Sat, Jan 18, 2014

Mike Shedlock | January 18, 2014

Obama says we need more "balance" between security and liberty. The president would "not dwell on Mr. Snowden’s actions or his motivations". I will.

Charles Payne | January 18, 2014

America is on sale and China keeps stepping up to the plate. This week we learned China holds a record $1.31 trillion of our nation's debt after adding $12.2 billion in December (they're closely followed by Japan at $1.18 trillion).

John Ransom | January 18, 2014

Here's the part that the academics from the Obama administration and the DNC don’t get: They think that jobs come from the Human Resources Department. Or a website…ergo...

Night Watch | January 18, 2014

In summary, the North wants all exercises in the South to halt beginning 30 January; wants all allied exercises to stop or take place in the US instead of South Korea; and wants South Korea to prohibit reinforcements from the US that include nuclear capable assets.

Daniel J. Mitchell | January 18, 2014

If this sounds familiar, it’s probably because you’re aware of other slippery slope examples, such as the tiny income tax in 1913 that has morphed into the internal revenue code monstrosity of today.

Jerry Bowyer | January 18, 2014

Well you have to give him credit for sheer brass. The new head of the IRS, who was brought in to the agency to ‘restore trust’, sat before the Senate Finance committee recently and informed them that he wanted more money for the agency.

Bill Tatro | January 18, 2014

It was typically thought that gold and silver would be the alternative to fiat currency, as historically has always been the case. Unfortunately, most merchants aren’t equipped to give you change for a purchase made with a gold or silver coin.

Nick Sorrentino | January 18, 2014

The DC Republicans are sort of amazed by the whole phenomenon. Wasn’t it just 3 years ago that everything was normal? What happened? The GOP got defense money and farm subsidies. The Dems got social programs. We yelled at each other a little bit. But in the end everyone knew the game.

Ransom Notes Radio | January 18, 2014

And now even Democrats are running away from the President’s signature piece of legislation. John Hawkins, from Right Wing News, joined the program to discuss Democrat’s trying to distance themselves from the Obamacare trainwreck.

Fri, Jan 17, 2014

Michael Schaus | January 17, 2014

The recent settlement with Ally Bank and the DOJ’s Orwellian named Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is one of many that has led to over $810 million in fines and penalties. The Feds Have accused Lenders of “racist” lending practices – without looking at a single credit score, debt to income ratio, or borrower’s ethnicity.

Mike Shedlock | January 17, 2014

Are Sovereign bonds a major source of risk? One would think so. At least one should think so. Yet, just yesterday, the ECB whitewashed sovereign bonds as a no risk item.

Charles Payne | January 17, 2014

By now we all know the line immortalized by the Iron Lady of England, and these days it should be mandatory for those tax-and-spend politicians to recite it every morning,(along with the Pledge of Allegiance). What doesn't get mentioned often enough is the next act; what happens after you have run out of other people's money?

John Ransom | January 17, 2014

The knife sticking out of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s back was stuck there slowly by fellow pantsuiter, Sen. Diane Fienstein, (D-Kalf.) who chairs the Senate Intelligence committee for the gentleman’s club also known as the United States Senate.

Night Watch | January 17, 2014

This country is not and cannot be a modern democracy. It is too poor and too poorly educated. Those conditions may be considered Mubarak's greatest crimes after 34 years in office.

Daniel J. Mitchell | January 17, 2014

Do libertarians have a sense of humor? That’s a relevant question because many people think of us as unhappy curmudgeons, or perhaps as dorky Randians.

Bob Goldman | January 17, 2014

There is another tragically overweight person whose honesty and integrity is a matter of vital concern to us. Not Chris Christie. That's right, friend. I'm talking about you.

Nick Sorrentino | January 17, 2014

The statists had better watch out if 15-year-olds in San Francisco are reading (and understanding) Hunter Lewis’s new book on the Federal Reserve. There may be hope yet.

Roger Schlesinger | January 17, 2014

If Congress, the Senate and the White House could take a long needed - but unearned - vacation, say five or six years, when they returned unemployment wouldn't be a problem.

Ransom Notes Radio | January 17, 2014

Allen West joined Ransom Notes Radio to discuss the Administration’s Benghazi cover-up, and the White House’s abysmal record on race-based issues.

Thu, Jan 16, 2014

Michael Schaus | January 16, 2014

It seems that the possession of a certain creative ignorance – not generally found among individuals with shreds of common sense – is highly praised at the left wing “news” network MSNBC. Touré Neblett, an MSNBC talking head, made the claim that job creation is an “ineffective” way of fighting poverty.

Mike Shedlock | January 16, 2014

An interesting Gallup poll shows Government Itself Still Cited as Top U.S. Problem.

Charles Payne | January 16, 2014

In his pitch for yet another extension of “emergency” unemployment benefits, President Obama dug into his typical bag of rhetoric, and in the process underscored why this has been a failed presidency.

Night Watch | January 16, 2014

Iraq is in no danger of being taken over by al-Qaida terrorists. However, it might be nearing a point of fragmentation. The Sunnis in Anbar Province and other areas of western Iraq also appear to be pushing for greater local self-government.

Daniel J. Mitchell | January 16, 2014

The title of today’s column may not make much sense if you’ve never watched The Producers, a 1960s Mel Brooks comedy featuring Gene Wilder and Zero Mostel, but you’ll soon see the connection. That’s because we’re going to laugh at Obamacare, otherwise known as the gift that keeps on giving, and Hitler is part of our satire.

Bill Tatro | January 16, 2014

The old adage that liars figure and figures lie certainly continues to hold true. Fresh off the recent modification of the so-called Volcker Rule, which will pretty much let the big boys run amuck in the collateralized debt obligation (CDO) world, we now see the brazen efforts to convince everyone that all is well with the bankers.

Nick Sorrentino | January 16, 2014

Down with the sequester say the Republicans! Small government? Are you kidding? Look at us. We LOVE to spend the taxpayer’s money. Just as much as the Democrats.

Wed, Jan 15, 2014

Mike Shedlock | January 15, 2014

Performance on 2013 origination is at record highs because of record low interest rates coupled with rising home values.

Charles Payne | January 15, 2014

It's been a rough start so far this year, which got even rougher yesterday, when the market took its cue from the news and from the retail sector.

John Ransom | January 15, 2014

While Barack Obama didn’t invent the “Christie” – that is punishing political friends and foes by use of his office—he’s certainly used it more vigorously in my lifetime than any politician not named Clinton.

Night Watch | January 15, 2014

Iran's nuclear chief, Ali Akbar Salehi, said a bill moving through Iran's parliament will force the country to increase its uranium enrichment. The bill has received support from 218 of the parliament's 290 members.

Daniel J. Mitchell | January 15, 2014

My favorite Heritage Foundation publication (other than…ahem…my studies on government spending and the flat tax) is the annual Index of Economic Freedom.

Nick Sorrentino | January 15, 2014

It is as if once the Soviet Union died, once the scourge of international socialism was utterly and completely decimated both economically and intellectually, humanity couldn’t help but lurch forward.

Ransom Notes Radio | January 15, 2014

Are you happy with Washington’s spending deal? The truth is, it is exactly what we’ve been dealing with for the last five years… And yet, Washington DC is bragging. Also, Grover Norquist weighs in on the tax and spend policies of DC.

Tue, Jan 14, 2014

Dave Ramsey | January 14, 2014

Never, ever put your emergency fund into things where risk and volatility are factors. An emergency fund isn’t an investment. It’s there to help protect things that are investments and your life.

Mike Shedlock | January 14, 2014

In the wake of the Gold Flash Crash six days ago in which prices suddenly plunged then recovered, numerous people have been wondering "who is the culprit".

Charles Payne | January 14, 2014

It proves once again we live in a trickle-up economy, where the masses give away their money in return for short-term pleasure. Somehow, once those pleasures are exhausted, the masses are exhorted by leftist troublemakers, who demand economic justice.

John Ransom | January 14, 2014

While liberals like Obama do everything they can to provide aid and assistance to gay couples to get married, heterosexual black families get the back of the hand.

Daniel J. Mitchell | January 14, 2014

Just look at how the White House turned the supposedly professional IRS into a partisan political operation. The government had power, ostensibly for a legitimate reason, but politicians and bureaucrats then used the power in a grossly improper fashion.

Terry Savage | January 14, 2014

Bill Tatro | January 14, 2014

There will be noise and jostling for position as John Boehner and his Band of Merry Men loudly proclaim their indignation regarding the spending habits of President Obama and the Democrats. Yet, in the 12th hour, the Speaker will appear in front of the microphones and proclaim that a budget deal has been struck

Hunter Lewis | January 14, 2014

Looking behind all the smokescreens, one thing is obvious about all federal poverty programs. They not only create disincentives to work. They actually tax work at horrific rates.

Nick Sorrentino | January 14, 2014

The law may be a disaster and may have been forced through in the most partisan way possible. But guess what? Too bad for you. You Mr. and Mrs Middle Class are on the hook. And so are your kids. Suck it up.

Ralph Benko | January 14, 2014

One year ago, between the re-election and re-inauguration of Barack Obama, the Vast Left Wing Conspiracy met and mapped out three major strategic goals. These are designed to seize plenary control over the US government and, thereby, America.

Mon, Jan 13, 2014

Mike Shedlock | January 13, 2014

This iw precisely the kind of war that Google hopes to avoid. And to avoid litigation fistfight wars, it instead engages in a more civil war of patent acquisition.

John Ransom | January 13, 2014

The reduction in labor force in the U.S. is comparable to losing the state of Maryland or Missouri in terms of productivity and GDP. Yet still the Fed decided to taper. Why?

Political Calculations | January 13, 2014

Assuming that the business has employees, it is also subject to the employer portion of the U.S. federal payroll taxes for both Social Security and Medicare.

Daniel J. Mitchell | January 13, 2014

When the New York Post ran a story about the feds pissing away a six-figure sum on condom research, I figured this would be a perfect addition to my collection of government waste stories.

Bob Beauprez | January 13, 2014

Sure enough, Ariel Sharon was seated in a booth to one side of a remarkably modest cafeteria having a hamburger.

Hunter Lewis | January 13, 2014

In 2012, Sheila Baer, chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. wrote an article for the Washington Post poking fun at the Fed for what it had been doing. It was entitled “Fix Inequality With $10 Million Loans For Everyone.”

Nick Sorrentino | January 13, 2014

Check out this video of the ATLAS robot from Boston Dynamics, a company which Google just acquired.

Sun, Jan 12, 2014

Mike Shedlock | January 12, 2014

Notice how closely in sync the household survey has been to the establishment survey in terms of average gains or losses. A divergence developed in 2013.

John Ransom | January 12, 2014

About the only people Obama is interested in fighting to the finish are the Catholic nuns, the Little Sister of the Poor, who don’t want to take his birth control medicines.

Political Calculations | January 12, 2014

As in November 2013, it appears the economic distress is once again concentrated in the real estate sector of the U.S. economy, with Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) bearing the brunt of the negative actions.

Night Watch | January 12, 2014

The outcome of half-hearted action in Syria has been to prolong the tenure of a pro-Iranian, Ba'athist government in Damascus, creating what some analysts have called the Tehran-Baghdad-Damascus-Beirut axis.

Daniel J. Mitchell | January 12, 2014

This image may be the most succinct way to showing the difference between capitalism and socialism.

Bob Beauprez | January 12, 2014

Colorado's Mark Udall finds himself in a pot of boiling water of his own making likewise involving an "abuse of power."

Mark Baisley | January 12, 2014

In taking responsibility, he announced the specific consequences in ridding his office of those involved. No, not Obama, but Chris Christie. Obama still hides behind the incompetence defense.


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