Saturday, October 11, 2008

Give 'em hell' Harry

Subject: Give 'em hell Harry How true!
Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2008 18:02:03 +0000

> > 'It doesn't matter how big a ranch you own or
> how many cows you brand, the size of your funeral is still
> gonna depend on the weather.'
> > Harry Truman.
> >
> > When President Truman retired from office in 1952, his
> income was substantially 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.
> >
> > 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.'
> >
> > We now see that other past presidents 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.
> >
> > I think good old Harry Truman was correct when he
> observed, 'My choice early in life was either to be a
> piano player in a whorehouse or a politician. And to tell
> you the truth, there's hardly any difference. I, for
> one, believe the piano player job to be much more honorable
> than current politicians.'
> >
> > Where do we find another Harry? We sure could use one
> - NOW!

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