As silly as Obama’s ridiculous social theories and economic Know-Nothingisms are, they’re continuing to do great damage to the economy, our society, and, yes, even the world. The damage is evil, even if the man himself is silly.
The Syrian army and Hizballah have no weapons that fire only two chemical rounds. The rebels do. Poorly trained militias and disorganized rebel groups perpetrate attacks of this kind.
There’s a saying in the sports world about how last-minute comebacks are examples of “snatching victory from the jaws of defeat.” I don’t like that phrase because it reminds me of the painful way my beloved Bulldogs were defeated a couple of weeks ago by Auburn.
Beneath the Headline number, this is not a good report. Real wages have been declining. Add in increases in state taxes and the average Joe has been hammered pretty badly. For 2013, one needs to factor in the increase in payroll taxes for Social Security.
Face it… Sometimes you have to kill a few eagles to save their environment. (Huh?) Katie Pavlich joined the show to talk about the EPA’s latest special exemptions for “green” energy companies. (Oh yeah: And Ezra Klein is still an idiot!)
If GDP Really did grow at 3.6 percent in the 3rd quarter (Pfft… Yeah right) then why don’t we shut down the government more often? Nick Sorrentino also joined the program to discuss the cronyism of Obama’s White House.
The Farmer’s Almanac has predicted a “bitterly cold” winter so there may be no use in hoping for a little global warming. Unless you’re a global warming activist, that is; then there’s always hope even when the facts don’t go your way.
Even as President Obama was hitting the reset button for his signature accomplishment, one couldn't help but think that this thing not only is a dud but also will become another expensive albatross around the neck of the shrinking American taxpayer pool.
Proponents of the flat tax and sales tax want to replace the income tax. That would be a very positive step. Advocates of the VAT, by contrast, want to keep the income tax and give politicians another big source of revenue. That’s a catastrophically bad idea.
In a feudal as well as futile attempt to keep wealthy French citizens from leaving the country, France hikes the "Exit Tax" on transfers of wealth to outside of France. They also lower the base and increase the number of things on which the tax applies.
From an odds standpoint, retail customers should realize that being “long” in a market gives them a one-in-three chance of winning. That’s because equity markets can do one of three things: they can go up, they can go down, or they can stay the same.
Dr. Larry Kawa, an orthodontist who lives in South Florida, filed suit “against the U.S. Department of Treasury, Secretary of Treasury Jack Lew, the Internal Revenue Service and IRS Acting Director Daniel Werfel challenging the Obama administration’s decision to delay the enactment of the so-called ‘employer mandate’ provision of the Affordable Healthcare Act,” said Judicial Watch.
Most people don't realize that 529 assets can be used at any eligible institution of higher education.
Today the head of the Free Syrian Army suggested that his force might fight the jihadists and salafists in Syria in coordination with the Syrian government forces because of the threat the jihadists pose to moderate Syrians.
Let’s do a simple thought experiment and answer the following question: Do you think that additional laws from Washington will give you more freedom and more prosperity? I don’t know how you will answer, but I strongly suspect most Americans will say “no.”
Because it has suddenly become relevant, thanks to Pope Francis' first Evangelii Gaudium, we thought we might revisit the trends in income inequality in the United States.
As human beings we hedge all of the time. Even though I live in one of the sunniest cities in the world, I usually have a jacket ready, just in case. When I go holiday shopping I keep the tags, just in case I have to take everything back.
Ambassador Kevin Brady from the Great Republic of Texas joined the program to discuss the Census Bureau’s “fake” employment data. It Turns out there are plenty of people in the Nation’s Capitol fighting against Obama’s Agenda.
Remember when Obama explained that the website would be easier than making a purchase on e-bay or Amazon? If the objective is to have a healthcare system that operates as efficiently and easily as the private sector economy… Then, why did we hand control over to the government?
Not since Roosevelt gave away Eastern Europe at Yalta, has an American president so disordered the strategic balance of power worldwide. Roosevelt we know now was dying when he attended the Yalta conference. Obama, on the other hand, has been dead from the neck up for a long time.
Do all President really lie? (And does that really matter?) Also: The White House has declared war on more than just coal… Hal Quinn, with the National Mining Association, joined the program to discuss the administration’s fascination with killing energy-related jobs.
Some readers might remember a few years ago, I said: Sell everything under the sun – talking about solar stocks.
The Taliban have urged President Hamid Karzai to turn a delay in signing a long-term security deal with the United States into outright rejection, in an unusually polite statement directed at a leader the insurgents have repeatedly denounced as a US puppet.
Two news items that will buzz throughout the week actually have greater long term implications and are intricately linked to one another. News Item #1: Jeff Bezos sees drones delivering parcels within five to ten years. News Item #2: Fast food workers prepare one-day strike, demanding $15 minimum wage.
I’m increasingly worried Obamacare also is creating a playground for hackers and identity thieves – and the rest of us will be the victims. Simply stated, the results probably won’t be very pretty when you mix together big data, and government incompetence.
It’s kinda hard to spend thousands of dollars at big box store on Black Friday when you’re not sure how Tiny Tim is going to pay for his physical therapy. Obamacare and Obamanomics, it would seem, are doing their best to steal Christmas.
The announcement of a deal that enshrined Iran's nuclear program left some critics (including this one) wondering what part of "Death to America" the Obama White House didn't understand? This is after all, the same Iran that only last July, the State Department once again identified as the planet's leading state-sponsor of terrorism.
But you won’t be surprised that this feature of Obamacare also has important economic and policy lessons. Statists have tried to scare young people that there’s a fight over whether people have the right to access birth control. They’ll privately admit that this is just empty rhetoric (after all, there were no barriers to birth control in the pre-Obamacare era), but they nonetheless still argue that the mandate is needed for affordability reasons.
Whenever Wal-Mart opens up a store it gets tens of thousands of applicants for a couple hundred openings. People want the jobs. Here's the deal. If you don't like the job, then don't take it.
House Financial Services Committee chairman Jeb Hensarling, after his introduction by Cato CATO -0.96% Institute vice president Mark Calabria at a panel of the 31st annual Cato Monetary Conference, had effusive praise for his host:
I have a friend who was always trying to talk me into being part of his next business idea. I’d always nod and smile. Then I would change the subject back to the insurance firm that he already owned. I knew that would end the conversation pretty quickly, because talking about the business that he already owned was boring to him.
So, yeah, savings interest rates right now are aggravating. But you don’t have 3- or 4-percent-home-mortgage world without a 1-percent CD world. They kind of go together. In my mind, an emergency fund isn’t there for the purpose of making money. It needs to just sit safe and sound until it’s needed.
Of course, we have now advanced technologically to the point that actual physical activity is a thing of the past, since kids can sit and play with their PCs, laptops, Xboxes, and probably a dozen other devices that don’t require them to move at all, other than to shift their fingers.
Imagine how bad things will get if Maxine Waters ends up running the financial services committee in the United States House of Representatives while we have an inflationary peak and the economy is in another crisis.
Bad as the deal is for legitimizing Iran as a member of the planet's nuclear club, virtually all of the concern and analysis of what the future may hold has failed to include the collaborations of a critical partner and ally of the Iranians – North Korea.
The best suggestion I can give is for you to simply make these things irrelevant with your other marketing. Overwhelm potential customers with the quality of your service and experience.
It isn’t enough that taxpayers are strapped financially with the burdens already on them, now more tax dollars are being spread around to promote something that Americans overwhelmingly do not want!
Work "really well" for who? If Plouffe means the average (and shrinking) middle-class worker, he is out of his mind.
My most important point was that capitalism is the only successful model for creating broadly shared prosperity and I used examples from the Pope’s home region of Latin America to show that nations with more economic liberty are far more successful.
The GAO routinely finds waste in programs, but it usually just proposes ways to fix them — so the Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques program must be really lame. The GAO finds no “scientifically validated evidence” for the $200 million program, and it says that TSA deployed it before even doing a cost-benefit analysis.
The people’s elected representatives must clear certain hurdles — some as high as IPAB wishes to set them — if they want to retain their authority as the ones who write laws regarding health care.
“Rich countries are still not pledging enough money to begin financing a shift to a cleaner global economy,” reports the Financial Times (FT) in its coverage of the United Nations climate talks in Warsaw that ended with little more than a “vague road map on how to prepare for a global climate pact they’re supposed to adopt in two years.”
In an ongoing trend, unrelated to Obamacare, companies have been passing on more and more healthcare costs to employees. However, an ACA gotcha has impacted the way costs are passed on, with families taking a bigger hit than individuals at many companies.
It’s no secret that I have very little faith in the competence and good will of government. I focus primarily on the fecklessness of Washington, but I also can’t resist highlighting malfeasance and stupidity by local governments, state governments, and foreign governments.
This is the lowest level that investors have projected for trailing twelve month earnings per share for 2013 since S&P's forecast for 2013 was first projected in January 2012.
According to CBS news, US District Court Judge Marcia Krieger said that “if individual sheriffs wish to protect individual rights or interests they may do so, however, the sheriffs have confused their individual rights and interests with those of the county sheriff’s office.”