Posted by: rbbadger | February 14, 2009

An honest politician

Whilst perusing one of my favourite blogs, namely The Western Confucian, I came across this interesting tribute to one of America’s forgotten presidents, Grover Cleveland.  Historians tend to like presidents who were very active, pursued all sorts of interesting programmes, got involved in wars or other military actions, and generally accomplished a great deal.  Cleveland was not that sort of president.

Cleveland abhorred deficit spending as much as he abhorred large surpluses.  He felt it unwise to impose on future generations the profligacy of their ancestors.  He also felt it to be extortion to take more money than the government actually needed.  He opposed high tarriffs of the sort which would benefit politically well-connected businesses.  He vetoed twice as many bills as all 21 previous presidents combined.  He was known for his honesty and for his principles.  He did not pursue huge projects with huge price tags.  He was a believer in limited government and economic freedom.

My hometown seems to have liked President Cleveland, as the main street which goes through town is Cleveland Street.  And of course, we can’t forget Grover’s Hill!

Speaking for myself, I would dearly love to see another president like Cleveland in the White House.



  1. Me too!

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