we the people…300,000,000 vs 545…when will things change

 I would like to preface this blog post by saying that I do not consider myself political.   I do not listen to talk radio or spend hours watching CNN or FOX News.  I do however have an opionion.  As I am writing this post I am still undecided as to how I will Vote this coming November 2nd.  Will I take the easy route and vote the straight party ticket?  Will I take the time to evaluate each Candidate on the ballot and cast my vote for the One who’s views align with my own.  Or will I stand up and shout, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH,  and vote against every incumbent in the race? 

Most days following the evening news I am left feeling like I have in some way contributed to the poor state of the country.  This feeling couldn’t be more unfounded…I am a hard-working, upstanding, Flag waving, God-fearing American Citizen.  I am proud to say that I have held a job for the past 34 yrs.  No…not the same job! The only time in the past 34 yrs that I was unemployed I did not draw unemployment.  I do not call in sick to work when I am not sick and there are some years that I do not use up all of my vacation days.  I pay my taxes on time every year.  So WHY do I feel somehow responsible for the state of our country?  Unfortunately I think I may be responsible.

I am not alone in my responsibility for the way things are and the way things are headed.  You and I must accept the part we have played in the state of our country.  I admit that I have been a party girl, voting with my party for the majority of my adult life.  I do not believe that it was due completely to laziness but because I believe that I have aligned myself with a party that reflects my views, my morals and opinions about how the government should be run.

I for one accept the part I have played.  However, I am stirred up and stinking mad how those I have put my confidence in have misused the power and authority that I gave them through the great American process of casting my Vote.  I do not intend to continue to do things the same as I have always done them expecting things to turn out differently.

The following information comes directly from an article written by Charley Reese, retired journalist.   Wiki reports that Mr Reese is currently registered as a Democrat, has in the past been registered as a Republican and has written articles for a couple of Libertarian publications.  I think this may give Mr. Reese a unique view of how American Politics has contributed to the current state of this Great Country.  Mr. Reese holds to the fact the 545 individuals that were elected to office in Washington D.C. are wholeheartedly responsible for the troubles of our Country.  However, We the People…elected these 545 individuals and sometimes continue to re-elect the same individuals year after year…

(Date of publication unknown) This article has been updated to reflect current names in today’s Political arena and is currently being circulated on the internet.  I have chosen to cite the Original article written in the 80’s, the information still holds true if not more so today.  Also at the time this article was written there were 235, 000, 000 people living in America currently we have approximately 300,000,000.  It just goes to show that we have been headed down this road for quite sometime. It is time to seriously consider the part we play as American Citizens in the direction of our Country. 

If nothing else I hope this information will cause you to pause and consider the importance of exercising your right to Vote.  Men and Women have given and continue to give their lives for the freedom we have.  Honor them by showing up to vote this November. Your vote matters more today than ever before.  You can make your voice heard.  Or you can continue to allow things to go on the way they have gone and HOPE things turn out differently. Here is Mr Reese’s article. 

The 545 People Responsible For All Of U.S. Woes

BY Charley Reese Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

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 235 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 but 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 legislation’s responsibility to determine how he votes.


Don’t you see how the con game that is played on the people by the politicians? 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 Tip O’Neill, who stood up and criticized Ronald Reagan 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 appropriations and taxes.

O’Neill is the speaker of the House. He is the leader of the majority party. He and his 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 235 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted — by present facts – of incompetence and irresponsibility.

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 Lebanon, it’s because they want them in Lebanon.

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 it.

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 they have the gumption to manage their own employees.



This might be funny if it weren’t so  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 anyway! 
                               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 Tax
                               Social Security Tax
                               Road Usage Tax
                               Recreational Vehicle Tax
                               Sales Tax
                               School Tax
                               State Income Tax
                               State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
                               Telephone Federal Excise Tax
                               Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
                               Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
                               Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
                               Telephone Recurring and Nonrecurring 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


Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, & 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?’


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5 responses to “we the people…300,000,000 vs 545…when will things change

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  3. Wonderful post, Jeanne.

    I agree that the politicians we have elected have stopped representing their constituents. Instead, they are beholden to Big Oil and the Car Companies and the Food Conglomerates and . . .

    It’s time for a change.

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