SOURCE: Washington Post
Calvin Coolidge's Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon briefly accepted public disclosure of tax bills in exchange for a lower top rate. The fact that the ultra-rich, like him, were shown to pay lower effective rates, ended the practice.
Weary from cataclysmic world events, the U.S. electorate chose a mild-mannered candidate promising quieter times.
by Bruce W. Dearstyne
It was a central question a century ago, and still is today. President Coolidge and President Trump might have similar answers.
by David Greenberg
Running against Democratic ‘mobs’ has worked for Republicans in the past.
SOURCE: The National Review
by Amity Shlaes
How Calvin Coolidge handled a 1919 police strike in Boston holds lessons for New York today.
SOURCE: National Review
Amity Shlaes, who directs the George W. Bush Institute’s economic-growth program, is the author of the book Coolidge, forthcoming from HarperCollins.Action is something Americans of both parties demand of their presidents these days. This is natural for Democrats, whose heritage is all action, starting with Franklin Roosevelt and his Hundred Days. But Republicans like energy and a big executive as well. Over the course of the campaign this past year, any number of political stars, including Governor Mitch Daniels of Indiana, argued that only an energetic candidate would be up to the job of managing the U.S. fiscal crisis. Mitt Romney worked hard to let voters know his party could beat the Democrats in the legislative arena. He swore up and down that, à la Roosevelt, he would get off to a running start, sending five bills to Congress and signing five executive orders on his first day in the Oval Office.
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