PEOPLE vs 300,000,000
By Charlie Reese
Politicians are the only people
in the world who create problems
and then campaign
Have you ever wondered,
if both the Democrats
and the Republicans are against deficits,
do we have deficits?
Have you ever wondered,
if all the politicians
are against inflation and high taxes,
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
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
One hundred Senators, 435 Congressmen, one President, and nine
Supreme Court Justices
human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally,
morally, are 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 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
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
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.