Once politicians create a pile of free money, people will figure out ways of getting their hands on that money. That’s true for all programs. But because of the amounts of money involved, Medicare is a far bigger problem than other programs
Numerous articles document how European climate policies have been disastrous for affordable energy, economic growth, entire industries, people’s jobs and welfare, wildlife habitats and human lives. Even the IPCC, BBC and Economist have finally recognized that average global temperatures have not budged since 1997.
There is an x-factor in America’s so-called culture war that I don’t believe either side fully understands. That is because both sides are looking at their conflict through primarily a political lens. The deeper conflict is a clash of worldviews—with one worldview in particular dominating the arena of ideas in the American mainstream.
This week's revisions to first quarter GDP revealed that consumer confidence and spending are up despite real discretionary per capita incomes plunging at a 9.03% annualized rate. That is worse than the largest plunge during the 2008-2009 crisis (7.52%).
For those people that view the U.S. stock market as an entity totally devoid of a relationship with economic reality, then I suppose “correction” is indeed the appropriate word. Whether it’s a 5% or 10% correction, it always affords the unsuspecting investor an opportunity to join the party, which is more than likely what they’ve been missing.
Like an onion being peeled, each week seems to reveal new layers of odious conduct by the Obama Administration that increasingly offends the senses. Only five months into the second term of the hope and change presidency, few are hopeful of any positive change.
"We need to tell our stories. 'George Washington' is a movie that should be made from a conservative standpoint. You know, the founding of America. These types of movies should be made on our side. At the same time, I think we need to do small documentaries like the '2016’s' of the world. More of that stuff. There is a whole world out there on TV that we could be exploring."
Yep. . . That was actually said by a left wing pundit. Needless to say, Ransom has a different opinion. Also, John Andrews – Leader of the Western Conservative Summit – spoke about the annual conservative conference in the Rocky Mountains this summer.
I just finished reading The Smith/Klein/Kalecki Theory of Austerity by Paul Krugman and I believe it is the most disingenuous piece he has ever written.
Apart from criminal prosecution, the best way to strip the power of politics and corruption from the IRS is to initiate broad-based, pro-growth tax reform and simplification. It's the complexity of the tax code that nurtures the corruptness of the IRS.
How far down the redistribution of wealth path have we traveled? And, how near is the day of reckoning? Yet for all of the fiscal cliff, debt ceiling, and financial Armageddon deadline negotiations that come and go, there seems zero willingness to address the elephant in the room.
The Elysee Palace sold off a tenth of its wine collection in a Presidential garage sale. Selling presidential wine in a nation that loves its wine might chip away at awful approval ratings, but it speaks more to the stupidity of goals that include squeezing the inequality gap by bringing the top lower, taxing rich people and businesses, and demonizing success.
When President Obama's former top political advisor attempts to explain the President's multiple scandal problems by saying that government has gotten so big that one man, even if he's Barack Obama, cannot keep up with or control things, then you know the size and scope of government has truly gone off the rails.
By now you’ve probably heard about the new children’s cartoon show called “Shezow,” featuring a 12-year-old boy named Guy “who uses a magic ring to transform himself into a crime-fighting girl” wearing “a purple skirt and cape, as well as pink gloves and white boots.” And to change from boy to girl, he just says the magic words, “You go girl!”
The school year may be over for most American students, but parents must remain as vigilant as ever when it comes to protecting their children's privacy. Look no further than the shocking, invasive conduct of the Polk County, Fla., educational district last week.
President Obama has made good use of his sense of humor. He has often used his wit to disarm his critics. He has, we admit, a sly sense of humor. And it serves him well. He loves to expose his critics to ridicule. He’s actually much more appealing—and politically more successful—when he deploys humor against his opponents.
Lolita was 12 years old when Humbert Humbert first saw her with an obsession that could fill a book. "Lolita" became a best-selling novel about a perverted older man, a pubescent girl and a tragic tale of sexual abuse, dissected with the insights and illuminations of a brilliant writer.
Over the long, hard course of Barack Obama's painfully slow, job-scarce, sub-par economy, he may have set a record for persistent media reports that his shaky recovery was finally showing signs of strength.
The Calvinistic lifestyle of worldly asceticism became a source of growth and capital accumulation.
The market continues to be somewhat confused and probably a little exhausted. At this point, there are dynamic forces moving in opposite directions. Then there's economic data that seems like good news on the surface but less so upon drilling down a couple of layers.
Think, for a minute, about all the things the IRS can do to a group, or an individual, without causing a scandal. The agency imposes penalties and fines on citizens before any guilt has been proven in the court of law; soon the agency will be able to levy penalties against citizens for not obtaining proper health insurance. The IRS has more power in a single audit than Eric Holder’s entire Department of Justice. . . And that’s just when they behave.
2012 was a big year for documentary films by conservative filmmakers with Runaway Slave, my own film Fear of a Black Republican, and 2016: Obama’s America hitting America’s movie screens.
Whoever could blow the largest bubble before it blew up all over your face won the contest. Some contests were decided by a group vote, while other competitions were judged by simply measuring the width of the gum that covered your face and hair.
Economist Carl Schramm spoke with John Ransom about one of President Barack Obama’s biggest challenges: He’s never been exposed to executive experience. The most recent string of scandals illustrates the President’s blind faith in Bureaucracy, and his naiveté regarding Presidential responsibility.
An Illinois high school teacher was punished by a local school district after he warned students about their Constitutional rights before answering a school-mandated survey about emotional and at-risk behavior.
Who doesn't admire former Republican Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole? Wounded World War II veteran, part-time comedian (Dole once described a meeting of former presidents Carter, Ford and Nixon as "see no evil, hear no evil -- and evil"), former presidential candidate and all-around decent man, Dole was a part of government for much of his life.
Earlier this month, I explained four reasons why the Apple “tax avoidance” issue is empty political demagoguery. And Rand Paul gave some great remarks at a Senate hearing, excoriating some of his colleagues for trying to pillage the company.
On Sunday, Fox News' Chris Wallace spoon-fed former GOP Sen. Bob Dole one of the media's favorite questions: Could Ronald Reagan -- or Dole -- make it in today's Republican Party? "I doubt it," Dole answered. "Reagan wouldn't have made it. Certainly, (Richard) Nixon couldn't have made it, because he had ideas. We might have made it, but I doubt it."
Perhaps these Obama administration scandals (popularly referred to as "so-called scandals" in liberal media circles) lack the explosive drama of a Watergate and the entertainment value of Bill Clinton's peccadilloes, but for those who are less obsessed with the political consequences and more troubled by constitutional fallout, there's plenty to see.
Mark Twain was lucky. When he said, “Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated,” he was addressing the first and only time the media prematurely reported his demise. The Tea Party, on the other hand, has been declared dead more times than Bruce Willis in a Die Hard movie.
Last week, I listened to a loud, obnoxious woman interrupt the president of the United States numerous times during a speech on national security. She is the leader of the group Code Pink. They oppose war and the use of drones, and generally push a super-left-of-center view on everything from "green jobs" to health care.
Aversion therapy is a process used to deter people from engaging in self-destructive habits by subjecting them to painful sensations whenever they do -- say, giving them an electric shock when they light a cigarette or take a drink. The idea is that soon they will learn that these once-pleasurable pastimes are something to avoid.
As the storm clouds of discontent continue to gather over the implementation of Common Core national standards, activists in nine states are forcing their leaders to address their concerns.
Recently in Washington the Newseum was saved from what could have been a very embarrassing event. Or maybe the people who run the Newseum would not have been embarrassed, but the institution was saved anyway. The Newseum is an interactive museum dedicated to the study of news and journalism. It was going to honor two terrorists as journalists before genuine journalists intervened.
Would you live in a worker’s paradise run by Mayor Michael Bloomberg? John Ransom asked this question after reading about Citi-bikes, soda bans, and crackdowns on street cafes. Anthony Lolli (a real estate expert located in NYC) joined the show to take a look at whether or not the Housing Recovery is real.
By now most know my grand economic thesis and reason for bullishness over the past several years has been based on global peace and global prosperity. I do not think the world has ever been this peaceful with respect to wars and killing, nor has it seen prosperity and economic hope this widely dispersed.
The Russian statements are aimed at the US and NATO. Various Russian leaders have declared Russia will not allow Syria to go the path of Libya, in which NATO intervention began with a no-fly zone.
Advice and public testimony aside, the Democrats ignored the Sheriffs. Subsequently, John Hickenlooper, the Democrat Governor, signed the bills into law. Sticking to their convictions, 55 of the 62 county sheriffs filed a lawsuit in federal court on May 17 seeking to overturn the legislation on constitutional grounds.
It's been a bad few weeks for cultural assimilation. Last month, two welfare-receiving immigrants in the United States, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, set off bombs at the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring hundreds. By the end of the week, they had murdered a cop and engaged in a wild shoot-out and bomb-throwing melee with the police.
Once again, true to form, the film industry is celebrating the two latest gay and lesbian flicks, both featuring torrid affairs between an adult and a teenager, while at the same time, there are howls of protest across America because an 18-year-old girl has been charged with crimes because of her sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl. What a coincidence!
It was during oral arguments in Hollingsworth v. Perry, one of two same-sex marriage cases the Supreme Court took up in March, that Justice Sonia Sotomayor raised the inescapable question, the one that has always loomed over the campaign to radically redefine marriage: Where would the changes end?
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius controls a $54 million slush fund to hire thousands of "navigators," "in-person assisters" and counselors who will propagandize and enroll Obamacare recipients in government-run health insurance exchanges.
In a hallmark speech last week, President Obama unilaterally declared the war on terror over. The end of that war, Obama stated, meant we could return to the halcyon days of the Clinton-era law enforcement, during which America experienced a spate of terrorist attacks ranging from the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993 to the Khobar Towers bombing in 1996 to the bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998 to the USS Cole bombing in 2000.
For much of our history, the sheer difficulty of getting to America and surviving here ensured the nation was stocked with immigrants who represented a sort of natural elite.
President Obama's proposed policy changes on the use of drones to kill key terrorist leaders has raised more questions than it has answered.
Score another triumph for modern American culture -- the sexual assault scandal now racking the military. A "scourge," Defense Secretary Charles Hagel called it, speaking at West Point. "A national disgrace," says Speaker John Boehner, reacting to the Pentagon's estimates of 26,000 assaults typed as sexual last year.
Representative Kevin Brady (Ambassador for the Great Republic of Texas) spoke with John Ransom about the importance of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Energy independence is a very real possibility with sensible energy policies. . . Unfortunately, too many environmentalists don’t believe in unleashing America’s full potential.
We are all so busy in our day-to-day lives that “history” is something relegated to our junior year in high school — merely a class that we were forced to take if we wanted to graduate. Indeed, nobody forewarns us that history repeats itself again and again.
America's obsession with political correctness is undermining our security and our Constitution. So argues newly-initiated American citizen Ayaan Hirsi Ali in an article suggesting that the United States do more to screen out "political Islamists" from its pool of aspiring citizens.
My close encounter with Mother Teresa was a chance one, in 1979. This chance encounter taught me everything I know about good macroeconomic policy.
There is no doubt big government types will point to the recent bridge collapse as an example of America "crumbling" and preach a sense of urgency to rebuild immediately. There will be calls for spending and calls for taxes to pay for that spending, and along the way there will be the usual demonization of anyone that thinks accounting and accountability should also play a role.
In recent days, Americans have been taken aback by the actions of taxpayer-funded, government bureaucrats at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) who have targeted individuals and groups with whom they disagree with politically. It’s the sort of conduct one would expect to read about in other countries, but certainly not the United States.
The Department of Justice has been accused of religious intolerance and viewpoint discrimination after workers were sent an email directing them to verbally affirm homosexuality, according to a religious liberty law firm representing a DOJ whistleblower.
Republicans spend too much time complaining about liberals boycotting the advertisers on conservatives’ shows and not enough time doing the same thing to the Left.
Nearly every TV commercial seems to show the husband or father as bumbling, emasculated basement-dwellers. One commercial that sticks in my mind is a laundry detergent commercial that shows a husband and wife folding their triplets’ clothes. The husband says, “You’re cuter than clean clothes.” The wife responds, “Thanks, honey. You suck at folding.”
I’ve warned that it’s never a good idea to assume top-down conspiracies when corruption, incompetence, politics, ideology, greed, and self-interest are better explanations for what happens in Washington.
I hate Apple. There was a time when I would look at my iPhone, and my heart would skip a beat. With its stylish white-and-gray cover, it felt like a luxury car I could hold in my hot little hand. It told me things I didn't know. It told me how to get where I wanted to go. It was exciting. It purred cute little noises that let me know I was wanted, desirable, in demand.
Once again the U.S. Senate is considering passing into law a very dangerous United Nations treaty that would threaten the tens of thousands of American families who care for disabled children. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, or CRPD treaty, which has been rejected a number of times before, is expected to come before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during the first week in June. This treaty should be unacceptable to all American families, and we must work to put an end to it.
Things are getting rather interesting in the Netherlands as low interest rates have increased pension deficit liabilities. Unlike the US and other parts of Europe where deficits are ignored, Dutch law requires 105% funding and the plans fell from 152% funded in 2007 to 102% funded today.
Memorial Day is a time to thank the surviving family members of a fallen hero for their sacrifice. It’s a day to recognize the lives lost in bringing the rest of us Freedom. Michael Schaus, filling in for John Ransom, spoke about the importance of the day. He also touched base with Derryck Green, from Project 21, about the corruption of Chicago’s Teacher’s Union.
It would seem then that the real complaint of such people isn't about rising income inequality, but rather, how people choose to group themselves together into their families and households.
During Secretary of State John Kerry’s first official trip to sub-Saharan last week he had the opportunity to publicly bolster a key U.S. ally. Instead, he singled out Nigeria for criticism at the very time the country is engaged in a pitched battle to defend itself against radical Islamic terrorists who have pledged to overthrow the government and replace it with an Islamic state.
Lois Lerner was absolutely right to take the Fifth when she came before Congress. It was her right as an American. Her lawyer was right to tell her to do it. We should be proud that our Constitution recognizes the right to not incriminate oneself.
There is one problem with the entirely justified if self-interested media squawking about the Justice Department snooping into the phone records of multiple Associated Press reporters and Fox News's James Rosen.
Syria has been at civil war for the past two years, raging between Sunni rebels and hardline President Bashar al-Assad's Shiite-controlled government. More than 70,000 Syrians have been killed since March 2011, with millions more displaced.
Well, ever since Jay Leno announced that he’s retiring, it sure seems like his jokes have veered in an anti-Obama direction.
As Americans all across the country join to remember the service and sacrifice of brave men and women, lawmakers trek back home to mingle with their constituents.
Memorial Day is a wonderful constant. Every year, it never ceases to touch me. My family attends an annual parade in Mercer, Pennsylvania. It’s terrific—total old-school. The flags, the courthouse, the kids, the snow-cone stand, the marching bands, and, most of all, the troops from different wars—that is, the survivors who remain with us.
Platitudes are flowing in Japan as Haruhiko Kuroda, Japan’s central bank governor, says the risk of systemic instability is “not large”.
Memorial Day commemorates the loss of men and women who proudly served their country. In most instances, we know when, where, and how the soldier died. What is never clear, however, is why each did what they did. What was the reason or the clarion call for them? Why did they go?
Liberals offer permanent excuses for abuses: Everyone does it. Yet when you examine the record, not everyone does do it.
IRS apologists are furiously trying to change the subject from the outrageous targeting of political opponents by the IRS to a policy debate over forced disclosure of contributions to groups that engage in political speech.
Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray is quitting his job next week, and I know how deeply worrying this must be to the good people of Massachusetts: How can we hope to survive the next 19 months with a vacancy in the lieutenant governor's office?
Progressives will not put anything ahead of their agenda, except themselves.
As the battle rages-on over the implementation of the federal “Obamacare” law, there is an important question that rarely ever gets asked: What do actual health care practitioners think of it?
I am sometimes criticized for using the term “radical Islam” when describing acts of Islamic terror, the argument being that this is really normative Islam. In contrast, the more peaceful expression of the faith is understood to be a liberalized, non-representative form of Islam. Could this criticism be valid?
Since 2002, the federal government has required CEOs and CFOs to sign forms taking responsibility for the company’s financial reports. No matter how large of an empire they oversee, they could well be charged with a crime if an accountant fails to carry the two somewhere along the line.
Highly paid professional athletes occasionally get hurt doing things they should not be doing -- riding motorcycles, zipping down mountains on snowboards, falling asleep in tanning beds. San Francisco Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong is one of these. What was he doing? Batting.
Note that it is the firing rate of poor performers that is especially low in the federal government, meaning workers who are lazy or produce poor work. One barrier to their firing is that managers often give these workers good performance reviews because they don’t want to rock the boat.
We no longer live in a time when isolationism is possible. Through the power of technology, those across the world are as accessible to us as those next door to us. What happens in one part of the world now impacts the entire world.
Unemployment Rate May Be Lower For Illegal Immigrants in US Than Nation's Black Citizens | Leah Barkoukis