●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.
●Cutting the deficit is the government’s method for taking dollars from the middle class and giving them to the rich.
●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.
It is destroying Greece. It is destroying France, Italy, Spain and now, even Germany. Deficit reduction immediately preceded every depression in U.S. history.
Because economic growth requires money growth, even deficit growth reduction destroys an economy. Almost every recession in U.S. history has been preceded by deficit growth reduction. While recessions require a trigger event, virtually all recessions begin with deficit growth reduction.
The reason is simple: By formula, Gross Domestic Product = Federal Spending + Non-federal Spending – Net Imports. Deficit reduction reduces Federal Spending and Non-federal Spending. Basic algebra demonstrates that deficit reduction must reduce GDP growth.
And that is why both parties, but especially the Republicans, wish to reduce the deficit. Destroying the economy has a greater negative effect on the middle and lower classes than on the upper .1%, so deficit reduction increases the gap between the rich and the rest — exactly what the .1% have paid the politicians to do.
Previously, the politicians have focused on increasing the eligibility ages for Social Security and Medicare, but that doesn’t do enough damage to the middle- and lower classes, so additional measure are being considered:
From ThinkProgress: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC): “I’m not going to raise the debt ceiling unless we get serious about keeping the country from becoming Greece, saving Social Security and Medicare. So here’s what i would like: meaningful entitlement reform — not to turn Social Security into private accounts, not to take a voucher approach to Medicare — but, adjust the age for Social Security, CPI changes and means testing and look beyond the ten-year window. I cannot in good conscience raise the debt ceiling without addressing the long term debt problems of this country and I will not.”
Translation: Black is white. Failure to raise the debt ceiling actually makes the U.S. into Greece, by creating the same problem that plagues Greece: The inability to create money.
“Saving” Social Security and Medicare and “entitlement reform” mean destroying Social Security and Medicare.
The “long term debt problems” are that the deficit is too small.
From ThinkProgress: Sens. Bob Corker (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) introduced a plan today that would raise the federal debt limit by $1 trillion in exchange for $1 trillion in cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.
Translation: “$1 trillion in cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security” won’t hurt our constituency, the top .1% income group, but it will destroy the lives of all you middle- and lower classes. But we’ve brainwashed you into submitting like obedient little dogs. Now, go fetch.
And, since you’re so compliant, we have another surprise for you. We’re going to switch our measure of inflation, from CPI to Chained CPI. You have no idea what that means, but bottom line, it will reduce your Social Security benefits. Here’s a graph showing the difference:
See how the lines keep diverging. After little more than ten years, the chained measure is 3% less than the current measure. If your SS benefits had been $1000 a month under the current measure, they would have been only $970 a month under the chained measure — a loss of $360 per year. And because the lines keep diverging, the loss will keep growing.
We, of the upper .1%, don’t care, but you middle- and lower classes will be hurt — perfect for increasing the income gap.
Reducing benefits and increasing the eligibility age shouldn’t bother you, because you are going to die sooner, anyway:
Income And Life Expectancy
By Paul Krugman
Since 1977, the life expectancy of male workers retiring at age 65 has risen 6 years in the top half of the income distribution, but only 1.3 years in the bottom half.
Here is how deficit reduction really works:
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We’re cutting your benefits, but who cares?
You’ll be dead before you qualify.
Cut food stamps . . . Cut Social Security . . Cut Medicare
When are the middle- and lower classes going to realize what’s being done to them and start to protest?
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