This whole budget deal has gotten my blood boiling. Those people in D.C. may not care, but I am at least going to let them know that somebody out here is thinking. This is going out in the mail to the Three Stooges who represent me, Boxer, Feinstein, and Herger.
I don’t know, but you people in D.C. must think that all of us people in America are stupid. A good portion of the time you are probably right in your assessment, but there are some of us who aren’t, and, I for one, and one of them. Most Americans believe that, despite all the bickering, in a grand ‘bipartisan’ effort, you staved off a catastrophic shutdown of government by coming to an agreement to shave $38 billion off the federal budget.
Now that you have averted disaster most people are content to go on with their lives without giving your efforts any further thought. I, however, cannot do that, something about this whole deal just doesn’t sit right with me.
Most people don’t realize that in the week preceding your cutback of $38 billion, the U.S. National Debt jumped a whopping $54 billion. Most people don’t realize that with a budget of over $3 trillion, $38 billion is only a one percent reduction in spending. Most people don’t realize that even by cutting $38 billion out of the budget you are still spending at deficit levels to the tune of over a trillion dollars. To top it all off, now I hear that you are considering asking that your credit limit, the debt ceiling, be raised once again.
Don’t you people understand that your current levels of spending are unsustainable? Are you aware that if you did somehow manage to stop all spending, and begin paying $100 million a day towards the debt, that it would take you 389 years to pay it off? That is longer than this country has been in existence for crying out loud!
Only once in our nation’s history has our government paid off its debt completely. That occurred during the Presidency of Andrew Jackson, who just happened to be the only president to shake off the shackles of central banking. So, in 174 years my government has gone from solvency, to near bankruptcy. Actually, that number is closer to 98 years, since the passage of the Federal Reserve Act, and the ratification of the 16th Amendment which gave you unlimited access to funds, while laying the burden of paying your debt upon the shoulders of the working people of this country.
You know, I sure wish I could max out my credit cards, and then send YOU the bill to pay, because that is exactly what you, as elected representatives of the people, are doing. You are spending like there is no tomorrow, then placing the burden of paying off YOUR debt upon the shoulders of the people you are supposed to be representing. I didn’t ask that you spend all this money, and I for one take offense that me, and my posterity are being shouldered with the responsibility of paying off the debt you have accumulated.
In any other circumstances actions like that would be considered criminal. Fortunately for you the American people are too ignorant of the facts to know what you have done to this country. Fortunately for you, there is no justice in this country; otherwise you all would be spending the rest of your lives at Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary.
As I said, most people don’t understand that severity of the situation, but when this country implodes in an economic meltdown, I hope that historians will place the blame firmly where it belongs, upon the shoulders of each and every one of you.
In closing I would like to include an article which I think sums all this up rather nicely. It was editorialist Charlie Reese’s final column, and it is entitled 555 people.
555 PEOPLE–By Charlie Reese
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
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 555 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 555 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. 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 555 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 555 people. When you fully grasp the plain
truth that 555 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.
There are no insoluble government problems. Do not let these 555 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 555 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!