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Wednesday round up: Woodhill notes the weak recovery; Feldstein cites obstacles to recovery; The WSJ applauds Pawlenty.

From Forbes, Louis Woodhill contrasts the current recovery with the Reagan Boom and notes the weak dollar as a factor.

In The WSJ, Martin Feldstein argues the President’s proposed tax cuts and incoherent dollar policy, along with deficit, is holding back the economy. For the record, Feldstein has long supported a lower dollar.

The WSJ applauds Tim Pawlenty’s call for higher growth via flatter tax rates and a stable dollar, but is concerned by his support for a balanced budget.

On The Kudlow Report, John Carney discusses J.P. Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon’s critique of federal policy towards the financial industry:

At Forbes, Brink Lindsey notes the difficulty of measuring economic growth.

On Commentary, John Podhoretz rebuts claims that the stimulus spending package was too small.

In The WSJ, Seth Lipsky suggests a constitutional scholar would be a positive addition to the Federal Reserve board.

Back in March, when Chairman Bernanke testified before the House Financial Services Committee, Congressman Ron Paul asked him for his definition of the dollar. Mr. Bernanke made no mention of the Constitution or any law passed by Congress. Instead he replied that his definition of a dollar was what it will buy.

That isn’t how the Founders thought about the dollar. They thought about it as a measure of value. They gave Congress the coinage power in the same sentence in which they also gave it the power to fix the standard of weights and measures. When they twice used the word “dollars” in the Constitution, they had something specific in mind—371¼ grains of silver. They made reference not only to silver but to gold.

My guess is that the Founders would agree with Mr. Diamond when he writes that “[w]e need to preserve the independence of the Fed from efforts to politicize monetary policy.” This is why they defined money in terms of silver and gold, the latter in particular being the measure of value that is hardest to politicize. Wouldn’t it be nice to have among the governors of the Fed someone who thinks about money not in terms of theories but in the constitutional terms in which the Founders thought?

The Washington Times notes that QE2’s end may mean higher interest rates.

At Fox News, Charles Krauthammer explains the economy’s weakness and confirms the 2012 election will center on economic stewardship:

Pew Research reports more Americans blame the deficit on war than on tax cuts or domestic spending.

The NY Sun notes the debt limit debate puts Republicans in an unwinnable political position.

Reuters reports a Chinese official speculating about further dollar weakening.

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