First published March of 1995, Charley Reese wrote a similar version in 1983. A potent article on our government.
THE 545 PEOPLE
RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL
OF AMERICA’S WOES
BY CHARLEY REESE
Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.
Have you ever wondered why, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, we have deficits? Have you ever wondered why, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, 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 235 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 but 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 legislation’s responsibility to determine how he votes.
A CONFIDENCE CONSPIRACY
Don’t you see how the con game that is played on the people by the politicians? 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 Tip O’Neill, who stood up and criticized Ronald Reagan 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 appropriations and taxes.
O’neill is the speaker of the House. He is the leader of the majority party. He and his fellow Democrats, not the president, can approve any budget they want. If the president vetos it, they can pass it over his veto.
It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 235 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted — by present facts – of incompetence and irresponsibility.
I can’t think of a single domestic problem, from an unfair tax code to defense overruns, that is not traceable directly to those 545 people.
When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise 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 Marines are in Lebanon, it’s because they want them in Lebanon.
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 it.
Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exist 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 they have the gumption to manage their own employees.
This article was taken from the Orlando Sentinel Star newspaper
In September 2010, the DOJ issued guidelines for “recreational facilities,” including a new rule that all public access swimming pools must provide a lift capable of moving disabled patrons from their wheelchairs into the water.
Compliance with the rule requires pool owners to have a lift for each “water element” in their facility. So if your local community pool also has a spa, both the spa and the pool must be “accessible.” But if you have two spas, don’t worry, only one lift is required.
But then industry leaders began hearing rumors last year that Obama’s DOJ would require permanently fixed lifts for each pool and spa. They began to write letters to DOJ asking for clarification on the issue.
On Jan. 31 of this year, DOJ granted the industry’s call for a clarification: But it was not the answer they wanted. All 300,000 public pools in the United States must install a permanent fixed lift. The deadline for compliance is tomorrow, March 15. Call it “Poolmageddon.”
This is another example of federal overreach.
I support the intent of the American for Disability Act to provide equal access to buildings, restrooms, parking, and other public common areas but this is going too far. When the federal government is in the business of ensuring that disabled Americans can access every public and private swimming pool used by the public-at-large across the United States then that government is excessive and intrusive.
I don’t know if there is a way to craft a law that says equal access does not apply to all swimming pools but assuredly there must be a way to prevent the DOJ from issuing rulings like this about privately owned pools provided for guests. Equal access to community pools is reasonable. Hotel pools and spas is not.
This ‘outsourcing’ of congressional lawmaking to Executive Branch agencies troubles me. Group-think sets in and terrible laws are crafted without understanding the consequences and without congressional approval. There must be a way to rein in these egregious rules.
How do we do that?
The video below is explains in just a few minutes why the US budget cannot be balanced. You will never have a better explanation than this one.
You should be afraid that the two parties that got us into this mess will not get us out. Then you should vote like your life depends upon it. It does.
There is a lot happening at the Nevada Republican Convention right now.
If you ever need proof that education does not equal wisdom look no farther than the Department of the Treasury, the Congress, and the President of the United States. Educated at the finest colleges in America, some of these people trace their government service decades into the past. Reared in privilege, surrounded by brilliant and accomplished families, and with access to all the knowledge in America, the leaders in all three areas have failed to manage the government’s household and its bank account in a responsible manner. If the National Treasury were a blind trust, those managers would be charged with crimes by the trust owners. That’s us… and we should think about that.
When it comes to big government and low taxes, David M. Walker, former comptroller general of the United States said, “That historical trend has left us with a big government that is constantly at war with a philosophy of personal responsibility and individual liberty that demands a limited government. We have created big-government programs, but we try to finance them with small-government taxes. That spells deficits and debt, and if we don’t reconcile these conflicting views of government, it will spell insolvency for the government and a worse life for many Americans. We have to balance our ideas about what government can do with our recognition of what it should do and what we are willing to pay for.”
America borrows about 40 cents of every dollar that it spends. The American government has a spending problem. There are two kinds of spending: Mandatory and Discretionary. Within the Mandatory category, 71% of government spending is for Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Each was established for the noble purpose of reducing the misery of people. Within the Discretionary category, the Defense Department accounts for 51% of the spending. It makes the world a safer place to live for us, our allies, and even our enemies by ensuring the safety of the global trading routes. Another 46% of the Discretionary spending goes for domestic programs like infrastructure.
The American Pie is only so big and it is not big enough for all the Mandatory and Discretionary spending our leaders want. Is our solution to make a bigger pie (raise taxes) or to change the size of each piece (i.e., cut Discretionary and increase Mandatory spending) or to simply make smaller pies with the crust and filling that we already have (cut spending)? These are choices that we voters face. The worst of all possibilities, David M. Walker tells us, is ‘big-government programs and small-government taxes’.
Reasonable citizens everywhere can see that we must begin making smaller pies immediately, change the size of the pieces to ensure our priorities are balanced, and then consider how we will find more crust and filling to make a bigger American Pie in the future. Yet the two political parties will never agree on anything.
If America is to have a pie at all in the future, think differently and vote independently this year. The two parties that got us into this mess will not be the ones to get us out.
If big government and low taxes are at war with personal responsibility and individual liberty then I say we should begin a return to individual freedom, personal responsibility, and personal choice. Let our efforts be about right-sizing America and not capsizing it.
Oh, dear. Every time Congress “modernize’s” a law you and I get taken to the cleaners. ( Remember the Financial Modernization Act of 1999 that created the recession? How about the Commodity Futures Modernization Act that created unregulated derivatives? How about the Food Safety Modernization Act which seeks to prevent contamination and now includes pet food under its control?)
You know we are in deep trouble when both political parties get together and pass a JOBS Act. This is after 2 years of a Republican Party thwarting every Democrat-sponsored legislation brought forward and when Senate Democrats continuously fail to pass a budget in the past two years. But now they both agree.
I know, I know. You thought those Republicans were telling you the truth when they said “Government doesn’t create jobs, the private sector creates jobs”. Then those pesky Republicans got together with those pesky Democrats and they decided to “modernize” the way that companies raise capital via the stock market and they call it a JOBS Act. Funny. Reducing safeguards results in more jobs?
You and I are in deep trouble. Matt Taibbi writes about it here.
The “Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act” (in addition to everything else, the Act has an annoying, redundant title) will very nearly legalize fraud in the stock market.
In fact, one could say this law is not just a sweeping piece of deregulation that will have an increase in securities fraud as an accidental, ancillary consequence. No, this law actually appears to have been specifically written to encourage fraud in the stock markets.
Ostensibly, the law makes it easier for startup companies (particularly tech companies, whose lobbyists were a driving force behind its passage) to attract capital by, among other things, exempting them from independent accounting requirements for up to five years after they first begin selling shares in the stock market.
The law also rolls back rules designed to prevent bank analysts from talking up a stock just to win business, a practice that was so pervasive in the tech-boom years as to be almost industry standard.
Even worse, the JOBS Act, incredibly, will allow executives to give “pre-prospectus” presentations to investors using PowerPoint and other tools in which they will not be held liable for misrepresentations. These firms will still be obligated to submit prospectuses before their IPOs, and they’ll still be held liable for what’s in those. But it’ll be up to the investor to check and make sure that the prospectus matches the “pre-presentation.”
The JOBS Act also loosens a whole range of other reporting requirements, and expands stock investment beyond “accredited investors,” giving official sanction to the internet-based fundraising activity known as “crowdfunding.”
But the big one, to me, is the bit about exempting firms from real independent tests of internal controls for five years.
There we have it. Democrats and Republicans working together to invite fraud in Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) by “modernizing” the laws that gave us a level playing field. Caveat Emptor ( Let the buyer beware) when it comes to believing anything about new IPOs. Seems to me that those blue-collar workers with 401Ks invested in the stock market are not going to know that the financial services managers in financial growth markets are buying stock in companies whose value may be illusory. Only company insiders are going to know the truth in the future.
The article has more to say about this new law. Modernization. Yup, that’s what they call it.
And what is wrong with the staid tradition in capitalism? Can’t some people make enough money ‘the old fashioned way’ anymore?
Vote for me and I’ll work to retain traditions that have brought America and its people success. Like the Bill of Rights. Like the Constitution. Like honorable and traditional capitalism.