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Wonkbook: On Taxes, George W. Bush Has Won: This week, President Bush spoke at the Bush Institute’s conference on Tax Policies for 4% Growth and made the comment (in jest) that he wished they weren’t called the “Bush Tax Cuts” because they would be less likely to be raised. Ezra Klein argues that President Bush is “selling himself short” and when you look at the stances taken on both sides of the aisle, “The bulk of the Bush tax cuts are now a bipartisan affair.” (Washington Post, Ezra Klein) Burma’s Women are Paving the Road to Freedom: “The Freedom Collection website, newly launched by the George W. Bush Institute, provides an influential platform for dissidents and human rights advocates to speak publicly about their dreams of freedom and the risks they take to pursue them.” Burma is a perfect example of how support for freedom fighters and dissidents around the globe can ultimately lead to positive change in countries that are struggling for democracy. (Foreign Policy, Jean M. Geran) An Ironic Anniversary in Venezuela: Ten Years ago, Venezuela witnessed one of the largest protests in its history, complete with a brutal massacre and coup d'état, which resulted in President Chavez being briefly imprisoned and ultimately regaining power shortly thereafter. The hero of this revolution was a Chavez Loyalist, General Raúl Baduel, who is celebrating this 10th anniversary from a jail cell. Although he saved President Chavez 10 years ago, Baduel must know that “he should have seen it coming. He should have realized how dangerous it is to be known as the man who saved the revolution.” After all, Hugo Chávez “can't abide to play second fiddle”. (Foreign Policy, Francisco Toro)
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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
It is projected that the average American household will spend more than $1,000 during the holidays this year.
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.