James Pethokoukis

Net neutrality compromise won’t calm new Congress

December 21, 2010

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Why Chris Christie’s war may determine America’s future

December 20, 2010

Why the combative governor of New Jersey must succeed in dismantling the NJ teachers unions:

What to do about China?

December 20, 2010

More and more, I think, China will be the defining issue of the 2012 presidential campaign. This Weekly Standard piece by Irwin Stelzer is a must-read on the topic:

Obamanomics replaced by Reaganomics?

December 20, 2010

This Larry Kudlow commentary is a nice companion piece to my previous post:

In one fell swoop, Obamanomics is out the window. Reaganomics 2.0 is now in the driver’s seat. …  In the new session of Congress — which will feature a true Tea Party GOP conservative majority — new spending-limit policies can fill in the blanks left by the tax deal. But if President Obama has the acumen to see that a pro-growth economic policy is tied to low tax rates, the GOP should take great care not to cede that message and lose the economic-growth high ground. … A great battle will be joined over the spending, taxing, and regulatory mandates of Obamacare, which is probably the biggest job-killer of all. Conservative reformers in the new Congress will force this fight, along with tax, spending, entitlement, and monetary reform. Behind all this, however, the new Tea Party GOP must maintain a message of economic growth and prosperity.

Obama pivots as liberal dream collapses

December 20, 2010

Well, that was quick. America’s supposed generational shift toward an embrace of high-tax, high-service Big Government didn’t even make it a full two years. The new public policy consensus — built around favorite liberal issues of the environment and income inequality — promoted by Washington elites has been a flop with the public.

US tax deal, budget feud set stage for 2011 cuts

December 17, 2010

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

The seeds of change

December 17, 2010

Yuval Levin sums things up correctly and thusly:

This opening of the eyes of the Republican appropriators (brought about by a groundswell of outrage from conservatives) is the most important part of the omnibus story, and maybe of the lame-duck Congress in general. Combined with the minor revolution John Boehner is attempting to enable in the House Appropriations Committee (by appointing some new members who might be best thought of as a kind of crop of anti-appropriators) it has the potential to change the culture of Congress (which has long consisted of three parties: Republicans, Democrats, and appropriators) in a very important and constructive way—if it lasts.

Congress throws a tea party

December 17, 2010

Overall, a pretty good day for those who believe in low taxes and less spending. Here is the money graph from my upcoming Reuters Breakingviews column: