Media Matters has treated Kudlow to a marvelous smackdown that includes these bits:
• In 2002, Kudlow argued that the invasion of Iraq would lead to a U.S. economic boom.
• In 2007, as the Great Recession took off, Kudlow claimed “There’s no recession coming. The pessimistas were wrong. It’s not going to happen. At a bare minimum, we are looking at Goldilocks 2.0.” In July 2008, when the economy shed a 213,000 jobs, he said, America is in “a mental recession, not an actual recession.”
• Kudlow “argued that banks that manipulated benchmark interest rates were the victims, rather than the criminals,” according to The Nation.
• Ranting about President Barack Obama’s first 100 days in office, Kudlow said the president had declared “war against investors, businesses and entrepreneurs,” and “replac[ed] the rule of law” with ”political decisions.” He labeled “higher income inequality” as a “falsehood.”
• Kudlow said the best way to raise wages is to “slash business tax rates.”
• Kudlow said the country began stress tests on banks in 2009 because the Obama administration needed a villain.
And he didn’t confine his idiocy to economic matters:
• He falsely claimed that under the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, uninsured Americans faced “a $25,000 fine, or imprisonment, or both.”
• As CNBC host, Kudlow repeatedly denied that climate change is real, calling scientists’ work in the field as “a kind of scam analysis.”
• He claimed that Hillary Clinton’s “shriek” about human rights was something “right out of Lenin or Trotsky.”