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Discussion in 'Economics, Business, and Taxes' started by Dawg, Mar 27, 2018.

  1. Dawg

    Dawg President Supporting Member

    Oct 11, 2011
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    1. This should be on the front page of every newspaper.
    2. ...
      Charley Reese's Final column!
    3. A very interesting column. COMPLETELY NEUTRAL.
      Be sure to Read the Poem at the end..
    4. 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.
    5. Be sure to read the Tax List at the end.
    6. 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!
    7. 545 vs. 300,000,000 People
      -By Charlie Reese
    8. Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.
    9. Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?
    10. Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?
    11. You and I don't propose a federal budget. The President does.
    12. You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.
    13. You and I don't write the tax code, Congress does.
    14. You and I don't set fiscal policy, Congress does.
    15. You and I don't control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.
    16. 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.
    17. 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.
    18. 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.
    19. 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.
    20. 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.)
    21. 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. ]
    22. 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.
    23. If the tax code is unfair, it's because they want it unfair.
    24. If the budget is in the red, it's because they want it in the red.
    25. If the Army & Marines are in Iraq and Afghanistan it's because they want them in Iraq and Afghanistan ..
    26. 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.
    27. There are no insoluble government problems.
    28. 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.
    29. Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible. They, and they alone, have the power.
    30. 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!
    31. Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper.
    32. 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:
    33. Tax his land,
      Tax his bed,
      Tax the table,
      At which he's fed.
    34. Tax his tractor,
      Tax his mule,
      Teach him taxes
      Are the rule.
    35. Tax his work,
      Tax his pay,
      He works for
      peanuts anyway!
    36. Tax his cow,
      Tax his goat,
      Tax his pants,
      Tax his coat.
    37. Tax his ties,
      Tax his shirt,
      Tax his work,
      Tax his dirt.
    38. Tax his tobacco,
      Tax his drink,
      Tax him if he
      Tries to think.
    39. Tax his cigars,
      Tax his beers,
      If he cries
      Tax his tears.
    40. Tax his car,
      Tax his gas,
      Find other ways
      To tax his ass.
    41. Tax all he has
      Then let him know
      That you won't be done
      Till he has no dough.
    42. When he screams and hollers;
      Then tax him some more,
      Tax him till
      He's good and sore.
    43. Then tax his coffin,
      Tax his grave,
      Tax the sod in
      Which he's laid...
    44. Put these words
      Upon his tomb,
      'Taxes drove me
      to my doom...'
    45. 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
      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.
    47. 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!!!
    48. GO AHEAD. . . BE AN AMERICAN!!!
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  2. The Sage of Main Street

    The Sage of Main Street Governor

    May 15, 2015
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    Reese's Spoon Withers

    Have the important issues decided by national referendums. He purposely neglects to mention that "voting the rascals out" hasn't worked either, ever.
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  3. Days

    Days Governor

    Sep 26, 2011
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    We need a new Constitution... not a radical diversion to tyranny, but a real bonafide Constitution that sets up an intelligent modern government. First of all, we need to define what role government should play in the nation. Then build a government that can fulfill that role.

    Initially, historically, from ancient times and the Bible, government was the extension of the authority of God into your everyday living. It set up the law for you to follow. The law was meant for you to follow God and treat your fellow man the same way you would like to be treated. Today, the average municipality has 5000 codes on the books that have completely lost sight of their original intention. Maybe local government should not function by purely writing and passing laws?

    Any state should provide a platform for commerce and industry and the welfare of the people. Utilities, such as water, electricity, good roads, phone and internet connectivity, education, and health care should be provided by the state for all citizens. Why not build a government with the mandate to provide utilities for the state, instead of writing laws and passing a budget? The laws and budget will have to be performed to provide the platform mandated by the Constitution. Put the horse before the cart. Our current Constitution just tosses the cart out there... directionless.

    I wish i had time to finish this, maybe i can remember later...

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