Politicians Against the People


PAP is a new acronym I’ve just invented to describe Politicians Against the People. PAPs are people we elect to help and protect us, but instead, they wind up putting the screws to us once they get in. In poll after poll, the majority of American voters say they DO NOT want a new health care initiative put into place, which would cost hundreds of billions of dollars, force people into insurance plans, and completely alter the way medical treatment is handled in our country for evermore. So what does Obama do? He pushes for it even harder, the hell with what the people want.
The president’s $950 billion health care plan has managed, in the words of The Wall Street Journal, “to take the worst of both the House and Senate bills and combine them into something more destructive. It includes more taxes, more subsidies, and even less cost control than the Senate bill.”
The striking thing about all this is, Obama and the House and Senate Democrats are now saying that they have no intention of compromising or of listening to any other health care ideas proposed by Republicans or other people. They want what they want, and they’re going to do whatever it takes to ram it through. The majority of the country doesn’t want it? That’s tough; they’re going to get it anyway. Their gall knows no limit.
This complete arrogance by politicians who were voted into office to supposedly “serve the people,” but turned around to do what they want anyway reminds me of a column written about 25 years ago by syndicated journalist Charley Reese. That column has now become almost legendary and, even today, is reprinted over and over on the Internet and in print media. From time to time, it has been updated to reflect current names of the individuals in power, but the common sense points it makes are as true now as they ever were.
The bulk of Reese’s column appears below. It was first published by the Orlando Sentinel Star Newspaper.

“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 Federal Reserve Bank does.
One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president, and nine Supreme Court justices—545 human beings out of the 235 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 legislation’s responsibility to determine how he votes.
Don’t you see how the con game is played on the people by the politicians? 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.
It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 235 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted, by present facts, of incompetence and irresponsibility.
I can’t think of a single domestic problem, from an unfair tax code to defense overruns that is not traceable directly to those 545 people.
When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise 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.
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 it.
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 they have the gumption to manage their own employees.”

So if you object to government control of your life and the lives of your children, if you don’t like the way your representatives are changing your health-care, there are two things you can do: contact them and let them know exactly how you feel; and remember who they are and kick them out of office. Throw the PAPs out!

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