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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. This should be on the front page of every newspaper.

-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. [The House has passed a
budget but the Senate has not approved a budget in over three years. The
President’s proposed budgets have gotten almost unanimous rejections in the
Senate in that time.]

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;

It’s 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 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

STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY?

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!!!

 

This should be on the front page of every newspaper.  

 

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.

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