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545 PEOPLE by Charlie Reese

By Charlie Reese
Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.
Have you ever wondered why, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, we have deficits?

Have you ever wondered why, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, 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?   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 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, though you appear to have several choices.
1.     You can send this to everyone in your address book, and hope they do something about it.
2.     You can agree to vote against everyone that is currently in office, knowing that the process will take several years.
3.     You can decide to run for office yourself and agree to do the job properly.
4.     Lastly, you can sit back and do nothing, or re-elect the current bunch.


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  1. True for the most part, but the 300 million or so people in this country bear some responsibility and blame for the mess we’re in. Living beyond our means via credit… with porsche appetites and peugot budgets is part of the problem. Electing idiots and turning a blind eye is not helping either. We must all take a look at the mess we are in and say “what have I done that contributed to this mess” and “what I can do to help us get right.”

    Comment by Michael | October 1, 2008 | Reply

  2. In regards to the speaker of the house, she’s only been in that position for 2 years… Are we to put all the blame of today’s financial woes on the person in that position for only two years??? I think it goes back a bit farther than that…

    Comment by E. Linsey | October 9, 2008 | Reply

  3. In regards to the speaker of the house and the rest of the newly elected democrats, president bush counld not have gotten a better bunch of republicans! They’ve been giving bush more than he’s been asking for. And more tyranny for the people at that! Kick the phony 2-party system out! Vote 3rd party!

    Comment by BryanD | October 27, 2008 | Reply

  4. I agree 100% hang em high !

    Comment by leroy Redbone | October 29, 2008 | Reply

  5. I agrees with the sentiment of this article. However, E. Linsey you are absolutely correct. It is is ironic that Charles Reese (a conservative) wrote this article. It was originally written back in the 80’s when Reagan was still president and Tip O’Neill was the Speaker of the House. This article appears to have been edited to reference the Speaker of the House as ‘She.’ Congress did change in the ’90s, and from 1995 until 2007, the House had a Republican majority.

    Comment by Chris | October 30, 2008 | Reply

  6. If any of you would STOP looking for someone to blame and realize that this article is TIMELESS!! It’s TRUE regardless of ANY name or gender or time you fill in the blank with. It’s TIME we DO something other than talk.
    I’m running for office, city council, PTA, congress, senate- something that can make a difference other than JUST a difference of OPINION!!
    Somebody mentioned “credit card” debt, evidently not understanding that excessive interest is creating artificial wealth OR debt – depending on which end of the STICK you’re on – that doesn’t really exist.
    For example, you “borrow” $10 dollars at 7% and the industry is self regulated – decides to charge you 30% compounded daily – makes that debt a 4 time multiple in a short time – but what do you really owe without mafia type loan shark fine print?
    But now multiply that by millions and you might see why greed, selfishness, lobbyists and politicians protect themselves, NOT the people that voted for them and are still uneducated enough to believe that they are there “representing ” their best interest…
    YES!! Capitalism is built on making a profit BUT there is not a “fine line” between criminal and fair. It’s like seeing some one drop their wallet and demanding they pay you a reward to get it back…
    Unfortunately, there are heartless, greedy lowlifes all over this world and they are nice, bold, outspoken, lying and deceptive even after they get our votes..

    Comment by Lafayette Mitchell | March 25, 2009 | Reply

  7. Thank you for making these succinct comments available, even though it was written in 1985 it is so true today. The pity is we pay little attention as individuals to these facts and therefore as a nation it comes to nought.

    Comment by Diane Welty | May 19, 2009 | Reply

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