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Saturday, November 29, 2008

The Wit and Wisdom of Silent Cal

Men speak of natural rights, but I challenge any one to show where in nature any rights existed or were recognized until there was established for their declaration and protection a duly promulgated body of corresponding laws.

Four-fifths of all our troubles would disappear, if we would only sit down and keep still.

Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery.


I favor the policy of economy, not because I wish to save money, but because I wish to save people. The men and women of this country who toil are the ones who bear the cost of the Government. Every dollar that we carelessly waste means that their life will be so much the more meager. Every dollar that we prudently save means that their life will be so much the more abundant. Economy is idealism in its most practical form. -- First Inaugural Address, Wednesday, March 4, 1925.

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