James D. Agresti

James D. Agresti is the president of Just Facts and the author of Rational Conclusions. He 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.

Recent blog posts by this author

The Washington Post Grossly Understates the Crime Rate of Illegal Immigrants

The Washington Post has published a blatant falsehood in support of the claim that illegal immigrants are less likely to commit serious imprisonable crimes than people born in the United States. Furthermore, the Post ignores data from the Census...

The Real 'Big Money' in Politics

Left-leaning media outlets and politicians often condemn “big money” in politics. They argue that wealthy citizens have an “unfair advantage” in free speech because they can generously finance candidates and purchase ads to voice...

Support for 'Soaking the Rich' Is Rooted in Media Misinformation

Public opinion polls show high levels of support for raising taxes on the wealthy, and some people are touting these results to advance progressive tax policies. Such polls, however, are tainted by the common myth that the rich pay a lower average...

Visa Overstays Don’t Negate the Benefits of Border Barriers

Opponents of President Trump’s plan to build a wall along much of the Southwest border often argue that it won’t be effective because many illegal immigrants enter the U.S. by using visas. Visas allow people to temporarily visit or live in the U.S...

Scientific Survey Finds Voters of All Parties, Ages, and Genders Are Broadly Misinformed

At a recent “get-out-the-vote” rally in Las Vegas, former first lady Michelle Obama declared that people don’t have to be informed in order to vote. All they need, she said, is to “be a citizen,” “have opinions,” and want “a say in what happens.”...

Rape Facts and Falsehoods

In this era of #MeToo and rampant sexual assault allegations, many media outlets, politicians, and scholars are misleading people about the prevalence of rape. They accomplish this by publicizing unscientific studies, mischaracterizing reliable ones...

Why Trump is Not in 'Reality Denial' When it Comes to Hurricanes

The Washington Post editorial board has accused President Trump of being “complicit” in Hurricane Florence, because “he plays down humans’ role in increasing the risks” of “extreme weather,” and “he continues to dismantle efforts...

Is 'Monkey This Up' A Racial Slur?

Activists are calling a gubernatorial candidate racist for using the term “monkey this up.” The press is spreading these charges while failing to reveal that others have used this phrase in the same way: as a synonym for “mess things up.” After...

Illegal Immigrants Are Far More Likely to Commit Serious Crimes Than the U.S. Public

President Trump recently held a conference with family members of U.S. citizens killed by illegal immigrants. The parents of nine people slain by such immigrants spoke about their family’s experiences, and Trump presented an array of...

Social Security Has Not Been ‘Looted’

The newly released Social Security Trustees Report describes serious fiscal issues with the program and stresses that it should be reformed soon, or the situation will become much worse. However, public support for reform is impeded by a common...

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