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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.
I’m not sure about the real purpose of religion. I suspect it has to do with enabling group cohesion. We are a social species, and the stronger our group, the better able we are to survive.
(There is some irony to the notion that religion aids our evolution.)
But the ostensible purpose of religion is to provide moral guidance. The foundation of morality is the Golden Rule: “Treat others as you wish to be treated.”
Supposedly, we need religion to remind us of the Golden Rule, because selfishness comes easier than generosity. “Me first” is easier than “You first.” And fear is more natural than courage.
For the individual, evolution has made it so.
Yes, in our society, generosity and courage are more admirable than selfishness and fear. Group survival trumps individual survival.
But what can a person do, if he simply cannot bring himself to be generous or brave? He may try to hide his faults in the cloak of religion.
Flamboyant piety has long been fashionable on the political right, where activists, commentators, and elected officials never hesitate to hector us about their great moral and theological rectitude.
But occasionally, something happens that separates the people of faith from the sanctimonious fakers. With thousands of defenseless children now gathered on America’s southern border, seeking asylum from deprivation and deadly violence, something like that is happening right now.
Arizona Republican congressional candidate Adam Kwasman wanted heroically to stop a busload of immigrant children. He tweeted, “Bus coming in. This is not compassion. This is the abrogation of the rule of law.” He then said, “I was actually able to see some of the children in the buses. The fear on their faces … this is not compassion.”
Turns out the “hero” tried to stop a bus full of kids on their way to a YMCA camp. And rather than the fear Kwasman saw, the kids were laughing and taking photos of a fool standing in the road.
Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA), a medical doctor, wrote, “Reports of illegal immigrants carrying deadly diseases such as swine flu, dengue fever, Ebola virus and tuberculosis are particularly concerning. Many of the children who are coming across the border also lack basic vaccinations such as those to prevent chicken pox or measles.”
Of course, no such reports exist. Ebola, for instance, never has been found in the Americas. Meanwhile, children in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras, which offer free vaccinations, are more likely to be vaccinated than children in Gingrey’s Georgia.
And (the irony just keeps on coming), Gingery is a member of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, right-wingers who oppose vaccination.
The always incredible Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) said, “I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We’ve had an earthquake; we’ve had a hurricane . . . My heart is broken for a female college student in Minnesota who was raped, murdered and mutilated by a foreign national who came into our country. We had a school bus full of kids in Minnesota — four children were killed on that school bus because an illegal alien driving a van went into that school bus.”
In the crazed, right-wing religious world, God punishes us with earthquakes, and children coming across our border — half of whom are female — are likely to rape, murder, mutilate and drive unsafely.
And then there’s the fear-mongering, Rep. Rich Nugent (R-FL), who was rated 90% by Gun Owners of America: ““A lot of these children … quote-unquote … ya know, they’re gang members. They’re gang affiliated. Listen, if you’re 14, 15, 16, 17 years old, and you’re coming from a country that’s gang-infested — particularly with MS-13 types, that is the most aggressive of all the street gangs — when you have those types coming across the border, they’re not children at that point. These kids have been brought up in a culture of thievery. A culture of murder, of rape. And now we are going to infuse them into the American culture. It’s just ludicrous.”
Now comes the oh-so-religious Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX): “Do you believe in sharing the good news that will keep people from going to hell, consistent with the Christian beliefs? . . . Either you believe as a Christian that Jesus is the way, the truth, or life, or you don’t.”
That “religious” leader also said, “You want to talk about a war on women? This administration will not defend the women of America from criminal aliens! By the thousands, and hundreds of thousands. . . Well, we know thousands. And we know people are coming in by the hundreds of thousands illegally. And this administration wants to talk about other people having a war on women when they will not defend the women that are being sexually assaulted by illegal aliens in this country.“
(What is this fixation that Republicans have on rape? And why do they think immigrant children have that same fixation?)
There are two philosophies about helping people in need. Which one would you say is religious?
1. We help people in need, because it’s the moral thing to do, and that’s who we are as a nation.
2. We don’t help people in need, because that just encourages people to be needy.
There was a time when we clearly would have considered #1 to be the way of religion:
Leviticus 19.34: The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.”
Exodus 22.21: Thou shalt neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.
Deuteronomy 10.19: Love ye therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.
Now however, those having neither the heart for compassion nor the strength for courage, have in Orwellian logic, made selfishness and cowardice primary features of religiousness.
Now, greed is generosity; fear is courage. Immorality has become the new morality.
We are on a slippery slope, indeed. The religionists have closed their hearts to the poor, to the unemployed, to the pregnant, to the sick, to the uneducated, to the indebted, to the foreigners.
And now they even close their hearts to children — all in the name of a strange, new faith.
How far have we sunk, how weak have we become, from fear and meanness and greed, when we pervert our religions to turn our backs on children? On children!
And if even children are not safe in our hands, what fate awaits the rest of us? What fate awaits America?
Mr. President, for the sake of God, for the sake of America, tear down that wall!
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 growth lines rise. Increasing federal deficit growth (aka “stimulus”) is necessary for long-term economic growth.