Sun, Dec 21, 2014

John Ransom | December 21, 2014

It's the perfect Democrat weapon of mass destruction. It combines, global warming, with a welfare program, with union graft, with ultimate failure, all for more money!

Mike Shedlock | December 21, 2014

In this case it appears the source of this misrepresentation was Business Insider who also got the story amazingly wrong.

Daniel J. Mitchell | December 21, 2014

My argument was very straightforward. Its better to have no legislation than bad legislation.

Nick Sorrentino | December 21, 2014

The biggest variable (perhaps its more of a constant) in the crony equation is the culture of unaccountability which pervades Washington DC.

D.W. Wilber | December 21, 2014

I sincerely doubt the families of Officers Liu and Ramos are interested in anything Sharpton might have to say at this time.

Jeff Crouere | December 21, 2014

The U.S. Senate has never seen the likes of Ted Cruz. He does not play by the rules or the politics as usual game. Instead, Cruz acts independently, displays tremendous courage and a strong commitment to conservative values.

Edith Lank | December 21, 2014

Sat, Dec 20, 2014

Mike Shedlock | December 20, 2014

In theory, break-even rates reflect investors expectations for inflation over the life of the securities.

Night Watch | December 20, 2014

Every year the General Assembly votes on resolutions that criticize North Korea, Iran and Syria for their lack of respect of human rights.

Charles Payne | December 20, 2014

The 419-point move for the Dow +2.4% is the biggest since November 30, 2011. A lot was short covering, and those covering were not mom and pop investorsbut sometimes, smart money throws in the towel.

Daniel J. Mitchell | December 20, 2014

Im a big fan of federalism for both policy and political reasons. Returning programs to the states is the best way of dealing with counterproductive income-redistribution policies such as welfare, Medicaid, and food stamps.

Nick Sorrentino | December 20, 2014

I think Stephen Colbert is very funny. Ive watched him for over a decade. But he is a partisan and a statist.

D.W. Wilber | December 20, 2014

While he smiles and tries to cloak his goals in the guise of a reasonable approach to gun control, he quietly and behind the scenes schemes with his Attorney General Eric Holder to use whatever tactics they can to achieve as much as they can.

Nick Adams | December 20, 2014

The Left are inventive, and their culture war is unending. For most of the last decade, they have continued their assault on Christmas. They maintain the use of the word is offensive to non-Christians, and therefore politically incorrect. What a joke.

Fri, Dec 19, 2014

John Ransom | December 19, 2014

Fences throughout history have just been an invitation for someone to climb over and thus make someone else responsible for the undocumented becoming undocumented in the first place. This is a kind of hate crime.

Michael Schaus | December 19, 2014

The favorite government agency of statists, liberals, and progressives is worried that it might not have enough funding to adequately separate Americans from their hard earned money.

Political Calculations | December 19, 2014

We do this sort of thing routinely. So much so that we don't even bother calling attention to it any more unless it is to point out an obvious gap in someone's understanding of what is possible.

Night Watch | December 19, 2014

Today the Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC) issued a fatwa - an authoritative religious opinion - that the killing of children is unIslamic.

Charles Payne | December 19, 2014

Well, how do you follow up the best day of the year? With another huge day, and I abhor the term, but Im sure the media will call this the start of the Santa Claus Rally.

Daniel J. Mitchell | December 19, 2014

Like a lot of libertarians and small-government conservatives, Im prone to pessimism. How can you be cheerful, after all, when you look at whats been happening in our lifetimes.

Bill Gunderson | December 19, 2014

I last wrote about FedEx back at the beginning of October. At the time, the company appeared to be on track for a strong holiday season.

D.W. Wilber | December 19, 2014

Licking their chops after the successful cyber-attack against SONY, North Koreas hermit regime is celebrating in Pyongyang, and most likely anticipating their next move against the United States.

Ransom Notes Radio | December 19, 2014

Obama has sent hundreds of troops to Anbar province in Iraq I almost feel like we did this once before. Wouldnt it have been easier if we had never left the area in the first place? Michael Hausam also joined the show to talk about the chances of a Jeb Bush Presidential campaign.

Bill Tatro | December 19, 2014

Janet says that the Fed could raise rates at any moment. Of course they can and they can cut rates to negative, like the Swiss, at any moment. They could also declare no more meetings for the next year. They really can do whatever they please.

Peter Morici | December 19, 2014

Households have worked down much of their debt, and home and stock prices have risen. Consequently, consumers are in a stronger positon than at any time since the days before the financial crisis and are using credit cards again...

Thu, Dec 18, 2014

John Ransom | December 18, 2014

There is a whole cottage industry devoted to deciphering the intended unintended consequences of the ideological incompetency and inconsistency that exudes from Obama.

Michael Schaus | December 18, 2014

I really, really, really, hate to go here, but: If you dont watch Seth Rogen in The Interview this Christmas, the terrorists win.

Mike Shedlock | December 18, 2014

Pundits poring over the statement have generally concluded as does the Financial Times, that Fed Signals Tightening by Mid-2015. Why?

Night Watch | December 18, 2014

The North Korean leadership is manic about the UN's findings of longstanding, institutionalized and systemic human rights abuses in North Korea. For most of the world, that finding is not only overdue but unsurprising.

Charles Payne | December 18, 2014

The Dow was down 99 points, rallied up 249 points, and then it fell to earth, back into the abyss, finishing the session down 111 points. The only constant was volatility

Daniel J. Mitchell | December 18, 2014

Were going to review two separate pieces of information, one about whether young people want to work for the federal government and another about an online poll about gun control that backfired. And both are somewhat encouraging, albeit not very scientific.

Bob Goldman | December 18, 2014

You're a modest person, I know, but you have to admit -- there is one thing that you do better than anyone else. That's doing nothing.

D.W. Wilber | December 18, 2014

Will Cuba moderate their long history of anti-American rhetoric in Central and South America? Will they end the decades of torture and imprisonment of Cuban citizens for doing nothing more than yearning for the freedom taken for granted just ninety miles away in the United States? Seems unlikely under the Castro leadership.

Bill Tatro | December 18, 2014

According to the Energy Information Administration only 21% of all net energy to be used in 2015 will come from imports. That means that 79% of our energy needs will be provided domestically.

Michael Hausam | December 18, 2014

Understanding the current political appetite of the country and the major issues that are of significant import to Americans, these are the key items Ill suggest he repeatedly emphasize in an effort to get hired by his team:

Nick Adams | December 18, 2014

It is times like these that Americans should be thankful for their Second Amendment, and crush any effort or force seeking to weaken or remove it.

Ransom Notes Radio | December 18, 2014

The Obama Administration is now looking to normalize relations with the communist nation of Cuba. Just picture it: A cigar-smoke filled back room in Cuba with a bunch of commies making empty promises Cuban officials will also be there.

Wed, Dec 17, 2014

John Ransom | December 17, 2014

Yes, no doubt there is racism in this country. But it is a product of both sides, black as well as white. And most definitely, on average, the Obamas have benefited from such racism.

Michael Schaus | December 17, 2014

Oscar Wilde once pointed out when youre losing an argument, you still have the viable option of throwing out some insults. But, hey, I still say the term stupid can be used with some degree of appropriateness.

Mike Shedlock | December 17, 2014

If one looked at the open vs. the close the move was only 3.18%. However, the move bottom to top was 25.64%!

Political Calculations | December 17, 2014

For all the noise related to falling oil prices and their impact upon stock prices during the past week, there is something that we have not yet seen that would fully confirm the fears of U.S. investors: large numbers of companies in the oil sector acting to cut their dividends.

Night Watch | December 17, 2014

Russia does not want Ukraine to fragment, at least not at this time. Recent statements do not foreclose a change in policy in that the Russians judge the burden is on Ukraine to create conditions for a peace settlement.

Daniel J. Mitchell | December 17, 2014

With a simple and fair tax system, we could get rid of high tax rates, eliminate the double taxation that discourages saving and investment, and we could wipe out the rats nest of deductions, credits, exemptions, preferences, exclusions, and other loopholes that bribe people into making economically unwise decisions.

Nick Sorrentino | December 17, 2014

In the wake of the Cromnibus debacle, Republican congressional leadership pretty much turned their backs on wave voters for short term gain (and Democratic leaders did the same). Multiple readers at have asked, Well... now what?

Dr. Ben Carson | December 17, 2014

The recent release of a Senate report commissioned by Democrats regarding torture of terrorism suspects in order to obtain vital information was a waste of $40 million of taxpayer money.

Bill Gunderson | December 17, 2014

Skyworks is a key beneficiary of the mobile revolution.

D.W. Wilber | December 17, 2014

Whether Californias Democrat Senator Diane Feinstein should be fitted for prison stripes has become a legitimate question among intelligence and counterterrorism officers in the last couple of weeks .

Tue, Dec 16, 2014

Michael Schaus | December 16, 2014

A handful of families impacted by the Sandy Hook school shooting have decided to ease their grief by suing the manufacturer of AR style rifles. Obviously, a little unnecessary litigation is the most effective way to right the wrongs of a madman.

Mike Shedlock | December 16, 2014

The city of Scranton hiked property taxes 57% and garbage collection fees 69% to shore up a police and fire pension funds that will run out of money anyway, in 5 years and 2.5 years respectively.

Charles Payne | December 16, 2014

A week ago, powered by strong jobs numbers bond yields began to rally, but since then, it is back down and is gaining momentum. Obviously, there is a knee-jerk move into bonds that has paid off for years; but is there another message?

Daniel J. Mitchell | December 16, 2014

Lets compare two politicians, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Congressman Jeb Hensarling of Texas, to see which one actually has the courage to fight against powerful interest groups...

Gayle Trotter | December 16, 2014

Bret wrote an awesome book called "Special Heart: A Journey of Faith, Hope, Courage and Love", which chronicles his journey in his career and his family life. It is hilarious and vividly written, and it brought me to tears at least twice.

Doug Fabian | December 16, 2014

Policymakers in Washington, at central banks around the world and even just regular investors tend to react to circumstances they cant control. Much like the weather, there are many things that cant be anticipated or controlled. But rather than reacting to them after the fact, why not be prepared for them beforehand?

Bill Tatro | December 16, 2014

Bad things always come in threes.

Peter Schiff | December 16, 2014

The stunning 40% drop in the price of oil over the past few months has scrambled global economic forecasts, changed the geo-political landscape, and has severely pressured many energy sector investments. Economists are scratching their heads to determine if the drop is good or bad...

Peter Morici | December 16, 2014

Federal Reserve policymakers meet Tuesday and Wednesday. Unfortunately, the Fed is constrained by its own past missteps, and its credibility is at stake.

Ralph Benko | December 16, 2014

There has been much consternation expressed about President Obamas extralegal actions, especially suspending deportation of certain classes of undocumented aliens. Impeachment legally and politically would be completely unwarranted.

Mon, Dec 15, 2014

John Ransom | December 15, 2014

As Gen. George Patton said with more truth than common sense Americans love a winner. Americans will not tolerate a loser. Americans despise cowards. Americans play to win all of the time.

Mike Shedlock | December 15, 2014

Rumor has it that Draghi is so fed up with German opposition to everything he wants to do with stimulus and sovereign debt bond buying that he is about to leave the ECB.

Shawn Mitchell | December 15, 2014

For generations, Congress has exercised the prerogative to defund executive functions it abhors. Not this year.

D.W. Wilber | December 15, 2014

Aircraft: This is a United States Marine Corps FA-18 fighter. Send 'em up, I'll wait. Iranian Air Defense Radar: (total silence)

Harvey Mackay | December 15, 2014