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.
There was a time when the middle of the country really was the middle. We here in the Midwest were the moderates, who could sneer at Southern bigotry, Eastern elitism, Southwestern machismo and Western superficiality.
Sure, those were wild generalities, but any sneering certainly should be gone by now, for our center-of-the-nation neighbor Kansas seems determined to own the label for intolerance and hypocrisy:
The (Kansas State) House passed a wide-ranging anti-abortion bill Monday, along with another bill meant to keep Kansas courts from making rulings based on foreign laws — which some supporters have said is necessary to protect the state from Muslims who would impose their legal code, also known as sharia.
As everyone knows, Kansas is overrun with Muslims and this great hoard of Muslims is determined to impose sharia. Everyone in Kansas knows this.
The abortion bill, which supporters dubbed “The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” passed 88-31. It seeks to revamp the state’s tax code to remove all subsidies — direct and indirect — for medical costs related to the elective termination of pregnancy.
Note “indirect” and “related to.” They leave lots of room for government meddling into people’s lives. (Kansas is a favorite Tea Party state, which wants to get the government off peoples backs.)
Kansans for Liberty, a Tea Party sect, complains on its web site: “Well over 50% of Americans oppose the US Government’s takeover of our country’s Healthcare Industry.” Apparently that anti-government-takeover sentiment doesn’t include the Kansas government.
“We’re talking about not being able to deduct the cost of any health insurance that pays for coverage of abortions,” said Rep. John Rubin, R-Shawnee, one of the bill’s champions.
Not only can’t you deduct for abortion itself, but you can’t deduct for a health insurance plan that would pay anyone for for an abortion — even if you yourself don’t have an abortion. But remember, this rule is not a “government takeover” of healthcare.
The bill also prohibits including donations to institutions that provide abortions in a taxpayer’s charitable deductions.
So no charitable donations to a hospital that might help a beaten and raped child who will die in slow agony without an abortion. Is that similar to stoning a rape victim? Sharia law no. Kansas law, yes.
Keep in mind, Kansas has among the most liberal gun laws (i.e. virtually no gun laws), but by heaven, they are going to clamp down on those murdering girls and doctors.
Rep. Barbara Bollier, R-Mission Hills, a retired physician, offered an amendment Friday to tack on (information about) several specific medical risks of continuing a pregnancy, but it was defeated.
Even though abortion itself, paying for abortion and deduction for insurance that covers abortion all are illegal, we want to be triply sure no one even thinks about abortion. So our women and girls are not to learn whether there is a medical risk to continuing a pregnancy. They’re better off if we keep them ignorant. [But again, this is not government interference]
The bill also restricts the state from paying anyone who engages in abortion training, which has caused an ongoing debate about the medical accreditation of The University of Kansas’ obstetrics and gynecology program.
Who cares about training and accreditation?
The other bill passed by the House, dubbed the “Kansas Laws for Kansas Courts Act,” prohibits judges from making any ruling based on a foreign or religious law that is contrary to the state or federal Constitution.
This tells a judge he can’t break Kansas law. Well, DUH! But the inclusion of “foreign” and “religious” sends a special, not so subtle, bigoted message.
It doesn’t specifically mention sharia in order to distinguish itself from an Oklahoma law already declared unconstitutional.
These patriotic lovers of the constitution repeatedly try to worm around the clear meanings of the constitution.
But supporters, including Rep. Peggy Mast, R-Emporia, and Rep. Jan Pauls, D-Hutchinson, have called it a pre-emptive measure to prevent the spread of Islamic law.
If that were constitutionally legal, why not come out and say it. Why the subterfuge?
Several lawyers outside the Statehouse warned that the bill could sour international trade for Kansas companies, but Rep. Lance Kinzer, R-Olathe, told the House that a conference committee amended it to exempt business-to-business transactions in which foreign laws are taken into account.
“We wanted to make sure nothing in this bill would prohibit that relatively common proceeding,” Kinzer said.
Whew! Sure, protecting our way of life is important, but now you’re talking money. Got to protect those meat packers. Hey, we’d even let a meat packer commit abortion, if the money were right.
The bill passed 120-0.
That says it all. I guess no Humanitarian Award this year.
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