Bethany tax increases might be only choice
As the Bethany Beach town treasurer, and a councilman, my duties include chairing the Budget and Finance Committee. At our Feb. 23 meeting, the committee undertook the task of recommending various sources of additional funding for the town budget. Each volunteer member of the committee has excellent financial credentials, and most have CPA’s.
In the weeks prior to convening the Feb. 23 meeting, each member of the committee was afforded the opportunity to meet with the town finance director, and the town manager, in an effort to provide as much information to the individual committee members as possible. Each member of the Town Council was afforded the same opportunity. The committee members came to the table on the 23rd very well prepared for the task.
Revenues from transfer tax are down considerably and continued reliance on those funds as a steady revenue stream is not realistic.
The resulting recommendations were intended to spread the increases to visitors (through meter increase), businesses (fee increase), renters (rental tax increase) and home owners (tax increase).
By recommending the tax increases, the committee reached a consensus, that it may not be the most popular alternative, but the most responsible one. Here is what was ultimately decided: to recommend increases, rather then have to cut services over the next five years.
In conclusion, let me say with utmost sincerity that as an elected official of the Town of Bethany, I will listen to you, the citizens, and my final vote on the budget will reflect that. Please, if possible, provide your input through e-mails to the town and certainly at the Budget and Finance Committee meeting, 11 a.m. on March 16, the public hearing, at 2 p.m. the same day, and the council meeting that night at 7:30 p.m.
Jerry Dorfman, Treasurer
Town of Bethany Beach
LB talent show a great night for one and all
On Feb. 8, the Lord Baltimore Elementary School hosted a Talent Show and Bake Sale. This program was directed by Music Teacher Dana Joseph and Assistant Linda Teplica. Behind-the-scenes kudos also go to many others of the school’s personnel, to include the custodial and cafeteria staff, the principal, administrators and office staff.
I was honored to be a judge for the auditions. This was a unique opportunity to meet the students and observe their efforts to be in the show. The perseverance and earnestness of the students is to be praised. As the program stated, the participants are to be applauded for showing dedication and discipline through musical performance.
And on top of all of this it was a fun showcase for students and parents. The Talent Show night could have been portrayed in a Norman Rockwell painting. The gymnasium was filled to the rafters with family and friends and the enthusiasm of the performers was palpable. Applause to all.
I wanted our community to appreciate what a gem we have in Lord Baltimore Elementary School, its students and staff. Mark your 2008 calendar for next year’s Talent Show.
Bethany Beach Entertainment Director
a great host for event
When I first started fundraising with Team in Training, I thought it was such a large amount and it would be extremely difficult to achieve.
As I ventured out into businesses, wrote letters to many families and made phone calls to even more people, I realized how amazing this community is. The overwhelming support each and every one of you have provided to Elizabeth Shoemaker and her three marathoners is something we should all be very proud of.
As I walked into the Chalkboard Tavern and Grille and spoke to Mr. Webster, he was open to any ideas for a fundraising benefit. Since it was my first benefit, it was more than a success for me — it was a feeling of great accomplishment. I could not be more pleased with the turn-out and support that was shown at the Chalkboard on Feb. 22.
As I walked around during the dinner rush, I heard amazing things about the food and I saw smiles at every table. This benefit was clearly representative of the staff and management at the Chalkboard and their wonderful commitment to helping in our community.
Due to the success of the night and their generous contribution, the Chalkboard Tavern and Grille will have their name on the back of my jersey on race day in Alaska on June 23, 2007, for all 26.2 miles.
I wish that I could personally thank everyone that came out to support this amazing cause, but that list would go on forever. I would like to especially thank the Chalkboard again for hosting this benefit, and Elizabeth Shoemaker and her family for coming. It was truly a pleasure to meet all of you and I look forward to keeping in touch with everyone.
Please keep your eyes and ears open for many more exciting local events hosted by myself, Catie Cummings and Ellen DuPont. We still have a lot of work to do before June 23.
Again, I thank everyone for coming together to be a part of this incredible experience. It is beyond doubt, positively changing my life everyday and I am so thrilled to be involved with so many fantastic people.
Krista Mae Littleton
Team in Training
CAP gives an update on its progress
Our five-member board for Consumers for Alternate Power met in February and affirmed its fight for lower electricity rates and set some goals for 2007. The Board had met previously with Sen. Bunting and Rep. Hocker to see what can be done on electricity issues in the legislature.
The January meeting with our legislators was to persuade them that electricity rates are too high, since DP&L raised their rates in May 2007. However, one legislator said that we could afford them. The implication was that we were all too rich to even be talking about high electricity rates. Our rebuttal was that we represented 2,500 residents — many of whom were on fixed incomes and felt adversely impacted by the high rates. This consumer-be-damned attitude collectively angered our board.
Further, our Board argued that the Delaware electricity market was not a competitive one which did not attract third party suppliers to lower electricity rates. The legislature in its wisdom passed “deregulation” in1999, but envisioned that it would produce a competitive electricity market for consumers and the competition would result in fair and reasonable rates. These rates have not appeared and I believe that it is the legislature’s responsibility to correct their errors from 1999.
To their credit, the legislature passed legislation in 2006 contemplating a long-term plan of adding in-state supply, but this will take years rather than months before it is realized. And it is still a big guess as to what kind of electricity rate it would provide. This plan does not provide for a competitive market when the plan provides only for one supplier, DP&L, to get the supply of energy.
Our Board also argued that it is unfair and discriminatory to divide consumers’ access to electricity along geographical lines, such as the different utilities of DP&L and Delaware Electric Cooperative, with their different service areas.
Now, I understand the history of how this division of separate service areas came about many decades ago. However, the end result in 2007 is inequitable one for consumers within DP&L service area. It results, in some cases, of very affluent residents getting lower rates of electricity from Delaware Electric Cooperative. Talk about irony. The legislature must change this inequitable situation with some kind of balance.
Our Board met in February to discuss what should done in light of our “understandings” from our legislators. Rep. Hocker had claimed that DP&L could have gone bankrupt, and so by implication, we have to pay the higher rates to keep DP&L solvent. Well, the proof of near bankruptcy needs to be made public if that is the case. I might add that Delmarva Power was ranked third in lobbying expenses from 2002 to 2006 and, if it is close to bankruptcy, why is it spending so much money on lobbying state legislators?
Now, Hocker did suggest that our group join the Bethany-Fenwick Co-op, but as I pointed out and later confirmed, this group is for business only. A step in the right direction would be a plan where groups such as ours would be given state grants to facilitate the organization of a residential co-op. Or the state can prepay the consultant fees that are required for the creation of such an electric co-op.
Sen. Bunting said he is open to change, but said that he would be outvoted by the northern-county delegations. He later sent a note that he “would not quit trying.” We applaud Sen. Bunting for his support.
So you might say that a line in the sand has been drawn and our Board sought to address that line. The Board approved of the following actions and/or goals:
• Approval, in concept, of the Afforded Utility Plan presented by the Delaware ACORN group. This plan will allow low-income families affordable electricity on a sliding scale of assistance. I am informed by Rep. Kalalko that a bill has not been introduced and so details are not firm.
• Expansion of the membership of our group statewide.
• Increasing contacts with friendly allies in the state legislature to bring our message to them.
• Formation of an “affinity group” to get cheaper electricity rates, if possible.
• Studying the idea of a political action committee, if it is seen that this could be an effective strategy.
It seems to me that we need leadership in the legislature that will advance ideas favorable to lower rates. We hope that there are such leaders in the legislature that will lead the way for relief.
To join CAP, contact Perry J. Mitchell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Perry J. Mitchell
Consumers For Alternate Power
Participation in budget process encouraged
I’m writing to respond to questions from a reporter and to encourage questions and comments from Bethany Beach citizens. The topic is the recommendations of the Bethany Beach Budget Committee to Town Council to increase fees and property taxes. I have served on Bethany’s Town Council since last September. My comments are my own and I do not speak for any other councilperson.
The reporter asked my perspective on why the Budget Committee concluded to recommend fee and tax increases. I attended that meeting as an audience member. I observed that the committee reviewed projected revenues, costs and capital needs over the next five years. They looked at comparisons of fees and taxes with other towns and looked at the history of Bethany’s changes to each fee or tax.
Committee members calculated a shortage of revenue and made recommendations that would close the gap during that 5-year period in a manner that distributed their proposed revenue enhancements across different groups. Their proposal placed the pain all at once rather than over several years of uncertainty. The committee’s members are citizens with long backgrounds in finance and accounting — most are CPAs. All had reviewed stacks of data and all participated in the discussion. The only councilperson on the committee is the treasurer.
The reporter asked me for my position. Prior to deciding, I will continue to review the data and listen to citizen’s comments that are expressed individually and in public meetings. I’ve felt for some time that this may be the most significant series of votes that I will cast in my two-year term and I’d like to get it right.
Public meetings of the Council are at 10 a.m. Monday, March 12; and 2:30 p.m. on Friday March 16, and 7:30 p.m. on March 16. The Budget Committee meets at 11 a.m. on March 16. All meetings are at Town Hall.
So far, I’ve read over 60 e-mails from citizens on the topic and spoken at some length with over a dozen. They had many thoughtful comments on topics in the Press Release of the Feb 23 Budget Committee meeting and/or related to the town’s budget process.
My prior preparation included an orientation to every town department or function in September. These visits and orientations lasted two hours or more in each of about 15 areas and were one-on-one with the people in their work areas or plants. My purpose was to understand fundamentals.
Two years ago, I attended every budget committee meeting and prepared my own spreadsheets related to revenues and expenses over time, both going back and forward five years. I’ve done that again this year.
In the orientation with the town staff, I observed an awareness of costs at every level, an ongoing focus and pride in improving their operations, that most people were multitasking and backing up multiple functions, and deep competency and commitment.
Citizen comments suggest there should be a hard look at reducing expenses. I’m drafting a list, in part based on the suggestions. However, the list will include the implications on long-term service levels and long-term town character such that I can come to fully reasoned conclusions and recommendations.
The council and manager have and continue to make efforts to provide information and seek citizen perspective. I also welcome dialog. My e-mail and cell phone have been previously published in the papers. They are email@example.com and (240) 687-3841. (I upped my cell phone minutes recently).
Bethany Beach Town Council
Fire company thankful for support at event
The members of the Millville Volunteer Fire Company would like to express their sincere thanks to everyone who participated in our Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament on Saturday, March 3. You made the event a huge success, and we hope everyone had a great time.
The Millville Volunteer Fire Company has four more fundraising events scheduled from the end of April through the end of August. These events are: Gerald Hocker’s Springtime Jamboree on April 27, 28 and 29 at Indian River High School; Texas Hold’em poker tournaments on May 19 and Aug. 25 at the firehouse located on Route 26; and our annual Beef-n-Beer Dinner and Dance on July 7, also at the firehouse on Route 26.
Bob Powell, Public Information Officer
Millville Volunteer Fire Company
The environment is our biggest issue
What does it take to convince people that the environment is today’s most important issue? We can no longer dispute the health implications of air, water and soil pollution. When will we take a stand and say, “No more”?
Now is that time. Any proposal for more energy must be evaluated first and foremost on its health and environmental impact. To do otherwise is criminal. It is criminal to the people who live and visit here now, and it is criminal to all those who will live and visit here in the future.
Enough about jobs. Any new construction will have job opportunities for those who want to work. In fact, the wind farm will support more jobs for the future. And price? Enough squabbling about price – especially since coal came in at the highest price per consumer.
We are making a decision which will affect lives deep into the future. Let’s not be so self-centered to think only of ourselves. There is nothing healthy or environmentally good about coal. They claim it will be better and cleaner — “er” is not good enough.
We need clean air, water and soil now. We need wind now.
Dr. Constance Peterson
Town needs tax increase for services
I’ve read some of the e-mails sent out by members of BBLA in response to the tax hike. Lois Lipsett does not believe that the town’s info about the number of people who pay such a low amount. There may be others who do not believe.
I say, go check it out for yourself. The facts are accurate. (I am one of 75 who is in the top percentile.)
When there was a reassessment a few years ago, some taxes were raised, some were lowered and some stayed the same, as required by law.
I find it amusing the people who say, “Oh, no, a 100 percent increase,” from 8 cents to 16 cents per $100. Yet their taxes haven’t kept pace with inflation. There is one town whose residents pay lower taxes: Dewey. Their residents pay nothing.
A few years ago, Don Doyle said the Town is, at some point, going to stop relying on the transfer tax. I did not believe him at that time. Well, that time has come.
The Town has done what it can to reduce spending. If you, the Town residents, are willing to do with less police, more flooding, less enforcement of building violations, then ask that the rate not be changed. If you want a slower response to your problems, then ask that the rate not be changed.
When the water bills went up to make the Water Department self-sustaining, you understood why. When the trash rate went up to be self-sustaining, you understood why. So why do the citizens of Bethany Beach not understand why the rest of the Town’s services should be self-sustaining?
Lionesses play big role in community
I quite often see articles about the Lions in Lions Clubs, but seldom do I see any articles about Lionesses, so I thought your readers may be interested in what Lionesses do.
It has only been 20 years since women were allowed to join the Lions Clubs.
“We’ve come a long way, baby” certainly applies to the Women of the Midway Lions Club. The Lionesses not only stand behind their Lions, they stand in front of them, too. Such is the case of Fran Daly, who is the King Lion, or as we say “Queen Lion,” and when she is in front with gavel in hand, both Lions and Lionesses listen.
There are Lion clubs in the area that have separate factions, and Lions and Lionesses meet separately; but when our club founder, Lion Jim Burdette, started the Midway Club in 1997, the decision was that The Midway Lions would be an all-in-one club, and it certainly has worked out.
The club is enriched by the many talents and volunteer hours the Lionesses have brought to the scene. In some areas, nearly 50 percent of the memberships of Lions Clubs are women. Lion Jimmy Ross, president of the International Association of Lions Clubs, feels that in some scenarios women have saved some clubs from inactivity or even extinction.
The Midway Lions accomplish much — some behind the scenes and some publicly — but whatever the venue the women work hand in hand with the men.
The Consortium of Sussex County is just one example of the clubs’ combined effort. Lion Walt and Lioness Ann Marie Petzold picked up the pizzas, Lion Tom Coco garnered donations which allowed over 170 special children to bowl, Lion Gerrit van Burk ran a special “wheelbarrow of cheer” raffle that also included a handmade rocking horse made and donated by Lion Bob Cooke and a handmade quilt made and donated by Lioness Viola Bridges.
The Lionesses of the club served over 600 slices of Nicola pizza, plus made and served over 50 dozen cookies. This was accomplished without using treasury funds or any administrative cost.
So I think you can see that the right decision was made by the founders of the Midway Lions Club.
There will be a conference at DelTec Community College in Georgetown on April 19 from 9 a.m. till 2:30 p.m, titled “Bonus Years: A New Vista,” at which the Midway Lions, along with Beebe Hospital and Tidewater Physical Therapy will have representatives.
Any woman, or man, who would like to contribute to the community and join a great group of people, should call Queen Lion Fran Daly at (302) 645-2962
Eileen J. Smith
Midway Lions Club
Reader discusses the origins of CFR
In a prior letter, I raised concern over the loss of our country’s sovereignty if steps are not taken to correct the dangerous course on which our country finds itself. It was pointed out how that would happen through the combined implementation of the Security and Prosperity Plan (SPP), the NAFTA Super Highway and the Kelo decision.
In that letter I briefly discussed an organization called the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and how they planned to remove our borders with Mexico and Canada. So, now let focus our attention on the CFR.
First, what is the CFR? It is several things. It is an American policy think-tank. It is the promotional arm of the ruling elite in the United States of America. It is one of the country’s most powerful organizations and exerts tremendous influence on U.S. foreign and domestic policy. It has over 4,000 members and its published membership list reads like the Who’s Who of America. It has over 200 employees with headquarters in New York City and an office in Washington, D.C.
CFR is a private organization, notwithstanding the implication of its name – much like the Federal Reserve is a private organization, not withstanding its name. The current president of CFR is Richard Haass, who left his position as director of policy planning staff at the State Department to assume the presidency. He replaces Leslie H. Gelb.
There is a close affinity between CFR and other one-world organizations such as The Trilateral Commission (founded by Rockefeller protégé, Zbigniew Brzezinski) and The Bilderberg Group. Also, members of the secret Skull & Bones society (including John Kerry and George Bush), as well as a large number of Rhodes Scholars, are members in one or more of these organizations.
Cecil Rhodes, who made his fortune in diamonds, established the Rhodes Scholarship Program to recruit top people from various nations in order that they could learn how to bring about a one-world government. The scholarships are for two years with a third at the discretion of the trustees.
What are CFR’s beliefs and objectives? It has described itself as “A nonpartisan Resource for Information and Analysis that is dedicated to increasing America’s understanding of the world and contributing ideas to U.S. foreign policy.”
But, in a 2005 makeover of it’s Web site it seems to have deleted any reference to “contributing ideas to U.S. foreign policy.” Others say it’s much more than that – that it’s a collection of elite “one-worlders” who are using their influence to infiltrate what CFR calls “the New World Order into American life.”
The New World Order appears to be code for a one-world government where countries’ borders are dissolved and national sovereignty is a thing of the past. It is their intention that the instrument through which world government should be implemented is the United Nations.
The present United Nation Organization is actually the creation of the CFR and is housed on land in Manhattan donated to it by the family of CFR member David Rockefeller. Professor Carroll Quigley, professor of history and Bill Clinton’s mentor while at Georgetown University, seems to agree, stating, “The Council on Foreign Relation is the American Branch of a society which originated in England and believes national boundaries should be obliterated and one-world rule established.”
However, the image of the CFR as a closed-shop discussion group has fueled criticism that the organization and its members are in fact controlling world policy and events.
How did CFR get started? The Council on Foreign Relations, as well as its English counterpart, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, resulted from a meeting on May 30, 1919, at the Hotel Majestic in Paris and was formally established in 1921. Some of the founding members were Edward M. House and such potentates of international banking as J.P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller, Paul Warburg, Otto Kahn and Jacob Schiff, the same clique which had orchestrated the establishment of the Federal Reserve System in 1913.
It is said one needs to understand the role of David Rockefeller, the Rockefeller family and its dynasty, if one is to truly understand what is happening, as they are one of the most powerful geopolitical forces in the world.
Who are some CFR members? The CFR has no official status within our government yet their membership list includes past presidents, ambassadors, Secretaries of State, Wall Street investors, international bankers, foundation executives, think-tank executives, lobbyists, lawyers, NATO and Pentagon military leaders, wealthy industrialists, journalists, media owners and executives, university presidents and key professors, select Congressmen, Supreme Court justices, federal judges, wealthy entrepreneurs and as many as 10 9/11 Commission members.
Fully 31 percent of the members are from the corporate sector, with another 25 percent coming from varied academic settings (professors, university administrators, researcher, fellows). Non-profits make up another 15 percent, government 13 percent, law 8 percent, the media 6 percent and “other” 2 percent.
Since FDR, nearly all presidential candidates have been CFR members. President Truman, who was not a CFR member, was advised by a group of “wise men,” all six of whom were CFR members. In 1952 and 1956, CFR Adlai Stevenson challenged CFR Ike Eisenhower. In 1960 CFR Jack Kennedy challenged CFR Richard Nixon.
In 1964 the GOP stunned the establishment by nominating its candidate Barry Goldwater over CFR Nelson Rockefeller. In 1968 CFR Nixon ran against CFR Hubert Humphrey. The 1972 contest featured CFR Nixon vs. CFR George McGovern. In 1976 we had CFR Jimmy Carter, who is also a member of the Trilateral Commission.
Former President George H. W. Bush was a CFR director (1977-1979), although his name disappeared from the membership list in 1979. Former President Bill Clinton is a CFR member. Ronald Reagan and current President George W. Bush are not members, but like Truman have surrounded themselves with CFR members, including George H.W. Bush and Richard Cheney, respectively. Additional CFR presidential candidates include, Walter Mondale, Edmund Muskie, John Anderson, Lloyd Bentsen, Al Gore, John Kerry …and Teresa Heinz Kerry.
Since 1934, it appears almost every United States Secretary of State has been a CFR member, including Madeleine Albright and Condoleezza Rice.
It appears that all Secretaries of War or Defense, from Henry L Stinson to Donald Runsfeld, and now Robert Gates, have been CFR members.
The CIA appears to have been under CFR control almost continuously since its creation, starting with Allen Dulles, founding member of the CFR and brother of Secretary of State under President Eisenhower John Foster Dulles, and more recently George Tenant.
Some judiciary members of the CFR appear to be Sandra Day O’Connor, Steve G. Bryer, Ruth B Ginsberg and Laurence H. Silberman.
A number of the 9/11 Commission were CFR members. Among them are Thomas H. Kean (chair), Lee H. Hamilton(vice chair), Jamie S. Gorelick, Bob Kerrey, John F. Lehman and Philip D. Zelikow.
Some past CFR Allied Supreme Commanders are Eisenhower, Ridgeway, Gruenther, Norstead, Lemnitzer, Goodpastor, Haig and Rogers.
Some past CFR Superintendents of U.S. military at West Point are Westmoreland, Lampert, Bennet, Knowlton, Barry and Goodpastor.
A few CFR senators, past and present are William Roth Jr. (Del.), Joseph Lieberman (Conn.), John Kerry (Mass.), Charles Robb (Va.), George Mitchell (Maine), Larry Pressler (S.D.) John Chafee (R.I.), Claiborne Pell (R.I.), Bob Graham (Fla.), Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), Christopher Dodd (Conn.), William Cohen (Maine), William Bradley N.J.), John Rockefeller (W.Va.) and Charles Hagle (Neb.).
A few CFR House representatives, past and present, are Howard Berman (Calif.), Thomas Foley (Wash.), Sam Gejdenson (Conn.), Richard Gephardt (Mo.), Newton Gingrich (Georgia), Lee Hamilton (Ind.), Jim Leach (Iowa),John Lewis (Georgia), Olympia Snow (Maine), Robert Matsui (Calif.), David Mccurdy (Okla.), Eleanor Norton (D.C.), Thomas El Petri (Wisc.), Charles Rangel (N.Y.), Carlos Romeroo-Barcelo (P.R.), Patricia Schroeder (Colo.), John Spratt (S.C.) and Louis Stokes (Ohio).
Other well known CFRs are Henry Kissinger, Colin Powell, Richard A. Clarke, Christine Todd Whitman, William F. Buckley Jr., James Baker, Sandy Berger, Warren Christopher, Walter Slocombe, Joseph Nye, Arthur Schlesinger Jr., George Stephanopoulos, George Soros, Jessie Jackson, Daniel Schorr, Robert Reich, General Wesley Clarke, Major General John Seawall, Alan Greenspan, Cyrus R. Vance and Paul Vocker.
Some media CFR members, past or present, are Dan Rather, Tom Brokaw, David Brinkley, John Chancellor, Marvin Kelb, Irving R. Levine, Barbara Walters, Dianne Sawyer, John Scali, Robert McNeil, Jim Leher and Daniel Schorr.
Some CFR media CEO’s, past or present, are Laurence A. Tisch (CBS), John F. Welch (NBC/RCA), Thomas F. Murphy (ABC) and W. Thomas Johnson (Cable News Network).
Some CFR print news, past or present, are Michael Posner (Reuters), Henry Trewhitt (Baltimore Sun), David Gergen (U.S. News & World Report). The New York Times has at least 18 CFR members. Time Inc has at least seven CFR members. The Washington Post has at least 14 CFR members. The Wall Street Journal has at least three CFR members. Readers Digest has at least five CFR members.
The following corporations have at least three of their directors who are also CFR members: Amercan Insurance Group, eight; J.P. Morgan Chase, Boeing, six; The Blackstone Group, Conoco, Disney/ABC, five: Kissenger-Mclarty Associates, IBM, Exxon Mobil, Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal, Viacom/CBS, Time Warner, four; The Caryle Group, Lehman Brothers, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse, First Boston, Washington Post,/Newsweek, Chevron Texaco, Lockeed Martin, Halliburton, Alliance Capital, three.
What they and others say about CFR:
What must be remembered is that this is not some lunatic-fringe group; these are members of one of the most powerful private organizations in the world: the people who determine and control American economic, social, political and military policy. Perhaps the best way to understand the CFR is to listen what they say about themselves and what others have said about them.
Members’ influence extends to “leaders in academia, public service, business, and the media.” according to the CFR 1993 “annual report.”
The CFR states in its publication, “Foreign Affairs,” that it is “host to many views, advocate of none,” and it “has no affiliation with the U.S. government.” Right – no affiliation that is if you don’t count CFR members who have been elected president of the United States, are members of Congress, the Supreme Court, the Joint Chiefs, the Federal Reserve, hold cabinet and sub-cabinet posts, as well as many other federal bureaucratic positions. No, they are not affiliated with government – they are the government, in effect.
Author/journalist Richard Rovere (CFR) has aptly described the Council as “a sort of Presidium for that part of the Establishment that guides our destiny as a nation.”
In his 1979 memoir, “With No Apologies,” Barry Goldwater noted, “When a new president comes on board, there is great turnover in personnel but no change in policy.”
Felix Frankfurter, Supreme Court justice (1939-162) said, “The real rulers of Washington are invisible and exercise power from behind the scene.”
In a letter dated Nov. 21, 1933, to an associate, President Franklin Roosevelt wrote, “The real truth of the matter, as you and I know, is that a financial element in the large centers has owned the government ever since the days of Andrew Jackson.
Sen. William Jenner warned in a speech, “Outwardly we have a constitutional government but we have operating within our government and political system another body representing another form of government, a bureaucratic-elite, which believes our constitution is outmoded.”
James Warburg, son of CFR founder Paul Warburg, and a member of FDR’s “brain trust” testified before the Senate Foreign Relation Committee on Feb. 17, 1950, “We shall have world government whether or not you like it – by consent or conquest.” Who is that “we” he was referring to?
One recurring view was stated in the 50th Anniversary issue of “Foreign Affairs” the official publication of the CFR. In an article by Kingman Brewster Jr. titled “Reflections On Our National Purpose” he stated, ”our purpose should be to do away with our nationality, to take some risks in order to invite some others to pool their sovereignty with ours.”
Ted Koppel (CFR) on Sept. 29, 1988, said on “Nightline,” “Nationalism is a virus,” just as Joseph Stalin on May 18, 1925, quoted Lenin as saying the same thing.
In 1987, Professor Arthur Selwyn Miller, a Rockefeller-funded historian, wrote “….the fact that the existence of the Establishment – the ruling class – is not supposed to be discussed. A third secret is … that there is really only one political party of any consequence in the United States. … The Republicans and the Democrats are in fact two branches of the same (secret) party.”
Upon his return from Communist China, David Rockefeller wrote an article that was published in the New York Times on Aug. 10, 1973. He stated, “The social experiment in China under Chairman Mao’s leadership is one of the most important and successful in History.” By then, Chairman Mao was responsible for the death of over 80 million of his fellow countrymen.
In 1974, under David Rockefeller’s leadership, the CFR’s Foreign Affairs magazine published an article by Richard Gardner (CFR) which proposed “…an end run around national sovereignty, eroding it piece by piece, will accomplish much more than the old-fashioned frontal assault.”
On July 30, 1977, Huang Hua, foreign minister of Communist China, stated that his country would use trade to build socialism and revolution in the United States.
On Sept. 29, 1992, Winston Lord (CFR) acknowledged, “to a certain extent we are going to have to yield some of our sovereignty.” Both President Reagan and President Clinton appointed him to key positions dealing with China.
In his book, “Men and Power,” Helmut Schmidt, former Chancellor of West Germany referred to the CFR as the “foreign policy elite” which prepared people for ”top-level missions” in government and noted it had a very silent but effective way of seeing to its own succession.”
CFR appears to be providing the impetus, the brainpower and the wealth for the concept of a one-world government. The blueprint is their 59-page document “Building a North American Community,” while the SPP, the NAFTA Superhighway and the KELO decision are the instruments by which they intend to attain that goal. Looking around at what is happening to our country today, it does seem they are making good progress at doing just that.
China, along with Mexico, seem to potentially be the biggest winners besides the CFR in all that is taking place. Remember what Huang Hua, the foreign minister of Communist China said back in 1977, that his country would use trade to build socialism and revolution within the United States. Look what is happening with the deep-water Mexican ports and look who controls the Panama Canal.
What better way to anger and upset our country’s existing populace than to flood the country with illegal immigrants and overwhelm our existing infrastructure. What better way to create socialism than by taking private property and giving it to the government through the use of the Kelo decision.
It would seems that the loyalty of CFR members who hold positions of trust and responsibility within the United States government and have sworn to protect our constitution and the country’s sovereignty have seriously compromised themselves by the very nature of their membership in an organization with such an agenda. What they seem to be doing reminds me of a book titled “None Dare Call It Treason.”
For further details, do Internet searches on the Security & Prosperity Plan (SPP), the NAFTA Super Highway, the Kelo decision, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), CFR membership and membership lists, the Bilderberg Group, Rhode Scholars and Building a North American Community.