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545 vs. 300,000,000 People

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Charley Reese's final column for the  Orlando Sentinel.  He has been a journalist  for 49 years. This was HIS LAST COLUMN.

This is about as clear and  easy to understand as it can be. The article  below is completely neutral, neither anti-republican  or democrat. Charlie Reese, a retired reporter  for the Orlando Sentinel, has  hit the nail directly on the head, defining clearly who it is that in the final analysis must  assume responsibility for the judgments made that impact each one of us every day.

It's  a short but good read. Worth the time.

Worth remembering!



                    545 vs. 300,000,000  People
                    -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? John  Boehner. He is the leader of the majority party.  He 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  cannot 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 and Afghanistan it's because they want  them in Iraq and Afghanistan ...

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!

 Taxes ... Taxes ... and More Taxes!                   

                    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 Tax
                    Social Security  Tax
                    Road Usage Tax
                    Recreational Vehicle  Tax
                    Sales Tax
                    School Tax
                    State Income  Tax
                    State Unemployment Tax  (SUTA)
                    Telephone Federal Excise  Tax
                    Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee  Tax
                Telephone Federal, State and Local  Surcharge Taxes
                  Telephone Minimum Usage  Surcharge Tax
                  Telephone Recurring and  Nonrecurring 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, & 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 heck happened?

Can you spell 'politicians?'