545 People

This is the simplest, most understandable, and truest explanation of the woes of the nation and who caused them, as well as how to cure them. This should be sent to every person in the U.S., including the ‘545’.

545 People
By Charlie Reese —
This article was taken from the Orlando Sentinel Star newspaper

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
More From Charlie Reese at:
http://www.apfn.org/APFN/woes.htm

Here’s a great site for term limits:
http://givecongressback.com/index.htm

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2 Responses to “545 People”

  1. wander-rant Says:

    A lot of this mess starts at the very local level. When we all sat back (because we were too busy working to pay into their elaborate system to support their elaborate lifestyles) as they (both sides) undertook redistricting to keep themselves and their cronies in office, the die was cast. Congressional districts should be redrawn along logical geographical boundaries.

    Voting incumbents out may only result in voting in another of their annointed ones. But, it should be done this election cyle from local to national elections (except presidential) by replacing all encumbents with third party candidates-if only to start busting up the good ol’ pol network.

    Two current party system is so filthy it has to go or be thoroughly cleansed (like a decade-long enema). And, two-term limits on them all since “Serving” wasn’t meant to be a lifetime career.

  2. armageddonoutahere Says:

    wander-rant, You said it even better than the article said it. You can’t keep voting the same ones in and expect to get different results. I
    think the best thing to do is vote out all incumbents. I agree serving wasn’t meant to be a career. 2 terms and out. In fact I prefer 2 terms
    for congressman and 1 term for senators. I also don’t approve of the over blown pensions and freebies our representatives get. I’d like to see them get out in the real world and see what life’s really about.

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