We the People: Florida columnist takes issue with who's to blame
By Clark Hopper
Recently, I found an excellent article written by Charlie Reese, a journalist for the Orlando Sentinel. He had been a journalist for 49 years and this was his last column before he retired.
The article below is completely neutral, neither anti-republican nor democrat. It defines clearly, who must assume responsibility for the judgments made that affect each one of us every day.
Charles wrote, “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 politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?
You and I do not propose a federal budget, the President does. You and I do not have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations, the House of Representatives does. You and I do not write the tax code, Congress does. You and I do not set fiscal policy, Congress does. You and I do not 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 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, 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 authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a President to do one cotton-picking thing. I do not 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 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 the originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is speaker of the House? John Boehner. He is the leader of the majority party. He and fellow 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 cannot 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 is because they want it unfair. If the budget is in the red, it is because they want it in the red. If the Army and Marines are in Iraq and Afghanistan, it is 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 is because they want it that way.
There are no unsolvable government problems. Do not let 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 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!”
If you stop and think, America’s political situation could not be stated any clearer. You can make all of the excuses you want, but it is what it is. Our politicians have not and are not doing the jobs we elected them to do. It looks like the job is up to We the People! Are you going to do nothing and just ignore the situation?
This column is not based on my opinion alone; it includes available internet and news media information.
Clark Hopper is a resident of Saline County. His column appears each Saturday in The Saline Courier.