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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.
We Americans, as all nations’ citizens do, have an exalted view of our morality and of our “special” position in the world.
People are born much alike everywhere, and to the degree any nation is moral or immoral, really is determined by the morality of its religious and political leaders at any given time.
Human children are not created cruel bigots; they learn cruelty and bigotry from their parents and later from their “quasi-parents,” the aforementioned religious and political leaders.
The immorality, for instance, of Southern slavery, was not due to any fundamental moral poverty of Southerners as compared with Northerners, but rather their leadership countenanced, even legalized slavery.
America has suffered many immoral leaders, leading to many disgraceful actions, through the years. The treatment of Native Americans has been a never-ending disgrace, a stain upon our flag. Our leaders made the laws that made this possible.
The legal internment of Japanese American citizens during WWII is yet another. Roosevelt merely was “protecting America from foreign criminals.”
Many examples, too numerous to describe, of the cruel, immoral laws enacted by our leaders, all give lie to the “specialness” of this nation, or of any nation. We are not special simply if our mothers gave birth here. We are special only when we do special.
The WWII years
Before and during World War II, hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of people attempted to flee, first Germany, then Austria and then all of Europe. Comparatively few succeeded, and by war’s end, some 11 million trapped souls had been killed by Hitler and other complicit European leaders.
[Per Wikipedia:] Breckinridge Long was a personal friend of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who appointed Long assistant Secretary of State.
Long maintained strict immigration controls mandated by the immigration laws in force at the time.
He wrote: “We can delay and effectively stop for a temporary period of indefinite length the number of immigrants into the United States. We could do this by simply advising our consuls to put every obstacle in the way and to require additional evidence and to resort to various administrative devices which would postpone and postpone and postpone the granting of the visas.”
Long is largely remembered for his obstructionist role as the official responsible for granting refugee visas during World War II. He “obstructed rescue attempts, drastically restricted immigration, and falsified figures of refugees admitted. The exposure of his misdeeds led to his demotion, in 1944.
He has become the major target of criticism of America’s refugee and rescue policy.”
He justified this in his diary by referencing the contemporary strict laws in the United States imposing quotas on the number of immigrants from particular countries, and his great concern about the possibility that Germany and the Soviet Union would introduce spies or subversive agents into the United States amidst the large numbers of refugees.
In his mind, Long merely was obeying the law and protecting America from foreign criminals.
Does that sound familiar?
House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) said, “By refusing to enforce the laws against illegal immigration, President Obama’s immigration policies collectively undermine the integrity of our immigration system and send the message to the world that our laws can be violated.”
Returning to World War II:
On 13 May 1939, more than 900 Jews fled Germany aboard a luxury cruise liner, the SS St Louis. They hoped to reach Cuba and then travel to the US – but were turned away in Havana.
The captain then steered the St Louis towards the Florida coast, but the US authorities also refused it the right to dock, despite direct appeals to President Franklin Roosevelt.
(The St. Louis was forced to return to Europe, where more than 250 were killed by the Nazis.)
Does that sound familiar?
What drives these children to flee their homes? What causes their parents to put them and their life’s savings in the hands of smugglers? What happens if they fail to reach the U.S.?
Crime, gang threats, or violence appear to be the strongest determinants for children’s decision to emigrate. Whereas males most feared assault or death for not joining gangs or interacting with corrupt government officials, females most feared rape or disappearance at the hands of the same groups.
Those who are returned from the U.S. face additional threats of violence. Gangs forcibly recruit girls to be “girlfriends”. Girls who refuse such advances have been kidnapped and never heard from again, or found murdered.
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California town turns away buses of detained immigrants
In a Southern California small town, angry crowds thwarted detained migrants from entering their community.
In a faceoff with three buses carrying the migrants behind screened-off windows, the demonstrators chanted “Go back home!” and “USA” and successfully forced the coaches to leave Murrieta.
The citizens of Murrieta are neither more nor less moral than anyone else. But they have been influenced by an immoral leadership.
Example, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa):
King: “To put it simply, the president is importing millions of illegal aliens who when they arrive here he thinks, and he’s right, they are undocumented Democrats, and so the next phase of this is to document these Democrats so they can vote.
It erodes the politics of this country, the respect for the rule of law, and it creates this massive electorate that will likely vote in large numbers for Barack Obama and his party, just like African-Americans have done so after Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act, which by the way took the majority of Republicans in the House and Senate to make sure that that passed.
“They don’t understand the law, they come from lawless countries,” King said of undocumented immigrants. “So they’re not at all likely to defend our Constitution or the rule of law.”
The fact that Rep. King first points to the Civil Right Act as a bad example, then claims Republican credit for it, merely indicates how irrational hatred and bigotry can become.
Yes, King simply wants to obey the law and protect America from foreign criminals.
House members voted 223 to 189 to approve $694 million in additional funding for federal agencies dealing with the influx of immigrants — a sum far lower than Obama’s original $3.7 billion request.
The bill would tweak a 2008 anti-trafficking law and make it easier for the government to deport Central American minors who have entered the United States illegally.
It also would provide $35 million to border-state governors, who would be given broader legal authority to deploy the National Guard.
As a nation, are we special? If we send children back to be raped and murdered, does that confirm our moral superiority? When history writes the “Book of America,” will this be a chapter of pride or shame?
Will we stand before our ultimate judge and whine, “We were just doing as our leaders told us — obeying the law and protecting America from foreign criminals”?
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.