View Full Version : The Wisdom of Calvin Coolidge

10-08-2012, 03:30 PM

10-08-2012, 04:30 PM
What is this madness of which he speaks?

10-08-2012, 06:28 PM
Spoken in a day when half of Americans lived on small farms, and we hadn't yet developed a global empire to support.

10-08-2012, 06:41 PM

You mean we hadn't yet built the Panama Canal? We didn't own the Philippines, Guam, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Alaska, the US Virgin Islands nor Guantanamo?

What's that?

You invented another alternate reality?

10-08-2012, 08:17 PM
Slightly wrong of me, as we did begin an imperialist program as of the Mexican-American War earlier, and then, as of the Spanish-American War, one that went outside the western hemisphere.

But mainly we did expeditionary incursions down south in the western hemisphere, in and then out, no permanent presence.

The main bloodshed in the Philippines was 20 years in the past by then, that war over. The other tiny islands were no trouble to keep without major military expense. Coolidge continued the demobilization after the Great War, sought and obtained international treaties to cap the arms race of the strategic weapons of those days (heavy naval battleships, cruisers, aircraft carriers, etc.), sought and obtained treaties to in effect outlaw war, etc.

He dropped military spending so much that the decrease hid the increases in other government spending occurring in his time in office. Contra Glenn Beck's claims. (http://gaudini.wordpress.com/2010/03/09/beckcheck-coolidgeharding/)

10-08-2012, 08:21 PM
Other quotations from Silent Cal:

The appropriation of public money always is perfectly lovely until some one is asked to pay the bill. <span style='font-size: 14pt'>If we are to have a billion dollars of navy, half a billion of farm relief, [etc.]…the people will have to furnish more revenue by paying more taxes. It is for them, through their Congress, to decide how far they wish to go.</span>

Syndicated column, New York Herald Tribune, August 5, 1930.

"I would not want to be misunderstood. I am not advocating parsimony. I want to be liberal. Public service is entitled to a suitable reward. But there is a distinct limit to the amount of public service we can profitably employ.<span style='font-size: 14pt'> We require national defense, but it must be limited. We need public improvements, but they must be gradual. We have to make capital investments, but they must be certain to give fair returns. Every dollar expended must be made in the light of all our national resources and all our national needs."</span>

At Memorial Continental Hall, June 30, 1924

The Mind of the President p. 114

From the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation (http://www.calvin-coolidge.org/quotations-s.html)