Wednesday, 11 March 2015

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The 545 Problem


Bill Quick found this goody at Mike’s place:

The 545 Problem
By Charley Reese

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...

When you fully grasp the plain truth that [those] 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 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...
This was written in 1988.  You’d think we might have learned.

You’d think we might have done something.

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