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Amity Shlaes is author of the biography “Coolidge,” and she directs the economic growth project at the Bush Presidential Center.

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Features by Amity Shlaes

Does cutting taxes really shrink government?

Calvin Coolidge learned the hard way that cutting taxes doesn't necessarily shrink the size of government.
Posted In: Taxes

The problem with Obama's carrots and sticks plan

President Obama plans to build much of his election-year policy agenda around carrots and sticks. But commentator Amity Shlaes that plan could backfire.
Posted In: Barack Obama, Jobs

For 2012, out with the new, in with the old

Voters in Iowa will head to the Republican caucus in a few weeks. On the ballot could be a trend that might define the election.
Posted In: GOP, republican primaries, 2012 election

Don't blame the Fed

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke testified before a congressional committee today about the economy, and what the Fed is doing to promote growth.
Posted In: Federal Reserve

The politics of the budget

Frustrated by the annual budget ritual in D.C.? There's a law behind what some consider a maddening process.

Looking to President Coolidge for budgetary perspective

He's the not the first president that comes to mind as an economic pioneer. But Calvin Coolidge is worth a second look.
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