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      09-02-2008, 04:39 AM   #23

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Harry Truman, from Missouri , was a different kind of President. He probably made as many important decision regarding our nation's history as any of the other 42 Presidents. However, a measure of his greatness may rest on what he did after he left the White House. Historians have written the only asset he had when he died was the house he lived in, which was in Independence, Missouri. On top of that, his wife inherited the house from her Mother. 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. T here were 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." 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. Good old Harry Truman was correct when he observed, "My choices early in life were either to be a piano player in a whorehouse or a politician. And to tell the truth, there's hardly any difference."
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      09-03-2008, 09:52 AM   #24
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Originally Posted by esses View Post
Palin was vetted, her daughter's pregnancy was well known to the RNC before she was chosen. Funny that the self-proclaimed "party of the people" sees fit to blast a candidate who has a very common and real world issue on her hands. Turns out Palin's daughter shares the family's pro-life views and chose to keep the kid, isn't that her right?

The alternative perhaps would have been to abort the child and cover up the pregnancy for convenience sake. Perhaps that would pacify our biased media and be more "presidential?" Why is this news again?

It just kills me that this stuff makes news while one candidate has refused to explain how a socialist universal healthcare system that has failed in every other country will work and be paid for in the US, while the other candidate has refused to tell us how our nation intends to correct our balance sheets while at the same time slashing taxes.
Can't say it much better than that.

Personally, while I would not want to be a part of aborting a pregnancy, I am not a huge pro-lifer or anything as far as wanting it to be illegal. At least she follows through on her public convictions, even when it makes things more difficult such as with her own son and now her Daughter being pregnant. Of course, the main issue is that "pro-choice" really only applies if you make their choice. If you decide not to abort, then you are bad.
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