Calvin Coolidge Says, May 1, 1931

January 20, 2021

Date: May 1, 1931 Location: Northampton, MA Summary: Coolidge argues that government should not control businesses.  (Original document available here) With the convocation of representatives of various lines of industry have come proposals for controlling and standardizing business. Almost all these suggestions are for artificial rules of conduct to save a situation from the inevitable […]

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Calvin Coolidge Says, January 5, 1931

January 19, 2021

Date: January 5, 1931 Location: Northampton, MA (Original document available here) Another proposal to be made in the name of relieving unemployment will undoubtedly be an extension of government ownership. Healthy and normal employment consists of serving another for his personal satisfaction or profit. As the government is not personal, its proper business employment would […]

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Calvin Coolidge Says, March 4, 1931

January 15, 2021

Date: March 4, 1931 Location: Northampton, MA (Original document available here) The general reaction of the country at the final adjournment of the Congress will be one of relief. When the people are in distress legislation always reflects their condition. In the national government this inconsistently took the form of spending money. Temporary help for […]

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Calvin Coolidge Says, June 17, 1931

January 7, 2021

Date: June 17, 1931 Location: Northampton, MA (Original document available here) It is a very sound business principle to let the other fellow make a profit. That was the essence of the slogan we heard a few years ago about passing prosperity around. The same thought is involved in paying good wages and fair prices. Cutting […]

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Calvin Coolidge Says, June 1, 1931

January 4, 2021

Date: June 1, 1931 Location: Northampton, MA (Original document available here) The keynote both at a recent meeting of steel men and at a later convention of the Foreign Trade Council was the criticism of wholesale selling of manufactured commodities below cost. Profitless merchandising was denounced. Resistance to price cutting and maintenance of prices were urged. […]

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