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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.

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Chart to accompany Moore article of April 8, 2019.

How to prevent the next financial crisis

What caused the financial crisis and Great Recession of 20082009? A decade later, economists still don't have a good answer. Of course, the financial bubble in the housing market was the proximate cause, but this begs the question of what inflated the bubble that burst in the first place. Published April 7, 2019

Elite University Coffers Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The biggest college scandal of all

The seething anger that Americans feel over the college admissions scandal with wealthy and well-connected families using money, influence and cheating to bump their kids up in line so they get accepted into elite schools is well-justified. Yet this scheme is small potatoes compared to the real scandal on college campuses from coast to coast. That scam is how much universities are charging families once they do get in. Published March 31, 2019

Green New Deal Waste of Money Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

How the first 'Green New Deal' flopped

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal has been widely ridiculed for its massive disruption to the economy and a price tag of tens of trillions of dollars. Published March 24, 2019

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks at an Economic Club of Washington luncheon gathering in Washington, Friday, March 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) ** FILE **

The Democrats' $100 trillion agenda

Remember when Democrats complained that $5.7 billion for a border wall was too expensive? Well, that's chump change compared to what many of the congressional Democrats and nearly all of those 15 declared Democrats in the presidential race are now rallying behind. Published March 17, 2019

Illustration on President Trump's auto tariffs by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The tariffs nobody wants

In almost every case, whenever a tariff or quota is imposed on imports that tax is strongly supported by the domestic industry getting the protective shield from lower-priced foreign competition. The sugar industry supports sugar tariffs; textile mills lobby for tariffs on foreign clothing. The steel industry and the aluminum makers are getting rich off of the high taxes on imported metals. Published March 10, 2019

Federal Land Map to accompany Moore article of March 4, 2019.

The ongoing 'War on the West'

President Trump gave one of his most memorable and impactful speeches two weeks ago when he systematically dismantled the case for socialism. In that speech, he recalled the economic harm and destruction in nations that have adopted socialism, communism or Stalinism. "We will never be a socialist country," Mr. Trump pledged in his speech in Florida. Published March 3, 2019

Chart to accompany Moore article of Feb. 25, 2019.

'The four states of the apocalypse'

"This is the flip side (of) tax the rich, tax the rich, tax the rich. The rich leave, and now what do you do?" — Andrew M. Cuomo, N.Y. governor (2/4/19) Published February 24, 2019

Green New Deal Disaster Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Green is the new red

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, New York Democrat, has released her Green New Deal plan to the nation — and to great applause from the Democratic Party. Published February 10, 2019

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., accompanied by House Democratic members stand after signs a deal to reopen the government on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. The measure now goes to the White House for President Donald Trump to sign.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

'Democrats for border security?'

The government shutdown is over — for now — but the political ramifications are still being sorted out. The media has been chortling that Donald Trump "caved," and he may well have lost this battle with congressional Democrats. Their "victory," such as it is, is to notify American voters that they are so opposed to a wall and a secure border that they were willing to keep the government shut down for four weeks to ensure it doesn't happen. Published January 27, 2019

For House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the shutdown showdown has become increasingly personal. (Associated Press/File)

Navigating the Pelosi shutdown

On Saturday President Trump shrewdly flipped the table on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the government shutdown standoff. Published January 20, 2019

Chart to accompany Moore article of Jan. 14, 2019.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez vs. JFK

Oh how far the Democratic Party has fallen. In recent days we've seen the new darling of the Democrats, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, crusading for a 70 percent income tax rate. Published January 13, 2019

Illustration on the nation's ideological divide by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Navigating the great divide

In the months after the election of Donald Trump, there was a mini-political movement in California to get the Golden State to secede from the Union. Published January 6, 2019

Illustration on a job rich U.S. economy by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

2018, the year of the worker

If 2017 was the year of the investor with stock market gains of more than 25 percent during President Trump's first year in office, 2018 was undoubtedly the year of the American worker. Published December 30, 2018

Illustration on incompetence at the Fed    The Washington Times

Fire the Fed

In one of the most remarkable Abbott and Costello routines in modern times, the economic wizards at the Fed again raised interest rates on Tuesday. Their cracker jack logic for doing so is to steer America on a course toward recession so they have the tools in hand to end the recession that they themselves created. Can anyone tell us who's on first? Published December 23, 2018

People walks down the stairs inside the venue of the COP24 U.N. Climate Change Conference 2018 in Katowice , Poland, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018.  The two-week meeting brings together diplomats and interested pressure groups from almost 200 countries to discuss the 2015 Paris Accord and other climate issues.  (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Follow the (climate change) money

The first iron rule of American politics is: Follow the money. This explains, oh, about 80 percent of what goes on in Washington. Published December 16, 2018

No New Taxes Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The Bush tax betrayal

The eulogies for George H.W. Bush keep rolling in and a great American hero's life has been given proper tribute. Published December 9, 2018

Chart to accompany Moore article of Dec. 3, 2018.

Regaining trust on money issues

Republicans need to regain the offensive on the fiscal issues. The GOP has somehow allowed big spending Democrats to get to the right of them on the issue of financial responsibility and balanced budgets. Published December 2, 2018

The recession myth

There's an old saying that Wall Street economists have predicted eight of the last two recessions. The bears in the economics profession keep getting paid a lot of money misreading the nation's economic weather vanes — whether it was the power and durability of the Reagan expansion in the 1980s, the ferocious bull market of the late 1990s, the after-effects of the 9/11 attacks, or most recently the phenomenal revival of growth in President Trump's first years in office. Published November 25, 2018

Charting the danger of the modern left

No one understands the dysfunctions and debilitating impact of America's political system in the swamp better than Mark Melcher and Steve Soukup. For decades between them, they followed Washington for Wall Street at one of America's largest brokerage houses. For the last 16 years, the two have run their own, independent research shop, delivering political commentary and forecasting to the investment community, studying the intersection between politics and economics. This pushed them into a relentless pursuit of the new left -- measuring its deleterious impact on everything it touches -- most especially Western civilization. Published November 12, 2018