About Me

In writing the "About Me" portion of this blog I thought about the purpose of the blog - namely, preventing the growth of Socialism & stopping the Death Of Democracy in the American Republic & returning her to the "liberty to abundance" stage of our history. One word descriptions of people's philosophies or purposes are quite often inadequate. I feel that I am "liberal" meaning that I am broad minded, independent, generous, hospitable, & magnanimous. Under these terms "liberal" is a perfectly good word that has been corrupted over the years to mean the person is a left-winger or as Mark Levin more accurately wrote in his book "Liberty & Tyranny" a "statist" - someone looking for government or state control of society. I am certainly not that & have dedicated the blog to fighting this. I believe that I find what I am when I consider whether or not I am a "conservative" & specifically when I ask what is it that I am trying to conserve? It is the libertarian principles that America was founded upon & originally followed. That is the Return To Excellence that this blog is named for & is all about.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

But The Greatest Of These Is Charity

Last week Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced that President Trump donated his salary for the first quarter of 2018 to the Department Of Veterans Affairs (VA).
This followed donations of each of his quarterly presidential salaries in 2017 to federal agencies – first to the National Park Service for battlefield infrastructure, then to the Department of Education to fund summer camp, next to the Department of Health & Human Services to fight the opioid crisis, & in the final quarter of 2017 to the Transportation Department to help rebuild our infrastructure – see photo below of Mrs. Sanders presenting the check to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao & Under Secretary for Policy Derek Kan.  I'm sure you recognize the distinctive signature on the check by now.
The Department of Transportation's Under Secretary 
In addition, President Trump donated $25,000 to the father of a fallen soldier who was gunned down by an Afghan police officer last June.  See image of check below.
  Click on check to enlarge
Last September President Trump & First Lady Melania donated a total of $1 million to a dozen charitable organizations, including the Red Cross & the Salvation Army, to support Hurricane Harvey relief.  Fortune Magazine reports the following list of organizations, several of which were recommended by members of the White House press corps, received the indicated funds: Red Cross – $300,000, Salvation Army – $300,000, Reach Out America – $100,000, Samaritan's Purse – $100,000, ASPCA – $25,000, Catholic Charities – $25,000, Direct Relief – $25,000, Habitat for Humanity – $25,000, Houston Humane Society – $25,000, Operation Blessing – $25,000, Portlight Inclusive Disaster Strategies – $25,000, & Team Rubicon – $25,000.
Trump also donated $100,000 to the Greenwell Springs Baptist Church – interim pastor @ the time was Tony Perkins - which was helping residents in the Baton Rogue area after their devastating floods in the summer of 2017.
In February executives of the Trump Organization said the company donated $151,470 to the U.S. Treasury – a sum equal to the 2017 profits from foreign governments utilizing the company's goods & services.
Well, none of this went unnoticed, especially the donations of Trump's salary, by 9 year old Eli'sha Davies of Crossville Tennessee – a budding entrepreneur with an excellent savings habit.  In fact Eli'sha was worried about President Trump after he heard his parents mention that Trump had made a campaign promise to only accept a $1 annual salary in consideration for being President.  Eli'sha was concerned that Trump would not have enough money to pay his bills @ the White House so he sent the President his $3 allowance. 
Trump sent the $3 back to Eli'sha along with a note recommending that he put the money to good use in his community.


  1. What a gracious president giving well deserving, well thought out causes his salary! Not a word in the press or media about it - MAGA! President Trump 2020!!!!!!

  2. In case you are interested I did not receive any money from Trump, maybe you did.

  3. Donald Trump personally directed his Foundation funds to be used to settle a lawsuit related to Mar A Lago. Here is the receipt - (not visible here due to technology problems).

    Second message:

    Grifters ain’t gonna gift.

    Article from NYT

    1. I am surprised that not one comment, whether published or not, mentioned the nine year old boy & his charity & subsequent good fortune. That was what the post was all about.