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545 People Responsible for America’s Woes

The Declaration of Independence – 1776
The Articles of Confederation – 1777
The Constitution for the United States – 1787
Its Sources and Its Application

 545 People Responsible for America’s Woes by Charley Reese

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. (and all should be convicted of dereliction of duty as defined by their oath of office, and in some cases outright treason.)

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.

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 the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees. We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess.   The election is not that far away!


March 20, 2009 - Posted by | Interesting to me | ,


  1. Only problem is that it is basically impossible to get a responsible, intelligent person who truly cares about the people into any of those 545 positions. In order to even get a chance to run for any of those spots you have to scratch so many backs and put you nose up so many asses that only despicable self serving bastards can stomach the job at that level. The good people quit politics after about the city council level, and most of them are even shit.

    Comment by Dan | March 20, 2009 | Reply


    What about a citizens against government waste task force. A commitee that can actualy do something besides bitch about things. Like immediate impeachment and firing of government employees, NO PAY NO PENSION NO NOTHING. If fradulentance can be seen then by by bitch. Have it set up like the jury board is decided. Except make it a totally random choice and pay them the wage that they were making when they were chosen. And it lasts for a whole year!

    Maybe this would help the politicians be more politically correct.

    Comment by C. Hammerle | March 20, 2009 | Reply

  3. Oh, and lets not forget… TERM LIMITS!! 8yrs tops for ANYONE in ANY government position. Either you are good enough and liked enough to move up to the next level or you get your ass put back into the work force with the rest of us.

    Comment by Dan | March 20, 2009 | Reply

  4. sorry, that should have read ANYONE in ANY political position. regular (non political) positions should be able to career like anyone else.

    Comment by Dan | March 20, 2009 | Reply

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