We are being had

Congress

We are being had.  For months we’ve been told by the Politicians that are power hungry, by the Fed who needs to appear as if they “understand” the problem, by the last two Presidents who think bailouts are the solution, and by the media that the sky is falling and that “drastic” and “urgent” action is always necessary to avoid sheer calamity blah blah blah…. 

Banks that did not want bail out money were apparently forced to take “bailout” money even though there was no bailout needed in many cases.  Now some banks that want to return the money are also apparently told that it will not be accepted.  Enough already.  

This has nothing to do with the economy and everything to do with forcing social policy change from Washington on down.  Here is a thoughtful letter circulating on the web written by Charlie Reese.  Read it an share this with everyone you know.

545 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 m
onetary
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 are 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.

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