FW: CHARLEY REESE'S LAST COLUMN -- via Ann - worth a read

Post courtesy of Ann Grogan. The first sentence in this great article describes the situation with rent control.


                                                  545 vs. 300,000,000

                                                  - 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

                                                  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

                                                  You and I don't set
                                                  fiscal policy.
                                                  Congress does.

                                                  You and I don't
                                                  control monetary
                                                  policy. The Federal
                                                  Reserve Bank does.

                                                  100 Senators, 435
                                                  Congressmen, 1
                                                  President and 9
                                                  Supreme Court Justices
                                                  equates to 545 human
                                                  beings out of the 300
                                                  MILLION are directly,
                                                  legally, morally and
                                                  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

                                                  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

                                                  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
                                                  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

                                                  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

                                                  If the Army &
                                                  Marines are in Iraq
                                                  and Afghanistan, it's
                                                  because they want them
                                                  in Iraq and

                                                  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

                                                  Inheritance tax

                                                  Accounts Receivable

                                                  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

                                                  Sales Tax

                                                  School Tax

                                                  State Income Tax

                                                  State Unemployment Tax

                                                  Telephone Federal
                                                  Excise Tax

                                                  Telephone Federal
                                                  Universal Service Fee

                                                  Telephone Federal,
                                                  State and Local
                                                  Surcharge Taxes

                                                  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

                                                  Registration Tax

                                                  Well Permit Tax
                                                  Workers Compensation

                                                  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

                                                      What in the heck
                                                Can you
                                                    spell 'politicians?'