Larry Kudlow

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Blame Socialism, Not Shinseki

The VA problem is not Shinseki, it's socialism. The Veterans Affairs health-care system is completely government run. It is a pure single-payer program. National Review editor Rich Lowry calls it "an island of socialism in American health care." He is right. I've been arguing this all week. May 23, 2014 2:28 PM PT

Republicans Hammer Away on the Growth Theme

So the challenge for the GOP is to drill home the old Ronald Reagan point that Republicans can increase take-home pay, or after-tax income. That doesn't mean forgetting the Obamacare disaster, which as many predicted is falling of its own weight – the individual mandate is now dead. But it does mean the GOP must emphasize economic growth. Fortunately, many of the party's top thinkers are already hammering away on the growth theme. Mar 15, 2014 7:57 PM PT

Enough Pot Happy Talk

There was way too much giddiness in the media about the first day of legal pot selling in Colorado. Instead of all the happy talk, I think it’s time for some sober discussion and a strong dose of education about the addiction risks of smoking marijuana--particularly among young people. It may start out as a party, but it often ends up as something much, much worse. Jan 3, 2014 3:14 PM PT

The Fed Is Operating Without Rules

Basically, the Fed has become a central-planning agency that does what it wants when it wants, and will not be subject to the discipline of rule making. Over time this can come to no good. Dec 21, 2013 9:39 AM PT

Attack Obamacare but Talk Growth Too

There’s no question that the catastrophic debut of Obamacare--including the website breakdown and the millions of pink-slip cancellations--will be a great card for Republicans to play on the way to the 2014 midterm elections. But while my conservative-pundit colleagues are out thrashing Obamacare, I want to raise a critical point: Don’t forget economic growth. Nov 9, 2013 10:27 AM PT

The Liberal Entitlement-State Dream Is Crumbling Before Our Eyes

May I ask this question? Why is it that Americans don’t have the freedom to choose their own health insurance? I just don’t get it. Why must the liberal nanny state make decisions for us? We can make them ourselves, thank you very much. It’s like choosing a car, buying a home, or investing in a stock. We can handle it. Nov 2, 2013 2:55 PM PT

No Delay, GOP: Let the Dems Hang Themselves

One huge political question surrounds the catastrophic launch of Obamacare: will the administration double-talk, cancelled insurance contracts for millions, terminated doctor-patient relationships, sticker shock from higher premiums and deductibility, and damage to job hiring and economic growth get the GOP off the shutdown hook for the 2014 midterm elections? Oct 26, 2013 11:15 AM PT

GOP Should Sell the Individual Mandate Delay

The defeat of Senator Ted Cruz’s defunding strategy may not be the end of the fight to overturn Obamacare. In some sense, for free-market conservatives who want consumer choice and private-sector competition, this whole debate is about good versus evil. It’s a point that the brave and courageous Cruz grasps all too well. If Obamacare becomes permanent, it will crowd out the private health-care sector, including insurers and providers, and over time will create a single-payer, government-statist health-care sector. Sep 27, 2013 2:04 PM PT

IRS Scandal Warrants Independent Special Counsel

When you get right down to it, the political targeting and stalling of tax-exempt applications by the IRS was an effort to defund the Tea Party. Rick Santelli, one of the Tea Party founders and my CNBC colleague, was the first to make this point. I’ve taken it a step further: The IRS was taking the Tea Party out of play for the 2012 election, as it looked to avoid a repeat of 2010 and another Tea Party landslide. May 17, 2013 2:40 PM PT

April Jobs Aside, We’re Falling Behind

And with all the hysteria over the economic evils of the spending-cut sequester, government jobs have fallen only by an average 5,000 over the past three months -- dwarfed by private job gains. Keynesians should weep. So might President Obama. The sequester doom and gloom has not come to pass. In fact, 4 percent real growth in the private economy in the first quarter far outstrips the slippage in government spending. May 4, 2013 7:39 AM PT

Thatcher, Freedom, and Free Markets

Mrs. Thatcher famously said, “The trouble with socialists is that they always run out of other people’s money.” That dictum really stands the test of time, doesn’t it? Running out of other people’s money? Today? Apr 8, 2013 10:33 AM PT

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