555 People: An Insightful look at the current political debacle

Syndicated columnist, Charley Reese has penned his final column taking aim at neither republican nor democrat. Instead, “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!”

Charley Reese is retiring. Below here is a copy of his last column. I know many will miss this southern gentleman. He had a great run and we are all better off for it.

Farewell, Mr. Reese, and thank you. Charley Reese has been a journalist for 49 years. Be sure to read the list of Taxes at the end. This column is about as clear and easy to understand as it can be – read it!! The article is completely neutral, not anti-republican or democrat.

Charlie Reese 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!

555 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 555 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 555 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. 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 555 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 555 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 555 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 555 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 555 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 ass.
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 h_ _ _ happened? Can you spell ‘politicians?’ I hope this goes around THE USA at least 555 times!!! YOU can help it get there!!! GO AHEAD – – – BE AN AMERICAN!!!

Time to change things. Time to send ‘em home. Right? You many pass this on…


  1. Gee vote out 545 people and all is well. But first you have to find 545 people that will work for the good of all the American people to replace the 545 that didn’t. Sounds simple enough and if the 545 you voted for are just like the 545 that were there before then vote them out again. This simplistic view is so silly that only morons (mostly conservative) would buy into it. I don’t need to go into the details of why this won’t work because this post is for the more intelligent people who already know that this is nonsense. So why did I bother to post on this? Because I was disappointed with Charley Reese. I thought his last article would be a treasure and a good work that people could point too and say this was his best, instead it was just a remake of an earlier column. I’ve read his articles going back to a time when he was just another run of the mill carbon copy conservative. If you read one conservative it was the same as reading another, the message was the same right wing anti-communist hardcore flag waving USA is right and everyone else is wrong message. Then sometime in the late eighties Reese’s articles began to change and his point of view became broad and more interesting and to my surprise some of his articles were very liberal. I said to a good friend of mine, am I nuts or is this conservative starting to sound like us. He said, he also noticed the change in Reese’s position and found the columns he was writing much more interesting than before. Reese’s position after the change didn’t seem to favor any particular political ideology, he just wrote what was on his mind and it was a refreshing change from the boilerplate rubber stamp conservative bunch that bored the hell out of me. I didn’t agree with many of his columns but I respected him for having the guts to say what he believed. I believe he wrote this article in 1984 when he was still a conservative company man and with some changes it was his last column in the Sentinel. Unfortunately, in my opinion, his last column with the Orlando Sentinel was unworthy of someone who went against the conservative and liberal status quo and was nothing more than a rehash of an earlier column. Yes it’s true, there were a lot of readers who thought this was his best article and I think it equally true that there are a lot of morons in this world. Could we have a better Government? Sure, but people must understand there are things that can and cannot be changed. You can change 545 people but you can’t change human nature, it remains fixed and I’m not just talking about the 545 people but all of us. So prove me wrong, go ahead take the high road and tell your congressman not to try to get a government contract for some local company because you feel that the tax burden to other Americans is unfair. We are no different than are leaders it’s the system that needs to be changed.

    Jim on May 17th 2012
  2. I have listened, some years ago, to the Tony Robbins Personal Power Seminar tapes with the subliminal music tapes.
    While I started to leave another comment, I have previously thought if a comment came up I’d leave the one about the subliminal:
    I didn’t usually run, though I had in the past. I was in the middle of an occasional go to the beach and maybe swimming in not rough waters, which was a calm thing esspecially with my background as a surfer. But to keep this short:
    I was looking across a beach drop off of maybe up to 20 ft. where the huge, second reef Hawaii surf had eaten up the usual shoreline. The extent of smooth receding surf sand was beckoning a run through. There was a lull and the waves weren’t lapping at the about 20 ft. wall of sand which normally was a frothing danger zone. And I took off trotting and running across the smooth, somewhat hard beach sand. I opened up, as I had been listening a lot tot he beautiful subliminals about physical prowess, and I wouldn’t have expected it, but I really opened up and pourerd it on. I ran the about 50 yards or so to where the wall of sand which the surf rolled onto, just in time as the set came rolling in. At the other end of the stretch the wall was about 8 or ten feet and as i got to the end, the setas rolling in fast, and I had just opened up, unbelievably so to make it; I did a left and upped onto the top of the sand wall, feeling like I was being lifted by sosme force to just grab hold of the crumbly top and pull myself to safety as the white water waves sprayed my back. I figured it was the subliminal open up that allowed me to get there; and sort of a blessing from something or somewhere.
    Now, many years later, I’m wondering if I don’t get a little push over the sand dune am I going to make the dream?

    Matthew Kraus on May 16th 2011

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