545 vs. 300,000,000 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 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?( John Boehner. 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. [The House has passed a budget but the Senate has not approved a budget in over three years. The President's proposed budgets have gotten almost unanimous rejections in the Senate in that time. ]
It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot 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 and Afghanistan it's because they want them in Iraq and Afghanistan ..
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.
This will be the only political thing I share for quite awhile.
Do not try to engage me in debate about it, or try to change my agreement to this viewpoint. I understand that this will probably get me labeled something ending in -ist; more probable, -hole.
In turn, I will not ask you to agree/disagree, or attempt to change your mind either. These are non-requirements.
*We don't need a House, Senate, Congress, et. Al. if they flagrantly abuse the trust we place in their members.
*A President should have final say, but the people who voted him there the right to replace them immediately (as in 'within the hour') by majority vote of a representative per each state.
*Taxes should only be placed on the things we use the most and do not effect directly (as in: we don't pay for the road patch mix or fill the pothole), but those taxes applied to the perpetuation of the very things taxed. Only if there is a surplus after everything that can be perpetuated has been sorted will that surplus be placed where most needed other taxed things requiring perpetuation. This should not require much thought, nor a set budget; it's simply math and making the numbers work for everyone.
Income Tax should protect the worker, their job, and their future from poverty by keeping work available to all who are taxed. This could potentially reduce the individual chip-in each week as there are more working, the more are chipping in. Regulated surplus can be utilized to broaden available jobs or create new ones, not line the pockets of CEOs or become "bonuses". The only bail-out this surplus can become is to aid another struggling business to reduce the issue causing its financial decline (updating tech, updating procedure, updating employee training, etc.). What will this result in? Potentially the same thing workers do when passing the hat to help a coworker fix his/her car so he can continue to get to work, for example.
There's so much more that can be added, but I have not the time. Again, I will not control your decision to agree/disagree, but please keep responses civil. I can only hope for a thread full of proactive thinking rather than a flame war.