Harry Truman was a different kind of President.

This comes from a website and email that seems to be circulating. I found it here: http://theotheri.wordpress.com/2011/02/08/were-the-olden-days-better/
Harry Truman. We may never see this again, but we should!
Harry & Bess(This seems unreal.)

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 42 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.


English: US Postage stamp: Harry. S. Truman, I...

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, 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 (cf. 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!

I say dig him up and clone him!

If you agree, forward it. If you don’t, delete it. By my forwarding it, you know how I feel.

“Do I think the trail of secret service personnel which today a U.S. president will have attached to him or her for the rest of their lives really is an unnecessary luxury?”

While the author of the blog above debates if former US presidents should or shouldn’t be granted an entourage of secret service men, I think the point is rather the integrity of politicians today.

My Comment:

“Interesting food for thought indeed. While I don’t know if we can get our current politics back to such times, its sad to think of the abuse that can occur in this day in age. A former U.S. President, buying a house, and then paying his mortgage based on the rent he charges to the secret service agents stationed there…??? That would be abuse of the privilege. I think the point of the letter was to state that making those individuals wealthy in government corrupts government. Many of today’s politicians have fallen prey to the wealth of their positions.


A woman that dresses provocatively to get the attention of men, will most likely attract the basest of men. Not likely  the type she would long to marry and have protect and care for  her.  A government position laced with gold and a high throne will similarly attract the basest of men. These men are not the type that would protect and care for the nation or the welfare of the others.”

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For the record, I’m a pest control guy, and I hate politics… or Poly-Ticks. (Poly as in “Many” and Ticks as in “blood sucking creatures”)

3 thoughts on “Harry Truman was a different kind of President.

  1. Thank you for the ping-back. I take your point about not trusting someone who becomes president in order to become rich. In that sense, one does look back at Truman and wish for the days when big money was not part of the equation. But today it is. Is it possible to go back to those days?
    One solution would be to elect someone who already has made a lot of money. (Interestingly, the Republicans don’t want to tax the rich but they seem to hold it against Mitt Romney that he only paid 13% tax on his mega-income last year.)
    Another alternative is to elect someone for whom big money is not a value, but that scares me as well. I’m not sure I think there are very many people out there who have the political skill required of the presidency, and who don’t have a mission to impose their values on everybody else.

    • Mitt income tax is an interesting point. I think that the income tax of 13% is over simplified. I also heard that the guy donated 19% of his income to charities. It sounds like to me that he is a wise steward of his money, most like the same skills that have helped grow or maintain his wealth. I personally knew a financial investor that whose made a couple of million every year and often bragged about a 3% income tax.

      Similar to your thoughts on who is better qualified to become president, he who is wealthy or he who is poor, their current summation into a wealthy or poor status is over simplification. What choices did the individual make to become wealthy or to become poor?

      Big money in politics today can only be replaced by bigger crowds of active citizens. If we the people are to govern our own nation then we need to be present to do so.

      Thanks for stopping by as well. You have made some excellent points and examples.

      • Yes, yes, yes: the only safe guard against the influence of big money in politics are greater number of active and well-informed citizens.

        One of the things that worries me more than the money presidents can make when they leave office is the supreme court ruling giving corporations the same rights to fund politicians as individual citizens have. That’s the source of seriously big money and consequent influence that worries me – particularly because it is not transparent.

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