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 Charlie Reese's final column, 545 vs 3,000,000 
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Post Charlie Reese's final column, 545 vs 3,000,000
I don't know if this has been posted, but I thought it was at least worth discussing.

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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? 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.

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!

Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper.

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 rectum.

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 in
Which he's laid...

Put these words
Upon his tomb,
'Taxes drove me
to my doom...'

When he's gone,
Do not relax,
Its 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)
Gross Receipts Tax
Hunting License Tax
Inheritance Tax
Inventory Tax
IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Liquor Tax
Luxury Taxes
Marriage License Tax
Medicare Tax
Personal Property Tax
Property Tax
Real Estate Tax
Service Charge Tax
Social Security Tax
Road Usage Tax
Recreational Vehicle Tax
Sales Tax
School Tax
State Income Tax
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Telephone Federal Excise Tax
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
Telephone Recurring and Nonrecurring Charges Tax
Telephone State and Local Tax
Telephone Usage Charge Tax
Utility Taxes
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax


STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY?
Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, & our nation was the most prosperous in the world.
We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.

What in the heck happened? Can you spell 'politicians?'

I hope this goes around THE USA at least 545 times!!! YOU can help it get there!!!

GO AHEAD. . . BE AN AMERICAN!!!


September 12th, 2011, 11:50 am
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Post Re: Charlie Reese's final column, 545 vs 3,000,000
wjb21ndtown wrote:
Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?


It is all relative, but in reality I think we have a pretty tame inflation rate and compared to many countries our taxes aren't all that high.

As for the deficits, however, throw those bums out.

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Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, & our nation was the most prosperous in the world.
We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.


This isn't true. I'm not sure of those taxes existing, but we've always had a national debt. Also, the "middle class" as we define it has pretty much only existed since 1945.


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We've also always had taxes, just in different forms.

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This is WHY Sarah Palin must be the next President of the United States of America. Nearly every candidate talks the talk, but she's the only one that walks the walk. Give America back to the people!

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Oh geeze, yeah Sarah palin - America's godsend!

I just threw up in my mouth a little. I used to read what sly said, but now I pretty much try to ignore it all

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slybri19 wrote:
This is WHY Sarah Palin must be the next President of the United States of America. Nearly every candidate talks the talk, but she's the only one that walks the walk. Give America back to the people!


I'm sorry Sly, but she is a complete effin' dolt... I don't base that off of her "got-ya" interviews, but rather how she comes across in every day life. She's just an airhead. She may have some book smarts, and she may have sound moral principles, but she's a damn airhead. She's just not "presidential."

Unfortunately, Romney is looking like the most presidential candidate at this point... perhaps followed by Cain. Hopefully Huntsman and/or Perry can step up their game, they are who I currently prefer.


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Christie is reconsidering and will decide in the next few days.


September 23rd, 2011, 7:43 pm
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Christie is reconsidering and will decide in the next few days.

If he jumps in the race I'm sold. After living in NJ last summer and reading up on and listening to a lot of what he had to say, I really like him. Don't agree with everything he says, I think he has integrity and displays true leadership. I don't think the same can be said for anyone else in the race.

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September 24th, 2011, 2:06 pm
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Yeah, I'm sure his "tell it like it is" approach will rub some the wrong ways, and he had cap and tax running here for a bit before he finally spoke out on it. His view on global warming is a little different than most conservatives. He hits important marks on taxes and unions with the tea party, yet reaches across to more moderate ideals that will appeal to independents.

Living in Jersey we see the results, and I'm sure education will be a big buzzword because of his 2010 cuts, but he replaced and actually doubled education spending in 2011 although the NEA will ignore that aspect of it. He backed the teacher's union into a corner and forced them to take a pay freeze or layout teachers, and the unions chose to layoff their own. Expect a lot of rhetoric and attacks against him from the unions.


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Yeah, I'm sure his "tell it like it is" approach will rub some the wrong ways, and he had cap and tax running here for a bit before he finally spoke out on it. His view on global warming is a little different than most conservatives. He hits important marks on taxes and unions with the tea party, yet reaches across to more moderate ideals that will appeal to independents.

Living in Jersey we see the results, and I'm sure education will be a big buzzword because of his 2010 cuts, but he replaced and actually doubled education spending in 2011 although the NEA will ignore that aspect of it. He backed the teacher's union into a corner and forced them to take a pay freeze or layout teachers, and the unions chose to layoff their own. Expect a lot of rhetoric and attacks against him from the unions.

Yep, agree on all points.

One story about him that sticks in my head was a clip I heard of him speaking to some firefighters. They boo'd him pretty good when he got up on stage (because he had told them that the state couldn't afford all the things they had been promised in the past), and his response was classic. He basically said, I understand if you don't like me, but what I don't get is why you're booing the first guy who's been honest with you. For years you've had politicians standing in front of you promising you things they knew wouldn't happen, and I'm the first guy standing up here telling you the truth. So why are you booing the guy who's telling you the truth?

I loved it. Definitely not the typical "politically smart" type of response. It was honest and real. I think we could use a lot more of that, especially at the federal level.

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I think Rick Perry is got it.

(I'm staying home on election day)


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I think Rick Perry is got it.

(I'm staying home on election day)


alright, but you lose your right to complain about ther next guy.

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I don't think Christie would make a good Pres. He's too mafiaoso, IMO... I think his style will rub not only potential voters the wrong way, but I don't think he would be very "policital" when dealing with Congress. Compromise doesn't seem to be in his dictionary.

I stand by my earlier statements about Romney, I just hope someone pulls ahead of him because I can't see voting for someone that had their own govt. healthcare plan, and, sorry, but it's tough for me to respect the Mormon faith.


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wjb21ndtown wrote:
I don't think Christie would make a good Pres. He's too mafiaoso, IMO... I think his style will rub not only potential voters the wrong way, but I don't think he would be very "policital" when dealing with Congress. Compromise doesn't seem to be in his dictionary.

I stand by my earlier statements about Romney, I just hope someone pulls ahead of him because I can't see voting for someone that had their own govt. healthcare plan, and, sorry, but it's tough for me to respect the Mormon faith.

There's a lot of peeps that could/would say the same thing about lawyers :wink:

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