Who is to blame?

I had this forwarded to me today and thought it worth sharing.  Apologies for already breaking the rule about using the words democrat and republican but they are at least used in completely neutral terms.  I don’t agree with everything he said (see my comments at the bottom) but it is definitely worth a read.

I’ve said a thousand times the most important thing we need in our political system is a “None of the above” option on every ballot.

This should be on the front page of every newspaper.

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? 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.

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.

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 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!!!


  1. lstomsl said:

    Definitely agree that government has been hijacked and no longer serves the needs of the people. I also agree that both parties share some responsibility although not in equal portions. Government has been bought by and serves the needs of entrenched power, the 1%. It works against the rest of us.

    While it is true that ultimately, we the people are responsibility for who we elect, we can only vote for the choices that are given to us. I say we need a “None of the above” option on every ballot which would force a new election with new candidates but Nevada had that last year and nobody voted for it. The entrenched power has so successfully divided us as a nation that we are so afraid of the other party winning that we suck it up, hold our collective noses, and pull the lever for the one that stinks the least. It will take a grass-roots effort of people working together to overthrow entrenched power but that won’t happen as long as half of the country hates the other half. Entrenched power understands this very well and use it against us.

    I disagree, however, that high taxes are the primary problem. Lets look at the facts. Taxes have been going down in America for 30 years (although there does seem to be an increase in fees). In fact taxes are lower in America today than they have been in several decades (unless you make more than 400,000 a year). Taxes in America are also very low compared to most developed countries. But have conditions in America improved? Wages for everybody but the top few percent (that entrenched power who have hi-jacked our government) have decreased. The supreme court has decided that money is the same as free speech which has dangerously eroded our democracy. Our roads are worse, more people are without health care, our kids get dumber by the day, houses are foreclosed on, good paying jobs are outsourced and replaced with minimum wage jobs that don’t pay a living wage. parks are being closed, many, many more people are in jail. All this has occurred over the time when taxes have been declining, although in truth many good things have occurred as well.

    I am not arguing that the answer is more taxes although I think that on some level we need to find a way to pay for what has already been spent. What has changed is not that taxes have gone up, what has fundamentally changed is what we get for our tax dollars. What is different about America relative to other countries is what we get for our tax dollars. Military spending has become a larger and larger part of the budget largely because so much of it has not been paid for and interest on the debt increases exponentially. Where we used to get roads, and parks, for our tax dollars we now get nuclear submarines to “defend” against people who attacked us with box-cutters. Where other countries get education, health care, maternity leave, and 10 weeks of vacation every year we spend 1.4 million dollars on a single cruise missile to blow up an empty tent in the desert. We are declining because we have decreased revenue and spend more than we earn on stupid unnecessary frills that provide very little benefit for anyone other than the entrenched power that controls the government who votes for the things that benefit themselves and harm everyone else. That is our problem in my opinion.

  2. This was originally written by Charlie Reese in the 80’s. Though much of it still remains true today, it was updated in 2008 with a a few new names and re-released including things not written by him in his original column.

    • lstomsl said:

      Well that would explain his focus on taxes. I would agree that taxes were likely too high and an burden at that time. Thanks for the insight! What is truly sad is that one can read something from thirty years ago without seeing that much has changed for the better.

  3. lstomsl said:

    According to snopes http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/reese.asp they simply replaced Tip O’neill with Nancy Pelosi and UN Missions with Iraq and nobody could tell it wasn’t written yesterday.

    Muhammed Ali said that anyone who thinks the same at the age of 50 that they do at the age of 20 has wasted thirty years of his life. How sad for us…..

    • It is a shame that Ali has been silenced for so many years with Parkinson’s, because his comments would have been interesting to hear on many issues that have gone by, or are still coming.

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