I wrote a short piece for the Wall Street Journal today that might interest Coolidge fans. While it doesn’t mention Coolidge specifically, it focuses on one of his favorite issues: taxation.
Take a look — I suspect some of you will have thoughts.
Soaking the Rich: An American Tradition – WSJ.com.
C-Span has posted the video for the dedication of the Coolidge Museum and Education Center last August.
On October 7, 2010, the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation held a symposium at the JFK Library in Boston. A number of prominent figures spoke, including Jack Bogle, Governor Michael Dukakis, and Amity Shlaes.
Click the links below to watch Amity Shlaes’s speech.
The video is divided into two parts: Part I (Amity Shlaes’s speech begins about ten minutes into the video) and Part II.
Andrew Mellon, Treasury secretary for Coolidge (and every other GOP president of the 1920s)
I’m researching a policy brief on estate taxation, and just today I came across a nice, illustrative quote from Coolidge’s Treasury Secretary, Andrew Mellon. Mellon, you’ll recall, truly loathed the estate tax:
After a man has become sufficiently civilized to provide for the reasonable requirements of living, the impetus to further effort at production is found largely in the desire to leave one’s family well provided for. A man will not seek to build up a large fortune just to have it taken away from his family at death.
More to come…