Articles by Amity Shlaes

Tax and Spend Lessons From Germany

Bloomberg columnist Amity Shlaes alerts TCS readers to the tax situation in Germany, and lessons for Americans: Right now we're having an intense debate about the merits of the Bush tax program. But it is probably worthwhile to recognize that... Read More

Reality-Based Tax Policy

Better than expected. That is the headline being given to the progress of the US economy. Last year the deficit was a humiliating 3.6 per cent of gross domestic product. The deficit this year, new numbers suggest, will be 2.7... Read More

Blue Dogs vs. Feral Howard

Sometimes a political story morphs into an animal story. This seems to be happening to the Democrats as they work out their future. Consider Howard Dean. A year ago Mr. Dean withdrew from the presidential primaries yelping like a hound.... Read More

Why Bush and Blair Will Remain Good Friends

Why is George so stingy when it comes to helping Tony? After all, the President owes the British prime minister. Mr. Blair joined him in the unpopular Iraq war even as others fled. "Yes, Tony," should be the reply... Read More

Getting Over Our China Syndrome

Jane screws up, yet Jane endures. That seems to be the lesson of the success of Jane Fonda's new autobiography, "My Life so Far" (Random House). One reason Americans like Miss Fonda is that her challenges are so often their... Read More

Keeping It Private

Back in the 1980s a physics graduate named Cris met a "quant" guy named Greg and the two founded a company to write options trading software called Devon Systems. Both their "quant" work -- applying complex formulae to value financial... Read More

Understanding the Hassle of Procedure

The sad fate of Terri Schiavo preoccupies the US in this, one of our most religious seasons. But it was unwise of Republicans to lead Congress in intervening in the decision to remove the woman's feeding tube. Nor was... Read More

Is Bush Trying to Destroy the UN and World Bank?

Less than two weeks until World Bank shareholders vote on Paul Wolfowitz's nomination to head the Bank and the protests continue to build. Naming John Bolton, a vigorous critic of the United Nations, to serve as US ambassador to the... Read More

He Also Hated the French

Is the US still at war? Fighting as vague a conflict as the war on terror is hard, polarizing citizens and rendering difficult Washington's decisions about civil liberties at home. Washington is also preoccupied with sustaining its alliance with London.... Read More

Democrats Are Thinking About Foreign Competitors

NEW YORK -- India, China; China, India. The only remaining question seems to be which will clobber the rest of us first. Recently, even as the dollar slid, Azim Premji of Wipro was touring the US terrifying conference rooms... Read More

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