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Do you think the Senators and the Congressmen on both sides are getting rich from their jobs while not doing what they were elected to do ? Yes or No ?

Tudie BN 2012/03/04 19:39:46
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  • Philo-Publius 2012/03/05 06:27:38
    Yes
    Philo-Publius
    +8
    This is the common ground we all should recognize. It's not Democrat vs. Republican -- it's the institution itself that has become corrupt. Great post, Tudie!

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  • Tudie BN Foxhoun... 2012/03/05 05:59:26
    Tudie BN
    +2
    Thanks foxhound ...
  • rk 2012/03/05 04:43:44
    Yes
    rk
    +5
    it should be stopped
  • Tudie BN rk 2012/03/05 05:17:38
    Tudie BN
    +3
    Yes !

    They need to know we ain't gonn take it anymore ..They have slid long enough !
  • Aahz_OneAndOnly 2012/03/05 04:24:50
    Yes
    Aahz_OneAndOnly
    +3
    I say WE fire the lot and start over...
    “We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and
    the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”
    - Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln Memorial
  • Tudie BN Aahz_On... 2012/03/05 04:40:56
    Tudie BN
    +2
    Thanks Aahz_OneAndOnly!
  • The Patriot RP 2012 2012/03/05 03:52:30
    Yes
    The Patriot RP 2012
    +2
    Yes and its the people on both sides who have agenda's both Liberal and Conservative.

    Maybe we should boycott the Presidential Election, that could send a message, you aren't our choice.
  • Tudie BN The Pat... 2012/03/05 04:42:26 (edited)
    Tudie BN
    +1
    Thanks The Patriot ! Yes something needs to be done to let them know we ain't gonna take it anymore ! Out they Go !
  • meshell 2012/03/05 03:11:13
    Yes
    meshell
    +1
    yes and it is happening in every country in the world. our PM Julia Gillard, coughcough dogmolecough cough, gave herself a payrise last year, now for us to earn the amount she gets as a payrise the average worker would have to work a full year. hows that? we have kids on the streets homeless hungry yet Gillard goes home with a hefty purse...and the worst part is, we allow it, because everyone thinks what can i do to change things, if everyone banded together and said no to their lavish spending. maybe JUST MAYBE we can change that!!! i'm willing to try... REVOLT REVOLT.....
  • taitaFalcon23 2012/03/05 03:07:36
    Yes
    taitaFalcon23
    +2
    they may not be rich when they get there but they sure as hell don't leave broke, 'cept Caroline Mosely Braun....
  • FalconFlight 2012/03/05 02:39:38
    Undecided
    FalconFlight
    Let's talk about how a former PResident can go from 0 to 62 million since occupying that office. Who's fault is this? What should anyone expect when these "elected" positions have become birthright House of Lords thrones. When people are in these positions for 20, 30, 40, and even 50 years, America is but a nominal Democracy, certainly not the Republic created by the Founders. Pathetic.
  • mich52 2012/03/05 01:50:58
  • Zenvis 2012/03/05 01:39:34
    Yes
    Zenvis
    +2
    I believe that their pay check should be governed by the states themselves and put to a vote. People should determine the pay of public officials and public employees. Might free up some money for those that deserve a better pay (police, teachers etc.)
  • Tudie BN Zenvis 2012/03/05 03:38:33
    Tudie BN
    Thanks Zenvis !
  • bill 2012/03/05 01:21:19
    Yes
    bill
    +2
    A very interesting column.. COMPLETELY NEUTRAL
    Be sure to Read the Poem at the end.

    Charley Reese's final column for the Orlando Sentinel...
    He has been a journalist for 49 years.
    He is retiring and this is HIS LAST COLUMN.

    Be sure to read the Tax List at the end.

    This is about as clear and easy to understand as it can be. The article below is completely neutral, neither anti-republican or democrat. 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. It's a short but good read. Worth the time. Worth remembering!

    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...























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    A very interesting column.. COMPLETELY NEUTRAL
    Be sure to Read the Poem at the end.

    Charley Reese's final column for the Orlando Sentinel...
    He has been a journalist for 49 years.
    He is retiring and this is HIS LAST COLUMN.

    Be sure to read the Tax List at the end.

    This is about as clear and easy to understand as it can be. The article below is completely neutral, neither anti-republican or democrat. 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. It's a short but good read. Worth the time. Worth remembering!

    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 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 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!
    What you do with this article now that you have read it... is up to you.
    This might be funny if it weren't so true.
    Be sure to read all the way to the end:

    Tax his land,
    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 work,
    Tax his pay,
    He works for
    peanuts anyway!

    Tax his cow,
    Tax his goat,
    Tax his pants,
    Tax his coat.

    Tax his ties,
    Tax his shirt,
    Tax his work,
    Tax his dirt.

    Tax his tobacco,
    Tax his drink,
    Tax him if he
    Tries to think.

    Tax his cigars,
    Tax his beers,
    If he cries
    Tax his tears.

    Tax his car,
    Tax his gas,
    Find other ways
    To tax his ass.

    Tax all he has
    Then let him know
    That you won't be done
    Till he has no dough.

    When he screams and hollers;
    Then tax him some more,
    Tax him till
    He's good and sore.

    Then tax his coffin,
    Tax his grave,
    Tax the sod in
    Which he's laid...

    Put these words
    Upon his tomb,
    'Taxes drove me
    to my doom...'

    When he's gone,
    Do not relax,
    Its time to apply
    The inheritance tax.

    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


    STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY?
    Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, & 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?'

    I hope this goes around THE USA at least 545 times!!! YOU can help it get there!!!

    GO AHEAD. . . BE AN AMERICAN!!!
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  • S. Gompers bill 2012/03/05 06:13:49
    S. Gompers
    Awesome.
  • abycinnamon BN-1 2012/03/05 01:17:01
    Yes
    abycinnamon BN-1
    +1
    I think they absolutely are and I think we need to get rid of lobbyists. I also think citizens united needs to be overturned and there should be mandatory mental status exams for any of the supremes who supported that monstrosity. And also mandatory retirement. Actually forget the exam. They should just go.
  • Tudie BN abycinn... 2012/03/05 03:39:06
    Tudie BN
    +1
    Thanks alycinnamon !
  • Ukie 2012/03/05 01:10:37
    Yes
    Ukie
    +3
    supposedly most are milionaires within a very few years after being elected. Don't forget the stock investments they were allowed on insider information. supposedly milionaires years elected forget stock investments allowed insider information Congressional crooks Congressional crooks
  • Tudie BN Ukie 2012/03/05 03:39:40
    Tudie BN
    Thanks Ukie !
  • Mrkando 2012/03/05 01:05:56
    Yes
    Mrkando
    +1
    While it has always been this way it seems to be far worse. When the people who make the law do not have to abide by them this will always happen.
  • Bozette 2012/03/05 01:04:10
    Yes
    Bozette
    +4
    Can't see anything being done for the public good...only see our liberties being taken away and an out of control government. Amazing how people who are not independently wealthy (some do start out that way, I know) get into politics and never seem to have to worry again.
  • richie 2012/03/05 01:01:14
  • Tudie BN richie 2012/03/05 03:43:03
    Tudie BN
    Thanks richie !
  • Pat 2012/03/05 00:44:14
    Yes
    Pat
    +2
    Yes, a lot of them are bought and paid for. Corporations contribute mega dollars to their campaigns to get them on their side for votes that affect their business and then when they retire they become lobbyists for the corp. and make even bigger buck. It's a bad system and should be changed. Unfortunately, they'd be the ones voting on the changes.
  • U-Dog 2012/03/05 00:43:57
    Yes
    U-Dog
    +6
    It's not called the DemoRat-ReTreadAgain Party for nothing. A lot of good things go into DC, very few good things come back out.

    money power toilet
  • Deere Guy ~POTL~PWCM~JL~PWC... 2012/03/05 00:42:56 (edited)
    Yes
    Deere Guy ~POTL~PWCM~JL~PWCM~JLA
    +4
    Why of course...serving the people is the last thing on their minds.....
  • Tudie BN Deere G... 2012/03/05 01:30:14
    Tudie BN
    +1
    Thanks Deer Guy !
  • Deere G... Tudie BN 2012/03/05 01:53:35
    Deere Guy ~POTL~PWCM~JL~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    Welcome:-)
  • I'm History 2012/03/05 00:36:03
    Yes
    I'm History
    +3
    Do ya think????
  • Tennyson James 2012/03/05 00:12:56
    Yes
    Tennyson James
    +3
    Yes they are and it is a disgrace!
  • Tudie BN Tennyso... 2012/03/05 01:30:33
    Tudie BN
    Thanks Tennyson !
  • jwalker 2012/03/04 23:44:46
    Yes
    jwalker
    +1
    Are the rest you just now figuring this out. I been saying this for 30 years
  • The Elitist Libtard SodaJerk 2012/03/04 23:40:29
    Yes
    The Elitist Libtard SodaJerk
    +5
    And from the Insider Trading that is a crime for us but not them.
  • Tudie BN The Eli... 2012/03/05 03:43:51
    Tudie BN
    +2
    Thanks The Elitiest !
  • Stan Kapusta 2012/03/04 23:36:48
    Yes
    Stan Kapusta
    +5
    I say this TERM LIMITS PLEASE!
  • Tudie BN Stan Ka... 2012/03/05 01:30:57
    Tudie BN
    +1
    Thanks Stan !
  • Lady Wh... Stan Ka... 2012/03/05 10:45:57
    Lady Whitewolf
    +1
    me too!
  • hrob 2012/03/04 23:35:40
    Yes
    hrob
    +1
    Republicans are out there to make themselves and the 1% richer and the Democrats are mostly too chicken to stand up for the people they claim to represent. Did you know that the highest tax bracket during Eisenhower's administration was 70%?
  • jwalker hrob 2012/03/04 23:48:23
    jwalker
    +2
    How do you make the economy good for republicans and not democrats. Your a good little robot. Just repeat what they want you to think. Don't dare listen or question or god forbid try thinking for yourself
  • jere.ch... jwalker 2012/03/04 23:53:46
    jere.chievres
    +3
    Not even a good Robot!

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