3 presidents of the U.S.A.

Calvin Coolidge, Franklin Delano Roosevelt & Ronald Reagan

Calvin Coolidge - 1923-1929

Calvin Coolidge served during the roaring twenties. Calvin's catchphrase was, “don't expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong” President Coolidge thought that less government meant better government. He balanced the federal budget. President Coolidge wrote a autobiography about himself right before he died.


Franklin Delano Roosevelt - 1933-1945

President Roosevelt was born rich but defended the poor. He was an athlete, but was struck down by a crippling disease. Roosevelt was president during the Great Depression. He created government agencies to spend money and help the economy. Roosevelt had established a good neighbor policy with U.S. allies. Pres. Roosevelt tried to keep neutral after war broke out in Europe. But when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, he had to declare war. At the same time, Germany and Italy declared war on the United States. President Roosevelt led the country through most of World War II.


Ronald Reagan - 1981-1989

Ronald Reagan was a president that helped us through the Cold War. One of his most famous phrases was, "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" President Reagan increased the military spending by 40%! He also increased the national debt. Ronald Reagan had once called the Soviet union the Evil Empire! After a while he then tried to make peace with them, by helping them with arms.


Conclusions

Each president was in a different economic situation and each found ways to deal with the problem. Reagan and Coolidge both believed in smaller government. Pres. Roosevelt thought that a bigger government would help the country. The country is still arguing the same issues. The Republicans can still want smaller government and Democrats still want a big government spending.