Ryan and Reconciliation Is a Powerful Combination

Politics / Lawrence Kudlow /

As of this writing, House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan has not decided whether to run for speaker. He has been bombarded by all the Republican factions. Even Mitt Romney says the Wisconsinite can unify the Republican conference and take ON the job.

I applaud Ryan's leadership and policy skills and think he would make a good speaker.

But...Read more

Every Now and Then, the GOP Should Disrupt the Status Quo

Politics / Lawrence Kudlow /

Nobody really likes government shutdowns, including me. But sometimes you have to make a point. Send a message. Show voters what you really believe. Take a stand.

With John Boehner set to resign at the end of October, many believe the outgoing speaker can team up with House Democrats to avoid a government shutdown on Oct. 1. Daniel Clifton, ...Read more

Why Don't These Candidates Ever Talk about Money?

Politics / Lawrence Kudlow /

While there were some great moments in the latest GOP debate, and some terrific individual performances -- Carly Fiorina seemed to grab all the buzz in the aftermath -- one thing that barely came up was the economy. It was very much like the first debate.

The day after the candidates faced off, Fed chair Janet Yellen announced a stand-pat, no...Read more

Can We Please Have a Rules-Based Policy?

Politics / Lawrence Kudlow /

As stocks endure their worst correction since 2011, and the battle between Fed doves and hawks rages on over a quarter-of-a-percentage-point rate liftoff, the much-anticipated August employment numbers made for a surprisingly mediocre report.

Nonfarm payrolls came in below consensus at 173,000. But private payrolls increased only 140,000, the...Read more

Protectionist Donald Trump Is a 21st Century Herbert Hoover

Politics / Lawrence Kudlow /

This column was co-written by Stephen Moore.

Here's a historical fact that Donald Trump, and many voters attracted to him, may not know: The last American president who was a trade protectionist was Republican Herbert Hoover. Obviously that economic strategy didn't turn out so well -- either for the nation or the GOP.

Does Trump aspire to be a...Read more

Fed Right, Trump Wrong

Politics / Lawrence Kudlow /

Just-published minutes from the Federal Reserve's July 28-29 meeting indicate that most officials saw conditions for a rate liftoff as "not yet" achieved. They may be approaching a rate-hike moment, but they're not there yet. Good call.

That's right: Good call.

As I noted in my most recent column, important forward-looking, inflation-...Read more

Move at the Pace of an Injured Snail

Politics / Lawrence Kudlow /

Pretty much everyone in the world wants the Federal Reserve to begin its "rate liftoff." September is the latest target date for this market consensus. But permit me one dissenting question: Are you sure?

Or as the saying goes: Be careful what you wish for.

Take a look at a bunch of forward-looking, inflation-sensitive market indicators. ...Read more

Economic Debate: Kasich, Rubio, Bush Up; Trump's Protectionism a Real Downer

Politics / Lawrence Kudlow /

With a record 24 million people watching the GOP debate, you'd think there would have been a lot more time spent on the most important issue of the day: the economy. Look at any poll. Jobs and the economy are always at the top of the list. But there was barely a mention of this on Thursday night.

The Republican Party is not going to win this ...Read more

Hillary's Inconceivably Stupid Capital-Gains Tax Scheme

Politics / Lawrence Kudlow /

The weakest areas in the weakest recovery since World War II are investment in new plants and equipment and investment in new business startups. These are the biggest job-creators, and their slump is a key reason for the subpar labor recovery, with low participation rates and an increase in involuntarily part-time workers.

So if investment is ...Read more

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