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This sums up nicely how I've come to view this countries problems and the only real solution, I wish I wrote it because I've long thought it.

By Charlie Reese

[Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando
Sentinel Newspaper]

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

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

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

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
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

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.

They vote their own pay raises for themselves because they
want it that way.

There are no unsolvable 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

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I agree we need term limits to help avoid corruption of the system.
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