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    So, What is the real problem?

    Charley Reese's Final Column For The Orlando Sentinel

    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. He was a journalist for 49 years and this was his last column.....


    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.


    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 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 anyway!

    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
    Taxes to pass

    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 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, 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 heck happened? Can you spell 'politicians?'

    I hope this goes around THE USA at least 545 times! YOU can help it get there!!!

    GaryL


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    Really nice essay, thanks for sharing Gary.
    Is there a solution though?
    Elections are by and large a popularity contest as hopefuls strive to get the power,profit and prestige as well as the wonderful and exclusive benefits of elected life. As such they pander to the people's basic greed of self interest. The constitution may state that all men are created equal but nothing was ever said that a government should be created that maintains this equality. Rather it is up to the individual to exercise his or her personal freedom to achieve those self interested goals and the government shall not stand in their way. Early writing by John Locke and others assumed that those given the right to vote in a democracy would be free men, property owners, those who have an investment in their democratic country.
    Surely we should be given the right to vote for what we want to give, but should anyone have the right to vote for what they want to be be given? I could postulate an alternate future where no voting rights were given to those who do not pay taxes, receive welfare personally , reap capitol gains from investments in companies receiving corporate welfare, who receive farm subsidies or any other obvious government largess. Such a world would have a much smaller deficit , healthier economy, and see individuals doing more to improve their lot in life rather than waiting for more hand-outs. Of course this will never happen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred View Post
    Really nice essay, thanks for sharing Gary.
    Is there a solution though?
    Elections are by and large a popularity contest as hopefuls strive to get the power,profit and prestige as well as the wonderful and exclusive benefits of elected life. As such they pander to the people's basic greed of self interest. The constitution may state that all men are created equal but nothing was ever said that a government should be created that maintains this equality. Rather it is up to the individual to exercise his or her personal freedom to achieve those self interested goals and the government shall not stand in their way. Early writing by John Locke and others assumed that those given the right to vote in a democracy would be free men, property owners, those who have an investment in their democratic country.
    Surely we should be given the right to vote for what we want to give, but should anyone have the right to vote for what they want to be be given? I could postulate an alternate future where no voting rights were given to those who do not pay taxes, receive welfare personally , reap capitol gains from investments in companies receiving corporate welfare, who receive farm subsidies or any other obvious government largess. Such a world would have a much smaller deficit , healthier economy, and see individuals doing more to improve their lot in life rather than waiting for more hand-outs. Of course this will never happen.
    In answer to your question Fred, there is a solution but I fear it is rather drastic and will not come in our life time. A real doom and gloom natural disaster where the government completely fails could bring on the solution or is it a revolution? Our population is far too passive to ever effect the necessary changes so all of this is nothing more than food for thought. Reliance on the political hacks we continually elect is a joke and that is why I posted it here. I could certainly have posted it in the Jokes and Funny stories thread but there is nothing funny at all about this reality. We will reap what we sow and we have certainly planted a bunch of very bad seeds.

    GaryL
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    Look at the first 4 stats on this page.

    There's your problem right there. Voter/population apathy. The majority of registered voters are going to be left or right aren't they? Where are the swingers, the ones that can be influenced?

    That writer of the article in the OP's post is unbelievably naive. To say that lobbyists have no influence is rubbish, politicians only care about one thing; votes. If lobbyists offer something to the pollie and there is no significant opposition from voters, what is he going to do? Ive closely watched legislative issues over there on Net Neutrality and I'm convinced you have the best political system in the world but you don't use it. Vested interests are walking all over you because you wont turn off the telly.

    Don't blame the politicians.
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