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Written by Gerry Garrison   
Thursday, 12 May 2011 14:43

 

In This Corner

By Gerry Garrison

 

In my last column, I asked the questions of what, We the People should be doing? What is it that I believe a presidential candidate should be talking to the American people about?  Let’s get to it.

 

To me, regardless of party, it is time for that one candidate that, We the People can trust to have honor and have faith in our Constitution and the values in this document created by our Founding Fathers. Is there such a person out there? I don’t know.

 

It is time for someone to step and stop talking about the economy, but tell us what he or she plans to do about it.  I don’t want generalities or vague promises.  I want this candidate to tell me how they believe they can fix the mess we are in.  I want he or she to take a page out of President Calvin Coolidge’s “playbook”

 

Why Coolidge, you may ask. Very few people in this country know that Coolidge saved us from a major depression that would have matched the Great Depression of the 1930s and ‘40s. What Wilson left Harding and Coolidge, Harding’s Vice President, who became President in 1923, after Harding died in office.

 

Here is a little history. On March 4, 1921, President Wilson left President Harding, with a state of the union that was poor and a national economy was in the depths of a depression with an unemployment rate of 20% after a runaway inflation.

 

On April 12,1921, President Harding presented a negative Congress with his program for economic recovery which he called "A Return to Normalcy". Harding's normalcy program consisted of the following measures.

 

1) A call for a national budget program, (2) national debt reduction,3) Tax reduction,4) an emergency tariff to protect American industry and farm commodities.5) farm relief legislation (farm bankruptcies were up 20% from 1914), and 6) immigration restrictions to protect American jobs.

 

Unemployment went from a 20% high to a record low average of 3% between 1922 and 1929. The income tax rate for the upper 1% went from 75% to less than 40%. This increased the amount of income spent by the American people and corporations, decreasing the unemployment rate accordingly.

 

Federal spending was slashed by two-billion from Wilson's last year during the Harding years, with Coolidge maintaining spending levels of 3.3-billion per year for the rest of the decade. The Harding-Coolidge tax cuts produced increased revenue that went to cut the national debt left by Wilson by one-third.

 

This is the type of individual we need as our next President. This person can turn our economy around, allowing small businesses, the backbone of our economy, to expand and hire more employees. This will decrease our unemployment rate of 10% down to levels of 3% to 4% with a couple of years. 

 

We can start paying off the majority of our national debt. This candidate will also support a balanced-budget amendment, thus keeping spending levels to the amount of money this country takes in every year.

 

Our ideal candidate will also get serious about controlling our borders, insuring they are sealed to bring the rate of illegal aliens through our southern borders to almost zero. He will work the border states to insure they have all the support they need to stop the  unnecessary killings and flow of drugs on and across our southern borders.

 

He will start bringing troops home from those countries, especially in Europe, who no longer want us there nor need us there. He will stop deploying troops to places we have in which there is not a national interest for us being there.

 

If we are forced to go to war, we go to win, not waste American lives while we let politicians decide if it is politically correct for us to do battle with our enemies. Civilian casualties are part of war. Just look at the battles of WW1 and WWII.  We went in there to win and bring our troops home. 

 

We need a President who will continue this policy. We either fight to win or we don’t go. No half measures. Our troops are too valuable to us to do otherwise.

 

I have more to say on this subject and will do so in my next column. There is nothing more important, including the death of OBL, than the problems this country is facing in the very new future, unless a “Coolidge or “Harding” runs for the presidency in 2012.

 

But I am just an old country boy, so what do I know?  Just sayin … # # #

 

 

Life is short. Forgive quickly. Kiss slowly. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that made you smile.

 



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