Sat, Feb 22, 2014

John Ransom | February 22, 2014

He’s going to get tough on trucks. Again.

Larry Kudlow | February 22, 2014

A simple GOP campaign idea.

Mike Shedlock | February 22, 2014

Today the Fed released minutes of meetings at the start and during the great financial crisis. These minutes show how clueless the Fed Governors were at the start of the recession.

Night Watch | February 22, 2014

The threat indicators point to a significant escalation of street violence if the protestors persist. The Olympic fortnight looks to be the high water mark of the pro-western opposition.

Charles Payne | February 22, 2014

There wasn't a lot of volume, but the market shrugged off an early indecision and rallied higher. The bias is to the upside, and despite a shaky start to the year, the long-term trend remains intact, which is very encouraging.

Daniel J. Mitchell | February 22, 2014

Did you sing Happy Birthday? The nation just “celebrated” the fifth anniversary of the signing of the so-called American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Political Cartoons by Nate Beelermore commonly referred to as the “stimulus.”

Peter Schiff | February 22, 2014

Mark Zuckerberg, the owner of Facebook, is not your typical corporate CEO. Through a combination of technological smarts, timing, luck, and questionable business ethics, he became a billionaire before most of us bought our first cars.

Jeff Crouere | February 22, 2014

In a city where liberal judges allow hardened criminals access to the streets after brief stays in prison, if at all, the remaining police officers must feel powerless. All too often they see the criminals they arrest right back on the streets of New Orleans the very next day.

Bill Tatro | February 22, 2014

It just keeps getting better, so here we go again. Socialists always have an agenda, which is to bring up the downtrodden (a noble effort) at the expense of so-called successful individuals (deplorable). In other words, everybody becomes the same as they are controlled by a select few.

Peter Morici | February 22, 2014

President Obama is putting the finishing touches on his budget message to Congress. According to press reports, it would be criminal if it wasn’t so comical! The president will drop from previous proposals any effort to curb the rapidly escalating problems with social security. Instead, he will propose higher taxes on the wealthy

Ransom Notes Radio | February 22, 2014

It doesn’t really get much dumber than a San Francisco liberal using the Founding Fathers to justify Obamacare. But… That’s what makes Nancy Pelosi so darn special.

Fri, Feb 21, 2014

Harvey Mackay | February 21, 2014

John Ransom | February 21, 2014

This week a GOP legislator from MO made the terminal decision to hi-jack the state appropriations process to insert “$8 for tin foil hats” for opponents of Common Core. Ha, ha, ha...not funny.

Mike Shedlock | February 21, 2014

A proposal by French president Francois Hollande got me thinking about "The Law of Bad Ideas". I did a search for the phrase and surprisingly, nothing came up. Thus, I get to define the phrase.

Night Watch | February 21, 2014

Nevertheless, developments in Ukraine pose no threat to US strategic interests. NATO and the West have overreached. In 2008, Medvedev, as Russian President, articulated the new Russian doctrine of sphere of influence.

Charles Payne | February 21, 2014

The Federal Reserve knows quantitative easing didn't work, and they want to exit as fast as possible without triggering widespread panic. This isn't something that can be uttered in private, or even during closed-door 'Federal Open Market Committee' meetings, but it's palpable.

Daniel J. Mitchell | February 21, 2014

I’ve already explained why leftists must be depressed about their failure to restrict private gun ownership. They’ve suffered brutal electoral setbacks in Colorado, and more and more states have strengthened the right to keep and bear arms.

Ransom Notes Radio | February 21, 2014

To be fair, America has a fighting shot at owning the 21st century. After all, it’s not in the American DNA to give up. Joel Kurtzman, senior fellow at the Milken Institute, joined the program to argue that there is optimistic news for America in the 21st century.

Roger Schlesinger | February 21, 2014

It is so simple it is scary: two moves and you are there. The absolute easiest way for the youth of this country to become wealthy is to be wise enough to listen to someone who has answers.

Fritz Pfister | February 21, 2014

For years I have shared with you that the economy can't recover until housing recovers, and neither will recover until the job market recovers. While planning ahead, it became obvious that the solutions offered by the progressive Obama administration would hinder not help an economic recovery.

Thu, Feb 20, 2014

Michael Schaus | February 20, 2014

Labor Unions look out for the average worker in roughly the same manner Don Corleone looked out for his “business associates”. Congratulations on your victory in Milwaukee, SEIU… Now, leave the gun. Take the cannoli.

John Ransom | February 20, 2014

Sometimes the effects of proposed Democrat economic policies are so obvious that even the CBO is forced to agree with Republicans.

Mike Shedlock | February 20, 2014

It is beyond absurd to seriously propose that such whopping increases would not impede hiring. Only economic illiterates and political charlatans can make such statements.

Night Watch | February 20, 2014

The Ukrainian demonstrators are de facto anti-democracy. Their leader encourages lawless behavior. He and his supporters want a government change that was not voted by the majority of Ukrainians. Thus, they seek to nullify the election that brought Yanukovych to power and which international observers declared to be free and fair.

Charles Payne | February 20, 2014

Much is being made of the latest report from the Census Bureau on divorce in America. Using data from the American Community Survey, Census records show that the rate of divorce is increasing for the third straight year in 2012.

Daniel J. Mitchell | February 20, 2014

When I give speeches around the country, I often get asked whether it’s time to give up. More specifically, has America reached a tipping point, with too many people riding in the wagon of government dependency and too few people creating wealth and pulling the wagon in the right direction?

Bob Goldman | February 20, 2014

Is your employer looking at you with concern? Does your manager constantly ask how you are feeling? It may not be because they care about how long you are going to work. It may be because they care about how long you are going to live

Judge Andrew Napolitano | February 20, 2014

The political philosopher Edmund Burke once remarked that all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good folks to do nothing. A glaring example of the impending triumph of a constitutional evil that could be stopped by folks who have been largely silent is the tyranny coming from the White House.

Chris Versace | February 20, 2014

When you think about it, it is pretty amazing how mobile technology has transformed our lives. What’s even more amazing is that the change we have seen thus far has really been due to three devices -- the mobile phone, the smart phone and, more recently, the tablet.

Nicholas Vardy | February 20, 2014

For all of the hand wringing about the weak start to the stock market this year, initial public offerings (IPOs) haven't been this hot since 1999. More than 30 companies have already launched IPOs in 2014. That is a 72% increase compared to the same time last year.

Wed, Feb 19, 2014

John Ransom | February 19, 2014

The administration has continued their Orwellian assault on the English language by changing the words from "executive order" to “executive action.”

Dave Ramsey | February 19, 2014

I don’t always make financial decisions based exclusively on math. Many times I do things based on changing money behaviors—stuff like paying off debts from smallest to largest because it actually works. Personal finance is 80 percent behavior, and only 20 percent head knowledge.

Mike Shedlock | February 19, 2014

Given stagnant wages and higher taxes, the only way households can increase spending is to go further into debt. The New York Fed quarterly report on Household Debt and Credit shows that is exactly what happened.

Night Watch | February 19, 2014

For now, the US is on the sidelines in the Middle East. The US administration has alienated all its historic allies; lost influence in Egypt, Tunisia and Syria; and has made dubious promises to Jordan which now is in danger of becoming a front line state, like Lebanon.

Charles Payne | February 19, 2014

I still find it remarkable how much ground the fear-mongers cover and how they continue to chip away at things that we used to take for granted, like mild-to-tough winters. Now, these things have the feeling of an 'apocalyptic' event that can only be avoided through economic sacrifice.

Daniel J. Mitchell | February 19, 2014

A discriminatory rate structure adds to complexity, to be sure, but the main reason for a convoluted business tax system (for large and small companies) is that politicians don’t allow firms to use the simple and logical (and theoretically sound) approach of cash-flow taxation.

Hal Scherz | February 19, 2014

The irony of this entire debate is that the people who know the most about delivering care to patients were excluded from the development of the ACA. The physicians involved in crafting the administration’s vision, such as Drs. Ezekiel Emanuel and Donald Berwick, were far removed from day to day patient care.

Carrie Schwab Pomerantz | February 19, 2014

Dear Carrie: My father had a custodial account for me, and this year, I cashed it out. My father lost money on the whole, investing more than we've gained. What are the rules for custodial account taxes? Am I able to deduct the loss on my return?

Dr. Ben Carson | February 19, 2014

As a child growing up in Detroit and Boston, I had many opportunities to experience the ugly face of racism and witnessed the devastating toll exacted by its mean-spirited nature.

Bill Tatro | February 19, 2014

The statisticians, government officials, mainstream media, and perhaps even Wall Street itself have all recently discovered something formerly unknown to man. Specifically, it’s called the weather.

Tue, Feb 18, 2014

Michael Schaus | February 18, 2014

A University textbook describes Conservatism as “pessimistic”, and Ronald Reagan as an extremist. (Remember when Reagan was elected in a landslide?) Of course, to be totally honest, Euro-socialist programs actually do “bum me out” a little.

John Ransom | February 18, 2014

Maddow is deathly afraid that Americans will discover that, yes, the Republicans aren’t afraid of helping to create jobs in the private sector.

Mike Shedlock | February 18, 2014

Trade wars, immigration battles, and especially beggar-thy-neighbor competitive currency debasement tactics are hallmarks of deflationary times. When jobs are plentiful, such pressures are minimal. Now, every country seeks advantages for itself, hoping to raise exports.

Terry Savage | February 18, 2014

Ransom Notes Radio | February 18, 2014

Labor unions are starting to get desperate. If you thought they’ve always been a little ruthless… Well, you haven’t seen anything yet. Dave Bego, who has personally fought the most powerful Union in America, joined the program to discuss organized labor’s most recent push for membership.

Daniel J. Mitchell | February 18, 2014

Just like Clark Kent could change into Superman, President Obama has a remarkable ability to change into King Obama. Tired of that pesky Constitution? Irritated that the Founding Fathers created a system based on separation of powers? Well,there’s a superhero to overcome those obstacles.

Mon, Feb 17, 2014

John Ransom | February 17, 2014

The vote, while only a first test of union appeal in the south, increases the uncertainty regarding the long-term survival of the United Auto Workers union. It's the worst union defeat in Tennessee since Grant got whipped on the first day at the Battle of Shiloh.

Mike Shedlock | February 17, 2014

Am I mistaken or did Venezuela president Nicolas Maduro just call for a protest march against himself?

Shawn Mitchell | February 17, 2014

In this decade, only fringe web sites even reveal that Michelle Obama schmoozed a $12,000 gown for herself from a snob designer.

Bob Beauprez | February 17, 2014

There are still 45,000 fewer jobs, just in Colorado, than when the recession began six years ago.

Michael Schaus | February 17, 2014

First there was “brosurance”. Then pajama boy. And now there are pub-crawls for healthcare. Because, really, isn’t that the perfect place to hold a discussion about obtaining health insurance: in front of the shot-girl at your favorite local bar? “Get ‘em drunk, get ‘em covered!” That’s apparently the new Obamacare motto.

Daniel J. Mitchell | February 17, 2014

Showing amazing capacity for innovation, Pakistan’s tax police hires transgendered people to encourage (presumably homophobic) taxpayers to cough up more money.

Mark Skousen | February 17, 2014

There was much disagreement among the speakers about the direction of the stock market and the global economy, but one thing everyone agreed on: gold was an undervalued asset after losing 30% of its worth last year.

Ralph Benko | February 17, 2014

Rand Paul and Hillary Rodham Clinton would frame the debate — and the alternatives they offer — based on real clear and present issues rather than outworn dogma.

Sun, Feb 16, 2014

John Ransom | February 16, 2014

Socialists have long contended that they can live quite well without God, thank you. But let's face it: they can't even run an Olympics; or a website; or a sperm bank. Maybe what they need is a tad more humility and a whole lot of God.

Mike Shedlock | February 16, 2014

Efforts by the United Auto Workers to unionize a Tennessee Volkswagen plant failed today in spite of the fact that Volkswagen chose to cooperate closely with the UAW.

Political Calculations | February 16, 2014

The Affordable Care Act (aka "Obamacare") is unraveling on many levels, but perhaps most so on the personal finance level for the consumers of both health care and health insurance.

Hunter Lewis | February 16, 2014

There are still vestiges of the old legal ethics, but much of it is gone. Most lawyers now regard law as a business.

Daniel J. Mitchell | February 16, 2014

I have a peculiar interest in international economic policy, so I’m fully aware that President Hollande of France is a disaster, but I’m not sure that’s enough to make a cartoon amusing.

Edith Lank | February 16, 2014

Mark Baisley | February 16, 2014

This willful indifference to asset requests may very well have cost American lives.

Marita Noon | February 16, 2014

It is not often that Americans look south of the border for solutions, but Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto seems to have figured out a few things in his first year of power that has, in six years, eluded Obama.