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« on: March 27, 2009, 08:15:06 PM »

545 vs. 300,000,000  (Republicans & Democrats Alike - No One Is Blameless)

 

 EVERY CITIZEN NEEDS TO READ THIS AND THINK ABOUT WHAT THIS JOURNALIST HAS SCRIPTED IN THIS MESSAGE.

READ IT AND THEN REALLY THINK ABOUT OUR CURRENT POLITICAL DEBACLE.

 

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 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, 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.

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 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 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.
 
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« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2009, 08:31:09 PM »

i agree.  we need a clean slate.  they all need to go home and we need to start over.  some of these folks have been in Washington their entire adult careers.  you tell me that they have any idea what is going on in the 50 states!
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« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2009, 08:38:23 PM »

some of these folks have been in Washington their entire adult careers. 

There is the problem. The majority of the people don't have the sense to vote them out.
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« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2009, 10:10:26 PM »

It's like a bad marriage.  You stick with it because you keep thinking they'll change, they'll start to do things right - thing is, this should be a bad analogy (unfortunately, it isn't).  We don't love these people.  We should be able to get rid of them.  But somehow we can't (I am using the term We to represent typical voters, not any voter with a brain). 

Signed, a voter who has voted against Ted Kennedy all of her adult life.  Yet he's still there  rolleyes
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« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2009, 06:58:16 AM »

I am 54yrs old and have voted against anyone that was in office ever since I have been eligible to vote but I guess the other voters think they have to keep the same people in office (what a shame) they all need to go.
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« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2009, 09:08:44 AM »

we need a law that only lets some one stay in office 1 Four year term because I believe most freshman officials what to do good but in time are corrupted with votes being bought and they learn how to steel and not get caught, by their second term the are old pro's that vote for the highest bidder, I think 1 Four year term is a state but for this country to become the nation its suppose to be we need to go back about 50 years in laws and rights.

one thing that tears me up it our government stands behind illegal's or immigrants but not it's own citizens, why you think you go to a gas station or Motel and it's a foreigner owned and most work behind the counter, they come here and don't have to pay taxes for the first 5 years, Federal funded money with know interest to pay back then after 5 years they pass owner ship to a member of their family and have another 5 years without paying taxes. yes I know this from one of them that has done this. ok I will stop now
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« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2009, 12:34:51 PM »

My grandfather used to say that an Honest Politician never gets re-elected.  I've found he was right.

Think about it!
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« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2009, 03:28:25 PM »

I've heard many arguments for and against term limits, and have to say - the one that swayed me the most against term limits was that it denied the voters the opportunity to return someone who they wanted in office back into office once they'd reached their limit.  So, I guess people really want these idiots in office.  What we've got to figure out is why?
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« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2009, 03:54:42 PM »

i think there are several reasons that people keep their representatives.  one is name recognition.  people don't pay attention to congress, so they go to vote, see a name that they have heard over and over, and pick it.  others simply vote party line, and depending on the state or district, they will have the same person to vote for every time.  for many who do pay attention, they vote for the person who brings the state "stuff".  the argument is that he/she brings our tax dollars back to us, rather than he/she keeps them from taking our money in the first place.

i have always gone back and forth on term limits.  i think usually these things should be left to voters.  a case could be made that since congress has taken on so many powers that once belonged to the president, the same reasons for presidential term limits could now be applied to them.

i still think that getting congress out of washington for most of the year would solve many of the problems.  they have nothing better to do than tax, spend, and legislate when they are in washington.  if they were only allowed a short period of time each year to do the nations business, then made to go home, i think things would be much better.
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« Reply #9 on: March 29, 2009, 11:48:56 PM »

i still think that getting congress out of washington for most of the year would solve many of the problems.  they have nothing better to do than tax, spend, and legislate when they are in washington.  if they were only allowed a short period of time each year to do the nations business, then made to go home, i think things would be much better.

This country was established with the idea of a parttime legislature, a full time Congress was never envisioned.  The more time you give politicians to enact legislation the worse and more abundant that legislation will be.  We need to go back and create a new amendment to the Constitution limiting the number of days that either house can be in session like many states have.  All we have to do is get those states to pass those same state limits as applying to the Federal Government.  If we can get 34 (?) states to do it we're home free.
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