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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.
Just when I thought the Supreme Court justices couldn’t possibly become more right-wing corporate, they outdo themselves.
You probably thought “a wall” separates our government from religion, so that all religions would be treated equally.
You were wrong.
You probably thought everyone, no matter what their religious beliefs, had to obey the law.
You were wrong.
You probably thought men and women are to be treated with equal deference, under the law.
You were wrong.
You probably thought you understood the meaning of “freedom.”
You were wrong.
It’s official. America is a right-wing, male, Christian country.
By the 5-4 margin, (Supreme Court) justices ruled Monday that “closely held” corporations (i.e., those more than half owned by five people or fewer) may refuse, out of “sincerely held” religious beliefs, to provide certain contraceptive options to female employees as part of their health-care package.
Not to worry, writes Alito, this ruling is “very specific.” Not to fret, concurs Kennedy, this is not a ruling of “breadth and sweep.”
Apparently, it’s a narrow ruling because they say it’s a narrow ruling. Apparently, we are simply to trust them on that. But even if you could take them at their word, this would be a frightening decision, the imposition of religion masquerading as freedom of religion.
The “five” in the 5-4 decision all are right-wing, male Christians. Of the four dissenters, three are not male, and three are not Christian, and none are right-wing.
Presumably, the “five” also consider themselves mind-readers, who can separate “sincerely held” religious beliefs from religious beliefs that are not “sincerely held.” (Wanna bet the latter turn out to be believers in religions other than Christianity?)
Under the court’s logic, it’s difficult to see why a corporation owned by a family of devout Jehovah’s Witnesses can’t deny (insurance for) blood transfusions to its workers. Or why one owned by conservative Muslims can’t deny employment to women. Or why one owned by evangelical Christians can’t deny service to gay men and lesbians.
[Or one owned by ultra-orthodox Jews can’t refuse to allow insurance that pays for male doctors attending women.]
This is not just hypothetical. In the last decade, we’ve seen Christian pharmacists claim faith as a reason for refusing to fill — and in some cases, confiscating — contraceptive prescriptions. We’ve seen Muslim cabbies use the same “logic” in declining to serve passengers carrying alcohol.
There is a difference between the pharmacists and the cabbies — two differences, actually. The pharmacists are Christians refusing to provide health. The cabbies are just Muslims, dealing with a cab ride.
Pharmacists in at least 24 states have refused to sell birth control or emergency contraception to women. Some hospital emergency rooms refuse to provide emergency contraception to rape victims.
Denying help to rape victims is O.K., because some Christians “sincerely” don’t believe in contraception. Denying a taxi ride to anyone is a crime, because we really don’t care what Muslims think.
The Republican governor of Kansas has signed a law allowing pharmacists to refuse to fill prescriptions for drugs they believe may induce abortions.
Yes, I know. You may say, “It’s Kansas, where schools teach creationism. So what can you expect?” But this law was passed in 2012, two years before essentially the same kind of law was passed by the U.S. Supreme Court.
When Kansas leads the nation, you know you have problems.
The Roberts and Scalia court is operating under an assumption that Christianity is the United States’ semi-official religion and that it should be legislated and protected in a way that other faiths are not.
This is, of course, a misreading of the Constitution–despite what the deranged members of the Fox News Christian Evangelical Dominionist American public would like to believe.
How would conservatives and their agents respond if a company with Islamic beliefs (however defined) decided to impose its religious values on white, Christian, American employees?
Sharia hysteria would spread in such a way as to make the present day-to-day Islamophobia of the Right-wing echo chamber appear benign and muted by comparison.
Let’s briefly summarize the Supreme Court’s decision.
1. Christians do not have to follow any law if they “sincerely hold” that law violates their personal interpretation of their bible, (recognizing that “sincerely hold” is not defined and impossible to determine.
2. This right is limited to Christians, and not granted to any other religion. (That is why it is a “narrow” decision.)
3. Men know better than women, what is best for women’s health; restrictions only will be placed on women. (For instance, no law will prevent men from getting vasectomies.)
This is the same Supreme Court that ruled unlimited spending, which imposes on a captive nation, the political beliefs and actions of the wealthy and powerful, apparently is “freedom of speech.”
See the pattern? Whenever right-wing, male Christians wish to enhance their power over a captive multitude, they merely call it “freedom” (while marching and carrying the requisite American flag).
So if you’re not allowed to buy contraceptives, or to be insured for a legal abortion, or to study evolution, it’s because your rights are inferior to a right-wing, male Christian’s freedom.
The Supreme Court says so.
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 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.