Couldn't Have Said it Better Myself


Following is another amazing article that a friend sent me. Until I read this, I had never heard of Charley Reese. His perspective on at least this point is amazing. I think you may agree.


Charley 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 tovote 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. 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 to be 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 insolvable 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 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 “politiics 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 the mess!

I agree and I think we should put Charley on the ballot.

Writer Chick

4 thoughts on “Couldn't Have Said it Better Myself

  1. Trouble is, if we elect Charlie, he’d turn into one of them as soon as he got to Washington.

    PiedType´s last blog post..Way to go, Helio!

    Whoa 30 – and I thought I was cynical. You may be right, but I’d like to believe there are actually some people out there who would do good if they got there.


  2. Wow, this is great! (Charlie sounds a bit like my father when he’s having another one of his politically-inspired rants!)

    In that case, Simonne, I’d be pleased as punch to meet your father. 😉


  3. Dear Annie,

    As a writer yourself, I thought you’d like to know that this letter, attributed to Charles Reese, has been amended. Originally written in March 1995, it’s still as relevant today as it was then, but this version started circulating during the recent election. For example, the original text reads:

    “If the Marines are in Lebanon, it’s because they want them in Lebanon.”

    While this version cites “Iraq” for the Marines location. The following phrases,

    “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 insolvable government problems.”

    do not appear in the original article. Also, in the last sentence, this version identifies “voters”, where Mr. Reese’s original article said, “they”, referring to the 545. Finally, the last line,

    “We should vote all of them out of office and clean up the mess!”

    didn’t appear in the original article, either.

    BTW…good to have you back! 🙂

    – JOS

    JOS´s last blog post..Memorial Day: Remembering…

    Hey JOS,
    Well cripes, I wish I would have known that before this. But thanks for letting me/us know. I agree, the letter is as valid now as it was then – still they should have noted the amendments.

    Good to see you around these parts again.



What do you think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.