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Jordan Harvey

Aug 19, 2012, 7:17:08 AM8/19/12
Is this over simplified? Yes, it is.

Is it still true so far as we as a people, as a nation, do not stand together in saying it's not right? Perhaps. Judge for yourself, and please forward this if you feel anything similar to what I feel: frustration with administration that does not work, anger that our great country is so deep in the economic hole, fear that our nation once great may fall prey to foreign powers.

Bless you for simply reading and thinking. Bless you if you forward this. Bless you if you simply decide to think for yourself and continue living as you always have, for as long as you can.

Sent: Saturday, August 18, 2012 8:40:35 PM


         This  should be on the front page of every newspaper.
Charley Reese's Final  column!
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 toaccept 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 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 gallon)
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
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  there!!!

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