* Higher minimum wages would increase unemployment among low-skilled workers.
* Higher taxes would have a negative effect on the economy.
Boskin said the fiscal cliff deal arrived at on Jan. 1 included $1 in spending cuts for every $40 in tax hikes.
Now, with automatic spending cuts looming, the president and Senate Democrats are demanding $1 dollar of tax hikes for every $1 cut in spending.
"Since World War II, OECD countries that stabilized their budgets without recession averaged $5-$6 of actual spending cuts per dollar of tax hikes," Boskin wrote.
"Those who are attempting to gradually slow the growth of federal spending while minimizing tax hikes have sound economics on their side," Boskin wrote.
Sound politics, too.