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.
That a real war has existed between the 1% and the 99% cannot be doubted. And that the 99% has lost, also cannot be doubted.
So the question becomes, with 99% of the votes in this democracy, how did the 99% manage to lose — and badly? Answer: The same way any small force wins against a large force: By convincing the large force to work against itself.
First came money. The media are owned by the 1%, and while in the past, the media had leaned toward the liberal, i.e. toward the 99%, that was back in the days when the media were ruled by morality.
No more. With the advent of the Internet, the media found themselves in financial difficulty, so they felt they were obliged to forsake morality, and today, the media are ruled by money.
But money alone does not win elections; ultimately issues, supported by money, win. So, conveniently, along came Al Queda and Iraq’s Saddam Hussein, the 1%’s gift from heaven. And just in time, too, for Russia, as bogey man, was beginning to wear thin, with the end of the Soviet Union.
Yes, with money, the 1% could convince the 99% that America was in imminent danger from little Iraq’s non-existent Weapons of Mass Destruction. And when a nation is in danger, the people turn to the politician perceived to be toughest, no matter how clearly inept that politician may be.
Enter tough guy, cowboy, George W. Bush, of the Republican Party, which also was the party considered to be tougher.
He had been in office less than a year, when fate sent him another miracle: The al Qaeda 9/11 attack. This allowed President Bush to convince the 99% to surrender many of their Constitutional rights — for “security” — and a huge battle in the war was lost by the 99%.
Later, GWB appointed John G. Roberts, Jr to serve as Chief Justice, and Samuel Alito. Roberts was only 50 and Alito only 56, so both men had long, long careers ahead of them. The Chief Justice would be a representative of the 1% for perhaps 40 years! The next battle was lost.
But then the next biggest battle began, and it began with the 2008 recession. Security remained as a phony issue, but it was replaced as the prime issue, by economics.
The banks, owned by the 1%, caused the recession, but the blame had to be pointed elsewhere, and this “elsewhere” was the federal deficit. The money-backed media pounded on the notion that the U.S. government was just like you and me. It had to live within its “means.”
Never mind that the U.S. government, being Monetarily Sovereign, has no means, simply because it has the unlimited ability to create dollars. Forget facts. The media told the 99% three things:
1. Taxes needed to be cut, because taxes hurt economic growth (true.)
2. Federal spending needed to be cut, because spending increases the federal deficit (also true).
3. Just like personal debt, federal debt is a danger, and needed to be reduced (true about personal debt, false about federal debt).
What the bought-and-paid-for media refused to acknowledge is:
1. Income tax cuts benefit the 1% far more than the 99%, many of whom pay no income tax, but are hurt most by the unnecessary FICA tax.
2. Federal “deficits” are nothing more than an accounting term for the dollars the federal government adds to the economy, and a growing economy requires a growing money supply.
3. Federal finances are not like personal finances, the opposite in fact. The federal government never can run short of dollars.
So to accomplish the “need” to reduce deficits, Congress repeatedly voted to cut government benefits for the 99% — taxes on Social Security benefits, older starting dates for benefits, increased FICA payments, cuts in Medicaid support, reduced payments to doctors, who then began to opt out of SS, and hundreds of other cuts in social programs, all under the lie of “fiscal prudence.”
Another battle lost.
The brainwashed 99% began to believe the media propaganda, and voted for Tea/Republican candidates, who as a solid voting block, prevented money supply growth and the growth of social programs.
Meanwhile, the Republican-dominated Supreme Court, decided that 1%-owned corporations should be allowed to spend unlimited sums of money to influence elections. Recently, the head of the family that owns the Chicago Cubs, considered spending the astounding sum of $10 million dollars (!) just to support a smear campaign against President Obama. When his nefarious plan came to light, he immediately denied it, but do not believe for one second, that his plan won’t be replaced by one equally sinister. He is, after all, part of the 1%.
Another battle lost.
Today, in addition to members of the 99% voting against their own interests, we now have one of America’s wealthiest men running for President. He is a man whose words have no meaning, as what he says on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, bear no resemblance to what he says on the other days. He is without core values or beliefs, the perfect puppet for the 1%, as well as being part of the 1% himself.
With the 99% repeatedly voting against their own interests, the 1% controlling the media, the Supreme Court and one house of Congress (with Senate rules allowing the 1% to control the other house), the 1% finds itself firmly in control.
All that remains is for the 99% physically to battle itself. Having lost so much power, as the income gap grows amazingly, the 99% is frustrated. The people needed something, anything, to feel they have at least a modicum of control over their lives.
And here the National Rifle Association steps into the power vacuum. It’s message essentially is: “Sure, you’re poor slaves to the 1%, and probably will sicken and die for lack of health care, and go broke for lack of retirement, and meanwhile be unemployed, or if employed, wasting your precious life hours, doing something menial you hate with a boss you hate. But we can give you power. We can give you guns.“
“Pay no attention to the first half of the 2nd Amendment, ‘A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state . . .’ It has no meaning. All that counts is you can own guns, all kinds of guns. You can shoot them at each other.”
And with that, the war was lost to the 99%. No longer would the 1% need to fear that gigantic majority. The people will battle and kill each other, while the 1% remain happily above the fray.
Killing each other not only helps them forget it’s the 1% that made them miserable, but the more who die, the fewer will remain to vote against the 1%.
It’s the perfect solution.
Yes, the war is lost. Incredibly, 1% of the population has defeated 99% of the population, not just with money, but by outwitting them, and convincing them to vote against themselves.
Today, if I try to explain the facts to a 99%er, so he/she can understand how the war was fought, and perhaps regain a bit of power, I likely will be greeted with anger and sarcasm. That’s how deep the brainwashing has gone.
Such is the irony of ignorance, and the brilliance of the 1%.
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