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I got this from a friend today and I could not agree more with the sentiments expressed.

This is about as clear and easy to understand as it can be. READ IT!!! The article below is completely neutral, not anti R or D. Charlie Reese, a now 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 everyday. It's a short but good read. Well worth the time. Worth remembering!

555 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 555 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


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 555 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


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. 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 555 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 555 people. When you fully grasp the plain

truth that 555 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


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 555 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 555 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!

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 to tax his golpher.

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..

Today's Taxes.....

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


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 h_ _ _ happened?

Can you spell ‘politicians?’

I hope this goes around THE USA at least

555 times!!! YOU can help it get there!!!


Time to change things. Time to send ‘em home. Right? You many pass this on…

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