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 nor 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!

This might be funny if it weren’t so true.

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 Permits
. CDL license Tax
. Cigarette Tax
· Corporate  Income
· Dog License Tax
· Excise Taxes
· Federal Income Tax
· Federal  Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
· Fishing License Tax
· Food License Tax
· Fuel Permit Tax
· Gasoline Tax
· 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 Universal Service Fee Tax
· Telephone Federal Surcharge Taxes
· Telephone Minimum Usage 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
· Water craft Registration Tax
· Well  Permit Tax
· Workers Compensation Tax

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?









4 thoughts on “COMPLETELY NEUTRAL!

  1. The columnist has his history wrong Geo…

    1915 the richest 1 percent accounted for 18 percent of the nation’s income. Today, the richest 1 percent account for 24 percent of the nation’s income. The 50’s marked the rise of the middle class when the income tax on the first dollar over a million was taxed at 90%.

    • That may be Bobby but I think that it proves that more and different taxes haven’t led anywhere good. I believe we only need one tax which is a big sales tax, no way to cheat on it and if you don’t have any money, don’t buy anything. It won’t matter where you got the money because the moment you buy anything, you’re taxed.

  2. Politicians do not cause inflation. Inflation is a complex thing. The monetary policies of most countries are interconnected. For example the Chinese economy is tanking. This caused a 318 point drop in the stock market the other day! However, politicians did pass a law that allows US corporations to set up headquarters in foreign countries to avoid paying taxes. For this alone they all ought to be shot. General Electric paid no taxes at all last year!
    You can bet the republicans will always protect big business. I’m not even working full time and I’m still paying at least $300 a month income taxes. But if you watch CSPAN you can see the problem. Getting 435 politicians to agree on anything is damn near impossible. The fastest way to get anything done is having a lot of people DIE. That somehow gets their attention. And as far as immigration is concerned the Republicans love it because these poor desperate people will work for a quarter an hour to survive. And despite our problems they don’t compare to the disasters you see in some other countries….Honduras for example which is run by crooks and drug dealers.

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