President Harry S. Truman: When “Give’em Hell Harry” retired from the Office of President in 1952, his income was a U.S. Army pension that was reported to have been $13,507.72 a year. Congress, in their infinite wisdom, and noting too, that Harry was paying for his own stamps and personally licking them, granted him an ‘allowance’ and later, a retroactive pension of $25,000 per year.
After President Eisenhower, affectionally known as “IKE,” was inaugurated…Harry and Bess drove home to Missouri by themselves in their own car. There was no Secret Service detail following them…much less driving them.
When Harry was offered corporate positions, at obscenely large salaries… he always declined… stating, “You don’t want me. You want the influence of 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, instead; “I don’t consider that I have done anything which should be the reason for any award, Congressional or otherwise.” As president, the Truman’s paid for all of their 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.” In fact one former Secretary-of-State could take a lesson, or two, from the Truman’s,
Good old Harry Truman correctly 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! We are told in Proverbs 13:11…”Wealth obtained by fraud dwindles, but the one who gathers by labor increases it.”