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Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by Chango2, Aug 30, 2009.

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  1. Chango2

    Chango2 Active Member

    Nov 12, 2007
    545 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? Nancy Pelosi.. She is the leader of the majority party. She 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!

    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 darned 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
    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 T ax
    Social Security Tax
    Road Usage Tax
    Sales Tax
    Recreational Vehicle Tax
    School Tax
    State Income Tax
    State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
    Telephone Federal Excise Tax
    Telephone Federal Universal Ser vice FeeTax
    Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
    Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge=2 0Tax
    Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring 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

    STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY? Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, and 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 hell happened? Can you spell 'politicians?'
    And I still have to 'press 1' for English!?
  2. recurvyarcher

    recurvyarcher Well-Known Member

    Apr 26, 2006
    If I had the time, I think I would like to go back and see under what circumstances each these taxes were proposed and implemented. Seems we have been asleep at the wheel as citizens.
  3. crusha

    crusha TS Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Look where "Intelligence, experience, and dedication" in our leaders have gotten us.

    I'd rather have the first 545 names out of the Pittsburgh phone book, any day.
  4. shot410ga

    shot410ga Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    What if a Lottery was held. Everyones name (all adult Americans) goes in the pot, and 545 are drawn out. They each serve for two years then another drawing is held. I wonder what we would get out of these unknowns? Better than we've got or worse?
  5. pdq

    pdq Member

    Aug 24, 2006
    Wish I'd know about this a week ago.

    last Friday I carried 18 newborn snapping turtles from my front yard where they were hatching to the woods behind my house. If I'd known, I would have sent them to DC.

    They would have fit right in.

  6. Bruce Specht

    Bruce Specht Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Near but not in chicago
    We are either going to have to take back our country or be drons that can't or won't think
  7. Andy44

    Andy44 Active Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Kinda makes your blood boil, doesn't it? And YES! We need a revolution!!!

    AndyH :-[
  8. otnot

    otnot Active Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    The only way we the people are going to clean up this mess is to start a grassroots movement and vote out all and any incumbent that currently holds a seat of government. Then continue to do so until we remove all the professional politicians from the system. Maybe then they will realize they are servants to the people not the special intrest groups.
  9. mizzou

    mizzou TS Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Andy: Are you a treasonist or just a traitor? Why not work with our 200 year old system brought by our forefathers..If you are unhappy with the present, you and others that believe as you do can vote to change..Last time I checked, the majority gets to rule until voted out. So things get a little tough for you and you are ready to REVOLT!! How unamerican..We need a revolution you say..I say use the system that so many fought for and died for...But hey, that's just me...and two or three hundred million others that love this country and its constitution..Mizzou
  10. Andy44

    Andy44 Active Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Kindly remove your head from.......forget it. Too late for you! What do you think our "politicians have been doing with our "200 year old system"? They have been using, and abusing, it and NO ONE has done ANYTHING except give lip service! IMHO there is not one person, or group, that can start a "grassroots movement" to effect any change of significance. If we are to effect a change, then let's do something to get ALL the politicians out of office! Again, JMHO!!! And no one can change that!

    AndyH :-|
  11. shot410ga

    shot410ga Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Term limits, age limits, and they must have the same insurance and social securty plan as everyone else. No lifetime payout for serving 2-6 years. That is a real scam.
  12. halfmile

    halfmile Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Green Bay Wisconsin
    Don't forget tort reform(they REALLY) hate that one.

    The people don't seem to mind broken promises these days. Remember how we were going to have a good period of time to examine all new legislation? Boy did that one ever go out the window in a hurry.

    How about getting rid of the lobby money? Yeah, like listening to a heroin addict.

    And Reverend Wright.

    First "well, I didn't hear any of that"

    Then, "well, I heard it but didn't pay any attention"

    Then, "Well, he's kind of like a crazy old uncle in the family"

    How can you tell Obama is lying?

    Watch his lips.

  13. JimmyP

    JimmyP TS Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    I also believe what they vote in for us should be good enough for them also. No special privileges. The fact finding missions to all the exotic places should be shut down. If their spouses go along they have to pay that % of the total bill. Make lobbying a felony offense. If you keep the money out you will have a better governing body.

  14. Bisi

    Bisi TS Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Buzzy, the Pittsburgh phone directory??? I'm sure they would do a far better job than the current clowns running things, but Pittsburgh?? If we are wishing I would wish for the Peoria directory to be used.
  15. stokinpls

    stokinpls Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Genius at Work. Again.

    "Obama Gives $2.7B in Tax Breaks to British Rum Co.

    Tuesday, September 1, 2009 2:52 PM

    By: Jim Meyers Article Font Size

    It's enough to drive taxpayers to drink — billions of U.S. tax dollars are being earmarked for the giant British liquor producer that makes Captain Morgan rum.

    Under an agreement, London-based Diageo PLC — the world's biggest distilled spirits maker — will receive tax credits and other benefits worth $2.7 billion over 30 years, including $165 million to build a distillery on the island of St. Croix in the Virgin Islands, a U.S. territory.

    "The U.S. taxpayer is basically being asked to line the pockets of the world's largest liquor producer," Steve Ellis, vice president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, told the Chicago Tribune.

    A special tax is collected on every bottle of rum sold in the U.S. — about $470 million a year. Most of the money is given to the governments of rum-producing U.S. territories in the Caribbean to help the local economies.

    The Virgin Islands government will finance the new distillery by issuing bonds that will be paid off with future rum tax dollars.

    Captain Morgan is currently produced in Puerto Rico, also a U.S. territory, and officials there say as many as 300 workers making Captain Morgan will lose their jobs if Diageo moves its operations to St. Croix, according to the Tribune.

    Virgin Islands officials say the move will bring up to 70 jobs to St. Croix.

    "It's insulting that the money we give is essentially paying for a foreign corporation to move from one U.S. location to another, while cutting jobs," said Ellis.

    Bacardi, another huge rum producer, still has a large operation in Puerto Rico.

    © 2009 Newsmax. All rights reserved."
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