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Today's Democrats have betrayed John F. Kennedy, Amity Shlaes writes in Forbes, by using his name in support of policies he abhorred. Reviewing Ira Stoll's new biography, "JFK, Conservative," Shlaes concludes that Kennedy was right in saying, "I'm not a liberal at all." He "stood firmly opposed to a strong centralized government," Stoll writes, and he and "championed states' rights and strict constitutional interpretation." Kennedy campaigned for public aid to Catholic schools, warned early on that China was being lost to Mao, criticized "slave labor in Russia," and, as Shlaes notes, "expressed views on spending reminiscent of Calvin Coolidge." And of course Kennedy's famous tax cuts reflected his belief, expressed before the Economic Club of New York in 1962, that "the soundest way to raise the revenues in the long run is to cut the rates now."
"Kennedy Strikes Back" by Amity Shlaes will appear in the December 2 edition of Forbes.
Robert Asahina has been a newspaper and magazine editor and writer, a book publishing executive and editor, and a data management consultant. He was editor in chief and deputy publisher of Broadway Books, president and publisher of the adult publishing group of Golden Books, and vice president and senior editor of Simon and Schuster; deputy managing editor of The New York Sun and an editor at The New York Times Book Review, Harper's, George, and The Public Interest; and a consultant at Freddie Mac. He is the author of "Just Americans" and of numerous articles and reviews for The Wall Street Journal, Harper's, The New York Times Book Review, and elsewhere.
TARIFFIED: Trade Talk with Matthew Rooney
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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.