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Subject:  Coolidge/Harding Date:  7/2/2004  12:57 PM
Author:  ValueSnark Number:  9315 of 23810

As the article at shows, Coolidge was one of the better American presidents, and doesn't get another credit from historians.
One of his few debits was sharply increased farm subsidies.
I think I'd rank him in the top five, maybe.

Another underappreciated prez was Silent Cal's predecessor, Warren G. Harding. Harding was relatively pro laissez-faire, cut taxes, and had a very good civil rights record, in stark contrast to the monster Wilson.
He did raise tariffs twice in the Emergency Tariff of 1921 and the Fordney-McCumber Tariff of 1922.
The libertarian historian David Beito has a good appreciation of WGH at the "Liberty and Power" blog at the history news network site. Scroll down a ways, maybe it was a month ago or so.
What I like about WGH is that he retired most afternoons to a back room in the White House to play poker with his buddies. You can't trample on someone's rights when you're playing cards.
Would that every president since had followed that practice, especially the current one.


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