Stephen Moore from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Thu, 17 Jun 2021 18:39:14 -0700 Stephen Moore from Creators Syndicate 6496bbccd76c48af4fb409b4da0d045a The Insurrection in Chicago for 06/15/2021 Tue, 15 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Almost exactly a year ago, race riots paralyzed more than a dozen of America's great cities, from New York to Seattle. The smoke hasn't gone away.</p> <p>As we should have learned from the last episode of urban rioting during the late 1960s, the devastating adverse effects from rage and lawlessness are long-lasting and borne mostly by minorities, immigrant communities and the poor.</p> <p>Amazingly, the media had rarely investigated what really happened last summer when criminal gangs seized control of cities under the guise of racial justice. The politicians cynically celebrated the violent protests as "mostly peaceful" and gave cover to the assailants by glorifying them as "social justice warriors."<p>Updated: Tue Jun 15, 2021</p> 31e7bbc00a3c8fae6c69c87ffbe606a0 Sorry, Joe: Fixing Roads and Bridges Doesn't Cost $2 Trillion for 06/08/2021 Tue, 08 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The Biden White House is furiously trying to cajole congressional Republicans into signing off on his $2 trillion "infrastructure bill." So far, they've held firm in saying not just no but "hell, no" to new taxes and spending to pay for all this. </p> <p>It turns out that a bill to fix our roads and bridges, modernize our water and sewer systems, and upgrade ports and airports doesn't require $1 of new spending. West Virginia Republican Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, who has been negotiating with the Biden team on a public works bill, has been slyer than the foxes in the Biden administration. She points out correctly that there's enough money already appropriated by Biden that can be "reprogrammed" for real infrastructure.</p> <p>If we take out the $1 trillion-plus spending in the Biden plan for fake infrastructure &#8212; I'm speaking of the deluge of subsidies for wind, solar and electric vehicle manufacturers &#8212; then it's easy to pay for road repairs and fixing bridges and modernizing internet access services with about $600 billion. <p>Updated: Tue Jun 08, 2021</p> b568523282bb7a7a94290030c885650b Suddenly, 'The Population Bomb' Is a Population Bust for 06/01/2021 Tue, 01 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Paul Ehrlich wrote one of the most famous and bestselling books of the 20th century. It was called "The Population Bomb." It was 300 pages of doom and gloom. The planet was being destroyed because human beings were reproducing like Norwegian field mice. It was a Darwinian nightmare leading the species inexorably back to a Neanderthal subsistence level existence. </p> <p>We learned this from the book's memorable, often-quoted and apocalyptic first sentence:</p> <p>"The battle to feed all of humanity is over. In the 1970's and 1980's hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now." He predicted that highly populated countries such as India could not be saved from the extinction. <p>Updated: Tue Jun 01, 2021</p> 99ad5a4f145f1b81fae8b4ab56999cdb Biden's 'Gas Tax' Is a Pain at the Pump for 05/25/2021 Tue, 25 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>One of my early memories, and not a happy one, is sitting in gas lines in the 1970s. My parents would rustle me out of bed early on frigid February mornings, and we'd pack into the Ford and speed over to the gas station.</p> <p>When we got there, there would often be six or seven cars in front of us. Sometimes, we'd wait 20 or 30 minutes for a fill-up. And we'd notice that every few weeks there would be someone on a ladder posting a higher price on the 20-foot-high sign. It always sticks in my memory because even though I was only about 12 years old, it was a shocking indicator that something terribly wrong was going on in our country. I couldn't understand how a bunch of Saudi oil sheikhs could hijack the greatest nation on earth.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Fast-forward four decades, and for the first time in my life, we had a president, Donald Trump, who made America energy-independent again. In the last week of December 2020, the United States imported zero oil from Saudi Arabia. Hooray!</span><p>Updated: Tue May 25, 2021</p> 447f4ac85613d3aa74cc959cda6b1e10 Democrats Follow the 'Science' and Reject Common Sense for 05/18/2021 Tue, 18 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Every time I hear Democrats sermonize about following "the science," I feel as though I'm listening to members of the Flat Earth Society. Science is what the left wants to believe to be true. It has become a way to shut off debate, not advance it. Remember: These were the fools who told us to shut down our schools for a year.</p> <p>We are seeing the debasement of common sense in full bloom now on the economic front. When the latest disappointing jobs report was released with unemployment rising, the Democrats refused to acknowledge that their high welfare benefits kept workers from coming back to work. President Joe Biden made the laughable observation that he saw "no measurable evidence" that the super generous unemployment program is a deterrent to working. He needs to get out more.</p> <p>My colleague Casey Mulligan of the University of Chicago and I predicted in The Wall Street Journal three months ago that the $300 per week extra unemployment benefits would mean 5 to 6 million people not going back to work because the government was paying them more not to work. The left laughed at this prediction. Now we see record jobs going unfilled, 8.1 million, even when there are 9 million unemployed.<p>Updated: Tue May 18, 2021</p> 97ad970823d2c113cb1038d956852d79 98% of the Way There: Trump's Super V-Shaped Recovery for 05/11/2021 Tue, 11 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The U.S. economy peaked in late 2019 at $21 trillion. We are now remarkably 98% back to where we were before the terrible COVID-19 pandemic slammed these shores 14 months ago. This rebound is one of the outstanding U.S. achievements in history. Since June of last year, the economy has rocketed by 34% in quarter 3 of 2020, 4.2% in quarter 4 of 2020 and now 6.4% in the first three months of 2021. So far in this current quarter, growth is more than 10%.</p> <p>Almost no one expected this. The Federal Reserve Board, the Congressional Budget Office and private Blue Chip forecasters declared this time last year that it wouldn't be until at least 2022 until the economy was at full force. The economy has spurted at twice the pace the professional forecasters expected. What a shock: Former President Donald Trump proved the "experts" wrong again.</p> <p>The recovery from COVID-19 is all the more impressive given the economic malaise in Europe and Canada, which foolishly keep closing down their businesses, schools and stores.<p>Updated: Tue May 11, 2021</p> 9168def48ee8a753b36bde6312659da5 Why Did Biden Census Bureau Add 2.5 Million More Residents to Blue-State Population Count? for 05/04/2021 Tue, 04 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>There is something very fishy about the new 2020 Census Bureau data determining which states picked up seats and which states lost seats. </p> <p>Most all of the revisions to the original estimates have moved in one direction: Population gains were added to blue states, and population losses were subtracted from red states. The December revisions in population estimates under the Biden Census Bureau added some 2.5 million blue-state residents and subtracted more than 500,000 red-state residents. These population estimates determine how many electoral votes each state receives for presidential elections and the number of congressional seats in each state.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Is this a mere coincidence?</span><p>Updated: Tue May 04, 2021</p> 5071005707b3cef409a9299735c228e6 Unions Sell Out Their Own Workers for the Biden Energy Plan for 04/27/2021 Tue, 27 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Another pro-President Joe Biden union just told it's rank-and-file members: Sorry, guys, you are all fired. </p> <p>Last week, the United Mine Workers of America union endorsed Biden's energy policies. Yes, you read that right. The coal-mining union bosses have embraced a bill that outlaws coal mining.</p> <p>This is about as dumb as the Pipefitters Union endorsing Biden for president. He repaid them with his first act as president &#8212; killing the Keystone pipeline. So now we have the Pipefitters Union against pipelines and the coal miners union against coal. <p>Updated: Tue Apr 27, 2021</p> 363a582e4605ae9b206ea358e292dab3 GOP Trustbusters Are Embracing Progressives' Agenda for 04/20/2021 Tue, 20 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>It's not too often that Republicans embrace the agenda of leftist Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. But it's happening.</p> <p>Sen. Josh Hawley, the young Republican senator from Missouri, has introduced a bill in Congress entitled: "Trustbusting for the Twenty-First Century Act." It may be the most dangerous bill to our economy from a Republican in ages. It would reduce American competitiveness, cost millions of jobs, penalize companies for growing and being profitable, kill funding for small-business startups, and empower unprecedented new regulatory powers to the deep state lawyers and bureaucrats in Washington. </p> <p>Hawley is no fan of the politics of Big Tech &#8212; who is? &#8212; so he wants to put new teeth into antitrust laws that were birthed during America's first "Progressive Era." His bill would 1) ban mergers and acquisitions by firms with a market cap over $100 billion; 2) change the standard of "'monopolistic" behavior from causing "consumer harm" to one that emphasizes "the protection of competition"; and 3) greatly expand the power of federal regulatory agencies to rein in domestic firms in the high-tech sector. <p>Updated: Tue Apr 20, 2021</p> 9cdf2e307057f585eeaaa110cc860a9a Biden's Green Energy Plan Declares War on American Energy for 04/13/2021 Tue, 13 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Am I the only one who finds it head-scratching that President Joe Biden, who wants to spend $2 trillion of taxpayer money on "infrastructure," is the same president whose first act in the White House was to kill a multibillion-dollar oil and gas pipeline that would create some 15,000 jobs? The Keystone pipeline that he canceled was vital to our energy infrastructure and wasn't going to cost taxpayers a penny.</p> <p>The Biden infrastructure plan is a head fake. The agenda here isn't about creating "millions of new jobs." It's a declaration of war against one of the largest sources of new jobs in the United States: our domestic energy producers. </p> <p>Some 80% of our energy today comes from fossil fuels, and well more than half of it comes from oil and natural gas.<p>Updated: Tue Apr 13, 2021</p> 56937fcc4e3f99be81b76b85e85e4f88 States Fight Back Against Biden War on the West for 04/06/2021 Tue, 06 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>President Ronald Reagan used to refer to our country as "these United States," not "the United States."</p> <p>That may seem to be an inconsequential grammatical difference, but a whole different philosophy of our system of government is embedded in that phraseology. Reagan reinforced the traditional notion of American federalism: that the states created the federal government, not the other way around.</p> <p>The states are to serve as "laboratories of democracy." Our Founding Fathers' ingeniousness was recognizing that healthy competition among the states was the best way to devise policy solutions.<p>Updated: Tue Apr 06, 2021</p> 5dbdfae0a10fff1c15f32a44ae3e5fca Are Democrats Dangerous to Your Health? for 03/30/2021 Tue, 30 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Rep. Jack Kemp used to say that minority voters "don't care what you know until they know that you care." Democrats have cleaned up with Black and Hispanic voters (although a little less so with each passing election) by professing how much they care. </p> <p>Ah, but it is also a truism that actions speak louder than words. Black voters made significantly more economic progress in former President Donald Trump's one term, despite his label as a "racist," than in eight years under former President Barack Obama. The Black poverty rate fell to its lowest level EVER under Trump, whereas little progress was made in Obama's two terms. Ditto for Hispanics. </p> <p>The income gains under Trump policies were larger in three years under Trump than in the eight years under Obama for both Hispanics and Blacks. Asian progress also soared high under Trump; the median Asian household income reached very close to $100,000 in 2018 &#8212; much higher than for whites. <p>Updated: Tue Mar 30, 2021</p> 3fa5d33de312110cf863487ebad70367 The Fall of Chile Is a Warning to America for 03/23/2021 Tue, 23 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Back in the 1970s, the nation of Chile embarked on one of the boldest sets of free market economic reforms in history. The government called in the Chicago Boys, as they were called, led by Milton Friedman and other University of Chicago free market economists.</p> <p>They were given a free hand to redesign the Chilean economic system with property rights, a low flat tax, privatization of the Social Security system and industry deregulation. In 1991, Friedman wrote that Chile now "has all three things: political freedom, human freedom and economic freedom. Chile will continue to be an interesting experiment to watch to see whether it can keep all three."</p> <p>For four decades, the experiment worked better than anyone could have imagined. According to a study by economist Axel Kaiser for the Cato Institute: "Between 1975 and 2015 per capita income in Chile quadrupled to $23,000, the highest rate in Latin America. As a result, from the early 1980s to 2014 poverty fell from 45 percent to 8 percent." Chile became one of the wealthiest nations in South America. And it happened in three decades, an eye blink of history.<p>Updated: Tue Mar 23, 2021</p> 34095f44637c725c75da96772fcce322 Don't Force Workers to Join a Union for 03/16/2021 Tue, 16 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>In 1978, when I was 17 years old, I worked as an usher at concerts and sporting events earning $2.25 an hour, the minimum wage. I had to surrender about 15 cents of this meager hourly wage to a union I was forced to join. I could never understand what a union was doing to help me since the company had the legal requirement to pay me $2.25. I was infuriated over the principle of this confiscation by labor bosses I had never met.</p> <p>I wanted out of the union, but they told me I must pay dues to keep the job. Shouldn't there be a law against this type of coercion?</p> <p>There is, actually. It is called the First Amendment. The right of association is not explicitly listed in the Bill of Rights. Still, the courts established this "fundamental right," ironically enough, in 1958 in the landmark Supreme Court case NAACP v. Alabama. Crucially, the courts declared that "the First Amendment protects a right to associate and a right not to associate together."<p>Updated: Tue Mar 16, 2021</p> 04dfb428c754ae8c6b31af423d8ad6f4 Red States Should Revolt Against the 'Blue-State Bailout' for 03/09/2021 Tue, 09 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Congressional Democrats are a runaway train with a drunk-on-power conductor in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. No matter how much evidence pours in that the economy doesn't need $1.9 trillion more in debt spending, the Pelosi locomotive keeps crashing down the track toward the financial cliff. Generations will have to pay for the joyride.</p> <p>One of the worst features of the bill is the "blue-state bailout." Twenty-one Republican governors and one Democrat are protesting the "biased" formula for allocating some $400 billion to the states. South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster complained that the bill "punishes" states that did the right thing by keeping their economies and businesses open during the pandemic.</p> <p>Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said the bill "loots" the red states to pay for Democratic governors who have locked down their economies.<p>Updated: Tue Mar 09, 2021</p> 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>