Fine print matters -- a lot -- but if press reports of the Corker-Hoeven amendment are correct and the small print matches the large promises, this amendment would yield a Senate bill that I could applaud.
Thank goodness the clever administration has figured out a way around the pesky mass-layoff problem with true Obama flair. They laid off the guys who track Mass-Layoff statistics. Really.
The trouble is, on balance, it’s real hard to find strong evidence of a stronger economy. Instead, as economist David Goldman has noted, investors are bailing out of TIPS because they’re not worried about inflation -- which, by the way, is running about 1 percent.
President Obama’s recent trip to the G-8 Summit in Belfast, Northern Ireland, included an address at the Waterfront hall. There, he criticized Catholic and Protestant schools and compared them to segregated schools in the U.S. when he was a boy.
Just when you think the government can’t possibly mess things up any more. . . Oh, wait. You never thought that. Well: Brace yourself for the next financial disaster. And, of course. . . Ransom gives out this week’s “Ezra Klein is an Idiot” award to a very deserving soul.
There are probably an infinite number of reasons why government programs wind up being needlessly expensive, but I think most of them fall into these four broad categories.
Have you ever stopped to consider how much of modern life is conditioned by the fact that millions of young women are having children they cannot support? I propose a market test: Let the food stamp program compete on a level playing field against every other anti-poverty program, private or public.
As interest rates head higher, utility stocks will have increased competition as investors may soon be choosing bond yields over utility stock dividends.
“You’ve heard of Live Aid? Well, this is Drive Aid,” an ardent young man says, as he approaches London pedestrians. “Greedy people in developing nations are eating huge amounts of food that could easily be turned into biofuel to power our cars.
A key part of the 1986 legislation included guarantees for additional border security. However, 27 years later, Americans are still waiting for border security. It is clear Congress does not ever intend to secure the border.
When I think the Republican Party can’t get any more broken or branded as the party for out of touch white men, the GOP falls deeper into stupidity.
It’s that time of year when every high school and college across the country holds graduation ceremonies -- and the speeches that go with them. And, as we all know, some of the speeches are better than others.
All it takes is one crack for a stone wall to start crumbling. Nine months after the deadly 9/14 raid on Camp Bastion in Afghanistan, the families of two fallen Marines may finally get some answers. Real accountability, of course, is another story.
For the Gang of 8, the choice is clear. If it’s a choice between the lives of your kids and keeping the coalition together behind their immigration reform scam, your kids lose.
Grassroots groups complete with replica Viking ships, four color sails, life-like, friendly masks of our fearless G8 leaders and, seemingly, an unlimited theatrical budget, are demanding that our leaders take action NOW against fiendish un-American, American companies like Apple Computers and Starbucks who cause hunger worldwide.
Does having health insurance make people healthier? It's widely assumed that it does.
Whenever curmudgeons like yours truly suggested that young people were getting caught up in a fad or that Obama was simply buying votes at the expense of taxpayers, you'd have a fit. You'd insist that millennials are not only informed, but eager to make sacrifices for the greater good. Well, here's your chance to prove it.
It's as if President Obama believes he's still in the faculty lounge at Harvard glamorizing leftist ideals, seemingly oblivious that he is actually president now and that his duties require him to work on truly pressing matters instead of fantasizing about Utopia.
After the financial crisis, the consensus among government officials was that we needed more regulation. This irked me in many ways. . .
Barack Obama was in Berlin this week, and he was a different Barack Obama than the one who visited the German capital as a candidate in 2008. He was in a different Berlin, too. The welcome was warm, but the crowds were smaller and the adoration -- and that's exactly what it was -- has dissolved. The thrill is definitely gone.
George Zimmer has been fired from his job as Executive Chairman of clothing retailer Men’s Wearhouse. Zimmer, the company’s founder, has been clashing with the CEO over the company’s strategic direction.
There is much more to demographics and economics than just the commonly discussed issue of the effects of too many old people depending on too few young people for public pension plans.
Why only Christian "schools and buildings"? How about Islamic schools and mosques? Seems like at least a few of them have sown more seeds of hate and "division" than just about any other place on the planet over the last generation or so.
For the past few years, the central bankers of the world have operated like one big fraternal order by deliberately partaking in a variety of activities including regular conversations, frequent meetings, the uncovering of the latest family secrets, and the process of banding together in order to preserve their historical traditions.
When the youth of America begins to realize the farcical media and misleading central planners in the government are not honest brokers of information the tide may turn away from the appealing progressive propaganda which is nothing more than an assault upon our economy, and Constitution.
One might have thought beauty pageants, throwbacks to a pre-1960s world, would be political correctness-free zones. This is not the case as Marissa Powell—aka Miss Utah—learned the hard way Sunday night when she flubbed a politically-charged question at the Miss USA pageant.
Without intending to -- and perhaps without even realizing it -- the normally cautious Fed head Ben Bernanke may have launched a major tightening policy during his news conference on Wednesday. The de facto policy shift immediately sparked a rout on Wall Street, with stock, bond, and gold prices all plunging. And it’s going to shake up confidence even more, perhaps even slowing the already anemic recovery.
As the sun began to fade behind Pikes Peak, firefighters trudging back to their command post at Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs, heard a most unusual sound.
In our highly materialistic age, it’s easy to forget that ancient Christians classified greed as one of the “Seven Deadly Sins.” Do you realize that a significant minority of Americans today would be willing to kill you if the price were right?
Vince Flynn was a New York Times bestseller and the creator of such great characters as Stan Hurley, Irene Kennedy, Scott Coleman, and Mitch Rapp. To me, Vince Flynn was not only an amazing author; he was a friend and a mentor, never wasting an opportunity to encourage a person to find the magic of her own life story.
This past month has been eventful and unusual. My sister Kathy and I spent a weekend cleaning out our mother's home in order to rent it out, and two weeks later we both flew to Washington to surprise our dad for his 70th birthday. These two events have provided a backdrop for my reflection here on living a full life, making the most of what you have and moving forward rather than focusing on the past.
Deception is now institutionalized in the Obama administration. It infects almost every corner of the U.S. government, eroding the trust necessary for the IRS, the Department of Justice, our security agencies, and the president's official press communiqués -- sabotaging the public trust required for democracy itself.
A close-friend wrote to my wife with serious concerns about her nephew, a bright and idealistic young man who came home from his elite university full of indignation about the state of Israel and its alleged destruction of the once flourishing nation of Palestine. In response, I wrote back with a general point about any nation's "right to exist" and four specific questions about the recent history of the Middle East.
Ben Bernanke’s days are numbered. As it becomes increasingly clear that Obama is pushing Bernanke out, one has to ask what kind of legacy he’s leaving behind. Bill Tatro joined the program to discuss the impact of the Fed’s recent easing programs.
Because we live in an upside-down world, Switzerland is being persecuted for being a productive, peaceful nation that has a strong human rights policy with regards to privacy.
A mere hint the Fed might slow its QE program was enough to send treasury yields and the US dollar higher and stocks lower. This is further evidence the current markets are all about liquidity and speculation and nothing about fundamentals (in case you did not realize that already).
When a man has been in the Oval Office for a few years, does he start to buy his own balderdash? In an interview with PBS' Charlie Rose that aired Monday, President Barack Obama asserted that the debate on National Security Agency intelligence gathering "is a healthy thing" and "a sign of maturity" and that "this debate would not have taken place five years ago."
They’ll merit three cheers only if they wake up and see the obvious and take the next logical step: force Boehner to quit aiding and abetting the Obama Administration’s Benghazi cover-up operations by his single-handedly blocking action on a proposal that more than two-thirds the House Republicans strongly support that is so clearly in the best interest of the country.
Here's what we know about the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would ban most abortions after 20 weeks: The Associated Press tells us that the "GOP-led House on Tuesday passed a far-reaching anti-abortion bill." But don't worry, Politico adds. It is "largely symbolic: The bill will be dead on arrival in the Senate."
A pro-North Korean news outlet in Japan published a lengthy signed article urging the US to accept the North's talks proposal. The article contained a tutorial on North Korean understanding of terms, implying the US might not have appreciated their significance.
Sarah Palin is often criticized for misstatements or controversial comments. Of course, were she a female Democrat with a flamboyant style, she would be labeled "brave" and "courageous" by the press.
The IRS is again enmeshed in another political controversy. Franklin Roosevelt was the first American president to abuse the IRS. Then there was John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard M. Nixon. Now it is ensnared once again by claims it has unfairly harassed conservatives and possibly suppressed voter turnout in 2012.
Gov. Rick Perry is fond of saying that Texas is "wide open for business." A couple of months ago he was in Illinois offering hope to local companies suffering from burdensome government regulation. "There is an escape route to economic freedom," he said, "a route to Texas."
Even if the position is looking more and more like your nightmare job, you may still want to point out why you are the perfect fit. Simply explain that "no one else is desperate enough to take a job this terrible, and if you don't hire me, I'm going to hold my breath until my face turns red."
The Affordable Care Act (ACA, Obamacare) has given Secretary Sebelius incredible and unprecedented latitude regarding virtually all aspects of American health care decision making. The ACA left the regulatory scope of the law including the powers granted to the Secretary intentionally vague, potentially allowing her office unlimited oversight into every aspect of healthcare.
The unrest marks a deeply important development with lasting implications. Turkey has become a more open and liberal country, one in which leaders face democratic constraints as never before. But how much it changes the role of Islam in Turkey depends primarily on the economy.
Well, of course the government is spying on Americans! Look at the havoc caused by American citizens engaging in terrorism.
The Obama Administration’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission dismissed a religious discrimination claim from a substitute teacher who believes he was fired because he’s a member of an international religious organization that distributes Bibles.
Members of Congress are considering amendments to the farm bill that will require the Secretary of Agriculture to monitor and restrict the food and beverages purchased through the Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). That’s right – a food surveillance program run out of the Department of Agriculture.
Gallup reported last week that Americans' confidence in Congress has fallen to just 10 percent — an all-time low. After watching last night's debate between Ed Markey and Gabriel Gomez, I don't think the next US senator from Massachusetts is likely to reverse the public's low opinion.
“If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear.” This is the mentality shared by a growing number of Americans who would allow government to run roughshod over their rights, rather than raise concern about the vast expansion of the Surveillance State in the past decade.
You can try to put "conservative" lipstick on the lawless amnesty mob. In the end, however, it's still a lawless mob. The big government/big business alliance to protect illegal immigration got a lot of mileage using foolish Republicans Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan as front men. But the true colors of the open-borders grievance-mongers always show through.
Switzerland’s first female Finance Minister, Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf, is on a quest to convince the Swiss Parliament that secrecy in banking is no less than the bane of all humanity. (Or something along those lines.) Also, this week the G-8 meetings are expected to focus heavily on “international tax avoidance” and international taxation efforts.
The NSA is checking out your email, Common Core standards are logging away information about your kids, and now the CFPB is tracking consumer purchases. . . Oh, you don’t know what CFPB stands for? Don’t worry: Diane Katz, with the Heritage Foundation, is here to help.
Most sensible people already understand that countries with free markets and small government out-perform nations with big welfare states and lots of intervention.
President Barack Obama, Sen. John McCain and al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri now share a common goal: They support Syrian rebels seeking to overthrow Bashar Assad.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil in the world, as Edmund Burke once observed, is that good men do nothing.
Google’s acquisition of Waze hints at decisive digital technology shifts for the next presidential election. At about the same time, the Republican National Committee has hired young Andy Barkett from Facebook as their new Chief Technology Officer.
It is a well-known axiom of presidential politics that when things aren't going well at home, chief executives go abroad.
Earnings are expected to grow rapidly at Netflix for at least the next few years. With projected earnings per share this year of $1.41, that gives the stock a PE of 163.
The world feels like it's going to the dogs, and this week will only add further proof. There's the Big Dog Ben Bernanke who plans to bark intentions to slow down on the money printing presses while at the same time letting Wall Street know in no uncertain terms he is their best friend.
You can't say he didn't warn us -- not only about escalating U.S. involvement in Syria's civil war but also about the lack of a credible argument for it based on anything resembling national defense. The president painted himself into a corner with his own red line.
Enough is enough. It’s time for President Obama to take charge of the deteriorating situation at the VA by removing the current leadership, specifically VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, and installing new executive leadership to lead an organizational turnaround at the department.
A Tennessee community college professor ordered her students to wear ribbons in support of gay rights and said those who supported the traditional definition of marriage are just “uneducated bigots” who “attack homosexuals with hate,” according to a legal firm representing several of the students in the class.
When it comes to our country's enemies, Intelligence collection and law enforcement are not separate entities.There, the life of an average citizen can be deemed to be worth no more than the price of a bullet. Snowden's amateurism has just given these regimes more ammunition.
In the wake of recent events, many people of a variety of persuasions are coming to agree that the First Amendment, which protects and ensures our first freedoms, is facing an all-out attack.
Mr. Obama last week issued a typical Father’s Day Proclamation leading up to the weekend. In it, he said “there is no substitute for fathers.” But in the same proclamation, he takes it back, asserting that two moms will substitute nicely for a father in the home.
Employees need to know their rights and what they must do to protect themselves from union bosses who are more interested in collecting union dues than employee freedom. We, and the many good organizations supporting NEFW, intend to do just that.
Amid all the heated cross-currents of debate about the National Security Agency's massive surveillance program, there is a growing distrust of the Obama administration that makes weighing the costs and benefits of the NSA program itself hard to assess.
Walter Williams is a veteran, a professor of economics at George Mason University, a syndicated columnist, a fill-in host for Rush Limbaugh and an author of eight books. Williams has one of the finest minds in America as you're about to see as you read these quotations.
In an age when “finance” editors, like the HuffPo’s Mark Gongloff, are demonstrably anti-business, pro-Occupy and work as shills for progressive ideas, facts take a back seat to ideology, outrage and agendas.
Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson attacked Sen. Rand Paul, my brother, Rush, and my good friend Mark Levin in a recent column for their various comments concerning the National Security Agency's surveillance data collection operation and other administration activities.
In the weeks before the Supreme Court ruled on the constitutionality of Obamacare, the country trembled with anticipation. No such eagerness is evident now -- yet the court is again poised to rattle our world. The case of Fisher v. Texas could upend the system of racial preferences in use throughout American higher education.
Last week, in Nice, France, I was privileged to participate, along with 30 scholars, mostly scientists and mathematicians, in a conference on the question of whether the universe was designed, or at least fine-tuned, to make life, especially intelligent life.
Earlier this month, Paul Krugman wrote that, “a Heritage Foundation economist has been accused of presenting false, deliberately misleading data and analysis to the Senate Budget Committee.” Krugman was too clever to assert that the Heritage economist “did present” dishonest data, but if you read his short post, he clearly wants readers to believe that an unambiguous falsehood has been exposed.
With blended funds it’s almost like having a babysitter for your money. You’re not the one watching the kids, and to me that’s a big mistake.
Europe is attempting to resolve domestic imbalances by forcing them onto their trade partners. This will end badly, especially for Germany
Last week, Bill Clinton warned that President Barack Obama risked looking like a "wuss" and "a total fool" for not acting sooner on Syria. Shortly thereafter -- but two months after Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel charged that strongman Bashar Assad had crossed a "red line" in using chemical weapons against his own people -- the White House announced that in response to Assad's use of sarin, the administration would send small arms to help Syrian rebels.
The purpose of this proposal for talks is to achieve by implication, if not by direct engagement, US recognition of North Korea as a nuclear armed power. That explains the open-ended nature of the offer-any topic, any place, any time, without conditions.
It seems the Southern Baptist Convention approves of freedom of association in the United States of America when it allows churches to disassociate themselves from the national Boy Scouts of America. But when it comes to the Boy Scouts' own freedom? Not so much.
President Obama's Father's Day speech included one provocative, yet very declarative, sentence: "We should reform our child support laws to get more men working and engaged with their children." Obama didn't elaborate, but we can build on what he said because, yes indeed, child support laws urgently need "reform."
Some union-controlled school boards in Michigan are finding that revenue has not been keeping up with expenses, likely due to a lack of fiscal prudence and their inability to say “no” to their union friends.
The American coal industry is in free-fall and companies are being forced to do whatever it takes to keep from closing their doors. It’s a difficult situation for all involved, and the progressive media is eager to levy the blame on the free market.
Every department of a campaign needs to be part of a continuous feedback loop that updates the campaign’s data and implements new best practices from analyzing that data. Why did the Obama campaign have such good data? It was because they canvassed neighborhoods and collected it.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is calling for a criminal investigation after a huge mob of illegal alien supporters surrounded his private home Saturday and held a rally on his front porch.
It is one thing to provide humanitarian aid to the suffering Syrian people (although that is hardly an easy task to accomplish, as praiseworthy as it may be), but it is a grave mistake for America to attempt to get involved in the military conflict. There is hardly a “lesser of two evils” to side with there.
Once considered a conservative governor due to signing SB 1070, which toughened up illegal immigration laws, Arizona’s Governor Jan Brewer has now destroyed that reputation.
In the best case, it seems, what the GSA is really saying is: “We aren’t liars per se, we’re just really incompetent.” That’s not surprising, since it’s the standard patter coming from D.C. when anyone wishes to avoid responsibility, solutions, budget cuts, or criminal charges.
Are Americans becoming more libertarian on cultural issues? I see evidence that they are, in poll findings and election results on three unrelated issues -- marijuana legalization, same-sex marriage and gun rights.
Anyone who doubts that the Republican Party can attract black voters needs only look south to Louisiana.
Representative Larson finds it horrifically “unfair” that he and his staff will be forced into the same healthcare that is scheduled to be imposed on tens of millions of Americans. The Democrat, who was among the leadership in his party when healthcare reform was passed, said “this is simply not fair to these employees. They are federal employees.”
Seems like he understands that Europe made a big mistake by having too many people in the wagon and too few people pulling the wagon.
Over 90 percent of the decline is directly attributable to the tax hikes that went into effect in 2013, including the Social Security payroll tax hike, the various Obamacare tax hikes and President Obama's desired tax hikes upon high income earners and investments that were part of the fiscal cliff tax deal at the beginning of the year, all of which applied at the federal government level.
Passing Obamacare without any Republican support invites partisans to focus more on repeal than support. When President Obama complains about Republican obstructionism and negative comments about his administration, I'm reminded of the words of Wes Purden, “Any politician who criticizes another politician for being negative is like a man going to a bordello and criticizing the woman for being scantily clad.”
Despite their desire (whether based on principle or politics) for an enforcement-first approach, Republicans appear willing to embrace Rubio’s framework. But they’d be advised to look before they leap.
A recent investigation exposed by CNN, The Center for Investigative Reporting and the Tampa Bay Times have found that there are dozens and dozens of charities that basically do next to nothing for the causes they raise money for.
Apple CEO Tim Cook advanced this notion with the quote, “The app store and the IOS ecosystem give budding developers with great ideas the best chance for success.” Just like America.
You just can't make this stuff up: Unions are exempt from anti-extortion laws. Who do they think they are, Congress? Nope; just prime congressional campaign funders.
A good friend of mine, a high-ranking Republican aide in the Senate, told me a popular joke on Capitol Hill is that Sen. Schumer let Rubio write the talking points while his staff wrote the bill. It would be funny were it not proving so accurate.
Hey, Dad. If you’re going to send your kid to a public school or a state run university, then you’ve got to teach your child not to just sit there in class, like a nice boy, and take whatever propaganda the “progressives” shove down their pie hole.
So even an international bureaucracy now acknowledges that bureaucrats “incur substantial fiscal costs” and “have a large negative impact on private employment.”
Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Calif., believes that if her Assembly Bill 926 passes, researchers will be able to pay egg donors as they develop medical advances that can help all women. To her, the bill is an issue of simple fairness -- gender equity, really.
We all know that every day, people in Mexico come across the border in pursuit of something they can't find in their country. What you may not know is that every day, people in the United States go across the border to Mexico for the same reason. They aren't looking for jobs. They're looking for birth control pills.
Investors are now buying up property in the regions surrounding the Monterey Shale, knowing that development will mean economic recovery and a need for new housing and services.
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