Alligators 'n Roadkill

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011


This old newspaper column was first written about 1985, by a man named Charlie Reese. It has been edited from time to time since then, to keep parts of it relevant, and I am reprinting part of it here, since it now circulates freely via the internet. Charlie, who recently retired, by the way, was a columnist for the Orlando Sentinel:


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

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. 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 the President 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 was the speaker of the House? Nancy Pelosi. She was the leader of the majority party. She 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.

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.

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 Army & Marines are in Iraq and Afghanistan it's because they want them in Iraq and Afghanistan ...

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. (Editor's Note: this is not exactly true. Members of Congress do pay into social security just like everybody else, since about the time this column was first written).

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. 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.

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 the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees...

We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!

Editor's Note: Funny thing is that we thought that they had been voted out of office, first in 2008, but not much changed. So, then, just a few months ago, another sweep was conducted, remember? I don't know about you all, but I'm still looking for some significant change……….


  1. Cute. I'd hardly call a 63 seat change from Dem to Repub anything resembling "voted out of office". Also, this completely takes any responsibility off the backs of those 300M-545 citizens. Too few even exercise their right to vote and throw up their hands saying they can't change anything, just like this editorial.

  2. Casey, you should be advised (since I guess you missed it) that this is not an editorial, but was originally (as written at the beginning) simply a newspaper column. Also, the point of saying that some folks were voted out of office is that certain conservatives are yelling that they now control the Congress, so the rest of us are wanting to know when are their changes (the ones they claim are needed, and that they would/will make) going to start to show up............Personally, I would not have published my copy of this thing if I was one of those who do not, I guess that leaves me with one question for you: What, exactly, is your point?