Sat, Mar 01, 2014

John Ransom | March 01, 2014

The boneless wonder lives, breathes and appeases.

Larry Kudlow | March 01, 2014

Mt. Gox was an inevitable bust.

Mike Shedlock | March 01, 2014

Forget all the talk about CPI or as they call it in Europe HIPC (harmonized index of consumer prices) floating just under 1%. The true measure of inflation is credit expansion. And for the second month, credit contracted in the Eurozone.

Night Watch | March 01, 2014

Crimea seems to be moving toward separation with Ukraine. This crisis affords President Putin and Russia the best opportunity since the collapse of the Soviet Union for recovering control of Crimea.

Charles Payne | March 01, 2014

By now you know the Food and Drug Administration, in conjunction with effort by First Lady Michelle Obama, proposed new food labeling. The thinking is new labels would prompt shame and embarrassment on to food companies forcing them to create healthier products.

Gayle Trotter | March 01, 2014

It was bad enough that the IRS would target O’Donnell with a politically motivated audit, an illegitimate lien and the public release of her private financial information. Now, worst of all, the IRS is successfully thwarting efforts to find and prosecute illegal conduct within the agency, despite the fact that the IRS actions impacted a US Senate race.

Chris Versace | March 01, 2014

To me, a far more revealing and insightful indicator than the unemployment rate, is the payroll to population data released by Gallup each month. As I said at the World MoneyShow in Orlando recently, this is some of the scariest data out there.

Doug Fabian | March 01, 2014

The financial markets have been relatively calm during the past week or so. Even though stocks in the S&P 500 Index broke out to new highs intraday on Monday, there hasn’t been much real trading volume pushing the market in either direction.

Ransom Notes Radio | March 01, 2014

Anyone who claims to be hurt by Obamacare, is apparently a Koch Brother pawn… At least that’s according to Harry Reid, who recently said all Obamacare victims are liars and cheats. Someone should explain to the Nevada Democrat that not everyone is like him.

Daniel J. Mitchell | March 01, 2014

I’m not writing today about possible alternatives to the Fed or big-picture issues dealing with monetary policy. Instead, I want to highlight three rather positive signs about Janet Yellen, the new Chair of the Fed’s Board of Governors. (You read that right.)

Mark Skousen | March 01, 2014

The University course was called "Modern Political Economy: Who is Winning the Battle of Ideas?" In the final exam, I asked each student to choose his or her favorite economist. Here was the breakdown:

Fri, Feb 28, 2014

Bruce Wiliams | February 28, 2014

John Ransom | February 28, 2014

Using the polar bear to politicize the wrong political message? How low can you get get?

Michael Schaus | February 28, 2014

The absurdity of comparing reasonably healthy e-cigarettes to a box of tar-packed cancer sticks aside, the Nannycrats’ main point seems to be that electronic alternatives to carcinogen-flavored cigarettes will drive people to smoke the real thing… Because everyone likes standing in 20 degree weather for their addictive habits.

Mike Shedlock | February 28, 2014

I received an interesting email regarding Ukraine from reader Jacob Dreizin, a US citizen who speaks both Russian and Ukrainian. Jacob comments on media bias and offers the "full scoop" on Ukraine.

Night Watch | February 28, 2014

President Vladimir Putin ordered a drill to test the combat readiness of the armed forces in western Russia on Wednesday. Officials said the purpose of the exercises is "to check the combat readiness of the armed forces in the western and central military districts as well as several branches of the armed forces."

Charles Payne | February 28, 2014

New home sales report shook up the street because it was pretty good...all things considered. But, new home supply, while improving, is currently at a 4.7 month supply. That is significantly less than its peak, which was above its 12 months supply in 2008.

Erick Erickson | February 28, 2014

In December of 1865, the several American states ratified the 13th amendment, constitutionally ending involuntary servitude in the United States. In the 21st century, Americans are coming full circle.

Daniel J. Mitchell | February 28, 2014

To make fun of big efforts that produce small results, the famous Roman poet,Horace, wrote “The mountains will be in labor, and a ridiculous mouse will be brought forth.” That line sums up my view of the new tax reform plan introduced by Congressman Dave Camp.

Ransom Notes Radio | February 28, 2014

Well, well, well… America might finally be catching on: The Majority of Americans don’t think Mr. Obama’s doing such a swell job in the White House. The biggest surprise, really, is that it took so long. Also: Special audio of a Liberal UCLA student melting down after she lost a vote to boycott Israel…

Fritz Pfister | February 28, 2014

While everyone is blaming the weather for the anemic economy, there is much more to be considered. The underlying fundamentals for a strong housing market simply aren’t there. A steady market is probably the best we can expect.

Thu, Feb 27, 2014

John Ransom | February 27, 2014

Hawaii has proposed a take over by the state for the state's Obamacare Exchange, but one Hawaii Democrat has cautioned that that could cause an even bigger train wreck. An even bigger train wreck?

Mike Shedlock | February 27, 2014

Illinois: The state’s pensions are underfunded by at least $100 billion. Powerful teacher unions can shut down schools to win pay hikes from nearly broke school districts. A temporary tax increase is liable to be made permanent – or worse, replaced with a progressive income tax.

Night Watch | February 27, 2014

Russia and Crimea appear to be preparing for Crimean secession from Ukraine and affiliation with Russia. If so, this would be the same punishment strategy that Russia used in Georgia. Russian annexation of Crimea in response to a local government request would be easier and easier to defend because of the presence of the Black Sea Fleet.

Charles Payne | February 27, 2014

Sure, it was pretty easy for lawless tribal bands in a rural corner of the planet to spread terror and conquest, but there will be leaders in the future with a desire to rule the world. With America's military being whittled down to its lowest head-count since 1940, it's going to become even more difficult to back-up hollow threats and false red lines.

Ransom Notes Radio | February 27, 2014

As Obamacare continues to pull down the healthcare industry (not to mention the economy), it might be worth mentioning that Hillarycare was pretty similar in concept… In fact, the entire Democrat approach to government seems to be focused on repackaging failed ideas.

Bob Goldman | February 27, 2014

Chris Versace | February 27, 2014

Meet a Chinese Cyber-Security company... Now, much like when I was first introduced to the company, you’re probably wondering, “based in China?” “Hasn’t that been a source of attacks?”. Well, those were my first thoughts as well.

Bill Tatro | February 27, 2014

Over the past several months, I’ve found myself engaged in numerous conversations with the Millennials, also known as members of Generation Y. Normally, it’s the Baby Boomer set with whom I talk politics, sports, and world events, so it’s definitely been a change of pace.

Judge Andrew Napolitano | February 27, 2014

In the months since Edward Snowden revealed the nature and extent of the spying that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been perpetrating upon Americans and foreigners, some of the NSA's most troublesome behavior has not been a part of the public debate.

Daniel J. Mitchell | February 27, 2014

Time for another great moment in red tape. I wrote a couple of weeks ago that banks treat customers poorly in part because of bad laws and regulations from Washington. You may think that only cranky libertarians are unhappy about this system. But that’s not the case.

Nicholas Vardy | February 27, 2014

Despite their reputation for their investment prowess, hedge funds haven't exactly set the financial world on fire over the past five years. As a recent Bloomberg article pointed out, hedge funds have underperformed the S&P 500 by 97 percentage points since the end of 2008.

Roger Schlesinger | February 27, 2014

The biggest lesson in life: set a goal, accomplish it, and get a feeling of satisfaction that nobody can take away! Then set another goal and do it again. That is not only life: that's LIVIN’!

Wed, Feb 26, 2014

John Ransom | February 26, 2014

How is it that companies can now have more cash than anytime in history, while unemployment remains so high, inflation in many goods so low, and national income grows so anemically? Oh, yeah. Democrats at work. Shhhh.

Mike Shedlock | February 26, 2014

I have been under constant barrage of unsolicited phone calls recently. The phone calls typically begin with the same lie: "We have a really good investment opportunity"... This is the kind of thing that happens at market tops. Everyone wants in, and the fraudsters come out in force to take advantage.

Night Watch | February 26, 2014

The Financial Times has published a series of insightful articles on the state of Ukraine's economy and its economic overlords. While on the surface the struggle is being described as a fight for freedom and rights, there is a significant incongruity in the overthrow of a government primarily over a suspended economic agreement.

Charles Payne | February 26, 2014

There is a (temporary) sigh of relief now that Ukraine has seen its latest strongman leader flee to parts unknown, but anxiety remains. And why not; the nation has a history of struggle with self-determination. (Actually, that comment is an understatement.)

Peter Morici | February 26, 2014

President Obama and many of the nation’s top economists entered 2014 predicting a breakout year for the economic recovery. However, troubles in the housing sector indicate more difficulties and several more years of mediocre growth lie ahead.

Dr. Ben Carson | February 26, 2014

Most of us can remember feeling that someone had done us a great injustice. On those occasions, we want nothing more than to exact revenge. I remember being unfairly treated as a lowly ROTC cadet by one of the sergeants who resented the fact that my brother had been promoted to captain and company commander over him.

Mark Skousen | February 26, 2014

Earlier this month, François Hollande, the president of France who calls himself a "socialist," endorsed Say's law, the idea that production is more important than consumption if you want to grow the economy.

Ransom Notes Radio | February 26, 2014

Remember when Americans used to hate the idea of government getting involved in people’s lives? With the FCC’s plan to infiltrate news rooms on hold (it’s not going away for good), now might be a good time to kiss the FCC good bye. Economist Mark Skousen also joined the show to talk about the Fed’s intrusion into the economy.

Daniel J. Mitchell | February 26, 2014

One of my goals is to convince people that even small differences in long-run growth can have a powerful impact on living standards and societal prosperity. In other words, the economy is not a fixed pie. The right policies, such as free markets and small government, can create a better life for everybody.

Chris Versace | February 26, 2014

The last few weeks have been far more than just interesting. We’ve been barraged by a number of winter storms that are taking their toll on January economic data. Given the severity of the winter weather, was any of that really a surprise?

Tue, Feb 25, 2014

Michael Schaus | February 25, 2014

The problem with freedom, according to the academic left, is that it gets in the way of progressive agendas. So, for the sake of academics who want to thrust upon the rest of society their Utopian vision of “social justice”, freedom must be limited. The Progressive dream lives on at Harvard.

Dave Ramsey | February 25, 2014

Allowing kids the emotional dignity of making some decisions for themselves is vitally important. You just have to make sure this liberty is supervised and comes with parental warnings and protections.

Mike Shedlock | February 25, 2014

In the real world, people have to eat. They have to buy gasoline for their cars. They have to buy clothes when they wear out. They have to heat their homes. Those are relatively inelastic demands. None of these inflation cheerleaders discuss what happens if wages do not keep up.

Night Watch | February 25, 2014

The behavior of the armed forces, through inaction or direct action, determined the overthrow of every Arab Spring government, just as it did for Ukraine. Moving forward, Ukraine could become a model for government overthrows in other European countries under conditions of stress.

Charles Payne | February 25, 2014

I saw headlines last week that the world was on fire and on the brink of disaster, primarily facing citizens of Syria, Ukraine and Venezuela. The world isn't on the brink of disaster, and in fact most of the world is moving along day-by-day in an attempt to make life better.

Ransom Notes Radio | February 25, 2014

The world is a dangerous place… It’s even more dangerous when America’s foreign policy is an unmitigated disaster. Ambassador John Bolton joined the program to discuss the significance of Ukraine’s protests, and President Obama’s role in the collapse of American global influence.

Daniel J. Mitchell | February 25, 2014

When resources are allocated by political forces, cronyism and pork cause inefficiency and waste. That’s why statist nations languish and market-oriented countries flourish. Of course Paul Krugman has a different perspective on these issues...

Ralph Benko | February 25, 2014

Will America start prospering again — as it has not prospered for over a decade? Likely yes. But not without a fight.

Bill Tatro | February 25, 2014

When stock markets are in a bubble mania (contrary to Mr. Greenspan’s opinion), everyone who’s invested in the market feels just like the top 1% — it’s money that’s made by simply pressing a button, going long, and then it’s off to the country club for drinks and a spot of tennis.

Mon, Feb 24, 2014

John Ransom | February 24, 2014

Liberal media, to the great dismay of some, can’t make money calling swamp water a soup no matter how much pork barrel spending they add to it.

Michael Schaus | February 24, 2014

Lawyers for a Democrat in Michigan have claimed that a recent AFP ad is “misleading” and “deceptive”; and therefore could violate broadcaster’s obligation to “protect the public” from such information under FCC regulations. Yep: Michigan Dems are willing to use the FCC to censor a cancer victim. Oh, but it gets better…

Mike Shedlock | February 24, 2014

It was a bad idea to provide subsidies to water the desert in the first place.

Shawn Mitchell | February 24, 2014

They seize the verbal high ground, shaping the debate with words that obscure, change, even reverse the meaning of important things.

Political Calculations | February 24, 2014

Roughly every three months, we take a snapshot of Standard & Poor's earnings forecast for the S&P 500's earnings per share.

Nick Sorrentino | February 24, 2014

Well folks the world is about to get it, and it won’t be coming in the form of on-high decrees from the president and his cronies.

Mark Baisley | February 24, 2014

So while the most effective leader of the Democratic Party may hold a baton, Republicans require an entirely different approach to achieve the desired cohesion.

Daniel J. Mitchell | February 24, 2014

All sentient human beings should know higher minimum wage laws will mean more unemployment.

Sun, Feb 23, 2014

John Ransom | February 23, 2014

So we have the satisfaction of knowing that at a time when the private sector is struggling to create jobs, Obama will guarantee it will get harder for them rather than easier. Again. And Again. And Again.

John Ransom | February 23, 2014

I'm sorry. I had trouble typing that last line because I had to reload my semi-automatic weapon that I use to change the channels on cable TV.

Michael Schaus | February 23, 2014

The recent anti-gun protest in front of Visa’s Washington office, was less about expressing rage at Visa, and more about trying to demonize the NRA. The protestors aren’t angry with Visa for extending business offers to a legitimate civil rights organization. They’re upset that the credit card giant doesn’t share their complete hatred for the NRA.

Mike Shedlock | February 23, 2014

President Viktor Yanukovych fled Kiev and is now in an Eastern Ukraine city closer to Russia.

Political Calculations | February 23, 2014

It's time to update the picture for Chevy Volt sales in the United States from our previous snapshot last August

Nick Sorrentino | February 23, 2014

The only reason the Democrats and the Republicans continue to spend money like they have is because the cost of US debt is near 0%. When interest rates rise...

Daniel J. Mitchell | February 23, 2014

What happens if there’s an issue pitting Obamacare and bureaucrats against each other? Would I be able to pick sides?

Marita Noon | February 23, 2014

Nothing comes out of the Obama White House by mistake. Everything is planned, analyzed, and focus group-tested.

Ransom Notes Radio | February 23, 2014

From unions to the Founding Fathers, Democrats have all the wrong answers. All they call it progress.

Edith Lank | February 23, 2014