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Amity Shlaes

American,  Author
Total Quotes : 44
Friendship Lucky Subject

Anything can be done if you find friends to do it with. The lucky biographers find themselves drawn into a sort of friendship with their subject.

- Amity Shlaes

Economy Tell Benefits

Coolidge believed that government officials who tell themselves that spending benefits the economy delude themselves and the citizens. Government budgets promote human freedom.

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War World War I Awful

Anyone who experienced World War I close-hand was grossed out by it forever. It just was so awful.

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New Like Sailboat

Disillusionment can come as fast as a gust, but building faith that the government won't inflate again is like building a new sailboat, a project of years.

- Amity Shlaes

Change Fired Rates

A while ago I did a story comparing the change in employment rates in recessions in the U.S. and in Europe, and what I found was that America fired a lot of people and rehired a lot of people faster than Europe. That difference is disappearing, and that is a problem.

- Amity Shlaes

Wanting Always Marketplace

I'm always for lower taxes because lower taxes make people want to do things. Less burden, more fun, and economics is about people wanting to have fun. Growth is fun for people in the marketplace.

- Amity Shlaes

Students Next Graduates

Grades can matter, especially for those students and parents who live for the next round of applications to graduate or professional schools. But there's a problem with the grade emphasis. Math or science graduates earn more than students majoring in the humanities.

- Amity Shlaes

Otherwise Offending Reader

If you do a serious presidential bio, you want to supply the reader with maximum material because otherwise you're offending the reader. A president for many people is a serious thing and they want to know everything.

- Amity Shlaes

I Think Prove Some

I think some authors suffer from a need to try to prove that they're clever and educated. I try not to suffer from that. I would rather sacrifice my own narrative in the exercise of writing a biography. So I'm not worried about whether I'm clever.

- Amity Shlaes

Disturbing FDR Were

FDR's job results were, to put it politely, disturbing.

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Think Always Pat

When you do something moral and upright and wander off by yourself, well, everyone doesn't always follow you, do they, right? You pat yourself on your sanctimonious back but it doesn't mean the crowd rewards you for doing what you think is right.

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United Other Concerned

Eventually the dollar won't always rule. Eventually there will be a challenge to the United States and it will have to be like other countries that are a bit concerned about their currency, and then have to ratchet back in order to - right, in order to sustain. We just haven't reached that point yet.

- Amity Shlaes

College Inclusive New

By playing on people's desire to belong to groups, Facebook creates a new, inclusive society. After all, Facebook is not like Harvard College. Anyone with access to the Internet can sign up.

- Amity Shlaes

Doing Capital Equivalent

Democrats who see virtue in the estate tax are doing the equivalent of aborting future enterprises. They deprive businesses of oxygen with their support for capital gains taxes and disregard for contracts.

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Taxes Through Deal

Interest groups are not the same as individuals. Through false nostalgia for the New Deal, you are taking the younger generation hostage. They are the ones who are going to have to pay far greater taxes. They are the future's forgotten men.

- Amity Shlaes

Some Should Everybody

Everybody should pay some tax, just as everybody should vote.

- Amity Shlaes

Economy Wrong Something

In my view, if you have one in 10 unemployed - something is wrong with the economy whether you call it recession or not.

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Music Market Pop-Rock

Anti-parent music seems to be all the pop-rock market wants.

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May Always Unions

Although unions may be good for a worker, singular, they are not always good for workers, plural. Especially when it comes to finding a job.

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Grow Country Benefits

Entitlements seem to grow with prosperity; not only because they are indexed to inflation or GDP, but also because a prosperous country tells itself it can afford more benefits.

- Amity Shlaes