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In this week’s Wall Street Journal op-ed “The G-20 Needs Better Admissions Standards”, Bush Institute Executive Director James K. Glassman, with co-author Alex M. Brill, research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and policy director and chief economist of the House Ways and Means Committee, discusses the need for admissions standards to the G-20 and what those standards should be. The Group of 20 met earlier this week in Mexico with three objectives, to “restore global growth, strengthen the international financial system, and reform financial institutions”. Arguing that admissions standards “will help the G-20 strengthen its legitimacy”, Glassman and Brill outline what the membership criteria should be according to their recent study, sponsored by the National Taxpayers Union. They point out previous admission standards, “based loosely on country size, but politics were clearly a factor too”, have “diminished international trust in the G-20's decisions and activities.” Under their proposed admission standards four current G-20 members would no longer qualify: Argentina, Indonesia, Mexico and Russia. However, four smaller nations, Switzerland, Singapore, Norway and Malaysia, would now be able to join. “With the global economy again weakening, we need a strong G-20 now more than ever. The leaders of the world should take the opportunity of their meeting in Los Cabos to put aside political incentives and do what is best to ignite the global economy. By setting real membership standards, world leaders could build a better G-20, one capable of facing the challenges ahead.” To read “The G-20 Needs Better Admissions Standards” click here.
Hannah Abney directs strategic communications and messaging for the George W. Bush Presidential Center, leading a team responsible for developing and implementing communication strategies that help advance the Bush Center’s work in developing leaders, fostering policy, and taking action to save and change lives.
Prior to joining the Bush Center, she led public relations activities for consumer and non-profit brands at The Richards Group. Abney also led communications efforts at a national retail trade association in Washington, DC, and served in the George W. Bush Administration in the Vice President’s Office.
A native of Milwaukee, WI, she is a graduate of the Southern Methodist University (B.A., Music) and lives in Dallas with her husband and young sons.Full Bio
TARIFFIED: Trade Talk with Matthew Rooney
This week, trade relations between the U.S. and India are continuing to escalate. Earlier this month, the U.S. stopped granting India special trade privileges by taking away the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program, and India has responded by enforcing more tariffs of its own. The George W. Bush-SMU Economic Growth Initiative Director Matthew Rooney breaks down the trade conflict: For more information on trade groups and the global economy, visit www.bushcenter.org/scorecard.
How Trade Spreads Holiday Cheer
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Deporting Salvadorans May Lead to Economic Decline
We should think carefully about a policy whose major impacts are likely to be reductions in employment and economic activity here at home, and increased instability and lawlessness along our borders.
Bush Institute's Laura Collins Talks Immigration on Good Morning Texas
Last week, Deputy Director of Economic Growth at the George. W. Bush Institute Laura Collins spoke with Good Morning Texas about immigration myths. During the interview, Collins had the opportunity to set the record straight and address common misconceptions about legal immigrants living in America today. The segment was inspired from facts released earlier this fall by the Bush Institute in the third edition of America's Advantage: A Handbook on Immigration and Economic Growth. Watch the full Good Morning Texas interview here.