In Politics, An Honest Man Does Not Get Rich

Sam Rayburn

I have been unable to save much money in my life. I have been in politics, and in politics an honest man does not get rich.

That’s not true, there are LOTS of rich politicians. Oh wait . . .

[Sam Rayburn was one of the most powerful American politicians of the 20th century. He served as the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives for 17 years, the longest tenure in U.S. history. His savings at his death totaled $ 15,000.]

  1 comment for “In Politics, An Honest Man Does Not Get Rich

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    17 Jul 2016 at 7:19 pm

    When Harry Truman left the White House, he lived on $112.56 a month in Army retirement pay before Congress passed the Former Presidents Act of 1958.

    In reflecting on his life, Truman observed, “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.”

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