–Just obeying the law and protecting America from foreign criminals Sunday, Apr 19 2015 

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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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We Americans, as all nations’ citizens do, have an exalted view of our morality and of our “special” position in the world.

People are born much alike everywhere, and to the degree any nation is moral or immoral, really is determined by the morality of its religious and political leaders at any given time.

Human children are not created cruel bigots; they learn cruelty and bigotry from their parents and later from their “quasi-parents,” the aforementioned religious and political leaders.

The immorality, for instance, of Southern slavery, was not due to any fundamental moral poverty of Southerners as compared with Northerners, but rather their leadership countenanced, even legalized slavery.

America has suffered many immoral leaders, leading to many disgraceful actions, through the years. The treatment of Native Americans has been a never-ending disgrace, a stain upon our flag. Our leaders made the laws that made this possible.

The legal internment of Japanese American citizens during WWII is yet another. Roosevelt merely was “protecting America from foreign criminals.”

Many examples, too numerous to describe, of the cruel, immoral laws enacted by our leaders, all give lie to the “specialness” of this nation, or of any nation. We are not special simply if our mothers gave birth here. We are special only when we do special.

The WWII years
Before and during World War II, hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of people attempted to flee, first Germany, then Austria and then all of Europe. Comparatively few succeeded, and by war’s end, some 11 million trapped souls had been killed by Hitler and other complicit European leaders.

[Per Wikipedia:] Breckinridge Long was a personal friend of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who appointed Long assistant Secretary of State.

Long maintained strict immigration controls mandated by the immigration laws in force at the time.

He wrote: “We can delay and effectively stop for a temporary period of indefinite length the number of immigrants into the United States. We could do this by simply advising our consuls to put every obstacle in the way and to require additional evidence and to resort to various administrative devices which would postpone and postpone and postpone the granting of the visas.”

Long is largely remembered for his obstructionist role as the official responsible for granting refugee visas during World War II. He “obstructed rescue attempts, drastically restricted immigration, and falsified figures of refugees admitted. The exposure of his misdeeds led to his demotion, in 1944.

He has become the major target of criticism of America’s refugee and rescue policy.”

He justified this in his diary by referencing the contemporary strict laws in the United States imposing quotas on the number of immigrants from particular countries, and his great concern about the possibility that Germany and the Soviet Union would introduce spies or subversive agents into the United States amidst the large numbers of refugees.

In his mind, Long merely was obeying the law and protecting America from foreign criminals.

Does that sound familiar?

House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) said, “By refusing to enforce the laws against illegal immigration, President Obama’s immigration policies collectively undermine the integrity of our immigration system and send the message to the world that our laws can be violated.

Returning to World War II:

On 13 May 1939, more than 900 Jews fled Germany aboard a luxury cruise liner, the SS St Louis. They hoped to reach Cuba and then travel to the US – but were turned away in Havana.

The captain then steered the St Louis towards the Florida coast, but the US authorities also refused it the right to dock, despite direct appeals to President Franklin Roosevelt.

(The St. Louis was forced to return to Europe, where more than 250 were killed by the Nazis.)

Does that sound familiar?

No childhood here

What drives these children to flee their homes? What causes their parents to put them and their life’s savings in the hands of smugglers? What happens if they fail to reach the U.S.?

Crime, gang threats, or violence appear to be the strongest determinants for children’s decision to emigrate. Whereas males most feared assault or death for not joining gangs or interacting with corrupt government officials, females most feared rape or disappearance at the hands of the same groups.

Those who are returned from the U.S. face additional threats of violence. Gangs forcibly recruit girls to be “girlfriends”. Girls who refuse such advances have been kidnapped and never heard from again, or found murdered.
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California town turns away buses of detained immigrants

In a Southern California small town, angry crowds thwarted detained migrants from entering their community.

In a faceoff with three buses carrying the migrants behind screened-off windows, the demonstrators chanted “Go back home!” and “USA” and successfully forced the coaches to leave Murrieta.

The citizens of Murrieta are neither more nor less moral than anyone else. But they have been influenced by an immoral leadership.

Example, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa):

King: “To put it simply, the president is importing millions of illegal aliens who when they arrive here he thinks, and he’s right, they are undocumented Democrats, and so the next phase of this is to document these Democrats so they can vote.

It erodes the politics of this country, the respect for the rule of law, and it creates this massive electorate that will likely vote in large numbers for Barack Obama and his party, just like African-Americans have done so after Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act, which by the way took the majority of Republicans in the House and Senate to make sure that that passed.

“They don’t understand the law, they come from lawless countries,” King said of undocumented immigrants. “So they’re not at all likely to defend our Constitution or the rule of law.”

The fact that Rep. King first points to the Civil Right Act as a bad example, then claims Republican credit for it, merely indicates how irrational hatred and bigotry can become.

Yes, King simply wants to obey the law and protect America from foreign criminals.

House passes two Republican measures in response to surge of child migrants

House members voted 223 to 189 to approve $694 million in additional funding for federal agencies dealing with the influx of immigrants — a sum far lower than Obama’s original $3.7 billion request.

The bill would tweak a 2008 anti-trafficking law and make it easier for the government to deport Central American minors who have entered the United States illegally.

It also would provide $35 million to border-state governors, who would be given broader legal authority to deploy the National Guard.

As a nation, are we special? If we send children back to be raped and murdered, does that confirm our moral superiority? When history writes the “Book of America,” will this be a chapter of pride or shame?

Will we stand before our ultimate judge and whine, “We were just doing as our leaders told us — obeying the law and protecting America from foreign criminals”?

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty

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The 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. Federally funded, 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)

Initiating The Ten Steps sequentially 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
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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

Climate change: Ask the Koch brothers and the soul of the Republican Party Saturday, Apr 18 2015 

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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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Well, this is a surprise. All this time I had thought the Koch brothers, and indeed the entire energy industry, denied human-caused climate change, because to admit it would be to admit the burning of their fossil fuels was killing the earth.

Was I wrong to conclude that these “gentlemen” would sacrifice our entire earth, and the future of our children, just to pad their own excessive fortunes?

Here is what happened in 2012:

Everyone’s Talking About The Koch Brothers-Funded Study That Proves Climate Change Is Real
ROB WILE, JUL. 30, 2012

Over the weekend, UC-Berkeley professor Richard Muller outed himself as a “converted” climate “skeptic” in the New York Times after his Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST) project concluded the earth’s surface temperature had increased 2.5 degrees Fahrenheit in the past 250 years and one and a half degrees in the past 50 years, likely entirely because of human industrial activity.

What makes this newsworthy, according to The Guardian, is that BEST had received $150,000 from the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, whose namesake also runs the climate skeptic research program The Heartland Institute.

(Muller wrot,) “How definite is the attribution to humans? The carbon dioxide curve gives a better match than anything else we’ve tried.

“Its magnitude is consistent with the calculated greenhouse effect — extra warming from trapped heat radiation. These facts don’t prove causality and they shouldn’t end skepticism, but they raise the bar: to be considered seriously, an alternative explanation must match the data at least as well as carbon dioxide does.

Adding methane, a second greenhouse gas, to our analysis doesn’t change the results.”

Well, it looks like I owe the Kochs an apology. Maybe they aren’t the miserable, selfish, right-wing evil-doers I thought they were.

Wait! Here’s more recent information:

Work of prominent climate change denier was funded by energy industry
Suzanne Goldenberg, US environment correspondent, Saturday 21 February 2015

Over the last 14 years Willie Soon, a researcher at the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics, received a total of $1.25m from Exxon Mobil, Southern Company, the American Petroleum Institute (API) and a foundation run by the ultra-conservative Koch brothers, the documents obtained by Greenpeace through freedom of information filings show.

Unlike the vast majority of scientists, Soon does not accept that rising greenhouse gas emissions since the industrial age are causing climate changes. He contends climate change is driven by the sun.

In the relatively small universe of climate denial Soon, with his Harvard-Smithsonian credentials, was a sought after commodity. He was cited admiringly by Senator James Inhofe, the Oklahoma Republican who famously called global warming a hoax.

He was called to testify when Republicans in the Kansas state legislature tried to block measures promoting wind and solar power. The Heartland Institute, a hub of climate denial, gave Soon a courage award.

As is common among Harvard-Smithsonian scientists, Soon is not on a salary. He receives his compensation from outside grant money, said Christine Pulliam, a spokeswoman for the Center for Astrophysics.

Soon is not an employee of Harvard.

So let’s get this straight. Soon does not receive a salary. All his income comes from grants by the energy industry, an industry that denies human-caused climate change.

Further, in publishing his papers, Soon “neglected” to disclose he was being funded by the right-wing energy companies.

Well, I guess that settles it. Soon is an independent researcher whose work should be respected for his courage and honesty.

At least one Republican, James Inhofe even wrote a book about it, “The Greatest Hoax.” Most other Republicans agree (i.e. are bribed to agree via campaign contributions and promises of lucrative employment later).

Obama set to utter term ‘climate change’ in Florida on Earth Day trip
Martin Pengelly in New York, Saturday 18 April 2015

Announcing an Earth Day trip to Florida on Saturday, President Barack Obama used his weekly address to say “climate change can no longer be denied – or ignored”.

Attitudes to climate change among Republicans and in Florida recently made national news, after it was reported that the state’s Department of Environmental Protection had issued an unwritten policy to forbid state workers from using the term.

“We were instructed by our regional administrator that we were no longer allowed to use the terms ‘global warming’ or ‘climate change’ or even ‘sea-level rise’,” a former DEP employee was quoted as saying in a report by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting. “Sea-level rise was to be referred to as ‘nuisance flooding’.”

Florida’s junior senator, Marco Rubio is among many leading Republican politicians who have said they do not believe climate change is caused by humans.

One would have hoped that climate change would be a scientific issue, not a political issue. Sadly, that is not the case.

Meet the Republicans in Congress who don’t believe climate change is real

Earlier this year, Politifact went looking for congressional Republicans who had not expressed scepticism about climate change and came up with a list of eight (out of 278).

Below is a roundup of some of the key climate change sceptics in the incoming 114th Congress. The list begins with committee heads, and includes all the members of the new Republican leadership teams in both the House and Senate. At the bottom are prospective 2016 presidential candidates currently on Capitol Hill.

That’s not to dismiss the rank-and-file, excited by the Republican party’s incoming hold on the committees that shape US environmental policy; their votes would be needed to hobble the Environmental Protection Agency or take other measures to stifle President Obama’s initiatives to reduce carbon emissions:

Senator Jim Inhofe, Republican of Oklahoma, Incoming chairman of the Senate committee on the environment and public works
–Senator Lisa Murkowski, Republican of Alaska, Likely incoming chairwoman of the Senate committee on energy and natural resources
–Congressman Fred Upton, Republican of Michigan, To continue to chair the House energy and commerce committee
–Congressman Rob Bishop, Republican of Utah, Likely to become chairman of the House committee on natural resources
–Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, Incoming Senate majority leader
–Senator John Cornyn, Republican of Texas, Recently re-elected as Senate Republican whip
–Senator John Thune, Republican of South Dakota, Recently re-elected as Senate Republican conference chairman
–Senator John Barrasso, Republican of Wyoming, Recently re-elected as chairman of GOP policy committee
–Senator Roy Blunt, Republican of Missouri, Recently re-elected as vice-chairman of the Senate Republican conference
–Congressman John Boehner, Republican of Ohio, Speaker of the House
–Congressman Kevin McCarthy, Republican of California, House majority leader
–Congressman Steve Scalise, Republican of Louisiana, Incoming majority whip
–Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Republican of Washington, Recently re-elected conference chairwoman
–Congressman Greg Walden, Republican of Oregon, GOP campaign chairman
–Senator Marco Rubio, Republican of Florida, Prospective 2016 presidential candidate
–Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, Prospective 2016 presidential candidate
–Congressman Paul Ryan, Republican of Wisconsin, Former GOP vice-presidential nominee and prospective 2016 presidential candidate
–Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, Prospective 2016 presidential candidate

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A personal prediction: Within a few years, as the facts continue to pile in, and climate change deniers look ever more ridiculous, each of these Republicans will claim he/she always had known humans were causing global warming, and in fact it was “obvious” to them.

For the above-mentioned politician and billionaire climate change deniers, who happily sacrifice the earth and our children’s futures, just to acquire more money, I have but one question: Matthew 16: “What shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?”

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty

===================================================================================
The 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. Federally funded, 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)

Initiating The Ten Steps sequentially 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

–How stupid do they think we are? Your children’s future with Social Security and Medicare Wednesday, Apr 15 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.
●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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How stupid do they think we are? For those of us who are not super-rich, the (the politicians) must think we are very stupid, because they keep telling us the same Big Lie, and we keep falling for it.

Even if you learn nothing more about economics for the rest of your life, learn this seven word secret, and you will know more than 99% of Americans:

Federal taxes do not fund federal spending.

That’s right. Your city taxes fund your city’s spending. Your county taxes fund your county’s spending. Your state taxes fund your state’s spending, but:

Federal taxes do not fund federal spending.

Even were all federal tax collections to drop to $0, the federal government could continue paying all its bills, forever.

The federal government is unique in that it alone is Monetarily Sovereign. It is sovereign over the dollar. It originally created the dollar from thin air, and continues to create dollars from thin air.

Cities, counties, states, businesses, you and I all can run short of dollars. We are monetarily non-sovereign. The federal government never can run short of dollars, if it doesn’t want to.

In fact, it creates dollars, ad hoc, simply by paying its bills.

You now know more than 99% of Americans, and much more than the politicians want you to know.

Why do politicians want to keep this secret? They are bribed by the super-rich, via campaign contributions and promises of lucrative employment later.

And why don’t the super-rich want you to know this secret? Because so long as you believe federal taxes pay for federal spending, the rich can convince you there isn’t enough money to pay for your Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and all other benefits the middle- and lower income groups receive.

The super-rich want to widen the Gap between them and you, so they can retain and increase their power over you.

Here is an example of the Big Lie by the bought-and-paid-for politicians.

Christie calls for raising ages for Social Security, Medicare

In major policy speech, Christie calls for ‘honest conversation’ on entitlements
Apr 14, 2015

The New Jersey governor, in a speech at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College, called for means testing Social Security, raising the retirement age for Social Security to 69 and gradually raising the eligibility age for Medicare to 67 by the year 2040.

Means testing and raising the retirement and eligibility ages reduce benefits to upper middle, middle and lower-income people, all of whom rely on these benefits.

As for the rich: They don’t care. These benefits mean nothing to them. While, for instance, Social Security benefits might account for 25% of a middle-income person’s livelihood, such benefits may not even account for 1% of a super rich person’s income.

Thus, every single one of Chris Christie’s proposals widens the Gap between the rich and the rest. But, he believes we’re not smart enough to understand this. He expects us to think federal financing is like personal financing, which is what makes us believe the Big Lie.

The Republican likely future presidential candidate said another key part of the sweeping proposal would change the Medicaid system to “per capita” allotments to each state.

Overall, he said, the plan would save the federal government $1 trillion over 10 years.

Christie doesn’t explain two things:

1. The federal government neither needs nor uses “savings.” Being Monetarily Sovereign, it creates all the dollars it needs.

2. Federal deficit spending adds dollars to the economy, and federal surpluses subtract dollars from the economy. When the federal government spends less (i.e. “saves”), the economy receives less — and that leads to recessions. (See “The Recession Clock at the bottom of this page).

Christie said, “Our leaders in Washington are not telling people the truth,” he said. “Washington is still not dealing with the problem. Washington is afraid to have an honest conversation about Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid with the people of our country. I am not.”

Tom Rath, a veteran Concord Republican strategist who is uncommitted in the GOP primary, said that while other candidates have been making political announcements in recent days and weeks, Christie’s focus on a specific issue with a specific plan “stands out.”

The Concord Coalition is one of the many mouthpieces for the rich. They are paid by the rich to make the false claim that in some unknown way, the federal government can run short of the dollars it creates as needed. The purpose: To cut your Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other benefits.

“When it’s 71 percent of the federal budget, you’d better have some ideas and some answers about it and you can’t be timid about it,” he said. “If this stuff wasn’t true, why would I say it?”

Well, for one thing, you’ve been bribed to say it, Governor Christie, and it’s not like you don’t have a record of lying to the public.

There’s no political upside to wading into Social Security and Medicare. But you have to do it because if you don’t you’re not going to have the money to spend on national defense. You’re not going to have the money to invest in research and development and you’re not going to have the money to bring tax relief to the American people.

The upside is, the more you lie, the more the rich will pay you. And note the bold-faced lie that the federal government can run short of dollars if it pays Social Security and Medicare benefits.

Christie, who is in a legal battle in his home state over his attempts to cut state funding to public worker pension and health benefits to help balance his state’s budget, touched on that controversy, too. He said his reforms in his home state will “reduce the burden on taxpayers by over $120 billion over 30 years.”

Right. His state, New Jersey, is monetarily non-sovereign. Like all states, it can and has, run short of dollars. Christie wants you to believe the Big Lie that state finances are like federal finances.

The speech on entitlement reform, however, was billed as the centerpiece of his visit.

“In the short term,” he said, the massive cost of entitlements “is growing the deficit and slowly but surely taking over all of government. In the long term, it will steal our children’s future and bankrupt our nation. “

No, what will steal our children’s future is the loss of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other benefits from the federal government. Christie doesn’t want your children and grandchildren collecting benefits.

Christie proposed a “modest means test that only affects those with non-Social Security income of over $80,000 per year, and phases out Social Security payments entirely for those that have $200,000-a-year of other income.”

Translation: He wants to cut Social Security benefits to the people who will need it. The super-rich don’t care. They don’t need Social Security.

In addition to raising the retirement age to 69, he would raise eligibility for early retirement benefits to 64.

It’s bad enough that, uniquely among insurance policies, Social Security benefits are taxed. Now, he wants to raise the retirement age so as to punish even the lowest income groups.

Christie also proposed expanding existing premium means testing for Medicare to ensure, he said, that only those who cannot afford to pay for their own health benefits will receive it.

Christie noted that under current Medicare means testing, there is a sliding scale of costs paid by seniors for part B and part D, from 25 percent for those with incomes above $85,000 to 80 percent for those with incomes of more than $214,000.

He would change the scale to have seniors at the $85,000 level pay 40 percent of premium costs and those with incomes of at least $196,000 pay 90 percent.

Cut, cut, cut. Make life harder for the middle and the aged, so the Gap can be widened.

He also called for raising the eligibility age for Medicare “at a manageable pace” of one month per year, so that by 2040, it would be 67 years old, and by 2064, it would be 69 years old.

This is the “make the middle-class work until they drop” philosophy of the super-rich. Make people poorer and so desperate they will beg the rich for any low-paying job. This is the way the rich re-install slavery in America.

But he would also eliminate the payroll tax for seniors who stay in the workforce over the age of 62.

Each state would receive a “set amount of funds per individual enrollee.”

Translation: He would like to transfer some of the Social Security costs from the federal government — which being Monetarily Sovereign, can afford anything — to the states which are broke.

Christie also addressed the Social Security disability trust fund, which, he said, will run out of money next year without action by congress.

Since the “trust fund” is an accounting fiction, all Congress needs to do is vote to support Social Security disability in perpetuity.

“I believe we should use this moment to reform the system and incentivize getting back to work,” he said.

Ah, there is the cruel myth,“The poor don’t like to work. They are lazy. We need to punish them if they don’t work into old age.”

He said the reforms will allow the federal government to invest in other areas, including defense.

Again, the Big Lie that the federal government is like you and me, and can run short of dollars. It can’t.

Christie’s plan was sharply criticized by the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, a leading advocacy group for the programs, as another in a “long line of conservative politicians” who want to dismantle the programs.

“The Governor’s plan to means-test Social Security, cutting off some Americans and transitioning the program from an earned benefit to welfare has long been the goal of those who oppose social insurance programs,” the group said in a statement. “It seems the governor acknowledges that his flagging presidential campaign needed a jolt because today’s speech was far more about burnishing Governor Christie’s conservative credentials than offering new proposals that could help America’s workers and retirees.”

Conservatives despise the poor and middle-income groups as being lazy “takers.” What conservatives seldom realize: By punishing the poor and middle, eventually their own children and grandchildren and the nation as a whole, will be punished.

Christie said he will soon unveil a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, which, he said, “does not and cannot work for America.”

“Does not work and cannot work,” except for the additional millions who now have medical insurance.

The right wing has established its lower- and middle-hating credentials. (Remember Bush’s attempt to privatize Social Security?) But lest you believe the right-wing is alone in telling the Big Lie, here is a note recently received from Democrat Sen. Dick Durbin.

The Social Security system is currently generating a surplus in tax revenues and interest income, and is expected to maintain this surplus through 2020.

However, Social Security’s costs will continue to grow in the coming years as millions of baby boomers enter retirement. Expenditures eventually will exceed revenues and interest income.

The long-term funding shortfall is attributed primarily to demographic factors, such as increasing life expectancy, as well as program design features, like annual COLAs and a wage-indexed benefit formula.

While reforms are necessary to ensure the survivial of Social Security, we must pursue sensible changes instead of a risky overhaul of the program.

There is no “long-term funding shortfall.” The federal government cannot have a “shortfall” of dollars.

In summary:
1. The federal government does not use tax dollars to pay for its spending. Even if federal taxes were $0, the government could continue spending, forever. (Tax collections are a relic of gold-standard days, when the government’s dollar-creation was limited.)
2. The super-rich pay the politicians to lie about the need to cut benefits. The purpose is to widen the Gap between the rich and the rest.

Now that you know then facts, contact your Senator and Representative and ask him/her, “How stupid do you think I am?”

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty

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The 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. Federally funded, 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)

Initiating The Ten Steps sequentially 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

–Beating on the poor and weak, a favorite, right-wing amusement Tuesday, Apr 14 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.
●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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If you are poor, or really, even middle-income, do not expect help or sympathy from the right-wing. Your lack of money, wealth and power is all your fault for being a lazy cheater.

So goes the right-wing mantra.

We’re All Welfare Queens Now

A Republican state lawmaker in Missouri is pushing for legislation that would severely limit what food stamp recipients can buy.

The bill being proposed would ban the purchase with food stamps of “cookies, chips, energy drinks, soft drinks, seafood or steak.

“The intention of the bill is to get the food stamp program back to its original intent, which is nutrition assistance,” said Rick Brattin, the representative who is sponsoring the proposed legislation. – Washington Post, April 3, 2015

Never mind the fundamental idiocy of a Congressman who believes one can determine what is bought with food stamps vs. what is bought with dollars — in the same store.

(“Here is a $10 bill plus $10 worth of food stamps. Now be sure to charge the steak to the dollars and charge the vegetables to the food stamps, and not the other way around.”)

Instead, let’s move on past idiocy to identifying these “Welfare Queens,” who, unlike us good honest folk, buy (gasp!) cookies, chips, soft drinks, seafood and steak.

As everyone knows, these foods are only for . . . well, just about everybody in America.

SNAP: Frequently Asked Questions

SNAP eligibility rules require that participants be at or below 130% of the Federal Poverty Level. Recent studies show that 49% of all SNAP participants are children (age 18 or younger), with almost two-thirds of SNAP children living in single-parent households.

In total, 76% of SNAP benefits go towards households with children, 16% go to households with disabled persons, and 9% go to households with senior citizens.

Yes, we must protect ourselves against those low income children, disabled persons and senior citizens, so they don’t sit back in the lap of luxury, eating cookies and steak.

In 2013, the average SNAP client received a monthly benefit of $133.07, and the average household received $274.98 monthly.

Wow, a whole $274.98 a month for a household? With those kind of big bucks coming in, no wonder these Welfare Queens are able to gorge themselves on seafood.

All SNAP retailers must sell at least seven varieties of food in each of four basic categories (meat, poultry, or fish; bread or cereal; vegetables or fruits; and dairy products) on a continuous basis.

Obviously, the meat, poultry or fish, etc., are not considered “nutrition assistance” by Rep. Brattin.

There are 15 Thrifty Food Plan market baskets, each formulated to fit the nutritional requirements of specific gender or age groups in the United States.

TFP market baskets include ratios of grains (including whole grains), vegetables, fruits, milk products, meat and beans, and other foods as determined by the Recommended Dietary Allowances and Dietary Guidelines for Americans issued by the USDA.

The baskets are arranged with the goal of obtaining minimal cost for sufficient nutrition.

Being poor, lazy cheaters, they must be told exactly what they are allowed to eat.

But sometimes the poor are not obedient. This disobedience is especially galling to us right-wingers who don’t like the federal government telling us what to do. Uh, wait . . . uh . . . oops.

SNAP has frequently been a target for accusations of fraud and abuse of the system. SNAP beneficiaries are accused of cheating the system by receiving greater benefits than would befit their income status or exchanging SNAP benefits for cash.

In reality, fraud within the SNAP system is extremely low. With the introduction of the EBT cards, most opportunities for fraud have been removed, and an electronic trail now exists to facilitate the tracing of abuses in the system.

According to a recent USDA analysis, SNAP reached a payment accuracy of 96.19% in 2012 (the highest that the program has ever seen). Trafficking rates—the number of benefits exchanged for cash—are at 1%.

Well, we don’t care about facts. We once heard of somebody who bought a steak with food stamps. So there!

Many Americans believe that the majority of SNAP benefits go towards people who could be working. In fact, more than half of SNAP recipients are children or the elderly.

At least forty percent of all SNAP beneficiaries live in a household with earnings. In fact, the majority of SNAP households do not receive cash welfare benefits (around 10% receive cash welfare), with increasing numbers of SNAP beneficiaries obtaining their primary source of income from employment.

AKA known as the “working poor,” people often are stuck with the most difficult, backbreaking, disgusting jobs our society has to offer.

Undocumented immigrants are not (and never have been) eligible for SNAP benefits.

Documented immigrants can only receive SNAP benefits if they have resided within the United States for at least five years (with some exceptions for refugees, children, and individuals receiving asylum).

So, in America, even if you are here legally, you won’t get nutritional help from our government for at least five years.

Right-wingers like Rick Brattin use class-warfare brainwashing to convince you that you are paying for a luxurious lifestyle, by ne’er-do-well, lazy cheaters, who use your money to live like kings.

So, of course you should learn to hate these people, which will justify denying them even the relative pittance they now receive.

Never mind that you and I do not pay for SNAP or any other federal benefit. Federal taxes do not fund federal spending.

And never mind that but for the grace of God, we could find ourselves impoverished and starving, however much we may want to deny it.

Beating on the poor is amusing to the Rick Brattins of the world. He can laugh as he watches the poor jump through hoops, and no matter what they do, it will not be enough to please him.

It’s especially entertaining that we can watch them suffer, and they can’t fight back.

Beating on the poor is exactly like that other, popular pastime we teach our children to enjoy: Hunting.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

===================================================================================
The 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. Federally funded, 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)

Initiating The Ten Steps sequentially 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

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