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mat-ty



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 4:34 pm    Post subject: 545 People Reply with quote

I DID NOT GOOGLE THIS! it was an email










Charley Reese's Final Column
Charley Reese is retiring. His last column is this one. I know many will miss this southern gentleman.. He had a great run and we are all better off for it. Farewell, Mr. Reese, and thank you.

Charley Reese has been 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 - read it!! The article below is completely neutral, not anti republican or democrat. Charlie Reese, a retired reporter for the Orlando Sentinal has hit the nail directly on the head.

It's a short but good read. Worth the time. Worth remembering!


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 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 stayed home to raise the kids
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keycocker



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And life was hell.
No roads
Kids catch the flu? They often die.
Civil war soldiers mostly died from minor infections
Our taxes have bought us the infrastructure to have a good life.Let's go to Afghanistan together where taxes are very low or none. Tea party types aren't going to like a tax free country near as much as you might think.

My Senator friend says the process of getting elected as you pass up the ladder weeds out the honest and effective. The hate campaign against such people, like against Jimmy Carter, drives away good folks. As we change a few at a time the others box in any errant good guys.
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isobars



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 5:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

keycocker wrote:
Tea party types aren't going to like a tax free country


They don't want one.
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keycocker



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The great thing about telling folks exactly what Tea party guys believe is that TR and other extremist media are always wrong. Their ideas are far ranging with only low or no taxes and small gov as common themes. I share some of this with them.
Some wish to eliminate Dept of Ed. and other Depts.
At least a few in Dallas are OK with violent overthrow of our country, including a GOP senate candidate.
Some hold up signs that are deeply racist or offend your intelligence.
like: Get a Brain MORENS!
Sarah -Alaskas hero.
No wait she abandoned all those folks who supported her once she got an offer to advertise DEATH Panels for US$50K a speech.Her opinions seem to be for sale quite reasonable.
Even TR hosts will express any opinion you like for less than that.
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swchandler



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 23, 2010 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!"


Anyone that believes this nonsense has a chance in hell of changing things for the better is very simpleminded, to say it mildly.
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boggsman1



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Getting caught up in the BS is a choice. Watching cable news at night is a choice. Tuning your radio to Talk Radio is a choice. Getting pissed of at taxes is a choice. Being mad a Government, yet desperately new people for Government is a choice. Hating Obama is a choice. The point Im makig is sometime , you have to just relax, and enjoy life, rather than get caught up in the 2-yr election cycle that this country has thrust upon us.
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coboardhead



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Boggsman

You must have sailed this weekend Very Happy
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boggsman1



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

coboardhead wrote:
Boggsman

You must have sailed this weekend Very Happy

I didnt, my stuff is in the racks til March. BUT, the one sport that gets me fired up more than windsurfing is skiing, and I have a very bullish feeling about this season. Its already raining(bad for wed-thurs) Sad , and more is forecast. Where in Colorado do you live? Is it snowing?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 9:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Silverton 9300 Feet (4 days/week). Expecting 12 inch of snow today/tonight. Silverton Mountain, Telluride, Crested Butte, Purgatory are all close! La Nina may screw us this far South this year! But - good Baja windsurfing!
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love Crusty Butt! Do you MTB Durango? I love Colorado, but the Mrs. would have no part of it.
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