"Nothing is easier than spending public money.
It does not appear to belong to anybody.
The temptation is overwhelming to bestow it on somebody."
Calvin Coolidge
(1872-1933) 30th US President
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truth -so obvious today- when will the shift occur ?
 -- holly, acworth     
    Astute in the obvious, The occupying statist theocracy infesting this land has implemented public money, through its dogmas, canons and guns, to dumb down a once free people to a level of helots, serfs, and slaves.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    This statement by Coolidge is certainly applicable, above all, to our nation's war spending (for past, present, and future wars, maintenance of nuclear weapons that are still a grave danger to humankind). The statement merely points the great need for firm regulations and auditing of war spending right now, with a Defense Department that hasn't passed an audit in over a decade. War spending is, far and away, the most wasteful way possible for simulating a sluggish economy. It certainly cured our Great Depression and ushered in three decades of prosperity before Reaganomics created leaks in the ship of state, leading into red ink until Clinton balanced the budget and began paying down the national debt. Equal spending on health, education, and infrastructure, in the absence of a war, would accomplish several times as much right now..
     -- Timothy Ray, Gainesville, FL     
    Timothy, war is part of the reason we are in debt, but not the main reason. Welfare spending, foreign aid and the dozens of government bureaucracies that infest our land and cause chaos are the main cause of the debt.
     -- j, Austin, Tx     
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    and bestowed it was, millions and millions for 'reparation" let us not mix words, racial in intent and scope. Treason at high levels, and we all know it. sad. The day will come, when they must answer for this outrage. The education, of the masses, has worked, now, the majority sees the deeds. Needless to say, all this has caused great unrest in our nation, but has not broken our resolve to seek justice, or speak the truth. People, just hope he doesnt start a war, before the elections, he will proclaim himself king again. Use wisdom, in all things friends .Mike is a greatly respected , his voice heard, his logic unmovable. Mike, we are still free, as long as we know the truth. Better still, educating all to the truth, even though has been a long hard road, is paying off. people might not like the truth, but non the less, it speaks volumes. The brave are those that refuse to stick thier heads in the sand, and look fully upon the truth. To some of the brave men here, your words do not go unheard. A special thanks to those 3 men here, who are very intelligent, and care. And our editor. The voice of freedom is loud and clear.
     -- Kimo, USA     
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    A true statement from a lousy president.
     -- Byron, Fort Collins     
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    To his credit President Coolidge was moving in the right direction. Though apposed by the building "progressive socialist" movement growing in the country ! 
     -- Ronw13, ID     
     -- jim k, Austin      
     -- Mary, MI      
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