Sat, Sep 15, 2012

John C. Goodman | September 15, 2012

Two things about the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) are increasingly clear: (1) seniors have been singled out and forced to bear a disproportionate share of the cost of a new entitlement for young people and (2) the states are administratively just not ready to implement the new program in time for its January 1, 2014, start date.

Ken Blackwell | September 15, 2012

Apple is a great American success story and we can say of the late Steve Jobs: You did build that. But there’s a problem with Apple in China. The Beijing government’s forced abortion policy is worming its way into the factories of Apple, Inc. Twenty-four of these factories, it is reported, have helped the Communist government’s brutal efforts to prevent so-called unauthorized births to Chinese mothers.

Caroline Glick | September 15, 2012

As he suffocated to death at the US Consulate in Benghazi on the 11th anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the US, did US Ambassador Christopher Stevens understand why he and his fellow Americans were being murdered?

Humberto Fontova | September 15, 2012

You just knew Che Guevara would show up as an icon of the union demonstrators in Chicago. Why? Well, let’s consider the factors in this demonstration by union-educators who were mostly educated by other union-educators.

John Ransom | September 15, 2012

To paraphrase Abraham Lincoln, we are now far into the third year since a policy was initiated under Obama with the avowed object and confident promise of putting an end to labor agitation. Under the operation of that policy, that agitation has not only not ceased, but has constantly augmented. In my opinion, it will not cease until a crisis shall have been reached and passed.

Harry R. Jackson, Jr. | September 15, 2012

For most Americans, the meaning of marriage is simply common sense. Marriage as the union of one man and one woman is at the heart of what most of us believe family should be. Even if we don’t all manage to live out that belief as perfectly as we would like, not everyone who opposes the redefinition of marriage to include homosexual couples has a detailed explanation for their position. Just because someone is divorced, for example, does not mean he or she does not believe in traditional marriage. Everyday folks understand that society needs strong ideals to bring out the best in imperfect people.

Kathryn Lopez | September 15, 2012

Deepening crisis: This phrase was used at a conference on international religious liberty at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 12. The timing of the gathering, which included activists, diplomats and prominent religious leaders, took on a heightened significance, as it was held just hours after attacks against U.S. consulates and embassies in Egypt, Libya and elsewhere, violent incidents that were ostensibly sparked by religious outrage.

Paul Driessen | September 15, 2012

Pick up any 40-year-old science textbook – on chemistry, biology, geology, physics, astronomy or medicine – and you’ll find a slew of “facts” and theories that have been proven wrong or are no longer the “consensus” view. Climatology is no exception.

Ed Feulner | September 15, 2012

On Sept. 10, 2001, I flew back to Washington from Frankfurt, Germany, with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. We discussed a host of domestic and foreign policy issues before landing at Dulles International Airport that bright, crisp fall day. Neither of us had any idea how our worlds, and the worlds of every American -- indeed, of everyone “on the planet,” as Newt often says -- would be completely upended within the next 24 hours.

Benjamin Bull | September 15, 2012

A brief glance to Britain’s past, and one can see that it was only after centuries of bloody battles and religious intolerance that freedom of religion was finally secured. However, just a few short years into the new era of “equality,” and that freedom is being eroded at an alarming rate.

Steve Deace | September 15, 2012

Contrary to what you’ve heard from the liberal media and the Republican Party establishment, which are becoming virtually indistinguishable these days if you ask me, the Todd Akin saga isn’t about his much-maligned mangled comments.

Jeff Carter | September 15, 2012

No doubt, prices are headed higher. It’s not just QE3. That will certainly send commodity prices higher. But since we have had one of the poorest corn crops in the last twenty years, prices of all goods are going up.

George Jarkesy | September 15, 2012

It is becoming increasingly more difficult to balance informing investors, protecting trade and business secrets, protecting system information and manipulation from unknown cyber-terrorists.

Phil Kerpen | September 15, 2012

On September 13, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent an internal email to its staff under the subject line "Hispanic Heritage Month."

Bill Tatro | September 15, 2012

As authorities looked the other way or gave token resistance to Nazi outrages, the biggest quandary for the U.S. media was how to respond to a regime that in some quarters had been lionized.

Night Watch | September 15, 2012

The number of governments and groups around the world that have expressed condolences to the US for the deaths in Benghazi is larger than the number of countries that have experienced protests. However, the number of governments that specifically have denounced the breaching of the US Embassy compound in Cairo is much smaller.

Chris Poindexter | September 15, 2012

The Federal Reserve hammered savers and dared inflation by pointing out that people without jobs can’t save any money in the first place.

Larry Kudlow | September 15, 2012

We tried Volcker's plan 30 years ago and you know what? It worked. Maybe we should try it again.

Fri, Sep 14, 2012

Matt Bowman | September 14, 2012

On Wednesday, Missouri lawmakers ignored the warnings of the Obama administration and overrode their governor’s veto to enact religious exemptions to the abortion pill mandate.

Rich Galen | September 14, 2012

In the Godfather Part II, Al Pacino, as Michael Corleone, says "My father taught me many things in this room. One of them was 'Keep your friends close … and your enemies closer.'"

Michael Brown | September 14, 2012

In April 2003, Senator Rick Santorum stated that, “If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual [gay] sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything.” For this he was mocked and vilified. It turns out he was right.

Hugh Hewitt | September 14, 2012

If an American consulate had been attacked and four Americans including the ambassador slaughtered on George W. Bush's watch --on a 9/11, no less-- the outrage broadcast over the nation's elite media would have been intense and round-the-clock.

John Hawkins | September 14, 2012

After George W. Bush defeated Al Gore at the ballot box and in a rare show of fortitude for a Republican, didn't stand by haplessly wringing his hands when Gore tried to lawyer his way into the White House, liberals were outraged.

Thomas Sowell | September 14, 2012

Who would have thought that God and Jerusalem would become controversial issues at this year's Democratic National Convention?

Michelle Malkin | September 14, 2012

Wazzup, President Obama? You've got room on your schedule to schmooze hip-hop radio DJs, debate Nicki Minaj's rap lyrics, hobnob with big donor celebs Jay-Z and Beyonce, and hang with Hollywood gossip TV anchors.

Brent Bozell | September 14, 2012

Veteran reporter Sharon Waxman knew she'd found a new low. Reporting from the Toronto Film Festival, she revealed the viewpoint of director Nick Cassavetes, which she summarized in a headline: "Who Gives a Damn? Love Who You Want." The topic was incest.

Jonah Goldberg | September 14, 2012

An incendiary video about the prophet Muhammad, "Innocence of Muslims," was blamed for the mob attacks on our embassies in Libya and Egypt (and later, Yemen). In Libya, Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were murdered. The video stirred some passion here in America as well.

Mike Adams | September 14, 2012

The best argument against liberalism is that it doesn’t work. That should be obvious to any teacher who has to deal with student cheating. Even some sociology teachers are beginning to learn this although they are not aware that they are learning it. Like rats in a Skinner box, their behavior is being modified by reality even when they lack the intellectual capacity to recognize it. It warms my heart to see old liberals changing their ways, even if mindlessly. So I have written a column about it, which I am hoping will someday be reprinted by the New York Times.

David Limbaugh | September 14, 2012

The liberal media gave the ceaselessly political President Obama a pass for campaigning instead of performing his presidential duties when they were most needed, while they castigated Mitt Romney for being political when he was the only one of the two acting presidential.

Mona Charen | September 14, 2012

President Obama's weakness in foreign policy is a contributor to the events of the last several days in the Middle East.

Scott Rasmussen | September 14, 2012

The health care debate is a great example of why Americans hate politics.

Oliver North | September 14, 2012

The storming of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and the brutal murders of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, produced chaos this week in the so-called mainstream media.

Pat Buchanan | September 14, 2012

Is it not long past time to do a cost-benefit analysis of our involvement in the Middle and Near East?

Suzanne Fields | September 14, 2012

Not so long ago, many youngsters wanted to grow up to be a teacher, and parents were pleased to encourage them. Not any longer. Teachers have become the Rodney Dangerfields of postmodern America. They typically can say, "I don't get no respect."

John Ransom | September 14, 2012

There was a time in this country when ordinary people understood the connection between high gas prices and a sluggish economy. There was time in this country when even government economists and network journalists knew this fact.

Diana West | September 14, 2012

Two historic attacks on U.S. territory marked the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, and what happened? The Obama administration surrendered our constitutional principles. The first was a "blasphemy" riot that breached the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, whereupon thugs burned the American flag and hoisted in its place the traditional black flag of Islam that flies over al-Qaida and other jihad movements.

Linda Chavez | September 14, 2012

Children in Chicago may soon be back in school, if members of the 26,000-member Chicago Federation of Teachers vote to accept a new contract whose details at this writing are still being finalized. But are there any winners in this confrontation in the nation's third-largest school district with some 350,000 students?

Paul Greenberg | September 14, 2012

How to make a silk purse: First you hand Barack Obama a sow's ear. He'll explain it may look pretty bad, but it's really pretty good. Like the latest jobs report, which only an incumbent president could profess to love. Here's how this president presents it: "Today we learned that after losing around 800,000 jobs a month when I took office, business once again added jobs for the 30th month in a row, a total of 4.6 million jobs."

Donald Lambro | September 14, 2012

The core of Barack Obama's campaign is built upon the fallacious idea that Mitt Romney's plan to get the economy growing again will take us back to the policies that caused the Great Recession in the first place.

Kyle Olson | September 14, 2012

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a pension reform bill Wednesday which, among other things, increases the retirement age for future public employees, limits post-retirement employment for all employees and ends the purchasing of additional service credit time for all employees, according to California Federation of Teachers Legislative Representative Dolores Sanchez.

Maggie Gallagher | September 14, 2012

My first honest reaction to the new memoir by recent Yale graduate Nathan Harden was shock. Not shock at the sexual shenanigans he relates in "Sex and God at Yale," but shock that America is still so good a country that it can produce brilliant young men innocent enough to be capable of shock when exposed to a systematically degraded sexual culture.

Craig Steiner | September 14, 2012

This is a commitment by the Federal Reserve to an open-ended, unlimited QE3--to the tune of $40 billion per month--until they push the economic string long enough to tighten it.

Lincoln Brown | September 14, 2012

Here is a partial list of fines and penalties levied by the EPA against corporations and individuals starting with this calendar year. And remember, this is a partial list.

Bill Tatro | September 14, 2012

The premise of QE3 is that countries such as China, Brazil, Germany, and even Russia will sit idly by and say “thank you, Ben, for destroying my export base.”

Paul Kengor | September 14, 2012

In the last 24 hours, beginning with the 11th anniversary of 9/11, all hell has broken loose in the Middle East. Our diplomatic missions in Egypt and Libya have been attacked, with the U.S. ambassador to Libya among those brutally murdered by Islamists.

Paul Tracy | September 14, 2012

If you're a regular Investor Update reader, then you know I'm a fan of buying stock in the world's greatest businesses. Put simply, these are companies that dominate their industries and return billions to shareholders in the form of dividends and share buybacks.

Casey Mattox | September 14, 2012

Remember just a decade or so ago when the mantra of the abortion industry was that abortion should be “safe, legal, and rare?” It was even in the Democrat Party platform for a while.

Marita Noon | September 14, 2012

The ongoing unrest in the Middle East draws attention to the need for an energy policy that moves to quickly make American resources available for the United States.

Night Watch | September 14, 2012

Every student of international affairs and international diplomacy knows this. Every experienced foreign policy staff and every competent journalist knows this. But not this State Department and not this US administration and not mainstream US news services. The US simply failed to defend itself.

Fritz Pfister | September 14, 2012

The media can lie and distort just like Obama, but this time the middle class won’t be fooled. They are living Obama’s fundamental transformation. There’s not enough corrupt media to overcome what they are living.

Thu, Sep 13, 2012

Cliff May | September 13, 2012

First, the good news: sanctions have helped drive Iran’s currency to its lowest level ever, half its value from a year ago. Meanwhile, Iran’s oil exports are down almost 45% in July, the most recent month for which data are available.

Rebecca Hagelin | September 13, 2012

Theologian Wayne Grudem writes in Politics According to the Bible, “Christians should support the candidates who best represent moral and political values consistent with biblical teaching, no matter what his or her religious background or convictions.”

Thomas Sowell | September 13, 2012

Politics takes a lot of brass. And Bill Clinton is a master politician. His rousing speech at the Democrats' convention told the delegates that Republicans "want to go back to the same old policies that got us into trouble in the first place."

Michael Barone | September 13, 2012

One of the services of the Simpson-Bowles Commission was to set out a path for tax reform, with lower income tax rates and removal of many tax preferences -- or, to use the commission's term, tax expenditures.

Victor Davis Hanson | September 13, 2012

The theme of the president's 2012 re-election campaign is that George W. Bush left such a terrible mess that Barack Obama could hardly be expected to clean it up in four years.

Larry Elder | September 13, 2012

Maybe comparing Republicans to Nazis started with the 1964 Goldwater/Johnson presidential race.

Judge Andrew Napolitano | September 13, 2012

What if the principal parties' candidates for president really agree more than they disagree?

Michael Reagan | September 13, 2012

"I absolutely love my Chevy Volt." That's what the smug guy in the TV commercial says when he's praising the virtues of his plug-in hybrid and boasting that he hasn't seen a gas pump in months.

Ken Blackwell | September 13, 2012

In the dreary years of Depression and drift leading up to World War II, there was always a difference of perception between Britain and France about the Hitler threat. France wanted to strike Hitler when he marched into the Rhineland in 1936.

Cal Thomas | September 13, 2012

"There is no right to strike against the public safety by anybody, anywhere, any time." -- Calvin Coolidge, responding to the 1919 Boston police strike.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | September 13, 2012

So far, the presidential race has focused on the economy, health care and jobs. Events this week are likely to change the course of the presidential election.

Frank J. Fleming | September 13, 2012

Hey, remember when 6% was considered to be high unemployment? That's certainly a distant memory now that we've had higher than 8% unemployment for over three and a half years. But don't worry: President Obama is convinced that he's making good progress and that if he can just continue being president -- and if the Republicans are magically more accommodating in his next term -- everything will be super. Plus, if he can just tax the rich some more, then somehow -- no one can quite explain how -- that will turn everything around.

Debra J. Saunders | September 13, 2012

They don't fear us, and they don't respect us. That's the only message you can take away from an Egyptian mob's attack on the U.S. Embassy in Cairo during which rioters scaled embassy walls and tore down the American flag on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

John Ransom | September 13, 2012

In Chicago, coddled teachers, in what is one of the chronically worst school districts in the nation, have rejected a 16 percent raise over four years and have chosen to hit the picket line demanding higher wages and better benefits than small business owner have.

Matt Towery | September 13, 2012

Sept. 11, 2012, seemed like it was going to be another solemn day to remember the events of Sept. 11, 2001 -- and, by pure coincidence, a day that Republican Mitt Romney was to take an endless parade of negative articles from top conservatives and Republicans blasting his namby-pamby campaign against Barack Obama.

Emmett Tyrrell | September 13, 2012

Nuts. The Democratic National Convention is over. Watching Bill Clinton, Jean-Fran‡ois Kerry, Joe Biden, Barack Obama and all the other preposterosities -- not least being the widely under-depreciated Sandra Fluck -- I fell under a spell. I thought the convention would go on forever. There would be no need for horror movies, action movies, X-Treme sports, cockfights or soap operas. I could enjoy them all in the comfort of my own home -- all provided by the Democratic National Committee, safely watched over by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and probably select units of the North Carolina National Guard.

Steve Chapman | September 13, 2012

I'm a little hazy on the particulars, but as I understand things from the Democratic convention, a team of Navy SEALs landed in Detroit to save General Motors, and then autoworkers ran over Osama bin Laden repeatedly with a Chevy Volt.

Bill Tatro | September 13, 2012

Lately, the thirst for higher yields has driven an inordinately large group of people to find solace in this junk bond arena. Never in history have we seen yields on garbage this low, and consequently, prices this high.

Night Watch | September 13, 2012

Apologies by the innocent victims of violence are acts of submission that stoke demands for greater acts of submission, even in US culture.

Lincoln Brown | September 13, 2012

The problem with outsourcing your problems to thugs and barbarians is just that: They are thugs and barbarians.

Jeff Carter | September 13, 2012

Remember when people Monday morning quarterbacked the issue of “too big to fail”, and “too much risk concentrated in too few hands”. The system we are developing enhances those risks like a weightlifter on steroids.

Mike Gallagher | September 13, 2012

If they Chicago teachers strike proves just one thing, it is this; liberals hate teachers. If you would permit me, let me explain this seemingly counterintuitive statement.

Bob Beauprez | September 13, 2012

Obama has rejected a meeting request from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for later this month when the PM will be in New York for meetings at the United Nations. Netanyahu even volunteered to travel to Washington, DC to accommodate Obama's schedule.

Chris Poindexter | September 13, 2012

Prices for gold and silver got a boost from a resurgent euro after the German high court paved the way for the ECB to print almost unlimited euros in an effort to dig out of the current economic slump.

Wed, Sep 12, 2012

Ann Coulter | September 12, 2012

When President Obama intervened in Libya last year, he claimed that "it's in our national interest to act" to remove a tyrant who -- in response to Bush's invasion of Iraq -- had just given up his weapons of mass destruction and pledged to be America's BFF.

Wayne Allyn Root | September 12, 2012

Few Americans understood the significance of President Obama’s most important line in his Presidential re-election speech at last week’s Democratic National Convention. Obama promised he'd pursue "the kind of bold, persistent experimentation that Franklin Roosevelt (FDR) pursued during the only crisis worse than this one." The implications of that promise are truly frightening. As history has already proven - they will lead to economic disaster.

Michael Youssef | September 12, 2012

With yesterday’s storming of American diplomatic offices in Egypt and Libya, the world is now watching the true colors of Islamists—something that those of us with experience have known all along. Unfortunately the Obama administration has been doggedly colorblind to the Islamists’ true colors.

John Stossel | September 12, 2012

Bill Clinton got rave reviews for his speech at the Democratic National Convention. My wife said: “Clinton was great. He made Republicans look like liars and losers.” Clinton, now a sainted elder statesman, also gets credit for the booming economy of the ‘90s.

Rich Galen | September 12, 2012

If you think the Administration of Barak Obama has its arms around foreign policy read this from the Associated Press yesterday: "Ultraconservative Islamist protesters climbed the walls of the United States Embassy in Cairo on Tuesday and took down the American flag, replacing it with a black flag with an Islamic inscription to protest a movie attacking Islam's prophet, Muhammad."

Marybeth Hicks | September 12, 2012

On Monday, Chicago’s 26,000 public school teachers walked out of the classroom and, after a quick stop at Target for red T-shirts, assembled in the Windy City’s downtown Loop to make this crucial point: It’s not about the children. It’s about us.

Jeff Jacoby | September 12, 2012

"If you want to go to college," my mother said, "you'll have to get a scholarship."

Thomas Sowell | September 12, 2012

The theme that most seemed to rouse the enthusiasm of delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte was that we are all responsible for one another -- and that Republicans don't want to help the poor, the sick and the helpless.

Michelle Malkin | September 12, 2012

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis walks, talks and barks like a rootsy Occupy Wall Street activist. But this Big Labor loudmouth who's leading the abandonment of nearly 400,000 schoolchildren in the Windy City is just another power-grabbing union fat cat.

Walter E. Williams | September 12, 2012

Within the past decade, I've written columns titled "Deception 101," "Stubborn Ignorance" and "Exploiting Public Ignorance," all explaining which branch of the federal government has taxing and spending authority. So here it is again: The first clause of Article 1, Section 7 of the U.S. Constitution, generally known as the "origination clause," reads: "All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills."

Gerald Molen | September 12, 2012

My new film, "2016 Obama's America," has been in theaters for a little over seven weeks and is no longer going unnoticed. Those who make their living reviewing films are coming out in droves on both sides of the opinion spectrum and those reviewers who find the film entertaining, educational and even inspiring are not only right but now once again in the minority.

Brent Bozell | September 12, 2012

The conventions have come and gone, but as always, the TV network "news" coverage of Tampa and Charlotte demonstrated once again that these people have no intention of trying to be equally positive or equally aggressive with the two major parties. Their obvious, but unstated, agenda is to drag Obama over the finish line to re-election.

Jonah Goldberg | September 12, 2012

"Forward" is a perfectly appropriate slogan for progressives. Progress suggests forward or upward motion. That's why revolutionaries and radicals as well as liberal incrementalists have always embraced some derivation of the forward trope. So ingrained are these directional concepts in our political language, we often forget they are mere geographic metaphors applied -- and often misapplied -- to policy disputes.

Bob Barr | September 12, 2012

Lance Armstrong, one of the greatest endurance athletes of modern times, who won the grueling Tour de France bicycle race a record seven consecutive times from 1995 to 2005, has been stripped of all awards and prizes he won during his storied cycling career. The reason for these harsh sanctions against Armstrong was a finding by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) that the athlete had used illicit, performance-enhancing drugs during his cycling career. Yet, because of its status as unaccountable regulatory power, the USADA never had to prove its case against Armstrong.

Ken Blackwell | September 12, 2012

President Barack Obama enjoys attacking Mitt Romney for his work at Bain Capital, while portraying it as a vampire-like operation, destroying the livelihoods of entire communities for short-term gain. Obama's donors funding his Super PAC, Priorities USA, even went so far as to blame Romney for the death of a laid-off worker's cancer-stricken wife.

Michael Medved | September 12, 2012

The Democrats who gathered in Charlotte tried to cast themselves as the party of working people, or of struggling middle-class families, or of aggrieved and downtrodden Americans in every corner of the economy. In presidential politics, however, a more accurate designation would identify the Dems as the party of lawyers: with the re-nomination of Obama and Biden, all six available spots on the last three national tickets have gone to working attorneys.

Ben Shapiro | September 12, 2012

This week, writer-director Nick Cassavetes released his new movie, "Yellow," about a woman having an affair with her brother. "I have no experience with incest," says Cassavetes. "We started thinking about that. We had heard a few stories where brothers and sisters were completely, absolutely in love with one another. You know what? This whole movie is about judgment, and lack of it, and doing what you want."

Terry Jeffrey | September 12, 2012

In 1989, the year President Ronald Reagan left office and the Berlin Wall came down, total spending by the Department of Defense equaled $468.7 billion in constant 2005 dollars, according to the Office of Management and Budget.

John Ransom | September 12, 2012

The GAI numbers tells us that Obama only showed up for 49 of the 130 regularly scheduled intelligence briefings. But that’s probably good news. Because let’s just say that Obama’s had some problems keeping intelligence sources and methods secret.

Austin Bay | September 12, 2012

In an interview broadcast last week on a Kremlin-bankrolled television channel, Russian President Vladimir Putin re-introduced high-tech and high-stakes defense policy to the U.S. presidential election.

Donald Lambro | September 12, 2012

August's abysmally weak job growth proved yet again that Barack Obama's economic policies are a miserable failure that will continue to undermine our country until he leaves office.

Kyle Olson | September 12, 2012

On the first day of the Chicago Teachers Union strike, the union had the gall to use student protesters as props in its fight for bigger raises and better benefits, but less accountability.

Susan Stamper Brown | September 12, 2012

Life is messy and full of unexpected twists along the way leaving even the most obsessive control freaks among us feeling a bit undone, considering so much of the change introduced into our lives is rarely invited and not always good.

Jacob Sullum | September 12, 2012

Sandra Fluke's claim to fame, aside from provoking Rush Limbaugh's misogynistic ire, is that she chose to attend Georgetown Law School, knowing full well that the Catholic university's student health plan did not cover birth control, and then demanded that the policy be changed, under force of law, as a matter of "reproductive justice."

Chris Poindexter | September 12, 2012

Equities seem expensive right now and all it would take is a whiff of bad news to push the markets lower. I’m going to wait out September before sinking any money into the markets as I can’t shake the feeling there’s a 300 point drop waiting out there.

Ken Connor | September 12, 2012

According to the breathless reviews of MSNBC correspondents and the like, the Democratic National Convention was a smashing success. With celebrity cameos, notable speeches by Michelle Obama, Bill Clinton, and Joe Biden, and a grand finale oration chock-full of the "hope and change" rhetoric that won Obama the White House in 2008, it was by all accounts a great week for Democrats.

Christina Villegas | September 12, 2012

President Obama recently dismissed Republican praise for economic freedom, limited government, and fiscal responsibility as “an agenda that was better-suited for the last century.”

Paul Tracy | September 12, 2012

While there's no question that foreign markets harbor some of the best income stocks in the world -- if you're simply searching for stocks that offer fat dividend yields, then you're taking on far more risk than you might imagine.

Ralph Benko | September 12, 2012

Obama, belying his slogan of “Forward,” relentlessly pushes to return America to the Ford-Carter era of higher marginal tax rates and easy money. Romney credibly promises to get tax policy right and offers a possibility of monetary reform. Obama declaims: “The path we offer may be harder but it leads to a better place.” He’s half right. Obama’s path is harder. But it leads only to more of the same… and to ever greater hardship.

Night Watch | September 12, 2012

For now, most knowledgeable experts, including two reports last week, judge that the Syrian Army remains intact and combat effective against the opposition.

Mark Calabria | September 12, 2012

The CFPB is only one of the many obstacles to job creation and consumer credit in our economy. Restructuring or eliminating the agency would certainly improve outcomes, both for our economy and consumers in general.

Jeff Carter | September 12, 2012

Many are politicizing all types of success. If you have a good degree from a top institution, they demean it. If you grew up with money, there is no possible way that you could understand anything a poor person understands no matter what your experience is.

Bob Beauprez | September 12, 2012

Jed Babbin, a former deputy undersecretary of defense and widely published author, analyzed the "Are you better off…" question from a foreign policy/national security perspective. His conclusion: "America's enemies are, not our allies."

George Friedman | September 12, 2012

The Israeli and American positions are intimately connected, but the precise nature of the connection is less clear. Israel publicly casts itself as eager to strike Iran but restrained by the United States, though unable to guarantee it will respect American wishes if Israel sees an existential threat emanating from Iran.

Tue, Sep 11, 2012

Chris Robling | September 11, 2012

It was a goofy, vacuous speech that capped a goofy, vacuous gathering.

Frank Gaffney | September 11, 2012

Eleven years after 9/11, President Obama would have us believe that, at least with respect to our national security, we are better off than we were when he came to office.

Rachel Marsden | September 11, 2012

It would seem that we're now at the stage of global economic lunacy where the worldwide socialist slide is so far gone that the president of Russia is lecturing the world, and particularly Europe, about the risks of socialism.

Michael Brown | September 11, 2012

If all human beings should have the right to marry (or simply be with) the one they love, as proponents of same-sex “marriage” constantly tell us, then why shouldn’t adult, incestuous couples enjoy that same “right”? Hollywood director Nick Cassavetes is the latest to say, “Why not?”, and I for one am not in the least bit surprised.

John Hawkins | September 11, 2012

Forward is not a destination. If you'd asked Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot or their supporters if they were taking their nations forward, they'd have undoubtedly said "yes."

Thomas Sowell | September 11, 2012

Former president Bill Clinton told the Democratic National Convention that Barack Obama has a plan to rescue the economy, and only the fact that the Republicans stood in his way has stopped him from getting the economy out of the doldrums.

Chuck Norris | September 11, 2012

I believe freedom is worth fighting for. I am committed to protecting the freedoms our forefathers guaranteed to us in our Constitution. There are many politicians who disagree with me, although they are loath to admit it, but their true colors show in voting records on critical legislation.

David Limbaugh | September 11, 2012

The November elections are a Republican landslide begging to materialize, but will the GOP make it happen? I believe so. I'm not buying these negative polls, but to increase our chances, let's sharpen the message, not dilute it.

Mona Charen | September 11, 2012

The Clinton line, an elaboration of Obama excuse No. 37 for the dismal economy (after the Arab Spring, ATMs, the euro crisis and tomato blight in Mrs. Obama's White House garden), goes like this: The economy was so damaged by George W. Bush-era policies that "no president" could have been expected to do better than the record-high poverty, staggering unemployment, shrinking workforce participation, anemic growth and gargantuan debt over which Barack Obama has presided.

Cal Thomas | September 11, 2012

In a speech resembling a TV re-run (the liberal website The Daily Beast called it "dull"), President Obama accepted his party's nomination for a second term. In doing so, he made the most ludicrous claim of this campaign, indeed, of his presidency: "You didn't elect me to tell you what you wanted to hear. You elected me to tell you the truth."

Dennis Prager | September 11, 2012

The most important event at either national convention was the "vote" taken by the Democratic delegates on a last-minute resolution to reinsert the words "God" and "Jerusalem" into the Democratic Party platform.

Pat Buchanan | September 11, 2012

What is Bibi Netanyahu up to?

John Ransom | September 11, 2012

The Chevy Volt costs close to $90,000 to manufacture while it retails for $40,000 according to information gathered by Reuters. At an average loss of $49,000 per vehicle that’s a loss of $523 million just for the first seven months in 2012.

Paul Greenberg | September 11, 2012

Everything and everybody hits the wall as a national convention approaches its crescendo, diminuendo, and all the riffs in between -- all crammed into its grand finale: a nightlong recitativo with Wagnerian trills -- a cross between Ravel's "Bolero" and Little Egypt's hoochie-coochie.

Phyllis Schlafly | September 11, 2012

The bounce expected from Barack Obama's Democratic Convention speech collapsed the following day under the reality check that the current unemployment figure is 8.1 percent.

Benjamin Bull | September 11, 2012

There is a growing so-called “children’s rights” movement that is attempting to hijack parental rights, and, as a result, prematurely end the life of ill children.

Bill Murchison | September 11, 2012

Two conventions, a few speeches and that's it? Obama-Biden beats Romney-Ryan like a drum and we get back to whatever it was we were doing before the election so rudely interrupted us?

Alan Sears | September 11, 2012

On September 11, 2001, Americans were reminded of two things—the dangers of terrorism and the greatness of the United States.

Rich Tucker | September 11, 2012

In the movie “A Few Good Men,” Jack Nicholson’s character jokes that the Iraqi army was so overwhelmed during the 1991 Gulf War that “some of them surrendered to a camera crew from CNN.” Today, men may be searching for camera crews as well.

Night Watch | September 11, 2012

The Russians presumably are supposed to be grateful for receiving nothing of value from the US. That is what is known as a bluff.

Daniel Pipes | September 11, 2012

Last week saw a dispute over Jerusalem at the Democratic National Convention that, in the context of similar incidents, provides an important insight into the party's covert distancing itself from Israel.

Ralph Benko | September 11, 2012

Paul Krugman, in his New York Times column of August 24, "Galt, Gold and God," rails against an interest in the gold standard, which he attributes to Paul Ryan. Krugman lambastes Ryan, ironically enough, for an observation the latter made paraphrasing Keynes: "'There is nothing more insidious that a country can do to its citizens,' he intoned, 'than debase its currency.'"

Chris Poindexter | September 11, 2012

Gold, silver and crude oil all started the week lower while platinum, palladium and copper all moved higher on increasing demand for industrial metals.

Jerry Bowyer | September 11, 2012

Both Friedman and Von Mises had concerns about immigration driven by the welfare system. In “Free to Choose” Friedman nuances his pro-immigration views by pointing out that one cannot have a fully free immigration system when new immigrants can immediately apply for welfare.

David Sterman | September 11, 2012

As it often happens in the land of high-tech, the company that comes up with a great idea isn't always the one to ultimately get rich from it.

Bill Tatro | September 11, 2012

Once again, the irresistible force met the immovable object and man’s ego resulted in disastrous consequences. Yes, sometimes speed does, in fact, kill.

Armstrong Williams | September 11, 2012

The conventions are finally over. This week, Congress is back in session. One would hope that that would mean it’s policy time, not politics time in Washington. Unfortunately, that hope is just as vain as President Obama’s hope to lower the seas. The politicking will only intensify as we get closer to Election Day.

Jeff Carter | September 11, 2012

Teachers are trying to make education all about money. The reality is if we reformed the nation’s education system we could spend a lot less money, and get better results.

Mon, Sep 10, 2012

Byron York | September 10, 2012

Mitt Romney has just one job going into the last stretch of the presidential campaign. He has to connect with people who voted for Barack Obama in 2008 but are disappointed with the president now.

Karen Floyd | September 10, 2012

Amidst the threat of hurricane Isaac and a one day delay of the Republican National Convention, I was privileged to moderate Her New View’s Lashing Back at the Back Lash - How Conservative Women Confront Media Bias which was launched nationally in Tampa, Florida and LIVE-streamed on FOX News. To set the stage, five formidable conservative Republican women panelists congregated to explain how they address the scrutiny and bias that comes with the media spotlight.

Lisa De Pasquale | September 10, 2012

One of the highlights of my career in the conservative movement was attending a Freedom Alliance dinner with my mother. My mother wore her Navy dress uniform was able to meet Oliver North. A few weeks later, the dinner organizers sent me a photo of their meeting, personalized and signed by North.

Michael Barone | September 10, 2012

The consensus on Barack Obama's acceptance speech Thursday night, and in effect on the Democratic National Convention as a whole, is that it was a bust.

Mike Adams | September 10, 2012

Most of my columns are meant to expose the hypocrisy of self-described liberals who have taken over our institutions of higher learning. However, on some occasions, I attempt to address misguided thinking among self-described conservatives. An example is my recent column “Romney and the Rapist,” which was described by many readers as either “weird” or “convoluted” or both.

Star Parker | September 10, 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.

Katie Kieffer | September 10, 2012

Increasingly, priests and pastors are preaching that socialism (in the name of “social justice”) is Christ-like. In truth, capitalism, not socialism, reflects Christian values.

Terry Paulson | September 10, 2012

Millennials comprised 17 percent of the electorate in 2008 and voted for Obama by a 2-to-1 margin.

Lurita Doan | September 10, 2012

President Obama's acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention was scary.

Bruce Bialosky | September 10, 2012

Julian Castro, Mayor of San Antonio, had the honored position of giving the keynote speech at the Democratic Convention. The 37-year-old had a lot of pressure as he was being compared to Barack Obama giving his speech in 2004. Fortunately his grandmother was not there because she would have taken him over her knee and given him a good thrashing.

John Ransom | September 10, 2012

Over the weekend, the Big Zero made such a startling admission for one seeking the presidency for a second time that it’s notable for what it reveals about Obama’s true feeling and what it reveals about our country.

Rich Galen | September 10, 2012

Let's don't sound like some dopey pundit on cable TV reading the talking points you got in an email and pretend that Barack Obama did not get a bounce out of his convention.

Matt Barber | September 10, 2012

But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven. (Matthew 10:33) Are you a believer? I’m not asking if you’re a Democrat, a Republican or an independent. I’m asking if you believe in God.

Paul Kengor | September 10, 2012

The battle at the Democratic convention to exclude God from the party’s platform is no minor moment. Do not underestimate what transpired there.

Marita Noon | September 10, 2012

The obvious exclusion at the DNC makes clear that the Democrats don’t view climate change as a winning issue. The strong language included in the party platform is more likely, as NPR stated: “the platform is used as a pressure valve for activists within the party’s base.”

Chris Poindexter | September 10, 2012

Not only is silver going up but its velocity is increasing relative to gold. We’ve gone from a silver/gold ratio of 59 to 51 in a few short weeks.

Morgan Brittany | September 10, 2012

Anger and hate are all they’ve got on the left. They are tired of being stymied by the Tea Party and the Conservatives so now it is all out war.

Robert Knight | September 10, 2012

Now that we’re past the convention, let’s take a moment to ask, “Are the Democrats really this nuts?”

Mark Baisley | September 10, 2012

We are now coming to the end of Barack Obama’s first term as President and the two competing party conventions serve as opportunistic milestones to examine how things have been shaping up.

Shawn Mitchell | September 10, 2012

The ferocious fact check gang didn’t quite take their A-game to Charlotte. They must have been exhausted and spent from blowing their wad in Tampa. Otherwise, surely the sincere crew would have landed some zingers.

Bob Beauprez | September 10, 2012

Hats off to Investor's Business Daily for telling it like it is. If there is a central figure culpable for the housing industry collapse and economic meltdown of 2008, it is Bill Clinton.

Sun, Sep 09, 2012

Jeff Jacoby | September 09, 2012

WHEN I LEARNED last Tuesday that Democrats, breaking with past practice, had dropped the word "God" from their party platform, I dispatched a message via Twitter: "God is mentioned in the 2004 Democratic platform 7 times.

Ken Blackwell | September 09, 2012

President Obama continues to get high marks in all public opinion polls on foreign policy. Much of that, doubtless, is due to his crisp dispatch of Osama bin Laden last year.

Doug Giles | September 09, 2012

Well, the DNC just wrapped, folks, and it looks like the Prince of Darkness has finally found his political party: the God-booing Democrats!

Derek Hunter | September 09, 2012

I spent this week in Camp Vagina, aka the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. I call it Camp Vagina because attendees heard more about genitals than any ideas on how to fix President Obama’s broken economy. Overall, for a convention to promote a campaign with the theme of “Forward,” Democrats sure spent a lot of time looking backwards.

Austin Hill | September 09, 2012

The political conventions have passed, the August jobs report is out, and many Americans are said to be “giving up hope.”

Debra J. Saunders | September 09, 2012

Tampa, Fla., was like the Republican National Convention delegation -- older, more experienced, less excitable. Tampa has hosted the Super Bowl; the city had lots of space and nothing to prove.

John Ransom | September 09, 2012

How about this one: “Did someone say bucks?”- B. Obama. Or this: “The bucks never have to stop!”- B. Obama. Or this: “Stopping bucks? Are you crazy?”- B. Obama. Or this: “Bucks for everyone! But more bucks for some and less bucks for others.”- B. Obama.

Steve Chapman | September 09, 2012

A few weeks ago, a 25-year-old man was found in his car in Tampa, Fla., dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. It was a sad but ordinary story except for two facts: The man, O.J. Murdock, was a wide receiver for the NFL's Tennessee Titans, and the wound was not to the head but the chest.

Kevin McCullough | September 09, 2012

After two weeks of non-stop convention-ing, the nation finally has all the data it needs to understand the truth about what this election should be based on.

Tad DeHaven | September 09, 2012

Manipulating the tax code, pushing for self-serving government regulations, and grabbing taxpayer handouts were all key components of Enron’s energy empire. It’s not a stretch to suggest that in the absence of government, the Enron story never happens.

Michael Youssef | September 09, 2012

What can we do as Christians to turn America back to God? First, we need to understand the lateness of the hour for our beloved nation.

Stewart Scott | September 09, 2012

Foreign nationals should take full advantage of their governments' evacuation assistance regardless of the country in which they temporarily reside; British citizens in Syria are no exception. However, government planning is no substitute for personal evacuation plans, which are vital for any citizen in a foreign country.

Jeff Carter | September 09, 2012

The movie says that Obama is trying to blow up the deficit intentionally. If we can make things dire enough, the government can take drastic measures to try and remedy things. If major industries are consolidated enough, it’s pretty easy to issue an executive order and take them over. We already know the Democrats would fall behind a Democratic leader and take corporate profits.

Rachel Alexander | September 09, 2012

Fellow Americans and community organizers, So glad to see all of you people here tonight! I apologize for moving the location inside, unfortunately the turnout was drastically lower than we expected, so a smaller venue became necessary in order not to make the convention look like a failure.

Paul Jacob | September 09, 2012

As politicians hog the limelight, the real stars in the states are the voters, who will decide the important constitutional and statutory measures.