James Pethokoukis

Is Paul Ryan running for president?

August 9, 2011

A tantalizing item in The Hill is sure to prompt much speculation:

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) made a foray Tuesday into the GOP presidential race, asking for donations to launch ads in Iowa defending his 2012 budget, and Republican presidential candidates’ support for it.

The fantastic assumptions of the “The People’s Budget” by House Democrats

May 9, 2011

What’s the true opposite of Rep. Paul Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity” budget plan?  Well, there’s the Obama “Framework,” but that is little more than a speech and a bunch of bullet points.  For a more serious and comprehensive liberal response, take a look at the “People’s Budget” produced by the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

Downside risks to a Ryan presidential run

April 26, 2011

Some excellent points by AllahPundit:

Would he be a unifying, consensus figure? He voted for TARP, the tax on AIG bonuses, and the auto bailout. Some would forgive him for that given his leadership on the 2012 budget, but some — like the libertarian wing — wouldn’t. Meanwhile, Democrats are planning to use his budget proposal to drive a wedge within the party by forcing a vote in the Senate and making centrist Republicans choke on the Medicare and tax provisions. Collins has already said she opposes his program; doubtless there are others. Imagine a presidential campaign where the candidate’s signature piece of legislation is hit with attack ads showcasing opposition from the moderates in his own party.

Why Paul Ryan could enter the 2012 presidential race

April 26, 2011

It’s not just Bill Kristol, gang. There’s desire at the highest ranks of the Republican Party, according to my reporting and sources, to see House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan seek the 2012 presidential nomination. Here’s why:

If Ryan Path is “cruel,” so is Obamacare

April 21, 2011

Economist Jim Capretta, co-author of the must-read “Why ObamaCare is Wrong for America,” writes the piece I’ve been waiting for him to write about Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan. First, a brief description of the Ryan plan:

The $4 trillion gap: Obama vs. Ryan, an apples-to-apples budget comparison

April 20, 2011

OK, let’s try and actually compare the new Obama budget plan — “The Framework for Shared Prosperity and Shared Fiscal Responsibility” — with Rep. Paul Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity.” My calculations — partly based on work done by Goldman Sachs — find that the Ryan Path would save more than double, 130 percent. In dollars, it’s a difference of $3.9 trillion (nearly 2/3 from higher taxes, net interest expense savings).

Is S&P’s debt warning creating a tax trap for Republicans?

April 18, 2011

The White House believes America’s debt problem is an important issue, but not an urgent one. Bond rating firm S&P seems to think differently:

Conflict of visions: Obama vs. Ryan

April 15, 2011

So the House just passed Paul Ryan’s highly-detailed “Path to Prosperity” Plan. It almost immediately achieves primary balance and reduces debt as a share of the economy. It balances the budget in the 2030s and eliminates outstanding debt in the 2050s by cutting and restructuring government healthcare spending. And it does all this without raising taxes while also lowering tax rates on companies and investors, both big and small. Even more impressive, the plan uses the slow-growth economic assumptions of the Congressional Budget Office, which, by the way, has scored the lengthy fiscal blueprint.

The big hole in Obama’s budget plan

April 14, 2011

Did the White House A/V dude load the wrong file into Obama’s teleprompter? While the president’s class-warfare attack on Paul Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity” would probably have earned rousing applause at a Jefferson-Jackson dinner, the speech failed to accomplish its advertised purpose: outlining Obama’s long-term blueprint to avoid a debt crisis.

Will Obama endorse Bowles-Simpson debt plan?

April 12, 2011

Will President Obama finally endorse the debt plan of his own debt commission in his big speech tomorrow?