079 Capitol Hill United States Congress 1993

A very interesting column…COMPLETELY NEUTRAL… Charley Reeve’s final column for the Orlando Sentinel…He has been a journalist for 49 years.

He is retiring and this is HIS LAST COLUMN.  This is about as clear and easy to understand as it can be. The article below is completely neutral, neither anti-republican or democrat. 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 good read.

545 vs. 300,000,000 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. 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 gail. No normal human being would have the gail 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? John Boehner. He is the leader of the majority party. He 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. {The House has passes a budget but the Senate has not approved a budget in over three years. The President’s proposed budgets have gotten almost unanimous rejections in the Senate in that time.}     

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 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 a 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!  

I love this article and I hope you guys do too.  This is the truth and we need to come together as a nation and place the blame where it actually lies…with GOVERNMENT.

Thomas Jefferson on American Banks and Government

“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than outstanding armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the People of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conqueredv. ”

“To preserve [the] Independence [of the People] we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between Economy and Liberty or Profusion and Servitude. If we run into such DEBT as that we must be taxed in our meats and in our drink, in our necessaries and our comforts, in our creeds, as the People of England are, our People, like them, must come to labor sixteen hours in the twenty-four,p give the earnings of fifteen of those to the Government for their debts and daily expenses and the sixteen being insufficient to afford us bread, we must live, as they now do on oatmeal and potatoes, have no time to think, no means of calling the mismanagers to account, but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow suffers” ~ Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Kerchevel 1861

This is personal opinion of one individual and I’m positive more felt as he did. Why is it so hard for Americans today to see issues when one of the founding fathers basically predicted it. Politicians in the creating of this oh so freakin’ free nation were so much more outspoken and had heart to speak out. Nowadays you can’t even trust a politician to state their real names. Jefferson saw true vision of the United States of America.

My Comment

This is a comment I made on the above blog. Check out the article.

Its comments like this that makes me sick to my stomach. It scares me that comments such as this one is said publicly and easily accepted by some people. Religion, sexual orientations, and all my other rights that are supposedly rightly mine should never be factors or even discussed in elections especially who will be MY President. My President should not be concerned about who I sleep with, marry, skin color, or anything of that nature.  My President should be concerned with making ME wealthier, happier, secure.  This is a government job that the employee is supposed to be elected by the people of the United States (sorry only the 1% people get to make the decision and I get to fill in some bubbles every couple yrs!!!) I don’t make enough money to make that decision but make enough for them to take from me and hope I survive.  Equal Employment Opportunity is the law.  I can sue my employer if they discriminate me but these politicians and their cronies can make outrageous comments and I should feel secure, safe and happy that these are the ones who are supposedly to be looking after me. YOU don’t even like me because of my sexual orientation, gender, skin color, and anything else I’m not but they are. Please, my momma taught me not to be so trusting of people who smile in my face but always in a position to stab me in the back. If I can sue my employer for discrimination can I sue these politicians for discrimination? I am serious so if someone knows the answer please share it with me. Time to wake up people and open your mind and not just your eyes. No capital without our labor (so they say).
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,—That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

~Declaration of Independence

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