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Duff? Can? or plain old butt?
7/12/2009 7:43:47 PM    [ Flag as Spam or Inappropriate ]

I think this is interesting enough to share. It's certainly something (comments) to think about, and not only that, but to remember next time we're at the polls. But extending this beyond the 545 people referred to, we all make up this country. We all help in calling the shots even when we don't call any by not voting, etc.


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 we have deficits?
Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY 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 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.

What you do with this article now that you have read it . . . is up to you. Please get off your duff and do SOMETHING.


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