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  1. OLYHOOCH profile image61
    OLYHOOCHposted 5 years ago

    SO TRUE AND YET SO SAD !!!!!!!!   IS THIS WHAT WE WANTED ???????????

    A very interesting column.  COMPLETELY NEUTRAL

    Be sure to Read the Poem at the end.

    Charley Reese's final column for the Orlando Sentinel...

    He has been a journalist for 49 years.

    He is retiring and this is HIS LAST COLUMN.

    Be sure to read the Tax List at the end.

    This is about as clear and easy to understand as it can be. The article

    below is completely neutral, neither anti-republican or democrat.  Charlie

    Reese, a retired reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, has hit the nail

    directly on the head, defining clearly who it is that in the final

    analysis must assume responsibility for the judgments made that impact

    each one of us every day.  It's a short but good read.  Worth the time.

    Worth remembering!

          545 vs. 300,000,000 People - By Charlie Reese

    Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then

    campaign against them.

    Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are

    against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

    Have you ever wondered, 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 equates to 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? John

    Boehner. He is the leader of the majority party. He 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 the red.

    If the Army & Marines are in Iraq and Afghanistan it's because they want

    them in  Iraq and Afghanistan ...

    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.

    This might be funny if it weren't so true.

    Be sure to read all the way to the end:

                                   Tax his land,

                                   Tax his bed,

                                   Tax the table,

                                   At which he's fed.

                                   Tax his tractor,

                                   Tax his mule,

                                   Teach him taxes

                                   Are the rule.

                                   Tax his work,

                                   Tax his pay,

                                   He works for

                                   peanuts anyway!

                                   Tax his cow,

                                   Tax his goat,

                                   Tax his pants,

                                   Tax his coat.

                                   Tax his ties,

                                   Tax his shirt,

                                   Tax his work,

                                   Tax his dirt.

                                   Tax his tobacco,

                                   Tax his drink,

                                   Tax him if he

                                   Tries to think.

                                   Tax his cigars,

                                   Tax his beers,

                                   If he cries

                                   Tax his tears.

                                   Tax his car,

                                   Tax his gas,

                                   Find other ways

                                   To tax his ass.

                                   Tax all he has

                                   Then let him know

                                   That you won't be done

                                   Till he has no dough.

                                   When he screams and hollers;

                                   Then tax him some more,

                                   Tax him till

                                   He's good and sore.

                                   Then tax his coffin,

                                   Tax his grave,

                                   Tax the sod in

                                   Which he's laid...

                                   Put these words

                                   Upon his tomb,

                                   'Taxes drove me

                                   to my doom...'

                                   When he's gone,

                                   Do not relax,

                                   Its time to apply

                                   The inheritance tax.

                                   Accounts Receivable Tax

                                   Building Permit Tax

                                   CDL license Tax

                                   Cigarette Tax

                                   Corporate Income Tax

                                   Dog License Tax

                                   Excise Taxes

                                   Federal Income Tax

                                   Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)

                                   Fishing License Tax

                                   Food License Tax

                                   Fuel Permit Tax

    Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per


                                   Gross Receipts Tax

                                   Hunting License Tax

                                   Inheritance Tax

                                   Inventory Tax

    IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on

    top of tax)

                                   Liquor Tax

                                   Luxury Taxes

                                   Marriage License Tax

                                   Medicare Tax

                                   Personal Property Tax

                                   Property Tax

                                   Real Estate Tax

                                   Service Charge Tax

                                   Social Security Tax

                                   Road Usage Tax

                                   Recreational Vehicle Tax

                                   Sales Tax

                                   School Tax

                                   State Income Tax

                                   State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)

                                   Telephone Federal Excise Tax

    Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax

    Telephone Federal, State and Local

    Surcharge Taxes

    Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax

    Telephone Recurring and Nonrecurring

    Charges Tax

    Telephone    State   and Local Tax

                                   Telephone Usage Charge Tax

                                   Utility Taxes

                                   Vehicle License Registration Tax

                                   Vehicle Sales Tax

                                   Watercraft Registration Tax

                                   Well Permit Tax

                                   Workers Compensation Tax


    Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, & our nation was the most

    prosperous in the world.

    We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the

    world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.

    What in the heck happened?  Can you spell 'politicians?' 

    I hope this goes around THE USA at least 545 times!!!  YOU can help it get



  2. Mighty Mom profile image92
    Mighty Momposted 5 years ago

    Good read, Oly.
    They say we get the government we deserve.

  3. Moderndayslave profile image61
    Moderndayslaveposted 5 years ago

    The Truth hurts. I constantly wonder why we put up with this

    1. HattieMattieMae profile image70
      HattieMattieMaeposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Yeap we all create our own problems! Than complain about them! Isn't that something. As one of my professors also pointed out, is that we go complaining about stuff the the goverment , than we complain about restricitons, and new laws we don't like. People go lobbying, and fighting for stuff, and than find out afteward they don't like it that way either. We all play a part one way or another! We create it every day! Even on hubpages!

  4. dutchman1951 profile image60
    dutchman1951posted 5 years ago

    a person, finaly saying what is true....wow and a journalist too that answers to editors. Wow, and it is still correct after the edits!

    very interesting read I'd say. good job bringing it to discussion