Stephen Moore from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Fri, 22 Feb 2019 22:39:45 -0800 Stephen Moore from Creators Syndicate f92dca776ed8a7dd5d1428854582deed All the Pro-Trade Democrats Go Missing for 02/19/2019 Tue, 19 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Does anyone know where all those free trade Democrats went?</p> <p>Since Donald Trump burst onto the scene, liberal policy wonks and their Democratic allies have had a field day torching him for his tariff policies. Last year when I testified before the Senate on auto tariffs, nearly every Democrat on the committee, including Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, spoke derisively of what they called Trump's "dangerous," "destructive" and "mindless" trade restrictions. They protested that protectionism was harming our relations with our friends and raising prices on our consumers and could thrust the economy into recession.<p>Updated: Tue Feb 19, 2019</p> 14323e6c08819904a02ce0f6e7f920a4 Green Is the New Red for 02/12/2019 Tue, 12 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, New York Democrat, has released her Green New Deal plan to the nation &#8212; and to great applause from the Democratic Party.</p> <p>This multitrillion-dollar manifesto isn't just about saving the planet from climate change &#8212; though that is the centerpiece. It also includes a whole social justice agenda that includes everything from "Medicare-for-all," to a guaranteed job for all Americans, a $15-an-hour minimum wage, and even regulations on how often you will be able to drive your car and fly in an airplane.<p>Updated: Tue Feb 12, 2019</p> 7c64b7181a38efd2029d500ddd3684e9 Donald Trump's Monetary Vindication for 02/05/2019 Tue, 05 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Well, what do you know! It turns out that amateur economist Donald J. Trump knows more about sound monetary policy than Fed chairman Jerome Powell and his team of hundreds of Ph.D. economists. </p> <p>Call it street smarts or call it business moxie, but Trump was dead right when he attacked the Fed, first in September and then even more savagely after the Fed's Christmas Eve rate hike massacre, which closed the day on a 650-point crash in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. More than 500 points of that blood spillage occurring while Powell was making his economically hapless rate hike announcement. <p>Updated: Tue Feb 05, 2019</p> 316f8de984ffec9770f013ee7ade4cf7 Democrats for Border Security? for 01/29/2019 Tue, 29 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The government shutdown is over &#8212; for now &#8212; but the political ramifications are still being sorted out. The media has been chortling that Donald Trump "caved," and he may well have lost this battle with congressional Democrats. Their "victory," such as it is, is to notify American voters that they are so opposed to a wall and a secure border that they were willing to keep the government shut down for four weeks to ensure it doesn't happen.</p> <p>Trump has thus exposed the Pelosi-Schumer Democrats as being hopelessly soft on illegal immigration. Some Democrats are starting to wonder whether they have dug their own political grave for 2020. This is why in recent days congressional Democrats are screaming from the rafters that they are for border security &#8212; just not the way Trump wants to do it.<p>Updated: Tue Jan 29, 2019</p> 714079bb01324d528138933feee435b7 Now Pelosi Owns the Shutdown for 01/22/2019 Tue, 22 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>On Saturday, Donald Trump shrewdly flipped the table on Nancy Pelosi in the government shutdown standoff. He has now proposed a grand bargain on immigration: legalization of some 1 million so-called Dreamers &#8212; the foreigners who were brought into the U.S. illegally by their parents &#8212; and an immediate end to the shutdown, if she agrees to expand funding to $5.7 billion for the wall.</p> <p>It's the kind of checkmate political maneuver that may guarantee his re-election.<p>Updated: Tue Jan 22, 2019</p> b2e90ed199d231ec6d4d5ad846147c50 Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez vs. JFK for 01/15/2019 Tue, 15 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Oh how far the Democratic Party has fallen. In recent days, we've seen the new darling of the Democrats, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, crusading for a 70 percent income tax rate.</p> <p>According to a Washington Times report on Thursday, several prominent Democratic presidential wannabes, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, are arguing for tax rates of more than 50 percent. Julian Castro, an Obama Cabinet member who is testing the waters for a presidential run, says approvingly, "There was a time when the top marginal tax rate was 90 percent." It's almost a race to see who's willing to raise tax rates the most.<p>Updated: Tue Jan 15, 2019</p> e4deda9589bedb7ad060b6391693419d Navigating the Great Divide for 01/08/2019 Tue, 08 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>In the months after the election of Donald Trump, there was a mini-political movement in California to get the Golden State to secede from the Union.</p> <p>It didn't get off the ground, though during a recent trip to Northern California, many of the people I met were still so distraught over the Trump presidency that were he to win re-election, secession would be much more seriously pursued. A majority of Californians don't want to be governed by Donald Trump, and many liberal leaders and talking heads openly compare him to Adolf Hitler.<p>Updated: Tue Jan 08, 2019</p> 225bc6a3953fced314849036e94ed5af 2018, the Year of the Worker for 01/01/2019 Tue, 01 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>If 2017 was the year of the investor &#8212; with stock market gains of more than 25 percent during President Donald Trump's first year in office &#8212; then 2018 was undoubtedly the year of the American worker.</p> <p>These past 12 months have slammed Wall Street hard, with half of 2017's stock blockbuster gains surrendered. But for now, prosperity has rotated to Main Street USA, where things have rarely been better than in 2018.<p>Updated: Tue Jan 01, 2019</p> 868609580b0bec44b518dc5ed137f561 Fire the Fed for 12/25/2018 Tue, 25 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>In one of the most remarkable Abbott and Costello routines in modern times, the economic wizards at the Fed again raised interest rates on Tuesday. Their crackerjack logic for doing so is to steer America on a course toward recession so they have the tools in hand to end the recession that they themselves created. Can anyone tell us who's on first?</p> <p>Worse, this Fed move doubles down on its blunderous interest rate rise in September. President Donald Trump turned out to be exactly right: The central bank pullback on money would slow growth and crush the stock market in order to combat nonexistent inflation.<p>Updated: Tue Dec 25, 2018</p> 12eef684d5c79ca628f9225b25d3785e Follow the (Climate Change) Money for 12/18/2018 Tue, 18 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The first iron rule of American politics is: Follow the money. This explains, oh, about 80 percent of what goes on in Washington.</p> <p>Shortly after the latest "Chicken Little" climate change report was published last month, I noted on CNN that one reason so many hundreds of scientists are persuaded that the sky is falling is that they are paid handsomely to do so.<p>Updated: Tue Dec 18, 2018</p> b81f7acde180bf04f666c3e678d64bc9 The Bush Tax Betrayal for 12/11/2018 Tue, 11 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The eulogies for George H.W. Bush keep rolling in, and a great American hero's life has been given proper tribute.</p> <p>But there has also been a rewriting of history about the Bush presidency that needs to be cleared up. Liberals love Bush for the very tax increase betrayal that destroyed his presidency. This was the official end of the Reagan era. This was not just the political blunder of the half-century, it was a fiscal policy catastrophe.<p>Updated: Tue Dec 11, 2018</p> ad1f79077f508bd4756a7d65ffa09165 Regaining Trust on Money Issues for 12/04/2018 Tue, 04 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Republicans need to regain the offensive on the fiscal issues. The GOP has somehow allowed big-spending Democrats to get to the right of them on the issue of financial responsibility and balanced budgets.</p> <p>Polls show that Democrats are now more trusted on balancing the budget than Republicans. That's like losing an arm wrestling contest to Nancy Pelosi.<p>Updated: Tue Dec 04, 2018</p> e0cc98ba7df1169fb26ebcf13fd73536 The Recession Myth for 11/27/2018 Tue, 27 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>There's an old saying that Wall Street economists have predicted eight of the last two recessions. The bears in the economics profession keep getting paid a lot of money misreading the nation's economic weather vanes &#8212; whether it was the power and durability of the Reagan expansion in the 1980s, the ferocious bull market of the late 1990s, the after-effects of the 9/11 attacks, or most recently the phenomenal revival of growth in President Donald Trump's first years in office.</p> <p>Most of Wall Street's top economic gurus thought Trump would crash the stock market and the world economy, and here we are with near 4 percent growth over the past six months and a prediction for the year of close to 3.5 percent. That's not a crash. <span class="column--highlighted-text">A stopped clock is right twice a day, but the Keynesians on Wall Street are hardly any better than that.</span><p>Updated: Tue Nov 27, 2018</p> 8289fcc2954b5b897db55fa45ffafcfc Charting the Danger of the Modern Left for 11/20/2018 Tue, 20 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>No one understands the dysfunctions and debilitating impact of America's political system in the swamp better than Mark Melcher and Steve Soukup. For decades between them, they followed Washington for Wall Street at one of America's largest brokerage houses. For the last 16 years, the two have run their own, independent research shop, delivering political commentary and forecasting to the investment community, studying the intersection between politics and economics. This pushed them into a relentless pursuit of the new left &#8212; measuring its deleterious impact on everything it touches &#8212; most especially Western civilization.</p> <p>To this end, Melcher and Soukup have put the fruits of their study into print. "Know Thine Enemy: A History of the Left," is nearly 1,000 pages long. It has been divided into two volumes, the first of which is available from Amazon (and Barnes & Noble). The purpose of this effort is to teach readers everything they can about the left, its origins and its many forms. They also identify the men and women who pushed back against the left, including the conservative icon Russell Kirk, to whom their book is dedicated.<p>Updated: Tue Nov 20, 2018</p> d0f5a1f137619e89e555fd9924754cbc Fannie Mae and 'Freddie Maxine' for 11/13/2018 Tue, 13 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of California appears a lock to become the next chairman of the House's powerful Financial Services Committee. Waters is pledging to be a diligent watchdog for mom and pop investors, and recently told a crowd that when it comes to the big banks, investment houses and insurance companies, "We are going to do to them what they did to us." I'm not going to cry too many tears for Wall Street since they poured money behind the Democrats in these midterm elections. You get what you pay for.</p> <p>But here we go again asking the fox to guard the henhouse.<p>Updated: Tue Nov 13, 2018</p> 460810f816cfeeaec46966c84d11dd55 Five Midterm Races That Matter Most for 11/06/2018 Tue, 06 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>I've been arguing for months that the ideal outcome in the midterm elections to set up Donald Trump for a landslide re-election in 2020 is for Republicans to hold the Senate and narrowly lose the House.</p> <p>Trump is best when he has a foil to run against &#8212; and who better (other than Hillary Clinton) than one of the least-popular politicians in America, Nancy Pelosi. She won't be able to contain herself or her deranged far-left followers from pushing a litany of half-baked ideas. American voters need to see first-hand how radical the Democratic Party has become.<p>Updated: Tue Nov 06, 2018</p> 82256bcfe6987104d2bb8198ac56dbe8 Why the Left Hates Prosperity for 10/30/2018 Tue, 30 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Here is Moore's rule of modern-day politics: The better the economy performs under President Donald Trump and the more successes he racks up, the more unhinged the left becomes. It's a near linear relationship. And it goes for media as well.</p> <p>That's why the monthly jobs announcements and the quarterly GDP reports, like the one released Oct. 26, are the unhappiest days of the year for the Trump haters. News of 3.5 to 4 percent growth and 7 million surplus jobs are the bane of the resistance movement's existence.<p>Updated: Tue Oct 30, 2018</p> 71812d3c01b2a2d558b43e3e2754af8d 'Medicare-for-All' for 10/23/2018 Tue, 23 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It seems like just yesterday that Democrats were telling us that under Obamacare, "If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan."</p> <p>That was a nice sales pitch to voters &#8212; even though it turned out to be a lie. Millions of Americans lost affordable insurance plans that were abolished under the Affordable Care Act. Still, people liked the idea that poor people would get health coverage and everyone else could retain the medical care they had.<p>Updated: Tue Oct 23, 2018</p> 693f47a5996de4e016aec58bc80d1c15 Trump's North American Trade Triumph for 10/16/2018 Tue, 16 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>For those on the left and right who were certain that President Donald Trump's presidency meant the end of global free trade ... think again. Though Trump's critics have dismissed the significance of the new Mexico and Canada trade deal, it's hard to deny that it is a welcome advance for the economy of the entire continent.</p> <p>The pact will extend for years a (mostly) tariff-free North American trade zone. This was Ronald Reagan's vision nearly four decades ago &#8212; and that legacy can now live on for hopefully many years to come.<p>Updated: Tue Oct 16, 2018</p> bdedc29cf01517adaeb30f0ee158ce96 Ending the Credit Rating Agency Racket for 10/09/2018 Tue, 09 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This month marks the 10-year anniversary of the housing market meltdown that led to the Great Recession. Is another crisis looming around the corner?</p> <p>Hopefully not, but it is worrisome that a decade later Washington is engaged in the same derelict behavior that caused the crisis. Government agencies are still issuing taxpayer guarantees on more than 90 percent of mortgages &#8212; many with less than 5 percent down payments. Yikes.<p>Updated: Tue Oct 09, 2018</p>