March on Washington: DC Protest 9/12/09

Saturday, September 12, 2009
Washington, DC

I was joined by a close friend, Cathy Pickard, as we made our way to DC to march with fellow patriots to send a message to Congress and our President: We want fiscal responsibility, we don’t want big (or bigger) government, we don’t want more irresponsible spending, and ever increasing deficits, and we don’t want socialized medicine.

A senior’s perspective on “free” health care

(written by my husband’s aunt)

This is a copy of an email that I sent to Nancy Pelosi today.  Thought I’d go right to the source.  What do you think?

Dear Congresswoman Pelosi,
I saw a portion of your interview regarding your thoughts on the grassroots protesting on the Obama care HR3200 health care bill.  You said that you thought that it was Astroturf, not grass roots and that these people were carrying swastikas into the town hall meetings.
Madam Pelosi, I am a 72 year old senior citizen and have never before protested anything in my life but I will continue to voice my concerns regarding this health care bill to everyone and anyone that will listen.  This bill is bad for our great country.  This bill is bad for the citizens of this country.  This bill is just plain bad.
You and your Democratic Party members are the ones that are carrying swastikas.  You’re trying to strong arm and frighten the American people into allowing you to pass legislation and to spend the tax-payers money for generations to come to remake our great country into something that our forefathers would never recognize.  Brave men and women fought and died for centuries for our Democracy.  You are disgracing their memories and destroying our country.
Your actions have awakened the American spirit in people like me and Madam, I will now make it my “job” to try to unseat you and your cronies in the coming elections.  I may be old, but I’m not dead, yet.  And I have no intention of letting you and your kind decide how long that may be.  Only God has that right.
Joanne Foutty

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545 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 — 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? Nancy Pelosi. She is the leader of the majority party. She 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 can not 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, it’s because they want them in  IRAQ.

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 and has been a journalist for 49 years.

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