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.
This is the kind of story that makes me proud to be an American — so far. I say “so far” because I don’t know how it will play out.
How the Chen Guangcheng Case Will Test U.S.-China Relations
By JOHN LEE Monday, Apr. 30, 2012
The current asylum request of the blind activist Chen Guangcheng, who escaped last week from house arrest in Shandong province, is (tricky). Chen is currently in Beijing, probably either in the U.S. embassy or a U.S. diplomatic residence.
One country has to give ground: either Chen gets asylum and is allowed to leave China, or he isn’t. But both Beijing and Washington have much to lose from failing to stand their ground.
The U.S. has consistently expressed concerns about the direction of human rights in China, which have regressed since the 1989 countrywide protests that culminated in Tiananmen Square. Chen is far from alone in having suffered torture, malnutrition and isolation at the hands of Chinese security officials.
But he is one of the country’s condemned dissidents whose plight has come to the attention of senior American officials and the public. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton publicly expressed alarm about Chen’s continued arrest as recently as November 2011.
It is the American way to protect the unfortunate and the abused. I believe in this America: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
Yes. That is my America, and my pride grew, when I began to read a comment on the article, by someone named “DakotaNM57” who wrote:
As human rights in America decline. As church’s impose their beliefs on those who don’t share them. As the cry to reduce the availability of education for the masses becomes louder from the conservative side of the isle.
In the day when a loud cry to deny even basic health care to those who can’t afford insurance and let them die in the streets grows. While certain creten American politicians demand women’s rights be taken back a hundred years. When one in particular felt children should be at jobs, rather than spending their days in school, so they had a place to go and something worthwhile to do.
When another wants to decimate our Dept. of Education which sets a higher level of education requirement and maintains fairness for all regardlesss of their parents financial status so that America promotes not just the most privelidged minds but the brightest minds also.
Yes. That is exactly what is happening. People who claim to love America, but who hate Americans, have taken the political lead. People who claim to respect the Constitution, but who have no respect for our tired, poor, huddled masses, have taken over the law.
DakotaNM57’s comment also said:
When you read our Constitution and Bill of Rights, the one most obvious element of it is it speaks to how much our founding fathers cared about people and the lives they led. Men who fled not only religious oppression but economic oppression by the wealthy also. The wealthy who took and gave nothing in return. Because they could. Those with even the slightest amount of power exploiting those beneath them that never had the ability to move up.
When Kings charged higher taxes on the poor who were struggling the most. When the so called middle class was what we would call today our working poor. When rights only went to the wealthy and powerful, which were supposed to trickle down, and didn’t.
Our founding fathers also fled from this.
They gave us freedom from exploitation by the wealthy more powerful class. All the things we condemn China for. Interesting the demands we hear today on the part of a certain sector of our political system mimic the very things America isn’t supposed to be. And China is.
Yes. My pride grew, not because of the right-wing extremists who get all the publicity, and not because of the cowardly, power-hungry politicians who lick the right wing’s boots, but because of people like DakotaNM57, who call these traitors out.
Our politicians, especially the Tea/Republican right-wing, so-called “religious,” so-called “patriots,” have lost sight of what is to be American. Our “originalist” Supreme Court has forgotten, or never knew, what our founders dreamed.
To these isolated jurists, lounging far above the fray, our magnificent Constitution is just a sterile set of laws to be followed robotically, mindlessly. These overly honored automatons do not see, feel or know it as the great moral code for the world.
So we cut Social Security. We cut Medicare. We cut Medicaid. We cut education. We cut food and shelter. We cut government jobs. We cut everything that benefits our “tired, poor, huddled masses,” all in the name of a false fiscal “prudence.” How shameful to claim prudence when handing out the bread, while behind us, the warehouse is full.
I agree with DakotaNM57, all but his final paragraph:
I ask, should we really be cleaning China’s backyard at this point? We need to work on our own first and remember what America is about. You bet it’ll test US/China relations. Hypocrisy is an amazing test.
While we absolutely should return to being Americans, we shouldn’t wait until we do it “first.” We don’t need to wait, first to be perfect, before we help others. With such a standard, we never would look outside our borders.
Perhaps China provides us with a good mirror. When we see their cruelty, their inhumanity, their heartlessness toward their own people and others, can we see ourselves? Will we look in this mirror and do what all of us do when looking in a mirror?
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