On this Presidents’ Day, we pick out the 29th president, Warren Harding, for special praise.
He was a Republican and a conservative whose term in office lasted less than two and a half years (March 4, 1921 – August 2, 1923), ending with his death.
In that short time he achieved a lot.
This is what we like about him:
He reduced federal spending from $6.3 billion to $3.2 billion.
Under is administration, federal taxes were cut from $6.6 billion to $4 billion.
He refused government bail out for failing banks and businesses.
As a result: Unemployment fell by nearly 50% by 1922. Industry flourished and the economy was strengthened.
Furthermore: He treated the ridiculous League of Nations with the contempt it deserved. He strongly advocated political, educational, and economic equality for African-Americans.
True, Harding’s term in office was not scandal-free. But his virtues and accomplishments far outweigh his alleged faults.
If only we had his like in office today!