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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.
As readers of this blog know, the GAP represents the differences among the various income/wealth/power levels.
Members of every level aspire to narrow the GAPs above them and to widen the GAPs below them. One of many examples: Members of the middle class voting for politicians who promise to cut Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment and poverty aid benefits — though that means cutting benefits to themselves.
The wealthiest, most powerful groups work hard to convince all the groups below them that both wealth and poverty are well-deserved.
It is like starving your children to buy a gown for the socialite ball –which brings us to the following article:
The new debtors prisons: Pennsylvania mother dies while jailed for truancy fines
by Laura ClawsonFollow
Eileen DiNino, 55, of Reading, was found dead in a jail cell Saturday, halfway through a 48-hour sentence that would have erased about $2,000 in fines and court costs. The debt had accrued since 1999, and involved several of her seven children, most recently her boys at a vocational high school.
“More than 1,600 people have been jailed in Berks County alone—two-thirds of them women—over truancy fines since 2000, the Reading Eagle reported Wednesday.”
Increasing court fees get added to fines—DiNino owed money for things like postage and a “judicial computer project”—often creating a cycle of debt owed to the state that it’s almost impossible for low-income people to escape, no matter how hard they work to avoid incurring further debt.
I would speculate that of those 1,600 mostly impoverished women sent to debtors prison, a total of 0% actually wanted their kids not to attend school.
I further speculate that 100% of these people had lost control over their children.
The difference is when wealthy people lose control over their children, and the children become truants, in the extraordinarily rare circumstance that a fine is levied, the wealthy person doesn’t go to jail.
As everyone knows, sending a poor person to jail is a wonderful way to help them improve their position in life. The time in jail either will get them fired from their current jobs, or be a nice addition to their resumes, fostering further dependency on society:
Parents serve jail time with children for truancy
By Natasha Chen
A mother and daughter were booked into Bell County Jail on Tuesday, one of many cases of parents serving time with their children for contempt of court after truancy.
The Temple Independent School District attendance policy reads that if a child under 18 is “absent from school on 10 or more days or partial days within a six-month period in the same school year, or on three or more days or parts of days within a four-week period,” the parent will be prosecuted for contributing to truancy and the child for failure to attend school.
So, not only are poor parents sent to debtors prison, but kids are too, because it is common knowledge that being in jail is a great idea for children. They learn so many useful things, there.
Earlier this year, the NAACP sued a Pennsylvania school district for levying what it claimed were illegal fines of thousands of dollars on truant students and their parents. Lenora Hummel was fined $8,000 after her son and daughter stopped going to school because they said they were bullied and harassed by other students.
When a child is frightened because he or she is being bullied, the appropriate cure is to send the child to jail and fine the parents. Everyone knows that.
By the way, there is a reason why debtors’ prison has been outlawed in all civilized nations (It persist in the United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, Greece, and the United States): Forcing someone into prison for being unable to pay a debt is like forcing an asthmatic into a coal mine for coughing.
My final speculation is that much of America believes not only that poor people deserve to be poor, but that they should be punished for having the same problems as rich people, without the money to pay for them.
These are known as religious right-wingers, though many religious right-wingers are poor themselves (but, of course, they despise other poor people).
Thus, they may vote against increased Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and unemployment benefits, even when they themselves have received such benefits, while voting to cut taxes on the rich, whom they desperately wish to emulate.
These deniers of their reality have been indoctrinated in the belief the rich are superior human beings (“makers”) and the poor are inferior, even subhuman (“takers”), who either should be jailed or shot (by a military style gun).
So, if you are a mother, whose husband has run away, and who is working two, low-pay jobs to support your resentful, out-of-control children, you:
1. Shouldn’t have had those children in the first place, and
2. You deserve to be in jail
A California mom was sentenced to 180 days in jail after she pleaded guilty to allowing her kids to miss more than 10 percent of school last year.
Melissa Mooney, a parent at the school said. “Who’s going to watch her kids? I think 180 days is extreme.”
Ah, that’s what you get from weak-spined “libs.”
Fortunately, not everyone thinks that way:
Adriana Castaneda, another parent at the school, said the mother got off with a light sentence. “I would have given her a year,” she said. “Honestly, I think that punishment is not enough.”
See, it’s like this. If a kid grabs a gun, goes to the local school and blows a few heads off, it’s unlikely the kid’s mother will go to jail. After all, guns protect us. But if that same kid is a truant and the parent is poor . . . watch out!
[All of the above is what is known in America today as right-wing “compassion,” “justice” and “religion.”]
Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
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
THE RECESSION CLOCK
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.