New York City Urban Debate League

The Coolidge Cup Qualifier Kicks off with our Keynote Speakers! 

<p>&nbsp;</p><p>This morning we are honored by two incredible guests who will present opening remarks and an opening lecture on the public forum debate topic on abolishing the capital gains tax at the 3rd Annual Coolidge Cup Qualifier Tournament! We welcome Dr. Ike Brannon, President of Capital Policy Analytics, and Amity Shlaes, Chairman of the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation.</p><!–more–><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The top winners at the NYCUDL High School Public Forum Debate&nbsp;Tournament #5 Open Division (Varsity Division) will qualify to compete in the Coolidge Cup (see below for details). The top 2 teams and top 2 speakers (if from the top two teams then 3rd Place Top speaker, 4th Place Top Speaker and so on…).&nbsp; So a total of 6 students will qualify for the Coolidge Cup.&nbsp; All expenses, travel, housing, meals from July 1st – July 5th will be paid for the Coolidge cup which will have over $10,000 in awards for the top winners.&nbsp;&nbsp;More about the Coolidge Cup: https://go… Shlaes, Chairman of the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation</strong></p><p>Amity Shlaes is chairman of the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation. She has authored four New York Times bestselling books on economic history: Coolidge, a biography of America’s thirtieth president, The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression, The Forgotten Man: Graphic, and The Greedy Hand, a profile of the U.S. tax code. Earlier in her career Miss Shlaes was a member of the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal, was a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and directed the economic program of the George W. Bush Institute. Her column has been carried over the years by the Financial Times and Bloomberg. Miss Shlaes is a graduate of Yale.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Dr. Ike Brannon, President of Capital Policy Analytics</strong></p><p>Dr. Ike Brannon is president of Capital Policy Analytics, a consulting firm in Washington, DC focused on economic policy. He has served as the chief economist for the House Energy and Commerce Committee, chief economist for the Republican Policy Committee, senior adviser for tax policy at the U.S. Treasury, principal economic adviser for Senator Orrin Hatch on the Senate Finance Committee, chief economist for the Congressional Joint Economic Committee, and &nbsp;senior economist for the Office of Management and Budget. Earlier in his career, Dr. Brannon served as an associate professor of economics at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. His work has appeared in <em>The Weekly Standard, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg View, USA Today, The Hill</em>, and many other publications.</p><p>Dr. Brannon has a PhD in economics from Indiana University and a BA in math, Spanish, and economics from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. He also runs the Savings and Retirement Foundation and the Prosperity Caucus.</p>