A Must Read……….

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In my days as a Nikon NPS rep I called on the Orlando Sentinel and met a great columnist named Charley Reese.  This was his last column as he retired recently.  This is a must read!




This should be on the front page of every newspaper.


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. 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. [The House has passed a budget but the Senate has not approved a budget in over three years. The President’s proposed budgets have gotten almost unanimous rejections in the Senate in that time. ]


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.


We, the 300,000,000, are responsible for fixing this, please start the process and spread the word!

…..and happy retirement Charley, you left us with a real gift in this one!!!!




the pilgrim


PS I was alerted to this by my dear buddy Richard Small!  Thanks Richard always enjoy your great emails!!!

8 Responses

  1. David W. says:

    Thank you Bill, Richard, and Charley for today’s post. It should be taught in every class on government and required reading for all voters or or read to those that had difficulty reading. I will be sharing the post with proper attrition to several friends inside and outside the photography community.

  2. Thank you for sharing this Bill. I posted it on my Face Book page.

  3. Bill Fortney says:

    Thank you Dave, everyone needs to know this and act on it!

  4. John Gompf says:

    Excellent article. Like you said it would be funny if it weren’t true. I have always said, if the politicians (the House and Senate) really work for the people, then they would institute term limits, have our health care, our retirement program and work for no money. As said in the article, they want it this way.

  5. Damn straight. I’ve often said that the mark of a true politician is the ability to conceal envy when accusing the opponent of deceiving the public!

    In all seriousness, there’s a great Eddie Murphy movie called “The Distinguished Gentleman” which is the story of a con man who runs for (and is elected to) Congress because people get away with things there that send other people to prison. The whole story is premised on influence peddling and nothing getting accomplished and is frighteningly accurate.

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