Stephen Moore from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Mon, 24 Sep 2018 13:38:51 -0700 Stephen Moore from Creators Syndicate 0f38ed608aa2a3b775698be035038b90 Saving the Republican Congress for 09/25/2018 Tue, 25 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Even at this late hour, President Donald Trump can save the Republican Congress in November &#8212; if they want to be saved. To understand how, we need to rewind back to this time last year.</p> <p>That's when Trump made one of the few policy mistakes of his young presidency by failing to veto the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill. One of the Republican Congress' biggest mistakes was sending him that bloated appropriations bill in the first place. It has only demoralized conservative Trump voters &#8212; the same group that hasn't been showing up in special election races this year.<p>Updated: Tue Sep 25, 2018</p> 6350b3fb8155a761e4a5b784727c0679 How Solar and Wind Mandates Tax the Poor and Middle Class for 09/18/2018 Tue, 18 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Liberals love to talk about helping the poor and the middle class, and they are obsessed with reducing income inequality. So why is it that across the country they are pushing one of the most regressive taxes in modern times?</p> <p>I am talking about the fad "green" initiative in states such as California, Arizona and New Jersey that require local utilities to buy expensive renewable energy. These renewable energy standards require that utilities to buy expensive wind and solar power. They then pass these costs onto the poor and working class who get stuck paying the tab.</p> <p>In Sacramento, California, the legislature is speeding ahead with one of the most absurd proposals of modern times by mandating 100 percent renewable energy by 2045. This would mean no coal, no natural gas and no nuclear power.<p>Updated: Tue Sep 18, 2018</p> df3c99108df730a5f85c17d8a8df5df8 Give Trump the Nobel Prize for Economics for 09/11/2018 Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This past week I asked a friend at the White House about how the president was holding up against the onslaught of media attacks. "They didn't even deliver a glancing blow," was the response. It wasn't for a lack of trying.</p> <p>Has any president in modern times been the target of such a Blitzkrieg of orchestrated assaults &#8212; from John McCain's funeral turned anti-Trump scrum to Bob Woodward's discredited new book trashing the president to the media infatuation with the anonymous New York Times op-ed by a disgruntled federal employee who hates President Trump.<p>Updated: Tue Sep 11, 2018</p> f6bd9c95dc850eccc980f52cdd713e4f The Threat of Tariffs May Work for 09/05/2018 Wed, 05 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Love him or hate him, you've got to hand it to Donald Trump. His trade and tariff strategy &#8212; risky as it is &#8212; seems to be working. The master negotiator is hammering out agreements &#8212; first with the Europeans and now with Mexico &#8212; that are better deals for American firms and workers.</p> <p>The threat of tariffs is leading to lower tariffs. The irony is that if President Trump keeps winning this way, he may actually end up being one of the champions of freer trade.<p>Updated: Wed Sep 05, 2018</p> 6a8d8c21fe40281cf50de68918908271 Don't Let the Fed End the Trump Prosperity for 08/28/2018 Tue, 28 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>There's an old cliche that the Federal Reserve likes to take away the punch bowl just when the party is getting going. That's what President Trump suspects that Fed Chairman Jerome Powell is doing now by raising interest rates at a time of a booming economy.</p> <p>Last week, Trump took a shot at the Fed when he complained to Reuters that "I'm not thrilled with them raising interest rates." When asked if he believed that the Fed should be "independent," Trump said, "I believe in the Fed doing what's good for the country."<p>Updated: Tue Aug 28, 2018</p> 43f296a529964933c9b35fde31587d86 Who's the Cleanest of Them All for 08/21/2018 Tue, 21 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Take a wild guess what country is reducing its greenhouse gas emissions the most? Canada? Britain? France? India? Germany? Japan? No, no, no, no, no and no. </p> <p>The answer to that question is the U.S. of A. Wow! How can that be? This must be a misprint. Fake news. America never ratified the Kyoto Treaty some two decades ago. We never enacted a carbon tax. We don't have a cap-and-trade carbon emission program. That environmental villain Donald Trump pulled America out of the Paris climate accord that was signed by almost the entire rest of the civilized world. <p>Updated: Tue Aug 21, 2018</p> 57ccee4384a707d27e40e954ce341480 An Easy Way to Lower the Trade Deficit for 08/14/2018 Tue, 14 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>From the first day Donald Trump started running for president, he has raged against America's large and persistent trade deficit. His tariff policies are designed to try to reduce these trade imbalances. It is the metric he uses to gage whether other nations are playing by the rules of our trade deals. As a pure economic accounting measure, the U.S. GDP goes down when we import and goes up when we export. </p> <p>I have suggested to Trump that what matters most is the overall volume of trade, not the trade <i> deficit </i>. But Trump is right that if he can induce foreigners to buy more of our made-in-America products &#8212; our cars, soybeans, wheat, cotton, technology, bourbon and baseball products &#8212; this would greatly benefit American workers and businesses. <p>Updated: Tue Aug 14, 2018</p> 6cb8b4db6a410204afc18a701b7033f7 Trump Rules Make Driving Safer and Cheaper for 08/07/2018 Tue, 07 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>A few years ago, I spoke at my son's fifth-grade class about all of the wonderful things that we have today in our great country that weren't around 100 years ago, including inventions like cars. A ponytailed girl in the front of the room raised her hand and, with a solemn look on her face, scolded me: "Cars are bad. They cause pollution." Wow. These were 11-year-olds! It was one of my first encounters with the green indoctrination that goes on in public schools starting in the first grade.</p> <p>There wasn't time to explain to her that when Henry Ford started rolling his black Model T's off the assembly lines in Michigan, the mass production of automobiles was heralded as one of the greatest environmental and health advances in the history of mankind. It replaced one of the prodigious polluters: the horse. The average 1,000-pound horse dumps 30 pounds of feces and 2 gallons of urine a DAY. Can anyone imagine what Washington, D.C., or Pittsburgh or New Orleans smelled like on a hot, sweltering summer day or what all that feces did to our water supply? Oh, and watch where you step!<p>Updated: Tue Aug 07, 2018</p> a704ba3b250b16e3c30761e089cbb949 Trump's Trade Triumph for 07/31/2018 Tue, 31 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The media and other Trump haters can't seem to let themselves admit it, but President Donald Trump scored a big victory for the American economy on trade last week. Trump and the European Union reached a handshake deal that is designed to lower tariffs on both sides of the Atlantic. They agreed to shoot for zero tariffs. Sounds like freer and fairer trade to me.</p> <p>The exact details are still a bit murky, but what we do know is that the EU has pledged to lower its tariffs and other trade barriers on American soybeans, oil and gas, pharmaceutical products and certain manufactured goods. Trump promised to suspend some of the auto and aluminum and steel tariffs that he was threatening to whack the eurozone with.<p>Updated: Tue Jul 31, 2018</p> 87c430fcac5b213b3920c828dc3d77fb Liberal War on Work for 07/24/2018 Tue, 24 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Once upon a time, "work for welfare" was a pretty accepted notion. In 1996, Bill Clinton signed a strict workfare bill, which was so popular that it helped him get reelected. A Brookings Institute study by welfare scholar Ron Haskins proved those reforms moved more than half of those on welfare (mostly young single moms) into the workforce, and millions eventually gained economic self-sufficiency.</p> <p>If ever there were a public-policy triumph, this was it.<p>Updated: Tue Jul 24, 2018</p> 8170db9ec8a29827dd8973185fae606e How Trump Can Lower Drug Prices for 07/17/2018 Tue, 17 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>One of Donald Trump's more memorable promises on the campaign trail was to lower the cost of prescription drugs. Polls show this issue remains popular with Americans, especially lower-income families, who are worried about high drug prices.</p> <p>Of course, the entire concept of drug prices' being "too high" is subjective. Drugs are too expensive ... compared with what? Certainly not compared with not having the drugs available at all. If you suffer from the intense pain of migraine headaches or have been diagnosed with lung cancer, how much would you pay for a drug to help you? I have friends who have children who are afflicted with epilepsy or rare and fatal blood diseases, and they say they would literally give up everything they have for treatments to cure their children.<p>Updated: Tue Jul 17, 2018</p> 9e6561362722c508dec00ec80a83b636 Trump's Zero-Tariff Solution for 07/10/2018 Tue, 10 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>President Donald Trump's aluminum and steel tariff policies have now triggered retaliatory tariffs from other nations, including Canada, the EU and China.</p> <p>Last week President Trump imposed new tariffs on more than $30 billion of Chinese electronic equipment and other consumer goods. Our trading partners are now threatening to hit our domestic industries, including wheat, soybeans, pork, bourbon, blue jeans &#8212; and even Maine lobsters. The financial markets are jittery, to say the least.<p>Updated: Tue Jul 10, 2018</p> 3b592152700e9e46ae1ca712ce8ef4f5 Give Us Your Young, Energetic, Talented Masses for 07/03/2018 Tue, 03 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Republicans are right to call for tough measures to deter illegal immigration &#8212; which means building the wall, ending the "catch and release" policy and challenging the harboring strategies of sanctuary cities. </p> <p>But where Republicans are wrong is in calling for strict caps and even reductions in legal immigration visas. Rather than be restricted, the so-called H-1B program, which brings skilled workers to our country, should be expanded. <p>Updated: Tue Jul 03, 2018</p> 2d270e840602265ceeda130b7042bf36 The State of the American Worker -- Never Better for 06/26/2018 Tue, 26 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Last week, I testified before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce on the state of the American labor market. I summarized my message in one sentence: For American workers, the job market has never &#8212; or at least seldom &#8212; been better. If you don't have a job, go out and get one, because jobs are out there for the taking.</p> <p>Everyone knows the joyous statistics, of the lowest unemployment rate in two decades, the lowest black and Hispanic unemployment rates in three decades (at least), a record number of Americans today who are working, and 5 million bonuses paid out to middle-income Americans this year. President Donald Trump boasts about the job market almost daily, and deservedly so. Several of the Democrats on the committee kept disparaging the Trump tax reform as the "tax scam" for the rich. That was a good sound bite a year ago, but do they still want to stick with that message today when about two-thirds of Americans rate the economy as "good" or "great"? This is called leading with your chin.<p>Updated: Tue Jun 26, 2018</p> 277c9d8d1f2420f476a9e82784a1d95c Fake Support for a Free Market In Energy for 06/19/2018 Tue, 19 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>All of a sudden, everyone on the left wants "free markets in energy policy." As someone who's advocated for that for, oh, about three decades, this riff should be music to my ears. But is laissez faire energy policy really what liberals are seeking?</p> <p>First, some context. A few weeks ago, liberal activists leaked a draft of a Trump administration directive that would order utilities to purchase coal and nuclear power as part of their energy mix in supplying electricity to homes and businesses. There are good arguments for and against this policy &#8212; I'm fairly neutral &#8212; but what was fascinating was the indignant response from those on the left who hate fossil fuels. "Crony capitalism!" they shrieked in unison. Catherine Rampell, an economic columnist at The Washington Post, moaned that President Donald Trump "is wielding the power of the state to keep uncompetitive companies in business, and costing taxpayers and consumers lots of money in the process." "If that doesn't count as 'picking winners and losers,' it's hard to say what would," Rampell wrote.<p>Updated: Tue Jun 19, 2018</p> d0c408674288f0313e0d343ca99276bd Putting America First Has Made USA No. 1 for 06/12/2018 Tue, 12 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The left is quickly running out of excuses for why Donald Trump's economic policies have caused a boom rather than the bust that they predicted with such great certainty. </p> <p>Last year, when the U.S. economy began to percolate with faster growth, the media and other Trump haters argued that this simply reflected a pickup in worldwide growth: Trump was riding the wave of what economists were calling "synchronized growth." <p>Updated: Tue Jun 12, 2018</p> 62b3cdd8001b9e77fd426a016718ab19 6 Reasons to Still Hate Obamacare for 06/05/2018 Tue, 05 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Remember Obamacare? The fight is far from over on the future of the Obama-era health insurance overhaul. Republicans are making a last-ditch effort this year to turn the program and the money over to the state. This isn't full Obamacare repeal, but it would make a world of sense. States would be free to experiment and find ways to reduce costs and provide better services.</p> <p>Democrats are adopting a new political spin, which is that everything is fine with Obamacare. They claim that the only reason premium and deductible costs keep exploding is because President Donald Trump repealed the individual mandate tax &#8212; which was nothing more than an unfair penalty on low-income families who couldn't afford the high cost of the health law's mandates. But if Trump is to blame, why were the costs skyrocketing two years before Trump even entered the Oval Office?<p>Updated: Tue Jun 05, 2018</p> f1881787dc168255dbaf7d84b2017a45 The Mojo of Trumponomics for 05/29/2018 Tue, 29 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>T.S. Eliot famously wrote that April is the cruelest month, but when it comes to America's fiscal picture, nothing could be further from the truth about this April. The latest government numbers confirm that last month was a blockbuster for growth, federal revenues and deficit reduction.</p> <p>One of the key principles of Trumponomics is that faster economic growth can help solve a multitude of other social and economic problems, from poverty to inner-city decline to lowering the national debt.<p>Updated: Tue May 29, 2018</p> f59fd71ac13d153e14ceadef3f7d8571 Trade Deals Must Protect Intellectual Property Rights for 05/22/2018 Tue, 22 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Donald Trump is now deep into trade negotiations with China and NAFTA 2.0 negotiations with Canada and Mexico. We are strong free traders, but we believe that Trump's plans to negotiate better trade agreements that reduce trade barriers abroad are right on the mark. He also has to make sure those deals fully protect U.S. intellectual property, or what is commonly called know-how.</p> <p>American investments, ingenuity and entrepreneurship have made intellectual property one of our nation's most important assets. IP-intensive industries, including software, biotechnology and entertainment, now support nearly one-third of all U.S. jobs. But too often, our foreign trading partners take unfair advantage of our IP innovations to enrich themselves at our expense.<p>Updated: Tue May 22, 2018</p> d88a999f9bb5d6d2fd1f767dde9b9681 Who Turned Off the Lights? for 05/15/2018 Tue, 15 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Is anyone paying attention to the crisis that is going on in our electric power markets?</p> <p>Over the past six months, at least four major nuclear power plants have been slated for shutdown, including the last one in operation in California. Meanwhile, dozens of coal plants have been shuttered as well &#8212; despite low prices and cleaner coal. Some of our major coal companies may go into bankruptcy.<p>Updated: Tue May 15, 2018</p>