James Pethokoukis

The case against Ben Bernanke

July 30, 2009

Over at ClusterStock, former Merrill Lynch strategist Richard Bernstein tells us why it should be “one and done” for Ben Bernanke. (He compares BB to Burns and Miller from the 1970s. Ouch!)

America’s top 1 percent pay 40 percent of all taxes

July 30, 2009

The Tax Foundation review of new IRS data (through 2007) finds some remarkable things about America’s progressive tax system:

Getting a recovery in the worst way possible

July 30, 2009

It is like opening a present and finding a bomb inside. Gluskin Sheff economist David Rosenberg on the “recovery”:

One-way health reform from Washington

July 30, 2009

Arnold Kling rightly notes that only left-of-center ideas are being considered for healthcare reform. I find this particularly weird since I’ve read about company after company coming up with interesting healthcare innovations.  Here is Kling:

7 Ways to (Finally) Fix Housing

July 30, 2009

Has there been some good news in housing lately? You betcha. New home sales jumped 11 percent in June, while the inventory of new unsold homes tumbled sharply. Better yet, May home prices were pretty much flat rather than plunging. “Recent housing reports have been promising,” opines Patrick Newport of IHS Global Insight.