This should be on the front page of every newspaper.

Charley Reese’s Final column!
A very interesting column. COMPLETELY NEUTRAL.
Be sure to Read the Poem at the end..

Charley Reese’s final column for the Orlando Sentinel… He has been a journalist for 49 years. He is retiring and this is HIS LAST COLUMN.

Be sure to read the Tax List at the end.

This is about as clear and easy to understand as it can be. The article below is completely neutral, neither anti-republican or democrat. Charlie Reese, a retired reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, has hit the nail directly on the head, defining clearly who it is that in the final analysis must assume responsibility for the judgments made that impact each one of us every day. It’s a short but good read. Worth the time. Worth remembering!

545 vs. 300,000,000 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 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?( John Boehner. He is the leader of the majority party. He 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. [The House has passed a budget but the Senate has not approved a budget in over three years. The President’s proposed budgets have gotten almost unanimous rejections in the Senate in that time. ]

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 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 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 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 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 heck happened? Can you spell ‘politicians?’
I hope this goes around THE USA at least 545 times!!! YOU can help it get there!!!


Worth a read, even though it’s a bit long.

This is really well done. It was written almost a year ago by Evan Sayet, but it’s worth a repeat. FYI, I was a NeverTrumper, and while I am still not on the Trump Train, I support most of his efforts and I think that on the whole, he’s doing a great job so far.
My Leftist friends (as well as many ardent #NeverTrumpers) constantly ask me if I’m not bothered by Donald Trump’s lack of decorum. They ask if I don’t think his tweets are “beneath the dignity of the office.”
Here’s my answer:
We Right-thinking people have tried dignity. There could not have been a man of more quiet dignity than George W. Bush as he suffered the outrageous lies and politically motivated hatreds that undermined his presidency. We tried statesmanship.
Could there be another human being on this earth who so desperately prized “collegiality” as John McCain? We tried propriety – has there been a nicer human being ever than Mitt Romney?
And the results were always the same. This is because, while we were playing by the rules of dignity, collegiality and propriety, the Left has been, for the past 60 years, engaged in a knife fight where the only rules are those of Saul Alinsky and the Chicago mob.
I don’t find anything “dignified,” “collegial” or “proper” about Barack Obama’s lying about what went down on the streets of Ferguson in order to ramp up racial hatreds because racial hatreds serve the Democratic Party.
I don’t see anything “dignified” in lying about the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi and imprisoning an innocent filmmaker to cover your tracks.
I don’t see anything “statesman-like” in weaponizing the IRS to be used to destroy your political opponents and any dissent.
Yes, Obama was “articulate” and “polished” but in no way was he in the least bit “dignified,” “collegial” or “proper.”
The Left has been engaged in a war against America since the rise of the Children of the ‘60s. To them, it has been an all-out war where nothing is held sacred and nothing is seen as beyond the pale.. It has been a war they’ve fought with violence, the threat of violence, demagoguery and lies from day one – the violent take-over of the universities – till today.
The problem is that, through these years, the Left has been the only side fighting this war. While the Left has been taking a knife to anyone who stands in their way, the Right has continued to act with dignity, collegiality and propriety.
With Donald Trump, this all has come to an end. Donald Trump is America ’s first wartime president in the Culture War.
During wartime, things like “dignity” and “collegiality” simply aren’t the most essential qualities one looks for in their warriors. Ulysses Grant was a drunk whose behavior in peacetime might well have seen him drummed out of the Army for conduct unbecoming.
Had Abraham Lincoln applied the peacetime rules of propriety and booted Grant, the Democrats might well still be holding their slaves today.
Lincoln rightly recognized that, “I cannot spare this man. He fights.”
General George Patton was a vulgar-talking.. In peacetime, this might have seen him stripped of rank. But, had Franklin Roosevelt applied the normal rules of decorum then, Hitler and the Socialists would barely be five decades into their thousand-year Reich.
Trump is fighting. And what’s particularly delicious is that, like Patton standing over the battlefield as his tanks obliterated Rommel’s, he’s shouting, “You magnificent bastards, I read your book!”
That is just the icing on the cake, but it’s wonderful to see that not only is Trump fighting, he’s defeating the Left using their own tactics. That book is Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals – a book so essential to the Liberals’ war against America that it is and was the playbook for the entire Obama administration and the subject of Hillary Clinton’s senior thesis.
It is a book of such pure evil, that, just as the rest of us would dedicate our book to those we most love or those to whom we are most indebted, Alinsky dedicated his book to Lucifer.
Trump’s tweets may seem rash and unconsidered but, in reality, he is doing exactly what Alinsky suggested his followers do. First, instead of going after “the fake media” — and they are so fake that they have literally gotten every single significant story of the past 60 years not just wrong, but diametrically opposed to the truth, from the Tet Offensive to Benghazi, to what really happened on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri — Trump isolated CNN.. He made it personal.
Then, just as Alinsky suggests, he employs ridicule which Alinsky described as “the most powerful weapon of all.”… Most importantly, Trump’s tweets have put CNN in an untenable and unwinnable position. … They need to respond.
This leaves them with only two choices. They can either “go high” (as Hillary would disingenuously declare of herself and the fake news would disingenuously report as the truth) and begin to honestly and accurately report the news or they can double-down on their usual tactics and hope to defeat Trump with twice their usual hysteria and demagoguery. The problem for CNN (et al.) with the former is that, if they were to start honestly reporting the news, that would be the end of the Democratic Party they serve. It is nothing but the incessant use of fake news (read: propaganda) that keeps the Left alive.
Imagine, for example, if CNN had honestly and accurately reported then-candidate Barack Obama’s close ties to foreign terrorists (Rashid Khalidi), domestic terrorists (William Ayers & Bernardine Dohrn), the mafia (Tony Rezko) or the true evils of his spiritual mentor, Jeremiah Wright’s church.
Imagine if they had honestly and accurately conveyed the evils of the Obama administration’s weaponizing of the IRS to be used against their political opponents or his running of guns to the Mexican cartels or the truth about the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and the Obama administration’s cover-up.
So, to my friends on the Left — and the #NeverTrumpers as well — do I wish we lived in a time when our president could be “collegial” and “dignified” and “proper”? Of course I do. These aren’t those times. This is war. And it’s a war that the Left has been fighting without opposition for the past 50 years.
So, say anything you want about this president – I get it – he can be vulgar, he can be crude, he can be undignified at times. I don’t care. I can’t spare this man. He fights for America!

‎Lidia Monroe‎ to #WalkAway Campaign

‎Lidia Monroe‎ to #WalkAway Campaign
July 5 at 10:39 PM
I voted for Pres. Obama, but after 8 years of Democratic policies, our country was in shambles, riots were a weekly occurrence, racial tensions were dividing us, and our country had no direction.

I walked away because liberals have abandoned the fundamental principles of respect, love, tolerance, freedom – and instead started promoting, and even demanding, hate, rage, intolerance, indecency, and violence.

I walked away because I was tired of being labled as xenophobic for opposing illegal immigration (I love immigrants and come from a family of legal immigrants myself), racist for supporting police officers (I love all people of all races), islamaphobic for opposing certain tenets of islam (I love Muslims too), sexist for believing that women and men are different, evil for becoming a conservative, stupid for not believing everything I was told.

I walked away because I started feeling like I couldn’t say anything, because the speech police that liberals had become was listening, making sure all people used correct ‘pronouns’ and refered to everything in a precise and politically correct manner, like a list of approved words out of Orwell’s 1984.

I walked away because I saw how liberals mock the working man and woman they used to pretend to champion for, but now openly call ‘people with no college education’ instead of ‘working men/women’ – implying that they are stupid and uneducated since they dared to vote against Democrats.

I walked away when the left started shouting down anyone they disagreed with and didn’t allow them to speak, violently opposing them and rioting, requiring police and S.W.A.T. teams to protect the speakers. I walked away when they said that the First Amendment should be abolished because no one should be allowed to say anything they deemed ‘offensive’ – even as the left became as offensive as one could become, calling those with whom they disagreed every vile name.

I walked away because I saw how little liberals regard the individual. They group everyone into a growing number of categories: gay, straight, black, white, gender, transgender, etc. Each of these groups is either 1) oppressed/victim or 2) the oppressor/victimizer. You are not a person. You are … (fill in the categories). You, as a person, have no value apart from the groups to which you are assigned. If you’re in the oppressor group, even if you are oppressed, your pain doesn’t matter, because you are ‘privileged’. If you are a victim, you are helpless and can do nothing without the help of, and permission from, the Democratic party.

I walked away because liberals started demonizing men and boys, telling them that the very essence that makes them male is toxic and evil and should be oppressed, telling us, women, that our fathers, brothers, spouses, and sons are toxic, their masculinity should be stiffled, they should be feminized.

I walked away because I saw how little liberals value the family unit. If a woman wants to stay home with her children, she is ‘playing into the patriarchy’, uneducated, and has no ambitions. I guess raising a human being is not worth much to them. If a family wants to send their children to a better school than the terrible school in their neighborhood, they cannot, because Democrats say parents should have no choice in this matter, fearing poor children would ‘ruin’ elite schools.

I walked away because liberals started telling ‘white men’ to be quiet, that they should have no say, no platform, and should not run for positions in the DNC or hold other public offices because of their ‘privilege’; that they should pay for the sins of other whites who came before them – all because of their race – pure racism, and wrong no matter whom it’s against. And I saw the other liberals say nothing against this.

I walked away because I saw the left chanting through the streets calling for the assassination of police officers – and then I saw officer after officer be assassinated point blank while they were protecting us.

I walked away because many liberal politicians support late-term abortion up to the ninth month, perfectly ok with ripping a baby apart in late stages of pregnancy, not considering how sick and extremely cruel this is to the baby, who can feel pain and fear, not considering that this is a little human being in need of love and protection that can survive outside the woub and should not be killed.

I walked away when Hollywood elites – those who, through their films and shows, promote sexism, violence, rape, objectification of men, women and even children – began preaching to the rest of us on what a good and moral society should be.

I walked away when the left abandoned women and pushed for transgender males to be allowed to compete in girls and women’s sports, unfairly destroying their chances to win when they must compete with those who are biologically male. Sorry, no offense, but it’s unfair.

I walked away after walking through the streets of San Francisco, seeing hundreds of homeless living in the streets instead of being helped to find housing, needles everywhere, people passed out on drugs, fear of being robbed or assaulted, while liberals ran every facet of this city and called it a ‘sanctuary”. Sanctuary for drug dealers and criminals, I imagine, and a glimpse of the future of our cities under their rule.

I walked away when I saw Democrats disrespecting our military men and women, burning our flag in the streets, asking, “When was America great?” I walked away when I realized how much they despise our country and vilify it, in schools teaching our children to hate our country, taking down the flag so it doesn’t ‘offend’ those who hate America, and labeling Patriots as ‘Nazis.’

I walked away from the liberal depravity – when they held up a sign saying ‘Rape Melania’, when one of their elites called for the President’s young son to be abducted and raped by pedophiles, when they started talking about assassinating a democratically elected President or blowing up the White House, when a liberal Congresswoman called for people to harrass and assault public officials who dared to disagree with liberals.

I walked away because I realised liberal policies sound great on paper, sound amazing in speeches, but don’t work in real life. It doesn’t work to give ‘free things to everyone’ – because someone has to work for it and pay for it. It doesn’t work to create big government that takes care of everyone – because they squander billions of dollars and accomplish little, all while taking away more of our rights. It doesn’t work to overregulate and overtax businesses – because they are what gives everyone else jobs. It doesn’t work to force a high minimum wage, because small businesses will go out of business, and a regular person will never be able to afford to start their own business, creating a greater gap between the rich and everyone else, and making it impossible for regular people to cross over into wealth. It doesn’t work to have ‘open borders’ with a country that is overrun by violent drug cartels and its officials are corrupt to the core.

I walked away because nothing that the left says makes any sense anymore. How does intolerance create love and tolerance? How does dividing everyone into groups and labeling them create equality? How does labeling people as victims empower them and make them rise above their circumstances? How is demonizing white people not racist? How is demonizing men not sexist? How is violence and pornography on TV ‘free speech’ but speaking about God infringes gravely on other’s rights and cannot be tolerated? How does not working and being dependent on the government create good economies, good societies, and good people? How does the destruction of the family unit create good communities? How does taking God out of everything create a people who have hope and feel a level of responsibility?

I walked away because I wanted to be free. Free to think, free to speak, free to not be assaulted for my beliefs.
I walked away, and I am happy again. The sky is not falling, the revolution is not coming, and everything is going to be ok, because there are many good and honest people who are standing their ground and determined to be the kind of people who Make America Great. 🇺🇸