Ходжа Н. (hojja_nusreddin) wrote,
Ходжа Н.

Charlie Reese's final column in Orlando Sentinel: "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 & the Republicans are against:
--- deficits, WHY do we have deficits?
--- inflation & high taxes, WHY do we have inflation & high taxes?

You and I don't:

- propose a federal budget. The President does.
- have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The Congress does.
- write the tax code. The Congress does.
- set fiscal policy. The Congress does.
- control monetary policy. The Federal Reserve Bank does.

100 senators + 435 congressmen + 1 President + 9 Supreme Court justices = 545 human beings

- out of the 300 million
- are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible
- for ALL the fiscal domestic problems that plague this country

I excluded the 7 members of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors

- 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 also excluded all the special interests & 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 time & 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
- But 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 the Congress sole responsibility for originating & approving appropriations & taxes.

Who is the speaker of the House now?

- 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 the 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 FULL power of the federal government
- then it must follow that:

That exists ONLY is THEY want it 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 is in Europe, Japan, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc, it's because they want them there
- if they do not receive social security pension but are on an elite retirement plan,
- which is not available to the common people, it's because they want it that way

There are no insoluble government problems.
Do not allow these 545 people shift the blame to:

- faceless bureaucrats, whom they hire & whose jobs they can abolish
- lobbyists, whose gifts & advices they can reject
- technical regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate & from whom they can take this power anytime

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 to clean up their mess!
- What you do with this article now that you have read it... is up to you

Now read this TAX poem

Tax his land and 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 time and tax his pay,
He works for peanuts anyway!
Tax his cow and tax his goat,
Tax his pants and tax his coat.
Tax his ties and tax his shirt,
Tax his work and tax his dirt.
Tax tobacco, tax his drink,
Tax him, if he tries to think.
Tax his cigars and tax his beers,
If he cries, than tax his tears.
Tax his car and tax his gas,
Find ways to tax his ass.
Tax all he has, then let him know
That you be done, when he has no dough.
He screams and hollers? Then tax him more,
Tax him till he's shy and sore.
Then tax his coffin, tax his grave,
Tax all the sod, in which he's laid...
And put these words upon his tomb:
"The taxes drove me to my doom..."
When he's gone, do not relax,
it’s time to get the Inheritance tax!

List of some taxes:

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


- NONE of these taxes existed 100 years ago
- when 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, if agreed, stayed home to raise the kids.
- What in the heck happened?
- Can you spell 'politicians?'


Charlie Reese, a retired reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, has hit the nail directly on the head, defining clearly - who it is that in the final analysis must assume responsibility for the judgments made that impact each one of us every day.
About the author: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charley_Reese
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