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


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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