“Metro is the governing of an area or region by a central body of ‘experts’—planners who are usually appointed and vested with great powers, and who are not directly accountable to the people.
“The purpose is to place all power in the hands of the federal government and to turn State, county, and city governments into administrative cogs [Councils of Government] in one big bureaucratic machine.”…
…Metro, therefore, is the accumulation of power in as few hands as possible—federally appointed, unelected bureaucrats beyond the recall of the electorate.
In his book, “The Invisible Government”, Dan Smoot warned:
“Metropolitan government would eliminate the individual States as meaningful political entities, would divide the nation into metropolitan regions sprawling across State lines, and would place the management of these regional governments in the hands of appointed experts answerable not to local citizens but to the supreme political power in Washington.”…
…In order to facilitate the injection of collectivist ideas into various governmental bodies through the nation, the Spelman Fund of New York was created on December 27, 1928, with a capital of $10 million provided by the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial.
The Spelman Fund Annual Report of 1947-1948 stated that:
“Grants totaling $3 million were later made to the Fund by the Rockefeller Foundation… The Spelman Fund assumed as its major responsibility an exploration of the possibilities of cooperation with public bodies for the improvement of public administration.”
It should be remembered that when the Leftist-oriented Rockefeller Foundation speaks of the “improvement of public administration”, what it actually means is the furtherance of their over-all plan for control of local representative government.
But, to mount such a gigantic project — the virtual tearing asunder of the safeguards provided the people by the U. S. Constitution — required that a headquarters be provided.
And, of course, it WAS provided.
“1313″ CONSTRUCTED WITH ROCKEFELLER FUNDS
The 1947-1948 Annual Report of the tax-exempt Laura Spelman Rockefeller Fund revealed:
“In 1938, a new building at 1313 East Sixtieth Street, Chicago (constructed under grants from the Spelman Fund) was completed to provide adequate quarters… for the use and occupancy of the national governmental organizations. This building has come to be known as ’1313′…
…”Government by appointees is basic Metro strategy. Appointeeship is vital to 1313′s tyrannical purpose, because citizens cannot vote appointees out of office, regardless of scandals, misuse of public funds, or the blatant stupidity of the appointees.”…
HOW REGIONAL COUNCILS ARE FINANCED
REGIONAL REVIEW QUARTERLY of January 1971 reported that the typical budget of a regional council is between $100,000 and $200,000. Councils receive their funds from four sources: federal, State and local government — and tax-free foundations.
On the average, regional councils (or councils of governments) receive 60 per cent of their funds from federal grants for functional planning (i.e., land use, transportation, housing, etc.) Local communities provide about 34 per cent of a council’s funds, and about 15 State governments provide general-support funds to the COGs. About one per cent of funds channeled direct to the regional councils comes from tax-exempt foundations.
All in all, as of 1971, this adds up to a whopping $80 to $100 million a year — for the purpose of destroying representative government in the United States….
URBAN RENEWAL — VEHICLE FOR SEIZING PRIVATE PROPERTY
Amendment V of the U.S. Constitution spells out: “No person shall… be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation”.
Thus government has the power to take private property for “public use” if “just compensation” is given. Known as the principle of “eminent domain”, it was intended only for such public facilities as roads, public schools, parks, sewers, etc.
However, a Supreme Court ruling in 1954 permitted the seizure of private property for private use.
This assault on property-owning citizens is called urban renewal.
For years the American people have been propagandized to the effect that urban renewal means slum clearance, and thus a deterrent to crime. But the fact is that slums do not breed crime and delinquency. Delinquency and crime breed slums.
An article in the November 21, 1970 issue of HUMAN EVENTS cited a report by the General Accounting Office which demonstrated conclusively that urban renewal has been a multi-billion-dollar hoax, enriching a few speculators at the expense of low- and middle-income residents. The report showed that tens of thousands of people have lost their homes and that the urban renewal program contributes to the spread of slums.
In this connection, Congressman Paul A. Fino, on February 21, 1967, declared:
“But can HUD force the suburbs of big cities to be part of a metropolitan scheme? The answer is “yes”.
“Under Title II of the omnibus cities bill of 1966 — the metro title — all applications for federal aid under ten programs such as sewers, construction of hospitals, highways, libraries, airports, etc., must soon be submitted to a metropolitan-wide planning body — metro government — for recommendation before they are forwarded to Washington. The metro government to which the applications must be submitted must be a joint planning body for the central city and suburbs.”
As a result, big-city, urban-renewal projects are being integrated with the suburbs, forcing “scattered-site” public housing upon quiet, formerly pleasant, suburban communities…