John Calvin Coolidge, Jr., (July 4, 1872 – January 5, 1933) was the 30th President of the United States (1923–1929). A Republican lawyer from Vermont, Coolidge worked his way up the ladder of Massachusetts state politics, eventually becoming governor of that state. His actions to suppress unions during the Boston Police Strike of 1919 thrust him into the national spotlight. Soon after, he was elected 29th Vice President in 1920 and succeeded to the Presidency upon the sudden death of Warren G. Harding in 1923. Elected in his own right in 1924, he gained a reputation as a small-government conservative. Many criticize Coolidge as part of a general criticism of laissez-faire government. His reputation underwent a renaissance during the Ronald Reagan Administration, but assessment of his presidency is divided between those who approve of his reduction of government programs and those who believe government should regulate and police the economy. He essentially set up the First Great Republican Depression, letting banksters and insurance sharks and Wall Street run wild just as Reagan, both Bushes and corporate Democrat Clinton did, setting up the Second Great Republican Depression.
Coolidge had a lazy pessimistic “hands-off” style of governance. He didn’t want to work hard, but he was lost for things to do while in the Whitehouse. He used to take delight in hiding behind the bushes in the Rose Garden and jumping out and yelling, “Boo!” at startled passersby. True story. Have to admit that was much more benign than going to war with Iraq.
All this Republican depression makes bleak days for many; to help the rich lift the spirits of those they’ve screwed, invite one to dinner. They’re especially good in a light wine sauce, but steer clear of any seafood from BP; it’s really oily.

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