IT’S ALL ABOUT CONTROL
By Betty Freauf
A January 4, 1996 guest opinion in our local paper by Ralph M. Bell, a retired physician of Salem, Oregon was entitled “Health-care cost is not the issue.” He uses the analogy of buying a tire for your car. The consumer can purchase a tire at $50 if he can afford it. If he can’t, then he may have to buy one for less money but when the federal government got involved in health care, we had to buy the entire car to get a tire because it cannot be sold separately. “Why can’t it?” he asks and then answers, “Because that’s the law. The high cost, unaffordable cost is not our making nor under our control.”
“Whose fault is it? Well, that’s a lot easier to determine,” he writes. Congress and its bureaucratic administration, which adds so much to the cost of the service we want that it is all but unreachable. We want a tire, not an automobile. Why can’t we have it that way? He explains, “Because as an individual we have little power against a huge self-serving bureaucracy.” He says if we could apply the same market forces to our health-care that we could apply to a tire, we could again find a satisfactory choice and suggests we demand and should take back our consumer rights to make our own decisions. In other words, pay for an occasional office call out -of –pocket like we used to do 40+ years ago and buy a high-deductible, lower-cost catastrophic insurance from a free unregulated market to cover the bigger health problems. You’ll recall this doctor’s letter was written during the time the GOP was trying to “reform” Medicare and Medicaid and the Democrats kept stopping it.
The health care reform package that may come out of Washington, D.C. shortly wants us to pay big bucks up front for about five years but we get no benefits until later. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could pay our household bills that way? Using the HEGELIAN DIALECTIC conservatives feel confident if the Obamacare passes, it can later be repealed when the GOP hopefully wins in November; however, if it is true, Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) has already covered that base. Beginning on page 1,000 of the measure, Section 3403 reads in part: It shall not be in order in the Senate or the House of Representatives to consider any bill, resolution, amendment or conference report that would repeal or otherwise change this subsection.”
Have you ever seen anything repealed in Washington once it is passed? Allow me to remind you about the Sixteenth Amendment (income tax) that was never ratified by the required number of states. In the same year there is the Democrat’s unconstitutional Federal Reserve or how about Republican President Richard Nixon’s February 1972 Executive Order creating 10 Federal Headquarters with grant making agencies and given the authority of so-called Revenue Sharing “free government” money to local units of the government available if they jump through certain bureaucratic hoops. Republican President Ronald Reagan promised to get rid of the Department of Education created under Democrat Jimmy Carter. It didn’t happen. These were precursors to the problems we are experiencing now.. Real decision-making was removed from the elected officials and placed in the hands of planners educated in the United Nations one-world government agenda. Those who control funds control policies. The Senate version of the Obamacare bill was passed on the morning of December 24th when the Senators had their suitcases in hand, anxious to head to the airport to go home for the holiday.
The Federal Reserve Act was passed by Congress a mere three days before Christmas in 1913 with a sizeable number of its members already away from Washington for the holiday season. The House vote was 290 to 60 and the Senate approved the measure by 45 to 2. Woodrow Wilson, guided by his omnipresent adviser Edward Mandell House (think Rahm Emanuel and Barack Obama) , signed the measure into law. Senator Henry Cabot Lodge, Sr. predicted, “The bill as it stands seems to me opens the way to vast inflation of the currency. I do not like to think that any law can be passed which will make it possible to submerge the gold standard in a flood of irredeemable paper currency.”  The Federal Reserve set the stage for Weimar-style hyperinflation.
When the Federal Reserve Bank was in the making, it promised to free the country from panic, unemployment and business depression by such a systematic revision of our banking laws. Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) introduced the Federal Reserve Transparency Act on February 26, 2009 – H.R. 1207 and it has garnered more than half of the members of Congress as cosponsors. It is S. 604 in the Senate but it has to get past President Obama. On June 5, 1963, a virtually unknown Presidential decree, Executive Order 11110, was signed with the authority to basically strip the Federal Reserve Bank of its power to loan money to the U.S. Federal government at interest. With a stroke of a pen, President Kennedy declared that the privately owned Federal Reserve Bank would soon be out of business. Does anyone know if that decree was ever repealed, amended or superceded by any subsequent E.O? Is it still valid?
About the only thing our elected bureaucrats and their appointed heads of the regulatory agencies do is suck up great amounts of our oxygen as they attempt to dictate what rights they think we should have. A case in point is a cigar and wine shop in a Salem, Oregon Mall. The owner jumped through all the required hoops making sure all the appropriate fans were installed initially so no smoke is allowed inside the mall but now one of those appointed regulators thinks people shouldn’t smoke, so they are refusing his request for the renewal of his license. It took months for the agency to approve his license one-way or the other. I don’t smoke and rarely have a glass of wine but what we’ve been experiencing is an expanding dictatorship of sorts. If some virtual unknown agency bean counter can shut down a cigar shop in Salem, can you imagine what will happen when the Feds control health care?
The elected officials enact laws which they don’t read or understand and then they turn the job of interpreting the laws over to a bunch of unelected, unaccountable people who slop at the public trough for thirty years and then retire with a nice fat pension and perks. This frees federal elected officials to go to meetings, work out at the Congressional gym where there are no shower curtains, according to recently “retired” Eric Massa (D-NY) and who alleges have to be on a phone 4-5 hours a day raising money for the next election cycle. They grant a few interviews to reporters; they show up at photo ops and trot a worse case scenario before the cameras (usually lies) in order to promote some social justice legislation they want to pass. They meet with lobbyists but often avoid having time to meet with the hometown folks who come to visit them in their Congressional offices and at Town Hall meetings they run for the exit accompanied by bodyguards if things get a little confrontational. The letters they send to respond to our inquiries and concerns are computer generated often repeating the “talking points” they are given by the party heads turning members into a bunch of parrots. If we manage to get through by phone, staff has been known to hang up on us. Protocol requires they bow to the party leaders or they will not be given any committee chair assignments to boast about on their campaign literature the next time they run for office or help with fund raising.
Near the end of last year, the AP reported that one of every seven homes in America were struggling to put enough food on the table but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi felt no remorse whatsoever when she and her entourage of 15 Democrats and six Republicans used two Air Force jets to fly to Copenhagen where Queen Pelosi lectured the rest of the world on the need to cut consumption. The cost of food and rooms for two nights amounted to $4,406 tax dollars each.
Now I’m reading in the Washington Post and hearing that Virginia’s Democratic-controlled state Senate passed measures that would make it illegal to require individuals to purchase health insurance, a direct challenge to the party’s efforts in Washington to reform health care. The bill was a top priority of Virginia’s ‘tea party’ movement.
While this measure would fall under state’s rights and their efforts are noteworthy, I have a concern that no one seems to be thinking about revenue sharing (blackmail).
I have checked Oregon’s governor’s budget proposals in the past and huge chunks in the millions of every unconstitutional agency in Oregon come from the federal government. I can hear the outcry, for instance, from the Education Department and those who receive benefits from the Human Services Departments when those budgets would have to be cut because of lack of federal funding. I can already envision the marching and chaos in the streets. More than 50% of people living in America receive a plethora of government assistance from those on welfare to those receiving student-loan subsidies, which has been attached to the Health Care bill. This means the beautician, the sales clerk and the auto mechanic and others will be forced to pay even more in taxes for the student who goes to college for his or her degree and because federal employment is where the money is, they go into “public service”. According to the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis, public servants currently earn $29,000 more a year as a starting salary then the average employee in the private sector. Similar disparity salary amounts can be applied at the state, county and city levels where these employees make approximately one third more than private sector workers, plus perks and lucrative pensions which in many states are now on life support and being sustained with stimulus money from the Feds. So which party do you think they’ll support at election time especially if unions succeed in taking away their private vote.
Someone e-mailed me a humorous story recently about his confusion over the word “service” used in conjunction with all these governmental agencies: Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Postal Service, Civil Service, State, City, County and Public Service, Government Service but then the author of the story said he over heard two farmers talking and one of them said he had hired a bull to “service” a few of his cows. BAM! It all came to me, he said. Now I understand what all those agencies are doing to us.
Licensing is another trick of the trade. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission does not grant licenses to applicants who are delinquent on personal or property taxes. Friends of the Earth founder David Brower even thinks that childbearing should be a punishable crime against society unless the parents hold a government license. By using license requirements, big business looks to the government to protect them from the rigors of market competition. Almost every occupation, profession or trade welcomes the government to use licensing requirements and other forms of regulations to protect their incomes from competition. And then there is the federal licensing of TV stations, which keeps independent radio and TV stations with conservative viewpoints pretty much muzzled.
World Net Daily and the Portland Oregonian reported that an Oregon psychiatrist in 2003 was banned for mentioning the New World Order to patients. The Psychiatric Board decided George F. Wittkopp, M.D., age 60, practice of talking to patients about the “new world order” reflected “poor judgment that could be destabilizing and cause patients to suffer mental and emotional duress.” He could get his license back if he paid $5,000 and completed a monitored, mandatory sensitivity training program.
Then there is the father who decided to pay back child support rather than surrender his commercial truck driver’s license. To show its control, some agency head foolishly used the license regulation to try to take away his livelihood rather than garnish a portion of his salary. A November 1994 Oregonian said he was the first person to challenge a new Oregon law that allows the state to suspend certain occupational licenses of parents who fail to make the court-ordered payments. I could go on with example after example but these licensure requirements are simply government granting privileges that interfere with our inalienable rights.
Republican president Richard Nixon signed E.O. 11647 which recast the geographical structure of the U.S. into internationally managed ten “regions” following FDR’s dream of abolishing our states. I’ve had a map on my office wall since the 80s to show all the forestland that has been tied up by the Feds and just a few days back Glenn Beck on his TV show showed a similar map. What has happened since the federal government took over? The forests are no longer being managed so they burn and the taxes the timber industry once paid to the states are no longer received. The Mexican drug cartels are setting up marijuana gardens in these forests and although an occasional plot is discovered and destroyed many others flourish.
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Barack Obama and New World Order Marxist friends don’t fear the November elections and a possible takeover by Republicans if his health care reform package is passed because the Socialist agenda has fallen in place so beautifully for so many years without any objections from the GOP so short of divine intervention, the “Utopia” the Socialists have long dreamed about has been fulfilled. I’ll say it again, we had a coup in November 2008.
 2/4/2008 News American (P.33)
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