PHOENIX -- The Goldwater Institute mourns the passing of Robert L. Bartley, editor emeritus of the Wall Street Journal and winner of the Institute's 2003 John Kolbe Award for Excellence in Journalism.
Bartley took over as editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial page in 1972, and transformed the newspaper into America's most influential voice for free-market economic policies. As the self-described "mouthpiece of supply-side economics," Bartley helped to inspire the fiscal policies of the Reagan Administration. Many economists now credit Reagan's supply-side tax cuts and regulatory reforms for the robust economic prosperity of the 1980s, an era Bartley chronicled in a book titled The Seven Fat Years: And How To Do It Again. His editorials were awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1980, and earlier this month, President George W. Bush awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Bartley fought for liberty with a spirit of joyous optimism. That spirit was best expressed in a column he wrote summarizing his work at the Journal: "What I think I've learned over 30 years is that in this society, rationality wins out, progress happens, and problems have solutions. This, I like to think, is what happens when a society incorporates the editorial credo of my newspaper, free markets and free people. In that kind of a society, optimism pays."
We were honored to present Robert Bartley with the Kolbe Award, and we join the nation in mourning the loss of a dedicated champion of liberty.
Goldwater Contact: Darcy Olsen, President, Goldwater Institute, (602) 462-5000
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