James Pethokoukis

Should Obama’s econ team resign in protest?

March 10, 2010

They won’t, of course. Kind of extreme. But Cato’s Richard Rahn makes an interesting intellectual case:

Paul Ryan’s budget roadmap is flummoxing Washington

March 10, 2010

Washington doesn’t know how to handle Rep. Paul Ryan’s outline for how to balance the budget without raising taxes. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer says the Wisconsin Republican’s plan is “unsustainable.” (Well, it makes Big Government unsustainable.) And an analysis from the Tax Vox blog takes issue with his revenue estimates.

California Screaming

March 10, 2010

Here are some fun facts about California’s fiscal situation, in light of state college students protesting a 32 percent tuition hike (via WSJ):

How ObamaCare is killing free trade

March 10, 2010

Brazil’s threat of tariff retaliation over U.S. cotton subsidies is only the latest eruption of rising protectionism around the world. President Barack Obama isn’t doing much to quell protectionist sentiment in the U.S., either. His passivity could prove costly.

The Obama Boom?

March 10, 2010

This Bloomberg story gives it the old college try with “Obama Defies Pessimists as Rising Economy Converges With Stocks.” It points out that the economy is expanding, job losses are down and stocks are up.

5 obstacles for ObamaCare

March 10, 2010

How is the healthcare reform endgame shaping up? The always insightful Dan Clifton of Strategas Research boils it down (as outlined by me):