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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

Green Energy Mandates Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

How solar and wind mandates tax the poor and middle class

Liberals love to talk about helping the poor and the middle class and they are obsessed with reducing income inequality. So why is it that across the country they are pushing one of the most regressive taxes in modern times? Published September 16, 2018

Illustration on Trump and the Nobel Prize for economics by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Celebrating a booming economy

This past week I asked a friend at the White House about how the president was holding up against the onslaught of media attacks. "They didn't even deliver a glancing blow," was the response. It wasn't for a lack of trying. Published September 9, 2018

Effect of Auto Tariffs Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The threat of tariffs may work

Love him, or hate him, you've got to hand it to Donald Trump. His trade and tariff strategy — risky as it is — seems to be working. The master negotiator is hammering out agreements — first with the Europeans and now with Mexico — that are better deals for American firms and workers. Published September 2, 2018

Chart to accompany Moore article of Aug. 27, 2018.

'Don't let the Fed end the Trump prosperity'

There's an old cliche that the Federal Reserve likes to take away the punch bowl just when the party is getting going. That's what President Trump suspects that Fed Chairman Jerome Powell is doing now by raising interest rates at a time of a booming economy. Published August 26, 2018

Chart to accompany Moore article of Aug. 20, 2018.

'Who's the cleanest of them all'

Take a wild guess what country is reducing its greenhouse gas emissions the most? Canada? Britain? France? India? Germany? Japan? No, no, no, no, no and no. Published August 19, 2018

Carrot on a Stick Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

An easy way to lower the trade deficit

From the first day Donald Trump started running for president, he has raged against America's large and persistent trade deficit. Published August 12, 2018

CAFE Gas Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Making driving safer and cheaper

A few years ago, I (Steve) spoke at my son's 5th grade class about all of the wonderful things that we have today in our great country that weren't around 100 years ago. Inventions like cars. Published August 5, 2018

Trump's trade triumph

The media and other Trump haters can't seem to let themselves admit it, but President Trump scored a big victory for the American economy on trade last week. Mr. Trump and the European Union reached a handshake deal that is designed to lower tariffs on both sides of the Atlantic. They agreed to shoot for zero tariffs on both sides of the Atlantic. Sounds like freer and fairer trade to me. Published July 29, 2018

No Work Required for Welfare Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Liberal war on work

Once upon a time, work for welfare was a pretty accepted notion. In 1996, Bill Clinton signed a strict workfare bill that was so popular, it helped him get re-elected. A Brookings Institute study by welfare scholar Ron Haskins proved those reforms moved more than half of those on welfare (mostly young single moms) into the workforce, and millions eventually gained economic self-sufficiency. Published July 22, 2018

Chart to accompany Moore article of July 16, 2018.

How Trump can lower drug prices

One of Donald Trump's more memorable promises on the campaign trail was to lower the cost of prescription drugs. Polls show this issue remains popular with Americans — especially lower-income families — who are worried about high drug prices. Published July 15, 2018

Illustration on a zero tariff solution by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Trump's zero-tariff solution

President Donald Trump's automobile, aluminum and steel tariff policies have now triggered retaliatory tariffs from other nations, including Canada, the EU and China. Published July 8, 2018

Legal Entry Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

How legal immigrants contribute to the economy

Republicans are right to call for tough measures to deter illegal immigration — which means building the wall, ending the "catch and release" policy and challenging the harboring strategy of sanctuary cities. Published July 1, 2018

Chart to accompany Moore article of June 24, 2018.

The state of the American worker

Last week I testified before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce on the state of the American labor market. I summarized my message in one sentence: For American workers the job market has never — or at least, seldom — been better. If you don't have a job, go out and get one because they are out there for the taking. Published June 24, 2018

Chart to accompany Moore article of June 18, 2018.

Fake support for a free market in energy

All of a sudden everyone on the left wants "free markets in energy policy." As someone who's advocated for that for, oh, about three decades (let's start by shutting down the Energy Department), this riff should be music to my ears. But is laissez faire energy policy really what liberals are seeking? Published June 17, 2018

Chart to accompany Moore article of June 11, 2018.

Trump's economic boom

The left is quickly running out of excuses for why President Trump's economic policies have caused a boom — rather than the bust they predicted with such great certainty. Published June 10, 2018

Chart to accompany Moore article of June 4, 2018.

Eight reasons to still hate Obamacare

Remember Obamacare? The fight is far from over on the future of the Obama-era health insurance overhaul. Republicans are making a list-ditch effort this year to turn the program and the money over to the state. This isn't full Obamacare repeal, but would make a world of sense because states would be free to experiment and find ways to reduce costs and provide better services. Published June 3, 2018

Chart to accompany Moore article of May 28, 2018.

The mojo of Trumponomics

T.S. Eliot famously wrote that "April is the cruelest month," but when it comes to America's fiscal picture, nothing could be further from the truth about this April. The latest government numbers confirm that last month was a blockbuster for growth, federal revenues and deficit reduction. Published May 27, 2018

FILE--In this May 12, 2005, file photo, timber processing facilities line the banks of the Columbia River at Longview, Wash., near the Lewis and Clark Bridge. Six Western states and several national industry groups have lined up against Washington state in a legal battle over its decision to reject permits for a massive proposed coal-export terminal on the Columbia River. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

'Who turned off the lights?'

Is anyone paying any attention to the crisis that is going on in our electric power markets? Published May 13, 2018

Illustration on continued government interference with the internet by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The internet under siege

What is it about the internet that the government just can't seem to keep its greedy paws off of it? Published May 6, 2018

Chart to accompany Moore article of April 30, 2018.

Goodbye, OPEC

I have argued many times on these pages, and elsewhere, that the shale oil and gas revolution is the story of the decade. Since 2007 U.S. oil and gas output has risen by about 75 percent and the renaissance is still in its infancy stages. Published April 29, 2018