545 vs. 300,000,000 People…… This guy hit the nail on the head!!!

        Charley Reese’s Final column!

         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 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 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 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 stayed home to raise the kids.

        What in the heck happened? Can you spell ‘politicians?’ I hope this gets passed around and shared! 

THE USA at least 545 times!!! YOU can help it get there!!!

         GO AHEAD. . . BE AN AMERICAN!!!

h/t to Deonia Copeland

About Ask Marion

I am a babyboomer and empty nester who savors every moment of my past and believes that it is the responsibility of each of us in my generation and Americans in general to make sure that America is as good or even a better place for future generations as it was for us. So far... we haven't done very well!! Favorite Quotes: "The first 50 years are to build and acquire; the second 50 are to leave your legacy"; "Do something that scares you every day!"; "The journey in between what you once were and who you are becoming is where the dance of life really takes place". At age 62 I find myself fighting inoperable uterine Cancer and thanks to the man upstairs and the prayers from so many people including many of my readers from AskMarion and JustOneMorePet... I'm beating it. After losing our business because of the economy and factors related to the re-election of President Obama in 2012 followed by 16-mos of job hunting, my architect-trained husband is working as a trucker and has only been home approximately 5-days a month since I was diagnosed, which has made everything more difficult and often lonely... plus funds are tight. Our family medical deductible is 12K per year for two of us; thank you ObamaCare. But thanks to donations from so many of you, we are making ends meet as I go through treatment while taking care of my father-in-law who is suffering from late stage Alzheimer's and my mother-in-law who suffers from RA and onset dementia as well as hearing loss, for which there are no caretaker funds, as I continue the fight here online to inform and help restore our amazing country. And finally I need to thank a core group of family, friends, and readers... all at a distance, who check in with me regularly. Plus, I must thank my furkids who have not left my side through this fight. You can see them at JustOneMorePet.
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