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By Betty Freauf
April 22, 2011

I thought I was listening to the resurrection of FDR when I heard our POTUS (President of the United States) give an early campaign speech on April 13th allegedly to address our national debt. I was hoping to hear how he was going to cut spending, balance the budget and begin a process of reducing our $14+ trillion dollar deficit we are leaving to our children. The debt is so monumental most simply can’t comprehend all those zeroes. I have a priceless picture of a little girl about 18 months old at some rally with a pacifier in her mouth. By now it is outdated but she has a sign around her neck that says, “I’m already $38,375 in debt and I only own a dollhouse, Thank you Mr. President.” Obama’s “Cap and Trade” idea is meant to bankrupt the coal industry and then this little girl will be required to pay an environmental inspector before she can sell her doll house. And as I’m drafting this article, our country is going to Hell in a hand basket and the mugwump is on the presidential campaign trail hobnobbing in California. I was told after writing this June 9, 2003 “Giant Sucking Sounds” article and mentioning the March 17, 1993 Congressional Traficant speech that it was a fraud. You might want to google it and decide.

The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting men like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president. (Source from the Czech Republic)

In his 1948 book The Road Ahead, America’s Creeping Revolution, John T. Flynn said mere social welfare schemes of the government known as FDR’s “New Deal” had failed to promote an enduring recovery so why did today’s elected leaders expect to have a better track record? The Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP) that handed out hundreds of billions of dollars in bailouts was doomed to fail and Obama’s $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act did not lead to recovery. Then we had cash for clunkers and the government handed out $8,000 for down payments to first new homebuyers. Even people in prison applied and now we learn the Department of Justice is trying to reclaim some of that money from scam artists. Build the trough and the freeloaders will come. Government workers have misplaced thousands of dead bodies in the Arlington National Cemetery and now the certifiable nincompoops in the U.S. Department of Justice want to recoup these bailout losses?

In 1938 we began to hear that something more than mere welfare expenditures were needed because old age pensions and doles to widows and orphans did not provide jobs in the private sector but it did give employment in the federal government as more agencies were created and more people hired. While Socialist Planners felt Capitalism had outlived its usefulness, they had no intention of scrapping it but in the “best interests” of “the people”, you know, the “little fellow,” Flynn said the federal government began to move in on the banking business. All this was the result of government operations in World War I, government operations in welfare and private business in the Depression and finally, government operations in World War II. Isn’t this called Fascism? “One more war and we will, at this rate,” Flynn wrote, “see the end of the private banking system, except as a controlled arm of the federal government. And unless we reverse our course we may very well see, even without another war, the end of that sector of the economy. The federal power over the national credit agencies on the British model was being accomplished.”

And then Flynn says the most important key economic weapon, next to credit is electrical power. The public had little conception of the extent to which our government had penetrated that industry. The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) had been the most ambitious entry into that field, but by no means the only one. It operated on federal tax subsidies and competed with private, taxpaying power companies. The federal government under the Constitution had absolutely no right to engage in the power industry nor did they have authority to engage in flood and navigation control that today is under the control of the Army Corps of Engineers – think New Orleans and Katrina for accountability. This power had been seized on the pretext for engaging in the manufacture of electrical power. To control floods and regulate navigation, Congress authorized the TVA to build dams and other installations in navigable rivers. As the dams could be used to produce electrical power the TVA was authorized to produce such power as was incidental to flood control and navigation. Thus the camel got his snout in the tent. Flynn said the TVA has operated at an enormous loss, which had been concealed behind tricky bookkeeping. Does that sound familiar?

You’ll recall how the Obama Administration took over the banks and the car companies (to save the unions) right after his election. What they were planning was not something “New” but something old that had been tried in Europe beginning with Lloyd George’s aggressive liberal crusade in 1906 and in America in 1933 with the election of FDR. This is when we began to move into the first stage of the Fabian revolution – the Welfare State, said John Flynn. At that time we began to hear that the State must provide “jobs for all” and “security for all from the cradle to the grave.”

No one bothered to think through the long-range consequences of these slogans and the paradigm shift as they were sold to Americans and according to President Obama and his Fabian socialist friends, the greatness of our country is determined by how many people are dependent on government – individualism –vs- collectivism. Well, on April 18th Standard and Poor threatened to lower the U.S. credit rating. The stock market took a temporary dive and gold shot up to $1492.00 an ounce with silver in hot pursuit at much lesser cost but both still rising. Such a negative credit rating means a higher cost to borrow money. Just as an individual with bad credit rating will get charged a higher rate of interest on borrowed money, so it is now with the U.S.A. According to Glenn Beck on FOX, the last time our credit rating became “negative” was when Pearl Harbor was attacked 70 years ago.

In one sentence President Obama said in his speech we should live within our means and we spend more money than we take in and added by 2025 Social Security (which was created under Democrat President FDR), Medicare (created under Democrat Lyndon B. Johnson’s “Great Society), Medicaid, and the interest on the debt would be over whelming. His speechwriters forgot to mention Republican President George W. Bush, not wanting to be outdone, gave us the Prescription Drug program. And then he said even education, transportation and national security would have to be paid for with borrowed money. In other words, America is insolvent!

Of course national security is a Constitutional responsibility of the feds but education should not only be investigated but returned to the states. Think of the money we could save if the U.S Department of Education created under Democrat President Jimmy Carter was closed down? If Democrat President Kennedy could sign Executive Order 10988 on 1/17/1962 recognizing “collective bargaining” as a right for certain government employees, surely Republican President Ronald Reagan, who the conservatives still think walked on water, with the stroke of a pen on an Executive Order could have fulfilled his campaign promise and shut down that Department. So why didn’t he? He took that answer to the grave. But if these folks became unemployed, where would they go for work if the private sector has been destroyed? What a dilemma?

And if the IOUs in the Social Security “untrusty” fund would be paid back and if abortion had not been legalized in 1973 by the U.S. Supreme Court, the “Ponzi” S.S scheme may be a bit more solvent. As a side note, I get tickled with how these liberals cut off their noses to spite their faces. The Supreme Court legalized abortion but it was these future babies who would help support the Social Security “Ponzi” scheme. The environmentalists shut down the forests so the timber taxes for schools are no longer available and now the schools are suffering financial difficulties, which leads me to report on another dumb idea.

When the president mentioned “transportation,” I remembered how the subsidized Ethanol idea is taking food from our tables to be made into fuel at a time when more people are on food stamps. A little flyer enclosed in our last utility bill said Portland General Electric is helping pave the way for EVs (Electric Vehicles). The title, “Electric Vehicles Arriving Now” may soon be as common as hybrids in our area. It seems Nissan selected Oregon as a launch market for its all-electric Leaf.

The article said, in addition, the Chevy Volt is starting to show up in Oregon on a limited basis, and the all-electric Ford Focus is due next year. PGE is helping Oregon become an electric vehicle leader. And here comes the kicker: PGE teamed up with government, education and businesses to install charging stations and expand the electric vehicle infrastructure in Oregon. That led to our state being selected by the U.S. Department of Energy for The EV Project, which will help bring thousands of electric vehicles and charging stations to targeted areas across the country.

An article dated September 2010 appeared in our local paper saying Salem was among 4 cities to get electric car charging sites. The Socialist cities of Portland, Corvallis, and Eugene that vote Democrat also were set to get public chargers. “I have long known that Oregon was the right (should be “left) state to launch this next generation of vehicles and show the rest of the country that we can make this transition without inconveniencing or pricing regular citizens out of this market,” said former Governor Kulongski. Oregon has long ago been chosen for these “pilot projects.” In my alpha card index, “pilot” is next door to “pimps.”

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Energy tax credit and other incentives have been encouraging more American businesses to move to renewable energy. The Salem Conference Center took advantage. And now, are you ready for another joke on the taxpayers? All up and down what was once our beautiful Columbia River Gorge now has big, ugly windmills along the ridge of I-84 and there are perhaps hundreds of other “wind farms” across the nation. But a few days ago, a guest on a local Portland, Oregon radio talk show from some “energy” agency said because of the plentiful snowfall in our mountains, they won’t be needing the power from the windmills and there is no way to store it. The radio moderator asked, “So the taxpayers have to pay the owners of these windmills for not producing electricity just like the government pays the farmers not to plant crops?” The guest squirmed and said they were going to “try” to renegotiate the contracts. Is that something like taxpayers trying to renegotiate public employee union contracts when the taxpayers weren’t allowed at the table?

The idea that the economy must be planned by the State dominated nearly every European country and now you have an idea of how the federal government ever so gradually seized power over our economic system reducing us to a Third Word Nation. Remember the symbol of the Fabian Socialists is a turtle and also a picture of a sheep in wolves clothing.

� 2011 Betty Freauf - All Rights Reserved

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Betty is a former Oregon Republican party activist having served as state party secretary, county chairman, 5th congressional vice chairman and then elected chairman, and a precinct worker for many years but Betty gave up on the two-party system in 2004.

Betty is a researcher specializing in education, a freelance journalist and a regular contributor to
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In 1938 we began to hear that something more than mere welfare expenditures were needed because old age pensions and doles to widows and orphans did not provide jobs in the private sector but it did give employment in the federal government as more agencies were created and more people hired.