Thursday, April 24, 2008

545 People Responsible for America's Woes

by Charley Reese with Epilogue by Bryan Malatesta

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

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was
created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty
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
have the gall of a SPEAKER, who stood up and criticized G.W. Bush ALONE 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 Democrats, not the president,
approve any budget they want. If the president vetoes it, they can pass it
his veto.

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, from an unfair tax code to defense overruns, that is not traceable
directly to those 545people.

When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545
people exercise power of the federal government, then it must follow that
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
want it in the red. If the Marines are in IRAQ,
it's because they want them in IRAQ.

There are no insoluble government problems. Do not let these545 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
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 exist
disembodied mystical forces like 'the economy,' 'inflation' or 'politics'
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.

Join the National
Grassroots movement to take our nation back from corporate elite and the
harlots who do their bidding in Congress! Demonstrate to them, 'Washington
You're Fired'
Join us at

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"Push the OTHER button this time and Kick Them ALL Out!"

"It's TIME for some REAL CHANGE- Kick
Them ALL Out in November!"

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