Historians who earn their keep by rating U.S. presidents tend to equate successful economic policies with big government. Rigorous assessments free of such bias would shed much-needed light on presidential successes and failures.

Robert M. Whaples is a Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute and Co-Editor of The Independent Review.
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