–Pontius Boehner washes his hands, then paddles away. Thursday, Jul 31 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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“When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. ‘I am innocent of this man’s blood,’ he said. ‘It is your responsibility!’”

A conservative rebellion forced House leaders to pull their border bill from consideration on Thursday, leaving the GOP in disarray and putting pressure on President Obama to try to handle the situation without any extra money or powers from Congress.

Mr. President, we are washing our hands of the problem. You solve it.

Of course, you get no money to do the job, and remember, we are suing you, because you take things into your own hands. Gotcha!

Republican leaders in the House vowed to “continue” working on the crisis, and said it was “possible” they could still vote later Thursday, but the prospects appeared dim. Unless they come up with a solution in a few hours, they will go home for a five-week summer vacation leaving Mr. Obama to have to figure solutions out on his own.

We have accomplished so much, we deserve a vacation from our long, arduous efforts. By the way, for you people who actually work (when you can get a job), we are cutting unemployment and Social Security. The federal government can’t afford to pay for laziness.

“This situation shows the intense concern within our conference — and among the American people — about the need to ensure the security of our borders and the president’s refusal to faithfully execute our laws. . .”

Yes, we have to secure our borders, because you know how all those Mexicans and Hondurans are shooting rockets at us and tunneling into our country, to kidnap and kill our citizens and suicide bomb us.

We want the President to execute the laws we don’t want to pass.

“(We want to) ensure these children are returned swiftly and safely to their countries.”

Mr. President, deport them swiftly to where they safely can be raped and murdered, or if they manage to survive, live in hopeless poverty. We are the compassionate party.

The House bill had included only a fifth of the money Mr. Obama requested, and would have made it easier to deport illegal immigrant children. GOP leaders even scheduled a vote on a bill to freeze the president’s non-deportation policy for young adults.

We care about children. We truly do. (We also care about women, gays, the poor, blacks, browns and people whose sincerely held religious beliefs differ from Hobby Lobby’s. We are the caring) party.

Senate Democrats, meanwhile, are having trouble with their own border bill, (that) even some Democrats say are necessary to begin stemming the flow.

We Democrats have to stem that flow, because you know, there is no room on this life raft. You children simply will have to jump back into the ocean and swim for your lives. Please watch out for the sharks.

Democrats said the focus should be on the humanitarian situation facing the children back home in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, rather than on speeding up deportations in the U.S.

We Democrats are the humanitarian party. Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain, you know, President ‘deporter-in-chief,’ who formally has deported more people than any President in our history. He will “stem the flow” of drowning children begging to climb onto our little life raft.

“The American people are fair minded; they are wise; they are practical; they want to help,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. “They want to feed the children. There are not enough resources here to do that on the humanitarian side.

Not only is there no room on this raft, but we don’t have enough food, clothing and housing for ourselves, let alone to take care of you children. As John Boehner said, ‘Let’s be honest. We’re broke.’

It’s a lie, but you know . . . wink, wink.

(The President) may have to use even more unilateral action to try to speed up some deportations — a power the White House has said it may have, but which it has been reluctant to tap.

Presumably, the Republicans won’t sue the President for using that unilateral action — unless of course, it isn’t cruel enough to send the kids back to hell.

Perhaps, we can get some National Rifle Association members to shoot the kids — in self-defense, of course.

Is it possible for our leaders to be more disgusting? Or are they just doing what the American voters want?

Where are the protests?

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)


10. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99% (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 growth lines rise. Increasing federal deficit growth (aka “stimulus”) is necessary for long-term economic growth.

#MONETARYSOVEREIGNTY

–The AFL-CIO puzzle adds a new piece: The Alliance for Retired Americans Tuesday, Jul 29 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.
======================================================================================================================================================================================

Once, I’d been puzzled by the AFL-CIO, and lately this puzzle had become more — puzzling. Here are excerpts from an article in the AFL-CIO blog:

Good News for All Americans in Social Security, Medicare Reports

Said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka: “Social Security and Medicare will be there for us and our families if elected leaders listen to the American people and reject calls to cut benefits. Instead of undermining these crucial programs, we must build on their success and adopt measures to strengthen and expand them.

O.K., good enough. But . . .

Richard Fiesta, executive director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, said the most important lesson from the Social Security report “is that Social Security has a large and growing surplus.

Uh oh. A large and growing “surplus”? Social Security is a federal agency. The federal government is Monetarily Sovereign.

A Monetarily Sovereign government doesn’t need a surplus. In fact, because a federal surplus = a deficit for the economy, a federal surplus always is harmful to the economy.

It gets worse:

The Medicare report, Fiesta said, “reminds us once again that the Affordable Care Act is controlling health care costs.” He said: It is great news that the life of the Medicare Trust Fund has been extended by another four years to 2030.

Yikes! does he actually believe there is a “Medicare Trust Fund” — a fund that pays for Medicare? Is he not aware that all federal “trust funds” — ALL — are accounting fictions that don’t pay for anything?

The U.S. money supply consists only of balances in the private sector. Since the federal government has no money, it pays its bills by sending instructions (not dollars) to creditors’ banks, instructing the banks to increase the balances in the creditors’ checking accounts. These instructions are in the form of checks or wire transfers.

Only at the time the banks obey the instructions, and increase the checking account balances, are dollars created.

Imagine an economy having a total of $1 trillion. On Monday, the federal government mails you a $100 check. On Tuesday, the check has not yet arrived at your bank. The economy still has $1 trillion.

Mail is a bit slow this week, so on Wednesday, the check still has not yet arrived. The economy still has $1 trillion.

By Thursday, the check arrives at your bank, but the bank is closing, so a clerk puts the check in a pile for tomorrow’s processing. The economy still has $1trillion.

On Friday, the clerk opens the mail, sees the check (the instructions) and pushes a computer key, which raises your checking account balance by $100. At that instant, and not before, the total money supply in the economy rises to $1 trillion, one hundred dollars. And this is how the federal government creates dollars.

The fictional “Trust Fund” is not part of this process. No matter what the balance in that trust fund may be, your bank’s clerk will push the button that adds $100 to the nation’s money supply.

That is why there need be no Army “trust fund” to pay for Army expenses, no Congress “trust fund,” no Supreme Court “trust fund,” no CIA, FBI or NSI “trust funds.” For a Monetarily Sovereign nation, a “trust fund” is a non-functional fiction, serving only to deceive.

Clearly the deception is working:

The Social Security Trustees reported once again that the Disability Trust Fund can pay full benefits until 2016, with enough revenue after that time to cover about 80% of promised benefits.

Trumka said: Congress should act soon to ensure disabled workers and their families will continue to receive the benefits they have earned. This can be done by allocating a larger share of current payroll tax contributions to the Disability program.

No, Mr. Trumka, federal taxes do not pay for federal spending. If federal taxes rose to $999 trillion, or fell to $0, neither event would affect by even one penny, the federal government’s ability to pay its bills.

That clerk at the bank doesn’t care about tax collections. He just follows instructions. And the federal government has the unlimited ability to send instructions.

Oh yes, there is a limit, and that limit is inflation. At some level of money creation (deficit spending), it’s possible for there to be an inflation the Federal Reserve can’t control. At that time, but not before, deficit spending would have to end.

Fortunately, such an inflation is quite rare. In fact, in the almost 240 year history of America, through wars, recessions, depressions, stagflations and even “normal” inflations, we never have had an uncontrollable inflation.

So the puzzle is: Why don’t Trumka and Fiesta seem to understand this? Is it ignorance, or is there a motive?

I suspect that in Truma’s case there is a motive: Increased Social Security and Medicare benefits may benefit the union’s members, but they don’t benefit the union’s leaders. So why waste much time, effort and political capital? A few perfunctory statements should be enough to show workers that the union stands behind them.

Far better to press for increased membership and higher salaries. That’s where the union leaders make their money.

As for the Alliance for Retired Americans, it’s mission statement claims:

“A primary objective of the Alliance is to enroll and mobilize retired union members and other senior and community activists into a nationwide grassroots movement advocating a progressive political and social agenda.”

So, they are going after “retired union members” — those people who no longer pay union dues — and ask them for $10 or more membership.

And what are the membership benefits? Apparently, they are the AARP for union people, with the same kinds of insurance business and discounts.

Given its business model, what would be the benefit to its leaders of higher Social Security benefits or reduced FICA?

None.

So, I guess the puzzle isn’t much of a puzzle. The AFL-CIO leaders and the Alliance for Retired Americans leaders and AARP’s leaders, have no real motivation to tell Americans the truth about the federal government’s ability to spend.

In fact, because the Alliance and AARP sell health insurance, they sure as heck are not going to tell anyone how Medicare for every man, woman and child in America, and a more generous Social Security with no FICA, easily are affordable for our government — just as AARP won’t tell.

O.K., puzzle solved. Those three organizations benefit from the ignorance of their members, and no one is going to kill that goose while it’s laying those golden eggs. The members will have to figure things out for themselves.

Lots of luck with that.

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)


10. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99% (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 growth lines rise. Increasing federal deficit growth (aka “stimulus”) is necessary for long-term economic growth.

#MONETARYSOVEREIGNTY

–The human cost of lies and ignorance, and what you should do Monday, Jul 28 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.
======================================================================================================================================================================================

The Big Lie not only costs you money; it can cost you your life.

Here are some excerpts from an editorial in today’s Chicago Tribune, one of the many newspapers spreading the Big Lie:

Patients pay steep price for Hepatitis C cure

There’s a new breakthrough hepatitis C drug treatment that cures — yes, cures — almost everyone who takes it. Unlike previous, far less effective treatments, patients suffer few if any side effects. The entire regimen takes only 12 weeks, much shorter than previous regimens.

The drug, Sovaldi, could save the lives of many of the estimated 80,000 people a year who die from the blood-borne liver disease. Eventually, Sovaldi could save the nation’s health system billions of dollars by preventing liver failure and liver cancer, not to mention curbing the huge costs of liver transplants.

The miracle pill costs $84,000 for a typical 12-week course of treatment.

Sens. Ron Wyden, of Oregon, and Charles Grassley, of Iowa cite a study that says Sovaldi could cost Medicare $6.5 billion over the next year or so, boosting drug premiums by 8 percent.

Wyden is a Democrat and Grassley is a Republican, demonstrating that the Big Lie is neither blue nor red, neither left nor right.

Readers of this blog know that federal taxes do not pay for federal spending. Unlike state and local governments, and unlike you and me, the federal government is Monetarily Sovereign. It neither needs nor uses tax dollars for anything.

Even if FICA were $0, the federal government could (and should) provide free, comprehensive Medicare to every man, woman and child in America.

Some states are planning or starting to restrict access to the drug to mainly the sickest patients. Some private insurers also are imposing treatment limits, urging physicians to treat only patients who absolutely need the therapy now.

See, it’s like this. Treat the sickest patients, but withhold Sovaldi from the others, until they get sicker. This insures that everyone gets really sick.

There’s mounting pressure on Gilead Sciences, the maker of Sovaldi, to cut its price. But if $1,000 a pill is too much, what is the “correct” price?

No, we do not defend price gouging by prescription drug companies. But we strongly defend American pharmaceutical innovation and the wondrous results it yields.

Sovaldi is a prime example of why America’s drug industry is the world’s powerhouse. A company spends years and hundreds of millions of dollars developing a drug, knowing most fail in trial.

The company discovers a blockbuster drug. Company execs price it accordingly, to reward shareholders and investors for the risks taken and for all the money spent chasing miracle drugs that never panned out.

The Tribune’s editors are right — and wrong. They are right that drug development is an extremely costly, extremely dangerous procedure. The vast majority of new drugs prove worthless.

Even those that finally, after years of expensive testing, reach the market, may be found to have serious side effects that can lead to multi-million dollar law suits.

So why do drug companies spend billions trying to develop drugs that usually don’t work, and may cause liability. Why take such huge risks? Only because the rewards can be great.

If not for that risk-taking, no new drugs would enter the market, and we all would suffer and die years earlier.

But the Tribune editors are wrong in spreading the Big Lie that federal taxes pay for federal spending. In fact, federal taxes pay for nothing — NOTHING — and federal deficit spending is necessary for economic growth.

If Sovaldi costs Medicare $6.5 billion a year, and the federal government were to pay for Medicare, that would mean $6.5 billion in growth money added to the economy.

And why all the lies? The richest .1% income/wealth/power group bribes politicians bribes politicians via campaign contributions and promises of lucrative employment later; the newspapers are owned by the rich and the universities are supported by the rich — all to widen the gap between the rich and the rest.

Because every source of information repeats the Big Lie, the populace remains ignorant of the truth, and that ignorance is killing them.

What should you do? Spread the truth.

The ignorant will denounce you and insult you and resist you. But if you keep at it, eventually the truth will out, the gap will narrow, and our lives will be longer and better.

Never surrender.

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)


10. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99% (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 growth lines rise. Increasing federal deficit growth (aka “stimulus”) is necessary for long-term economic growth.

#MONETARYSOVEREIGNTY

–The oldest war that cannot end. Sunday, Jul 27 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.
======================================================================================================================================================================================

I’m sailing into dangerous waters, here, so please bear with me.

In religion, there are no facts; only stories. These are mine.

BACKGROUND

The earliest religions were multitheistic, with gods ruling over every conceivable thing — sun gods, moon gods, rain gods, ocean gods, mountain gods – an endless procession of gods, often at odds with one another.

Judaism was one of the first monotheisic religions, with 3,000 year old roots. Its one God has no physical presence, but rather is an all encompassing, eternal, all-knowing, omnipresent power.

Jews (originally “Children of Israel”) have a personal relationship with their god. All prayers are directed to, and all responses come from, this one god. There are no intermediaries.

Rabbis are not holy figures. They merely are teachers. No one prays to a rabbi.

This god gave the Jews their 10 commandments, the first three of which are:

1. I am the Lord thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt . . .
2. Thou shalt have no other gods before Me. Thou shalt not make unto the a graven image, nor any manner of likeness, of anything that is in heaven above . . . (nor) bow down to them, nor serve them . . .
3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain . . .

Over time, people became uneasy with the concept of direct personal communication with God, perhaps believing they were unworthy of such communication, or perhaps needing a human presence to which to pray.

Jesus of Nazareth was a rabbi, born, lived and died a Jew, as were his disciples, including Peter, the first pope. Some Jews (Jewish Christians) accepted Jesus as their messiah, and so became the beginnings of Christianity.

Most Jews rejected the notion that Jesus is God or the son of God as a violation of the 2nd commandment, though this “problem” was addressed with the teaching of the Trinity and the revised commandments:

1. I am the Lord thy God. Thou shalt not have strange gods before me.
2. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.
3. Keep the Sabath day

In denying the legitimacy of Jesus as God, and in refusing to worship Jesus, Mary or any other saints, Jews essentially denied the legitimacy of Christianity.

Thus they were seen as a threat to Christian leaders, who ironically made Judaism, the religion of Christ, a target of Christian hatred, passed down from leaders to followers, through 2,000 years.

In the 7th century, common era, Islam was created by Muhammad, although Muslims believe that Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus all were Islamic prophets. Though Islam has its roots in Judaism and Christianity, Muslims and Christians repeatedly have warred, and both repeatedly persecuted the Jews.

As is common among religions, schisms occur among the less devout and the most orthodox. Christianity split into Orthodox and many Protestant denominations. Judaism is divided into Orthodox, Conservative and Reformed movements, while Islam divided into many schools, the primary of which are Sunni and Shia.

While early on, these divisions resulted in acrimony and even wars and murder in the name of God, the various divisions of Christianity and Judaism no longer engage in internecine combat.

Islam however, perhaps because it is younger, still is in civil war, particularly among Sunni, Shia and Wahhabi.

All of the above is to put into context, the current Mideast wars, especially those involving Hamas, a Sunni Muslim group, al Qaeda and the Taliban (radical Wahhabi Muslim movements), Hezbollah (a Shia Muslim group) and other Islamic groups often labeled as terrorist.

Ostensibly, the current Mideast war, involving Israel and Gaza, is a land dispute, with ownership claims dating back at least 3,000 years.

But, the amount of land involved including the disputed land (total about the size of the island of Sardinia), is minuscule (blue is Israel).

monetary sovereignty

Considering that the borders of almost every nation have been determined in wars, one wonders why, among all nations, the borders of, and even the existence of, Israel continues to be the subject of endless fighting.

I suggest that the current war between Israel and Gaza merely is a manifestation of ongoing religious wars between Christianity and Islam, and Islamic civil wars, that have gone on for the past 1500 years.

Religious wars are unlike political wars. While all wars are fought for political power, political wars have sub-motives: oil, water, forests, cattle or merely the increased military power that comes with increased population and extended borders. The purpose of political wars usually is to gain or protect some asset.

Religious wars are different. They always are passionate, and seldom are based on any real desire for asset gain. Instead, they are meant to rid the world of “infidels,” i.e. other religions.

When Israel gave Gaza to the Muslims, the act relied on the false Western narrative that Islam wanted land, freedom self-determination for its people. Based on that Judeo-Christian logic, the Israelis left in Gaza thousand of greenhouses, used to grow crops for internal consumption and export. Israel expected gratitude for doing what perhaps no other nation ever has done.

But the Muslims destroyed the greenhouses, which shocked the Israelis. It shouldn’t have, for the Gazan leadership wanted neither land, nor freedom nor self-determination for its citizens. It wanted, and continues to want, the destruction of Israel and of Judaism, and later, the destruction of Christianity– all of whom are considered infidels.

(Right wing Christians understand this, which is why many are strong supporters of Israeli Jews, while ironically having been long time intolerants of American Jews. To Jews this is puzzling, though it makes perfect sense in the war between Christianity and Islam. “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.”)

The killing of Gazan civilians in the current hostilities, is widely decried, though civilian deaths are common in war. America and its allies killed 140,000 in Hiroshima and 80,000 in Nagasaki. Around 600,000 German civilians died during the allies’ wartime raids on Germany, including 76,000 German children. In July, 1943, during a single night in Hamburg, 45,000 people perished in a vast firestorm.

And these civilians were targeted, while Israel claims it tries to avoid civilians. But Hamas places its rocket launchers in or near hospitals, houses and schools, and urges its civilians to martyr themselves in front of bombs. That is a religious war, where martyrdom is welcomed as a weapon.

Another difference between political and religious wars is leadership. Political wars are led by agreed-upon leaders, who can evaluate real situations, and can, if necessary negotiate peace.

Religious wars are led by emissaries of God, who lead only a fraction of their religion, and who do not have the power nor the desire to negotiate peace, lest they be deposed by other, more radical religious leaders.

Hamas does not wish to negotiate peace with infidels. It wishes to destroy infidels. Nor does it have the power to speak for Islam, all of which considers Jews, Christians and opposing Islamic sects to be infidels.

When America, Russia and England defeated Germany, Italy and Japan, America instituted the Marshall plan that helped revive its former enemies. Today, short of a non-combatant “cold war,” we have reasonably peaceful relations with “the Axis.”

Despite massive killings on both sides, our people do not hate the people of these nations.

But, short of committing mass suicide, there never can be peace for Israel. There can be a cessation of active hostilities in a religious war, but there always will be hatred, that can boil over with the next perceived insult or the next vocal religious leader.

Those who criticize Israel for not giving Palestinians more land, or for killing civilians, are thinking with their logical, secular brains, but this is not a logical, secular battle. It is an illogical, religious fight between Christianity and Islam, with Israel being the point of Christianity’s spear.

In religion, there are no facts; only stories. These are mine.

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)


10. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99% (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 growth lines rise. Increasing federal deficit growth (aka “stimulus”) is necessary for long-term economic growth.

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