–She will be the next President of the United States Saturday, Dec 13 2014 

Twitter: @rodgermitchell; Search #monetarysovereignty
Facebook: Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

Mitchell’s laws:
●Those, who do not understand the differences between Monetary Sovereignty and monetary non-sovereignty, do not understand economics.
●The more federal budgets are cut and taxes increased, the weaker an economy becomes. .
Liberals think the purpose of government is to protect the poor and powerless from the rich and powerful. Conservatives think the purpose of government is to protect the rich and powerful from the poor and powerless.
●Austerity is the government’s method for widening
the gap between rich and poor.
●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.
●Everything in economics devolves to motive,
and the motive is the Gap.
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Many people voted for Barack Obama, because he promised change, and the people wanted change — change from the old cronyism, the old feed-the-rich, the old political BS that every day widens the gap between the rich and the rest.

Obama didn’t deliver. We didn’t recognize that he was a product of the cronyism, feed-the-rich, Chicago-style political BS.

We should have. It was right there in front of us — this “neighborhood organizer” that was promoted far beyond his skills by Mayor Daley’s mob. We should have seen it, but we didn’t. He fooled us.

Then, many of us voted for Republicans because they promised to end Obamacare, shut down the government, end all limits of campaign spending, broaden the tax base to get more from the poor and deport all 12 million of the undocumented. But, then each of us thought, “Hey, that doesn’t do me any good. In fact, it will screw me royally — and that’s what they want.

So, we now realize, none of today’s announced candidates gives a damn about us. They care only about the rich. Why have we let ourselves be conned into voting for these crooks?

And we thought: Fool us once; shame on you. Fool us twice; shame on us.

If we get fooled again by the Clinton, Pelozi, Boehner, Biden, Bush, Christi, Rubio, Ryan, Romney, Santorum old-guard political hacks, we deserve to continue being tied up, raped and tossed in the trash.

There is one, and only one candidate, so far as I know, who is willing to buck the elephants and jackasses, and act for the people:

The Speech That Could Make Elizabeth Warren the Next President of the United States

Early Friday evening Sen. Elizabeth Warren took to the Senate floor and gave a plain-spoken, barn-burning speech that could make history and put her into serious contention to be the next President of the United States.

Democrats don’t like Wall Street bailouts. Republicans don’t like Wall Street bailouts. The American people are disgusted by Wall Street bailouts.

And yet here we are, five years after Dodd-Frank with Congress on the verge of ramming through a provision that would do nothing for the middle class, do nothing for community banks, do nothing but raise the risk that taxpayers will have to bail out the biggest banks once again…

So let me say this to anyone who is listening at Citi[group]. I agree with you Dodd-Frank isn’t perfect. It should have broken you into pieces!

If this Congress is going to open up Dodd-Frank in the months ahead, then let’s open it up to get tougher, not to create more bailout opportunities.

If we’re going to open up Dodd-Frank, let’s open it up so that once and for all we end too big to fail and I mean really end it, not just say that we did.

Instead of passing laws that create new bailout opportunities for too big to fail banks, let’s pass…something…that would help break up these giant banks.

A century ago Teddy Roosevelt was America’s Trust-Buster. He went after the giant trusts and monopolies in this country, and a lot of people talk about how those trust deserved to be broken up because they had too much economic power.

But Teddy Roosevelt said we should break them up because they had too much political power. Teddy Roosevelt said break them up because all that concentrated power threatens the very foundations up our democratic system.

And now we’re watching as Congress passes yet another provision that was written by lobbyists for the biggest recipient of bailout money in the history of this country. And its attached to a bill that needs to pass or else we entire federal government will grind to a halt.

Think about that kind of power. If a financial institution has become so big and so powerful that it can hold the entire country hostage. That alone is reason enough to break them up.

Enough is enough.

Enough is enough with Wall Street insiders getting key position after key position and the kind of cronyism that we have seen in the executive branch. Enough is enough with Citigroup passing 11th hour deregulatory provisions that nobody takes ownership over but everybody will come to regret. Enough is enough.

Washington already works really well for the billionaires and the big corporations and the lawyers and the lobbyists.

But what about the families who lost their homes or their jobs or their retirement savings the last time Citigroup bet big on derivatives and lost? What about the families who are living paycheck to paycheck and saw their tax dollars go to bail out Citi just 6 years ago?

We were sent here to fight for those families. It is time, it is past time, for Washington to start working for them!

Can you imagine Hillary giving a speech like that? Can you imagine any Republican giving a speech like that?

The current crop of misfit politicians are so greedy for money, they do anything and everything the rich tell them to do. And it’s always the same: Take from the middle class and the poor, and give to the rich.

At long last, we should vote for someone whose entire record is: Fight for the 99%.

Warren isn’t Obama-esque phony change. She has proven she means it.

The political hacks can’t fool us twice. We won’t vote for the same old mopes. We’ve done that already, and look what it brought us.

Fool us once; shame on you. Fool us twice; shame on us.

We’ve learned.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty

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Ten Steps to Prosperity:
1. Eliminate FICA (Click here)
2. Federally funded Medicare — parts A, B & D plus long term nursing care — for everyone (Click here)
3. Provide an Economic Bonus to every man, woman and child in America, and/or every state a per capita Economic Bonus. (Click here) Or institute a reverse income tax.
4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone. Click here
5. Salary for attending school (Click here)
6. Eliminate corporate taxes (Click here)
7. Increase the standard income tax deduction annually. (Refer to this.)
8. Tax the very rich (.1%) more, with higher, progressive tax rates on all forms of income. (Click here)
9. Federal ownership of all banks (Click here and here)

10. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99% (Click here)

The Ten Steps will add dollars to the economy, stimulate the economy, and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and the rest.
——————————————————————————————————————————————

10 Steps to Economic Misery: (Click here:)
1. Maintain or increase the FICA tax..
2. Spread the myth Social Security, Medicare and the U.S. government are insolvent.
3. Cut federal employment in the military, post office, other federal agencies.
4. Broaden the income tax base so more lower income people will pay.
5. Cut financial assistance to the states.
6. Spread the myth federal taxes pay for federal spending.
7. Allow banks to trade for their own accounts; save them when their investments go sour.
8. Never prosecute any banker for criminal activity.
9. Nominate arch conservatives to the Supreme Court.
10. Reduce the federal deficit and debt

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.
1. A growing economy requires a growing supply of dollars (GDP=Federal Spending + Non-federal Spending + Net Exports)
2. All deficit spending grows the supply of dollars
3. The limit to federal deficit spending is an inflation that cannot be cured with interest rate control.
4. The limit to non-federal deficit spending is the ability to borrow.

THE RECESSION CLOCK
Monetary Sovereignty

Monetary Sovereignty

Vertical gray bars mark recessions.

As the federal deficit growth lines drop, we approach recession, which will be cured only when the growth lines rise. Increasing federal deficit growth (aka “stimulus”) is necessary for long-term economic growth.

#MONETARYSOVEREIGNTY

–An extreme strategy for the Democratic Party Saturday, Dec 13 2014 

Twitter: @rodgermitchell; Search #monetarysovereignty
Facebook: Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

Mitchell’s laws:
●Those, who do not understand the differences between Monetary Sovereignty and monetary non-sovereignty, do not understand economics.
●The more federal budgets are cut and taxes increased, the weaker an economy becomes. .
Liberals think the purpose of government is to protect the poor and powerless from the rich and powerful. Conservatives think the purpose of government is to protect the rich and powerful from the poor and powerless.
●Austerity is the government’s method for widening
the gap between rich and poor.
●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.
●Everything in economics devolves to motive,
and the motive is the Gap.
==================================================================================================================================================================

Today, the excellent OpEd News blog ran the following post (excerpts):

Who Runs the Democratic Party?
By Bob Burnett

Not President Obama. He may be the commander-in-chief, but other than as a symbol he’s not the leader of the Democratic Party.

When George W. Bush was President it was generally accepted that Karl Rove — Bush’s campaign manager and White House deputy chief of staff — was the leader of the Republican Party and the architect of both the presidential and midterm GOP campaigns. Bush is gone but Rove continues to be in charge.

The Democrats lack focus. They don’t have a strategy comparable to that of the GOP. In between presidential elections, Democrats collapse into factions.

There must be a national Democratic strategy comparable to that developed by Karl Rove for the GOP. This is more than a compelling populist message. The strategy has to reach throughout the party to recruit viable candidates, raise money, establish a modern get-out-the-vote infrastructure, and, most of all, re energize the Democratic base.

There has to be a strategy with a message that involves and excites the 99 percent.

Actually, the title of the article may be slightly misleading, because the real subject is not “who” but rather, “what message.”

The Democrats simply do not have a coherent message to counter the Republican’s “cut spending” and “shrink government.”

In fact, the Democrats agree with the Republican message. How are you supposed to win elections, when you parrot the competition’s message?

The Democrats, as good-hearted as they may be, have no winning strategy. They, and especially President Obama, essentially are limp, spineless Republicans.

So, here is a novel thought for the next Democratic strategy: Tell the truth.

I know. It’s unthinkable, and never has been attempted in American politics. But desperate times call for desperate measures.

–Tell the truth about Monetary Sovereignty.
–Tell the truth about the absolute need for a federal deficit.
–Tell the truth about the federal “debt” being nothing more than bank deposits in the Federal Reserve Bank, easily “paid off.”
–Tell the truth about the unlimited sustainability of Social Security and Medicare.
–Tell the truth about who causes the Gap between the rich and the rest, and the effect of that Gap.
–Tell the truth about why the banksters must be stopped.

Hey Democrats, give the truth a shot. It’s an extreme strategy, but what do you have to lose?

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty

===================================================================================
Ten Steps to Prosperity:
1. Eliminate FICA (Click here)
2. Federally funded Medicare — parts A, B & D plus long term nursing care — for everyone (Click here)
3. Provide an Economic Bonus to every man, woman and child in America, and/or every state a per capita Economic Bonus. (Click here) Or institute a reverse income tax.
4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone. Click here
5. Salary for attending school (Click here)
6. Eliminate corporate taxes (Click here)
7. Increase the standard income tax deduction annually. (Refer to this.)
8. Tax the very rich (.1%) more, with higher, progressive tax rates on all forms of income. (Click here)
9. Federal ownership of all banks (Click here and here)

10. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99% (Click here)

The Ten Steps will add dollars to the economy, stimulate the economy, and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and the rest.
——————————————————————————————————————————————

10 Steps to Economic Misery: (Click here:)
1. Maintain or increase the FICA tax..
2. Spread the myth Social Security, Medicare and the U.S. government are insolvent.
3. Cut federal employment in the military, post office, other federal agencies.
4. Broaden the income tax base so more lower income people will pay.
5. Cut financial assistance to the states.
6. Spread the myth federal taxes pay for federal spending.
7. Allow banks to trade for their own accounts; save them when their investments go sour.
8. Never prosecute any banker for criminal activity.
9. Nominate arch conservatives to the Supreme Court.
10. Reduce the federal deficit and debt

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.
1. A growing economy requires a growing supply of dollars (GDP=Federal Spending + Non-federal Spending + Net Exports)
2. All deficit spending grows the supply of dollars
3. The limit to federal deficit spending is an inflation that cannot be cured with interest rate control.
4. The limit to non-federal deficit spending is the ability to borrow.

THE RECESSION CLOCK
Monetary Sovereignty

Monetary Sovereignty

Vertical gray bars mark recessions.

As the federal deficit growth lines drop, we approach recession, which will be cured only when the growth lines rise. Increasing federal deficit growth (aka “stimulus”) is necessary for long-term economic growth.

#MONETARYSOVEREIGNTY

Is the descent into brutality our new American normal? Friday, Dec 12 2014 

Twitter: @rodgermitchell; Search #monetarysovereignty
Facebook: Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

Mitchell’s laws:
●Those, who do not understand the differences between Monetary Sovereignty and monetary non-sovereignty, do not understand economics.
●The more federal budgets are cut and taxes increased, the weaker an economy becomes. .
Liberals think the purpose of government is to protect the poor and powerless from the rich and powerful. Conservatives think the purpose of government is to protect the rich and powerful from the poor and powerless.
●Austerity is the government’s method for widening
the gap between rich and poor.
●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.
●Everything in economics devolves to motive,
and the motive is the Gap.
==================================================================================================================================================================

Consider the brutality that President Bush, Vice-President Cheney, many other political leaders and right-wing media think is just fine:

The Most Gruesome Moments in the CIA ‘Torture Report’

Interrogations that lasted for days on end. Detainees forced to stand on broken legs, or go 180 hours in a row without sleep. A prison so cold, one suspect essentially froze to death.

The CIA also forced some detainees who had broken feet or legs to stand in stress-inducing positions, despite having earlier pledged that they wouldn’t subject those wounded individuals to treatment that might exacerbate their injuries.

Contrary to CIA’s description to the Department of Justice, the Senate report says that the waterboarding was physically harmful, leading to convulsions and vomiting.

The torture of prisoners debate has devolved to:

1. We never tortured. We just used “enhanced interrogation techniques.”
2. We did torture, but torture is O.K., because it worked.
3. We did torture, but I didn’t know about the torture.
4. We did torture, and it’s not O.K., so we don’t torture any more.

That America even needs to debate about the merits of torture, says much about American humanity and our moral standing in the world.

Then, consider police brutality:

These Moms Lost Kids to Police Brutality — Now They’re Fighting Back
By Matt Connolly

Ten women, united in loss that no one should have to bear, demanded that lawmakers take action on police brutality on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. They make up a delegation of mothers whose sons were killed by police, and they don’t want any more mothers to feel their pain.

The delegation, assembled by representatives from Mothers Against Police Brutality, Codepink, the National Congress of Black Women and the Hands Up DC Coalition made their case to Congress during a three-hour briefing followed by a candlelight vigil outside the Department of Justice that evening.

Tressa Sherrod told assembled legislators, staffers, media and members of the public. “The police have too much power. They are getting away with killing unarmed black men and children.”

“It’s been eight years for us, and we’re still in pain,” said Valerie Bell, whose son Sean Bell was killed on his wedding day when plainclothes police officers fired 50 shots into his car in New York thinking someone had a gun.

The officers, whose attorney argued that they confused their own shots ricocheting for bullets being fired back at them, were later acquitted.

Danette Chavis’ son Gregory Chavis wasn’t shot by law enforcement, but New York police allegedly prevented him from receiving medical treatment for his gunshot wound despite being a block away from a hospital.

Are we becoming immunized against brutality? Do we justify brutality, so that our response to all problems is more brutality?

Cop Writes Washington Post Op-Ed Defending Police Brutality

“Here is the bottom line: if you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you.”

Police Department officer Sunil Dutta (wrote) “Don’t argue with me, don’t call me names. Don’t tell me that I can’t stop you, don’t say I’m a racist pig, don’t threaten that you’ll sue me and take away my badge.”

In other words, shut up and take it, because even the slightest bit of intransigence is grounds for the cops to unleash a world of hurt.

“Later, you can ask for a supervisor, lodge a complaint or contact civil rights organizations if you believe your rights were violated.”

Or, wait for your complaint to get buried under mountains of paperwork and or dismissed outright. In DC, for instance, only 66 of the 358 complaints filed last year against Metropolitan Police Department officers were sustained, according to figures released this week.

Any resistance, even the most modest form of resistance, constitutes grounds for the police to kill you with a choke hold, bullets, beatings or some other means.

Have the police, the grand juries, the public in general and the politicians become immune to the horrors of brutality? Do torture and murder no longer shock us?

Poll Finds That More Americans Back Gun Rights Than Stronger Controls
By Timothy Williams, Dec. 11, 2014

Two years after the mass school shooting in Newtown, Conn., a majority of Americans say it is more important to protect the right of Americans to own guns than for the government to limit access to firearms, a Pew Research Center survey conducted this month found.

The center said that it was the first time in two decades of its surveys on attitudes about firearms that a majority of Americans had expressed more support for gun ownership rights than for gun control.

In a 2000 Pew survey, 29 percent chose gun rights over gun control, and in a 2013 survey conducted a month after the Newtown shooting, 45 percent favored gun rights.

When asked in 2012, 29 percent of African-Americans said guns offered people protection rather than exposed them to greater danger, but in this year’s survey, the number of African-Americans who viewed firearms as offering more personal safety nearly doubled to 54 percent.

Torture makes us safer. Police savagery makes us safer. Guns make us safer.

Brutality in America. Is it the new normal?

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty

===================================================================================
Ten Steps to Prosperity:
1. Eliminate FICA (Click here)
2. Federally funded Medicare — parts A, B & D plus long term nursing care — for everyone (Click here)
3. Provide an Economic Bonus to every man, woman and child in America, and/or every state a per capita Economic Bonus. (Click here) Or institute a reverse income tax.
4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone. Click here
5. Salary for attending school (Click here)
6. Eliminate corporate taxes (Click here)
7. Increase the standard income tax deduction annually. (Refer to this.)
8. Tax the very rich (.1%) more, with higher, progressive tax rates on all forms of income. (Click here)
9. Federal ownership of all banks (Click here and here)

10. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99% (Click here)

The Ten Steps will add dollars to the economy, stimulate the economy, and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and the rest.
——————————————————————————————————————————————

10 Steps to Economic Misery: (Click here:)
1. Maintain or increase the FICA tax..
2. Spread the myth Social Security, Medicare and the U.S. government are insolvent.
3. Cut federal employment in the military, post office, other federal agencies.
4. Broaden the income tax base so more lower income people will pay.
5. Cut financial assistance to the states.
6. Spread the myth federal taxes pay for federal spending.
7. Allow banks to trade for their own accounts; save them when their investments go sour.
8. Never prosecute any banker for criminal activity.
9. Nominate arch conservatives to the Supreme Court.
10. Reduce the federal deficit and debt

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.
1. A growing economy requires a growing supply of dollars (GDP=Federal Spending + Non-federal Spending + Net Exports)
2. All deficit spending grows the supply of dollars
3. The limit to federal deficit spending is an inflation that cannot be cured with interest rate control.
4. The limit to non-federal deficit spending is the ability to borrow.

THE RECESSION CLOCK
Monetary Sovereignty

Monetary Sovereignty

Vertical gray bars mark recessions.

As the federal deficit growth lines drop, we approach recession, which will be cured only when the growth lines rise. Increasing federal deficit growth (aka “stimulus”) is necessary for long-term economic growth.

#MONETARYSOVEREIGNTY

–The barbarians speak: It wasn’t bad. It worked. We never knew. Anyway, it never happened. Wednesday, Dec 10 2014 

Twitter: @rodgermitchell; Search #monetarysovereignty
Facebook: Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

Mitchell’s laws:
●Those, who do not understand the differences between Monetary Sovereignty and monetary non-sovereignty, do not understand economics.
●The more federal budgets are cut and taxes increased, the weaker an economy becomes. .
Liberals think the purpose of government is to protect the poor and powerless from the rich and powerful. Conservatives think the purpose of government is to protect the rich and powerful from the poor and powerless.
●Austerity is the government’s method for widening
the gap between rich and poor.
●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.
●Everything in economics devolves to motive,
and the motive is the Gap.
==================================================================================================================================================================

Here is all you need to know about the crime of torturing prisoners:

It wasn’t all that bad. And it worked to get valuable information.

And, we never knew what the CIA was doing. And anyway, it never happened, because as President Bush and Vice President Cheney said, “We don’t torture.”

Also, doing the crime is not bad for America, but revealing the crime is bad for America. Criminals are good people, but tattle-tales put America in danger.

Finally, these revelations will get Islamists angry at us, because up ’til now, they have not been angry at us. Right?

Let’s begin with the idol of the GOP, Ronald Reagan:

Ronald Reagan: Message to the Senate Transmitting the Convention Against Torture and Inhuman Treatment or Punishment, May 20, 1988

I transmit herewith the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

The Convention was adopted by unanimous agreement of the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1984, and entered into force on June 26, 1987. The United States signed it on April 18, 1988.

The United States participated actively and effectively in the negotiation of the Convention. It marks a significant step in the development during this century of international measures against torture and other inhuman treatment or punishment.

Ratification of the Convention by the United States will clearly express United States opposition to torture, an abhorrent practice unfortunately still prevalent in the world today.

That was then. This is now.

Cheney: We waterboarded U.S. soldiers, so it’s not torture
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Cheney: “We waterboarded U.S. soldiers, so it’s not torture.”

Former Vice President Dick Cheney argued on Friday morning that the waterboarding of terror suspects did not amount to torture because the same techniques had been used on U.S. soldiers during training.

“The techniques that we used were all previously used on Americans. “All of them were used in training for a lot of our own specialists in the military. So there wasn’t any technique that we used on any al Qaeda individual that hadn’t been used on our own troops first, just to give you some idea whether or not we were ‘torturing’ the people we captured.”

(Of course) the troops in training are not subjected to the practice 183 times. Also, the soldiers presumably know their training will end, and they won’t be allowed to actually drown or left to rot in some dark, anonymous prison.

Hey, what’s a little waterboarding? The Vice President says it’s not torture, even though “The report’s central conclusion is that harsh interrogation measures, deemed torture by program critics, didn’t work.”.

Some in Cheney’s party, including Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), believe that waterboarding is torture. Malcolm Nance, a counterterrorism consultant for the U.S. government and a former SERE instructor, has argued repeatedly that waterboarding is torture and called for prohibiting its use on prisoners.

“Waterboarding is slow motion suffocation with enough time to contemplate the inevitability of black out and expiration — usually the person goes into hysterics on the board. For the uninitiated, it is horrifying to watch and if it goes wrong, it can lead straight to terminal hypoxia. When done right it is controlled death. Its lack of physical scarring allows the victim to recover and be threaten[ed] with its use again and again.”

O.K., so Cheney is a conservative beast, who probably would torture his own mother for sport, but wasn’t Congress kept in the dark?

Cheney said the George W. Bush administration had received approval for the “enhanced interrogation program” from all nine congressional leaders who had been briefed on its details: this included the leaders of both intelligence committees, the leaders of both parties, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Oh? Well . . . uh . . . see, it’s like this. The fact that it’s a crime against humanity, for which we should be prosecuted, means nothing. It’s the revealing of the crime that really is a crime.

Sun Sentinel: “GOP greets report with harsh questions of motive.” 12/10/14

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said America’s intelligence community deserves “our thanks, not an ideologically motivated report designed to underpin their work.”

Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky, the incoing majority leader, dismissed the extensive probe as a parisan “study” done at the behest of Democrats for political advantage. “It doesn’t tell us much that we didn’t probably already know anyway, but significantly endangers Americans around the world. The release serves no purpose whatsoever.”

Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C. called the conclusions of the report, “a fiction.”

So, as we said, revealing the crime is a crime and anyway, the crime didn’t happen.

At least, the President under which this crime (that didn’t happen,) is shocked — or maybe not.

George W. Bush: Described CIA employees as “patriots” and questioned the report’s legitimacy. “If it diminishes their contribution to our country, it is way off base. I knew a lot of the operators. These are good people, really good people and we’re lucky as a nation to have them.”

Cheney believed the findings would be “all a bunch of hooey. As far as I’m concerned, they ought to be decorated, not criticized.”

Yes, the CIA are “patriots,” whose heroics we dare not speak of, because they are so shameful and criminal.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla, a member of the intelligence committee who was one of just three Republicans voting against declassifying the report, said Democrats advanced it only for the “partisan joy their going get from trying to embarrass people in the Bush administration.”

Asked if he could defend the kinds of abuses in the report, Rubio demurred:

“I’m not going to criticize anyone who did their job in trying to acquire information that would protect American lives and prevent terrorist attacks.

“Protect American lives and prevent terrorist attacks?” Uh, not really.

As President, Rubio says he would support torture of prisoners. That is his level of morality.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky: “It’s important to say we’re not going to do that (torture). Whether or not you have to go into all the gory details, whether that’s good for the country, maybe not.”

Yes, it’s important to SAY we’re not going to torture, but doing the torture is O.K., so long as we don’t talk about it.

Some detainees were forced to stay awake for a week, usually standing or in stress positions, at times with their hands shackled above their heads.

Some were doused with ice water or stripped naked and chained for days in unheated, unlit cells.

At least five captives were subjected to painful rectal rehydration or unnecessary rectal feeding.

The most gruesome conditions occurred at a former brick factory north of Kabul, Afghanistan. The “Salt Pit” was so dungeon-like that interrogators wore headlamps to navigate its dark passageways.

Detainees were walked around naked or were shackled with their hands above their heads for extended periods of time. (They) were hooded and dragged up and down a long corridor while being punched and slapped.

An Afghan militant named Gul Rahman died in the Salt Pit of suspected hypothermia after he was stripped naked from the waist down and chained to a concrete floor in near-freezing temperatures.

All this was done in the name of America, by American “patriots” (to use President Bush’s and Vice-President Cheney’s description). Supposedly this was done to get valuable information, although the data show that torture doesn’t work.

Does America have a moral compass, or are we no different from the viscous terrorists for whom we have contempt?

We have the most powerful military the world ever has known. Yet, does our fear remain so great, and have we sunk so low as a nation, that we are willing to elect “patriots” who are as bad as our enemies? Are we a people who happily would be led by a Hitler or an Idi Amin?

Another election is coming. This is a good time for you and me to face the mirror of history, and decide: Who am I? What is my morality? How low will I sink? Am I proud to be an American?

Do the barbarians speak for me?

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty

===================================================================================
Ten Steps to Prosperity:
1. Eliminate FICA (Click here)
2. Federally funded Medicare — parts A, B & D plus long term nursing care — for everyone (Click here)
3. Provide an Economic Bonus to every man, woman and child in America, and/or every state a per capita Economic Bonus. (Click here) Or institute a reverse income tax.
4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone. Click here
5. Salary for attending school (Click here)
6. Eliminate corporate taxes (Click here)
7. Increase the standard income tax deduction annually. (Refer to this.)
8. Tax the very rich (.1%) more, with higher, progressive tax rates on all forms of income. (Click here)
9. Federal ownership of all banks (Click here and here)

10. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99% (Click here)

The Ten Steps will add dollars to the economy, stimulate the economy, and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and the rest.
——————————————————————————————————————————————

10 Steps to Economic Misery: (Click here:)
1. Maintain or increase the FICA tax..
2. Spread the myth Social Security, Medicare and the U.S. government are insolvent.
3. Cut federal employment in the military, post office, other federal agencies.
4. Broaden the income tax base so more lower income people will pay.
5. Cut financial assistance to the states.
6. Spread the myth federal taxes pay for federal spending.
7. Allow banks to trade for their own accounts; save them when their investments go sour.
8. Never prosecute any banker for criminal activity.
9. Nominate arch conservatives to the Supreme Court.
10. Reduce the federal deficit and debt

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.
1. A growing economy requires a growing supply of dollars (GDP=Federal Spending + Non-federal Spending + Net Exports)
2. All deficit spending grows the supply of dollars
3. The limit to federal deficit spending is an inflation that cannot be cured with interest rate control.
4. The limit to non-federal deficit spending is the ability to borrow.

THE RECESSION CLOCK
Monetary Sovereignty

Monetary Sovereignty

Vertical gray bars mark recessions.

As the federal deficit growth lines drop, we approach recession, which will be cured only when the growth lines rise. Increasing federal deficit growth (aka “stimulus”) is necessary for long-term economic growth.

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