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It’s not their fault, it’s everything else
In Feb. 4 Issue

We watched with great concern and interest last week as our President delivered the State of The Union Address.

Instead of feeling like we had just been informed on the condition of our great nation and presented with some plans for the future, we felt we had jus watched  a bunch of dressed up politicians at a political rally.

Maybe we expect too much from our leaders, but we would have expected this to be a serious joint session of our leadership. Not a political rally where democrats stand, clap and scream while the republicans sit and frown. Then a magical word appears and the republicans stand and clap and yell while the democrats sit and frown.

We may have missed it but we do not remember one time where it appeared anyone seated in that great and mighty building put the interest of this nation ahead of their political party.

It appears to us this nation is becoming more and more split by political interest when the national and taxpayers interest should be the major concern.

We were directed to an article this week written by journalist Charlie Reese. His article very interestingly pointed out the exact feelings we were experiencing.

Reese stated.....”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.

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.”

Reese concluded his article in the following manner and we must add we certainly agree.

.....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 em out of office and clean up their mess!”

What are your thoughts?

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