Discussion in 'Current Events' started by Upsmule, Jun 23, 2013.

  1. Upsmule

    Upsmule Well-Known Member

    Right or Left or Independent.... true of false this is great.

    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. [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. 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 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
    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

    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?'
  2. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

    Via WFB I looked everywhere for the word "former".....couldn't find it !!

    Sen. Bob Menendez (D., N.J.) is under criminal investigation by the FBI and Justice Department for his involvement with fugitive Ecuadorian banker brothers William and Roberto Isaias, NBC-NY reported Thursday.

    The brothers have been fugitives for more than a decade and were sentenced in absentia for embezzlement, and their family members have given considerable donations to Menendez and the Democratic Party. Federal officials are questioning whether Menendez broke the law in helping the brothers stay in the U.S., with multiple officials saying Menendez wrote letters and made phone calls to the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department on their behalf.

    One example was an April 2, 2012 letter wrote to a high-ranking DHS official urging he give the matter an expedited review, asking for full consideration to be given to the Isaias brothers as they fought against extradition and maintained their innocence.

    Former New Jersey FBI Special Agent-in-Charge Wesyan Dun said Menendez’s behavior was “shocking.”

    “I think most people would know and believe it would be appropriate to keep your distance from individuals convicted of crimes in their homeland,” he said.

    According to Dienst, investigators want to know whether Menendez attempted to influence immigration officials in 2012 in exchange for campaign donations. While Roberto Isaias said, as a non-resident, he can’t make donations to a U.S. campaign, federal election records show relatives of the brothers donated more than $10,000 to his successful 2012 re-election campaign to the Senate, and they donated at least $100,000 to the Democratic Party that year.

    “If the government, when they look at this, can establish that in exchange for donations from citizens not of this country, of gifts, that the senator took official action to benefit them, now we’re talking something potentially illegal,” said former federal prosecutor Scott Fredericksen.

    There has also been a federal probe into Menendez’s dealings with Floridian shady mega-donor Dr. Salomon Melgen, a huge giver to Menendez and the Democratic Party as well. Federal investigators have raided Melgen’s office while looking into potential charges of Medicare fraud and political corruption. Menendez was investigated for, among other matters, a quid-pro-quo with Melgen, advocating on behalf of a huge contract for a company Melgen bought providing border security in the Dominican Republic.
    He also took multiple trips on Melgen’s private jet and didn’t disclose them.
  3. upschuck

    upschuck Well-Known Member

    That was too long to read, so I'll just say all politicians are crooks.
  4. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member