New Candidates for Public Office

… Subject: Charley Reese’s final column for the Orlando Sentinel… Who do you think is really responsible for the acknowledged 14.3 trillion deficit? A very interesting column.. It is a Congress bashing indictment that seems to exonerate the President but it is a good read to see how some people are willing to set the blame on one side and let the other side get away with irresponsibility.  You can find the entire article online.  I use only a portion of it for be=revity and because I think this portion reflects the context I want to address in this blog.

…”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.

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?’ I hope this goes around THE USA at least 545 times!!! YOU can help it get there!!! GO AHEAD. . . BE AN AMERICAN!!! BTW: since they are the problem, THEY will NOT be the ones to fix the problem, it has to come from “we the people” Blessings, ”

I agree with the sentiment but a rant and rage against all politicians is meaningless.  They are there and they are there to stay.  But we do not need to have the same ones year in and year out.  We the people need to get better informed about what the politicians are actually doing.  Forget what they are saying…all of that is rhetoric.  Rather, get from the Internet the voting records of your Senator and your Congressman and hold them accountable and if they do not get it straight, then campaign against them and seek to elect somebody else.  This writer is in New Jersey.  It is a strong Labor Union State and the Labor Unions spend the automatically deducted Union dues in order to conduct massive multi million dollar campaigns to keep the pro union politicians in office.  Mine are Frank Lautenberg, a man who is over seventy-five and has fifty million dollars in personal wealth.  Like Bloomberg he could buy the office (shame) with his own money.  But he doesn’t need to do that, he just needs the union bosses to pay, and they do. Frank can do whatever he wants in the US Senate and he does, as long as the Union bosses agree.  We also have Senator Menendez, who always acknowledges your letters but quickly tells you that you are wrong and then proposes to you the Union Boss line of thinking.  I do not believe that either Senator has ever been bi partisan, ever crossed the line to vote with the other guy.  Their voting record reads like a Harry Reid or Obama play book…if some legislation is initiated by Republicans it is dead on arrival or vetoed in Senate committee.  Add to them Steve Rothman another Democrat with bona Fides equaling above two.  SO WHAT?  This is what.  If you agree with the above article then get going to elect Congressmen and Senators who are more reflective of what you think should be done in America.  Dump the politicians controlled by the Union Bosses.  Dump the fifty million dollar Senator who wants to tax you because you make over 250,000 dollars income.  Stop Obama from destroying Social Security by “lowering” the one source of its income, namely the Social Security tax. 

What else can you do?  Get into the Primary elections in your State and if there are no primaries get one going.  What will this do?  A primary is a direct challenge to the good old boy cronyism of the local political parties, both Republican and Democrat.  In my NJ District the Democrat party just keeps putting up those in office (obviously) and the Republicans run old boy, back room cronies who don’t stand a chance of election because they are selected just to fill the ballot and not as real possible problem solvers for the people.  Sarah Palin and Mark Levin the Tea Party movement are the big hope right now for the Primary process.  I do not mean as candidates but as educators and encouragers of the local political hopefuls.   Palin and the tea party have the knowledge and they have gained the organizational skill to run new and unknown candidates against the political hacks and Union lackeys and entrenched office holders.  We don’t need to erase the institutions of government, we need to get involved and put the right people into government. 


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Retired army chaplain, Rotarian, moderately right of center on most issues, big on self reflection and self analysis.

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