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The 545 Who Could
Posted: Monday, May 19, 2008
By: Charlie Reese (Expired article)
Fed up with the political mud-slinging? This article by Charlie Reese is the simplest, most understandable explanation of the woes of the
nation and who caused them, as well as how to cure them. This should be
sent to every person in the U.S., including the '545'.
Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then
campaign against them. Have you ever wondered why, if both the Democrats
and the Republicans are against deficits, we have deficits? Have you ever
wondered why, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes,
we have inflation and high taxes?
You and I don't propose a federal budget. The president does. You and I
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 - 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
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 can not 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 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
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