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  • Commentary posted May 27, 2015 by Stephen Moore Using tax dollars to lobby for more tax dollars

    Here's a half-serious question: How much do taxpayers have to pay off Boeing to make the Export-Import Bank finally and irrevocably go away? If the feds wrote a check to Boeing for $100 million, would they then let the Ex-Im Bank fade away after the current portfolio winds down? I ask this because the aerospace giant is the largest beneficiary of the Ex-Im Bank. The…

  • Commentary posted May 19, 2015 by Stephen Moore Obama’s poverty mythology

    Our class warrior in chief was at it again this week complaining about our “ideological divides that have prevented us from making progress” in solving problems like poverty. Just when you thought you’d heard it all. Our most ideological president perhaps ever is arguing that there is too much ideology in Washington. Wow. Apparently, an ideology is a firmly held belief…

  • Commentary posted May 18, 2015 by Stephen Moore Judges For Higher Taxes, Not Pension Reform, In Illinois

    Last week the Illinois Supreme Court overturned a state law that would help fix the state’s notorious pension crisis. What a tragedy for the state’s taxpayers. The justices basically ruled that the pension arrangements are iron-clad, although these pensions are on a course to bankrupt the state and imperil public services that Illinois families depend on. The unions come…

  • Commentary posted May 12, 2015 by Stephen Moore Promoters of renewable energy failed to account for the return of cheap oil

    The green energy movement in America is dead. May it rest in peace. No, a majority of American energy over the next 20 years is not going to come from windmills and solar panels. One important lesson to be learned from the green energy fad’s rapid and expensive demise is that central planning doesn’t work. What crushed green energy was the boom in shale oil and gas along…

  • Commentary posted May 7, 2015 by Stephen Moore State of the Planet: Better Than Ever

    Think about this: There is no time in the history of mankind that would be a better time to be alive than today. Although most people resist this message, and perhaps it is natural to have a yearning for the simpler times of yesteryear, nearly every objective measure of the state of the planet and the state of human progress shows vast improvement over time. You can find…

  • Commentary posted May 5, 2015 by Stephen Moore America's slow-rolling economic crisis

    Are the alarm bells finally ringing at the White House and in Congress? They should be. Last week’s pitiful 0.2 percent economic growth for the first quarter of this year means the Obama slow-growth machine trudges onward. It’s the slowest recovery in half a century. The Summer of Recovery that Joe Biden promised in 2009 still hasn’t arrived, six years later. This is a…

  • Special Report posted May 5, 2015 by Stephen Moore, Arthur B. Laffer, Joel Griffith 1,000 People a Day: Why Red States Are Getting Richer and Blue States Poorer

    The competition among the states is becoming more intense as businesses become more mobile. Toyota and Boeing are two high-profile employers in America that have crossed state borders because of the policy advantages of one state over another. Toyota moved from high-income-tax California to no-income-tax Texas, and Boeing, based in Washington, a forced-union state, opened…

  • Commentary posted May 1, 2015 by Stephen Moore, Joel Griffith Our dismal GDP numbers: Under Obama US stuck in slow growth rut

    Here’s some advice to the White House: it might be time for President Obama to cancel the rest of his economic “mission accomplished” tour and help figure out how to get the U.S. growing again. The Department of Commerce delivered the miserable news Wednesday morning that economic growth nearly ground to a halt during the first quarter, up a microscopic 0.2%. Even more…

  • Commentary posted April 3, 2015 by Stephen Moore The Great Worker Shortage

    The great conundrum of the U.S. economy today is that we have record numbers of working age people out of the labor ‎force at the same time we have businesses desperately trying to find workers. As an example, the American Transportation Research Institute estimates there are 30,000 – 35,000 trucker jobs that could be filled tomorrow if workers would take these jobs–a…

  • Special Report posted April 1, 2015 by Stephen Moore, Joel Griffith Keep the Spending Caps

    President Barack Obama and Members of Congress in both parties want to end the budget caps and the sequester cuts that enforce those caps. President Obama called the caps “mindless austerity” when he released his budget in February. These caps and sequester are a byproduct of the famous 2011 “debt ceiling” negotiations between Obama and House Speaker John Boehner…

  • Commentary posted March 18, 2015 by Stephen Moore How Pizza Became a Growth Stock

    Here’s a question that has been puzzling Patrick Doyle, the CEO of Domino’s, for months, as he puts it: “How do we list the calorie content of our pizzas on a menu when we have 34 million different variations of pizza?” The new menu labeling law, a creation of the Affordable Care Act, could require his company to do just that. It’s a textbook case of a mindless and…

  • Commentary posted March 11, 2015 by Stephen Moore Freedom not to choose

    My first job as a teenager back in 1976 was working as a blue-suited Andy Frain usher at sporting events at places like Wrigley Field in Chicago. When I took the job, I was required to join the local union and pay dues. My co-workers and I used to endlessly complain that the union was snatching money from our paychecks even though we were only paid the minimum wage. “What…

  • Commentary posted March 6, 2015 by Stephen Moore Right-To-Work Laws Expand In Midwest As Jobs Elixir

    Wisconsin is poised this week to become the 25th "right-to-work state," ending forced unionization and allowing individual workers to decide if they want to join a union or not. The Wisconsin Senate just recently passed right-to-work, and our sources in Madison say that the House, which is controlled by Republicans, will enact a similar law in the days ahead. Republican…

  • Commentary posted February 10, 2015 by Stephen Moore Give choice a chance

    Barack Obama is a Washington, D.C., resident – and one with a high income. As he likes to openly admit, he’s one of the privileged 1 percent who he thinks can afford to pay more taxes. Barack Obama also has all sorts of choices that many middle-class Americans don’t have, and almost all poor people are denied. The Obamas have opted out of the Washington, D.C., public…

  • Commentary posted February 3, 2015 by Stephen Moore The Great Alaska Shutout

    It was just one week ago that President Obama took credit for falling gas prices in his State of the Union address, and already he is sticking another knife in the back of America’s domestic oil and gas producers — to say nothing of the residents of Alaska. Obama’s latest anti-fossil-fuels directive is to move off-limits to exploration and drilling some 12 million acres…