No political leader in recent memory seems ready to address America’s genuine problems: entitlements, overspending, and intrusion of government in the private sector. But Americans once had such a leader—Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President of the United States.
Serving between 1923 and 1929, Coolidge did everything differently. Coolidge took the budget seriously, and left Washington with a smaller federal budget than when he became president. Coolidge did not merely call for budget cuts. He conducted them personally, using a now defunct budget device from the 1921 Budget Act. He didn’t just talk about tax cuts; he implemented them by cutting the top rate from 46 to 25 percent. During an era of fiscal responsibility, the economy grew and Americans got luxuries like cars and telephones.
Please join the Goldwater Institute on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, for an entertaining reflection on the legacy of President Coolidge, as Amity Shlaes discussed her forthcoming book Coolidge, which traces the achievements of a remarkable model for today, Silent Cal.
This event will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 4 at the Goldwater Institute, 500 E. Coronado Road, Phoenix, AZ, 85004. The event will be free of charge, and light refreshments will be served.
Amity Shlaes is director of the FOUR PERCENT Growth Project at the George W. Bush Presidential Center. A Bloomberg columnist, she is the author of two bestselling books, The Forgotten Man and The Greedy Hand.
All seats have been reserved for this event. If you have questions, please contact Michael Pfeifer at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (602) 462-5000.