Sun, Dec 22, 2013

Edith Lank | December 22, 2013

Sat, Dec 21, 2013

John Ransom | December 21, 2013

Dateline: February, 2014- Obama firmly responds to higher insurance premiums caused by Obamacare with an executive order that postpones all illnesses until after the 2016 presidential election.

Ransom Notes Radio | December 21, 2013

With so many liberal reporters trying to help the President’s PR campaign for Obamacare, it’s getting harder and harder to figure out who gets this week’s “Ezra Klein is an Idiot” award. Also, Dan Mitchell joined the show to talk about the surprise growth in GDP.

Jeff Crouere | December 21, 2013

This year, it finally became fashionable for comics to lampoon President Obama. His infamous lies about Obamacare and the disastrous rollout of the website were too tempting for comics to ignore.

Night Watch | December 21, 2013

The most powerful coalition of Syrian rebels, the newly formed Islamic Front, has rejected talks with US officials just days after seizing control of warehouses filled with American military equipment that was sent to support more secular rival rebel groups.

Charles Payne | December 21, 2013

I'm still working on obligatory 2014 predictions, but I want to give a heads- up about the different kinds of rotations that have already been telegraphed by the market.

Daniel J. Mitchell | December 21, 2013

It seems that nothing could be worse than the current welfare/ entitlement system. I think there’s a better road to Rome. It’s called federalism.

Mike Shedlock | December 21, 2013

What could be yet more expensive than a crisis without a banking union? The answer is simple: A crisis preceded by a poorly constructed banking union that promised illusory security

Bill Tatro | December 21, 2013

At the end of this year, extended unemployment benefits are scheduled to expire. More than likely, most of these same individuals will simply convert to disability benefits, as it will be magically determined that their ability to work has been affected by some sort of social disorder.

Fri, Dec 20, 2013

Larry Kudlow | December 20, 2013

But the Fed still has no rules.

Ransom Notes Radio | December 20, 2013

Now that the Fed has decided to (kinda) taper, it’s time to turn our attention back to what is really holding the economy down: Obamacare. And for this Thursday’s Powerful or Pitiful segment, Obamacare takes center stage.

Jerry Bowyer | December 20, 2013

The line employs a sharp edged bathos: End of civilization drama counterpoised with a sneer at that most-despised bit of pre-modern Christian dogma – the virgin birth. Religious people gasped, and aggressive atheists snickered, but I just sat there wishing that Christopher Hitchens knew more history.

Charles Payne | December 20, 2013

In the past couple of weeks, corporate America has made an astounding statement on confidence- yesterday, the Federal Reserve joined the chorus.

Daniel J. Mitchell | December 20, 2013

After nearly five years in office, what’s President Obama’s most significant accomplishment? This is a serious question, so no jokes about the Nobel Prize he received for not being Bush. And no partisan GOP answers about the 2010 election, either.

Night Watch | December 20, 2013

On 5 December the USS Cowpens, a guided missile cruiser, had a confrontation with a Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy ship.

Mike Shedlock | December 20, 2013

European Central Bank President, Mario Draghi Says ECB Won’t Hesitate to Fail Banks in Stress Tests.

Bill Gunderson | December 20, 2013

The most fun part of managing money is getting to learn about the different and crazy ways that people earn a living. Often a very good living.

Michael Schaus | December 20, 2013

While some schools are deciding to arm resource officers, permit concealed carry, and even hire additional security, the liberal solution is put up more “no guns” signs and ask parents about their personal interest in firearm ownership.

John Ransom | December 20, 2013

Supporting higher taxes, after all, on those who make more than you-- and this is what opponents of free markets wish for-- is not the same as a rich man feeding and clothing the poor. Or even yet a widow donating out of her want.

Thu, Dec 19, 2013

Roger Schlesinger | December 19, 2013

I love to kid myself especially when it comes to the lottery. When the big jackpots come around I gather up my coins and have been known to spend up to $3 on tickets. Once I get the tickets I start dreaming of what to do with the prize money.

John Ransom | December 19, 2013

Note: This article contains explicit language that some readers might find offensive.

Bob Goldman | December 19, 2013

It was a dark day indeed when businesses started thinking about their employees as people and not numbers. Being a number was wonderful, even if your number was zero! A number is anonymous.

Peter Schiff | December 19, 2013

There can be little doubt that today's Fed announcement is an epic attempt at rhetorical audacity. The message they hope to convey is that they are tightening monetary policy by loosening it.

Night Watch | December 19, 2013

On 16 December thousands of North Korean propaganda leaflets fell on Baengnyong Island (also called P-Y Do) off the northwest coast of South Korea, warning of an attack against the island, according to South Korean press.

Charles Payne | December 19, 2013

The income inequality debate that is raging around the world advocated by very powerful voices, like Pope Francis and President Obama. I think the former is using his platform in an attempt to shame and alter free market capitalism. I think the latter wants to ditch it altogether.

Daniel J. Mitchell | December 19, 2013

I’m beginning to think the Obama White House has a sinister and devious plot to undermine the productivity of people who believe in small government.

Mike Shedlock | December 19, 2013

Coupled with a cornucopia of dovish statements the Fed finally decided to taper, a measly $10 billion per month, half out of mortgage purchases, half out of treasury purchases.

Political Calculations | December 19, 2013

We're afraid that we're going to have to rewrite the lyrics to The Mamas and The Papas classic song, "California Dreamin'"...

Wed, Dec 18, 2013

Charles Payne | December 18, 2013

Researching K-Force (KFRC) over the weekend, I came across this very interesting assessment of the top technology jobs for 2014. The list reveals several truths, all of which should be good news for Americans.

Daniel J. Mitchell | December 18, 2013

Like all advocates of freedom, I normally despair about the future. Whether we’re measuring the ever-growing burden of government or the erosion of key forms of social capital such as self-reliance and the work ethic, it seems that the world is heading in the wrong direction. But, at least for today, I'm a little optimistic.

Mike Shedlock | December 18, 2013

On December 12 the Financial Times reported EU reaches landmark deal on failed banks with a "common rule book for handling failed banks".

Political Calculations | December 18, 2013

What if we told you there are ways you can buy real health insurance, and more importantly, more affordable health insurance, than you can get from either the federal government's or your state government's health insurance "marketplaces"?

Michael Schaus | December 18, 2013

It seems apropos to mention something controversial about Santa Claus, given the recent furor over his skin pigmentation. (Ya know, because early Catholic Bishops and German folklore characters are traditionally such a multicultural crowd.) I am convinced that Kris Kringle is (undoubtedly) a member of the Republican Party.

Bill Gunderson | December 18, 2013

It was only after my long career as a pharmacological scientist that I decided to pick the biotech and pharmaceutical stocks as the hottest industries of the year. That, of course, is not true – the part about my career as a scientist, that is.

John Ransom | December 18, 2013

By December of last year, companies were already making changes to hiring in order to accommodate Obamacare. While the employer mandate won’t be effective until 2015, the disruption should be felt well before then.

Ransom Notes Radio | December 18, 2013

Is Obamacare going to get better or worse as time goes on? If early indications are anything to go on, the train-wreck-that-is Obamacare will only get worse in 2014. Mark Calabria, with Cato, also joined the program to discuss the Volcker rule and Dodd-Frank

Tue, Dec 17, 2013

Michael Schaus | December 17, 2013

After dropping well below the historic trend near the end of Bush’s second term, the unemployment rates of African Americans have again climbed to twice the rate of whites. If judged by the metrics Liberals use to evaluate Conservative theory, President Obama is the worst President for Black America in recent memory.

John Ransom | December 17, 2013

This is how our founders intended the government to work. For all of you who cry "What about the constitution?" Compromise and slow change is how the constitution works

Ransom Notes Radio | December 17, 2013

Ransom wants to know if you would support higher taxes for the sake of hiring armed security guards at public schools? Also, Bill Tatro joined the program to discuss the direction of the economy, and the overall health of America’s economic growth.

Bill Tatro | December 17, 2013

Yes, from food stamps, disability tax credits, child payments, and dozens of other government programs, when your employer is the largesse of the federal government, your workday takes on a whole new meaning.

Ralph Benko | December 17, 2013

On December 7th, nearly 100 state legislators, many distinguished, representing 32 states, assembled at Mount Vernon.The purpose? To discuss how to, safely, revive an overlooked, but invaluable, provision in the United States Constitution to allow a supermajority of states to rein in a power-drunk federal government.

Bob Beauprez | December 17, 2013

The November jobs report released last Friday by the Labor Department seemed a breath of holiday good cheer at just the right time. The White House (in desperate need of anything that resembled "good news") hailed the report as evidence that "the recovery continues to gain traction."

Night Watch | December 17, 2013

North Korea has never shown that it can manage more than one crisis or major development at a time. The promise to do so this time should provide insights as to the leadership's management competence and style.

Charles Payne | December 17, 2013

In the new fair world, rewards are lavished without regard to effort or achievement; and certainly without the hurt that comes from sacrifice and risk. When politicians talk about a life without want- what they're saying is you can avoid being hurt.

Daniel J. Mitchell | December 17, 2013

Political humor doesn’t always require a policy message. That's certainly the case with this first situation. Indeed, some of you may sympathize with the President for the first time in your lives.

Mike Shedlock | December 17, 2013

In a rare victory for constitutional freedoms, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon, ruled NSA phone program likely unconstitutional.

Mon, Dec 16, 2013

Harvey Mackay | December 16, 2013

John Ransom | December 16, 2013

In a world where hustlers of division now routinely push the concept of “white privilege"; in a country where the president of the United States blames rich people for everything, it’s a short distance between excusing someone for their behavior based on circumstances and accusing someone for their behavior based on circumstance.

Mike Shedlock | December 16, 2013

Once the Boomer top 10-20% replace their auto fleets, real retail sales and real final sales per capita will again contract.

Daniel J. Mitchell | December 16, 2013

Brooks often does a good job of highlighting important and worrisome social trends, but what rubs me the wrong way is that he frequently thinks the right answer is to give government even more power.

Shawn Mitchell | December 16, 2013

Brooks argues the executive could forge solutions on things like immigration reform (and presumably the rest of his litany of tragically unpassed bills) that Congress is just too polarized to tackle.

Political Calculations | December 16, 2013

We believe we've identified where the distress in the U.S. economy is originating. A number of Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), which allow stock market investors to be able to invest in the nation's real estate markets, have been acting to cut their dividends.

Chris Edwards | December 16, 2013

The deal raises spending $63 billion in 2014 and 2015, split between defense and nondefense programs. That is a lot of money even by Washington standards, and it effectively guts the Budget Control Act of 2011.

Michael F. Cannon | December 16, 2013

A Wall Street Journal editorial surmises that Senate Democrats eliminated the filibuster for non-Supreme Court judicial appointments so they could pack the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit with judges that would block an important ObamaCare case called Halbig v. Sebelius.

Sun, Dec 15, 2013

Larry Kudlow | December 15, 2013

Fortunately for Republicans, the Obamacare disaster erased the political downside of the shutdown. Paul Ryan understands this.

John Ransom | December 15, 2013

Just because voters and the public are momentarily caught up in the tax lust that the Democrats rely on to get more money for government by taxing “someone else” won’t change the fact that on election day Obama and the Democrats will have to be the party of higher taxes no matter what.

Mike Shedlock | December 15, 2013

The city could have and should have shed some of those pension obligations and made changes in various pension agreements, but it didn't.

Daniel J. Mitchell | December 15, 2013

Russian diplomats have been busted for bilking the Medicaid program of more than $1 million.

Political Calculations | December 15, 2013

It turns out that weather conditions in 2013 across all of North America were nearly ideal for growing just about every crop grown in the U.S., with the result that U.S. farmers were harvesting bumper crops of just about everything they grow in August and September 2013.

Marita Noon | December 15, 2013

Like the expiration of the DOE loan guarantee program has increased the likelihood populations of migratory birds will survive death by renewables, the pending expiration of the Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind energy could help the eagles and other raptors that are attracted to the towering turbines.

Mark Baisley | December 15, 2013

He had spent decades immersed in the worldview that the West had humanity all wrong and that the United States was the ultimate infliction of unfair capitalism.