Calvin Coolidge’s 1924 Republican Party nomination acceptance speech

Calvin Coolidge talks in this clip from August 14, 1924, about the effects of taxes on citizens.

“The expenses of the government reach everybody. Taxes take from everyone a part of his earnings, and force everyone to work for a certain part of his time for the government.

“When we came to realize that the yearly expenses of all the governments in this country [have reached] the stupendous sum of about $7,500,000,000 we get [some idea of what this means. Of this amount, about $3,]500,000,000 is needed by the national government, and the remainder by local governments. Such a sum is difficult to comprehend. It represents all the pay of 5,000,000 wage earners receiving $5 a day, working 300 days in the year. If the government should add $100,000,000 of expense, it would represent four days more work of these wage earners. These are some of the reasons why I want to cut down public expense.

“I want the people of America to be able to work less for the government and more for themselves.”
From the Michigan State University Vincent Voice Library

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