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By Betty Freauf

August 3, 2003

St. Peter, don't call me cuz I can't go. I owe my soul to the neighborhood store. That was a little ditty that was sung many years ago but it came to mind as I read in today's Salem, Oregon's Statesman Journal (S-J 7/27) an article by Richard R. Aquirre, Capitol Watch, about the State of Oregon being broke and the general fund dipping into the red -- overdrawn, State Treasurer Randall Edwards said.

Walter J. Burien, called the CAFRman, has long been saying that there are literally billions hidden away in separate accounts in state governmental entities from school districts to the state and evey thing in between. CAFR is an acronym for Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports. And, yes, I finally got a State of Oregon copy but the numbers are so convoluted I don't think anyone knows for certain how much there really is in it.

When I first heard about these CAFRs, I contacted my state rep and he'd never heard of them and this is probably the case throughout the U.S. It's apparently the best guarded secret.

Oregon has an 8% unemployment rate - the highest in the nation, I understand. So in order to scare our GOP controlled House of Representatives where all revenue-raising bills must originate, our Democrat treasurer is telling us that we are swimming in red ink -- in the general budget but he carefully avoids mentioning the billions in the CAFR.

The "watermellon" environmentalists have successfully shut down great amounts of our past successful forest industry by using the spotted owl and some creepy little crawlers they claim are going to become extinct in the forests if we don't quit cutting down the trees on federal land.

If one could see the map I have on my wall which shows how much land the federal government owns in the Pacific Northwest, people on the east coast would be shocked. But watch your national news. Our forests are burning again this year in the Pacific Northwest due to poor forest management.

ABC's 20/20 had a segment on July 25 about the problems Park Rangers are experiencing on the federal lands and then a local follow up on the July 26 news showed how the marijuana growers are using federal lands to grow their crops with very sophisticated, booby trapped operations with armed guards on duty.

After the environmental wackoes devastated our forest industry, then they went after the salmon industry. A 2/27/1998 OREGONIAN article said the U.S. was proposing a huge fish-rescue effort and Oregon was to serve as model. In an A-P article dated 3/4/2000 it told of a man who was elk hunting in the Coast Range and he came upon technicians at the Fall Creek hatchery bashing coho salmon in the head with baseball bats and stripping their blood-red eggs into 5-gallon buckets. He returned with his video camera and made sure it got widely distrtibuted. All this to prove we had a salmon shortage. And then on 8/29/2001 an article reported Oregon suddenly had a "Salmon surge" and researchers attributed it to the weather.

Many big shots in our government began relying on tourism revenues but when the economy is pretty much in the toilet all over the U.S. people are watching what they spend and many are taking their vacations close to home. Now the fools are courting Hollywood to come to Oregon to make films to help boost our sick economy.

Many Oregon towns that used to thrive from the forest and salmon industries have become ghost towns. Workers were encouraged to move into the city to retrain perhaps in the field and when the bottom fell out of that, the state's revenues began to dry up and now our elected officials are on the horns of a dilemma.

The S-J article says negative cash flows and constant borrowing are becoming standard operating procedures for the state because of rising demands on the general fund and falling revenue and so we get another day older and deeper in debt. The tax and spend liberals never put anything away for a rainy day or is that the CAFRs? "Let the good times roll" was their mantra. Couple this with the mounting federal deficit where all our personal real estate is being used as collateral to the international bankers who loan the U.S. money and charge us interest on these hot air loans and we are in deep do-do, folks!

Ironically, the day before the S-J article about Oregon being broke, someone sent me an article with headlines: Deficit-Wracked Maryland Calls it Quits. The article certainly did look authentic but figuring it might be some type of a cruel hoax, a few calls to residents in that state indicated they knew nothing about it.

There is an old staying, when in Rome, do as the Romans do; however, one historian has concluded there were five reasons for the decline and fall of Rome and we may very well be seeing the U.S. falling into the same trap:

(1) The undermining of the dignity and sanctity of the home, which is the basis of human society
(2) Higher and higher taxes; the spending of public money for free bread and circuses for the populace. (3) The mad craze for pleasure; sports becoming every year more exciting, more brutal, more immoral. (The most recent sport near Las Vegas is businessmen paying $5,000 to shoot naked "Bambis" with paintballs as they run through the forest. If these naked women get hit, they only earn $1,000. If they avoid getting hit, they earn $2,500)
(4) The building of great armaments when the great enemy was within; the decay of individual responsibility
(5) The decay of religion, fading into mere form, losing touch with life, losing power to guide the people.

If you'll take the time to read the minor prophet Zephaniah in the Bible about the Judgment of Judah and Jerusalem, his message carries out this scriptural principle of human government. Dr. J. Vernon McGee says old Zeph puts his finger right down on the sore spot in the southern kingdom of Judah -- IDOLATRY.

McGee says the people were now on the toboggan; they were on the way down and out and judgment was coming. Idolatry is where every great nation has gone off the track. When a nation departs from the living and true God or when it gives up great moral principles which were based on religion, when it goes into idolatry, these factors eventually lead it into gross immorality and into political anarchy said McGee.

And then when I see the Communist Goals as set forth in the January 10, 1963 Congressional Record (Appendix, pp. A34-A35), it becomes even more frightening. While there are 45, I will only mention those that I believe have caused the chaos and the resulting financial crisis for the federal government as well as the states.

-Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Communist affiliation and regardless of whether or not items could be used for war
-Extension of long-term loans to Russian and Soviet satellites
- Provide American aid to all nations regardless of Communist domination.
- Resist any attempt to outlaw the Communist Party
Capture one or both of the political parties in the U.S
Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by claiming their activities violate civil rights
- Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers' associations. Put the party line in textbooks - Gain control of all student newspapers
- Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations which are under Communist attack
- Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, policy making positions - Gain control of key positions in radio, TV and motion pictures
- Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to "eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms."
- Control art critics and directors of art museums. "Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art."
- Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them "censorship" and a violation of free speech
Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio and TV
- Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as "normal, natural, healthy." .Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with "social" religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a "religious crutch."
- Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of "separation of church and state."
- Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis
- Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the "common man."
- Belittle all forms of American culture...
- Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture -- education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.
- Discredit and eventually dismantle the FBI
Infiltrate and gain control of more unions
- Infiltrate and gain control of big business
- Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand (or treat) -- shades of Nazi Germany.
- Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose Communist goals.
- Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.
- Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents
- Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition...

Have we arrived? Like O'Reilly on FOX News would say "I'll give you the last word."

� 2003 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. Betty is a researcher, freelance journalist and a regular contributer to http://www,  E-Mail: [email protected]







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