Friday, October 30, 2009

545 people that maintain a dysfunctional government

I found this article online. It's written by Charley Reese who has been a journalist for 49 years.
It's long, but worth the read, especially if you're mad about what's happening to our country.

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.

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.

Wake up America before its too late.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 or don't care.
  • If the budget is in the red, it's because they want it in the red or don't care.
  • If the 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. Its a windfall for them. One term, and their set for life.

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!'


  1. This is a very interesting perspective - I've never thought before about boiling it down to the exact 545 people who have all the power! Thanks for posting the article!

  2. Thanks Sapphire! I think we Americans have either gotten lazy or we just don't understand that we CAN do something about a government that we don't like. I just pray that enough people realize that and make a move to change things.

  3. I've alwasy wondered if the leaders and future leaders would get a clue and do their job if all of the voters did vote and replace everyone holding office in one single election.