Charley Reese has been a journalist for 49 years.
545 PEOPLE -- By Charlie Reese
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
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? Nancy Pelosi. She is the
leader of the majority party. She 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.
inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million can not replace545
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 ..
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
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.
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Road Usage Tax
CDL license Tax
Dog License Tax
State Income Tax
Food License Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Gross Receipts Tax
Social Security Tax
Service Charge Tax
Fishing License Tax
Federal Income Tax
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IRS Interest Charges
Hunting License Tax
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IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
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Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
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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
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
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!!!
GO AHEAD - - - BE AN AMERICAN!!!!