Saturday, August 16, 2008

Hairy's words of wisdom

"It doesn't matter how big a ranch ya' own, or how many cows ya' 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 that of a U.S. Army pension of $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." Twenty years 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."

Since then, we have seen the Clintons and other past presidents, create a new level of personal success by cashing in on the presidency. For some, it has resulted in remarkable wealth. Today,
many in Congress believe that "public service" is the way to personal wealth. Their political offices
are 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 the truth, there's hardly any
difference. I, for one, believe the piano player job to be much more honorable than current
politicians."

Where can we find another 467 Harrys? We sure could use 'em NOW!