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Calvin Coolidge (1872)

In 1920, Coolidge was elected vice president of the US under Warren G. Harding, who died in 1923—making Coolidge president. Untouched by the scandals of the Harding administration, Coolidge was directly elected president in 1924. He was a popular and deliberately hands-off leader, and though he was an effective public speaker, he was a man of few words when out of the spotlight. Upon hearing that "Silent Cal" had died in 1933, writer Dorothy Parker is said to have delivered what famous remark? More...
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Calvin Coolidge (1872)
In 1920, Coolidge was elected vice president of the US under Warren G. Harding, who died in 1923—making Coolidge president. Untouched by the scandals of the Harding administration, Coolidge was directly elected president in 1924. He was a popular and deliberately hands-off leader, and though he was an effective public speaker, he was a man of few words when out of the spotlight.
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President Coolidge realized that big business is vital to an economy.

Big business is responsible for there being jobs.

So the government should do everything possible to encourage big business.

In 2017 America, certain groups ridicule big business. Those groups want the government to just print money and hand it out to the people. Those groups do not understand economics. Socialism/communism has failed everywhere. Sadly, only capitalism seems to work.

"Silent Cal" understood that.

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TheParser, aren't you leaving out some history? The stock market crash of 1929 and the following Great Depression?

This may've been partly Herbert Hoover's fault, but he ran and got elected on continuing Coolidge's policies.

I still like the story about the white house dinner in the linked article. I won't spoil it--it's worth reading on people's own, whether or not it's true.

But a few good jokes and anecdotes only go so far with huge chunks of the nation in poverty. His quote "the business of America is business" was an endorsement of the unrestrained capitalism that brought about the stock market crash.

I particularly enjoy the idiom section of this fine website.
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