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Charlie Reese's Final Column
Journalist for Orlando Sentinel offers his pointer
to source of American problems
by Charlie Reese

Editor's Note: I checked him out on Snopes and the article is legit, but it was actually published in 1995. He worked on it for several years. Apparently, then in 2008 the column was updated with some references, e.g. Nancy Pelosi for Tip O'Neill. I'll have a comment of my own below the piece. For one thing, I don't think you can absolve the 300 million people of responsibility for acquiescing to letting these 545 Borg-government bots 'rule.' Further, the vast majority of the bots are just that, boughts. The Borg rules, the Borg dictates terms, those who run for federal office are simply craven powerlusters willing to make terms with Gangsta Borg. So here it is, no doubt an excerpt of sorts. I received it twice last week as an email message forward.

545 vs. 300,000,000 People

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....

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. Here's a listing, perhaps not from the original of the things that are taxed and then the various taxing agencies.

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 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

Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, and 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!!!

So there you are. The final paragraph(s) no doubt have been added by the propagator and have a familiar angry cracker-barrel Tea Party quality that I can understand, but my experience has been few of those folksy types have the sense to rise above Sarah Palin as designated savior. At least let's hope for the Ron Paul bandwagon to capture most of the cracker-barrels. Until then, I'd like to submit to you my link to the new 'religion' of liberty I'm founding... and presenting at Porcfest this year (2011). Enjoy.

2011 June 13
© Charlie Reese, reposted by The Coffee Coaster™
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