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The following are not my original words. I tried through Google to find the author, but alas I could not find him or her. But I do love what it has to say, and I wanted to share it. Please take the time to read it and leave your take on it.

Thank you, Spiney

Read This..This is where the blame really falls

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 535 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 535 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 535 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 535 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 535 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 535 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

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In an interview with C-span over the Memorial Day weekend President Obama stated the obvious America is Broke.

Steve Scully of C-Span asked the President the following:    “SCULLY: You know the numbers, $1.7 trillion debt, a national deficit of $11 trillion. At what point do we run out of money?”  President Obama answered “Well we are there right now.” If this is the case and it is why do we wake up everyday to new proposals for another $30 billion for a bankrupt GM, $10-11 Trillion for National Healthcare. When your broke should you not cut back on spending instead of digging yourself in deeper?  Makes sense to me.  And how will we pay for all this new spending? More taxes for everyone.  Yes even though the President campaigned with a promise that only persons making over $250K a year would see tax increases, and the masses would see tax reductions, we are all in for huge increases in taxes. They have proposed a whole bunch of new taxes to pay for health care.  1st they want to tax food that’s bad for us starting with soda. Most all of us drink soda. I certainly do everyday though for me its been all diet for about 10 years and caffeine free for about 2.  There will be a new tax on every can & bottle of soda.  Then the whopper a VAT or Value Added Tax on everything that is sold.  this is basically a national sales tax on top of the sales tax your state or city already imposes. they are talking around 20-25%.  So if an when this passes in PA which already has a 6% sales tax a $150 I-pod will set you back $189 based on a 20% VAT. There’s change you can believe in.  They also want to tax health care benefits provided by your employer for the first time ever. So there will be less in your paycheck to buy the more expensive things you still need and want. Now this will really help an ailing economy. Let’s see you’ll have less take home pay to buy things with. So you’ll be less inclined to buy things, especially since they now cost at least 20% more. So we buy less, this slows down the economy, the Government gets less tax income, more people lose their jobs because we can’t afford to buy things. Yeah that will work.  But at least your get FREE health care! Wake up people nothing is free.  This Free health care may be the most expensive Free thing you ever got to the point where it bankrupts our country. Think about it, and please respond and tell me what You Think.  Thanks, Spiney

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I had this e-mail forwarded to me today from a friend.  As I read it I got very upset. But being responsible before I forwarded to all my friends and posted it here on my blog I called the dealership to confirm it was true. I spoke to their receptionist. She told me unfortunately it is true. I told her I was very sorry to hear that and I would do what I could to get the word out. And also ask people to contact their representatives to ask how this could happen in America.  So please take the time to read this plea from a fellow American who is having his livelihood stolen from him, with help from the United States Government.
Letter from a Dodge dealer

My name is George C. Joseph. I am the sole owner of Sunshine
Dodge-Isuzu, a family owned and operated business in
Melbourne, Florida. My family bought and paid for this
automobile franchise 35 years ago in 1974. I am the second
generation to manage this business.

We currently employ 50+ people and before the economic
slowdown we employed over 70 local people. We are active in
the community and the local chamber of commerce. We deal
with several dozen local vendors on a day to day basis and
many more during a month. All depend on our business for
part of their livelihood. We are financially strong with
great respect in the market place and community. We have
strong local presence and stability.

I work every day the store is open, nine to ten hours a
day. I know most of our customers and all our employees.
Sunshine Dodge is my life.

On Thursday, May 14, 2009 I was notified that my Dodge
franchise, that we purchased, will be taken away from my
family on June 9, 2009 without compensation and given
to another dealer at no cost to them. My new vehicle
inventory consists of 125 vehicles with a financed balance
of 3 million dollars. This inventory becomes impossible to
sell with no factory incentives beyond June 9, 2009.
Without the Dodge franchise we can no longer sell a new
Dodge as “new,” nor will we be able to do any
warranty service work. Additionally, my Dodge parts
inventory, (approximately $300,000.) is virtually worthless
without the ability to perform warranty service. There is no
offer from Chrysler to buy back the vehicles or parts
inventory.

Our facility was recently totally renovated at
Chrysler’s insistence, incurring a multi-million dollar
debt in the form of a mortgage at Sun Trust Bank.

HOW IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA CAN THIS HAPPEN?

THIS IS A PRIVATE BUSINESS NOT A GOVERNMENT ENTITY

This is beyond imagination! My business is being stolen
from me through NO FAULT OF OUR OWN. We did NOTHING wrong.

This atrocity will most likely force my family into
bankruptcy. This will also cause our 50+ employees to be
unemployed. How will they provide for their families? This
is a total economic disaster.

HOW CAN THIS HAPPEN IN A FREE MARKET ECONOMY IN THE UNITED
STATES OF AMERICA?

I beseech your help, and look forward to your reply. Thank
you.

Sincerely,

George C. Joseph
President &Owner

Sunshine Dodge-Isuzu

Please think about what is happening here. This is the kind of thing that happens in communist and fascist countries, not in the United States. What happens to this man today could happen to you, your employer, your family tomorrow unless people stand up and say No More.  Think about it.  What’s your take on this? Spiney

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I listened today to CNN’s State of the Union with John King. He was interviewing Budget Director Peter Orszag. He asked him repeatedly why a president who campaigned on promises of not doing things the way they’ve always been done in Washington and promised to eliminate earmark spending projects would sign a budget bill with over 8000 earmarks in it. Director Orszag said that there will be no earmarks in the 2010 budget but it was too late to cut out the earmarks in the 2009 budget. This budget to be fair has earmarks from both parties, but the budget was approved by a majority Democratic congress. When you have a Democratic President who was elected in pretty much a landslide on promises of Change and a Democratically controlled congress, why can’t he have what he wants. He would win over his detractors and show the average taxpayer that while they have to cut back in the tough economic times, so does the government. He should say I will not sign this bill until the most ridiculous earmarks are removed. That would show real change and real leadership. I urge you to go over to the CNN site and watch the video from this interview. It was revealing. I applaud CNN’s John King for continually asking the question, trying to get a straight answer from director Orszag.

Personally what I think is that while most people voted for Barack Obama for President what we really got was President Pelosi. What do you think? Spiney

Please view the CNN story here:  http://preview.tinyurl.com/dx4vnb

I apologize, I tried everything I could but I could not get the above referenced link to come up as a blue line link. The path is correct you will need to cut and paste it into your browser. Sorry, Spiney

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Today the Dow drop to it’s lowest point since 1997 at 6763 down 299 points in one day.  The Dow Jones Industrial has gone down almost 24% since President Obama was inaugurated. Now I’m not saying it went down because he was inaugurated. It has gone down because of the spending policies of Congress and the Obama administration. And let’s give him the benefit of the doubt and say it’s not because of the wild spending and bailouts. Now is not the time to initiate the largest spending bills, new programs,raise taxes, and totally overhaul the health care system while every single day the economy gets worse. Where will the money come from to implement these programs when we will soon have double digit unemployment? The Obama administration wants to punish Wall Street for it’s greed and misdeeds.  But in doing this they also hurt the average American myself included who either have investments or 401k’s that are tied to the success or failure of Wall Street. This especially hurts those who are retired and had their life savings invested for their future. Many have seen their savings cut in 1/2.  And many who worked very hard and thought they could enjoy their golden years are now forced to go back to work. Notice when you go to the grocery store how many senior citizens are now working as baggers and check out persons.  President Obama was elected to give us change. If he gets his way with all of the new programs and expenditures he wants, the change in the basket on your dresser may be all the change you get.  Tell me what you think.  Thanks for stopping by.  Spiney

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As I watched the Presidents speech to congress tonight there is one thing he said that I have to give a big Amen to. We need to become a great innovator and producer of those innovation.  I don’t remember the exact context but basically he said we invented the Solar Cell, but now the leaders of this technology are all overseas. Our Hybrid and Electric Cars will be using technology that we buy or license from Toyota with batteries from South Korea.  We invent so many of the hi tech inovations here in the United States, and then we let other countries, mostly in Asia lay claim to them and make all of the money of them.  The VCR and the Laser Disk, predecessor to the CD and DVD were invented at the RCA corporation in Lancaster, PA.  Both technologies were then improved upon and perfected by Toshiba, Sony, Phillips, etc and then imported by the millions back into the United States.  While they made billions on these, the RCA company shut down the huge plant in Lancaster. A  facility that was once a large employer with good paying jobs. They employed many engineers, technicians, and skilled workers who made TV’s, closed circuit television camera, and the Laserdisk players.  Locally now close to where Spiney lives is one of the largest producers of lead acid batteries, the Exide corporation. They should be making the batteries for the Hybrids, and all electric vehicles. They have the technology and many hard working employees who are willing and ready to get the job done.  We need to become a country that produces hard goods again. We can’t all be paper pushers, or work in retail. 20 years ago our future was to be a service economy and an information economy. Now most of that is outsourced to places who will work for 1/3 or less than the wages of a US employee. Most have gone to India. All you need to do is call customer service to find that out.  I hope that the presidents vision of a new Green Technology industry comes to be. It could be our 2nd chance at an industrial revolution.  Hopefully if we get this chance, we will keep the jobs here.  Spiney

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In one stroke of a pen President Obama double the deficit of the United States. Then about 1 week later he promises to cut the deficit in 1/2 by the end of his first term through cuts in spending and raising some taxes.  Does anyone else see the bipolarness of this?  It’s like going out on a bender and then calling a family meeting to announce your quiting drinking. Both the President and Congress should have looked closer at their big spending bill the previous week if they wanted a good head start at cutting spending . Do we really need an 8 billion dollar hi-speed rail system between Disneyland and Las Vegas.  I’m all for Hi-speed rail.  We lag behind the world in Hi-speed rail but put it somewhere it can really help like between two major business centers like Washington DC and NYC.  Either way I digress away from my initial statement.  When announcing  that we need to cut the deficit did he really think we forgot that just 7-9 days earlier he doubled our deficit with the stimulus program and was proud of doing it. You can’t make this stuff up. One last thing. I’m tired of President Obama saying he inherited this horrible economy. President Bush is not solely responsible for the economic mess we are in. Congress had a large hand in it also. It takes congress and a president to create and sign off on a budget. Also while he may now have this economy on his plate he campaigned very hard to get this job. He knew what he was getting into. Quit acting like you found some big surprise behind door # 2. Hopefully someday we will all look back at these times and laugh about it, but I doubt it.  Thanks for listening… Spiney

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