–The Punishment Party waves the flag and the bible

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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.

If a child falls down a well, a liberal would seek help, search for a ladder or lower a rope — find some means to help the child get out.

A conservative would leave him down there as a message to other children to stay away from wells.

Thus we have the two views of dealing with those in difficult situations.

I was reminded of this, because of an editorial in the normally right-wing Chicago Tribune:

Let them eat … nothing
In a cruel move, cities ban feeding the homeless

Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Orlando, Dallas and dozens of other cities have cracked down on their homeless populations by regulating soup kitchens, ticketing panhandlers and imposing bans on sleeping in public areas.

Homeless advocates say the policies reflect a nationwide culture change. “There’s a shift away from feeling compassion for people struggling with their lives to vilifying people struggling with their lives,” says Nonie Brennan, CEO of the Emergency Fund, a nonprofit that helps Chicago-area families in crisis.

In most cities that introduce stringent policies, residents pushed back.

Even the Tribune has come to realize that at our core and in our history, Americans have proved to be empathetic and generous. We were the “open arms” nation.

We not only have felt sorry for the unfortunate, but we actively have helped them, recognizing “There, but for the grace of God, go I.”

But, lately, the so-called “religious” (some religion, huh?) right has reared its ugly head, and preaches punishment is the best tool for dealing with misfortune.

The rich especially, like to believe they are self-made, and luck has had nothing to do with it.

They claim they are rich because they deserve to be rich, and the poor are poor because they deserve to be poor. So punishing the poor is the right approach. They deserve it.

The Punishment Party also has left its dirty fingerprints on this article in the right-wing Washington Post:

Two-thirds of illegal immigrant children approved for asylum: report

Nearly two-thirds of unaccompanied illegal immigrant children requesting asylum this year have had their initial applications approved. Data suggests those kids surging across the border who ask to stay will likely be able to gain admission to the U.S.

That figure doesn’t include the others who never apply for asylum and try to disappear into the shadows, or who spend years in the country awaiting court dates.

President Obama’s refusal to crack down on rampant asylum fraud is one of the many reasons we are witnessing a surge of Central Americans seeking to enter the U.S. illegally at the border,” said Rep. Robert Goodlatte, Virginia Republican and chairman of the Judiciary Committee.

Republicans say if the U.S. could show that illegal immigrants will be turned back at the border or quickly deported, fewer will attempt the journey. But gaining asylum is a legal entry into the U.S., and is likely to reinforce the smugglers’ message.

President Obama’s record-breaking deportations are not sufficient for the conservatives. They call it a “refusal to crack down.” Apparently whipping the poor is not cruel enough if it isn’t done with barbed wire.

According to the Republicans, the best way to deal with the humanitarian crisis of poor children fleeing dangerous lands, to cross dangerous territory, trying to find freedom in America — the best way to deal with that is not to provide the funds and manpower to care for these children.

No, according to the right wing, Punishment Party, the best way to deal with misfortune is to deport those innocent children back to the misery and murder from which they hoped to escape. That’ll teach ’em!

By the way, did I just see a conservative out there, waving the American flag, while holding a bible, and turning back a bus filled with impoverished children?

He must be very patriotic and very religious.

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 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 growth lines rise. Increasing federal deficit growth (aka “stimulus”) is necessary for long-term economic growth.


5 thoughts on “–The Punishment Party waves the flag and the bible

  1. It’s not a question of compassion, but finances.

    The US government simply cannot afford to accept migrant children.

    I like this guy Stephen Dinian of the “Washington Times.” He says that the desperate children are guilty of “asylum fraud.”

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  2. == Off topic ==

    When it comes to brainwashing, half-truths are more powerful than full lies.

    For example, if politicians push the Big Lie too loudly, then average people might eventually start asking questions about it. Therefore politicians rely on confusion, which is sustained by half-truths.

    Here’s an article from the Center for American Progress, a “think tank” in Washington DC that issues half-truths for the Democratic Party.

    The article is titled, “The New Budget Outlook Shows that Austerity Makes No Sense.”

    The author says that austerity is simply “a misguided attempt to solve a short-term debt crisis that does not exist.”

    This is nonsense, of course. The sole purpose of austerity at the federal level is to widen the gap between the rich and the rest. To call austerity “misguided” or a “mistake” is to help sustain the Big Lie.

    The next paragraph says that GDP “measures our economy’s ability to manage the debt burden.” Then comes nonsense about the “national debt” not being expected to exceed GDP until 2037 – as though this actually meant something. Then comes this: “More work remains to address our long-term budget challenges, but this is not an immediate crisis.”

    All this garbage is in the first two paragraphs. The rest of the article is just as bad. The author wants to say that austerity is “misguided” and is harming the economy, yet he also upholds the Big Lie, which Democrats rely on as much as Republicans do.

    The average person tunes out this garbage and accepts whatever his masters dictate.

    As I have said before, the purpose of “deficit doves” is to snare the suckers that “deficit hawks” fail to convince.


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    How do you justify continual increases in austerity when the federal deficit is already plummeting?

    You focus on the “national debt.” And you claim that the federal deficit will soon reach an all-time high.

    The “non-partisan” (i.e. ultra-right-wing) Congressional Budget Office has released a “Long-Term Budget Outlook” which claims that the “national debt” is continuing to climb, and that this “poses risks to the economy.”

    The packet of lies was prepared by CBO director Douglas Elmendorf.

    Although the federal deficit continues to plummet (sustaining a bitter depression), Elmendorf’s report claims that the deficit will soon rise to World War II levels and beyond. Elmendorf also says the “national debt” is already “unsustainable,” and is about to skyrocket.

    Therefore the 99% must have more austerity. Much more. That is, less spending on anything that helps the 99%, and higher taxes on the 99%.

    Mr. Elmendorf is a textbook case of a person who came from a poor background, and got ahead by helping the rich steal from the 99%. He is a notorious austerian, and is a fervent foe of any increase in the federal minimum wage. His job is literally to be a professional liar. For example, Elmendorf is responsible for providing estimates of the “cost” of legislation on the federal “budget.”

    Of course, the US government (being Monetarily Sovereign) has no “costs,” and no “budget.” (If you could create limitless money out of thin air, would you have “costs”? Would you have a “budget”?)

    And the “national debt” is simply the amount of money that people have deposited at the Federal Reserve when they bought T-securities. Taxpayers will never pay a single penny on this so-called “debt,” nor will the federal government. The Fed creates interest money out of thin air.


    But wait…here’s an even better one. A real knee-slapper.

    As you know, purpose of the austerity is to widen the gap between the rich and the rest. More austerity = more inequality.

    Bill White says the only way to control inequality is for the masses to have more austerity!

    Bill White is another creep who came from a poor background, but got ahead by helping the 1% screw the 99%. He is a former mayor of Houston TX, and is now Chairman of the Houston branch of Lazard, a global financial advisory and asset management firm that engages in investment banking, asset management, and other financial services. (White ran for governor of Texas in 2010, but lost to Rick Perry.)

    Bill White says that if the “national debt crisis” is not “solved” soon, then all federal tax revenues will be eaten up by interest payments on the “national debt.”

    White also claims that the US government borrows all the money it creates out of thin air.

    “In less than a decade, debt payments will absorb 45 percent of all personal and corporate income tax revenues, leaving less available to pay for anything else.”

    Solution: MORE AUSTERITY!

    The truth is that federal tax revenues are destroyed the instant they are paid, and the Treasury makes no interest payments in the first place.

    White says that the “national debt” omits “unfunded liabilities and expenditures,” which make the real “national debt” $200 trillion.

    Solution: MORE AUSTERITY!

    White says that Obama’s budget this year will create $763 billion worth of debt payments over 10 years, funds that could have been utilized for other needs. Thus, all the money that the federal government “borrows” (i.e. creates out of thin air) will be consumed by interest payments.

    Total lies. Money for interest payments on T-securities is created out of thin air by the Fed itself, not by the Treasury or Congress.

    And this clown (Bill White) is a DEMOCRAT who claims to be a “progressive”!!!!!


    As Rodger says, with the possible exception of Elizabeth Warren (and there are some questions about her too), when it comes to economics, the most liberal politician today is far, far to the right of Ronald Reagan.

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  4. The moral, legal, and humanitarian crisis on our southern border – where tens of thousands of children from Central America are arriving as refugees is wholly created by American foreign policy and interference. The debate in Washington, instead of acknowledging this fact, is over how fast to deport them, and how punitive to be towards them while they are here. As you correctly state.

    So much for moral decency and respect for the rule of law! Our militarized police forces provide all of the evidence needed that morals, decency and rule of law has ceased to exist in our own country. Not to mention zero prosecutions of our economic terrorists.

    Adding to the outrageousness of it all, there is hardly a word in the political mainstream, and therefore in mainstream media, about the root causes of this tragedy – or about how a bipartisan consensus sustains it. Liberals and conservatives being equally to blame; though maybe for slightly different reasons.

    These causes include Washington’s neo-liberal trade policies, its so-called war on drugs, and its persistent meddling in Central American politics.

    The Obama administration’s still largely unreported role in the 2009 coup that deposed José Manuel Zelaya, the elected president of Honduras, and its support for the gangster infested government of Juan Hernández are undoubtedly important for explaining the unprecedented level of violence Honduran children are now trying to flee. And we all should know our history as far as the effects of US policy and interference in Nicaragua and El Salvador since the beginnings of the twentieth century. Remember Smedley Butler?

    Where’s the outrage among our exceptional citizenry? They are far too busy stuffing their obese selves with food stuffs provided for their fat asses by those same damned immigrants.



    The US government says you have too much money, and that the government needs revenue, and that its plunging deficit is still “dangerously high.”

    Therefore this coming Monday (28 July 2014) the TSA will increase the fees that it adds to airline ticket prices.

    The current fee of $2.50 for a non-stop flight (or $5 for a connecting flight) was imposed in 2002 in response to the events of 9-11.

    The new fee will more than double this to $5.60 for all flights. That’s each way, so it will be an added $11.60 for a round trip. If you have layover that is longer than four hours, then your next flight will be counted as a separate flight.

    For instance, a passenger flying round trip from Phoenix to New York with a long layover in Atlanta in each direction, will now pay $5.60 for the Phoenix to Atlanta leg, plus another $5.60 for the Atlanta to New York leg, for a total of $11.20 each way, or a round trip fee of $22.40.

    The previous $10.00 limit on all TSA fees for your entire trip will be eliminated.

    TSA spokesman David Castelveter says, “In accordance with federal law, the revenue generated from the security fee will be deposited in the general fund of the Treasury.”

    TRANSLATION: the fee is a tax, and all monies collected will be destroyed upon receipt. The TSA estimates that this latest tax increase will remove an additional $16.9 billion from the economy each year. Just what a depressed economy needs, aye?

    (One source says this is incorrect. It says the TSA will collect an added $36.49 billion over ten years, of which $12.63 billion will go the government and be destroyed. TSA will keep the other $23.86 billion.)

    Of course the rich won’t pay this tax, since they fly in their own jets — but the gap between the rich and the rest will widen, which is the whole point.

    Industry groups, such as Airlines for America, which represent the largest airlines, and the U.S. Travel Association, representing a variety of travel businesses, have opposed the fee increase.

    But they are helpless, since they refuse to acknowledge the facts of Monetary Sovereignty.


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