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AP: Life sucks.

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by TrooperBari, Jun 22, 2008.

  1. TrooperBari

    TrooperBari Active Member


    A nice, uplifting read for a Sunday afternoon.
  2. STLIrish

    STLIrish Active Member

    Well at least we haven't yet gotten to Part Two: "And then you die."
  3. alleyallen

    alleyallen Guest

    Another theme of Horatio Alger stories was that the young do-gooder was often financially rewarded by a wealthy benefactor for his noble deeds. Somehow, I don't foresee that happening too much this day and age.
  4. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    When the levee breaks, we got no place to stay. :eek: :eek:
  5. Bubbler

    Bubbler Active Member

    I liked this story better ... when it was called Chicken Little.
  6. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    Clearly, this writer hates America.
  7. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Says the man who hates America...
  8. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    Bogged down in a land war in asia. Oil crisis. Economy in chaos. It's the mid-1970s all over again.

    Which means disco is going to come back. SHIT!
  9. hondo

    hondo Well-Known Member

    Well, how about this take:


    Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

    Have you ever wondered why, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, we have deficits?

    Have you ever wondered why, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, 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 e 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? 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 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 a n 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.
  10. spaceman

    spaceman Active Member

    At least the seventies were pre-AIDS.
  11. BYH

    BYH Active Member


    "Did you know that disco record sales were up 400% for the year ending 1976? If these trends continue...AAY!"

    Edit: Suck it, 2mCM!!!!! :D
  12. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

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