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 private sector just paid $3.5 billion in taxes that were not counted as taxes.
Regions Financial, Last of Huge TARP Banks, Repays $3.5 billion
By Daniel Gross
The deficit for the current fiscal year just shrunk by $3.5 billion. Regions Financial, the Birmingham, Ala.-based bank that was one of the largest recipients of TARP funds, this week bought back the preferred shares it sold Treasury in November 2008 for the full face value of $3.5 billion.
On March 14, it raised $900 million by selling common stock to the public. And on April 2 it completed the sale of its Morgan Keegan investment banking unit for $1.2 billion to Raymond James. Those actions, combined with its own cash, enabled it to present a $3.5 billion check to Treasury.
But the account isn’t entirely closed. When Treasury bought preferred shares in banks as part of the Capital Purchase Program, it also received warrants. Treasury still owns the warrants and will likely sell them at some point this year. Judging by past experience, that could bring in another $200-$300 million.
Regions was the last remain multi-billion dollar TARP recipient to pay back its funds. Synovus Financial, which owes $967 million, now bears the unwanted status of the largest remaining institution in the Capital Purchase Program.
That $3.5 billion, plus previous and future payments, is identical with tax payments. Like all federal taxes, these payments deduct dollars from the private sector, and do nothing for the federal government, which being Monetarily Sovereign, neither needs nor uses dollars sent to it.
While most people seem to cheer when the federal government reduces the money supply, that is due to ignorance of Monetary Sovereignty and the economic need for a growing money supply.
Applying leeches is a poor way to cure anemia.
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