James Pethokoukis

Silicon Valley getting no love from Obama White House

November 18, 2009

Peter Thiel, billionaire founder of PayPal who now operates a hedge fund and a VC fund:

Kudlow: Saving vs. consumption is a phony choice

November 18, 2009

The Great One has little use for the zero-sum politics (and economics) of false choices:

Healthcare reform update: It’s all about 60 votes

November 18, 2009

My sources tell me that reconciliation — pushing through HC in the Senate with 51 votes with a special parliamentary procedure — isn’t going to happen. So the big votes will need 60, including just opening debate. And rest assured that if Reid thinks he has 60 to pass, the debate will immediately come to an end.

Why cap-and-trade is ‘dead policy walking’

November 18, 2009

Carbon cap-and-trade legislation appears to be Dead Policy Walking in Washington. The devaluation of the Copenhagen climate summit – now the goal is a “politically binding” rather than a “legally binding” agreement — reflects the emerging political reality in the United States. Yes, a bill did pass the House of Representatives in June. Also, the Senate Environment and Public Works committee passed a version earlier this month. So President Barack Obama won’t go to the talks in Denmark with empty pockets next month.