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●Liberals think the purpose of government is to protect the poor and powerless from the rich and powerful. Conservatives think the purpose of government is to protect the rich and powerful from the poor and powerless.
●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.
This is why I’m proud to be an American:
Yes, we have the most powerful military in world history, but that is not what makes me proudest.
And yes, we have the most robust economy, and we went to the moon first, and we are a constitutional democracy, and we have fought for, and given our lives for, freedom, not only for here but for those abroad.
And yes, our politicians sent our beautiful children to die in Korea and Vietnam and Pakistan and Afghanistan and Iraq — all for the wrong reasons.
But though our leaders lied to us, in our hearts we thought we were giving people — people we didn’t even know — freedom, hope and democracy.
It was all lies our leaders told us, and we believed, and we sacrificed, and continue to sacrifice, our children for our belief. We failed, but we had compassion. And of this I am proud. Compassion.
For any individual, compassion is illogical. You sacrifice something to help someone else. Seemingly, it goes against evolution, to give up something for no return.
But of course, there is a return. Compassion strengthens the group, often in undefinable ways, often distant ways. I do for you, and you do for him, and he does for someone else, and somehow, what goes around, comes around, and the group is stronger and I am stronger.
Don’t ask me how. It just works that way. Evil tears at its own dead heart, while goodness returns its blessings a thousandfold.
I am proud to be an American, because we alone among nations, have a Statue of Liberty — LIBERTY — and we really do believe in the words inscribed thereon, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore, send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me.”
What nation invites “poor, huddled masses” to live in its land? What nation willingly beckons to the “homeless, tempest-tossed” to come share freedom? Only America. Only America.
That American compassion is what has made us great.
I cannot tell you exactly how “wretched refuse” built, and continue to build, our mighty nation, but they did and they do. What has gone around, has come around. It seems illogical somehow, but it is the foundation of America.
I thought of this when I read an article in the right-wing Washington Times:
Illegal immigrant children could increase the school-age population in districts, marking a significant influx of students likely to need intense help with English and other remedial education programs.
No longer just a border problem, the surge is now an issue for officials in communities throughout the country, where 126 counties or cities have at least 50 children placed.
According to a new Rasmussen Reports poll released Wednesday, less than a third of voters say they want illegal immigrant children to be housed in their home states, and 53 percent said the children shouldn’t be allowed to attend taxpayer-supported public schools.
The Obama administration announced it would pay $9 million over two years to two nonprofit groups to provide lawyers for 2,600 of the children who have come across the border, traveling without parents.
That’s just a small fraction of the more than 66,000 who were caught between Oct. 1, 2013, and Aug. 31, 2014, but immigrant-rights advocates said it was a step in the right direction to make sure the children — whom they say are fleeing gang violence or domestic abuse in Central America — get a fair shake in U.S. immigration courts.
No American intentionally would doom that child in the orange T-shirt to a life of torture and starvation. No American intentionally would stand aloof as that little girl in the purple shirt was subjected to rape and murder.
No American would throw those children in arms, back to be eaten by poverty and misery. That is not America. It is not what Americans do.
The people who answered the Rasmussen Reports poll may be good people, but they have been misled by their leaders, who tell them the lies that America no longer can afford the compassion that has made us unique among nations.
I doubt the day ever will come when we Americans believe we no longer afford compassion.
When the chips are down, we always travel the high road. And despite the lies from our leaders, we will do the right thing. We will save these “homeless, tempest tossed” children. We will take them in our arms and protect them.
It is what we Americans do. It is what has made us great.
And that is why I am proud to be an American.
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. Tax the very rich (.1%) more, with higher, progressive tax rates on all forms of income. (Click here)
9. Federal ownership of all banks (Click here and here)
10. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99% (Click here)
The Ten Steps will add dollars to the economy, stimulate the economy, and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and the rest.
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.