Barack Obama’s economic policies are going to ruin America and represent “the greatest threat to freedom and liberty in our lifetime,” economist Stephen Moore told a gathering of more than 1,000 conservative lawmakers Thursday morning in Atlanta.
Moore, a supply-side advocate who writes a column for the Wall Street Journal, was speaking to the annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council at the Hyatt Regency. The organization, made up mostly of Republican lawmakers, is having its annual meeting in Atlanta this week.
“I believe everything we have done in Washington in the last six months, virtually every single policy move and maneuver that has been made teo deal with this recession, everything that’s been done has been the wrong thing to do,” Moore said.
Moore has also been critical of Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, even calling for his impeachment just a month into Perdue’s first term in 2003.
In particular, he said, the Democrats’ so-called cap-and-trade energy and climate bill, which Moore said he calls the “crap and tax” bill, and Obama’s plans for health care reform “are the greatest threat to freedom and liberty in our lifetime. The next 10 weeks or so will determine whether the United States is still going to be the country we love.”
Moore’s occasional partner, economist Art Laffer, concurred, telling the group “every single thing this administration has done is wrong.”
Yet Laffer also praised Obama, which caused more than a few eyes to roll in the crowd.
“It is very hard for me to think of any American leader who is more impressive as a person than Barack Obama and that’s really true,” Laffer said.
Obama and his team, Laffer said, “aren’t bad people. They’ve got a bad model. The way we view the world, we do have the economic high ground.”