Quotation by Herbert Hoover

I am firmly opposed to the government entering into any business the major purpose of which is competition with our citizens ... for the Federal Government deliberately to go out to build up and expand ... a power and manufacturing business is to break down the initiative and enterprise of the American people; it is the destruction of equality of opportunity amongst our people, it is the negation of the ideals upon which our civilization has been based.
Herbert Hoover (1874–1964), U.S. president. Ed. Arnold S. Rice, Herbert Hoover, 1874-1964: ChronologyDocumentsBibliographical Aids, p. 69, Dobbs Ferry (1971).

Reflections on the American character, as exemplified in the veto message of the Muscle Shoals Bill, later the Tennessee Valley Authority.
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