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Thought you'd enjoy this!
It's one you want your Children and Grandchildren to read.
They won't believe this happened, but it DID.


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, too 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 (ie. Illinois ).




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!




We ought to have cloned him for telling it like it is and being frugal with our tax dollars!




If you agree, forward it. If you don't, delete it. I don't want to know one way or the other. By me forwarding it, you know how I feel.

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It sure would be nice if we could find some pols with maybe 1% of the integrity Harry had
 

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What is the matter with these politicians where they are willing to let the country crash and burn on their watch? I guess it's ok as long as the people who manufactured a presidential canditate out of an illegal alien gets the ownership of all the marbles.
 

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Nothing matters, as long as they are getting their free stuff.
 

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I think that Republicans should NOT have selective blindness when it comes to politicians. For example, Paul Ryan made a conscious decision to be a professional politician when he decided to run for Congress with no prior experience - at ANYTHING! Does anyone think that he will serve a few terms and then voluntariy return home to resume a non-exiastent career? He is already a part of the Washington establishment!

Don't get me wrong. I like Ryan but my revulsion at professional politicians extends to all Parties.
 
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