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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

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

Chart to accompany Moore article of June 19, 2017

Much fast growth right around the corner

Every day there are legions of new economists who dismiss the Donald Trump economic agenda and his forecast of 3 percent growth as a wild-eyed fantasy. The consensus is that the economy "can't possibly grow at 3 percent" says The Wall Street Journal. "Slow growth is the new norm, so get used to it," writes Rucir Sharma, Morgan Stanley, chief global strategist at Morgan Stanley in Foreign Affairs magazine this month. Published June 18, 2017

Illustration on the Honeymooners by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Honoring dad on Father's Day

This will be the first Father's Day that I won't be able to talk to my dad by phone or in person. He died at the ripe old age of 94 back in February. Wish you could have known him. Published June 15, 2017

Hearing Aid Solutions Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

'Now hear this!'

I'm technically disabled -- but not mentally disabled the way some of my foes on CNN seem to believe. No, my disability is hearing loss (in one ear I'm nearly deaf). Published June 11, 2017

China Pollution Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Climate change hypocrites

Maybe the phoniest and most laughable reaction to President Donald Trump pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord was the European and Chinese leaders who blasted Mr. Trump and America for "surrendering its world leadership" role. The sanctimonious leaders in Asia and European nations pledged to move full speed ahead on clean energy with or without the United States. Be my guest. Published June 4, 2017

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk from Marine One across the South Lawn to the White House in Washington, Saturday, May 27, 2017, as they return from Sigonella, Italy. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

No, Trump didn't cause Obamacare to fail

It's finally official. Obamacare is a public policy flop of epic proportions. That's the only possible conclusion from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City announcement last week that it will drop out of many markets in Kansas and Missouri. Published May 28, 2017

Product of Venezuela Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Cry for me, Venezuela

I often say only half-jokingly to students on college campuses who are all in with Bernie Sanders that if they think socialism is such a wonderful economic model: how about a one-way ticket to Caracas? Published May 21, 2017

Illustration on the unfairness of paying for preexisting conditions by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

America's sickly health insurance system

I'm beginning to wonder whether anyone in Washington or in the media has the slightest clue what insurance is? Here is a standard dictionary definition of the term: "Insurance -- A promise of compensation for specific potential future losses in exchange for a periodic payment. Insurance is designed to protect the financial well-being of an individual, company or other entity in the case of unexpected loss." Published May 7, 2017

FILE - In this April 15, 2017, file photo, demonstrators participate in a march and rally in New York to demand President Donald Trump release his tax returns. New York Democrats have hatched a plan in Albany to get a look at President Donald Trump's tax records by crafting a piece of specific legislation that does everything but mention him by name. The bill in New York's Legislature would require the state to release five years of state tax information for any president or vice president who files a New York state return. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

'All you need is growth'

As sure as the cuckoo clock chimes at midnight, the left is bloviating that the Trump tax plan will "blow a $5 trillion hole in the deficit." Many of the people complaining loudest were in the Obama administration and helped preside over a $9 trillion tidal wave of new debt. Now they are fiscally chaste. Sure. Published April 30, 2017

Trump's Coal Comeback Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

King Coal's big comeback

Buried in an otherwise humdrum jobs report for March was the jaw-dropping pronouncement by the Labor Department that mining jobs in America were up by 11,000 in March. Since the low point in October 2016 and following years of painful layoffs in the mining industry, the mining sector has added 35,000 jobs. Published April 16, 2017

Illustration on government policies that keep the poor poor by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

How government makes the poor poorer

For all the obsession in Washington and in college faculty lounges over income inequality, why isn't there more outrage over government policies that exacerbate the problem? There are hundreds of programs that make the poor, poorer and increase poverty in America. Many of them were exposed last week by my colleagues at the Heritage Foundation forum on this very topic. Published April 9, 2017