545 vs. 300,000,000



Charley  Reese has been a journalist for 49 years.

By Charlie Reese

Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them..

Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

Have you ever wondered, if  all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have  inflation and high taxes?

You and I don't propose a federal budget.  The president does.

You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of  Representatives does.

You and I don't write the tax code, Congress  does.

You and I don't set fiscal policy, Congress does.

You and I don't control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve  Bank does.

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one  president, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human  beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally,  and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve  Board because that problem was created by the  Congress.   In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty  to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central  bank.

I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason.. They have no legal authority.  They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a president to do one  cotton-picking
 thing.   I don't care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash.  The  politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator's responsibility to determine how he votes.

Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault.  They cooperate in this common con regardless of party. What  separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall.   No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits..   The president can only propose a budget.    He cannot force the Congress to accept  it.

The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of  Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes.   Who is the speaker of the House?    Nancy Pelosi.  She is the leader of the majority party.  She and  fellow House members, not the president, can approve any budget they want.  If the president vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree  to.

It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million can not replace 545 people who stand convicted -- by present facts -- of  incompetence and irresponsibility.   I can't think of a  single domestic problem  that is not traceable directly to those 545 people.  When you fully  grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.
If the tax code is unfair, it's because they want it  unfair.

If the budget is in the red, it's because they want it in  the red .

If the Army & Marines are in IRAQ  ,  it's because they want them in  IRAQ  

If they do not  receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it's because they want it that way.

There are no insoluble government problems.

Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to  regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can  take this power.   Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like "the  economy," "inflation," or "politics" that prevent them from doing  what they take an oath to do.
Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible.
They, and they alone, have the power.

They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses.

 Provided the voters have the  gumption to manage their own employees...

 We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!
 Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper.
What you do with this article now that you have  read it.......... Is up to you.

This might be funny if it weren't so darned true.
Be sure to read all the way to the end:
             Tax his land,
             Tax his bed,
             Tax the table
             At which he's fed.
             Tax his tractor,
             Tax his mule,
             Teach him taxes
             Are the rule.
             Tax his work,
             Tax his pay,
             He works for peanuts
             Tax his cow,
             Tax his goat,
             Tax his pants,
             Tax his coat.
             Tax his ties,
             Tax his shirt,
             Tax his work,
             Tax his dirt.
             Tax his tobacco,
             Tax his drink,
             Tax him if he
             Tries to think.
             Tax his cigars,
             Tax his beers,
             If he cries
             Tax his tears.
             Tax his car,
             Tax his gas,
             Find other ways
             To tax his ass.
             Tax all he has
             Then let him know
             That you won't be done
             Till he has no dough.
             When he screams and hollers;
             Then tax him some more,
             Tax him till
             He's good and sore.
             Then tax his coffin,
             Tax his grave,
             Tax the sod in
             Which he's laid...
             Put these words
             Upon his tomb,
             Taxes drove me
             to my doom...'
             When he's gone,
             Do not relax,
             Its time to apply
             The inheritance tax..
             Accounts Receivable Tax
             Building Permit Tax
             CDL license Tax
             Cigarette Tax
             Corporate Income Tax
             Dog License Tax
             Excise Taxes
             Federal Income Tax
             Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
             Fishing License Tax
             Food License Tax
             Fuel Permit Tax
             Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon)
             Gross Receipts Tax
             Hunting License Tax
             Inheritance Tax
             Inventory Tax
             IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
             Liquor Tax
             Luxury Taxes
             Marriage License Tax
             Medicare Tax
             Personal Property Tax
             Property Tax
             Real Estate Tax
             Service Charge T ax
             Social Security Tax
             Road Usage Tax
             Sales Tax
             Recreational Vehicle Tax
             School Tax
             State Income Tax
             State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
             Telephone Federal Excise Tax
             Telephone Federal Universal Service FeeTax
             Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
             Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge=2 0Tax
             Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax
              Telephone   State  and Local Tax
             Telephone Usage Charge Tax
             Utility Taxes
             Vehicle License Registration Tax
             Vehicle Sales Tax
             Watercraft Registration Tax
             Well Permit Tax
             Workers Compensation Tax
             STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY? Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, and our nation was the most prosperous in the world.  We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.

What in the hell happened? Can you spell 'politicians?'
And I still have to 'press 1' for English!?