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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 the post, “Our ‘Godfather’ system of government in action,” we described how the Republicans have decided Congress and the President no longer should be necessary for creating America’s laws.
Instead, the Tea Party / Republican system now is:
1. Think of a new law or the elimination of an existing law
2. Threaten to shut down the government unless the new law is passed or the existing law is voided.
No need for Congressional debate. No need for a President. So long as a group, no matter how small or extreme, has the power to shut down the United States government, the nation will be held hostage to their extortion.
Here are just a few of the Tea Party / Republican demands:
1. End child tax credit for undocumented immigrants
2. Reduce funding for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
3. One year delay in the Affordable Care Act (obviously, to be followed by a series of one-year delays)
4. Broaden the tax base (i.e., make the poor pay more).
5. Keystone pipeline, more offshore oil drilling, energy production on federal lands
6. Eliminate the part of ACA that funds preventive care.
7. Limit malpractice lawsuits
8. Reduced coal ash regulations
9. Reduced Environmental Protection Agency carbon regulations
10. Repeal the Social Services Block Grant, which pays states for daycare and services for people with disabilities
11. Overturn the Federal Communications Commission’s regulations that prevent internet service providers from discriminating for big, wealthy websites and against average users.
12. Reduce payments to hospitals that treat a disproportionate number of indigent patients
And many, many more, nearly all of which benefit the rich vs. the rest.
In short, the Tea Party branch of the Republican Party, which is supported by the rich, has such political power (i .e. financial power), it can demand that Congress and the President do exactly what it wants.
Or else it will destroy the American economy.
None of this is about the issues. None of this is about “Obamacare.”
If it were about issues, each of these issues could be discussed in Congress, voted on and if passed, sent to the President for his signature.
No, this is about raw power – the power to widen the gap between the very rich and the rest of the nation.
The Tea Party, supported by such billionaires as the Koch brothers and Pete Peterson, and other right-wing extremists, is composed of mean-spirited people, who while doing the bidding of the ultra-rich, try to portray themselves as religious patriots.
As I have said previously, they are neither religious nor patriots. Not religious, because they have no regard for the powerless – the poor, the immigrants, the minorities — and in fact, are paid to stomp on these people who have few defenses.
Traitorous, because they are willing to destroy their own country, just to get their way.
If the President were to cave to the Republicans’ demands, America would be a nation without laws. Any group that could muster enough votes to prevent a government funding bill, would be able to change every law in America.
This, of course, is what the uber-rich want. Because our nation was founded on the principle of equality, most of our laws are designed to protect the middle-class and the poor from the rich.
It is the rich who benefit, and the poor who suffer, when lawlessness is fostered.
The Republicans have opened a Pandora’s box that transcends Obamacare. It is about ending all legal protections for any who are not part of the upper .1%.
Think about the Republican demands and you will see: This is about raw, unbridled, unregulated power for the rich.
The average American will suffer. I wonder how many will vote Republican.
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
THE RECESSION CLOCK
As the federal deficit growth lines drop, we approach recession, which will be cured only when the lines rise.