There's a simple reason Christians don't get any respect in America. It's because we don't DESERVE IT.
One of America’s earliest food crops – almonds – is also one of the most important for commercial beekeepers. Almonds depend on bees for pollination, but the explosive growth of this bumper crop taxes the very honeybees the industry needs to thrive.
If you disagree with government-as-ATM, you ought to be able to campaign against the politicians who are making the spending decisions. But you cannot. Last year, two-thirds of all federal spending was automatic. That means lawmakers had no control over it; it just happened.
Millennials need to see that they have become the forgotten generation. They are being forced to pay for other people’s healthcare (they don’t need much themselves). They are being forced to pay for other people’s retirement (when polled they don’t believe social security will be around for them). They are having employment opportunities taken away under the banner of a greener workplace and higher employment taxes (they just want to pursue their dreams).
Really? 7.1 million Obamacare enrollees? Michael Cannon from Cato says that the number borders on preposterous. But even if it is true, it’s still not enough to save the boondoggle that Obamacare has become… Heck, it doesn’t even redistribute wealth effectively. Also… Ezra Klein is still an idiot.
One of our cherished rights in this country is our 1st Amendment guarantee of free speech. Throughout our history, Americans have been allowed to speak their mind no matter how controversial the topic. Unfortunately, over time, this right has been steadily diminishing and the forces of censorship are winning.
Even mostly symbolic increases in NATO military activity are enough to remind Russia's leaders that Russia and Russian forces are not strong enough to risk revitalizing NATO's military power. NATO finally has gotten Moscow's attention.
I’m a supporter of a single-rate tax regime, especially if there’s no double taxation of income that is saved and invested. That’s why I like the flat tax.
Thanks to Fed printing presses coupled with an extreme case of irrational exuberance, those over 40 years old have recovered losses from the great financial collapse. However, Millennials Remain Mired in Wealth Gap, as Others Recover...
We need to send an unequivocal message to Vladimir Putin and the Russian oligarchs that the United States and the European Union are more committed than ever to our transatlantic alliance. Fostering closer trade ties a clear path to doing just that, as well as stimulating our economy and creating new and better jobs along the way.
The second of the 10 Commandments of Political Warfare says you can only win in politics once you finish off your opponent for good. If you’re too squeamish to do that, then you don’t have what it takes to win.
The economy created 192,000 jobs in March, down from 197,000 in February, and still well below the pace needed to lower underemployment to respectable levels. Those mediocre results are consistent with a broadly underperforming economy.
As we enter this golden age of tolerance and diversity, the nation’s gay rights community is sending a warning message to Americans: If you don’t support gay marriage, you don’t deserve a job.
For more than two months now, Venezuelans have taken to the streets in protest – with at least 39 people killed so far. The White House has barely reacted. In congressional testimony last week, Ilan Berman, vice president of the American Foreign Policy Council, concluded that the Obama administration “has systematically disengaged from Latin America.”
Attention, class: A Common Core mouthpiece wants to rap my knuckles with his Gates Foundation-funded ruler. In response to my column two weeks ago about the marketing overlords pushing the Fed Ed racket, Chad Colby of Achieve Inc. demanded corrections. Let's go to school.
Top Barack Obama aide Valerie Jarrett recently granted an interview to a celebrity gossip website called POPSUGAR and revealed why she had come to Hollywood. "I'm meeting with writers of various TV shows and movies to try to get it into the scripts." The "it" is Obamacare.
When Alexis de Tocqueville visited America in 1830, he was struck by how many Americans were participating in voluntary associations. It was quite a contrast with his native France, where power was centralized in Paris and people did not trust each other enough to join in voluntary groups.
"The conservative minds of the Heritage Foundation have found a way for Republicans to shrink the gender gap: They need to persuade more women to get their MRS degrees." So wrote the Washington Post's Dana Milbank about a panel that featured Mollie Hemingway, Karin Agness and yours truly.
I like Megyn Kelly. The Fox News anchor is smart, lively and gorgeous. But she's managed to walk right into a controversy over race and ethnicity, and it's not the first time. These are treacherous waters for anyone in media -- but especially so for media personalities who are perceived as conservative. (Full disclosure: I am also a Fox News commentator.)
It occurs usually in late October and is billed as "The World's Largest Cocktail Party." The annual contest between two college football titans, the University of Georgia Bulldogs and the University of Florida Gators, in Jacksonville often overshadows other late season college contests.
President Obama flew to Ann Arbor, Mich. Wednesday where the jobless rate is close to 8 percent to boast about his economic policies. He ridiculed and mocked Republican ideas about how to strengthen economic growth, which has slowed to less than 2 percent, and touted his own plan to raise the hourly minimum wage for America's lowest paid workers.
Anyone else see something wrong with this picture: A bunch of Union-backed millionaire Democrats are whining about the Koch brothers “corrupting” the political process with their money… Also: Debbie Wasserman-Schultz says that there is nothing she would change about Obamacare. (Wow.)
I’m frequently baffled at the stupidity of Republicans. When they took control of Congress back in 1994, for instance, they had unrestricted ability to get rid of the bureaucrats that generated bad economic analysis at both the Joint Committee on Taxation and the Congressional Budget Office.
It's a mixed bag in Asia, but all things considered an overall weak one. Let's take a look at the data to see what bulls and bears have to cheer about.
We see that in real terms, the median wage or salary earned by American men has stagnated since the early 1970s, even though the percentage of the adult male population in the U.S. who have completed at least four years of college has doubled in that same period of time.
Brendon Eich, the newly appointed CEO of Mozilla, has stepped down amid outrage from the Left over his support of traditional marriage. Ironically, the Left called for his public beating and corporate crucifixion because he’s “not tolerant” enough.
Russia is the market that investors love to hate. When asked about Russia, Charlie Munger, Warren Buffett's partner at Berkshire Hathaway (BRK-B), harrumphed: "We don't invest in kleptocracies."
Our two children are into the second week of their final quarter of the year. Warm weather, longer days and budding plants are pushing their thoughts toward summer. For them, summer equates to vacation, travel, sleeping late and the absence of homework, quizzes and tests.
Progressives have learned the lessons of the 20th century – public relations trumps all. You can do anything, no matter how despicable, as long as you couple it with flowery prose and staged visuals. Propaganda is king, and stated intentions supersede actual results.
A quick way to kill debate is to accuse your political adversary of "lying." Still, it's hard to figure out what else propels President Barack Obama to falsely assert, yet again, that employers rip off female employees by paying them 23 cents less per dollar than men -- for doing the same work.
What if the National Security Agency (NSA) knows it is violating the Constitution by spying on all Americans without showing a judge probable cause of wrongdoing or identifying the persons it wishes to spy upon, as the Constitution requires?
After all the snafus and mistakes and bad intentions on healthcare reform from this administration, I'm waiting for a plague of frogs and locusts-- with water running red out of the jugs-- to be discovered in a hidden codicil of Obamacare.
Choice and competition work in business, politics and virtually every other area of life, but not in the monopolistic public education monstrosity where the lack of same limit educational achievement for many and often rob children of a brighter future.
Mozilla's new CEO, Brendan Eich, gave $1,000 to Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure passed by a majority of California voters to limit marriage to one man and one woman. The U.S. Supreme Court voided the measure, but the hate campaign against its supporters lives on.
My youngest is getting married in less than two months. Although we are deep in the midst of wedding plans and to-do lists, she still manages to spend a good chunk of time every day dreaming about her first home with her soon-to-be hubby.
The bloom is about to come off the High Frequency Trading bloom, but only after billions and billions of dollars were skimmed off trades.
Yesterday the nation’s highest court ruled that another part of McCain-Feingold is unconstitutional. Chuck Schumer, of course, seemed worried that the ruling would allow Conservative activists a way to avoid targeted IRS audits.
Believe it or not, the GOP is not completely incapable of reaching minority groups… In fact, the Republican Party has an amazing opportunity before 2016 to expand its message to traditionally Democrat-leaning demographics. Amanda Muñoz, associate editor at Townhall magazine, also joined weighed in on the show.
Twenty million Americans over 25 are working part-time. ObamaCare and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) encourage low wage employees to work part-time to avoid losing benefits, and employers are limiting workers to less than 30 hours per week to avoid health insurance mandates.
So far, 2014 has been a paradoxical year for gold. Many investors aren't even aware that it has rallied almost 8%. On the rare occasion that the financial media mentions the yellow metal, it is only in the context of comparing the recent rise to last year's decline.
It is nothing short of incredible that anyone who isn’t one of its arch foes should even consider, much less desire, a Bush, any Bush, to so much as be associated with the GOP, to say nothing of becoming its standard bearer. If Republicans knew what was good for them, they would avoid like the plague anyone with a name that merely sounded like Bush.
For students confined in public education camps across the country, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland might now make more sense compared to Little Johnny’s confusing reality at Space Mountain Middle School in Never Never Land, California.
Dennis Burke is a liar, not a truth teller, whistleblower or victim. With blood on his hands, Dennis Burke is hardly someone to celebrate.
Did you fill out a March Madness bracket this year? In many states, if you put money in a pool, that's illegal! The NCAA website warns, "Fans should enjoy ... filling out a bracket just for the fun of it, not ... the amount of money they could possibly win."
There are several race and sex issues that need addressing. Let's look at a few of them with an ear to these questions: Should we insist upon equal treatment of people by race and sex or tolerate differences in treatment? And just how equal are people by race and sex in the first place?
Some Republican fat cats are trying to coax former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush -- brother and son to two former presidents -- into making a bid for the White House. Democrats have been less subtle.
In this week when Obamacare finally turns one day old, the political problems that our economic recovery face have never been on better display.
Despite all the hoopla from the Administration and its media shills about how wonderful it is that a certain, arbitrary number of American citizens have “signed up” for ObamaCare by particular benchmark dates, the fact remains this federal law is rotten from start to finish.
Democrat politicians are being arrested all over this country. We are experiencing a Democrat crime spree. You’d almost think the Democratic Party was a widespread organized criminal enterprise.
When an expectant mother visits her doctor for an ultrasound, the doctor invariably asks: Do you want to know the sex of your child?
Obamacare's six month enrollment period ended Monday, with the administration claiming that more than 6 million people signed up. But there are lots of reasons why its claims of success should be taken with a large grain of salt.
In an apparent effort to fight bribery with even more overt state-sanctioned bribery, the battle for the hearts and minds of Ukraine has devolved into two suitors -- the West and Russia -- flashing their respective bank account statements.
Obamacare was sold, and implemented, on the backs of lies and scams. But, then again, this isn’t really anything new for the Left. The President of the Heartland Institute joined the program to discuss the Left’s inherent dishonesty about Climate Change as well.
Karl Marx was a mediocre writer, but his reference to a great philosopher has been quoted and re-quoted: “Hegel remarks somewhere that all great world-historic facts and personages appear, so to speak, twice. He forgot to add: the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.”
So after decades of making piles of treasure by exploiting college football players, universities are finally worried. But not about the players. The reason? A National Labor Relations Board regional director ruled last week that Northwestern University football players can be considered employees. And employees can form unions.
The Russians have pledged to dedicate funds to improve Crimea power supplies, water lines and education. They also announced that Russia will make Crimea a special economic zone, with tax breaks and stream-lined bureaucratic rules in order to attract foreign investors and tourism.
he percentage of America who think investing $1,000 in the stock market is a good idea remains well below the peak of 2000, although up significantly from that March 2009, low point. How could this co-exist with a five-year rally where the Dow is up almost 10,000 points?
Congressman Paul Ryan, the Republican Chairman of the House Budget Committee, has unveiled the GOP’s latest budget plan. Is this proposal deserving of applause or criticism? The answer is yes and yes, with a bit of emphasis on the former.
France's overall tax burden is 46% among the highest in Europe, and yet debt is still 93.5% of GDP. France is collecting money, but what is it doing with it? The answer of course is wasting it on socialist dreams.
The Suburban financed with a home equity loan, Home equity loans, CEO of Countrywide Joseph Mozillo’s tan, Lehman Brothers...
In a blockbuster Associated Press story your local paper may have skipped, Kelli Kennedy reports that patients with cancer and other serious diseases all over the country are being hammered by the same problem: the one-size-fits-all structure of Obamacare plans imposes outrageously high out-of-pocket costs for their specialty drugs.
Last week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc case. As virtually everyone is aware, the CEO of Hobby Lobby is contesting the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate.
The Keystone State has traditionally been regarded as a union stronghold, but recently some lawmakers have taken steps to break their politically motivated partisan influence. Republican lawmakers introduced legislation to change the state’s taxpayer-funded union dues collection system and close loopholes that protect union members from anti-stalking laws.
President Obama’s trip to Saudi Arabia during the last week of March offers an occasion for reflection of the Middle East security situation, with special reference to the threat from Iran to the Saudi Kingdom and how to counter that threat by reaching out to the Iranian people.
It’s one thing to misread polling data in a close presidential contest, as happened with Mitt Romney’s team in the last election. It’s another to read things so wrongly that you miss an imminent revolution. Yet this is exactly what happened in the early 1960s.
From the very beginning, Healthcare Reform was more about earning Democrats “street cred” among the uninsured than improving a failing healthcare system. (This, by the way, is part of what makes it so darn pleasing to see Democrats scramble away from the political napalm that is “Obamacare”.)
America's two major political parties are inevitably coalitions, forced by the winner-take-all Electoral College and the need of candidates in single-member congressional districts to amass 50 percent of the vote, or nearly that, to win election.
The mother of the 16-year-old pro-life demonstrator who suffered a rough confrontation with a professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has shown a rare civility -- the spirit liberals are forever bemoaning the lack of but rarely demonstrating themselves.
It wasn't so long ago that conservative Christians believed Hollywood to be evil and some preachers instructed their congregations not to go to movies lest they be tempted beyond their ability to resist. Now Christians are debating film content. That's progress of a sort.
As I have often noted, the most dynamic and influential religion of the past hundred years has not been Christianity, let alone Judaism, the two religions that created the Western world. Nor has it been Islam. It has been Leftism.
How might a captain's log of the good ship America read? The pages would surely include accounts of halcyon skies and smooth sailing, however turbulent the times seemed at the moment. As well as episodes of peril, even shipwreck, as the grand old lady was tossed and turned, even torn asunder. See 1861-65.
Primaries are often treated with disdain by those who work or otherwise keep up with politics. Just about every election season we are given a glimpse into the thought processes and defenses of incumbency and the screams for term limits. With some saying “primary everyone” and others saying “don’t endanger the majority with reckless candidates” it has become a major point of division in the party.
Melowese Richardson is the poster girl for vote fraud. The Ohio poll worker was sentenced last July to five years in prison after being convicted of voting twice in the 2012 election and voting three times — in 2008, 2011 and 2012 — in the name of her sister, in a coma since 2003, according to USA today.
The trend to secede does not imply a wholesale redrawing of national borders. It presents, rather, a signal of popular dissatisfaction with remote capitals and big, inept, governments. It is a signal to national governments to dial it back … and get it right.
Let's look at the bright side: All the extra time you don't have to pay a mortgage you will have the money to do something you would really like: travel, develop a hobby, retire, run for Congress or become a senior statesman!
Many years ago they called it having an edge, knowing a little more than the next guy. In the 20’s it was simply letting a few select insiders have the information about an action before the action was taken. After the crash of ‘29 rules were implemented to discourage the practice of trading on inside information.
The solution may be to permit universities to form football and basketball teams “affiliated” but legally separate from their institutions. Those private corporations could partner with a major pro franchise, be financed by game day revenues, TV rights and contributions from their pro team, and pay universities rent and royalties.
South Korean and Allied exercises of contingency plans to capture Pyongyang always set the North's teeth on edge, even though the North' exercises involve taking all of South Korea by force. The hypocrisy is lost on the North.
While foreign policy ineptitude and the inability to put together an e-commerce website - in an age when such sites are erected daily - come from the same wellspring of arrogance, in the end it's the anemic economy that's slowing down the Utopian dreams of President Obama.
Based on what’s happened in Greece and other European nations, we know from real-world evidence that even nations from the developed world can spend themselves into debt trouble. This has led to research that seeks to pinpoint when debt reaches a dangerous level.
In the wake of a 60-Minutes report on High Frequency Trading, numerous people have sent dozens of links. Is it criminal, or a consequence of free markets?
On Thursday, the 193-member General Assembly of the United Nations voted 100 to 11 to denounce the Crimean referendum - a balloting that paved the way for the absorption of the peninsula into Russia - as illegal. Another 58 countries abstained, while the remaining 24 did not vote.
For its latest effort to expand the appeal of the Republican Party, the Republican National Committee (RNC) launched a new ad campaign, “Create Your American Dream,” featuring Americans stating why they are Republicans. When announcing the six-figure ad buy in fourteen 2014 target Senate states, the RNC press release mentions that the ads tested well with women.
?It’s difficult to understand liberals when you don’t live in their sheltered cocoon of participation trophies, faux caring and feel-good lies.
It's an indictment not just to tax hikes, but to Illinois, Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, Jesse Jacksons-- senior and junior-- anyone named Daley, practically any Illinois governor not indicted in my life time—we’ll call them unindicted co-conspirators-- and our current president of the United States (Present!) Barack “The-H-stands-for-Tax-Hike” Obama.
You’d think every American would love free speech. Wrong. Some ultra sensitive liberals oppose free speech even when applied to their favorite TV hosts—as illustrated by the recent Twitter protest of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report.
A lack of consensus on tax reform issues and relatively little time to advance any legislation -- without the long-shot possibility of becoming an amendment to a broad budget bill -- leave little hope to make any progress on the short term.
“We have got to win back the trust not just of governments, but, more importantly, of ordinary citizens,” President Obama said recently at a press conference at the Hague, “And that’s not going to happen overnight, because there’s a tendency to be skeptical of government and to be skeptical of the US intelligence services.”
The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments last week in the Hobby Lobby case, to decide whether a business that provides health-care insurance to its employees can be forced to include abortifacients in its coverage.
A preferred ploy of left-wing change agents is to ridicule critics when they point out the undeniable parallels between the goals of today’s “progressive” movement, to include the Democratic Party in general, and the goals of the early, and very much still alive, communist movement.
Joining us this week is Bob Picciano, senior vice president of IBM's Information and Analytics Group, and we hit the ground running talking about Big Data.
For years, I have liked to travel on United Airlines. Liked. Past tense.
We don't yet know what level mortgage rates would have to reach to send the trend for median new home sales on a downward trajectory to begin deflating the second bubble. Given how apparently weak the U.S. housing market continues to be, we hope to not find out anytime soon.
Having a secretive, self-funded, extra-constitutional agency inside government was bad enough when the Fed consisted of seven governors and a few staff members.
In a move that garnered more attention than newly elected New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio probably expected, a decision was made to close some, and limit the growth of other Charter schools in New York City.
?Republicans just can’t help reminding blacks why they should not consider voting for them, at least not seriously. In a Fox News interview, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld compared President Barack Obama to a “trained ape” for his failure to sign an agreement with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai on the number of US troops allowed to remain in Afghanistan after 2014 to help with security.
Henry Kissinger made Mideast “shuttle diplomacy” famous in the 1970s. The peripatetic Sec. of State then jetted back and forth between Israel and Egypt and fashioned an uneasy cease-fire in the Yom Kippur War of 1973.
Jonathan Swift was being satirical when he penned his "modest proposal" that destitute Irish parents alleviate their financial woes by selling their children as delicacies for rich landowners. He assured his readers that 1-year-olds are delicious, "whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled."
Like a high-school teenager tweeting support for Justin Bieber, our State Department spox posted a selfie with the hashtag #UnitedForUkraine in a display of support… Have we friended them on Facebook yet? Are they in our Google+ circle?
Electric cars aren't new. They've been around for 100 years, just like socialist governments. Only the Democrats would insist on taking two things that have failed so miserably for four or five generations and call them new ideas.
How can the United States of America jump-start job creation?
The movie Noah has ironically spawned a flood of hullabaloo, eh? Personally, heretofore, I haven’t seen the flick, but I plan on watching it this Sunday.
We all know that it will not last forever. But when the end comes you’re never really ready to accept it. I had been through this before, but this one was the toughest. She was the one that had my heart more than any other. She was the one I will miss the most.
Tim Geithner preached to Congress that financial Armageddon was right around the corner if Congress failed to pass a resuce package. Congress did pass a packages on the second attempt. Then Geithner promptly changed the terms of it to do what he wanted with the money.