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W: Protectionism Ignores the Reality of a ‘Globalized World’

One thing shared by the insurgent/outsider candidates of both parties in the 2016 presidential race is a populist skepticism about the benefits of unfettered free trade. Think Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. Meantime, Chamber of Commerce types (and their candidates) on both sides continue insisting that unrestrained trade is the only way to go. Think Jeb Bush and, until recently, Hillary Clinton.

Today the George W. Bush Institute came out with something it calls the “North America Competitiveness Scorecard,” which you could easily imagine the Establishment using to bolster its argument for unencumbered trade and increased globalization.

The scorecard ranks the competitive position of the U.S., Mexico, and Canada (the NAFTA countries) against the world’s other big economic regions. Great news, NAFTA countries: We got a B+! The other major regions scored Bs, a C+ and a D- (that was the bad-boy “Mercosur” countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, etc.). During an event at the Bush Institute this morning unveiling the scorecard—one component of the institute’s Economic Growth program—Margaret Spellings, outgoing president of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, said, “We are convinced that the key to America’s prosperity is to open global markets.”

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The Literalist Mind of George W. Bush, Artist

You get the sense from Jenna Bush Hager’s interview with her father, former Most Powerful Man in the World George W. Bush, this morning on the Today show that even his family would have been less surprised to see him have become a house painter in his retirement than an artist.

The occasion was the opening of a new exhibit featuring Bush’s portraits of world leaders at the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

I’ll leave the art criticism to our Peter Simek. What I found most revealing about Mr. Bush in this segment is one short exchange with Jenna about his portrait of Tony Blair:

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Don’t Blink or You’ll Miss the W Expressway

So, that proposal before the Legislature to rename seven miles of U.S. 75 for George W. Bush has been downsized. Instead of seven miles of Central, only about three miles—from Knox/Henderson to Northwest Highway—will be known as the George W. Bush Expressway come September, pending a signature on the measure by Gov. Rick Perry. Heck, […]

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Here’s a Sneak Peek at the Menu For Cafe 43, the Restaurant at the Bush Presidential Center

Yesterday, news came that the restaurant at the George W. Bush Presidential Center would be named Cafe 43, in honor of Bush’s presidential lineage. The restaurant will open May 1, and will be open to the public, not just ticket-holding center-goers. “That’s what Mrs. Bush wants,” George W. Bush Foundation president Mark Langdale told the […]

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Now Coming to A Map Near You: Bush Avenue

From our friends at Park Cities People: The agenda for this evening’s University Park City Council includes a proposed name change for Airline Road/Dublin Street to Bush Avenue. The city staff is in favor of the change, which was requested by SMU, for two reasons: 1. SMU is building student housing along the road, and […]

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Anti-Spending West Texas Rep. Lobbies to Make George W. Bush’s Childhood Home a National Park

Back in the 80s, Mike Conaway was the CFO of Bush Exploration, George W. Bush’s failed oil company. Since then, he’s gone on to become the United States Congressman for Texas’ District 11, consistently running on an anti-spending platform. His brand of fiscal conservatism doesn’t stretch to his friendships, apparently. According to Think Progress: A ThinkProgress review of […]

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George W. Bush Library Director Attempts to Draw Crowd by Promising Free Chicken Pot Pies

This is really too good to mess with, so: Highland Park Cafeteria will host the Director of the new George W. Bush Presidential Library, Alan C. Lowe, who will give an exciting visual presentation to all Highland Park Cafeteria diners on Sunday, January 13 at 5 p.m. in the main dining room. This event will […]

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