The debt hawks are to economics as the creationists are to biology. Those, who do not understand monetary sovereignty, do not understand economics. Cutting the federal deficit is the most ignorant and damaging step the federal government could take. It ranks ahead of the Hawley-Smoot Tariff.
Question: What can save the Democrats in the 2012 elections?
Answer: Economic growth.
Question: What will stimulate economic growth?
Answer: Tax benefits, better unemployment benefits, business benefits.
Question: What will provide tax benefits, more unemployment benefits, business benefits?
Answer: The deal President Obama worked out with GOP leaders. It has lots of tax benefits for everyone. The Bush tax reductions remain. Capital gains and dividend taxes remain at 15%. FICA is reduced. The “death tax” didn’t go as high as people feared. Unemployment benefits were lengthened.
Question: What has the Democrats angry?
Answer: The deal President Obama worked out with GOP leaders.
Question: Why are the Democrats angry at the one bill that can get them re-elected in 2012?
Answer: They campaigned on the pledge to stick it to the wealthy. This bill doesn’t stick it to the wealthy — at least not enough. This bill moderately benefits the entire country. The Democrats now are in the “Cut-my-nose-to-spite-my-face” mode, except they also are willing to spite all of America. There was a time when we all could laugh at ignorant politicians. Today, when they actively aim to harm America, they aren’t quite as funny.
By the way, did you notice how they slid in that reduction in FICA, which we recommended 15 months ago (Ten Reasons to Eliminate FICA ) and which my book, FREE MONEY, recommended 12 years ago. But hey, better late than never. As usual, they did only a partial job, but what can you expect?
Anyway, soon you’ll see all the misguided debt-hawk columnists prattle on about how this FICA reduction will make Social Security go bankrupt sooner. Tell me, who understands economics less, the columnists or the politicians?
Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
No nation can tax itself into prosperity. Those who say the stimulus “didn’t work” remind me of the guy whose house is on fire. A neighbor runs with a garden hose and starts spraying, but the fire continues. The neighbor wants to call the fire department, which would bring the big hoses, but the guy says, “Don’t call. As you can see, water doesn’t put out fires.”