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January 18, 2012 | 3,823 views | 29 comments

OK - this will provide food for thought. Let's look at our Past Presidents' wealth versus the Republican Candidates for 2012.

Fact Number 1. Not everyone is lucky enough to be born into a wealthy family! Most of us are just lucky to be born into a family where there is food on the table and clothes on our back and opportunities. It is through our personal decisions as to whether or not we end up in the Rich, Middle, or Poor Class.

Fact Number 2. Not everyone born into this world is the same. They do not have the same drive as some, they do not care about learning, they do not care about working, they do not care about anything really, but themselves and what makes them feel good.

Fact Number 3. The Founding Fathers of this Great Nation and those who lived during that time did NOT have it easy. They experienced numerous hardships. BUT, out of that time many pulled together to obtain freedom - hence we are the recipients of their many sacrifices. But we have allowed many of the Founding Fathers visions for this country to begin to slip away.

Fact Number 4. This great Nation has had 44 (Grover Cleveland served 2 separate terms) Presidents since its founding. Here is the standing on their net wealth.

Eleven (11) had a net worth of less than $1 million.
Eleven (11) had a net worth of less than $10 million.
Fourteen (14) had a net worth of less than $100 million.

THE RICHEST US Presidents:

John F. Kennedy - Family Net Worth - $1 BILLON DOLLARS
George Washington - Net Worth of $525 Million
Thomas Jefferson - Net worth of $212 Million
James Madison - $101 Million
Andrew Jackson - $119 Million
Theodore Roosevelt - $125 Million

Current President - Before taking the Oath - less than $1 Million - NOW $10


Fact Number 5. Below is the listed wealth of the 5 remaining Republican

Mitt Romney - $250 Million
Ron Paul - $5 Million
Rick Perry - $1.1 Million
Newt Gingrich - $6.7 Million
Santorum - $1.9 Million

Remember one thing. Out of the 5 remaining Candidates - 4 of them are
Career Politicians and One is a Career Businessman. So ask yourself - do I
want a President who sincerely wants the job to help this Nation, or one who
wants the job to add to their wealth on the Tax Payer's back?

Of course my answer - give me the man who has worked in the business world
and made money off investments. Remember - Mitt Romney paid up to 35% taxes
on the initial money that he made, and now is paying 15% on the same money
that he has invested.

How about the current Master in Charge - NO NEW PIPELINE - GO CHINA!!!!!!

Oh Yes - One final thing. Megan Kelly (Fox News Show at noon) had 2
gentlemen who appeared in the Bain video put out by Gingrichs' PAC testified
that the person who developed the documentary used their interview in a way
that they had not intended. This shows again, that we all need to watch and
review, then research, research and more research. Who is really the dirty
politician in this race?
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Your Opinions and Comments

Rock'n chair Rambler  
Over Taxed, TX  
February 25, 2012 9:19am
"Rambling, I definitely don’t see how I made your point... a Progressive tax is not socialism" If you can’t see that taxing a person based on his “ability to pay” (MEANS), in order to sustain a welfare state,... More ›

wilson county  
February 24, 2012 9:42am
I have at some time or another been for each of the candidates with the exception of Ron Paul (his foreign policy is void of reason and responsibility). I wish Herman Caine had stayed in the race. As it stands I think Romney... More ›

Facts only please  
February 24, 2012 9:27am
Be Careful: Another reason not to read your blogs. "I cited the wrong case" why should we believe your posts as facts. In the future, how about fact checking your facts?

La Vernia  
February 24, 2012 8:22am
It is OK Tracy. I think that we all have things to vent, the country is so unsettled now. It is so difficult to find friends anymore who are really friends, and then we lose them because we have different political beliefs.... More ›

Be Careful  
Floresville, TX  
February 24, 2012 8:15am
Thanks Mr Berger. When I was researching, I cited the wrong case. To err is human... I am glad someone fact checked me:) I don't think it changed my overall argument or position, but getting the facts right is paramount.

Tracy Bogert  
Von Ormy, TX  
February 23, 2012 9:12pm
Dear Chopin I actually took what you said the wrong way. I see that he made his money honestly by writing books and selling them. I thought you were suggesting something sinister.

Serious Thinker  
La Vernia  
February 23, 2012 6:25pm
Well we all know my guy is Mitt and Marco Rubio For VP. I think the bumper sticker could be MR Squared, or to the second power. Thank you Mr. Berger for correcting the mis-quote of the Plessey VS Ferguson. Gov Romney... More ›

Howard C Berger  
Floresville, TX  
February 23, 2012 5:01pm
Be Careful-Thank you for an intelligent post. I may not agree with your politics, but it is well reasoned. One small caveat: The Pleasey case dealt with racial segregation, not taxes. The income tax was authorized by the 16th... More ›

Be Careful  
Floresville, TX  
February 23, 2012 4:24pm
Rambling, I definitely don’t see how I made your point. May I clarify? If the Republicans refuse to select a candidate worthy of consideration (See John McCain and Bob Dole), what do you think the outcome would be? As for... More ›

Rock'n chair Rambler  
Over Taxed, TX  
February 23, 2012 1:31pm
Well, thanks for the history lesson on the US tax code and how far we have strayed from the Constitution and simple fairness and morality. The argument that it must be good or right because everyone goes along with it is just... More ›

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