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PTSideshow
08-19-2010, 06:33 AM
This is so true it is sort of funny, in a twisted way.
Charlie Reese, a retired reporter for the Orlando Sentinel has hit the nail directly on the head, defining clearly who it is that, in the final analysis, must assume responsibility for the judgments made that impact each one of us every day. It's a short but good read. Worth the time.

545 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 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 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.

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.

J Tiers
08-19-2010, 08:28 AM
"voting them all out" is a simplistic and worthless slogan.

In the first place, not all of them are elected.

In the second place, not all of them are in agreement with bad policies.

in the third place, the next batch may have the same tendencies

in the fourth place, THEY didn't cause the economic problems. YOU DID.

YOU demanded cheaper products, so all the jobs went to china.

YOU demanded to buy a house when you were unemployed, and lied so that the banks lent you money to do it.

YOU elected representatives who were so pro-business that they repealed the laws that had kept these things from happening.

YOU applauded the pro-business policies up until they bit you in the butt, and NOW you have changed your tune.

YOU wanted the marines sent in, and re-elected all teh folks who did that.

YOU want all the government programs, but DO NOT want to pay for them with your taxes.

YOU are the one who squalls "government takeover of health care" while comfortably enjoying YOUR medicare socialized medicine , and saying "don't you dare take it away from me".

AND, there may be 545 people responsible, BUT YOU ELECTED 536 OF THEM, AND THE ONES YOU DID NOT ELECT WERE ELECTED BY THE FOLKS YOU ELECTED.

So while technically you didn't do it, YOU WERE COMPLICIT IN CREATING THE CONDITIONS IN WHICH THE COLLAPSE OCCURRED.

SO TO FIND THE ONES RESPONSIBLE, START BY LOOKING IN THE MIRROR, DUDE.