Prager University is offering its newest course, featuring the political restraint of the country’s 30th President, Calvin Coolidge.

The video class is from the History department and features Amity Shlaes, noted conservative author and columnist who recently wrote a biography on “Silent Cal” Coolidge.

Under the Coolidge administration, the nation enjoyed a decade of unparalleled growth. As Shlaes notes, “a president can succeed by inaction.” Our 30th President refused to pass a great deal of legislation and sought to remove as such public interference in private enterprise as possible.

“The Great Refrainer” got the results recent presidents only dream of:

  • Lower Taxes
  • Higher Wages
  • Fewer Strikes
  • New Technology For the Masses
  • Shrinking Federal Budget

President Obama is noted for his zealous use of Executive Orders.  President Coolidge was famed for his use of the “pocket veto“,  which occurs when a president has not signed the bill sent for approval by Congress within 10 days and if Congress adjourns during this period.  Coolidge remarked: “It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones.”

Shlaes is currently a senior fellow and director of the Four Percent Project at the George W. Bush Institute and a Bloomberg View columnist. Her recent national bestseller is The Forgotten Man: A New History of The Great Depression. This book is a study of the Great Depression in the United States, and how President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal exacerbated the country’s economic troubles.