No-income-tax Texas gained 1 million jobs over the last five years; California, with its 13 percent tax rate, managed to lose jobs. Oops. Florida gained hundreds of thousands of jobs while New York lost jobs. Oops.
Texas did not gain 1 million jobs in the 2007-2012 period Moore measured. The correct figure was a gain of 497,400 jobs.
Florida did not add hundreds of thousands of jobs in that span. It actually lost 461,500 jobs.
New York, with [its] very high income tax rates, did not lose jobs during that time. It gained 75,900 jobs.
Miriam Pepper, an editor of the Kansas City Star, told the Columbia Journalism Review after the incident that his errors were so egregious that she “won’t be running anything else from Stephen Moore.”
Krugman noted that, in addition to this spectacular mistake, Moore was completely unrepentant when his predictions about Kansas’ tax cuts were refuted.
“He made a bad prediction, which happens — but refused to learn from the error, falsified facts, and doubled down on his doctrine,” said Krugman.
Need more convincing? Here he is getting the budget deficit — a simple government accounting measure — completely wrong. Here he is completely botching the facts about the Reagan tax cuts. Here he is making up facts on CNN.
After spending much of his career shilling for the GOP, Moore has since become completely bought-in to Trump’s takeover of the party. Proving he’ll do anything to stay in the good graces of the Republican Party, the Heritage Foundation fellow wrote a book called Trumponomics: Inside the America First Plan to Revive Our Economy lavishly praising the president’s policies, despite increasing evidence that the White House’s boasting is baseless.
Which is just to say, given his record of repeating disgrace, he seems to have the perfect resume to appeal to a president who lives in the world of “alternative facts.”