–The “small government” illusion Saturday, Apr 19 2014 

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

Mitchell’s laws:
●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 ultimately 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.
●Everything in economics devolves to motive,
and the motive is the gap.
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“The best government governs least” has been something of a popular mantra for many years. President Reagan implied it with his famous ” . . . government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”

The entire right wing of the political spectrum, leans heavily in the “small government” direction, as expressed by the The Tea Party’s “15 Non-negotiable Core Beliefs.” Here are the relevant few:

6. Government must be downsized.
7. The national budget must be balanced.
8. Deficit spending must end.
9. Bailout and stimulus plans are illegal.

There is a web site called The Daily Bell, which supports what they claim is the Austrian School of economics, about which they say:

One of the tenets of the (Austrian economics) discipline involves human action, the idea that PEOPLE act. Governments can act via force, but such force is inevitably a price fix, distorting the economy and causing behavioral changes in people that are unanticipated and even counterproductive. The best government governs least.

When I said to them that the idea of “governs least” inevitably leads to anarchism, their response was, that they really are talking about “philosophical anarchism:”

“Philosophical anarchism is an anarchist school of thought which holds that the state lacks moral legitimacy while not supporting violence to eliminate it. Though philosophical anarchism does not necessarily imply any action or desire for the elimination of the State, philosophical anarchists do not believe that they have an obligation or duty to obey the State, or conversely, that the State has a right to command. Philosophical anarchism is a component especially of individualist anarchism.”

They believe that governments are immoral, because governments make individuals do things individuals don’t want to do. For philosophical anarchists, morality is not in obeying the law; morality is in breaking the law to do as you wish.

From where does all this anti-government sentiment come? None of us likes to be forced to do what we don’t want to do. The IRS, the NSA, the CIA, the FBI, the police — they all impinge on our freedoms and privacies. Indeed, every law ever passed, impinges on someone’s freedom.

So from that standpoint, yes the best impingement impinges least.

But that sentiment differs markedly from items 6, 7, 8 and 9, above, because a government can be small in two ways:

1. A government can be “small” in the restrictions it places on its citizens
and/or
2. A government can be “small” in the assistance it gives to its citizens.

One can empathize with the notion that government restrictions should be as limited as possible, within the boundaries of human safety and well-being. But government assistance should be limited only by inflation.

While all laws burden someone, some laws are excessively burdensome. Our byzantine federal tax laws are a perfect double whammy. First, the laws are so complex and illogical, as to be punitive, and second, the federal government doesn’t even need or use our tax dollars. So anyone opting for “small government” should focus on eliminating the most burdensome laws (I’d start with eliminating FICA, Step #1 in the Nine Steps to Prosperity).

But what of Social Security? It is a government program. Should it be “downsized” as the Tea Party wishes? Is Social Security a burden on us (especially since taxes don’t pay for it)? Should Medicare be “downsized”?

None of the Nine Steps burdens on our freedom. In fact, they all allow us more freedoms to do as we wish and to succeed. They are “big government,” but only in the sense of big assistance, not big restrictions on us.

Nine 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
8. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99% (Click here)
9. Federal ownership of all banks (Click here)

In short, the Reaganesque, Tea Party, Austrian, austerian, “small government” movement is based on the false visualization of the federal government being SOLELY the big bully, who unnecessarily and unmercifully clamps down on us and forces us to do what we don’t want to do.

But big government also can be the big generous uncle who employs us, and pays for our health care, schooling, food, housing, retirement, defense and human advancements, while asking nothing in return.

The next time you read or hear someone extolling the virtues of small government, remind him that government has two sides — the coercive bully and the benevolent uncle.

While some deficit reduction may impact the big bully government, the vast majority of deficit reduction impacts the benevolent uncle, and widens the gap between the rich and the rest.

For analogies, (perhaps ad nauseum), let us not throw out the baby with the bathwater.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty

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Nine 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
8. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99% (Click here)
9. Federal ownership of all banks (Click here)

—–

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.
Two key equations in economics:
1. Federal Deficits – Net Imports = Net Private Savings
2. Gross Domestic Product = Federal Spending + Private Investment and Consumption – Net Imports

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 lines rise. Federal deficit growth is absolutely, positively necessary for economic growth. Period.

#MONETARY SOVEREIGNTY

–Moron Guns Thursday, Apr 17 2014 

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

Mitchell’s laws:
●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 ultimately 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.
●Everything in economics devolves to motive,
and the motive is the gap.
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Here’s a bit more on guns.

FRI APR 11, 2014 AT 08:58 PM PDT
Justice Stevens: Supreme Court has Misinterpreted the Second Amendment

The Washington Post has published an opinion piece from Justice John Paul Stevens in which he analyzes the history of the second amendment:

For more than 200 years following the adoption of that amendment, federal judges uniformly understood that the right protected by that text was limited in two ways:

First, it applied only to keeping and bearing arms for military purposes, and second, while it limited the power of the federal government, it did not impose any limit whatsoever on the power of states or local governments to regulate the ownership or use of firearms.

Thus, in United States v. Miller, decided in 1939, the court unanimously held that Congress could prohibit the possession of a sawed-off shotgun because that sort of weapon had no reasonable relation to the preservation or efficiency of a “well regulated Militia.”

When I joined the court in 1975, that holding was generally understood as limiting the scope of the Second Amendment to uses of arms that were related to military activities.

During the years when Warren Burger was chief justice, from 1969 to 1986, no judge or justice expressed any doubt about the limited coverage of the amendment, and I cannot recall any judge suggesting that the amendment might place any limit on state authority to do anything.

Stevens treats the NRA very harshly.

Five years after his retirement, during a 1991 appearance on “The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour,” Burger himself remarked that the Second Amendment “has been the subject of one of the greatest pieces of fraud, I repeat the word ‘fraud,’ on the American public by special interest groups that I have ever seen in my lifetime.”

Given the deeply held belief, fostered by the NRA, that we all need guns — more guns and more lethal guns — to protect us from minorities and from the federal government, and that killing animals is more important than saving human lives, there is little likelihood that common sense will prevail.

To paraphrase Wayne LaPierre of the NRA, “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun,” except we don’t want the government to be able to find out who the good guys and the bad guys are, so no background checks at gun shows and very limited checks for any retail sales.

Also, as right-wingers, we believe passionately in states’ rights (except when it comes to guns), so no local votes for gun control allowed.

And so, thanks to the Supreme Court, in league with the NRA, the moronic killing of poor and middle-class people will continue.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty

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Nine 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
8. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99% (Click here)
9. Federal ownership of all banks (Click here)

—–

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.
Two key equations in economics:
1. Federal Deficits – Net Imports = Net Private Savings
2. Gross Domestic Product = Federal Spending + Private Investment and Consumption – Net Imports

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 lines rise. Federal deficit growth is absolutely, positively necessary for economic growth. Period.

#MONETARY SOVEREIGNTY

–Why America is losing: Just one cost of austerity Wednesday, Apr 16 2014 

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

Mitchell’s laws:
●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 ultimately 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.
●Everything in economics devolves to motive,
and the motive is the gap.
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Please go to, and read, the following article. (Here are just a few excerpts):

Grads Remake China Workforce as High-End Threat to U.S.
By David J. Lynch Apr 15, 2014

Close to 7 million Chinese this year will graduate college, up from 1.1 million in 2001. By 2020, China’s college-educated talent pool is expected to number 195 million people — more than the entire U.S. labor force that year.

“We’re going to have to compete with Chinese banks and Chinese insurance companies and Chinese software companies,” said William Overholt, president of the Fung Global Institute in Hong Kong. “We’re not used to thinking of China as a powerhouse in these areas.”

That change is already happening. More than half of China’s $4.2 trillion in trade last year involved significant value added by Chinese workers, while lower-value processing trade fell below one-third of the total, down from almost 39 percent in 2010, according to the Chinese Ministry of Commerce.

Dan Breznitz, co-author of “Run of the Red Queen: Government, Innovation, Globalization and Economic Growth in China,” says China soon will have a surplus of college graduates to devote to research on fields the West is neglecting, such as power grid improvements, and to innovate in the way many goods are produced.

“It’s not necessarily competing head to head,” Breznitz said. “They’re going to outflank us.”

If they do, it will be partly thanks to what globalized Chinese have learned at American universities. China sends roughly 200,000 university students to the U.S. each year, 10 times the number of Americans who study in China.

Then, re-read this article:

Five reasons why we should eliminate school loans

It’s all part of Steps #4 and #5 in the “Nine Steps to Prosperity.”

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty

====================================================================================================================================================
Nine 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
8. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99% (Click here)
9. Federal ownership of all banks (Click here)

—–

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.
Two key equations in economics:
1. Federal Deficits – Net Imports = Net Private Savings
2. Gross Domestic Product = Federal Spending + Private Investment and Consumption – Net Imports

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 lines rise. Federal deficit growth is absolutely, positively necessary for economic growth. Period.

#MONETARY SOVEREIGNTY

Bloomberg in dreamland: Our wonderful, declining deficit. It’s all so simple. Monday, Apr 14 2014 

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

Mitchell’s laws:
●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 ultimately 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.
●Everything in economics devolves to motive,
and the motive is the gap.
======================================================================================================================================================================================
According to Bloomberg’s Ian Katz, things are looking great:

Obama’s Shrinking Budget Deficits Silence Foreign Fiscal Critics
By Ian Katz Apr 13, 2014

The Congressional Budget Office is projecting the 2014 deficit will be the lowest in six years and down more than 60 percent from the record $1.4 trillion in 2009. With the annual April 15 tax filing deadline looming, the U.S. has received about $80 billion more in income taxes this fiscal year than it had 12 months earlier.

Translation: Whoopie! That’s an additional $80 billion removed from the economy.

The Treasury’s coffers are swelling as the almost five-year economic expansion gains momentum, generating more corporate and personal income-tax revenue and reducing spending on social services. Stronger growth, in turn, will depend less on government spending to fuel growth than it has in the past.

Translation: Never mind that the U.S. Treasury has no “coffers.” (We all should write to Bloomberg’s Mr. Katz, and ask him, “Exactly how much money is in the Treasury’s ‘coffers’?”)

GDP = Federal Spending + Non-federal Spending – Net Imports. With “more corporate and personal income-tax revenue and reducing spending on social services,” where will the dollars come from the grow the economy? Don’t ask.

Corporate tax revenue may climb further as accelerating growth and declining unemployment boost sales and earnings.

Translation: More dollars will be pulled out of the economy.

(Last October) IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde warned that failure to lift the (U.S.) debt limit risked triggering a global recession. The administration of Barack Obama and Republicans in Congress eventually agreed to end the 16-day shutdown and suspended the $16.7 trillion limit.

Translation: Er, uh, see it’s like this: Debt and deficits are bad and should be reduced. But failure to allow for more deficits and debt risks “triggering a global recession.” Perfectly illogical.

Now, Michael Darda, chief economist at MKM Partners LLC in Stamford, Connecticut, estimates the U.S. deficit fell to 2.9 percent of gross domestic product in the first quarter from a peak of more than 10 percent in 2009.

Among the reasons, he said in an April 11 note: “a sustained, albeit moderate, economic recovery” and the 2013 automatic spending cuts and tax increases known as sequestration.

Translation: As everyone knows, spending cuts and tax increases grow the economy. If we could cut spending to $0, and increase taxes to 100%, that would grow the economy even faster.

The deficit will shrink to $514 billion this year from $680 billion in 2013, according to the CBO, After that, the deficit will start rising every year, reaching $1 trillion by 2022.

The increase will be driven by “dramatically” rising Medicare and Social Security payments needed to care for an aging society, said Jersey of Credit Suisse.

Translation: To keep filling the non-existent Treasury “coffers,” Medicare and Social Security benefits will need to be reduced — and reduced, and reduced — until those non-existent “coffers” are full. But, of course, since there are no “coffers,” and so we can’t know how much is in them, we never can know how much money needs to flow from the private sector to the Treasury.

The only solution is to keep cutting the private money supply until there is none left.

For now, a slower pace of decline in the budget deficit will provide a tonic for the economy because fiscal “drag” — the contractionary effect of reduced fiscal stimulus — is abating, says Lou Crandall, chief economist at Wrightson ICAP LLC in Jersey City, New Jersey.

“If the projected declines over the next couple of years were larger as a percentage of GDP, they would be giving rise to more fears about fiscal drag,” he said.

Translation: Its good that the deficit, which we are glad to see decline, will decline less, because the decline causes fiscal drag. In short, we want “fiscal drag” (to fill the Treasury’s “coffers”), but we are glad there will be less fiscal drag.

Simple, huh?

(Treasury Secretary Jacob J.) Lew, in his April 11 statement, said the U.S. expansion “is expected to strengthen further this year as private-sector demand increases, the fiscal drag lessens, and household balance sheets and the housing market continue to improve.”

Translation: It’s kind of like magic. We cut deficits, which puts fewer dollars into the economy. Having fewer dollars causes the private sector to spend more. This makes fiscal drag lessen and the housing market improve.

If we did the opposite, that is, add more dollars to the economy, the private sector would spend less.

It’s all so simple, really. Ask the writer, Mr. Katz.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty

====================================================================================================================================================
Nine 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
8. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99% (Click here)
9. Federal ownership of all banks (Click here)

—–

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.
Two key equations in economics:
1. Federal Deficits – Net Imports = Net Private Savings
2. Gross Domestic Product = Federal Spending + Private Investment and Consumption – Net Imports

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 lines rise. Federal deficit growth is absolutely, positively necessary for economic growth. Period.

#MONETARY SOVEREIGNTY

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