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Saturday, June 18, 2011

545 politicians vs. 300,000,000 people -By Charlie Reese

Charley  Reese's final column for the Orlando   Sentinel...He has been a journalist  for 49 years. He is retiring   and this is HIS LAST COLUMN.

Be sure to  read the Tax   List at the end.

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 conr egardless 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 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 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 say 'politicians?'

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


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