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Taxed to the Max

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by W.P.T., Jul 14, 2011.

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  1. W.P.T.

    W.P.T. TS Member

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    Charley Reese's Final column!

    A very interesting column.. COMPLETELY NEUTRAL
    Be sure to Read the Poem at the end.

    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 now? 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


    STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY?
    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!!!

    GO AHEAD. . . BE AN AMERICAN!!!
     
  2. Hal1225

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    "You and I don't control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does". Well this private, never audited, Federal Reserve Bank has been stealing citizen money since 1913 and it's about time it was shut down. There is no reason to let the scumbags controlling it charge interest to the government on the governments own money so they can live like Kings and Queens while people can't pay a mortgage, have a job or send kids to college, but they can. Not only are they living large but they think they earn it. Try doing push ups on the hot tar at Fort Dix like I had to at this time of year. American Blood is very cheap to them! Send Greenspan, Bernacke and Geithner to Iraq and Afghanistan then stop paying interest on their pay. There is no National Debt and no Debt Ceiling, Congress can eliminate it anytime they choose to! Who printed all the money so Warren Buffet, Bill Gates and Soros could hoard $50 billion each. We need term limits, interest free mortgages for young families to raise a family, a Buy American culture, work for welfare requirements, automatic health insurance, automatic car insurance upon registration and a one year time limit on insurance companies to pay up when injured and not your fault, not 4-5 years standard court time. No automatic citizenship if born here when parents are not citizens here to begin with. If Parents from Poland while you are born here then you are a citizen of Poland not the USA. Same for Mexicans or any other nationality. No more Illegal people here without consequences! On and on and on.

    Harry
     
  3. drh08

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    The article plays the "You are a victim" speech and it's not you fault. The politicians are representatives of the people, voted in by the people. We are all responsible, and it's all our responsibility.
     
  4. W.P.T.

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    Politicians should be made to carry out the promises that they throw around while getting elected and forget about once they do ... You know a Politician is telling a lie if his or her lips are moving ... There is no honor amoung any or all of them ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
  5. Leo

    Leo Well-Known Member

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    As much as Ido not like the Federal reserve system, the alternative is to allow the socialists, ---opps, I mean democrats, control the currancy value directly. I can tell you how that will end up, you'll save up a million dollars, they will make run away inflation (remember the carter years?) and that million dollars will not buy a single kids meal at mcdonalds. There will be no change in the system unless the politicians have to live by the same rules as every citzen in the country. Since that will not happen, the other change will be the conplete break down of our economics, which will be directly followed by the complete breakdown of society. In total anarchy, you will live only as long as you can keep over powering every attacker who comes your way and your stash of food and water holds out. Only GOD can straighten this mess out, and since it appears that the great NEA taught society only wants to tick off any moral diety, we are pretty much sunk.
     
  6. Hal1225

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    I don't know what the alternative TO THE PRIVATELY, SECRETLY OWNED FEDERAL RESERVE BANK would or should be, we all know what the current system did and it needs correcting big time! A little honesty and opening of the real books for starters couldn't hurt. Who knows how much money is sent to Israel each year out of this bank? I know they never sent me a fat check.

    Harry
     
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