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(Kansas.com)   If Calvin Coolidge was president today, the federal government wouldn't be shut down. We would also have a 143-year-old president   (kansas.com) divider line 76
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2013-10-10 11:37:26 PM

UNC_Samurai: They have to purify their ideology, which means purifying their history. Discrediting the New Deal and the Great Society means they can construct the narrative that social reform impedes our society.


This explanation makes this answer

spongeboob: Yes.


make sense.

Thank you, both of you.
 
2013-10-10 11:41:13 PM
Ah, the Republican motto: "If you're so great, why am I such a dick?"
 
2013-10-11 12:30:53 AM

grumpfuff: MFAWG: grumpfuff: MFAWG: farking Coolidge is a conservative hero now?

This. When I saw the headline I was sitting here confused, thinking it HAD to be a type.

Who the fark ever mentions Coolidge, except maybe to point out his legendary silence.

It makes sense in a way: They worship a Reagan that never existed and anybody over 40 KNOWS never existed, Nixon is problematic at best, Eisenhower was a socialist.

So they're stuck with Coolidge.

When you put it that way, it actually makes sense, and is a bit sad.

Cataholic: Woman at party:  "I bet my friend I could make you say more than two words."

Coolidge:  "You lose."

Normally your posts are aggrivating. But in this instance, you have quoted what I feel is one of the funniest quotes in politics ever, so for that, I commend you(though I think the original quote is three words, but I could be wrong).


It's actually apocryphal - almost certainly didn't happen. The problem is mostly that that quotation is attributed to Dorothy Parker who wasn't really the type for something that cutesy. What she actually said about Coolidge dying was "How could they tell?".

Moral of the story: Dorothy Parker was brilliant, Calvin Coolidge was a terrible president.
 
2013-10-11 12:33:30 AM
Correction "How do they know?"

Which is even slightly funnier.
 
2013-10-11 12:35:16 AM

fusillade762: "He would go over to the House (of Representatives) to listen to their concerns, and they would work out a compromise."

Pretty hard to compromise with someone who refuses to offer you anything.


Calvin Coolidge would be a better president.  Obama the Imbecile is 1000x worse than Jimmy Carter!!
 
2013-10-11 12:57:35 AM

sadbad: Correction "How do they know?"

Which is even slightly funnier.


Regardless of if the other quote happened or not, this is another of my favorites.
 
2013-10-11 01:29:42 AM
And the vice-president would be a Nobel laureate who also wrote a #1 song.
 
2013-10-11 02:02:23 AM

Sergeant Grumbles: spongeboob: Coolidge has been brought up before, usually by the type of people who like to say that FDR made the depression worse.

Everyone knows American business was booming until the anticipation of electing that socialist Roosevelt crashed not only the U.S. economy, but the world economy. He made the Depression worse after he stole the 1936 election from Alf Landon. The Literary Digest, whom had correctly predicted the last 5 presidential elections, had Landon winning with 370 electoral votes. He received 8. Unskew THAT, dimmocraps.


That is a solid 9.5 . Well done
 
2013-10-11 02:34:39 AM
grumpfuff:Cataholic: Woman at party:  "I bet my friend I could make you say more than two words."

Coolidge:  "You lose."

Normally your posts are aggrivating. But in this instance, you have quoted what I feel is one of the funniest quotes in politics ever, so for that, I commend you(though I think the original quote is three words, but I could be wrong).


"Tell that to Mrs. Coolidge."
 
2013-10-11 03:33:15 AM
GOL DARN THAT BLAH MAN WHO REFUSES TO KNOW HIS PLACE!
 
2013-10-11 04:12:47 AM

hardinparamedic: If FDR was president today, we'd not only have universal healthcare, but the WPA version 2.0 would be breathing life into our economy and modernizing our infrastructure

still be in the middle of the Great Depression.

FTFY
 
2013-10-11 04:21:37 AM
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2013-10-11 07:47:41 AM
The big thing Coolidge got wrong was not running for another term, thus enabling that farkup Hoover to stroll in.

Modern Republican bosses would be far more comfortable with Harding and Hoover than Coolidge, who had the nerve to actually act on a belief in limited government. The big government, crony-capitalist and Jesusbot wings of today's Republican party would shiat themselves if any Republican did anything more than pay lip service to Coolidge's policies today. They may be annoyed with the Tea Party whargarblers, but they really hate anybody who tries to go libertarian.

"A President should not only not be selfish but he ought to avoid the appearance of selfishness. The people would not have confidence in a man that appeared to be grasping for office.

"It is difficult for men in high office to avoid the malady of self-delusion. They are always surrounded by worshipers. They are constantly and for the most part sincerely assured of their greatness. They live in an artificial atmosphere of adulation and exaltation which sooner or later impairs their judgment. They are in grave danger of becoming careless and arrogant.

"The chances of having wise and faithful public service are increased by a change in the Presidential office after a moderate length of time.

"It is necessary for the head of the nation to differ with many people who are honest in their opinions. As his term progresses, the number who are disappointed accumulates. Finally there is so large a body who have lost confidence in him that he meets a rising opposition which makes his efforts less effective.
"An examination of the records of those Presidents who have served eight years will disclose that in almost every instance the latter part of their term has shown very little in the way of constructive accomplishment. They have often been clouded with grave disappointments.

"While I had a desire to be relieved of the pretensions and delusions of public life, it was not because of any attraction of pleasure or idleness. We draw our Presidents from the people. It is a wholesome thing for them to return to the people. I came from them. I wish to be one of them."


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Imagine anybody in power in Washington acting on these principles now.
 
2013-10-11 08:09:21 AM
In this thread: people who are doomed to repeat history pretending that the New Deal didn't work.
 
jlt
2013-10-11 08:11:30 AM

Cagey B: I think I know exactly what Rutherford B. Hayes would say about all this if he were alive today.

"Help! Help! Get me out of this coffin!"


Okay, I laughed pretty hard at that one.
 
kth
2013-10-11 08:21:48 AM
FTFA: "No man's patriotism was impugned or service questioned because of his racial origin, his political opinion or his religious convictions."

Clearly Coolidge was a RINO.
 
2013-10-11 08:38:01 AM

Zafler: In this thread: people who are doomed to repeat history pretending that the New Deal didn't work.


blsciblogs.baruch.cuny.edu
 
2013-10-11 09:00:55 AM
You do realize your chart supports my statement that the new deal worked right? Since it started in 1933 and the effects were slowed in '37?

Apparently, those who don't know history are doomed to post graphs that support the other persons point.
 
2013-10-11 09:33:49 AM

Zafler: You do realize your chart supports my statement that the new deal worked right? Since it started in 1933 and the effects were slowed in '37?

Apparently, those who don't know history are doomed to post graphs that support the other persons point.


If you call ~14% unemployment a success...sure. Under your way of seeing it a football team whose record goes from 0-16 to 3-13 can break out the Dom Perignon too.
 
2013-10-11 09:34:42 AM

Gulper Eel: Zafler: You do realize your chart supports my statement that the new deal worked right? Since it started in 1933 and the effects were slowed in '37?

Apparently, those who don't know history are doomed to post graphs that support the other persons point.

If you call ~14% unemployment a success...sure. Under your way of seeing it a football team whose record goes from 0-16 to 3-13 can break out the Dom Perignon too.


What the shiat is this.
 
2013-10-11 10:25:15 AM

Gulper Eel: Zafler: In this thread: people who are doomed to repeat history pretending that the New Deal didn't work.

[blsciblogs.baruch.cuny.edu image 504x253]


Cool graphic I was listening to the Bob Edwards Show this am, 10/11/13, and they were talking about how because of concern about the deficiet FDR lowered the stimulus in 1937 leading to rising unemployment in 38, now if only your graphic had some additional information like the level of government spending it might actually be informative.  Because right now it just shows unemployment rates with no context of what was going on, almost like it was made with some kind of agenda
 
2013-10-11 10:28:57 AM

captainktainer: What the shiat is this.


Someone that can't read the graph they themselves posted and see the 25% (and increasing) from before the New Deal started.
 
2013-10-11 10:55:58 AM

spongeboob: Cool graphic I was listening to the Bob Edwards Show this am, 10/11/13, and they were talking about how because of concern about the deficiet FDR lowered the stimulus in 1937 leading to rising unemployment in 38, now if only your graphic had some additional information like the level of government spending it might actually be informative. Because right now it just shows unemployment rates with no context of what was going on, almost like it was made with some kind of agenda


It wasn't that he backed off on the stimulus that set off the '37 recession, it was when he did it - at the same time his new Social Security tax and the undistributed-profits tax were kicking in.

There probably would have been a Depression if Coolidge had stuck around for another term, but I highly doubt he would have gone anywhere near Hoover's dumbassed flailing around.
 
2013-10-11 11:02:20 AM

Zafler: captainktainer: What the shiat is this.

Someone that can't read the graph they themselves posted and see the 25% (and increasing) from before the New Deal started.


It only (almost) halved unemployment in 3 years? What a failure of a policy...
 
2013-10-11 11:08:24 AM
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2013-10-12 08:19:03 AM

spongeboob: Gulper Eel: hardinparamedic: If FDR was president today, we'd not only have universal healthcare, but the WPA version 2.0 would be breathing life into our economy and modernizing our infrastructure.

For his first two terms or so, FDR wasn't fit to push the wheelbarrow that carried Winston Churchill's balls around.

The economy remained firmly in the shiatter under FDR until at long last it became apparent to him that Hitler wasn't farking around and so maybe pandering to the cheap seats by pissing all over any business that still had two quarters to rub together wasn't the best move if we didn't want the Nazis laying siege to Ebbets Field three years hence. Good for him for realizing in time that isolationism was a biatch's stance and it was time to be a nasty-ass Dresden-bombing Patton-unleashing atom-bomb-building hard ass ruthless motherfarker.

And doubly good for Truman for dropping those bombs.

So waging war leads to economic recovery, then why did we have the 2008 collapse while fighting two wars?


Plow the fourth one under!

/obscure?
 
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