–How not to improve America

An alternative to popular faith

Much of the proposed cost to improve health care will be paid for by cuts in Medicare payments to doctors and hospitals. Clearly, that should improve health care.

Next, we can improve education by having our federal and local governments cut teachers’ salaries and support of schools.

Then, we can improve public safety by cutting police salaries.

And, we can strengthen our army by cutting military pay and investment in weapons research and production.

We can improve America’s brain power by deporting all those aliens, and not letting anyone new in.

And, we can increase medical drug research by restricting profits of those rich, greedy, pharmaceutical companies.

And, we can improve our infrastructure by spending less to repair roads and bridges, along with the electrical and communications grids.

And we can achieve energy independence if the government limits those rich, greedy, oil companies’ profits, while spending less on solar, wind, geothermal and atomic power.

Finally, we can increase economic and jobs growth by raising taxes, particularly on businesses and on the rich (people making more than $200,000 per year).

Taking all of the above steps will complete the anti-deficit, anti-government, xenophobic, Tea Party, class warfare, populist initiatives that seem so much in the news.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

2 thoughts on “–How not to improve America

  1. Rodger,

    I have followed your site for about a year and find your perspective to be intriguing, even though it seems so opposite to what many of us have been taught about fiscal responsibility in our own lives and local governments.

    I am curious about how you see local governments funding the essential services, such as fire, ems, police, public works, schools, etc. Obviously states and locals do not have the advantage of being able to print money, and they are now facing the very cuts you describe. Counting on Uncle Sam for funding, grants, etc… comes at a high price… loss of control and political pressures…. how do local governments meet the needs of their communities without having to cut essential services?

    If the feds can just print bucks with unlimited ability, shouldn’t that lead to incredible prosperity for everyone? Why do any of us have to pay for anything if the federal government can provide everything for free? Sounds too good to be true… How can it work in the real world?


    1. You are correct that states, counties and cities are becoming less able to fund local services, as witness the almost universal budgetary problems. Eventually (soon, I hope), the federal government will have to step in and fund these services.

      You also are correct that this can lead to loss of control for states, though not necessarily so. It depends on how the money is doled out. For instance, a federal “support” payment to each state of $1,000 per capita per year would not reduce state control over finances. I like this approach, because states use money to buy things (See the end of this comment)

      Your last paragraph makes a frequent statement about “too good to be true,” often referred to as a free lunch, which is exactly what all money is. Remember, money is just a substitute in an otherwise barter transaction. Rather than trading beans for wheat, you trade money for wheat and money for beans. As a mere substitute, and not the real thing, it’s free to the government.

      The feds can print unlimited bucks, but that doesn’t lead directly to prosperity. You can’t eat money or clothe yourself with it, or live in it. Someone has to produce food, clothing, shelter, etc. Money has no value beyond its ability to buy things.

      The government’s best use of money is to pay for products and services, not merely to drop it from the sky. For instance, I’d like to see the government eliminate FICA and pay for universal health care.

      Rodger Malcolm Mitchell


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