Calvin Coolidge Says, May 28, 1931

February 17, 2021

Date: May 28, 1931 Location: Northampton, MA (Original document available here) Secretary Mellon has convincingly stated the approaching necessity of devising a tax system when business becomes normal to make national revenues more nearly depression proof. Assessing taxes where they can best be borne is sound enough. The rich are necessarily the immediate source of […]

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Calvin Coolidge Says, May 21, 1931

January 22, 2021

Date: May 21, 1931 Location: Northampton, MA Summary: Calvin Coolidge ponders the effects of changing the railroad rates. (Original document available here) One of the most difficult questions pressing urgently for decision by government and business is railroad rates. Almost daily some one in Washington is urging the maintenance of the present wage scale. But […]

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Calvin Coolidge Says, May 6, 1931

January 21, 2021

Date: May 6, 1931 Location: Northampton, MA Summary: Calvin Coolidge refutes the argument that the United States government should cancel the debts of foreign nations to increase trade. (Original document available here) Without considering at all the financial or moral obligation of foreign governments to pay their debts to our government or the obligation of […]

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Calvin Coolidge Says, March 17, 1931

January 21, 2021

Date: March 17, 1931 Location: Northampton, MA (Original document available here) Tax returns made in 1930 reveal incomes that are beyond human comprehension. The total is over one hundred and forty-one billions of dollars gross and thirty­five billions net. Four-fifths belong to individuals and one-fifth to corporations. About four million individuals and five hundred thousand […]

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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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