James Pethokoukis

China is booming … unless it stops

March 4, 2011

If you are looking for something to worry about (via the WSJ), here you go:

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Obama vs. Reagan, 20 months in

March 4, 2011

Great context from the Heritage Foundation:

Since the Obama recovery began 20 months ago, the national unemployment rate has fallen only half a point, from 9.4 percent in July 2009 to 8.9 percent today. Contrast those anemic results with the robust job growth that occurred during the Reagan recovery in the ’80s. By the 20-month mark of the Reagan recovery, unemployment had dropped from 10.8 percent to 7.5 percent – a 3.3-point drop.

Some scary numbers about U.S. education

March 4, 2011

Some devastating factoids on U.S. education from the good folks over at Reason (I have gleaned some numbers from an article well worth reading in whole):

Debt ceiling battle could shake markets

March 4, 2011

“To attract any Republican votes to a debt ceiling increase, you’re going to have to come up with some serious spending reductions and some budget process reforms. There is going to have to be a significant incentive.”

5+ questions for … Sen. John Thune

March 3, 2011

Sen. John Thune isn’t running for president (at least this time around), choosing instead to fight big, wasteful government from his outpost on Capitol Hill.

The final nail in the coffin for tax increases

March 2, 2011

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OK, so the U.S. government’s auditor has found duplication and overlap that may be wasting $100 billion or more a year, according to the Republican senator who commissioned the study. How can anyone argue for higher taxes as long as Washington is so inefficient? A few points:

Why a Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan ticket seems unlikely

March 2, 2011

USA-BUDGET/At a reporters breakfast meeting with Rep. Paul Ryan today, Ryan spoke mostly about the budget. (He says the GOP version will deal with entitlements.)

Why a top CEO rejects “pro-business” Obama

March 1, 2011

George Buckley, the boss at manufacturing conglomerate 3M, apparently didn’t get the memo about Obama 3.0 (vs. Campaign Obama and New New Deal Obama) being a “pro-business” president.