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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 the rest..
•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..
Pandering to the ignorant — all the politicians do it, mainly because we all are ignorant about most issues.
We learn about issues from our leaders, from the media and from our equally ignorant friends.
So, when our leaders and the media wish to mislead us, and our friends don’t know any more than we do, where does that leave us?
But ignorance does not prevent us from forming opinions, and it is a sad truth of human nature, that the opinions of the ignorant often are firmly held.
Religion and politics are examples. No one really knows anything about God — not what He wants, not how much control over our lives He has, and not whether He is a He or a She or an It, nor whether He/She/It really exists.
But, lacking solid information, most of us have very strong beliefs about the answers to these questions.
Politicians take advantage of that strange relationship between ignorance and strong belief, by making ridiculous claims.
When Republican politicians repeatedly vote to defund ACA, there is an implied claim that those votes are meaningful. But they have as much meaning as voting to make the sun stop rising in the east.
Apparently some voters enjoy seeing their politicians engaged in such futility, apparently hoping that somehow, despite all logic, the vote will make the sun rise in the west.
Donald Trump’s claim that he will deport 11 million people and bring back “the good ones” falls into the same category: “Stupid things we do and say to make a point.”
One might think it would be better to say intelligent or factual things to make the same point, but politicians have learned facts are not necessary, and actually may be an impediment to belief.
We are more ready to believe something outrageously wrong than something subtly correct.
Which brings us to the following article:
Senator Cruz Introduces Bill To Let States Reject Refugees
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senator Ted Cruz, who is seeking the Republican nomination for president in 2016, said on Tuesday that he introduced legislation to give governors the ability to opt out of refugee resettlement programs.
Cruz said that if President Barack Obama wanted to send refugees to any state, his legislation would let its governor refuse to participate, “to conclude that the federal government has not done a sufficient job ensuring that the safety and security of the citizens of the state will be protected.”
I’m certain that Senator Cruz’s followers believe this is a wonderful idea, and I’m equally certain that at least a majority of his base knows it’s impossible.
The Constitution of the United States requires that anyone in America can travel to any state in America. So governors can “opt out” all they want, and it means absolutely nothing.
Your governor may hate blacks, browns, gays, Muslims or short people, but once they are anywhere in America, he can’t prevent them from entering your state.
And Cruz knows this.
So why does he waste not only his own time and effort, but the time and effort of the entire Senate?
Why does he wish to demonstrate stupidity, especially when he is running for President?
Because he wishes to show he is “tough on immigration.”
By the strange phenomenon of human nature, his outrageously stupid act provides better proof to his followers that he is brilliant and tough, than had he set out his calm, logical reasons for not allowing refugees to come into America.
His followers don’t want a calm and logical leader. To them, calm and logical is weakness. They want a “hair-on-fire,” screaming, bigoted, “mad-man-with-a-chainsaw” leader. To them, ignorance + cruelty = strength.
It never occurs to them that while such qualities may play well in an auditorium, they are not appropriate for the President of the United States. We may find the wild, crazy rebel romantically attractive, but when we wish to settle down, it’s with someone who is kind, thoughtful and logical.
Those who vote for mean-spirited bigots of outrageous action rather than leaders of intelligence and compassion, get exactly what they asked for.
They get the Joe McCarthys and the George Wallaces, the Hitlers and the Stalins, the Trumps and the Cruzes.
And then they suffer and wonder why.
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 Click here
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
Recessions come only after the blue line drops below zero.
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.
2 thoughts on “Pandering to the ignorant”
A response to Rodger’s post above…
The Radical Insurgents (Trump, Cruz, Carson, Huckabee,) account for 60% or more of Republican and Lean-Republican voters. Establishment candidates barely register with GOP voters. It is so perverse that Marco Rubio, a Florida Tea Party wunderkind, a man who would deny abortion rights to rape victims, a man who last week said God’s law is more important than US civil law, is considered an establishment conservative??? Like it or not, Donald Trump has given voice to a large, hostile, ignorant and dangerous segment of American society and he is not the outlier in Republican politics. If Trump’s campaign does collapse like pundits predict, who do you think will inherit his supporters? Ted Cruz…who is far more dangerous than Donald Trump. Regardless of the outcome of the primary, we’re left with a radicalized GOP virtually unrecognizable from just 10 years past
“Donald Trump is saying a lot of things that people like to hear, but there isn’t a lot of substance to back up the statements,”
If the softer Trump support melts away and undecided voters break to another candidate, Trump will be fading by the time the voting starts. Though Trump is undeniably strong as of now, his path to defeat is also becoming clearer.
You need to be able to deflect the bad stuff that comes your way – and I cannot remember another candidate who could have survived at least three serious controversies, any one of which might well have sunk most candidates. And incredibly, he hasn’t just survived in the midst of constant controversy. He has thrived. He insults Mexicans….his numbers go up. He insults war hero John McCain…his numbers go up again. He goes after Megyn Kelly after the first debate and is labeled a radical misogynist….and his numbers go up yet again.
And Trump is also promising things he can’t deliver. If the base is fed up because slick politicians have been pulling the wool over their eyes, why do they think a slick businessman would be any different? From change we can believe in (ha) to change we don’t need to believe in because we just want some change?
I’ve expressed the opinion before that the way to stop Trump is for all but one of the establishment Republicans to drop out so they can coalesce around one candidate. Now I wonder if perhaps he could be stopped by everyone staying in and keeping the field so fragmented that no one can lock up the nomination, leading to a brokered convention, or even a full-on, no holds barred convention to determine the GOP’s nominee.
Could Trump win the nomination at the convention if he fails to win the necessary delegates in the primaries and caucuses but still has the most delegates overall? What would a “real” convention look like in this day and age? Americans are so used to the conventions of both major parties being just “reality” shows to anoint the winner of the primaries and caucuses. What if the GOP has to have a real convention?
All of us want Americans to be safe from ISIS. But Trump’s plan is both morally repugnant and ineffective. It doesn’t make us safer, it simply demonizes Muslim-Americans and could help ISIS recruit. That’s truly a losing combination for America.
Trump will be the most divisive president ever. He shows zero leadership skills. His words are already leading to innocent people getting hurt. He will just incite more hate onto people who have an opinion that differs from his or his supporters. To have a database of people who belong to a certain religion won’t stop at one religion. Over time it will remove all American’s privacy rights, just like the Patriot act did.
Just because one man gave a speech to condemn slavery, just because we fought a war and won, and just because there was a movement and another man gave a speech condemning intolerance and bigotry, doesn’t mean the children of racist aren’t still among us and that some of them wouldn’t do the same exact thing if they were given an inch to do so. Human beings who don’t keep up with the light of reason and rationality shining through the fog of superstition and fear will do whatever they are allowed to do, and certainly whatever their treasured fairy tales allow them to do. Remember that human beings aren’t actually morally better than they were in times past–the only thing holding a fair society together is a secular contract, debated with a clear, educated mind, void of superstition and specific tradition. Do you think a class of people deserve less? Give a reason, and expect an answer.
Most do not know anything about what being Muslim means??? Any religion, no matter which one can turn someone radicalized. Don’t lump the terrorists and Muslims into one category without knowing your facts.
Muslim Americans are loyal Americans and not a threat to this nation. There are many Muslim Americans serving in the military & law enforcement right now protecting u.s.
Politicians Employ Hate and Fear –Hate and Fear,two powerful political motivators,are unabashedly and unapologetically being
employ to rally the worst in Americans. To equate a mosque with terrorist is either the height of ignorance or depth of callous
As for Donald Trump and everyone in Congress all 535 members—Take a walk down 14th Street—in DC and stop at the Regan Building and in the entrance to the U.S Agency for International Developmet,is a massive statue of woman reclining on what appears to be Victorian couch. Engrave on the pedestal beneath the statue is the following words.
“OUR LIBERTY OF WORSHIP IS NOT A CONCESSION NOR A PRIVILEGE BUT AND INHERENT RIGHT”
Mr. Donald Trump–You don’t deserve America just because YOU grew up here. You deserve America when you accept that you’re equal to everyone else in the entire WORLD.