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  1. Palatka51

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    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, theFederal 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?
    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 g rasp 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!
     
  2. Mexdeaf

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    Naw, never happen- that makes too much sense!
     
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    It's a great piece, P51, but please provide a link. Thanks. :)
     
  4. JamieinNH

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    I whole heartily agree! I agree so much with this quote that I have been called a One-Note Johnny, which I am very proud of being!

    Now, the bigger question.. How do we go about settling our petty difference and work together to get this done and REALLY change Washington?
     
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    Term limits
     
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    I wish I could. This came to me by email and no link was provided.
     
  7. JamieinNH

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    If people want, they can Google "Charlie Reese 545" and find a lot of links, and a few of them are from Reese himself. I understand LE asking because of copyright issues and all, but it's a great piece and can be found in many places.

    Jamie
     
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    Y'know, RevM, it is a shame that it has to come to that. Our founding fathers never imagined that the Representatives or the Senators would become 'for life' positions or even full-time jobs. They were not even compensated positions when they were first conceived.

    Easy way to do it would be cut the salary and benefits back to what a middle-class American would receive. Put them all on SS like the rest of us are. That would get rid of most of the crooks.
     
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    That would work... the problem is the very people we are trying to get out have to pass this into law....

    That is like a crook getting to be in the jury box AND play judge at his trial..
     
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    If none of you support our representative form of government why not start a revolution to replace it with.....(?)
     
  11. Palatka51

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    Are you daft? A vote is a revolution.
     
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    It's not that we don't support it, its that we (I) I am tired of being taken advantage of. The people in power, both D's and R's are crooks, for the most part and since they hold the real power, how can WE the people ever take our country back?

    Do you not agree that for the most part, both parties are bad and need to be replaced? Or do you see them, one or the other as good?
     

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