–David Brat: The religious, patriotic, anti-government, economics professor

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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,
and the motive is the gap.

David Brat is the economics professor who beat Eric Cantor, the right winger, the “too-liberal-for-the-Tea-Party” guy. You can see Brat’s website here.

Here are a few of his opinions:

Obamacare has proven to be an economically disastrous law and an unconstitutional power grab by our Federal Government. The government cannot and should not be permitted to run and regulate nearly 20% of our nation’s economy.

We must restore the relationship between doctor and patient. We must restore the relationship between price and service in medicine. I support a plan to defund the law and replace it with free-market solutions that lower costs, improve quality, and increase access to care.

TRANSLATION: Obamacare has been an economic and human windfall for those states expanding Medicaid. Not only are those states receiving billions from the federal government, but millions of their poor people are receiving health care insurance. We right-wingers don’t like that.

In my “free-market” plan (the one that makes workers subservient to corporations), only the rich would be able to afford health care, which is as it should be.

Our national debt has skyrocketed, reaching over $17 trillion dollars. What our leaders in Washington fail to mention is the $127 Trillion dollars in unfunded liabilities (see U.S. Debt Clock).

This lack of leadership on both sides of the aisle threatens our nation’s stability and long term growth and forces an undue burden on our children and grandchildren. We must balance the federal budget by reducing spending.

I will support a balanced budget amendment which will force Congress to reign in the out of control federal spending and to restore confidence in the American economy.

TRANSLATION: Although I am an economics professor, I am clueless about Monetary Sovereignty. I actually believe what the “Debt Clock” says. I don’t know that the U.S. does not and cannot have unfunded liabilities.

I don’t understand the financial difference between the U.S. government and the governments of the states, counties and cities.

I also don’t understand that national debt is not, and never will be, a burden on our children and grandchildren — or more likely I understand it and am just mouthing the BIG LIE.

I also pretend not to understand that a balanced federal budget (aka “austerity”) would be a financial disaster.

When addressing the issue of immigration, we must start by securing our border. I reject any proposal that grants amnesty and undermines the fundamental rule of law. Adding millions of workers to the labor market will force wages to fall and jobs to be lost.

I support . . . a fair process to allow law abiding individuals to work towards becoming citizens of this great nation.

TRANSLATION: “Start by securing our border” means nothing can be done until zero brown-skinned people ever enter the country. By the way, you’ll note I said “border” not “borders.” We also have borders with Canada, but those are mostly white-skinned people, so they’re fine.

I also don’t want you to realize that “granting amnesty” means changing the law, so people receiving amnesty would, in fact, follow the rule of law. But, keep it quiet.

As an economist, I still haven’t learned that immigration isn’t what forces wages to fall and jobs to be lost. What does? My right-wing austerity and all those spending cuts.

By “fair process to work toward” citizenship, I prefer something with lots of hoops to jump through — something that takes at least 50 years and forces people to start over if they make the slightest mistake.

I am a strong supporter of gun rights. The right to keep and bear arms is a fundamental right enshrined in the constitution for a reason – it provides the people with the ultimate guarantee of sovereignty.

Our founding documents make it clear that our inalienable rights come from God and that the job of the government is to ensure and protect those God given rights.

TRANSLATION: “The ultimate guarantee of sovereignty” is code for: If the government does something we don’t like, we can resist the army, navy and marines with our pistols and rifles — ala my hero, Cliven Bundy.

I am oh-so religious and oh-so patriotic. That’s why I say that God wrote the Constitution and God gave us the right to carry guns anywhere we want. Those are in the bible, aren’t they?

As an economist and educator for eighteen years, I understand the value of a good education. I will support efforts to place Virginia’s teachers, parents, and local officials, who best understand the needs of the community, in control of our education system.

TRANSLATION: Don’t change anything. Our current education system is perfect, just the way it is. We need uneducated kids to do the grunt work for us elites.

Ronald Reagan said it best: “Peace through strength.” A strong military is essential to the success of our nation. We must secure our borders, support the Armed Forces, both at home and abroad, and maintain a strong national defense in order to secure our country’s future. In addition, I support a full investigation into the Benghazi attacks.

TRANSLATION: Ronald Reagan is another one of my heroes. He opted for less deficit spending, then set a record for deficit spending.

He was against lying to Congress, except for the Iran-Contra affair.

He bankrupted much of the Savings & Loan industry with criminality and retro-active laws.

His Deaver and Nofzinger both were convicted of illegal lobbying.

His entire Department of Housing and Urban Development leadership was convicted of crimes while in office.

The same is true of his Environmental Protection Agency.

And there was the Department of Justice scandal.

But hey, let’s be outraged about Benghazi. That is the most important issue facing America.

I don’t like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, any aid to the poor, aids to education, relief of student loans or any other spending that benefits the middle- and lower-income groups.

But I love the military. Those weapons manufacturers really pay us politicians well.

I support a broad-spectrum energy approach that relies on the free market. The private sector must be set free to invest in natural gas, wind, solar, oil, nuclear, and other forms of energy as we move forward.

Ending our reliance on foreign oil and moving toward energy independence is vital to the future welfare of America.

TRANSLATION: Drill baby, drill. Who cares about the ecology or global warming or the world in which our children and grandchildren will live. Let’s take the money and run.

The federal government has grown far too large. I fully support the Constitution and enforcing the 10th Amendment and getting the government out of the way of economic growth. I will work to bring power back to the Commonwealth of Virginia.

TRANSLATION: Please don’t tell anyone that Virginia receives $1.51 from the federal government for every federal tax dollar it pays. (See: http://visualeconomics.creditloan.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2009/11/tax.jpg)

Virginia is self-sufficient, but if those federal payments stopped, we’d be broke within this year.

Human life is sacred, as proclaimed by our founding documents, and I will always support laws that protect life. Our fundamental rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness precede the existence of government and come from God, the Author of Nature.

These core constitutional rights have been usurped by the Judicial and Executive Branches and must be returned to the people and their representatives.

TRANSLATION: See, I told you I’m the most religious and patriotic guy in the room. That’s why I hate the government.

In fact, I so much want to get the government out of our lives that I want to pass a law outlawing a woman’s right to control her own body. And of course, there should be a federal law against gay marriage. But really, the government is too big and intrusive into our private lives.

That’s not hypocritical, is it?

But don’t worry: I’m a university professor and I teach your children.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty

Ten Steps to Prosperity:
1. Eliminate FICA (Click here)
2. Federally funded Medicare — parts A, B & D plus long term nursing care — for everyone (Click here)
3. Provide an Economic Bonus to every man, woman and child in America, and/or every state a per capita Economic Bonus. (Click here) Or institute a reverse income tax.
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. Tax the very rich (.1%) more, with much higher, progressive tax rates on all forms of income. (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

Monetary Sovereignty Monetary Sovereignty

Vertical gray bars mark recessions.

As the federal deficit growth lines drop, we approach recession, which will be cured only when the lines rise. Federal deficit growth is absolutely, positively necessary for economic growth. Period.


11 thoughts on “–David Brat: The religious, patriotic, anti-government, economics professor

  1. Economist who defeated Eric Cantor fumbles minimum wage question

    Brat, just asked by @chucktodd whether there should be a minimum wage, says “I don’t have a well-formed response.” The man is an economist.
    — @CitizenCohn

    Where does David Brat, the man who defeated Eric Cantor, stand on the issues?

    The media has repeatedly brought up David Brat’s position on one issue: immigration, which he’s really, really against. But who is this guy and where does he stand on other issues? After all, he’s out of step with voters in the district on immigration.

    He appears to endorse slashing Medicare and Social Security payouts to seniors by two-thirds. He wants to dissolve the IRS. And he has called for drastic cuts to education funding, explaining, “My hero Socrates trained in Plato on a rock. How much did that cost? So the greatest minds in history became the greatest minds in history without spending a lot of money.”

    This is a man whose view on climate change is that it’s not a problem … for the United States. He’s said “Of course we care for the environment, but we’re not mad people. Over time, rich countries solve their problems.” America will take care of itself, screw everyone else. (Never mind that America may have serious problems taking care of itself on this one.)

    Brat is an economist with a Master of Divinity degree who has argued that “the Protestant religious establishment” is a key factor in economic growth.

    Who says the Tea Party is for the Rich, White, Anglo-Saxon Protestants?


  2. Brat, what a guy! He could run on a presidential ticket with Batshyt Bachmann or Surgin’ Santo – right now! The arrogance of ignorance, in action. BTW did anyone note that the “Don’t Tread on Me” wackos that offed the two police officers in Las Vegas had gone out to help Cloven Bundy earlier this year? Only in Amerika…


  3. [1] Dave Brat is a classic example of an economics professor who is directly paid to support the Big Lie.


    The BB&T Corporation is one of the largest financial services holding companies in the USA, with $184.7 billion in assets, and market capitalization of $28.9 billion.

    BB&T is based in Winston-Salem, NC (Dave Brat’s state) and operates 1,824 financial centers in 12 states.

    BB&T gave Dave Brat a $500k grant to create a program that would indoctrinate students at Randolph-Macon College in the ideology of Ayn Rand (a total psychopath who Dave Brat adores).

    BB&T also paid Dave Brat to write a paper titled “An Analysis of the Moral Foundations in Ayn Rand.” (This paper has suddenly vanished from the Internet, lest someone tell Bible-thumping Tea party types that Ayn Rand was a staunch atheist who despised Christianity, and who lionized serial killer William Edward Hickman for having abducted and dismembered little girls. For Ayn Rand, Hickman’s absolute self-indulgence was proof that Hickman was a “genuinely free man.”)

    Further, the BB&T Corporation directly pays Dave Brat to teach classes and write papers which show that usury and debt servitude are in keeping with “Christian values.” These classes are part of a BB&T-funded program titled, “The Moral Foundations of Capitalism.” (“Godliness” means hate-filled greed, and there is nothing so divine as getting rich at the expense of others.)

    BB&T also pays Dave Brat to champion the complete privatization of higher education. This is BB&T’s pet project, since the student loan scam is fantastically lucrative.

    Actually there are many Dave Brats on the BB&T payroll. BB&T has sponsored 68 programs in 12 states to spread Ayn Rand’s excrement. The size of the money pile depends on how vigorously universities agree to promote right-wing Randian garbage, ranging from $500,000 to $2 million.

    (Why Ayn Rand? Because her filth appeals to confused, naïve and angry youth – i.e. that segment of the population that hasn’t the slightest clue about anything, but thinks it is smarter than everyone else. With heads full of Ayn Rand, ignorant youngsters obediently submit to a lifetime of debt servitude via student loans. Also, in “The Fountainhead” Ayn Rand glorifies rape. In fact, she romanticizes violent sex throughout her novels. This kind of porn appeals to many young males.)

    BUT REMEMBER, according to the MMT fools, there is “no proof” that pundits, professors, and politicians are paid to spread the Big Lie.

    [2] Regarding Reagan’s expansion of the federal deficit, Reagan mainly spent on corporate subsidies, and other things that widened the gap between the rich and the rest. There was the multi-zillion-dollar “star wars” system that never worked. Or the B-2 bomber that cost $2.2 billion per plane. Or the MX ICBM missile that entered service under Reagan and was later retired.

    Once again, Republicans only want cuts in social programs that help average people. Republicans want more spending (much, much more) on anything that widens the gap between the rich and the rest.

    Republicans don’t want a smaller government. They want more government help for the rich, which means (among other things) a gigantic and ever-expanding police state. The bigger the better.

    Republicans don’t want deregulation. They want decriminalization for banksters and Wall Street criminals, and more regulation for the masses, e.g. debtor’s prisons, voter ID laws, etc. (Borrowers who can’t pay their debts can already be sent to jail in more than one-third of states.)

    By the way, I’m not defending Democrats. In the last presidential election, I voted for Jill Stein. In the election before that, I voted for Cynthia McKinney. Both were on the ballot nationwide,

    However “progressives” shunned them and voted for Obama, so they could later whine about Obama’s evil.

    [3] Blogger Paul Craig Roberts thinks that Dave Brat’s victory was the result of a protest vote by disgruntled Tea Party types. Now that Dave Brat won, Roberts thinks that Brat is a marked man who will soon be embroiled in some sort of scandal that will ruin him.


    Eric Cantor was House Majority Leader. Other Republicans had spent years accommodating Cantor, in return for special favors that the Majority Leader can confer, and they are not happy that their investments in Cantor have been wiped out.

    Eric Cantor was a crucial figure in the Israel Lobby, which will not take this defeat lying down.

    Dave Brat accused Cantor of representing “large corporations seeking insider deals, crony bailouts and a constant supply of low-wage workers.” This ensures that the transnational corporations and military/security complex will join the Israel Lobby and disgruntled Republicans in gunning for Brat.


    “Brat had better not think that those sexy women who are suddenly interested in him are attracted by his new status as a congressman. Those attractive women are a well-paid mission to cause a scandal. Brat can also expect to be attacked by “journalists” with every sort of accusation and scandalous report. He risks a well paid former female student coming forward to complain that years ago, while counseling her on her grades, Brat leaned forward and put his hand on her thigh.”


  4. By the way, now that Eric Cantor is out, who will be the next House Majority Leader?

    The top person (Speaker of the House) bribes his way to the throne by being the person who donates the most money to his respective party.

    The number two person (House Majority Leader) attains his or her position by secret ballot among the majority party (currently Republicans).

    Now that Cantor is out, the next ballot will be on June 19th. It is secret because politicians don’t want to reveal allegiances that could hurt them after balloting.

    Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) said his support would go to the candidate who will “most aggressively rein in federal spending.” That is, whoever will most reduce spending for regular people, and increase spending for the rich.

    For garden variety Tea Party morons, “less spending” means less spending for non-white people, and more spending for Tea Party types, and whatever else they approve of.

    >>Speaking of “reduced spending,” I shall segue into a nasty tangent…

    Those who have attended college may recall having seen the “young Republican” types. I don’t mean children of the rich, who naturally despise you and want to see you suffer. No, I mean children of the poor who dream of getting ahead by condemning you and your neighbors to the guillotine. Most college students dress casually while attending class, but the “young Republicans” often wear neckties, and even business suits in a desperate bid to conceal their dirt-poor background. They smile and shake people’s hands, trying to look cheerful and confident, as though they are already right-wing politicians on the payroll of the rich.

    When they praise “deficit reduction” and “smaller government,” they mean less spending for social programs, and more for the rich. They are well aware of this. They are liars, and they know it. They revel in it. It is disgustingly obvious.

    For me they are worse than the rich. They are traitors to their class. They are nauseating little toads.

    This is why, during left-wing revolutions, the enemy (rich people) are simply stripped of whatever they have stolen, and are consigned to toil like everyone else. By contrast, the traitors, like the “young Republican” types, are publicly executed for having thrown their brothers and sisters to the wolves.

    During the French Revolution, these traitor-types (i.e. politicians and bureaucrats) outnumbered aristocrats among the people sent to the guillotine.


  5. More on the bribery of David Brat:

    David Brat’s controversial, Randian-funded economics program
    Updated by Danielle Kurtzleben on June 10, 2014

    Aside from chairing the economics department, he is director of the BB&T Moral Foundations of Capitalism program, underwritten by the bank BB&T’s charitable foundation.

    The man behind the program (is) former BB&T chairman and CEO John Allison. He is the president and CEO of the Cato Institute and also sat on the board of directors of the Ayn Rand Institute.

    Cato is funded by the Koch brothers, who have a history of bribing professors to teach the Koch philosophy. Look at the list and see if you recognize any names.

    Aren’t you glad you pay universities exorbitant tuitions to teach your children Koch propaganda?.

    According to Allison, under the program universities received $50,000 to $200,000 per year over the course of 10 years of teaching the courses.

    The American Association of University Professors has criticized this sort of arrangement of payment in exchange for teaching a particular curriculum.

    So before he became a Tea Party politician, Brat was a bought-and-paid-for professor. Imagine the bribes he’ll take as a Representative !


    1. Rodger, one of those articles you cited says that Dave Brat “is influenced by Ayn Rand’s writings and philosophy” and “appreciates Rand’s case for human freedom and free markets.”

      Ayn Rand was a textbook sociopath. “John Galt,” the fictional hero of Rand’s novel “The Fountainhead,” was based on William Edward Hickman, who in 1927 kidnapped 12-year-old Marion Parker, murdered her, dismembered her, threw her body parts out his car window (scattering them around Los Angeles), and then collected a ransom from young Marion’s father.

      Ayn Rand adored Hickman for this ghastly crime, writing in her notebooks that Hickman was a “genuinely beautiful soul.”

      “Other people do not exist for him,” she gushed, “and he does not see why they should.”

      Rand praised Hickman for having “no regard whatsoever for all that society holds sacred, and with a consciousness all his own. He has the true, innate psychology of a Superman. He can never realize and feel other people.”

      Hickman was a “Superman” because he had no sympathy whatsoever for other people.

      This echoes Rand’s later description of Howard Roark, the hero of her novel “The Fountainhead”: “He was born without the ability to consider others.”

      The Fountainhead is Paul Ryan’s and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’s favorite book. They even make their clerks learn it.

      William Edward Hickman was eventually caught and hanged. Ayn Rand angrily denounced the hanging as, “The mob’s murderous desire to revenge its hurt vanity against the man who dared to be alone.”

      Rand’s personality can be summed up by the title of one of her best-known books: “The Virtue of Selfishness.” She says that selfishness is a moral good, and altruism is a moral evil. She calls altruism “moral cannibalism.” To her, those who aren’t like-minded sociopaths are “parasites” and “lice” and “looters” (cf. “takers”).

      THE POINT is that Ayn Rand viewed everyone around her as insects to be used and discarded. Everyone who reveres Ayn Rand shares this same view to some extent. Paul Ryan, Dave Brat. Alan Greenspan, the list is very long. In response to a 1957 New York Times book review that had a negative opinion of Rand’s novel “Atlas Shrugged,” Alan Greenspan, defending his mentor, published a letter to the editor that ends:

      “Parasites who avoid either purpose or reason perish, as they should.”

      When Ayn Rand developed lung cancer from chain smoking, she relied on the same Social Security and Medicare that she had always condemned and despised. Such extreme hypocrisy is common to all her cult groupies. They are all dedicated to making the earth a living hell.
      And now, with the increasing push to make all universities 100% private (i.e. supported by tuition and by donations from the rich) this sickness is being given new life. Students are taught the Big Lie while they are plunged into lifelong debt servitude via student loans.


    1. I’ll give you crazy. Austerity mania has caused homelessness to explode worldwide. During the last three years, “rough sleeping” has increased by 36% across England, and 75% in London.

      Therefore cities around the world are now installing spikes on the ground in places where homeless people might sleep. New spikes appear wherever there is a new “spike” in austerity. On sidewalks, under bridges, everywhere.

      Here’s an example…


      Tesco (the British equivalent to Wal Mart) is likewise installing spikes outside their stores.

      >>>THE CRAZY PART is that 700,000 homes in Britain are vacant. They are bank-owned (i.e. foreclosed on).

      Here’s a picture of anti-homeless spikes in Montreal…


      In China…


      An anti-homeless measure in New York City…

      An anti-homeless measure in Paris…

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      The web site below has pictures of anti-homeless measures around the world…


      (Those spikes should be put on the seats in parliament, and on chairs in Chase headquarters, and in ultra-expensive restaurants, and so on. The list is long, but it only needs to include about 1% of all the chairs and benches worldwide.)

      In addition to spikes and other physical measures, all kinds of new laws are being passed against sleeping or sitting on public sidewalks, under bridges, and so on. In many US cities it is illegal to sleep in your own car.

      First we use austerity and Shish-o-nomics to throw people out of their homes. Then we use spikes, barriers, and new laws to prevent them from sleeping in public places.

      Meanwhile countless millions of houses stand vacant around the world. THAT is crazy.

      Crazier still is the fact that the cause of all this (i.e. austerity) is defended by everyone, including the homeless victims. All of them champion the Big Lie.


  6. Rodger sometimes makes comments under the heading, “This week in crazy.”

    Another heading we should use is, “You can’t make this stuff up.”

    For example…

    Last month, Vermont became the first state to pass laws requiring GMO on food products. The law does not go into effect until 2016.

    In retaliation, Vermont is being sued by the Grocery Manufacturers Association, plus the Snack Food Association, the International Dairy Foods Association, and the National Association of Manufacturers. They are suing on the grounds that if they must let people know what is in their food, then it is a violation of the corporations’ “free speech.”

    The corporations also whine that they shouldn’t have to include GMO labeling, since 80% of food products have GMO items in their contents. (That’s like claiming they shouldn’t have to list salt or sugar, since most foods include salt or sugar.)

    The corporations fear that the value of their stock might fall if people know what is in their food. (This has not happened in any of the 64 countries that now require GMO labeling. By the way, corporate-sponsored groups like the American Medical Association, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science also oppose GMO labeling.)

    The defendants in the lawsuit are the governor, attorney general, health commissioner, and finance commissioner of Vermont.

    The corporations filed their lawsuit in federal court yesterday, which means they only have to bribe and threaten a single judge. Apparently they are sure of themselves, since they filed their lawsuit in the federal district court for Vermont. (There are 94 federal court districts in the USA.) But if something goes awry, the corporations will simply appeal to the Supreme Court, which is always eager to grant special “free speech” rights to big corporations.

    Indeed, after the Vermont law is struck down, we can expect to see the corporations overturn all food labeling laws and regulations. That includes the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act, which requires that food manufacturers list their names and places of business, plus the net quantity of contents.

    It’s all a matter of “free speech.”

    Things like this happen because no one believes such things could actually happen.


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