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•Those, who do not understand the differences between Monetary Sovereignty and monetary non-sovereignty, do not understand economics.
•Any monetarily NON-sovereign government — be it city, county, state or nation — that runs an ongoing trade deficit, eventually will run out of money.
•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.
•The single most important problem in economics is the Gap between rich and poor.
•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.
•Everything in economics devolves to motive, and the motive is the Gap between the rich and the rest..
Some people oppose abortion, under any circumstance. I understand that. I disagree, but I understand.
What I don’t understand is why people believe the life of a fetus is more important than the lives of already-born people.
Republicans, who defend all fetuses, even for instance the newest, least-formed fetuses of poor black women, immediately lose interest once those fetuses become, for instance, poor black children.
Republicans do everything possible to close any service that even informs poor women about abortion, let alone conducts abortions. But, Republicans then do everything possible to prevent the resultant, poor children from receiving food, clothing and shelter.
My question is: What is there about being born that diminishes a child’s worth, in the minds of Republicans?
The reality is: Rich women have no difficulty getting abortions, and no difficulty paying for their children; so much of this abortion outrage is just an extension of the rich trying to widen the Gap between themselves and the poor.
John Kass is an important columnist (right up there on page 2) for the right-wing Chicago Tribune. Dutifully following his bosses, he hews to the Republican line. That’s how he keeps his page 2 position.
Here are a few excerpts from an article he published, today:
A new video came out the other day, a fifth video, of Planned Parenthood officials talking in chilling euphemisms and grisly business in the lab, secretly recorded by the Center for Medical Progress.
Like the other videos, the fifth centers on Planned Parenthood’s fetal organ harvests, but the new video also deals with the issue of “intact” fetuses, discussed in neutral, bureaucratic language.
“And we are able to obtain intact fetal cadavers, then we can make it part of the budget, that any dissections are this, and splitting the specimens into different shipments is this, I mean that’s — it’s all just a matter of line items,” says a Planned Parenthood official in the video.
And so the unborn are reduced to line items.
Planned Parenthood quickly responded, saying the videos are nothing more than an anti-choice campaign to smear an organization that provides health care to women.
The Center for Medical Progress alleges the videos are evidence that Planned Parenthood — which receives more than $500 million each year in federal tax money — is illegally selling body parts for profit.
What Kass neglects to mention is that the “Center for Medical Progress” isn’t really a center for “medical progress.” It is an anti-abortion group, that fights against the law of the land, which makes abortion legal.
That’s their definition of “medical progress.”
Not all of the politicians outraged by Planned Parenthood are Republicans. A few Democrats joined in. One is West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, who said he opposes funding Planned Parenthood.
“I am very troubled by the callous behavior of Planned Parenthood staff in recently released videos, which casually discuss the sale, possibly for profit, of fetal tissue after an abortion.”
Even this Democrat has a concern, but not about what Planned Parenthood does, which he undoubtedly recognizes is both legal and valuable. He’s concerned about their callousness.
But the issue isn’t whether abortion is legal. Abortion has been legal for decades. That’s not going to change.
That’s right, John. Nothing illegal is being done.
So the “scandal” is what? Doing legal medical research to save lives, many of which will be children’s lives?
Is that the problem?
This is something else again: Reducing human life to a commodity, subject to market whims, where the “procedure” (meaning abortion) is altered so that the fetal organs may be kept intact, to be bartered and sold.
You can say that it’s not human life. And many do. But in this case, using euphemisms is a shield. I suppose we can convince ourselves that the research “materiel” is not human, until of course, you see a lab tech with tweezers pick up a tiny limb.
What’s going on at Planned Parenthood is barbaric. (And) the use of our money makes us complicit.
And here is what I have to say to John Kass:
Today, you want to defund Planned Parenthood. Why? Because you don’t like the attitude of some Planned Parenthood people. The ATTITUDE.
Not one word about what PP actually DOES to save lives. No, that isn’t important. Research to save lives isn’t important. Poor women’s lives aren’t important.
The fact that the fetus already has legally been aborted, and already is dead, doesn’t matter to you. Perhaps, you would you prefer that the dead fetus be disposed of in the garbage?
Medical schools use cadavers. Doctors learn how to save lives by practicing on cadavers. Some of these cadavers are of adults. Some are children. Some are fetuses.
Would we be better served if doctors could not practice on cadavers? Should they practice on live humans?
Do you even care about what diseases are being prevented and cured? Have you even asked about how many lives are saved?
No, all that is important to you is the ATTITUDE of a couple of people, and therefore in your mind, this entire valuable program should be defunded.
How about defunding the Supreme Court, because you don’t like the attitude of some justices’ assistants?
How about defunding Social Security, because you don’t like the attitude of some Social Security employees?
How about defunding the military, because we don’t like the attitude of some colonels?
How about firing John Kass, because we don’t like the attitude of your employees?
Why care about what a program does, so long as a person’s attitude determines the future of that program? Is that your position?
You said, “What’s going on at Planned Parenthood is barbaric.”
No, John. Trying to find any excuse to defund a life-saving program, because you don’t happen to agree with abortion and don’t give a damn about poor women’s lives, and don’t understand the value of medical research – that’s barbaric.
Truly sad, John.
But knowing that you earn your money by sucking up to your rich bosses, I understand why you publish right-wing propaganda. Your rich boses can’t change the law, based on its merits, so they hire people like you to pick away at it, hoping it will die the death of a thousand cuts.
It seems to be the conservative way.
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.
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.