Saturday, February 1, 2014

Those Elected Are Responsible

Charley Reese (January 29, 1937 - May 21, 2013) was an American syndicated columnist known for his conservative views.[1] He was associated with the Orlando Sentinel from 1971 to 2001, both as a writer and in various editorial capacities. King Features Syndicate distributed his column, which was published three times per week.

This is his last column

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
                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!

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