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CHARLIE REESE'S FINAL COLUMN

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  1. Wesley Briggman

    Wesley Briggman Well-Known Member
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    CHARLIE REESE'S FINAL COLUMN A GREAT READ!!!!!




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    A very interesting column.

    COMPLETELY NEUTRAL

    Be sure to Read the Poem at the end.

    Charley Reese's final column for the Orlando Sentinel...

    He has been a journalist for 49 years.

    He is retiring and this is HIS LAST COLUMN.



    Be sure to read the Tax List at the end.



    This is about as clear and easy to understand as it can be. The article below is completely neutral, neither anti-republican nor 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 relatively short but good read. Worth the time. Worth remembering!



    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. 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 now? 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.



    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!



    What you do with this article now that you have read it... is up to you.



    This might be funny if it weren't so true.



    Be sure to read all the way to the end:

    Tax his land,

    Tax his bed,

    Tax the table, at which he's fed.

    Tax his tractor,

    Tax his mule,

    Teach him taxes are the rule.

    Tax his work,

    Tax his pay, he works for peanuts anyway!

    Tax his cow,

    Tax his goat,

    Tax his pants,

    Tax his coat.

    Tax his ties,

    Tax his shirt,

    Tax his work,

    Tax his dirt.

    Tax his tobacco,

    Tax his drink,

    Tax him if he tries to think.

    Tax his cigars,

    Tax his beers,

    If he cries tax his tears.

    Tax his car,

    Tax his gas,

    Find other ways to tax his ass.

    Tax all he has, then let him know that you won't be done till he has no dough.

    When he screams and hollers; then tax him some more, tax him till he's good and sore.

    Then tax his coffin,

    Tax his grave,

    Tax the sod into which he's laid..

    Put these words upon his tomb,

    "Taxes drove me to my doom..."
    When he's gone, do not relax,

    it’s time to apply, the Inheritance tax.

    Accounts Receivable Tax

    Building Permit Tax

    CDL license Tax

    Cigarette Tax

    Corporate Income Tax

    Dog License Tax

    Excise Taxes

    Federal Income Tax

    Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)

    Fishing License Tax

    Food License Tax

    Fuel Permit Tax

    Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon)
     
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    Or the voters could put the Republicans in control of the house (230 or more) and Senate (67 or more) and then primary out the ones who vote like RINOs.
     
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    Memories of the Beatles song "Taxman" now floating through my head....
     
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    We the people created this monster, just like the man who raised & fed a crocodile, til it became so large that it ate the man who raised it.
     
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