James Pethokoukis

Why the GOP shouldn’t go wobbly on taxes

June 27, 2011

It’s up to House Speaker John Boehner now. Democrats, the media and Wall Street will be pounding him to agree to raise taxes as part of a debt ceiling deal. But now is no time for Republicans to go wobbly. Here’s why the GOP should stick to its guns until Aug. 2 – and beyond if necessary:

Rep. Dave Camp battles the tax hikers

June 27, 2011

Great WSJ interview with House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp,  a Michigan Republican.  A few of the better bits (but please read it all):

Where we’re at in the debt ceiling debate

June 24, 2011

A few thoughts:

1) Rs had every right to walk out. Dems pushing unacceptable tax hikes (including, basically, axing Bush tax cuts, along with an automatic tax trigger and a host of  tax breaks done away with) with no real entitlement reform.

A terrible day for tax hikers

June 23, 2011

Was it just a week or so ago when the GOP’s 30-year commitment to lower taxes was supposedly in shambles? That sure didn’t seem to be the case today:

Debt ceiling talk hit impasse! Markets freak! Investors panic!

June 23, 2011

First, a summary of today’s galaxy-shattering news from my beloved colleagues at REUTERS:

First they came for the flash traders …

May 12, 2011

Democrats want to raise taxes on oil companies. They want to slap fees on high-frequency trading firms. And they want to raise taxes by$2 trillion over the next 10 years, including a 3 percent surcharge of millionaires.  All of which will solve nothing since we either need to radically restructure entitlements (such as through the Paul Ryan approach) or hit the middle class with broad new taxes (the true “progressive” approach which they will not fess up to.) For now, though, liberals are focusing on the easy targets for higher taxes: Big Oil, Wall Street and The Rich. But that is not where they will stop …

What goes down, must come up: GE’s latest tax bill

April 21, 2011

Tell me what happened, Reuters:

The company, which has come under fire over the past month for reports of an unusually low 2010 U.S. tax bill, pointed out that its consolidated first-quarter tax rate was 53 percent as a result of the NBC Universal sale.

The politics of S&P’s U.S. debt warning

April 18, 2011

OK, so Standard & Poor’s has downgraded the outlook for the U.S. to negative, saying it believes there’s a risk policymakers may not reach agreement on how to address the country’s long-term fiscal pressures.

Obama’s $2 trillion stealth tax hike

April 18, 2011

Talk about fuzzy math. President Obama claims higher taxes will account for a mere third — $1 trillion — of his proposed $3 trillion debt reduction over 12 years, not counting less interest expense. Wrong. The actual number is probably around 50 percent of $4 trillion in savings — some $2 trillion — and could be closer to 60 percent. (More details below.) Instead of offering a template for a Grand Compromise, Obama seems to have created a Grand Obfuscation.

Why Obama’s tax pledge is bogus

April 12, 2011

Who does Team Obama think it’s fooling? Budget experts are already scoffing at the idea that the White House can somehow deal with America’s long-term budget woes without either a) raising taxes on the middle-class or b) adopting a Paul Ryan-style restructuring of entitlements.