When was the last time you googled Calvin Coolidge?

Calvin Coolidge had some good one liners: “We have enough laws already, I don’t need to sign any more” (when asked why his summer vacation lasted the entire summer) but he also had some more substantial thoughts about the role of the federal government:

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 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.

I wonder, what President Obama say to that philosophy of goverment spending? Share your favorite Coolidge quotations or anecdotes in the comment section.

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