●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.
The Florida SunSentinel published an article by Fox News commentator, Noelle Nikpour titled, Noelle Nikpour: Numbers show GOP must change.
Knowing Fox News, I was startled by this seeming admission that the Republicans may be on the wrong track, and was anxious to read what a right wing mirror might say. Could this be the beginning of a long-overdue breakthrough for my once-beloved Republican party?
Here are a few excerpts for you to judge:
Of all the results from this past November’s elections, two numbers stand out: three, and 71. Three is the number of counties nationwide where, according to Jennifer Duffy of the Cook Political Report, if President Obama had won a smaller percentage of the youth and minority vote, he would have lost the entire election.
One of those was Broward County, where he trounced Mitt Romney by 264,000 votes. He won the state by only 74,000 votes. The other two were Cuyahoga County, Ohio, home of Cleveland, and Philadelphia County, Penn.
What about 71? That’s the percentage of the Hispanic vote Obama won nationwide. He won 60 percent of the Hispanic vote in Florida, where Broward’s County’s Latino population is the fastest-growing in the state. Hispanics, of course, were not the only deciding factor in the previous election, but Obama’s dominance of that group has Republicans talking – those who want to win future elections, anyway.
In every game of any kind – political, athletic, romantic – the winner’s victory and the loser’s loss can be narrowed down to a few narrow statements of “If only.”
“If only he hadn’t made that error, they wouldn’t have scored ten runs.” “If only he hadn’t gone on vacation before the wedding, she wouldn’t have met and married that other man.” “If only he hadn’t said that one stupid thing, he wouldn’t have lost the last debate and the election.”
To search out, then focus on a few narrow incidents, misses the big picture. A baseball team doesn’t lose because of one error. It loses because for the sum of all nine innings, it didn’t play as well as the other team. She married the other man because overall she loved him more. And he lost the election because overall, the electorate liked him less.
A sum is the total of all its parts, and to blame a loss on one part is to misunderstand mathematical reality.
Hispanics are growing so quickly in number that Dr. James Johnson, a North Carolina demographer, refers to the phenomenon as “the browning of America.” . . . The last two years saw Republicans vote against the DREAM Act offering Hispanics a path to citizenship, at the same time some in the party were adopting harsh, anti-illegal immigrant rhetoric. Meanwhile, Obama announced he would not use federal enforcement agencies to deport younger undocumented aliens. It was a blatant violation of the law and the Constitution, but it was fantastic politics.
Again, the big picture is missed. The Republicans didn’t lose because Obama had better “politics.” They lost because of something far deeper.
Meanwhile, young people ages 18 to 29 supported Obama in November, 60-36. That chasm is a little smaller than in Obama’s win over John McCain, but the young electorate is bigger than it was in 2008.
So Republicans are falling behind among groups that are increasing in number and maturing into leadership. Clearly, the party has a branding problem it must start addressing.
Why do young people favor Obama? The question neither is asked, nor answered. Nikpour assumes there is a branding problem, as though the product is fine, it’s just the brand image that needs changing.
That attitude is what continues to bury the Republicans, for you see, Ms. Nikpour, it is not a brand problem. It is a product problem.
Republicans need to return to their roots as the party of aspiration in both their policies and rhetoric. Too many Republicans take an almost unpatriotic pleasure in complaining about the country’s problems, and that’s a turnoff to young people and to rising immigrants who came here to build a better life for their families.
Meanwhile, the party’s us-versus-them rhetoric doesn’t win friends among socially accepting young people or among ethnic groups that are trying to assimilate into American society. That rhetoric has to go.
Again, the problem and its solution wrongly are felt to be superficial – just a matter of adjusting rhetoric. It’s as though what you mean and do doesn’t matter; all that matters is how you say it.
The GOP can start this process by elevating rising stars like Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, and, especially, any of a number of mostly young conservative women who have been elected to Congress and to statehouses across the country.
And it can follow the example of Ronald Reagan, who . . . managed to communicate his beliefs while rarely saying a mean thing about anyone. His face wore a smile, never a smirk or a sneer. Not surprisingly, he won the youth vote in 1984.
This past November was just one bad election decided by three counties, but the trends are not good for the GOP. The party has lost the popular vote in five of the past six presidential elections, and it just got beat by one of the worst presidents of the past 100 years. It’s no time to panic, but it is time to change.
Elevating “rising stars” is not the solution, if in order to be allowed to rise, the stars must toe the religious right, Tea Party and austerity line. It’s not just the appearances that need adjusting; it’s the Republican substance that is an anathema to decent Americans.
We are a nation of underdogs and we favor the underdogs. As a nation, we choose the small over the big, the poor over the rich, the needy over the haves. America doesn’t like the meanspirited who beat down on such minorities as blacks, browns, gays and non-Christians.
America doesn’t like the meanspirited who beat down on the less advantaged by promoting “small government” – code words for austerity, which in itself is a code word for cutting Social Security, cutting Medicare, cutting Medicaid, cutting food stamps, cutting aids to education and other aids to the poor, firing federal workers, providing inadequate care for wounded veterans, busting unions and only grudgingly providing aid to the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Americans don’t like those who choose money and law over people.
The Republicans of Abraham Lincoln, were a party of compassion for the unfortunate. But Republicanism has changed. Perhaps, it changed with the cruelty of Senator Joe McCarthy, perhaps even earlier. But of late is has become so bad the term “compassionate conservatism” needed to be invented and popularized among Republicans.
Why was this phrase necessary? Because, Republicans have lost their Lincolnesque compassion. Choosing a microscopic, fertilized egg over a poor, frightened, pregnant mother is not compassion.
Using any legal and quasi-legal means to extradite immigrants, rather than finding legal and quasi-legal means to give them sanctuary, is not compassion.
Denying the joy of marriage to gay couples is not compassion.
Repeatedly trying to force your religion on those who do not share your religion – that is not compassion.
So, lacking real compassion, Republicans instead feel politically compelled to claim compassion.
But, Ms. Nikpour, it’s not the brand. It’s not the politics. It’s not just three counties. It’s the overall reality. America does not like mean bullies.
At our core, we empathize with “Mother of Exiles,” the Statue of Liberty lady, who says, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
That is the America who votes against Republicans. To paraphrase counsel Joseph Welsh during the Army-McCarthy hearings: Have you no sense of decency, Republicans? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?
You claim to be patriots. You claim to love America. But, to love America, you must love the people who live in America, especially those who need your love most.
Change is needed, Republicans, and not just for political advantage.
The change is needed in your hearts.
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