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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.
How many Christians are there in America?
I don’t know Christianity. I don’t know the various groups — Catholic, Eastern Othodox Protestant — nor all the various sects within the groups.
I am a Jew, aka a “pre-Christian,” just like Jesus Christ, who also was a “pre-Christian.”
If he existed, he didn’t just love me; he was me. “Christian” means follower of Christ, and follower means that which comes after.
Follower also means adherent, someone who follows the example of. So all Christians are pledged to follow the example of Jesus Christ. If not, then what is a Christian?
The “last supper,” I again am reminded this season, was a Passover seder. When we had our seder a few days ago, we followed essentially the same rituals Christ would have followed. He would have told the story of the Exodus, as did we.
The holiday commemorates our (Christ’s and my) ancestors fleeing from oppression. To celebrate Passover, neither Christ nor I drank babies blood, as some pseudo-Christians have claimed. Christ would have drunk four cups of wine, as did we.
And by the way, I did not kill my brother Jew, Jesus. Nor do Christ or I have horns on our heads.
My meager understanding of Christ is that he was all about love. There was no hatred in the man. He, as it is written, loved the poor, loved the downtrodden, loved the weak, the tired, the homeless, loved the helpless in the face of cruelty. Mostly, he loved the compassionate.
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times? “Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”
So, I ask again, how many Christians — followers of Christ — are there in America?
Does a follower of Christ despise immigrants who do not have citizenship? Christ, I believe, did not love only his Jewish brothers, but men and women of all faiths.
Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.
Does a follower of Christ despise the poor as “takers.” Does he despise the homeless or the hungry as “lazy” or deserving of their misery?
If a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?
Then who are these people who turn away immigrants and deride the poor and deny charity to the hungry? Are they true Christians or loud pretenders?
If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?
We wrote in The slippery slope of religious immorality, “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.’”
But, we have the very base of the Republican party, a group that considers itself the “religious” right — followers of Christ. And they hate. It is what they do. Hatred is the distinguishing characteristic of the right.
They despise the poor. They despise the homeless and the immigrant. They despise those of another faith, the Muslim and most ironically, the Jew. They despise the powerless. They despise the elderly, the jobless, the unwed mothers and parentless children.
These pseudo followers of Christ, would deny destitute people medical care and unemployment compensation and Social Security. They sneer at those needing food stamps. These self-proclaimed Christians would send immigrant children back to misery and death.
To defend their cruelty, the pious fakers select passages from the bible, that allowed for ancient cruelty, while ignoring the fundamental meaning of the Bible. They invent a mean God to justify their own meanness.
They select one criminal as representing an entire race.
If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.
Then on Sunday, these pious pretenders nod their heads in unison, as the preacher intones about piety and pretense. And they think, by this, they are Christian.
They should feel shame, this Republican “base.” They should be ashamed to call themselves Christians, as should the politicians who sell their souls for a vote.
So, to answer the question, “How many Christians are there in America?” I ask you, how many followers of a loving and merciful Christ are there in America?
After all, what do I know? I am a Jew.
We have our own fakers.
Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
The 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. Federally funded, 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)
Initiating The Ten Steps sequentially 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.