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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 ultimately 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.
A gun is a killing machine. It can be used for evil or to prevent evil, as well as for fun. Those three alternatives — evil, prevent evil, fun — repeatedly are the subject of the overall gun-control argument.
The National Rifle Association (NRA) and its believers, being one side of the argument, emphasize the “prevent evil” and “fun” aspects of gun ownership, while gun victims and potential victims, being the other side of the argument, emphasize the evil.
Unfortunately, the NRA never (until now) has proposed any solution to gun violence. Their position has been a cross between denial of gun violence (“Guns don’t kill people; people kill people”), teaching people to use guns more safely and statements about the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution.
But finally, the NRA has proposed a solution. Before we reveal it, here is a note from a good gun owner, as printed in the Letters section of the July 2013 Scientific American Magazine:
I, as a legal gun owner, have taken due diligence that has ensured I have never had an incident. I cannot and will not suppose that owners of illegal firearms do the same.
If research is to be conducted and solutions found, make sure it includes ways to keep the guns from entering the hands of the criminally minded.
If this can’t be done, and I suppose it can’t, don’t limit or remove our capability to defend ourselves from that element.
There will always be examples of poor firearm safety — even the best gun owner can slip. But most gun violence is perpetrated overwhelmingly by criminals and the psychologically challenged.
Ken Ridgley (via e-mail)
Mr. Ridgley supports being a “legal gun owner,” and does not support gun ownership by “owners of illegal firearms” or by the “criminally minded,” “criminals” or by the “psychologically challenged.,”
Presumably, that mirrors the opinions of most honest gun owners. But what steps can be taken to reduce gun ownership by evildoers?
The NRA has a plan. Here is the full text of their statement:
Expanding background checks at gun shows will not prevent the next shooting, will not solve violent crime and will not keep our kids safe in schools.
While the overwhelming rejection of President Obama and Mayor Bloomberg’s “universal” background check agenda is a positive development, we have a broken mental health system that is not going to be fixed with more background checks at gun shows.
The sad truth is that no background check would have prevented the tragedies in Newtown, Aurora or Tucson.
We need a serious and meaningful solution that addresses crime in cities like Chicago, addresses mental health deficiencies, while at the same time protecting the rights of those of us who are not a danger to anyone.
President Obama should be as committed to dealing with the gang problem that is tormenting honest people in his hometown as he is to blaming law-abiding gun owners for the acts of psychopathic murderers.
Lest you were unable to identify the NRA’s proposed solution, here is an explanation:
NRA: “Expanding background checks at gun shows will not prevent the next shooting, will not solve violent crime and will not keep our kids safe in schools.”
Translation: Background checks to prevent Mr. Ridgley’s “criminals and the psychologically challenged” from buying a gun do not help make it harder for the “criminals and the psychologically challenged” to buy a gun. Understand?
NRA: “We have a broken mental health system that is not going to be fixed with more background checks at gun shows.”
Translation: Background checks at gun shows do not fix mental health problems. Similarly, police in the streets do not fix mental health problems. Understand?
NRA: “We need a serious and meaningful solution that addresses crime in cities like Chicago, addresses mental health deficiencies, while at the same time protecting the rights of those of us who are not a danger to anyone.”
Translation: First we must identify all those “criminals and the psychologically challenged,” but do it without checking anyone’s background. Then, we somehow must eliminate all crime and all mental health problems, for the first time in human history. Finally, we should allow all those, “who are not a danger to anyone,” have guns.
That is the NRA solution. Understand?
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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