• Russia’s Putin Is Erecting Economic Barriers with the West

    Russia’s President Vladimir Putin brazenly used his Dec. 4 speech to his nation’s parliament and government ministers to blame the West for the fallout from his choices to intervene militarily against neighboring Ukraine, to precipitate a humanitarian crisis in Crimea and to clash with his nation’s trade partners.

  • Will President Obama’s Immigration Policy Hurt America’s Unemployed?

    President Barack Obama tried to put a positive spin on his decision to issue an executive order to give several million illegal aliens clemency but his move also may have an unintended consequence of creating heightened job competition for America’s unemployed.

  • Government Thinks You’re Stupid

    MIT Economics Professor Jonathan Gruber has been called the “architect” of ObamaCare for his role in helping create the program.

  • U.S. Economic Activity Jumps Sharply in Second Quarter 2014

    Gross Output (GO), a broadened measure of U.S. economic activity, advanced to nearly $30.9 trillion in the second quarter of 2014, a 4.8% annualized jump in real terms, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) reported today.

  • Election Results Tee up Opportunity for President Obama

    The 2014 mid-term election results that gave Republicans control of both houses of Congress also position President Barack Obama to pursue a number of objectives that that may not have been possible if Democrats had retained their majority in the Senate.

  • Historic Navy-Notre Dame Football Rivalry Survives Conference Realignment

    Navy’s Athletic Director Chet Gladchuk seems to have been prescient when he struck an agreement with his then-counterpart Kevin White years ago to keep the academy’s football rivalry with Notre Dame intact through the 2026 season to guarantee the schools will play each other for 100 consecutive seasons.

  • Is Bill to Tax Online Purchases Fair or Foul?

    Revenue-seeking local officials who favor the passage of legislation to tax online purchases are running short of time for Congress to enact such a law before it adjourns in December.

  • Maligned Rust-Belt City Shows Economic Life with Pharmaceutical IPO

    Flint’s Diplomat Pharmacy (NYSE: DPLO) gained the spotlight when it completed a successful public stock offering (IPO) on Oct. 10 to raise funds to expand its operations, despite its home base in a place that naysayers have characterized as something akin to a hell hole.

  • ISIS Terrorists Devastate Economies and Communities with Religious Persecution

    The barbaric reign of murder, violent religious persecution and other brutality waged by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorists has caused tens of thousands of refugees to flee for their lives and gutted economic activity in the region.

  • Dissent for Obama’s Middle East Policies Grows as Presidential Campaign Looms

    The approaching 2016 presidential election appears to be spurring former members of President Barack Obama’s cabinet to go public with their opposition to his Middle Eastern policies that allowed terrorist organizations to gain control of large sections of Iraq and Syria.

  • Fed’s Move to End Stimulus Aids Market Stability

    The Federal Reserve Bank’s recent announcement that it is on the verge of ending its unprecedented and controversial monetary stimulus program seemed to reassure investors and let the Dow Jones Industrial Average eke out mild gains each day during the past week.

  • Push Back against Putin’s Preposterous Policies

    World and corporate leaders should look for alternative business partners to minimize the fallout from trade barriers that Russia’s President Vladimir Putin may erect against countries that impose trade sanctions against his nation in response to his sending Russian fighters into neighboring Ukraine.

  • Lack of Gold Standard Hurts U.S. Economic Growth, Forbes Says

    The absence of a gold standard in the United States is hindering economic growth and leading to ill-fated monetary policies, former Republican presidential candidate Steve Forbes told more than 1,000 attendees during his FreedomFest keynote address.

  • Government Handouts Turn Recipients into ‘Addicts,’ Former VP Candidate Says

    LAS VEGAS–The government’s spending programs are keeping the people who receive the help “addicted” to aid, said Wayne Allyn Root, author of the new book, “The Murder of the Middle Class.”

  • Investment Bears Warn of Fed Policy Fallout

    LAS VEGAS–Easy-money Fed policies should steer investors away from equities and the U.S. dollar and toward buying the euro, the British pound sterling and gold, money manager Alex Merk told attendees at FreedomFest here.

  • Trademark Office and Sen. Reid Pressure Football Team Owner Again

    The split, 2-1, decision by unelected trademark board members shows the increasingly heavy hand that politics is playing in the activities of the private sector, since the ruling followed recent public calls for a name change from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

  • What Does Europe’s Adoption of Negative Interest Rates Mean for America?

    The European Central Bank’s (ECB) recent move to adopt what is described as “negative interest rates” to guard against deflation should lift stock prices, spur businesses to invest and help to aid lagging economic growth on the continent.

  • Negative Interest Rates: Warning, Your Bank Account is Under Attack

    The goal of this negative interest rate policy is to try to financially engineer the decisions of banks to lend out money to business and households.

  • Will Zuckerberg’s $120 Million Donation to San Francisco Public Schools Produce Results?

    A $120 million charitable donation by Facebook President and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Pricilla Chan, M.D., to provide fresh funding to aid the San Francisco Bay area’s public schools is worth lauding but let’s hope that the generosity will produce the desired results of improving education.

  • Private Sector Investment of $100 Million Trumps Taxpayer-Funded Bailouts

    J.P. Morgan Chase’s (NYSE: JPM) announcement that it will invest $100 million in Detroit during the next five years exemplifies the critical importance of private sector involvement in spurring an economic renaissance.