Douglas Holtz-Eakin

Holtz-Eakin: Romneycare Is Waaay Different From Obamacare
February 29, 2012

Another conservative has gamely stepped up to the challenge of arguing that Romneycare is to Obamacare as day is to night, up is to down, virtue is to vice, liquid is to solid, etc., etc. I suppose someone had to try again after Ann Coulter failed so miserably. It's not an enviable assignment, and I hope National Review paid Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a former director of the Congressional Budget Office who is now president of the American Action Forum (a think tank chaired by Republican hack Fred Malek), twice its usual word rate to make his case.

A Useful Compilation Of Republican Economic Thinking
August 05, 2011

The Jennifer Rubin post I mentioned earlier this morning also usefully reveals the paucity of Republican economic analysis. The party's agenda largely consists of maintaining current tax rates and deepening fiscal contraction. Rubin compiles quotes from various Republicans. Only Michelle Bachmann offers any prescriptive element. Let's look at her soundbites one by one: When I asked economist Douglas Holtz-Eakin of the American Action Forum about his assessment of our economic woes, he pointed to investors moving back to Treasurys (and out of the stock market) with the U.S.

Calling BS on the Republicans
January 20, 2011

Austin Frakt is calling bulls**t on the Republicans. And I think he's right. Republicans who want to repeal the Affordable Care Act say a primary reason for their opposition is the fiscal disaster the law is sure to create. The parts of the bill that call for spending money will cost more than the official estimates suggest, they say. And the parts of the bill that call for saving money or raising taxes won't generate enough revenue to offset that cost.

One More Time: Yes, Congress Can Make Health Care Cuts Stick
January 17, 2011

With the House Republicans planning a Wednesday vote on repealing the Affordable Care Act, I’m going to go back through some of their arguments over the next few days.

How Republicans Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Teachers' Unions
January 04, 2011

Seyward Darby wrote a great article a few months ago arguing that, despite Obama's embrace of a historically Republican-friendly approach to education reform, Republicans were bound to oppose his reform agenda. I concurred, "Obama's willingness to take on the teachers unions takes all the fun out of being in favor of education reform for conservatives." And, sure enough, here is Republican economist Douglas Holtz-Eakin urging his Congressional party not to quickly cooperate with Obama on education reform. Holtz-Eakin offers four reasons to withhold cooperation.

What Does It Profit A Man
October 29, 2010

Let's sum up the economic situation. Unemployment is high, and average Americans are in a desperate, fearful situation. Meanwhile, corporate profits are at record levels: Profits have surged 62 percent from the start of 2009 to mid-2010, according to the Commerce Department.

Scenes from a Recovery, Such That It Is
July 15, 2010

Holland, Michigan, is a city of about 34,000 people in the state's southwestern corner, right on the lakeshore and close enough to Chicago to receive its radio broadcasts. Dutch immigrants established the city, as the name suggests, and many of their descendants remain. Lots of people go by the name Vander-something and the annual tulip festival attracts thousands visitors every May, helping to buoy an upscale downtown shopping area that, at least on Thursday, was bustling with activity. But the appearance is misleading.

Obama Gets Back To Hardball
October 28, 2008

Earlier this afternoon I worried that Obama was turning magnanimous a little prematurely. Well, ask and you shall receive: It looks like he's incorporated this poorly-timed admission (or, depending on how you look at it, poorly-worded explanation) from McCain policy adviser Douglas Holtz-Eakin into his stump speech. Here's what he had to say about it in Virginia today, via Halperin:  Now, to be fair, there is one thing he'll change – and that's our health care system. But he won't change it in a good way. Senator McCain's health care plan would tax your benefits for the first time in history.

Mccain Channels Phil Gramm To Attack 'lucky Duckies'
October 15, 2008

McCain advisor Douglas Holtz-Eakin slammed Obama's tax plan today, saying, "Obama has proposed a ‘tax cut' for 95 percent of people when, literally, almost 40 percent pay no federal income taxes at all." He cited a recent New York Post editorial labeling Obama's tax cuts "welfare." It is true that Obama has proposed several tax credits that include families who earn too little to owe income taxes, a group that include about half of families with children. But many of these families work and pay thousands of dollars in other taxes.

Who In Mccainland Can You Believe These Days?
July 14, 2008

Quick question, per this interview in which McCain economic adviser Douglas Holtz-Eakin disparages McCain economic adviser Phil Gramm: If, as Holtz-Eakin says, Gramm wasn't in any way speaking for McCain because only McCain speaks for McCain, why on earth should we believe him (Holtz-Eakin)? Why would Holtz-Eakin's words be any more reliable than Gramm's? Isn't he just as far from being John McCain as Phil Gramm is?