The correct message

Charlie Reese is a retired reporter for the Orlando Sentinel and wrote this in his final article. Completely neutral and neither Republican, Democrat, Liberal or Conservative, his message clearly defines who must assume responsibility for judgments made that impact each of us daily:

“Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them”.

He asks why both the Democrats and the Republicans claim to be against deficits, yet we still have deficits, and if all politicians are against inflation and high taxes then why do they still exist?

He also points out that the president can only propose, not pass, a budget, the House of Representatives does, and they alone have the authority to vote on appropriations.

Reese pointed out that Congress alone writes the tax code, and sets fiscal policy; and that the Federal Reserve Bank controls monetary policy.

He also points out Congress’s 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 propose a budget but cannot force the Congress to accept it.

Reese adds, “The speaker of the House is the leader of the majority party, and he or she along with their fellow House members, not the President, can approve any budget they want. Should the President veto 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.”

Reese wrote, “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.”

Reese’s further states that if the current tax code is unfair, the budget is in the red, and our Armed Forces are in overseas’ conflicts, then it is because those 545 human beings want it that way. And that if “those same individuals don’t receive Social Security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it’s because they want it that way.”

His article concludes, “There are no insoluble government problems. Do not let these 545 people shift 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 power to regulate and from whom they can take this power.

And, he said, do not let them con you into the belief there exist mystical forces like “the economy,” “inflation,” or “politics” that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

Those 545 people should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses. Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees

Wes Waldron

Trout Run

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