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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 Washington Times, that ever-reliable mouthpiece for the rich, the radical, the ruthless and the right, laments:
Deportations of illegal immigrants plummet on Obama’s watch
By Stephen Dinan – The Washington Times – Monday, April 13, 2015
The federal government’s chief deportation agency has seen its success plummet under President Obama, and its chief, Sarah R. Saldana, will tell Congress on Tuesday that they’ve had trouble adapting to the changing face of illegal immigration and a lack of cooperation from both American cities and from foreign countries.
To the Washington Times, “Obama” is a curse word, that must be included in every politically negative headline. And to right-wing minds, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is a “deportation” agency.
Not exactly, but it says much about right-wing minds. Here’s what ICE says its mission is:
Immigration Enforcement: . . . priorities to find and remove illegal aliens who are criminals, fugitives or recent arrivals . . . cracking down on those who produce fraudulent documents to enable unlawful activity.
Investigating Illegal Movement of People and Goods: Illegal trade predominately involve guns, money and drugs, but ICE’s responsibilities extend much further into all kinds of illegal and counterfeit merchandise . . .include the repatriation of cultural treasures out of the country to original owners abroad, and combating the trade of child pornography.
Preventing Terrorism: . . . identifying dangerous persons before they enter the U.S. or finding them as they violate immigration or customs laws. ICE also works to prevent the illegal export of U.S. technology.
Rating ICE by the number of people it deports would be like rating a police department by the number of parking tickets it writes. ICE’s purpose is to help prevent criminality, not cruelly to destroy families by deporting otherwise innocent men, women and children.
Back to the Washington Times article:
Ms. Saldana, said she had to pull agents off their regular duties during last summer’s illegal immigrant surge at the border, which meant fewer people focusing on deporting the longtime illegal immigrants living in the interior of the U.S..
The Washington Times never refers to “undocumented” immigrants; it prefers the harsher term “illegal” immigrants, so to create in your mind, an equation with murderers and terrorists — the usual brainwashing stunt.
If they are longtime residents, these are exactly the people we want here. Odds are, they, their children and their grandchildren are law-abiding, productive residents of America, as important to America’s growth as you and me.
Why would we want to rip these people out of the lives they have built here, just to satisfy right-wing meanness?
And she said the lack of cooperation from states, counties and cities when agents ask them to hold an illegal immigrant for pickup has also hindered efforts.
Here an irony for you. The Tea/Republicans always talk about states rights, and reducing that bad old, big old federal government “leviathan.” But now, when the states, counties and cities decide not to throw people out of the country, the right wing wants the “leviathan” to take over.
As long as it’s mean spirited and anti-poor, the right wing favors it, even when the “leviathan” does it.
“Over the past six years, President Obama has steadily dismantled the interior enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws,” said Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte.
“Under the Obama administration’s watch, the apprehension, detention, and removal of unlawful and criminal aliens has dramatically declined. Altogether, the actions taken by this administration undermine the rule of law, make our communities less safe, and place ICE officers in harm’s way.”
Ah, yet another irony. The Tea/Republicans have been the “cut-federal-spending party,” but now they complain when there aren’t enough agents to do the dirty work of deporting human beings.
And note how they combine “unlawful” (meaning “undocumented”) with “criminal,” and somehow this all makes our communities “less safe.”
How are our communities “less safe”? No one knows. The Tea/Republicans want you to visualize crazed Mexicans rampaging through your neighborhood, pillaging and raping.
Actually, undocumented immigrants are the least likely to be criminals, simply because they are hyper-sensitive about being caught. (The sad comment in our neighborhood is that no landscaper’s truck ever exceeds the speed limit.)
Some localities say that holding illegal immigrants for pickup by federal authorities after they’ve completed their sentences or processing for their local crimes is unconstitutional.
Though the Constitution was written to protect the weak from the strong, the Tea/Republicans use it to protect the rich and powerful from the poor and weak — and to legalize guns, which are much more dangerous, and make our communities much less safe, than do immigrants.
Away from immigration, ICE did notch successes in customs investigations, going after several cartels involved in black market peso exchanges and targeting human smuggling operations.
Operation Coyote, designed to combat the smugglers who helped spark last summer’s immigration surge, has resulted in nearly 1,300 criminal arrests.
Now that’s what this agency should be doing, not running after longtime, innocent residents, people with children and grandchildren — the very foundation of America.
Do we really want the “leviathan” to stomp on these people?
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.