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Show me a man that gets rich by being a politician, and I’ll show you a crook. – Harry Truman
Harry Truman was an honest politician. He left the White House without a fortune and refused to profit off the Presidency by accepting positions on corporate boards. Presidents since then, especially Democrats? Not so much. The only President since Truman that left office poorer than when he entered it was Donald Trump. Whatever failing you may think Trump may have had, profiting from political office was not one of them.
When I first moved to Texas, my Representative was a man who had been elected to Congress before I was born. He grew up dirt poor in East Texas. Except for a stint in the military during World War II, he spent his entire life in elective office, first in the Texas Legislature and then in Congress for nearly 40 years. He was a wealthy man by the time he left Congress… very wealthy. No doubt that wealth came from investing the excess income from his legislative salaries in U.S. Savings Bonds.
He was a typical Democrat, and seems to be a model for our current Resident of the Office of the Presidency. It is pretty obvious that everything in today’s Federal government is for sale, as long as a cut goes to the Big Guy.
I doubt most Republicans are much better, but they seem better at, in Kipling’s words, stealing in measure than Democrats. Regardless, public corruption has been the downfall of more than one republic.Published in