ONLY 545 PEOPLE CONTROL U.S.A

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.

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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.

Obama Will Triumph — So Will America By Frank Schaeffer

Hello everyone, I just wanted to share an email I received and definitely wanted to pass it on to whomever would like to have a very good article about President Obama.  With all the craziness going on in politics I know I get sick and tired of the BS! Obama supporters lets stick together because he does deserve a second term. Also thank you for taking the time out to read my blog. Please don’t hesitate to leave a comment, follow, or join me, SUNLEO0778 <ONELOVE>

Frank Schaeffer is a New York Times best selling author.

We have to keep the faith and continue to support our President!

Before he’d served even one year President Obama lost the support of the easily distracted left and engendered the white hot rage of the hate-filled right. But some of us, from all walks of life and ideological backgrounds — including this white, straight, 57-year- old, former religious right wing agitator, now progressive writer and (given my background as the son of a famous evangelical leader) this unlikely Obama supporter — are sticking with our President.

Why?– because he is succeeding.

We faithful Obama supporters still trust our initial impression of him as a great, good and uniquely qualified man to lead us. Obama’s steady supporters will be proved right. Obama’s critics will be remembered as easily panicked and prematurely discouraged at best and shriveled hate mongers at worst.

The Context of the Obama Presidency

Not since the days of the rise of fascism in Europe , the Second World War and the Depression has any president faced more adversity. Not since the Civil War has any president led a more bitterly divided country. Not since the introduction of racial integration has any president faced a more consistently short-sighted and willfully ignorant opposition – from both the right and left.

As the President’s poll numbers have fallen so has his support from some on the left that were hailing him as a Messiah not long ago; all those lefty websites and commentators that were falling all over themselves on behalf of our first black president during the 2008 election.

The left’s lack of faith has become a self-fulfilling “prophecy”– snipe at the President and then watch the poll numbers fall and then pretend you didn’t have anything to do with it!

Here is what Obama faced when he took office– none of which was his fault:

*An ideologically divided country to the point that America was really two countries

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* Two wars; one that was mishandled from the start, the other that was unnecessary and immoral

* The worst economic crisis since the depression

* America ‘s standing in the world at the lowest point in history

* A country that had been misled into accepting the use of torture of prisoners of war

* A health care system in free fall

* An educational system in free fall

* A global environmental crisis of history-altering proportions (about which the Bush administration and the Republicans had done nothing)

* An impasse between culture warriors from the right and left

* A huge financial deficit inherited from the terminally irresponsible Bush administration.

And those were only some of the problems sitting on the President’s desk!

“Help” from the Right?

What did the Republicans and the religious right, libertarians and half-baked conspiracy theorists — that is what the Republicans were reduced to by the time Obama took office — do to “help” our new president (and our country) succeed?

They claimed that he wasn’t a real American, didn’t have an American birth certificate, wasn’t born here, was secretly a Muslim, was white-hating “racist”, was secretly a communist, was actually the Anti-Christ, (!) and was a reincarnation of Hitler and wanted “death panels” to kill the elderly!

They not-so-subtly called for his assassination through the not-so-subtle use of vile signs held at their rallies and even a bumper sticker quoting Psalm 109:8.

They organized “tea parties” to sound off against imagined insults and all government in general and gathered to howl at the moon.

They were led by insurance industry lobbyists and deranged (but well financed) “commentators” from Glenn Beck to Rush Limbaugh.

The utterly discredited Roman Catholic bishops teamed up with the utterly discredited evangelical leaders to denounce a president who was trying to actually do something about the poor, the environment, to diminish the number of abortions through compassionate programs to help women and to care for the sick! And in Congress the Republican leadership only knew one word: “No!”

In other words the reactionary white, rube, uneducated, crazy American far right, combined with the educated but obtuse neoconservative war mongers, religious right shills for big business, libertarian Fed Reserve-hating gold bug, gun-loving crazies, child-molesting acquiescent “bishops”, frontier loons and evangelical gay-hating flakes found one thing to briefly unite them: their desire to stop an uppity black man from succeeding at all costs!

“Help” from the Left?

What did the left do to help their newly elected president? Some of them excoriated the President because they disagreed with the bad choices he was being forced to make regarding a war in Afghanistan that he’d inherited from the worst president in modern history!

Others stood up and bravely proclaimed that the President’s economic policies had “failed” before the President even instituted them! Others said that since all gay rights battles had not been fully won within virtually minutes of the President taking office, they’d been “betrayed”! (Never mind that Obama’s vocal support to the gay community is stronger than any other president’s has been. Never mind that he signed a new hate crimes law!)

Those that had stood in transfixed legions weeping with beatific emotion on election night turned into an angry mob saying how “disappointed” they were that they’d not all immediately been translated to heaven the moment Obama stepped into the White House! Where was the “change”? Contrary to their expectations they were still mere mortals!

And the legion of young new supporters was too busy texting to pay attention for longer than a nanosecond. “Governing”?! What the hell does that word, uh, like mean?”

The President’s critics left and right all had one thing in common: impatience laced with little-to-no sense of history (let alone reality) thrown in for good measure. Then of course there were the white, snide know-it- all commentators/talking heads who just couldn’t imagine that maybe, just maybe they weren’t as smart as they thought they were and certainly not as smart as their president. He hadn’t consulted them, had he? So he must be wrong!

The Obama critics’ ideological ideas defined their idea of reality rather than reality defining their ideas-say, about what is possible in one year in office after the hand that the President had been dealt by fate, or to be exact by the American idiot nation that voted Bush into office. Twice!

Meanwhile back in the reality-based community – in just 12 short months — President Obama:

*Continued to draw down the misbegotten war in Iraq

(But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

*Thoughtfully and decisively picked the best of several bad choices regarding the war in Afghanistan
(But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

*Gave a major precedent-setting speech supporting gay rights
(But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

*Restored America ‘s image around the globe
(But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

*Banned torture of American prisoners
(But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

*Stopped the free fall of the American economy
(But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

*Put the USA squarely back in the bilateral international community
 (But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

*Put the USA squarely into the middle of the international effort to halt global warming
 (But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

*Stood up for educational reform
 (But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

*Won a Nobel peace prize
 (But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

*Moved the trial of terrorists back into the American judicial system of checks and balances
 (But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

*Did what had to be done to start the slow, torturous and almost impossible process of health care reform that 7 presidents had failed to even begin
 (But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

*Responded to hatred from the right and left with measured good humor and patience
 (But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

*Stopped the free fall of job losses
 (But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

*Showed immense personal courage in the face of an armed and dangerous far right opposition that included the sort of disgusting people that show up at public meetings carrying loaded weapons and carrying Timothy McVeigh-inspired signs about the “blood of tyrants” needing to “water the tree of liberty”.
 (But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

*Showed that he could not only make the tough military choices but explain and defend them brilliantly
 (But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

Other than those “disappointing” accomplishments — IN ONE YEAR — President Obama “failed”! Other than that he didn’t “live up to expectations”!

Who actually has failed… …are the Americans that can’t see the beginning of a miracle of national rebirth right under their jaded noses. Who failed are the smart ass ideologues of the left and right who began rooting for this President to fail so that they could be proved right in their dire and morbid predictions. Who failed are the movers and shakers behind our obscenely dumb news cycles that have turned “news” into just more stupid entertainment for an entertainment-besotted infantile country.

Here’s the good news: President Obama is succeeding without the help of his lefty “supporters” or hate-filled Republican detractors!

The Future Looks Good

After Obama has served two full terms, (and he will), after his wisdom in moving deliberately and cautiously with great subtlety on all fronts — with a canny and calculating eye to the possible succeeds, (it will), after the economy is booming and new industries are burgeoning, (they will be), after the doomsayers are all proved not just wrong but silly: let the record show that not all Americans were panicked into thinking the sky was falling.

Just because we didn’t get everything we wanted in the first short and fraught year Obama was in office not all of us gave up. Some of us stayed the course. And we will be proved right.

PS. if you agree that Obama is shaping up to be a great president, please pass this on and hang in there! Pass it on anyway to ensure that his “report card” gets the attention it deserves.