Stories written by James Agresti
James D. Agresti is the president of Just Facts, a think tank dedicated to researching and publishing verifiable facts about the leading public policy issues of our time. Mr. Agresti's writings have been cited by numerous major media outlets, academic institutions, think tanks and government entities, such as CBS, PBS, Fox News, Investor's Business Daily, Pepperdine University, Vanderbilt University, the University of Wisconsin Madison, National Review, the Huffington Post, Roll Call, the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, the Heritage Foundation, PolitiFact, the Wisconsin Legislature, the Oklahoma Department of Labor, and the education ministry of Northern Ireland. Jim holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Brown University and has worked as a designer of jet aircraft engines, a technical sales professional, and chief engineer of a firm that customizes helicopters. He is also the author ofRational Conclusions, a highly researched book evidencing factual support for the Bible across numerous academic disciplines.

What Will Obama’s Greenhouse Gas Regulations Cost and Achieve?

In an op-ed about the Obama administration’s pending regulation of greenhouse gases from coal-fired electricity plants, Paul Krugman recently declared in his New York Times column that: the international community will join together to curtail greenhouse gases if only the U.S. would do so. the regulatory costs of “saving the planet would be remarkably cheap.” solar energy will make […]

June 2, 2014 | Posted in House Guests,National | Read More »

Maddow’s Tax and Deficit Doubletalk

In a recent segment of her Emmy-Award winning television show, Rachel Maddow, an MSNBC host with a doctorate in political science from Oxford University, claimed that: State government budget deficits in Kansas, North Carolina, and New Jersey are “huge,” because their Republican governors have cut tax rates. Cutting tax rates invariably leads to lower tax revenues. The […]

May 23, 2014 | Posted in House Guests,National | Read More »

Does the Social Security Trust Fund Really Exist?

In a memorable scene from the classic sitcom Sanford and Son, a legal predicament led Fred Sanford to consider hiring a man who was peddling cut-rate attorney services. When Sanford and the man met, the conversation that ensued went something like this: Sanford: So, you’re a lawyer? Man: That depends on who you ask. Sanford: I’m asking you. […]

April 17, 2014 | Posted in House Guests,National | Read More »

Audit Reveals Federal Finances are Far Worse Than Publicized Figures

The U.S. Treasury has just released its annual “Financial Report of the United States Government,” which provides an account of the federal government’s finances using accounting standards like those that the government requires of large corporations. Because the federal budget is not bound by these standards, it does not have to account for all of its fiscal obligations. For example, […]

March 12, 2014 | Posted in House Guests,National | Read More »

Obamacare’s Effects on Wages

Contrary to claims by certain prominent individuals, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is projecting that Obamacare will drive down workers’ wages. A recent CBO analysis found that the equivalent of two million full-time workers will drop out of the workforce by 2017 as a result of Obamacare. This represents 1.5% of all hours Americans will work that year, and CBO projects […]

February 18, 2014 | Posted in House Guests,National | Read More »

Poll reveals voters misinformed about key issues

What do voters truly understand about public policy issues? To scientifically measure this, Just Facts, a non-profit research and educational institute, commissioned a nationwide poll of people who say that they vote “every time there is an opportunity” or in “most elections.” The poll consisted of 20 questions, one concerning voters’ political leanings and 19 […]

December 27, 2013 | Posted in House Guests,National | Read More »

Twisting the Truth About Spending

Since the outset of the Great Recession, left-leaning public figures have insisted that temporary increases in government spending—especially on social welfare programs—would rapidly stimulate the economy. Yet, as detailed below, even though such spending quickly rose to record levels, the economy has been burdened with high unemployment for more than four years since the recession […]

December 11, 2013 | Posted in House Guests,National | Read More »

The National Debt is Rising—Not Declining

In a recent Los Angeles Times article entitled “Four facts about the national debt you may not know,” assistant managing editor David Lauter claimed that “the U.S. debt burden is starting to decline. That’s right – it’s going down, not up.” Likewise, Michael Hiltzik, a Pulitzer Prize-winning business columnist of the Los Angeles Times, soon thereafter wrote that the national debt has […]

November 1, 2013 | Posted in House Guests,National | Read More »

Debt versus Deficit: Obama’s Bait and Switch

In a recent speech at Binghamton University in which he lobbied for spending on various welfare programs, President Obama claimed that “we don’t have an urgent deficit crisis. The only crisis we have is one that’s manufactured in Washington, and it’s ideological.” Continuing, he declared that his political opponents fabricated this crisis so they can argue “that […]

October 21, 2013 | Posted in House Guests,National | Read More »

Has Government Turned us Into a Nation of Makers and Takers?

In a recent article and accompanying video produced by the Tax Policy Center, tax analyst Roberton Williams reports that 43% of Americans won’t pay federal income taxes this year. Williams, a former deputy assistant director for the Congressional Budget Office, also states that “many commentators” have twisted such statistics to suggest “that nearly half of all households […]

September 19, 2013 | Posted in House Guests,National | Read More »

This Month's Top Commentators

  • Be the first to comment.

The Best Voter Lists Available

PunditHouse Store