Sat, Oct 19, 2013

John Hawkins | October 19, 2013

Obamacare is hurting people. A lot of people -- and not just the ones who are wasting all day trying and failing to sign up for the dysfunctional 600 million dollar website.

John C. Goodman | October 19, 2013

The liberal view of health care is easy to describe: health care is too complex and complicated for individuals to make good choices on their own. Therefore they need bureaucracies — employers, insurance companies or government — to make decisions for them.

John Ransom | October 19, 2013

In many senses the government, the politicians, the media, our newspapers, our radio stations, our chambers of commerce, our professional sports leagues, our schools, our universities, our court system, Democrats and Republicans alike, defaulted a long time ago.

Kevin Williams | October 19, 2013

Most Hollywood screenwriters have arduous stories to tell of how they wrote and then got their films made. However, not many screenwriters did time in solitary confinement for having too many typewriter ribbons in their prison cell. Yes, typewriter ribbons. As Screenwriter/Producer Galley Molina told The Williams View, his road to making I’M IN LOVE WITH A CHURCH GIRL is an incredible tale on its own.

Larry Kudlow | October 19, 2013

Judging from the speech Obama gave following the deal to end the government shutdown, Republicans better get wise to the president’s next fiscal gambit when the three-month stop-gap budget and debt measures come due.

Ransom Notes Radio | October 19, 2013

It’ no longer “politics” in DC. . . Increasingly, it is a game of deception, inside trading, and rigging the system. Jay Richards, author of “Infiltrated”, joined the program to discuss the inside game between DC and Wall Street.

Jeff Crouere | October 19, 2013

The politically correct forces of liberalism have found a new target, the Washington Redskins. Never mind that the team nickname has an 80 year history, all knowing white liberals believe that the term Redskins is somehow offensive to Native Americans.

Bill Tatro | October 19, 2013

We’ve learned from our so-called political leaders that between now and February of next year, they will sit down in a “bicameral moment” and resolve all their differences. . .

Ann-Marie Murrell | October 19, 2013

This makes me especially sad because, from the beginning of my writing career, I have been very open about the fact that I was once a Democrat.

Charles Payne | October 19, 2013

I'm so sick of all the experts feeding the notion the battle in Washington dramatically slowed the economy. The fact is this economy was limping along and there should be no discernible impact - even on a short term basis.

Daniel J. Mitchell | October 19, 2013

Obamacare was put together by people who don’t understand economics. This is probably the understatement of the year since I could be referring to many features of the bad law.

Mike Shedlock | October 19, 2013

Illinois "Progressives" (a single word to describe "economically illiterate public union sympathizers") want to pick your pocket once again. The Progressives want to hike the Illinois 2015 top tax rate from 3.75% to a whopping 9%.

Night Watch | October 19, 2013

Attacks against Shiites have been reported every day of the Eid al Adha celebration. They were low on the first two days of the Muslim celebration. Today's casualty toll is twice the two-week norm.

Steve Deace | October 19, 2013

The American people are trampled underfoot while ruling class Republicans huddle with their bratty consultants and ponder the lint in their navels.

Jack Kerwick | October 19, 2013

If the Democratic Party’s control of the presidency and the Senate can succeed in provoking the base of the GOP to reevaluate its collective political identity, then it all may just have been worth it.

Fri, Oct 18, 2013

Humberto Fontova | October 18, 2013

Ted Cruz has recently…well you know what he’s been up to recently. Former Massachusetts. Governor and Republican establishment stalwart John Sununu, on the other hand, has recently been busy on Capitol Hill lobbying on behalf of the business interests of Castro’s Cuba, an official “State-Sponsor of Terrorism.”

Paul Greenberg | October 18, 2013

So what have we learned from the (not so) Great Shutdown of 2013?

Caroline Glick | October 18, 2013

Speaking to the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Wednesday, Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz explained Israel’s concerns about the nuclear negotiations with Iran in Geneva. “We’re worried Geneva 2013 will end up like Munich 1938.”

Thomas Tripp | October 18, 2013

The can has again been kicked and rolls ever onward, down the road, headed for the sewer.

Michelle Malkin | October 18, 2013

As an outspoken critic of the federal academic standards scheme known as Common Core, I'd like to offer some friendly advice to opponents. Stop insulting. Stop digging. Stop projecting. Start listening.

Mark Davis | October 18, 2013

There is plenty of angst to go around as conservatives lament the surrenders that led to the most recent meaningless “deal” crafted between Democrats and their willing Republican accomplices.

Michael Barone | October 18, 2013

Amid all the tussling over the government shutdown and the debt ceiling, a couple of bombshells went off in the blogosphere that may prove of more enduring importance.

Brent Bozell | October 18, 2013

Conservatives begin by revering tradition; liberals often by trashing it. In fact, it doesn't bother liberals that something they found acceptable one day is declared -- by them -- repugnant the next.

Jonah Goldberg | October 18, 2013

"We've got to get the Rockefeller Republicans out of the party," a fellow told me in Minnesota recently. Or was it Arizona? Or Wilkes-Barre, Pa.? Actually, I think it was all three. I hear it all the time as I travel around the country speaking to conservative groups.

David Limbaugh | October 18, 2013

Call me Pollyannaish or insincere, but I am not depressed about the so-called "caving" of the GOP -- for a host of reasons.

Mona Charen | October 18, 2013

The drama of the past three weeks has revealed a vein of despair and rage among conservatives. I share their feelings about what is happening to the country, even as I believe their tactics have made things worse (only temporarily, one hopes).

John Ransom | October 18, 2013

300 years of history in North America tells us how we climb out of recessions. For some unaccountable reason, however, Obama and the Democrats decided that during this recession they would consult European history instead. Why are we surprised that they got European results too?

Pat Buchanan | October 18, 2013

"We told you you would lose!" wail the Beltway bundlers of the Republican establishment.

Suzanne Fields | October 18, 2013

When the Germans found out from Edward Snowden that America's National Security Agency had spied on Germany, an outraged German artist projected onto a wall at the American embassy the words "United Stasi of America."

Diana West | October 18, 2013

So what just happened for 16 days in October? Was it just a hiccup in the continually rising "debt ceiling," a monkey wrench in the smoothly turning wheels of government, a boorish slap at the warm, enveloping embrace of "Obamacare"?

Linda Chavez | October 18, 2013

Like a bad penny, cases involving race keep turning up before the Supreme Court, largely because the court won't definitively make up its mind how much racial discrimination it favors. Since 1978, when the court decided race could be a factor in college admissions as long as it promoted greater racial diversity, racial preferences have become ingrained in society, from college admissions to hiring decisions and promotions to government contracting.

Donald Lambro | October 18, 2013

WASHINGTON - There was little to like in the budget bill that passed Congress by strong vote margins this week and temporarily reopened the government.

Ransom Notes Radio | October 18, 2013

On the one hand, the US left has something right: The Shutdown was unnecessary. But, let’s face it, most of them have no interest in doing what it would take to avoid another crises (like producing a budget). Charles Payne, Fox News business analyst, also joined the program to discuss the market in depth.

Jerry Bowyer | October 18, 2013

Let’s get past the idea that this is a disagreement between two coequal branches of government. The legislative branch that has the power -- particularly the house -- when it comes to spending. So, if the legislative branch disagrees with the executive branch about a matter of spending that’s not a, “Hey, let’s split the difference.”

Charles Payne | October 18, 2013

Corporate America is sitting on a mound of cash, but that's not their goal. Inherently, they are looking for the backdrop that allows them to grow their business without retribution.

Daniel J. Mitchell | October 18, 2013

The wailing and hysteria in Washington is over. The politicians now have the authority to borrow more money and the bureaucrats are all back at work (rested and refreshed after their paid vacation, so they’ll probably tax, spend, and regulate with extra fervor).

Mike Shedlock | October 18, 2013

The system is currently running a deficit. Trends say that deficit is going to worsen with each passing year unless benefits are cut and/or taxes are hiked.

Bob Beauprez | October 18, 2013

Just in case you were not already sufficiently outraged by the intransigence of the President and Democrats to restrain federal spending however modestly, here are three more things to elevate your blood pressure.

Night Watch | October 18, 2013

The talks and the chemical weapons investigations offer an "exit ramp" for Western nations who are overextended politically in Syria.

Peter Schiff | October 18, 2013

In their assessments of Ms. Yellen's long career, Congressman, editors, and academics have underscored how her prescience and caution distinguish her from the reckless overconfidence that have plagued her male colleagues at the Federal Reserve.

Michael Boldin | October 18, 2013

Jesse might be a professional polarizer, but he’s an amateur historian, at best. That’s really an understatement. Seriously, the guy’s a joke when it comes to facts.

Thu, Oct 17, 2013

Cliff May | October 17, 2013

The Muslim world needs democracy and economic reform — on that, almost everyone agrees.

Michael Reagan | October 17, 2013

A lot of people are asking what the heck is wrong with the Republican Party. What isn’t?

Rich Galen | October 17, 2013

Last night the House and Senate passed the bill to restart full government services and raise the debt limit.

Hugh Hewitt | October 17, 2013

This past weekend the Cleveland Browns went up on the Detroit Lions 17-7 as halftime neared.

Scottie Hughes | October 17, 2013

If you believe Bigfoot roams the Pacific Northwest, you might be gullible enough to believe Barack Obama’s claim that the United States will default on its creditors if Congress doesn’t raise the debt ceiling.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | October 17, 2013

The news this week of two arrests in the case of a 12-year-old suicide is a reminder of how middle school drama can go awry.

Victor Davis Hanson | October 17, 2013

Republicans and Democrats are still name-calling in their arguments over the government shutdown, out-of-control federal spending and the implementation of Obamacare.

Derek Hunter | October 17, 2013

Lost in the news shuffle of the government shutdown and debt ceiling debate this week was the story progressives are quite happy you likely missed. But the story is important to note now, especially since we are on the verge of a massive expansion of the welfare state.

Larry Elder | October 17, 2013

Guy walks into a restaurant. Says to the waitress, "I'd like some scrambled eggs and some kind words." She brings the eggs. The guy smiles, "Now how about the kind words?" Waitress whispers, "Don't eat the eggs."

John Ransom | October 17, 2013

Who needs a one-year delay in the individual mandate when you have the Obamacare web design team on your side? Imagine a computer generated hour glass filling and emptying for 50 years.

Ken Blackwell | October 17, 2013

Career crony turned perennial candidate Terry McAuliffe’s staked his entire bid for the Virginia Governor’s Mansion on demagoguing Ken Cuccinelli’s stances on social issues.

Cal Thomas | October 17, 2013

Can something as tragic and immoral as slavery become, if not less tragic, then noble, even righteous, in the telling? It can and it does in the capable hands of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., whose brilliant and compelling new six-part series for PBS called "The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross" premieres Oct. 22 (check local listings).

Debra J. Saunders | October 17, 2013

What do you call waiting for the end of a partial government shutdown while waiting to see if Congress raises the debt limit while waiting to see if Bay Area Rapid Transit workers strike and Alameda-Contra Costa Transit workers join them? Waiting for the apocalypses? Or: Bargaining bad.

Matt Towery | October 17, 2013

Several weeks ago, this columnist predicted that the government shutdown would end up centering on the debt ceiling and would require the threat of a semi-disaster on Wall Street in order to bring about a solution. Such was indeed the case.

Emmett Tyrrell | October 17, 2013

So far the telephone has not rung. Last week, I suggested a way for the left and the right to get together constructively. I suggested that the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rev. Al Sharpton might give me a call and we might unite in demanding an investigation of the death of Miriam Carey.

Steve Chapman | October 17, 2013

A half-century ago, conservatives were full of gloom and foreboding. In 1961, Ronald Reagan warned that unless conservatives prevailed, "one of these days, you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children, and our children's children, what it once was like in America when men were free."

Jerry Newcombe | October 17, 2013

There’s virtually not a week that goes by without some sort of lawsuit or complaint against a reference to God or Jesus in the public arena. Often times these lawsuits or complaints are along the lines of “I’m offended,” and that settles it---so the Ten Commandments have to go, God has to be chiseled out.

Bob Goldman | October 17, 2013

I am getting tired of having colleagues getting out the paddles and trying to start my heart simply because I've been slumped over my keyboard for a couple of hours.

Ransom Notes Radio | October 17, 2013

A deal on raising the nation’s borrowing limit will yield predictable results: Nothing will change between now and next year. . . But at least some DC insiders will feel productive.

Bill Gunderson | October 17, 2013

Value investors do it buying stocks they think have a greater intrinsic value than what they are trading at today.

Bill Tatro | October 17, 2013

I write this column with a heavy heart as once again our so-called American political leaders have abandoned their principles and responsibilities in favor of their own personal gain.

Night Watch | October 17, 2013

The US press reported for a second time this month that the United States is considering allowing Iran to continue uranium enrichment, despite objections from U.S. allies in the region.

Charles Payne | October 17, 2013

Getting off the sidelines and into the game means understanding the game because the grass from which one protests is different than that of the playing field.

Daniel J. Mitchell | October 17, 2013

If there was a special award for chutzpah, the easy winner would be the bureaucrats at the International Monetary Fund. These pampered bureaucrats get lavishly compensated and don’t have to pay tax on their bloated salaries.

Mike Shedlock | October 17, 2013

Even though Republicans hold a majority in the House, Speaker John Boehner failed to muster enough votes for two proposals he floated. Is that a sign of ineptitude, weakness, or that the House was hijacked by no-compromise Tea-partiers in a complete fool's mission?

Wed, Oct 16, 2013

Ann Coulter | October 16, 2013

No major legislation has ever been passed like Obamacare -- and I'm using the word "passed" pretty loosely.

Stephen DeMaura | October 16, 2013

A national energy security summit hosted by Securing America’s Future Energy Foundation (SAFE) and its sister organization the Electrification Coalition is set to take place in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, and will focus on how the United States' rapidly changing energy and transportation markets present an opportunity to end foreign dependence on oil.

Bob Barr | October 16, 2013

Decades ago, Mike Kelley was fighting a war against communist tyrants in the jungles of Vietnam. Fortunately, Kelley was able to escape that war with his life -- something more than 50,000 other American service members were not able to do.

Michelle Malkin | October 16, 2013

Testing, 1, 2, 3, testing. Jihadists never go on furlough. While shutdown theater preoccupies Washington, terror plotters remain on the clock. The question is: Will America keep hitting the post-9/11 snooze button?

John Stossel | October 16, 2013

These days, being seen as a victim can be useful. You immediately claim the moral high ground. Some people want to help you. Lawyers and politicians brag that they force others to help you.

Walter E. Williams | October 16, 2013

Last week's column discussed the political trade-offs made by black politicians and civil rights organizations that condemn whole generations of black youngsters to failing schools.

Brent Bozell | October 16, 2013

The government shutdown has made it abundantly obvious that the anti-conservative news media and the anti-conservative Republican establishment have joined together to the point where it's almost impossible to see where one ends and the other begins. Some might say they merge every day on the set of "Morning Joe."

Jonah Goldberg | October 16, 2013

"Think for a moment about the term 'Redskins,'" NBC Sports commentator Bob Costas exhorted viewers in his halftime tirade during Sunday's Cowboys-Redskins game. "Ask yourself what the equivalent would be, if directed [at] African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, or members of any other ethnic group. When considered that way, 'Redskins' can't possibly honor a heritage or a noble character trait, nor can it possibly be considered a neutral term.

John Ransom | October 16, 2013

Outsized rewards are made possible by the friendly folks of the Federal Reserve Bank. More money supply means higher price earnings ratios for stocks.

Neal Boortz | October 16, 2013

Some tasks are occasionally necessary, though unpleasant. (Oops. My mind just drifted to that plastic bag you must carry with you when walking your dog.) Hunting down that roach your wife is just absolutely certain she saw scampering across the bedcovers would be one; talking to Harry Reid might be another.

Ken Blackwell | October 16, 2013

Four decades ago this month, members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) launched an oil embargo against the United States in retaliation for our steadfast support of Israel in her hour of need. As the Jewish State fought off the Soviet-backed Egyptian and Syrian armies in what would become known as the Yom Kippur War, the OPEC cartel’s actions sent the price of oil soaring and our economy into a recession.

Terry Jeffrey | October 16, 2013

The Department of Defense this month took what almost certainly will be the most telling symbolic act the Obama administration ever takes.

Ben Shapiro | October 16, 2013

This week, massive crowds of veterans descended onto Washington, D.C., to protest the Obama administration's vindictive shutdown of open-air memorial sites -- sites that require no guards but were fenced off simply to make Americans miserable as a bargaining chip in the government shutdown negotiations.

Austin Bay | October 16, 2013

The 1973 October War was the Arab-Israeli war Israel almost lost.

Paul Greenberg | October 16, 2013

A single scene at the World War II Memorial in Washington last Sunday summed up the whole, disgraceful spectacle that is the Great Shutdown of 2013.

Rachel Marsden | October 16, 2013

From the same people who brought you the "National Security Agency Spies on Foreigners" shocker, we now have the "Canada Is Secretly Devious" spectacle. Apparently it's a shock for some people -- namely, journalist Glenn Greenwald, the buddy of NSA contractor turned Russian defector Edward Snowden -- to discover how the world has always worked. I'm truly sorry (as we native Canadians tend to be), but color me unfazed and maybe even slightly miffed.

Donald Lambro | October 16, 2013

WASHINGTON -- As the government's partial shutdown enters its third week, the smell of an inconclusive deal is in the air, though one that has status quo written all over it.

Rebecca Hagelin | October 16, 2013

It’s the common feminist narrative: moms want someone else to take care of their kids because child care is not nearly as rewarding as paid work. Housework and child care are mindless drudgery, and women want out.

Jacob Sullum | October 16, 2013

Although the federal government accuses Kerri and Brian Kaley of trafficking in stolen medical devices, it has been unable to identify any victims of this alleged criminal scheme.

Susan Stamper Brown | October 16, 2013

The "new era of civility in politics" called for by President Obama after former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) was shot lasted about five Washington minutes. Since then Obama has adopted a scorched earth public policy in an attempt to destroy his political enemies, but sacrificing the Constitution as collateral damage.

Ken Connor | October 16, 2013

"The righteous care for the needs of their animals…." Proverbs 12:10 (NIV)

Daniel J. Mitchell | October 16, 2013

I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for Bill Clinton. In part, that’s because economic freedom increased and the burden of government spending was reduced during his time in office. Partisans can argue whether Clinton actually deserves the credit for these good results, but I’m just happy we got better policy.

Mike Shedlock | October 16, 2013

The nannycrats in Brussels and the IMF keep pressuring Spain to hike the VAT and Spain does every time. The results are easily predictable.

Ralph Benko | October 16, 2013

We — including you, dear reader — created the world of Big Government for very good reasons. Now, for very good reasons, we are going to dismantle it.

Night Watch | October 16, 2013

The Brotherhood has shown a clear disregard for the importance of economics in internal stability. Its strategy evidently is to impose more hardship on Egyptians in hopes of causing more unrest.

Michael Tanner | October 16, 2013

Social Security is the single largest program of the federal government, accounting for more than 20 percent of all federal spending in 2012. Indeed, by some measures, it could be considered the largest government program in the world, providing more than $774 billion in benefits to 58 million recipients last year.

Robert Knight | October 16, 2013

Less than 10 years ago, many Democrats supported voter ID laws and other election reforms. Now they say such laws are “racist.”

Michael Schaus | October 16, 2013

Apparently the qualifications for becoming an MSNBC anchor consist primarily of being able to ask Republicans the intellectual equivalent of “when did you stop beating your wife?” Which explains how Thomas Roberts got the gig.

Ransom Notes Radio | October 16, 2013

Tad DeHaven, from Cato, weighs in on the looming default, and Ted Cruz’s plan to defund Obamacare. Not surprising, DeHaven thinks the GOP will cave – but he’s also critical of how the GOP has handled themselves thus far.

Tue, Oct 15, 2013

Lee Culpepper | October 15, 2013

If domestic violence, rape, or murder were to threaten 40 percent of the nation’s women like irresponsible pregnancies do, perhaps America might finally own up to which political party empowers women and which party merely patronizes them.

Armstrong Williams | October 15, 2013

Usually when two sides cannot come to an agreement, they can let an arbiter weigh their arguments and settle the dispute. Some arbiters try to find the optimum compromise, while others simple rule in favor of one side over the other.

Thomas Sowell | October 15, 2013

The nomination of Janet Yellen to become head of the Federal Reserve System has set off a flurry of media stories. Since she will be the first woman to occupy that position, we can only hope that this will not mean that any criticism of what she does will be attributed to sex bias or to a "war on women."

Chuck Norris | October 15, 2013

A July USA Today article titled "Churches boost security as violent incidents grow" reported that "the number of deadly episodes at sanctuaries has soared over the last decade, and mass shootings at schools, malls and movie theaters have left Americans feeling like it could happen anywhere."

John Hawkins | October 15, 2013

Whether you agree with Ted Cruz and Mike Lee (I do) or not, they had a strategy they wanted to pursue.

Michael Barone | October 15, 2013

Some bad news for America, not on the political front this time, but on what corporate executives call human resources.

David Limbaugh | October 15, 2013

Every time we have a congressional impasse over budgetary issues, we hear from liberals predicting Shutdown-mageddon. Why don't they ever join us in expressing concern over the inevitable financial collapse that will result from their policies?

John Ransom | October 15, 2013

To pretend that the decisions, half decisions and the evasions that have been made that finds us so close to default are the responsibility of any one man, any one party or any one class of institution is to ignore reality. They are all at fault.

Mona Charen | October 15, 2013

It's clear to all but the most blinkered that the "Defund Now!" strategy for blocking the implementation of Obamacare has been worse than a failure. Obamacare will be funded, but the fight has exacerbated the already low standing of the Republican Party.

Cal Thomas | October 15, 2013

A new Associated Press-GfK poll reveals some troubling statistics for members of both major political parties, if they can be troubled, given what looks to be their lack of concern for what they are doing to the country.

Dennis Prager | October 15, 2013

Nazis, Hutu murderers, Japanese rapists, Americans at war: All pretty much the same.

Pat Buchanan | October 15, 2013

"History does not repeat itself, but it does rhyme."

Debra J. Saunders | October 15, 2013

The Republican Party is paying a steep price for the House Republicans' decision to follow Sen. Ted Cruz's self-destructive crusade to partially shut down the government in a reckless gambit to defund Obamacare.

Paul Greenberg | October 15, 2013

"I would really hope this would make people see the short story as an important art, not just something you played around with until you got a novel." --Alice Munro, Nobel Laureate for Literature, 2013

Phyllis Schlafly | October 15, 2013

Catholic priests were warned that they are not permitted to minister on base during the shutdown, and they risk being arrested if they attempt to do so.

Donald Lambro | October 15, 2013

As the government's partial shutdown enters its third week, the smell of an inconclusive deal is in the air, though one that has status quo written all over it.

Michael Schaus | October 15, 2013

What do mythical figures and Obamacare enrollees have in common? (Have you heard this one before?) Well, at least a few people have apparently signed up. . . Good news for any political party that depends on government-dependent citizens (ahem*Democrats*ahem).

Bill Tatro | October 15, 2013

NBC sportscaster Bob Costas recently took to the television airwaves in order to exclaim that the NFL’s Washington Redskins nickname is “an insult” and a “slur.” Mr. Costas, do you really want to go there?

Bill Gunderson | October 15, 2013

There are a lot of lessons to be learned from the craziness that’s going on in the market right now. And we’re going to take a look at the facts as they present themselves at the current moment.

Night Watch | October 15, 2013

The US Secretary of State promised a non-aggression pact in exchange for North Korean action that shows it has made a start to "denuclearize," whatever that means. What is clear is that the US Secretary of State diluted all past US position on North Korean denuclearization and that North rejected it.

Ransom Notes Radio | October 15, 2013

It’s probably the largest single force crippling our chances at a recovery, and the US media is largely ignoring it. Obamacare is far more than a botched website market place. . .

Paul Kengor | October 15, 2013

The behavior of the National Park Service during the government shutdown has been truly shocking. As has been widely reported, Park Service employees have been told to make life as uncomfortable as possible for people, and have flourished in that endeavor.

David Sterman | October 15, 2013

Repeated predictions of the world's oil shortage in coming years simply failed to account for our ability to tap into deeper, more complex seams of energy, buried under the ocean floor or the Arctic tundra. And frankly, the whole discussion is becoming moot.

Daniel J. Mitchell | October 15, 2013

President Obama thinks he can prevail in the government shutdown fight bydeliberately making life as difficult as possible for the maximum number of ordinary Americans.

Mike Shedlock | October 15, 2013

Marc Faber, publisher of the Gloom, Boom & Doom Report, told Tom Keene and Sara Eisen on "Bloomberg Television" today "there is no safe haven.

Dave Ramsey | October 15, 2013

I think it’s funny when people run out and upgrade on their $7,000 car to buy a $30,000 Prius to save gas. Think about it. That’s an extra expenditure of $23,000 to save gas. Where are you planning on driving, to the moon?

Marvin Olasky | October 15, 2013

Moderator Brian Williams asked Perry whether he worried that some who were executed might have been innocent. The governor instantly replied, “I’ve never struggled with that at all.” Colson, who died seven months later, wrote that Perry’s response “deeply troubled” him: “The thought of taking another person’s life, however heinous their crimes, should give us pause. It’s never to be made lightly or casually.”

David Williams | October 15, 2013

The Obamacare train is clearly in motion, and it has had quite a bit of trouble leaving the station.

Mon, Oct 14, 2013

Byron York | October 14, 2013

The recent Senate debate over immigration reform focused mostly on three issues: 1) the economic effects of legalizing millions of currently illegal immigrants while also increasing the rate of future immigration, 2) the possibility of achieving real border security and 3) the ethical question of offering the reward of citizenship to those who entered the country illegally.

Michael Gerson | October 14, 2013

Sen. Ted Cruz's straw poll victory at the Values Voter Summit, just as his strategy to block Obamacare was collapsing in recrimination and desperation on Capitol Hill, indicates that some voters don't place much value on political realism.

Michael Brown | October 14, 2013

According to Cenk Uygur, co-host of the Young Turks and a self-described fervent agnostic, “We have a lunatic on the court.” He is speaking of Justice Antonin Scalia who stated in an interview with New York Magazine that he believes in the existence of the devil.

Kurt Schlichter | October 14, 2013

It’s clear that liberals like David Plouffe and David Sirota have a moral duty to kill me. And to kill you too.

Star Parker | October 14, 2013

We ought to think about the cultural roots of the budget crisis in Washington. The political left says the shut down is all about an ideological tantrum of a handful of Republicans. Certainly Tea Partiers have an ideology and vision about what ground rules would produce a more prosperous, freer, and fairer America. But let’s be honest.

John Ransom | October 14, 2013

At least if send Amy to D.C. there won’t be a training period. She’ll show up at the United States Senate already out of touch with regular voters, with none of that messy waiting around for her head to be turned.

Katie Kieffer | October 14, 2013

I realize Obama is quite busy playing fetch with Bo and Sunny. However, I hope he has a few moments to consider turning on the fountain at the WWII Memorial and un-barricading the remaining war memorials on the National Mall.

Austin Hill | October 14, 2013

A question for the American Medical Association: What were you thinking?

Lisa De Pasquale | October 14, 2013

Many of the important battles for freedom are being fought in courtrooms across the country.

Rich Galen | October 14, 2013

Anyone old enough to remember Viet Nam can remember how the country felt toward the man and women who were sent to Southeast Asia to prosecute that war.

Dan Holler | October 14, 2013

Welcome to Washington, DC, where some folks are doing their best John Lennon impressions, asking Americans to imagine “what if” conservatives didn’t mount a legislative fight against Obamacare this fall – a fight that still continues.

Brian Birdnow | October 14, 2013

The current politically correct imbroglio over the Washington Redskins and owner Daniel Snyder’s stout refusal to appease the bloodhounds on his trail by surrendering will probably soon pass, regardless of the eventual outcome.

Bill Murchison | October 14, 2013

Obama, as we know by now, never aims for agreement; he aims for conquest. If you support his ideas, that's well and good. If you don't, you're a know-nothing.

Mark Baisley | October 14, 2013

The instructions on becoming a teacher generally read as, “Get your bachelor’s degree, get your certification, pick a focus area, join the union and commence teaching.”

Mike Shedlock | October 14, 2013

Economists expected a 6% rise in Chinese exports. Instead, exports fell 0.3%

Political Calculations | October 14, 2013

There are two things of which we can be sure. Neither the impact of the partial U.S. government shutdown, which didn't even begin until 1 October 2013, nor the potential impact of a U.S. Treasury default on the U.S. national debt that President Obama has planned for 17 October 2013 are responsible for this outcome.

Chris Edwards | October 14, 2013

The political establishment is trying to haze fiscal conservatives in Congress. End the shutdown, they say, and allow President Obama to administer the paddle.

Tad DeHaven | October 14, 2013

The regulations for bottle labeling alone are enough to make one’s eyes glaze over.

Sun, Oct 13, 2013

Paul Jacob | October 13, 2013

Ah, the good old days - just a few years ago! - when we were blessed with stability.

Derek Hunter | October 13, 2013

Numbers are slowly emerging, and they aren’t good for the president’s “signature piece of legislation.”

John Ransom | October 13, 2013

You know what would be really cool? If Obama came up with his own unique way of running our economy into the ground rather ripping off ideas from dead dictators and dead economists and then pretending like he's an original.

Doug Giles | October 13, 2013

I know way too many folks on the Right that are fighting for “our country” and for “family values”, and yet they don’t “value” their own family.

Debra J. Saunders | October 13, 2013

To some outside California, Gov. Jerry Brown always will be kooky Gov. Moonbeam, no matter what he does.

Bruce Bialosky | October 13, 2013

You would have had to be under a rock to miss our President stating that recently. He mouthed that repeatedly during the budget debate and the government shutdown. It became his mantra leading up to the impending vote for raising the debt ceiling. The constitutional lawyer was apparently absent the day they taught that we have three co-equal branches of government.

Kathryn Ciano | October 13, 2013

The First Amendment protects assembly, speech and the resources that make speech possible. Yet the rules governing political speech in the United States are fraught with limits, red tape and restrictions so complex that the average person is deterred or unable to engage in the process.

Paul Driessen | October 13, 2013

In 2009, President Obama told Representative Eric Cantor (R-VA), “Elections have consequences, and I won.” As with his healthcare law, amid this year’s impasse, he said “there will be no negotiations on the debt ceiling” and “I shouldn’t have to offer anything” in dealing with Republicans. To ensure that Americans got the message, the National Park Service was told “to make life as difficult for people as we can,” one frustrated ranger informed reporters.

Ed Feulner | October 13, 2013

Yes, when it comes to international agreements that may seem harmless until you read the fine print, the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty has plenty of company.

Steve Chapman | October 13, 2013

We've all heard the complaints about casinos. They're big, sleazy places with flashing lights, endless supplies of booze and skimpily clad waitresses -- all designed to dupe the unwary into surrendering piles of cash.

Michael Youssef | October 13, 2013

The headline of the full-page ad asks, "What Would Jesus Cut?—A budget is a moral document." The text continues, "Our faith tells us that the moral test of a society is how it treats the poor."

Marita Noon | October 13, 2013

Homegrown fuel that will increase America’s energy independence, sounds good until you understand the costs

Bill Tatro | October 13, 2013

Correct me if I’m wrong, but to me, but furlough sounds like an unscheduled paid vacation.

Political Calculations | October 13, 2013

The good news is that we can answer that question with just back-of-the-envelope math! And we can do it on a "daily" basis.

Mike Shedlock | October 13, 2013

We have lost jobs on farms but we gained them on the assembly line. We lost jobs on the assembly line and gained them on the internet. We lost jobs on the internet and ....gained them in war?

Night Watch | October 13, 2013

Press reported that the so-called Emir of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) declared the opening of a new Sharia court and police station on Thursday in 'the new Islamic Emirate', Azaz, according to his twitter account.

Daniel J. Mitchell | October 13, 2013

Drugs do impose costs, but they’re mostly incurred by moronic users. Though there sometimes are collateral victims, such as kids whose parents allow their lives to get messed up.

Mark Calabria | October 13, 2013

While Yellen is likely to receive a frosty reception from Republicans, she has a very good chance of garnering the necessary 60 votes needed to achieve Senate confirmation.

Ransom Notes Radio | October 13, 2013

The real problem in Washington is that many don’t understand the concept of economic growth. . . Just as importantly: Many don’t understand that it is imperative to economic prosperity including survival of welfare programs.