Sat, Mar 22, 2014

John Ransom | March 22, 2014

UN monitors said this was a free and fair election noting that Crimeans also voted for Kim Jong Un, the Ayatollah –any Ayatollah will do-- and Chairman Mao. And Putin says that it's his last territorial demand in Europe.

Larry Kudlow | March 22, 2014

But only with a united U.S.-Europe front.

Mike Shedlock | March 22, 2014

I am absolutely laughing my head off at the sheer stupidity of bureaucrats who think they can control social media.

Night Watch | March 22, 2014

On 19 March at the U.N. Human Rights Council a Russian diplomat said Russia is concerned about Estonia's treatment of its ethnic Russian minority. He said, "Language should not be used to segregate and isolate groups."

Charles Payne | March 22, 2014

According to the Federal Reserve, the top 30 banks with $50.0 billion or more in assets, were as impressive as Shannon Briggs, as he developed a record that shouted to the world that he was an indestructible monster. Under the Dodd-Frank Act, banks were tested for a meltdown scenario that was begun last quarter, to last through 2015.

Daniel J. Mitchell | March 22, 2014

First and foremost, no country is past the point of no return, at least based on the numbers. It doesn’t matter whether we’re talking about the United Kingdom, the United States, Greece, or France. Politicians always have the option of reforming entitlements and restraining the burden of government spending.

Chris Versace | March 22, 2014

In early January, I shared with you my concern about rising beef prices. Well, during the last several weeks, other observers have begun to express the same concern. I’ve seen countless articles echoing what I shared with you.

Peter Schiff | March 22, 2014

The red flags contained in the national and global headlines that have come out thus far in 2014 should have spooked investors and economic forecasters. Instead the markets have barely noticed.

Doug Fabian | March 22, 2014

The big news this week comes directly from the Federal Reserve. As most of us expected, the Fed announced this week that it was tapering its bond-buying program by $10 billion per month, down to asset purchases of just $55 billion per month.

Nicholas Vardy | March 22, 2014

It takes a lot of chutzpah to bet against the greatest investor in history. But much to my own surprise, that's exactly the position I've found myself taking over the past few weeks. Here's how it happened...

Mark Skousen | March 22, 2014

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen recently told Congress the agency won't be able to answer 18 million phone calls this year, nearly 40% of the calls it receives, and that the wait time for those who do get through will be about 25 minutes, up from 10 minutes in 2010.

Ransom Notes Radio | March 22, 2014

Nancy Pelosi called President Barack “I won’t negotiate with Republicans” Obama the most “bipartisan president” in her lifetime… And she wasn’t even having a stroke at the time! Nick Sorrentino, from againstcronycapitalism.org, also joined the program to talk about the unholy alliance between big business, and big government.

Peter Morici | March 22, 2014

What the president and the unions fail to mention is that businesses can’t print money to cover higher wages. They must charge higher prices, slash profit margins and reduce dividend payments to stockholders.

Bill Tatro | March 22, 2014

Each day the Obama woes keep mounting, until one day the pressure is too much to bear. It seems, every year at this time, President Obama reaches his breaking point, much like the little child desiring to stay home from school.

Fri, Mar 21, 2014

Jeff Crouere | March 21, 2014

Everyone knows that most members of the mainstream news media are card carrying liberals; however, even staunch left wingers should have enough integrity to fulfill their responsibilities to the public. Our country has benefited from a vigorous “fourth estate,” but that crucial oversight is sorely lacking today.

John Ransom | March 21, 2014

With an administration like this we ought change their slogan to: “Working so hard, so you don’t have to... because getting you jobs would be kind of hard.”

Mike Shedlock | March 21, 2014

Today, the US imposed more meaningless sanctions on Russia. Of course Russia responded in kind. In Europe, where far more is to be lost than gained from sanctions, bickering amongst suggests no meaningful escalations in sanctions.

Political Calculations | March 21, 2014

What happens when the new Chair of the Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen, tells investors exactly how far forward in time they need to look for setting their expectations in making their investment decisions today?

Night Watch | March 21, 2014

It bears repeating that the Russians were well prepared for this reunification. The speed of execution and smoothness of the military and political operations were such that the major actions were completed before the West could finish deliberations, much less make decisions.

Charles Payne | March 21, 2014

I have done a lot of work on this, and the market will dip when the Fed begins to hike rates. However, I do not think it stays down and should be an event, where people are looking to buy weakness and not run for the hills. Don't Jump!

Daniel J. Mitchell | March 21, 2014

I generally get very suspicious when rich people start pontificating on tax policy. People like Warren Buffett, for instance, sometimes advocate higher taxes because they’re trying to curry favor with the political elite. Or maybe they feel compelled to say silly things to demonstrate that they feel guilty about their wealth.

Erick Erickson | March 21, 2014

As the Northern Hemisphere begins its slow tilt toward the sun, American Protestants will start giving their churches money to send their children away. These spring break and summer excursions will most often be to tropical places or a few remaining snowy places for skiing.

Ransom Notes Radio | March 21, 2014

What is a Democrat to do when they look like they’re falling in the polls? Well, according to the White House, they should just wage a little class warfare… At least that’s what the Obama Administration is telling vulnerable Democrats, according to advisor Dan Pfeiffer.

Thu, Mar 20, 2014

Roger Schlesinger | March 20, 2014

For those who either don't watch tennis, ping pong or the Federal Reserve in action, you can look at their mandate as a racket type game. One side of the court is inflation and the other side is recession.

Michael Schaus | March 20, 2014

America’s space agency is now promoting the adaptation of Soviet style economics. Apparently the dream of reaching the stars includes a hammer and sickle… Who knew? A recent NASA study was used to promote wealth redistribution, population control, and energy consumption quotas.

John Ransom | March 20, 2014

Obama was bestowed the presidency not because of the ascendancy of his ideas, but because of ascendancy of his race. And his race is political device, not a moral one.

Mike Shedlock | March 20, 2014

Adair Turner, former Chairman of the United Kingdom’s Financial Services Authority, and current member of the UK’s Financial Policy Committee and the House of Lords proposes a need to Rethink the Monetization Taboo.

Charles Payne | March 20, 2014

The shocking headline from Employee Benefit Research Institute (ebri.org) probably didn't make any headlines in Main Street newspapers, and didn't trend anywhere, but it's hard to think of any more damming news than 36% of workers only have $1,000 or less saved up for retirement.

Daniel J. Mitchell | March 20, 2014

It's almost like the American dream... Unfortunately, the EPA’s pinhead bureaucrats see opportunities for pointless and destructive intervention.

Bob Goldman | March 20, 2014

What you've got here is a mush-minded softball of a column that would not tax the mental acuity of a gnat. And that's why you're going to love it!

Judge Andrew Napolitano | March 20, 2014

Initially, I was gratified to learn that Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, was unafraid to take on the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) over the issue of domestic spying.

Ransom Notes Radio | March 20, 2014

It is looking more and more likely that Republicans have the senate within their grasp for 2014… But don’t worry, they still have plenty of time to implode. Brent Littlefield, from Littlefield consulting, talked with John about the good (and bad) news for Republicans in 2014.

Peter Schiff | March 20, 2014

The main problem that the Fed has been facing over the past few months is that the official unemployment rate has been drifting downward towards 6.5%, the level at which it had previously determined would trigger a shift toward monetary tightening. But the rate has been falling not because people are getting jobs.

Bill Tatro | March 20, 2014

Apparently the good Senator/Ambassador was stunned by the apparent influence he exerted in December on the streets of Kiev when he told the throng (part CIA I am sure) that if the leadership did not link with the EU, people should rise up against the current regime. Be careful what you wish for John.

Wed, Mar 19, 2014

John Ransom | March 19, 2014

While the doomsday date for the final destruction of mankind due to global warming gets pushed back farther and farther, I’m wondering if any of these WeatherNazis actually understand human history.

Mike Shedlock | March 19, 2014

A "goon-squad" group named The Helpful Union Guys (THUG), members of Ironworkers Local 401 set fires, started riots, and took crowbars to the competition in an effort to protect union jobs...

Night Watch | March 19, 2014

The Russian leadership understand that they just got a pass from the West for fragmenting the Ukraine, despite the 1994 Bucharest Memorandum guaranteeing its integrity. Apparently none of the signatories respect that agreement.

Charles Payne | March 19, 2014

Domestically, we are a nation in retreat from core values and ideas. This is what made America great in the first place. Globally, it appears the rest of the world is feeling much better about themselves and a lot less about America.

Jerry Bowyer | March 19, 2014

The life of theologian Michael Novak is among the most storied in Post WWII history. Storied in the literal sense, in that he just has so many fascinating stories to tell. But also storied in that the narrative of his life tells the broader story of a very significant sub-set of the American people, the people who were once called the ‘Reagan Democrats’.

Daniel J. Mitchell | March 19, 2014

The political left obviously hopes that it can score political points by pitching some Americans against others with a campaign based on income inequality and class warfare taxation. Is there any merit to this approach? Are the less fortunate suffering because some are succeeding?

Dr. Ben Carson | March 19, 2014

When I was in high school in Detroit, there was a great deal of emphasis on clothing. As I became increasingly interested in fitting in with the "in crowd," fashion supplanted academic achievement in my hierarchy of importance. My grades plummeted, and I became a person who was less pleasant and more self-absorbed.

Ransom Notes Radio | March 19, 2014

Here’s a jobs plan: Maybe we could hire some people to develop a foreign policy for President Obama. Government Data continues to cover-up the abysmal performance of Obama’s “recovery”. John spoke with economist Mark Skousen about government rigging economic data.

Tue, Mar 18, 2014

Michael Schaus | March 18, 2014

I think it’s pretty obvious that some high-level Chicago voting officials have defected to the Crimea peninsula. Maybe OFA organizers helped to bus Russians into the area before the votes took place. It could even be possible that Putin, Crimea, and their puppet government called up Rahm Emmanuel for personal tips.

John Ransom | March 18, 2014

Obama's right. No new cold war. Any war that produces a half-life that lasts into the tens of thousands of days is decidedly not a cold one.

Mike Shedlock | March 18, 2014

Rising productivity by definition means more goods produced with fewer people. What does basic economics tell us about an increase of goods with constant demand? The answer of course is prices should fall. But did they? Nope.

Night Watch | March 18, 2014

President Putin said the Crimeans have expressed their will and exercised their right of self-determination in accordance with international law. He also indicated that Russia would begin actions immediately to accept Crimea into the Russian Federation.

Charles Payne | March 18, 2014

I should remind everyone of the Russian Revolution in our very midst, and how it might play out in the coming years. In the aftermath of the October Revolution, Vladimir Lenin discovered that it was a lot easier to talk about a command economy, then to implement one.

Daniel J. Mitchell | March 18, 2014

No wonder the burden of government spending so enormous, and tax rates are so high, in Denmark that I often tell birthers they should accuse Obama of being Danish.

Peter Morici | March 18, 2014

To avoid an eventual choice between feeding Russia’s appetite for lost empire and a hot war, European and U.S. leaders must embrace expensive and politically tough economic and defense choices.

Ralph Benko | March 18, 2014

The big politicos are, for now, overlooking the most interesting, and potentially most transformational, race of 2014: that for the seat now occupied by Senator Cory Booker.

Bill Tatro | March 18, 2014

If Miley Cyrus’s songwriting can be considered part of our Gross Domestic Product why can’t a factory in Beijing be considered a part of our manufacturing process. (Did you notice the word process?) Apparently, according to the Obama gang, it can. A manufacturing event doesn’t actually have to have occurred here to be counted.

Ransom Notes Radio | March 18, 2014

If it feels like most labor unions are run by extorting, corrupted, and border-line criminal thugs… Well, that’s because they are. Dave Bego (a guy that went head to head with one of the most powerful labor unions in America) joined the program to talk about the increasingly desperate actions of organized labor.

Mon, Mar 17, 2014

John Ransom | March 17, 2014

Taxpayers shouldn’t have to bailout union bad behavior again, just because they bought the Democrats with cash, credit and corruption

Mike Shedlock | March 17, 2014

The US senate's head-warmonger, John McCain said Obama is giving “serious consideration” to sending military aid to Ukraine.

Shawn Mitchell | March 17, 2014

This guttersnipe of a politician still leads the US Senate and still makes news. And the lapdogs lap up his bile.

Political Calculations | March 17, 2014

So we don't think the Great Recession is over quite yet for America's Age 25 and older population.

Nick Sorrentino | March 17, 2014

It is probably safe to say that government workers are nowhere near as efficient as private sector workers.

Hunter Lewis | March 17, 2014

It will still be the Obama Fed long after this president has gone.

Mark Baisley | March 17, 2014

The one flaw in the hijackers’ planning that likely foiled everything was an understanding of fuel consumption.

Marita Noon | March 17, 2014

I expected that they’d try to spring something on me and make me look foolish.

Daniel J. Mitchell | March 17, 2014

The real moral of the story is that Ukraine needs economic liberty. It doesn’t have that now, and it almost surely won’t have that if it falls more under Putin’s influence.

Sun, Mar 16, 2014

John Ransom | March 16, 2014

Obama should just date Putin and get it over with. There's nothing quite as dangerous as someone who won't just admit that she's in love.

Michael Schaus | March 16, 2014

Lawrence Torcello wrote an essay suggesting that scientists who fail to fall in line with global warming alarmists should be charged with criminal negligence, and possibly even be thrown in jail. Nothing screams academic freedom like a little intellectual Fascism

Mike Shedlock | March 16, 2014

President Obama promised "change you can believe in". As Wedler shows, people believed but there was no change.

Political Calculations | March 16, 2014

For utility consumers, wind energy is only capable of delivering somewhere between one-fifth to less than one-third of its promise. And even then, it doesn't deliver what it produces when it's really needed.

Political Calculations | March 16, 2014

For utility consumers, wind energy is only capable of delivering somewhere between one-fifth to less than one-third of its promise. And even then, it doesn't deliver what it produces when it's really needed.

Daniel J. Mitchell | March 16, 2014

By the way, Krugman also said the 9-11 terrorist attacks would “do some economic good.” So the folks at The Onion need to step it up if they want to keep pac

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