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What’s changed in 60 years

How does a college professor obtain a $500,000 line of credit at Tiffany’s? Or a local sportscaster and her commercial fisherman husband afford a $1.7 million second home?

It wouldn’t have happened without their political careers. We’ve come to accept the public servant as millionaire, despite the example of Harry Truman.

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. As president he paid for all of his own travel expenses and food.

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.”

I don’t begrudge anyone getting rich. But wealth is not always an option You enter fields like journalism, education and politics knowing they are not lucrative financially. Or at least they shouldn’t be.

Instead politicians follow the path of many religious leaders, living like pimps while reassuring the peasants they are empathetic. But hey, if Jesus was rich, why not them? Note that these prosperity preachers have among the largest congregations in the country.

Blame yourselves.

And Jesus went into the Temple and sent out all who were trading there, overturning the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those trading in doves.

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3 Comments on What’s changed in 60 years

  1. Atlantan // June 3, 2011 at pm //

    Newt writes books. Rich journalists probably end up doing the same or become editors and publishers.

    Regardless the politicians have outstanding pensions / benefits regardless of time served – amazing what one can do with unaccountable power.

    Many Americans choose to worry more about American Idol and the NFL strike – you know things that matter.

  2. Atlantan // June 3, 2011 at pm //

    What about the Clintons as an example – talk about using your political power to create millions.

    Sarah made hay will the sun was shining. She isn’t running for president. She is on the publicity tour to keep that hay growing.

  3. This is a nonpartisan problem. My point is Palin or Newt or the Clintons wouldn’t be rich if not for their political careers. I don’t think that’s what the framers had in mind.

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