James Pethokoukis

Boosting the U.S. economy isn’t all that hard

June 7, 2011

John Tamny of Forbes speaks Truth to Power:

An economy is not a living, breathing blob, rather it’s a collection of individuals acting in their individual self interest. In that case, to stimulate ours or any economy, it’s really quite simple. Remove the roadblocks to economic activity which are taxes, regulation, barriers to trade, and cheap, unstable money.

Pawlenty’s big economic speech

June 7, 2011

Just watched Tim Pawlenty outline his approach to reinvigorating the American economy during a speech at the University of Chicago. A few initial thoughts:

Club for Growth slaps Romney economic record

June 7, 2011

Very tough Club for Growth analysis of Mitt Romney’s economic policy record as governors of Massachusetts. Here is the group’s conclusion:

Romer-Bernstein unemployment chart — updated

June 7, 2011

The good folks at e21 have updated the wildly optimistic chart from January 2009 prepared by incoming White House economists Jared Bernstein and Christina Romer. You know, the one that show the Obama stimulus plan would keep unemployment from hitting 8 percent.