Saturday, August 19, 2017
   
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545 People - A Call To Action


By Charlie Reese (Charley  Reese has been a journalist for 49 years)

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?   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 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 ,  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! 

[Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel  Newspaper. This article was originally published in the 7 March 1995 Orlando Sentinal, and last updated in 2008 (according to SNOPES.com]

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