If the mainstream media were a college class, Republicans would be taking advanced calculus taught by a short tempered professor from South Korea with bad English, while Democrats would be taking remedial reading pass/fail.
the money that the government spent this time around didn’t go to value-creating activities like freeing occupied Europe. It’s more like it ensured the enslavement of Americans.
I like tax havens for the simple reason that we need some ways of restraining the greed of the political class.
We all known about the notion of getting a lump of coal in our Christmas stocking, but maybe this year coal could be the hottest thing to own when the holidays come around.
In the end, Nero was undone by his pettiness; his tyranny and his extravagance. This week, as his country is in the midst of a poor economy and his citizens are not allowed to visit the White House because of budget cuts, the President and his family will be taking another extravagant vacation at Martha’s Vineyard
I’m trying hard not to obsess about the 2016 presidential campaign. The election is more than three years away, the campaigns two years away from kicking off in earnest
“Hey honey,” says a man over coffee in Overland Park, Kansas while reading the paper. “Didn’t we pay that ‘Saving Detroit’ bill this month?”
The Washington Post is a legend in the minds of the Washington elite, so its financial decline has caused quiet panic. As NPR media reporter David Folkenflik put it, "You think of stories like the Pentagon Papers, Watergate, these are all stories where The Washington Post led the nation's understanding, the world's understanding of some major issues."
What is the most intellectually dishonest profession around? My nomination: the admissions officers at highly selective colleges and universities.
When he sought political redemption and won the presidency in 1968, his campaign signs and banners bore an unusually "hip" theme for his party and that decade -- they declared, "Nixon's the One."
President Obama's decision to cancel his planned trip to Moscow to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin was the right thing to do in light of Russia's decision to grant asylum to Edward Snowden. But it also illustrates problems of the president's own making.
These are the men and women who refused to stay silent and thus enable the "betrayal" the book lays out -- engineered by a de facto Communist "occupation" of Washington by American traitors loyal to Stalin and, even more heartbreaking, largely covered up by successive U.S. administrations and elites.
Watch out. . . When Obama says he’s going to renew his focus on something, you can bet things are about to get worse.
Message to Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus: You are right to complain about the upcoming "Canonize Hillary Clinton" media events on NBC and CNN. You are wrong to address your complaints to the heads of those networks.
Egyptians, not foreign mediators, can and will solve this problem. Outside mediation is a distraction that buys time for both sides to justify their positions and to prepare for an inevitable confrontation.
Thanks to a dome of cool air that is enveloping much of the eastern United States, natural gas prices are back in freefall, falling roughly $1 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) since just the start of May to a recent $3.36 per Mcf.
Everyone, from Howard Dean to Max Baucus to Marco Rubio to John Boehner, knows this horrific law is a multiple independently targeted re-entry vehicle -- a nuclear ballistic missile with multiple warheads aimed at the American health care system, American liberties and America's fiscal integrity. Everyone knows this law cannot work, except to wreak havoc on everything and everyone it promises to improve.
I don’t dispute that shutting down diplomatic outposts for a few days was prudent. I do worry that, a dozen years after 9/11, America’s response to terrorism, applauded by Republicans and Democrats alike, is to turn out the lights and lock the doors.
For Democrats in Georgia and across the country it feels like a good week, with a Public Policy Polling survey indicating Michelle Nunn, their likely standard bearer in next year’s Georgia Senate contest, is tied with two and leading the rest of a crowded Republican field.
Ransom’s First Theorem of Electric Vehicle Dynamics: The popularity of an EV today is in reverse proportion to the number of miles you can drive on one full charge of electric.
The several hundred conservatives on the National Review's summer cruise, which I was asked to attend as a speaker, are united in what they don't like about the Obama administration and congressional Democrats, but divided on the best strategy for winning the Senate in 2014 and the White House in 2016.
The accused Fort Hood shooter, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, began his court-martial Tuesday admitting he's guilty. "The evidence will clearly show that I am the shooter," said Hasan, who faces 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted murder for those he wounded.
If you're an air traveler who feels the urge to pull your hair out every time you enter a security line at the airport, you may have considered taking Amtrak or even the bus instead. If so, you may want to scratch that idea. The Transportation Security Administration, you see, is showing up in train terminals. Perhaps you'd rather drive?
Ah August. Gideon’s Law is “No man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the Legislature is in session.” This law still is at least as true as it originally was in 1866.
In addition to the many problems created unintentionally by the gigantic private foreign philanthropy industry, government to government aid can be even more harmful.
Tesla Motors is expected to report revenues down about 31% and a net quarterly loss, after its first-ever quarterly profit earlier this year. Ironically, first quarter profits came from selling green-car credits to other automakers, and loan repayments, but not from selling profitable cars.
Inflationists and hyperinflationists have a watchful eye on the rise in treasury yields. Forget about it.
The mortgage industry is not your uncle Charlie’s, nor your fathers, because of the monumental changes that have occurred over the last decade or so.
axpayers look to Congress to seize upon opportunities to stop federal agencies when they run amok. Congress had unique opportunity to reign in the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank), which has a litany of egregious practices, by not re-confirming Fred Hochberg as the agency’s chairman and president.
After attacking Bill O'Reilly's history last week, I'll defend his sociology this week. On Monday, MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell ridiculed Fox News' O'Reilly for saying that single motherhood is responsible for the the high black crime rate.
In the wake of a rising tide of pro-life sentiments and sensibilities in America, the utter bankruptcy of the pro-abortion position is being revealed, especially in its more militant forms.
The D.C. City Council is pushing Wal-Mart to pay employees an uneconomic “living wage” as the price of doing business in the nation’s capital.
Finally. Four years after Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan walked into the Soldier Readiness Processing Center at Fort Hood, Texas, and perpetrated the bloodiest massacre ever on an American military base, the self-confessed jihadist's court martial proceedings began this week. Have you forgotten?
What black politicians, parents, teachers and students have created is nothing less than a gross betrayal and squandering of the struggle paid in blood, sweat and tears by previous generations to make possible the educational opportunities that were denied to blacks for so long.
As news reports have been exposing new chinks in the armor of Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe on a nearly daily basis, talking heads on the left have been amping up their incendiary rhetoric in an attempt to cast Republican Ken Cuccinelli as a fire-breathing bogeyman.
Republicans seek to follow Ronald Reagan’s example to recapture the presidency, but they’re confused about the way he actually won. Reagan didn’t win by mobilizing conservatives: in fact, the percentage of self-described “conservatives” in the electorate in 1980 was only 28 percent—the lowest in the last thirty years! Reagan won by carrying “moderates” and “independents”, overwhelming Carter in the latter group by 25 points!
In the past week, The New York Times Co. announced it was selling the Boston Globe to Boston Red Sox owner John W. Henry and Washington Post Chairman Donald Graham announced Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos was buying the paper that Graham's family has run for decades.
Though bin Laden is dead, Al-Qaeda isn't.
Dear Ex-Marine, It was wholly a pleasure to be told again that there is no such thing as an ex-Marine or former Marine -- because once a Marine, always a Marine. The same principle applies to judges, physicians and military officers. Semper Fi and all that -- always faithful.
Remember when President Obama was telling us in his 2012 re-election campaign that he had "decimated" al-Qaeda and they were "on the run"?
As amazing at it may seem, the US army will not suspend contracts with Al Qaeda-Tied Companies if the ties are based on classified information.
The biggest problem when talking about issues, like minimum wage, is that the opposition gets painted as heartless and uncaring for the poor. If anything, those pushing for abolition actually care more than their supposedly more altruistic counterparts.
It wasn't so long ago that a fellow could get by without movie-star looks and a captivating personality - even a bald, chubby guy could win the affections of a nice lady, so long as he had a good heart and was a CPA.
The missing “half” causes a great deal of anguish -- a loss our society is only now beginning to appreciate. It’s worth asking the question: Don’t all children have a right to know something about their fathers?
It is hard to read a newspaper, or watch a television newscast, without encountering someone who has come up with a new "solution" to society's "problems." Sometimes it seems as if there are more solutions than there are problems. On closer scrutiny, it turns out that many of today's problems are a result of yesterday's solutions.
A few weeks ago, a former president and many of his Secret Service agents made a significant sacrifice on behalf of another young American that went largely unnoticed by most of the nation. Did you catch it?
Nothing is free in politics, but there is some question when you pay the price.
The invitation fraudulently to sign up for health exchange subsidies issued by the Obama administration this summer is not just evidence of the unworkability of Obamacare, it's one more step toward undermining the character traits that made America exceptional.
For most in the business community, the new Board looks like the previous Obama Labor Boards.
When Los Angeles school lunch bureaucrats realized their new menu of sushi and broccoli and beef with brown rice was roundly rejected by students last year, their attitude was try, try again.
In the last few days, one skirmish among dozens in the coast-to-coast legal abortion war came to an end in Indiana when the state and Planned Parenthood reached an agreement that formalizes a series of rulings by federal courts over the last two years.
Last month the government pushed the start of the employer mandate from January 2014 to January 2015. But the anticipation of the penalty, even though delayed a year, will probably continue to influence the interim decisions of private employers.
Part two of my interview last week with Senator Mike Lee on his efforts to de-fund Obamacare. I think we all knew there are some crooked folks on The Hill. But what Lee had to say tells me some of these people could give a pretzel a run for its money.
After investigating Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast over allegations that it charged Medicaid for services which were not rendered and which were medically unnecessary, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s office announced a $1.4 million fine for the abortionists.
When laws get to the point that they attempt to regulate against natural instinct, common sense is not long for this world. The Executive Director of Mayor Bloomberg’s antigun juggernaut, Mark Glaze, suggested that victims of potentially lethal attacks should use their words – not their legal firearm – to protect their life.
We urged readers to buy News Corp. shares repeatedly this year. The stocks have been trading separately for five weeks now, and investors have made 27% profit since our first recommendation in February.
Why do we keep trying the same old failed attempts at government-induced economic recovery? Has it ever worked? Ransom also discusses some of the economic news that looks good; until you recognize it is actually bad news being reported as good news. Got it? Good. (Or bad?)
A little something we like to call The Bernanke Noise Event intervened in that forecast for the future, throwing the market off track for a whole month, the recovery from which was then drug out a little longer by a poorly considered trial balloon put out by the White House.
Congress and the White House would then have to get together and pass a law, or perhaps a 101 of them. Cover your eyes. This is where it gets gory.
Your guns are in danger. Obama has stopped defending the Second Amendment. He did not get his gun control agenda passed in the Senate.
Nineteen firefighters died fighting a forest fire in Arizona earlier this summer. Curiously, almost no one is talking about why it happened, only that it was a tragedy.
I’m not sure what part of this excerpt gets me more upset, the fact that some snitch informed on the shelter for having a baby deer, or the fact that the government is so wasteful that bureaucrats went through the cost of arranging aerial surveillance. On a baby deer? And then killed it?
On January 8, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson delivered a State of the Union address to Congress in which he declared an “unconditional war on poverty in America.” At the time, the poverty rate in America was around 19 percent and falling rapidly.
When they finally got around to “finding out what was in the bill”, Capitol Hill started wringing their hands and hyperventilating.
The average rate at which median new home sale prices in the United States has been escalating is over 17% faster than the average rate at which median new home sale prices rose during the initial inflation phase of the first U.S. housing bubble.
It’s critical we keep lobbing the softball set-ups so our guy can blame everything bad in the world on Republicans. But still, to look honest, we probably have to throw the occasional fast ball, don’t you think?
In 2012, 36% of the nation’s young adults ages 18 to 31 the so-called Millennial generation—were living in their parents’ home, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data.
By far the most preposterous assertion in the Democratic Party’s statement is that they have led the fight for civil rights for 200 years. If they had any sense of candor, their website would show their history of leading a War on Black Americans.
It’s been nearly a year since the election, and there is still a lot of soul-searching among conservatives and Republicans. Columnists and consultants are waxing philosophical about why Barack Obama beat Mitt Romney and how to win in 2016.
Why do liberals think that the patina of moral superiority entitles them to act inferior in every other way? That question and more are answered in this week's Comrade column, "Ransom Notes: Email/Hate Mail" edition.
President Barack Obama told his fellow Democrats in Congress last week that “you’re on the right side of history” with respect to his policy ideas. So why aren’t congressional Democrats standing on Obama’s “side” as it pertains to Obamacare?
Did you hear about the seventeen-year-old Queens resident, Natasha Martinez, who was stabbed eleven times last week by a black male wearing a white hoodie?
Simply stated, if profligate politicians think that we are “captive customers,” they are much more likely to impose (even) higher tax rates (as we’ve seen in the past couple of years in Europe). But if they think that we have escape options, they’ll probably exercise some self control.
The White House publicity machine has tried to turn the national conversation from the topics of the day to attempt to make our President relevant again. Obama, who has gained the new nickname Griffin (as in H.G. Wells’ The Invisible Man), has all but disappeared since his failed attempt to change the national gun laws in the beginning of this year.
The CBO expects the Obama administration’s unilateral rewriting of federal law (my words, not CBO’s) will increase federal spending by $3 billion in 2014 and reduce federal revenues by a net $9 billion, thereby increasing the federal debt by $12 billion.
Since 2010, the number of minimum wage workers has declined by over 800,000. Given the increase in minimum wage in 2009 and the relatively weak labor market, I think it’s a safe bet that most of these workers left the labor force rather than received a big raise.
The data can and will be used against you, in many imaginable ways, and in some ways you may not have remotely conceived
Do Americans at large even know what forgiveness means anymore? Or is their thinking so muddled that they confuse forgiveness with acquiescence and approval?
A friend of mine had a phrase that he said to me early in my years that stuck with me for decades: "Whether you are rich or poor, it's nice to have money". I have to say my friend had it right. Wealth certainly is a main ingredient of a life well spent, but how do you get wealth?
While trying to sell the idea of a transaction tax on all stocks, bonds and derivatives, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) said “The bottom line is [government] is not broke, there’s plenty of money; it’s just that the government doesn’t have it."
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