Stephen Moore from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Sun, 18 Nov 2018 16:38:28 -0800 Stephen Moore from Creators Syndicate 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> 00aed3c6b8f351e52ed5075603b56be1 A Trillion-Dollar Blunder for 10/02/2018 Tue, 02 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I have spent some three decades railing against faulty budgetary scoring of tax bills, but the latest charade from the Congressional Budget Office and Joint Tax Committee takes the cake. The story of fiscal phony math is so indefensible when it comes to the Trump tax cut that you may not believe it could be true. Alas, it is.</p> <p>The story starts with the CBO forecast in 2017 that over the next decade the national debt will double to 150 percent of GDP in about 20 years. Those are debt numbers that don't have a happy ending &#8212; just ask the citizens of Puerto Rico, Detroit and Greece.<p>Updated: Tue Oct 02, 2018</p> 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>