–AARP continues to peddle — this time it’s false information

Mitchell’s laws: The more budgets are cut and taxes inceased, the weaker an economy becomes. To survive long term, a monetarily non-sovereign government must have a positive balance of payments. Austerity = poverty and leads to civil disorder. Those, who do not understand the differences between Monetary Sovereignty and monetary non-sovereignty, do not understand economics.

AARP, formerly, The American Association of Retired Persons is a huge organization that peddles many things. They peddle insurance, publish a magazine, peddle insurance, produce radio and TV programs, peddle insurance, offer travel packages, peddle insurance, provide tax preparation services and, oh yes, they peddle insurance. They also publish on line, various advice bulletins, some of which peddle insurance.

Like virtually all publishers to the masses, AARP is clueless about economics, so repeatedly gives its members wrong information. For instance:

Frequently Asked Questions, 2/10/12
Why can’t the government just print more money to get out of debt?

First of all, the federal government doesn’t create money; that’s one of the jobs of the Federal Reserve, the nation’s central bank.

The Fed tries to influence the supply of money in the economy to promote noninflationary growth. Unless there is an increase in economic activity commensurate with the amount of money that is created, printing money to pay off the debt would make inflation worse. This would be, as the saying goes, “too much money chasing too few goods.”

I wrote to them: “The Federal government DOES create money — by spending. Congress and the President authorize spending. When the government spends, it sends instructions to its creditors’ banks. The instructions tell the banks to increase the numbers in the creditors’ checking accounts. That creates dollars.

Banks also create dollars by lending.

Inflation is not caused by “too much money chasing too few goods.” That expression is obsolete. In today’s world market, there cannot be too few goods — with one exception: Oil. For the past 40 years, since the U.S. became Monetarily Sovereign, inflation has had no relationship to the money supply, but rather to the price of oil.

I notice that virtually all of AARP’s economic statements refer to the time prior to August 15, 1971 (when we became Monetarily Sovereign), and no longer are valid.

This is not the first time AARP has given that same false information about the economy. On another post last fall, they said:

“First of all, the federal government doesn’t create money; that’s one of the jobs of the Federal Reserve, the nation’s central bank.”

I wrote to them: “Wrong. Think about it. The U.S. is 235 years old. The Federal Reserve was created on December 23, 1913 — only 98 years ago. The Federal Reserve’s main tasks involve interest rate and inflation control. So who creates dollars? The Treasury — on orders from Congress. It creates dollars by deficit spending. Every time you receive a federal payment, dollars are created.

In the same post, they said:

“… printing money to pay off the debt would make inflation worse.”

I wrote: “ Wrong. When someone buys a T-security, their checking account is debited and their T-security account is credited. No money is created or destroyed. Then, when the T-security is paid off, the process is reversed: Their checking account is credited and their T-security account is debited. Again no money is created or destroyed. It’s a simple asset exchange.

Since the U.S. went off the gold standard, there has been no relationship between federal debt and inflation. See: Oil causes inflation. It is very important that AARP not provide false information to its members.

Those of you who belong to AARP might write to them, urging them to at least try to understand Monetary Sovereignty.

And while I’m on the subject of false information, I couldn’t resist showing you this article:

Fla. Man Leaves Million Dollar Home to Uncle Sam
from: The Associated Press | December 12, 2011

A South Florida man willed his historic house worth $1 million to the U.S. government to help eliminate the country’s growing debt. The Miami Herald reports that Uncle Sam put the Coral Gables house up for auction Saturday. The winning bid was $1.175 million.

The house belonged to James H. Davidson Jr. who lived there from his teenage years until he died last December at 87. He also left $1 million to the government.

The Herald reports Davidson had nieces and nephews who live in the area. The government will auction off the contents on the home in January.

How sad. This guy thinks he’s doing a good deed. So instead of giving the money to his nieces and nephews, he destroys it by giving it to the government. Not only does this screw his relatives, but it screws the economy by removing millions from circulation – a double whammy.

I ascribe all this ongoing idiocy to the old-line economists, who continue to hypnotize the media and the politicians, who in turn, hypnotize the public into believing we are pre-1971, when the U.S. still was monetarily non-sovereign.

Be sure to contact AARP, and tell them they have been awarded two dunce caps, of which I have none, yet of which I never will run short. (Just like the federal government, which “has” virtually no dollars, but never can run short of dollars)

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

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:
Federal Deficits – Net Imports = Net Private Savings
Gross Domestic Product = Federal Spending + Private Investment and Consumption + Net exports


4 thoughts on “–AARP continues to peddle — this time it’s false information

  1. RMM,

    You often mention that since the U.S. became monetarily sovereign there has been no relationship between federal debt and inflation.

    I wonder if this is unique for highly industrialized countries. Have you done any research to see if the data fits the same conclusion for other countries as well?

    I think the data speaks for itself, but some might argue that the U.S. has a unique ability to deficit spend since the world desires large amounts of USD.


  2. ” It’s a simple asset exchange. ”
    Does this mean that if the Us were to purchase all outstanding US Treasury Notes Bills, Bonds
    (all $15 trillion) , RETIRE THEM, the national debt would be reduced to ZERO ( my favorite word, like in ZERO Income Taxes) ?
    Would that not also STOP the payment of interest to the holders of these instruments ?
    IF ,yes, then would it not be so that “The purchase of interest bearing assets would produce REVENUE (INCOME) ?

    How about an article on “Economic Solution 2012,Zero Income Taxes”, an article put togetther using recently learned economic information on the net by a fool who believes that questions could produce great original concepts from those who answer.


    1. Yes, the national debt would be reduced to zero, and the debt hawks would have to find something else to moan about. The holders of these instruments would receive their principle plus accumulated interest, but no future interest. People would find other investments for income — stocks, bonds, real estate et al.

      And yes, federal income taxes, as well as federal payroll taxes, could be eliminated. The federal government has no use for them, and merely destroys them on receipt. I’ve discussed this many times.


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