p>Calvin Coolidge is often viewed as an indifferent accidental president who gained office only because of the death of his predecessor Warren Harding in August 1923. But according to Amity Shlaes, senior fellow in economic history at the Council on Foreign Relations and a syndicated columnist at Bloomberg, that depiction is way off base.
Shlaes discusses the Coolidge Presidency from an economic perspective in Calvin Coolidge: The President Who Said "No" on Wednesday, February 29, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Americans in 2012 long for an economy that can grow at four percent annually, a balanced federal budget and low taxes. "Silent Cal" delivered all that, notes Shlaes, who is working on a Coolidge biography.
Without the corruption that ate away at the Harding administration or the big spending of subsequent presidents, Coolidge was able to leave office in 1929 with a smaller federal budget than when he came in.
Amity Shlaes has written for such influential publications as the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, New Yorker, National Review, Fortune, New Republic and Foreign Affairs. She is the author of the bestsellers Greedy Hand and The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression.
Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. RSVP online  or call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available at the Library Disstrict Parking Garage at 10th and Baltimore.
This program is co-sponsored by the Show-Me Institute and the Sinquefield Charitable Trust.