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Charlie Reese
January 29, 1937 - May 21, 2013

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545 vs 315,000,000

By Charles Reese
Written March 31, 2011
He was a journalist for 49 years.


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 reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, 
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. 
315,000,000 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
315 million are directly,
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.
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
315 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,"
that prevent them from
doing what they take an oath to do.

 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
sad & 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 as a child that taxes are the rule!

Tax his work,
Tax his pay,
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,
Gross Receipts Tax,
Hunting License Tax,
Inheritance Tax,
Inventory Tax,
IRS Interest Charges on Tax,
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
or before (1913)
& our nation
 the most prosperous in the world.
absolutely no national debt,
 the largest middle class in the world,
and Mom
stayed home
 to raise the kids.

What in the heck happened?

2013 Marks the
100 years of taxes celebration
What will you be celebrating?

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