Sun, Dec 29, 2013

Edith Lank | December 29, 2013

Sat, Dec 28, 2013

Michael Schaus | December 28, 2013

She is obviously, after all, not looking for an increase in income… She’s looking for more money for less work. And that attitude, more than corporate profits or the minimum wage law, is likely to blame for her diminutive pay.

Mike Shedlock | December 28, 2013

The irony and hypocrisy in chancellor Angela Merkel's first parliamentary speech of her third term would be astounding were it not par for the "Everything for Germany" course of action.

Night Watch | December 28, 2013

If the Brotherhood persists in continuing protests, as they announced today, they will make it easier for the police to identify, track and arrest the most courageous and foolhardy Brothers, which is what the police want.

Charles Payne | December 28, 2013

All of those end-of-the-year lists are being complied, and they promise to be a serious challenge when determining what were the worst business and worst political blunders.

Daniel J. Mitchell | December 28, 2013

The goal isn’t simply to repeal the President’s bad policy. That merely gets us back to where we were in 2009. We need to figure out how to restore market forces to healthcare, and that means undoing decades of misguided government intervention.

Ransom Notes Radio | December 28, 2013

MSNBC had a truly bizarre discussion about Jesus, sexuality, and freedom of speech… And, apparently, Christians are all somewhat gay cannibals. Michael Schaus also spoke with Amity Shlaes about the conservative legacy of Calvin Coolidge. (Yeah, strange topics. But, c’mon: It’s an hour long show... On a Friday.)

Tad DeHaven | December 28, 2013

It’s my opinion that reporters often insufficiently examine how state and local politicians spend federal tax dollars. Heck, I’m even surprised when a reporter mentions that the money originated from Uncle Sam to begin with.

Michael Tanner | December 28, 2013

As this session of the 113th Congress draws to a merciful close, much of the punditry has picked up on the refrain that this is the “most unproductive Congress in history.” Indeed, this Congress has passed just 28 bills, easily eclipsing the previous record for inactivity set by Congress in 2012.

Fri, Dec 27, 2013

Michael Schaus | December 27, 2013

Rep. Rhonda Fields, a Colorado legislator who lacks the capacity to digest the meaning of the word “criminal”, said that dozens of criminals would be walking around with guns if it wasn't for Colorado's new gun laws. Meanwhile, many law-abiding citizens likely committed a new crime this Christmas when they unwittingly circumvented the state’s “universal background” check by giving a gun as a gift to family or friends.

John Ransom | December 27, 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.

Mike Shedlock | December 27, 2013

A group of 51 school children in Texas spent the week before Christmas making Christmas cards for veterans. According to the VA, the kids made a mistake by saying "Merry Christmas".

Night Watch | December 27, 2013

A report from a North Korean source to a Japanese news outlet says that Kim Jong Un did not expect his uncle to be shot immediately and is despondent because he is responsible for his uncle's death.

Charles Payne | December 27, 2013

Right now, it's safe to say the US economy is heating up, and while it is too early for superlatives like cookin with gas, momentum is pointing in the right direction. But, it's too soon to be cocky or to confuse a resilient economy with proof that economic policies are working.

Jerry Bowyer | December 27, 2013

I sat down in front of a microphone and an open Skype line recently to engage in a wide ranging discussion with one of the most interesting thinkers in America today, Father Robert Sirico, founder of the Acton Institute.

Daniel J. Mitchell | December 27, 2013

It’s time to extinguish any lingering Christmas cheer. Today’s topic is over-bearing and tyrannical tax administration.

Ransom Notes Radio | December 27, 2013

It’s hard to argue that we are still a nation of laws when one man (residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue) can unilaterally change the effect of duly passed legislation. Ilya Shapiro, with Cato, joined the program to discuss the many ways Obama is trying to shred the Constitution.

Thu, Dec 26, 2013

Michael Schaus | December 26, 2013

Much like today, no-one wanted to go to New Jersey on December 26th, 1776. But, Washington and his men made the trek anyway, and ultimately emerged victorious in the Battle of Trenton. Now… If we could just remind DC what that whole skirmish in 1776 was all about…

Mike Shedlock | December 26, 2013

?Traveling this holiday season? Whether yes or no, the TSA has 12 helpful hints about what you can and cannot carry on planes.

Daniel J. Mitchell | December 26, 2013

I must win the prize for being the biggest Christmas policy dork. I make this confession freely because there’s no other explanation for being very happy about this present from my girlfriend.

Michael Tanner | December 26, 2013

Welfare advocates regularly urge Americans to look to the European welfare state as a model. At least in the case of the Netherlands, they might be on to something.

Ransom Notes Radio | December 26, 2013

Elbert Guillory, Louisiana State Senator and candidate for Lieutenant Governor, joined the program to discuss his challenges in running as an African American in a predominantly Democrat districts. Also, it’s coming up on Christmas… Are you planning on donating to charity?

Wed, Dec 25, 2013

John Ransom | December 25, 2013

You are hereby notified that there is an official embargo on your comments in the email and hate mail columns effective with this notice. You recent offerings have been so obtuse, so off-topic, so unintelligible that even Jay Carney, White House Press Jester, could only shrug when I asked him to translate.

Mike Shedlock | December 25, 2013

Those looking for economically illiterate proposals can have a field day reading Ezra Klein's "Wonkblog" on the Washington Post.

Political Calculations | December 25, 2013

Back in 1823, Clement C. Moore published the classic Christmas poem 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, which convinced the world, once and for all time, that Saint Nicholas (perhaps now better known as "Santa Claus") traveled the world in a miniature sleigh pulled by eight tiny reindeer.

Night Watch | December 25, 2013

New information indicates that Kim Jong Un was thoroughly drunk when he ordered the execution of the aides of his uncle, Chang Sung-taek in November.

Charles Payne | December 25, 2013

So, today is the deadline for enrolling in ObamaCare for those seeking healthcare coverage at the start of 2014? This is the third deadline and more than likely, it will be followed by additional deadlines for hardship and goodwill exceptions, among other categories yet to be named.

Daniel J. Mitchell | December 25, 2013

Normal people aren’t thinking about public policy at this time of year, but I’m a libertarian who has decided to fight against big government in Washington, so I’m definitely not normal and I could be a masochist.

Tue, Dec 24, 2013

John Ransom | December 24, 2013

The rich, white Liberals who control Chicago, and the black politicians who enable them, seem ill informed about the vast safety desert that they have created in fifty years of progressive rule.

Mike Shedlock | December 24, 2013

Blackstone Group LP, the world's largest private equity firm, became the largest owner of rental homes in the U.S. , acquiring 41,000 homes in the past two years.

Night Watch | December 24, 2013

The military-backed government continues to move on multiple fronts to establish a more stable civil order. The multiplication of charges against Mursi is aimed a suppressing the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood at all costs through legal actions.

Charles Payne | December 24, 2013

With a little more than a week remaining in 2013, it feels like the nation dodged a worst-case scenario, and actually has a little wind in its sails. The question now is the level of confidence needed to build enough momentum.

Bill Gunderson | December 24, 2013

Step One is the investor fresh from one of the big wire houses. The kind that runs big ads on TV. These portfolios are full of well known stocks that ran out of gas years ago. Maybe they are still good companies. But good stocks? No.

Daniel J. Mitchell | December 24, 2013

Last year, while writing about the sleazy and self-serving behavior at the IRS, I came up with a Theorem that explains day-to-day behavior in Washington.

Ralph Benko | December 24, 2013

If the central bank’s goal is to avoid sustained inflation or deflation, then the target should be to influence the supply of cash to the economy to equal the level of desired cash balances. To attain this, the central bank has to abandon hyperactive open market operations and activate the discount rate.

Bill Tatro | December 24, 2013

Two thousand years ago, shepherds and wise men followed a star — a bright beacon of light that led them to a simple baby lying in a manger. Since that time, many have come forward to declare that they are the way, the path to a better life, the new light born to bring change.

Peter Schiff | December 24, 2013

The press has framed Ben Bernanke's valedictory press conference last week in heroic terms. It's as if a veteran quarterback engineered a stunning come-from-behind drive in his final game, and graciously bowed out of the game with the ball sitting on the opponent's one-yard line.

John Kass | December 24, 2013

For all the children who should be loved always, but especially on this wondrous night, with our arms around them and a long good-night kiss on the temple, a kiss more precious than anything wrapped in a box.

Terry Savage | December 24, 2013

Mon, Dec 23, 2013

John Ransom | December 23, 2013

Isn’t this the line that the liberal oligarchy uses when conservatives question global warming, Paul Krugman, Obamacare or gay marriage? "Who made you an expert?"

Michael Schaus | December 23, 2013

If we have learned anything about Bloomberg during his time as dictator (um… er… “Mayor”) of New York, it’s that he feels justified in imposing his personal life-style choices on others. And he’s been largely successful. After all, who’s going to organize a “smoker’s pride parade,” or a “super-sized-soda sit-in”?

Mike Shedlock | December 23, 2013

On December 19, Target disclosed that hackers gained access to as many as 40 million credit and debit cards used by customers of Target during the height of the holiday shopping season, in one of the biggest data breaches in history.

Shawn Mitchell | December 23, 2013

When it comes to Brooks representing conservative views at the New York Times and on the News Hour, I propose we trade David for Arthur.

Political Calculations | December 23, 2013

Sean Parnell, who helped us with the development of our "Obamacare: Should You Pay the Premium or the Tax?" tool, has been working on how to get effective and affordable health insurance coverage without dealing with Obamacare.

Mark Baisley | December 23, 2013

While he is credited for the construction of significant monuments, including the Wailing Wall, Herod also built a reputation as a cruel madman.

Krista Kafer | December 23, 2013

Merry holiday music plays in the doctor's office when a man hears the cancer has returned. It strikes a discordant note. At a crowded Christmas party, a widow reaches to hold a hand that is no longer there and feels more alone than ever. At times, it is hard to reconcile the cheer of the season and the hardships of life.

Harvey Mackay | December 23, 2013

Daniel J. Mitchell | December 23, 2013

Public sectors used to consume only about 10 percent of economic output during the 1800s when nations became rich, but now the burden of government spending averages more than 40 percent of GDP.

Sun, Dec 22, 2013

John Ransom | December 22, 2013

If you had all the information to make a decision, being a liberal, you’d likely come to the wrong conclusion anyway. But here’s the information for everyone else.

Mike Shedlock | December 22, 2013

Even though household formation by millennials is at a record low percentage, home sales are at modest levels thanks to investor all-cash buying.

Political Calculations | December 22, 2013

Ready for another bizarre parallel with the Obamacare fiasco? Let's check in with the people with the greatest incentive to sign up for benefits.

Night Watch | December 22, 2013

The Pyongyang government continues to insist that conditions are normal. In one sense, the roundup of relatives of an executed traitor is normal. If they are not executed themselves, they will remain in prison work camps until they die or the regime changes.

Ransom Notes Radio | December 22, 2013

Obama’s brother has written a book – and he took a couple shots at the President’s uncanny ability to lie.

Marita Noon | December 22, 2013

I, then, explained what I call the Obama Doctrine—his primary mode of operation: “Reward your friends, punish your opposition.”

Edith Lank | December 22, 2013

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