The Solution


Just click your ruby red heels together 3 times and say “I wish I were in America”

Could it possibly be that easy?  Nah, its going to require some backbone, a little patriotism and some forethought!  Quite possible our citizens will have to become a little more educated on exactly how our government actually works.  A good portion of belief in ourselves instead of the apathy that permeates the majority of our citizenry would help.  Finally, people will be required to actually get into their favorite mode of transportation and go to the polls and VOTE!

Starting way back in 1985 (26 years ago) before email was even a popular thing in this country, a journalist in Orlando Florida wrote a column in the local newspaper that was picked up and printed in several other publications.  Mr. Charlie Reese laid it all out on the table.  His article was merely a segment of truth that was such a blinding flash of the obvious that its message was forgotten, ignored or just plain to simple for people to comprehend.  The original article has been edited or updated a few times over the years to bring it more in line with present times but the nuts and bolts, the real meat of the story is still the same.

Who is responsible for the mess our country is in?

Why are we at war (non declared) on foreign soils?

Why is your tax money used to build schools and roads in Iraq.

Why are we at the mercy of Middle East nations for oil?

Why do Unions have so much power over you and where you work?

Why have our Social Security Funds been spent and given away to people that did not earn this money?

Why do we have a problem with illegal aliens?

Why is our country bankrupt and owe so much money we can’t pay back?

Why is the Dept. of Energy such a waste of taxpayer money?

Why with all the money poured into the Dept. of Education do we have the highest dropout rate ever?

Why are there government agencies that appear to or actually control every facet of your life?

Why do our elected leaders give their power to unelected leaders (Czars) instead of doing the job we sent them to Congress to do?

The list seems infinite!

Here is the reason WHY and Who is responsible!  These are the people that can put a stop to anything the people demand cease and desists.  The following is as mentioned above the edited body of the news article that was done so many years ago.


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.

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…

It is those 545 leaders of our nation that allow any single other member of their body to do anything that is against the will of the people and get away with it.  If they individually or as a whole fail to bring charges against a violator of the publics trust, then they should be voted out of office.  Listening to their excuses of why their hands were tied and as a individual he/she failed to act in our nations best interests only keeps a bad representative of your country in office.  It has become far to common for illegalities to go unpunished because a politician says that even tho they may bring charges, they can not get enough votes or agreement to move further.  In a similar situation a citizen could say “I saw him rob the bank but no one else will testify so what’s the use”?

If you want Term Limits, its easy – just vote them out if they become ineffective, dishonest or become the excuse makers that you would fire if they worked for you in your business.  Our country is a business AND its Personal as well.  When you feel as though you are losing your freedoms, sense of safety, and most importantly your money to a government that you can control – take a look at yourself and what you did to allow this to happen or continue. If your representative continues to work with a fellow legislator that has had charges from the Ethics Committee brought against him/her, ask yourself why.  Better yet, ask your representative and then remember the answer at the polls.  If you don’t make “honest men and women” out of them, don’t be surprised when they grab the lobbyist money and do things you don’t want to see happen.

So the answers to our past, present and future problems have been in front of us all along – so many of us just got caught up in the smoke and mirrors.  Don’t be afraid to get involved and anger a few people along the way.  You know that everyone will not agree with you, but you have to make a concerted effort, for to do nothing will keep us in the quagmire we have already fallen into. No politician will ever bring you Hope and Change – you already have it.

Brian Gray

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