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545 People

545 PEOPLE--By Charlie  Reese

Charley  Reese has been a journalist for 49  years

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 1 9 1 3, 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.  The leader of the majority party. The Leader 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 fullygrasp 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 andadvice 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.

The following 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  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 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 e'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..

Sales Tax School Tax Liquor Tax Luxury  Tax Excise  Taxes Property Tax Cigarette Tax Medicare Tax Inventory  Tax Real Estate Tax Well Permit Tax Fuel Permit  Tax Inheritance  Tax Road Usage Tax CDL license Tax Dog License Tax State  Income Tax Food License Tax Fishing License Tax Federal  Income Tax Building Permit Tax IRS Interest  Charges Hunting License Tax Marriage License Tax Corporate Income  Tax Personal Property Tax Accounts Receivable  Tax Recreational Vehicle Tax Workers Compensation Tax Watercraft  Registration Tax Telephone Usage Charge Tax Telephone Federal  Excise Tax Telephone State and Local Tax IRS Penalties (tax  on top of tax) State Unemployment Tax (SUTA) Federal  Unemployment Tax (FUTA) Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge  Tax Telephone Federal Universal Service FeeTax Gasoline Tax  (currently 44.75 cents per gallon) Utility Taxes Vehicle License Registration Tax Telephone  Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes Telephone Recurring and  Nonrecurring Charges Tax


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 hell happened?  Can you  spell 'politicians? ' I hope this goes around THE USA at least 100  times!!!  YOU can help it get there!!!

My Reponse to Davis: Thanks David you are  right on target. The only way to change it is change the political system.  NO lobbyist, All campaigns debated on public TV. If you take the big money  out of the equation maybe we would have a chance "

Taxation without  Representation is Tyranny" Patrick Henry


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