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posted on Jul, 21 2008 @ 10:37 AM

By Charlie Reese

Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them..

Have you ever wondered why, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, we have deficits?

Have you ever wondered why, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, 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 & nbsp; 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 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 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..

What you do with this article now that you have read it is up to you..

1) You can send this to everyone in your address book, and hope they do something about it..
2) You can agree to vote against everyone that is currently in office, knowing that the process will take several years..
3) You can decide to run for office yourself and agree to do the job properly..
4) Lastly, you can sit back and do nothing, or re-elect the current bunch.

[Mod edit for ex tags and link to source]

[edit on 7/21/2008 by yeahright]

posted on Jul, 21 2008 @ 03:54 PM
Thanks for posting it.
Sorry having editing problems.

[edit on 7/21/2008 by Blaine91555]

[edit on 7/21/2008 by Blaine91555]

posted on Jul, 21 2008 @ 05:11 PM
If you are the original author, you let your anominity slip a bit
But a very well written opinion. If not, I would suggest throwing that in quote tags and hope the mods leave the excessive quote slide on this one as the entirety should be read in full context.

It is my opinion that politicians need a strong reminder that they are they for a specific job. And that job is to reflect and represent their people in the home district. I tire of hearing a politician staating that a vote on an issue was against his/her beliefs and they could not vote for the measure. I don't care what the individual's opinion is, they are to vote in accordence of the people's wishes and in their best interest...anything else is a breach of contract and grounds for immediate recall and removal from elected office.

Too bad we can not seem to have people with standards and a total understanding of what their role is in the civic duty. That alone would end the majority of graft and corruption right there.

It is unfortunate that I do not "qualify" to be elected president...there would be some real changes to "business as usual" for sure. It is neither age nor any listed qualification that I lack...just the multi-millions needed to run.

posted on Jul, 21 2008 @ 05:22 PM
yeah, ummmmmm

out of the 545 do you think at least one of them could have been extraterrestrial or something cause this had nothing to do with the board.

scramjet76 any comments?

i too am sick of old fashion coloniel sanders guys making up our problems and trying to fix them..

the truth about the powers that be are never going to come forward or CHANGE, only die. heck you can bet that ufo's are easier to catch on film that one of these greedy oil driven reptiles, if you do catch one of these guys on film dont post it here, its most likely going to be debunked as CGI

posted on Jul, 21 2008 @ 05:31 PM
Why is this in the UFO and Alien section?

posted on Jul, 21 2008 @ 05:42 PM
Good topic. Wrong forum. Sorry. Thanks for playing.

posted on Jul, 22 2008 @ 09:05 PM
I wouldnt say all 500 something of those people are responsible. What about the people that voted them in? Now we are talkin no conspiracies here, wouldnt that make you and i responsible for everything? We the people vote them in based on thier beliefs and the way we think they will vote on certain issues. So really, arnt we just as much to blame? Just a thought since i see alot of "calling people out and blaming them here on ATS".

EDIT: What i said is referring to the person writing the article, not the OP.

[edit on 22-7-2008 by willytee]

posted on Jul, 22 2008 @ 09:17 PM
don't wait to vote them out. fire all their asses NOW. every last one of em (did we include SCOTUS? i forget.) and bar them from EVER holding office again and let this federal goverment get back to what it was intended to be. term corruptable professional politicians. sure we'll lose a handful of good ones, but that's the breaks. i bet we wouldn't miss a beat.

posted on Jul, 23 2008 @ 12:49 PM
Here's a great example of how these scumbags serve the people.

posted on Jul, 23 2008 @ 03:22 PM
reply to post by Truther

I strongly believe its the majority of Americans who are responsible for the mess we have today. We the People voted them in because as a whole Americans are totally ignorant to what their government actually does after they offer their empty promises. We the People allowed them year after year, decade after decade to increase our public debt, increase government spending, and decrease the consequences of their actions. What we have today is an absolute shame, and it was caused by absolute ignorance and carelessness by your average American over decades.

We the people have firmly believed in a Republic all along, but forgotten about the idea of Democracy where every citizen is to do actual work and research to keep their leaders in check. We are supposed to be the supervisors of government, but we abandoned that role long ago. The vast majority of Americans do no real research into choosing their representatives and have no clue at all how they are actually voting and managing their job when in office. Hopefully we will soon return to that role!

[edit on 23-7-2008 by truthquest]

posted on Oct, 16 2011 @ 09:20 PM
Thought I would add a comment and revive this old post as it seems very pertinent today with the “Occupy the Planet” (wall street) protests. Congrats to all those who made it out to the protest nearest them. Change can be made we just have to take back control of government by limiting political corporate and personal contributions and disallow insider trading practices by those in power. Most countries prohibit politicians from monetary gain from their positions of power. Do not re-elect incumbents if they are not working for you!
Good luck

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