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  • Both at Home and Abroad, Obama's Presidency is Floundering

    04/19/2014 5:48:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 19, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON -- Barack Obama is getting a number of critical report cards on his foreign and domestic policies lately. Here at home, Janet Yellen, in her first monetary policy address as the head of the Federal Reserve Board, said the labor markets were still weak, and that it will likely take two years or more before the U.S. fully recovers from its recession. Ouch. If Yellen's forecast proves right, this means it will have taken Obama's administration nearly eight years to lift our economy out of its long and painful lethargy. She expressed grave concern that the economy's 6.7 percent...
  • 21st-Century Politics: A Minus-Sum Game Where Everybody Loses

    02/28/2014 6:53:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 28, 2014 | Scott Rasmussen
    "A simple recipe for violence: promise a lot, deliver a little. Lead people to believe they will be much better off, but let there be no dramatic improvement." The brilliant political scientist Aaron Wildavsky wrote these words in 1968 while America was engulfed in race riots and anti-war protests. Sadly, his words from long ago eerily describe the politics of 21st-century America. President Barack Obama and his recent predecessors have been good about promising a lot but delivering little. The current crusade to raise the minimum wage is a perfect example. Regardless of whether or not it makes sense, the...
  • The Unsurprising Success of Subsidy

    02/16/2014 12:37:26 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 16, 2014 | Paul Jacob
    “Moving on from unfulfilling jobs, thanks to health-care law,” was the gleeful headline across the story spoon-fed to the Washington Post by Families USA, a pro-Obamacare group that maintains a “database of people who have benefitted” from the so-called Affordable Care Act. No doubt, that’s a pretty easy list to maintain. One person on the list is Polly Lower of Bourbon, Indiana. She quit her job and says, “It was wonderful.” Lower didn’t want the job anymore, because she went from “doing payroll, which she liked, to working on her boss’s schedule, which she loathed.” Oh, the humanity! Take this...
  • Five Years Later: How's that Wreckovery Working Out?

    02/14/2014 4:33:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 14, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    On Feb. 17, 2009, President Obama promised the sun and the moon and the stars. That was the day, five years ago, when he signed the $800 billion "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act." President Modesty called it "the most sweeping economic recovery package in our history." He promised "unprecedented transparency and accountability." He claimed the spending would lift "two million Americans from poverty." Ready for the reality smackdown? The actual cost of the $800 billion pork-laden stimulus has ballooned to nearly $2 trillion. At the time of the law's signing, the unemployment rate hovered near 8 percent. Obama's egghead economists...
  • Obama's Deceitful Blame-Shifting Game

    01/24/2014 6:32:25 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 24, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    Throughout his economically-troubled presidency, Barack Obama's governing strategy has been one of political distraction: Blaming his failures on others in an attempt to convince enough Americans that he's not at all responsible for an underperforming, jobless economy. His latest, duplicitous shell game is to raise the issue of income inequality, which he blames on heartless business people and Republican lawmakers who refuse to buy into his dubious, job-killing plan to raise the nation's minimum wage and enact a bundle of new big-spending programs to help the unemployed. He's trying to shift our attention from the real reasons behind the growing...
  • Obama's State of the Onion Smells

    01/22/2014 6:43:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 22, 2014 | John Ransom
    Let’s never forget: Millions of Americans who work hard and play by the rules every day deserve a government and a financial system that does the same. It’s time to apply the same rules from top to bottom: no bailouts, no handouts, and no cop-outs. An America built to last insists on responsibility from everybody. Except for me. - Paraphrase from president Obama’s 2012 State of the Union Prepare ye the way for Obama's next State of the Onion speech. By pulling out a TV guide. Radio host Mark Levin has called on the GOP to boycott the State of...
  • Pursuing Economic “Fairness” Without Understanding Economics

    01/20/2014 10:47:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 19, 2014 | Austin Hill
    “I just want what is fair for everybody…” If I’ve heard that line once, I’ve heard it hundreds of times on those occasions when I end up discussing business, economic, and public policy issues with members of the clergy. With the uptick in minimum wage worker strikes over the past few months (we saw another “round” of them at Wal-Mart stores this past week), I’ve had these conversations quite frequently. What is striking to me is that the starting point for many of these Pastors, Priests and Rabbi’s is to say that they are standing up for “workers’ rights.” But...
  • Our Clueless President

    01/16/2014 6:27:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 16, 2014 | Michael Reagan
    Let me get this straight. For five years Barack Obama has been president. For five years he’s demonstrated -- with amazing consistency -- that he has no clue what we need to get out of the ditch and back on the road to real economic recovery. He’s repeatedly demonstrated that he can’t work with a divided Congress and he can’t, or just plain won’t, lean on Harry Reid to allow the Senate to vote on the stack of jobs bills that has been sent over by the House. The president clearly has learned nothing on the job. And now our...
  • Website, Schmebsite, Keep Your Eyes on the Big Ball

    12/03/2013 4:23:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 3, 2013 | David limbaugh
    I'm not sure which the Obama administration is better at, deceiving the American people into accepting its initial policy changes or conning them into accepting, after the fact, the lowering of expectations for these failed policies. Just look at this president's miserable track record on both counts. His administration predicted his exorbitant stimulus package would create boatloads of "shovel-ready" jobs (not to mention reduce unemployment), but it didn't even come close. In response, Obama insisted the economic circumstances he inherited were far worse than he had imagined. He also cynically joked away his promise to generate shovel-ready jobs -- as...
  • Racial Trade-offs: Part II

    10/16/2013 4:32:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 16, 2013 | Walter E. Williams
    Last week's column discussed the political trade-offs made by black politicians and civil rights organizations that condemn whole generations of black youngsters to failing schools (http://tinyurl.com/6mmlsf). Similar political trade-offs in labor markets condemn many blacks, particularly black youths, to high rates of unemployment and reduced economic opportunities. Let's look at this, starting with a few historical facts. Today white teen unemployment is about 20 percent, while that for blacks is about 40 percent and more than 50 percent in some cities. In 1948, the unemployment rate of black 16-year-old and 17-year-old males was 9.4 percent, while that of whites was...
  • The Late, Great Middle Class

    09/26/2013 4:12:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 26, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The American middle class, like the American economy in general, is ailing. Labor-force participation has hit a 35-year low. Median household income is lower than it was five years ago. Only the top 5 percent of households have seen their incomes rise under President Obama. Commuters are paying more than twice as much for gas as they were in 2008. Federal payouts for food stamps, unemployment insurance and disability insurance have reached unprecedented levels. Meanwhile, the country is still running near-record budget deficits and is burdened by $17 trillion in aggregate debt. Yet the stock market is soaring. How can...
  • Oblivious: Washington DC Ignoring The Biggest Economic Transformation Of Our Lifetimes

    09/22/2013 3:55:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 22, 2013 | Austin Hill
    The jobs report looks good. The jobs report wasn’t as bad as anticipated. There are fewer people working, but that’s okay - the unemployment rate still dropped last month. Are you fed up with the U.S. federal government’s “spin” and constant efforts to convince you that the labor market isn’t as bad as it seems? At the beginning of each month, the U.S. Department of Labor tabulates the number of employment positions that were created the month before. Journalists and pundits are always eager to publicize what has come to be loosely known as the “jobs report,” with headlines that...
  • Obama Still Preaching the Politics of Victimization

    08/30/2013 1:43:58 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 30, 2013 | Donald Lambro
    The solitary sign in the middle of the throngs who gathered at the Lincoln Memorial Wednesday raised the salient issue that went largely unmentioned by the speakers at the podium: jobs. In the photograph that ran across the front page of the Washington Post Thursday morning, a black woman held up a large placard that said "We Still Have A Dream: Jobs, Peace, Freedom." That sign spoke volumes about that one issue that still plagues the African-American community whose jobless rates are off the charts. It's especially heart wrenching that a job came first on the list, above peace and...
  • We Need to Restore the Spirit of Capitalism

    07/29/2013 5:07:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 29, 2013 | Star Parker
    President Barack Obama went to Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., this week to rearticulate his vision for the American economy and to reassure the American people that, yes, he knows what he is doing. The president's prodigious political skills are always on display, even in the most challenging circumstances. He can take dismal reality and spin a positive and optimistic picture that will inspire his supporters. And no matter how many facts may contradict the claims of the president's vision, that vision never changes and there never seems a moment when he doubts he is right. The president reminded the...
  • Reporters Tell Obama His Ideas are "Great"?

    07/26/2013 4:42:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 25, 2013 | Heather Ginsberg
    We have all heard about liberal media bias, but this is just over the top. When the president begins looking to reporters for advice and approval of his policies, you know there is a problem! And not only is President Obama flaunting his positive reviews from the media a problem, but the fact that these reporters are giving their opinions seriously calls their professionalism into question. In his speech that lasted over an hour yesterday, President Obama said reporters praise his economic proposals as “great and tell him that they are “all good ideas”. The speech which droned on for...
  • Killing the Golden Goose

    07/21/2013 12:46:44 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 21, 2013 | Rich Tucker
    Whether or not you shop at Wal-Mart, you’ve already benefitted from the mega-retailer’s ceaseless efforts to cut prices. A 2005 study found that the nationwide expansion of the store had driven down everyone’s cost for food-at-home, commodities and overall consumer products. Competition among retailers drives down prices for all shoppers. Meanwhile, by one estimate, Wal-Mart saved consumers at its stores a quarter of a trillion dollars in 2006. And that was several dozen price cuts ago. But you need to live near one to benefit directly. And in our nation’s capital, many residents could be denied the opportunity to shop...
  • What Egyptians Need

    07/17/2013 4:43:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 17, 2013 | Walter E. Williams
    What Egyptian citizens must recognize is that political liberty thrives best where there's a large measure of economic liberty. The Egyptian people are not the problem; it's the environment they're forced to live in. Why is it that Egyptians do well in the U.S. but not Egypt? We could make the same observation about Nigerians, Cambodians, Jamaicans and many other people who leave their homeland and immigrate to the U.S. For example, Indians in India suffer great poverty. But that's not true of Indians who immigrate to the U.S. They manage to start more Silicon Valley companies than any other...
  • Drawing Blood: Can Obamacare Be Killed?

    07/05/2013 11:58:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 5, 2013 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - The White House decision to delay the implementation of Obamacare's business mandate for one year sent shock waves through political circles here. The Obama administration tried to cloak its decision in soothing rhetoric about giving small businesses more time to provide health insurance benefits for employees who work more than 30 hours a week that was set to begin next January. "We believe we need to give employers more time to comply with the new rules," Obama's senior White House political fixer Valerie Jarrett wrote in her blog on Tuesday night. "This allows employers time to ...make any...
  • Obama Will Make Blacks Vote Republican

    07/04/2013 8:52:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 116 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 4, 2013 | Larry Elder
    Back in 2008, a black conservative friend, a college professor, said he voted for then-Sen. Barack Obama for president. "Obama," he said, "is post-Jesse Jackson. No more race card. And, with a black president, young blacks will start hitting the books a lot harder. They will see that racism is no barrier to the highest possible achievement." I saw but one possible silver lining. When Obama's tax/spend/regulate policies fail to achieve the expected results, many blacks will do some soul-searching. "I always thought our 'plight' had to do with the President really not caring about us," some black voters will...
  • 20 Signs America is in Decline

    06/29/2013 5:31:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 29, 2013 | John Hawkins
    Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free. -- Ronald Reagan Those who attack American culture and tradition should recall that historically, freedom and prosperity are the aberrations, not servitude and poverty. Our nation's success is not a happy accident or part of...
  • Now Obama Wants Your Pension

    04/28/2013 7:40:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 28, 2013 | Bruce Bialosky
    If you are a regular reader of this column, you know, unfortunately, there is a consistent theme that derives from the Left’s constant attempt to develop new rationale to extract money for the ever-expanding cost of government. President Obama dropped his latest stink bomb on hard working Americans with the release of his delinquent budget. He is coming after your 401 (k). This was a shocking development to us, but apparently this idea has been floating around the “Leftist-sphere.” While researching the proposal we read a column from the Brookings Institute touting the proposal to cap the amount of money...
  • If George W. Bush Were President Today

    04/26/2013 4:28:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 26, 2013 | Mark Davis
    As President Obama joined four ex-presidents for the dedication of a facility honoring his immediate predecessor, comparisons were unavoidable. Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush were teenagers during the depression. The childhoods of Bill Clinton and the honoree, George W. Bush, spanned the 1950s. Generational and political differences jump out from any perusal of these five presidencies. But on a cool, sun-splashed morning in Dallas, there was harmony all around for the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center. But as soon as the kind words of the morning were concluded, I dove back into the messy remains of...
  • Profits! Hating Them When They’re High, And Panicking When They’re Low

    04/21/2013 6:22:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 21, 2013 | Austin Hill
    Breaking news: some of America’s largest corporations have begun to report declining profits. For those that are offended by highly profitable corporations, this should be really great news. But nobody is celebrating. In fact, the sagging profits reports are thought to be such a bad thing that some believe they sent the Dow sliding downward last week, for fear that a global recession has arrived. If profits are such a terrible thing, why aren’t we relieved by their decline? For the record, I have no idea whether or not a recession is eminent. And to the extent that economic activity...
  • America's Founders vs. the IRS

    04/16/2013 9:55:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 15, 2013 | Chuck Norris
    Documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request revealed that agents for the Internal Revenue Service are bypassing warrants and sifting through the email and other electronic communications of American citizens. Those documents disclosed that "agents were told they didn't need a warrant to root through emails, texts or Facebook pages of people (the IRS) is investigating," according to Fox News. Despite the fact that IRS email surveillance is a clear affront to privacy and civil liberties, last week, the IRS categorically stated that it has done nothing wrong. The agency denies countrywide accusations that it is violating the...
  • Can America “Minimum Wage” Itself To Prosperity?

    04/14/2013 4:49:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 14, 2013 | Austin Hill
    What happens when the U.S. Secretary of Labor visits a church in Charlotte? If an incident earlier this month is any indication, faulty political promises and destructive economic policies continue to spread. It took place on April 3rd. Acting U.S. Labor Secretary Seth Harris made an appearance at a Baptist Church in North Carolina’s largest city, along with Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx. He was visiting to promote President Obama’s proposal of elevating the federal minimum wage requirement from the current $7.25 to $9.00 an hour. Harris and Foxx gathered in a large room within a Baptist church building. They sat...
  • Black Leaders Open Fire on Obama Over Unemployment

    03/29/2013 1:06:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 72 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 29, 2013 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - Barack Obama's failed job policies are facing bitter criticism from African-American leaders who say black unemployment has grown worse under his presidency. After four years of holding their tongues and remaining quiet in the face of sharply rising black unemployment and record poverty, political leaders from the Congressional Black Caucus to the NAACP have begun to open fire on the White House. Obama won 96 percent of the black vote in 2008 and about the same percentage in 2012, despite a worsening jobless crisis among African-Americans. At 14 percent for adults and 43.1 percent for 16-to-19-year-old teenagers, blacks...
  • New Census Data Show People Go Where the Money Is

    03/25/2013 9:18:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 25, 2013 | Michael Barone
    What parts of America have been growing during these years of sluggish economic growth? Answers come from comparing the Census Bureau's just-released estimates of metropolitan area populations in July 2012 with the results of the Census conducted in 2010. The focus here is on the 51 metro areas with populations of more than 1 million where 55 percent of Americans live, most of them of course not in central cities but in suburbs and exurbs. Two growth champs stick out -- Austin and Raleigh. A half-century ago, neither of them amounted to much. The counties now in metro Austin had...
  • Republicans Must Have Vision to Help All Americans

    03/12/2013 11:35:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 12, 2013 | Rick Santorum
    Republicans don't care. Or at least that's the perception of us. President Barack Obama's convincing re-election in November despite a climate of high unemployment, stagnant economic growth and waning American influence around the globe has caused a great deal of soul-searching for the Republican Party. One of the conclusions some of us have come to is that our problem is not the message or the messengers but our own detachment from the needs of struggling working families and our lack of vision and policies that address them. I was struck reading a recent article in which our presidential nominee, after...
  • Rep. Ryan, Please Follow Rand Paul's PR Model

    03/12/2013 5:35:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 12, 2013 | David Limbaugh
    There are three major factors that stand in the way of entitlement reform and the other responsible budgetary measures that must be taken to avert an eventual national financial catastrophe, and they have a common source. The first is that too many American people remain, amazingly, in the fog about the scope of the problem. The second is that a certain political ideology refuses to substitute a designated driver for the intoxicated entitlement state, which is driving the American bankruptcy bus. The third is that the leader of this noxious ideology has a further conflict of interest precluding a solution...
  • Behind All the Hullabaloo, the Secret About Those Budget Cuts

    03/07/2013 11:08:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 7, 2013 | Paul Greenberg
    There's a secret lurking behind all that weeping and wailing over those across-the-board cuts in federal spending now going into effect -- and beginning to filter through the economy: They're working. The emphasis in the news continues to be on the economic repercussions of Washington's meat-ax approach to reining in the federal debt. "But lost in the talk of Washington's dysfunction," to quote a story from the New York Times over the weekend, "is this fact: On paper at least, President Barack Obama and Congress have reduced projected deficits by nearly $4 trillion over a decade -- the widely embraced...
  • MoveOn.org Moves In Wrong Direction

    03/07/2013 6:23:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 7, 2013 | Bob Barr
    Sequester cuts had barely gone into effect last week when the uber-liberal MoveOn.org started shrilly whining that conservative barbarians were destroying the country. “Tea Party and austerity-obsessed billionaires have finally gone too far,” screamed the organization that was launched in 1998 with heavy-duty financial support from one of the Left’s own billionaires -- George Soros. The group electronically wailed that “Tea Parties” in cahoots with “billionaires,” were holding “kids” and “poor families” politically hostage in the battle over government spending. In a sense, MoveOn.org is correct. There definitely are “hostages” being held captive in the very real debt crisis in...
  • Mandated Wages and Discrimination

    03/06/2013 4:47:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 6, 2013 | Walter E. Williams
    Let's work through an example. Suppose 100 yards of fence could be built using one of two techniques. You could hire three low-skilled workers for $15 each, or you could hire one high-skilled worker for $40. Either way, you get the same 100 yards of fence built. If you sought maximum profits, which production technique would you employ? I'm guessing that you'd hire one high-skilled worker and pay him $40 rather than hire three low-skilled workers for $15 each. Your labor costs would be $40 rather than $45. Suppose the high-skilled worker came into your office and demanded $55 a...
  • False Prophets and the End of the World

    03/02/2013 8:30:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 2, 2013 | Krista Kafer
    Remember back in 2011 when radio broadcaster and end-of-the-world prognosticator Harold Camping predicted the world’s end on October 21 yet the day passed with nary a sign of Armageddon? Last year, the ancient Mayans and a few North American self-proclaimed prophets like Warren Jeffs had various dates in December pegged for the end. Imagine the surprise of their true believers when the sun came up the next day. Did they feel relief? Disappointment? Skepticism (somewhat overdue) toward their leaders? Some no doubt have left the cult while others wait in trepidation for their prophet to predict a new date of...
  • The Pentagon Budget as Political Football

    03/01/2013 10:28:09 AM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | March 1, 2013 | Mark W. Hendrickson
    The Pentagon’s budget occupies center stage in the sequestration drama. Defense spending comprises approximately 18 percent of the 2013 federal budget, but it accounts for 50 percent of federal spending cuts stipulated in the sequestration agreement. Why is there such a disproportionate impact on the defense budget? The primary reason is that neither party has the stomach to address the elephants in the federal budget—the three entitlements (Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid) that together account for 48 percent of FY 2013’s federal expenditures. Is there waste and inefficiency in the Pentagon budget? Of course there is, but this is...
  • Libertarians' Awkward Bedfellows

    02/27/2013 9:28:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 120 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 27, 2013 | John Stossel
    Last week, Conservative pundit Ann Coulter told me and a thousand young libertarians that we libertarians are puss- -- well, she used slang for a female body part. We were in Washington, D.C., at the Students for Liberty conference, taping my TV show, and she didn't like my questions about her opposition to gay marriage and drug legalization. "We're living in a country that is 70 percent socialist," she says. "The government takes 60 percent of your money. They take care of your health care, your pensions ... who you can hire ... and you (libertarians) want to suck up...
  • Why Do Democrats Hate American Manufacturers?

    02/22/2013 5:07:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 22, 2013 | Michelle Malkin
    Here's the latest example of head-splitting cognitive dissonance in Washington: President Obama used his State of the Union address to crusade for a revitalized U.S. manufacturing sector. But while he pays lip service to supporting businesses that build their products on American soil, Obama and his left-wing operatives are hell-bent on driving a key sector of the U.S. manufacturing industry six feet under: the American firearms and ammunition industry. The White House is pushing new government spending to "spur economic growth," protect manufacturing plants and "create good-paying jobs" to help America's middle class. Yet across the country, with aggressive...
  • Does Obama Hate the Poor?

    02/18/2013 10:08:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 18, 2013 | Dan Holler
    Of course President Obama does not hate poor people, nor does the most avid tea partier. Few (if any) policies are intended to harm the poor; in fact, most policies are intended help the poor. Unfortunately, good intentions do not always equal good results; such is the case with minimum wage. Obama claims simply raising the federal minimum wage to $9 per hour “could mean the difference between groceries or the food bank, rent or eviction, scraping by or finally getting ahead.” It’s not that simple, though. “In the real world, setting a floor under the price of labor creates...
  • Nothing New in the State of the Union

    02/15/2013 12:00:17 PM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 15. 2013 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON -- President Obama's second term wish-list -- his ideas for jump-starting the job-starved economy -- looked a lot like his warmed-over, half-baked proposals of the past. With rare exceptions, Obama's fifth State of the Union address was a costly laundry list of more big government programs aimed at his party's political base. More job-training programs? There are 47 different federal job-training programs right now, costing $18 billion a year, according to the General Accountability Office. And 51 other programs offer job-training assistance. With the unemployment rate rising last month to nearly 8 percent and likely heading higher, and economic...
  • Liberal Media: Obama's Front Line

    02/15/2013 4:38:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 15, 2013 | David Limbaugh
    It seems the liberal media are more concerned about Sen. Marco Rubio's midspeech sip of water than about President Obama's State of the Union commitment to double down on his disastrous policies. What will it take for once-reasonable people to become alarmed at the state of this nation's fiscal condition, its stagnant economy and its egregious unemployment? Is there no number of irresponsible liberal policies from an extremist liberal president that will exceed their willingness to tolerate? Do liberal media -- and rank-and-file Democrats, for that matter -- believe that this recklessness can go on forever? Knowing President Obama's capacity...
  • Obama’s Imbalance

    02/13/2013 8:16:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 12, 2013 | Tim Phillips
    “We need a balanced approach.” How many times have you heard that poll-tested line from Obama? Unfortunately, the President’s rhetoric doesn’t match his actions. Only four weeks after raising taxes on the majority of Americans, the President wants to raise taxes again. Predictably, his definition of balance means more taxes right now in exchange for soaring rhetoric about cutting spending that is backed only by accounting gimmicks and broken promises. No issue is a greater threat to our economic prosperity than government overspending – a lopsided imbalance that has led to over $146,000 in debt per American taxpayer. In the...
  • A Real State of the Union

    02/13/2013 6:29:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 13, 2013 | John Stossel
    We've heard another State of the Union speech, and my president said grand things like: "Think about ... a future where we're in control of our own energy ... I will not cede the wind or solar or battery industry to China ... I will not back down from protecting our kids from mercury poisoning ..." Actually, he said that in 2012. I write before this year's speech, but he says basically the same thing every year: With more spending, government can fix everything. But I have this dream -- one where my president walks to the podium, and he...
  • State of the Union Cheat Sheet

    02/12/2013 9:42:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 12 2013 | Mona Charen
    I haven't been able to pilfer an advance copy of the president's State of the Union address, but I hereby offer some guesses as to what he'll say tonight. The president will assert, against the evidence, that the state of our union is strong. He will boast that during his first term, we averted another great depression, achieved history-making reforms of health care and banking, saved the auto industry and began to conclude two wars. He will caution though, that we face great challenges. Obama will acknowledge that our economy is not as vibrant as it could be and will...
  • America’s Schizophrenia Over “Moral” Business

    02/04/2013 7:04:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 4, 2013 | Laura Hollis
    American society’s schizophrenic attitudes about business could be the subject of a book. (Perhaps multiple volumes.) For example, in the months leading up to the 2012 presidential election, we heard constantly about the need to create jobs and bring down unemployment. And yet, media coverage and Hollywood depictions of business only reinforce the popular fiction that business owners are little more than greedy exploitative bloodsuckers (whose enterprises apparently exist for the sole purpose of being gouged for taxes to be spent by profligate lawmakers with no sense of their own fiscal responsibility). Regrettably, this is typical. But our culture’s conflict...
  • How College is Harming American Entrepreneurship:

    02/03/2013 8:45:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 3, 2013 | Charlie Kirk
    When I was in grade school, I remember going to birthday parties at the local bowling alley. Before the games would begin, the workers would install bumpers inside the gutters in order to prevent gutter balls and avoid "failure." When I was growing up, it was common for sports teams to award trophies to all the players so no little kid would have his or her feelings hurt at the end of the season. Today, there are school districts which no longer give out "F'" grades, and hundreds of high schools have removed class ranks so that my generation...
  • Rethinking Innovation

    02/01/2013 8:41:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 1, 2013 | Rich Tucker
    Some people say they do their best thinking while in the bathroom. But The Economist recently took that notion one step further, photo shopping Rodin’s The Thinker on top of a toilet and asking, “Will we ever invent anything this useful again?” Perhaps not. “The unsung hero of human history was, of course, the Brain of Drains, the Hub of Tubs, the Power of Showers, the Brewer of Sewers,” author W. Hodding Carter writes. “The humble plumber.” And it’s true. Indoor plumbing has helped humankind prevent communicable disease and thus saved countless lives. The 21st century isn’t promising such life-changing...
  • Lessons From the Ancient Mayans

    01/31/2013 7:32:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 31, 2013 | Emmett Tyrrell
    Guatemala -- Where is that, you ask? Generally this column comes to you from Washington, D.C. or New York City. Occasionally it comes from London or Paris. Today it carries the dateline of a seaport in Guatemala, and if it were written a day ago or two days hence it would carry the dateline of Belize. It is freezing up north. The inclement weather has driven me to tropical parts. Global warming sounds more and more agreeable to me and, frankly, if you have your wits about you, to you, too. The frozen remains of palm trees have supposedly...
  • 60 Minutes Missed Opportunity

    01/31/2013 4:38:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall,com ^ | January 31, 2013 | Cal Thomas
    In the days of the late Mike Wallace, "60 Minutes" was known for hard-hitting, aggressive journalism that asked the questions viewers wanted answered and held the powerful accountable. The Jan. 27 program on which Steve Kroft interviewed President Obama (at his request, no less) and outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton fell far short of that high standard. It was the kind of softball toss you might have expected if Oprah Winfrey or Barbara Walters had conducted the interview. The president said of Clinton, "...a lot of the successes we've had internationally have been because of her hard work." Kroft...
  • Wimping Out

    01/31/2013 12:11:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 31, 2012 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    The New York Times mobile app sent me a breaking news update Wednesday morning: "U.S. Economy Unexpectedly Contracted in Fourth Quarter." Based on high government third-quarter spending and government policies and politics occurring during the fourth quarter, the slowdown should come as no surprise. The third quarter final gross domestic product growth was 3.1 percent. That relatively high number (compared to full year 2011 at 2 percent) was driven primarily by an increase in inventories and an increase in government spending. While the growth number was hailed by many as a reason to cheer, it had to have been...
  • Oprah Hosts Obama's Mia Culpa 2020

    01/27/2013 11:28:31 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 28, 2012 | Terry Paulson
    Imagine a day President Obama enters Oprah Winfrey's public confessional: Oprah: As you know Mr. President, I was one of your supporters. This is a difficult interview for me. Americans have many questions. Let's begin by going back to the start of your second term. It was a time of partisan division--the fiscal cliff and the debt limit fights. The economic recovery was anemic at best. Your calls for unity in confronting those challenges were fervent. You talked about a "balanced" budgeting approach but, as we came to see, your "balanced" cuts weren't cuts at all. When the unfunded off-budget...
  • Desperately Trying to Derail Canadian Oil Sands

    01/26/2013 6:58:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2013 | Paul Driessen
    Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman has approved his state’s portion of the Keystone XL pipeline, explaining that its revised route avoids areas that critics had earlier claimed were environmentally sensitive. The Alberta-to-Texas pipeline would create more than 5,500 Nebraska jobs during its construction period and support 1,000 permanent jobs through 2030. During the project’s lifetime, KXL would generate $950 million in labor income, $130 million in property, sales and other state and local taxes, and $679 million for the state’s gross domestic product, by bringing Canadian oil sands petroleum to Texas refineries.President Obama’s second term agenda, continued viability of Medicare and...