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●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.
AARP is an insurance company masquerading as a lobbyist for the elderly. It is owned and managed by wealthy people whose primary concern is profits, much of which are generated by healthcare policies.
AARP would take a huge financial hit if a complete Medicare (not requiring supplements) were provided to every man, woman and child in America. Keep that in mind as you read excerpts from a recent AARP article:
Outlook for Medicare Improves, Social Security Unchanged
Posted on 05/31/2013 by Carole Fleck
Good news for Medicare. The insurance program for Americans 65 and older is now expected to remain solvent until 2026, two years later than was estimated last year. The outlook for Social Security — fully solvent until 2033 — remained unchanged.
The projections for the two programs and their trust funds over the next 75 years come from the Social Security and Medicare Trustees annual report released Friday.
If the trust funds of Social Security and Medicare were exhausted, benefits would be cut — not stopped — because both programs are funded mainly through payroll taxes.
The trustees report, which warned that both government programs face funding challenges, will likely influence debate over the future of entitlement programs as well as measures to cut the deficit.
“While not in crisis, Social Security will require modest changes to ensure current and future generations will receive the benefits they’ve earned,” AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond said in a statement.
Both Social Security and Medicare are federal agencies. Depending on whether sub agencies are counted, there are between 700 and 1,300 federal agencies, among which are:
1. The White House
2. The U.S. Senate
3. The Secret Service
4. The Social Security Administration
5. The Supreme Court
6. The House of Representatives
7. The Mint
8. The Air Force
9. The Army
10. The Bureau of the Census
Of these ten federal agencies, how many are supported by a trust fund, which purportedly can become insolvent? Answer: Just one.
Yes, only one* of these federal agencies supposedly is supported by a trust fund, and if that trust fund “runs out” of money, the agency supposedly would be insolvent. And that one agency is the Social Security Administration (of which Medicare also is a part.)
*In truth, there are about 230 smaller federal trust funds, for various functions, and every single one of them is an accounting fiction, serving no functional purpose.
And therein is the great lie, which AARP is delighted to promulgate. The truth is, the U.S. government became Monetarily Sovereign on August 15, 1971. It is sovereign over the dollar.
The unlike state and local governments, the federal government can create as many dollars as it wishes, whenever it wishes, and it can value the dollar at any level it wishes. That is the meaning of Monetarily Sovereign.
Given this unlimited ability to create dollars, the government never needs to ask anyone for dollars — not you, not me, not China. If federal taxes were $0 and federal “borrowing” also were $0, the federal government still could create all the dollars it needs and pay any bill of any size.
Federal taxes (including FICA) and borrowing are obsolete relics of the monetarily non-sovereign days.
Clearly then, it is impossible for the federal government to run short of dollars, i.e. to become “insolvent.” It equally is impossible for any agency of the government to become insolvent, unless the government wished it.
The President knows it. Congress knows it. The media know it. And AARP knows it. No matter what happens to FICA,Social Security and Medicare cannot become insolvent unless the President and Congress want them to become insolvent. Period.
And if you still doubt this, think back to 2011, when the employee share of FICA was reduced by two percentage points — a 30% reduction. No problem. The federal government simply paid the difference out of the general fund.
The point is, the federal government always can pay “the difference” out of the general fund. In fact, the federal government can and should pay for ALL of Social Security and Medicare out of the general fund.
As readers of this blog know, the President and Congress have been bribed by the upper .1% income group (via campaign contributions and promises of lucrative employment later) to widen the gap between the rich and the rest. See: I’m not alone. Yet another voice telling how the rich bribe politicians to impoverish you.
Among those wishing to widen the gap, are the executives of AARP. Wealthy people don’t need AARP’s insurance, especially if the government funds Medicare for everyone. “Keep ’em poor and needy” is the secret mantra of the rich, for the needs of the poor are the power of the rich.
The poor (and middle) have been brainwashed into accepting austerity, one part of which is reduced Medicare and Social Security benefits. They actually believe the government can run short of dollars! And that is why we see articles like this:
Wealth of most Americans down 55% since recession
Increasing housing prices and the stock market”s posting all-time highs haven’t helped the plight most Americans. The average U.S. household has recovered only 45 percent of the wealth they lost during the recession, according to a report released yesterday from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
Much of recovery in net worth is because of the stock market. This has disproportionately benefited the richest households: About 80 percent of stocks are held by the wealthiest 10 percent of the population.
The poorest households have felt the sharpest losses as a consequence of the recession.
The next time you consider sending a membership check to AARP, or buying insurance from AARP, remember this: AARP’s primary mission is to increase AARP profits.
They know full well that free Medicare for Everyone would benefit you and easily be affordable for the federal government. They know full well that Medicare and Social Security cannot become insolvent unless the government wants it. AARP could say so, but of course, won’t
AARP takes its money from the middle- and lower-classes, but it is aligned financially with the rich — as are the President, Congress and the media.
How have you done financially since the Great Recession began in 2008? Not as well as AARP, I’ll bet: How the AARP Made $2.8 Billion By Supporting Obamacare’s Cuts to Medicare.
The lower 99.9% should scream for the end of FICA and a fully funded Medicare for Everyone. Instead, they scream for balanced federal budgets, just as the .1% have trained them to do.
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. Click here
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%
10 Steps to Economic Misery: (Click here:)
1. Maintain or increase the FICA tax..
2. Spread the myth Social Security, Medicare and the U.S. government are insolvent.
3. Cut federal employment in the military, post office, other federal agencies.
4. Broaden the income tax base so more lower income people will pay.
5. Cut financial assistance to the states.
6. Spread the myth federal taxes pay for federal spending.
7. Allow banks to trade for their own accounts; save them when their investments go sour.
8. Never prosecute any banker for criminal activity.
9. Nominate arch conservatives to the Supreme Court.
10. Reduce the federal deficit and debt
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