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Forget Reagan, Let’s Bring Back Coolidge

Guywithaheart Wrote: Feb 20, 2013 7:42 AM
Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson were the great presidents of that era. They were the ones who gave us the progressive era reforms that broke up the old power structure. They also gave us the income tax, which upsets right wingers but was necessary to reduce trade tariffs and excises.
MoreFreedom Wrote: Feb 20, 2013 5:24 PM
FDR and Wilson were only great in some folks minds, not mine. In my mind, they were the worse presidents of their time because they increased the power of goverment and reduced our freedom.

You show we could eliminate the income tax by replacing it with minor increases in tarrifs and excises, the way it used to be. Thanks for pointing that out. Gary Johnson and Ran Paul advocated eliminating the income tax. I'll be voting for a candidate that supports reducing the power and cost of government.
Colonialgirl Wrote: Feb 20, 2013 12:54 PM
Another idiotic leftist spews nonsense Wilson was NOT a "great" president, that's only in the minds of left wing professors that write slanted history books.
The income tax was a COMMUNIST idea, from each according to his means to pay------No All American equality in THAT, only punishment of the wealthy and inventive.
Tacitus X Wrote: Feb 20, 2013 9:56 AM
They were among the worst presidents if you believe in individual liberty and limited government. They are "great" presidents only if you favor the top-down, command-and-control, centralized statism the Founders rejected.
KPar Wrote: Feb 20, 2013 8:47 AM
"They also gave us the income tax"...

That is the tax, rejected by the Founders, that makes slaves of us all- that we may no longer consider the fruits of our labors as our own property.

Think about it, what is the most the gummint can take from us? That's right, there is no limit- the Congress can take all you make, all you made, and all you will ever make, if they so choose.
Sean245 Wrote: Feb 20, 2013 8:22 AM
You mean created a new power structure of the federal government which has power over the lives, health, retirement, energy use, education and economics of the average American that the “old power structure” could only dream of. What does it take to brain wash someone so throughly that they believe there should be no foreseeable limits on the power of government?
Colonialgirl Wrote: Feb 20, 2013 12:59 PM
Liberal school indoctrination from Primary school through College.
Matt in N.C. Wrote: Feb 20, 2013 8:00 AM
Roosevelt was a militarist. Wilson was a racist scumbag who had a private showing of Birth of a Nation at the White House and put Italian and German Americans in concentration camps. He also jailed critics without much regard for the Constitution and approved the Palmer raids, a crackdown on dissent so egregious that it led to the creation of the ACLU. Both were fascists. It's interesting, but hardly astonishing, that modern progressives still admire them.
Younger Wrote: Feb 20, 2013 11:33 AM
Why did Woodrow Wilson put Italian Americans into concentration camps? Italy fought Austria, which was allied with Germany, in World War I; Italy was not our enemy in that war.
Colonialgirl Wrote: Feb 20, 2013 12:58 PM
He meant FDR who did briefly put them in camps at the start of the war2, ALONG WITH Japanese Americans whom he left there for ALL five years of the war DESPITE most of being loyal Americans and long time residents that LOVED this country. The TWO regiments form of Japanese American youths when given the opportunity served Honorable and Ably during the war and the 442nd is the MOST DECORATED unit in the history of the USA.

As you can see here and here, I’m a huge fan of Ronald Reagan.

But it’s not just that the Gipper had good rhetoric. He also did a decent job of restraining spending and he significantly lowered marginal tax rates.

Combined with other pro-market reforms and his stalwart willingness to rein in inflation, as well as the fact that his policies led to the collapse of the evil Soviet Empire, I don’t think it’s...