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  • 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…

  • Commentary posted February 3, 2015 by Stephen Moore The Tax-Cutting Boon Sweeping the States

    While the prospects for tax reform in Washington are dim, as many as 20 Republican governors are moving forward with their own pro-growth tax-relief initiatives. This is on top of the 14 states, including Florida, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin, whose 2014 tax cuts will take effect this year. Arizona’s new Gov. Doug Ducey says his goal is to eventually eliminate the state…

  • Commentary posted February 3, 2015 by Stephen Moore Obama Estate Tax Plan: Die Once, Get Taxed Twice

    President Obama's proposed changes to inheritance and capital gains taxes could raise the estate tax rate in the U.S. to the highest in the industrialized world. The plan, announced during the State of the Union address, would eliminate what is called "step-up basis at death" on capital gains taxation. And the top capital gains rate would jump to 28% from 20%. Under…

  • Commentary posted February 3, 2015 by Stephen Moore, Joel Griffith Following the road map to prosperity

    How does a nation or state create economic growth and rising living standards for its citizens? Once upon a time superstitious economists believed that growth resulted from how the stars aligned. Using astrology to predict growth is no more misguided than certain fad economic theories being peddled today by charlatan economists. Many Europeans and several South American…

  • Commentary posted January 28, 2015 by Stephen Moore Obama's illusionary economic recovery

    The big news from this week’s State of the Union address is that the economic “crisis is over.” Apparently, we’ve been rescued from a second Great Depression and everything this president has done to fix the economy has worked. All that was missing from Mr. Obama’s celebration was the old “Icky Shuffle” end zone dance. This no doubt came as a bit of a shock to voters…

  • Commentary posted January 14, 2015 by Stephen Moore Washington’s gas tax guzzlers

    Suddenly everyone in Washington wants a gas tax hike — apparently so that consumers don’t save too much money at the pump. As prices keep falling, the politicians and the moochers in Washington want a piece of the action. Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois and even Republicans such as Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee have linked arms with the…