The following is Charley Reese’s final column for the Orlando Sentinel in 2001… He was a journalist for 49 years, but passed away May 2013. He was retiring and this was his last column.
This is about as clear and easy to understand as it can be. The article below is completely neutral, neither anti-Republican nor Democrat. Charlie Reese, a retired reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, has hit the nail directly on the head, defining clearly who it is that in the final analysis must assume responsibility for the judgments made that impact each one of us every day. It’s a short but good read. Worth the time. Worth remembering!
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 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 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 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 now? 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 cannot 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 and Marines are in Iraq and Afghanistan it’s because they want them in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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!
What you do with this article now that you have read it is up to you.
This might be funny if it weren’t so true.
Be sure to read all the way to the end:
Tax his land,
Tax his bed,
Tax the table,
At which he’s fed.
Tax his tractor,
Tax his mule,
Teach him taxes
Are the rule.
Tax his work,
Tax his pay,
He works for
Tax his cow,
Tax his goat,
Tax his pants,
Tax his coat.
Tax his ties,
Tax his shirt,
Tax his work,
Tax his dirt.
Tax his tobacco,
Tax his drink,
Tax him if he
Tries to think.
Tax his cigars,
Tax his beers,
If he cries
Tax his tears.
Tax his car,
Tax his gas,
Find other ways
To tax his ass.
Tax all he has
Then let him know
That you won’t be done
Till he has no dough.
When he screams and hollers;
Then tax him some more,
Tax him till
He’s good and sore.
Then tax his coffin,
Tax his grave,
Tax the sod in
Which he’s laid…
Put these words
Upon his tomb,
‘Taxes drove me
to my doom…’
When he’s gone,
Do not relax,
Its time to apply
The inheritance tax.
Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
CDL license Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon)
Gross Receipts Tax
Hunting License Tax
IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Marriage License Tax
Personal Property Tax
Real Estate Tax
Service Charge Tax
Social Security Tax
Road Usage Tax
Recreational Vehicle Tax
State Income Tax
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Telephone Federal Excise Tax
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
Telephone Recurring and Nonrecurring Charges Tax
Telephone State and Local Tax
Telephone Usage Charge Tax
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax
Still think this is funny?
· Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, and our nation was the most prosperous in the world.
· We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom, if agreed, stayed home to raise the kids.
What in the hell happened? Can you spell ‘politicians?’
Look I Have Some Lips Where There Never Was a Lip
Now I never have been one for tattoos, until I heard about permanent makeup. This cosmetic technique employs tattoos as a means of correcting flaws either nature, old age or disease has erased or forgot. In my case my mother plucked my eyebrows way to thin and I am fair so they all but disappeared. I also was left out in the lip department when God was handing out lips, I got ones that evaporated. As I got older in pictures, this flaw made me look almost snake like.
Thanks to Jeffrey Lyle Segal, I have been corrected. I have metamorphosed into a butterfly who can now smile with confidence. as I looked in the mirror.
For those who know me, they know I am terrified of needles. With the ointment Jeff uses there is a minimal of pain. For the eye brows there is none. What you do is hear a sound that sounds like tearing. For the lips, the initial round it is pain free. There is a little discomfort when the needle returns to same place, but nothing that one can’t handle. For me the eyes are the hardest and not because of the needle. I have hyper sensitive eyes that tear up and send hundreds of droplets down my face in the wind. When the ointment is applied my eyes rebel and I become a difficult patient but Jeffrey was patient and now the eyeliner is done to perfection.
Having permanent make-up, means you wake up looking refresh and put together without doing a thing. When you are sick, you still look radiant, which can lift your spirits to heal faster.
Normally eyeliner costs $475 for a single application top or bottom or $850 for two sessions a month apart. Lips run $475 for liner and $575 for both lining and lip stain. For a second session take a $100 off if prepaid at the first session. For eyebrows the price is $475 for a single application or $850 for two sessions a month apart. These prices are all on the low end for Manhattan. As a special deal for all T2C readers, as a Valentine’s Special booked by February 14th Jeff will offer an additional $100 discount for what ever service you choose.
Jeff has been a permanent cosmetic artist since 1991. He has been a media makeup artist in film, theater and TV with over 30 years experience. He is the author of “The Shape of Permanent Beauty” and he teaches makeup design training for permanent cosmetics. Besides being a permanent cosmetic artist, he is also a certified Hypnotist offering non-drug assisted version of anesthesia and anxiety reduction.
To make an appointment call Jeff at 323-828-8740 or email him at email@example.com
Tom Ruck – The Patriot Behind the Parades
Visionary Tom Ruck Set to make history as the only person to have both marched and actively participated in All Major Landmark Parades with his Appearance in this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, creating a special moment in patriotic history.
His upcoming Appearance in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, November 23rd, 2023 will see him make history as the only person to have both marched and actively participated in All Major Landmark Parades in the United States with his Appearance in this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
After applying earlier this year, Ruck was selected as an official balloon wrangler for the new character appearance of “Leo.” Based on the Adam Sandler Netflix animated comedy, he will march down Fifth Avenue in Manhattan and past the storied halls of Macy’s Department store to the delight of thousands of revelers on the street and millions of fans worldwide watching the broadcast show on both television and internet streaming.
As a proud American citizen, it was his belief in the importance of the traditions of America that spurred his involvement which over time led to his appearing in some of the biggest parades rooted in the tradition and heritage in the country.
“I believe in America and American traditions,” Tom states. “There’s nothing more traditional and more American than the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as well as the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day.”
Few people can boast about playing a big part in recognizable parades such as the Thanksgiving celebration along with the Tournament of Roses Parade, which is the annual parade held along Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California, on New Year’s Day.
During his high school years in 1971 he was selected as a member of the prestigious McDonald’s All American High School Band, where two musicians were selected from each state and marched in the 1971 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and following that the 1972 Tournament of Roses Rose Parade. After high school, while at the University of Missouri Ruck continued his participation in Music with “Marching Mizzou”.
Years later as an adult he moved to California and joined the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association. He became a member of the tournament as a “White Suitor” and has been involved with the organization since 2008.
Making an American dream come true has always been a motivating factor for Ruck. As an individual has accomplished several notable feats during his professional career that have carved out profound chapters that motivate the reader of his personal biography.
Currently based in Alexandria, Virginia, his life has led down a road worthy of a Hollywood screenplay. He has been presented to two Presidential Transition Teams for the position of Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs. The Boeing Corporation and his “hometown” St. Louis Cardinals have honored Ruck for his achievements in supporting America’s Veterans and his contributions to veteran causes.
He also is an accomplished author and has published an award-winning book that honors the American Veteran. “Sacred Ground, A Tribute to America’s Veterans” was released by Regnery Publishing, now part of Salem Media Group, and achieved a #5 ranking on Amazon.
“I created this book as a labor of love to honor the truest of American heroes, our veterans,” he enthusiastically expresses, “and to give back I donate all royalties from the book to the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund.”
Ruck has appeared on over 100 radio and television programs and served as featured speaker at over 50 national and regional events. He was also an invited guest speaker at the 70th anniversary of D-Day in 2014 in Sainte Mere-Eglise in Normandy, France honoring the men of the 82nd and 101st Airborne for their courageous efforts that fateful day.
Ruck has held national leadership positions primarily with nationwide financial and healthcare corporations. He also has served with the Department of Veterans Affairs, as the Director at Fayetteville National Cemetery, and the Director of the Los Angeles National Cemetery, and also served as the Strategic Planning Officer for the Department of Veterans Affairs Long Beach Medical Center.
Ruck recently moved to the Washington DC area to accept the position of Senior Engagement Manager with the Department of Homeland Security, Blue Campaign, developing national partnerships and awareness campaigns for Human Trafficking in 2022.
Now, his next walk on the journey of his life in Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade will once again tell the tale of a great American showing incredible patriotic love for their country and compassion for the citizens of the country.
Loud and Clear Worldwide Awareness for Role of Climate Change on Wildlife
This is your very important wake up call!
The climate crisis is now and it has dramatically impacted human beings, global industries, and the health of our environment.
“Humans, land, and breathable air are not the only collateral damage from climate change,” says Chris Weber, co-founder of Animals Around the Globe. “Animals everywhere are also greatly affected by the results of climate change.”
Climate change has had a potentially catastrophic impact on wildlife as rising temperatures, the breakdown of fragile global ecosystems, and diminishing habitats have led to a decrease in at-risk populations of certain species.
As world leaders and climate change experts work to combat the negative effects of climate change, Weber goes on to say there will need to be champions for wildlife who step up to take part in the fight.
Animals are part of a healthy ecosystem, and their habitats — with abundant trees and untouched nature — help absorb carbon and limit rising temperatures. Keeping animals and their habitats safe is part of the work to fight climate change.
“We need to cultivate a greater sense of affection toward and deeper connection with animals. When people care, they are more inclined to protect,” says Weber.
Through their animal-centered website and podcast, both Chris Weber and his fellow co-founder Jan Otte, have championed the need for focus on biodiversity and action on climate change. In a recent discussion with Lea Henzgen of the AMES Foundation, the two discussed with Henzgen how the biodiversity crisis may be a larger issue than the climate crisis, yet does not receive as much attention.
Biodiversity and climate change are intertwined. As the temperature of the Earth increases, vegetation, food sources, the makeup of habitats and environments, and water access and quality alter dramatically, forcing animals to migrate or adapt to find more livable conditions. If livable conditions cannot be found or adapted to, entire species could potentially be lost to extinction.
However, the climate crisis is not the only factor in the loss of habitats and extinction. Development by human beings and poaching play a significant role in the biodiversity crisis. The issue of conservation is complex, and goes beyond simply caring what happens to animals that may live a world away.
“One key challenge is the stark contrast between populations in developed regions, which possess the financial resources needed to assist but often remain distanced from wildlife, and those in developing regions, which live alongside wildlife but often exploit it for sustenance and income to combat pressing economic need,” Weber explained in an article for the Otto Beisheim School of Management.
Fighting the biodiversity crisis alongside the climate crisis takes a deeper understanding of economics and cultural differences, along with a grasp of the science behind climate change.
As climate change intensifies, the animal kingdom and the human world are becoming far more intermingled. Along with habitat loss that comes with human development and the negative effects of extreme weather like hurricanes and tsunamis, wildlife is increasingly in greater danger due to human interaction.
Ecosystems change due to climate issues, animals must move further and further from their original habitats to find food, shelter, and water; and as human beings occupy more geographical space and encroach on where animals are sourcing their food and water, chaos can ensue. In the end, it’s typically animals that bear the brunt of that chaos.
“We look at three core pillars to address these issues,” says Weber. “First, entertaining people. We want to capture their interest and draw them into the world of wildlife. Second, educating that audience. We are channeling the knowledge and insights of our experts and allowing them to share their own forays into the wild. Third, building an online community where users can immerse themselves in the topic and one that facilitates firsthand encounters, whether virtual or real.”
For Weber, Otte, and many like them interested in conservation and animal welfare, engaging people in caring about animals is the first step to saving them from the negative effects of climate change. By working to decrease conflict with humans — whether by saving habitats or helping animals find safe havens — the biodiversity and climate crisis issues are being addressed. Both crises are slippery slopes that, if not properly addressed and mitigated, will lead to further issues.
Through advocacy and boots-on-the-ground work, climate change and biodiversity crisis activists are making real change in the world. According to research, climate change is one of the primary concerns of voters — especially among younger generations. Making a noted difference for animals globally starts with awareness and small steps toward meaningful change.
Cover art by David Clode on Unsplash
‘The Best Hug in The World’ is a Terrific Tale of Love
Tommy Feight’s “The Best Hug in the World” is a tale of magical moments that will appeal to both children and their parents. Illustrated by graphic designer Daniel Klein, the charming book tells the story of a young boy’s love of hugging.
Rather than being a celebration of heartfelt moments, however, this emotional journey is anything but straightforward for young Shams and his father. The sweet, brown-eyed boy at the center of the story is determined to become the world’s best hugger, but his noble quest is fraught with setbacks.
Join Shams and his father as their father-son relationship is tested like never before. “The Best Hug in the World” is packed with endearing characters, genuine love, and a profound message that will resonate with parents and children alike.
Buy this book online today, and share heartfelt story times with your children that teach invaluable life lessons.
Macy’s, The 4th and The Drones
Macy’s had a drone show for the first time ahead of the start of its 4th of July Fireworks this year. Spectators cheered when 500 drones formed the shape of the Statue of Liberty on East River.
The drone show took place before the Macy’s fireworks celebrating the United States’ 247th independence day.
The drones formed LL Kool J, a radio, Stars and Stripes, a turning Statue of Liberty, an American flag and spelled out the word “Macy’s,” all while Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” blared along the water.
It truly was spectacular.
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