget or forgive their own conditions.

George Friedman | September 06, 2012

Many observers want to see intense debate over the issues, with matters of personality pushed to the background. But personality can also be viewed as character, and in some ways character is more important than policy in choosing a country's leadership.

Wed, Sep 05, 2012

Ann Coulter | September 05, 2012

Apparently, Monday, Aug. 27, was opening day for Hysterical Liberal Sanctimony About Imagined Republican Racism. During this first round, The New York Times, The Atlantic and the TV networks each put in a splendid showing.

Ben Shapiro | September 05, 2012

If the Republican National Convention was all about the numbers -- unemployment numbers, deficit numbers, tax rates -- the Democratic National Convention thus far has been all about feelings. The keynote address on Tuesday night was delivered by Julian Castro, mayor of San Antonio, who proclaimed that numbers didn't matter -- Barack Obama was the only candidate who could "multiply" individual success.

Marybeth Hicks | September 05, 2012

Ruth and Eric Brown didn’t expect anything to be wrong.

Jeff Jacoby | September 05, 2012

Wrapping up two years as public editor of The New York Times, veteran journalist Arthur Brisbane last week reflected on the liberal slant that often pervades the news coverage of what is still the most influential brand in American newspapers.

Rich Galen | September 05, 2012

It's raining granddaughters in Mullville. The newest was born about two months ago - the Lad's & Ladette's second.

Thomas Sowell | September 05, 2012

We have heard many times from President Barack Obama how he plans to raise taxes on "millionaires and billionaires," but not on the middle class. Apparently, if you don't happen to be a millionaire or billionaire, you don't have to worry.

Michelle Malkin | September 05, 2012

Cue "Fanfare for the Common Man" and rev up the Government Motors engines. Wednesday is Great American Auto Bailout Day at the Democratic National Convention. Party propagandists have prepared a prime-time-ready film touting the "rescue's" benefits for American workers. UAW President Bob King will sing the savior-in-chief's praises.

John Stossel | September 05, 2012

The Republican Convention ended on the theme "Believe in America." That sounded nice, but it was just another platitude. Mitt Romney's speech was filled with platitudes: "We will honor America's democratic ideals. ... We're united to preserve liberty."

Walter E. Williams | September 05, 2012

Let's pretend that we have the political guts to expand economic opportunities for people at the lower end of the economic spectrum. What vested interests should be attacked, and what economic regulations should be targeted for elimination?

Brent Bozell | September 05, 2012

Within minutes of Paul Ryan concluding his convention speech in Tampa, Fla., the media attacks were launched. Why, the man is loose with the facts! He only spews vitriol and nonsense.

Jonah Goldberg | September 05, 2012

You have to feel a little sorry for Team Obama as they squirm to explain why the question "Are you better off now than you were four years ago?" is so unfair.

John Ransom | September 05, 2012

At what point did China become the measure of all things American? Or economic? Oh, yes: It was the moment we elected a guy who thinks the American Dream is a government-sponsored sleep experiment conducted by the National Institutes of Health.

Neal Boortz | September 05, 2012

Please stand back. I’ve been waiting for day to say this; waiting to calm down enough that my keystrokes won’t break the keyboard. I heard some lady say something on TV, and seldom have I heard a more idiotic statement from someone in a position to know better … I mean this is so magnificently ignorant – even stupid – that if this woman’s ignorance were radioactive Democrats could build the mother of all nuclear brain bombs. Just one could wipe out all intelligent life on Earth.

Ken Blackwell | September 05, 2012

Team Obama is desperate to shore up support for their man in the American Jewish community. They are so desperate, in fact, that they are showing Israeli President Shimon Peres’ video to their convention delegates in Charlotte , N.C. Israel ’s president is a largely ceremonial office, lacking real power. But Peres is Israel ’s most famous dove. Like Mr. Obama, he won the Nobel Peace Prize. Like Mr. Obama, many people today ask: Where’s the Peace?

Michael Medved | September 05, 2012

Despite all the posing and polarization of recent weeks, everyone in Washington knows that Republicans and Democrats will reach some big agreement on tax rates within the next four or five months. So if compromise is ultimately inevitable, why wouldn’t President Obama take the lead in brokering that deal before the election, grabbing credit for averting disaster and saving the country from plunging over the dreaded “fiscal cliff”?

Frank J. Fleming | September 05, 2012

The first term of the Obama administration has been a complete failure -- a complete failure of Americans to deserve the great president they elected.

Lurita Doan | September 05, 2012

Four years ago, Barack Obama chose to use ten, grandiose, Greek columns as the backdrop for his speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver. The staging was a rather clumsy effort to substitute showmanship and theatre to help disguise Mr. Obama’s hostility towards American enterprise.

Terry Jeffrey | September 05, 2012

Meritocracy is nowhere more manifest in modern America than on the high school football field.

Austin Bay | September 05, 2012

In the eight years between the fierce October 1993 "Blackhawk Down" battle in Mogadishu, Somalia, and their own 9-11 terror strike on Washington and New York, al-Qaida's leaders touted the U.S. military's indecisive venture in Somalia as conclusive evidence of Western decadence and flagging American will.

Paul Greenberg | September 05, 2012

Maybe it's a function of what's been called the Information Age, which has become more of a digital data age. We're deluged with bytes, mega- and giga-, but not knowledge. Let alone understanding. As for insight, any hope of that was eclipsed long ago by the klieg-light glare of constant exposure. And over-exposure.

Donald Lambro | September 05, 2012

The weakening, job-starved Obama economy looms over the Democrats' national convention this week, casting a pall of gloom over a party paralyzed by its far-left ideology.

Steven Aden | September 05, 2012

Planned Parenthood has announced it will be spending more than $3 million in Ohio and Virginia to ensure Gov. Mitt Romney loses in those two states.

Susan Stamper Brown | September 05, 2012

Barack Obama is probably one of the coolest presidents in American history. He reaches rock star status when cameras catch him sporting his Ray-Ban 3217's, which are, for all you squares out there, designer sunglasses.

Michael Brown | September 05, 2012

There was a lot of talk about the Islamic prayer meeting last Friday in Charlotte. It was sanctioned by the DNC and was expected to draw 20,000. It drew perhaps 200. There was a lot of talk about the Occupy protests that were expected to add a disruptive presence to the city, but less than 1,000 protesters showed up, despite months of hype and build up. There was, however, a rally that drew multiplied thousands of attendees on Sunday and was officially shunned by the DNC. Oh, you didn’t hear about it?

Jacob Sullum | September 05, 2012

If you don't count Clint Eastwood, whose rambling, Bob Newhartesque conversation with an empty chair included implicit criticism of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Rand Paul may have been the only speaker at the Republican National Convention last week who questioned his party's mindless militarism. The Kentucky senator said, "Republicans must acknowledge that not every dollar spent on the military is necessary or well-spent."

Ralph Benko | September 05, 2012

A Saturday Evening Post reporter asked, in 1932, John Maynard Keynes if there had ever been anything like the Great Depression. Keynes replied, “Yes. It was called the Dark Ages and it lasted 400 years.” While the Great Recession is not so severe as was the Great Depression, it begins to appear that the world is enduring something that could be called “The Little Dark Age.”

Marvin Olasky | September 05, 2012

Octavious Bishop, 37, did not need a television to learn about gangsters, pimps, and prostitutes: He only had to look out his window. Growing up without a dad in poor areas of Milwaukee, Memphis, and Houston, with gangs all around him, prisons or coffins were his likely resting places.

Bill Tatro | September 05, 2012

After all the shenanigans, it was always going to be Mitt Romney as Republican nominee. Sometimes, you just know what the final outcome will be.

Dave Ramsey | September 05, 2012

The fact that you’re worried about this situation means you realize that fun and exciting don’t necessarily translate into being wise.

David Williams | September 05, 2012

American taxpayers are quite often skeptical and critical of federal government bureaucracies. That skepticism is amplified when applied to international institutions like the European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN), which receives more than $1 billion in taxpayer dollars.

Jeff Carter | September 05, 2012

One part of the business world that hasn’t been revolutionized yet is business to business services. Usually, creating businesses in B2B has been all about software as a service (SaaS).

Bob Beauprez | September 05, 2012

The August data also revealed the largest number of self-identified Republicans ever recorded by Rasmussen surpassing 37.3% in September 2004, just prior to George W. Bush's re-election victory.

Ken Connor | September 05, 2012

In the three days of "speechifying" that constituted the 2012 Republican National Convention, precious little time or rhetoric was devoted to the topic of abortion. While Messrs Romney and Ryan (along with notable speakers including Condoleezza Rice and Marco Rubio) delivered rousing speeches certain to ignite the conservative base, the American people heard little from Republicans about the death toll of the unborn in America – a staggering number which tops 50 million and continues to climb.

Jeff Crouere | September 05, 2012

For those suffering in the Obama economy, the Democrats will blame Bush, the Republicans in Congress, the tsunami in Japan, the European financial crisis and plenty of other scapegoats.

Robert Knight | September 05, 2012

“Chicago.” Say it again: “Chicago.” You can’t say it enough. That’s because liberals fear that the very name of the city of Al Capone, Mayor Daley, Rahm Emanuel and Barack Obama has become shorthand for dirty politics and redistributionist economics.

Craig Steiner | September 05, 2012

Liberals believe that, under normal circumstances, the government should spend a lot of money right along side the private sector. When an economic slump hits the private sector, they believe the government should spend even more, or the economy will suffer.

Gary Beckner | September 05, 2012

Back to school season is in full swing across the country. As our students and teachers start anew this fall, we should take this opportunity to renew our support and commitment to our nation’s educators as they strive to meet today’s challenges in their classrooms across America.

Mike Shedlock | September 05, 2012

There is certainly room for many commodities to plunge that much, and copper is a prime example.

Chris Poindexter | September 05, 2012

There are so many reasons for the price of gold to be more volatile this week that the low volume and flat pricing gives me the same feeling as when you notice your kids are strangely quiet. What is going on?

Daniel J. Mitchell | September 05, 2012

The United Kingdom has decided to arrest a man for the horrific crime of shooting some thugs that broke into his home. Here are some details from a column in the Telegraph.

Tue, Sep 04, 2012

Lisa De Pasquale | September 04, 2012

As readers know, I enjoy profiling conservative candidates in my column. This week I’d like to introduce you to Dan Bongino, who is running against Sen. Ben Cardin in Maryland. Last week Bongino’s campaign got a boost from Sarah Palin. She posted a link to his website and wrote, “Dan has the message and the ability to become the 51st vote in the Senate to repeal Obamacare and give commonsense conservatives the majority.”

Rachel Marsden | September 04, 2012

By now, it should be pretty clear to anyone with even the faintest pulse that regardless of who ends up winning any future elections, they aren't going to change your personal economic reality quickly enough to suit your liking. Forget relying on politicians to determine your fate. Take charge of your own situation.

Byron York | September 04, 2012

South Carolina is not a swing state. Solidly Republican, it will vote for Mitt Romney by a large margin this November. So why would Gov. Chris Christie, a top Romney supporter and surrogate as well as the GOP convention's keynote speaker, take time out of an extremely busy schedule to visit the South Carolina delegation at the Republican convention in Tampa?

Mona Charen | September 04, 2012

The Byzantine relations between President Obama and former President Bill Clinton could fill several psychology textbooks, providing juicy examples of passive aggression, older man/younger man competition, complex alliances (Hillary as secretary of state is the perfect embodiment of the maxim to "keep your friends close but your enemies closer"), and mutual interests.

Cal Thomas | September 04, 2012

My first political convention was in 1964 when Democrats convened in Atlantic City to nominate Lyndon Johnson for a full term as president. I was a young copyboy at the NBC News network bureau in Washington. We arrived from Washington aboard a chartered DC-3 plane that also carried the late anchor/reporter Frank McGee and his wife.

Jeff Jacoby | September 04, 2012

There is something about a national convention that makes it as fascinating as a revival or a hanging.

Ken Blackwell | September 04, 2012

Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) struck a nerve during his acceptance speech in Tampa, Florida last week. He put his finger on the Obama vision for America and in doing so, may have given Americans a jolt.

Rich Galen | September 04, 2012

As the Democratic Party gathers in Charlotte, North Carolina this week to re-nominate Barack Obama, the big question Republicans are asking Americans to answer this week is: Are you better off now than you were four years ago?

Debra J. Saunders | September 04, 2012

"They lie, and they don't care if people think they lie," California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton told reporter Joe Garofoli before a state delegation breakfast Monday. Burton even brought up that "as long as you lie, Joseph Goebbels, the big lie, you keep repeating it, you know."

Thomas Sowell | September 04, 2012

After reading Barack Obama's book "Dreams from My Father," it became painfully clear that he has not been searching for the truth, because he assumed from an early age that he had already found the truth -- and now it was just a question of filling in the details and deciding how to change things.

Chuck Norris | September 04, 2012

"One by one, we have lost the freedoms that our forefathers, our brothers in arms and my son died for," says the main character in a movie that my wife, Gena, and I have been waiting eagerly to see in theaters. It opens nationwide Friday, Sept. 14, coinciding with the Sept. 11 commemoration of Patriot Day. We are very excited to announce that "Last Ounce of Courage" is the first theatrical motion picture to be awarded with my "Chuck Norris Seal of Approval," in promotion of this independent film.

John Ransom | September 04, 2012

The people of Detroit- and the rest of the country too- just spent three-and-a-half years getting ripped off. And when Biden comes a calling telling them how grateful they should be, there’s only one answer to give.

Pat Buchanan | September 04, 2012

Both the 20th and 21st centuries have seen failed presidencies.

Debra J. Saunders | September 04, 2012

On the door of my home office hangs a collection of press passes I have amassed since I attended the Democratic National Convention in Atlanta in 1988. When I return home at the end of this week, bruised, blistered and tottering from lack of sleep, I shall hang my new trophies with their brethren and pause to think of how lucky I am.

Phyllis Schlafly | September 04, 2012

The businesses that support and lobby for so-called free trade are always trying to wrap themselves in Ronald Reagan. But that's false because Reagan would not have allowed America to be cheated coming and going by foreign countries.

Bill Murchison | September 04, 2012

On with the campaign, then. And guess what. It's going to be a campaign after all, bearing no resemblance to the schizoid Republican effort of 2008, with John McCain (solid citizen, non-ripsnorter) selling good will and random platitudes, Sarah Palin selling mostly herself.

Jeff Carter | September 04, 2012

Instead of calling today Labor Day, I’d call it Innovators Day.

Jerry Bowyer | September 04, 2012

I find it so strange that so many of the hardliners on illegal immigration come from the social conservative/Christian wing of the party.

Armstrong Williams | September 04, 2012

After a well-executed Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., it is now time for the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.?

Charles Payne | September 04, 2012

It's all the rage to be mean.

Daniel Pipes | September 04, 2012

"President Obama has thrown allies like Israel under the bus." That's what Mitt Romney, Republican candidate for president, said in the high-profile speech accepting his party's nomination last week, repeating a slang phrase for sacrificing a friend for selfish reasons that he had deployed before, for example in May 2011 and Jan. 2012.

Mike Shedlock | September 04, 2012

Contrary to popular myth, recession does not mean two consecutive quarters of economic contraction. Rather, two consecutive quarters of economic contraction is a sufficient, but not necessary condition.

Hal Scherz | September 04, 2012

This tactic is destined to fail because President Obama underestimates women and does not give them enough credit.

Daniel J. Mitchell | September 04, 2012

This high level of joblessness presumably reduces Obama’s chances of getting reelected, so you would think that Democrats would be very leery of proposals that increase the cost of job creation.

Chris Poindexter | September 04, 2012

If the silver/gold ratio drops below 50, it may be tempting to lock in some silver sales. Silver is a harder call on the sell side because of the wild volatility in prices.

Mon, Sep 03, 2012

Michael Barone | September 03, 2012

The 40th Republican National Convention is now history, and political strategists and pundits are poring over the poll numbers to see whether Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are getting a post-convention bounce in what have been very closely divided polls.

Mike Adams | September 03, 2012

Occasionally, a columnist must issue an apology for something he wrote that, while seeming correct at the time, later proved to be misguided. Today, is one of those occasions where I must take the time to write a retraction concerning a column I wrote some time ago. Although it has been roughly four years since the column appeared, I am still compelled to offer an apology.

Star Parker | September 03, 2012

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

John Ransom | September 03, 2012

Perhaps it’s time to do away with the throwaway holiday of Labor Day. Instead, maybe on the first Monday in September we should remember things that matter, like those people who died in the 9/11 tragedy.

Bruce Bialosky | September 03, 2012

With the election coming up, many people believe that the stakes for our country are as big as they have ever been.

Dan Holler | September 03, 2012

Although many policy wonks were starved for details last week, and will be again this week, political conventions are properly understood as political theater. The big themes coming out of the conventions will provide structure to the remainder of the presidential contest. The policy details should (in theory) fall neatly under those broad themes, giving Americans a clear choice in November.

Matt Barber | September 03, 2012

Woe to any scientist with an interest in objectively researching and reporting on “LGBT”-related issues. If your findings fail the left’s socio-political “butterflies-and-rainbows” litmus test, the “progressive” establishment will try to destroy you – guaranteed.

Kyle Olson | September 03, 2012

Bill Brockmiller sought to “express extreme sorrow” in admitting to being busted in a prostitution sting in western Wisconsin. Brockmiller, president of the Western Wisconsin AFL-CIO, said he’s been dealing with “extreme personal baggage,” according to the La Crosse Tribune.

Doug French | September 03, 2012

Now that millions have migrated to the southwest and private industry has invested millions of dollars, Hoover and FDR's promises have confined those living and doing business in the west "in the straitjacket of an ever-intensifying water shortage."

Stewart Scott | September 03, 2012

Violence in the workplace is a serious security problem in the United States and elsewhere, although it is not nearly as widespread as the media coverage suggests.

Mike Shedlock | September 03, 2012

Where is the list of names? Which banks and politicians profited from these shady deals?

Mark Calabria | September 03, 2012

So if Democrats want to continue to push for higher minimum wages, with the resulting higher unemployment, they should stop claiming to have any scientific backing for the position and just admit that they want to redistribute from one group of Americans to another group.

Shawn Mitchell | September 03, 2012

Eastwood brought many additional eyes to the campaign, that night, and still as the online hits tally up.

Daniel J. Mitchell | September 03, 2012

Wow, Johnny Depp complaining that he doesn’t want to “work for free.” What is he, some sort of radical libertarian from the Tea Party?

Chris Poindexter | September 03, 2012

The talk has now turned from “if” the Fed is going to inject cash into the economy to how much.

Morgan Brittany | September 03, 2012

No matter who I spoke to though, the number one concern was the economy and how it was affecting them now and in the future.

Jeff Carter | September 03, 2012

Republicans for all their talk about embracing free markets and ending central planning forgot that at their convention. You can forgive Democrats, because they are all about deciding for you.

George Friedman | September 03, 2012

Today, the will to believe in the European Union and in NATO, rather than to recognize that nations ultimately must guarantee their own national security, is an issue for Poland to settle.

Michael F. Cannon | September 03, 2012

Krugman is again selflessly trying to instill in us his respect for evidence and his command of the facts. For some reason, I have yet to absorb either.

Sun, Sep 02, 2012

Austin Hill | September 02, 2012

The Republican convention ends. The polls tighten. Romney visits storm-ravaged Louisiana. President Obama visits military families in Texas.

Derek Hunter | September 02, 2012

The Republican convention has ended, and it was a rousing success. We know this because of the amount of venom spewed on MSNBC. On the Chris Matthews Flying-Spittle Meter, it rated at least an 11 out of 10.

John Ransom | September 02, 2012

If I was that kind of guy who called names, I would call you names like: piker, pinhead, lemonhead, clod-patted moron, doofus, progressive pig-dog, lickspittle, ignoramus, dunce, dunderhead, or even the cystic mystic. But instead I call you… comrade. Da?

Salena Zito | September 02, 2012

Ann Romney said on Wednesday that she felt welcomed and energized when she stepped onto the stage here at the Republican National Convention to introduce her husband, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, to millions of Americans watching on television.

Debra J. Saunders | September 02, 2012

You could say that the film "2016: Obama's America" is the GOP equivalent of Michael Moore's "Roger and Me." The documentary is based on conservative firebrand Dinesh D'Souza's 2010 book, "The Roots of Obama's Rage."

Kyle Olson | September 02, 2012

Just a few short years ago, communist sympathizers were typically run out of government. Today, they’re given leadership positions. At least that’s the case in Connecticut.

Jeff Carter | September 02, 2012

This is the third time since 2009 that the Fed has engaged in a radical maneuver to stimulate growth in the economy. Except it never works. All it does is devalue the money that you have, and artificially inflate the prices of hard assets you own.

Mark Baisley | September 02, 2012

The Electoral College is very deliberately not a popular-vote method; that being one vote counted for every person voting. Rather, it comes from a place of time-honored wisdom that receives a certain validation whenever someone with the intellectual stature of Al Gore kicks it around.

Marita Noon | September 02, 2012

When you hear claims that additional Clean Air Act regulations will improve public health, think about the broader consequences. An America without abundant, available, and affordable energy is not an America that benefits the middle class or the poor. It hurts. It is unhealthy.

Larry Kudlow | September 02, 2012

Kudlow is interviewed at the Republican National Convention

Bill Tatro | September 02, 2012

As housing prices continue to plummet, irrespective of a dead cat bounce, that’s deflation. And with my new computer being half the price from a few years ago with three-times the power, that’s deflation. However, I must admit that shrinkage is running rampant, and most assuredly, that is inflation?

Paul Tracy | September 02, 2012

Right now this stock yields 4.7%... and it's one of the most stable dividend-payers in the United States. During the recession, dividends stayed steady, but in the past five years, investors have enjoyed five annual dividend increases.

Charles Payne | September 02, 2012

The stock market is higher than it was back in June 2009 but that's the only thing that corroborates the notion the recession is over.

Michael Youssef | September 02, 2012

The Old Testament prophets dealt with corruption and godlessness in Israel and Judah. And God had to punish the people for their sins and for breaking the covenant that had been established between themselves and Yahweh.

Douglas MacKinnon | September 02, 2012

More than anything, what the just completed Republican convention showed is that Mitt Romney is an incredibly decent, moral, and honorable man.

Daniel J. Mitchell | September 02, 2012

I’m not worried that the Republicans will put spending cuts ahead of tax cuts. I’m worried that they won’t do spending cuts at all -even using the dishonest DC definition.

Mike Shedlock | September 02, 2012

There is more bilateral trade between Germany and China, so fundamentally it makes sense that this agreement would be worked out. Indeed, mathematically, the markets would eventually force such an agreement.

Paul Jacob | September 02, 2012

Honoring the unsung, the necessary, the heroic. The workers and the folks who hire them.