People who worry about death panels are missing the forests for the trees. Yes, people with expensive-to-treat conditions may someday be denied life-saving treatment because of ObamaCare. But there is a far greater danger for ordinary mortals: government and its health insurance proxies telling doctors how to practice medicine.
That silence you hear issues from the media/celebrity axis regarding the massive protests in Venezuela where hip college kids are being beaten, tear-gassed and shot down in a manner to shame anything done by Mayor Daley’s police in 1968 or the Ohio National Guard in 1970.
Did you sing Happy Birthday? The nation just “celebrated” the fifth anniversary of the signing of the so-called American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Political Cartoons by Nate Beelermore commonly referred to as the “stimulus.”
In a city where liberal judges allow hardened criminals access to the streets after brief stays in prison, if at all, the remaining police officers must feel powerless. All too often they see the criminals they arrest right back on the streets of New Orleans the very next day.
House Speaker John Boehner and the Republican insider-elite assure us that immigration reform (amnesty) isn’t going to happen this year. So why are talk radio hosts from across the country planning to gather in Washington this spring for another Hold Their Feet to the Fire collective broadcast?
President Obama is putting the finishing touches on his budget message to Congress. According to press reports, it would be criminal if it wasn’t so comical! The president will drop from previous proposals any effort to curb the rapidly escalating problems with social security. Instead, he will propose higher taxes on the wealthy
It just keeps getting better, so here we go again. Socialists always have an agenda, which is to bring up the downtrodden (a noble effort) at the expense of so-called successful individuals (deplorable). In other words, everybody becomes the same as they are controlled by a select few.
Today the Fed released minutes of meetings at the start and during the great financial crisis. These minutes show how clueless the Fed Governors were at the start of the recession.
This week's award for Biggest Common Core Jerk goes to Missouri GOP state legislator Mike Lair. Parents, teachers and administrators who object to the government education "standards" racket -- which usurps local control, impedes academic achievement and undermines family privacy -- have politicians on the defensive. The only thing these Fed Ed flacks and hacks can respond with is cowardly condescension.
The Obamas have had few more obsequious media allies than NBC's Jimmy Fallon. Now that he's taking over the hallowed ground of "The Tonight Show," Fallon's proven ability to spread his reach into viral videos on YouTube promises to become even more politically potent.
It is 611 miles from the United Auto Workers headquarters in Detroit to Volkswagen's assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. It's a long day's drive, about 10 hours almost entirely on Interstate 75, but it turned out to be too far for the UAW.
Cancel the philosophy courses, people. Oh, and we're going to be shuttering the political science, religion and pre-law departments too. We'll keep some of the English and history folks on for a while longer, but they should probably keep their resumes handy.
There seems to be a common characteristic among those who follow the liberal orthodoxy, especially those in the old media. Their ideology and rabid partisanship prevent them from acknowledging, much less correcting, policy failures.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, may be the brightest light to adorn the Republican Party in many years. He knows how to make the case for conservative ideas, pointing, for example, to the contrasting fates of Detroit and Houston to illustrate the superiority of conservative policies.
This week a GOP legislator from MO made the terminal decision to hi-jack the state appropriations process to insert “$8 for tin foil hats” for opponents of Common Core. Ha, ha, ha...not funny.
Richard Engel of NBC, reporting from Maidan Square in Kiev, described what he witnessed as the Feb. 19 truce collapsed. Police began to back away from their positions in the square, said Engel. And the protesters attacked. Gunfire was exchanged and the death toll, believed to be in the dozens, is not known.
The National Gallery of Art stands between the White House and the Capitol, bracketed by other museums exhibiting treasures ranging from the red shoes Judy Garland wore in the movie "The Wizard of Oz," to the Apollo 11 space module that went to the moon and back, to a Leonardo da Vinci portrait reckoned as his best work short of the Mona Lisa.
It's not often that a union election makes front-page news. But last week's stunning loss by the United Auto Workers at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., is a seminal event in the history of the labor movement. Union membership has fallen consistently over the past 60 years, and the UAW loss suggests there's no way for labor to reverse the trend -- at least not in the private sector. But why?
President Obama was hit by two major reports this week that reinforced what many if not most of us knew about his economic policies: they are killing jobs.
For years I have shared with you that the economy can't recover until housing recovers, and neither will recover until the job market recovers. While planning ahead, it became obvious that the solutions offered by the progressive Obama administration would hinder not help an economic recovery.
Everyone knows that the farm subsidy system is in dire need of reform. Yet rather than take on this subsidy system and engage in a thorough examination of what needs to be changed, Congress punted, just like it has in every farm bill for the last eight years.
To be fair, America has a fighting shot at owning the 21st century. After all, it’s not in the American DNA to give up. Joel Kurtzman, senior fellow at the Milken Institute, joined the program to argue that there is optimistic news for America in the 21st century.
The Federal Reserve knows quantitative easing didn't work, and they want to exit as fast as possible without triggering widespread panic. This isn't something that can be uttered in private, or even during closed-door 'Federal Open Market Committee' meetings, but it's palpable.
The House will soon consider H.R. 3865, which would prohibit the IRS from rushing a final rule regulating 501(c)(4) organizations in the middle of the current tax year. If the floor debate looks like the bill's markup in the Ways and Means Committee, it will be split right down party lines.
I’ve already explained why leftists must be depressed about their failure to restrict private gun ownership. They’ve suffered brutal electoral setbacks in Colorado, and more and more states have strengthened the right to keep and bear arms.
February is Black History Month. As those on the right (and even an increasing number of people elsewhere) know well enough, these four weeks are all too easily used by activists as an opportunity to promote a politics of victimhood congenial to a leftist agenda.
Labor Unions look out for the average worker in roughly the same manner Don Corleone looked out for his “business associates”. Congratulations on your victory in Milwaukee, SEIU… Now, leave the gun. Take the cannoli.
After nearly 10-hours of coaching me through my first International Defensive Pistol Association match, world shooting champion and Smith & Wesson Team Captain Julie Golob left the range with a smile on her face, and I did too. My first match was an overwhelming success.
Diversity has become corporatized on American campuses, with scores of bureaucrats and administrators accentuating different pedigrees and ancestries. That's odd, because diversity does not mean any more "variety" or "points of difference," at least as it used to be defined.
People interested in liberty – be they conservative, libertarian, Republican, Tea Partiers or whatever – need to pull their heads out of where they currently are and let the sun once again shine on them before it’s too late.
Richie Incognito, an NFL Miami Dolphin, is a clubhouse bully who was suspended for traumatizing teammate Jonathan Martin. A new NFL investigative report found that Richie, a white, soon-to-be free agent veteran, abused Martin, a black player then in his rookie season.
The political philosopher Edmund Burke once remarked that all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good folks to do nothing. A glaring example of the impending triumph of a constitutional evil that could be stopped by folks who have been largely silent is the tyranny coming from the White House.
Sometimes the effects of proposed Democrat economic policies are so obvious that even the CBO is forced to agree with Republicans.
Last week, Volkswagen employees at a plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee voted 712 to 626 to reject membership to the United Auto Workers (UAW), dealing a devastating defeat to organized labor. The workers’ vote against unionization demonstrates just how little faith the American people have in union bosses and their false promises.
Let the reader beware. At a recent confab at a billionaire's ranch, an elite gathering of business titans agreed to spend $100 million -- thanks to legal loopholes that allow them to skirt federal campaign contribution limits -- to elect like-minded politicians who will help them halt the wheels of government, move their party further from the political center and thwart the will of the American people.
Few columnists have railed against the GOP "establishment," aka the "silk underwear crowd," more than I.
After meandering through Congress for the past two years, the Farm Bill unceremoniously made its way to President Obama’s desk for his signature this past week.
First Mitt Romney loses a presidential election that he was predicted to win in a walk. Then he appears some 15 months later on Sunday's "Meet the Press" to lecture the nation on how Republicans might lose the presidential election once again.
If driving a taxi in Chicago is your dream job, have I got a deal for you. You get to fight traffic, deal with drunks and deadbeats, work long hours and breathe exhaust fumes nonstop. And I can get you into it for just $360,000.
For all of the hand wringing about the weak start to the stock market this year, initial public offerings (IPOs) haven't been this hot since 1999. More than 30 companies have already launched IPOs in 2014. That is a 72% increase compared to the same time last year.
When you think about it, it is pretty amazing how mobile technology has transformed our lives. What’s even more amazing is that the change we have seen thus far has really been due to three devices -- the mobile phone, the smart phone and, more recently, the tablet.
When I give speeches around the country, I often get asked whether it’s time to give up. More specifically, has America reached a tipping point, with too many people riding in the wagon of government dependency and too few people creating wealth and pulling the wagon in the right direction?
The Ukrainian demonstrators are de facto anti-democracy. Their leader encourages lawless behavior. He and his supporters want a government change that was not voted by the majority of Ukrainians. Thus, they seek to nullify the election that brought Yanukovych to power and which international observers declared to be free and fair.
Much is being made of the latest report from the Census Bureau on divorce in America. Using data from the American Community Survey, Census records show that the rate of divorce is increasing for the third straight year in 2012.
It is beyond absurd to seriously propose that such whopping increases would not impede hiring. Only economic illiterates and political charlatans can make such statements.
Liberals are winning wild praise for their candor in admitting problems with Obamacare. It shows you the level of honesty people have come to expect of our liberal friends.
According to Greek mythology, Cassandra, daughter of the King of Troy, captured the attention of Apollo with her beauty. But, after rejecting his romantic advances, some versions of the legend say he cursed her with the gift of prophecy, with the caveat that she would never be able to convince others of her visions of the future.
Despite five years of Obama Administration "smart diplomacy," Venezuela's deteriorating socialist regime is following a classic script as its replacement caudillo blames America for his own regime's legacy of economic folly, domestic repression, corruption and criminal turpitude.
After meeting world shooting champion and Smith & Wesson Team Captain Julie Golob at the SHOT Show in January, she invited me to come check out the 2014 International Defensive Pistol Association [IDPA] Indoor Nationals to get a first hand look at the shooting sports.
Question: If Obamacare officials cannot prevent accused embezzlers from infiltrating their offices, how can they protect enrollees from grifters, con artists and thieves in the federal health insurance exchange system?
Media liberals are howling at the apparent injustice of the "anti-Clinton" Washington Free Beacon website, which has dared to paw through old Hillary Clinton history. The hypocrisy is stunning. Let us recall the avalanche of mean-spirited and sleazy "fair game" the networks assembled for us just a few years ago in the last election cycle.
Of all the time-honored failings for which we criticize sitting presidents -- by "we" I mean pundits, academics and other members of the chattering phylum -- two charges stand out: imperialism and shrinkage. Usually it's one or the other.
I’ll never forget an article by Hannah Rosin, author of the book The End of Men, titled “Boys on the Side.” The article, which was simultaneously depressing and unintentionally comical, described the state of relationships and gender dynamics on college campuses.
The administration has continued their Orwellian assault on the English language by changing the words from "executive order" to “executive action.”
There is a difference between speech and war. Both are forms of expression, to be sure. But the essence of the former is engagement, and the essence of the latter is destruction.
This week, Secretary of State John Kerry announced to a group of Indonesian students that global warming was "perhaps the world's most fearsome weapon of mass destruction."
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is airing TV ads around the country that offer tax-free status for 10 years to new business start-ups entering his state.
Remember the recent IRS scandal? The IRS admitted to improperly targeting conservative and libertarian organizations, individuals and their families. And not just groups involved in the political process - they even targeted the family counseling radio show, FamilyTalk, on whose board of directors I serve.
At the center of the case against Michael Dunn is a disappearing shotgun. The middle-aged software developer claims 17-year-old Jordan Davis threatened to kill him with it during an argument over loud music at a Jacksonville, Fla., gas station in November 2012. But police never found a gun, and no witness reported seeing one.
Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards recently tweeted out a short video featuring her suggestions of what women really need for Valentine's Day. Among a litany that included "well woman visits," "cancer screenings," and "birth control," was "safe & legal abortion."
For now, the US is on the sidelines in the Middle East. The US administration has alienated all its historic allies; lost influence in Egypt, Tunisia and Syria; and has made dubious promises to Jordan which now is in danger of becoming a front line state, like Lebanon.
A discriminatory rate structure adds to complexity, to be sure, but the main reason for a convoluted business tax system (for large and small companies) is that politicians don’t allow firms to use the simple and logical (and theoretically sound) approach of cash-flow taxation.
I don’t always make financial decisions based exclusively on math. Many times I do things based on changing money behaviors—stuff like paying off debts from smallest to largest because it actually works. Personal finance is 80 percent behavior, and only 20 percent head knowledge.
I still find it remarkable how much ground the fear-mongers cover and how they continue to chip away at things that we used to take for granted, like mild-to-tough winters. Now, these things have the feeling of an 'apocalyptic' event that can only be avoided through economic sacrifice.
Dear Carrie: My father had a custodial account for me, and this year, I cashed it out. My father lost money on the whole, investing more than we've gained. What are the rules for custodial account taxes? Am I able to deduct the loss on my return?
Once again, “African-American History Month” is upon us. Of course, these four weeks of February have little to do with actual history, and everything to do with ideology.
Each time I leave Chicago on a writing trip, I get to see amazing things: the Russian bath-mistress with the accent of Maria Ouspenskaya who refused to hit me with the birch branch, and those young cadets desperate to learn all about American girls.
You may not have heard, but it seems that the federal government may soon come calling for another $100 billion we don’t have - this time for transportation. While many people were focusing on the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) ObamaCare numbers, the agency also released some little-noticed financial details about the Highway Trust Fund’s shortcomings.
The irony of this entire debate is that the people who know the most about delivering care to patients were excluded from the development of the ACA. The physicians involved in crafting the administration’s vision, such as Drs. Ezekiel Emanuel and Donald Berwick, were far removed from day to day patient care.
>Earlier this month, North Carolina unleashed its “Opportunity Scholarship” website accepting applications for the state’s new school voucher program. Three days after its opening, some 1,400 families had applied hoping they would be lucky enough to receive a school voucher.
We need, as a society, to get back to celebrating mothers who sacrifice their careers to care for our most vulnerable, our children. And yes, we can have our cake and eat it, too. We have emerged from the former mindset that women are inferior to men, but we also must emerge from and reject the mindset that full-time mothers are inferior to working women or single mothers.
Last week Kathleen Parker, the Pulitzer Prize winning syndicated columnist, weighed in with an opinion on the so-called “Blair Diaries”, the name given to the private papers of Diane Blair, a former political scientist at the University of Arkansas who passed away in 2000.
For the last few years, our moral and cultural opponents have mocked our predictions, telling us that we are deluded, that there is no slippery slope, that the scenarios we warn about are just figments of our overactive, fundamentalist imagination. Are they right?
A University textbook describes Conservatism as “pessimistic”, and Ronald Reagan as an extremist. (Remember when Reagan was elected in a landslide?) Of course, to be totally honest, Euro-socialist programs actually do “bum me out” a little.
The Afghanistan government's recent release of dozens of imprisoned terrorists, many of whom had killed Americans, was a galling betrayal of those Americans who died defending Afghanistan against the Taliban terrorists -- as well as those Americans who have returned home with arms or legs missing, or with minds traumatized beyond repair.
There are those who are champions on courses of competition. Then there are those who are victors in their caliber of character, too. In our often wayward world, the latter ought to be given not just a gold medal but a golden crown.
How did global warming discussions end up hinging on what's happening with polar bears, unverifiable predictions of what will happen in a hundred years, and whether people are "climate deniers" or "global warming cultists?"
There are many reasons President Barack Obama's presidency has proven so ineffectual even by its own standards -- boosting economic growth, improving health care, preventing the spread of weapons of mass destruction, enhancing America's world reputation.
There seems to be a rising chorus—even among some on the right—that marriage is over and we need to give up on the civil institution of marriage. I’m reminded of the blonde starlet, Mae West. This Hollywood celebrity was asked why she didn’t marry one of the handsome young men who always followed her around. “Marriage is a great institution,” said Mae, “but I’m not ready for an institution.”
With less than a year left in her fourth and final term in Congress, it's a little early for an exit interview, but not too early to get the views of Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) on issues dear to a "founding mother" of the Tea Party movement and on how to beat Hillary Clinton in 2016, if the Democrat decides to run.
When President Barack Obama said he planned to "fundamentally transform" the United States, he wasn't referring only to spreading the wealth around or even to conforming our foreign-trade regulations to the dictates of globalist busybodies.
Labor unions are starting to get desperate. If you thought they’ve always been a little ruthless… Well, you haven’t seen anything yet. Dave Bego, who has personally fought the most powerful Union in America, joined the program to discuss organized labor’s most recent push for membership.
Just like Clark Kent could change into Superman, President Obama has a remarkable ability to change into King Obama. Tired of that pesky Constitution? Irritated that the Founding Fathers created a system based on separation of powers? Well,there’s a superhero to overcome those obstacles.
President Obama waded deeper into the pool of incredulity that surrounds his administration when he told Fox News host Bill O’Reilly that there was not a “smidgen” of corruption associated with the IRS targeting of conservative groups seeking 501(c)4 tax-exempt status.
Trade wars, immigration battles, and especially beggar-thy-neighbor competitive currency debasement tactics are hallmarks of deflationary times. When jobs are plentiful, such pressures are minimal. Now, every country seeks advantages for itself, hoping to raise exports.
President Obama is launching a new initiative to help young men of color. It’s called My Brother’s Keeper.
If you’re a conservative, you don't need to silence the opposition. In fact, we conservatives want liberals to talk, to make buffoons of themselves, to prove their folly. We want liberals to expound upon their ridiculous ideas, to show the world exactly what they're about.
Nearly 1,000 days stretch between this Presidents' Day and the next presidential election. Yet already it is impossible to escape the maneuvers, machinations, and media coverage of men and women so consumed with winning the highest office in the land that the lust for power all but oozes from their pores.
The vote, while only a first test of union appeal in the south, increases the uncertainty regarding the long-term survival of the United Auto Workers union. It's the worst union defeat in Tennessee since Grant got whipped on the first day at the Battle of Shiloh.
Until recently I was a full-time employee and had a very good job. In fact most years we were so busy I worked some long hours and received some significant bonuses from my employer. But now I have been freed from having to spend so much time supporting my family.
This past week I, along with a group of fellow Christians, embarked on a new venture. In partnership with Liberty Alliance, LLC – the No. 1 ranked conservative media conglomerate, according to Inc. Magazine – launched BarbWire.com.
In 2000, at the dawn of the 21st Century, under Saddam Hussein and his Baath Party, Iraq was suffering under the worst of the egregious misconceptions of the 20th Century.
First there was “brosurance”. Then pajama boy. And now there are pub-crawls for healthcare. Because, really, isn’t that the perfect place to hold a discussion about obtaining health insurance: in front of the shot-girl at your favorite local bar? “Get ‘em drunk, get ‘em covered!” That’s apparently the new Obamacare motto.
There was much disagreement among the speakers about the direction of the stock market and the global economy, but one thing everyone agreed on: gold was an undervalued asset after losing 30% of its worth last year.
In this decade, only fringe web sites even reveal that Michelle Obama schmoozed a $12,000 gown for herself from a snob designer.
Rand Paul and Hillary Rodham Clinton would frame the debate — and the alternatives they offer — based on real clear and present issues rather than outworn dogma.
There are still 45,000 fewer jobs, just in Colorado, than when the recession began six years ago.
Am I mistaken or did Venezuela president Nicolas Maduro just call for a protest march against himself?
Vice President Joe Biden announced two days ago that the American people agree with the Democrat party “on every major issue.”
Socialists have long contended that they can live quite well without God, thank you. But let's face it: they can't even run an Olympics; or a website; or a sperm bank. Maybe what they need is a tad more humility and a whole lot of God.
I have found the issue that can bring America together. Republicans and Democrats, urban hipsters and country folk, corporate scions and infrequent fliers -- they all seem to agree: The federal government must not allow mobile phone use on planes.
“Moving on from unfulfilling jobs, thanks to health-care law,” was the gleeful headline across the story spoon-fed to the Washington Post by Families USA, a pro-Obamacare group that maintains a “database of people who have benefitted” from the so-called Affordable Care Act.
It is not often that Americans look south of the border for solutions, but Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto seems to have figured out a few things in his first year of power that has, in six years, eluded Obama.
The Affordable Care Act (aka "Obamacare") is unraveling on many levels, but perhaps most so on the personal finance level for the consumers of both health care and health insurance.
There are still vestiges of the old legal ethics, but much of it is gone. Most lawyers now regard law as a business.