From Jeb Hensarling, Sensible Talk on Immigration Reform


By John Feehery

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“Jeb Hensarling” by US House of Representatives – Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

(This originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank)

I don’t agree with Jeb Hensarling on everything. (For example, I think his attack on the Export-Import Bank is a needless distraction.) But he is spot-on when it comes to immigration reform.

In The Wall Street Journal’s “Saturday Interview,” Rep. Hensarling (R., Tex.) said that he supports pro-growth immigration policies (my words, not his), which include a “vibrant guest-worker program” for low-skilled workers and more H-1B visas for high-tech workers. (more…)

Prodding the Irish Peace Process


By John Feehery


“StormontCarson” by – Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Late last month, a group of concerned Irish-Americans (me included) released a letter, urging all parties in Northern Ireland to move forward on implementing the Good Friday accords.  I thought I would share with you the letter:


The Other Issues (Outside of Ebola and ISIS)


By John Feehery

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“Michelle Obama 2013 official portrait” by Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy – P021213CK-0027 (direct link). Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

As previously mentioned, two issues dominate the headlines:  Ebola and ISIS.

But they aren’t the only issues that are driving this election.

The two most under-rated issues, in my humble opinion, are the rising costs of Obamacare and Michelle Obama’s assault on school lunches. (more…)

Low Expectations for Congress’s Lame-Duck Session


By John Feehery

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“US Capitol west side” by Martin Falbisoner – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

(This originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank)

There are two schools of thought about the coming lame-duck session.

The Optimist School believes that Congress will work on a whole slew of must-pass legislation, including an omnibus appropriations bill, a host of tax extenders, terrorism risk insurance, perhaps some trade bills, and other cats and dogs.

The optimists are all about scoring last-minute touchdowns. (more…)

The Angriest Month for Investors


By John Feehery


“NYSE127″ by Ryan Lawler – Own work. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

October is misnamed.    And maybe that makes it an angry month.

It’s the 10th month, but October, in Latin, means the 8th month.

The Romans had initially slated October to land somewhere closer to the August time slot, but then Pope Gregory got involved and all Hell broke loose. (more…)


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