Honoring the Only President Born on the Fourth of July
Today, as we celebrate Independence Day, we would do ourselves well to recall Calvin Coolidge, the only president born on the Fourth of July as did my friend Rick Sincere in his wonderful essay for the Richmond Times Dispatch:
In his 2008 book, The Cult of the Presidency, the Cato Institutes Gene Healy wrote that Coolidge is remembered mostly for his reticence and for fiscal policies that combined Yankee parsimony with generous tax cuts.
That Yankee parsimony is on display in a short film that is thought to be the first time a U.S. president appeared in a talkie a movie with sound.
In this four-minute clip. . . , Coolidge says that he wants to cut down public expense. I want the people of America to be able to work less for the government and more for themselves. I want them to have the... [via Gaypatriot]