–Or, How Can a Barrel of Washington Monkeys Throw a Shoe in the Works–
“Corporate welfare– the enormous and myriad subsidies, bailouts, giveaways, tax loopholes, debt
revocations, loan guarantees, discounted insurance and
other benefits conferred by government on business– is
a function of political corruption.
Corporate welfare programs siphon funds from appropriate public investments, subsidize companies ripping minerals from federal lands, enable pharmaceutical companies to gouge consumers, perpetuate anti-competitive oligopolistic markets, injure our national security, and weaken our democracy.”
So what has happened to our great nation?
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? If all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, why do we have inflation and high taxes? The more you observe politics, the more you’ve got to admit that each party is worse than the other.
Let’s put it all into some perspective unless we’ve forgotten or
resigned ourselves as to how things got this way.
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 who are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.
Excluded are 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. The value of the dollar has lost ground ever since.
Excluded are all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They should have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a President to do one cotton-picking thing. Even if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash, that politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it’s the legislator’s responsibility to determine how he votes.
What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of the Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits. The President can only propose a budget; he can’t 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’s 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 hasn’t approved a budget in over three years. The President’s proposed budgets have gotten almost unanimous rejections in the Senate during that time.
It seems inconceivable 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’s 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 because 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 an unregulated Wall Street caused the greatest recession in our collective memory, it’s because they want it unregulated. If companies send jobs, earnings, and tax-sheltered profits overseas, it’s because they want them sheltered. If the five largest banks that gambled and lost can’t be allowed to fail while millions lose their jobs, farms, and homes, it’s because they want the gambling. If the Army & Marines are in Iraq and Afghanistan, it’s because they want them in Iraq and Afghanistan. If Congress does not receive Social Security but are on an elite retirement plan
not available to the people, it’s because they want it that way.
Ancient Rome declined because it had a Senate. What’s going to happen to us with both a House and a Senate? There should be no insoluble government problems.
Don’t 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; or to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power.
Above all, do not let them hustle 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– We the People– who are their bosses.
We might note the man with the best job in the country is the Vice-President. All he has to do is get up every morning and say, “How is the President?”
So, what happened to our great nation? You can spell ‘politicians.’ But can you spell “545 bought and paid for, monkey business-as-usual, beastly-political professional fat cat bureaucrats?”
Not one of the taxes below existed 100 years ago and our nation was the most prosperous in the world. We had no national debt, we had the largest middle class in the world, and we had Mom who
stayed at home to raise the kids so they’d grow up properly.
The only difference between death and debt is that death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.
Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
CDL license Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
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
IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Marriage License Tax
Personal Property Tax
Real Estate Tax
Service Charge Tax
Social Security Tax
Road Usage Tax
Recreational Vehicle 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
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax
“Just be thankful we’re not getting all the government we’re paying for.”
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Our appreciation goes out to Arlo Guthrie (Woody’s son), Ralph Nader, Charlie Reese of the Orlando Sentinel, Will Rogers, and to Sue O. of Medford, Oregon, for their contributions to this article.
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