After the last century, it shouldn't even be controversial to assert that the more a nation focuses on income inequality, the more it hurts the poor.
?Conventional wisdom, the internet and his successful Sunday evening television show are feeding the fuel for a presidential run by Governor Huckabee in 2016. This could be a good thing, perhaps a very good thing.
GLAAD needs a makeover. Their Queer Eye for Straight Guy Phil Robertson blew up in their face. Just ask A&E.
I just love the title, “Ten Easy Ways to Make Money.” In fact, it made the hair on the back of my neck stand up. No, they weren’t my words, they were recently written by a columnist from another publication. Moreover, this “Ten Easy Ways” title hearkened me back to those wonderful days of the Roaring Twenties.
A group of state Attorneys General have sent a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius slamming the Obama Administration for violating the Constitutional limits on the President's authority.
China eventually will base an aircraft carrier task group at Sanya to protect Chinese territorial waters and island claims in the South China Sea.
This Dickensian tale of woe being woven by the left is a dangerous gambit for several reasons. On the one hand, they could blow it badly for themselves if people begin to realize how many years we've been doing thing their way. On the other hand, they could stay in power and really have to follow up on the rhetoric.
I hate to dredge up bad memories so early in a new year, but we need to remind ourselves of the awful TARP bailout of 2008. Because, there is something worse coming down the pike.
Most of the Yahoo!News top ten would not have made my top 100. My criteria includes events that have a chance to shape history in a major way.
By keeping large groups of Americans complacent and afraid of challenging authority, the position, wealth and status of those in power is secure.
In 1793, the envoy Lord Macartney appeared before the Qianlong emperor in Beijing and asked for British trading rights in China. "Our ways have no resemblance to yours, and even were your envoy competent to acquire some rudiments of them, he could not transport them to your barbarous land," the long-reigning (1736-96) emperor replied in a letter to King George III.
The great thing about the weather is that it happens every day and, as Mark Twain said, everyone talks about it, but nobody ever does anything about it. That’s because, as Twain’s deadpan implies, you can’t actually do much about the weather.
"We will restore science to its rightful place ... " So intoned a "dismissive and derisive" President Barack Obama in his first inaugural. It's been oft quoted in the five years since (frequently by me, I'll confess) for its arrogance and condescension, which has continuing relevance, but before turning to the left's latest departure from scientific rigor, I cannot resist a fuller quotation.
The New Year explodes with dire prophesies for men and women and their mating patterns. If they're correct, or even close to it, the lot of men will not be a happy one -- nor will the women who love them (and want one of their own).
One of Obamacare's worst mandates that threatens to undermine our religious freedoms has run into a small, determined band of Catholic nuns.
If you liked your holidays, one reason may have been that President Obama was on the golf course and not behind the teleprompter. Like Pat Sajak—who famously tweeted that he never thought he’d find somebody else’s vacation so relaxing—I have loved every minute of President Obama’s Hawaiian idyll.
The business pages are reporting that Chrysler will be fully owned by Fiat after that Italian company buys up remaining shares. I don’t know what this means about the long-term viability of Chrysler, but we can say with great confidence that the company will be better off now that it is headquartered outside the United States.
French president François Hollande rang the bell on the new year the same way he rang the bell throughout 2013, with an economic as well as public relations gaffe. His vague promise of lower taxes coupled with an admission on national TV that taxes are too high, infuriated French households facing tax increases.
When we last looked at the U.S. housing market, we observed that median new home sale prices appeared to be stalling out. But what a difference a month makes.
The New Year ushered in the inauguration of a new mayor in the largest city in America, which also happens to be the most important city in the world. New York City ushered in the era of Bill de Blasio, and the leftist agenda that aims to make the Big Apple "fairer."
“Thank you for your service.” Whenever these words are uttered, it is always—always—a soldier to whom they are directed.
Lots of things that should have happened in 2013 did not. We were supposed to have long ago reached "peak oil" and an age of always-higher gas prices. Wind and solar power -- and a reduced lifestyle -- were our dismal future.
In his State of the Union address on Jan. 8, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson declared a "war on poverty." Today, with roughly the same number of people below the poverty level as in 1964 and with many addicted to government "benefits," robbing them of a work ethic, it is clear that the poor have mostly lost the war.
Could there be a group that looks more insular, elitist and out of touch than the U.S. Chamber of Commerce?
2013 was the year of Obamacare whoppers. But the nastiest truth about the health law is still to be exposed – the tightening hold the federal government will have over your doctor, even if you’re paying with private insurance. Obama said “you’re not going to have anybody getting in between you and your doctor in your decision making.” It was a lie from day one, just like the president’s other sales pitches.
All the mainstream media love to trumpet the winning of the now sadly tainted and greatly devalued Pulitzer Prize, given almost exclusively to left-leaning journalists from a left-leaning committee.
Let’s start 2014 with a depressing story about the reprehensible way in which big companies get in bed with big government. If asked to list the example of cronyism that I find most nauseating, the Export-Import Bank would be at the top of my list.
As China enters 2014 reeling from one of the worst polluted winters in recent years, experts from two major research institutes have openly disagreed over what is the main culprit behind the capital city's dismal air pollution.
What will your typical paycheck look like in 2014 after Uncle Sam's G-men have gotten their dirty, stinking ape paws all over it? Obviously, the answer to the question of how much of your income will be left over for you after the federal government has snatched a good part it depends upon quite a lot.
Looking back on 2013, it was a weird collection of news. Michael Schaus ran through the top Ransom Notes stories, the top ten ways government is wasting money, and the number one reason to never root for the Baltimore Ravens… Ever…
New Year's Day should be a time of fresh beginnings and forward motion. But for the family of 13-year-old Jahi McMath, the holiday season has been suspended in a cloud of unfathomable pain and suffering: A routine tonsillectomy gone wrong. A beautiful child declared "brain dead." Lawyers, TV cameras, tears.
I've not read the official obituaries because they are predictable. "Billionaire." "Reclusive." "GOP donor." "Swift Boat Vets." "Industrialist." "Controversial." "Dallas." And there you have it: the death of a sinister figure driven by greed, the puppeteer manipulating the political process, a 21st century J.R. Ewing. (Or is it Mr. Burns?) If this is what you've read, it's written by someone who didn't know Harold Clark Simmons.
The Beltway consensus seems to be that 2013 was a bad year for the same reason nearly every other recent year was bad: polarization and partisanship. Personally, I can think of plenty of more important things to worry about than partisanship. Democracy is about disagreements, and partisanship is often a sign of healthy disagreement.
December 19th marked the 15th anniversary of the impeachment of then- President Bill Clinton by the House of Representatives.
As of today -- Jan. 1, 2014 -- a Democratic administration led by President Barack Obama will use a regulation permitted and funded by a Republican-majority House of Representatives to prohibit Americans from freely exercising not just Christianity, but virtue itself in the United States of America.
Season's Greetings! This New Year's column comes with my apologies to the shade of the late, not altogether great Drew Pearson, a newster of another century who used to broadcast his Predictions of Things to Come in appropriately melodramatic fashion ("85 percent accurate!") when he wasn't advertising Bromo-Seltzer and such.
Well, that was fast. In an early-September column about the Syrian conflict and the new world order, I wrote that Russia and the West could team up against the forces of radical Islam. It looks set to happen sooner than expected, given the current wave of Islamic terrorist attacks not far from the site of the upcoming Sochi Olympic Games.
If you struggled through the sluggish, job-challenged, stomach-churning Obama economy in the past five years, 2014 may not be a great deal better.
We've all been there, perhaps as recently as Tuesday night. You have a few drinks, and the next thing you know, you're smoking crack.
Looking for advice on how to improve the NYPD’s ability to keep New Yorkers safe, incoming Mayor Bill de Blasio is turning to the experts in criminal activity. . . Ex-convicts. The “expert’s” message was pretty simple: “Get Soft on Crime.”
When I played college football as a defensive back (a long time ago), I was taught to always focus on the receiver that I was covering. Thus, frivolous actions by the quarterback, opponents in motion just prior to the play, legal or illegal shifts of offensive players, loud bands, screaming cheerleaders, and rowdy fans were all irrelevant.
One year ago, I looked at the worst policy developments of 2012. I had some very good (or should I say bad?) options for that award, including the Supreme Court’s Obamacare decision, the IRS’s lawless decision to make American banks act as tax collectors for foreign governments, Japan’shigher VAT tax, the California vote for a class-warfare tax hike, and France’s 75 percent income tax rate.
A recent feature on the politics page of The Christian Post discusses the issue of income inequality in America, and various Christian proposals for the best way to address it. Professor Ron Sider of Palmer Theological Seminary argues that the appropriate response to the "enormously centralized" economic and political power we see in America today is for the government to redistribute wealth via tax hikes on the rich and increased public investment in our poorest citizens.
A lot has been made recently of the "Pajama Boy" advertisements released by Obama's former campaign arm, “Organizing for Action”. Upon viewing the image I immediately mocked it and made fun of it. However, upon further reflection I soon realized that young people are quite literally living in a "pajama economy."
US Secretary of State John Kerry will arrive in Israel for his 14th visit this week. And to assure that his stay will be a happy one, Saturday night the government approved the release of 26 more Palestinian mass murderers from prison. This will please Kerry because today a core goal of US Middle East policy is to secure the release of Palestinian mass murderers from Israeli prisons.
Front-page editorials, disguised as news stories, have become such familiar features of the New York Times that it should have been no surprise to discover in the December 28th issue a front-page story about a professor of finance at the University of Houston who has been a paid consultant to financial enterprises.
In real life when you find yourself paying more and getting less, you usually search for another product or service. With the federal government, it isn't possible to take your business elsewhere unless you are prepared to give up your citizenship, as some have done.
When President Richard Nixon arrived in Beijing in 1972, Chairman Mao Zedong -- with his Marxist revolution, Great Leap Forward and Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution -- had achieved an equality unrivaled anywhere. That is, until Pol Pot came along.
?Our coins say it--"In God We Trust." But surveys indicate that fewer and fewer Americans actually put their trust in God. For many, God seems to get in the way. To some, God and his commandments are the creation of an archaic Judeo-Christian belief system that just impedes needed cultural transformation.
And so with ukuleles and autoharps, and cheers and groans, Americans usher Obamacare onto the public stage, knowing -- with hope, with disgust, with fear, with acceptance -- that the thing is here to stay, in the way all government programs, once enacted, hang around like a deadbeat brother-in-law: chain-smoking, impossible to get rid of.
The United States Senate moves toward the confirmation of Janet Yellen, now posited for next January 6th, as chair of the Federal Reserve System. Let us in this moment of recess reflect on eerily similar observations by two of history’s most transformational figures: John Maynard Keynes and Nicolas Copernicus.
There has never been an economic system better adapted for bringing out that competitive nature in mankind than American-style capitalism. There's no doubt it's under assault, but those who point the fingers and cry foul have no better alternative.
As part of my “You Be the Judge” series, I periodically share stories that presumably create moral quandaries for libertarians and other advocates of limited government and individual liberty. Today’s thorny topic deals with the reasons that government must provide before taking children from their parents.
It's kind of easy for sales to be up when the previous month was revised lower. But how much lower? The NAR did not even say. Let's take a look at monthly NAR reports to find out.
Of course Rangel’s a congressman… So we clearly can’t expect him to grasp American politics with any degree of adequacy. In addition to stumbling over a butchered sense of civics and constitutional law, the honorary* congressman (*I’m assuming no-one actually votes for this guy on purpose) took a couple of shots at the tea party.
As Democrats survey a troubled 2014 political landscape, it's easy to forget how optimistic they seemed less than a year ago.
Look for Hillary to ride in to the mid-terms on her white horse proposing some final solution for Obamacare (pun intended) that Mitch McConnell, John McCain and John Boehner will gush over publicly in order to poke the eye of Tea Party conservatives.
Women used to be faced with a dilemma: forgo a career to stay at home and raise children, or sacrifice the upbringing of your children in order to pursue a career. Since the 1960’s, feminists and conservatives have sparred over this choice. Feminists criticized mothers who stayed at home, claiming women could instead “have it all;” pursue a career while putting their kids in daycare. Conservatives criticized women who put their career first, correctly observing that a parent in the home raising the children is better for the children. This debate was known as the “mommy wars.”
A storm was created by a federal judge who ruled that the NSA is inappropriately collecting information on American citizens in violation of the fourth amendment.There has been immense reaction for and against his ruling.But no one seems to really point out the flaw in his ruling.
In clear violation of op-ed protocol, this week I’m suspending prose and having a little good, clean, limericky fun at liberals’ expense because – well, because they just make it so darn easy. (Warning: Some are bad and others worse. Side effects may include groaning, nausea, vomiting and involuntary eye-rolling.)
News Flash: Liberals are all in favor of strikes until they are personally affected by them.
Ezra Klein is an idiot… But Barbara Walters might have him beat
This year, like all that preceded it, was packed with some incredibly stupid things. As we shake off 2013 and welcome our government master into the medical examination room (except those who can’t afford Obamacare, can’t get the website to work or lost the plans they liked), let’s take a look back at just some of the idiocy that affected our world in 2013.
If John Kerry's military service and subsequent anti-war activities weren’t staged, then he manufactured a reasonably good facsimile of the young man on the make politically.
At the end of a second week of--what can only be described as--an abysmal public relations failure, Arts & Entertainment Television revealed something very intriguing to the watching world. Their foolish action in the (non-)issue of Phil Robertson, exposed three rather profound lessons that voters and candidates would be very advised to pay attention to.
Oil-and-gas drilling didn’t cause the flaming faucet phenomenon. Quite the contrary. The presence of gas near the surface brought about the “don’t smoke in the shower” adage. While the water is harmless to consume, a gas build up in the house could cause an explosion.
If enough states act, we are on the way to a constitutional showdown over Obamacare.
Revelations published in the Tehran Times set off a new round of concern from even leading Democrats on Capitol Hill and increased pressure for tougher sanctions on the Iranian regime.
In the past 100 years or so, the biggest cause of premature death has been government.