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Commentary on our Governmental System

Posted by justanotherstayathomemom on July 24, 2009

I received this in an email today, and thought I would post it for your enjoyment. 

545 vs 300,000,000

Charley  Reese has been a journalist for 49 years.

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  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 is the speaker of the House?   Nancy Pelosi.  She is  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 can  not 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 ,  it’s because they want them in IRAQ

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 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!

Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel  Newspaper.

What you do with this article now that you have  read it………. Is up to you.

This might be funny if it weren’t so darned true.
Be sure to read all the way to the end:
      Tax his land,
      Tax his bed,
      Tax the table
      At which he’s fed.
      Tax his tractor,
      Tax his mule,
      Teach him taxes
      Are the rule.
      Tax his work,
      Tax his pay,
      He works for peanuts
      Tax his cow,
      Tax his goat,
      Tax his pants,
      Tax his coat.
      Tax his ties,
      Tax his shirt,
      Tax his work,
      Tax his dirt.
      Tax his tobacco,
      Tax his drink,
      Tax him if he
      Tries to think.
      Tax his cigars,
      Tax his beers,
      If he cries
      Tax his tears.
      Tax his car,
      Tax his gas,
      Find other ways
      To tax his ass.
      Tax all he has
      Then let him know
      That you won’t be done
      Till he has no dough.
      When he screams and hollers;
      Then tax him some more,
      Tax him till
      He’s good and sore.
      Then tax his coffin,
      Tax his grave,
      Tax the sod in
      Which he’s laid.
      Put these words
      Upon his tomb,
      Taxes drove me
      to my doom…’
      When he’s gone,
      Do not relax,
      Its time to apply
      The inheritance tax.  
      Accounts Receivable Tax
      Building Permit Tax
      CDL license Tax
      Cigarette Tax
      Corporate Income Tax
      Dog License Tax
      Excise Taxes
      Federal Income Tax
      Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
      Fishing License Tax
      Food License Tax
      Fuel Permit Tax
      Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon)
      Gross Receipts Tax
      Hunting License Tax
      Inheritance Tax
      Inventory Tax
      IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
      Liquor Tax
      Luxury Taxes
      Marriage License Tax
      Medicare Tax
      Personal Property Tax
      Property Tax
      Real Estate Tax
      Service Charge T ax
      Social Security Tax
      Road Usage Tax
      Sales Tax
      Recreational Vehicle Tax
      School Tax
      State Income Tax
      State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
      Telephone Federal Excise Tax
      Telephone Federal Universal Ser vice FeeTax
      Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
      Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge=2 0Tax
      Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax
      Telephone State and Local Tax
      Telephone Usage Charge Tax
      Utility Taxes
      Vehicle License Registration Tax
      Vehicle Sales Tax
      Watercraft Registration Tax
      Well Permit Tax
      Workers Compensation Tax

      STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY? Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, and our nation was the most prosperous in the world.  We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.

What in the hell happened? Can you spell ‘politicians?’
And I still have to ‘press 1’ for English!?

My note:  It is truley sad the state of our country.  So many don’t understand what is going on with healthcare and our budget, it is sad.  I was talking with my friend just yesterday and I mentioned “Universal Heathcare” and how it is going to screw our country and our doctors.  She said she didn’t know much about it, she has been to wrapped up in the up coming remodel of her house, and subsequent applying for a loan and refinance of her house to help pay for said remodel.

She has no idea because she is to caught up in everyday crap.  This vast majority of our country feel this exact way, otherwise, there would be rioting in the street.  Most of the “sheeple” are more concerned with who or what killed Micheal Jackson and who John (from John and Kate plus 8) is dating. 

Seriously, who cares?  I no longer watch MSM news…I have been sticking to Fox and the internet.  Good Morning America and The Today Show are a joke at best. 

We could replace all of these Senators and Representatives, but that would require action, and voting.  Both are sorely lacking in our country. 

(and then we would have to replace the replacements because they too would become corrupt, thanks to the massive amount of lobbyists)


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The Unfufilled Woman

Posted by justanotherstayathomemom on October 23, 2008

Read this (you will have to scroll down to read what anna wrote)


U.S. suicide rates appear to be on the rise, driven mostly by middle-aged white women, researchers reported on Tuesday.They found a disturbing increase in suicides between 1999 and 2005 and said the pattern had changed in an unmistakable way — although the reasons behind the change are not clear.  “The biggest increase that we have seen between 1999 and 2005 was the increase in poisoning suicide in women — that went up by 57 percent,” said Susan Baker, a professor in injury prevention with a special expertise in suicide. 

Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the United States and Baker said the changes are substantial.  “Definitely these are not just little blips,” she said in a telephone interview. “We are looking at a big population change.”  She hopes other researchers will study the reasons behind the shifts. “I certainly think we need research to look at the information that we have on people who have committed suicide,” she said.

HMMMMM…this has my engines turning.  She’s right, ya know…we are expected to “do it all” according to the media, that is.  Have you watched soaps lately?  They are absolutely ridiculous..I myself havn’t watched one in awhile (oh, and by the way, Gray’s Anatomy, Nip/Tuck, Lipstick Jungle are soaps as well). 

Anna goes over many points about why women might be commiting suicide more.  I have some theories as well.  We are certainly expected to do more, but not in the way you might think…Yaya, housework and kids and stuff, but what about birthday cards?  and brownies for the church sale and having gorgeous skin and hair?  I, for one, and tired beyond tired of trying to fit into someone else’s mold.  I look at the mags at the store and shake my head because we are enamored with an illusion of what we are supposed to be. 

Case in point?  Angelina Jolie is on the cover of several mags in a tight fitting dress showing off her body after having twins 11 weeks ago.   What does this say to the average woman, me for example, who takes longer than 3 months to loose baby weight?  What about all those women who never do loose their baby weight?  We look at this and think we are supposed to be/do this, and we are NOT supposed to be/do this!  Any normal human will take 6 monts to a year to get back to pre-pregnancy weight.  I just now reached it and my baby is 6.5 months old…and things are NOT where they used to be, but who cares???  Will society judge me on my flabby belly?  You betcha! Do I care?  Not really.

Another thing is most women I come into contact with are working outside the home.  I am a total sexist when it comes to this…women should NOT work outside the home (or be cops, or in the army for that matter).  Mommies are supposed to be home when kids get off the bus, they are supposed the be at the soccer games, they are supposed to be their to kiss boo-boos on scuffed knees.  I am totally guilty of going to work, temporarily as it were,  when my newt was 18 months old.  Biggest mistake of my life.  Not only did we NOT get ahead financially, my poor guy got an ear infection so bad he had to have two surgeries and was hospitalized for 8 days!  I blame daycare for sure.  He also got mono, colds, and lots of fevers from so many dang germs floating around.  The kikker is that all the medical bills we had to pay afterward…it took us a year to pay them all off!  Take the cost of daycare out, med bills, many days off for sick leave, and  the money I made was not worth it.  The biggest cost is that I missed out on 1 1/2 years of my sons’ life cause I was only his parent for 2 full days a week. (shakes head) I thought I had to….should have just cut the cable, phone, and started eating beans and we might have made out alright.  Growing up, my mom worked so that is what I knew…now I know better!

We really have no one to show us how to be better moms and wives.  Women are crazy when it comes to “having it all”.  When I worked at a medical spa doing hair, they all had artificial nails, worked out at a gym (nothing wrong with that), their kids were in school or daycare, they went out for lunch, had their hair done every 4-6 weeks, pedicures….the list goes on.  They are spending and shopping and what are they doing that they can be proud of??  I mean besides being able to fit into a size whatever.   Many years ago, mothers were mothers and taught their daughters how to cook, clean, sew and run a house.  My mom taught me none of these things.  I remember her showing me how to make gravy once, and rice krispy treats, but teach me about cooking??  nope.  Her version of house keeping was to do a once a month cleaning.  I am now having to learn on my own how to really run a house and balance a budget (which i am NOT good at but still trying!)  My grandma taught me how to sew a little bit…some clothes for my doll.  We don’t value those old type skills anymore, y’know?

Another reason why women are killing themselves?  I think it has to do with ageism.  Older men don’t want older women, do they?  Older men want YOUNGER women, older women just want to be loved and treated with respect.  Case in point, my ex co-worker is older, 48, and she has never been married and has no kids.  She dates, but the man she really likes goes for someone else.  Why? she owns her own home, has a 401k, a good job, pays her own way…she is a threat to his manhood?  No, she’s not 25.  I think we, as a society, have gotten to where we don’t appreciate age anymore…look at Cher.  She doesn’t even look right anymore!  To much surgery to look youthful.  She just looks scary.  No one should look like that at the age of 60 something.  

Ahhhhh, my soapbox is getting a workout today.

A long time ago, we had families that ate dinner together every night.  We had kids who could entertain themselves with a ball and a stick for hours.  We had homes that were nice, but not showcases where you couldn’t relax.  A very long time ago, we lived on farms and actually knew where our food came from!  Lots of kids and lots of hard work.  Is society better because of our advances?  Some of our advances are fabulous, like penicillin and aspirin and electricity.  Some are downright terrible, like advertising and media influence. 

So, how do I become more fufilled as a woman?  Well, cook from scratch…there is something about kneading bread and watching it rise and then baking it that is just about the coolest thing ever.  I am making diapers from scratch.  I am taking walks with my kids around the neighborhood and enjoying the fresh air…we may even do a picnic next week at the park.  I am turning off the tv during the day and just hanging out with the kids while my silly 3 yr old shows me “his new trick”.  I am NOT going to look to the media to show me how I should look or dress or smell (or at least i will try my damdest not to). 

Try it with me…set yourself apart from the world, if only a little…

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Romans 12:1-3

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