Stephen Moore, Trump’s Feeble Fed Pick

Stephen Moore, Trump's Feeble Fed Pick

Stephen Moore, political pundit and doctrinaire supply-side dolt, wrote an ill-informed Wall Street Journal op-ed blasting the Federal Reserve. The Journal booted him for being a political hack, but Donald Trump nominated him for the Federal Reserve Board.

Mr. Moore is not an actual economist, but that’s no barrier in today’s Republican Party. He’s been at the Heritage Foundation and Cato Institute, worked on Ronald Reagan’s Privatization Commission, and helped Dick Armey draft the so-called FairTax proposal, essentially a regressive tax on the poor. More to the point, he worked on the 2016 Trump campaign and co-authored Trumponomics, a 2018 wet dream of low tax rates for the rich.

Stephen Moore knows all about Federal taxation; he owes the IRS more than $75,000 in back taxes. He also shares the Trump Administration’s respect for law and family values; a Maryland court held him in contempt for failing to pay his ex-wife over $300,000 in alimony and child support.

Who thinks Stephen Moore is a bad choice for the Fed? Real economists. A whole lot of them.

Who (besides Donald Trump) thinks Stephen Moore is a great Fed choice? Former cable TV pundit and Trump economic advisor Larry Kudlow, a man with an even worse record on the economy than Stephen Moore.

President Trump may have found a way to make Stephen Moore look a bit better. He plans to nominate pizza czar Herman Cain of “9-9-9 Tax” and sexcapade fame to the other vacant Federal Reserve Board seat.


“Trump Nominates Famous Idiot Stephen Moore to Federal Reserve Board,” Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine

“Stephen Moore would change the Federal Reserve for the worse — much worse,” Matt O’Brien, Washington Post

“Economists Forecast Stephen Moore Wouldn’t Be Good For Fed Post,” Scott Horsley, NPR News

“Moore is less,” Steven Pearlstein, Washington Post

“Trump Wants Herman Cain on the Fed Because He’s an Unqualified Hack,” Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine

“How Trump would make the Fed a partisan tool,” Roger Lowenstein, Washington Post


“Larry Kudlow defends Herman Cain: A lot of sexual allegations ‘don’t necessarily pan out,'” Kyle Balluck, The Hill

“Herman Cain Opens a New #MeToo Minefield for Republicans,” Alan Rappeport and Kenneth P. Vogel, New York Times

“‘Very smart people’: Trump adviser defends Cain and Moore Fed picks,” Martin Pengelly, The Guardian

“The Federal Reserve is already full of Trump’s picks,” Dion Rabouin, Axios

“What’s at Risk if the Fed Becomes as Partisan as the Rest of Washington, Neil Irwin, New York Times

“Trump’s Fed pick Stephen Moore is a self-described ‘radical’ who said he’s not a ‘big believer in democracy,'” Andrew Kaczynski and Paul LeBlanc, CNN

“Does Anyone Really Support Stephen Moore at the Fed?” Jonathan Bernstein, Bloomberg

“Stephen Moore’s Fed Candidacy Would Be A Sure Thing If He Hadn’t Said Anything Ever,” Jon Shazar, Dealbreaker

“If Republicans can’t stomach Herman Cain for the Fed, how on earth can they tolerate Stephen Moore?” Matt O’Brien, Washington Post


“Snake-Oil Economics: The Bad Math Behind Trump’s Policies,” N. Gregory Mankiw, Foreign Affairs


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