Tuesday, March 3, 2009

545 People vs 300,000,000

Charley Reese has been a journalist for 49 years.

"545 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

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, the Congress does.

You and I don't set fiscal policy, the 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 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
doesn't create deficit spending; he 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 her 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 want 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

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,
who 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

We should vote all of them out of office and clean up
their mess!

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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.

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