–The best article yet re. the Presidential race

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It’s early, and so far the lead challengers are Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. That will change, especially on the Republican side, but here is the best article yet, about these three hopefuls.

I didn’t write it. I wish I had. Anis Shivani did.

I’ll give you a few choice paragraphs, but you should read entire article: Fascist Trump, Neoliberal Hillary, and Progressive Bernie: Three Contrasting Performance Styles

Here are a few of Mr. Shivani’s comments about Donald Trump:

Trump’s entire spiel is centered around how they–the immigrants, foreign countries like China and Mexico–have screwed us out of the wealth and prosperity we deserve, and how he, the duly elected strongman will outwit and outmuscle these wily powers.

Trump is a continuous stream-of-consciousness articulator of all the ignorant resentments–against uppity women and gays and African Americans and Hispanics and Asians, against Germany and Japan and Korea whom we still “protect” at great cost without getting anything in return, against Middle Eastern countries whom we strengthen and support at the cost of our only ally Israel.

Trump’s spiel is a compilation of every uninformed, simplistic, and delusional component of the conspiratorial narrative of grievance held by “real” Americans against those who are said to have falsely appropriated the label “American” for themselves.

Trump, like all the ignorant demagogues preceding him, claims that he will clean up this mess and separate the true Americans from the phonies.

For Trump, as for all his fascist predecessors, it is democracy itself which gets in the way of achieving greatness, performing those heroic deeds, for which the tired, weakened, aggrieved nation of true patriots yearns.

It is democracy itself which must be circumvented and sidelined. Except in the case of Trump, it is not Middle Eastern domination or the end to terror worldwide that he’s after, but simply negotiating better deals with China and Mexico.

Consider the originator of fascism, Mussolini, and notice the remarkable similarities between his and Trump’s performances: the same supercilious mockery of democrats, journalists, liberals, human rights campaigners, do-gooders; the same puerile postures and gestures, hard to imagine on a national stage except that it is actually happening; the same denial of past history and present circumstances in favor of creating a brand-new reality in accordance with the wishes of the adoring masses; the same preening self-admiration as the hero who alone embodies the wishes of the outwitted, outmaneuvered, outgunned people and will lead them to salvation; the same identification of nation with leader, until Mussolini (or Trump) becomes the nation, until the nation is unimaginable without him as its singular reincarnation.

In short, Trump is a nascent fascist, and the people who cheer for him are the same people who cheered for Hitler and Mussolini — the haters, the bigots, the morally depraved and mentally weak, the blamers and finger pointers, the useless additions to a raving crowd — people who want to believe that making America great requires, in some unexplained way, ripping 11 million men, women and children from their homes and shipping them out of the country.

And now a few of Mr. Shivani’s comments about Hillary Clinton:

Hillary wants to continue the necessary segregation between real and fake Americans as assiduously as Trump–Hillary wants to give a chance at a better school, a bigger home, an entrepreneurial venture, a path forward in the professional world.

Except that Hillary is not actually going to do a single thing for them; as she has explained in campaign speeches, these are the (righteous) folks who “fought their way back” on their own and pulled themselves up by the bootstraps during the economic crisis.

They’re not the ones who needed to be bailed out from unsustainable mortgage or student loan debt–Bernie’s people–they are the ones who made it. Every one of the people in her (introductory campaign) commercial smacks of liberal virtue, having paid their dues and followed every little rule on the path to success.

(She uses) the same empty rhetoric about “fighting” for the middle-class and wanting to be the president of “all” Americans, not just “the few.” She even wants to work across the aisle to keep us “safe” from terror, that’s one of her four fights; and there’s even “reinventing government.”

She who, along with her husband, jettisoned core Democratic principles such as single-payer health care, gave in to right-wing discourse on every single social policy, and gutted the New Deal and Great Society consensus on education, taxes, budgets, welfare, immigration, telecommunications, crime, banking, and trade, now wants to “fight” on behalf of the very people whose decimation is associated with Clintonism even more than with Reaganism.

And she offers not a single policy prescription of substance, besides platitudes about rewarding hard work and playing by the rules (just as her husband did).

Had she not left such a complete vacuum of policy and failed to address the real economic misery out there, there would have been no opening for Trump or other extremists.

In short, Clinton is a go-along, do-nothing, riding on her name, and with no ideas for helping those who need help or for growing the economy or for strengthening America or for doing anything else positive you can think of.

Her message: “If you work hard or marry well (for instance, marry a President), you will do fine. But if you are poor, it’s because you are lazy, so don’t ask me to help you, because helping you only will make you lazier.”

And finally, a few of Mr. Shivani’s comments about Bernie Sanders:

Bernie Sanders, on the other hand, offers specific policies–not just rhetoric–on each and every economic and social crisis that Hillary mentions and then sidelines in fuzzy words.

Before Clintonism demolished core Democratic principles, as in the endorsement of privatized health care, rather than the single-payer Medicare-type health care Bernie advocates, all of Bernie’s prescriptions used to be mainstream liberal aspirations.

He wants free higher education (which more or less used to be the case anyway for most students before rapid tuition inflation put paid to that in the last generation or two), a $15 minimum wage (already that figure is becoming outdated), and Medicare for all.

While I regret the element of economic nationalism that has crept into progressive thinking and feel sorry about the loss of faith in trade and globalization and openness in favor of a hunkered-down protectionism, this is something that infects the entire left, and is a legacy of the flawed inception of globalization in the Clinton years.

The only way to find our way back is to make ours a more humane society, with exactly the kind of redistribution downward that Bernie is talking about, so that a freer, more open, more trusting world can once again emerge on the horizon.

In that sense, I have total empathy with Bernie and his rhetoric (compared with) the perverted economic nationalism of Trump, rooted in white supremacy and a xenophobic victimization that has no basis in reality given our unparalleled national wealth and resources.

So there we have it, the style we need and deserve (Bernie’s, offering not just hollow words that have had all the meaning rubbed out of them after a generation of Clinton-Bush-Obama neoliberalism, but real solutions for real problems), versus Trump’s inverted populism, or fascism if you like to use that language (imagine every sane proposal offered by Bernie turned on its head, so it becomes a privatized, ruthless, brutal policy benefiting the rich even more than they already do, because after all we can all aspire to become rich like Trump).

O.K., it’s a commercial for Bernie Sanders, but a commercial with a great deal of fundamental truth: Donald Trump IS a rich fascist, whose empathy is for people like him, the rich, and who sneers at the poor and middle class, all of whom are “losers.”

Hillary Clinton IS a phony, who admires those who have “made it,” but will do absolutely nothing for those who need the government’s helping hand, because really, how much will they pay her for speeches?

Bernie Sanders IS a liberal who will lift the bottom and middle, and close the Gap between the rich and the rest.

I always felt Joe Biden’s entry into the race was imminent once Hillary persisted in her vacuous campaign–running on a platform of absolutely nothing substantive.

The establishment narrative has it that Biden is the Democratic party’s insurance policy in case Hillary implodes due to scandal.

But I rather think that Hillary desperately wants Biden in the race–just as the Clintons injected Wesley Clark as the attack dog in the 2004 campaign to scramble the equation and put Howard Dean on the defensive and eventually doom him–because she has no capacity to go one-on-one in debates against Bernie.

I suspect Trump will see his numbers decline, as people grow tired of the same old entertainment, and in a fit of desperation, Trump either will join the Republicans or create his own political party, which will be called “TRUMP” in great big letters.

I don’t know who the Republicans will nominate — the entire crop is lame — but my WAG (Wild Ass Guess) is Marco Rubio, who has as much qualification to be President as I have to be Pope — but he’s a Latino, and if you add Latinos to bigots and the selfish religious (religion and its love of God now having been turned on its head to personify mean, cruel selfishness and hatred), you can get quite a few votes.

I suspect Clinton will receive the Democratic nomination from the Powers That Be, because she is a charter member of the club, not for any plans, ideas, goals or leadership, as she has none.

Personally, I wish Elizabeth Warren were running, but caring about the poor, the unempowered and the needy is not stylish in today’s “me-first, me-last, me-only” environment.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty

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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.
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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
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Recessions come after the blue line drops below zero.

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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.

#MONETARYSOVEREIGNTY

22 thoughts on “–The best article yet re. the Presidential race

  1. You could be considered for the papacy. The first few popes were all Jews. What Pope Francis preaches is not far from the basic tenants of Jewish faith that Jesus Christ (a rabbi) preached and are the same fundamental tenants of both Christianity and Islam. Calvinists, Lutherans, Buddhists, etc. are followers of their namesakes – who were not believed to be divine. One can follow Christ’s moral/ethical teachings without the belief in the holy trinity. Jews do not have to convert because they already are participants in the original Covenant with God as acknowledged by thinking Christians and Muslims. Have a good week and happy posting.

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  2. I’m not so sure that Marco Rubio would help the GOP with Hispanic voters that much. He might please the Cuban segment, but they will vote for the Republican no matter what. The other Latino subgroups are not necessarily that fond of the South Florida Cubans and they will not automatically vote for Rubio just because he is technically “one of them.”

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  3. As a libertarian, I find it hard to believe Trump in the lead instead of rand paul. That said, trump is much better than Sanders. There is no point to spill ink for hillary, she is done – and that’s the reason all you liberals are running around like chickens without a head. How much does the world turn, I would have preferred Clinton over Obama in 2008. Sadly, I voted for Obama during that election. Why that change?

    I didn’t understant, until after that election, that democrats are a form of communists. Republicans aren’t much better. But trump, walker and Paul have something every single Democrat lacks. They understand how the economy works.

    We should all aspire to do good for others, but not on the backs of others like the Democrats believe. The idea should be to promote self responsibility and self improvement. We can, as individuals, improve our nation. If the “solution” is to find a way not to work and be resposible, we are (and have been) screwed as a nation

    It’s sad to see the same morons vote the same way each election and expect different results.. Sad…..

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    1. If Trump, Walker, and Paul “understand how the economy works”, then they are deviously using that knowledge to undermine and destroy that economy to the benefit of only the ultra-wealthy. How do I know? Because they each favor and support a balanced budget amendment which, if enacted, would assure recession or depression and immense private sector debt. If those guys think a balanced budget amendment would be beneficial for the US economy, then they actually don’t understand how the economy works.

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      1. Wow….

        Sad really… We’ve been in this roller coaster for 102 years and you have audacity to talk about how a balanced budget is “a bad thing”. How many beatings must you take to learn? Or perhaps you fall under the benefited ones by government waste – in which case, you are as bad a thieve. You just proved that you fall under the “don’t know anything about the economy” camp.

        Let me ask you Jimmy, how much money do we need to have a healthy economy? Hint: I bet you don’t know….

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        1. Well, actually Bam, any amount is better than no amount which is what a balanced budget would leave. I might add that a balanced budget might be construed as socialistic as well, in that with a balanced budget the federal government would be extracting and using private productivity at no cost to itself, as though it owned the factors of production.

          But in answer to your question, I would say that an appropriate amount of deficit spending would be whatever it takes to cause full employment and at-capacity production.

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        2. You sound like a “Paul” parrot Bam with your rants against money and the Fed. Any net spending by the federal government would be more beneficial to the economy than the zero net addition to the economy that a balanced budget would provide. I would say that as long as people are looking for work and the country is underproducing, the government can, and should, deficit spend. A sustained balanced budget not only would force the private sector into unsustainable personal debt, it would essentially allow the federal government to usurp American goods and labor at no cost to itself, ala a socialist regime. What are you, a Libertarian Socialist?

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        3. Very smart Jimmy. Very smart.

          So a balanced budget would mean extraction of goods and services at no cost? Well, what do you think its essentially happening today when government borrows?

          What a balanced budget would mean is that in order to increase spending, the government would have to raise taxes.

          Also, what makes you think that we need continuous deficits to have money. Why can’t we have a fixed currency amount. And yes, the Fed is the institution responsible for fractional reserve. Finally, I’m an American and a capitalist.

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          1. I replied to this earlier but I don’t see it. I may have mistyped my email. The upshot was, Bam, that every question you asked has been addressed hundreds of times by Rodger and others. I suggest you reread this entire blog starting with the first post. If you still don’t understand then you aren’t comprehending very well.

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          2. Humpty and Bam,
            This topic has plenty of substance independent of liberalism, conservatism, communism, socialism, or capitalism. Why don’t you guys put your political ideologies aside and pay attention to the economics and accounting involved? The monetary mechanics described are proven, true, and consistant regardless of one’s political leaning.

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          3. Hey Bam,

            I know you won’t go back and read anything Bam, so I will provide you a cheat sheet with the answers to your questions

            Q. – “So a balanced budget would mean extraction of goods and services at no cost? Well, what do you think its essentially happening today when government borrows?”

            A. – What happens when the federal government “borrows” is that people, businesses, and governments voluntarily and willfully invest their extra US dollars in Treasury securities for safe investments. That money safely sits in securities accounts at the Fed until expiration of the security at which time the Treasury returns the dollars to the investor along with some newly issued interest. The federal government does not spend that money. It isolates it from circulation. It does not need to “borrow” money in order to have money to spend.

            Q. – “What a balanced budget would mean is that in order to increase spending, the government would have to raise taxes.”

            A. – Exactly Bam, you got it. A balanced budget requires that every US dollar that enters the economy be withdrawn in taxes. Thus, a balanced budget, by definition, requires continued taxation. Oh, and by the way, you do realize that the federal government does not need tax dollars in order to spend don’t you? Those who think that to reduce taxes the government must reduce spending do not realize that there is no collaborative relationship between federal taxes and federal spending. I, as a capitalist myself, would like to see federal taxes eliminated.

            Q. – “Also, what makes you think that we need continuous deficits to have money. Why can’t we have a fixed currency amount. And yes, the Fed is the institution responsible for fractional reserve. Finally, I’m an American and a capitalist.”

            A. – We could have a fixed currency amount if we were satisfied with a shrinking economy, deflation, joblessness and little incentive to produce. Let’s say the money supply were fixed at $1 trillion but the population were to grow from 320 million to 400 million? The 400 million would have to make do with 20% fewer dollars per capita than the 320 million people did. Some prices would fall but many would not, and people would be forced to make do with fewer goods and services. Demand would drop, production would taper off and people would probably begin to turn away from US currency to something with more flexibility. No true capitalist would approve a fixed money supply and no true American would wish for the economy to tank just to maintain a scarcity of dollars.

            Your little buddy, Ron Paul, knows all this but he is so intent on crippling the government and the military that he wants to limit the money supply by going back to gold as money and he is willing to kill the economy to do it.

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  4. Anyone who strongly supports climate change is not on the peoples side. Bernie is just controlled by a different group that’s all. One who hope to benefit from alternative energy and in particular carbon trading (trillions). The people will of course massively suffer from much higher energy prices if he becomes president.

    All politicians are as bad as one another. They are all controlled. The people need to vote in the least bad option. Massive hikes in energy prices would be a disaster. Possible mush worse than the other options.

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    1. This is true. Giving the government control of energy is like putting a rope over our necks. Climate change is a made up story to push carbon trading…

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  5. After all, if we cannot have real politics — the kind there is supposed to be in democracies, where citizens collectively seek to discover and implement the common good or, failing that, to negotiate compromises within a broad framework of mutual respect and cooperation — then why not absurdist spectacle instead? — Andrew Levine

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  6. Here’s the Real Reason Donald Trump Is So Rich

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    Fact check: Carly Fiorina didn’t have a great run as CEO of Hewlett-Packard

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    When Liars Debate, The Truth Always Loses

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