Monday, April 15, 2013

Day 79, April 15

I never knew much about President Calvin Coolidge.  Somehow he gets lost admidst more flamboyant and showy presidents.  He was not immortalized by a national monument.  His accomplishments are rarely mentioned in text books.  Yet he did more for the advancement of America and Americans than many much more lauded presidents.

Coolidge served as president from 1923 to 1929.  During that time, he sustained a budget surplus and left office with a smaller budget than the one he inherited. (For that alone, he stands out.) 

 Over that same period, the Untied States experienced tremendous job growth, an increase in the standard of living, higher wages, and three to four percent annual economic growth.  The twenties really were roaring.

Coolidge was the first to "Just say no" and earned the title of the "The Great Refrainer."

1 comment:

  1. Interesting. The President of the "Roaring Twenties" was the "Great Refrainer". Coincidence? Yeah, I don't think so either. I want to learn more about Silent Cal. Think I'll look for a biography. If he has an autobiography, it's probably not much bigger than a pamphlet!