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Surya Yalamanchili
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Surya was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania, the child of blue-collar Indian immigrants. From watching his mom go to work at midnight to sort mail at the post office six-nights a week, he learned the value of hard work. Surya’s own work ethic took form as he shoveled driveways to earn money while in middle school, started his first business (an Internet company) in high school and worked full-time as an executive while graduating with honors from Rutgers University. After spending a summer in Cincinnati in 2001 with Procter & Gamble and falling in love with the area and company, he laid down roots here while working as a brand manager. His up-and-coming status caught the attention of producers at The Apprentice, and he was asked to join the 2007 season. Surya went on to hold high-level positions at various Internet companies, including LinkedIn in Silicon Valley. As someone who has benefited greatly from his parents’ hard work, Surya is deeply concerned about the millions of families today who don’t have the same “opportunity to struggle” that he did. It is this concern, among others, that spurred him to put aside his career and run for Congress. Surya is facing Congresswoman Jean Schmidt in the November 2, 2010 election. Learn more at

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America Isn't Free

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 12:41 PM

Freedom isn't free is more catchy, but misses my broader point.

America isn't free. But we like to pretend that it is. We hate to even approach the premise, but here goes.

1) Having a republic requires an informed electorate. While an autocracy (like China) gets results much, much, much...

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Trump Is Everything Wrong With Politics

(13) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 2:55 PM

Donald Trump is the living embodiment of everything wrong with politics today. I know a decent amount about both things. I filmed with Trump in 2006 when I was on his reality show, The Apprentice. I lived and breathed politics when I ran for Congress in 2010. Having spent the...

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What the Supercommittee Really Said

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2011 | 4:29 PM

For immediate release 4:15PM EST

Translation: We're releasing this statement after the U.S. stock market closes. We don't want you to see a cute chart on CNBC of the markets dropping as everyone realizes just how little we give a shit about actually doing our jobs. See -- we're...

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Obama's Failure

(10) Comments | Posted January 25, 2011 | 8:41 PM

When you're talking about presidents, it should be declarative. They should own things. Think 'Bush's War' for Iraq. Or, I guess, as I've now read 'Obama's War' for Afghanistan.

So, I'm declarative here. Obama's failure.

I've wanted to write this for a long time. It really built up over 2010....

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Rep. Jean Schmidt Lectures Six-Year Olds On Abortion

(8) Comments | Posted October 27, 2010 | 3:40 PM

There's a common question on the minds of most Americans these days: How did things get so bad? A real unemployment rate of 17%, a record number of home foreclosures, borrowing billions from China so we can buy the things from them that we...

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Bigger National Crisis: Bedbugs or Unemployment?

(12) Comments | Posted October 12, 2010 | 4:20 PM

Jean Schmidt: No to Bedbugs, Yes to Unemployment

Last week Congress finally began to take action against illegal Chinese trade policies that have devastated the American manufacturing base. For well over a decade, the Chinese government has been blatantly subsidizing the costs of Chinese manufacturing to create an...

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Currency Just Tip of China Iceberg

(18) Comments | Posted September 28, 2010 | 7:35 PM

In the past few weeks the media has been abuzz with stories about China's currency manipulation. Given the stratospheric unemployment rate and bulging trade deficit, focusing on China's questionable trade practices is long overdue.

Mercantilism. That's the term for the policy path that China has been following. Mercantilism...

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Let's Be Real About Unemployment

(32) Comments | Posted September 7, 2010 | 2:05 PM

Let's acknowledge the real cause of high unemployment... and get to work addressing it.

It's probably not wise for a candidate to pick a fight with a noted economist, but I had a strong reaction to a post this week from by Professor J. Bradford DeLong titled, "The Varieties...

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The Time Is Now for Real Solutions to Housing Crisis

(6) Comments | Posted August 25, 2010 | 6:24 PM

Sadly, each passing day brings with it more depressing economic news. Today's latest is that housing sales dropped 27% in July, the weakest showing in 15 years. That the housing market remains a complete disaster, common knowledge to most of us, appears to still be a secret to...

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