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Market Mayhem and 2016

What's in store for the stock market, someone asked famed financier J.P. Morgan more than a century ago. 'It will fluctuate, my boy,' Morgan replied, 'it will fluctuate.' Apocryphal or not, it's one of the wisest and most enduring quotes in the history of capitalism and markets. Partly because that's all anyone can predict with…

Adieu, Adios, Farewell To 2015

Remember the song 'Sixteen Tons,' made famous by Tennessee Ernie Ford? It included this memorable lamentation: 'Another day older and deeper in debt.' Well, we are all another year older and much, much deeper in debt. About a half-trillion dollars deeper, actually. And what's really scary about the relentlessly growing debt is that so few…

Victory In The ‘War On Christmas’

Let's tell a few harrowing stories of past combat, at least the verbal variety. The War on Christmas, widely ridiculed by our cultural elites, was very real and genuinely damaging to many traditional and faithful Americans. Remember this one? Only a decade ago some major retailers ordered their workers not to say 'Merry Christmas' because…

Hitlerian Hyperbole

You know the golden rule of debating: The first person to mention Hitler automatically loses. Well, when it comes to spewing invective against Donald Trump, the list of losers is growing long, and not just on the left. Former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman, considered a moderate Republican by her supporters, a RINO by…

Obama Flounders, Trump Feasts

While President Obama rambles and measures every tiresome word, Donald Trump rumbles and lobs verbal grenades. It raises an interesting question: How can two men with such ample egos, both of whom crave the spotlight, be so vastly different? That may someday be a terrific case study. But first, there is terrorism to be fought…