Where Have All The Good Ones Gone??

Harry Truman
was a different kind of President.  He
probably made as many, or more important
decisions regarding our nation’s history as
any of the other 32 Presidents preceding him.
However, a measure of his greatness may rest on
what he did after he left the White
House.

The only asset he had when he died
was the house he lived in, which was
in Independence Missouri.
His wife had inherited the house from her
mother and father and other than their
years in the White House, they lived their
entire lives there.

When he retired
from office in 1952, his income was
a U.S. Army pension reported to have
been $13,507.72 a year. Congress, noting
that he was paying for his stamps and personally
licking them, granted him
an ‘allowance’ and,  later, a
retroactive pension of $25,000
per year.

After President Eisenhower
was inaugurated, Harry and Bess drove home
to Missouri by themselves. There
was no Secret Service following
them.

When offered corporate
positions at large salaries, he declined,
stating, “You don’t want me. You want the
office of the President, and that doesn’t
belong to me. It belongs to the American
people and it’s not for sale.”

Even
later, on May 6, 1971, when Congress was
preparing to award him the Medal of Honor
on his 87th birthday, he refused to accept
it, writing, “I don’t consider that I have
done anything which should be the
reason for any award, Congressional or
otherwise.”

As president he paid for all
of his own travel expenses and
food.

Modern politicians have found a new
level of success in cashing in on the
Presidency, resulting in untold wealth.
Today, many in Congress also have found a way
to become quite wealthy while enjoying the
fruits of their offices. Political offices
are now for sale

Good old
Harry Truman was correct when he observed,
“My choices in life were either to be a piano
player in a whore house or a politician.
And to tell the truth, there’s hardly any
difference!

I say dig him up and clone
him!!

By Matthew Alego

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Published in: on June 1, 2010 at 1:43 pm  Leave a Comment  

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