If things are going badly, we're told the GOP should compromise on what it believes in to start winning elections again. If things are going well, we're told we must turn a blind eye to the GOP abandoning its beliefs so as not to ruin the great year we're going to have.
?Hike the minimum wage. For politicians trying to show their concern for those on the lower rungs of the economic ladder, it’s a simple solution. And it’s catching on again, with several states and municipalities approving local hikes, and a proposal before Congress to hike it an unprecedented amount, from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour over the next two years.
In his speech for the Catholic Church’s World Day of Peace, marked for New Year’s Day, Time’s most recently elected “Person of the Year” decried the “widening gap between those who have more and those who must be content with the crumbs.” Pope Francis, it is obvious, is hammering the same theme that he sounded a few weeks ago when he called upon the world to reject “trickle-down economics,” “an economy of exclusion and inequality,” for “such an economy,” he informed us, “kills.”
Not feeling as if they have adequately displayed their anti-gun bias, the Washington Post is trolling the nation for stories of “gun violence” to feature on its pages. In an episode of leftist crowdsourcing, the liberally inclined WaPo is asking its readers “What’s your gun number?”
This week at memorial services for former South African President Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama greeted a number of world leaders, including the communist dictator of Cuba, Raul Castro. The President warmly shook hands with Castro, slightly bowing during the visit to engage in pleasantries.
North Korea announced that Chang Sung-taek, uncle and former regent for Kim Jong Un, was tried on 12 December by a military tribunal at which he confessed to treason, was sentenced to death and was executed on 13 December.
According to a recent Gallup survey, dissatisfaction with the government tops the list as the most important problem facing this country today. I'm sure the spin masters would say that's directed at the mean old Tea Party and the GOP who's always saying "no."
Well... It's not where you would think.
Right now you have about 3 million jobs in transportation, commerce, trades, that can't be filled. Electricians, plumbers, truck drivers, welders... Jobs that typically parents don't sit down and say to their kids - look if all goes well, this is what you are going to do.
We're going to start solving the mystery of why economic growth in the U.S. was so unexpectedly strong in the third quarter of 2013 in a place you wouldn't necessarily expect: the ports of China.
I can somehow visualize Patty Murray acting as Dorothy (The Wizard of Oz) and I can also imagine Congressmen Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as the Tin Man, with John Boehner turning into the Cowardly Lion, and Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev.) inserting himself into the action as the Scarecrow.
Republicans are finally looking like grownups capable of governing, and much of the credit goes to House Speaker John Boehner. After caving in to the kamikaze wing of the House and shutting down the government for 16 days in October, this week Boehner decided it was time to lead his troops in passing a two-year budget.
You know why the administration tried to foist the blame for cancelled policies not on the law itself, but rather on the insurance companies? Because they got the talking point directly from Politifact, which rated the claim of unchanged coverage as "true" previously.
I was shocked when I read that Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would not be attending the funeral of Nelson Mandela in South Africa because it was too expensive to travel there. Seriously?
The "S" in President Obama's DHS doesn't stand for "security." It stands for "sleaze." In the wake of Dirty Harry Reid's sabotage of the filibuster, Democrats have rammed through the Senate nomination of a shady Chicago crony associated with dangerous Clinton corruption and at least two visas-for-sale schemes.
The man whose last controversial movie was "Bully" certainly knows how to behave like one. Just ask New York Post film critic Kyle Smith, who dared to give a thumbs down to Hollywood bigwig Harvey Weinstein's latest anti-Catholic attack film, "Philomena," carefully timed for release during the Christmas season.
Democratic National Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz says that Obamacare will be a vote-winner for Democrats in 2014. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the same thing.
If you have just returned from a space mission on a spaceship without Internet access and some Kool-Aid-drinking liberal has assured you the disastrous Obamacare problems are behind us, let me do my part to help deprogram you.
"Our house is as quiet as a tomb." So said a friend who's at the same stage of life -- that is, a mother of three with only one child still living at home. Her youngest, unlike mine, is an introvert, but like my Ben, he is exceedingly busy in his last years of high school, thus leaving the house echoing with emptiness.
"The U.S.-Japan Mutual Security Treaty of 1960 obligates the United States to treat any armed attack against any territories under the administration of Japan as dangerous to [America's] own peace and safety. This would cover such islets as the Senkakus also claimed by Beijing."
At the funeral extravaganza commemorating a black “political prisoner” President Obama went out of his way to smilingly shake hands with the jailer and torturer of the most and longest suffering black political prisoners in modern history.
There is little to like in the debt-heavy, budget deal that is about to pass Congress.
What was Dickens really doing when he wrote A Christmas Carol? Answer: He was weighing in on one of the central economic debates of his time, the one that raged between Thomas Malthus and one of the disciples of Adam Smith.
The time periods are decades apart, today’s technology is certainly more advanced, and the world is currently in a much better place. Yet, just consider if John Kerry’s statement regarding these most recent Iranian negotiations, is really any different than Neville Chamberlain’s well-known ironic phrase, “Peace for our time.”
From companies with drugs in their pipeline to companies still developing them, this has been the garden spot in the market this year – a year desperate for garden spots.
The real story of yesterday's news, however, is the global economy. The by-product of wealth is credit or, is the by-product of credit wealth? Credit and debit cards are more than symbols of wealth; they facilitate the flow of capital that is the engine of prosperity.
Counting transfer payments such as foods stamps, Medicaid, Medicare, and other government welfare, Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis shows the top 40% pay 106% of all taxes (more than all of them). In turn the bottom 60% get money back.
The Cult of Communism and its gateway drug, socialism, centers around mythical utopian notions of how material goods and power is “equally” distributed in a society.
The whole world mourns Nelson Mandela. Rightly. But, as usual, some politically and historically challenged liberals have seen the passing of a great man of history as a chance to take more cheap potshots at Ronald Reagan.
A bi-partisan budget agreement was unveiled in a press conference this past Tuesday night by House Budget Chairman Congressman Paul Ryan (R - WI) and Budget Committee Chairman Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash). According to Ryan, this is the first "divided government budget agreement since 1986."
The gangster state of North Korea became a nuclear power in 2006-2007, despite lots of foreign aid aimed at precluding just such proliferation -- help usually not otherwise accorded such a loony dictatorship. Apparently the civilized world rightly suspected that if nuclear, Pyongyang would either export nuclear material and expertise to other unstable countries, or bully its successful but non-nuclear neighbors -- or both.
On Tuesday, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., revealed their budget plan to the world. I would say it was immediately met with complaints, but those complaints started before it was introduced. Is it perfect? Absolutely not. But are there other plans? No.
At an out-of-town memorial service for my dear friend and mentor, Alan Schonberg -- a business titan known for his warmth, grace and generosity -- I saw "Paul," a man I've known some 30 years. It had been a long, long time.
Supporting higher taxes, after all, on those who make more than you-- and this is what opponents of free markets wish for-- is not the same as a rich man feeding and clothing the poor. Or even yet a widow donating out of her want.
Yes, I've written this before, but in the context of the proposed budget agreement, it needs to be restated. Real conservatives supported the government shutdown in October and should make no apologies for that stance.
In the aftermath of the deadly Metro-North train wreck in New York, there was ample fuel for outrage. The anger was directed at the driver for apparently taking a turn way too fast -- and at the federal government for not making that impossible.
A superb report in the Wall Street Journal by that inimitable journalist, James Taranto, moves me to reflect on the modern university and things sexual. Taranto has come across another of those poor saps, a male student as fate would have it, who fell into the clutches of a predatory female student.
If you’re worried about the budget deal, only one number really matters: The number of Democrats we cut in Congress. Conn Carroll, managing editor for Townhall Magazine, joined the program to discuss the latest budget deal.
If the story is true, there will be continuing turmoil from investigations and interrogations, internal terror, and many executions of senior officials. This will be accompanied or followed by a nationwide re-education.
The Ryan-Murray plan: Tax hikes and make-believe spending cuts are supposed to generate “savings” over 10 years that will “offset” the higher spending that will occur 2014 and 2015. (Don't hold your breath.)
Alan Blinder, a professor of economics and public affairs at Princeton University and former vice chairman of the Federal Reserve, is back at it.In an Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal Blinders says suggests negative interest rates.
The number of publicly-traded U.S. companies announcing that they would be acting to cut their dividend payments rose back into recessionary territory again in November 2013.
Whenever liberals are in a tight spot, they adopt the scorched-earth policy of argumentation. With no answer, they start demanding that you define words: What do you mean "liberal"? What do you mean "democracy"? What do you mean "patriotism"?
The University of the Incarnate Word is a highly-rated Catholic college in San Antonio, Texas. It is hardly a hot bed of campus violence. When senior Robert Cameron Redus was pulled-over last Friday by campus police for “erratically speeding,” it is unlikely he had any clue of how tragically the stop would end.
It's elementary: When Democrats find themselves in political trouble, they reach for your wallets. After squandering billions on an ineffectual stimulus, failed green energy boondoggles and the disastrous Unaffordable Care Act, the Obama White House wants to dump $75 billion more into "free" preschool for all. That'll solve everything.
The Supreme Court over the past four decades has issued some decisions that not only defied the Constitution, but imposed changes on our society that go so far as to challenge fundamental principles of our civilization.
The U.N. Security Council's mandate authorizing French military intervention in the Central African Republic's expanding civil war is one more indication that in sub-Saharan Africa's chaotic corners, "peacekeeping with teeth" has become bottom line U.N. policy.
My friends and I have agreed to give charitable donations for the holidays instead of physical presents. What's the best way to do this?
The AP “news” organization has manufactured news in order to decry the obstacles to creating a society where we all have the same cruddy high-rise apartment, with the same government-mandated car, with our children in same state-run daycares disguised as schools.
When U.S. President Barack Obama was elected in 2008, it marked the first time that a local "community organizer" had risen to the highest office on the planet. I wasn't entirely optimistic.
This Saturday marks the first anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Yet recordings of the 911 calls placed from the school that day were released only last week, thanks to a misguided and lawless attempt to conceal this information.
Officially, Friday is Ben Bernanke's birthday, but we can understand if he's too pooped to party after last Friday. It was a heck of a week that began with the market edging lower each day in anticipation of a better-than-expected jobs report.
The government’s monopoly education system is a travesty mostly because taxpayers spend record amounts of money and we get very poor results. But I’m also irked at the way government schools engage in absurd displays of political correctness, particularly when it comes to make-believe weapons.
With the U.S. Census Bureau's long-delayed release of new home sale prices last week, we now have a better picture of the situation developing for the U.S. new home market. It would appear that the rapid rise in new home sale prices that we have observed since July 2012 is now stalling out.
How much worse could Dodd-Frank get? Well… You could add Maxine Waters to the mix. Gayle Trotter, from the Independent Women’s Forum, also joined the program to discuss DC’s latest budget “deal”.
?There is an abundance of evidence that the education system is failing far too many American children. Scholastically speaking the familiar chant of, "We're Number One" – seemingly embedded in American's DNA for generations – has been replaced with "We're just average – and sliding backwards."
Why did one of the most politically savvy leaders ever to occupy the White House—Lyndon Baines Johnson—decide not to attend the funeral of Winston Churchill in 1965?
With recent footage of black teenagers cold-cocking random strangers in a deadly game known as “Knockout,” Americans should recognize how badly our country needs a selfless voice of leadership heard in all of our homes.
Inadvertently, President Barack Obama just made an important contribution to our understanding of the Palestinian conflict with Israel. Since Hamas ousted all PLO forces from the Gaza Strip in 2007, Gaza has operated as a separate political entity from Judea and Samaria.
On Monday, a group of nearly 100 state legislators from 32 states gathered at Mount Vernon to demand an Article 5 Convention. Such is the vigor of their cause, I predict demanding an Article 5 Convention will become a litmus test for all Republican presidential candidates in 2016.
According to the Post, “agency employees are voicing frustration at what they perceive as White House ambivalence amid the pounding the agency has taken from critics”… And, let’s face it, they hear it all.
Advocates of Common Core State Standards love to point out how 45 states and the District of Columbia have voluntarily adopted this new national public school regimen.
Fifteen dollars an hour to say, "Would you like fries with that?" or "Welcome to Wal-Mart?" PLEASE.
Watching the twists and turns of American foreign policy while reading Christopher Clark's "The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914" is an unnerving experience.
I have long contended that President Obama is in charge on his big-ticket agenda items but disengaged as to policy and implementation details. Recent news reports vindicate my position.
Lately, I've been hearing from readers who are among the million Californians who had private health care plans, received cancellation notices and now have to buy new coverage. Some figured that if they signed up with their old providers -- Blue Shield or Anthem -- they'd have access to the same doctors and hospitals. Not quite.
The liberal mind, writes Dr. Lyle H. Rossiter, Jr. in his book, "The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness," views the world through the prism of "pity, sorrow, neediness, misfortune, poverty, suspicion, mistrust, anger, exploitation, discrimination, victimization, alienation and injustice" for people who are "poor, weak, sick, wronged, cheated, oppressed, disenfranchised and exploited."
Rebels again accused the Syrians of using chemical weapons last Thursday at a target in western Syrian. The rebels are losing, are lying about it and do not understand they have lost on this issue.
It’s not newsworthy that there’s a lot of double taxation in America. What is shocking and discouraging, however, is finding out that our tax code is more punitive than just about every European welfare state.
These charts provide yet another indication of weak hiring as well as visual evidence that something is awry with the budget. Also, when the next recession does hit, there are plenty of people who will not be eligible for benefits.
Reflecting on his energy policies, domestic policies, foreign policies and outright lies… Would you recall Obama if given the opportunity? Bob Greco, with the American Petroleum Institute, also joined the program the war on affordable energy.
Many times in life we try to accomplish too many things at once. One problem with this is often it diminishes our ability to focus. When you spend all your time nickel-and-diming everything, the result is that nothing gets done very well.
Although the U.S. stock market continues to hit new nominal highs on a nearly daily basis, the U.S. economy bumps along at a lackluster pace. This disconnect has been achieved by a massive Fed experiment in monetary stimulation.
One striking thing about the new White House Obamacare promotion campaign is that so far it hasn't had much to say about the central focus of Obamacare, which is helping Americans buy affordable health insurance.
Politicians of all stripes have promised to rein in Washington’s out-of-control spending for years, and sadly most have failed to deliver once in office. Most recently, Congress passed the Budget Control Act of 2011 with bipartisan support promising to cap overall discretionary spending at certain levels every year for the following decade, and President Obama signed it into law.
A Texas jury was recently lambasted in open court for committing jury nullification by visiting judge Jerry Ray because they acquitted a defendant in a driving while intoxicated (DWI) case. Judge Ray went so far as to equate the jury’s verdict with the acquittal of O.J. Simpson.
In early October I was watching the Today Show as the hosts talked about a recent study that claimed Europeans were happier than Americans. Their examples of European superiority were cheese and vacation time.
A Colorado judge says a Christian baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony must serve gay couples despite his religious beliefs, a ruling that a civil rights group hailed as a victory for gay rights.
There’s nothing like the holidays for laughing at anti-religious malcontents being driven to madness by the thought of Christians and Jews celebrating their faiths. Crosses, menorahs, happy people with satisfying personal lives – these things drive the militant atheists into a sputtering rage.
Friday, former Massachusetts chemist Annie Dookhan pleaded guilty to all 27 counts of falsifying nearly 40,000 criminal drug cases, effectively upending the Massachusetts criminal justice system.
"Obama and Bloomberg are pulling out the stops, knowing that support for gun control--which rose in the days after Sandy Hook--is waning," says the NRA.
I was astonished recently when one of my stepdaughters arrived home from public high school in Washington state with a red ribbon painted on her cheek.
In the 1980s, a group was formed which warned of an emerging danger to American’s youth. That danger was a new, and increasingly popular form of entertainment that, while seemingly harmless, allowed children and teens to tap into their more violent and morally questionable urges while hiding under the guise of harmless escapism.
What are young people being taught in school these days about love and marriage? In these times of chronic family breakdown, are the nation’s schools doing anything to build up the family, or are they contributing to its demise?
Without a doubt, Nelson Mandela was one of the towering figures of our times, a man who became a legend and cultural icon while still alive. Now that he is dead, his detractors are demonizing him while his followers are canonizing him.
Let's head straight to the Harvard Survey of Young Americans’ Attitudes toward Politics and Public Service.
With a storied history of attacking people of faith as extremists, radicals and the greatest threat this nation faces, it seems odd to see progressives embrace religion in their “advance the agenda at any and all costs” march. But they are, with vigor.
“Upholding the dignity of the laborer.” “Seeking justice for workers.” Pastors, priests and rabbis who lend their support to striking fast food and retail workers use such high-minded language to describe their behavior.
Why do some atheists embarrass themselves year after year trying to eradicate Christmas from American culture? Why do they make themselves societal hemorrhoids during this hallowed season?
The developers who wanted to build 8 Washington in San Francisco spent seven years lobbying City Hall -- winning approval from the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors -- only to watch opponents kill the project by putting a successful measure on the November ballot.
By now you have probably read and heard a flood of analysis on the interim deal the Obama Administration made with the Iranian government in coordination with five other governments. Except for two people who write for the New York Times, the reviews we have read are quite damning.
By now, the litany of broken promises accompanying the president’s signature healthcare initiative has become all too apparent. The “if you like your plan, you can keep it” quote – and its disconnect from reality – has been drilled into the American consciousness to the point where it will likely go down as one of the most iconic moments of Barack Obama’s presidency.
A smoking gun is indisputable evidence of guilt in a whodunit mystery. It is rare to find dispositive intelligence of noncompliance regarding nuclear issues. So there is need even for sources like Israel and the Iranian opposition that have a stake in the outcome.
Depending on your point of view, the deal with Iran that was crafted in Geneva last month either stinks or is rosy. But what most of the world missed was the real motivation for both sides.
The Patriot Act was anything but. It should be scrapped. James Clapper should be prosecuted and spend the rest of his life in prison where he can think about the true meaning of patriotism.
Low rates are often defended as “putting money in the consumers’ pocket” but that couldn’t be further from the truth. It simply transfers money from one set of consumers to another.