In Aug. 15 IssueRussell County News
Now for 545 versus 300,000,000… Oh, here I go again using what someone else has written.
I guess I’m just an old copycat, but I’m sorry my anonymous critic, I like what this guy has to say?
Charley Reese has been a journalist for 49 years and a former columnist for the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper. Here’s what he wroteŚ
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. 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? 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 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, 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!
If you have been watching the Fox News Channel instead of Ellen, Oprah and the major networks, you are aware that the American people, Democrats, Republicans and Independents are starting to speak out. Of course the Democrats are accusing the Republicans of organizing these outcries at the town hall meetings being held across the country and the Republicans are whining about the President not producing his original birth certificate, as if it matters now! Fortunately the people are feed up and not listening to either party. It looks like a large percent of average Americans are starting to realize that our country is broke and we will never be able to pay back the debt that the President is foolishly spending or has approval to spend. An excellent example is the “Cash for Clunkers” program. What a joke! Three of the top five selling new cars are Toyota’s! I thought that this program was intended to help GM & Chrysler? They also suspect that there may be fraud going on with the “Clunkers” being sold overseas. Ya think!
Remember, September 12th is the next “Tea Party” in Somerset, downtown on the square at noon, EDT. You may e-mail Matt Withrow at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 606-451-1500. You may also show your support to help for advertising my sending a buck or two to 68 Kala’s Lane, Somerset, KY 42503. Checks can be made out to Somerset Tea Party. Matt deserves our support!
May God bless America!