Thursday, February 14, 2013

Hello Mr. Coolidge

I have to admit I'm not overly familiar with President Calvin Coolidge, who was the 30th President of the United States serving from 1923–1929.  One of the advantages of working in a bookstore is that I have access to thousands of books, movies and albums.

While shelving a book on Coolidge by Amity Shales I read the back of the book to see what the preview said.  It struck me that maybe we need a Coolidge type of lead today.
"Coolidge's trademark discipline and composure represented not weakness but strength and he proved unafraid to take on the divisive issues of this crucial period: reigning in public sector unions, unrelentingly curtailing spending and rejecting funding for new interest groups.  He reduced the federal budget  even as the economy grew, wages rose, taxes fell and unemployment dropped."
Here's a couple of the "What People Are Saying" quotes from the Barnes & Noble Website.

Paul Ryan
Coolidge is a welcome new biography of a great American president. Amity Shlaes shines fresh light on a leader of humble persistence who unexpectedly found himself in the presidency and whose faith in the American people helped restore prosperity during a period of great turmoil. Amidst today’s economic hardships and an uncertain future, Shlaes illuminates a path forward — making Coolidge a must-read for policymakers and citizens alike.”
George Will
 “To read Amity Shlaes’s well-crafted biography is to understand why Reagan so admired the famously reticent man whom Shlaes calls ‘our great refrainer.’”

 I will be adding this book to my reading list and looking for leadership on the local, state and national level who would be willing to take on our current challenges with the same attitude.

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