The Power of the Partial Solution Sunday, Feb 18 2018 

Another mass murder with a gun. It’s starting to become ho-hum. The 5-stage process goes like this:

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Just another day in America

  1. Someone shoots a lot of people.
  2. In the ensuing outrage, demands are made that “something must be done.
  3. Gun control laws are suggested
  4. The NRA, America’s paid proxies for the gun manufacturers, says that no law will prevent mass shootings.
  5. The bribed politicians pretend to argue; columnists speculate; then all agree that mass shootings cannot be prevented, so nothing is done.

Soon after, begin again from #1.

It’s happening more frequently now, and ironically, the more often it happens, the more inured we become to tragedy.

NRA: There is no gun problem,
but the solution is more guns.

The NRA says there are no acceptable solutions, because we cannot prevent all gun killings in America.  For every proposed solution, someone will claim, “That solution wouldn’t have stopped this crime.

In truth, there are no total solutions to any crime. Still, we have laws.

Laws against speeding do not prevent all speeding. Laws against fraud do not prevent all fraud. Laws against burglary do not prevent all burglary.

All laws are only partial solutions.

Because no law will eliminate all gun killings, we search for laws that at least will reduce gun killings. We must be willing to search for and to accept partial solutions.

In evaluating proposed laws, we must ask:

  • Will this law have a net positive effect? That is, will it do more good than harm?
  • Is it feasible? That is, can the law be enforced by the police and the courts?
  • Is it fair? That is, does it apply regardless of income, age, or ethnic background?

Last year we published the post titled, “Five partial solutions to gun violence.” Because we now are entering stage #5 (above), perhaps we should review those partial solutions, which are listed at the end of this post.

We have a choice. We can take the actions described below, which will not completely eliminate shootings. But they will save thousands of American lives, while reducing the urge to buy guns for “self-defense.”

Or, we can take no action, and know full well that the gun killings will continue and probably increase, as more people buy more guns to defend themselves against their fellow Americans.

Yes, we have a choice. We only have to demand it.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty
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Five Partial Solutions to Gun Violence

No, there are no 100% solutions to gun violence.

But, yes, we can institute certain partial solutions, greatly diminishing the deaths and woundings that occur every day.

1. Interpret the Constitution properly.  Our founders placed the words, “A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state . . . ” at the beginning of the 2nd Amendment for a reason.Clearly, they understood that allowing everyone to have all kinds of “arms,” without limitation, was dangerous to the public.

We are a nation of laws. Regulation always has been and always will be, the key to public safety.

Even gun enthusiasts would be first to admit that the public should be prevented, by regulation from “keeping and bearing” certain “arms”: 50 caliber machine guns or bazookas or cannons or poison gas, or surface-to-air missiles, or atomic arms, etc.

So the question is not one of regulation vs. no regulation, but merely what kind of regulation?

And the Constitution tells us the answer to that question: “A well-regulated militia.” That is the kind of regulation needed. Guns should be under the control of well-regulated militias. They can be federal militias or even state militias, for those states more addicted to guns, but guns are too important not to be regulated.

2. Federalize gun manufacture and importation The misrepresentation of the Constitution, the bribing of Congress by the gun manufacturers and the gun importers and the NRA, the propaganda telling us that guns make us safer, despite daily evidence they don’t — these all are funded by one motive: The profit motive.Eliminate the gun manufacturer’s and importer’s profit motive, and the elements that put too many guns into the hands of too many people disappear.

3. Apply the RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations)laws to gangs. A great many gun killings are committed by street gang members.Entire neighborhoods, even towns, are held hostage by the fear of turf wars, drive-by shootings, revenge shootings, and robberies.Street gangs are criminal enterprises under RICO.

Under RICO, a person who has committed “at least two acts of racketeering activity” drawn from a list of 35 crimes—27 federal crimes and 8 state crimes—within a 10-year period can be charged with racketeering if such acts are related in one of four specified ways to an “enterprise”.

Those found guilty of racketeering can be fined up to $25,000 and sentenced to 20 years in prison per racketeering count.

In addition, the racketeer must forfeit all ill-gotten gains and interest in any business gained through a pattern of “racketeering activity.

Despite its harsh provisions, a RICO-related charge is considered easy to prove in court, as it focuses on patterns of behavior as opposed to criminal acts.

Some patterns of activity include:

It shall be unlawful for any person who has received any income derived, directly or indirectly, from a pattern of racketeering activity or through collection of an unlawful debt. (Bottom line: Every gang member does this, so merely belonging to a gang is considered a crime.)

. . . to acquire or maintain, directly or indirectly, any interest in or control of any enterprise which is engaged in, or the activities of which affect, interstate or foreign commerce. (For example, if your gang deals in drugs, guns or women, you, as a member of the gang, are liable.)

. . . to conspire to violate any of the provisions [of the law]. (Even talking about breaking the law with your fellow gang members is a felony.)

Your police know who the gang-bangers are. They have lists. The police could round up many of them,  tomorrow.

But rather than arresting gang-bangers, again and again, only to see them let them loose back on the streets to shoot someone, we can break up the gangs and take the gangsters off the streets permanently.

4. Additional penalties for gun carry during a felony Enact a law that essentially says: If you carry a gun while committing a felony, twenty years automatically will be added to the term of the felony itself.

5. Tax gun ownership.  Governments tax personal property, and the amount of tax is determined by the type of property.Place a heavy, annual tax on guns. Make gun ownership expensive.The ostensible purpose of the tax would be to pay for the widespread death, injury and damage to this nation and to its citizens, caused by guns.Anyone caught with a gun, for which no tax has been paid, would be subject to jail, and have the gun confiscated and destroyed.

Denying that guns are a danger to innocent people, while claiming that guns protect “good guys,” as the greedy gun manufacturers tell us, simply hasn’t worked, cannot work and never will work.

Rather than foolishly continuing to repeat failure, common sense must prevail.

There is no way to identify in advance, the so-called “good guys” who should have guns. A “good guy” can become a “bad guy” in an instant, given some minor provocation or no provocation at all.

Even many mass killers have been seeming “good guys,” by any of the myriad definitions.

The only solution is over time to make guns harder and harder to get and use, by a five-pronged offensive:

  1. Interpret the Constitution properly
  2. Remove the profit motive from gun manufacture and sales
  3. Eliminate gangs via the RICO statutes
  4. More jail time for gun-carry during felonies. Get them off the street.
  5. Make gun ownership expensive

Anyone, sincerely hoping to reduce gun violence will renounce the insatiable gun manufacturer’s profit-motivated propaganda, and recognize that for a safer society we must begin to reduce the number of guns in the hands of the populace.

There are many things we are not allowed, yet we agree to the prohibitions, because we understand we must give up something to gain something. That is what being in a society means.

We must give up the unquestioned attachment to guns to achieve a safer society. Other nations have done it. We Americans can do it, too.

The damn fools and greedy bastards who run America Thursday, Feb 15 2018 

The following is my opinion. Feel free to disagree. I really don’t care. I long ago have realized there is no use arguing with damn fools and greedy bastards, so this article is directed only to you Americans who have brains and compassion.

It took some time, but at long last, we have arrived at a place where the damn fools and greedy bastards have taken over our country, entirely. I’ll show you how.

Consider the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the Constitution. They are written very sparingly.  In only 45 words, the First Amendment guarantees our freedoms of religion, speech, the press; assembly, and complaint to the government.

All those freedoms for everyone, in just 45 words — no wasted words, there.

The longest Amendment in the Bill of Rights is the 5th. It says that to be tried for a serious crime, the evidence first must be presented to a Grand Jury; you can’t be tried twice for the same crime; you can’t be forced to testify against yourself, or jailed without due process, or your property taken without compensation.

All those guarantees in just 108 words. No extra verbiage.

The shortest Amendment is #8 — just 16 words. It’s so spare, I can’t even summarize it. Here it is in its entirety: Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.”

Three guarantees in 16 words. Talk about terse. You’d think the founding fathers had to pay a dollar for every word. Back in 1791, when the original Bill of Rights was ratified, the authors knew how to write. No wasted paragraphs. No unneeded flowery language. Everything straight to the point.

Almost.

There is one, just one, Amendment where a recent Supreme Court ruled that the authors not only didn’t know what they were writing about, but that they included lots of unneeded words. Suddenly, the otherwise parsimonious authors had stuck in a bunch of wasted words.

That wasteful Amendment has just 27 words, but of those 27 words, nearly half — 13 — are completely meaningless. The authors, who otherwise were so linguistically frugal, apparently decided to toss in those extra words, for no reason other than perhaps for self-amusement.

I am talking about the 2nd Amendment, and the meaningless words are: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State,”

The damn fools of a recent Supreme Court (one of the damn fools, ironically a self-declared “originalist,” is dead), arbitrarily decided that the brilliant authors of the Bill of Rights, after lengthy and arduous consideration and debate, had no reason to include those 13 words.

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I love the 2nd Amendment. It allows anyone to carry guns, and that makes me feel safer.

And because of that decision by the recent Supreme Court’s damn fools, at least 17 people were killed and more wounded in a Florida school shooting, Wednesday.

This wasn’t the first school shooting; it won’t be the last. There will be dozens more, hundreds more, thousands more — all because of damn fools and greedy bastards.

As the New York Times published:

When a gunman killed 20 first graders and six adults with an assault rifle at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, it rattled Newtown, Conn., and reverberated across the world. Since then, there have been at least 239 school shootings nationwide. In those incidents, 438 people were shot, 138 of whom were killed.

Here we are, only 2½ months into 2018, and already this year there have been eight U.S. school shootings that have resulted in injury or death

You send your kids to school, thinking they will be safe, but if the growing trend holds, America will suffer 4 or 5 school shootings next month.

And that’s just school shootings. It doesn’t include all the other thousands of shootings — individual shootings, group shootings, mass shootings.

Tomorrow, guns will kill about 96 Americans, of whom 7 will be children and teens. The next day, about 96 more will die, including another 7 children and teens.

The day after tomorrow, 96 more will die. The next day, another 96, and again and again, next week, next month, next year, the bell will toll 96 times every day.

The ongoing slaughter never will end so long as the damn fools and the greedy bastards are in charge.

Who are the damn fools? As we said, the current Supreme Court. But it goes well beyond those few. It includes the damn fool American who doesn’t understand that though he may be a “good guy,” his demand for gun ownership also allows all the bad neighborhood idiots to own guns.

He’s not smart enough to realize that by voting against gun control, he endangers his own life.

These are the damn fools who think they can protect themselves against “bad guys” by guns in their homes or on the street. (Well, maybe, if they always keep the gun loaded and never let it leave their hands, and keep it from their kids and their angry wife.)

It includes the damn fools who justify, not only handguns, but high-powered rifles, the primary use for which is to kill fellow Americans.

What next for the damn fools? Everyone to carry bazookas and hand grenades, just so that they themselves can carry a bazooka and hand grenade, too?

Are they damn fool enough to think this will make them safer, too? (Why not? Carrying a bazooka is “bearing arms,” just as the 2nd Amendment says. Nothing is too extreme for damn fools.)

Tomorrow, 96 Americans will die, but the damn fools say guns don’t kill, and anyway, cars kill, and knives kill, and hammers kill, so who cares about guns killing day after day after day?

And meanwhile, the damn fools in the Supreme Court continue to insist that the words, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State,” were included after long and careful consideration, but for no reason at all.

And then, who are the greedy bastards? Let’s begin with the gun manufacturers: Sturm Ruger, Remington Outdoor, Smith & Wesson, Glock, Sig Sauer, et al. If you want to read more about these companies, click greedy, uncaring bastards.

Their CEO’s claim to be oh-so-concerned about gun safety, but I suspect they’d machine gun their mothers if it meant a couple extra dollars in their pockets. Just a hunch.

Then comes the National Rifle Association (NRA), which claims it is “America’s longest-standing civil rights organization. “Civil rights organization?? Gimme a break.

The NAACP is a civil rights organization.  The ACLU is a civil rights organization.  The NRA is a shill for the gun manufacturers, paid millions to take the heat for gun killings, while the manufacturers hide in the shadows, raking in billions in blood money.

The next class of greedy bastards is the politicians, bribed to vote against anything that resembles gun control, because as you know, everyone needs a high powered, semi-automatic rifle, with a telescopic sight, silencer, and a large magazine, to stop a burglar in the house or a robber on the street.

These all represent the people who have children’s blood on their hands, the people who know full well that their products will primarily be used for killing innocents, but don’t really give a damn, so long as the dollars flow in.

But the above mentioned greedy bastards couldn’t do their damage if it weren’t for one other set of damn fools, who believe they need guns to protect themselves from the rest of the American public, and those damn fools are themselves the American, gun-owning public.

Yes, there are some smart gun owners and some compassionate gun owners, but as a group, these are the least intelligent, least caring, least giving humans God ever created.

These are the damn fools, who upon hearing that children and other innocents have been gunned down, show their pity first by denying that guns kill people, and then by rushing out to buy more guns, so there will be plenty in the pipeline for every nut in America.

To show how incredibly stupid the situation has become, we have laws against fully automatic weapons. But why? The 2nd Amendment says nothing about fully automatic weapons.

Tell me one reason why there is a law against fully automatic guns, and I’ll show you why that same logic applies to every gun now legal in America.

 In short, there is no logic, there are no facts that won’t be dismissed by gun nuts, out of hand.

America is being ruled by damn fools who believe that allowing any idiot to own a gun makes them safer, and by greedy bastards who are happy to sell what the damn fools want to buy, despite the daily carnage.

Now we’ll end with a special message to you who fight against gun controls:

Tomorrow ninety-six of your fellow Americans, some of whom are children, will die from guns. You are the cause.

If the good Lord favors justice, tomorrow’s ninety-six dead would be comprised entirely of you damn fools and greedy bastards.

Sadly, we must pray for the innocent children whom you kill, every day.

If you truly want to “Make America Great, Again,” have the courage and the compassion to disavow the gun lobby and the ridiculous, twisted interpretations of the 2nd Amendment to our Constitution.

Be pro-life.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty
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We all are doomed — again. What will it take for us to understand? Wednesday, Feb 14 2018 

It takes only two things to keep people in chains:
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The ignorance of the oppressed
and the treachery of their leaders.

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If you had read the following, which was published in the New York Times, what would you have thought about the imminent future of America?

New York Times: Deficit Financing is Hit by Hanes:  “. . . unless an end is put to deficit financing, to profligate spending and to indifference as to the nature and extent of governmental borrowing, the nation will surely take the road to dictatorship,” Robert M. Hanes, president of the American Bankers Association asserted today.

He said, “insolvency is the time-bomb which can eventually destroy the American system . . . the Federal debt . . . threatens the solvency of the entire economy.”

These comments were made by the respected president of the American Bankers Association on Sept 26, 1940, at which time the Federal debt was $40 billion.

Similar “time bomb” comments were being made continually, until 20 years later, on Feb 11, 1960, we read in the New York Times:

The enormous cost of various Federal programs is a time bomb, threatening the country’s fiscal future, Secretary of Commerce, Frederick H. Mueller warned here today “. . . the accrued liability is a ticking time bomb. Some day someone will have to pay.”

When Secretary of Commerce Mueller made his dire prediction, the federal debt had risen to $236 billion.

The “time bomb” predictions continued, and by Oct 26, 1983, Fred Napolitano, former president of the National Association of Home Builders , jumped into the act:

“ . . . home-building officials called for a commission to propose ways to trim the $200 billion federal deficit. The deficit is a ‘ticking time bomb‘ that probably will explode in the third quarter of 1984,’

By then, the federal debt “time bomb” had exploded to $1.3 trillion, and though Armageddon didn’t come, the predictions continued:

January 12, 1985, Lexington Herald-Leader (KY): The federal deficit is “a ticking time bomb, and it’s about to blow up,” U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, a Louisville Republican, said yesterday.

Honest Mitch McConnell, remember him?

Feb 17, 1985, Los Angeles Times: We labeled the deficit a `ticking time bomb‘ that threatens to permanently undermine the strength and vitality of the American economy.”

Jan 5, 1987, Richmond Times – Dispatch – Richmond, VA: 100TH CONGRESS FACING U.S. DEFICIT ‘TIME BOMB

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Fiscal “time bomb” never explodes.

November 28, 1987, The Dallas Morning News: THE TICKING TIME BOMB OF LONG-TERM HEALTH CARE COSTS A fiscal time bomb is slowly ticking that, if not defused, could explode into a financial crisis within the next few years for the federal government and our nation’s elderly.

The ticking bomb is the growing cost of long-term care, which the federal government easily could fund, if it chose to.

October 23, 1989, FORTUNE Magazine: A TIME BOMB FOR U.S. TAXPAYERS The government guarantees millions of mortgages, bonds, deposits, and student loans. These liabilities, now twice the national debt, are growing fast.

Never mind that neither taxpayers nor the federal government are financially burdened by government guarantees. The taxpayer never will pay, and the government easily could pay — no burden on either.

May 1, 1992, The Pantagraph – Bloomington, Illinois: I have seen where politicians in Washington have expressed little or no concern about this ticking time bomb they have helped to create, that being the enormous federal budget deficit, approaching $4 trillion and growing now at an annual rate of $400 billion per year.

The budget deficit is an economic surplus, good for the economy.

October 28, 1992Ross Perot: “Our great nation is sitting right on top of a ticking time bomb. We have a national debt of $4 trillion. Seventy-five percent of this debt is due and payable in the next five years.

This is a bomb that’s set to go off and devastate our economy and destroy thousands of jobs.

Ross Perot, remember him? Not much of a forecaster, is he?

Dec 3, 1995, Kansas City Star: Deficit is sapping America’s strength. Concerned citizens. . . regard the national debt as a ticking time bomb poised to explode with devastating consequences at some future date.

No one knows how the deficit, which adds dollars to the economy, saps America’s strength. An no one ever explains what those “devastating consequences” are.

April 14, 2003: Porter Stansberry, for the Daily Reckoning: The baby boomers are heading into retirement with no savings and no productive companies to support them in old age. Generation debt is a ticking time bomb…with about ten years left on the clock.

The ten years have expired.

October 1, 2004, Bradenton Herald: A NATION AT RISK: TWIN DEFICIT A TICKING TIME BOMB: Lawmakers approved Bush’s request without cutting federal spending by a penny, thereby fattening the country’s projected record deficit of $422 billion by another $145 billion next year.

May 31, 2005, Providence Journal, Defusing the Medicare time bomb, Some lawmakers see the Medicare drug benefit for what it is: a ticking time bomb, set to wreak havoc on the budget and shoot future tax rates sky-high.

Well, I guess that didn’t happen.

April 5, 2006, NewsMax.com, “We have to worry about the deficit . . . when we combine it with the trade deficit we have a real ticking time bomb in our economy,” said Mrs. Clinton.

Dec 3, 2007, USA Today: US debt: $30,000 per American. WASHINGTON (AP): Like a ticking time bomb, the national debt is an explosion waiting to happen.

And waiting, and waiting, and waiting . . .

September 24, 2010, Email from the Reason Alert: ” . . . the time bomb that’s ticking under the federal budget like a Guy Fawkes’ powder keg.”

Nice, poetic phrasing . . . not true, but poetic.

And, as the Republicans are working to cut Medicare and Obamacare, this:

July 7, 2011, Washington Post, Lori Montgomery: ” . . . defuse the biggest budgetary time bombs that are set to explode as the cost of health care rises and the nation’s population ages.

By 2011, the federal debt had reached $10 trillion, a 25,000% increase from its “dire” level of 1940.  Still, that debt time bomb refused to explode, and to Henny Penny’s dismay, the sky refused to fall.

Gross Domestic Product had risen from $43 Billion to $15.5 Trillion, but that massive economic growth did not dissuade the fear mongers. The “Big Lie” continued:

In 2014: CBN News: “The United States of Debt: A Ticking Time Bomb.” The vast majority of Americans feel in their gut that the economy is headed in the wrong direction, in no small part because of this debt time bomb.

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/394293/united-states-debt-stephen-moore

On Jun 18, 2015: The ticking economic time bomb that presidential candidates are ignoring: Fortune Magazine, Shawn Tully,

On January 23, 2017: Trump’s ‘Debt Bomb’: Deficit May Grow, Defense Budget May Not, By Sydney J. Freedberg, Jr.

On April 28, 2017: Debt in the U.S. Fuel for Growth or Ticking Time Bomb?, American Institute for Economic Research, by Max Gulker, PhD – Senior Research Fellow, Theodore Cangero

The federal “debt” has grown massively, as has the economy. No sign of the “time bomb.”

By 2017 the federal debt had grown to $14.7 trillion, and the slowest time bomb in history still kept ticking. And ticking.

Now we have arrived in 2018. The debt still is growing; the economy still is growing. So these are good things, right?

Not if you read the news of the day:

Trump’s Tax Cuts Are ‘A Ticking Time Bomb,’ Says Former Treasury Secretary
January 2, 2018. (Bloomberg) Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew said the Trump administration’s decision to add a significant amount of debt through last year’s tax legislation is leaving the country broke.

“It’s a ticking time bomb in terms of the debt,” Lew said in a Bloomberg Radio interview with Tom Keene and Jonathan Ferro. “You cannot run a fiscal policy by spending trillions of dollars you don’t have at a time that the economy is doing well.”

Mr. Lew is well aware that the federal government always spends dollars it doesn’t have, simply because, being Monetarily Sovereign, it creates dollars, ad hoc, by spending dollars. Spending, or more specifically, paying bills is the federal government’s money-creation method.

(Anyone who believes the government spends dollars it has, is welcome to tell me how many dollars the U.S. Treasury has. You might be surprised at not being able to find an answer. But why would a government need to have dollars, if it can create dollars, endlessly?)

We’ll end this explosion, not of time bombs that never explode, but ratherthe explosion of lies, with something from just a few days ago:

REASON.COM
What About the Debt? Trump’s State of the Union Ignores a $20 Trillion Time Bomb
If a Republican president can’t address a Republican-controlled Congress without paying lip service to the idea of cutting spending, what good are Republicans?
Eric Boehm|Jan. 31, 2018 9:31 am

The tax bill will also add an estimated $1.5 trillion to the national debt over the next 10 years.

Republicans can pat themselves on the back for cutting taxes, but unless spending is reduced all they’ve really done is postpone the payment of taxes for 10 years or so.

Has Mr. Boehm noticed that taxes have not paid for past federal debts? Does he realize that taxes have nothing whatever to do with federal debt?  (Even if all federal tax collections fell to $0, our Monetarily Sovereign federal government could pay off all its debts, with no difficulty. That is what “Monetary Sovereignty” means.)

For many years, pundits consistently have been wrong about the debt. If that doesn’t convince America federal debt is not a problem, what will?

What will it take for the American public to understand that the federal debt is nothing more than deposits in T-security accounts? These accounts are quite similar to bank savings accounts, that easily are paid off simply by returning the dollars residing in those T-security accounts.

What will it take for Americans (and citizens of other Monetarily Sovereign nations) to understand what “Monetary Sovereignty” means?

What will it take for the public to understand that a federal deficit is income for the economy, and the greater the deficit the more income benefits the economy?

What will it take for the public to understand that the lack of deficit spending leads to recessions and depressions and increased deficit spending cures recessions and depressions?

What will it take for the public to understand that the politicians, the media, and the economists have been paid by the rich to tell “The Big Lie, (that the federal government can run short of its own sovereign currency), so that social benefits like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, etc. can be cut?

How much evidence is necessary for the public finally to realize that the federal government has absolute control over the value of the dollar, so can cause or cure inflation at will?

Really, at long last, what will it take?

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty
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The most important problems in economics involve the excessive income/wealth/power Gaps between the have-mores and the have-less.

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 (Ten Reasons to Eliminate FICA )
Although the article lists 10 reasons to eliminate FICA, there are two fundamental reasons:
*FICA is the most regressive tax in American history, widening the Gap by punishing the low and middle-income groups, while leaving the rich untouched, and
*The federal government, being Monetarily Sovereign, neither needs nor uses FICA to support Social Security and Medicare.
2. FEDERALLY FUNDED MEDICARE — PARTS A, B & D, PLUS LONG TERM CARE — FOR EVERYONE (H.R. 676, Medicare for All )
This article addresses the questions:
*Does the economy benefit when the rich can afford better health care than can the rest of Americans?
*Aside from improved health care, what are the other economic effects of “Medicare for everyone?”
*How much would it cost taxpayers?
*Who opposes it?”
3. PROVIDE A MONTHLY ECONOMIC BONUS TO EVERY MAN, WOMAN AND CHILD IN AMERICA (similar to Social Security for All) (The JG (Jobs Guarantee) vs the GI (Guaranteed Income) vs the EB (Economic Bonus)) Or institute a reverse income tax.
This article is the fifth in a series about direct financial assistance to Americans:

Why Modern Monetary Theory’s Employer of Last Resort is a bad idea. Sunday, Jan 1 2012
MMT’s Job Guarantee (JG) — “Another crazy, rightwing, Austrian nutjob?” Thursday, Jan 12 2012
Why Modern Monetary Theory’s Jobs Guarantee is like the EU’s euro: A beloved solution to the wrong problem. Tuesday, May 29 2012
“You can’t fire me. I’m on JG” Saturday, Jun 2 2012

Economic growth should include the “bottom” 99.9%, not just the .1%, the only question being, how best to accomplish that. Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) favors giving everyone a job. Monetary Sovereignty (MS) favors giving everyone money. The five articles describe the pros and cons of each approach.
4. FREE EDUCATION (INCLUDING POST-GRAD) FOR EVERYONE Five reasons why we should eliminate school loans
Monetarily non-sovereign State and local governments, despite their limited finances, support grades K-12. That level of education may have been sufficient for a largely agrarian economy, but not for our currently more technical economy that demands greater numbers of highly educated workers.
Because state and local funding is so limited, grades K-12 receive short shrift, especially those schools whose populations come from the lowest economic groups. And college is too costly for most families.
An educated populace benefits a nation, and benefitting the nation is the purpose of the federal government, which has the unlimited ability to pay for K-16 and beyond.
5. SALARY FOR ATTENDING SCHOOL
Even were schooling to be completely free, many young people cannot attend, because they and their families cannot afford to support non-workers. In a foundering boat, everyone needs to bail, and no one can take time off for study.
If a young person’s “job” is to learn and be productive, he/she should be paid to do that job, especially since that job is one of America’s most important.
6. ELIMINATE FEDERAL TAXES ON BUSINESS
Businesses are dollar-transferring machines. They transfer dollars from customers to employees, suppliers, shareholders and the federal government (the later having no use for those dollars). Any tax on businesses reduces the amount going to employees, suppliers and shareholders, which diminishes the economy. Ultimately, all business taxes reduce your personal income.
7. INCREASE THE STANDARD INCOME TAX DEDUCTION, ANNUALLY. (Refer to this.) Federal taxes punish taxpayers and harm the economy. The federal government has no need for those punishing and harmful tax dollars. There are several ways to reduce taxes, and we should evaluate and choose the most progressive approaches.
Cutting FICA and business taxes would be a good early step, as both dramatically affect the 99%. Annual increases in the standard income tax deduction, and a reverse income tax also would provide benefits from the bottom up. Both would narrow the Gap.
8. TAX THE VERY RICH (THE “.1%) MORE, WITH HIGHER PROGRESSIVE TAX RATES ON ALL FORMS OF INCOME. (TROPHIC CASCADE)
There was a time when I argued against increasing anyone’s federal taxes. After all, the federal government has no need for tax dollars, and all taxes reduce Gross Domestic Product, thereby negatively affecting the entire economy, including the 99.9%.
But I have come to realize that narrowing the Gap requires trimming the top. It simply would not be possible to provide the 99.9% with enough benefits to narrow the Gap in any meaningful way. Bill Gates reportedly owns $70 billion. To get to that level, he must have been earning $10 billion a year. Pick any acceptable Gap (1000 to 1?), and the lowest paid American would have to receive $10 million a year. Unreasonable.
9. FEDERAL OWNERSHIP OF ALL BANKS (Click The end of private banking and How should America decide “who-gets-money”?)
Banks have created all the dollars that exist. Even dollars created at the direction of the federal government, actually come into being when banks increase the numbers in checking accounts. This gives the banks enormous financial power, and as we all know, power corrupts — especially when multiplied by a profit motive.
Although the federal government also is powerful and corrupted, it does not suffer from a profit motive, the world’s most corrupting influence.
10. INCREASE FEDERAL SPENDING ON THE MYRIAD INITIATIVES THAT BENEFIT AMERICA’S 99.9% (Federal agencies)Browse the agencies. See how many agencies benefit the lower- and middle-income/wealth/ power groups, by adding dollars to the economy and/or by actions more beneficial to the 99.9% than to the .1%.
Save this reference as your primer to current economics. Sadly, much of the material is not being taught in American schools, which is all the more reason for you to use it.

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

MONETARY SOVEREIGNTY

News!! Trump does something right (but he doesn’t know it). Tuesday, Feb 13 2018 

It takes only two things to keep people in chains:
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The ignorance of the oppressed
and the treachery of their leaders.

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President Trump loves to pat himself on the back. He may be the biggest blowhard in American Presidential history:

Trump keeps taking credit for Obama-era successes
02/12/18 12:30 PM, By Steve Benen

The Associated Press reported that the Environmental Protection Agency boasted: The number of Superfund sites had shrunk. It was, officials claimed, a major Trump administration accomplishment.

Except it wasn’t, really. The cleanup work on the Superfund sites in question was completed during the Obama administration. Trump World just wanted to take credit. (In fact, the AP found that work on Superfund sites slowed in 2017 to a level lower than any year of the Obama or Bush eras.)

The Trump administration has released data showing a large increase in penalties against polluters, as well $20 billion in commitments from companies to correct problems that have caused environmental damage. […]

He brags about penalties for polluters, but hires Scott Pruitt, the most anti-environment guy in the land to run the E.P.A., a guy who has sued the E.P.A. many times.

The data from the E.P.A. represented activity during the government’s 2017 fiscal year, which ended on Sept. 30, meaning the totals included the final three and half months of the Obama administration, when some of the E.P.A.’s biggest cases were settled.

The data also reflected cases that were resolved during the Trump administration but had been initiated and largely handled under President Obama.

Cynthia Giles, who was the assistant administrator for the agency’s enforcement office during the Obama administration, explained, “Nearly all of the large cases included in E.P.A.’s annual enforcement report were essentially over before the new administration arrived at E.P.A.” 

The New York Times found that Trump’s EPA sought significantly fewer civil penalties against alleged polluters than the preceding two administrations.

Ryan Zinke’s Interior Department published a “comprehensive list of accomplishments” in December, which included the Trump administration taking credit for a legal victory over mining near the Grand Canyon – “a legal fight that had already been argued in federal court a month before the Trump administration took office.”

The White House, probably embarrassed that Trump’s first-year job totals were the worst in seven years, has also begun taking credit for job creation that occurred in the months leading up to this president’s inauguration.

I suppose the broader question is, if Barack Obama’s tenure were as awful as Trump claims, why does the Republican president keep trying to take ownership of the Democratic president’s successes and accomplishments?

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Federal deficit spending adds stimulus dollars to the economy.

But the even broader question yet is, for a guy who takes credit for the sun rising in the morning, why hasn’t Trump taken credit for something good his administration actually has accomplished, namely the increase in deficit spending that will add trillions of stimulus dollars to the economy.

In fact, out of ignorance or iniquity, Trump denies the best act of his otherwise meager Presidency:

Trump’s $4.4 trillion budget moves deficit sharply higher
Andrew Taylor and Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press, February 12, 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump unveiled a $4.4 trillion budget for next year that heralds an era of $1 trillion-plus federal deficits and — unlike the plan he released last year — never comes close to promising a balanced ledger even after 10 years.

This means that every year, the U.S. federal government will add another $1 trillion+ to the world’s supply of dollars. Most of those dollars will go directly or indirectly to U.S. citizens, enriching us.

The rest will go to foreign nations and their citizens, enriching them and making them better customers for our products, so many of those dollars will come back to the U.S. — and it all won’t cost any of us a cent.

Because the U.S. federal government is Monetarily Sovereign, it does not spend tax dollars. Instead, it creates brand new dollars, ad hoc, every time it pays a creditor. (Your federal tax dollars disappear from the economy, and once received, no longer are part of any money supply measure. Effectively, they are destroyed.)

This new budget, with its multi-trillion dollar stimulus, absolutely guarantees strong GDP growth, something Trump will be able to brag about for the rest of his life.

Why then, isn’t Trump boasting?

This budget does not yet reflect last week’s two-year bipartisan $300 billion pact that wholly rejects Trump’s plans to slash domestic agencies.

The president’s budget proposes dramatic cuts to a wide range of domestic agencies from the Departments of Labor and Interior to the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Science Foundation.

Unlike last year’s submission, the 2019 Trump plan would cut Medicare by $554 billion over the next 10 years, a 6 percent reduction from projected spending, including cuts in Medicare payments going to hospitals and rehabilitation centers.

Trump isn’t doing his usual bluster because he wants to cut anything that benefits the middle- and lower-income groups. He prefers to ship piles of money to businesses and the rich.

Much to Trump’s disappointment, the latest Congressional agreement actually leaves some money for the non-rich.

Presidential budgets are often declared dead-on-arrival in Congress where lawmakers have their own ideas about spending priorities. But the documents do represent the most detailed elaboration of an administration’s priorities.

In remarks Monday, Trump focused on the spending increases he favors rather than the deficits he and other Republicans have pledged to reduce.

“We’re going to have the strongest military we’ve ever had, by far,” Trump said. “In this budget, we took care of the military like it’s never been taken care of before.”

Now that his alleged bone spurs have kept him safe from the military, Trump has begun to love the military.

He even wanted to spend on a big, military parade, where he could stand high on a dais, and frown down with Musolinni-like pride, upon the sweating soldiers and the admiring throng.

Fortunately, wiser heads seem to have prevailed, though in truth, spending for the parade would have added dollars to the economy, thus demonstrating that even federal waste is economically stimulative.

Also getting a boost would be border security. Trump’s budget includes money to start building 65 miles of border wall in south Texas as well as money to bring immigration jails up to a capacity of 47,000 and add 2,000 Immigration and Customs Enforcement employees and 750 Border Patrol agents.

Do you remember the Wall that Trump guaranteed Mexico would fund? Another broken promise. But who cares about promises when you can have slogans? MAGA!

Trump prefers spending to keep out Muslims, browns, and blacks from “shithole” countries. He wants to admit only Nordics, the master race of Ubermensch that white supremacists and KKK folks prefer.

Trump’s plan sees a 2019 deficit of $984 billion, though $1.2 trillion is more plausible after last week’s budget pact and $90 billion worth of disaster aid is tacked on.

That’s more than double the 2019 deficit the administration promised last year.

Yet another broken promise, but this addition of dollars to the economy is supposed to shock you. You are asked to prefer that dollars be taken from the economy, which always leads to recessions and depressions, rather than having dollars added to the economy which leads to economic growth. 

Declines in federal deficit growth (blue line) lead to recessions (vertical gray bars). Increases in deficit growth cure recessions.

The repeated failures of austerity don’t sway our bribed leaders, whose paid-for purpose is to widen the Gap between the rich and the rest.

All told, the new budget sees accumulating deficits of $7.2 trillion over the coming decade; Trump’s plan last year projected a 10-year shortfall of $3.2 trillion.

“In one year of working together, we have laid the foundation for a new era of American greatness,” Trump said in the budget message accompanying his spending document. “America is back to winning again. A great spirit of optimism continues to sweep across our nation.”

The new budget, with its increased deficits, does indeed lay the foundation for economic growth, though Trump has no idea why.

Unfortunately, it also lays the fountain for widening the Gap between the rich and the rest.

“A lot of presidents’ budgets are ignored. But I would expect this one to be completely irrelevant and totally ignored,” said Jason Furman, a top economic adviser to President Barack Obama. “In fact, Congress passed a law last week that basically undid the budget before it was even submitted.”

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They’re fired.

Trump, however, will take credit for any economic successes that result, and will blame Congress and the Fed for any economic failures.

Trump would reprise last year’s attempt to scuttle the “Obamacare” health law and sharply cut back the Medicaid program for the elderly, poor and disabled. His plan also reprises proposals from last year’s Trump budget to curb crop insurance costs, cut student loan subsidies, reduce pension benefits for federal workers and cut food stamps, among other proposals.

Strange, all those cuts to social benefits, but I didn’t see anything about cutting tax benefits to the rich. Trump, his family, and his closest associates are rich, so what could you expect?

At least we have the additional deficit spending, i.e. additional economic income, and that’s better than most politicians, media pundits, and economists want.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty
Twitter: @rodgermitchell; Search #monetarysovereignty
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The most important problems in economics involve the excessive income/wealth/power Gaps between the have-mores and the have-less.

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 (Ten Reasons to Eliminate FICA )
Although the article lists 10 reasons to eliminate FICA, there are two fundamental reasons:
*FICA is the most regressive tax in American history, widening the Gap by punishing the low and middle-income groups, while leaving the rich untouched, and
*The federal government, being Monetarily Sovereign, neither needs nor uses FICA to support Social Security and Medicare.
2. FEDERALLY FUNDED MEDICARE — PARTS A, B & D, PLUS LONG TERM CARE — FOR EVERYONE (H.R. 676, Medicare for All )
This article addresses the questions:
*Does the economy benefit when the rich can afford better health care than can the rest of Americans?
*Aside from improved health care, what are the other economic effects of “Medicare for everyone?”
*How much would it cost taxpayers?
*Who opposes it?”
3. PROVIDE A MONTHLY ECONOMIC BONUS TO EVERY MAN, WOMAN AND CHILD IN AMERICA (similar to Social Security for All) (The JG (Jobs Guarantee) vs the GI (Guaranteed Income) vs the EB (Economic Bonus)) Or institute a reverse income tax.
This article is the fifth in a series about direct financial assistance to Americans:

Why Modern Monetary Theory’s Employer of Last Resort is a bad idea. Sunday, Jan 1 2012
MMT’s Job Guarantee (JG) — “Another crazy, rightwing, Austrian nutjob?” Thursday, Jan 12 2012
Why Modern Monetary Theory’s Jobs Guarantee is like the EU’s euro: A beloved solution to the wrong problem. Tuesday, May 29 2012
“You can’t fire me. I’m on JG” Saturday, Jun 2 2012

Economic growth should include the “bottom” 99.9%, not just the .1%, the only question being, how best to accomplish that. Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) favors giving everyone a job. Monetary Sovereignty (MS) favors giving everyone money. The five articles describe the pros and cons of each approach.
4. FREE EDUCATION (INCLUDING POST-GRAD) FOR EVERYONE Five reasons why we should eliminate school loans
Monetarily non-sovereign State and local governments, despite their limited finances, support grades K-12. That level of education may have been sufficient for a largely agrarian economy, but not for our currently more technical economy that demands greater numbers of highly educated workers.
Because state and local funding is so limited, grades K-12 receive short shrift, especially those schools whose populations come from the lowest economic groups. And college is too costly for most families.
An educated populace benefits a nation, and benefitting the nation is the purpose of the federal government, which has the unlimited ability to pay for K-16 and beyond.
5. SALARY FOR ATTENDING SCHOOL
Even were schooling to be completely free, many young people cannot attend, because they and their families cannot afford to support non-workers. In a foundering boat, everyone needs to bail, and no one can take time off for study.
If a young person’s “job” is to learn and be productive, he/she should be paid to do that job, especially since that job is one of America’s most important.
6. ELIMINATE FEDERAL TAXES ON BUSINESS
Businesses are dollar-transferring machines. They transfer dollars from customers to employees, suppliers, shareholders and the federal government (the later having no use for those dollars). Any tax on businesses reduces the amount going to employees, suppliers and shareholders, which diminishes the economy. Ultimately, all business taxes reduce your personal income.
7. INCREASE THE STANDARD INCOME TAX DEDUCTION, ANNUALLY. (Refer to this.) Federal taxes punish taxpayers and harm the economy. The federal government has no need for those punishing and harmful tax dollars. There are several ways to reduce taxes, and we should evaluate and choose the most progressive approaches.
Cutting FICA and business taxes would be a good early step, as both dramatically affect the 99%. Annual increases in the standard income tax deduction, and a reverse income tax also would provide benefits from the bottom up. Both would narrow the Gap.
8. TAX THE VERY RICH (THE “.1%) MORE, WITH HIGHER PROGRESSIVE TAX RATES ON ALL FORMS OF INCOME. (TROPHIC CASCADE)
There was a time when I argued against increasing anyone’s federal taxes. After all, the federal government has no need for tax dollars, and all taxes reduce Gross Domestic Product, thereby negatively affecting the entire economy, including the 99.9%.
But I have come to realize that narrowing the Gap requires trimming the top. It simply would not be possible to provide the 99.9% with enough benefits to narrow the Gap in any meaningful way. Bill Gates reportedly owns $70 billion. To get to that level, he must have been earning $10 billion a year. Pick any acceptable Gap (1000 to 1?), and the lowest paid American would have to receive $10 million a year. Unreasonable.
9. FEDERAL OWNERSHIP OF ALL BANKS (Click The end of private banking and How should America decide “who-gets-money”?)
Banks have created all the dollars that exist. Even dollars created at the direction of the federal government, actually come into being when banks increase the numbers in checking accounts. This gives the banks enormous financial power, and as we all know, power corrupts — especially when multiplied by a profit motive.
Although the federal government also is powerful and corrupted, it does not suffer from a profit motive, the world’s most corrupting influence.
10. INCREASE FEDERAL SPENDING ON THE MYRIAD INITIATIVES THAT BENEFIT AMERICA’S 99.9% (Federal agencies)Browse the agencies. See how many agencies benefit the lower- and middle-income/wealth/ power groups, by adding dollars to the economy and/or by actions more beneficial to the 99.9% than to the .1%.
Save this reference as your primer to current economics. Sadly, much of the material is not being taught in American schools, which is all the more reason for you to use it.

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

MONETARY SOVEREIGNTY

 

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