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ATTN Trump George Washington gave away his money, land, and food in order to help the needy,

children, and education.

“Let the Hospitality of the House, with respect to the poor, be kept up,” he wrote. “Let no one go hungry away."

https://www.philanthropyroundtable.org/almanac/people/hall-of-fame/detail/george-washington

George Washington was, according to Henry “Light-horse Harry” Lee, “first in war, first in peace, first in the hearts of his countrymen.” Although it is much less well known, Washington was also first among the philanthropists of his generation. Throughout his life, he was generous toward the poor; as he approached his death, he was revealed as the era’s greatest patron of higher education.

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The brilliance of his public service sometimes blinds us to Washington’s considerable achievements in private life. He was a self-made man, who rose from relatively humble origins to acquire one of the largest fortunes in American history. Considered as a percentage of GDP, the value of his estate ranks him slightly behind Sears patriarch Julius Rosenwald and a bit ahead of oil baron J. Paul Getty. Still more impressive, Washington refused a salary for his years as commander of the Continental Army. His wealth was acquired in the private sector.

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In 1769, for example, Washington offered his friend William Ramsay a sum of £25 annually, in order that Ramsay’s son could attend college in Princeton, New Jersey. “No other return is expected or wished for this offer than that you will accept it with the same freedom and good will with which it is made,” he wrote, “and that you may not even consider it in the light of an obligation, or mention it as such; for be assured from me that it will never be known.” It was the gesture of a patron—generous, certainly, but patronage nonetheless.

When Washington left Mount Vernon to assume command of the Continental Army, he left instructions to the groundskeeper that reflected a Virginian’s sense of liberality. “Let the Hospitality of the House, with respect to the poor, be kept up,” he wrote. “Let no one go hungry away. If any of these kind of People should be in want of Corn, supply their necessities, provided it does not encourage them in idleness; and I have no objection to your giving my Money in Charity, to the Amount of forty or fifty Pounds a Year, when you think it well bestowed. What I mean, by having no objection, is, that it is my desire that it should be done.”

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Another favored cause for the childless Washington was the care and education of orphans. He contributed to orphanages in several states, but reserved his largest donations for the Alexandria Academy, established only a few miles from Mount Vernon.

In 1796, three years before he died, Washington offered a gift to Liberty Hall Academy of Lexington, Virginia: 100 shares of the James River and Kanawha Canal Company, worth at the time approximately $20,000. It was then the largest contribution to higher education in American history. Grateful for the gift, the school’s trustees immediately renamed the college Washington Academy; today it is known as Washington and Lee University. The contribution, according to Professor Taylor Sanders of Washington and Lee, was roughly the equivalent of $20 million today. By one estimate, a little more than $11 of every current student’s tuition is underwritten by the generosity of George Washington.

Do you remember when Barack Obama diverted US Military planes so that they could buy gas ...

... from his business at inflated prices and have the US government pay so that the military personal could stay
at a hotel he owned which was losing money? I don't.

Or when Bill Clinton spent 1/4 of his time at his golf courses instead of working and billing the US government
to rent the secret service golf carts and for room and board?

For God's sake enough is enough when are the republicans going to join in and throw this bum out?
He is a fucking crook.

Please K & R Adam Schiff's wise and kind words about Rep. Cummings thank you

https://www.democraticunderground.com/100212593454

Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, "I loved him deeply and will miss him dearly."

A little help please

Can somebody please post the picture of the look
of horror on the Italian translator's face today.

Important ? about the Trump snuff video. From Russia w/love?

Was it made in or for Russia/Ukraine because it sure looks like "they" are trying to stir up
divisions in America and whip up his deplorable base.

How sick is Trump? Going after Joe Biden's one ...

... remaining child? Joe lost 1 child, his first wife, had 2 other sons hurt at Xmas time in the same traffic accident, since then he has one of his other sons die of brain cancer he got serving in Iraq, and now Trump is going after his only surviving son?

This has nothing to do with the primaries... this hit me today as I was on the New River in W.V.. Trump is on sick mother fucker.

Btw sorry if I didn't get all the facts right because I am doing this from memory.

Driving down to West VA for white water and fishing...

.... this afternoon and my radio scanned to Sebastian Gorky.... do people really believe his shit? Does Sebastian even believe his shit? I had heard little bits of him before but Good God in Butter what utter nonsense.

Btw both Sebastian and his mother deny that the holocaust ever happened.

Trump: Biden 'understood how to kiss Barack Obama's ass'

https://www.nbcnews.com/video/trump-biden-understood-how-to-kiss-barack-obama-s-ass-71038533628

So saith the man who has had his cabinet kiss his ass publicly before their meetings.

Trump's Cabinet showers boss with praise
The Lead

A surreal Cabinet meeting where officials went around the table, pumping up the President, at a time when clearly he's feeling cornered. Jake Tapper has more.Source: CNN

https://www.cnn.com/videos/tv/2017/06/12/trumps-cabinet-heaps-praise-on-him-during-meeting-jake-tapper-the-lead.cnn
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