Mar 17, 2011

545 vs. 300 million

March 17, 2011

I don't typically repost other author's work, but I felt this article was worth a quick read. The author, Charlie Reese, recently retired from the Orlando Sentinel.

545 vs. 300,000,000 people.

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

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
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. The 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 cannot
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 and Afghanistan it's because
they want them in Iraq and Afghanistan ...

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

1 comment:

  1. Upon first reading, virtually everything that Charlie has stated in this article makes near perfect sense. However, that all changes when special note is made to this line:
    "... In 1913, Congress delegated its
    Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank." This is the master key to the whole article!

    The solution to the "problem" is to demand the return of our "sound currency"! Virtually all the problems stated in this article are financial in nature, all of which can not be expected to change simply with different Congress people. Especially when you keep in mind that they relinquished one of their greatest powers! That relinquishment is the very root of these problems! The federal reserve system = systemic debt virus. That system does not care who is in Congress!