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Jan 11, 2021
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 (a non-governmental entity) 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 illegally accept it 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 now ? She and fellow House members and the Senate 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 330 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!
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 a redundant tax on that
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

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
, if agreed, 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!!!



Well Charley, we now know elections are fixed.
May I kindly add to your important remark: SORRY THIS IS A RATHER LONG ONE BUT WORTH THE READ:


The Articles of Confederation , the first real American Federation Contract between/of the Sovereign States, was never give a chance to develop after the American Revolution:
READ, Patrick Henry, the ANTI-FEDERALIST PAPERS: HE CLEARLY WARNED ABOUT THE SOURCE OF ALL OUR GOVERNMENTAL PROBLEMS AND DILEMMAS TODAY: the original Articles of Confederation was drawn up by citizens WHO FOUGHT and bled in the colonial war of independence from KING George.

THEN, BECAUSE OF THE INFLUENCE OF MONEY AND POWER, OF Georgie and and the gang, AND Bennie and the gang, Alexander et al , Masons and Aristocratic slave owners like Alexander Hamilton and his Father, included, ditched THE Articles of Confederation, for the revised LAWYER REWRITTEN Constitution,

THE REASON IS: because they wanted to lawyers make more money on slaves and commodities, and to make a big splash with the European powers, where they were traveling back and forth and partying and doing deals, and especially, not look like BACKWARD AMERICAN yokels with no money, and lacking standing impressive standing armys,
like the Aristocrats and Kings in Europe,

PATRICK HENRY SAID in the anti-federalist papers (please read) public articles, NO WAY ! this is not what we fought and bled for and we real fighters, oppose this new revised constitution , THEY IGNORED HIM AND DERIDED HIM, THAT IS NOW (in effect today) because it WAS drawn up by Corrupt lawyers like Alexander Hamilton et al.

PATRICK HENRY went before many and pleaded for more time, to give the Articles of Confederation Government, a chance to mature and work out it's problems, between the 13 SOVEREIGN STATES, and NOT to bargain our hard won rights away to degenerate Europeans and turncoat American Lawyers, and Aristocrat wanabees, and to force the pioneer and working population to accept the new revised CORRUPT, LAWYER CREATED, CONSTITUTION FOR/OF THE UNITED STATES by the farce of 'enacting into law' that the common folk never even went to BALLOT FOR !! . Don't take my word for it, check it out..

THAT IS WHY IT IS REALLY, Very clear how we got into this mess 240 year later.. Fool me once, shame on you...
But fool me twice, shame on Me ! thank you for reading

Jazon Panther. Ph.D.

Well-known Member
Jan 13, 2021
Atlantis & the Endless Isles

The question people were asking years ago was: How to make the GOP conservative. My answer: I will tell you why our leadership will not be conservative. It is because they are rich. Rich people are not naturally liberal, that is to say generous, quite the contrary, but they are naturally liberals. It is only a rare thing to meet a rich person who is truly conservative.

If so, they are fiscally conservative rather than socially conservative, because they don't want other people spending their money. Since poor people, no matter how qualified in other respects, cannot win national office in America, as it takes millions of dollars to even win, that means we will never have a conservative GOP. It can't happen. If we are ever to have conservatives in power we will have to find a way to get poor people elected. Unless you have a major brain surge I don't expect that to happen. Jazon.

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