May 24 - 1924: President dissed for "class legislation", i.e. Cape Cod Canal

2005: Sierra Club endorses Cape Wind
President Calvin Coolidge meets with Native Americans in the west. Library of Congress photo

1924: Assails Pensions Veto

Sherwood Attacks Coolidge's Economy Plea, Citing Cape Cod Canal

On this day in 1924 President Calvin Coolidge was accused of calling a pension bill for Civil War veterans "Class legislation."

An Ohio Congressman called Coolidge's support of a similar bill to fund the Cape Cod Canal as a "pretty illustration of class legislation and the kind of economy we are now realizing."

The Congressman went on to say that the Canal bill would cost $20,000,000.

He then made the quote books of history by adding that the project was "an Administration scheme, recommended by a Massachusetts Secretary of War, approved by a Massachusetts President, put through the House by a Massachusetts Committee Chairman and presided over by a Massachusetts Speaker of the House), and for the benefit of a Massachusetts corporation."

5-24-8-coolidge_362"The business of America is business" - Coolidge

John Calvin Coolidge, Jr. (July 4, 1872 - January 5, 1933) was the thirtieth President of the United States (1923-1929). A Republican lawyer from Vermont, Coolidge worked his way up the ladder of Massachusetts state politics, eventually becoming governor of that state.

His actions during the Boston Police Strike of 1919 thrust him into the national spotlight. Soon after, he was elected as the twenty-ninth Vice President in 1920 and succeeded to the Presidency upon the death of Warren G. Harding. Elected in his own right in 1924, he gained a reputation as a small-government conservative.

If you think those recent photos of Senator Barack Obama in a Kenyan outfit looked silly, above is how a Massachusetts President dressed in the 1920s when visiting a Native American tribe out west.

2005: Sierra Club endorses Cape Wind

On this day in 2005 the Sierra Club announced its support for a proposed wind farm on Nantucket Sound. The club also called for completion of the permitting as soon as possible.

The Executive Director of the 700,000-member Sierra Club on Tuesday criticized opponents of the Cape Wind wind power project slated for Nantucket Sound and endorsed the process by which the project is being reviewed.

Carl Pope, a 32-year veteran national environmental activist and professional was questioned about his and Sierra Club's position on the wind farm near the close of the Apollo Alliance Summit for Clean Energy and Good Jobs, held in Washington earlier this week.

Pope is a co-founder of Apollo Alliance, a coalition in which environmental organizations, trade unions, energy entrepreneurs and public policy groups are converging in an effort to solidify their message and be sure their respective efforts respect the needs and priorities of other Apollo Alliance members.

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