Calvin Coolidge Says, July 4, 1930

January 4, 2021

Date: July 4, 1930 Location: Northampton, MA (Original document available here) After a session of about fifteen months the Congress has finally adjourned. It will be subjected to considerable criticism which will be largely useless. With the direct primaries in most states and the popular election of Senators, the present perversion of legislation is unavoidable. […]

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Calvin Coolidge Says, January 30, 1931

January 4, 2021

Date: January 30, 1931 Location: Northampton, MA (Original document available here) The management of Muscle Shoals demonstrates the utter hopelessness of having any considerable business enterprise conducted by the buCongress. Development of this plant was commenced under war-time pressure to furnish power to make nitrates for explosives and fertilizers. More recent discoveries and processes render it, […]

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Calvin Coolidge Says, February 28, 1931

December 29, 2020

Date: February 28, 1931 Location: Northampton, MA (Original document available here) The power of the President to veto legislation is one of the most important checks of our constitutional system. It would be difficult to demonstrate that any refusal to approve an act of the Congress has caused great harm, while it is easy to discover […]

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Calvin Coolidge Says, February 4, 1931

December 16, 2020

Date: February 4, 1931 Location: Northampton, MA Summary: Coolidge writes on the importance of Congress. (Original document available here) Present conditions require the people to let the Congress know what they want done. That will usually prevent any need for future alarm. A great English writer has described the contortions that accompany the exorcism of an evil […]

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Calvin Coolidge Says, December 1, 1930

December 15, 2020

Date: December 1, 1930 Location: Northampton, MA Summary: Coolidge criticizes the efforts of lobbyists to gain undue influence over Congress. (Original document available here) One of the hardest problems the congress has to meet is the constant pressure of outside influences. The old lobby that was so frequently charged with vicious activity practically has disappeared. […]

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