Mitchell’s laws: The more budgets are cut and taxes increased, the weaker an economy becomes. Until the 99% understand the need for deficits, the 1% will rule. 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.
It began with “Occupy Wall Street” and it had such great promise. It was going to be the antidote to the nutty and damaging Tea Party. It was going to lift the 99% from the slavery imposed by the 1%.
But something happened on the way to freedom.
I wrote about the Occupy movement several times. There was:
Nine steps to prosperity; a short message to #Occupy Wall Street,
Oct 7 2011
Do not devolve to class warfare. Punishing billionaires, banks and businesses does nothing for the underclasses or for the overall economy. In fact it would hurt the economy.
Far better to focus on helping the “little” people:
1. Eliminate FICA (Click here)
2. Medicare — parts A, B & D — for everyone
3. Send every American citizen an annual check for $5,000 or give every state $5,000 per capita (Click here)
4. Long-term nursing care for everyone
5. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone
6. Salary for attending school (Click here)
7. Eliminate corporate taxes
8. Increase the standard income tax deduction annually
9. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America
Shortly thereafter, I wrote:
An open letter to #OWS — or in my geographical case, #Occupy Chicago
Oct 19 2011
Today, you are seen as leading an amorphous mob, a group threatening to bring down civilization. That’s why the politicians have been slow to back you. They don’t know what you want. You need to focus, focus, focus, so the world can visualize where you want to go, understand why you want to go there and how you will achieve it, and in that way, join you.
You need to understand, then teach, Monetary Sovereignty, first to your followers, then to the rest of the world. Those are your next steps. And there are plenty of us who can teach you. You have but to ask.
“Two views of the #Occupy movement,” or “These guys are a riot.”
May 3 2012
If they had read and understood Monetary Sovereignty, they would have proposed specific solutions to the growing gap — solutions such as: Eliminate FICA, provide Medicare to everyone, increase Social Security payments, annually increase the standard income tax deduction, etc. And they would be able to answer the typical, debt-hawk “inflation” concerns about social spending.
But no. #Occupy prefers protest-and-party to learn-and-propose. So “#Occupy” will fail the legitimacy test, the gap will grow, and Mr. Greenwald will continue to blame the class warfare on the victims.
And most recently:
#Occupy, to get ahead, get a head, and stay the hell away from Chicago during the NATO summit.
May 15 2012
If #Occupy wishes to make a statement, first it should have a statement to make — a sharp, clear, focused statement. And then it should make that statement, not in the maelstrom of a thousand screaming children, but on a calm, clear day, when their voices are the only ones to be heard.
In short, #Occupy, to get ahead you need to get a head, preferably one with enough good sense not to try painting a picture while standing under a waterfall. Sure, come to Chicago, but not at a time when you’ll be blamed for every misdeed, and accomplish nothing, except to have your message drowned out. Come when yours is the one voice, so the media can support your ideas.
So I decided to look in on them again, and this is what I found on the Occupy Wall Street web site:
The Silent March to End Stop and Frisk
On Father’s Day, let’s stand together to show that New Yorkers refuse to let our children be victimized by racial profiling.
Learning from Wisconsin
The massive uprising last winter in Madison, Wisconsin, that was spurred by Walker’s plans to balance the state deficit by slashing public workers’ benefits and wages. . .
Infinite Solidarité with Infinite Strike!
Last night, thousands of people across hundreds of cities once again rallied in solidarity with the Québec student strike.
Occupy Lakeview Elementary School – Closed by Oakland School District
At the end of this school year, the Oakland Unified School District plans to close five public elementary schools. . .
At Senate Hearing, Jamie Dimon confronted by Occupy Our Homes DC
Deborah Harris, a disabled former paramedic who lost the title to her home due to J.P. Morgan’s unethical business practices. . .
Ocupa Rio+20: Occupy the Earth Summit
Occupy the coming Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (the Earth Summit) on June 20-22.
Call for Solidarity from Mexico
. . . nonpartisan marches against political and media corruption in Mexico.
It goes on and on, protest after protest. Anti-racial profiling. Anti-union busting. Anti-tuition increases. Anti-school closings. Anti-mortgage fraud. Anti-unsustainable development. Anti-corruption. Anti-this, anti-that, anti-the other thing.
For reasons unknown, the Occupy movement seems to take a perverse pride in being leaderless and directionless, preferring to run hither and yon, protesting whatever strikes their fancy. No focus. No plan. No idea. Just protest.
The Tea Party has a simple, easily understood focus: Lower taxes. What is Occupy’s simple, easily understood focus?
The business and political leaders, against whom Occupy protests, have learned one thing: Do nothing. Occupy will protest and then they will be gone, and we can resume business as usual.
The public grows weary of ineffectual, random, aimless protests, and Occupy, which began with such great promise, becomes last week’s newspaper. A lost opportunity is a step backward, as people become discouraged and slide into lethargy.
Somewhere, in board rooms around the world, the 1% is laughing.
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