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THERE'S NO BUSINESS LIKE DOUGH BUSINESS
By Betty Freauf
March 4, 2005
Everyone has probably seen the Pillsbury Doughboy on T.V. ads. They touch him in is tummy button and he laughs.
Well, it's income tax season again and many people are digging through files to use every deduction they can find and rightfully so and they aren't laughing.
My husband and I were audited once many years ago about three years after we went into business. I guess it is easy for some businesses to under report earnings so the I.R.S. wanted to throw the fear of the Lord in us early.
I remember getting the I.R.S. letter saying they wanted to audit us. I called the accountant and he said "No problem. Everything is in order". The day arrived and I had the paper work ready for the auditor for the one year he'd requested in the letter.
He finished auditing the one year but when he got to December, he mysteriously found a little problem and asked if I had the following year so I gave him the paper work for that year.
And then he got to December and again, another mysterious item turned up and maybe it was explained in the following year and did I have that paper work?
Later I figured out his game. He audited us for three years after asking for only one year. And after he put his pencil down and his calculator away, he discovered the I.R.S. owed us a few bucks.
We never heard from the I.R.S. again.
After I became a Christian, to try to purposely cheat for a dollar and possibly lose my soul has never been worth it. It's a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God. While some tax loopholes may be legal, we have to ask ourselves: "Are they ethical, moral and constitutional?" Although most attorneys don't know it, and judges who are usually attorneys, fail to advise juries they are to judge both the facts and the law, lots of bad laws put people in prison.
I think I got that deep sense of integrity and honesty as a small child but I certainly didn't learn it at my dad's knee. He was the kind of guy that always enjoyed pushing the envelope.
When we'd play cribbage, which helped to improve my math skills as a young child, he would try to cheat me and he'd get really delighted when I called him on it. He'd say, "Betty, there are lot of people out there that you can't trust. You've got to be alert in this old world." I only wished he'd have remembered that advice when he grew older. I thought he exaggerated because I know lots of people that I want to believe wouldn't cheat.
And I saw dad in action on Saturday nights when he treated our family to the local movie theater. That was way before T.V. The cost of the movie tickets for my family was .50 for adults and .25 for children under 13 so for my parents, my brother and me, it cost my dad $1.50. And if you young folks really want to become envious. We ate at the local greasy spoon for approximately the price of the movie tickets.
Well, I turned 13, and then I turned 14 and I would stand behind him as he bought my .25 ticket knowing full well he was lying. Finally one day the ticket taker, who gave birth to a son at the same time my mother gave birth to me at the same "birthing" home, asked him how long he planned to say I was still 12.
My dad was a hired man on a wheat farm for a rich land lady with a big house in town. We lived in a shack without indoor plumbing or electricity that the land lady provided. I guess you could say my family didn't have a pot or a window, as the old saying goes, but yet my dad was a very benevolent man and an optimist. He and my mother had managed to save $8,000 after being married about 12 years when his big-shot city slicker, alcoholic brother wanted to buy some taxi cabs so he came to my dad who got a promisory note for $8,000 plus interest. My mother was furious. She'd done without so they could save money. Mom was right about his worthless spoiled, baby brother. I still have the unpaid promisory note. But, dad wanted to believe in people. Dad's trust in human nature eventually cost him everything and he died in our home a pauper after we'd cared for him for nine years.
But Dad got a big kick out of the ticket taker when she finally made him pay .50 for me. I think he wondered how long she'd let him get away with it. It was a small town. Everyone knew everyone else. I think that childhood experience stayed with me.
According to God's standards, my dad wasn't honest. But, today cheating starts at the top and a great deal more is involved than a .50 theater ticket. It starts with our corrupt politicians, government workers and other prominent people such as movie stars, athletes, CEOs of huge corporations.
These high rollers live in huge houses on gated estates or in gated communities to keep the thieves from getting to them but yet they cheat and set poor examples. Occasionally one gets caught and goes to jail. Hopefully the Lord will continue to expose them. Judgment starts in the House of the Lord. It was Swaggart and Bakker a few years ago. Lately it's been the Catholic church and its homosexual priests. Is God cleaning house at all levels?
As we read the local fishwrappers or watch the evening news on T.V., Larry Poland, Ph.D in his book THE COMING PERSECUTION, asks do you get the feeling the collective morality of those in the world around you is deteriorating? Dr. Poland is also the one who coined the phrase No Business Like Dough Business" which I borrowed for a title. He says he's a cockeyed optimist. He always wants to believe the best about people but when he wrote the book in 1990, he was confessing that he was beginning to agree with those who do wonder if morality in general is taking a catastrophic nose dive. He's beginning to believe the younger and the older generation are all going to pot.
And speaking of pot. A survey mentioned on Bill O'Reilly (Fox) on February 24 said that 49% of parents today feel it is OK for their children to experiment with marijuana, a proven gateway to harder drugs. O'Reilly, the epitome of morality, he thinks, at least, went ballistic when his guest seemed to be sympathetic with the 49% of parents who believe that way.
On my evening news that same day, town hall meetings were being held and people were protesting to keep meth clinics for the addicted and sexual predators, who have either served their time or are under house arrest from becoming their neighbors.
While the Humanists believe there is good in everyone, the Bible clearly says no one is good. All fall short of God's glory and that our only salvation is through the Lord Jesus and history clearly illustrates under certain conditions the nicest people can be rotten to the core. But, I believe people are becoming more self-centered as though the world revolves around them.
You see them standing with protest signs demanding their "rights" but never acknowledging their "responsibilities." Materialism and pleasure is their game as they flock to the casinos and play the lottery - both are a tax on stupid. Bankruptcies have been on the rise for quite some time costing those who are careful managers of their money that much more money to survive.
In order to keep up with the Jones' people are maxing out their home equity and there is no more they can borrow. Auto loan delinquencies have been increasing. Many young college-educated people are starting off with huge college debts and go deeper as they strive for advanced degress so they can make more money. Mothers have been forced into the workplace but, even two paychecks aren't the answer. Americans are tapped out! Therefore, the next step for these dreamers is bankruptcy as consumer debt continues to hit all-time highs. Comments about our astronomical national debt will have to wait for another day.
The Civil Servants' Year book, "The Organizer" January 1934 said: "Capital must protect itself in every way... Debts must be collected and loans and mortgages foreclosed as soon as possible. When through a process of law the common people have lost their homes, they will be more tractable and more easily governed by the STRONG ARM OF THE LAW (emphasis added) applied by the central power of leading financiers. People without homes will not quarrel with their leaders. This is well known among our principle (not principled) men now engaged in forming an imperialism of capitalism to govern the world. By dividing the people (into the two-party system and class warfare) we can get them to expend their energies in fighting over questions of no importance to us except as TEACHERS OF THE COMMON HERD."
An August 26, 1934 U.S. Bankers magazine is alleged to have printed basically the same thing. While these quotes are old and possibly revised on a number of occasions by different people, the message is still clear. I've added the words in the parentheses. We have been reduced to "human resources" and "chattel" and/or cattle.
Need I say more? We are like sheep being led to slaughter. We didn't have the Federal Reserve or the Internal Revenue Service until after my dad was born. In a letter dated June 25, 1863 discussing their new banking scheme with fellow conspirators, Rothschild Brothers of London is alleged to have written, "The few who understand the system will either be so interested in its profits or so dependent on its favors that there will be no opposition from that class. The great body of people (middle class), mentally incapable of comprehending the tremendous advantages will bear its burden without complaint." Russell Munk, Assistant General Counsel, Department of the Treasury, in a 1977 letter admitted "Federal Reserve Notes Are Not Dollars." I still have a dollar bill that says "silver certificate" on the top of it printed before the worthless Federal Reserves Notes began showing up and gold and silver no longer backed our money.
And people who have lived within their means have their homes paid for and are surviving are finding whole neighborhoods being taken by the city fathers under eminent domain to be destroyed so influential developers can build more expensive homes and office buildings which will bring in more revenue for the city than what the old homes are now producing.
And we wonder why so many Americans are being sucked dry and are losing their homes, farms and businesses each week? The "experts" say it is simply due to an economic downturn and the controlled media perpetuates the lie rather than exposing it as is their responsibility to do so.
Which brings me back to this being income tax season and why some people feel it is not wrong to push the envelope when it comes to filing their income tax forms.
The Biblical prophet said "At the end of the age, good men will be harder to find." Dr. Poland said he believes this describes our age with incredible precision and the predicted trends will lead not only to a morally bankrupt society but also to a concerted persecution of Christian believers across America and around the world.
And then he summarizes another indicator of end-time corruption:
Television moguls air the worst of violence and filth, if there is any chance at all of magnifying wealth. Kiddie porn kings twist lives and steal souls of precious little children to promote financial goals. Junion highers steal the lives and even fry the brains of friends, when selling crack brings them monetary gains. And one in three Americans, investigators find, cheat on their yearly income tax and rob their country blind. Oh, Mammon, if you are not God and do not rule Lady Luck, then why do we bow down to you, just to make a buck?
Dr. Poland said Edward Gibbons in his seventeen-volume classic, THE RISE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE identified five factors for its fall:
(1) The rapid increase in divorce
In short, Rome exhausted its decreasing supply of good people. Is this where America is headed or have we possibly arrived?
© 2005 Betty Freauf - All
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Betty is a former Oregon Republican Party activist
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The Civil Servants' Year book, "The Organizer" January 1934 said: "Capital must protect itself in every way... Debts must be collected and loans and mortgages foreclosed as soon as possible. When through a process of law the common people have lost their homes, they will be more tractable and more easily governed...