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Message Matters: Trump Succeeded, Yellen Failed

Most political reporters are fixated on the presidential horserace rather than the message candidates are sending to voters. Message wins all the time. Message moves polls. Message raises money. Message determines elections.

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Larry Kudlow: I’ve Changed. This Is War. Seal the Borders. Stop the Visas.

I know this is not my usual position. But this is a war. Therefore I have come to believe there should be no immigration or visa waivers until the U.S. adopts a completely new system to stop radical Islamic terrorists from entering the country. A wartime lockdown. And a big change in my thinking.

Marriage Is Pro-Growth, The Economy Can’t Do Without It

Marriage Is Pro-Growth, The Economy Can’t Do Without It

The greatest economic challenge of our time is how to restore economic growth. Over the past dozen years, average real growth has slowed to 1.8 percent annually, under both Republican and Democratic presidents and congresses. It’s a bipartisan problem. And

Blame Socialism, Not Shinseki

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

Game Changer Jobs Report? No. Dems Shouldn't Jump for Joy.

Game Changer Jobs Report? No. Dems Shouldn't Jump for Joy.

Does a solid jobs report change the overall economic picture and offer the beleaguered Democratic party a new leg up for the midterm elections? My answer is no and no. Even with all the political slicing and dicing that accompany

Republicans Hammer Away on the Growth Theme

Republicans Hammer Away on the Growth Theme

Sizing up last week’s unexpected congressional win by Florida Republican David Jolly, Kim Strassel of the Wall Street Journal wrote, “The Republicans who win this fall will be those who have serious answers to the attacks leveled on them –

Enough Pot Happy Talk

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 Fed Is Operating Without Rules

The Fed Is Operating Without Rules

So Fed chairman Ben Bernanke finally pulled the taper trigger this week. And it was the right thing to do.  Stocks soared. And even with some backing-and-forthing, gold, commodity indexes, and the dollar were basically stable. In other words, financial markets

Attack Obamacare but Talk Growth Too

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. No question. The president lied about

No Delay, GOP: Let the Dems Hang Themselves

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

Republicans Must Get Wise to Obama's Hard-Line Fiscal Strategy

Republicans Must Get Wise to Obama's Hard-Line Fiscal Strategy

Judging from the speech Obama gave following the deal to end the government shutdown, Republicans better get wise to the president’s next fiscal gambit when the three-month stop-gap budget and debt measures come due.  As was the case with his

GOP Should Sell the Individual Mandate Delay

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.

IRS Scandal Warrants Independent Special Counsel

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

April Jobs Aside, We're Falling Behind

April Jobs Aside, We're Falling Behind

The really good news from April’s employment report is that all the pessimistic, end-of-the-world, spring-swoon forecasters were wrong. It wasn’t a fabulous report. But it handily beat Wall Street expectations. Stock markets soared on the news.  The bad news, however, is

Thatcher, Freedom, and Free Markets

Thatcher, Freedom, and Free Markets

Many profound and detailed admiration pieces will be written about the late Margaret Thatcher, and they’ll be much deeper than this one. But I want to get on record with my own esteem for Mrs. Thatcher, whose character, philosophy, and

GOP Prepares Strategic Retreat on Fiscal Cliff

GOP Prepares Strategic Retreat on Fiscal Cliff

Despite all the media hullabaloo about the fiscal cliff and a potential recession if none of the Bush tax cuts are extended, stock markets have behaved calmly throughout this whole period. In fact, as of this writing today, the Dow

A Global Recession? The Warning Signs Are Everywhere

A Global Recession? The Warning Signs Are Everywhere

Is it possible that we are already in a global recession but just don’t know it yet? And is the U.S. itself — still the epicenter of the world economy — standing on the front edge of another recession?   I sincerely

Obama's Class-Warfare, Tax-the-Rich Budget

If you shake out the Obama budget in terms of bold headlines, it’s really a class-warfare, tax-the-rich budget. Layer upon layer of tax hikes are piled on successful investors, small-business owners, and corporations. The capital-gains tax goes from 15 percent

Message to Mitt: A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats

That great phrase was coined by the late Jack Kemp, who believed that growth and opportunity for all is the answer to poverty. In fact, Kemp believed it was the answer to all things economic. And he was right. The

Romney's Attack on Crony Capitalism

Let me build on Charles Krauthammer’s great Friday column, “The GOP’s Suicide March.” Krauthammer argues that just as President Obama’s class-warfare, soak-the-rich mantra started lagging in the polls, some Republicans on the campaign trail started making the case that Mitt

The GOP Needs a Bolder Growth Message

Message to my fellow conservatives: Please don’t blame the mainstream media for the improvement in jobs, unemployment, and economic growth. Reporters are not making this up. The economy is better. It’s going to give President Obama a leg up on

SuperCommittee Tax Hike Spells Disaster

It would be a great tragedy if a super tax hike came out of a supercommittee compromise deal. It would do great harm to the economy — just as much harm as President Obama’s various tax-hike threats. And on the

Winners, Losers and Misses: Breaking Down the CNBC Debate

There were three winners in the CNBC debate: Herman Cain, Mitt Romney, and Newt Gingrich. Gov. Rick Perry was the obvious loser because of his memory lapse. The guy with the toughest job on Wednesday night was Herman Cain, who

Jobs Are Up, But Not Nearly Enough

Despite some modest improvements in the jobs picture with the release of Friday’s Labor Department report, I would guard against any irrational overexuberance that problems with employment or the economy are being solved. A smaller-than-expected 80,000 gain in nonfarm payrolls

The GOP Pro-Growth, Flat Tax Competition

The latest Gallup poll pegs President Obama’s approval at a new low of 41 percent. That adds to the thought that the winner of the GOP presidential-primary sweepstakes is going to be the next president. And inside that Republican contest,

Is Cain Able to Kill the Tax Code?

Herman Cain is the only GOP presidential candidate who wants to kill the tax code. That’s right. Put a knife in it. Junk the entire system. And people are cheering as he rises in the polls in his quest for

We're Still on the Front End of a Recession

The stronger-than-expected ISM manufacturing-index reading for September might normally suggest that the economy, at least for now, has dodged a recession bullet. After zero jobs and zero real consumer spending in August, which put the stalled economy on the front

Christie's Opening: Obama Is Demoralizer-in-Chief

So just when everyone had concluded the Chris Christie matter — saying “Great speech at the Reagan Library, but he’s not gonna run for president” — the New York Post comes along with a story that says the New Jersey

A Twisted Outlook: Obamanomics Isn't Pretty

Stocks collapsed roughly 700 points over two days after the Federal Reserve launched its “Operation Twist.” The market correctly perceives that the central bank’s plan to swap $400 billion of short-term notes for long-term bonds adds no new reserves to

It Is Class Warfare: Obama's Bizarre Tax Attack

It could almost make your head spin. With an economy on the front end of another recession, President Obama’s tax attack on the folks who are most likely to succeed, invest, start new businesses, and create jobs is nothing short

Bloomberg's Irresponsible Talk about Riots

New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg, in a radio interview on Friday, warned that high unemployment could lead to widespread rioting. That’s right. He actually said that. At a time when European cities have suffered massively from hooliganism, and at

Tiny, Targeted and Temporary: The President's Plan Falls Short

Who would have really expected a 300-point stock market plunge on the day after President Obama’s so-called jobs speech? Yes, worries over new fears of a Greek default ripped through the markets on Friday. As did fears of an al-Qaeda