PLEASE read and forward to all your e-mail contacts, and post on your Face-book page if you have one… This is getting serious
Dear Mr. President, I heard you say you will not guarantee SS checks if the debt ceiling isn’t raised.
Why is it the threat always has to do with SS, Medicare, & our Soldiers pay? …trying to scare those who’s needs are greatest?
Why not stop YOUR pay, your staff, or Congress and the Senate to save more money for our country?
If that isn’t enough, how about withholding foreign aid?
Why use Seniors, Soldiers, & our Needy as examples?
Take the money from those who take no risks and reap the benefits!!
Instead of threatening to withhold Social Security, VA and disability payments of people who really need the money….
Lets hold the paychecks of all house & senate members, then see how fast they resolve the debt ceiling crisis !!!!!
If you agree, repost this & keep it going across the whole USA.
I totally agree, that is why I am passing it on
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? 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
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
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
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
IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Marriage License Tax
Personal Property Tax
Real Estate Tax
Service Charge Tax
Social Security Tax
Road Usage Tax
Recreational Vehicle 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
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.
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!!!
GO AHEAD. . . BE AN AMERICAN!!!
they decided to send it to the President.
The president was so amused that he instructed his secretary to send the little boy a $ 5.00 bill. The president thought this would appear to be a lot of money to a little boy. The little boy was delighted with the $5.00 bill and sat down to write a thank-you note to God, which read:
Thank you very much for sending the money. However, I noticed that for
some reason you sent it through Washington D.C. and those jerks took $95.00 in taxes.
—– Interesting statistics
—– A recent “Investor’s Business Daily” article provided very
—– statistics from a survey by the United Nations International
—– Percentage of men and women who survived a cancer five years after
—– U.S. 65%
—– England 46%
—– Canada 42%
—– Percentage of patients diagnosed with diabetes who received
—– within six months:
—– U.S. 93%
—– England 15%
—– Canada 43%
—– Percentage of seniors needing hip replacement who received it
—– six months:
—– U.S. 90%
—– England 15%
—– Canada 43%
—– Percentage referred to a medical specialist who see one within one
—– U.S. 77%
—– England 40%
—– Canada 43%
—– Number of MRI scanners (a prime diagnostic tool) per million
—– U.S. 71
—– England 14
—– Canada 18
—– Percentage of seniors (65+), with low income, who say they are in
—– “excellent health”:
—– U.S. 12%
—– England 2%
—– Canada 6%
—– I don’t know about you, but I don’t want “Universal Healthcare”
—– comparable to England or Canada .
—– Moreover, it was Sen. Harry Reid who said, “Elderly Americans must
—– learn to accept the inconveniences of old age.”
—– SHIP HIS ASS TO CANADA OR ENGLAND !
—– He is “elderly” himself but be sure to remember his health
—– different from yours as Congress has their own high-end coverage!
—– will never have to learn to accept “inconveniences”!!!
—– AND THE WINNER IS VERY INTERESTING!
—– The percentage of each past president’s cabinet who had worked in
—– private business sector prior to their appointment to the cabinet.
—– know what the private business sector is… a real life business,
—– government job. Here are the percentages.
—– T. Roosevelt…….. 38%
—– Taft………………….. 40%
—– Wilson ……………… 52%
—– Harding…………….. 49%
—– Coolidge……………. 48%
—– Hoover ……………… 42%
—– F. Roosevelt……… 50%
—– Truman…………….. 50%
—– Eisenhower……….. 57%
—– Kennedy…………… 30%
—– Johnson……………. 47%
—– Nixon……………….. 53%
—– Ford…………………. 42%
—– Carter……………… 32%
—– Reagan……………. 56%
—– GH Bush…………. 51%
—– Clinton …………… 39%
—– GW Bush…………. 55%
—– And the winner of the Chicken Dinner is:
—– Obama………. 8%!!!
—– Yep! That’s right! Only Eight Percent, the least by far of the
—– presidents!! And these people are trying to tell our big
—– how to run their business? They know what’s best for GM…
—– Wall Street… and you and me?
—– How can the president of a major nation and society… the one
—– most successful economic system in world history… stand and talk
—– about business when he’s never worked for one?… or about jobs
—– has never really had one??! And neither has 92% of his senior
—– closest advisers! They’ve spent most of their time in academia,
—– government and/or non-profit jobs… or as “community organizers”
—– they should have been in an employment line.
March 22, 2010 in front of my eyes I saw the American dream killed. My respect for the presidency and the president has disappeared. We now are a dictatorship is disguise as a republic. My respect for the Senate and the House has also disappeared. For over a year this Congress has bought, bribed and corrupted the entire system of legislation. Contrary to public opinion this Congress passed a piece of legislation that satisfies special agendas and shredded the Constitution for selfish power hungry progressives. It took the progressives close to a hundred years to kill the American dream. Now they have succeeded.
America is no longer the beacon of freedom and liberty in the world. America used to be above other countries. Now we are no better than China, Russia, Venezuela, Cuba or Iran. I have lost all respect for our government and the direction this country is going. All the lives lost defending this country in the past has suddenly become wasted.
Now you can feed me, cloth me, keep me warm and when you decide it is time for me to go, kill me.