Stephen Moore (Photo: Willis Bretz)

Stephen Moore, a member of the Wall Street Journal’s editorial board and founder of the Club for Growth, is returning to The Heritage Foundation as chief economist.

Moore, who first worked at Heritage in the 1980s, returned because he believes in our ideas and because he wants to have a real impact on policy debates, he told The Foundry:

I really wanted to be on the front line of the policy debate and I thought Heritage would be the perfect place for that . . . I honestly believe that Heritage is the most influential of the think tanks in Washington. I don’t think there’s really any question about that.

His work will focus on budget, fiscal, and monetary policy and on countering President Obama’s newest offensive against “income inequality.” He will devise policies that increase economic growth in order to help the United States retain its position as the global economic superpower.

He has his work cut out for him: “One of the projects I’m going to be working on is how Obama has discredited liberal ideas more than anyone,” Moore told Heritage’s Rob Bluey. “Everything he’s done has been such a massive failure — from the stimulus to health-care reform to bailouts to green energy.”

Do you think Stephen Moore’s experience will be a good addition to the conservative movement?

Comments (99)

Erd Johnson - January 24, 2014

He will be a very good addition.

Tom Denmark - January 24, 2014

I think he will be a great addition to your already great staff.

Bob Pascalar - January 24, 2014

Steve is an excellent choice for our cause. He has the ability to make very important issues quite clear for the average person to understand. Your staff is now complete!
Bob Pascalar AZ

Robert Bruce - January 24, 2014

Yes, He’s one of the nation’s strongest believers in sound fiscal policy. No question. No doubt. And very smart.

O. - January 24, 2014

I am suspicious of WSJ, because of their radical amnesty positions, but if Heritage vouches for Mr. Moore, I must give him the benefit of the doubt. The Club for Growth definitely carries a goodly dose of conservative street cred.

Jan Pieper - January 24, 2014

I think S. Moore is a great addition. Will he still have a connection or be a part of WSJ’s staff? He’s done a good job there for sure. Hope for an answer, so thank you!

Max O Reeves - January 24, 2014

Yes, I feel he is a very competent person and I respect him very much. I have heard his analyses on Fox News many times.

Patricia - January 24, 2014

Absolutely! We need some one to keep us informed on the dishonesty this president is telling us, about any financial plans he is making or thinking about. We all agree that he is dishonest don’t we?

James Anderson - January 24, 2014

I really like Stephen. I think he will be an EXCELLENT addition to the Heritage Foundation. Good move!

James P. Lundy - January 24, 2014

Stephen Moore will be a great addition, an extraordinary catch for heritage. On another subject, please send me a bill for membership renewaL.This is my third request.

PAUL SCHILLING - January 24, 2014


Susan Haines - January 24, 2014

My husband and I greatly admire Mr. Moore’s work. We look forward to his WSJ columns and appearances on Fox and hope these also continue. Great addition for Heritage.

Edith Kurie - January 24, 2014

I certainly hope he can show how capitalism benefits everyone and deter those on the fence from believing “robbing the rich to give to the not rich” works!

Stephen Herman - January 24, 2014

This is a good move, but keep Stephen out of the Illegal immigrant debate, he’s on the wrong side. He tends to be a corporatist at times, so hopefully Jim can break him of this and bring him back home to the “constitutional” conservative that he was in the 80’s. He needs to fight for the indivudual, not the big government/big business interests

Linda Slomer - January 24, 2014

YES. Stephen is a great choice.

Ted C Earle - January 24, 2014

Great return. Congratulations!

Sanford Olnhausen - January 24, 2014

I have enjoyed Stephan Moore’s knowledge and comments watching him on Fox News in the past few years. He should make a good addition to Heritage.

Sandy Olnhausen

Richard Morehouse - January 24, 2014

Excellent. Mr. Moore is an excellent economist. I have heard him speak in person in Tucson,Arizona and many times on Fox News.

Mary J - January 24, 2014

I think this is the root of most, if not all, of the problems in this country. We are not a country who likes to sit still and let others work for us. I’m an old woman and I still work and I know lots of people just like me. Let’s get back to that frame of mind.

Michael Langevin - January 24, 2014

What a great addition to the staff at Heritage. He is a real winner!

Dan Calabria - January 24, 2014

Welcome back Steve.
As a big fan, long time admirer and former member of The Club for Growth, it’s great to have Steve back where he can have some real impact.
His time at the Journal was good for all of us, but they just did not give him enough “ink.”
Hopefully, that won’t be a problem at Heritage.

Les Taylor - January 24, 2014

Absolutely! He’ll be a great addition to the Heritage team.

Mr. And Mrs. Robert Loebe - January 24, 2014

Stephen Moore has long been a favorite of ours on Fox. He can do nothing but strengthen your fine organization. I worry a little less about the fate of our nation when I know that fine men like Jim DeMint and Stephen Moore are working tirelessly to stop the forward progress of the current administration, not only stop, but turn things around. God bless you.

Jess Dixon - January 24, 2014

I am thrilled to hear that Stephen Moore is coming on board with Heretage! My wife and I always watch portions of discussions with increased attention and enthsiasm when Stephen is speaking! We love his human approach to the discussions as well. Stephen Moore is at the TOP of authorities and specialists I have the greatest confidence in. You ROCK, Stephen!

Bill - January 24, 2014

Absolutely yes!!

Grant Richter - January 24, 2014

Yes, having Stephen Moore at Heritage will be a great addition. I have heard Stephen many times and he looks at the economy sensibly and fairly. I trust him and believe he will help bring more conservative ideas to The Hill that hopefully will be adopted.

Lorraine Root - January 24, 2014

Congratulations to Stephen Moore. I always like to hear what he has to say when he is on Fox News.

Joe W Janick - January 24, 2014

It’s hard to imagine anyone better than Mr. Moore to bolster your focus. I heard him many times and read his work as well. Avanti!!

Leona M. Grant - January 24, 2014

Steven Moore will be a great addition. I always enjoy & appreciate his remarks when he appears on TV programs.

Dick Hayden - January 24, 2014

A great choice.

Thomas Simmons - January 24, 2014

It sounds like Stephen Moore is a perfect fit for the job. We need someone who can counter Obama’s crazy economic ideas in an intelligent manner. Unfortunately, the Republican Party is doing a terrible job in this area. After 50 years as a registered Republican, I am considering registering as an Independent. How sad!

Loretta - January 24, 2014

Yes you will be a great addition to the heritage foundation. But I also hope that he continues as a contributor on FOXNews I always value his opinions.

eileen B - January 24, 2014

Great addition, but I hope he will still write for the WSJ or I will miss him greatly!

stephanie wilson - January 24, 2014

great idea! love stephen moore!

Jeanne Kipp - January 24, 2014


Kay Thoreson - January 24, 2014

He must be totally honest. I am concerned that the Club For Growth and FreedomWorks used dishonest ads to defeat more conservative Senators like Bennett & Hatch in Utah instead of the most liberal Senators. I want real workable reform, not phony money-raising agendas. What is his real goal?

MARY ELIZABETH KUCK - January 24, 2014

What a great addition. I always enjoy his participation on the various news/commentary panels. His association with Laffer, makes him that much more credible. I would love to see an event at Heritage in which they would both share the stage.

Bill Stein - January 24, 2014

Moore will be an excellent addition in this role.

Earle Smith - January 24, 2014

I love Stephen Moore and think he will be a great addition to your team. I hope he will still be able to appear on Fox, particularly Bret Baier’s Special Report. I think that also provides the kind of exposure that will be good for Heritage.

Naomi Henkel - January 24, 2014

I’m thrilled Stephen Moore has joined the Heritage staff! I’ve trusted his insightful, down to earth commentary on Fox News for years.

Laurie Yankovich - January 24, 2014

As a former member of the Club For Growth, I have missed his wisdom. Yeaaaaa to Heritage and the country now that his voice will again be easily heard. Thank you!

Ronnie M. Cosby - January 24, 2014

From his many reports on Fox News while at WSJ, it is clear that he will be effective in his role at Heritage.

Kris Urdahl - January 24, 2014

I love Stephen Moore. Great addition (again) to Heritage.

Jim Whiting - January 25, 2014

Stephen Moore is somewhere between the breath of fresh air and the voice crying in the wilderness, depending on whether I’ve had my coffee. Congratulations on the recapture. I’ve always enjoyed his perceptions, and look forward to more.


s - January 25, 2014

Always have enjoyed listening to you.LOC

Howard Wahl - January 25, 2014

Perfect addition to Heritage. Stephen Moore is one of the brightest and most articulate conservatives in the world. A class act we can all be proud of. Turn him loose and turn up the volume!

Reuben Burns - January 25, 2014

An excellent addition to Heritage.

Ademola - January 25, 2014

He might be a good addition to the Heritage Foundation. I watched him on Fox News several times making arguments in favor of legalizing millions of illegal aliens in this country.

Cora Jane Oster - January 25, 2014

So very glad Steve Moore is joining “Heritage” as your chief economist….excellent choice for all of us…Thank YOU! Jane Oster

Terry Herring - January 25, 2014

Steve Moore is a brilliant economist and writer. He will be a great addition to the Heritage Foundation.

ed langowski - January 25, 2014

I believe Steve moore will be very good addition to heritage.

Cece Krumrine - January 25, 2014

I really respect Stephen Moore. I saw him in person in Nashua, NH years ago and he had the crowd rockin’! I miss him on Fox News and always enjoyed his segments. I am delighted to see him back!

john G. Wells - January 25, 2014

I believe that he will be a great asset. he is levelheaded and insightful in his analysis. I have much respect for him.

Tina - January 25, 2014

I think Steve is an excellent addition to the Heritage Foundation. He endorses the Reagan principles of economics and has sharp insight in today’s liberal destruction of the country as a whole.

William Pfeifer - January 25, 2014

A very strong addition to the Heritage Foundation.

Robert Weaver - January 25, 2014

Stephen Moore and The Heritage Foundation; a good fit!

SteveJ. - January 25, 2014

Moore is totally wrong on (illegal) immigration, as is the WSJ editorial page. I hope the Heritage is not caving on this issue.

We need to enforce current immigration laws, period.

Robert Inabinette - January 25, 2014

Stephen Moore will be a very positive impact to the Heritage Foundation.

William Yankee - January 25, 2014

WOW! Of course I’m in support of the addition of Stephen Moore to the staff at Heritage! I’ve long followed him and his ideas.

Corbin Miller - January 25, 2014

I am very concerned that Mr. Moore will bring with him the WSJ’s open borders philosophy. I don’t wish to support the work of someone who believes that those who want our laws enforced and oppose amnesty (i.e., the vast majority of Heritage members) are bigots and Neanderthals, which is the Journal’s arrogant and uninformed view.

Janice McCombs - January 25, 2014

I think Steve Moore is brilliant and he will be a fantastic addition to Heritage!

eileen B - January 25, 2014

eileen B – January 24, 2014

Great addition, but I hope he will still write for the WSJ or I will miss him greatly!

David Fairbanks - January 25, 2014

His outstanding BIO and experience will keep Heritage in the forefront of “must read” journals..

Jim Bjaloncik - January 25, 2014

Steve Moore’s return to Heritage is a MAJOR coup! I have several of his books, read every article and commentary of his that I can find, and enjoy his appearances on various programs on Fox News. His addition to head up the economic powerhouse of ideas at Heritage will make it an even more formidable foe to progressive, liberal and Keynesian ideas.

Holly Chapo - January 25, 2014

Yes, it certainly appears that he has the requisite experience to be part of the conservative movement.

Joseph Warren - January 25, 2014

I do think that Heritage’s addition of Mr. Moore is smart. People who have credible backgrounds are needed to do analysis of liberal programs. Moore is a regular on Larry Kudlow’s Sat. radio program and has appeared many times on Fox news. It is vital to respond in some detail to liberal assertions and that is what Moore does.

Richard Holley - January 25, 2014

Stephen is the greatest, I listen to him on KSFO radio here in the Bay Area. He is a breath of fresh air, plus he know what he is talking about. R Holley

Margaret Rosenthal - January 25, 2014


Ruth - January 25, 2014

I get just a tad nervous when I sense someone believes compromise might help get us out of the socialistic morass in which we find ourselves. Compromise to conservatives means serious debate and a solution that actually serves our country and meets Constitutional law. Compromise to a leftist, Marxist, socialist Democrat means strict adherence to actions that will only further their lawless cause. This cabal has made normal discourse and honest compromise impossible. I trust Stephen Moore will not depend on compromise as a viable weapon in what has truly become a ‘war’ to save our Constitutional Republic.

Bruce - January 25, 2014

Stephen Moore is an excellent choice . A proven conservative with vast monetary policy experience . He seems to have a good sense of humor which is refreshing these days.

Marianne Leard - January 25, 2014

Having watched him over the years, I have grown to have a great deal of respect and admiration for Stephen Moore. He is very bright, serious and intelligent, but also has a very endearing, fun and clever side. His likeability factor rates a big “10”. He will be a great addition to Heritage, and hopefully a tremendous asset to turning out the conservative, independent and moderate voters in the years ahead..

Daryl Rupp - January 25, 2014

I am pleased to hear that Stephen has returned to Heritage. Go get ’em Tiger!

Richard A. Pollock - January 26, 2014

He will be a forceful thinker and communicator; I enjoyed his insightful comments on Fox News a great deal.

Manfred T Kraft - January 26, 2014

This advancement makes me very confident that the Foundation is dedicated to use its resources wisely. Hope that Heritage will be an information source and not shill for groups within the conservative movement.

Deniece Hazard - January 26, 2014

I donated immediately upon hearing that Stephen Moore was returning. I admire him greatly and look forward to hearing his ideas to forward the conservative cause.

Barbara Oaks - January 26, 2014

Stephen Moore will be a welcome addition to the Heritage Foundation..

Ellen Karaffa-Taylor - January 26, 2014

I’m so glad that Heritage Foundation has gotten an employee that will try to help us, the people that are being trampled on by the horrible, fascist left-wingers.

I have donated as much as can to this foundation & I hope others will do as much as they, too.

Heritage Foundation has put out a lot of true information to anyone who will listen & for me to know what is going on in our US. Thank you for all that you people have done!

Dot Budinich - January 27, 2014

Not only is Steve right on target, concise and so very knowledgable, his passion and infectious enthusiasm and delightful good humor, make him a real plus for Heritage..

Eileen Watts - January 27, 2014

It’s about time! He’s got a passion for economics and is able to convey the information in simple language that everyone understands. Great addition and spokesman.

Jim Armagost - January 27, 2014

He was a Keynote speaker at a conference I attended a couple years back. Very smart and easy to listen to.

Tom Baroody - January 27, 2014

Steve is an excellent addition of a person who truly believes in free market capitalism.

Barbara Cooper - January 27, 2014

Great choice! I just hope to be seeing him on Cavuto’s at times also.

Art and Mary Barkman - January 28, 2014

Great addition to your outstanding organization. We would love to see him run for Congress. We need people of his caliber in public office.

Jane A. Rainone - January 29, 2014

I say DITTO, DITTO, to all of the above —
Steve’s a real good addition to wonderful

Jane A. Rainone - January 29, 2014

I like Steve he has a very genuine quality when it comes to finances — he knows what he is talking about when it comes to fiscal policy — good choice Heritage.

Marti Wade - January 30, 2014

We really like Steve Moore; we learned about him on Fox News and when he comes on, we always listen. So glad to have him on board. He does have a way of making the “difficult” understandable.

John McGonagle - February 1, 2014

Great news/good choice/ one of a small group of economists including Lindsey and Laffer who understand modern economics!

David - February 6, 2014

I hope that The Club for Growth won’t suffer from his move to Heritage. We really need to replace more mushy moderate Republicans in Congress with conservatives, and that requires winning primary as well as general elections. Heritage policy proposals are great (except that old idea to have the federal government mandate that everyone buy health insurance) but mushy moderates like Boehner, Cantor and McConnell aren’t adopting Heritage policies.

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Mike Richards - September 6, 2014

The “Stop Them” agenda has not worked and will not work. I am still patiently waiting for a strongly positive bullet-point agenda that makes it onto television and radio.

Michael Morgan - January 12, 2016

Steve is outstanding. He always has an insightful view and financial and economic matters. He is top notch.

Mark Parrott - May 5, 2016

I loved your book It’s getting better all the time, is there an update in the works?

Dr. John Havick - July 9, 2016

Steve Moore is tops. I am watching book tv at this moment. I have question:
would population control efforts help conserve resources and help save the environment? (it is back to the Population Bomb)

Danny Watson - August 2, 2016

Stephen, Trump announced the idea of a US Bond, funded by individual citizens, to pay for infrastructure in US. If gov, would waive the taxes on 401K funds, if the funds were used to invest in US Bond, then many older folks would gladly invest in the new bond. They would also have to waive the minimum distribution rule on those funds.

fredejohnston - October 1, 2016

Steve Moore is a blithering idiot !

Oscar hardaway - November 22, 2016

By living in Dallas the Saudi destruction of the US energy sector has been up close and personal. My suggestion to the new WH is to innediately place a $10/barrel import fee on all OPEC oil. This will help level the field and bring up the price of US oil production to a level the industry needs to maintain jobs and viability. Thanks

Oscar hardaway - November 22, 2016

It is preposterous that the saudis have been allowed to destroy our energy sector. This after they have even ANNOUNCED it to the world by overproduction and dumping it on the US in misguide lawlessness. A $10 or $15 dollar penalty per barrel would go a long way toward saving the energy sector and returning it to vitality and putting thousands of sector workers back to work. Thanks

SAM STRASBAUGH - August 7, 2017

OK, here’s my idea. Since the stupid swamp RINOs won’t repeal OboCare after promising to, why not just replace it with one tiny change to OboCare. A minor change to the “opt-out” clause that would allow people to “opt-out” by paying a penalty just as now –OR– present proof of the purchase of an amount of health insurance equal to or greater than the penalty amount. This could open up health insurance like the wild west. People could buy the exact same policy they had before 2008. Or they could purchase one of the Concierge plans that have become popular. It would allow interstate insurance offerings, health savings plans and all sorts of innovative ideas.

There could be an executive branch commission that would certify that insurance companies meet minimum standards to operate as an insurance company (but would have no control over plans) and evaluate plans and post information on the Internet to assist citizens in choosing.

What would Dems complain about? That people can stay in OboCare if they like it? That people are sneaking out of OboCare to get the plan they had before 2008? That people want to opt out of OboCare AND pay for some other plan?

Bill Xenakis - November 29, 2017

Why don’t they normalize the state deduction by tying the amount you can write off your federal taxes to whatever the lowest state income and property tax rates are nation-wide (or to the total state tax burden). Then no one state would be unfairly burdened.

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