James Pethokoukis

Dems want to use trade as a political weapon

October 6, 2010

Here is what James Carville and Stan Greenberg want Democrats to say about trade to voters (Via Sean Higgins at Investor’s Business Daily:

Five depressing thoughts from Goldman Sachs

October 6, 2010

Via the GS econ team (as excerpted and outlined by me):

1. We see two main scenarios for the economy over the next 6-9 months—a fairly bad one in which the economy grows at a 1½%-2% rate through the middle of next year and the unemployment rate rises moderately to 10%, and a very bad one in which the economy returns to an outright recession.

Obama’s sinking polls

October 6, 2010

Presidential approval ratings are hugely influential in congressional midterms. Unfortunately for Democrats:

Another enlistee for the trade war with China

October 6, 2010

China just lost Martin Wolf. The FT columnist spends a good chunk of his latest column on why the yuan needs to rise. He then outlines a plan of action: