Little Girls Tangle With the Man Over Lemonade Stand

Hard work and entrepreneurial industriousness are the key to success in America. Unfortunately, they’re also the key to harassment by police and bureaucrats, and possibly a citation with a fine. That’s what two young ladies learned in Overton, Texas, when they thought to enter the competitive world of concession operations by selling generously sized cups of lemonade for 50 cents and bags of homemade kettle corn for $1. The Green Girls Lemonade Stand, as their sign says, no doubt was a Read more […]

Magic Numbers Show Unemployment Down to 6.7 Percent

Unemployment is down to 6.7 percent. Obama’s policies have finally broken the 7 percent barrier. Whoo-hoo. Right? No doubt that number will lead many news reports today now that the Bureau of Labor Statistics has released the jobs figures for December. And don’t be surprised when the White House and Democratic leaders trumpet this as a great success and vindication for the error of their Keynesian ways. As this is written, the gears are rattling and the smoke is pouring out of the Talking Read more […]

Mayhem Marks Black Friday — Again

Abandoning hearth and home, thousands of people across the country ran to heed the annual call of Black Friday. Just one day, or even less, after Americans gave thanks for all they have, hordes of shoppers looking for a bargain walked over each other for the first major holiday sales of the year. In their wake, they left chaos. Not just anticipated crowds and disappointed bargain hunters who couldn’t get to the TVs, computers or other objects of their attention. The Black Friday crowds this Read more […]

GOP Run States Best for Business Economic Competitiveness

When I was growing up, my dad always told me that the Republican Party was for the rich people and the Democratic Party was for the working people.  As I became old enough to vote (the year I turned 21 was the year they lowered the voting age to 19), I saw the two parties differently than my dad.  I saw the Republican Party as the Party for business and economic growth and the Democratic Party was all about unions and stopping companies from being successful. Forty years later, I am more certain Read more […]

Facebook is Getting Old

Facebook is losing face. Or so it seems among its younger users. An official statement released last month, admitted that “some of our users, particularly our younger users, are aware of and actively engaging with other products and services similar to, or as a substitute for, Facebook.” While this may not sound incredibly alarming, the statement continues: In the event that our users increasingly engage with other products and services, we may experience a decline in user engagement and our Read more […]

Obama’s SOTU: Same Old Lies, Plus Now He’s Kennedy

One thing about President Obama, he’s a living testimony to the importance of role models in a little boy’s fantasy life. For most of the past year, Obama and his handlers have been comparing him to Abraham Lincoln, but as a young man’s fancies are apt to do, Obama’s aspirations have apparently moved on and he now imagines himself one day being John Kennedy. Leading off his State of the Union address by paraphrasing Kennedy that “the Constitution makes us not rivals for power but partners for Read more […]

Obamacare: It’s an Act All Right, But It Ain’t Affordable

Every effort to stop President Obama’s omnibus health care power grab has failed, now Americans are going to start paying the price. As has been the case throughout the Affordable Health Care Act fiasco, it’s still hard to nail down a straight answer from the government about how much this exercise in socialist medicine will really cost, but the IRS has begun the process of implementing the largest tax increase in history into the annual tax burden. Current estimates for the tax (which the Read more […]

Media Celebrate Jobless Numbers as Labor Force Shrinks

The economy added 146,000 jobs in November, bringing unemployment down to 7.7 percent, the lowest rate since December 2008. Yahoo. The media and the Obama Administration want you to believe things are getting better, but the ignored facts of the latest jobless report show a population growing faster than the economy, and a rapidly dwindling labor force. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics report, the population grew by 191,000 people in November, 45,000 more than the number of jobs Read more […]

U.N. Officials Upset U.S. Not Going Along on Climate Change

Feigning concern about the U.S. economy, the United Nations’ lead climate change negotiator recently expressed her annoyance with America’s dragging its feet on climate change. Christiana Figueres said: “Why would the United States allow other countries to pursue the technologies of the future while the United States stays with the technologies that are becoming every day more obsolete, hence losing its future competitiveness in an increasingly competitive world?” By “obsolete” she means oil, Read more […]

The Grinch that Stole Thanksgiving

My wife hates Christmas. Well, okay, that’s not quite true. My wife hates that Christmas trumps Thanksgiving. Every year, immediately following the Halloween promotions, stores and businesses gear up for Christmas. Trees and garland replace pumpkins and spider webs. Fall sales are quickly changed to Christmas or (more likely) holiday sales. Christmas music fills the radio airwaves for almost two full months as the Christmas push gets longer and longer. And except for being the day before Black Read more […]

Americans Brace for Financial Disaster if Obama Wins

By now it’s obvious that most major media polls on the election are heavily skewed to show Obama winning. Despite the trickery, the numbers being reported in the media have investors on edge, and with good reason. A second Obama term would undoubtedly be a continuation of the economic malaise we’ve been in, and more likely would deepen the slow spiral into an outright nosedive. America’s credit rating has already taken a hit, but with growing debt, swelling government entitlement programs, Read more […]

Bureaucrats to become businessmen?

Washington State is beginning to realize that “broke” actually means broke, as in, “out of money.” Governor Christine Gregoire is considering cost-saving steps, including being the first state in the country to cut state park funding to zero. Of course, the $94 million savings would be a drop in the bucket for a state that is $3 billion in the red, but at least it is a move in the right direction. What this means—according to Don Hoch, the Director of Washington State Parks—is that Read more […]