The debt hawks are to economics as the creationists are to biology. Those, who do not understand monetary sovereignty, do not understand economics. Cutting the federal deficit is the most ignorant and damaging step the federal government could take. It ranks ahead of the Hawley-Smoot Tariff.
How the Ignorant Murder the Innocent: Debt-Hysteria Continues to Destroy America
“NBC, msnbc.com and news services 12/1/10
“Extended unemployment benefits for nearly 2 million Americans begin to run out Wednesday, cutting off a steady stream of income and guaranteeing a dismal holiday season for people already struggling with bills they cannot pay.
“Unless Congress changes its mind, benefits that had been extended up to 99 weeks will end this month.
“Congress has let jobless benefits lapse twice already this year as Republicans insist the cost — $160 billion in the last fiscal year — be offset by cuts elsewhere to prevent the nation’s $13.8 trillion debt from growing further.
“Congressional opponents of extending the benefits beyond this month say fiscal responsibility should come first. Republicans in the House and Senate, along with a handful of conservative Democrats, say they’re open to extending benefits, but not if it means adding to the $13.8 trillion national debt.”
Ah, yes. “Fiscal responsibility.” Please someone remind me again; why did we go off the gold standard and become monetarily sovereign? What was the purpose of having the unlimited ability to create money? What exactly does “fiscal responsibility” mean? And what about human responsibility?
“‘I am not searching for a job, I am begging for one,’ said Felicia Robbins, 30, as she prepared to move out of a homeless shelter in Pensacola, Fla., where she and her five children have been living. She is using the last of her cash reserves, about $500, to move into a small, unfurnished rental home.”
The debt-hawks will tell you that unemployment benefits merely extend the time for lazy people to sit home, collecting checks. Of course, the Senators and Representatives collect their generous paychecks on time, so why worry about the “little” people?
If you are concerned about the gap between the rich and the poor, I remind you that this unnecessary, cruel action takes money from the poorest of us, increasing the gap.
As always, I urge you to contact your Congressperson, and try to educate him/her, before America reenters recession.
Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
No nation can tax itself into prosperity. Those who say the stimulus “didn’t work” remind me of the guy whose house is on fire. A neighbor runs with a garden hose and starts spraying, but the fire continues. The neighbor wants to call the fire department, which would bring the big hoses, but the guy says, “Don’t call. As you can see, water doesn’t put out fires.”