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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.
What do “Divide & Rule,” “Fairness” and “Food Stamps” have in common?
The most common variation is to win by having your opponents fight each other.
Traiano Boccalini cites “divide et impera” as a common principle in politics. The use of this technique is meant to empower the sovereign to control subjects, populations, or factions of different interests, who collectively might be able to oppose his rule.
Machiavelli identifies a similar application to military strategy, that a Captain should divide the forces of the enemy, either by making him suspicious of his men in whom he trusted, or by giving him cause that he has to separate his forces, and, because of this, become weaker.
Divide and Rule is the strategy the rich use to maintain control over us.
UCLA psychologist(s) explore(d) fairness and self-interest in the laboratory. In (one) test, Person A has $23, which they can divide in any way they want with Person B. All Person B can do is accept or reject it; there is no negotiation. If Person B rejects the offer, neither of them gets any money.
Whatever Person A offers to Person B is an unearned windfall, even if it’s a miserly $5 out of $23, so a strict utilitarian would take the money and run. But that’s not exactly what happens in the laboratory.
If Person B felt the offer was unfair, he might reject it, even though that meant he would get nothing. Rejecting money is completely illogical and self-harmful. But this is exactly what people do, when faced with what they believe to be unfairness.
And this human failing is what the rich use against us.
Brotman: SNAP Challenge is no snap
Barbara Brotman, Chicago Tribune, December 2, 2013
I was embarking on “the SNAP Challenge”. I was going to spend the week eating only what I could afford on the average benefit an individual gets on food stamps, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
The national average for an individual is $31.50 a week — $1.50 a meal. Illinois recipients got an average of $34 a week before an increase in food stamps benefits to help people during the recession expired. The average probably now will be closer to $31.25.
And Congress is poised to shrink the program further. The House has proposed $40 billion in cuts; the Senate, $4.5 billion.
So what would the challenge be like?
Unpleasant, said Kate Maehr, executive director of the Greater Chicago Food Depository, who has taken it several times.
“I just feel crappy,” she said. “Part of it is physical; I’m having more carbohydrates than I typically do, and I feel sluggish. But some of it is mental. Thinking about food so often when you are physically feeling hungry is a terrible predicament to be in.”
Stephanie Sklar, director of domestic affairs for the Jewish Community Relations Council said $31.50 is just not enough. “It’s impossible to do it in a healthy way.”
I began my education at Aldi’s, where I figured my allowance would stretch furthest. Milk, cereal, chicken thighs, cheese, sliced turkey, one grapefruit, lettuce, grapes — I was up to $18.91, and the lettuce was my only vegetable. I put back the grapefruit.
I got generic tuna, generic chocolate cookies and the store’s cheapest sandwich bread. My only other vegetable, a bag of three peppers, cost as much as the chicken.
Read the entire article and consider what a starvation diet does to people. Think of what it does to children — to their minds and bodies.
Now, getting back to the title of this post: What do “Divide & Rule,” “Fairness” and “Food Stamps” have in common?
The upper .1% income group wants the gap between the rich and the rest to widen. Without the gap, no one would be rich, and the wider the gap, the richer are the rich.
The easiest way to widen the gap is to impoverish the middle classes and the poor. In essence, a “99%er” wanting to increase his income is an enemy of the .1%.
So to widen the gap, and defeat the 99%, the rich use a Divide & Rule (aka “Divide & Conquer”) strategy. They convince us, the 99%, that it is unfair for some people to receive free help from the government while others don’t.
If we personally don’t receive food stamps, or unemployment compensation, or Medicaid or any other federal benefit, we are told to resent those who do.
The 1% (i.e. the media, politicians and university economists — all owned by the 1%) give us “good reasons” for this resentment.
The strategy is to convince us that not only are the poor receiving unfair benefits, but they are unworthy of any benefit. We are told these people are “lazy takers,” who would rather subsist on charity than work.
We are brainwashed to accept the rich as the “makers,” who create the jobs, and so deserve all the benefits they receive in the form of tax breaks and exorbitant salaries. It’s a lie.
(Companies of all sizes create jobs, but very few of the rich themselves ever created a single job. CEOs, Directors, Shareholders, Bankers, Wall Street Traders — those are the upper .1% — and almost none of them ever created a job. They are the real takers.)
We are made to accept that the Waltons deserve to luxuriate in their billions, while Walmart workers barely deserve their starvation minimum wage, which should be reduced further. It’s a lie.
(The Waltons do everything possible to extract dollars from the working poor and from America. They buy from overseas, taking jobs from American companies; they underpay their workers; they put smaller American businesses — the real job creators — into bankruptcy).
We are told the government “can’t afford” such benefits, and these programs are “socialist” and “unsustainable” and “inflationary.” We are told our children and grandchildren will pay for these benefits. It’s a lie.
(The government never can run short of dollars. Our children and grandchildren do not pay for federal spending in this Monetarily Sovereign nation. And socialism is not government spending; it is government ownership. And there is no historical relationship between federal deficit spending and inflation.)
With these lies, the very rich retain power over us. They divide us to rule us. They give us reasons to hate others in our 99%.
The rich use false “fairness” to make us reject what actually would be good for us (more unemployment compensation, more support for the poor, better Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security benefits), by convincing us these not only are unaffordable, but undeserved.
And we fall for it. Every time we sneer at “food stamp mothers” — every time we criticize the unemployed and those receiving unemployment compensation and those on Medicaid — every time we do the dirty work of the rich, we fall for it and we hurt our own futures.
How much longer will we remain their dupes? How much longer will we cannibalize our own children and grandchildren?
How much longer?
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.