Stephen Moore from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Thu, 27 Jul 2017 09:40:10 -0700 Stephen Moore from Creators Syndicate 80d003865df56a0b854b27af2626b765 How to Fix the GOP's Obamacare Fiasco for 07/25/2017 Tue, 25 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>It's no great revelation that Republicans have bungled the Obamacare repeal bill beyond belief. </p> <p>What's killing Republican reform efforts are the headlines projecting that some 20 million people will lose their health insurance under virtually any GOP plan. These numbers are complete fabrications, but all voters hear is that people will suffer under the Republican plan. </p> <p>That's why the GOP must change the narrative and focus on the three C's of health care reform: choice, competition and cost reduction. Lowering premiums through choice and competition will make health insurance more affordable for tens of millions of Americans. Obamacare promised these things and delivered the opposite: less choice and much higher costs to families. <p>Updated: Tue Jul 25, 2017</p> 47991e92d3bedca5358063af6bb71958 Cruz Rescues Republicans on Obamacare for 07/18/2017 Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Republicans are finally getting smart on Obamacare. It took one of the savviest Republican senators &#8212; Ted Cruz of Texas, with an assist from Mike Lee of Utah &#8212; to get the GOP to figure out how to replace Obamacare, reduce premiums and save money for the government, all without alienating millions of voters. He's pulled the Republicans' fannies out of the fire, flipping a losing strategy into a big-time winner. </p> <p>The Cruz amendment &#8212; which has been inserted into the GOP Senate health plan &#8212; is smart, because it doesn't take anything away from anyone. If you want Obamacare, you can have it. You can have the coverage for the 10 "essential benefits"; you can have the subsidies and exchanges that were supposed to save $2,500 per family. It's still there for you.<p>Updated: Tue Jul 18, 2017</p> f91c83f653104eeb1219a64dba72663c Why the Greens Hate Nuclear Power for 07/11/2017 Tue, 11 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Let's stretch our imaginations for a moment and assume that the left is right that global warming will bring apocalyptic warming by the end of the century and that the only way to save the planet from extinction is to stop using fossil fuels right now. That will be a spectacular disruption to world economic prosperity, because cheap fossil fuels account for about two-thirds of all electric power generation and at least 80 percent of transportation fuel.</p> <p>But if we did stop using fossil fuels, what would make the most sense as a mass-scale substitute to coal, natural gas and oil? What could reduce carbon emissions while also keeping energy affordable and reliable?<p>Updated: Tue Jul 11, 2017</p> a01f3f2161e4fd7fea664107082b0a45 Trump Can Make American Energy Dominant for 07/04/2017 Tue, 04 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>At the Unleashing American Energy event last week, Donald Trump renewed his promise of an era of American global energy dominance. He said that this energy superpower status would be gained by using all of our energy resources. He also noted that in just six months, we've reduced the petroleum share of the trade deficit by 5 percent. What a welcome change from Barack Obama, whose administration took every possible step to stop American fossil fuel development. </p> <p>Trump recognizes what almost all his critics choose to ignore: We are entering an age of American energy renaissance that will last many decades.<span class="column--highlighted-text"> While the left keeps placing bad bets on expensive and unreliable green energy, Trump has a more robust and realistic strategy: Make the United States the 21st century's Saudi Arabia. </span>We are well on our way, given the continuing story of the shale oil and gas explosion. <p>Updated: Tue Jul 04, 2017</p> a92b1ff77b009377a2c9571fd0d638b0 The Banana Republic of Illinois for 06/27/2017 Tue, 27 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The media has hyperobsessed over the Kansas tax hike this year and sold it as a repudiation of supply-side economics. But the real story in the states has been the catastrophic effects of tax-and-spend fiscal policy in Illinois.</p> <p>Last week, Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan endorsed a $5 billion annual income tax hike. This would be the largest tax increase of any state in years. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has blocked new taxes for three years but is now under intense pressure from the Springfield political machine to agree to the revenue heist.<p>Updated: Tue Jun 27, 2017</p> 58effcfd41537d7f98420cea358e75b5 Fast Growth, and Lots of It, Is Right Around the Corner for 06/20/2017 Tue, 20 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Every day, legions of economists dismiss Donald Trump's economic agenda and forecast of 3 percent growth as a wild-eyed fantasy. The consensus is that the economy "can't possibly grow at 3 percent," according to The Wall Street Journal. "Slow growth is the new norm, so get used to it," wrote Rucir Sharma, chief global strategist at Morgan Stanley, in Foreign Affairs magazine this month. </p> <p>Question: Why does anyone bother to listen to economists anymore? <span class="column--highlighted-text">The profession has become an embarrassment, and the most respected economists have shown themselves to have as much predictive power as a deck of tarot cards. </span><p>Updated: Tue Jun 20, 2017</p> 2751b0fba3490b226ebf745315b502d2 Now Hear This! for 06/13/2017 Tue, 13 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I'm technically disabled &#8212; but not mentally disabled the way some of my foes on CNN seem to believe I am. No, my disability is hearing loss. In one ear I'm nearly deaf. </p> <p>I have to turn the TV up so loud the neighbors say they can hear it from their house next door. My friends complain that watching TV with me is like watching Garrett Morris on "Saturday Night Live" shout into the camera to provide news for the hard of hearing.<p>Updated: Tue Jun 13, 2017</p> 96d17ff125f9fa0aa6535b8a56d22a4b Climate Change Hypocrites for 06/06/2017 Tue, 06 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Maybe the most laughable reaction to Donald Trump's pulling out of the Paris climate accord came from European and Chinese leaders who blasted Trump and America for "surrendering its world leadership" role. The sanctimonious leaders of Asian and European nations pledged to move full speed ahead on clean energy without the United States. Be my guest. </p> <p>But we've been to this movie before. The Europeans were all in on the Kyoto Protocol deal back in 2005 &#8212; an international treaty the U.S. rightly rejected. Euroland promised a massive shift to green energy and to abandon fossil fuels to dramatically reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. But guess what? The green energy revolution was a bust. None of these countries came close to meeting those targets. Now these nations, especially Germany, are moving away from the saintly clean energy sources. <p>Updated: Tue Jun 06, 2017</p> 5e1e868fb7c4a372023ffc301e3db08b No, Trump Didn't Cause Obamacare to Fail for 05/30/2017 Tue, 30 May 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It's finally official. The Affordable Care Act is a public-policy flop of epic proportions. That's the only possible conclusion from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City announcement last week that it will drop out of many markets in Kansas and Missouri. The firm lost $100 million under the Obamacare insurance exchanges from 2014 to 2016. This is another body blow to the government-insurance system Barack Obama created in 2010. Blue Cross is one of the biggest health insurers in the nation, and now 25 more counties in these states will have no insurer left. </p> <p>Nearly every news outlet buried this alarming story and instead shouted in headlines across the country: "23 Million More Uninsured Under GOP Plan." This was based on the Congressional Budget Office's estimate of the impact of the House repeal and replace plan. <p>Updated: Tue May 30, 2017</p> 6175353f9cfac36b65aa6ef84663730b Trump Tax Cut Will Boost Jobs and Growth for 05/23/2017 Tue, 23 May 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>A recent front-page story in The Wall Street Journal proclaims that 3 percent economic growth isn't achievable. We are told that 2 to 2.5 percent growth is the best we can do, because of low labor-force and productivity growth. </p> <p>If that were true it would be dismal news for the country. The long-term growth path for the U.S. economy from 1950 to 2000 was 3.3 percent. Now we can't even strive for a number below the average? Almost every year he was in office, President Barack Obama forecast that he would achieve more than 3 percent growth &#8212; but he never once got there. So the left says it must be impossible. Since they can't figure out how to get growth, nobody can.<p>Updated: Tue May 23, 2017</p> 53f549aca0964adfcddf5d5467b6efe6 Obamacare Taxes Are Dangerous to Your Health and Wallet for 05/16/2017 Tue, 16 May 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In many ways, the Affordable Care Act was a massive tax increase masquerading as a health reform plan. </p> <p>The extreme negative economic effects of these tax hikes have been under-reported by the media. Republicans are right to fight for the hikes' total repeal, but the left has retaliated, claiming that the GOP plan is a tax cut for the wealthy. That's the line from Warren Buffett, who says that rich people will reap the benefits. <p>Updated: Tue May 16, 2017</p> db8b478571f1adb9a2c88a21a397a208 Entitlement Reform At Last for 05/09/2017 Tue, 09 May 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Almost every promise made eight years ago about Obamacare turned out to be a falsehood. That is first and foremost why the law must be repealed. </p> <p>No, you couldn't keep your insurance plan, doctor or provider in many cases. No, it didn't save $2,500 per family (more like cost $2,500 more per family). No, it didn't lead to expanded patient choice. And yes, the tax increases and insurance mandates damaged the economy and cost jobs. We are now left with insurance markets that have entered a death spiral. The entire health insurance market will financially implode unless it's changed. </p> <p>The fundamental lie of Obamacare is revealed in the law's very title: the Affordable Care Act. Democrats and Barack Obama can sing the praises of this law until the cows come home, but no one with a straight face can say that it has made health care more "affordable" &#8212; except to the millions to whom we gave coverage for free. For millions of others, premiums skyrocketed by almost 25 percent last year, and as more insurers flee the market, those cost hikes are the tip of the spear. In Arizona, premiums have doubled &#8212; in one year. <p>Updated: Tue May 09, 2017</p> 39f53412db8c27b537f84359d62b75aa All You Need Is Growth for 05/02/2017 Tue, 02 May 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>As sure as the cuckoo clock chimes at midnight, the left is bloviating that Donald Trump's tax plan will blow a $5 trillion hole in the deficit. Many of the people complaining loudest were in the Obama administration and helped preside over a $9 trillion tidal wave of new debt. Now they are fiscally chaste. Sure. </p> <p>They maintain that a tax cut has to be paid for by corresponding tax increases on someone else. But raising taxes on Paul to pay for a tax cut for Peter negates the positive effects of the tax reduction. This also incites powerful interest-group opposition to the tax bill and makes it less likely that it will happen &#8212; which is exactly why the left is insisting on revenue neutrality. They want to torpedo the tax cut. <p>Updated: Tue May 02, 2017</p> 00772cd52e24f0f3fa2dff2a5c5fbb60 Weak Dollar Won't Make America Great Again for 04/25/2017 Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>President Donald Trump's assertion this week that the "dollar is getting too strong" led to a sharp decline in the value of the greenback. The market's reaction to Trump was a reminder that presidents often get the dollar they want. This has us worried that Trump and his Treasury Department will pursue a weaker currency in the mistaken belief that this will boost the economy and his presidency.</p> <p>The irony here is that the anticipation of many of his other policies, such as his proposed tax cuts, deregulation plans and Obamacare reform, have already strengthened the dollar since the election, because those policies would make the U.S. a more attractive destination for investment. Trump was partly right when he noted the irony that his policies are somewhat responsible for the higher dollar that he doesn't want. <p>Updated: Tue Apr 25, 2017</p> 6b22f4bd529b1968943d9a368feea914 Coal's Colossal Comeback for 04/18/2017 Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Buried in an otherwise-humdrum jobs report was the jaw-dropping pronouncement by the Department of Labor that mining jobs in America were up by 11,000 in March. Since the low point in October 2016, and following years of painful layoffs in the mining industry, the mining sector has <i> added </i> 35,000 jobs.</p> <p>What a turnaround. Liberals have been saying that Donald Trump was lying to the American people when he said that he could bring coal jobs back. Well, so far, he has delivered on his promise.<p>Updated: Tue Apr 18, 2017</p> 8b41fff4e5701e198220f08874f42ead Government Makes the Poor Poorer for 04/11/2017 Tue, 11 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>For all the obsessing in Washington over income inequality, why isn't there more outrage over government policies that exacerbate the problem? There are hundreds of programs that increase poverty in America. Last week, at the Heritage Foundation forum on this very topic, my colleagues exposed many of these programs. </p> <p>Economist Don Boudreaux of George Mason University unmasked two such policies. One is trade protectionism. Trade barriers raise prices and act as a regressive tax on Americans, Boudreaux explains. They also stunt the very process of innovation that makes goods and services widely available to people at affordable prices to begin with. Think about the consumers who shop for those everyday low prices at Wal-Mart: They're not Hillary Clinton. <p>Updated: Tue Apr 11, 2017</p> 4403d301e8f31ed6b681a5703fa064c3 What Congress Can Learn From the Rhode Island Miracle for 04/04/2017 Tue, 04 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>You'd be hard-pressed to find a more poorly designed program in the federal budget than Medicaid, the health insurance program for low-income Americans. The costs are shared between the states and the feds, which means that the more money a state wastes under Medicaid, the bigger the check Washington writes to the state. No wonder the program costs keep spiraling out of control. </p> <p>Obamacare added nearly 20 million people to the Medicaid rolls, and the left considers that a policy victory. Federal and state budgets are swelling. <p>Updated: Tue Apr 04, 2017</p> 6c3ba2feff3dfbf5455f1b65c1a6d54d The False Compassion of Liberalism for 03/28/2017 Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Last week on CNN I debated a liberal commentator who complained that the problem with President Donald Trump's budget blueprint is that it lacks "compassion" for the poor, for children and for the disabled. This woman went on to ask me how I could defend a budget that would cut Meals on Wheels, after-school programs and special-education funding, because without the federal dollars, these vital services would go away. </p> <p>This ideology &#8212; that the government action is a sign of compassion &#8212; is upside-down and contrary to the Christian notion of charity. <p>Updated: Tue Mar 28, 2017</p> 8a65404357c9f75aa50cefabed7da3c7 Trump Budget Drains the Swamp for 03/21/2017 Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Everyone in Washington hates Donald Trump's new budget. So it must have something going for it. This is a budget plan that will surgically remove trillions of dollars of wasteful spending from the obese $3.9 trillion federal budget. Many agencies will have to live with cuts of 5, 10 and 30 percent, while other outdated, duplicative or unproductive programs will go to the graveyard. </p> <p>It's a gutsy document that takes on the hoards of special-interest groups that populate Washington, D.C. The Washington metropolitan workforce will shrink, and so the town is in cardiac arrest. The Washington Post quoted an unnamed "official" who said that his fellow workers at the Department of Housing and Urban Development were feeling "demoralized." Boohoo. Then the anonymous bureaucrat added: "This is just a tough, tough time. HUD is no different than any other domestic agency in just feeling as though these cuts are all very arbitrary and unnecessary."<p>Updated: Tue Mar 21, 2017</p> e6fbeeda2efe57f7d9a4151952dcbdc9 Europe's Lesson Teaches Us: Don't Go Green for 03/14/2017 Tue, 14 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If you listen to the media narrative on climate change and "clean energy," you'd think that the rest of the world has moved smartly and seamlessly toward 21st century green energy while the U.S. is the high-polluting laggard that just won't get with the program to save the planet. </p> <p>Think again. <span class="column--highlighted-text">The green energy revolution around the world has turned into a big green meltdown, with many nations sprinting away from "renewable" energy with the speed of Usain Bolt. </span><p>Updated: Tue Mar 14, 2017</p>