"You can't get rich in politics unless you're a crook."
Harry S. Truman
(1884-1972), 33rd US President
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Well said by a crook himself
 -- Ben, Orem, UT     
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     -- Mike, Norwalk      
    "in" politics or "through" politics is becoming the only way to get rich... and yes it is crooked
     -- Scoot4par, Ruston     
    LBJ is a prime example.
     -- jim k, austin     
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    Politicians have been the same throughout the history of mankind.
     -- Jon W, San Diego     
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    Or by writing a book. Ben can you defed or explain calling Truman a crook. I am unfamiliar with that part of his history. Truman was generally seen as a straight shooter, honest, and forthright guy.
     -- Waffler, Smith, Arkansas     
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    I've always noticed in amazement of how many in politics enter the political field, and within a short time, have a net worth into the millions, especially considering how little the actual offices pay. Maybe we should start taxing them with a windfall profits tax!!
     -- Michelle, Chippewa Falls     
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    And since only millionaires can run for president, the bulk of their income derived from government contracts and services (Cheney comes to mind), then it seems that only crooks can become president! Politics is the game of the rich and powerful -- and there is a LOT of competition. While GWB never succeeded in private business, he will remain immensely rich for the rest of his days for all he has done for his NWO buddies -- he did everything he was supposed to do, and he will be handsomely rewarded.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    There are many politicians that are ethical and believe in honesty and not compromising their integrity, but unfortunately few last one term or end up in the White House.
     -- RBESRQ     
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     -- Cosmas, Nyeri      
     -- Margret, Kakamega      
    I think by today's headlines it has been proven to be the case. Latest crook ended up with a 5 million $ income on 175,000 senator's pay. He received this for 'consulting' yet wasn't labelled a lobbyist and gets to be nominated for a political office for group he 'consulted' for.
     -- sjc, NH     
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    Having spent a career in and around politics, in two states, I can attest to this statement. There are, and have been, few honest people in politics over the years. The way to tell if they are honest is if when they get out of politics, they are not well off.
     -- John, Troy     
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    The Clinton's have taken 'global graft' to a whole new level making hundreds of millions of dollars. Obama has acquired nearly $40 million in cash and property during his tenure as president. Gore stands to make billions in carbon credits and fluorescent bulbs. Disgusting, really...
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    I've chased this quote to no end... and yet to find where and when Truman was supposed to have said it. The only places I find it are through people who say Truman said it or attribute it to him on various memes and blogspots. So... can ANYONE please direct me to the source?
     -- Don, St Augustine     
    Don, we have also been unable to find the source of this quote. We have tagged it 'Attributed' as it is popularly attributed to Truman.
     -- Editor, Liberty Quotes     
    Trump should have used this in his campaign.
     -- Bruski, Naples FL     
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    Truman was a sincere globalizing socialist ! He was ask to step down as President. Joe McCarthy pointed out Very Clearly the corruption in the State Department and U.S.army. Truman would know, he supported a crooked agenda.
     -- Ronw13, Oregon     
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    Lamentably, it is they who are primarily animated by a will to possess power for whom political pursuits hold the greatest allure.

    We are well past the days of Cincinnatus and George Washington.
     -- Patrick Henry, Red Hill     
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    Lock her up
     -- HellaryRotten, DC     
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    Any straight forward person with ethics can never be elected President. Too bad we are so selfish with little or no regard for the little guy.
     -- Kevin Finnerty, Brunswick,Ga     
    I think it is disgusting that the Clintons have become so rich, and then pretend they care about the blacks, the little guy, and also the Hispanics. It wasn't that long ago she stated they were broke. They became so wealthy giving speeches, and working for the government? How can Americans be so gullible to think she really cares?
     -- Linda Roche, Uniontown, Pa     
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    I can't remember reading that Truman was rich. As for Trump he was rich before he became president.

     -- Sharon     
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