Picked this up from another site but it is worth repeating.

- 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? John Boehner. 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
Taxes to pass

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

Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, and 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.

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!!!



Anonymous said...

Great stuff.

It would be nice to have a UK version.

Louis Cypher said...

Pretty sure the UK has a similar list of protection money demands plus of course VAT just for fun.

In my view govt is for the most part an uninvited business partner that makes demands and threatens you with physical harm (jail) via it's agents (IRS etc) if you don't pay up. Not much different than Tony Soprano in it's essence.
Cyprus, Ireland etc. proves it.

The point about taxes 100 years ago is well made but he actually missed a few if you include Insurance etc which by law you have to have.

Rosabarba said...

Did politicians, properly spelled, emerge from the ether 100 years ago (when the national debt was $2.9B, not zero, though a negligible percentage of GDP)? Politicians have been a constant since the founding of the republic, so whatever changed, it wasn't the sudden appearance of self-interested politicians. Examining the past (even an idealized past) for lesson applicable to the present should involve a little more rigor.

The US wasn't tax-free or anything close before 1913 (though taxes as a percentage of GDP were certainly lower). The bulk of public revenue came from ad valorem rather than income taxes.

Considering the heavy emphasis on this blog when it comes to gold/silver, it's odd the great bimetalism debates from the turn of the previous century get no mention. They were as political as political gets.

Rosabarba said...

By way of further comment, it is not accurate to state that excise, liquor, cigarette (read: tobacco) taxes at the federal level didn't exist before 1913. The Constitution certainly provided the power of Congress to " ... lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises ..." Federal inheritance taxes also existed, periodically, during the 19th century, usually to pay for war expenses.

It is also misleading to include Property/Real Estate/etc. Tax, as this was a primary source of public revenue at the state and local level (and continues to be so) in the 19th century.

Anonymous said...

One of FOA's great insights was that politicians are always a reflection of their society.

All empires just get greedy and lazy and eventually collapse, it's human nature, something for nothing, repeated over and over through the ages.

Louis Cypher said...

One of martin Armstrong's insights was that this is inevitable. Somewhere on his site is a chart which shows the growth of the govt as an employer. One only has to look at the Post Office as an example of growth without profitability. They used to be profitable.

Anonymous said...

If I could be bothered I'd start a new political movement: absolute minimum government. Maybe law, defence, bit of oversight regulation of certain industries, and that would be it. Leave everything else to the people and business, and slash taxes to virtually nothing. Key decisions taken via online polls. Something like Cowperthwaite in Hong Kong I believe.

Of course it would never win a vote at the moment, but maybe after the current pile collapses it would be attractive. Even then human nature would ensure it didn't last long before the cycle began again.

Warren James said...

@SugarLover - fully agree. In fact have recently been thinking what Australia would look like with income tax abolished. Disbanding the Tax Office alone would probably save billions. The people getting free money from the government tit might become disgruntled, but the economy would thrive -> in theory just keeping the GST component would fund everything else.

If I ever get some political clout, minimalist govt is something I want to campaign as well. But it's a bit organism to fight.