President, Club For Growth
Stephen Moore is the mastermind and president for "The Club for Growth", an organization who states that their goal is "economic growth through limited government and lower taxes". Who could argue with lower taxes? But serious questions must be raised regarding whether or not that is their true goal, or is it to reduce and/or elimination employee and consumer protections in the form of regulations, the same regulations many corporations seek to eradicate.
The "Club" is one of the primary sponsors of congress via
Their own website states: "Club for
Growth members were the #1 source of bundled
contributions to congressional candidates in the
nation during the crucial last two and a half
weeks leading to the election." In essence, they buy congress and make no apologies for it.
The Club rakes in millions of dollars each
year for the sole purpose of using economic might
to control congress.
And the Club is a strong believer in
Globalization, that insidious process behind
outsourcing and the cheap labor lobby.
HEAVY HANDED BEHAVIOR:
Moore served as point man for the bush tax cuts, which put the
United States in deep debt and greatly increased
the federal deficit.
Because he couldn't sell his tax cuts on
merit alone he resorted to hardball tactics.
Moore's Club developed ads to pressure and
intimidate mainstream republicans, calling them
"so-called Republicans", aimed mainly at
two GOP senators, Ohio's George Voinovich and
Maine's Olympia Snowe.
What distinguishes the Club for Growth from
other pro-GOP groups is that it will target
Republican incumbents for defeat if the club deems
these incumbents insufficiently committed to
In short they won't tolerate any middle
CASH BUYS VOTES:
The Club for Growth has become a potent fund-raiser for like-minded
fiscal conservatives since its founding in 1999.
They won't even consider other parties
useful to them.
The club's support of GOP/tax cutting
candidates doesn't come cheap as reported by the Center
for Public Integrity. Between 2000 and 2004 their total expenditures for the
purchase of congress amounted to $15,340,821:
Contributors come from various walks of life, but the main
concentration comes from people identifying
themselves as "retired", and from
financial institutions as well as executives.
Noticeably absent are working class
Contributions run from as little as $25.00
to 6 figures.
goal is to find superstars out there who can hit
the ground running and not just be, say, for
tax cuts, but be champions of those ideas. We
think we've so far gotten off to a good start in
terms of the people that we're helping. We're
really enthusiastic about our candidates. We want
to make sure, No. 1, that they are ideologically
in tune with the growth message and, No. 2, that
they are in tight, winnable races, so that an
extra $100,000 or $200,000 really would make the
difference. We don't try to back sure losers,
however pure of heart. We're trying to make
certain that our contributors' contributions are
made in the most effective way possible so that
givers can get the most bang for their political
dollars." -- Stephen Moore
SHOW THEM WHO TO FUNNEL
MONEY TO AND THEY WILL:
like to describe the Club for Growth as an
anti-PAC. One of the things that our members
really like about the club is that we make
recommendations to them about who we think are
good candidates for them to support, but the
members decide for themselves to whom they want to
write a check." -- Stephen Moore
PUT 'CLUB FOR GROWTH' ON THE
ACE OF SPADES SO CONGRESS KNOWS WHERE IT CAME
"The way it works is our members write checks to candidates,
but instead of sending those checks directly, they
send them to us. We bundle them in Federal Express
packages every two weeks and send them to
candidates. And that's important because we
want candidates to know why they are getting the
money from someone in Cleveland, Pittsburgh or
New York. We want them to know it's because our
members believe that candidate stands for the
growth message." -- Stephen Moore
BOLDLY GOING WHERE NO MAN
HAS GONE BEFORE:
Stephen Moore, the Club for Growth's president, displays a bold attitude and says he doesn't care what Republican leaders say. "Politicians are cowards," he told the New York Times Magazine's Matt Bai last year. "We say we're going to run someone against them, and they start wetting their pants." -- Fight Club
No false modesty there.
FREE TRADE - GOOD FOR ME -
TO HELL WITH YOU:
Playing hardball is what Stephen Moore and "The
Club for Growth" are all about, and they
don't care who gets hurts by their business
support free trade and they haven't met a free
trade agreement they didn't like, the same free
trade agreements that cost American jobs.
The club believes they have the right to
buy government, legislation, and to control
Moore and the club are behind tax cuts for
the rich, Social Security privatization, free
trade, and most of all - cheap foreign labor.
Most certainly, their true agenda is to
enrich themselves financially and are only too
willing to do so at the expense of the lower and
SPIN, SPIN, DON'T LET THE
FACTS OR TRUTH GET IN THE WAY:
"This is not about bringing prosperity to rich people; they
already have prosperity. It's
about bringing prosperity to poor people".
-- Stephen Moore
The way you do that, for example, is to improve the education
system by allowing school choice. At the same time
you allow poor people and working-class people for
the first time to build up real equity in
ownership by privatizing Social Security. You cut
the capital-gains tax so we can have more
investment in the inner city and more capital
investment around the country so our workers are
ever more productive."
Anyone who has ever been near any inner city knows corporations do
not open retail operations in inner city NOT
because they didn't get the capital-gains tax cut
they wanted, but rather, due to crime.
Moore chose to overlook that for the sake
of spin. And
the middle class will build up equity and
ownership with our without capital-gains tax cuts.
Capital-gains tax cut will have no effect
whatsoever on the lower class.
Only the wealthy will mainly gain.
A LIE IS JUST AS GOOD AS
TRUTH IF THEY DON'T CHECK THE FACTS:
"When we talk about economic growth we mean allowing each
person to fulfill his or her human potential,
especially those at the bottom level. That's not
happening because we have big
government creating so many barriers to growth."
-- Stephen Moore
Again, Moore failed to validate his point with facts.
Discrimination, lack of education, and lack
of inner city opportunities are the biggest
barriers for the bottom level.
What gets in the way is when corporations
will not go to the inner city because of the risk. Business creates jobs, not government.
("PRIVATIZE") SOCIAL SECURITY:
"Our idea is to build a national network of people who believe in the supply-side Reaganite message of lower taxes and Social Security privatization, and want to make campaign contributions in a strategic way to get really good candidates who believe in that message elected to Congress." -- Stephen Moore
By preaching "Social Security privatization" he seeks
it's complete elimination.
He may never need it but the majority of
WHAT A TANGLED WEB WE WEAVE:
Stephen Moore provides a connection to the Cato Institute where he
is a Senior Fellow.
Cato Institute, like the 'club', supports
free trade agreements that cost American jobs.
Both are supported by wealthy patrons who
intend to and succeed in buying government.
This web is all part of a multi-threaded
approach to buying government and using propaganda
to deceive the American people into believing
their approach is the right way for America.
Moore also as ties to Heritage Foundation, Hoover Institution,
National Review. All organizations cooperate
to promote the same job loss causing issues.
LISTEN TO THE PIG AT THE
"One of the most important lessons I learned from my mentor,
Julian Simon, is that there are no limits to
growth, that we can become an ever richer society.
And remember: Wealthier
is healthier." -- Stephen
And thus you can see why Stephen Moore is a champion for the rich.
But Moore works hard at his rhetoric to
make you think otherwise.
STARVE THE BEAST:
"After 15 years of futile attempts to shrink the federal
budget, I've become convinced that Milton Friedman
was right: The only way to limit government is to starve
the beast." - Stephen Moore
One unifying characteristic of the greedy is their mutual
subscribing to the "STARVE
THE BEAST" strategy, which is their long
term goal of eliminating all social programs, and
their method is to destabilize the solvency of the
U.S. by forcing huge federal deficits.
As this debt load grows and nations
declares the U.S. will be bankrupt in X number of
years, and if it does NOT get it's financial house
in order, at that point a desperate nation will
concede all social program lest the U.S. banking
system fail and the America goes broke.
With financial chaos across the land,
social upheaval will follow until society breaks
down - a very scary thought.
The way to avert such financial and social
chaos would be to terminate all social programs.
This can, and is being orchestrated by
Moore, and his cohorts in their zeal for smaller
government and lower taxes.
Moore views entitlements as the principal
problem in government.
While he seeks to eliminate them he softens
the blow by saying he wants to put a cap on
by brick, that's the Moore philosophy.
One piece at a time, gnaw away at social
programs until they disappear.
Moore and his powerful business interests view social programs
(i.e. Social Security, Medicare) as "the
beast", and the only way to tame the beast is
to to thrust America in such a perilous financial
position by forcing huge federal deficits.
Once a crises has been created smaller
government with less taxes must surely follow.
This is their goal and the reason for the
"STARVE THE BEAST" strategy of Stephen
Since the stated goal of the "STARVE THE BEAST" strategy
is "limited government and lower taxes"
then a huge federal deficit becomes the tool to
force this strategy on the American people.
Huge, out of control federal deficits are
by design and conspiracy amongst the various PACs.
DISCREDITING TRUE ECONOMIC GROWTH:
On July 22, 1993, while working as a senior economist for Dick Armey he participated in a panel discussion named "Out Of Work In America: Is Government the Cause or Cure?"
"we have a president who goes around bashing America’s
premier growth industries for example, the
pharmaceutical for shameless profiteering" --
Those same pharmaceutical companies wrote the prescription drug
plan of 2004 which designated millions of dollars
in payments each month to these same companies
even though benefits would not be available to
seniors until 2006.
Billions of tax payer dollars are being
siphoned over a 2 year span before seniors are
even eligible for benefit.
Moore's efforts to shame government
succeeded in making greed the business of the day.
Moore went on to utter his most erroneous
"So, let me simply conclude by saying, that government is
doing virtually everything it can to destroy jobs,
just as Steve Hanke correctly pointed out, and
that the mystery is, why are we still able to
create as many jobs as we have been? I think what
we’re looking for in the immediate future is a gradual
reduction in the number and pace of creation of
jobs and a period of stagnation."
-- Stephen Moore July
Moore could not have been more wrong, as the Clinton years offered
prosperity of low unemployment and inflation.
Americans were working.
Moore's speech can be boiled down to this: if you want the
government to assist in the creation of jobs then
you must eliminate all regulations (protecting
workers and consumers) and reduce taxes to almost
offers no tie between tax cuts and increasing
Therefore his premise is based on the
principal that if you provide corporate tax cuts
they will respond by creating jobs.
This, of course, has no meaning to all the
factories closed and Americans laid off since July
His entire approach to economics can be summed up in "what's
good for the goose (corporations) is good for the
gander (American citizens).
Since his mind has very limited access to
average Americans Moore just calls them the way he
sees them - via tunnel vision.
CAN'T PLAY NICE:
For the National Review contributing editor Stephen Moore listed the
"core values" of the American Left:
"When you get a fanny-whupping like the Left got on
Election Day -- when every one of your core values
(tax hikes on the rich, abortion on demand,
government-run health care, reparation payments
for slavery, one-world government, polygamy) has
been rejected by your bigoted and narrow-minded
fellow citizens -- it's cowardly to stick
No one can explain where the polygamy and one-world government
charges came from.
For a good viewpoint of Moore's theories, analysis, and strategies
deceptive advocacy of Stephen Moore".
Based upon greed, deception, political corruption, and a stated
desire to dismantle social programs and
regulations, Stephen Moore is actually behind some
of the most insidious acts against American
workers, and is responsible in large part for the
corruption of the American government and it’s
qualifies as one of the principal architects of
anti-American activities. This is all part of a master plan by neo-conservatives
to control ideology and the government via The
Strategic Philanthropy of Conservative Foundations.