Archive for July, 2017

WHERE DID THE AMERICAN FAMILY FARMS GO?

July 25, 2017

“Rural kids and parents angry about Labor Dept. Regs banning farm chores” was a news headline a few years ago.

I hope the Trump Administration will take a deep look into how the DOL and other agencies have systematically worked to destroy family farms in America. As if battling the weather, unpredictable prices, insects, blight, labor shortages, equipment failures, water shortages, crop failures and swings in fuel prices are not enough, farm families never know when a bus load of DOL inspectors will descend on them like a swarm of locusts.

In the 1930’s, the United States was home to 6.3 million farms; today, there are approximately 2 million, and fewer every day. The average age of today’s farmer or rancher is 60 years old and many give up as their children have no interest in taking on the hard work and low pay or in many instances, no pay of a family farmer.

If government inspectors knocked on your door and went through your house with a fine toothed comb, no home in America would be completely free of violations.. The same is true of a family farm. DOL regulations have been designed over the years to punish employers whether in billion dollar corporations or small family farms. A Corporate CEO once told me the government punished him for hiring personnel.

Last year, the Obama Administration Labor Department said that fines for violations of health and safety, worker’s compensation and wage and hour regulations were increasing.

The agency said maximum penalties from its Occupational Safety and Health Administration increased by 78 percent, from $7,000 to $12,471, while penalties for violations of the minimum wage and overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act increased from $1,100 to $1,894.

Very early in my career, I was Chief of Safety overseeing Flight Safety, Ground Safety, Industrial Safety, Industrial Hygiene and weapons Safety. My Inspectors found countless violations of OSHA regulations but, of course, the government does not fine itself. The simple fix for the vast majority of the petty regulatory violations was to affix a warning tag.

Those petty regulations have morphed into Godzilla today for private companies and family farms but not for the government itself.

What if the VA was fined for not resolving MY EIGHT YEAR OLD VA Claim?

Representative Jason Chaffetz was Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform last year when the committee produced their Oversight & Government Reform Report to the 114th Congress.

The report was titled, “Restoring the Power of the Purse: Shining Light on Federal Agencies Billion Dollar Fines Collections.”

According to the report, the U.S. Government takes in billions of dollars per year through the assessment of fines and penalties, collecting over $83 billion between 2010 and 2015.

While the DOJ handles the bulk of enforcement activities, several other less well-known enforcement agencies are assessing substantial fines and penalties and negotiating settlements through administrative proceedings. In just the past year alone there has been a $158 million settlement between the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and cellphone providers; a settlement between LifeLock and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for failing to protect consumers’ sensitive personal information; and a $1.6 million fine imposed by the Department of Transportation (DOT) on Southwest Airlines for tarmac delays.

No fines were imposed on President Clinton, however, for his tarmac delays. The first, according to the New York times, “Two of Los Angeles International Airport’s four runways were shut down for nearly an hour on Tuesday, some incoming flights were delayed and Air Force One sat on the tarmac with engines running — all so that President Clinton’s Beverly Hills hairstylist, Chistophe, could come aboard and give Mr. Clinton a high-price trim before he took off for Washington.”

More recently the Attorney General met secretly with Bill Clinton on an unlit tarmac to discuss golf and grand kids.

Do you understand that LifeLock, Southwest Airlines and cellphone providers will not end up paying the fines? Unfortunately, YOU and I will pay the fines through higher costs. Sadly, the family farmers can’t pass their fines along to their customers. They are stuck in a rut, so to speak. Family Farms are vanishing from the face of the Earth because our government is putting them out of business. Family Farms are not like Factories and cannot simply move to Mexico or China where farms and government are on the same side.

The DOJ routinely enters into multi-million and billion-dollar settlements on agencies’ behalf for a variety of legal, regulatory, and administrative violations, which include civil monetary penalties, consumer relief and restitution, and relief to states and other enforcement authorities.

What is less understood, however, is what happens after the Government obtains the money.

In 2015, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report examining the DOJ’s use of fines and penalties. The report found that in Fiscal Year (FY) 2013, approximately 15 percent of DOJ’s budget came from seven alternative sources of funding such as fines, fees, and penalties. Further, some of this funding is not necessarily reviewed as part of the appropriations process, and as a result, “may not be subject to the same scrutiny” as other programs. GAO found the DOJ could improve management and transparency of these sources.

In light of GAO’s findings and increasingly voluminous settlements entered into on the Government’s behalf, the Committee examined the amount, use, and accountability of such funds taken in by the U.S. Government. Between March and June of 2015, the Committee sent requests to 34 federal agencies, 15 including all cabinet level agencies, seeking information regarding their assessment and collection of fines and penalties. Committee staff worked with each agency to evaluate amounts collected and how the fines are accounted. Agencies generally reported three streams. First, agencies reported sending the vast bulk of these funds to the General Fund of the U.S. Department of the Treasury in accordance with federal law where the funds are subject to Congress’s general appropriations power. Second, agencies reported retaining funds pursuant to specific exemptions or exclusions under law. Third, agencies reported re-routing funds collected to other agencies pursuant to specific statutory authorities.

I could get deeper into the Swamp but I think I have exposed you to enough misquotes for the time being. President George Washington had Four Cabinet members. Do you think, in your wildest dreams, that those five men could have ever imagined that the United States of America would evolve into a deep state enemy of the People? That America would destroy itself from within just like Rome except more like Rome on Steroids?

Only one man, with God’s help, can fix America. Are you with him or with the Corrupt Media, Hollywood, Corrupt Bureaucrats and the Democrats?

I stand with President Trump.

Can You Explain Justice Roberts’ Actions?

July 21, 2017

Conservatives were left baffled after Chief Justice John Roberts saved Obamacare five years ago and stuck with Obamacare in 2015. When the court’s ruling allowing the law’s insurance subsidies to be offered nationwide emerged, he wrote the majority opinion and delivered it from the bench.

Carrie Severino of the Judicial Crisis Network had this to say, “It’s a sad day for the Constitution when the clear terms of a statute can be ‘interpreted’ away in the service of an aggressively lawless president. The two biggest losers today are the English language and the legacy of Chief Justice Roberts, If the chief justice is willing to join the court’s liberals in this linguistic farce, it’s time we admitted that our national ‘umpire’ is now playing for one of the teams.”

Roberts voting to legalize an unconstitutional law would be like President Donald Trump issuing an Executive Order to make every terrorist in the world United States Citizens.

Somewhere in the DC Swam lies an explanation and it certainly is not the Constitution or U.S. Code. As a Christian, I know we have all sinned. I know Justice Roberts has sinned. I also know that NSA knows everything about everybody. I know that the NSA unconstitutional spying on every American Citizen gave them more power than all of Congress, the President and the Supreme Court combined. I listened to talking heads on TV say that spying on them made them feel safe. Yes, getting hired as a talking head apparently does not require common sense!

Benjamin Franklin said something like this, “Those who give up liberty for security deserve neither.” That quote has been massaged and paraphrased but the principle is accurate and the assertion has come to pass. We have NEITHER.

Do you believe Justice Roberts was blackmailed? Do you have any idea why President Trump calls Washington, DC a “Swamp?”

My first visit to DC was in 1961 when it was just beginning to turn into a Swamp. Later at NSA and much later on the National Executive Committee of a Veterans Organization, I realized that Sodom and Gomorrah were shining cities on a hill compared to DC. The old saying, “If you want a friend in DC, get a dog” is even a big lie. If you get a dog in DC the dog will turn on you and bite you.

Some day President Trump will learn the truth about Justice Roberts, all the sealed records of Barack Obama and all of the Clinton dirty dealing. That is what Mueller and the rest of the Swamp creatures cannot tolerate.

I am behind President Donald J. Trump and my support is not soft.

THE VA CANNOT BE FIXED

July 20, 2017

The VA was warned repeatedly about cost overruns of $1.7 billion on just one project VA Leaders could care less about cost unless it involves Veteran’s healthcare or benefits.

The original cost estimate for the Denver VA Hospital was $328 million. If it is ever finished it will have cost more than $1.7 billion and before it can open, maybe in 2018, it will require $300 million more for fixtures and equipment.

The simple truth is that the VA cannot manage anything! If any government agency can get $300 million from Congress to start a project, do you think Congress won’t let them finish it even if it costs seven times the original $300 million estimate?

I can guarantee that if every combat disabled Veteran was allowed to go to the hospital of his or her choice, like Senator McCain, the cost to United States Taxpayers would be much less and the care would be infinitely better.

Much of the cost overrun was aesthetics. I heard some people have compared the Denver VA Hospital to a Shopping Mall.

This would be funny if it was not so tragic!

In 2014, the latest year available, more than 7,400 veterans took their own lives, accounting for 18 percent of all suicides in America. Veterans make up about 8 percent of the U.S. population.

A study commissioned by the VA last year concluded that 20 Veterans commit suicide a day. That would be 7,300 if you can believe any VA study.

As a combat disabled Veteran who has waited 8 years and counting for the VA to decide my disability claim, I can assure you that costly studies are not helping any of us. At last count, there were somewhere between 300,000 and 600,000 Veterans in my same boat.

When suicide prevention hotlines are not answered or a Veteran gets a recording, the Veteran is not helped either.

Last year there was a count of homeless Veterans that came to 39,471. Counting homeless Veterans must have made them feel much better? Do you think they counted every homeless Veteran? Do you know that a single mother is more likely to be homeless than other Veterans?

What more atrocities would the VA have to commit before our Politicians conclude that the VA Nightmare Experiment was a total and dismal failure.

The last time the VA was effective was when General Omar Bradley was the VA Administrator. President Truman appointed General Bradley to run the VA for two years starting in 1945. Bradley told the VA employees: “We’re dealing with veterans, not procedures, with their problems, not ours.”

President Trump, Omar Bradley and all the Kings Men cannot fix the VA today. It would be easier to re-float the Titanic.

President Trump can force the VA to settle all claims within the next 90 days and then close the VA Claims Division for good. VA Healthcare should be phased out over a two year period.

Claims can be contracted to the private sector and Veterans can be given a Gold Card good at any healthcare facility.

Private companies can build a $300 million hospital for $290 million, not two billion dollars. Taxpayers will be happy, Veterans will be happy but Politicians could never agree to do anything.

Politicians don’t see disabled Veterans in their circles of receptions and dinners. The only time most politicians see Veterans is on Veteran’s Day when Politicians make flowery speeches from lofty stages.

They prefer that Veterans not be seen and not be heard. We can make politicians happy if we will just fade away quietly under the bridges or along side the roadways.

http://www.denverpost.com/2016/09/21/aurora-va-officials-warned-repeatedly/

Insurance Companies are as Efficient as Federal Agencies

July 14, 2017

Insurance Companies own Politicians in DC and your state Legislature!

In addition to TV commercials and political contributions, they can’t count beans unless they have Palatial Offices in Marble Skyscrapers.  The first building to be called the tallest building in the world was an Insurance Company Building shown above.  Then, the third building to earn that title was another Insurance Company Building.

The Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Building in New York City became the fifth building to become the world’s tallest.  It is shown above and had 50 floors.  I visited that building in 1961 during my high school senior trip.  It was amazing watching banks of computers with spools of magnetic tape spinning around.

The MetLife Computer was probably a Univac with the capabilities of my smartphone but with a starting price of $7 million.

When I had Blue Cross I received piles of totally unnecessary mail from them. My cost for Blue Cross Healthcare Insurance was almost nothing when I first worked for the Federal Government in 1978. By the time I retired in 1996, Blue Cross was bloated and inefficient like ANY Agency in Federal or State Government.

This is a Blue Cross Building that was the Pennsylvania State Headquarters.  It only had 45 floors but every state has something similar.  I don’t know if this is still in use or if they needed a taller skyscraper?

The way Insurance Companies have a low Profit Margin is by lavish spending, exorbitant salaries and wasting money. Why have a meeting in the office when you can have a meeting on the French Riviera?

Insurance company bean counters make more than surgeons and state CEOs make millions.

If Walmart efficiency and management was present in the Insurance Industry, the Healthcare Crisis would be solved almost overnight!

In my 2007 book, TOP GUN MANAGEMENT, I wrote about waste and inefficiency. I remember when the Massachusetts Blue Cross CEO got a huge multi million dollar raise after losing a large percentage of customers.

Government Agencies and Insurance Companies have no incentive to be cost efficient. The Government simply raises taxes and Insurance Companies simply raises rates when funds are needed.  Are you able to do that in your household?

My last year with the Government I had a six figure surplus in civilian pay. I could have hired temporary or permanent employees or converted the surplus to another budget category.

I had a surplus because I didn’t hire employees I didn’t need or buy wall paintings and a Louis XIV desk for my office.

I turned the excess funds back to the Government. Do you think they went to pay down the National Debt or to fix broken combat aircraft?

They went to a typical Government Director who easily blew the funds.

Who do you think the Government had more respect for, the Director who blew the money or me?  You guessed it!

The famous government leaders you see on TV all the time, for the most part, never met a payroll or worried about paying bills.  They are either bureaucrats or politicians.  Most could not run a lemonade stand.  Couple the inefficiencies in both the insurance industry and the government with fraud, waste and abuse and you have the recipe for disaster.  Not a disaster for the government or the insurance company but a disaster for the taxpayers and subscribers.

Who polices the government and the insurance industry?  Usually the fox guards the hen house.  The government has a completely fraudulent watchdog system called the Inspector General System.  The IG’s almost never substantiate wrong doing but they come down hard on whistleblowers.  The IG works for the agency or military commander, they are not independent.  They are very careful not to embarrass their boss.

States have Insurance Commissioners who are no match for clever insurance executives.  Especially since too many sorry politicians get elected on the backs of insurance lobbyists who scratch their backs.

I think most of the people reading this fully understand why President Trump calls it the Swamp.  President Reagan said government is not the solution to the problem, government is the problem.  The same could be said for the insurance industry as it now functions.

If your Politician will get behind President Donald Trump, America has a chance.  It is unlikely that your politician will kill the insurance company that lays the golden egg.

If your Politician sticks with the Insurance and Hospital Lobbies, we are toast.

Thank You for our Freedom Poland

July 6, 2017

With President Trump’s visit to Poland, maybe it’s time I told you about what Poland means to America. Since public schools won’t tell you, it’s up to old Gene McVay to step up.

General George Washington would have been killed during the Revolutionary War if it were not for Casimir Pulaski who was born in Winiary, some 40 miles south of Warsaw in 1745. The story of how a Polish boy became the father of the American Cavalry might interest you?

Pulaski’s father, Joseph, was the owner of eight villages and towns as well as over one hundred farms with businesses across the entire country. The Pulaski family was Catholic. Sometimes Joseph was gone for weeks at a time. The sight of his father’s carriage rolling toward home always brought Casimir galloping on horseback as fast as he could to meet his father. At that time, the threat to villages was the Cossacks who were pirates on horseback. They were swooping down from Russia and raiding small villages.

As Casimir grew older, he asked his father why the Polish Army couldn’t stop the evil Cossacks.

The answer was simple, the Polish Army had become too weak.

Pulaski became one of the leading military commanders for the Bar Confederation and fought against Russian domination of the Commonwealth. When this uprising failed, he was driven into exile. Following a recommendation by Benjamin Franklin, Pulaski immigrated to North America to help in the cause of the American Revolutionary War.

Upon arrival in America, Pulaski wrote this in a letter to General Washington, “I came here, where freedom is being defended, to serve it, and to live or die for it.”

Pulaski met with Washington in his headquarters in Neshaminy Falls, outside of Philadelphia and showed off his riding skills. He also argued for the superiority of cavalry over infantry. Because Washington was unable to grant him an officer rank, Pulaski spent the next few months traveling between General Washington and the United States Congress in Philadelphia, awaiting his appointment.

His first military engagement against the British occurred before he received a commission, on September 11, 1777, at the Battle of Brandywine. When the Continental Army troops began to yield, he reconnoitered with Washington’s bodyguards of about 30 men, and reported that the enemy was endeavoring to cut off the line of retreat. Washington ordered him to collect, as many as possible, the scattered troops who came his way, and employ them according to his discretion to secure the retreat of the army.

His subsequent charge averted a disastrous defeat of the Continental Army, earning him fame in America and saving the life of George Washington. As a result, on September 15, 1777, on the orders of Congress, Washington made Pulaski a brigadier general in the Continental Army. At that point, the cavalry was only a few hundred men strong organized into four regiments. These men were scattered among numerous infantry formations, and used primarily for scouting duties. Pulaski immediately began work on reforming the cavalry, and wrote the first regulations for the formation.

General Pulaski distinguished himself throughout the revolution and created the Pulaski Cavalry Legion while reforming the American cavalry as a whole. At the Battle of Savannah, while leading a daring charge against British forces, he was gravely wounded, and died shortly thereafter.

Pulaski has been remembered as a hero who fought for independence and freedom both in Poland and in the United States. Numerous places and events are named in his honor, and he is commemorated by many works of art. Pulaski is one of only eight people to be awarded honorary United States citizenship. He never married and had no descendants.

The Winiary mansion where Pulaski was born was designed by Vincent Augustine Locci and now serves as the Pulaski Museum.

The Polish Museum of America in Chicago is the crown jewel of the Polish-American community and one of the oldest and largest ethnic museums in the United States.

What does America owe to Generals Pulaski and Lafayette? Just our Freedom, that’s all. I have no doubt that America would have lost the Revolutionary war without them.

President Harry Truman on Twitter

July 2, 2017

A large segment of American society has a meltdown every single time President Trump tweets. You see them in agony on TV. You feel their pain. Do I need to list them? Joe and Mika, Chris Wallace, Shep Smith, Megyn Kelly, Scott Pelley, Chuck Todd, Brian Kilmeade, Geraldo, Juan and the usual suspects.

Some who are reading this never heard of Harry Truman. he was born in Lamar, Missouri on May 8, 1884, the son of John Anderson Truman and Martha Ellen (Young) Truman. I have visited his home in Lamar. An American Legion monument is in the yard because Harry was the first of many Presidents who belonged to the Legion, America’s largest Veteran’s organization.

Truman served in the Missouri National Guard. When the United States entered World War I in 1917, he helped organize the 2nd Regiment of Missouri Field Artillery, which was quickly called into Federal service as the 129th Field Artillery and sent to France. Truman was promoted to Captain and given command of the regiment’s Battery D. He and his unit saw action in the Vosges, Saint Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne campaigns. Truman joined the reserves after the war, rising eventually to the rank of colonel. He sought to return to active duty at the outbreak of World War II, but Army Chief of Staff General George C. Marshall declined his offer to serve. I guess all things happen for a purpose?

On June 28, 1919, Truman married Bess Wallace, whom he had known since childhood. Their only child, Mary Margaret, was born on February 17, 1924. From 1919 to 1922 he ran a men’s clothing store in Kansas City with his wartime friend, Eddie Jacobson. The store failed in the postwar recession. Truman narrowly avoided bankruptcy, and through determination and over many years he paid off his share of the store’s debts.

In 1934, Truman was elected to the United States Senate. He had significant roles in the passage into law of the Civil Aeronautics Act of 1938 and the Transportation Act of 1940. After being reelected in 1940, Truman gained national prominence as chairman of the Senate Special Committee to Investigate the National Defense Program. This committee, which came to be called the Truman Committee, sought with considerable success to ensure that defense contractors delivered to the nation quality goods at fair prices.

In July 1944, Truman was nominated to run for Vice President with President Franklin D. Roosevelt. On January 20, 1945, he took the vice-presidential oath, and after President Roosevelt’s unexpected death only eighty-two days later on April 12, 1945, he was sworn in as the nations’ thirty-third President.

Truman later called his first year as President a “year of decisions.” He oversaw during his first two months in office the ending of the war in Europe. He participated in a conference at Potsdam, Germany, governing defeated Germany, and to lay some groundwork for the final stage of the war against Japan. Truman approved the dropping of two atomic bombs on Japan on August 6 and 9, 1945. Japan surrendered on August 14, and American forces of occupation began to land by the end of the month. This first year of Truman’s presidency also saw the founding of the United Nations and the development of an increasingly strained and confrontational relationship with the Soviet Union.

In 1948, Truman won reelection. His defeat had been widely expected and often predicted, but Truman’s energy in undertaking his campaign and his willingness to confront issues won a plurality of the electorate for him. His famous “Whistlestop” campaign tour through the country has passed into political folklore, as has the photograph of the beaming Truman holding up the newspaper with a headline that proclaimed, “Dewey Defeats Truman.” Even 69 years ago the media got it wrong.

Truman left the presidency and retired to Independence in January 1953. For the nearly two decades of his life remaining to him, he delighted in being “Mr. Citizen,” as he called himself in a book of memoirs. He spent his days reading, writing, lecturing and taking long brisk walks. He took particular satisfaction in founding and supporting his Library, which made his papers available to scholars, and which opened its doors to everyone who wished to have a glimpse of his remarkable life and career.

Harry S. Truman died on December 26, 1972 at the age of 88. Bess Truman died on October 18, 1982. They are buried side by side in the Library’s courtyard. Each year the American Legion holds a Celebration in Independence in honor of President Truman. I have been invited but, regrettably, have been unable to make my schedule work so far.

Give ‘em Hell Harry passed away 34 years before Twitter was founded, so he didn’t have a Twitter account. I ask you to imagine how snowflakes would react to the following quotes if they had been in the form of tweets by Democratic President Harry S. Truman:

Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.
Harry S. Truman

All the president is, is a glorified public relations man who spends his time flattering, kissing, and kicking people to get them to do what they are supposed to do anyway.
Harry S. Truman

My choice early in life was either to be a piano player in a whorehouse or a politician. And to tell the truth, there’s hardly any difference.
Harry S. Truman

I think one man is just as good as another so long as he’s not a n*gger or a Chinaman. Uncle Will says that the Lord made a White man from dust, a n*gger from mud, then He threw up what was left and it came down a Chinaman. He does hate Chinese and Japs. So do I. It is race prejudice, I guess. But I am strongly of the opinion Negroes ought to be in Africa, Yellow men in Asia and White men in Europe and America.
Harry S. Truman in a letter to Bess

The only things worth learning are the things you learn after you know it all.
Harry S. Truman

A President needs political understanding to run the government, but he may be elected without it.
Harry S. Truman

I sit here all day trying to persuade people to do the things they ought to have the sense to do without my persuading them. That’s all the powers of the President amount to.
Harry S. Truman

Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.
Harry S. Truman

When the Liberals said they were going to create a million new jobs, I didn’t think they were all going to be tax collectors. If you can’t convince them, confuse them.
Harry S. Truman

I never would have agreed to the formulation of the Central Intelligence Agency back in forty-seven, if I had known it would become the American Gestapo.
Harry S. Truman

Everybody has the right to express what he thinks. That, of course, lets the crackpots in. But if you cannot tell a crackpot when you see one, then you ought to be taken in.
Harry S. Truman

You can’t get rich in politics unless you’re a crook.
Harry S. Truman

Never kick a fresh turd on a hot day.
Harry S. Truman

Given the choice between a Republican and someone who acts like a Republican, people will vote for the real Republican all the time
Harry S. Truman

Term limits would cure both senility and seniority- both terrible legislative diseases.
Harry S. Truman

The only thing new in the world is the history you don’t know.
Harry S. Truman

Of course, there are dangers in religious freedom and freedom of opinion. But to deny these rights is worse than dangerous, it is absolutely fatal to liberty. The external threat to liberty should not drive us into suppressing liberty at home. Those who want the government to regulate matters of the mind and spirit are like men who are so afraid of being murdered that they commit suicide to avoid assassination.
Harry S. Truman

The difficulty with businessmen entering politics, after they’ve had a successful business career, is that they want to start at the top.
Harry S. Truman

The fundamental basis of this nation’s laws was given to Moses on the Mount…If we don’t have a proper fundamental moral background, we will finally end up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in rights for anybody except the State.
Harry S. Truman

I do not believe there is a problem in this country or the world today which could not be settled if approached through the teaching of the Sermon on the Mount.
Harry S. Truman

There are always a lot of people so afraid of rocking the boat that they stop rowing. We can never get ahead that way.
Harry S. Truman

Of course, there are dangers in religious freedom and freedom of opinion. But to deny these rights is worse than dangerous, it is absolutely fatal to liberty.
Harry S. Truman

It’s not the hand that signs the laws that holds the destiny of America. It’s the hand that casts the ballot.
Harry S. Truman

We must remember that the test of our religious principles lies not just in what we say, not only in our prayers, not even in living blameless lives – but in what we do for others
Harry S. Truman

The friendless, the weak, the victims of prejudice and public excitement are entitled to the same quality of justice and fair play that the rich, the powerful, the well-connected, and the fellow with pull thinks he can get.
Harry S. Truman

I think there is an immense shortage of Christian charity among so-called Christians.
Harry S. Truman

There is some risk involved in action, there always is. But there is far more risk in failure to act.
Harry S. Truman

The most peaceful thing in the world is plowing a field. Chances are you’ll do your best thinking that way. And that’s why I’ve always thought and said, farmers are the smartest people in the world, they don’t go for high hats and they can spot a phony a mile off.
Harry S. Truman

Every segment of our population, and every individual, has a right to expect from his government a fair deal.
Harry S. Truman

If we do not abolish war on this earth, then surely one day war will abolish us from the earth.
Harry S. Truman

Nothing is more important in our national life than the welfare of our children.
Harry S. Truman

It doesn’t matter how big a ranch you own or how many cows you brand, the size of your funeral is still gonna depend on the weather.
Harry S. Truman

Secrecy and a free, democratic government don’t mix.
Harry S. Truman

When even one American – who has done nothing wrong – is forced by fear to shut his mind and close his mouth – then all Americans are in peril.
Harry S. Truman

Washington is a very easy city for you to forget where you came from and why you got there in the first place.
Harry S. Truman

You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog.
Harry S. Truman

Human life is something that comes to us from beyond this world, and the purpose of our society is to cherish it and to enable the individual to attain the highest achievement of which he is capable.
Harry S. Truman

A man who is influenced by the polls or is afraid to make decisions which make him unpopular is not a man to represent the welfare of the country.
Harry S. Truman

When you get to be President, there are all those things, the honors, the twenty-one gun salutes, all those things. You have to remember it isn’t for you. It’s for the Presidency.
Harry S. Truman

The legislative job of the President is especially important to the people who have no special representatives to plead their cause before Congress and that includes the great majority. I sometimes express it by saying the President is the only lobbyist that one hundred and fifty million Americans have. The other twenty million are able to employ people to represent them and that’s all right, it’s the exercise of the right of petition but someone has to look after the interests of the one hundred and fifty million that are left.
Harry S. Truman
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Calm down, find a safe space and I’ll bring you a coloring book.