James Pethokoukis

Does Bowles-Simpson kill Obamacare or enshrine it?

November 11, 2010

On this there seems to be some differing of opinion. From the liberal side, Brad DeLong:

Obama deficit commission: the Bowles-Simpson edition

November 10, 2010

Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson have put out their recommendations. Here are my quick thoughts:

More on Obama’s reelection chances

November 10, 2010

Megan McArdle says I am being a tad too pessimistic about Obama’s reelection chances if unemployment is at 8.5 percent or higher two years from now:

Presenting your federal budget

November 10, 2010

The great graphics folks a the WaPo do another fantastic job:


Will 8.5 percent unemployment be enough to reelect Obama?

November 10, 2010

The Hill sets the economic bar awfully low:

Economists who study the labor market said this week that they expect unemployment in 2012 to average 8.5 percent, down more than a point from the 9.6 jobless rate of today. Heidi Shierholz, an economist at the Economic Policy Institute, said every forecast she has studied predicts rapid job growth in 2012, even though the national number will still be a far cry from full employment. “It’s still going to be so high in 2012, but people are going to be feeling better,” Shierholz said.

Democrats now favor the Pethokoukis ‘extend and reform’ tax plan

November 10, 2010

Evan Bayh and Kent Conrad like my “extend and reform” proposal (via the WSJ):

Not bad for government work

November 10, 2010

This (from USA Today)  will only encourage the Chris Christie Republicans:

Federal salaries have grown robustly in recent years, according to a USA TODAY analysis of Office of Personnel Management data. Key findings:

Could Obama’s re-election plan be to devalue the dollar?

October 28, 2010

Will President Obama get re-elected in 2012 if his party suffers a crushing midterm defeat? His political team likes to point to the example of Ronald Reagan. Congressional Republicans were crushed in the 1982 midterms, but the Gipper cruised to victory two years later.