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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.
In a previous post, I compared NSA, CIA, FBI et al to vicious guard dogs. They are necessary to protect us from dangerous enemies.
But they have slipped their leashes and gone out of control, and now have become more a danger to our freedoms than are the supposed enemies.
Here is another example of the uncontrolled arrogance and craziness of our security agencies — arrogance which is coming back to bite us:
Austrian officials searched the plane of Bolivian President Evo Morales for Edward Snowden on Tuesday at the request of the U.S.
Morales was forced to make a layover in Vienna on his way back from a Moscow energy conference when France and Portugal refused to let him fly through their airspace.
Bolivia is one of the two countries that say they will consider a request for asylum from Snowden. Bolivian officials were not happy about the search: “We’re talking about the president on an official trip after an official summit being kidnapped,” said Bolivia’s ambassador to the United Nations.
Now imagine the U.S. government forcing Russian President Vladimir Putin to land against his will. Take a moment to consider the dangerous repercussions.
Or imagine China forcing President Obama to land against his will. Would we be outraged? Would there be talk of war?
By what right do we force the president of a sovereign nation to land in a foreign country? Yes, Bolivia is small, but does that give our security apparatus legal jurisdiction over its president?
The answer is, “Yes.” NSA, for instance, is a secret nation, creating its own laws in secret. These laws are approved by judges in secret, based on secret testimony, and prosecuted and tried in secret with secret evidence.
Neither you, nor any lawyer, nor Congress nor the President knows those laws.
They are kept secret “for your protection.” Presumably you could be breaking one or more of those secret laws, just by reading this blog. There is no way to know.
This is neither new nor revelatory. Read: Testimony of Dawn E. Johnsen
Before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution
“Secret Law and the Threat to Democratic and Accountable Government”
April 30, 2008
The Sixth Amendment to the Constitution read:
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.
It says “all,” not some, criminal prosecutions. It says “public,” not secret, trial. It demands a the availability of a jury and the ability to face your accuser and knowledge of the evidence against you.
Sadly, the Supreme Court, over the years, has whittled away at those Constitutional protections, so that even a self-proclaimed “originalist” like Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, seemingly is not concerned about the drastic modifications of the Sixth Amendment.
Today, our government has determined it is not subject to the Constitution nor even to existing law. It creates laws at will and ad hoc. If you try to fight these laws, you will be told by the courts you don’t have standing.
America no longer is the land of the free. We are beginning to look more and more like China, the old Soviet Union or even North Korea, than to the America we thought we knew and loved.
Yesterday the government spied on you for no reason. Today the government grounds the plane of a sovereign nation’s president. Tomorrow — tomorrow, what? Are there any limits? If so, what are those limits?
Does this bother you?
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