Romney’s campaign and the spectre of Bush, Professor Schwarzenegger and more [AM Briefing]

De-Bushing Romney: “This is shaping up to be the second election in a row that’s about someone who isn’t on the ballot: George W. Bush,” writes AEI’s Jonah Goldberg. (National Review)

Nine takeaways on Romney’s tax plan. (Washington Post)

Professor Arnold Schwarzenegger? “The former California governor, actor, and body builder has co-founded a think tank and become a professor at the University of Southern California with the establishment of the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy, where he will be the Governor Downey Professor of State and Global Policy.” (Washington Post)

“Many people lament spending on elections. I am not certain why they do: more money means more information for voters. However, their laments foster headlines like ‘presidential campaign the most expensive ever!’” writes Cato’s John Samples. (Cato)

Cato’s Mark Calabria: “After two years of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, a few of the landmines hidden in its hundreds of pages are starting to come to the surface.” (Washington Times)

Heritage’s Hans von Spakovsky: Getting it wrong on voter ID. (National Review)

Manhattan Institute’s Stephen Eide: Only politicians can save us now. (Washington Examiner)

Brookings’ Robert Pozen: Pension ‘savings’ in transportation bill may be costly. (Washington Post)

Allen McDuffee writes about politics and policy and covered think tanks for The Washington Post from 2011 to 2013. He blogs and hosts a podcast at governmentality.net and is currently working on a book about the influence of think tanks in Washington.

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