Friday, October 29, 2010

545 People

This article is neither Democrat nor Republican, but is something that should make all U.S. citizens think seriously about. It may also apply to other countries as well. It's about 545 people vs. 300 million people, written by Charlie Reese, a retired reporter for the "Orlando Sentinel."
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 [citizens] 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? 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 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 and 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.
-- Submitted by Bob Smith
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And why are these men and women in power? Because "we the people" put them there! Be very wise and very careful how you vote. And be sure that you do vote.


That corgi :) said...

wow, I hadn't really thought of it this way before, but he is right. very wise words he wrote. and I second your urging us to be informed voters and to go out and vote


Sunny Day said...

I understand that the last time the budget was balanced was during the Truman administration.

We blame the President for everything that happens during his years in office. But, the President can't do anything without the approval of the Congress.

Tom's Place said...

Borrowing this for my blog. Great find and extremely timely.

Z said...

Sad that so many were turned so much against Bush that nobody'd listen when he warned of the Fannie/Freddie pending nightmare..
Now, they blame Bush for this economy two years later but the left's lauding Obama for the terror attempt response today when it's Bush who implemented most of the protections we have...two years later. :-)

Great post, LInda...VOTE VOTE VOTE!

Linda said...

I'm glad you came by and commented. Now, get out and vote!

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Honey very very good post. Hope its okay if I copy and paste and send to my kids.
My new little neighbor is at a rally today in Washington DC. Bless her heart she is such a sweetheart.
I am with you on this. I too need to pick up one of those Obama widgets. haha

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