Mitchell’s laws: The more budgets are cut and taxes inceased, the weaker an economy becomes. To survive long term, a monetarily non-sovereign government must have a positive balance of payments. Austerity = poverty and leads to civil disorder. Those, who do not understand the differences between Monetary Sovereignty and monetary non-sovereignty, do not understand economics.
The Legislative branches, both nationally and locally, are bought and paid for by wealthy donors. No secret, there. The Executive branches too, though somewhat less so, merely because of the larger amounts of money given to both sides.
But what about the Judiciary? These are our referees, the people we depend upon to rein in the most outrageous acts of the other two branches. They are the ones from whom we expect fairness and impartiality.
Are they protected from — or controlled by — the rich?
Read these excerpts from an article in the Washington Post, then ask yourself, “Who represents the wealthy?”
Super PACs, donors turn sights on judicial branch
By Brady Dennis, Published: March 29
In Iowa, conservative activists in 2010 ousted three state Supreme Court justices who had upheld the legality of same-sex unions. Five groups from out of state spent nearly $1 million on that campaign. Four of them, including the National Organization for Marriage and the Citizens United Political Victory Fund, are based in the District or Arlington.
“I know you want us to not be scared that [because of] the way we rule on a given case, someone wants to take us out,” (Judge) Pariente told a crowd, saying she was outraged by the “faceless, nameless opponents” so eager to attack judges based on a select few rulings.
In a 2010 study that examined 29 judicial races, the watchdog group Justice at Stake found that the top five spenders averaged $473,000 apiece, while all other donors averaged $850. In addition, loopholes in disclosure laws gave those big donors ways to spend money “in substantial secrecy,” the report found.
Roy Schotland, a Georgetown University law professor and expert on judicial elections said state judicial races are increasingly becoming “floating auctions,” in which special-interest groups focus money and manpower in states where they can upend judges they don’t like.
“Judges around the country took notice; they talk about it,” Seth Andersen, executive director of the Iowa-based American Judicature Society, said of that effort. He said judges were facing the reality that one decision could attract the wrath of well-funded special interests.
In Florida, the driving force behind the ad hoc campaign in 2010 to unseat two Supreme Court justices was tea party activist Jesse Phillips.
Phillips is the face of Restore Justice 2012, a political group formed to undertake a “voter education campaign” aimed at unseating the three Florida Supreme Court justices facing retention votes in November.
“One of the great obstacles is the judicial branch,” Phillips said in an interview. “We can make all the strides we can make in the executive and legislative branch, and we can have all that thrown out if we don’t have a court that’s responsible to the will of the people.”
Phillips singled out the health-care ballot measure and other key decisions involving school vouchers and corporate liability. Also, he said, he would prefer to see Republican Gov. Rick Scott have a chance to leave his mark on the court.
As the November elections approach, determine whether you are part of the upper 1% or the 99%, and which candidates support, and are supported by, your income group.
If you’re part of the 99%, don’t let the wealthy steal what little is left of your freedoms. Vote your best interests.
But if you’re part of the 1%, things are looking good.
Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
No nation can tax itself into prosperity, nor grow without money growth. Monetary Sovereignty: Cutting federal deficits to grow the economy is like applying leeches to cure anemia. Two key equations in economics:
Federal Deficits – Net Imports = Net Private Savings
Gross Domestic Product = Federal Spending + Private Investment and Consumption + Net exports