Who is responsible for the present problems facing the USA?

kudabux 2013/01/14 14:57:03
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This should be on the front page of every newspaper.

Charley Reese's Final column!

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

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.

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

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.
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


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 stayed home to raise the

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!!!


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  • Roger47 2013/01/14 20:44:39
    All of the above
    Politicians, and talk radio hosts who have created such a misinformed public that many voters vote for politicians based on beliefs that have no connection to reality. This has led to the election of a number of politicians for whom beliefs are more important than reality.

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  • TheR 2013/02/08 04:48:58
    My Opinion
    Clearly it has been The Oil Consortium which has driven and pushed us all into The Age of Decline.
  • Cantus_bird 2013/01/27 20:13:17
    None of the above
    Thank you for the article!
  • kudabux Cantus_... 2013/01/28 00:20:04
    You are welcome
  • aherbert 2013/01/16 19:25:18
    My Opinion
    I blame the GOP and the folks that put them into office ... the party of NO ideology are farfetched and screwing America!
  • kudabux aherbert 2013/01/16 20:09:08
    They certainly are!
  • James 2013/01/16 03:54:06
    My Opinion
  • Emanon 2013/01/15 21:12:25
    All of the above
    The people of the United States are responsible... it is ultimately their votes which place those in office with the ability to help or hurt the country but it all starts with them..
  • kudabux Emanon 2013/01/16 14:46:10
    It all starts with the voters, only because we believe their line of BS. Once they are in office, it doesn't take log for them to show their true colors
  • Emanon kudabux 2013/01/16 14:54:48
    Well i admit that I am neither a Dem or Republican, I wish dems were more like FDR, Kennedy, I wish Republicans were more like Eisenhower, Teddy Roosevelt.. or even Goldwater.. but those days are long gone.

    If I had my way, I would love for Bernie Sanders to be president... but a man who is neither a Dem or Republican, who is an admitted democratic socialist .. I do not see an independent winning
  • kudabux Emanon 2013/01/16 15:01:05
    Totally agree with all your statements. I love Bernie!
  • Emanon kudabux 2013/01/16 15:13:52
    He is my current favorite Senator.. if I could clone him a few hundred times and have them run congress this country would be better :P

    I tend to be split on most social issues I agree with dems, on guns I agree with sensible republicans, I do not think we need automatiic weapons or guns that can shoot 6000 rounds per minute... but i disagreed greatly with the new gun law passed in NY which now says a pistol can only have 7 bullets.. in most of the mass shootings, they are using semi auto weapons, not pistols...
  • kudabux Emanon 2013/01/16 15:52:18
    Agreed. But I am confused about 'semi automatic'. A semi automatic weapon is one that, in order to shoot the next bullet, one must release the trigger, then fire again. Pistols operate the same way, right? One does not have to cock the hammer; simply release the trigger and fire again. Isn't that the description of a semi automatic weapon? Just askin. I am not well versed in weaponry
  • Emanon kudabux 2013/01/16 18:17:30
    not exactly, an automatically weapon you can just hold the button down and it shoots, a semi auto weapon generally shoots in bursts like 3 bullets and then having to push the button again to shoot.. vsmost pistols where after each shot you must release trigger and press again

    most of the last few mass shootings used Semi Automatic AR[Assault Rifles]-15.. not pistols.. so I do not agree with them limiting pistol clip size any more
  • Mytstar ~PWCM~JLA 2013/01/15 15:51:28
    Can you spell politicians?
    Mytstar ~PWCM~JLA
    I know that we the people elect them... but the politicians once elected ... begin their own personal crusade and forget about the needs of the people
  • kudabux Mytstar... 2013/01/15 16:25:32
    Well said. Now we have to vote them out. But their replacements probably will be just as bad.
  • Mytstar... kudabux 2013/01/15 16:40:20
    Mytstar ~PWCM~JLA
    Thats the problem... hard to make a choice between a lying politician ... and a lying politician ...if they would take the money and the perks out of what the politicians get...it might help get some honest politicians that really care about the country and the people into office... but as long as there is huge financial gain to be made in working for the government ... the crooks and cons will contiune to thrive in office
  • Kurt 2013/01/15 15:19:37
    None of the above
    The democrats in office.
  • kudabux Kurt 2013/01/15 15:20:43
    You did not bother to read the article
  • GreyHeart 2013/01/15 09:32:36
    My Opinion
    we're not dealing with any issues that aren't inherent in the lives of any nation. though the world today is also dealing with the environmental issue
  • Radlad 2013/01/15 06:12:38
    My Opinion
    The so-called "free press" is a big reason. Since there IS no "FREE PRESS" in America any more just the communist er I mean liberal propaganda machine. The one I'm sure hitler would have been proud to have. However in truth the blame is squarely on "We the People". We are the ones that kept on re-electing these worthless pieces of excrement into office over and over again............
  • Denny Radlad 2013/01/15 07:14:33
  • kudabux Radlad 2013/01/15 14:43:38
    Hitler, again? sheesh
  • KarenInKenoshaWisconsin 2013/01/15 05:24:38 (edited)
    My Opinion
    Financialization involves putting leverage above all else until that can sabotage not just economic but political and other systems or climates. It's very divisive and we've all had a hand in it. It's been oncoming for decades and of course the one percent has been able to profit from it at record levels and do their various power grabs.

    Slowly, our banksters and marijuana prohibition (nearly a million people are jailed every year on marijuana charges alone) became predatory, cannibalistically raising money in ways that tear families from homes, cars, money, family, society, rights, and freedom. Slowly, there's a fine or fee at every turn, which is also cannibalistic, as it were.

    If the problem has a large cultural or psychological component to it, so does the solution. That doesn't mean we don't have to rethink political, education, economic and other systems and schools of thought. We do. But we also are facing a cultural paradigm shift.

    The present economic crisis is due to present and past people and decisions. It's bound to last about 17 years. It was oncoming since even before Reagan was in office. It's been oncoming whether we had a Democrat of Republican in office. The solutions will also be in the works for some time and will come from all corners, as it were.
  • I NEED A HORSE 2013/01/15 04:47:11
  • Robin 2013/01/15 04:47:02
    we are... the American people. Congratulations! Keep up the good work.
  • Radlad Robin 2013/01/15 06:16:11
    You don't sound "undecided" at all. And I agree with you...........
  • John Galt jr or Ron/jon 2013/01/15 04:45:46
    Can you spell politicians?
    John Galt jr or Ron/jon
  • marcuss....PHART 2013/01/15 03:56:59
    My Opinion
    Lets see we were 10.3 trillion in debt when 0WEbama and the progressives had total control of the government and today we are at this exact moment....$16,451,144,500,000 and rising by the second.

  • RicardoCabeza 2013/01/15 03:02:23
    My Opinion
    Woodrow Wilson.
  • Darnel 2013/01/15 02:43:51
    Can you spell politicians?
  • Flea 2013/01/15 01:18:52
    My Opinion
    Anywhere that humans are, there's bound to be human error. Unfortunately, when you got a bunch of human errors who are hell bent on keeping their money and their power base together up there on Capitol Hill, all you're gonna get is more errors until someone not profiting from the mess finally stands up and says "Enough is enough."
  • apaтнeтιc lycanтнrope 2013/01/15 00:40:33
    My Opinion
    apaтнeтιc lycanтнrope
    I very much agree with Keepin It Real. Congress who put themselves before what's best for the people and the people who don't pay any attention to reality. Promises aren't for crap if you can't keep them.
  • Max 2013/01/14 23:49:51
    Can you spell politicians?
    Plus, the voters that keep reelecting the same self-interested politicians over and over again.
  • Alex Goldsmith 2013/01/14 23:28:48
    Can you spell politicians?
    Alex Goldsmith
    corruption has obstructed healing
  • Frank 2013/01/14 23:28:05
    None of the above
    Greedy and corrupt politicians for a start, then add the press who loves to keep even the most minute controversy alive.........
  • Cliff 2013/01/14 23:21:10 (edited)
  • mich52 2013/01/14 23:03:27
  • Mr. Smith 2013/01/14 22:00:53
    My Opinion
    Mr. Smith
    "We The People" are ultimately responsible. We bitch and moan about politicians not doing their job, but most of us feel that OUR representatives are fine, that it's the "other guy's" politician who sucks. So we just keep reelecting the same criminals who perpetrate the same crimes against us, and then we sit back and wonder "who's responsible?" The answer is "WE" are, it's as simple as that!
  • kudabux Mr. Smith 2013/01/14 23:02:21
    Well, if you feel responsible, do something about it
  • Mr. Smith kudabux 2013/01/15 12:54:00
    Mr. Smith
    What makes you think I haven't?

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