Stephen Moore from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Wed, 03 Mar 2021 21:51:27 -0800 Stephen Moore from Creators Syndicate e92af4ca8326bbff83f09932f1719f41 Climate Change Alarmism Takes Another Big Hit for 03/02/2021 Tue, 02 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Throughout the midsection of the United States in February, record frigid temperatures were inconvenient for those politicians who call global warming an "existential threat."</p> <p>Global warming is already here, we are told. However, it didn't feel like it if you lived in Bismarck, North Dakota, where temperatures fell to decades-low numbers, or in Chicago, Oklahoma City, Dallas or Houston. San Antonio had snow for the first time in recent memory.</p> <p>The environmental apocalyptics say this doesn't prove anything about what is happening with the planet's climate. And you know what? They are 100% correct.<p>Updated: Tue Mar 02, 2021</p> 56eb13340c3e3a0a9e91f6bcc4e41464 The Blue States Are Now the Beggar States for 02/23/2021 Tue, 23 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Last week, I visited South Florida for four days, and what a shock: Everything was open. The beaches, the hotels, the restaurants (with some sensible safety and social distancing restrictions). The classrooms are full.</p> <p>The other strange thing about being in Florida was that people were happy. They were playing tennis and golf. They were going to work and getting on with their lives. Florida is a Republican, can-do kind of place.</p> <p>Then, there is New York. Manhattan is a morose and deserted place to be. It's as if it's boarded up. People are living their lives afraid. They are depressed, which makes the whole place depressing. In Southern California, I experienced the same dreariness. And it wasn't the weather, which was warm and sunny. Restaurants were closed or highly restricted. Stores were sparsely attended, and people were generally grimacing and standoffish. They yelp in horror if you take off your mask, even for a moment.<p>Updated: Tue Feb 23, 2021</p> 1b9436c2a24389c15137fff7a6b66607 Why Aren't School Districts Giving Taxpayers Their Money Back? for 02/16/2021 Tue, 16 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>In Naperville, Illinois, the school board announced it would distribute $10 million back to taxpayers this year. Yes, a tax refund.</p> <p>In a news release, Superintendent Dan Bridges told residents that he "understands the great burden many of our families have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic and hopes that this reimbursement lessens that burden." The typical family will receive a refund of $200 to $500. Good for Naperville.</p> <p>The 10-month pandemic shutdown generated a savings of roughly $20 million, or about 6.5% out of a $300 million school budget. The Naperville Sun reported that the district's expenses for everything from transportation, utilities, staffing needs and so on have been much lower while the doors have been shut.<p>Updated: Tue Feb 16, 2021</p> dee333e555994405d5d2809a2a904eea The Worst Budget in American History for 02/09/2021 Tue, 09 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Is there even one half-sane Democrat that will stand up and denounce the fiscal atrocity of President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion spending bill? Is there not one single patriotic Democrat in the entire country who will speak out? The silence is deafening.</p> <p>The House Democrats are now rallying behind a budget resolution that calls for a $6.1 trillion single-year budget. When I first came to Washington in 1985, President Ronald Reagan passed the first $1 trillion budget bill. We were all aghast. Now, we are spending six times that amount, and no one blinks an eye.</p> <p>Even worse, the Biden budget plan would authorize just under $4 trillion of borrowing in one single year. That is more debt than was allowed, adjusting for inflation, to finance the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, the Great Depression, World War I and World War II.<p>Updated: Tue Feb 09, 2021</p> a255964f30baff2ef679f2fe3b331f06 Biden Wants to Kill 80% of America's Energy for 02/02/2021 Tue, 02 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>When giving speeches and talking to audiences, I've often been struck by how few Americans, even those who are highly educated, have any idea where the energy they use in their home or business comes from. I've asked college students where the electric power is generated, and they shrug and then point to the electric socket in the wall. The electric currents just come magically through that plug.</p> <p>For millennials, supporting green energy is cool and even virtuous. It's a popular and costless way to save the planet &#8212; until the power doesn't flow through the grid. Then the laptops, hairdryers, Netflix shows, computer games and iPhones run out of juice. </p> <p>That may happen one of these days &#8212; and in the not-too-distant future (just ask Californians about blackouts), when the sun isn't shining and the wind isn't blowing. <p>Updated: Tue Feb 02, 2021</p> 34d57f590bdd69259c03a43030426475 The Left Wants Unconditional Surrender, Not Unity for 01/26/2021 Tue, 26 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>About two years ago, one of my wife's best friends began to turn down invitations to get together. Then, out of the blue, she unfriended my wife on Facebook. </p> <p>That's kind of a rude way to brush off someone, so my wife finally asked her: What gives? Have I offended you? Her terse text response was full of self-righteousness: "John (her husband) and I are so appalled by the things that Steve writes that we don't want to associate with you anymore." </p> <p>I wasn't offended that they disagree with my positions or even that they felt our political disagreements are so wide that we probably shouldn't hang out together anymore. After all, we are two Americas today. <p>Updated: Tue Jan 26, 2021</p> 001bfef9a3a8316f55051253819c668e Get Ready for More Obama-Era Green Energy Scams for 01/19/2021 Tue, 19 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>With Democrats about to control all the levers of power in Washington, the biggest winners might be the wind and solar companies. These firms' stocks continue to surge mostly because President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to invest several hundred billion dollars in green energy through a pipeline of taxpayer-funded grants, loans, tax credits and loan guarantees.</p> <p>This game plan looks suspiciously like a replay of the litany of green "stimulus" fiascoes that Biden piloted as vice president back in 2009 with the $800 billion Obama stimulus plan. The experiment in the government as an investment banker belly-flopped with embarrassing failures from Solyndra, Fisker Automotive and Abound Solar. Taxpayers lost billions of dollars on these lemons.</p> <p>One of these disasters, the Crescent Dunes thermal solar power plant, located in the Nevada desert, is still embroiled in court battles to sort out who pays for all the losses. The Obama administration first started showering this project with money beginning in 2011, with a $700 million federal loan. The Department of Energy boasted that the facility was supposed to provide half a million megawatt-hours of electric power every year. Not quite. Thanks to construction design flaws, faulty equipment and hapless management, Crescent Dunes has never come close to its production target. Then, in 2017, Crescent Dunes came knocking on Treasury's door again, this time receiving $275 million in cash grants instead of tax credits on top of $250 million in private capital. Even with this second round of life support, the plant had to shut down. Last month, the bankruptcy court approved the entire operation's Chapter 11 reorganization plan.<p>Updated: Tue Jan 19, 2021</p> 355fe084fac819aa1cb0b2f1a9f06603 Liberalism Will Be Unleashed -- and Will Fail Again for 01/12/2021 Tue, 12 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>We were all told that 2021 would be a better year for the country, but the first two weeks could hardly have been worse. The left is out to discredit not just President Donald Trump and his indefensible behavior since the election but also his ideas. They are triumphantly saying that free market conservatism is dead and that the era of big government is back with a vengeance. Not so fast.</p> <p>I've lived through two major Democratic takeovers of Washington in my 35 years inside the capital beltway. The first was in 1993, when Bill Clinton and the "new Democrats" seized complete control of power, and the second was in 2009, with the Barack Obama "hope and change" liberal agenda. In both cases, Democrats and their liberal allies outran their mandate from voters with "Hillarycare" and then "Obamacare," obscenely obese spending bills, and a regulatory vice grip on American businesses large and small. </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">In both cases, within two years of unchecked liberal mischief, voters had had it and pummeled the Democrats with massive Republican victories from coast to coast from local dogcatcher races to congressional seats and governorships. </span><p>Updated: Tue Jan 12, 2021</p> abd35da190af10dd884d150cbcc97a88 Coronavirus for Dummies for 01/05/2021 Tue, 05 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>We are now almost one year from the dark days when the coronavirus first hit these shores. Why are the politicians' making the same policy mistakes today that they made nine months ago? The 300,000+ deaths are an act of nature, but the virus's death and despair have been compounded by acts of man &#8212; i.e., foolish politicians. </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Haven't we learned anything about how to combat this virus without slamming shut our economy? Yes. And so, in the hopes that these errors of government are corrected, I present some well-established truths about how to keep us safe from the virus:</span></p> <p>No. 1: Yes, COVID-19 is a very dangerous disease for those over the age of 70 and for those who are severely overweight or with preexisting health issues. For young and healthy people, the risks remain miniscule. <p>Updated: Tue Jan 05, 2021</p> f178fd111410ccc77b76359d54e29deb Free Mitch Rutledge for 12/29/2020 Tue, 29 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Nearly everyone has seen the classic movie "The Shawshank Redemption." Well, it turns out there is a real life "Red" Redding, the character played by Morgan Freeman. He is in prison in Alabama. He has been there for nearly 40 years. He was guilty of his crime: a murder he committed as a teenager in a drug operation. But so many people who have interacted with Rutledge in prison see the similarities in character with Red.</p> <p>He grew up in a broken home with a father he never knew. His mother was a child of 13 years old and was hardly around for adult supervision. He was illiterate. As a teen, he roamed the streets with drug dealers and prostitutes. With no real family. Without religion. Without schooling. Without love of any kind. It was the kind of trapped and hopeless situation that makes you think, "There but for the grace of God go I."</p> <p>He admitted his heinous crime, and he was convicted and sentenced to death. His tragic story was widely publicized in 1983 by a Time magazine profile of individuals in prison on death row. It was not a sympathetic portrayal. The author ended her story by dismissing Rutledge as irredeemable. She recommended that he "sit and stew in his 8-ft. by 5-ft. pen in Alabama. Forget him."<p>Updated: Tue Dec 29, 2020</p> 8f8eeea4e7bff0275b738554c64a44e9 Lockdowns Are the Great Unequalizer for 12/22/2020 Tue, 22 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Democrats and their liberal economic advisers obsess about income inequality. Will someone please tell them that no act in modern times has widened the gap between the rich and the poor more than the lockdowns going on right now?</p> <p>Diane Yentel, the president and CEO of the leftist National Low Income Housing Coalition, said, "The majority of the up to 17 million households at risk of losing their homes this winter are people of color."</p> <p>Politico reported that minorities and the poor have "been more vulnerable to job and income losses from the ensuing economic crisis, in large part because Black and Latino workers are over-represented in the service industries wiped out by shutdowns."<p>Updated: Tue Dec 22, 2020</p> 67b34f27654d5975147792cffbcc1f21 Potential 900% Tariffs on Mattresses Could Wallop Consumers for 12/15/2020 Tue, 15 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>When import tariffs are under discussion in Washington, D.C., they typically revolve around rates of 5% to 25% on foreign goods.</p> <p>But what about duties on imported household items that can reach 300%, 500% or even 900%?</p> <p>Those are the tariff rates that some in Congress and the Trump administration propose on imported bedding products and mattresses. Rates that high could drive some mattress prices from the $100 or $200 range to above $1,000. Talk about sticker shock.<p>Updated: Tue Dec 15, 2020</p> 346e4477f5d46873759d57b178796531 Trump Shouldn't Fall for Queen Nancy Pelosi's Gambit for 12/08/2020 Tue, 08 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Judging from the fake news media's collective primal scream this weekend, you would think the American economy were lying flat on its back in the intensive care unit. Yes, the economy has been battered in blue states that have masochistically shut down their hometown businesses. But in most red states that are keeping commerce flowing despite a second deadly wave of the virus, unemployment is typically below 6%. </p> <p>The jobs recovery has been so strong that we have 94.5% of the jobs we had before the worst pandemic in a century, and total wages and salaries are back up to 99% of their previous all-time high. <p>Updated: Tue Dec 08, 2020</p> 58025eea1760188f039f2c3b039203b1 Bad News for Progressives: It's Still a Conservative Country for 12/01/2020 Tue, 01 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>It's not exactly clear how it happened. No one expected it, least of all the media and pollsters. But that promised big blue wave of Democratic victories across the country turned instead into a red tidal wave from coast to coast. Most progressive ballot issues in the states &#8212; from tax increases to racial preferences &#8212; also came crashing down.</p> <p>A big reason for this turnaround in the election was the massive turnout for President Donald Trump on Election Day. The irony is that Trump's coattails pulled hundreds of Republicans over the goal line &#8212; but they didn't save him from a razor-tight defeat.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">So, how deep were the losses for the Democrats? In the U.S. House, Nancy Pelosi thought her troops would gain 10 to 12 seats. Instead, they lost, at last count, nine.</span><p>Updated: Tue Dec 01, 2020</p> b50fc818cdedd2dc9f54e47e1fac4cc6 Paris Climate Treaty Puts America Last for 11/24/2020 Tue, 24 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Here we are in the midst of the second wave of a once-in-a-half-century pandemic, with the economy flattened and millions of Americans unemployed and race riots in the streets of our major cities. And Joe Biden says that one of his highest priorities as president will be to ... reenter the Paris Climate Accord. </p> <p>Trump kept his America First promise and pulled America out of this Obama-era treaty. Biden wants us back in &#8212; immediately.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Why? Paris is an unmitigated failure. You don't have to take my word for it. National Geographic, a supporter of climate change action, recently ran the numbers and admits in its recent headline: "Most Countries Aren't Hitting 2030 Climate Goals." </span>That's putting it mildly. Most haven't even reached half their pledged target for emission reductions. <p>Updated: Tue Nov 24, 2020</p> f2a0c113b4f04002a6549bd940c54a95 Why the Media Trash Trump's Superrecovery for 11/17/2020 Tue, 17 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Let's be honest: The Democrats and the media want the economy to crash before Joe Biden enters the White House in January. They have been rooting against the economy for four years now.</p> <p>The problem is the economy isn't crashing and burning &#8212; just the opposite. The pandemic lockdowns flattened the economy earlier this year, and there's lots of heavy lifting to do to get all the jobs back. But they are coming back, and Trump will be bequeathing to Biden the swiftest recovery from a deep recession in modern history. The last quarter came in at a record 33% growth.</p> <p>The jobs report released earlier this month recorded nearly 1 million more private-sector jobs added to the economy. That means 12 million new hires in some six months. Nine months into a pandemic, and this superhero performance on Trump's economy has the unemployment rate down to 6.9%. That's half of what the Congressional Budget Office predicted.<p>Updated: Tue Nov 17, 2020</p> dec8eb29bf320f4daf87cf1d3aa2b04b I Guess God Isn't a Republican? for 11/10/2020 Tue, 10 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Think back to one year ago this month. America was at peace. American troops were coming home from the hotspots around the world. Incomes and jobs were skyrocketing, and Americans had made more wage and salary gains in three years under President Donald Trump than in the previous 16 years under Presidents George Bush and Barack Obama. The swamp was being drained. </p> <p>Trump was not much off the mark when he boasted to Lesley Stahl of "60 Minutes" that we had the best economy EVER at the start of 2020.</p> <p>The Trump pivot from the anemic growth of the Obama years was remarkable and almost instantaneous. By the end of 2019, poverty, unemployment, inflation and interest rates had fallen to their lowest levels in half a century. Wages and household incomes had risen to their highest levels ever recorded in American history &#8212; for every race, ethnicity and gender. <p>Updated: Tue Nov 10, 2020</p> 344707ee2709824d87b93c3208b64d28 Biden's War Against the South for 11/03/2020 Tue, 03 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Joe Biden has said he wants to be president of ALL the states and that he doesn't see red states and blue states. But his economic policies are a de facto war against the high-growth red states of the South and the Sunbelt. We are talking about states such as Texas, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and Arizona. </p> <p>The central idea behind the Biden plan is to impose national policies on red states that have already crippled the blue states in America &#8212; particularly states such as New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Instead of leveling the playing field by blue states getting smart and cutting red tape and taxes, the Biden idea is to force every state to have high taxes, union rules, expensive green energy policies and onerous regulations. </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Consider the avalanche of policies endorsed by Biden that crush red states and, in some cases, benefit blue states.</span> Start with the Biden plan to abolish right-to-work laws in 26 states &#8212; mostly in the South, where every state is right-to-work. For the past 20 years at least, the right-to-work states have created twice as many jobs as the blue states as auto and steel factories, light manufacturing and even tech firms have left the Northeast and Midwest and come to Dixie to avoid the unions. Now they would have to deal with unions in the South just as they do in the Rust Belt. This erodes the South's competitive advantage. <p>Updated: Tue Nov 03, 2020</p> 7c7b0f8bb9f4c3a99df66a90e12a3b0e Is the Stock Market Telling Us That Trump Will Win? for 10/27/2020 Tue, 27 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Why is the stock market so high? I get asked this riddle every day.</p> <p>The standard answers we hear these days are that the market is anticipating another $2 trillion Donald Trump-Nancy Pelosi stimulus bill (either before or right after the election) and investors are craving another drink from the federal firehose. Deficit spending has apparently become the crack cocaine for investors.</p> <p>Economists at the Federal Reserve Bank, UBS, Bank of America and Goldman Sachs also tell us that a President Joe Biden would be bullish for the markets because he will deluge the economy with even more deficit spending in the trillions of dollars. UBS even says that a Democratic clean sweep would be "moderately bullish" for stocks. And people actually pay economists for such lame-brained analyses. The historical evidence shows the market does best with divided control of Washington and worst when Democrats run everything.<p>Updated: Tue Oct 27, 2020</p> ceadbb730e24a1f3842ca22cc1208819 Biden's 7 Economic Deadly Sins for 10/20/2020 Tue, 20 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Joe Biden keeps claiming to be a centrist Democrat.</p> <p>Polls show that, while most realize that President Donald Trump would be better for our economy than Biden, many think that old Uncle Joe's economic plan is relatively harmless and won't endanger jobs, paychecks or retirement savings.</p> <p>Think again. Let's look at what's actually in Biden's economic plan so everyone has their eyes wide open when they vote.<p>Updated: Tue Oct 20, 2020</p>