Random Thoughts

By Thomas Sowell - Saturday, December 24, 2011

Random thoughts on the passing scene: Talk show host Dennis Miller said, “I don’t dig polo. It’s like miniature golf meets the Kentucky Derby.” Nothing illustrates the superficiality of our times better than the enthusiasm for electric cars, because they are supposed to greatly reduce air pollution. But the electricity that [...]

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The Obama-mas Choir sings “Home for the Holidays”

By Michelle Malkin - Friday, December 23, 2011

They just don’t know when to quit. Consumed with the singular task of re-electing Barack Obama, progressives across the country will use the holiday season to propagandize their conservative relatives and friends. White House elves are directing the re-education Christmas camp efforts. On Tuesday, the Obama 2012 campaign released an instructional [...]

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Paul Ryan’s Old-Fashioned American Vision

By Larry Kudlow - Friday, December 23, 2011

When you think of Republican Rep. Paul Ryan, terms like earnest, serious and important come to mind. So does the term old-fashioned. Ryan comes from an old-fashioned place, the blue-collar town of Janesville, Wis. He cherishes the old-fashioned values of a faithful family man. He even looks old-fashioned, with his white [...]

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New Ideas or Fidelity to Old Principles?

By Judge Andrew Napolitano - Thursday, December 22, 2011

If you’ve been watching cable television regularly, you’ve heard from many analysts who know Newt Gingrich personally. They either call him the smartest man in the room or they tell us Gingrich believes he’s the smartest man in the room. Gingrich has always been a government ideas man, and whenever he [...]

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Michelle Obama’s Unsavory School Lunch Flop

By Michelle Malkin - Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The road to gastric hell is paved with first lady Michelle Obama’s Nanny State intentions. Don’t take my word for it. School kids in Los Angeles have blown the whistle on the east wing chef-in-chief’s healthy lunch diktats. Get your Pepto Bismol ready. The taste of government waste is indigestion-inducing. According [...]

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Keystone Blue-Collar Blues

By Larry Kudlow - Monday, December 19, 2011

The payroll-tax-cut debate is not really about the payroll tax, which is a very weak-kneed economic stimulant and a lackluster job creator because of its temporary nature. Without permanent incentives at lower tax rates, these rebates don’t do anything for growth and jobs. Instead, the key to understanding the payroll-tax debate [...]

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The Past and the Present

By Thomas Sowell - Monday, December 19, 2011

If Newt Gingrich were being nominated for sainthood, many of us would vote very differently from the way we would vote if he were being nominated for a political office. What the media call Gingrich’s “baggage” concerns largely his personal life and the fact that he made a lot of money [...]

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Nancy Pelosi, Down and Dirty

By Michelle Malkin - Friday, December 16, 2011

As a rueful Queen Elizabeth once said of a particularly rough year for the royal family, 2011 is “not a year on which” Queen Nancy Pelosi “shall look back with undiluted pleasure.” The former House Speaker relinquished her crown — er, gavel — in January. It’s been an epic downhill ski [...]

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The Government as Lawbreaker, Again

By Judge Andrew Napolitano - Thursday, December 15, 2011

Can Congress make legal something that is inherently wrong, and can Congress take a freedom that is a part of our humanity and make its exercise criminal? If there were no First Amendment, would we still have the freedom of speech? The answer, like many in the law, depends on what [...]

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Port Whine: Big Labor’s Occu-Punks

By Michelle Malkin - Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Scruffy progressive protesters locked themselves together across railroad tracks, blocked traffic and shouted profanities at police on Tuesday in a coordinated “West Coast Port Shutdown.” Truckers lost wages. Shippers lost business. This is what the Occupy Wall Street movement calls “victory.” Aging Big Labor bosses toasted one another from the sidelines [...]

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Gridlock to the Rescue?

By Thomas Sowell - Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Washington gridlock may turn out to be the salvation of the Obama administration. Not only does gridlock allow the president to blame Republicans for not solving the financial crisis that his own runaway spending created, the inability to carry out as much government intervention in the economy as when the Democrats [...]

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Holder, Blago, Richardson: Triangle of Sleaze

By Michelle Malkin - Friday, December 9, 2011

It was a rough week for the corruptocracy. White House officials better ho-ho-hold on tight because the sleigh ride isn’t going to get any smoother. On Wednesday, disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, D-Ill., received a 14-year prison sentence for scheming to sell President Barack Obama’s Senate office, along with several other [...]

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Newt the Supply-Side Sizzler

By Larry Kudlow - Friday, December 9, 2011

Say what you will about former Speaker Newt Gingrich. His philosophy, his policy proposals, his track record, his campaign and all the rest. But the one thing you have to acknowledge about Gingrich is that he’s a sizzler. He has a way with words. And he’s as good a communicator as [...]

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What if Freedom Were Temporary?

By Judge Andrew Napolitano - Thursday, December 8, 2011

What if our rights didn’t come from God or from our humanity, but from the government? What if the government really thinks we’re not unique individuals with immortal souls, but just public property? What if we were only entitled to our natural rights if it pleased the government? What if our [...]

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Ixnay on Cordray: Not Another Obama Czar

By Michelle Malkin - Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Wrapping himself in the mantle of Theodore Roosevelt’s “National Greatness” agenda, President Obama urged the nation to stand strong and unite behind … his umpteenth regulatory czar. Nothing symbolizes American strength and vigor more than another unaccountable Washington bureaucrat. If Richard Cordray, the stalled White House nominee to enforce the Dodd-Frank [...]

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Christmas Books

By Thomas Sowell - Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The joys of Christmas do not include coping with crowds at shopping malls or wracking your brains trying to figure out what to get as a gift for someone who already seems to have everything. Books are a way out of both situations. You don’t even have to go to a [...]

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Miley Cyrus, Occupier Poster Girl

By Michelle Malkin - Friday, December 2, 2011

She’s perfect. Miley Cyrus, Hollywood’s perpetually half-dressed wild child with an insatiable appetite for attention, jumped in front of the Occupy Wall Street bandwagon this week. The young Disney mogul unveiled a YouTube anthem hailing the aimless, anti-capitalist protesters. Smells like opportunistic teen queen spirit. Like so much of the warmed-over, [...]

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Stocks Get by With a Little Help From Our Fed

By Larry Kudlow - Thursday, December 1, 2011

It’s often said that help comes to those who help themselves. But Europe can’t seem to help itself. So on Wednesday, the U.S. Fed came to the rescue. And that rescue triggered a global stock market rally, including a near 500-point gain in the United States. Basically, the Fed is making [...]

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Can Congress Steal Your Constitutional Freedoms?

By Judge Andrew Napolitano - Thursday, December 1, 2011

Can the president use the military to arrest anyone he wants, keep that person away from a judge and jury, and lock him up for as long as he wants? In the Senate’s dark and terrifying vision of the Constitution, he can. Congress is supposed to work in public. That requirement [...]

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Obama’s Cloud-Based Transparency

By Michelle Malkin - Wednesday, November 30, 2011

At the dawn of his administration, President Obama opined: “A democracy requires accountability, and accountability requires transparency.” Magical rays of white-hot sunlight emanated from his media-manufactured halo. And then bureaucratically engineered darkness settled over the land. For three years, White House officials have rolled out countless executive orders and initiatives touting [...]

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Lessons of History?

By Thomas Sowell - Tuesday, November 29, 2011

It used to be common for people to urge us to learn “the lessons of history.” But history gets much less attention these days and, if there are any lessons that we are offered, they are more likely to be the lessons from current polls or the lessons of political correctness. [...]

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Gingrich and Immigration

By Thomas Sowell - Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Now that Newt Gingrich has become the latest in a series of Republican front-runners, he is getting the kinds of scrutiny and attacks that have done in other front-runners. One of the issues that have aroused concern among conservative Republicans is that of amnesty for illegal immigrants, especially after Gingrich said [...]

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What if the Constitution No Longer Applied?

By Judge Andrew Napolitano - Thursday, November 24, 2011

What if the whole purpose of the Constitution was to limit the government? What if Congress’ enumerated powers in the Constitution no longer limited Congress, but were actually used as justification to extend Congress’ authority over every realm of human life? What if the president, meant to be an equal to [...]

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Ted Forstmann, R.I.P.

By Larry Kudlow - Thursday, November 24, 2011

With a great feeling of loss and sadness, I want to join with so many others to mourn the passing of Ted Forstmann, the brilliant financier, entrepreneur and free-market capitalist. A Wall Street Journal editorial from Paul Gigot and a column by Charlie Gasparino in the New York Post chronicle Ted’s [...]

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The Search for Marizela: A Thanksgiving Note

By Michelle Malkin - Wednesday, November 23, 2011

On March 5, my 18-year-old cousin disappeared from her University of Washington campus in Seattle. Marizela Perez — 5-foot-5, 110 pounds, short black hair with brown/red highlights and bangs cut into an asymmetrical bob, wearing a dark hooded jacket, jeans and light brown suede boots — was last seen at a [...]

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Failure or Success?

By Thomas Sowell - Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Many people are lamenting the failure of the Congressional “Super Committee” to come up with an agreement on ways to reduce the runaway federal deficits. But you cannot judge success or failure without knowing what the goal was. If you think the goal was to solve the country’s fiscal crisis, then [...]

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Alice in Liberal Land

By Thomas Sowell - Tuesday, November 22, 2011

“Alice in Wonderland” was written by a professor who also wrote a book on symbolic logic. So it is not surprising that Alice encountered not only strange behavior in Wonderland, but also strange and illogical reasoning — of a sort too often found in the real world, and which a logician [...]

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The Accountability Charade

By Michelle Malkin - Friday, November 18, 2011

You can’t spell “accountability” without “A,” “C” and “T.” But in Washington, government officials routinely get away with “taking personal responsibility” by mouthing empty words devoid of action. Heads nod in collective agreement that mistakes were made. But heads never roll. The Obama administration has raised this accountability charade to an [...]

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Congress and Secrecy

By Judge Andrew Napolitano - Thursday, November 17, 2011

You know this story. Congress cannot get its act together, again. It is facing a government shutdown by this Saturday, again. It has retreated to secrecy, again. It seems redundant and ridiculous to say “here we go again,” and yet that’s what’s happening. Congress, which is charged and authorized by the [...]

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A Super Tax Hike Spells Disaster

By Larry Kudlow - Thursday, November 17, 2011

It would be a great tragedy if a super tax hike came out of a supercommittee compromise deal. It would do great harm to the economy — just as much harm as President Obama’s various tax-hike threats. And on the Republican side, a super tax hike would irreparably split the GOP. [...]

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Obama’s Half-Billion-Dollar Crony Drug Deal

By Michelle Malkin - Wednesday, November 16, 2011

What do you get when you mix Democratic fat-cat donations, Big Labor favors, pharmaceutical lobbying and Beltway business as usual? Answer: another toxic half-billion-dollar Barack Obama-approved crony deal. Move over, Solyndra. Here comes Siga-Gate. This latest Chicago-style payoff on your dime involves a dubious smallpox drug backed by a liberal billionaire [...]

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Will Republicans Blow It?

By Thomas Sowell - Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes said that a good catch phrase could stop thinking for 50 years. One of the often-repeated catch phrases of our time — “It’s the economy, stupid!” — has already stopped thinking in some quarters for a couple of decades. There is no question that the state of [...]

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