Friday, August 22, 2008

"545" Plus our Canadian Leaders...

Mike Carson is a great friend of mine, living in Southern California. I pay attention to everything he writes or sends to me... it is usually on the money. He has an MBA from the University of Southern California... USC and has had a career in the medical industry and owns Carson International, an excellent sales training company.

So what?

Well, Mike sent me the following article that is directed toward Americans and American Politicians. As I read it, I realized that it applied to all of the levels of Canadian Government... Federal, Provincial, the Senate, and even our municipal leadership. So, I am posting it here on the blog, so that you can consider it, and perhaps pass it on... some really good thinking here, and when asked why I am hard on Rodney MacDonald... these are the reasons...

Thanx Mike

This is the simplest, most understandable explanation of the woes of the nation

that you'll ever read anywhere.

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 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 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


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


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?
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. 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 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.

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

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