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Jeb Bush recently sat down with Michael Noer of Forbes for an on-camera interview about the Bush Institute's new book, "The 4% Solution." Governor Bush makes clear that the U.S. needs a comprehensive strategy to reach 4% annual economic growth, and that fundamental reform is needed in a number of policy areas including education and immigration. The discussion of immigration reform is especially interesting. When asked what he thinks of Gary Becker's idea (from Chapter 17) of auctioning off U.S. visas, the former governor responded favorably calling it an "intriguing idea." He further adds that immigrants revitalize our country and that the debate over immigration is a decade behind. Rather than shunning immigrants, our country needs to be asking how it can attract people with the skills the economy needs to grow. The video of the full interview is below, and a trascript of the discussion is available here.
Matthew Denhart is an expert on immigration policy and is the author of the Bush Institute’s America's Advantage: A Handbook of Vital Immigration and Economic Growth Statistics, now in its third edition. He currently serves as executive director of the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation and is a founder of the Coolidge Scholars Program which provides full-ride merit scholarships to America's most promising college students. A summa cum laude graduate of Ohio University, Denhart has written and spoken widely on a variety of policy topics including the economics of higher education, labor, and taxes. He has contributed articles to numerous national publications including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes.com, CNN Opinion, and Bloomberg View.Full Bio
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