Thursday, May 14, 2009

545 People

By Charlie Reese

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, 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 [Lucie's note: AND, FOR MANY OF THEM, A LONG HISTORY] -- 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. The 545, and they alone, have the [authority]*. The 545, 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!

Charley Reese has been a journalist for 49 years with the Orlando Sentinel.
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*The original word was "power'; I substituted "authority." Ultimately it is WE who have the power. They tell us convincingly that they have the power. No. WE give them the authority to act on our behalf, in the best interest of this country, based on the rule of law as outlined in the Constitution. They are acting with reckless disregard of their oath of office:

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United
States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to
the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of
evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am
about to enter: So help me God."

Can you name ONE of the 435 members of Congress who acts as this oath prescribes? (OK, I can name one - Ron Paul).

So what do you do when the criminals and traitors are also the overseers? One answer: we get inquiries into steroid use in professional baseball, and investigations into NFL teams taping each other!

"It's not your Party; it's your performance: YOU'RE FIRED."


Anonymous said...

Awesome article!

I read somewhere on the web recently, I can't remember for sure, but I think it was at the GOOOH site, American's think congress is incompetent and corrupt in general, but when it comes to their own reps and senators they think they're doing a pretty good job. I realized I felt the same way. I wondered why is everybody elses so bad when mine are ok? Really, I actually don't know what mine get up to. I mean I can see the way they vote, but that's it. I really don't know if they accept lobbyist bribes. I don't know if they propse good legislation. I don't know if they try to repeal bad legislation. I don't know if they have a firm core of principles upon which they base decisions or if they just bvote with party . . . it made me think. Time to clean out the house.

Mad Mom said...

Absolutely, Michelle. Couldn't agree with you more!

Kathy said...

Great article.

Michelle, more power to you if you have "decent" representation. I can say with complete confidence that mine are terrible and they gotta go........

I also know their replacements better be ready to behave differently; we are fed up and not going to take "business as usual" ever again.

undertaker said...

The solution is term limits. That is a lofty goal and one that voters must support if the incestuous nature of politics is to be eradicated in our life times.

Two things would help prop up the Republic until it could be rebuilt: term limits and a fair tax.

All the petty little projects need to be set aside until these two major items are in place.

Ron Russell said...

Just a handful of men and women do run this country, I am not sure however that its the elected ones, or the appointed ones, its the ones behind the scenes, the hidden faces, the puppet masters, the nameless ones who control us all. Yes, we could turn all the elected officials out, but little would change. Super special interest control the very workings of government and the common man has little input and in the end the masses really have little knowledge of what things are about. Its a sad commentary, but reality often is. I don't have the answer for better governments and your post is as good as any, but turning the fools in congress out and electing a new president would do nothing as I see it.

undertaker said...

Ron, there are, no doubt, pupetteers behind the scenes. Consider George Soros who bankrolled the current resident of the White House into his senatorial bid with the first $60,000 contribution, and whose liberal agenda is a carbon copy of Barry's agenda. Consider Khalid Al-Monsour who sponsored Barry at Harvard. Consider that Barry has spent $1 million dollars to hide his records. Now, I think he needs to be taken to task for his eligibility. There shouldn't be any problem with that, unless he has something to hide. Can't wait to see the uniforms of this Internal Security Force.