●The more federal budgets are cut and taxes increased, the weaker an economy becomes.
●Austerity is the government’s method for widening the gap between rich and poor, which leads to civil disorder.
●Until the 99% understand the need for federal deficits, the upper 1% will rule.
●To survive long term, a monetarily non-sovereign government must have a positive balance of payments.
●Those, who do not understand the differences between Monetary Sovereignty and monetary non-sovereignty, do not understand economics.
●The penalty for ignorance is slavery.
I long have been puzzled and amused by the public’s inability to understand even the simplest ideas regarding their own benefit and safety. The notion of people wasting their time and money standing in long lines to buy a lottery ticket, is probably the easiest example.
The struggle to get people to wear motorcycle helmets is another (though a helmet is to protect your brain, and if you don’t have a brain, I guess you don’t need a helmet).
The belief that cutting Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, unemployment compensation, aid to education, food inspection, drug inspection, financial industry regulation, so you can send dollars to a federal government, which can create all the dollars it wants, surely is an amazing example of self-stupification.
And then there are guns. The NRA, worshipped by gun lovers everywhere, has put forth a solution to mass shootings: Place armed guards in every school. As the NRA says, “The only solution to a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”
The argument really is about automatic and semiautomatic guns, and the prime purpose for owning them seems to be self defense (unless you are hunting a large herd of charging bison) — defense against bad guys and defense against the government.
Let’s forget for a moment, that if you are attacked by a bad guy, you had better already have a loaded AK47 in hand or it will be useless (Sit at home with one in your lap? Carry it down the street, with 30-round cartridge attached?), and let’s go to the meat of the NRA’s recommendation: Armed guards in every school.
Schools merely are places where people congregate, so it would be senseless to protect the many thousands of elementary school, high school and college buildings spread throughout America, without also protecting other places where people congregate: Churches and synagogues, indoor and outdoor sports venues, large stores, office buildings, museums, movie theaters, orchestra halls, bus and train stations, beaches, parks and shopping malls.
There must be, if you add them all up, millions of such locations, and since some of them are quite big, multi-storied and spread out (think college campuses), some would need many, many armed guards. It total, I could imagine the need for — just a guess here — perhaps ten million guards, all carrying AK47s (to even the odds) — a huge army patrolling our nation.
Try to imagine the training needed for that many armed people, not to mention the sheer cost. (You may not realize it, but to be a good police officer requires months of training.) But more importantly, what makes them “good guys” and who supervises them?
For those of you whose paranoia extends to fear of our government, how about 10 million guys, just like you, walking around with loaded AK47s? They wouldn’t work for the government, because you are afraid of the government.
You’d want some independent organization — a militia, if you please — complete with combat fatigues, boots and neck tattoos (Swastikas are nice), which you trust more than the government.
So there you stand in your local mall, carrying your own AK47 (because of “concealed carry” laws), while trained, semi-trained, untrained, good guys, bad guys, sane guys, crazy guys, drunks, drugged up hippies, high schools kids, grade school kids, good shots, bad shots, supervised, unsupervised and someone’s nutty uncle, all are carrying semi-automatic guns.
Meanwhile, in school, your kid is being watched by an armed nut, there to protect him from a hug by the teacher.
It makes me feel so very secure. How about you?
Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Nine Steps to Prosperity:
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’s 99%
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 Imports