The topic du jour on the left these days is inequality. But why does the left care about inequality? Do they really want to lift those at the bottom of the income ladder? Or are they just looking for one more reason to increase the power of government?
Does anyone else find it ironic that a company that helped massage data for Obama’s reelection—a company that essentially spied on its customers for political purposes-- suddenly has found a conscience about Internet privacy?
There appears to be a flourishing culture of financial misconduct at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This culture has been perpetuated by a lack of administrative oversight leading to millions of taxpayer dollars being wasted.
Ham and eggs, dictators and plebiscites, tyranny and sham elections, they all go together. So it was wholly to be expected, which means it was wholly a surprise to our ever-alert administration, when the latest tsar decided Crimea was ripe for the picking and sent in the Cossacks (sans identifying insignia for now).
Bitcoin’s success shows that there’s nothing sacred about money. A $100 bill can buy groceries for a family, or be used in a drug deal (90 percent of paper money in the U.S. has traces of cocaine on it). It’s only valuable because people believe it is valuable.
Conservatives constantly talk of freedom. Freedom. Freedom. Freedom. Go to any gathering of conservatives, and you will hear a freedom mantra. They speak of “freedom” almost as if it were a one-word synonym for conservatism, a slogan for the movement. At times, they do so in an almost trite way.
The Left has its battle plan, Saul Alinksy’s infamous Rules for Radicals, now the good guys have there’s.
Sizing up last week's unexpected congressional win by Florida Republican David Jolly, Kim Strassel of the Wall Street Journal wrote, "The Republicans who win this fall will be those who have serious answers to the attacks leveled on them -- about Obamacare, the economy, women's and seniors' issues." Sound advice.
If I had been Barrack Obama's adviser when he was young I would have led, guided, pushed or simply threatened him to go to business school instead of law school. I would have told him that it was pretty obvious he was going to be running this country in his later years, and business school might do him better than law school.
It seems Mr. President that all of a sudden you and I are becoming Pen Pals. Not in the traditional sense because you never write, you never call or even seem to care. But you do respond in the main stream media and so I feel our connection is intact.
At the very core, companies, be they business-to-business (B2B) or business-to-consumer (B2C), need to respond to the changing landscape and adapt their business models.
Given all of the geopolitical turmoil of late that’s rocked many of the biggest emerging markets in the world, it’s logical to ask ourselves if there will be a spillover effect -- some call it “contagion” -- here in the U.S. equity markets.
GDP measures the value of the final goods and services, but you also want to know how much business spent in making these final products and services. GO does that.
The official motto of the United States is “In God We Trust.” The official motto of Washington, DC, is “Justitia Omnibus,” which means “Justice for All.” These are nice statements, but they apply too broadly. We also should have a motto specifically for politicians.
I have no idea how much car dealers donated to Chris Christie. But I do know a bad idea when I see one. And we know exactly how and why some bad ideas get implemented: campaign contribution bribes and political revenge.
“The Tenth” is riveting, timely, and masterfully written. While captivated by a supernatural mystery and a whimsical romance, the reader is also forced to reflect on one of the most important political and social issues of our time.
The Restore Military Religious Freedom coalition, a group of two dozen like-minded religious liberty organizations, announced Thursday that they are ready to offer assistance to any Air Force Academy cadet who faces repercussions for writing Bible verses on their hallway whiteboards.
Sheila Jackson’s brilliant aversion to intelligent thought is not exclusive. Other “leaders” have shown a similar lack of intellectual-horsepower… For example, Democrat Hank Johnson once expressed concern that the island of Guam was in danger of capsizing. Harry Reid has argued that our compulsory tax system is “voluntary”.
Republicans are set for pretty sweeping victories in 2014. The best nonpartisan analyses eight months before the election suggest the Republicans may get to 50 or 51 seats in the Senate, but 50 would leave Democrats in control with Vice President Biden breaking tie votes.
Liberals view the term "compassionate conservatism" as an oxymoron. How could it not be so? they ask. After all, conservatives are greedy, and conservatism feeds that greed at the expense of the poor.
In case you hadn't heard, young people these days -- aka "the millennials" -- are the most cynical and distrusting generation ever recorded. Only 19 percent think most people can be trusted.
One thing that we've learned from 9/11 through the Boston bombing is that even in something sinister, bureaucratic incompetence is usually at play.
It's doubtful you will hear this on the network news tonight, but President Obama and his party are in deep, political trouble. And it's getting worse.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a President that knew anything about economics? Heck… Even a basic understanding of job creation would be nice. Economist Mark Skousen joined the show to talk about why Obamanomics continue to drive this recovery into the ground.
The latest polls indicate a weak economy continues to drag down President Obama’s job approval rating, but those hardly guarantee any big changes in Washington. Americans may want more jobs and better wages but they also support many of the president’s specific policies.
Based on separate reports from Russian and Ukrainian sources, a significant buildup of Russian conventional forces opposite the northeastern border of Ukraine is taking place. The location is far from Crimea. This is not exercise preparation.
I wish there was a magic wand that somebody could wave and all of us would have more money. Or maybe Santa Claus could play that role, or some version of the Tooth Fairy. Unfortunately, we don’t live in this fantasy world.
CEOs makes hundreds or thousands of times more than workers. That is one aspect of income inequality. And it's easily explained: The Fed's inflation policies, bank bailouts, Fractional Reserve Lending, and crony capitalism are to blame.
Those Chevy plants are full of UAW workers who hold a lot of political sway. It’s why their pensions were bailed out by the taxpayers back in 2009. Many people think the GM implosion just came out of nowhere. Well... It didn’t.
Almost two decades ago, heartbroken and single, I wrote out a list that described the man of my dreams. Less than two years later, my husband and I married, proving that dreams do indeed come true (yes, he met and even exceeded all criterion).
What would a president do if he were furious over criticism, or felt that his noble aims justified most means of attaining them? Answer that by comparing the behavior of Richard Nixon to that of an increasingly similar Barack Obama.
Monday night in the U.S. Senate, something historic happened. Democrats took to the floor and demanded…um…nothing, really. And they weren’t going to leave until…they felt like it, I guess. That was the gist of the PR stunt known as “#Up4Climate” on Twitter.
When blacks gave 80 percent of their vote to the Democratic Party in 1964, black activist Malcolm X called them "political chumps."
The government is caught up in another scandal in which federal agents have been accused of hacking into one another's computers. When the CIA was established in 1947, Congress and President Truman were concerned that it might not confine itself to spying.
I know you’re shocked: The government is sending money to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac so that the government can get the money back that they sent them originally. But, yeah. This is Obama. Kind of like Enron, only immune from prosecution.
One of the world's biggest Type A personalities, Huffington, who launched The Huffington Post in 2005 and whose picture appears alongside celebrities, politicians and business icons, is now asking a question popularized in an old song by the late Peggy Lee: "Is that all there is?"
Even if you weren’t one of the 28.2 million Americans watching the 2014 Grammys last month, you probably caught wind of the controversy over Beyoncé’s raunchy performance of her song “Drunk in Love,” featuring her husband Jay-Z.
From time to time, I put down my duties of writing about politics and other human follies and pick up a book, often a book of poetry, often by W. B. Yeats. The other night I read Yeats' poem "The Fiddler of Dooney." It is a little masterpiece, but then Yeats wrote so many masterpieces.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a stalwart ally of the nation's intelligence agencies, says she is appalled to learn they have been spying on her committee, ignoring federal law and possibly trampling on the Constitution in a heavy-handed targeting of innocent people.
Actions speak louder than words, and Congress’ actions over 113th session demonstrate a bipartisan unwillingness to get runaway federal spending under control.
Amazon.com and other large online retailers are engaging in classic crony-capitalism as they help push for an internet sales tax. With an army of lawyers and tax attorneys, the big guys won’t be hurt… The tax seems to be more about squeezing competition out of the market, than making the playing field level.
The idea of having an index-linked, mainstream market-beating strategy that does not rely on the brilliance of a Warren Buffett or a Carl Icahn -- all for the relatively low fees of an ETF -- has to be one the best deals in the world of investment.
In the game of life, those in the public eye of judgment have found it necessary to affect outcomes by establishing expectations. In that position, it doesn't take long to figure out that the success is not measured by actual results or output, but output versus expectations.
When I first started working on fiscal policy in the 1980s, I never thought I would consider Sweden any sort of role model. But Sweden suffered a severe economic shock in the early 1990s and policy makers were forced to rethink big government
Although the Rutgers University faculty and students are rising as one to try to block her from delivering the commencement address this spring, Condoleezza Rice is able to ignore such minor ignominies and concentrate instead on something that really, really matters: banning the perfectly good English word bossy.
It's clear that Americans are irritated by some of our annoying, stupid, idiotic laws. Like the law in Galesburg, Ill., that makes it illegal to burn bird feathers within city limits. And one in Fort Thomas, Ky., that prohibits house pets from "molesting" passing cars. There are laws for this and laws for that, but the problem is that what's annoying to you might not be annoying to your neighbor.
When I wrote a book about mobs and group-think a few years ago, I could honestly say that mob behavior existed exclusively on the left in America -- unless you count Oakland Raiders tailgate parties, which I do not.
We live in a time of the anti-hero. Too often, the good guys are the bad guys and vice versa. Celebrities are often held up as heroes, until we learn too much about them.
The Air Force Academy removed a Bible verse posted on a cadet's whiteboard after it determined the posting had offended other cadets, a spokesman for the academy said.
Back in September, our family received an Obamacare-induced health insurance death notice. We joined millions of other Americans whose individual market health plans died after Democrats lied about our ability to keep the plans and doctors we liked.
What kind of rules should govern our lives? I'd argue that the best rules are those that we'd be satisfied with if our very worst enemy were in charge of decision-making. The foundation for such rules was laid out by my mother. Let's look at it.
As a teenager, I began a new lifelong routine of starting and ending each day reading from the book of Proverbs, which, of course, was written by Solomon, a very wise man. Interestingly, my parents gave me the middle name of Solomon -- not that I claim even a modicum of his wisdom.
After months of pressing the CBS News brass to get out of her contract, reporter Sharyl Attkisson was finally granted her request. While that is good for her, it ought to underline how CBS has abandoned hard-hitting reporting in the Obama era.
When asked to relate the results of the Constitutional Convention of 1789 to a citizen as he left Independence Hall, Benjamin Franklin is reported to have replied, “A Republic, if you can keep it.” As the annual Conservative Political Action Conference ended last weekend, one might reply similarly to an observer that the future of the GOP is bright, if we can keep it.
Have you seen Obama’s poll numbers? They are among the lowest in history. As of last week, Obama’s approval rating is at 38%. That’s just barely above Richard Nixon. But that's not the big story here.
What began as a local Austin, Texas, celebration of live music and slacker chic has become emblematic of a global phenomenon: individual economic innovators, open-minded marketing professionals and individual investors connecting poly-digitally to kick start wealth creation.
The federal government has grown obscenely fat over the years, and under President Obama it's gotten much fatter, eating into our economy and the very foundations that made America great.
America's decreasing influence in the Middle East and Eurasia might be the result of deliberate strategic policy. Or it's simply ineptitude -- in which case it's infinitely better for indecisive paralysis to prevail over uninformed proactivity. Either way, it's not a bad thing.
Not every child can be saved. Not every kid who grows up broken can be steered away from bad choices by caring adults toward some new life, one with a purpose. But Valerie Groth, a veteran Chicago Public Schools social worker at New Sullivan Elementary School on the South Side, believed she had found that boy.
During the 2012 presidential election, 71% of Hispanic-American voters supported Obama over Mitt Romney. They are now having buyer's remorse because they believe he is stabbing them in the back by doing his job as a responsible American and president. They should cut him some slack and take him at his word when he stresses that he is not acting in the best interest of our nation.
In the middle of an International crisis, the President (U.S. that is) drew the line in the sand and finally, finally, decided to back up his words with actions... No matter what turmoil is engulfing the world our President will not be deterred from a couple of rounds of golf.
Taliban leaders warned Afghans against voting in presidential elections on 5 April. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement emailed to media that the group also had instructed clerics across the country to spread the word that the election is "an American conspiracy."
Over the next few weeks, there will be a couple of birthdays which will resonate in California, big time. Harvey Weinstein will celebrate his 62nd birthday on March 19, and the "Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act" (JOBS Act) will mark its second year the first day of April.
Regular readers may have noticed that I generally say that advocates of big government are “statists.” I could call them “liberals,” but I don’t like that using that term since the early advocates of economic and personal liberty were “classical liberals” such as Adam Smith, John Locke, and Jean-Baptiste Say.
The loss in employment in the core 25-54 age group is a whopping 5,183,000. Factoring in the decline in population, that is an excess job loss of 4,076,000!
The Lenten season is upon us once more, and like many Christians, in an attempt to honor God's faithfulness to his Church and in the hopes of deepening my own faith I have decided to engage in a fast of sorts.
I think a leashed tiger is a reasonable alternative to armed self-protection. There’s nothing like black-and-orange-carnivorous-rage on the end of a leash to give you that warm-fuzzy feeling of self-protection. Besides, arming yourself with a concealed feline is less felonious than arming yourself with a Smith & Wesson.
Jimmy Carter 2.0? Or is it Jimmy Carter times 2? Or is President Obama pretty much a gift to Carter’s legacy? John also talks with Charles Payne, from Fox Business, about the growing Federal Reserve balance sheet. (You heard about Fannie Mae paying back its bailout money? Where do you think it got the money to pay back?)
The bull market just marked its fifth anniversary—middle-aged by historical standards but not dead yet. Money managers have valid concerns, but those should be measured against changes in the national and global economies.
The Internet has led to many revolutions over the last few years and that’s particularly true in how we communicate and collaborate. It’s also shattered existing business models — just ask Barnes & Noble, Circuit City and practically any print newspaper you can still find.
Clocks were not the only thing springing ahead this weekend, young conservatives showed their eagerness to restore conservatism and the ideals of limited government and fiscal responsibility. This past weekend thousands of young conservatives descended upon the Washington, DC area for CPAC. Enthusiasm and energy ran high among the crowd throughout the conference showing millennials’ desperation for real hope and change—longing for Obama’s last day in office.
Matthew Morgan was crumpled on the pavement lying in a pool of blood. Bones had torn through his flesh. His left foot was nearly severed. As he lapsed into and out of consciousness, a jarring thought crossed the Baptist preacher’s mind: he no longer had health insurance.
Unions have asked the NLRB to reconsider their failed attempt to unionize Volkswagen workers in Chattanooga, because… Well because they think it was unfair that anti-union voices were allowed to make their case to VW workers. In other words: the UAW feels they were unfairly outgunned by free-speech.
If anyone wanted to pick a time and place where the political left's avowed concern for minorities was definitively exposed as a fraud, it would be now -- and the place would be New York City, where far left Mayor Bill de Blasio has launched an attack on charter schools, cutting their funding, among other things.
In the first two parts of this series, I explained the comparative dangers and health risks of alcohol and marijuana. To elevate one over the other is like saying a plain doughnut isn't so bad as a glazed one.
Last month, Barack Obama traveled to snowy St. Paul, Minn., the same place where in the sunnier days of June 2008 he predicted that his clinching of the Democratic presidential nomination would be remembered as "the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and the earth began to heal."
Obama no doubt would reject any advice given out of hand. John McCain says he's the smartest guy in the room. I'll observe that that's not hard in D.C.
The United States is at "a constitutional tipping point" and "in the midst of a constitutional crisis." Has President Barack Obama unilaterally overturned the constitutional framework of three branches that is the basis of our unique and successful system of self-government?
During the March 5, 2014 House Oversight Committee hearing, former IRS official Lois Lerner invoked the Fifth Amendment...again. If it were not for being a part of the most "transparent" administration, one might think she had something to hide.
In a logical world, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) would be looking for ways to make the PPACA exchanges look more like Part D. Unfortunately, they are doing precisely the opposite. On January 10, 2014, CMS proposed a rule making major changes in the market structure of Part D that will significantly reduce choice and competition.
Apparently the economy was really banking on global warming, and recent snow storms have thrown everything for a loop. That must be it… After all, nothing bad is ever the fault of the Obama Administration. (Winter storm “George W. Bush” is the real culprit, right?)
This columnist is a Tea Party Patriot, right wing conspirator, Republican Party loyalist, and Obama opponent. It is with some trepidation, therefore, that he points out something that, if noticed by the Democrats, might be used to avert the onrushing Democratic Party rout.
On Friday, the Kingdom issued a royal decree that designates the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. The royal decree also criminalized membership plus supporting and sympathizing with the terrorists "through speech or writing."
Have you heard...Fannie Mae paid back more in dividends to Treasury than it took in as bailout money, and while this was happening, the shares of Fannie Mae were up 1,700% this past year? Officially, management points to increases in housing prices, lower defaults, and greater mortgage demand. But...
The United States is supposed to be enjoying a recovery. Indeed, we’re now supposedly in the fifth year of an expanding economy. Many Americans must wonder why it doesn’t feel that way.
This is part of the overall culture of greed and arrogance fostered by central banks globally. No matter what the "too big to fail" banks do they are bailed out at taxpayer expense every time they get into trouble.
At the end of the classic film, “The Bridge Over the River Kwai,” the prison camp’s doctor surveys the scenes of death and destruction surrounding him.
Even though the majority of our nation and our generation is pro-life, many high school and college administrations still treat those with pro-life views as second class citizens, acting as if we should just be grateful when they let us host a speaker or put up a flyer they have tried to censor.
For those young Americans who are unemployed, an increase in the minimum wage is a disaster. The first step on the proverbial economic ladder would be chopped off, trapping those young, low skilled Americans in poverty. Instead of hiring low skilled individuals, businesses would speed up investment in technology as seen by an increase in self-checkout machines at your local grocery store.
Can we take a day off from Ukraine and CPAC and missing airliners to celebrate something very special? It's the need for most of us to want to learn new things; and for being blessed by having a few people who know about those things and, more important, know how to explain them to the rest of us.
Growing up “on the wrong side of the tracks” in Cincinnati, I experienced some of the racial crimes committed – blacks on whites; whites on blacks. But what was most concerning were the heinous acts of violence that involved black perpetrators on black victims, especially involving black men.
The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is a little like the Star Wars cantina scene, except with more panels on municipal service privatization initiatives. Actually, this year it was literally like the Star Wars cantina scene – there were a bunch of conservatives dressed as Star Wars characters for some reason.
Recently, two seemingly unrelated things happened in the so-called “payday lending” world.
?Viktor Frankl, holocaust survivor and author of Man's Search for Meaning, once observed: “Freedom is in danger of degenerating into mere arbitrariness unless it is lived in terms of responsibleness. That is why I recommend that the Statue of Liberty on the East Coast be supplemented by a Statue of Responsibility on the West Coast.” Liberty and responsibility are both critical in preserving our republic, but the chances of America, much less California, allowing such a tribute to personal responsibility to be erected seems little to none.
The latest gun control law in Connecticut has crossed a very frightening line.
Here's what concerns me. A man whose policies have proved so disastrous, whose direction is rejected by 60% of Americans, shows no sign of slowing down. Zero. And we're talking about Obama here, not Putin.
Reid needs to keep the ruse alive because he is connected to more than $3 billion in Energy Department green-energy deals that helped him get reelected in 2010
The takeover of Crimea by Russia is nearly complete. All that remains is the final vote on March 16. There would not be a vote if the outcome was uncertain.
We like to make fun Keynesians. Paul Krugman, for example, stated a couple of years ago that it would be good for growth if everyone thought the world was going to be attacked by aliens because that would trigger massive military outlays.
At present, we would describe the U.S. economy as experiencing a microrecession, where there is some economic contraction underway that is too limited in severity, scope or duration to fully qualify as a recession by to the standards of the National Bureau of Economic Research
Here’s your Orwellian Phrase for the Week: "Individual shared responsibility payment." Yeah… Go ahead and try to wrap your brain around that amalgamation of contradictory concepts. Apparently the phrase is the IRS’s fancy (new) term for the Obamacare Mandate tax.
In 1980, after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, President Jimmy Carter came up with a way to retaliate: stopping grain sales to Moscow. The boycott, said Commerce Secretary Philip Klutznick, would prove to the world that "aggression is costly" and induce the Soviets to "halt their aggression."
A segment of the American public must be yelling expletives whenever the results of our apparently incoherent foreign policy show up on their TV screens.
Two day ago, Newsweek unmasked Satoshi Nakamoto, The Face Behind Bitcoin. It's a fascinating article, and one well worth a look.
Not everyone thinks that Sarah Palin is an idiot. Try to get your head around this one: In every measurable way, Sarah Palin is immensely brighter than Barack Obama. She knows how to pronounce corps, how to spell R-E-S-P-E-C-T and how many states there are.
In a big to do with many of the Spanish speaking TV networks the president explained to a crowd that illegal immigrants do not need to worry about being deported if they sign up for Obamacare.
The Federal Reserve believes it can safely taper its QE program's purchases of U.S. Treasuries and Mortgage-Backed Securities, since the economy would appear to be more capable of generating the growth needed to offset the negative effects of the fiscal drags upon it.