Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Overthrow the Establishment to Fix the Economy

 
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Wilbur Ross.

Famed investor Wilbur Ross recently told CNBC that “Trump represents a more radical new approach to government that the nation’s economy desperately needs.” He’s right. Trump seeks an overthrow of the establishment. He’s a disrupter. Just what we need to fix the economy.

The situation is that desperate.

The last 15 years of economic policy, especially the last eight years, represent a relapse that harks back to the 1970s. Now like then, we have a high-tax, high-spend, high-regulation, Fed-pump-priming, standard-less dollar-manipulation policy mix. In general, it’s a government-planning approach in the US and around the world.

We’ve not experienced high inflation in recent years, but that’s not because the Fed hasn’t tried hard enough. Meanwhile, all the QE, bond buying, and interest-rate fixing did not succeed.

It’s been a Keynesian mishmash. Gigantic federal spending and infrastructure building. (remember “shovel-ready jobs”?) Overtaxed investors, successful earners, and large and small businesses. Over-regulated banks, energy, businesses, and health care. None of it worked. Whatever happened to those government-spending multipliers? Never happened.

The economy has barely recovered from the so-called Great Recession, with a 2 percent annual rate of growth since mid-2009. Peak worker wages, business investment, and productivity all occurred around the year 2000.

The US has the highest corporate tax system in the world, companies and their cash are fleeing overseas, welfare rolls are skyrocketing, employment participation rates are falling, and interest-rate markets have come under the spell of the Fed’s misallocation of credit.

And in response to all that, the general electorate — and the middle class in particular — is angry and suffering high anxiety about the future.

As AEI President Arthur Brooks argues, people who earn their own income are happy campers, while people who live on government assistance are unhappy. So at the margin, if you count more people living off government-welfare assistance, and even those working who are earning less in real inflation-adjusted terms, it’s a very unhappy country.

Putting aside the growing threat from Islamic jihadist terrorism, most of America’s problems are home grown. So when I say overthrow the establishment to fix the economy, and the brilliant businessman Wilbur Ross says we need radical new approaches to government, we’re talking two sides of the same coin.

In the 1980s and 1990s, radical change in economic policies fostered by Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher put the brakes on government planning and ushered in a new free-market supply-side era and a two-decade boom. That model has been abandoned in the new century. This must be reversed.

Who, exactly, do I mean by the establishment that needs overthrowing? Much of the blame must be placed on the high-pedigreed economists in and out of government who advise politicians, policymakers, the Fed, big corporate CEOs, and interest-group trade associations to pursue a cronyist corporate-welfare system that both creates and then relies on a government-driven economy. Not all economists — there still are a few free-marketeers out there.

And while Democratic policy planners are the vanguard of the new Bernie Sanders democratic socialism, with Hillary Clinton right in the pack, many Republican advisors are also to blame.

Now, Donald Trump may be an imperfect candidate in his rookie political season, but he gets the basic economic story right: Lower taxes, especially slashing large- and small-business taxes. Roll back regulations. Unleash all forms of energy. Take a market-oriented and consumer-choice approach to health care and education. A friendly attitude toward entrepreneurs.

If Trump follows through with his free-market-oriented policy direction the American economy will take off like a rocket.

Growth is the key, not inequality. Growth creates new businesses, new jobs, higher wages, and a stronger middle class. Growth eases the burdens of poverty. Growth makes everyone happier.

But today, not surprisingly, the business sector is slipping into recession. Profits, production, investment, core capital goods, and business equipment have gone negative. Since supply creates its own demand, the slump in business could spread to the consumer — unless policies are turned around.

Pre-election, that won’t happen. Post-election, it just might. But that’s at least six months away.

And irony of ironies: A bumbling Fed made the right decision to back off interest-rate hikes. In fact, the real message of rock-bottom rates around the world is stagnation and deflation.

But global central banks, much like their governments, are a long stone’s throw away from sound money and currency stabilization. It’s just like our errant fiscal policies.

To save the economy, things must change.

“You only get to vote for who’s on the ballot paper, and your choices are between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, and I find that an easy choice to make,” said Wilbur Ross.

By the way, business titan Wilbur Ross would make a very good Treasury secretary, wouldn’t he?

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  1. dukenaltum Member

    “Sad” – Donald John Trump

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    • June 16, 2016, at 5:33 PM PDT
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  2. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
    Bryan G. Stephens Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Interesting take. I am not sure I am 100% on board, but I do think 4 years of Clinton will be bad.

    I am afraid that is what we are going to get.

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    • June 16, 2016, at 5:36 PM PDT
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  3. The Reticulator Member

    Larry Kudlow: By the way, business titan Wilbur Ross would make a very good Treasury secretary, wouldn’t he?

    Does he favor defunding the IMF?

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    • June 16, 2016, at 7:49 PM PDT
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  4. Hypatia Inactive

    We have got to get this guy elected!!

    i think the tactic now on the Left is to skew the polls–there are 2 blogs on American Thinker that show how they’re doing it. Not too complicated, really, just poll mostly Dems. But it’s an attempt to convince us that really, he can’t win, so don’t get too enthusiastic. You don’t want to look foolish.

    The media tried the same thing toward the end of the primaries, pretending that Trump was over, people were “fatigued” with him. It wasn’t true then. Not at all.

    Mr. Kudlow, you were an early supporter. It is so important that people see intelligent, well-educated people articulating their reasons for supporting the Republican nominee. Thank you for this post!

    Please! Let’s “take off like a rocket”!

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    • June 16, 2016, at 8:21 PM PDT
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  5. I Walton Member

    Agree with all of it except he’s projecting his views onto Trump. What evidence do we have that Trump will deregulate and otherwise break up the establishment? He has been part of the establishment his whole life he’ll log roll with the rest of his buddies. But he isn’t Hillary and maybe he’ll make some good appointments.

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    • June 17, 2016, at 3:46 AM PDT
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  6. Marion Evans Inactive

    I get it: this is like the 1970s and it is all the Democrats’ fault. If we elect a disrupter like we did in 1980, the next ten years will be great just like the 1980s.

    Such nonsense. This is not like the 1970s at all and Trump sure is no Reagan.

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    • June 17, 2016, at 3:53 AM PDT
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  7. livingtheLoneStarlife Inactive

    Larry Kudlow: but he gets the basic economic story right: Lower taxes, especially slashing large- and small-business taxes. Roll back regulations. Unleash all forms of energy. Take a market-oriented and consumer-choice approach to health care and education. A friendly attitude toward entrepreneurs.

    That pronoun could have been applied to just about every candidate who ran in the GOP primary. A few had an actual track record to back up their rhetoric.

    Instead we got a candidate who is the epitome of crony capitalism.

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    • June 17, 2016, at 5:14 AM PDT
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  8. Ward Inactive

    The regulatory and tax burdens that have been pushed onto our economy are so horrendous that I am willing to support anyone who will attempt to rollback this horroshow even though I find his persona annoying at best and repugnant at worst. If the protectionist rhetoric overwhelms the tax cut rhetoric then I could change my mind but until then it’s that simple.

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    • June 17, 2016, at 7:58 AM PDT
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  9. Ekosj Inactive

    “If Trump follows through with his free-market-oriented policy direction the American economy will take off like a rocket.”

    Yep “If Trump follows through…”

    Ask the NRA about that. And the Trump University scam targets. And the bankrupt casino investors.

    He’d probably be better than Clinton on the economy. Probably. But you just can’t put any trust in anything he says Every position is nothing more than the opening gambit in a negotiation-to-come. Does he have core principles? I don’t know. Does “winning” count as a core principle?

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    • June 17, 2016, at 11:56 AM PDT
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  10. JimGoneWild Coolidge

    I hope he blows it up. Thanks.

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    • June 17, 2016, at 1:22 PM PDT
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