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Stephen Moore, a member of the Wall Street Journals editorial board and founder of the Club for Growth, is returning to The Heritage Foundation as chief economist.
In an exclusive interview with The Foundry, Moore said he chose Heritage because hes philosophically aligned with the think tanks policy agenda and wants to have a real impact on policy debates.
I really wanted to be on the front line of the policy debate and I thought Heritage would be the perfect place for that, Moore told The Foundry. I honestly believe that Heritage is the most influential of the think tanks in Washington. I dont think theres really any question about that.
As Heritages chief economist, Moore said he will concentrate on advancing policies that increase the rate of economic growth in order to help the United States retain its position as the global economic superpower. He will also work on budget, fiscal, and monetary policy. In addition to his focus on federal issues, he plans to showcase states that are getting fiscal issues right.
Moore said states play an important role because President Obama is unlikely to address any of the long-term fiscal challenges in the remainder of his term.
We have a president who is not interested in compromise. He wants to advance a leftist, big-government agenda. Thats frustrating because hes not like Bill Clinton. We could actually work with Bill Clinton to get things like welfare reform done, which was a big victory for Heritage and the conservative movement. I dont see Barack Obama moving to the center in any way.
Next week during his State of the Union address, Obama is expected to once again talk about inequality. Americans should prepare for more of Obamas typical redistributionist rhetoric, said Moore, who believes that approach wont grow the economy.
One of the projects Im going to be working on is how Obama has discredited liberal ideas more than anyone, Moore said. Everything hes done has been such a massive failure — from the stimulus to health-care reform to bailouts to green energy.
Moore, 53, previously worked at Heritage from 1983 to 1987 as the Grover M. Hermann Fellow in Budgetary Affairs.
I was here when Heritage literally moved into this building, Moore said of the current Capitol Hill location on Massachusetts Avenue. Everyone thought theres no way Heritage is going to fill up this big building.
The 1980s were a critical period in Heritages history and Moore said that made his job — focusing primarily on the federal budget — exciting.
Heritage was Ronald Reagans think tank, he said. We had a president who was adopting a lot of our policies. And if not adopting them, paying attention to them.
Today, Moore joins a think tank thats grown in many ways. With hundreds of thousands of supporters and a team of 275 employees, Heritage is much larger than during Moores previous stint. However, he said the same concept that made Heritage successful in the early years — timely and high-quality policy research — is just as important today.
Everything is so much faster and in real time now, Moore said. You have to be nimble and responsive to whats going on day to day. Heritage pioneered that. And while we need to be an instant response team, we also need to work on big broad policy initiatives.
Heritage Action for America is another change — a sister organization that was created in 2010 to advance conservative policy ideas in Congress. Last year, Moore was critical of the tactics to defund Obamacare — a campaign spearheaded by Heritage Action — but he said the activist group is clearly a valuable addition.
One of the reasons I wanted to come here is because of the presence of Heritage Action, which can help put these policies over the goal line, he said.
Last year in a Wall Street Journal column, Moore took issue with Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint’s characterization of the late Milton Friedman’s view of immigration. Moore said he discussed the issue with DeMint recently.
Now, with immigration reform likely to be debated in Congress again this year, Moore said he welcomed the opportunity to work on the issue at Heritage.
Jim DeMint and I may not agree on everything about immigration, but what Jim wants me and others to do is develop a pro-growth immigration policy for the country. I dont want Heritage to be viewed as anti-immigration. We all know immigration is vitally important to our economy. Our goal will be to develop an immigration policy thats in the best interest of America, our economy, and allows the United States to get the best and brightest people to come here.
Career at a Glance
Moore said his career was shaped by three people who had a profound influence on his life: Julian Simon, a Cato Institute scholar until his death; Ed Feulner, founder of Heritage, and Art Laffer, the economist best known for the Laffer curve.
What makes them so great is they were willing to take on the conventional wisdom. They were subject to a lot of criticism for doing that, Moore said. Those are the real change-makers. It takes a lot of courage to do that.
Moores creation of the Club for Growth in 1998 fits that same model. He told The Foundry it was the defining moment of his career. The organization, which he left in 2004, helps elect conservative members of Congress, including DeMint when he ran for Senate.
Helping elect Tom Coburn, Jim DeMint, John Thune, Jeff Flake, Steve King — there was some really great people who are here because of what the Club did, Moore said.
After leaving the Club for Growth, Moore founded the Free Enterprise Fund before taking the job at the Wall Street Journal. In his role as the senior economics writer for the newspapers editorial board, Moore covered Washington policy debates and state issues. He said the job gave him a perspective that he thinks will help in his new role at Heritage.
Because Ive been a consumer of think tank material and policy research, I think I have a pretty good sense of what reporters want and how to get it to them in the way they want it, Moore said. Being timely — and not just offering opinion but giving them the facts and data is really critical.
Scratch Heritage off the list.
Sound like Heritage will be attending the GOP Amnesty Summit next weekend.
I'd like to see that fleshed out so any good arguments could be layed up against the 2000 pages of k|~ @ |) they plan to pass.
I am really surprised at this.
You people ahave got to get some perspective..
Getting Americans to work is even better for the economy.
It’s clear Heritage’s donors have told DeMint to get on board with Amnesty.
“We all know immigration is vitally important to our economy.”
Yes, and cancer is vitally important to a cancer patient. A head injury is vitally important to a victim of a car wreck. Obamacare is vitally important to our economy. What a bunch of crap. This is a disappointing hire by Heritage, to say the least.
What is he thinking or is he thinking at all —
It’s as if you need a spreadsheet to keep track nowadays. I don’t know Moore’s position on immigration, and couldn’t compare it to DeMint’s even if I did. I suspect few others know, either . . . but the direction of this thread is set.
Heritage’s Amnesty Pimp Oligarch donors told DeMint to get with the program or else.
The Chamber of Amnesty and other employer lobbies are going all out on this issue.
Is it possible that Steve was too far to the right for the WSJ? I’m withholding judgment until I see his views as a member of Heritage.
I’ll wait to see what it means.
A Strategic U.S. Immigration Policy for the New Economy
By Stephen Moore March 2001
Americas workforce ages, we need the infusion of young workers yes, even unskilled workers fill vital niches in our workforce to keep our economy prosperous and to avoid the kind of serious demographic crisis that may soon beset most other advanced developed nations. A policy of gradually bumping up quotas from the current level of about 800,000 per year to a range of 1-1.5 million would ensure that we have a steady stream of young workers to keep our economy prosperous when the baby boomers begin to retire.
Immigrants and Welfare
Studies at the Cato Institute, confirmed by other scholars, suggest that immigrants use welfare and other social services at about the same rate that U.S.-born citizens do, despite that the foreign born have higher rates of poverty. The taxes paid by immigrants typically cover the cost of public services used.
What will El RushBo think of this. And, someone, tell me what’s wrong with our old immigration policy? Do we even know what it is/was.?
Family immigration is also an imperative of our immigration policy because if immigrant workers cannot get their family members into the U.S., many will not wish to come. If we want skilled immigrants, we need to allow them to bring their families. Although opponents of the family system argue that it encourages “chain migration,” reports by the U.S. General Accounting Office indicate that chain migration is not a major problem.
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