Bruce Bartlett

Bruce Bartlett

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1951 - present

Bruce Bartlett is a conservative historian and author of several bestselling books. He is a longtime observer and commentator on economic and political affairs in Washington, DC. Throughout his career, Bartlett has written for virtually every major national publication, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Politico, and many others. His writing often focuses on the intersection between politics and economics and seeks to inform politicians about economics, and economists about the current nature of politics. In addition, Bartlett has significant experience through his many years of service in the government. He was a staff of Congressman Ron Paul and Jack Kemp and Senator Roger Jepsen, a senior policy analyst in the Reagan White House, and deputy assistant secretary for economic policy at the Treasury Department during the George W. Bush administration. Today, Bartlett is a columnist for The Fiscal Times, an online newspaper covering public and personal finance, and Tax Notes, a weekly magazine for tax practitioners and policy makers.


  • The Truth Matters: A Citizen's Guide to Separating Facts from Lies and Stopping Fake News in Its Tracks (2017)

  • The Benefit and the Burden: Tax Reform – Why We Need It and What It Will Take (2012)

  • The New American Economy: The Failure of Reaganomics and a New Way Forward (2009)

  • Wrong on Race: The Democratic Party's Buried Past (2008)

  • Impostor: How George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy (2006)

  • The Supply Side Solution (1983)

  • Reaganomics: Supply-side economics in action (1981)

  • Cover-Up: The Politics of Pearl Harbor, 1941–1946 (1978)

  • The Keynesian Revolution Revisited (1977)


  • Bartlett often appears on television, where he is a regular on MSNBC, CNBC, CNN and other news networks.

  • He has appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, and The Opposition with Jordan Klepper.

  • He also appeared on The McLaughlin Group, Moyers and Company, and in the movie Generation Zero directed by Steve Bannon.

  • He has spoken at the 2020 Mauldin Strategic Investment Conference.