Integrity Matters Broadcasts
March 27, 2008
Another special friend forwarded the following thought-provoking essay to us, attributed to Charley Reese – which we believe to have been originally written 20+ years ago. With nations around the world facing significant economic challenges, it is not surprising that fear, uncertainty and doubt are precipitating a wide variety of responses. Some are constructive while others come across as blatant fear mongering!
As you may know, more than a few concerned citizens are recommending sending tea bags to Washington as a not-so-subtle reminder that taxation without representation runs counter to our values and tradition.
By way of reminder, the Boston Tea Party was a direct action protest by colonists in Boston, against the British government. On December 16, 1773, after officials in Boston refused to return three shiploads of taxed tea to Britain, a group of colonists boarded the ships and destroyed the tea by throwing it into Boston Harbor. The rest, as one says, is history.
My suggestion for those participating in the 2009 “tea bag” protest is to consider mailing the tea bag, but only after having used it to brew a drink. Remember Benjamin Franklin’s wisdom: “Waste not, want not.”
Now, back to the topic: looking carefully at those elected to represent us and guide us responsibly.
- by Charley 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, 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 [current] speaker of the House? Nancy Pelosi [but in previous administrations, it has been the head of the majority party]. [The Speaker] 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 can not 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, it's because they want them in IRAQ.
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!”
[This voting action recommendation by Mr. Reese – to find new blood to represent the people is not meant to suggest that we are advocating the support of any one political position or party. We all know there are competent and courageous people everywhere, and it is time that they become the majority in representing us; or we risk losing our proud heritage: the core values of the United States of America.]
* My comments and edits, inside the quotation marks, are in blue and in [brackets]
Charley Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper. Since just about everyone has a “perspective” – maybe even an ”axe to grind” – here is some information about Mr. Reese from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charley_Reese.
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James F. Bracher
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