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Some more fuel to be added to the mythical fires:

Unlike Harding, some of whose highest officials actively abetted the bootlegging industry, and unlike Coolidge, whose lack if interest in enforcement was commensurate with his lack of interest in government activity of any kind, Hoover tried to do something about it. Because he was an engineer, he believed that all problems had solutions; because he was a progressive, he considered an efficient, systematized approach to government reform an article of faith. The earnestness of these convictions, which had won him the derisive nickname “Wonder Boy,” inspired Hoover to appoint the investigative commission whose creation pushed Pauline Sabin into the wet camp.

Still, Hoover’s belief in rational government did lead to some positive initiatives … But in one moment of despair, when he concluded that the unchecked lawlessness in Detroit indicated a “complete breakdown in Government,” Hoover briefly considered sending in the army or the marine corps.

Sure does sound like an ideologue to me, just not the kind people think he was.

2 Responses to “Hoover Was A Laissez-Faire Anti-Government Ideologue”

  1. Gabe says:

    On to more important things, Rangers or Lightning tonight?

  2. chuck martel says:

    Tyler Johnson for President.

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