Commentary

Joe Bast on Whether R’s or D’s are Better for the U.S. Economy

Joe Bast, president of the Heartland Institute in Chicago, has two well-written and highly accessible thumbnail summaries of the economic policies of recent presidents in the last two issues of The Heartlander. The first artcle, published in the November-December 2010 issue, covers Kennedy through Reagan. The second article in the January-February 2011 issue, covers Clinton, Bush and Obama.

One of the benefits of short, pithy articles like these is their 50,000 view that can tie several ideas and trends together. What these articles miss in nuance, they make up for in salience.

Samuel R. Staley, Ph.D. is a senior research fellow at Reason Foundation and managing director of the DeVoe L. Moore Center at Florida State University in Tallahassee where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in urban planning, regulation, and urban economics. Prior to joining Florida State, Staley was director of urban growth and land-use policy for Reason Foundation where he helped establish its urban policy program in 1997.