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Stephen Moore

Stephen Moore is an economic consultant with Freedom Works. He received a bachelor of arts degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and holds a master of arts degree in economics from George Mason University.

Articles by Stephen Moore

Illustration on new GOP wisdom on taxes by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Stupid Party gets smart

Republicans have long been known as "the stupid party." They do stupid things, like waiting until mid-November to pass a must-pass tax cut that should have been done by April. Published November 19, 2017

Time Magazine Primal Scream Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Staying blind to the economic boom

Time Magazine's cover this week is a classic. It blares: "The Wrecking Crew: How Trump's Cabinet Is Dismantling Government." Also last week The New York Times ran a lead editorial complaining that team Trump is shrinking at an "unprecedented" pace the regulatory state that was erected to new heights under President Obama. These and other media reports have had all the subtlety of a primal scream. Published November 5, 2017

Chart to accompany Moore article of Oct. 30, 2017

Five biggest reasons to hate the IRS tax code

President Donald Trump has proposed what he calls "the biggest tax cut since Ronald Reagan." He also wants vast simplification so that Americans can fill out their taxes on a postcard return. Let's hope that part of this reform package will be to defang the IRS, which treats Americans as if they are guilty until proven innocent and invades the basic privacy rights of citizens. Published October 29, 2017

American Intellectual Property Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A better deal with NAFTA 2.0

America's trade negotiators are now in the process of crafting a 2.0 update of the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Fortunately, it now appears that Donald Trump's intention on NAFTA is to mend it, not end it. The trade deal has been a stunning economic success for all three nations: Canada, Mexico and the United States. Freer trade has meant steady increases in the volume of trade, greater competitiveness and lower prices. Published October 15, 2017

Illustration on the politicization of football by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Why sports and politics do not mix

There's a famous old Woody Allen joke that: "those who can't do, teach. And those that can't teach, teach gym." Published October 8, 2017

President Donald Trump participates in presenting the Presidents Cup to the United States team at the Jersey City Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J., Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, after the United States team defeated the International team in the Presidents Cup for the 7th straight time. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump's tax cut: 'Show me the money'

The latest Trump tax cut plan would be a steroid injection for the U.S. economy. Bravo to the White House and congressional leaders for packaging the biggest pro-growth tax cut since Reagan. Published October 1, 2017

Yes, the states can fix the Obamacare debacle

Back in 1996 I worked with House Speaker Newt Gingrich and House Majority Leader Dick Armey to pass one of the most historic bipartisan policy solutions in modern times: the welfare reform act. Published September 24, 2017

Illustration on American commercial and private air traffic by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

America's unfriendly skies

Liberals love to portray the Republicans as the party of the rich and powerful. The GOP has tried valiantly to shed that criticism, but then why are so many in the party defending the special interest favors that go to private and corporate jet owners over the interests of all the rest of us? Do Warren Buffett and LeBron James really need a taxpayer subsidy to jet across the country? Published September 17, 2017

Illustration on economic growth since Trump's election by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Trump boom arrives

Anyone noticed through the fog of Russia, Comey, Charlottesville, and now two monster hurricanes that the U.S. economy is booming faster than any time since the late Clinton years? Published September 10, 2017

Illustration on the rise of leftist violence by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The violence next time

Does hatred and violence reside only on the far right, as the media seems to be spinning things? Published September 3, 2017

'Keep it simple, Stupid'

One of the most enduring lessons from the Obamacare fiasco, is that to win a political battle it is best to keep the message simple. If there are too many moving parts to a plan, if Americans don't understand what the politicians are doing, or if there are parts of a bill they don't like, it probably will go down in flames. Published August 27, 2017

Trump's record on race

One lesson I've learned from working for Donald Trump is that you have to pay attention to what he does, not what he says. The left and the media are on a rampage accusing President Trump of being a racist and Nazi-KKK sympathizer because of his words in response to the horrid events in Charlottesville. Published August 20, 2017

Illustration on the Republican efforts to shore up Obamacare by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Beware the Obamacare industrial complex

The danger of a Republican bailout of Obamacare is mounting with every passing day. A group of "moderate" Republicans calling themselves the Problem Solvers Caucus is quietly negotiating with Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to throw a multi-billion dollar life line to the Obamacare insurance exchanges. Published August 13, 2017

Illustration on Trump's positive impact on the economy by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Trump Economy

Well finally we are getting that "Summer of recovery." The July jobs report was a blockbuster — solid job gains across the economy, lowest unemployment rate in more than a decade, and a nice bump up in wages. Published August 6, 2017

Chart to accompany Moore article of July 31, 2017

Why coal is Number One

Quick: what was the number one source of electricity production in the U.S. during the first half of 2017? If you answered renewable energy, you are wrong by a mile. If you answered natural gas, you were wrong by a tiny amount. Published July 30, 2017

How to fix the Obamacare fiasco

It's no grand revelation that Republicans have bungled the Obamacare repeal bill beyond belief. Sen. Mitch McConnell wants a Senate vote on full repeal of Obamacare with two years to come up with a replacement. This would be the ideal solution, but it appears he lacks the necessary 50 votes for passage. Published July 23, 2017

Illustration on the Cruz Amendment by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

How Ted Cruz rescued Republicans on Obamacare

Finally, Republicans are getting smart on Obamacare. It took one of the savviest Republican senators --Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas with an assist from Sen. Mike Lee of Utah -- 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 by flipping a political losing strategy into a big time winner. Published July 16, 2017

Smiley Reactor Towers Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Why the Greens hate nuclear power

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. Published July 9, 2017

American Prosperity in Fracking Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Making America energy dominant

In his latest policy speech, President 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 reduced the petroleum share of the trade deficit by 5 percent." Not bad. And what a welcome change from President Obama whose administration took every possible step to stop American fossil fuel development. Published July 2, 2017

The Illinois Shop of Horrors Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The Banana Republic of Illinois

The media has hyper-obsessed over the Kansas tax hike this year and has sold this 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. Published June 24, 2017