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  • Advice On Contacting Your Representatives

    January 30, 2017

    David Burress

    When you’re making your rounds contacting representatives, please remember this: phone calls are all that matters.   I know you’re getting a lot of mandates and calls to action, but heed this guidance from a high-level staffer for a Senator: You should NOT be bothering with online petitions or emailing. Online contact basically gets immediately ignored, and letters pretty much ...

  • Immigration Ban Causes Brain And Economic Drain

    January 30, 2017

    David Burress

    There are around a million foreign students in the US.  All of them bring money with them.  If they bring an average of even $10,000 each (which isn’t enough to pay their expenses) they would add at least $10B to US demand.  There would be additional Keynesian multiplier effects. So their impact is around .1% ...

  • Is The US’s Current Decline Unprecedented?

    January 26, 2017

    David Burress

    The oligarchs are gradually turning the US into a second-rate economy.  Leaving aside the details of how it works, can any one think of an historical analogy?  That is, are there any other cases where the power structure of a leading economy consciously rejected traditional ways of doing things and adopted sweeping economic reforms that ...

  • When Character Matters

    January 25, 2017

    David Burress

    Character is of no direct importance in a politician.  What matters is policy and action.  Nevertheless character is of great indirect importance, because we use it to predict future policies and actions.  However some aspects of character are far more politically relevant than others.   I have no particular interest in which politicians do or do not ...