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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

545 versus 305,000,000 - Exactly HOW Does This Happen? BLAME CONGRESS!

I received an email from a friend this morning that I thought was worth passing along to the entire country... the entire world even. This work is attributed to Charlie Reese, a journalist with the Orlando (Florida) Sentinel from 1971 until his retirement in 2001. I have performed my due diligence and verified the following as an "accurate attribution". (The only deviations from the original being some inconsequential topical political references, such as substituting Nancy Peolsi's name for Tip O'Neill's, and our military being in Iraq as opposed to "on UN missions"):
The 545 People Responsible for America's Woes
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 305 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!
I have said before that we should "throw the rascals out", and I will say it once again - THROW THE RASCALS OUT! If we do that, perhaps the next few crops of elected officials will get the message that "We the People" are tired of being ignored, and fed up with big business, big money and big union interests buying our government and running it by remote control.

How far can a dog run? Until it hits the end of its leash. Congress is that running dog, and, until this point in time, it has been allowed to run without any leash and has unquestionably run amok! The year 2010 presents us with an opportunity to get a new dog, and perhaps train it a bit better. I say we should replace the dog because everybody knows that "You can't teach an old dog new tricks". (Term limits in the House and Senate would go a long way toward repairing our system. But, the House and Senate are the ones who make those laws and they won't police themselves as they should.)

As always, there is a remote possibility that I could be entirely wrong about this. The odds of that being true are about the same as the odds that Congress has actually been diligent in protecting the best interests of the citizens of the United States of America. We can replace at least 535 of the 545 directly through the ballot box - constitutionally it would be up to them to replace the other 10!

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