Looking For Someone To Blame..?

This was taken from the 7 March 1995 edition of the Orlando Sentinel,
where it ran under the title “Looking for Someone to Blame? Congress Is a Good Place to Start”
written by Charlie Reese.

Verification by Snopes at

“Politics is supposed to be the second-oldest profession.
I have come to realize that it
bears a very close resemblance to the first.”

– Ronald Reagan (R), 40th US President

Looking For Someone To Blame..?

Politicians, as I have often said, are the only people in the world who create problems and
then campaign against them.

Everything on the Republican contract is a problem created by Congress. Too much bureaucracy?
Blame Congress.

Too many rules? Blame Congress. Unjust tax laws? Congress wrote them.

Out-of-control bureaucracy? Congress authorizes everything bureaucracies do. Americans dying
in Third World rat holes on stupid U.N. missions? Congress allows it.

The annual deficits? Congress votes for them. The $4 trillion plus debt? Congress created it.

To put it into perspective just remember that 100 percent of the power of the federal
government comes from the U.S. Constitution. If it’s not in the Constitution, it’s not

Then read your Constitution. All 100 percent of the power of the federal government is
invested solely in 545 individual human beings. That’s all. Of 260
million Americans, only 545 of them wield 100 percent of the power of the federal government.
That’s 435 members of the U.S. House, 100 senators, one president and nine
Supreme Court justices. Anything involving government that is wrong is 100 percent
their fault.

I exclude the vice president because constitutionally he has no power except to preside over
the Senate and to vote only in the case of a tie. I exclude the Federal Reserve because
Congress created it and all its power is power Congress delegated to it and could withdraw
anytime it chooses to do so. In fact, all the power exercised by the 3 million or so other
federal employees is power delegated from the 545.

All bureaucracies are created by Congress or by executive order of the president. All are
financed and staffed by Congress. All enforce laws passed by Congress.

All operate under procedures authorized by Congress. That’s why all complaints and protests
should be properly directed at Congress, not at the individual agencies.

You don’t like the IRS? Go see Congress. You think the Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms agency
is running amok? Go see Congress.

Congress is the originator of all government problems and is also the only remedy available.
That’s why, of course, politicians go to such extraordinary lengths and employ world-class
sophistry to make you think they are not responsible. Anytime a congressman pretends to be
outraged by something a federal bureaucrat does, he is in fact engaging in one big massive
con job. No federal employee can act at all except to enforce laws passed by Congress and
to employ procedures authorized by Congress either explicitly or implicitly.

Partisans on both sides like to blame presidents for deficits, but all deficits are
congressional deficits. The president may, by custom, recommend a budget, but it carries
no legal weight. Only Congress is authorized by the Constitution to authorize and appropriate
and to levy taxes. That’s what the federal budget consists of: expenditures authorized, funds
appropriated and taxes levied.

Both Democrats and Republicans mislead the public. For 40 years Democrats had
majorities and could have at any time balanced the budget if they had chosen to do so.
Republicans now have majorities and could, if they choose, pass a balanced budget this year.
Every president, Democrat or Republican, could have vetoed appropriations bills that did not
make up a balanced budget. Every president could have recommended a balanced budget. None has
done either.

We have annual deficits and a huge federal debt because that’s what majorities in Congress and
presidents in the White House wanted. We have troops in various Third World rat holes because
Congress and the president want them there.

Don’t be conned. Don’t let them escape responsibility. We simply have to sort through
260 million people until we find 545 who will act responsibly.

Comment: We haven’t got a chance….

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Author: herminius

Attended Pasadena City College with major in Accounting.

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