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08-13-2008 11:04 AM
tiny terror Thanks Rich. I can't seem to find when the article was written, but Lebanon was replaced with Iraq at some point to make it current.

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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 Lebanon, it's because they want them in Lebanon.
When were we in Lebanon, late 70s early 80s? Scary that it still rings true.
08-13-2008 10:49 AM
richp
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Originally Posted by tiny terror View Post
The piece was written by Charley Reese. People, please quote text that you copy and paste from other sources.
Thank you, I did not know who wrote it and will credit it from now on.
08-13-2008 10:48 AM
MOz Busted...

Good stuff though.
08-13-2008 10:44 AM
tiny terror The piece was written by Charley Reese. People, please quote text that you copy and paste from other sources.
08-13-2008 10:39 AM
richp
545 people

Written by Charlie Reese:
"Worthy of your time and attention regardless of your Party

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, WHY do we have deficits?

Have you ever wondered why, 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 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!"

Added by me.

If you want social security fixed, remove the current retirement program all those officials have, social security would be fixed in record time.
If you want health care fixed, remove the current rolls royce policy all those officials now have FOR LIFE and the health care system would also be fixed in short order.
Keep a copy in your pocket and every time you hear of a 'new' Crisis in government take it out and read it.
When somebody starts knocking republicans vs democrats or democrats vs republicans hand them a copy and read it together out loud.

We need to find 545 people who don't want to be elected to office, would horse whip anyone trying to bribe them and believe in the constitution and bill of rights the way it's written without any lawyers twisting of words and elect them anyway whether they like it or not.
This also applies to state and local governments too, just different numbers of 'elected officials'

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