American Politics! (again)

3 10 2008

The vp debate yesterday only made it more clear to me that we don’t need the McCain/Palin couple to further mess up the world as we know it.
I do think that we shouldn’t be so distracted by the candidates; after all, they are but a part of a much larger whole: the political party they are affiliated too.
But I make an exception for Palin: She scares the hell out of me, her unprofessional manner of speaking, (her ”folksy-ness”) her ignorance, her pretty looks into the camera, and her irritating ”special voice”.
Aaarrghhhh!
But I have something better to share:

Super cool-intelligent blogger Coolred38 brought this to my attention, it’s going through the internet as an email, but for all those who haven’t seen it yet, I’d like to share this!

THE 545 PEOPLE
RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL
OF AMERICA’S WOES

BY CHARLEY REESE

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

Have you ever wondered why, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, we have deficits? Have you ever wondered why, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, 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 – 545 human beings out of the 235 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 but 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 legislation’s responsibility to determine how he votes.

A CONFIDENCE CONSPIRACY

Don’t you see how the con game that is played on the people by the politicians? 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 Tip O’Neill, who stood up and criticized Ronald Reagan 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 appropriations and taxes.

O’neill is the speaker of the House. He is the leader of the majority party. He and his fellow Democrats, not the president, can approve any budget they want. If the president vetos it, they can pass it over his veto.

REPLACE SCOUNDRELS

It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 235 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted — by present facts – of incompetence and irresponsibility.

I can’t think of a single domestic problem, from an unfair tax code to defense overruns, that is not traceable directly to those 545 people.

When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise 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 Marines are in Lebanon, it’s because they want them in Lebanon.

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 it.

Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exist 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 they have the gumption to manage their own employees.

This article was taken from the Orlando Sentinel Star newspaper

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15 responses

3 10 2008
Tony

And the same letter could be adapted to suit any other country in the world. I say find that water on Mars if not send some there for them, issue each politician worldwide with a space suit & send them all there, we all would have a better world to live in then

3 10 2008
Tony

P.S. Charley is a brave man, I’d be watching my back for CIA assasins by now if I wrote & circulated that letter & included my real name with it.
I’ve seen too many CIA conspiracy movies that are probably based on true facts

4 10 2008
susieofarabia

The thought that the inexperienced and uninformed Sarah Palin could be a mere heartbeat away from the presidency of the USA is appallingly frightening. The McCain-Palin ticket is woefully inadequate. If the US wants to have a prayer for its future, the people need to ditch the failed policies and blunders of the Republican Party. Heaven help us all!!!

4 10 2008
susieofarabia

I’m just watching Keith Olberman’s Countdown, and he has George Bush and Sarah Palin in a split screen, with Palin repeating almost verbatim things that George Bush said in one of his presidential debates when he was running for office. It’s hysterical – but it clearly shows how much like Geroge Bush she really is. Yikes!!!

4 10 2008
Saudi in US

For those who watched the debate did you pick on how Palin was coached to use an old trick of giving a real short answer of Yes or No when faced with a question that she is not knowledgeable about. Then she will proceed to answer a totally different question that her handlers fed her a script for. She did that about 15 times. She definitely has only a very superficial knowledge of almost every topic discussed and that style assumes that the people watching are just stupid. I guess they are going for the stupid vote which won’t get them to the Whitehouse.

4 10 2008
coolred38

Oh I dont know about that Saudi in US…the stupid vote got Bush in the White House….twice!

4 10 2008
Aafke

Tony: Ooops and I am sharing this! You know what will have happened if this blog suddenly dissappears!

Susie: it’s a very scary prospect! I’ll be looking out for that clip on you-tube.
But the expression ”a heartbeat away” takes on a whole different meaning when coupled with an old cancer batteling geezer like McCain!

Saudi in US: Yes, I noticed; I always used that one to good effect on verbal examinations. I am actually quite amazed at the way this debate has been reported on in the media; everything I have read or seen up to date on mainstream media, seems to conclude Palin did really well! Do those journalists actually watch those debates????

Coolred38, we don’t know if the Americans actually really voted for Bush!

4 10 2008
Achelois

I agree with Susie. It is very frightening. And I agree with you; she looked into the camera like she was on a pageant again. And her special voice wants me want to knock out her teeth! Sorry but she brings out the worst in me.

4 10 2008
Haleem

A commentator on CBC wrote (and had to apologize for it) that with Palin, McCain has the white trash vote sewn up.

4 10 2008
Aafke

Haleem: Why did the commentator have to apologise?

What I also hate is Palin’s manner of talking, of using the world ”hell-bend” (always with a lot of emphasis), and constantely using peoples first names.
I think it’s so cheap!
Sheesh!

4 10 2008
Abu Sinan

Having lived in Alaska, I knew people like her. She didnt travel outside the US until recently, her husband was part of a Alaskan independence party. These groups are usually far right militia nutter types.

I heard she was a member. If she, I think she would be unable to be vice president as the groups goals are actually treason, ie break up of the US and Alaska forming it’s own government.

As to the “folksy” thing, it is nonsense. I dont understand people who who want someone in office like themselves. I dont want soomeone like me in office, I want the smartest person, the person with the most experience and best judgement.

I consider myself to be smart, experienced and I think I have good judgement, but to be president you’d need to be more than that.

4 10 2008
Marahm

We can hardly shut up about Palin long enough to look at other issues! I am not an exception. However, I do want to say that I find this article (The 545 People…)
a bit simplistic. I don’t believe the blame or development of complex socio/politcal situations is as straightforward as Mr. Reese suggests, nor do I believe that, “it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.”

There are, indeed, disembodied realities called “the economy,” “inflation,” and,”politics.” These entities take on personalities of their own, move in directions unforeseen by those who crafted them. In the sphere of human affairs, there is always room for an emergent development that could not have been foreseen, prevented or planned.

Surely, those who sounded alarms in previous years can now say, “See, I told you so,” but let’s not forget that, “There, but for the grace of God…” other develoments could have changed the direction of the path that brought us to where we are today.

And I mean that personally as well as politically.

5 10 2008
Colloquielle

It’s reached the point where I can’t say, “You betcha!” to Rhysz anymore because he responds with other Palinesque quotes and I wind up with a bad taste in my mouth. Her performance in the debate was not disastrous. If she answered any of the questions it was incidental, but she didn’t actually set herself on fire, and given how low she’d set the bar after that Couric interview that was a win for the Republican party.

There are so many things about her that I revile, and her grating, folksier-than-thou delivery is but one of ’em.

6 10 2008
Dennis the Vizsla

The re-election rates of incumbents here in the U.S. is very, very high. I attribute a lot of it to letting representatives draw their own districts. The voters are supposed to choose their representative, but the way it works now, representatives choose their voters instead …

6 10 2008
Haleem

Dont know why she apologized (probably it was politically incorrect).

I wouldnt have apologized.

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