Props To My Man Warren

Dave Killion — July 13, 2012

I Want You... to look after yourselves for a change

Neatorama lists 10 Presidents Nobody Remembers, and is pretty tough on Warren G. Harding –

“… Harding ran the White House like a kind of boys’ club, where he and some friends known as the “Ohio Gang” enjoyed drinking, playing golf, and cheating on their wives…

After admitting to friends that he felt overmatched by the job of president, Harding gave his Cabinet free reign and treated the presidency as more of a ceremonial post.”

Look at almost any historical ranking of US presidents, and you’ll find Harding in the bottom ten, and Lincoln sharing the top spots with both of the Roosevelts. But is this fair? I think not. Consider the case as made by historian David Beito –

“…Warren G. Harding (was) a president who successfully promoted economic prosperity, cut taxes, balanced the budget, reduced the national debt, released all of his predecessor’s political prisoners, supported anti-lynching legislation, and instituted the most substantial naval arms reduction agreement in world history. Go figure.”

Perhaps if Harding had gotten America involved in a major conflict that destroyed massive amounts of wealth and spilled lakes of blood, he would be better remembered and more admired, like most of the other highly ranked presidents. Sadly, we voters seem to be electing one potentially “great” leader after another, instead of looking to someone dedicated to peace and prosperity. Or better yet, looking to ourselves.

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Ashley says

We will attempt intelligent and courageous deflation, and strike at government borrowing which enlarges the evil, and we will attack high cost of government with every energy and facility which attend Republican capacity.
–WG Harding

Not only did he talk a good game but he walked the talk despite advice to the contrary.

‘Warren Harding and the Forgotten Depression of 1920’
http://www.firstprinciplesjournal.com/articles.aspx?article=1322

A great article to counter Keynesians. It goes into detail about the 1920 depression, then does the hard work of explaining the theory about why Austrian prescriptions work and why we should expect Keynsian economics to crash the economy repeatedly.

— July 14, 2012

Jeremy Maddock says

The presidents who govern the least tend to govern the best, but naturally are remembered the least.

Sadly, most of those individuals who seek high political office are motivated by fame and glory to the extent that they are content to be remembered for anything, even when it involves destroying wealth and spilling blood. Harding, it seems, might have been a rare exception.

— July 16, 2012

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