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   MeiDei  Harry & Bess

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!

   August 25 at 13:46 EST .

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   Gerty  I have read this before, but it deserves repetition.

What was the source of this essay again?
4 hours ago .

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   Papasparky  Finally, Bubba Clinton can find out the meaning of IS IS -- maybe he will share it with Hillary just in case she might find herself in a position where it might matter!
   August 24 at 13:32 EST .

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   Papasparky  . . . just had to play with today's pix -- as Flip Wilson used to say, "the devil made me do it".
   August 10 at 09:54 EST .

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   Wrightwinger  Now who was it that made it a point to study this fellow? Wasn't it Hillary, and BHO, and a host of other folks causing so much discord? C. S. Lewis wrote a book called The Screwtape Letters from the point of view of a wily old devil, named Screwtape giving advice to a lesser imp about how to subvert a man into darkness. This fellow wrote about how to disrupt society. And we see the fruit of their efforts daily.
   August 3 at 00:31 EST .

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   MeiDei  Cloward & Piven expanded on Alinsky & almost bankrupted NYC. Now their followers and those of Alinsky are in full swing in the nation - you have to wonder what they think they'll receive.
August 4 at 08:57 EST .

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   MeiDei  Pat Condell, the very outspoken, tell-it-as-it-is Brit, on peace with Hamas. See if you agree. As Golda Meir said in 1957 "Peace will come to the Jew when Arabs love their children more than they hate us" (might be paraphrased )
July 31 at 17:53 EST .

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   Papasparky  President Reagan warned that "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction".

It seems to me that we have pushed our luck to the breaking point -- the generation known as the "Greatest" were the last ones to understand what he was talking about.

   July 30 at 12:24 EST .

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   Gerty  It's the girl's bike that gets me every time!
July 30 at 18:39 EST .

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   MeiDei  Clipping from an Illinois paper:
Those who compare the bare chested conqueror of the Crimea with the metro-sexual ruler of the United States and find our emperor weak and deserving of ridicule miss the essential strength of President 0bama.

It's no ordinary weakling who can turn a once respected country into an international joke; reduce Congress to a gaggle of sniveling sycophants; turn the finest medical system into a failed third-rate socialist nightmare with a stroke of his pen; shatter our Constitution without attempted recourse by the sons & daughters of frontiersmen and pioneers whose blood was used to write that inspired document; and turn the people of our once-united states into a herd of competing minorities who, like suckling pigs, are each afraid to lose his place on the government teat should he raise his voice to protest the ruin of our country

So don't denigrate the non-entity ruler who has overcome his uncertain ancestry and ludicrous incompetence to do what no other king or dictator has been able to do in our 237 year history: He has destroyed America.

Reis R. Kash
July 30 at 00:02 EST .

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   Gerty  Oh, yea? It ain't over 'til the fat lady sings!!!
August 4 at 18:24 EST .

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   Bettijo  I copied this from another blog. Don't know if it is accurate or not, but it is interesting food for thought.

"I did a little investigating on welfare as I am on a military panel for better pay for the military, 36 states have a higher hourly rate for welfare leeches than the kids that fight for our freedom. On top of which Hawaii, Alaska, Mass., Conn., Washington DC, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, California and Virginia, have an hourly rate of from $17.50 per hour for Hawaii to $11.11 per hour for Virginia for welfare leeches. ... Those figures are not left or right they are on Sad what this once great country has become under Oblamer."
July 29 at 08:55 EST .

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   Papasparky  Harry Truman ran a haberdashery selling suits before running for the Senate.
Maybe John Boehner should buy a clue ??

   July 17 at 09:29 EST .

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   Papasparky  Obama being characterized as a bear is pure folly . . .
   July 12 at 12:32 EST .

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