The fundamental flaw in U.S. democracy: No term limits Wednesday, Jul 29 2015 

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.
•Any monetarily NON-sovereign government — be it city, county, state or nation — that runs an ongoing trade deficit, eventually will run out of money.
•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.
•The single most important problem in economics is
the Gap between rich and poor.
•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.
•Everything in economics devolves to motive, and the motive is the Gap between the rich and the rest..

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Recently, President Obama spoke in Ethiopia, saying, “Nobody should be president for life. Your country is better off if you have new blood and new ideas. I’m still a pretty young man, but I know that somebody with new energy and new insights will be good for my country. It will be good for yours, too, in some cases.”

What he didn’t say is that the lack of term limits practically guarantees criminality, sloth and nepotism, all of which increase with each passing year.

Consider my state, Illinois, the most corrupt state in the union. Of our last seven governors, four have gone to prison.

Illinois has the worst debt of any state, together with high taxes; our school systems are a mess; and Chicago’s racial segregation is extreme. Illinois is as poorly run — perhaps more poorly run than — any state.

The state of Illinois does not have any term limits, though some individual cities across the state do.

Thirty seven states have placed term limits on their constitutional officers such as governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, comptroller and treasurer.

Eight out of 10 of the largest cities nationwide place term limits on their mayors and/or city councils, while fifteen legislatures have term limits.

Chicago is one of those two largest cities nationwide without any term limits. Thus, we had Mayor Richard J Daley who held office for 21 years, and ruled king-like over a notoriously corrupt administration.

Later, came his even more corrupt son, Richard M. Daley, who held office for 22 years, before retiring in disgrace. (He sold valuable city property to pay for bribes to unions and others for re-election assistance.)

ILLINOIS GENERAL ASSEMBLY IGNORES CITIZENS ON TERM LIMITS

“It is a safe bet that the General Assembly will never pass a bill limiting its own members’ ability to seek re-election.” – Christopher Mooney, University of Illinois Springfield professor, term-limits expert

Overwhelmingly, Illinoisans support term limits. A recent poll showed 78.7 percent of Illinois voters support term limits.

Despite the overwhelming public support for term limits, only a few legislators have tried to use the legislative process to enact term limits. The legislature has failed to enact any meaningful term limit reforms.

Consider Illinois’s Michael Madigan:

He is the longest-serving Speaker in state history, having held the position for all but two years since 1983. He has been a member of the Illinois House since 1971.

Chicago Magazine named Madigan the fourth-most-powerful Chicagoan in 2012 and second in 2013 and 2014, calling him “the Real Governor of Illinois.”

Madigan refused to testify in the inquiry over his advocacy for more 40 applicants to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Michael Madigan had sought to use his influence to secure patronage hiring and promotion at the Metra commuter rail agency for two of his supporters.

More than 400 current or retired state and local government employees have strong political ties to Madigan. The former Bureau of Electricity in the Streets and Sanitation Department of the City of Chicago was called “Madigan Electric” by political insiders.

Madigan admitted that he is more likely to return phone calls from campaign contributors than from non-contributors. Of all the current sitting Democratic Illinois House members, Speaker Madigan has received the highest amount of campaign contributions from labor unions.

Madigan was founder and continues as senior partner of the law firm Madigan and Getzendanner specializing in corporate real estate property tax appeals, which has been accused of profiting off of Madigan’s position and power. Getzendanner and four other staff attorneys handle the tax appeals, while Madigan brings in clients.

In 2008 Madigan and Getzendanner represented 45 of the 150 most valuable buildings in downtown Chicago, more than any other property tax appeal firm, and more than twice as many as the second highest.

Then we have the Madigan family nepotism tree:

(His wife) Shirley is the head of the Illinois Arts Council. His oldest daughter, Lisa Madigan, is the Attorney General of Illinois. Madigan’s son-in-law Jordan Matyas is the chief lobbyist for Regional Transportation Authority, a deputy chief overseeing their Government Affairs Department.

In 2002, Madigan helped his daughter Lisa garner more campaign contributions in her run for Illinois Attorney General than even the candidates for governor that year. At one point, Lisa Madigan’s $1.2 million raised was more than all the attorney general candidates in 1998 had raised, combined.

The man has been clever enough to cover his back by installing his daughter as Attorney General, who not surprisingly, never has investigated her father.

How has Madigan achieved and maintained such control?

First, he brings home the bacon to his district. He is not elected by the state voters. He is elected by just one district, and that district receives the benefits of Madigan’s power. If you lived in that district, you would elect him. So would I.

Money flows to Madigan district while state dollars tight

At a time when Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has frozen state spending and cut the budget, a $35 million state grant got paid in full last month that helps build a 1,500-student school in the district of House Speaker Michael Madigan.

Second, the lack of term limits has given Madigan plenty of time to build alliances and to create a system that increasingly provides him with corrupting power.

For a politician, length of term is in direct proportion to breadth of corruption.

The lack of term limits, which allows criminal fiefdoms time to develop, is the fundamental flaw in American politics. It has all but destroyed Illinois and Chicago and presumably many other states, counties and cities.

The primary argument against term limits has to do with experience. A politician gains experience through time, and limiting his time, limits his experience.

However, that does not seem to have been an impediment to the most demanding and important job in America: The Presidency of the United States. The reason: Each new President surrounds himself with experienced people. All politicians can do that.

Once installed, politicians are very difficult to dislodge. They do more favors and collect more money than any opposing candidate.

The whole notion of “Ruler For Life”, whether a governor, mayor, alderman, senator, representative, etc., is an open invitation to the corruption that comes with power.

In summary, the fundamental flaw of American democracy is the lack of term limits.

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
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.
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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 euro comes to Puerto Rico Tuesday, Jul 28 2015 

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.
•Any monetarily NON-sovereign government — be it city, county, state or nation — that runs an ongoing trade deficit, eventually will run out of money.
•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.
•The single most important problem in economics is
the Gap between rich and poor.
•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.
•Everything in economics devolves to motive, and the motive is the Gap between the rich and the rest..

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The euro nations, having surrendered the single, most valuable asset any entity can have — their Monetary Sovereignty — now deal with the inevitable austerity that surrender requires.

The process always is the same:

1. A monetarily NON-sovereign government does not have the ability to create money. So, to pay its bills, it must have income. This income can come from three sources: A positive balance of trade, taxes and/or borrowing.

(As an aside, you personally are monetarily NON-sovereign. To pay your bills, you must have income. To survive long-term all monetarily NON-sovereign entities must have net income.)

2. Mathematically, not all nations can rely on a positive balance of trade. Those with a negative balance of trade must acquire money by increased taxing and/or borrowing.

3. Increased taxing impoverishes the private sector, which reduces the tax base and makes future tax increases ever more difficult — an endless whirlpool of impoverishment — so monetarily NON-sovereign nations increasingly turn to borrowing.

And here is where the divide between euro nations vs. U.S. states, counties and cities occurs.

Euro nations borrow from the troika (the European Central Bank [ECB], the European Commission [EC], and the International Monetary Fund [IMF]), a rapacious group that follows typical loan-shark protocol:

Lend to borrowers who cannot pay, then repeatedly lend more to pay the previously unpayable debt, then impose draconian punishments for non-payment — a protocol the guarantees endless debt slavery. The troika must have learned from the Mafia.

By contrast, most U.S. cities, counties and states, though also monetarily NON-sovereign, are blessed by a positive balance of trade with the Monetarily Sovereign U.S. government (which never can run short of dollars).

This brings us to Puerto Rico, financially much like a U.S. state:

Hedge funds tell Puerto Rico: lay off teachers and close schools to pay us back
Report commissioned by 34 hedge funds says government had been ‘massively overspending on education’ despite spending only 79% of US average per pupil

Billionaire hedge fund managers have called on Puerto Rico to lay off teachers and close schools so that the island can pay them back the billions it owes.

The hedge funds called for Puerto Rico to avoid financial default – and repay its debts – by collecting more taxes, selling $4bn worth of public buildings and drastically cutting public spending, particularly on education.

Perfect: The loan sharks (this time not the troika, but the equally rapacious hedge fund managers) demand that Puerto Rico further enslave and impoverish its people by squeezing them for more taxes and cutting education.

And of course, the wealthy hedge fund managers want further to rape the Puerto Rican economy by purchasing government property at bargain basement prices.

This is exactly what is happening to Greece. Loan sharks are the same, the world over.

The report, entitled For Puerto Rico, There is a Better Way, said Puerto Rico could save itself from default if it improves tax collection and drastically cuts back on public spending.

It accused the island, where 56% of children live in poverty, of spending too much on education even though the government has already closed down almost 100 schools so far this year.

Could it be any more disgusting than stealing the futures of already impoverished children?

The article goes on with ever more shocking suggestions from the loan sharks. You should read it to see how low it is possible for rich criminals to sink (the same rich criminals who complain loudly about the petty crimes committed by poor criminals).

And what is the solution? Quite simple, really.

Institute the “Ten Steps to Prosperity” (below) In the case of Puerto Rico’s education problem, see especially Step #4: Free Education, Including Post-Grad, For Everyone

That would rid PR of the loan sharks, permanently.

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
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

–If you liked the Iraqi war, you’ll love the Iranian war. Monday, Jul 27 2015 

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.
•Any monetarily NON-sovereign government — be it city, county, state or nation — that runs an ongoing trade deficit, eventually will run out of money.
•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.
•The single most important problem in economics is
the Gap between rich and poor.
•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.
•Everything in economics devolves to motive, and the motive is the Gap between the rich and the rest..

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The political party that brought us Iraq and thousands of dead and maimed young Americans — all for a lie — now wishes to bring us Iran, and even more dead and maimed Americans — all for another lie.

You see, after all those Iraqui lies and unnecessary deaths and injuries — and after dragging America’s reputation through the mud by denying torture is torture — the Republicans instituted a new plan. It’s the plan they have exercised for the past seven years: Vote again and again and again against anything Obama.

It’s the “Vote ‘No,’ but present no alternative” system as the ongoing modus operandi.

Seemingly, “Just say, ‘No'” is all the Republican base wants (in addition to guns, of course). It’s the “Obamacare” lack of plan. It’s the debt-limit lack of plan. And soon, it will be the “Iran-deal” lack of plan. If nothing else, these folks are consistent.

It appears that every one of the current sixteen GOP presidential candidates will campaign against the agreement.

What’s more, at least three GOP candidates—Florida’s Marco Rubio, Wisconsin’s Scott Walker and Texas’s Ted Cruz—say they will rescind the deal if they become president. No doubt others will soon echo that threat.

The Republican Senators (at least, 47 of them) came perilously close to treason (some say, crossed that line) by undercutting the President of the United States during foreign negotiations. They sent a letter to the “enemy,” announcing that if they achieved the Presidency, they would cancel any deal Obama agreed to.

Actually, Republicans do offer two alternatives to the Iran deal:
1) Yet another horrific war
2) or tougher sanctions.

May we please eliminate war as an option — Please! — and get right to the tougher sanctions option, which is supposed to accomplish . . . what? Bring Iran to its knees, so the mullahs will beg us to inspect every inch of their land, in perpetuity? Is that what we think will happen?

Get real.

Having gone through those wrenching bargaining sessions, Iran simply isn’t going to go back to square one because Ted Cruz, Rand Paul et al don’t like it.

Iran’s only viable option would be to push headlong toward nuclear weapons as a future bargaining chip for sanctions removal and, more significantly, to fortify it against the nearly certain war that has been promoted so assiduously by the current Israeli government and by so many likeminded U.S. politicians.

And there wouldn’t be anything short of war to stop the Iranians from pursuing that course.

So, we are back to the war option, for which the talk-tough non-combatants in Congress seem to be salivating.

And it gets worse. News flash: We are not the only nation in the world:

It isn’t just America and Iran on this parchment. Other signatories are China, Russia, Britain, France, and Germany, and there is no reason to believe any of these countries will back away from the agreement.

So how is the United States going to separate itself from this so-called P5+1 contingent and unilaterally pressure Iran to renegotiate the deal, particularly as these other nations are working within the United Nations to lift UN sanctions against Iran.

The result will be a degree of U.S. isolation never experienced since before World War II.

The Republicans could sanction to their heart’s content, but if the rest of the world doesn’t have the same blood-lust as brave, draft dodger Donald Trump, our sanctions will mean nothing. Everyone else will buy Iranian oil and trade with Iran, and we will be the forgotten superpower, standing on the outside, looking in with our nose pressed against the glass.

“But,” the Republican war-mongers argue, “if Iran gets the bomb, those religious nuts will think nothing of pushing the button, even knowing that will destroy the entire Middle-East, if not the world.”

Ah, the irony of being worried about Iran’s religious nuts, when the Republicans have a serious “religious-nuts” problem of their own (Hello, Huckabee. Hello, Santorum. Hello, Cruz).

But exactly what has Iran done to give the impression its leaders are less rational than ours?

Mitt Romney wrote just recently, “Iran is led by suicidal, apocalypse-seeking, America-hating, Israel-denying theocratic fanatics, entirely bereft of restraint, decency and respect for human life.”

A survey of recent Iranian history suggests that its leaders conduct foreign policy based on a logical understanding of their national interests and an often brilliant pursuit of them within the context of geopolitical reality.

They certainly never sent an army halfway around the world to overthrow the leader of a sovereign state with the intent of establishing a beachhead for the transformation of an entire regional culture.

One easily can make the point that Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Chris Christi, Mike Huckabee et al better fit the description, “apocalypse-seeking, theocratic fanatics, entirely bereft of restraint, decency and respect for human life.”

(They may blame Obama for all our ills, but at least he voted against killing and maiming Americans to invade Iraq.)

So where are we?

Yes, the deal is not perfect, but that is what negotiation means. It’s give and take. A good negotiation is one in which both sides are satisfied or both sides are unsatisfied.

There is no way Iraq was going to prostrate itself, just because those courageous warriors, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Scott Walker, are having hissy-fits in the safety of their homes.

At least with the treaty, we’ll do way more inspections than we have, short of war. And we’ll learn more about what Iran is doing, than we now know.

And maybe, just maybe, if we stop trying to destroy Iran’s economy and its government, they will be more ready, willing and able to work with us to control ISIS, and to tamp down the religious craziness all around them — a craziness they like even less than we do.

In short, the agreement puts us in a far, far better position than we were before, and despite the Republicans’ fervent desires, no American children are being killed.

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
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 moral GPS of politics Sunday, Jul 26 2015 

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.
•Any monetarily NON-sovereign government — be it city, county, state or nation — that runs an ongoing trade deficit, eventually will run out of money.
•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.
•The single most important problem in economics is 
the Gap between rich and poor.
•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.
•Everything in economics devolves to motive, and the motive is the Gap between the rich and the rest..

===================================================================================================================================================================================================================================================================================

Politics has no moral GPS. “Right,” “wrong,” “good,” “bad,” “compassion,” “belief” — those words have little meaning in the political circus.

The only words that count: “Win” and “lose.”

It always was thus, but far worse today, with the Tea Party zombies gnawing at the necks of the Republican faithful.

Even children are not exempt from their blood-lust:

Judge rules illegal immigrant parents with children should be released

Illegal immigrant parents and children should usually be released rather than held in custody, a federal judge ruled late Friday.

Judge McGee also ruled that the facilities Homeland Security set up to house the illegal immigrant mothers and children that streamed across the border during last year’s surge violate a 1997 agreement, and cannot be used.

Judge McGee cited “widespread and deplorable conditions” in the detention centers, which she said included cold cells, lack of trash cans, and keeping lights on at all times, potentially disrupting sleep patterns.

The amoral among us might say that these are illegals, so treat them like animals. The Americans among us might whisperingly mention that these are human beings, children desperately trying to escape the murder and rape Donald Trump claims to abhor.

Despite Bush/Cheney blithe assurances, torture is an un-American way to deal with any people, least of all, children.

“In light of the voluminous evidence that Plaintiffs have presented of the egregious conditions of the holding cells, the court finds that defendants have materially breached the Agreement’s term that defendants provide ‘safe and sanitary’ holding cells for class members while they are in temporary custody,” Judge McGee said.

“The court’s ruling makes clear that the administration should simply stop locking up children and their mothers in immigration detention facilities,” said Eleanor Acer of Human Rights First, one of the groups that’s protested the detentions.

Most of the attention from last year’s surge went to the more than 68,000 children caught at the border who were unaccompanied by parents, but just as big of a problem were the tens of thousands of children who crossed with a parent. Indeed, 38,845 children traveling with a parent were also caught.

Homeland Security spokeswoman Marsha Catron said they’ll take stock of their legal options.

“We are disappointed with the court’s decision and are reviewing it in consultation with the Department of Justice. We plan to respond to the Court’s order to show cause by August 3,” Ms. Catron said.

President Obama reveals two faces on many issues, this being no exception. One face is that of “Deporter in Chief,” as his administration has deported more immigrants — destroying more innocent lives — than any in U.S. history.

The other face is that of “compassionate protector,” as he has found ways to shelter and absorb many thousands of immigrants.

So, what is going on here?

It’s Politics.

The genetic nature of compassionate, “bleeding heart” Democrats is to protect the less fortunate: The “tired, poor, huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of a teeming shore, the homeless, tempest-tost”  — the people our best-known statue boastfully welcomes to America’s largest city.

But, since the unfortunate disinterment of the Tea Party, and its abduction of the Republicans, a shameful idea has dominated: Win at all costs; damn the people, full speed ahead.

So in what seemingly is political innocence, President Obama repeatedly attempts to play nice with the opposition, hoping that a powerful show of weakness and cowardice will encourage them to play nice with him.

It has worked exactly never, both in his international politics and his domestic politics, punishing friends and emboldening enemies.

The Obama administration decided that in order to deter those with children, Homeland Security would begin locking them up, rather than releasing them.

Secretary Jeh Johnson has said that policy was a success, and the flow of both accompanied and unaccompanied children is down substantially this year.

“The policy was a success.” Torturing children really does work. It prevents them from swimming to our life raft, and instead forces them to remain asea, where they will drown in torment and squalor.

Truly effective.

We have a bifurcated compassionate/cruel administration, which has resulted in the obscene picture of a Democrat administration torturing children in order to reduce the number coming here “yearning to breathe free.”

Is the world’s wealthiest and third-largest nation — a nation of 320 million people, a nation with the unlimited ability to create money, a geographically huge nation populated with immigrants and descendants of immigrants — is that nation unable to absorb a few thousand or even a few million people, whose primary crime is braving a hazardous journey to escape misery and to pursue life, liberty and happiness?

Lacking only a piece of paper with the word “Citizen” stamped on it (a piece of paper that, for no good reason, has been made ridiculously difficult to obtain), are these people to be sent back to torture and death, before being held here in deplorable conditions?

Is that what America is about? Is this who we are?

Does politics require us to lose our humanity, our special place in the world, our moral GPS?

Are we allowed compassion?

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
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.
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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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