Sunday, December 18, 2005

December 19, 1881

After the Arrears of Pensions Act for disabled Civil War veterans was criticized as too costly and open to fraud, former President Rutherford B Hayes wrote:

The debt was the most sacred obligation incurred during the war. It was by no means the largest in amount. We do not haggle with those who lent us money. We should not with those who gave health and blood and life. If doors are opened to fraud, contrive to close them. But don't deny the obligation, or scold at its performance...

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