An Interesting Essay on Responsibility

8 Feb

I received this via e-mail and found it very thought provoking (attributed to the Orlando Sentinel Star, undated, but since Mr. Reese hasn’t worked for the Orlando Sentinel since 2001, I assume this article is more than 6 years old yet relevant for all that; check out the archives at his current gig by clicking on his names — he’s definitely a hoot):


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 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 G.W. Bush ALONE 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? She is the leader of the majority party. She and fellow Democrats, not the president, can approve any budget they want. If the president vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto.


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, 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 IRAQ, it’s because they want them in IRAQ.

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.

P.S. The founding fathers created a government “OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE, AND FOR THE PEOPLE”! This “GOVERNMENT” is definitely NOT what they had in mind! Isn’t it time we demand it’s return?


2 Responses to “An Interesting Essay on Responsibility”

  1. gt281 February 8, 2008 at 10:13 PM #

    Gee,, another person on the planet who,,
    like me,, thinks that Congress should be taken
    out back and shot…Or to be more PC correct,,
    shut down for a while…I might have to put him
    on my favorites list…I’m sure he’d like me
    to annoy him…He’s not ANOTHER nanook is he?…
    I have a jar full of them already…:-)

  2. Faerie♥Kat February 9, 2008 at 12:03 AM #

    I do believe he is USDA Grade A pure beef and no baloney!

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