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Arduin resurfaces

Tuesday, Oct 20, 2020

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The American Legislative Exchange Council released its first Governors ranking, the 2020 Laffer-ALEC Report on Economic Freedom. The scorecard ranked America’s 50 governors based on policy performance and executive leadership before and after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Economic policy expert and co-author of the report, Stephen Moore, said Pritzker was ranked 44th in the country.

“Not only has Pritzker done just an awful job in terms of bringing that state back, but now they are talking about a massive tax increase that’s on the ballot sponsored by the governor which would, in my opinion, be the last nail in the coffin for the great Land of Lincoln,” Moore said. […]

Co-author Donna Arduin, who has served as budget director for several governors, including Arnold Schwarzenegger in California, said some states were in a better position to deal with the pandemic.

“I always advise my governors that you have to be prepared for some unknown crisis or disruption because they always come, and some governors were prepared for it and some were not,” Arduin said.

Pritzker did not respond to questions about the ranking.

Moore said the state-imposed lockdowns cost jobs and did nothing to save lives.

“Government lockdowns and unclear timetables have proven to be harmful to the health and economy of states,” Moore said. “It’s no surprise, states where governors mandated strict lockdowns and restricted individual freedom are in far worse shape than states that remained safely open.”

The top three governors on the scorecard are Greg Abbott of Texas, Brian Kemp of Georgia, and Kristi Noem of South Dakota. Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island was ranked the worst governor, followed by Mike Dunleavy of Alaska and Phil Murphy of New Jersey.

Lot to unpack there.

1) Stephen Moore is more of a pundit than an expert and co-wrote the book Trumponomics. He’s known for some nutty comments about women, admitted he didn’t understand what his duties would be on the Federal Reserve after being nominated to a slot (which was withdrawn because he was even too much for Senate Republicans), and has been known to get things wrong quite often.

2) Moore claiming that stay at home orders didn’t save lives is just crackpot goofiness.

3) Donna Arduin was once a business partner with Moore and Art Laffer. She is best known in Illinois for being Gov. Bruce Rauner’s disastrous “superstar” budget guru. If your memory needs refreshing, just click here. She was pushed out of her Alaska gig shortly after that post was published. It turns out, Arduin herself was often the “unknown crisis or disruption” that governors should prepare for.

4) The Alaska governor who saved his own hide from a fast-building recall attempt by booting Arduin is Mike Dunleavy, who was just coincidentally named one of the country’s worst governors by Arduin and Moore. Dunleavy, by the way, brought in Hans Zigmund to help clean up Arduin’s mess. Zigmund had experience with that task. He was Rauner’s last budget director who helped clean up what Arduin had helped mess up. Perhaps Hans should create a new consulting company and follow Arduin around the country.

* Jordan Abudayyeh…

I can assure you this administration is not interested in a ranking from the same ideologues who manufactured the state’s budget crisis under Bruce Rauner. Since taking office, the Governor has been focused on cleaning up the mess the previous administration left and rebuilding a hollowed out state government. Gov. Pritzker passed a balanced budget during his first six months in office that resulted in month to month surpluses, an accomplishment that eluded the previous administration and all of their budget “experts” for an entire term.

While that’s mostly true, there’s no hiding from the fact that the state budget is a freaking disaster right now. And if the graduated income tax goes down in flames, it’s all gonna get worse. Much, much worse.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Jame - Tuesday, Oct 20, 20 @ 1:24 pm:

    I don’t think the words Stephen Moore and expert belong in the same sentence. Maybe toadie

  2. - Cubs in '16 - Tuesday, Oct 20, 20 @ 1:26 pm:

    Read the title of this post and immediately thought “2020 strikes again!”

  3. - Lt Guv - Tuesday, Oct 20, 20 @ 1:38 pm:

    That’s a whole lot of crazy in just a few names.

  4. - Amalia - Tuesday, Oct 20, 20 @ 1:39 pm:

    cannot take Stephen Moore seriously as his ideas are generally ridiculous, and he looks too much like Mo Rocca.

  5. - Roman - Tuesday, Oct 20, 20 @ 1:39 pm:

    JB’s statement should have been: “I any ranking from this group, I would hope to finish 50th.”

  6. - Ducky LaMoore - Tuesday, Oct 20, 20 @ 1:40 pm:

    Alternative Headline: Far-Right “Think” Tank Uses Crackpot Theory to Undermine Successful Governors Who Took Virus Seriously

  7. - Annonin' - Tuesday, Oct 20, 20 @ 1:54 pm:

    Headline should have been Nationally Failed Bust Outs Still Find Checks” No we need to search for the rest of the GovJunk superstars

  8. - low level - Tuesday, Oct 20, 20 @ 1:54 pm:

    Is the full list of rankings available someplace?

    I wonder where they put DeSantis from Florida. The place is a COVID disaster zone thanks to opening up to early and also being dismissive of masks.

  9. - Jibba - Tuesday, Oct 20, 20 @ 2:02 pm:

    I made my judgment after the first 5 words. This outcome was predetermined by their politics.

  10. - Henry - Tuesday, Oct 20, 20 @ 2:18 pm:

    According to the report, IL ranks 4th in spending, so what cuts are being recommended to move up to that coveted #1 spot?

  11. - Cubs in '16 - Tuesday, Oct 20, 20 @ 2:42 pm:


    IL ranks 4th in part because we’ve had to bid against other states for PPE thanks to the feds seizing and then reallocating supplies. We’ve spent a ton of money on supplies to, you know, keep people alive. But you go on asking about cuts.

  12. - Lucky Pierre - Tuesday, Oct 20, 20 @ 2:47 pm:

    I wonder where they put DeSantis from Florida

    Despite what you read about being Covid disaster areas, neither Florida or Georgia, which many in the media said opened too soon, are on the list of 31 quarantine states for Chicago currently.

  13. - Juice - Tuesday, Oct 20, 20 @ 2:48 pm:

    Cubs in ‘16. The ranking of fourth implies we are a low spending state. I think Henry’s point is that these “experts” don’t have any feasible suggestions for what to cut for the fact that we now have leadership that believe in the basic laws of arithmetic compared to the four years under Rauner.

  14. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Oct 20, 20 @ 2:50 pm:

    ===neither Florida===

    Perhaps because Florida is cooking its books.

  15. - Cubs in '16 - Tuesday, Oct 20, 20 @ 2:51 pm:


    You’re right. Mea culpa.

  16. - low level - Tuesday, Oct 20, 20 @ 5:57 pm:

    Yeah. DeSantis is doing a great job, right?

  17. - Anyone Remember - Tuesday, Oct 20, 20 @ 6:24 pm:

    =2020 Laffer-ALEC Report on Economic Freedom=

    Is the report as cocktail soaked as the bar napkin put the Laffer Curve on?

  18. - TGates - Wednesday, Oct 21, 20 @ 10:16 pm:

    Pritzker is cooking the books. IDPH has a board appointed by Pritzker himself, who verifies IDPH COVID numbers. I can not find any outside source of verification. The numbers can be any numbers Pritzker wants them to be.

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