Business, in collusion with the government, have made record profits for years, based on two primary factors. The Fed has kept interest rates exceptionally low, so low that they don’t know what will happen if they allow them to rise again, even slowly. This made savings accounts a lousy place to stash money. Smarter folks paid down their debt instead of stashing it in the bank at low interest rates. With rates so low, seniors had to dig into principle in their retirement accounts, and some had to get back into the work force. More people in the work force put lots of downward pressure on labor costs. Labor is like any other commodity. The more you have of it, the less it costs. An influx of illegal aliens increased downward pressure on labor costs, as did the misuse of the H1(b) visa program. Why hire an American or a legal alien, when you can import somebody who won’t dare strike for higher wages, and costs so much less? But there is a limit on how far business can squeeze profits out of the economy in these two ways. When you take money away from people, through increased taxes, regulation and costs that go up because of them, they spend less. Business can then choose to either lay off workers – remember that labor is one of the few commodities that are controllable – or lower prices. They began this downfall with their short term vision. Now they get to reap the whirlwind.
Your support of Ted Cruz is one reason I have misgivings about supporting him. We are not electing a Pastor in Chief Mr. Beck. We are electing a Commander in Chief whose first, and paramount, job is to keep America and its citizens safe. I’m not fond of Mr. Trump’s bombastic remarks, but I’m also old enough, and hopefully wise enough, to know that if he’s elected, he’ll be faced with reality, and a Congress who very likely will be split politically – the Dems will likely regain control of the Senate, and the House will remain in GOP hands, but barely. He will have to rely on going over the heads of the Establishment to the American people.
I marvel at the Christians who say it is our obligation to take in countless refugees, many of whom wish us harm, and far more of whom only want to suck on the public teat. I’m equally amazed at the idea that we should take in countless immigrants, and legalize the ones already here, when we cannot afford to support them. If the church has some idea that this is a great idea, let them pony up the money to feed, clothe, house, educate and care for them. While they’re at it, how about get them to pony up the money to feed, clothe and house the poor Americans who are doing without in order to prosecute wars we have no business being involved in. How about getting the churches to adopt the unwanted children? You and your kind are a disgrace sir. Get back on your meds.
 March 16, 2016 at 8:56pm
Every candidate that the Establishment GOP Cabal has supported went on to get their butts kicked. They are the kiss of death, and Cruz should avoid being seen with any of them, with the exception of the true conservatives. The people are ready for a revolution at the ballot box, and cozying up to the likes of McConnell, McCain, Graham, Hatch and the rest is a sure way to lose many of the people who believe he is the man to bring real change to our dysfunctional system.
 March 7, 2016 at 10:08pm
It’s NYC for God’s sake. Flying it upside down as a signal of distress is the way it should always be displayed in that wasteland.
 March 7, 2016 at 10:00pm
Interesting conversations he’s allegedly had, and will have, with the candidates. On the one hand, isn’t this a bit late in the game? Since 2010, the GOP has been a willing party to spending more money on things we neither want nor need, and has funded every single priority of the Obama Administration. They’ve never shown any backbone at all, no matter who was the Speaker. Indeed, Paul Ryan is pro immigration and amnesty, pro TPP, pro ExIm Bank, and just about everything else that could squander the hard earned tax dollars of American citizens who trusted him and his feckless cronies. What I really think, being the cynic that I am about politicians, is that this is a replay of the rhetoric they spewed over the past 6 years. They talk the talk, but never even try to walk the walk. Instead, they use backroom deals to fund the priorities of the Chamber of Commerce and big business. They’ve never given a care about the concerns of the people who elected them, Why would they start now?
 February 1, 2016 at 6:00pm
She says the microagressions because none of her professors look like her? Do we go to central casting to find a Filipino, Portuguese, Chinese and Cuban mixed race/ethnicity professor for her? And she’s also stressed by college itself, although it appears it’s costing her nothing to go to a premier university. Where’s the stress? Could it be that she’s expected to step out of her professional victimhood persona and actually learn something? I always want to ask these people who object to being taught by professors who do not look like them if that attitude applies to other aspects of her life. Would she object if a white firefighter rescued her from a burning building? Would she only consent to be treated by a Filipino, Portuguese, Chinese and Cuban mixed doctor?
Maybe she's stressed because she's actually being expected to do the course work?
 January 31, 2016 at 3:44pm
You can go to UConn and major in puppetry? Seriously? When they graduate, will the puppet be the one to ask the customer, “Would you like to supersize that girlfriend?”
I generally applaud the effort to increase graduation rates among black males, but I question whether segregation is the way to do it. Is the problem that they don’t have a study and living space of their own? Or could it be that they weren’t prepared for college in the first instance? If it’s the latter, which I think it is, then the money would be better spent before they come to UConn.
 January 31, 2016 at 3:36pm
And once again we have a political system perverted. The purpose of the caucus is to have the citizens express their support for a candidate, not vote as a bloc, or a part of a bloc, for somebody else in order to gain advantage over somebody else. It just goes to demonstrate how our system has become so perverted that the founding fathers wouldn’t even recognize it. If the Establishment has its way, we will be faced with the unpalatable choice between two poisons – Hillary vs. Rubio. Both of them will be indebted to their party and not to the people. Both of them will do the bidding of the party, not the people. Both will be aided and abetted by a Congress who no longer represents the people who elected them. The voice of the people has stopped being listened to, except to figure out what special interest the candidate can pay lip service to in order to get their votes, and then forget about them once he or she is sworn in. We have become a one party system – the Establishment Cabal, and we have a choice of who will screw us, not who will represent us. As my partner has my spouse has said many times, “If voting made any difference, it would be illegal too.”
 January 24, 2016 at 3:38pm
I have a problem with both sides of this debacle. First of all, when did the Federal Government become such an entity that they can rent my land out to somebody? Yes, Virginia, like the song says, “This land is my land. This land is your land.” What it doesn’t say is that this is the government’s land. This person from the Center for Biological Diversity or Tree Hugging, or whatever the hell it’s called, wants my land, and your land, set aside for his or their purposes only, depriving us of the right to use our land.
Then we have the other side. Since when do the ranchers have the right to deprive me of the use of my land? Do they get the right to set it aside to graze their cattle only? What if I want to use the land for hunting, or perhaps to ride my snowmobile, or whatever. It is, after all, as much my land as it is theirs. If the government can charge them rent to graze their cattle, on my land, how come I’m not getting a piece of the action? It’s no more Bundy land, or government land, than it is my land, and every citizen’s land, even those living in New York or Florida. This is all nonsense.
The one thing the Bundy’s have right is that the government is out of control. It has been for a long time, and we are allowing ourselves to be shackled by them. Every regulation, every limitation on our freedom, takes away a very precious commodity from us. They need to stop, and so do the Bundy’s. Both of you, get off my land!
In fact, both Bundy and YOU have everything wrong. The national lands are neither his nor yours, but OURS - and the federal government is tasked with stewarding it to balance ALL the interests, from for-profit grazing to public recreation and environmental conservation.
The only parties out of control are the Bundy Boys, and you are every bit as ignorant about federal lands as they are.
 January 8, 2016 at 6:20pm
I want the Presidential candidates to address this issue. When a church violates the law, at the very least, their IRS tax exempt status should be pulled. The pastor who is spearheading this needs to go to jail for aiding and abetting a crime. Somebody who can make a claim for standing needs to sue the government to compel them to enforce the deportation orders, even if it means entering the churches and arresting the immigrants and anyone who tries to prevent them. This has gone far enough. We are a nation of laws, You cannot pick and choose those which you will obey and thous you will flaunt.
Jesus did say,
15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good?
 January 5, 2016 at 5:14pm
Senator, you haven’t a clue what a Senator or Representative is supposed to do under our Constitution. You are so unqualified to be President it’s astonishing. I can only believe that you’re a shill for the GOP Establishment Cabal, and will take your marching orders from them and not the American people. I would rather vote for that socialist, Bernie Sanders, than waste my vote on you. I’ve been following you closely in the media. You may be in your first, and thankfully only, term as a Senator, but you apparently have the game down. You say what any group of people want to hear to get their vote, contributions, or whatever. You have no principles sir, other than getting yourself elected. We have seen through you, now please go back to Florida and annoy those folks.
He saw the perks of he office and decided he liked the lazy life obama is experiencing and wanted some of that. He would be and Exact clone of the current WH holder. He's already had practice of spending other peoples money, i.e., Florida Rep. Party Am. Express card. With his 4 kids, he would travel the world for the most lavish vacations.
He is not good at handling his own personal expenses so how well would he due with tax dollars. Appears he likes to live beyond his means.
He's also not a man of his word. He said if Bush ran, he would not.. He said he would not personally attack other candidates..........he has. He said he was bored with being a Senator. His work ethics are lacking and his resume, both in private law firms and in political office is embarrassing slim.
His proposed increases in defense spending and his view to the US policing the world is what turns me off.
 January 2, 2016 at 5:00pm
America under Obama is not taking this fight seriously. The problem is that Iraq is not taking the fight seriously. If you armed forces cut and run at the rate the Iraqis do, why should America spend its treasure and risk the lives of its most precious resource – our young men and women – to fight their fight. I’m all for letting hajis kill each other off. What’s the down side? If and when ISIS, Al Qaeda, or any other Islamic groups present a real and present danger to the United States, we then go after them with everything we have, everything. You cannot fight a war without some collateral damage. Trying to do so only leads the enemy to use hospitals, schools, private homes, and other places to hide and store weaponry. If we’re not going to fight to win, then don’t fight them at all. Use our men and women on our southern and northern borders to keep out the illegals and terrorists.
 December 13, 2015 at 6:33pm
Stick to being a lousy QB Colin. There’s a certain irony to the fact that a prime soft target for terrorists is a sporting event – the aborted attempt at the soccer stadium in Paris is one example. There’s also a fundamental difference between discrimination against your own citizens – your example of racial discrimination – and those non-citizens who may want to do your country and all of its people harm. Just in case you were wondering, there is no problem with discriminating against anyone who wants to enter our country, whether on a visitor visa, or want to immigrate. Our constitution only applies to those who are here already. Better to keep out the fanatics before they can claim those rights that we hold dear and they want to take away from us.
 December 8, 2015 at 10:36pm
Don’t just think about it. DO IT! Time for these pampered children to grow up and smell the coffee. Life is not how you want it to be. It’s how it is. Can’t stand a little self inflicted micro aggression? Wait until you experience some macro aggressions in the real world! Stop looking for ways to be offended, and start doing what your parents are paying you to do – and/or the taxpayers of Tennessee and the rest of the country. Study and get a degree in some field where you can actually make a living. There’s not much call out in the real world for professional victims!
 December 3, 2015 at 10:12pm
I’d be a lot more impressed if they were willing to go the distance on repealing Obamacare and defunding Planned Parenthood. Going the distance would mean attaching the two issues to the upcoming omnibus spending bill. It already has things that will cause me to vote against the GOP – like funding the refugees Obama wants to bring in, continuing to fund the illegal amnesty, and on and on. If they balanced the repudiations of their promises to the voters, by attaching these two issues, I might reconsider. But I suspect that Boehner Junior – Paul Ryan – will still be the RINO he’s always been. He will still find ways to sell out the taxpayers. It’s a shame that we no longer have a representative form of government – at least not in reality – since the GOP Congress does what it wants to do, and not do what the people elected them to do.
 December 2, 2015 at 4:55am
O’Reilly is leaving out the other part of the equation. The GOP has control of Congress. They have done nothing to stop illegal immigration, nothing. They promised to end amnesty by withholding funds. The first thing they did after the election was to pass a monstrous spending bill that funded amnesty and all the other programs that make the US a target of opportunity for everyone on the planet seeking a place to be cared for. They told us they voted for the spending bill because the new Congress would not take over until January, when things would change. Did that happen? No, it didn’t. McConnell flat out says there’s no way he will allow the government to be shut down over immigration, Obamacare, or any other issue. His reason? Why, he didn’t want the GOP to be blamed for it. Boehner finally resigns and is replaced by? We now have Boehner light – without the sallow complexion, cigarette smoking voice and open tear ducts. Paul Ryan is pro immigration, and pro amnesty. His only promise was to not bring it up until 2017. The GOP wants more immigration, legal or illegal, because their real Masters – the Chamber of Commerce and big business – want cheaper labor to enhance their profits. What better way to get it than to have a surplus of able bodies willing to compete with each other and race to the bottom of the wage pool while doing so? There’s no difference between the parties on immigration and amnesty.
thats a nice analysis and new to me. thanks. good info.
 December 1, 2015 at 7:24pm
I was living in Brooklyn on 9/11, across from the WTC. The only national network that seemed to be providing good coverage – many of the broadcast antennae were on top of the WTC, which resulted in outages of TV, radio, cell service, ATMs, etc. It was very hard to get news that was reliable. I well remember Shepard Smith on Fox doing a great job of bringing the news, good and bad, from both Ground Zero and the surrounding areas. It was Shep’s reporting that first got me hooked on Fox News. I recall seeing reports of cheering and partying going on in paces like Patterson and Newark, NJ, where there apparently large Arab populations. I have a recollection of even seeing a video, but for the life of me I can’t recall much detail, only that there appeared to be a partying atmosphere over the attacks. I seriously doubt that the number of celebrants were in the thousands, as Trump claims, but I definitely remember there were some anti-American taunts and celebrations going on. They would not have been very public at that time, since it would have resulted in a heck of a lot of New Yorkers trying to get across the river to exercise their Second Amendment rights! I think this whole controversy comes down to his, Trump’s, tendency to be hyperbolic, nothing more. For Christie and the other candidates to say he’s not telling the truth, that’s their way of trying to beat up on him. I’m not a big fan of Donald Trump. I don’t even know if I’d vote for him if he’s the nominee of the GOP.
November 25, 2015 at 11:16pm
It’s fine to complain about the laws, old, new, or special interest. The solution, however, is to change the law. If you cannot get satisfaction from the members of the council, your solution is to target the members, one by one, and get them recalled or defeated in the next election. Cities and counties have general police powers derived from the state in which they are located. That means they can regulate things that the feds, for example, cannot, What’s more, because of this power, the courts will always defer to them unless they contravene the state or federal constitutions or laws. Many laws on the books are there for only one purpose, to provide a pretext for the state to do something they would not ordinarily be entitled to do. For example, in some states it is unlawful to use foul language. Generally speaking, these laws would be thrown out as violating the 1st Amendment. They remain on the books to provide a pretext for law enforcement to detain, search or question somebody.
 November 21, 2015 at 6:19pm
I’ve read where it takes upwards of two years for a refugee to be approved. Seems to me that they’ve already reached a place of safety and security. Why would they want to come halfway around the world to settle in the US? Must be because they can become a ward of the taxpayer for the rest of their natural lives.
Those of you who favor taking in these refugees, puzzle me this. Would you go and invite the first homeless person you meet to come into your home, to live with you forever, and feed them, clothe them, provide them an education and health care, all at your expense? Remember, you know nothing about this person, and may not even be able to communicate with them because they don’t speak your language. That’s essentially what we are being asked to do. Just how do you do a background check on someone from a country whose leader we’re trying to overthrow? I would think that even if we could communicate with them, they’d be more than willing to have those people out of their country because they represent a threat to them. This is lunacy – taking in thousands of people who are already in safe havens, and are wanting to come here for a better life. I applaud their initiative. At the same time, should we be borrowing money from China to feed, clothe, house, educate and provide health care to these people when we have 500,000 homeless people in the US, and countless thousands who go hungry every day? Think about it before you say, “Come on in. We welcome you!”
 November 21, 2015 at 6:11pm
You’ve totally taken the quote out of context. Here’s the back and forth as it actually happened:
Reporter: Should there be a database system that tracks Muslims who are in this country?
Trump: There should be a lot of systems, beyond databases. We should have a lot of systems, and today you can do it. But right now we need to have a border, we have to have strength, we have to have a wall, and we cannot let what’s happening to this country happen any longer.
Reporter: Is that something your White House would like to implement?
Donald Trump: I would certainly implement that. Absolutely.
You have followed the CNN lead in trying to discredit Trump on this issue. Why would you do that? Are you now taking sides instead of reporting? Shame on you. By the way, I am not a Trump fan. If he’s the nominee, I’m not sure I could vote for him. He’s too much of a loose cannon. but he is saying a lot of things that Americans are thinking. And every time a sleazy journalist tries to take him down, his poll numbers go up. Seems to me that is a commentary on what the American public thinks about journalists!