This is President Obama’s number one political agenda item because he knows we will never again have a Republican president, ever, if amnesty goes into effect.
In a second-term reprise, Russian dictator, Vladimir Putin in return lectured his pal Obama about “privacy.” The lecture comes in the wake of a number of snooping scandals including the IRS targeting of conservatives, the NSA spying scandal and the general Chicago-style thuggery practiced by the Obama mob.
Because the flawed immigration legislation working its way through Capitol Hill is poison to conservative Republicans, Speaker John A. Boehner announced he must break the “Hastert Rule” to drag it over the finish line.
Many have chalked the failure of Better Place up to its poor management. The company's business model was an incoherent study in overreach and hubris.The only incentives Better Place gave consumers were ideological. And if the ticket price of being a pioneer in a risky market is the same as the price of a normal car, then no one will want to be a pioneer.
At a recent Thursday-morning press conference, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi was asked to explain the moral difference between the 20-week-old babies whom Dr. Kermit Gosnell killed in his Philadelphia clinic and the unborn children that legislation sponsored by Arizona Republican Rep. Trent Franks would help protect.
Two Questions for European Readers: Why keep any money in banks other than the absolute bare minimum needed to pay bills? How many Cyprus-like confiscations does it take to convince you that leaving money in banks is a bad idea?
A report out this week from researchers in New Zealand says Lego mini-figures have become angrier. Moreover, there's a suggestion the change has made children angrier in the process. In the study, which covers the period from 1975 to 2010, those mini-figures all had smiling faces until 1989.
The American home purchaser can be a fickle beast. Many believed rates would either fall or hold at historical lows indefinitely. These consumers had no sense of urgency to purchase. The old herd mentality then draws them to the market on news of rising interest rates.
I had some fun back in April when I noted that politicians and staff on Capitol Hill were getting very agitated about having to be part of Obamacare. Well, it seems that the way the law applies to them is so costly that many of them are thinking about calling it quits.
Gunmaker Smith & Wesson reported preliminary fourth quarter numbers, beating earnings estimates, and reflecting huge year-over-year gains.
Typically environmental organizations target consumers with overwrought warnings of how some everyday product or activity is destroying the world and threatening their health. Yet now, activists are turning their targets toward major retailers.
History proves that people in government the world over are liars, cheats, frauds, incompetents, common criminals, tyrants, and even murderers. Yet you think I should trust them with my phone records, emails, tax records, and healthcare?
There are no good options for Barack Obama in Syria. If he continues to do nothing, the carnage that has only been growing over the past two years will almost certainly expand. But if he moves aggressively to help depose Assad, his entire anti-Bush, anti-Iraq position will be called into question and his already softening supporters on the left may, in fact, leave.
We all know now what the vengeful Obama IRS has been doing to conservative nonprofits the past four years: strangling them in the crib. But do you know how much pampering and largesse far-left welfare-state charities have received while limited-government groups suffered? You don't know the half of it.
Egotistical musicians often exaggerate their political influence, none more than the nattering, narcissistic rapper Kanye West. He has compared himself in global stature to Apple founder Steve Jobs and has titled his latest album "Yeesus."
The Obama administration's handling of its multiple scandals paints a picture of those who believe they are above the law. There's a pattern of arrogance, dismissiveness, denial, scapegoating, stonewalling, lying, false professions of ignorance, assurances of accountability and punishing whistle-blowers.
It's the season of Pomp and Circumstance, flavored with dashes of parental pride, as a rising generation in cap and gown marches solemnly into its future. They're glowing with the beauty of youth, eager to take on the world. But what have we taught these young men and women, and will what they have learned lead them to become good citizens with productive and satisfying jobs?
Like most people who live in democratic countries, Americans believe elections matter. But elections alone don't define democracy. Elections are simply the mechanism by which free people choose the leaders who will uphold the rule of law and protect basic human rights, including the rights of those who did not vote for them.
Going in a different direction with your mortgage is using mind over matter; or, even better, accepting greed and rejecting fear. It seems simple, but it could be more difficult than you think trying to accept a new way of action.
All of this means that fetus-phobic countries face economic irrelevance, and when they add the additional toxin of socialism, the path to oblivion becomes even steeper and more slippery.
Empowered by a recent court ruling, the Environmental Protection Agency is coopting arcane laws to inhibit economic development and kill thousands of jobs. In order for a mining operating to begin production, developers must apply for and receive a handful of permits.
Many states, especially California and Illinois, have had severe pension underfunding problems for many years. However, new actuarial pension rules will finally force states to admit the problem. Thus, it should not be surprising that talk of "technical bankruptcy" and “service insolvency” is growing.
It was another tough session for the market as buyers have decided to cool their heels and refuse to take the early rally bait. There wasn't much news but the longer the market drifts, the more time for some to realize the Dow made a 9,000 point rally and maybe it's due for a pullback of sorts.
Safeway has agreed to sell its Canadian stores to Sobeys. Safeway will receive about $4 billion after taxes and expenses, which will be used to pay down $2 billion in debt, and repurchase shares. Safeway’s long-term debt ratio is high at 60%.
North Korea has not broadcast the cancellation of the talks to its own population. That probably explains its extension of another invitation to cooperate in its domestic propaganda. The difference in this offer is a lack of mutuality.
Once a majority of a country’s voting-age population is riding in the wagon of government dependency, it is very difficult to build political support for reform. Now I have another story that perfectly symbolizes Greece’s dysfunctional situation.
The President of R Street, a conservative think tank in DC, joined the program to talk about Ronald Reagan’s environmentalism. (It is possible a few liberal heads just exploded after reading that sentence.) John also presented this week’s Powerful or Pitiful award to a very deserving candidate.
A Texas high school principal threatened to sabotage a valedictorian’s appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy after the student delivered a speech that referenced God and the U.S. Constitution, the boy’s attorney alleges.
Reagan, who was known more for his faith in the American people than in the American government, warned that, "as government expands ... liberty contracts." The question that resides in front of us today is whether the people who inhabit our government institutions are aware of their great responsibility.
With the immigration scam well underway in Washington, the only real takeaway for the outside observer is that the Beltway Establishment truly thinks we are idiots. There is no other way to explain the Establishment’s tsunami of faulty premises, bogus clichés, moronic advertisements and bald-faced lies.
In these circumstances most Americans seem willing to accept NSA surveillance programs that, if ungentlemanly, are not illegal.
At some point our margins of error will disappear, and with them the indulgent toying with our freedoms, defense, energy, education and food. Americans will then have to reawaken and act more like our no-nonsense predecessors -- if our successors are to inherit what we have taken for granted.
Even liberals would agree that this wasn’t the Hope and Change that they believe in. And it’s a sad state when we have to rely on China and Russia to point it out.
Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald wrote that Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old former intelligence analyst who leaked information on huge U.S. data mining operations, "will go down in history as one of America's most consequential whistleblowers." House Speaker John Boehner called Snowden "a traitor." Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein railed that he had committed "treason."
There are many idealistic progressives who've remained opposed to the National Security Agency's data mining programs regardless of who is in the White House. (We can't surrender our freedom for safety, you know!) It's only a shame that these same people have such little reverence for constitutional liberties in other areas of public life.
So it seems we have now gone from the case of the lone 20-something gunman in the 1960s to the lone 20-something "leaker" of the 2010s.
I depart America for two blissful weeks in Italy and return to find that my country has been transformed, rather rudely, into a totalitarian state on the order of Iran, possibly even North Korea. My telephone is directly plugged into something called PRISM.
George W. Bush took a lot of grief from civil libertarian critics about the terms of the Patriot Act, passed shortly after 9/11, and his use of it. Today, it's clear the critics were wrong. The way the law has been applied is not as bad as they said. It's way worse.
There is only one sure way to turn this country around, heading back to the recent past when American ideas and products were valued around the world because of their quality that came from our ingenuity & hard work, as well as our values, traditions and customs.
By the way, what makes the story in Virginia so pathetic is that Republicans normally get seduced into tax increases because of stupidity. As the Charlie Brown parody indicates, they get tricked into believing higher revenues will be used to lower deficits.
For most of the year the stock market has skipped along like a carefree child at play on a sunny day. Now dark clouds are gathering above and that idyllic backdrop of flowers, confidence, and strong corporate earnings have yielded to an ominous backdrop of tumbleweeds, anxiety and so-so corporate earnings.
President Barack Obama approved an increase in the so-called “social cost of carbon” calculation to $38 a metric ton. This number is used by government bureaucrats to weigh the cost and benefit of proposed projects, regulations and environmental laws; all without the hassle of actually understanding economics
Common Core is taking on the same description as the NSA, IRS and DOJ: Creepy. Joy Pullman, with the Heartland Institute, joined the show to talk about the intrusive Federal Government overreach in our school system. Also, John points out, yes, Ransom Notes is dedicated to helping anyone reach the American dream.
The Obama Administration “strongly objects” to a proposed amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would have protected the religious rights of soldiers – including evangelical Christian service members who are facing growing hostility towards their religion.
On the evidence so far, Power and the UN are indeed a perfect match. And yes, that's a compliment.
As if President Barack Obama didn't have any embarrassing issues to deal with, now come the reports -- not proof -- of some really ugly allegations. The original CBS reporting contained a memo from the Diplomatic Security Service alleging wrongdoing and possible interference in at least eight investigations.
For years, the LGBT movement has invoked the twin spectres of equality and human rights in their war against traditional marriage. We must remember, however, that having a mother and a father is a basic human right, one in accordance with Nature and Nature's God. To infringe upon this for selfish gain or gratification is an affront to natural law and to the Constitution.
In a single weekend, Edward Snowden became one of the most famous -- and wanted -- men in the world. This is because last week Snowden, a former contractor technician for the National Security Agency, blew the lid off of a domestic spying program straight from George Orwell’s worst nightmare.
Welcome to Opposite World again. As the U.S. Senate geared up yesterday for the Gang of Eight illegal alien amnesty bill debate, President Obama goaded Capitol Hill to pass what he called "smarter enforcement, a pathway to earned citizenship and improvements to the legal system" of immigration.
Why should people have to depend on altruism and voluntary donations to provide something that one day they may need more urgently than food, water, cars, clothing or housing? All objections to organ sales reduce to nonsense, ignorance or arrogance.
The unfolding story of the Obama administration monitoring not just telephone records but Internet usage has drawn media coverage with adjectives like "astonishing." No doubt about it, even the pro-Obama press acknowledges it is a scandal.
The idealist wants credit for ending the war, while the alleged pragmatist wants to keep a surveillance apparatus that has no justification if the war on terror is truly over. Maybe he's right on the merits. The problem is that fewer and fewer people are willing to take his word for it.
On Sept. 11, 2001, 19 people hijacked four U.S. commercial airliners after those airliners took off from airports inside the United States. They then flew those airliners into the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon and a field outside Shanksville, Pa.
With leaker Edward Snowden revealing to the world that the National Security Agency has been both monitoring phone records for all Americans and obtaining emails, videos, voice chats and other private communications between American citizens and those outside the United States under the so-called PRISM program, controversy has broken out over the scope of government surveillance.
In a humiliating example of self-inflicted electronic bugging, last week a live broadcast television microphone in Egyptian President Muhammed Morsi's Cairo office caught the president and Egypt's most senior political leaders plotting sneak attacks on the upstream Nile's biggest dam builder, Ethiopia.
Data-mining has been with us for years. Perspective should return once folks understand what data-mining is and what it's not. It's a sophisticated way to spot incipient threats to our security. It's not an unrestricted license to read American citizens' emails or listen in on our phone calls.
The president and his top intelligence advisers are sitting on a major breach of national security, but they have yet to explain how this happened and what they're doing to make sure it can't happen again.
Last week President Obama claimed he welcomed the public debate over recently revealed government surveillance programs that track personal information about millions of innocent Americans. But if it were up to him, the debate never would have happened, since the programs would have remained secret.
South Korea and North Korea agreed on 10 June to hold high-level talks in Seoul on 12 and 13 June, according to an official in South Korea's Ministry of Unification. They reached agreement after 17 hours of working-level talks at Panmunjom.
In this new era of budget cuts and Department of Defense reform, Congress’s job of ensuring adequate resources for military readiness has become yeomen’s work. Competing priorities and dwindling funds due to sequestration will make this authorization and appropriation season on Capitol Hill among the toughest in decades.
I’ve shared some outrageous stories about bureaucrats ripping off taxpayers. So perhaps it is time to create a Bureaucrat-of-the-Year Award to honor the parasite who best exemplifies the unofficial SEIU motto of “Better Living on the Taxpayer Teat.”
In volatile times like these, your age is your best advantage. Investment choices depend largely on your time frame and feelings about risk.
George Gilder, whose new book publishes this week, is one of the original pillars of Supply Side economics.
The Equal Pay Act turned Fifty years old this week. . . And Liberals are still trying to “close the pay gap.” Maybe they should look at why there is a gap in the first place. Romina Boccia from the Heritage Foundation joined the program to discuss the free market’s answer to the war between the sexes.
We started the week knowing that Richard Griffin is a defendant in an embezzlement and racketeering lawsuit. These developments should disqualify Griffin - this information should lead U.S. Senators to oppose Griffin’s confirmation to the National Labor Relations Board.
What's truly tiresome is this growing culture of conspiracy whereby everything that the government does is an evil plot against average Americans. Why are we always looking out for the imaginary Adolf Hitler whom conspiracy cranks believe is lurking in the soul of every elected authority?
A Midwestern lawmaker is calling on his colleagues in Congress to offer cover to an Army soldier under fire for his conservative political views and religious faith, and accusing the Obama administration of “creating a tyrannical culture of political correctness in the military.”
Now that he's president, no matter what he says, Obama hasn't had it any worse than his Republican predecessor. Indeed, when one takes away all the umbrage and unsubstantiated statistics, Obama's Rose Garden message to Senate Republicans was very simple: Don't do unto me as I did unto you.
This jarring event was a grim reminder of the continued threat to America that exists and should have been a wake-up call to the Obama administration about the deadly nature of radical Islam. But here we are now, nine months later, and there still are no answers or explanations from the Obama administration about what exactly happened, why it happened and what those in charge knew while it was happening.
"Food poisoning" - when food is infected, tampered with, or altered in any way, it becomes detrimental to its consumer. But what about the genetic engineering, tampering or alteration of our food supply? If it causes bodily harm, even over the long haul, could that be considered poisoning?
"The 'Gang of Eight' bill is not immigration reform. It is big government dysfunction. It is an immigration Obamacare. All advocates of true immigration reform — on the left and the right — should oppose it."
Isn't it ironic that President Obama, having acquired the highest office in the land by agitating -- all his political life -- against privilege and discrimination, is now systematically wielding his executive power lawlessly to favor his friends and punish his enemies?
Let’s juxtapose this new, do-nothing government, which we have been enjoying the last few months, with the all-activist, all-the-time government that we’ve gotten from the Democrats since 2006.
The notion that we should trust government is foolish and dangerous. Government officials, like all human beings, have the capacity to do wrong, as well as right. That's why the Founders gave us a Constitution, to control government that "the blessings of liberty" might be secured.
Before President Barack Obama took a question on intelligence surveillance and stepped on his message in an odd and hastily put-together event in San Jose, Calif., on Friday, the president made a few scheduled remarks about California's implementation of his Affordable Care Act.
Sixty years. Sixty years on the throne of the United Kingdom. Can the little Englishwoman entering Westminster Abbey all in white, including the almost 19th century lady's hat, a big black matron's bag slung over a begloved arm, be the same young queen who tremblingly took the throne 60 years ago?
There is no longer any shock value in catching the President saying something diametrically opposed to reality. We are all too familiar with Barack "It-was-the-video" Obama and a plethora of other exaggerations and fantasies. Occasionally, though, he goes beyond his own standards for hypocrisy.
On Sunday, New Hampshire Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte announced her support of amnesty. With her support, amnesty could be more likely to pass in the Senate.
The anxiety is so thick it's got everyone looking for a near-term correction and individual good news is ignored or swept under a rug. It's true 175,000 jobs for May is a major letdown in the grand scheme of things but it allows for a Goldilocks scenario of (tepid) growth coupled with massive money-printing.
It is reported that Henry Kissinger, commenting on the Iran-Iraq war, said something to the effect that, “Too bad both sides can’t lose.” I have the same attitude about the fiscal fight in Europe. On one side, you have “austerity” proponents of higher taxes. On the other side, you have Keynesianswho think a higher burden of government spending will produce growth
A member of the U.S. Army Band who said he was reprimanded for having anti-Obama bumper stickers on his personal car, serving Chick-fil-A sandwiches at a party and reading books written by conservative authors is now facing Article 15 charges – which cropped up shortly after he went public with his complaints.
Texas-based Pro-Life Revolution applied for 501(c)3 status with the IRS in January 2011--they received that status some 900 days later, on June 6, 2013 in a letter dated May 19. In the interim, they received letters asking for clarification and "more information," and a March 2012 phone call in which IRS agent Sherry Wan told Pro-Life Revolution President Ania Joseph how the IRS expects tax-exempt groups to act, think, and speak.
Edward Snowden should be extradited from Hong Kong and tried in the United States. If he is found guilty - and given his public interviews it won't take Rudy Giuliani or Chris Christy to get a conviction - he should go to federal prison for a long time.
Aristotle once opined, “Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope.” Not surprisingly, millennials bought the Left’s redistributionist policies and class warfare rhetoric again in 2012.
In the wake of rising food and feedstock prices caused by corn-based ethanol, U.S. Rep. Pete Olson thinks the answer is to expand the RFS to include ethanol derived from natural gas. The result would be a spike in natural gas prices, hurting manufacturers and consumers.
Ask Democrat Ed Markey or Republican Gabriel Gomez about guns or ObamaCare or each other's qualifications to be the next US senator from Massachusestts, and out come the canned talking points and put-downs that anyone following the Senate race quickly wearies of. But what if you toss them some questions from off the beaten path? I put some nonstandard queries to the two nominees, hoping their answers might be illuminating – or at least unexpected.
While economists and politicians celebrate economic recovery, the American people refuse to accept the good news. Only a third of the public sees the nation headed in “the right direction” – a figure that’s dropped ten points since President Obama’s re-election
Today, with the last of the World War II generation that dominated our politics for a half-century gone. Can Americans in the future ever match the dedication, the competence, and the courage of those who broke the yoke of fascism locked on half of the world seven decades ago?
Barack Obama's appointments of Susan Rice as national security adviser and Samantha Power as ambassador to the United Nations have naturally triggered speculation about changes in foreign policy.
It’s time to close the door on a bankrupt, antiquated Social Security system and give every working American the opportunity to build wealth and share in the American dream.
When we get bogged down in the self-love of a man who adores his own reflection in the surface of a teleprompter because, more or less, he can read the same great speech over and over...well let's just say that's not an America built to last.
Conservatives have long suspected there is discrimination against conservative professors in academia, and now there is evidence to prove it.
For the third time in eight years, the U.S. Senate is debating what many in the media call a landmark immigration bill. This time around, proponents of the bill are cashing in on lessons learned from failed attempts in 2006 and 2007. Chief among those lessons is that words matter.
Look at how much faster the economy has grown since the communists were ousted in 1975 and replaced by a pro-market government.* And the poverty rate has plummeted from 50 percent to 11 percent!
I am all in favor of research, as long as taxpayers don't have to pay for it. And mandated ethanol standards come at enormous cost.
Well, it has finally happened: The temperature of Hell has dropped below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, pigs have full command of the skies, and I have found a sentence uttered by Paul Krugman with which I agree.
Culture is the culmination of everything happening in a society, the collective stew of the nation. A good stew, a healthy stew, has all the flavors melting together to create something better than the sum of its parts – garlic is great, but it’s much better on something than simply eating a bulb of it.
It’s hilarious how liberals see it: On the one hand they have to talk down to us, because we’re too stupid to understand anything, but on the other hand, we are so clever that we managed to gather more money and power than anyone else.
Americans voted twice for a big-government President, and now we’re beginning to experience the impact of big government. Are you shocked?
I just got back from hunting buffalo in Zimbabwe for the last two weeks. It’s always a pleasure for me to go beyond the pavement, where the cell phones don’t work, and I can’t go online and there isn’t a television that functions within a sixty-mile radius.
We've long noted the tax-avoidance motive that investors had for taking this action, as well as the factors that drove its timing, but we've never fully quantified just how much money was involved in the great dividend raid of 2012.
This year, it is reported that the poverty rate is expected to be roughly 15.1 percent and climbing. Between then and now, the federal government spent roughly $12 trillion fighting poverty, and state and local governments added another $3 trillion. Yet the poverty rate never fell below 10.5 percent.
Collectively, states can shield all employers and at least 12 million taxpayers from the law’s new taxes, and still reduce federal deficits by $1.7 trillion, simply by refusing to establish Exchanges or expand Medicaid.
Unfortunately it's not just France that suffers from such stupidity, it is all of Europe.
Rep. Fincher’s inability or unwillingness to remove the plank in his own eye is yet another example of how Republicans are generally lousy at making the case for spending cuts.
The Liberty Amendment does not attempt to provide solutions to the lost revenues for the federal government. For me, the wisdom in this approach is a forced reduction in the size of the federal government along with re-thinking revenue sources.