I came across today, through Twitter, if you can imagine, an article simply titled “545 people vs 300,000,000″ – Huh, I thought. I read it, realizing it wasn’t even the original article. Did some digging and came across the truth that the original had been WRITTEN in 1985 by Charley Reese and first published by Orlando Sentinel Star newspaper in 1995 – W.T.F.
I am going to quote the full text here myself, it is WELL worth the read by any American, regardless of political affiliations.
“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? 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 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!
I’m not going to sit here and type out what I believe we should do to fix the problem, I am not going to get on a high horse and start shouting at the top of my lungs that I have the absolute answer – I don’t. What I do have, however, is the simple ability to read the above quoted words and realize they are true without going any deeper into specific issues.
Do I really need to start talking about how much I hate that our troops are in Iraq, getting killed for something I don’t believe in? No, for that leads to serving our country, blaming of the past President of the United States, big oil, etc ad nauseam. What’s that have to do with those 545 people misrepresenting my best interests?
Do I need to whine about how the Social Security Tax I am paying with my hard work, isn’t going to be around when it’s my time to collect it? No, for that leads to the defensive talks of having to help our elderly, disabled or otherwise entitled people of age survive while unemployed. Personally, that’s what they call a SAVINGs account and oh, I’m a big fan of Soylent Green.
We need not discuss any of that distracting nonsense. We should not blind ourselves and clutter the field with items that are irrelevant to the above quoted truths on the 545 people who should be serving their country but by all appearances, are only serving themselves, their careers, their interests and agendas, etc ad nauseam. They want us, the American people, to focus on the specific issues so we forget the larger truth. They want you to zoom in on the minor cracks in the foundation, the ones that will take years and years to do real harm, while completely ignoring the rotting, termite infested regions that are causing the cracks to begin with.
545 people are acting like that brown-nosing co-worker who always blames other employees. Shirking away from responsibility.
545 people are saying they stand for Truth, Justice and Liberty….while blatantly taking a piss all over the words. Hypocritical.
545 people know exactly what the left AND right hands are doing, but choose to ignore them. For if one hand isn’t help them, it’s helping someone who can help them! Selfish.
545 people only speak out against those hands, when they aren’t doing anything for them. They only speak up when it seems to make them look good. Manipulative.
545 people are spending taxpayer money that we already don’t have and saying they will lower taxes. Lying.
545 people are making every single United States citizen a chump. 545 people are being copied and mirrored.
Sure, we all need to better ourselves but when these 545 people make the decision to be in their positions, they have to rise above the blame game and take responsibility for their actions and live with the consequences; maybe next time they will learn. When these 545 people say they stand for and believe in something, they need to make their votes, the ONLY actions that matter from them, represent their words. When these 545 people see one hand being naughty, they need to make sure it gets slapped and punished accordingly, even if it means taking a little heat or getting nothing in return themselves; maybe next time they will learn. When these 545 people open their mouths to speak, the words that come out should make sense, for they should be common sense, the words of the people, for the people they serve. And when these 545 people say they want to stop spending, they need to simply stop spending; yeah, it’s not that easy but they know this – so why continue to make the claim when these people know they cannot make good on their promise?
So this 1 citizen is asking why these 545 people seem to have the same qualities and attributes that he normally sees in other every day average citizens, even himself sadly at times and he is asking himself, can we do better?