–The GAP takes another life. Who cares? She was poor.

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Mitchell’s laws:
●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
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)


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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.
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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.


14 thoughts on “–The GAP takes another life. Who cares? She was poor.

  1. [1] An emerging market for debtor’s prisons is student loan defaulters, including parents who co-sign on loans. Borrowers are collectively a trillion dollars in debt from student loans. That’s why student loan debt cannot be discharged in bankruptcy. The market is too juicy for the collectors.

    >>I myself am now facing prison. <<

    In the early 1980s I took out a student loan for $8,000, but I defaulted. Today I got a letter from some company demanding $36,000 from me, or they will obtain a judgment against me and alert the local police to arrest me. (My state has debtor’s prisons.) The company claims that the added $28,000 consists of interest and penalties. How they dreamed up that figure is unknown. I have no money or assets (I don’t even have a car) and I am currently unemployed, so I am looking at possible prison.

    I don’t even know who this company is. Even if I had the $36,000 and sent it to them, that money might just disappear, and I would still have the debt.

    Obviously the people jailed for debts are the least able to pay. In some cases people remain in jail until they come up with the cash. If they cannot come up with the cash while in jail, they stay there indefinitely. They stay for life. I don’t know if my state allows that.

    Or get this: if you make payments for years, but then you fall on hard times and cannot pay, the interest and penalties start mushrooming. Although you have paid for years, your debt suddenly doubles, and then doubles again. Therefore you never get out of the trap. Indeed, they can make you pay for life by claiming that you have only paid on the (ever-expanding) interest, not the principle.

    In 2010, House Democrats advanced a bill that would allow bankruptcy courts to discharge education loans obtained from private lenders, such as banks.

    Republicans unanimously voted it down.

    What a great business for debt collectors! They make up any figure they want, and they use law enforcement organizations as their thugs. It’s better than any mobster has. They can seize tax refunds, seize your bank account, garnish your disposable income, and seize your Social Security or disability payments. Many states can also cancel your professional licenses, such as those for teachers, lawyers, and healthcare workers, making it impossible for you to pay the debt.

    If you think I am exaggerating, then you have not looked into this.

    Collection firms, often run by attorneys, buy up unpaid debt from companies like cell-phone providers and credit card issuers, for a few cents on the dollar. A firm typically tries to collect at least twice what it paid for the debt to cover costs. Anything beyond that is profit.

    In my case, the $8,000 student loan debt was probably purchased from the US Department of Education for $25 or less, and now the private firm is demanding $36,000.

    Sweet, huh? The rich impoverish the masses, and drive up unemployment, and then people go to jail when they can’t pay. It's just one more blow for people who are already struggling.

    Students with a debt of $100,000 or more face payments well over $1,000 per month. That is tough to pay when you are unemployed and in jail.

    Anyway, if I suddenly disappear from this forum, you’ll know why. This society has become so sick that I sometimes contemplate suicide. If it looks like I will have to spend the rest of my life in prison, then I may kill myself, since I have no money to flee the country. No, I am not joking.

    [2] The 15 states with the highest prison population all allow creditors to send debtors to prison. I’ll bet that statistically speaking, brown people are sent to debtor’s prisons more often than white people.

    [3] If I lend Rodger money and he refuses to pay me back, then I must sue him in civil court. If a corporation lends Rodger money and he refuses to pay it back, then they can send Rodger to jail. Reason: corporations have money to buy judges and politicians and, by extension, police forces.

    This is what people get when they vote for Republicans and austerity, and they defend the Big Lie while spouting idiocy.


  2. Sleep on spikes
    Sharp metal spikes have now been installed outside a block of luxury flats in a sadistic attempt to deter homeless people from sleeping there.

    monetary sovereignty

    Everyone despises the homeless. They deserve their misery. They are a bunch of good-for-nothing criminal freeloaders. The rich on the other hand are . . . well, actually . . . it is they who are a bunch of good-for-nothing criminal freeloaders, who bribe politicians to put up spikes for the homeless to sleep on.

    “(These) are real people struggling with a lack of housing, cuts to benefits (thank you religious right) and cuts to homelessness services to help them rebuild their lives.

    “They might have suffered a relationship breakdown, a bereavement or domestic abuse. They deserve better than to be moved on to the next doorway along the street. We will never tackle rough sleeping with studs in the pavement. Instead we must deal with the causes.”

    A man, who only gave his name as Peter, a lawyer, asked: “Would you want homeless people outside your door?” (A classic religious right. Ain’t religion wonderful?)

    A spokesman for the company, Tesco, said: “The studs were put in place to try and stop people engaging in anti-social behaviour like smoking or drinking outside our store, which can be intimidating for our customers.”

    But this hardly seems to be the case, as the spikes have been placed throughout areas where sleeping homeless individuals have been a regular site, and a nuisance for the wealthy who wish they would just go away.

    And that, dear friends, is the right wing solution to poverty: Spikes.


    1. ‘..studs were put in place to try and stop people engaging in anti-social behaviour like smoking or drinking outside our store…??????????????

      What do studs “in the ground” have to do with people smoking and drinking “outside the door.” Some people aren’t even good liars. Let’s see, how this might work.

      ” Hey honey, those people hanging around the store, can’t we find a way to get rid of them. How about a $2 no loitering sign and German Shepard?”
      ” NAH, lets get a $100,000 together for a cement contractor to make the area under the bridge look a WW2 Nazi defense zone.”

      ” Yea, that’ll do it! The loiterers will see it, get self-conscious, feel guilty, and think about how much they’re bothering everyone. Perfect!”

      As for the homeless, gee whiz, it didn’t work. They found some 4 x 8 plywood sheets to lay on. How about plan B? A midnight drive by with the county’s mosquito gas fumigation truck. We can just claim we didn’t see them due to darkness.



    Must have been a bunch of bleeding-heart libs. Certainly not religious, patriotic, compassionate right wingers.


    The French novelist Anatole France noted this phenomenon as long ago as 1894, famously observing that “the law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges”.

    Who could argue with equality?

    Cities across the country increasingly outlaw life-sustaining activities—such as sleeping, eating, sitting, and begging—in public spaces — against homeless populations.

    Violators of such laws typically incur criminal penalties, which result in fines or incarceration or both. Homeless people with new “criminal charges” have very restrictive housing and employment options, for years.

    Being homeless is a crime, and criminals are restricted from housing and employment. Gotcha! That goes for poor mothers, too.


  4. Quatloosx, hang in there buddy. We need minds like yours and you shouldn’t give up hope simply because humanity is filled with cruel idiots. It always has been.

    You are a valuable insightful human being regardless of what this austerity crazed dung heap of a civilization is doing so don’t let it get to you.

    Plato has homeless and so was Bruno and many other great people that where too smart for the society they lived. Remember, it not you who is worthless but the the tragic society that doesn’t ever recognize the beautiful soul. A pearl in a pig sty is no less of a pearl.

    We can survive this and for needing money I believe we all understand and I also get depressed as well. I may sound stupid but I honestly think that someone here should take up Roger’s idea for Drone Garages as a business start-up.


  5. Rodger,

    This post is spinning the truth. Those you call poor right wingers are actually right – and you are actually wrong. I would fall under that category – I’m sure you would call me a religious right wing nut. I care not.

    The rich people are not the makers as you say. The rich people are the OWNERS OF CAPITAL. And whether you like it or not – they would not invest that capital unless they are able to make a profit on it. For those calling the rich greedy – raise your hand and tell me whom among you is willing to lose money on anything – forever. I bet not one. So the argument that the rich are greedy because they only care about profit is stupid.

    Second, the people – the average person out there, are the MAKERS. The makers cannot make unless, the owners of capital are willing to invest. There is no way around that – the average person doesn’t have the resources to do it. The MAKERS are the most critical in any society – for they support the rest – including the rich.

    Third, the poor – are those that do not have the ability to work and do not have much in terms of resources. These are the folks that even when jobs are available, they cannot do them because they have a disability of some sort. These folks rely on the MAKERS to keep producing so that they can consume.

    Here is what those right wings are saying Rodger – please listen to them for one minute. They are saying – give the MAKERS incentive to produce more – as supply and demand dictates that the more supplies there are relative to people, the lower the prices will be for those people – ALL of them. By forcing the MAKERS to give up their gains via social programs, you are not giving them incentive to stay employed – you are giving them incentive to get off the payroll. Are you surprised that the unemployment rate has remained so high for such a long time Rodger? I’m not…

    Irrespective of what you think about monetary policy (the economy needs more money), the MAKERS must create – before you could use the currency to buy it – otherwise your currency is a useless piece of paper. Believe what you may – but you are in the wrong side of history on this.

    I think the drugs from the 60s and 70s may thrown America into a long socialism dream with unicorns crapping colored candy out of its behind. I gotta give it to you, it did help with creativity. But those hallucinogens were something else, 40 years later and the brains are still useless.


    1. As always, you confuse Socialism with Liberalism, and no amount of explanation seems to work. And as usual, you have negative comments about “Socialists,” though in the real world, there are precious few of those, and they have little power.

      Spending government money is not socialism, and it may not even be liberalism in most cases.. But hey, why ruin the right wing’s favorite epithet of ignorance?

      Then, you correctly say, “The rich people are not the makers,” but go on to make arguments in favor of rich people — as makers.

      There are, in fact, microscopically few “makers” on this earth. Almost every executive of every big company, is just an employee following the corporate path. He’s not a maker. He’s the ultimate taker.

      Nor are most investors “makers,” unless you consider shareholders to be “makers,” in which case that describes an awful lot of us.

      Originally, there was someone who had an idea (the maker), and everyone who followed him was an employee. Functionally, there is no difference between the average CEO and the mail room clerk. They each do a job, part of which requires some mental effort, and they are paid for it.

      The CEOs love to portray themselves as the people who “provide jobs” and “create goods and services.” Utter nonsense.

      The corporation provides the jobs and creates the goods and services, due to workers, investors and customers, each of whom is a “taker,” who receives something from the corporation.

      Finally, it almost is impossible to make sense of this statement, though it seems to be the foundation of your argument: “. . . forcing the MAKERS to give up their gains via social programs, you are not giving them incentive to stay employed . . . “

      Social programs force makers to give up their gains???? What incredible nonsense!


    2. SHISH-O-NOMICS CLAIM: “The argument that the rich are greedy because they only care about profit is stupid.”

      Nowhere has that argument ever been made in this blog. Instead, Rodger says the rich only care about widening the gap between themselves and the rest. If I have a thousand dollars, and a rich person has a million, then the rich person will happily surrender a thousand dollars if it means he ends up with $999 thousand and I end up with zero. For the rich, wealth is not a function of profit, or how much money they have, but of how much MORE money they have than you have.

      Put another way, monetary wealth is a 100% social phenomenon. A $10 trillion bank account would be useless if you lived alone on an island, permanently cut off from the rest of the world.

      This has been explained countless times in countless different ways in this blog. Some people choose to read before they comment. Some do not.

      SHISH-O-NOMICS CLAIM: “The makers cannot make unless the owners of capital are willing to invest.”

      This statement ignores the role of government and Monetary Sovereignty. If the owners of capital are unwilling to invest, then the government can create money to revive the economy.

      SHISH-O-NOMICS CLAIM: “Right wingers are saying give the makers incentive to produce more – as supply and demand dictates that the more supplies there are relative to people, the lower the prices will be for those people – ALL of them. By forcing the makers to give up their gains via social programs, you are not giving them incentive to stay employed – you are giving them incentive to get off the payroll.”

      Translation: fraud, theft, and greed among the rich are irrelevant. Off-shoring and the “race-to-the-bottom” are irrelevant. Austerity is irrelevant. Inequality is irrelevant. The poor are poor because they are lazy parasites. In order to create large numbers of meaningful, decent-paying jobs, we must eliminate all forms of social assistance. To keep people alive, we must kill the social programs that keep people alive. (We must kill people to save them.) This is what passes for “logic” among right-wingers.

      Incidentally, in most cases (other than Medicare or Social Security) you must have a job in order to qualify for social programs. Statistically, most poor people in the USA are “working poor.” People who are fully homeless and unemployed get little or no government help at all.

      But I don’t expect right-wingers to grasp this. For them, their ignorance justifies their arrogance.


  6. With regards to the lady who was jailed – that is what our government has become. You park 1 inch too close to a corner, and you get a ticket. You drive 1 mph over the speed limit and you get hit with another one.

    The law doesn’t care whether you are a mother, poor or anything else. Can you pay? That is the question. If you could pay – they will let you slide – otherwise, you will get thrown in jail. If you are lucky to be wealthy – in which case not only can you pay – you know the people at the top.

    The issue here is not whether the lady went to jail or not (socialists always spin it on a personal level – ahhh poor lady), the issue is whether our government is applying the law the same across the board. It is not – and for that the people should be demanding heads.

    But… American Idol or Dancing with the Stars is more interesting than a mother going to jail.


    1. “..American Idol or Dancing with the Stars is more interesting..” I think that’s due to human nature wanting to identify with success rather than a percieved failure.


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