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Postby grumpyvette » January 26th, 2010, 7:40 pm

Wisdom passed to me to you.
HANDBOOK 2010

Health:
1. Drink plenty of water.
2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.
3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
4. Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy
5. Make time to pray.
6. Play more games.
7. Read more books than you did in 2009.
8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
9. Sleep for 7 hours.
10. Take a 10-30 minutes walk daily. And while you walk, smile.

Personality:
11. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
12. Don't have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
13. Don't over do. Keep your limits.
14. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
15. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip.
16. Dream more while you are awake.
17. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
18. Forget issues of the past. Don't remind your partner with His/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.
19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don't hate others.
20. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.
21. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
22. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
23. Smile and laugh more.
24. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree...

Society:
25. Call your family often.
26. Each day give something good to others.
27. Forgive everyone for everything.
28. Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.
29. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
30. What other people think of you is none of your business.
31. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

Life:
32. Do the right thing!
33. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
34. GOD heals everything.
35. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
36. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
37. The best is yet to come.
38. When you awake alive in the morning, thank GOD for it.
39. Your Inner most is always happy. So, be happy
40. work hard, and try to do the best you can all the time at work
41. never put all your trust in anyone, until they repeatedly prove trust worthy, over several years time, or your finances where you have no control on the results
42. THINK about what your doing, would you do it if everyone knows your doing it
43. try to improve something and complete at least one project every day
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Re: think about this

Postby Chevy_Crazy » July 9th, 2011, 10:17 pm

Grumpy, thats a great list to have posted on your fridge to remind yourself all the time! Thanks for that.
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Re: think about this

Postby rbl2 » July 10th, 2011, 1:26 am

grumpyvette wrote:Wisdom passed to me to you.
HANDBOOK 2010

Health:
1. Drink plenty of water. I prefer iced tea
2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.
3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
4. Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy
5. Make time to pray.
6. Play more games. My wife accused me of that and she left me
7. Read more books than you did in 2009.
8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. My wife left 30 years ago. It's been quiet here ever since.
9. Sleep for 7 hours.
10. Take a 10-30 minutes walk daily. And while you walk, smile.

Personality:
11. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
12. Don't have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
13. Don't over do. Keep your limits. If I don't reach further I'll never know what my limits are.
14. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
15. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip.
16. Dream more while you are awake.
17. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need. But I always need more tools and material.
18. Forget issues of the past. Don't remind your partner with His/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.
19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don't hate others.
20. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.
21. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
22. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
23. Smile and laugh more.
24. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree...

Society:
25. Call your family often. There are some very good reasons I live a brazillion miles away from my family.
26. Each day give something good to others.
27. Forgive everyone for everything. Not quite everything.
28. Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.
29. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
30. What other people think of you is none of your business.
31. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

Life:
32. Do the right thing!
33. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
34. GOD heals everything.
35. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
36. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
37. The best is yet to come.
38. When you awake alive in the morning, thank GOD for it.
39. Your Inner most is always happy. So, be happy
40. work hard, and try to do the best you can all the time at work
41. never put all your trust in anyone, until they repeatedly prove trust worthy, over several years time, or your finances where you have no control on the results
42. THINK about what your doing, would you do it if everyone knows your doing it
43. try to improve something and complete at least one project every day

Amen
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Re: think about this

Postby Michael » August 25th, 2011, 1:15 pm

Comparison with others (item 11) is the principal basis for judging truth, beauty, goodness and worth. Viewed strictly in the abstract, we are stripped of reference points, and are almost guaranteed to fail. If I don't know how much horsepower other people cars make, how can I judge whether mine is fast or slow? In 1900, 20 hp was really impressive, while today 500 hp from a big-block might be cause for disappointment.

If one already has everything that one needs (item 17), then why bother striving for anything further?

If one makes peace with one's past (item 20), then what's the impetus for improving on the past?

In so far as we depend on the sentiments and support of other people, what others think of us is profoundly important (item 30).

My job offers generous health insurance and sick leave. But how do I know which of my friends are genuine, and which are fair-weather friends (item 31)?

Doing the right thing is relatively easy (item 32), if you know what that is. The hard part is figuring out what IS the right thing!

Item 34: tell that to the people who were tortured or murdered for their religious beliefs (or lack thereof).

Item 40: many things are just barely worth doing, but are not worth doing well.
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Re: think about this

Postby enigma57 » July 6th, 2012, 4:24 pm

Michael, when you come to truly understand and appreciate the points you took exception to in your post...... You will know peace and happiness.

Until then, life will be a continual struggle and unrealistic expectations will go unfulfilled. There will be a void that all the material things of this world and all the perceived accolades of others can never fill.

I remember what that was like and I wish you G-d speed in your spiritual journey.

Best regards,

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Re: think about this

Postby enigma57 » July 6th, 2012, 4:36 pm

Grumpy, thanks for posting this helpful reminder to us all.

After reading over it, I have made a decision to refrain from further participation in politically oriented discussions here on the forum.

There is nothing to be gained by allowing oneself to become mired down in the continual negativity generated by such discourse.

Anyone who loves this country and is unwilling to watch it be destroyed along with our liberties and freedom knows what must be done.

The time for talk is long past. Now is the time to take action. Those in government who have harmed our nation and those who have sat by in silence and allowed them to do so...... Irrespective of political affiliation....... Must be removed from public office and the damage that they have done whilst in Washington must be reversed. It is as simple as that.

No need for the continual wringing of hands and gnashing of teeth. Just make it your business to vote in November and do the right thing, given the choices available to you.

Best regards to all,

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Re: think about this

Postby grumpyvette » July 6th, 2012, 5:11 pm

never let your voice be stifled if your speaking the truth!
be sure to take the time to verify your facts and think thru your stance, but don,t be pressured into silence

If someones annoyed , that your pointing out FACTS and the TRUTH makes them uncomfortable its THEM not you thats at fault!
thats the way the left leaning politics works, and what it DEPENDS ON!
they can,t push thru a communist agenda, where a select few control the masses, if honest folks speak, up, point out the proven flaws and failures , and point out the results that always follow, the communist system never has worked, and always results in mass suppression of those who point out the failures, and the first thing they always do is restrict the ability to resist thru restrictive laws and confiscation of weapons and restricting the press and media to only their view
keep in mind the LEFT will lose every last time discussing the merits and track record of the lefts IDEAS, so they must relie on attacking anyone presenting FACTS or a TRACK RECORD, to prove or disprove the value of or failure of the their ideas or opposing ideas, in any discussion., its only thru controlling the terms and limiting ideas and silencing any serious discussion that they can force implementation of consistently proven too have failed concepts as valid
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Re: think about this

Postby grumpyvette » August 13th, 2012, 7:16 pm

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Re: think about this

Postby Marcelina.Delavan » November 21st, 2012, 4:15 am

Wow that was strange. I just wrote an very long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn't show up. Grrrr... well I'm not writing all that over again. Anyhow, just wanted to say fantastic phorum! best wishes
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Re: think about this

Postby enigma57 » November 24th, 2012, 5:59 am

Welcome to the forum, Marcelina! This (timing out) happens to me from time to time as well. I am very slow (don't really type, just 'hunt and peck' with two fingers). So, if I have something very long to post, I will compose it in a notebook or in a blank E-mail, then cut and paste it to the forum.

Look forward to reading more of your posts in future.

Best regards,

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Re: think about this

Postby grumpyvette » December 11th, 2012, 4:27 pm


Obama is pulling a Chicago hustle on the working class and young. While he is promising to tax the rich, he is is really taxing the young and working people in the form of debt and inflation. He is just taking advantage of people that are easily motivated by envy and are ignorant of economics.

obamas goal, raise taxes on everyone, especially the rich and blame any and all of the increases in taxes or cuts in entitlements or services on the republicans no mater what the truth is!
the fact that the government currently spends far more money than it takes in or that if he taxes the rich at 90% rates he can,t balance the budget will be ignored, its the MIDDLE CLASS that will be force to pay the bills and look for "rich" to constantly be re-defined ever lower from, 250K$ too 150K$- to 100K$ etc.
as long as stupid people can be lied to about those EVIL RICH GUYS that own the company's and generate jobs, being the source of the problem rather than GREEDY ,POLITICIANS
the SLIDE INTO THIRD WORLD ECONOMICS WILL CONTINUE


"Obama promised to "take responsible steps" that would "keep the promise of Social Security."[COLOR="Red"] But he failed to mention that the only options he's left on the table are raising taxes or cutting benefits. That may not be what people want to hear, but it's the absolute truth.


He trotted out his supposed plan to cut deficits by $4 trillion over the next decade. But his actual plan — the budget he presented in February — would add $3.5 trillion in deficits, according to the Congressional Budget Office.






http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/090712-625080-terrifying-promise-obama-made-.htm?ven=OutBrainCP


http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2012/07/17/What-Is-the-Fiscal-Cliff-and-Why-Should-We-Care.aspx#page1

http://www.paycheckcity.com/fiscalcliff/cliff.html

http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2012/11/12/What-4-More-Years-of-Obama-Means-for-Your-Taxes.aspx#page1
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Re: think about this

Postby grumpyvette » December 11th, 2012, 7:10 pm

COPIED FROM A DIFFERENT SITE AS ITS WORTH READING

"If you’re a member of the mainstream media, you’re “surprised” by this in the same way that every bad jobs report is “unexpected.”

Among the regulations being rushed out the door by the Department of Health and Human Services 32 months after Obamacare passed is a requirement that every plan in America be subject to a $63 fee. That $63 is part of a fund to subsidize people with pre-existing conditions, who are more expensive to cover but whose costs must be transferred to healthier individuals in the new system.

Reporting suggests the costs could hit 190 million health care plans held by individuals or provided by employers. The AP:

The charge, buried in a recent regulation, works out to tens of millions of dollars for the largest companies, employers say. Most of that is likely to be passed on to workers.
Do tell. Who could have predicted this? More on the fund we’re creating:

Most of the money will go into a fund administered by the Health and Human Services Department. It will be used to cushion health insurance companies from the initial hard-to-predict costs of covering uninsured people with medical problems. Under the law, insurers will be forbidden from turning away the sick as of Jan. 1, 2014.

The program “is intended to help millions of Americans purchase affordable health insurance, reduce unreimbursed usage of hospital and other medical facilities by the uninsured and thereby lower medical expenses and premiums for all,” the Obama administration says in the regulation. An accompanying media fact sheet issued Nov. 30 referred to “contributions” without detailing the total cost and scope of the program.

Of the total pot, $5 billion will go directly to the U.S. Treasury, apparently to offset the cost of shoring up employer-sponsored coverage for early retirees.

The $25 billion fee is part of a bigger package of taxes and fees to finance Mr. Obama’s expansion of coverage to the uninsured.
You see, we’re “lowering medical expenses and premiums for all” by…raising them for pretty much everyone. This is such a sweet deal.

But don’t worry. It’s temporary. The fee starts at $63 in 2014 and it gets lower every year until it’s phased out in 2017 because, obviously, people with pre-existing conditions will stop costing more money after that. Right, and “The Bachelor” never used the Fantasy Suite for anything more than a soda pop and a game of Scattergories with all those other women before he proposed to you, girl. You know he loves you!

But there’s more!

In the debate over the looming fiscal cliff, U.S. President Barack Obama often plays down any adverse economic impact from letting the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts expire for high-income Americans, claiming that the top tax rates would merely return to where they were during the Clinton years.

Unfortunately, the president’s claim is incorrect because he ignores the impending arrival of the unearned income Medicare contribution tax, which will further raise tax rates on income from saving.

Scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1, the tax, which was adopted as part of the 2010 health-care law, is a 3.8 percent levy on interest, dividends, capital gains and passive business income received by taxpayers with incomes exceeding $200,000 (or $250,000 for couples).

Because the new tax was added to the health-care law late in the process without congressional hearings, it received little attention at the time. With only a few weeks left before it takes effect, it remains largely unknown…

One problem with the unearned income Medicare contribution tax is the name Congress chose for it, which is a triple misnomer. The income that will be subject to the tax isn’t unearned — it is earned by savers who receive market rewards for delaying consumption and providing funds to finance business investment.

Also, because the proceeds will be paid into the general treasury, the tax will have no financial link to Medicare. And, of course, the tax will be a compulsory payment, not a voluntary contribution.
As you’ll remember, the president promised throughout his first campaign for president and the contentious health care debate that his plan would lower premiums for Americans by as much as $2,500 annually.

“I will sign a universal health care bill into law by the end of my first term as president that will cover every American and cut the cost of a typical family’s premium by up to $2,500 a year.”
Even Politifact deems that promise totally broken.

As with most Obama promises, this one has been modified and hemmed and hawed and denied into near non-existence, but here he is offering a super-qualified variation in 2012. Let’s see how that one holds up:

“The other thing we’ve done is to say, what are the critical needs of small business? A lot of time, one of the biggest challenges is to make sure that you, as a sole proprietor, that you can get health insurance for you and your family. So when you hear about the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — and I don’t mind the name because I really do care. That’s why we passed it. You should know that once we have fully implemented, you’re going to be able to buy insurance through a pool so that you can get the same good rates as a group that if you’re an employee at a big company you can get right now — which means your premiums will go down.”
— President Obama, campaign speech in Cincinnati, July 16, 2012
The Washington Post assesses this much more modest, qualified version of the original promise at “Three Pinocchios,” conceding what the rest of us have known for quite some time— requiring 10 Essential Health Benefit categories for every qualified plan, adding those with pre-existing conditions to the rolls, getting rid of simpler, cheaper catastrophic plans and mini-meds for the young and healthy, changing age band requirements to limit how much more companies can charge for relatively high-risk older customers, and factoring in all the taxes and fees in the law will actually make coverage for the average person more expensive, not cheaper. But the Post is pretty sure you’ll like what you’re getting even if it’s really expensive and nothing like what you were sold:

The good news is that there would be a significant expansion of people with health insurance. And, after tax subsidies, many people may experience premium decreases. One could argue that overall there are more winners than losers.

But the bad news is that, on average, premiums almost certainly will go up — with some people really getting hit with increases. “Based on the analysis of the individual market, there is a concern for rate shock to a material portion of the population,” a report for Rhode Island said. “The individuals who currently are qualified for preferred rates will be seeing large increases in their healthcare premiums if they do not qualify for premium subsidies.”
And, guess who’s likely to be hardest hit? Young people, take your medicine:

The newly announced rules limit insurers to charge their oldest customers no more than three times as much as younger ones. As shown in the following chart based on estimates by international management consulting firm Oliver Wyman, the rule will force insurers to hike rates for 18- to 24-year-olds by 45 percent even as rates for those 60 and older drop by 13 percent in most states.[2] That means a 22-year-old waitress paying $2,068 for her health insurance will have to fork over $3,000 when Obamacare takes effect.[3] And these figures even underestimate the actual impact.
Up until now, in many states, the maximum age band ratio, which is the wretched term for this, was 5:1. Insurance carriers are right now frantically preparing for the deadlines to request rate hikes from each state’s insurance commission as these regulations get sent to actuaries. The news is not going to get brighter. "
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Re: think about this

Postby mathd » December 16th, 2012, 9:27 am

Wondering what would happen if some security guard or director of the school had access to some firearm. think it could have saved some life?
sometime its best to beat fire with fire but people will never understand that, probably they think the majority of the people are crazy and will get into innocent killing and none will stop them. I guess gun free zone are a great idea to these people.

What if YOU where in that school with a gun? sure if i did and heard gun shot i would wait for the predator to cross the room's door with a surprize.
If the teacher that put the child safe and died because she knew he was comming.. what would have happened if she had a gun when he entered the room?

I dont need to give the answer, its pretty oblivious. but well i dont think all teacher should carry gun but maby a gun safe that unlock only after an alarm is set
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Re: think about this

Postby grumpyvette » December 16th, 2012, 11:01 am

This father lost a child at Columbine. His views may surprise you.
On Thursday, May 27, 1999, Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Scott, a victim of the Columbine High School shootings in Littleton, Colorado, was invited to address the House Judiciary Committee's sub-committee. What he said to our national leaders during this special session of Congress was painfully truthful. They were not prepared for what he was to say, nor was it received well. It needs to be heard by every parent, every teacher, every politician, every sociologist, every psychologist, and every so-called expert! These courageous words spoken by Darrell Scott are powerful, penetrating, and deeply personal. There is no doubt that God sent this man as a voice crying in the wilderness. The following is a portion of the transcript:


Since the dawn of creation there has been both good and evil in the hearts of men and women. We all contain the seeds of kindness or the seeds of violence.

The death of my wonderful daughter, Rachel Joy Scott, and the deaths of that heroic teacher and the other eleven children who died must not be in vain. Their blood cries out for answers.

The first recorded act of violence was when Cain slew his brother Abel out in the field. The villain was not the club he used. Neither was it the NCA, the National Club Association. The true killer was Cain, and the reason for the murder could only be found in Cain's heart.

In the days that followed the Columbine tragedy, I was amazed at how quickly fingers began to be pointed at groups such as the NRA. I am not a member of the NRA.

I am not a hunter. I do not even own a gun. I am not here to represent or defend the NRA — because I don't believe that they are responsible for my daughter's death. Therefore I do not believe they need to be defended. If I believed they had anything to do with Rachel's murder I would be their strongest opponent.

I am here today to declare that Columbine was not just a tragedy — it was a spiritual event that should be forcing us to look at where the real blame lies!

Much of the blame lies here in this room. Much of the blame lies behind the pointing fingers of the accusers themselves.

I wrote a poem just four nights ago that expresses my feelings best. This was written way before I knew I would be speaking here today:

Your laws ignore our deepest needs
Your words are empty air
You've stripped away our heritage
You've outlawed simple prayer

Now gunshots fill our classrooms
And precious children die
You seek for answers everywhere
And ask the question "Why"?

You regulate restrictive laws
Through legislative creed
And yet you fail to understand
That God is what we need
Men and women are three-part beings. We all consist of body, soul, and spirit. When we refuse to acknowledge a third part of our make-up, we create a void that allows evil, prejudice, and hatred to rush in and wreak havoc.

Spiritual influences were present within our educational systems for most of our nation's history. Many of our major colleges began as theological seminaries. This is a historical fact. What has happened to us as a nation? We have refused to honor God, and in so doing, we open the doors to hatred and violence.

And when something as terrible as Columbine's tragedy occurs — politicians immediately look for a scapegoat such as the NRA. They immediately seek to pass more restrictive laws that contribute to erode away our personal and private liberties.

We do not need more restrictive laws. Eric and Dylan would not have been stopped by metal detectors. No amount of gun laws can stop someone who spends months planning this type of massacre.

The real villain lies within our own hearts.

Political posturing and restrictive legislation are not the answers.

The young people of our nation hold the key. There is a spiritual awakening taking place that will not be squelched!

We do not need more religion. We do not need more gaudy television evangelists spewing out verbal religious garbage. We do not need more million dollar church buildings built while people with basic needs are being ignored.

We do need a change of heart and a humble acknowledgment that this nation was founded on the principle of simple trust in God!

As my son Craig lay under that table in the school library and saw his two friends murdered before his very eyes — He did not hesitate to pray in school. I defy any law or politician to deny him that right!

I challenge every young person in America, and around the world, to realize that on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School prayer was brought back to our schools. Do not let the many prayers offered by those students be in vain.

Dare to move into the new millennium with a sacred disregard for legislation that violates your God-given right to communicate with Him.

To those of you who would point your finger at the NRA I give to you a sincere challenge. Dare to examine your own heart before casting the first stone!

My daughter's death will not be in vain! The young people of this country will not allow that to happen!
Be courageous enough to do what the media did not — let the nation hear this man's speech. Please send this out to everyone you can!!!
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Re: think about this

Postby grumpyvette » January 16th, 2013, 1:44 pm

READ, WEEP, PRINT AND KEEP!

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 censored.

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

STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY?
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!!!

GO AHEAD. . . BE AN AMERICAN!!!
IF YOU CAN,T SMOKE THE TIRES AT WILL,FROM A 60 MPH ROLLING START YOUR ENGINE NEEDS MORE WORK!!"!
IF YOU CAN , YOU NEED BETTER TIRES AND YOUR SUSPENSION NEEDS MORE WORK!!
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