Sat, Aug 31, 2013

John Ransom | August 31, 2013

The Great Unifier, and the Healer of Nations plans on being the One for a very long time.

Mike Shedlock | August 31, 2013

In a common sense ruling sure to have union advocates howling, a Federal judge says San Bernardino, California eligible for bankruptcy

Crista Huff | August 31, 2013

Apache Corp. has agreed to sell a minority stake in its Egyptian oil and gas business to Sinopec Group of China, for $3.1 billion.

Charles Payne | August 31, 2013

Forces with ulterior motives continue to lead the lambs to slaughter.

Peter Schiff | August 31, 2013

As if the federal government were not already doing enough to kill the U.S. airline industry with restrictive workplace rules, over-regulation, and a monetary policy that supports higher fuel prices, earlier this month anti-trust authorities at the Justice Department blocked the merger between American Airlines and US Air.

Jeff Crouere | August 31, 2013

As we mark the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, it is worthwhile to note the state of Black America. Sadly, we still have immense poverty, blight, broken families, crime, failing schools and crumbling infrastructure in the inner cities of this country.

Daniel J. Mitchell | August 31, 2013

The Department of Health and Human Services has a video contest to sucker gullible young people into signing up for Obamacare, and here’s the satirical gem put together by Crossroads GPS.

Ransom Notes Radio | August 31, 2013

Diana West, author of American Betrayal and expert on the Middle East, joined Ransom Notes to discuss the curios way this Administration has approached the violence in Syria.

Fri, Aug 30, 2013

Edith Lank | August 30, 2013

Jerry Bowyer | August 30, 2013

We have a culture that is extremely, heavily focused on short-term trading and not focused on long-term valuation.

John Ransom | August 30, 2013

I know. I know: Our government? Lying about something? It seems incredible. So, I’m guessing that they’re lying about a few things.

Mike Shedlock | August 30, 2013

President Obama, the unions, and Democrats in general are attempting to force Wal-Mart to raise its minimum wage. They need to go beyond their simplistic model of raising minimum wages and actually think about why things are as they are.

Night Watch | August 30, 2013

Last week, highly effective security measures deterred participation and limited the freedom of movement of marchers. US media described it as a lockdown in Cairo, though peaceful demonstrations were in fact held.

Crista Huff | August 30, 2013

Now an internal JP Morgan spreadsheet has come to light, linking appointments to specific deals pursued by the bank. However, it is still unclear whether any crime has been committed.

Charles Payne | August 30, 2013

Wednesday all we heard was how the only thing wrong in America, holding back the realization of Martin Luther King’s “dream,” is corporate greed and mean people not willing to pay more than 60% of their income to save crumbling schools.

Bob Beauprez | August 30, 2013

If you are among the many who are trying to make sense of the tense situation in Syria and what the Obama Administration may – or should – do, you will want to read the analysis and comments from Maj. Gen. Paul E. Vallely.

Fritz Pfister | August 30, 2013

The purported housing recovery was based upon the manipulation of interest rates by the Fed, and inventory manipulation by the withholding of millions of foreclosures from the market, and not upon organic growth.

Daniel J. Mitchell | August 30, 2013

I got involved in a bit of a controversy last year about presidential profligacy. Some guy named Rex Nutting put together some data on government spending and claimed that Barack Obama was the most frugal President in recent history.

Bill Tatro | August 30, 2013

With Labor Day just around the corner, our jobs discussion speeds up with intensity, clarity, and a much more solid grasp of the situation — or not. In any event, we’ll continue the conversation in conjunction with a topic which you might find very appetizing, namely fast-food.

Roger Schlesinger | August 30, 2013

Our government seems to find difficulty in the simplest of actions, and when it comes to something more difficult, don't ask.

Thu, Aug 29, 2013

John Ransom | August 29, 2013

Sometime ago, someone decided that Obama must get his gun off on Syria. And they are now using WMDs as the emotional weaponry to mobilize public opinion. Again.

Michael Schaus | August 29, 2013

Most of America has a dream. It is the same Dream that King articulated so emotionally 50 years ago on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. And the progressive string of Obama’s Democrat Party has spent the last fifty years suffocating this dream under empty promises and government programs.

Mike Shedlock | August 29, 2013

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy wants you to believe the Spanish economy is improving. One look at housing suggests any improvement is an illusion.

Night Watch | August 29, 2013

Syrian military forces will suffer no significant damage from a US attack. An attack under these conditions must be considered entertainment for the benefit of the international press instead of a serious military operation.

Crista Huff | August 29, 2013

TASER International, maker of electronic control devices used in law enforcement, saw its shares fall a bit today after a 35% price run-up in the last two weeks.

Jerry Bowyer | August 29, 2013

We’re not doomed. At least not according to George Gilder’s challenging and insightful Knowledge and Power. Plenty of nations have lost their way, and this present distress is not the first time we’ve gotten off course.

Charles Payne | August 29, 2013

Overnight a series of bombings in around Baghdad killed 51 and wounded hundreds. Yesterday a suicide car bomber in southern Afghanistan attacked a military convoy, killing four. Both incidents underscore a glaring truth about that niche of the world.

Bill Tatro | August 29, 2013

What will be the next great discovery? Will it be a revolutionary event, similar to the launch of the internal combustion engine, the radio, or the internet? And if so, will this greatly anticipated groundbreaking occasion fill the need for the masses, subsequently giving rise to jobs?

Daniel J. Mitchell | August 29, 2013

It sounds strange, but my two favorite columns on gun control were authored by self-identified leftists. But they didn’t let ideology trump common sense.

Bob Goldman | August 29, 2013

It really breaks your heart, doesn't it? It just makes me sad to think that I'm living in a world where not everyone is enjoying the non-stop joy that comes from spending days, weeks, years and decades trapped in a soul-killing office full of annoying co-workers and abusive supervisors.

Wed, Aug 28, 2013

George Jarkesy | August 28, 2013

Leaked transcripts of a secret meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and the head of Saudi Arabia's secret police, Prince Bandar, have exposed how desperately the Saudi Arabians want Bashar Assad deposed as the President of Syria.

John Ransom | August 28, 2013

The Great Healer of Nations has come to replace that old, white guy covenant with the new, improved covenant—it comes with unlimited minutes and WMDs on every Middle East street corner.

Michael Schaus | August 28, 2013

Not one reporter found the hypocrisy uncontrollably laughable. In fact, many of them feverishly reported the gist of the comment: The GOP is forcing Obama to demand a unilateral increase in the debt.

Mike Shedlock | August 28, 2013

The focus for the entirely useless upcoming G20 meeting is fear over US tapering, capital flight, and liquidity.

Night Watch | August 28, 2013

Somehow the mainstream press persists in getting this entirely wrong. The open source evidence reinforces the NightWatch judgment that Readers should retain healthy skepticism about what took place east of Damascus on 21 August, and who was responsible.

Crista Huff | August 28, 2013

Now we learn that Ackman’s fund, Pershing Square Capital Management, has hired Citigroup to sell its 39 million shares of J.C. Penney. The fund is expected to lose nearly half a billion dollars on the trade.

Charles Payne | August 28, 2013

A few years ago I wrote about a cornerstone of my investment thesis and that was peace in the world. Even with Iraq and Afghanistan, the world was about as peaceful as it's ever been.

Daniel J. Mitchell | August 28, 2013

I’m not a big fan of the European Commission. For those not familiar with this entity, it’s sort of the European version of the executive-branch bureaucracy we have in Washington.

Lincoln Brown | August 28, 2013

Good news! Now the dream of owning a home with the help of Uncle Sam has gone global!

Roger Schlesinger | August 28, 2013

It is easy to get yourself on the road to financial freedom if you take the time, or ask for help. It is too important in this economy to take hold of your financial future. And in this case, it's a matter of dollars. . . Not cents.

Bill Tatro | August 28, 2013

This week, most people are focusing their attention on the chemical weapons that were utilized by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against the rebels — truly an unspeakable atrocity.

Michael Tanner | August 28, 2013

Unsurprisingly, our study has attracted criticism from several quarters. Some of those critics make valuable points that might improve future research, but most criticism falls far short of the mark.

Tue, Aug 27, 2013

John Ransom | August 27, 2013

With a government so compelled, seemingly, as the Obama administration is, to cook the books for every number, forecast and data point, one has to wonder whether the data for July was as good as the bad estimate that the Commerce Department just released.

Michael Schaus | August 27, 2013

Apparently losing a teacher’s tenure is “too high a price to pay” for a more effective educational system for our youth. After all, our ruling elite don’t send their kids to underperforming schools. And to think they act like it’s “all for the children.”

Mike Shedlock | August 27, 2013

US treasuries rallied a bit again, with the 10-Year yield down 12 basis points in two days to 2.80% in the wake of a huge plunge in durable goods orders as reported by the commerce department.

Night Watch | August 27, 2013

International news outlets predict US missile attacks against Syria. The overwhelming consensus is that Syria used chemical weapons of some sort, but the evidence in the public domain that supports this judgment is weak.

Crista Huff | August 27, 2013

Several investment firms raised their price targets as high as $122 on Anadarko shares today. The stock began breaking past a medium-term trading range in July, currently trading between $89 - $93.

Bob Beauprez | August 27, 2013

While Americans have long understood that the Founders saw government at the biggest threat to individual Freedom, and cherish a Constitution that checked the power of government, not so with Barack Obama.

Charles Payne | August 27, 2013

It's been 50 years since we first heard "I have a Dream" and yet the nation continues to struggle with many issues of the past. Yet it's unfair to the country to suggest the intensity of those problems are the same.

John Browne | August 27, 2013

In late September Germans will go to the polls for a national election to determine the makeup of their national parliament, the Bundestag. Some believe that Chancellor Merkel's ruling coalition may be vulnerable.

Bill Tatro | August 27, 2013

As Labor Day quickly approaches, U.S. politicians will be rapidly returning to Washington, D.C., including our illustrious commander-in-chief, who has somehow forgotten that he was once awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, not the Nobel War Prize.

Daniel J. Mitchell | August 27, 2013

I’m guessing that DC’s vast population of lobbyists and influence peddlers dominate the upper end of the income spectrum.

Mon, Aug 26, 2013

John Ransom | August 26, 2013

This is the Democrats’ economy. It’s everything they asked for: They invested in solar, in unions, in government and in healthcare. And, they’ve produced the worst recovery ever.

Mike Shedlock | August 26, 2013

If you think that sounds ridiculous so do I. But all it takes is for one major retailer to start Christmas promotions a few days earlier than last year, and all the lemming fall in line.

Political Calculations | August 26, 2013

Keep in mind that even though the Fed's QE efforts is clearly responsible for keeping the U.S. economy out of recession following the second quarter of 2012, the reason the Fed believes it can begin taking its foot off the QE gas is because the U.S. economy would appear to be beginning to recover from its microrecession.

Michael Tanner | August 26, 2013

A new study by the Cato Institute found that in many states, it does indeed pay better to be on welfare than it does to work.

Tad DeHaven | August 26, 2013

Reining in federal disability programs would not only save taxpayer money, it would also give marginally disabled people who have valuable skills an incentive to reenter the workforce.

Daniel J. Mitchell | August 26, 2013

At a normal conference, my remarks may have resonated, but I freely admit that I was completely overshadowed by the presentation of Shin Dong-Hyuk, who is the only person to have successfully escaped from the North Korean gulag.

Morgan Brittany | August 26, 2013

These young people are facing the real world and it is not what they were promised. Many of them are already trying to figure out ways to survive and manage their future.

Sun, Aug 25, 2013

John Ransom | August 25, 2013

Eventually you’ll tie the whole scandal back to: 1) Abe Lincoln being gay; 2) Cavemen being gay and; 3) George Bush. Not. Being. Gay.

Mike Shedlock | August 25, 2013

Preparing a wide range of military options and sending forces to the area is hardly encouraging. So mentally prepare for the US to engage in another senseless, unwinnable war, that we cannot afford in the first place.

Political Calculations | August 25, 2013

Lower productivity of federal bureaucrats would also be a big reason why cuts to government spending reduces the nation's GDP by considerably less than the actual amount of the spending reduction.

Ransom Notes Radio | August 25, 2013

This week we have Brent Littlefield, Powerful and Pitiful featuring Elbert Guillory, our Ezra Klein is an Idiot moment with C.i.C. Barack Hussien Obama... who says that we have that whole NSA scandal thing wrong. He practically screams: "I am not a crook."

Mark Baisley | August 25, 2013

The automotive experts at Edmunds describe it like this: “Everyone hates the Mustang II. It was too small, underpowered, handled poorly, terribly put together, ill-proportioned, chintzy in its details and altogether subpar.”

Daniel J. Mitchell | August 25, 2013

Because I’m a huge fan of tax competition, I'm happy when I find out that bloated governments are in trouble because people are escaping to places where government isn’t quite so greedy.

Marita Noon | August 25, 2013

USAToday points out “that free enterprise has a way of solving problems that is beyond the capabilities of government.” Well at least one government I can think of.