300 Million vs. 545

25 06 2010

545 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 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 — 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 is 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.

What you do with this article now that you have read it is up to you, though you have several choices:

1. you can send this to everyone in your address book and hope “they” do something about it.
2. You can agree to “vote against” everyone that is currently in office, knowing that the process will take several years.
3. You can decide to “run for office” yourself and agree to do the job properly.
4. Lastly, you can sit back and do nothing or re-elect the current bunch

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Dear Jon – A Letter About Open Immigration

11 06 2010

Okay, Jonathan, I promised a rebuttal to your article on open immigration, so here it goes (and it might be less of one than you thought):

America isn’t a little island with ten people and limited resources – we are the gorgeous, huge, most prosperous country the world has ever seen and there is room for all. But that “all” needs to come here and obey our laws, including the ones aimed at bringing immigrants INTO the fold. Skirting the protections put in place to protect America and her guests is not being a productive member of society, it’s being a parasite.

Yes, I agree that in a free economy the potential for markets is unlimited, but we don’t live in a free market and we haven’t in quite some time. Before we can have open immigration we must FIRST AND FOREMOST eliminate the entitlement state. But we haven’t done that, and until we do, we can’t have open immigration.

Frankly, I think most people welcome those who want to come to America and who want to be industrious; however, we’re resentful as all heck that these folks waltz across a porous border, expect – nay, DEMAND – that they be given all the benefits of being a citizen, but don’t return the graciousness of their hosts. When 85% of the violent crimes in Los Angeles are committed by illegals, we have a problem! They’re not “coming here to produce,” they’re coming here to loot.

To get back to your island analogy, if those 10 new people came ashore and demanded to be fed, stole from the other 30, killed a few of them, and only 1 or 2 of them contributed to making island life better, then hell yes, it would be an immigration crisis and they should be stopped from ruining the country.

So while I agree with your premise that hard-working (legal) immigrants are an unquestionable asset, I disagree with you putting the cart before the entitlement horse. Let’s rein THAT in before we start throwing wide the doors to our prosperity.

I posted something recently about the Arizona protests (who were against SB 1070) to one of my other blogs, and it goes like this:

Let’s say I break into your house.

Let’s say that when you discover me in your house, you insist that I leave.

But I say, ’No! I like it here. It’s better than my house. I’ve made all the beds and washed the dishes and did the laundry and swept the floors… I’ve done all the things you don’t like to do. I’m hard-working and honest (except for when I broke into your house).

According to the protesters:

  • You are Required to let me stay in your house
  • You are Required to feed me
  • You are Required to add me to your family’s insurance plan
  • You are Required to Educate my kids
  • You are Required to Provide other benefits to me & to my family

My husband will do all of your yard work because he is also hard-working and honest (except for that breaking in part).

If you try to call the police or force me out, I will call my friends who will picket your house carrying signs that proclaim my RIGHT to be there.

It’s only fair, after all, because you have a nicer house than I do, and I’m just trying to better myself. I’m a hard-working and honest, person, except for well, you know, I did break into your house.

And what a deal it is for me!!!

I live in your house, contributing only a fraction of the cost of my keep, and there is nothing you can do about it without being accused of cold, uncaring, selfish, prejudiced, and bigoted behavior.

Oh yeah, and I DEMAND that you learn MY LANGUAGE!!! so that you can communicate with me.








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