–Think of China as a mirror, to show us what we are and what we must do

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


5 thoughts on “–Think of China as a mirror, to show us what we are and what we must do

  1. America is the land of equal opportunity not the land of equal outcome. People are responsible for the choices they make.

    I am for some social programs but too many have been continually expanded to cover people who are really able bodied and can work if they choose but many choose to become slaves to the system. They would rather accept government support and live with less. The system has been corrupted by liberals who think they are doing good by taking away peoples desire to improve themselves.

    I remember the response a fellow student made to my grandson after the 2008 presidential election. The student told my grandson, “My Mother is going to stay home and get her check!” My grandson replied, My Mother is going to work and pay taxes so your Mother can get a check.”

    LIfe is about choices and those who choose to better themselves should not become villians.


    1. I too, am against the corporate welfare state (talk about a nice “socialist” welfare program!). Any time I hear rhetorical nonsense reeking of the hackneyed go to lines of “rugged individualism” and “individual responsibility” as well as “blame liberals” as the gauges of conversation, I know I am talking to a pathetic, narrow-minded, agenda driven slave to the power elite. Of course you know that 16 of the top 20 states receiving “federal tax dollars” , receive MORE than their citizens pay in? You know, those hard working “rugged individualists” who would NEVER ever think of leaching off the government? Of course you know that, right? By the way, some off the cuff, anecdotal spew about someone’s grandson/mother just doesn’t lend an ounce of credibilty to your already pre-conceived notions concerning the “abuse” of the social safety net.


      1. I meant 16 of the top 20 states receiving federal “money” are RED/CONSERVATIVE states that pay in less than they receive back.

        the list (for each $1 “paid in”) the state receives back:
        New Mexico: $2.03
        Mississippi: $2.02
        Alaska: $1.84
        Louisiana: $1.78
        West Virginia: $1.76
        North Dakota: $1.68
        Alabama: $1.66
        South Dakota: $1.53
        Kentucky: $1.51
        Virginia: $1.51
        Montana: $1.47
        Hawaii: $1.44
        Maine: $1.41
        Arkansas: $1.41
        Oklahoma: $1.36
        South Carolina: $1.35
        Missouri: $1.32
        Maryland: $1.30
        Tennessee: $1.27
        Idaho: $1.21

        Read more: http://articles.businessinsider.com/2011-08-18/politics/30039546_1_blue-states-federal-taxes-red-states#ixzz1yxrtBFdV


  2. Mark,

    Not sure what you’re saying. Are you for or against reducing Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid, unemployment compensation and aid to education? Are you for or against the massive firing of government workers (under the belief government is too big)? Are you for or against poverty aids like food stamps and housing?

    I guess I’ve led a sheltered life, because I’ve never met anyone who would rather “stay home and get a check” (What check is that?), than earn more by working, but I suppose there are a few like that out there.

    And by the way, someone should teach your grandson that taxes don’t pay for federal spending. So your daughter doesn’t need to feel she’s paying for anyone else’s check. She isn’t.


  3. The Police State calling the Police State a Police State. You can always count on hypocrisy superseding all else in the land of the free and home of the brave. And to you Mark, educate yourself with regards to the spending on the victims that you blame as opposed to the amounts spent in the last decade on the many corporate welfare programs sponsored by our Government. Not to mention the money handed to the banking mafioso, world wide. There may be a very small minority of poor and working folks getting over. Opposed to a very large majority of criminal enterprises that are banks and multinational corporations; who possess absolutely no allegiance to this country and who would oversee the destruction of our economy and society for their own greedy benefit.


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