Irony of ironies: How two Johns saved the Republican Party Saturday, Mar 23 2019 

Each day, Donald Trump demonstrates his character by disparaging some American, while professing love for a murderous dictator. Recently, the focus of his ire has been Senator John McCain, a man deceased for months, unable to fight back — the perfect victim for a coward.

Though some may debate whether Senator John McCain was, or was not, a “war hero,” there is a certain irony in a “bone-spur,” draft dodger claiming that a fighting soldier is not a hero simply because he was captured and tortured for five years.

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Clearly, neither Trump nor his followers understand that irony nor the irony of Trump’s other reason for hating the long-deceased McCain:

McCain’s decision to vote down the health care bill sponsored by Trump’s friend Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. That bill, which would have passed had McCain supported it, would have destroyed the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as “Obamacare.”

They do not see the irony of Trump’s claim that McCain “. . . was horrible, what he did with repeal and replace (of Obamacare) . . . what he did to the Republican Party and to the nation and to sick people that could have had great healthcare was not good.”

What Trump and his followers neither understand nor will not admit that with that vote, Republican John McCain saved the Republican Party and Trump’s Presidency.

In similar fashion, right-wing, Chief Justice, John Roberts, did the same:

Roberts had left behind a storm in Washington over his opinion upholding President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul — the Affordable Care Act — a stunning validation of Obama’s signature domestic achievement that transformed public perceptions of the chief justice.Republicans in Congress had been fighting the law dubbed Obamacare at every turn for two years, and all the GOP presidential candidates in 2012 had vowed to repeal it.And now Roberts, a nominee of President George W. Bush, had saved it.

How did these two men save the Republican Party and Trump’s Presidency by voting against the Republican Party and Trump?

Because in their zeal to repeal all things Obama, the Republicans and Trump neglected to develop a “replace” that reduced or eliminated many of the coverages of the  ACA. For example (from BBC):

  • ObamacareRequires all insurance plans to cover certain health conditions and services, such as emergency room visits, maternity and postnatal care, cancer treatment, annual physical exams, prescription drug costs and mental health counselling.

Republican plan: States may apply for waivers that allow them to end mandatory coverage of certain health conditions, such as vision and dental care for children, hospital care, and outpatient services. States that receive such waivers could allow insurers to set a maximum amount they will pay for an individual’s medical services – a practice that Obamacare had prohibited.

  • ObamacareProhibits insurers from denying coverage or charging more to individuals who have pre-existing medical conditions.

Republican plan: Gives states the ability to opt-out of requirements that insurers charge the same premiums for healthy and sick customers.

  • ObamacareExpanded Medicaid health insurance for the poor to cover more low-income individuals.

Republican plan: “Block grants” that are capped based on a state’s population and whose growth is limited. 34 states would see reduced government support for Medicaid and tax subsidies for individuals purchasing health insurance.

  • Obamacare: Insurers can charge older Americans no more than three times the cost for younger Americans

Republican plan: States can receive waivers to allow them to charge older Americans more.

In short, the Republican plan offered fewer benefits and dumped many of the costs onto the monetarily non-sovereign states, which must increase taxes if they are to afford to improve health care support.

(By contrast, the federal government, being Monetarily Sovereign, has the unlimited ability to create dollars, and can support any health care plan without raising taxes.)

The Republicans actually had years in which to come up with a suitable and superior replacement, and they failed. Trump, of course, did nothing other than to tell the Party that he was waiting “pen in hand.”

Since any replacement would involve more than a single sheet of paper, Trump’s lack of reading, writing, or comprehension skills did not allow him to participate.

So had the Republicans succeeded, they would have failed. That is, by destroying Obamacare, and leaving millions of people without affordable health care, they would have turned the vast majority of the nation against the right-wing.

Today, they are left in the politically enviable political position of being able to stand on the outside and throw rocks, without having done a single positive thing to help the masses receive health care.

And it was the two Johns, McCain and Roberts, who gave them that ironic gift.

Meanwhile, the Democrats failed by succeeding. They receive scant credit for saving Obamacare, and they saved the Republicans from disaster.

Instead, they now must fight the “Medicare for All” battle, and once again the Republicans with throw “socialism” stones without offering a good alternative plan.

Always be careful what you wish for, boys.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty
Twitter: @rodgermitchell
Search #monetarysovereigntyFacebook: Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

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The most important problems in economics involve the excessive income/wealth/power Gaps between the richer and the poorer.

Wide Gaps negatively affect poverty, health and longevity, education, housing, law and crime, war, leadership, ownership, bigotry, supply and demand, taxation, GDP, international relations, scientific advancement, the environment, human motivation and well-being, and virtually every other issue in economics.

Implementation of The Ten Steps To Prosperity can narrow the Gaps:

Ten Steps To Prosperity:

1. Eliminate FICA

2. Federally funded medicare — parts a, b & d, plus long-term care — for everyone

3. Provide a monthly economic bonus to every man, woman and child in America (similar to social security for all)

4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone

5. Salary for attending school

6. Eliminate federal taxes on business

7. Increase the standard income tax deduction, annually. 

8. Tax the very rich (the “.1%) more, with higher progressive tax rates on all forms of income.

9. Federal ownership of all banks

10. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99.9% 

The Ten Steps will grow the economy, and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and you.

MONETARY SOVEREIGNTY

Cowardice and cruelty in the White House: “Get ’em out and keep ’em out” Thursday, Mar 21 2019 

To be a bigot is to be a bully and a coward. You never will see a bigot when he or she is alone. No, when alone, bigots (i.e. bullies and cowards) keep their heads down and remain quiet.

Bigots want to exert power over their victims. President Trump is the classic bigot/bully/coward. He stays well protected in the White House, spewing hatred about Mexican immigrants being criminals and rapists, and Muslims being terrorists.

Here was a coward, so fearful, that he faked a bone spur to stay out of the military.

He doesn’t even have the courage to do his own face-to-face firing of employees. Instead, he has someone else do the deed or fires people by Email.

I thought of all this when I saw this article in today’s Chicago Tribune (excerpts):

New report reveals ‘horrifying scale’ of child sex abuse by Catholic clergy in Illinois
By Elyssa Cherney Chicago Tribune

Attorneys for victims of sexual abuse by priests have released what they say is the most comprehensive list yet of Catholic clergy with ties to Illinois who have been accused of misconduct against children.

The list includes about 400 priests and lay people who worked in the state, with accusations spanning more than a half-century.

“The data reveal the horrifying scale of priests sexually assaulting minors to the present day,” the report said. “Perhaps most shocking among the discoveries is that some perpetrators were intentionally transferred and retained in trusted positions with direct access to children even after they were known to sexually abuse children.”

The report said its authors believe “that the Dioceses in Illinois have not publicly made available the full histories and their knowledge of their sexually abusive agents and employees.”

The sex abuse scandal has roiled the church for decades, but it received renewed attention last year after a sweeping grand jury report in Pennsylvania identified more than 300 predator priests.

Asked why the Chicago Archdiocese does not include names of priests who have died before an allegation arises, (the response was) “The church’s policy has been to not include it (because) in the case of the deceased priest, there is no risk to children and there is no question of fitness of ministry.”

None of this is new, and it no longer is secret, yet Trump’s response has been missing. The bigot/bully/coward is afraid to anger the 70 million Catholics in America.

Not only are Catholics numerous, but they are powerful. Many hold high office and are wealthy. The Catholic Church too, is wealthy.

Instead, Trump picks on a tiny, powerless segment of the Catholic Church, Mexican undocumented immigrants.

The powerful Church has not defended them, so Trump feels free to lie about and bully these people, because he knows they are politically weak.

The Church should tell Trump, “These are our people. They are good people. They are God-fearing people, who work harder and commit fewer crimes on average than do American citizens. They are an asset to America, just as your grandparents were.”

Today, Trump and the right-wing continue to search for ways to treat immigrants ever more harshly:

The U.S. now has even more leeway to start deportation proceedings for immigrants
A new measure will affect foreigners who entered the U.S. legally and applied for an immigration benefit such as a visa. But now if their application, petition or benefit request gets turned down, their presence in the United States becomes immediately unlawful. Previously, an immigrant had more time to re-petition or pursue other avenues to stay in the United States under a different status.

And:

The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the Trump administration’s power to arrest and hold immigrants indefinitely if they have past crimes on their records that could trigger deportation, even if they had served time years ago for minor drug offenses. The (right-wing) justices, by a 5-4 vote, agreed. By David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times, March 20, 2019

Given all the needs of the impoverished in America, does Trump ask for $6 billion to improve access to housing, schooling, clothing, and food?

No, he and the right wing choose punishment and banishment. They choose to build a wall.

“Get ’em out and keep ’em out” is the right-wing attitude. Thank God that has not been America’s attitude for the past 240 years, and God willing it will not be America’s attitude when Trump and the cruel right-wing are gone.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty
Twitter: @rodgermitchell
Search #monetarysovereigntyFacebook: Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

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The most important problems in economics involve the excessive income/wealth/power Gaps between the richer and the poorer.

Wide Gaps negatively affect poverty, health and longevity, education, housing, law and crime, war, leadership, ownership, bigotry, supply and demand, taxation, GDP, international relations, scientific advancement, the environment, human motivation and well-being, and virtually every other issue in economics.

Implementation of The Ten Steps To Prosperity can narrow the Gaps:

Ten Steps To Prosperity:

1. Eliminate FICA

2. Federally funded medicare — parts a, b & d, plus long-term care — for everyone

3. Provide a monthly economic bonus to every man, woman and child in America (similar to social security for all)

4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone

5. Salary for attending school

6. Eliminate federal taxes on business

7. Increase the standard income tax deduction, annually. 

8. Tax the very rich (the “.1%) more, with higher progressive tax rates on all forms of income.

9. Federal ownership of all banks

10. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99.9% 

The Ten Steps will grow the economy, and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and you.

MONETARY SOVEREIGNTY

If you lie often enough . . . Wednesday, Mar 20 2019 

If you repeat a word often enough, it will lose its meaning. The same with lies.

There was a time when being caught in a lie was death for a politician. No more. What happens now when he is caught in a lie? 100 lies? 1,000 lies? 10,000 lies?

Sheer volume numbs. The senses numb. The world numbs. Does it matter any more? Do his followers care? Does anyone care? Anymore?

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They all are liars. Believe me.

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It all blends into an endless stream of jumbled lies indistinguishable from truths, too many to investigate, too many to refute, so you don’t even bother, because no will listen.

As his lies wash over you your energy leaves. You have no strength. It has become too much. And the lies have become the liar and the liar has become the lies, one and the same.

So encouraged, he lies more and ever more, succeeds more and ever more. Soon the endless drip of his lies erodes through even the hardest stone, and your great sheltering nation that was welcoming and compassionate and beautiful simply turns to dust.

Then, like smoke through his fingers, you, your children, and his lies quietly blow away.

The future will not remember, Oh beautiful for spacious skies for amber waves of grain for purple mountain majesties abovethefruitedplainAmericaAmerliarliar
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The adventures of Don the Con Tuesday, Mar 19 2019 

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A brief word from Don the Con

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The late Senator John McCain was not a war hero; he was captured. I am a war hero; I wasn’t captured. Believe me.

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