●The more federal budgets are cut and taxes increased, the weaker an economy becomes.
●Austerity is the government’s method for widening the gap between rich and poor, which leads to civil disorder.
●Until the 99% understand the need for federal deficits, the upper 1% will rule.
●To survive long term, a monetarily non-sovereign government must have a positive balance of payments.
●Those, who do not understand the differences between Monetary Sovereignty and monetary non-sovereignty, do not understand economics.
●The penalty for ignorance is slavery.
●Everything in economics devolves to motive.
Low-Income Tennesseans Resort To ‘Health Care Lottery’ For Coverage
By Tara Culp-Ressler on Mar 25, 2013 at 12:15 pm
Twice a year, Tennessee holds a “health care lottery” that gives some hope to the uninsured residents in the state who can’t afford health coverage. Tennesseans who meet certain requirements — in addition to falling below a certain income threshold, they must be elderly, blind, disabled, or a caretaker of a child who qualifies for Medicaid.
A lottery? Really? A lottery?
You live in the world’s richest nation, but you need to win a lottery to get good health care?! Why? Obama, the Republicans and the Democrats all agree America, despite being the world’s richest nation, is “broke” (John Boehner’s word) — though not too broke to pay for Boehner’s health insurance.
State residents who have high medical bills but would not normally qualify for Medicaid, the government health care program for the poor, can call a state phone line and request an application. But the window is tight — the line shuts down after 2,500 calls, typically within an hour — and the demand is so high that it is difficult to get through.
“It’s like the Oklahoma land rush for an hour,” said Russell Overby, a lawyer with the Legal Aid Society in Nashville. “We encourage people to use multiple phones and to dial and dial and dial.”
This is how the world’s richest nation, a nation that never can run short of its sovereign currency, the dollar, copes with a shortage of dollars: Multiple phones and dial and dial.
Some warn us that if the government “prints” dollars, we’ll have inflation. They are responsible for this phony shortage of health care — in the world’s richest nation. Oddly, other nations that are not so rich as our rich nation, have far more inclusive health care — and amazingly have avoided that dreaded inflation. (They must never have heard of Germany and Zimbabwe.)
Apparently, in those nations, the inflation hand-wringers are somewhat less influential.
The phone line opened at 6 p.m. on Thursday for the first time in six months. At 5:58, Ida Gordon of Nashville picked up her cordless phone and started dialing. She is uninsured, with crippling arthritis and a few recent trips to the emergency room haunting her.
“I don’t ask for that much,” Ms. Gordon said as she got her first busy signal, hanging up and fruitlessly trying again, and then again. “I just want some insurance.”
If Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslan (R) opted to expand Medicaid under Obamacare, more than 180,000 people would be able to be added to the TennCare rolls by 2019. Haslan has not yet decided whether Tennessee will accept Obamacare’s optional expansion of the Medicaid program.
Hey, Governor Haslan, who cares about the poor and crippled? They should learn to be more self-sufficient. And remember, the richest nation on earth can’t afford health care for all its citizens. Zimbabwe, you know.
Many Republicans still aren’t willing to cooperate with the health reform law whatsoever — even going so far as to suggest that Obamacare will “degrade” or “destroy” what is already the “best health care system the world has ever known.”
Yes, the best healthcare system, if you’re not sick, poor or aged.
Yes, in the richest nation in the world, we have “the best health care system the world ever has known” — except for a few other “less-great” nations that provide care for all their citizens.
But that would be socialism, or cause inflation, or turn people into sloths, and anyway, the debt is too high and the U.S. is broke. Simply pick your excuse for widening the gap between the rich and the middle class.
The millions of poor, sick, suffering, aged, indigent people, who cannot afford health care, should be thankful they live in the richest nation in the world (The one that’s “broke”).
Remember, no one is better than the U.S. at . . . er, uh . . . avoiding inflation, increasing the gap and lying to the public about the need to cut the deficit.
Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Nine Steps to Prosperity:
1. Eliminate FICA (Click here)
2. Medicare — parts A, B & D — for everyone
3. Send every American citizen an annual check for $5,000 or give every state $5,000 per capita (Click here)
4. Long-term nursing care for everyone
5. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone
6. Salary for attending school (Click here)
7. Eliminate corporate taxes
8. Increase the standard income tax deduction annually
9. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99%
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 Imports
6 thoughts on “–Sick? Poor? Aged? You’re lucky to live in the richest nation in the world.”
Maybe the MICC would actually appreciate a “Drone Lottery.” Win a chance to blow up a person, house or whole village, from the comfort of YOUR own easy chair!
If DARPA went for it, it might backfire – and thereby be useful (if we survived it). Just saying. 😦
Failing faster is often the trick to surviving. It’s all in the perception cycle.
I wish every person who pushed for austerity would suffer the same fate as sociopathic novelist Ayn Rand. After a lifetime of praising selfishness, smoking several packs of cigarettes per day, and attacking socialized health care, Rand developed lung cancer. She spent her last eight years as a worthless parasite, voraciously sucking from the Medicare and Social Security she had so despised. Alan Greenspan attended her funeral, which had a six-foot flower arrangement in the shape of a dollar sign.
I hope her cancer was traumatic and humiliating.
I hope that everyone who pushes for austerity suffers the same fate – but without any medical care at all.
Interesting that we’re talking healthcare. My Congressman, Paul Broun MD, wrote that the number 1 priority in the nation is dumping the partially effective “Obamacare”. So I wrote him about my concerns for austerity and needless Federal cuts that will only hurt the middle class. I asked if he was familiar with MS and MMT, and (surprisingly) got a reply. Too bad that it was just the same old garbage trotted out for another turn on the track. I guess if I go back to school and get a medical degree I’ll be able to understand…
Here’s his reply:
March 25, 2013
Mr. Fritz Basset
100 Baldwin St
Athens, GA 30602-0001
Dear Mr. Basset,
Thank you for contacting me about government spending. I appreciate having the benefit of your views on this issue.
Please be assured that I am familiar with modern economic theory and I understand your concerns about the dangers of austerity. However, America is now over $15 trillion in debt, and we continue to borrow 40 cents of every dollar the federal government spends. Our federal deficit is at least $1.67 trillion more than we will take in this year alone. This path is unsustainable and irresponsible.
Just as Georgian families tighten their budgets now, I continue to pursue ways for the federal government to do the same I support reducing the debt, cutting spending, and a Balanced Budget Amendment to our Constitution. Congress must identify the best ideas available for systematic reforms in the way our government taxes and spends. I took a stand against our past mistakes of burgeoning spending. Our next steps should be job creation and economic growth only made possible by removing the burden of excessive federal spending, high taxes and regulation on business and industry particularly small businesses.
For additional information regarding issues affecting our great state of Georgia and the nation, please visit my website at http://broun.house.gov/. Access to my blog, iPhone app, and e-newsletter are all available through my website, as well. Thank you again for contacting me, and please do not hesitate to do so in the future if I can ever be of service.
Broun is a creationist scumbag idiot. At least he replied to you, my Georgia District 2 ‘representative’ never even gives me the courtesy of a reply, oh, unless it involves ‘campaign donations.’
According to the Washington Post, “Congressman Paul Broun who somehow got a medical degree, is already causing some Republicans to worry that Broun will say things that make him unelectable. Since Broun has already said such statements as “evolution, embryology and the Big Bang Theory are lies from the pit of Hell” and “the only constitution that Obama upholds is the Soviet Constitution”, that sounds like a valid concern. However, GOP primary voters are very different from you and I, and they are certainly worlds apart from the Republican hacks that only believe in the Almighty Green.”
Side note; Fritz, as you know, your moron representative will be running for U.S. Senate , to replace the retiring Clarence Saxby Chambliss.
Why does this remind of that classic famous short story, “The Lottery” written by Shirley Jackson in 1948?
(The story’s conclusion):
“It’s Tessie,” Mr. Summers said, and his voice was hushed. “Show us her paper. Bill.”
Bill Hutchinson went over to his wife and forced the slip of paper out of her hand. It had a black spot on it, the black spot Mr. Summers had made the night before with the heavy pencil in the coal company office.
Bill Hutchinson held it up, and there was a stir in the crowd. (Side note: Tessie had drawn the “winning” lottery slip, which actually meant that she had lost.)
“All right, folks.” Mr. Summers said. “Let’s finish quickly.”
Although the villagers had forgotten the ritual and lost the original black box, they still remembered to use stones. The pile of stones the boys had made earlier was ready; there were stones on the ground with the blowing scraps of paper that had come out of the box. Delacroix selected a stone so large she had to pick it up with both hands and turned to Mrs. Dunbar.
“Come on,” she said. “Hurry up.”
Mr. Dunbar had small stones in both hands, and she said, gasping for breath. “I can’t run at all. You’ll have to go ahead and I’ll catch up with you.”
The children had stones already. And someone gave little Davy Hutchinson few pebbles.
Tessie Hutchinson was in the center of a cleared space by now, and she held her hands out desperately as the villagers moved in on her.
“It isn’t fair,” she said. A stone hit her on the side of the head.
Old Man Warner was saying, “Come on, come on, everyone.”
Steve Adams was in the front of the crowd of villagers, with Mrs. Graves beside him.
“It isn’t fair, it isn’t right,” Mrs. Hutchinson screamed, and then they were upon her. (End story)
So perhaps the Tennessee lottery is like the fictional lottery by Ms. Jackson? Only in the Tennessee lottery those who don’t win the lottery are the collective “Tessies” who must suffer their fate of illness and death so that the rest of society can carry on in its deluded thinking (i.e., “The US has the greatest healthcare system ever!”).
From a discussion of “The Lottery” on Wikipedia:
The collective mentality, also referred to as mob mentality, can be defined as “the behavioral tendency of people (or other social animals) to act in unison with the group of which they are a part. This is an evolutionary adaptation that provides the mechanism for collective intelligence, but also explains how morally reprehensible consensus can form. Behaviors ranging from gang rapes and beatings to the extermination of an entire people group.” In the case of “The Lottery,” the collective mentality is a theme that is represented directly as one of the characters in the story, Tessie Hutchinson, is subjected to a series of brutal bludgeoning from the other members of her town during an annual human sacrifice ritual.
In the story, one of the characters, Mrs. Delacroix, is a personal friend of Tessie Hutchinson, yet participates in the throwing of stones at Tessie. This behavior can be explained from the definition of the collective mentality: “When people are part of a group, they often experience deindividuation, or a loss of self-awareness. When people deindividuate, they are less likely to follow normal restraints and inhibitions and more likely to lose their sense of individual identity.”
And when all is said and done, perhaps the Tennessee lottery is just another way for the .1% to condition the collective masses for much worse that is yet to come?
Just another illustration of the way in which life so often imitates art!