James Pethokoukis

Surprise! Gaming CBO rules masks how healthcare reform may actually make deficit worse

December 23, 2009

[See update at bottom] A group of Republican senators, led by Jeff Sessions and Judd Gregg, are accusing the Democrats of double-counting Medicare tax hikes and spending cuts as both extending the solvency of the program and paying for expanded healthcare coverage. So they asked the CBO for its opinion. Here is the CBO’s response:

Watch out for (yield) curves: Kudlow vs. Goldman

December 23, 2009

The super-steep yield curve is hinting at a powerful recovery in 2010, so says Larry Kudlow:

Why surtaxes are foolish

December 23, 2009

A surtax to pay for healthcare? Not good. Former Bush White House economist Alan Viard explains: