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●Those, who do not understand the differences between Monetary Sovereignty and monetary non-sovereignty, do not understand economics.
●The more federal budgets are cut and taxes increased, the weaker an economy becomes. .
●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.
●Austerity is the government’s method for widening the gap between rich and poor.
●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.
●Everything in economics devolves to motive, and the motive is the Gap.
The Ten Steps to Prosperity first was posted on Oct 7, 2011 and more recently has been included in every post.
Step 4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone. Click here
Step 5. Salary for attending school (Click here)
You can read the rationales for each step by clicking the links.
Now, the White House has posted on Facebook a short video in which President Obama proposes making “two years of community college free for anyone who’s willing to work for it.”
He doesn’t explain why just two years of community college. And he doesn’t explain what “who’s willing to work for it” means. But let us speculate.
He may really want to implement Step 4, but knows he will run into all those people who will say, “We can’t afford it.” Even his tentative step will be challenged on sustainability of deficits and debt.
Of course, those who are not ignorant of Monetary Sovereignty know full well the federal government can afford anything, with the only limit to federal spending being inflation.
But because the masses have been brainwashed into believing the Big Lie that federal finances are like personal finances, you can be sure “affordability” will be the first objection. This will be difficult for the President to overcome, because he is one of those who has been spreading the Big Lie.
So he will be hung with his own petard.
Add that to John Boehner’s famous lie, “Let’s be honest. We’re broke,” and it becomes quite difficult for either party to backpedal to the truth.
Then there’s the mystery, ” . . . for anyone who’s willing to work for it.” I speculate this anticipates the right-wing’s predictable, mean-spirited response that those lazy, good-for-nothing poor have things too good, and are given too much, so should be made to work for whatever they get (and be drug-tested, too).
Never mind that the lazy, good-for-nothing rich kids are sent to college by mommy and daddy, who mail checks from their yacht in the Caribbean. And never mind that federal spending does not cost anyone anything.
The biggest fear is that poor kids will prove to be as smart or smarter than the rich kids, and will be able to pull themselves up, thereby narrowing the Gap between rich and poor.
No one, but absolutely no one, wants to look down at one’s “inferiors,” and discover that those “inferiors” are closing the Gap, and perhaps even (gasp!) passing.
So, between the “we can’t afford it” lie, and “they already get too much” lie, it will be a tough slog for anyone, but particularly for a President who has not distinguished himself as a slogger.
He, and the rest of America’s federal leaders, simply have not shown the courage to do what the monetarily non-sovereign state and local governments already do (free grades K-12 for everyone), by providing free grades 13+ for everyone.
I predict that just like the complex, convoluted mess called Obamacare, which was an “affordability” compromise (should have been free Medicare for every man, woman and child in America), Obama’s community college gambit will turn out to be an equally complex, convoluted mess.
It will have more regulations than the tax code, and will require recipients to jump through hoop after hoop after hoop (Think: The HARP mortgage refinance disaster of past years.)
But, to maintain competitiveness, America needs educated people, and quality of education must not depend on students’ wealth (or lack of it). The more Americans we educate, the more chances we have of developing great scientific, political and business leaders.
The question should not be whether our government can afford to educate our people (we can), but whether we can afford NOT to (we can’t).
It’s not a gift to the poor; it’s a gift to our nation’s future.
Let the struggle begin.
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. (Refer to this.)
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.
1. A growing economy requires a growing supply of dollars (GDP=Federal Spending + Non-federal Spending + Net Exports)
2. All deficit spending grows the supply of dollars
3. The limit to federal deficit spending is an inflation that cannot be cured with interest rate control.
4. The limit to non-federal deficit spending is the ability to borrow.
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.
10 thoughts on “–Obama’s tiny trial balloon regarding education. Let the struggle begin.”
One of the hall marks of failure is inconsistency and complexity of design. The old saying, Simple is better, i.e., Occam’s Razor comes to mind. One look at the tax code tells me we’ve failed on that front long ago, yet we continue down that path.
The concept of MS is about as simple as it gets. A highly industrialized nation can put MS to work “overnight” and start getting great results simply because it offers hope and because humans are designed to succeed. We-the-People won’t shoot ourselves in the foot if given that chance.
But as you state, the rich and well-connected are running the show and know full well the MS alternative is a threat to their sickness and need to control the status quo.
Obamaschool is modeled on the Obamacare Medicaid expansion. It requires the monetarily non-sovereign states and their taxpayers to fund 25% of the tuition for the participants. Nobody has mentioned that they will also have to increase capacity in order to handle the additional 9 million students, and the taxpayers would have to pay for that, too.
But, with the deficit still shrinking (he didn’t propose deficit spending for this program) it will only shuffle the people around, so that more of the unemployed would have Associates degrees.
“to maintain competitiveness” RMM
What an oxymoron, free food, free healthcare, free education – competition for what – Who gets more “free” benefits?
Competition with other nations.
Nothing wrong with ignorance. We all have it. But intentional ignorance truly is sad. (I assume it’s intentional.)
” mail checks from their yacht…” You’re old school, just like me. These days I believe they have an app for that…seems the purser is now out of a job.
Another hilarious episode of the BUM & Rodger show…keep up the good work guys!
From Bruce Patrick:
Not sure why the already overburdened, monetarily non-sovereign states have to pay anything . . . Or why just two-year colleges. Or why transferable to local 4-year colleges.
As I said, it will get more and more complex, ala Obamacare. Just as the simple, “federally-funded Medicare for every man, woman and child” was passed over, so will federally-funded college education be passed over, because of the “affordability” meme.
Then there will be the mean-spirited idiots who hate giving anything to those “lazy, good-for-nothing” poor.
Here is the full fact sheet put out by the white house.
Boehner’s remark that they are broke is quite true!
They are broke – MORALLY BANKRUPT
The critics have spoken:
“Free Community College” is just as “free” as everything else that is deemed “free” — it isn’t. Someone has to pay for the costs of the program and those paying for it will be the taxpayers. That means that both the people who opt for free community college will pay for it — as well taxpayers at large — at inflated prices down the road. The federal government has already created a debt load that saddles future generations with more debt than the country’s GDP. This type of “free” will cost dearly later.”
The only thing that will cost dearly later is to have uneducated people with no means of support robbing people.
There’s no seriousness here. This thing is absolutely DOA. Obama knows it. It’s just for scoring meaningless virtue points.
If the Democrats actually had the votes to pass this, or if it was even close, it wouldn’t exist.
david, you probably are correct with regard to this, specific attempt, but that is the way ideas enter the mainstream.
Someone offers an “outrageous” suggestion, which promptly is laughed off. Soon after, someone else offers a similar suggestion, and it’s familiarity makes it less laughable.
After a while, the idea gains some credibility, and the Democrats pass it. (I say “the Democrats,” because the Republicans have no ideas.)
Consider gay marriage. Ten years ago, it was a laughable idea. Civil rights laws took years to gain legal status.
Educating America is such an obviously good idea, that even the Republicans will feel pressure to pass something. Then that “something” will be expanded, and eventually, Step 4 of the Ten Steps to Prosperity will be passed.
Maybe even Monetary Sovereignty will be accepted. I just hope I live to see it.