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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.
The dark, cold heart of the “religious” right.
The right wing often calls its brand of morality, “Christian.” That is meant to be a synonym for “compassionate,” for “brotherly love,” and for “caring about the less fortunate.”
“Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me.”
That is what Christ supposedly said. Compare it with what the “religious” right says:
On the Edge of Poverty, at the Center of a Debate on Food Stamps
By Sheryl Gay Stolberg, Published: September 4, 2013
When Congress officially returns to Washington next week, the diets of (poor) families will be caught up in a debate over deficit reduction. Republicans, alarmed by a rise in food stamp enrollment, are pushing to revamp and scale down the program.
No matter what Congress decides, benefits will be reduced in November, when a provision in the 2009 stimulus bill expires.
(Republican) Representative Stephen Fincher, who was elected in 2010 on a Tea Party wave and collected nearly $3.5 million in farm subsidies from the government from 1999 to 2012, recently voted for a farm bill that omitted food stamps.
“The role of citizens, of Christianity, of humanity, is to take care of each other, not for Washington to steal from those in the country and give to others in the country,” Mr. Fincher, said after his vote in May.
Apparently, for the religious right-wing Mr. Fincher, collecting $3.5 million in federal subsidies is not stealing, while taking food stamps to survive – that is stealing.
“I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least among you, you did not do for me.”
The religious right offers its own biblical excuses for cruelty to the poor:
In response to a Democrat who invoked the Bible during the food stamp debate in Congress, Mr. Fincher cited his own biblical phrase. “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat,” he said.
“People have a lot of misimpressions about hunger in America,” said Maura Daly, a spokeswoman for Feeding America, the nation’s largest network of food banks. “People think it’s associated with homelessness when, in fact, it is working poor families, it’s kids, it’s the disabled.”
The “religious” right despises the poor, the sick, the hungry, the disabled.
“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Robert Rector, a scholar at the conservative Heritage Foundation, argues that the food stamp program should be overhauled so that benefits are tied to work. He advocates mandatory drug testing for food stamp recipients.
If you don’t live the pure and perfect life, according to the standards set for you by the “religious” right wing, you deserve to starve.
In Dyersburg (TN), hundreds of people, many of them food stamp recipients, lined up for boxes of free food. More than 700 families get help each month from the charitable program, Feed the Need.
“We couldn’t absorb the work force back into our community,” said Mr. Oakes, the chairman of the local Salvation Army, “and people were hungry.”
Kathy Baucom, 61, a former welder disabled by lupus, lives alone in a trailer. Her food stamp benefits of $125 a month were recently reduced to $117. “I don’t buy milk because it’s so expensive,” she said. “I don’t buy cheese.”
Representative Stephen Fincher and the rest of the “religious” right, do not give a damn about you and your lupus, Ms. Baucom.
Tarnisha Adams, who left her job skinning hogs at a slaughterhouse when she became ill with cancer, gets $352 a month in food stamps for herself and three college-age sons.
She buys discount meat and canned vegetables, cheaper than fresh (meat). Like Mr. Rigsby, she eats once a day — “if I eat,” she said. “We don’t splurge,” Ms. Adams said, “and it doesn’t last.” One recent evening, she baked a tray of mostaccioli, an Italian pasta, hoping it would last for two meals, she had none herself.
“You hate to tell your child, ‘You can’t eat this, you have to save it for another day,’ ” she said.
Representative Stephen Fincher and the rest of the “religious” right, do not give a damn about you and your cancer and your children, Mrs. Adams.
For the Rigsbys, both 20, the priority is three meals a day for their son, Drake, who is 1. Some months they run out of milk. Mr. Rigsby, who is out of work with a knee injury, recently sold his truck for cash; his wife, Christina, works part time as a clerk at J. C. Penney.
On the refrigerator is a calendar marked with the date — the 6th. “FOOD!” it declares. But when benefits drop in November, the Rigsbys, who say they receive about $350 a month, can expect $29 less.
“When we got married, we told each other that we want to be able to sit down at the table and eat as a family,” Mrs. Rigsby said. “But we don’t really get to do that.”
Representative Stephen Fincher and the rest of the “religious” right, do not give a damn about you and your knee injury and your starving child, Mr. & Mrs. Rigsby.
There are millions of such stories in America – some even more touching – but apparently not touching the cold, selfish heart of the “religious” right:
In Washington, House Republicans propose cutting $40 billion more in food stamps over the next 10 years by imposing work requirements and eliminating waivers for some able-bodied adults. The cuts would push four million to six million low-income people, including millions of “very low-income unemployed parents” who want to work but cannot find jobs, off the rolls.
Here in Tennessee, Mr. Fincher [the guy who received $3.5 million from the government] said, “We have to remember there is not a big printing press in Washington that continually prints money over and over.”
Well, actually there is. The U.S. government, being Monetarily Sovereign, cannot run short of dollars. But the rich-owned Congress, the rich-owned media and the rich-owned economists have brainwashed the public into believing otherwise.
The U.S. government could lift everyone from poverty, and it not would cost taxpayers one cent. But the rich don’t want the poor to be lifted from poverty, even at no cost. The rich want the poor to be poor, for poverty exalts the rich.
The rich wish to widen the gap between them and the poor, because it is the gap that makes them rich. If there were no gap, no one would be rich, and the wider the gap, the richer and more powerful they are.
Mr. Rigsby said his family would find a way to make do. “The way I was raised,” he said, “it’s, ‘Be thankful for what you’ve got.’ We’re not the worst case out there. But somebody else? How is this going to affect them?”
And so it is the poor who have compassion for those poorer, while the “religious” right has compassion for no one.
Conservatism has become a cold, cruel, heartless disease, infecting America with its selfish immorality, cloaked in religious and patriotic phrases. It is a disease that is destroying everything for which America once stood.
We no longer are the America that opens our arms to the tired, poor, huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of a teeming shore, the homeless and tempest-tost.
These latest, greed-infected generations have given our once-blessed nation the dark, cold heart of the “religious” right.
Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Nine Steps to Prosperity:
1. Eliminate FICA (Click here)
2. Medicare — parts A, B & D plus long term nursing care — for everyone (Click here)
3. Send every American citizen an annual check for $5,000 or give every state $5,000 per capita (Click here)
4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone. Click here
5. Salary for attending school (Click here)
6. Eliminate corporate taxes (Click here)
7. Increase the standard income tax deduction annually
8. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99% (Click here)
9. Federal ownership of all banks (Click here)
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
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