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    By Charlie Reese
    NOTE: Charley Reese has been a journalist for 49 years

    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 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 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.

    Definition: (from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

    pol·i·ti·cian

    Pronunciation: pä-lə-ti-shən\

    Function: noun

    Date: 1589

    1: a person experienced in the art or science of government ; especially : one actively engaged in conducting the business of a government

    2: a person engaged in party politics as a profession b: a person primarily interested in political office for selfish or other narrow usually short-sighted reasons
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    Of course, it was we, the people, who voted them in.


    "Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others."
    --Winston Churchill







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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullwinkle View Post
    Of course, it was we, the people, who voted them in.


    "Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others."
    --Winston Churchill
    We are a republic though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fuddman5150 View Post
    We are a republic though.
    supposedly.
    Stay out of it, dude.


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    Quote Originally Posted by fuddman5150 View Post
    We are a republic though.
    Yeah but democracy and republics are really fragile. The only way republics can work and survive are by destroying themselves from within. Its going to get to a point (or it already has) to where the republic of the US will either collapse on itself and be reborn or it will be on the other side of a goverment reformation
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    Quote Originally Posted by fuddman5150 View Post
    We are a republic though.
    Strictly speaking, you're right. Churchill was speaking about the U.S., which is commonly referred to as a democracy. The reason, I think, is because our representatives are democratically elected.







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    Whenever I begin thinking that our nation should be a true democracy, I remind myself that Stephen King's The Stand was voted "Greatest Book of The Last 1000 Years" in an AOL poll in 1999.







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    Quote Originally Posted by Thai Boxer 9901 View Post
    Yeah but democracy and republics are really fragile. The only way republics can work and survive are by destroying themselves from within. Its going to get to a point (or it already has) to where the republic of the US will either collapse on itself and be reborn or it will be on the other side of a goverment reformation

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    For a price I'd do anything
    Except pull the trigger
    For that I need a pretty good cause
    Then I heard of Dr. X
    The man with the cure
    Just watch the television
    You'll see there's something going on

    Got no love for politicians
    Or that crazy scene in D.C.
    It's just a power mad town
    But the time is ripe for changes
    There's a growing feeling
    That taking a chance on a new kind of vision is due

    I used to trust the media
    To tell me the truth, tell us the truth
    But now I've seen the payoffs
    Everywhere I look
    Who do you trust when everyone's a crook?

    Revolution calling
    Revolution calling
    Revolution calling you
    Revolution calling
    Revolution calling
    Gotta make a change
    Gota push, gotta push it on through

    I'm tired of all this bullshit
    They keep selling me on TV
    About thte communist plan
    And all the shady preachers
    Begging for my cash
    Swiss bank accounts while giving their
    Secretaries the slam

    They're all in Penthouse now
    Or Playboy Magazine
    Million dollar stories to tell
    I guess Warhol wasn't wrong
    Fame fifteen minutes long
    Everyon'es using everybody, making the sale

    I used to think
    That only America's way, way was right
    But now the holy dollar rules everybody's lives
    Gotta make a million doesn't matter who dies

    Revolution calling
    Revolution calling
    Revolution calling you
    Revolution calling
    Revolution calling
    Gotta make a change
    Gota push, gotta push it on through

    I used to trust the media
    To tell me the truth, tell us the truth
    But now I've seen the payoffs
    Everywhere I look
    Who do you trust when everyone's a crook?
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    Kick 'em all out and send regular Americans to Washington to run the show.

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    "If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin." Samuel Adams, 1776



    Quote Originally Posted by Ace Ventura View Post
    -Revolution Calling- Queensryche

    For a price I'd do anything
    Except pull the trigger
    For that I need a pretty good cause
    Then I heard of Dr. X
    The man with the cure
    Just watch the television
    You'll see there's something going on

    Got no love for politicians
    Or that crazy scene in D.C.
    It's just a power mad town
    But the time is ripe for changes
    There's a growing feeling
    That taking a chance on a new kind of vision is due

    I used to trust the media
    To tell me the truth, tell us the truth
    But now I've seen the payoffs
    Everywhere I look
    Who do you trust when everyone's a crook?

    Revolution calling
    Revolution calling
    Revolution calling you
    Revolution calling
    Revolution calling
    Gotta make a change
    Gota push, gotta push it on through

    I'm tired of all this bullshit
    They keep selling me on TV
    About thte communist plan
    And all the shady preachers
    Begging for my cash
    Swiss bank accounts while giving their
    Secretaries the slam

    They're all in Penthouse now
    Or Playboy Magazine
    Million dollar stories to tell
    I guess Warhol wasn't wrong
    Fame fifteen minutes long
    Everyon'es using everybody, making the sale

    I used to think
    That only America's way, way was right
    But now the holy dollar rules everybody's lives
    Gotta make a million doesn't matter who dies

    Revolution calling
    Revolution calling
    Revolution calling you
    Revolution calling
    Revolution calling
    Gotta make a change
    Gota push, gotta push it on through

    I used to trust the media
    To tell me the truth, tell us the truth
    But now I've seen the payoffs
    Everywhere I look
    Who do you trust when everyone's a crook?
    "The less I needed, the better I felt." ~ Charles Bukowski.

 

 

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