James Pethokoukis

Tax cuts: Felix Salmon vs. John Taylor

May 27, 2009

My Reuters Commentary pal and fellow snappy dresser Felix Salmon wonders how noted Stanford economist John Taylor can be worried about big budget deficits and also be in favor of low taxes: “Or maybe deficits caused by permanent tax cuts are somehow to be preferred to deficits caused by temporary stimulus spending”

VAT attack! Will Obama push for a big healthcare tax?

May 27, 2009

The WaPo discovers that a value-added tax would be one way to pay for Obama’s healthcare reform plan. (White House healthcare adviser Ezekiel Emanuel is a big VAT fan and even wrote a book about it.)   Len Burman of the Tax Policy Center describes a VAT this way (in a different report):

Did the GOP capitulate on healthcare?

May 27, 2009

ambulance– James Pethokoukis is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own –