●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.
After each of the following articles, we ask you a question. Can you achieve a perfect Texas score?
CPSC Sues Star Networks USA Over Hazardous, High-Powered Magnetic Balls and Cubes
Magnets that attract through the walls of intestines result in progressive tissue injury. Such conditions can lead to infection, sepsis, and death.
There are regulations against selling these dangerous balls. But, the regulations failed to prevent their sale and serious resultant human damage. Shall we eliminate these burdensome regulations?
Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Las Vegas Restaurant
The outbreak was linked to Firefly, a tapas restaurant. Health officials say the restaurant will remain closed until the investigation is complete. The restaurant was also cited for more than 40 health violations.
Health regulations failed to prevent the spread of salmonella. Shall we eliminate such burdensome regulations?
Compounding pharmacy death toll continues to rise
Now at 51 dead across the country, the latest fatality related to the New England Compounding Center occurred in Florida in the past week.
Although senators soon began studying changes to federal law, fierce opposition from the compounding industry killed those reform attempts.
Current regulations failed. Shall we soften the burdensome regulations already in place?
How Wells Fargo Cheated Its Customers
In a harshly worded decision issued late Tuesday afternoon, a federal judge in California ruled that Wells Fargo deliberately manipulated customer transactions in order to trigger overdraft fees. The bank was ordered to pay $230 million in restitution.
Regulation failed to prevent rampant bank cheating. Are banks too heavily regulated?
Stampede at packed Chicago nightclub leaves 21 dead
At least 21 people were killed and 57 injured in the stampede early Monday at the crowded E2 nightclub. As many as 500 people were crammed into the second-floor club when someone sprayed Mace or pepper spray to quell a fight about 2 a.m.
A judge had ordered the owners to close their second-floor club last July because of safety violations, including failure to provide enough exits.
Regulations failed to prevent nightclub deaths and injuries. Should those burdensome regulations be eliminated?
Whalen Furniture to Pay $725,000 Civil Penalty for Failing to Report Defective Children’s Beds
Toddler Died When Lid of Bed’s Toy Chest Fell on Him
Regulation failed. Is this a case of over-regulation?
Parents of Kids Killed in Pool Drain Accidents Outraged By Federal Rethink of Safety Law
The mother of a six-year-old who died in 2007, sent an angry letter to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) after that agency recently voted to interpret the 2007 Pool Safety Act to no longer require back-up anti-entrapment systems in as many as 150,000 public and hotel pools and hot tubs.
In one horrific instance, four adult men were unable to pull a young girl from the grasp of a deadly drain. Swimmers can die from drowning or evisceration.
Should swimming pools be deregulated?
All of the above describe illegal acts by businesses, cutting corners to make an extra buck. All of the above describe failures of regulation, that resulted in deaths and serious illness. Is the solution to eliminate regulations? Does corporate profit trump the lives and health of ordinary people?
If you live in Texas, your answer is, “Yes.”
After Plant Explosion, Texas Remains Wary of Regulation
Asked about the disaster, Governor Rick. Perry responded that more government intervention and increased spending on safety inspections would not have prevented what has become one of the nation’s worst industrial accidents in decades.
Last month’s devastating blast did little to shake local skepticism of government regulations. Tommy Muska, the mayor, echoed Governor Perry in the view that tougher zoning or fire safety rules would not have saved his town. “Monday morning quarterbacking,” he said.
“Monday morning quarterbacking” also known as “learning from your mistakes,” is a process apparently alien in Texas.
Texas is the only state that does not require companies to contribute to workers’ compensation coverage. It boasts the largest city in the country, Houston, with no zoning laws. It does not have a state fire code, and it prohibits smaller counties from having such codes.
But Texas has also had the nation’s highest number of workplace fatalities — more than 400 annually — for much of the past decade. Fires and explosions at Texas’ more than 1,300 chemical and industrial plants have cost as much in property damage as those in all the other states combined for the five years ending in May 2012.
Compared with Illinois, which has the nation’s second-largest number of high-risk sites, more than 950, but tighter fire and safety rules, Texas had more than three times the number of accidents, four times the number of injuries and deaths, and 300 times the property damage costs.
In order to appease business, Texas is willing to sacrifice workers’ lives. The rich have been able to convince voters that “real” Texans shouldn’t ask for help from the government (unless it’s tax breaks for the wealthy).
In Texas, it’s a matter of pride to be ground under by the upper .1% income group.
“The Wild West approach to protecting public health and safety is what you get when you give companies too much economic freedom and not enough responsibility and accountability,” said Thomas O. McGarity, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law and an expert on regulation.
Since the accident, some state lawmakers began calling for increased workplace safety inspections to be paid for by businesses. Fire officials are pressing for stricter zoning rules to keep residences farther away from dangerous industrial sites. But those efforts face strong resistance.
Chuck DeVore, the vice president of policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a conservative study group, said that the wrong response to the explosion would be for the state to hire more “battalions of government regulators who are deployed into industry and presume to know more about running the factory than the people who own the factory and work there every day.”
See, it’s like this. Factory owners know more than regulators, so regulations should be eliminated. We can trust those factory owners to protect workers and customers. Right?
Texas is dotted by more than 700 fertilizer depots. A fire code would have required frequent inspections by fire marshals who might have prohibited the plant’s owner from storing the fertilizer just hundreds of feet from a school, a hospital, a railroad and other public buildings.
A fire code also would probably have mandated sprinklers and forbidden the storage of ammonium nitrate near combustible materials. (Investigators say the fertilizer was stored in a largely wooden building near piles of seed, one possible factor in the fire.)
Ah, who cares about schools, hospitals, railroads and the public. There’s money to be made, and regulations just get in the way.
From the freewheeling days of independent oilmen known as wildcatters to the 2012 presidential race, in which President Obama lost Texas by nearly 1.3 million votes, the state’s pro-business, limited-government mantra has been a vital part of its identity.
That is particularly true in the countryside. “In rural Texas,” said Stephen T. Hendrick, the engineer for McLennan County, where the explosion occurred, “no one votes for regulations.”
The upper .1% income group has brainwashed the lower 99.9% into believing benefits like Social Security, Medicare et al should be reduced. But the Texas rich take it even further. Here, the upper .1% has brainwashed the population into believing the Texas myth of self-sufficiency.
Enriching business owners at the cost of ordinary people’s lives and health – that is a sign of Texas manhood. Regulations are for sissies, not for real cowboys. Money and bullets is all the regulation they need.
In America, and especially in Texas, the unnecessary deaths, sicknesses and misery of ordinary people are no burden. Government is the real burden. Cut Social Security. Cut Medicare. Cut aid to the poor and the middle classes. Cut regulations that protect ordinary people.
Ask any rich businessman.
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:
1. Federal Deficits – Net Imports = Net Private Savings
2. Gross Domestic Product = Federal Spending + Private Investment and Consumption – Net Imports
15 thoughts on “–How the rich brainwash the rest, in America and in Texas”
Unfortunately Joe Sixpack just laps up this “government is the problem” swill. Take a look at this solar energy site: http://power4patriots.com/index.php All sorts of anti-govt. sniping (while attacking corporations too, interesting as many corps. fund this sort of right wing claptrap). I had solar panels installed on my house in Concord CA and the local utility paid for the majority of the cost. Going off the grid attracts the survivalists but it’s neither easy nor cost effective. Ask someone whose house is wired for a generator as to how often the generator is used; it’s right up there with the number of times most people use their RV’s.
Just a reminder of what we’ve been saying for way too long. The U.S. federal government is being bribed (via campaign contributions and promises of lucrative employment later) by the upper .1% income group, to widen the gap between the rich and the rest:
Perfect quote from the article:
Promises of lucrative employment are not lobbying, nor influence, no inside knowledge. They are bribes, pure and simple.
President Obama has been bribed by the rich to widen the gap between the rich and the rest. Now, he has been paying off. One payoff is his nomination of one of America’s wealthiest women to office.
She paid him by buying him his early elections. Then he paid her by helping to widen the income gap, and offering her an office.
Soon, she’ll pay him with a big, expensive Penny Pritzker (oops) “Barack Obama” Library in Chicago. And within a decade, Obama and wife and kids somehow will accumulate hundreds of millions of dollars, ala Bill Clinton.
But no bribery. Just mutual admiration.
But we shouldn’t tax ’em because it will take money from them that they spend to grow their businesses, corrupt officials, pay off regulators, and on and on………………..Tax e’m and enforce collection and they;ll have far less cash to finance their mischief.
Sorry for this totally off-topic question but I’ve been meaning to ask you this for quite some time:
A. Why do other countries peg their currencies to the US dollar?
B. Are they then, in the process, limiting their own monetary sovereignty?
Hope you’d bear with me on this ignorant question. Thank you.
A. They believe their currency has so little usage or credit rating, acceptance for goods and services will be limited. So they guarantee to provide dollars in exchange for their currency.
B. They have forsaken their Monetary Sovereignty, and left themselves subject to the question, “What will you do when your supply of dollars runs out?
Let me get this…
The rich controls the government…check..
The more regular joes have for the rich to take, the better…check…
The more the governments print, the more regular joes will ‘have’?…check…
The government has been exponentially printing for years on in….check…
The regular joe is worst today, earns less, has less purchasing power than jut about any time in the last 80 years… what the heck?
What am i missing?
Ah, so your proposal it to reduce the flow of dollars to “regular joes” so that the rich can’t take them? Not sure how that helps the “regular joes.”
In answer to your question: Data.
You conveniently dismiss the point of my post. If funneling funds to people helps them, than explain why we now have a wider gap than any time in history.
Socialism does not work.
Our system is full of socialists and socialist policies, yet the failures are blamed on capitalism and free markets. Give me one example where free markets failed…
Socialism has failed time and time again and we keep asking for more time and time again. Definition of insanity is what it is.
Nobody should get anything for “free” from the government, because free to one means theft to another. The government should be there to enforce the law. If it were up to socialists, we would still be living in caves, farm, and build with bare hands because “we would have tons of jobs”.
Failed banks, corporations (GM), etc should be allowed to fail not only because it removes a burden from society (tax payers paid for GM), it allocates capital in new industries (Which we seem to need right now?).
The irony of it all is that socialists preach collaboration, community, helping each other, while the net result is quite the opposite. A small group of the top 5% (unions, government workers, large monopolies (GM, Banks)) are the ones that benefit while the tax payers and consumers bare higher taxes and inflation. The word “work” is a socialist’s biggest enemy. Who do you think supports the following monopolies? Banks, Medical industry, Motor industry?
It’s not the Texans and pro gun owners that have been conned, it’s the socialists and there are tons of examples to pick from. Pick one sir…
Capitalism is looked at as being selfish, but the opposite is the net result. A society that promotes and rewards individual contribution benefits as a whole as output grows relative to the population. The more food, homes, computers, clothing, tvs, etc, the better because it’s all about demand as supply as you say Mr Mitchell. The more output there is relative to the amount of dollar demand, the cheaper the prices.
We are coming close to the edge and Japan will soon show exactly where we are headed as a nation. The socialist sites conveniently miss talking about Japan hitting a wall or France’s economic data. Why lie blatantly in people’s face is beyond ability to understand. Anyone with second grade math as I’ve stated various times should be able to call the bluff.
If only you knew what socialism is . . . or the monetary difference between France and Japan.
Ain’t that the truth. Sounds like a bunch of Fox News talking points. FWIW I held one of the horrible and society destroying union jobs in the railroad industry for the better part of 30 years. I was able to buy and sell several houses over the years, pay for a college education for my daughter and have a reasonable Railroad Retirement Board pension when I retired. BTW, the two main carriers I worked for ended up with better financial results when I retired than when I started so I guess my union job didn’t destroy them. I’ve lived in both the US and Canada and can honestly say I never met a socialist and never lived under socialism. Also, BTW, how do you bare taxes?
Yes Mr. Mitchell, I know Japan can print all the money it wants while France cannot. The difference? Not much really, one will die by the hand of a collapsed currency, the other will strangle their productive workers with higher taxes. One is called inflation, the other taxes, both are the same thing. They both extract capital from someone and give it to someone else.
Fox News Talking points?
I don’t have anything against unions. Want to unionize, go ahead. My issue, and what should be the issue of the 95% of Americans that are not union members is that unions get preferential treatment. Not because they possess more skills, but because they sleep in bed with the politicians, it’s criminal.
You never lived in socialism? what do you think Obamacare, unemployment benefits, welfare, job guarantees, subsidized or free college education, loan modifications, manipulations of interest rates to “improve the economy”, manipulation of the money supply to “improve the economy”, minimum wage laws (which really do jack as prices simply rise), policies to increase home loans, various benefits to federal/state workers on the back of tax payers, various funding schemes for “the good of humanity”, etc, etc… the biggest of them all are of course Medicine and the Military.
Fritz, the US is not a basket case like France, but we are nowhere near where we came from and what once made this a major economic power. There hasnt been one socialist country that has ever been successful, Cuba and Venezuela should be proof enough. Cuba is still in 1945 while the Bolivar has tanked in value in the last few years.
We need to stop playing games here and start dealing with this for what it is, a major economic crisis.
He remains completely clueless about what socialism is and what it isn’t. I wonder which nation in the world he considers non-socialist.
Never mind. Not really interested.
Gilded Age America was close to “non-socialist”. Things were primo: the money was backed with gold or silver, there were no perks for any group including the military and ruinous panics (read depressions) happened at least once a decade. The so-called Gay Nineties were essentially wiped out by the interminable Panic of 1893, which hurt most folk but the poor the worst. The hard money didn’t do much except delay recovery but those were the days, those were days!
rodger, here’s a “one-percenter” story you’ll just love!! have at it, hoss!
i swear, they’re hitting us every which way they can!
Perfect example of how important the gap is. That .1%er would not be thrilled if no one waited in a long line. But then fact that the 99.9%ers have to wait 2.5 hours, and she doesn’t — that’s what makes her happy.
Most people don’t understand absolute income is not the goal of the .1%. Their goal is to widen the gap, and the easiest way is to push down on the 99.9% rather than increasing their own income.
If Warren Buffet increased his wealth by a billion or two, it would mean nothing to him. But if unemployment went up and average wealth went down, widening the gap, that gives him much more power.