Sun, Sep 08, 2013

Edith Lank | September 08, 2013

Sat, Sep 07, 2013

Mike Shedlock | September 07, 2013

Compared to recent Gallup surveys, these BLS stats regarding the base unemployment rate and the alternative measures as well are straight from wonderland.

Night Watch | September 07, 2013

South Korean security authorities on Thursday arrested a leftist member of the National Assembly for plotting a pro-North Korean rebellion in South Korea.

Crista Huff | September 07, 2013

Rising home prices are jump-starting a long-delayed trend in home repairs, as homeowners and investors prepare for home sales and investment activity.

Charles Payne | September 07, 2013

I don't see bombing Syria as having an economic impact on the nation, but there feels as if a heavy psychological toll has already taken place.

Daniel J. Mitchell | September 07, 2013

I’ve written before that Obama’s Solyndra-style handouts have been a grotesque waste of tax dollars. But even though green-energy programs are a disgusting boondoggle, American taxpayers and consumers should be thankful they’re not in Germany.

Michael Schaus | September 07, 2013

It is becoming more apparent that Liberals actually hate job creation. As if crafting fiscal policies that stifle economic growth and discourage job growth weren’t enough, they feel it is necessary to actively protest one of the few sectors of the economy that is actually growing

Ransom Notes Radio | September 07, 2013

Joy Pullman, with the Heartland Institute, joined the program to discuss the dangers of Common Core education standards. With the Government trying to micromanage every facet of our lives, it should come as no surprise that they also want control over your kid’s education.

John Browne | September 07, 2013

In recent months economic commentators and financial markets have focused almost excessively on the Federal Reserve's quantitative easing ("QE") policy as the market's main driver. However, last month two senior economists at the Federal Reserve called this devotion into question.

Gayle Trotter | September 07, 2013

The end of the Cold War provided an opportunity for a reshuffling of historic alliances and power, and Americans embraced the idea of a New World Order. Syria is the latest example of Obama’s New World Disorder.

Fri, Sep 06, 2013

Larry Kudlow | September 06, 2013

President Obama, speaking at the G-20 meeting in St. Petersburg on Friday, reminded me of an investment banker trying to sell a deal he doesn't believe in. And the customer knows it.

John Ransom | September 06, 2013

Yes, I know. You seem perfect. You act like you’re perfect too. But, it’s not me; it’s you.

Mike Shedlock | September 06, 2013

Curve Watcher's Anonymous notes that yields on US treasuries are the highest since mid-2011.

Night Watch | September 06, 2013

The US government assessment on Syria is not weathering challenges well by open source reports and investigative journalists. Parts are unraveling.

Crista Huff | September 06, 2013

Construction supplies retailer Fastenal Company reported a 7.2% surge in daily sales in August in a press release today, up dramatically from a 2.9% increase in July.

Charles Payne | September 06, 2013

While the street was busy trying to figure the nation's next move in Syria, the Fed was busy planning the next move with respect to its "accommodations" and there were more signs the global economy is gaining traction.

Ransom Notes Radio | September 06, 2013

Obama’s dithering on Syria is merely an example of his administration’s knack for keeping the markets on edge. Michael also ranted about Walmart workers demanding an increase in their wage (inspired by McDonald’s employees?).

Daniel J. Mitchell | September 06, 2013

I’m very worried about America’s fiscal future. Simply stated, data from several sources (BIS, OECD, and IMF) indicates that we face a future Greek-style fiscal crisis unless policy makers implement genuine entitlement reform.

Bill Tatro | September 06, 2013

Remember when being out of work and being unemployed implied the same thing? Nevertheless, in this day and age, if you’re out of work but not actively seeking employment, you’re not part of the participation pool, and therefore you’re not considered to be out of a job.

Tad DeHaven | September 06, 2013

In recent years, USPS expenses have exceeded revenues and the government agency now finds itself effectively broke having maxed out its $15 billion line of credit with the U.S. Treasury.

Bill Gunderson | September 06, 2013

Crisis at home. Crisis abroad. In other words, business as usual at the markets.

Thu, Sep 05, 2013

John Ransom | September 05, 2013

So, let’s put it this way: Obama’s had more success passing budgets here at home than he has winning wars at home or abroad. He might be the only U.S. commander-in-chief this side of the 19th century that’s going into a war as an underdog…against Syria, mind you.

Mike Shedlock | September 05, 2013

Inquiring minds are looking a Map of the Mideast that details who backs who in the Syrian Civil War.

Night Watch | September 05, 2013

Assad challenged the US to produce its proof and show it to the UN since the party making the accusations has the burden of proving them.

Crista Huff | September 05, 2013

Ford reported August retail sales up 20 percent to their highest levels since 2006, with total sales up 12.2%. Fourth-quarter production will be up 7 percent year-over-year.

Charles Payne | September 05, 2013

Everyone is dissatisfied, which means in this case this is an equal opportunity country, but it also means in-fighting and indecision will continue to be the order of the day.

Daniel J. Mitchell | September 05, 2013

I recently speculated whether Detroit’s fiscal problems should be a warning sign for the crowd in Washington.

Ransom Notes Radio | September 05, 2013

Ambassador Kevin Brady, from the People’s Republic of Texas, joined the program to discuss the future of the Federal Reserve.

Michael Schaus | September 05, 2013

While America is preparing to conduct limited strikes in Syria, Libya is falling into chaos, Afghanistan is being taken over by the Taliban, Egypt struggles with their second coup in as many years, and the country that housed Osama Bin Laden’s retirement home (Pakistan) seems to be breeding more terrorist sympathizers than Obama’s drones can hunt down.

George Jarkesy | September 05, 2013

The Muslim Brotherhood has made it clear that it has no problems allying with Al Qaeda, and obviously it wants power in Syria.

Marita Noon | September 05, 2013

Following Tuesday’s Senate hearing and Wednesday's House hearing on Syria, the political theater is beginning to sound like some level of US involvement will most likely happen over the chemical weapons attack.

Bob Goldman | September 05, 2013

If you think it's difficult to work in an office, imagine how hard it is to work at home.

Bill Gunderson | September 05, 2013

Well, all of a sudden, three things crept up on us: 1) the debt ceiling, 2) taper talk, and 3) Syria. They are all big threats, but Syria could be the most dangerous one.

David Sterman | September 05, 2013

Find great companies and tune out the market noise. The nation's top companies deliver shareholder value on a consistent basis, which puts them among the best candidates we know for the buy-and-hold investor.

Wed, Sep 04, 2013

John Ransom | September 04, 2013

The mistake many commentators have made was in expecting that the unhappy presidency of Barack Obama would resemble the unhappy presidency of Jimmy Carter, just because they are both liberals.

Mike Shedlock | September 04, 2013

I have long been in the camp that the price of education is so expensive as to make college a poor choice for many who attend, and a downright bad choice for those who go heavily in debt for degrees in little demand.

Crista Huff | September 04, 2013

Bank of America Corp. plans to sell its holdings in China Construction Bank Corp. for $1.5 billion, in a move to clean up its balance sheet and enhance its capital ratios.

Charles Payne | September 04, 2013

Watching the reaction to news of late it seems the Street has come to grips with the Federal Reserve tapering its bond asset purchases, although I'm not sure why the Fed would alter this form of accommodation if their goal was to fund the government's relentless spending.

Bill Tatro | September 04, 2013

I know that everyone’s attention is currently focused on Syria, the Israeli missile test, and the reconvening of Congress next Monday, however, we shouldn’t forget the promise made by the president regarding the not too distant future — it was a pledge to return the U.S. into an exporting powerhouse.

Daniel J. Mitchell | September 04, 2013

School choice should be a slam-dunk issue. There’s very powerful evidence that we can provide superior education for lower cost if we shift away from monopoly government schools to a system based on parental choice.

Ransom Notes Radio | September 04, 2013

America used to be a major attraction for foreign investment. . . So what happened? Daniel Ikenson, from Cato, joined the program to discuss the worrisome trend of investment leaving America.

Peter Schiff | September 04, 2013

The exhaustion of short-sellers paired with insatiable global physical demand has positioned gold for an exciting conclusion to a volatile year.

Ralph Benko | September 04, 2013

By achieving sufficient Democratic preeminence in Texas progressives could turn the White House blue. . . And they know it.

Tue, Sep 03, 2013

Bob Rosner | September 03, 2013

John Ransom | September 03, 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 | September 03, 2013

A weak manufacturing recovery of sorts is underway in Europe. How long it lasts remains in question, with France not participating in the recovery.

Political Calculations | September 03, 2013

The United States would appear to be well on its way to adopting fascist Italy's political-economic system, favoring the politically-connected while starving entrepreneurs out of the economy. Although today in America, we call it "crony capitalism". And the people who practice it "progressives".

Michael Tanner | September 03, 2013

Making work pay better, including the sort of entry level jobs that people leaving welfare can expect to find, is a terrific goal. Unfortunately, government has very little ability to force such increases.

Tad DeHaven | September 03, 2013

In sum, Republicans are teaming up with Democrats to keep the taxpayer dollars flowing to a special interest. It’s just another day in the Beltway.

Michael Schaus | September 03, 2013

The President has given Congress responsibility over what to do in Syria – just as votes on the Debt Ceiling approach. The move goes to show that this President is, in fact, crazy like a fox. . . Albeit, a fox with ADHD and some serious socialist tendencies.

Daniel J. Mitchell | September 03, 2013

If you don’t like the NSA collecting and monitoring all your communications, you probably won’t be thrilled about new technologies that will give government power to monitor where you drive and control how you drive.

Mon, Sep 02, 2013

John Ransom | September 02, 2013

Another year of this and you’ll see Americans packing Tahrir Square calling for an end to rule by the Muslim Brotherhood in the U.S.

Mike Shedlock | September 02, 2013

Because US drone policy kills many innocent people as did senseless invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, more people resent US aggression now, than before 911.

Political Calculations | September 02, 2013

An economist from Princeton University has arrived at the same conclusion about the role of the Fed in creating the market turbulence we've seen this summer that we did just a day after the event in question.

Daniel J. Mitchell | September 02, 2013

It’s a bit depressing that Denmark actually ranks higher than the United States in the most recent Economic Freedom of the World rankings.

Mark Baisley | September 02, 2013

American Conservatism seeks natural order towards the assurance of liberty. Modern American Liberalism imposes order at the expense of liberty.

Michael Schaus | September 02, 2013

To Democrats, the outright ban of any transfer, sale, or future possession of a high capacity magazine is merely a “modest restriction.” By that logic, the citizens who are trying to recall two Democrat Colorado State Senators are merely trying to “modestly restrict” the remainder of the Senator's term.

Bill Tatro | September 02, 2013

It’s been said that in order to solve a problem, you must first understand what the problem is, and perhaps more importantly, you must also acknowledge that a problem even exists.

Sun, Sep 01, 2013

John Ransom | September 01, 2013

Kind of like every other liberal program: the system really works great as long as you don’t have to be one of the people stuck inside it.

Mike Shedlock | September 01, 2013

Raising taxes and then wasting the money are never good solutions to anything. Two wrongs don't make a right.

Political Calculations | September 01, 2013

The United States would appear to be well on its way to adopting fascist Italy's political-economic system, favoring the politically-connected while starving entrepreneurs out of the economy. Although today in America, we call it "crony capitalism". And the people who practice it "progressives".

Night Watch | September 01, 2013

The Syrian government is winning the fight, and has no obvious motive to undertake action that would invite US military. On the other hand, the rebels have strong motives to internationalize their fight and to manipulate the US into fighting on behalf of Islamists whose colleagues attacked the US in 2001.

Daniel J. Mitchell | September 01, 2013

For what it’s worth, Obama doesn’t think he should be bound by that silly little clause in the Constitution about only Congress having the power to declare war.

Marita Noon | September 01, 2013

Oil, natural gas and coal, are all super-resources. They are found in nature. They pack a lot of punch. They are beneficial to the economy in that they create jobs, increase revenues, and help balance the trade deficit.

Tad DeHaven | September 01, 2013

Some left-leaning pundits are in a tizzy that the Washington Post would dare run an article that doesn’t speak of “draconian” spending cuts to “popular programs.”