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  • Commentary posted April 13, 2015 by John Gray Where your tax dollars go

    It's a question that naturally springs to mind when tax season rolls around: Where are all those tax dollars being spent? In total, Washington will spend $12,304 per citizen. Unfortunately, the government will only collect $10,878 in tax revenue per person. That means that, you, the American citizen, will be left with a tab of $1,426. The $1,426 dollars placed on every…

  • 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…

  • Commentary posted January 6, 2015 by Stephen Moore US economy: Why I'm optimistic about growth in 2015

    Could 2015 be the breakout year for the economy? Last week we got very joyful news: The economy grew by nearly 5 percent in the third quarter of 2014, after 4.6 percent growth in the second quarter. That’s a giant increase from the 2 percent rut the economy has been mired in for the past six years. Hiring is finally starting to pick up its pace, albeit…

  • Commentary posted January 6, 2015 by Stephen Moore Pensions a middle-class crusher

    For “Outrageous Government Scam of 2014,” it’s hard to compete with the news of the supersized public employee pensions in California. If you haven't already heard: In 2013, an assistant fire chief in Southern California collected a $983,319 pension. A police captain in Los Angeles received nearly $753,861. Talk about a golden parachute. And the report on Golden State…