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There are two reasons why Donald Trump will be the Republican Presidential nominee:

1. The other Republican candidates. Never, in my memory, have I seen such a group of worthless, irreligious, unpatriotic, weak, lazy, ignorant, lying, incompetent, unqualified lo-o-o-o-osers (thanks Donald) as this bunch.

a. Ben Carson: The words lying, ignorant and unqualified were created for him. He doesn’t believe in Evolution, which may be fine for someone who runs an elevator or drives a bus, but too ignorant for someone who wishes to run a country.

His lies are so ludicrous as to be comparable to a two-year old’s.

But let’s face it. Carson is not, and never was, a real candidate. He’s in it because of the Lindsay Graham rule. Graham famously said, “I’m thinking about running for president. You get a house and a car and a plane. It’s a pretty good gig.”

Carson’s sole value in this election year is for the humorous, bumbling incompetent, comic relief he brings to an otherwise angry atmosphere.

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b. John Kasich: He also isn’t, and never was, a real candidate. And although he isn’t as ignorant, lying (or as sleepy) as Carson, he too, may be following the Graham rule.

Or, he simply may enjoy the role of Don Quixote:

“I don’t know if my purpose is to be president. My purpose is to be out here doing what I think I need to be doing, and we’ll see where it ends up. And if it’s not this crusade, it’ll be another one, and maybe it’ll be a really small one, somewhere in my kid’s school – who knows? Because it doesn’t matter the size of the crusade – it’s the fact that you are in a crusade.”

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c. Jeb Bush: If mental confusion and woeful weakness were requirements for office, Jeb would be President already. No voting needed.

He couldn’t decide whether his brother’s ego-based, life destroying invasion of Iraq was, or was not, a mistake. And he allowed himself to be Donald Trump’s human punching bag.

Perhaps the defining moment in his entire campaign was when he came to a dramatic moment in a speech, and met silence. Sadly, he looked out at the audience and said, “Please, clap.”

We’ll skip right by the 16 other ridiculous candidates, most of whom cynically tried to “out-religious,” out-rightwing” and “out-nutty” the others, based on their belief Republican voters demand extreme crazy.

Let us move on to Trump’s real competition, such as it is:

d. Ted Cruz: While Carson is incompetent, Kasich is ambivalent and Jeb is weak, Cruz is mean-spirited. He hates everyone and everyone hates him, even the people in his own party.

Mistakenly, he has confused meanness with strength, and while people will follow strength, sometimes even mean strength, they will not follow meanness as a dominant characteristic.

“Tricky Ted,” the Republican’s latest entry in the “be like Nixon” competition, not only loves Nixonian dirty tricks, but fired a staffer who was caught doing Ted’s dirty work.

For him, shutting down the government, just to get his way, was a legitimate political effort, despite the damage such actions cause, not just to the government, but more importantly, to Americans. ment

Can you imagine him as President of the United States, shutting down the United States, unless everyone agreed with him?

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e. Marco Rubio: This master of leisure seldom voted and seldom even attended the Senate job for which he was paid, though it is difficult to learn what exactly he did with all that spare time.

When Rick Santorum, who endorsed Rubio, was asked by Joe Scarborough to name a Rubio accomplishment, he famously was unable to name even one.

He said, “The bottom line is there isn’t a whole lot of accomplishments, Joe, and I just don’t think it’s a fair question.”

Any time I had a job interview, I was asked about my accomplishments. But apparently it’s unfair to ask a job-seeker about his accomplishments (or lack thereof) if he’s seeking the top job in the world.

His sole excuse seems to be that Barack Obama didn’t have many accomplishments during his Senate tour. Sad isn’t it, when Republicans defend a candidate by equating him with the most hated man in the Republican world, Barack Obama.

So, one reason why Trump is dominating the pack: His Presidential competition, a group whose main focus is anti-Obama. No real ideas. No real proposals. No real solutions. Just . . . anti-Obama. America’s voters want more than “anti.”

Then there is the second reason Trump dominates:

2. Trump is the least crazy of the serious Republican candidates.

I never thought I’d write that, but it’s true.

Yes, he wants to have his storm troopers kick down doors, and drag 11 million men, women and innocent children from their homes, stuff them into hot or freezing cattle cars and ship them hundreds or thousands of miles across the border.

And yes, he wants to spend many billions of dollars, while usurping public and private lands, to build a gigantic, thousand-mile Trump-wall (with his name at the top?) all along our border with Mexico, just because of his belief that “Mexicans are criminals and rapists” (though he also claims to love Mexicans).

And yes, he wants to deny the Constitution which states that everyone born here is a citizen, despite their parentage, because of his aforementioned love for Mexican criminals and rapists.

And yes, he wants to deny one of the fundamental reasons people originally fled Europe to create America — freedom of religion, a freedom enshrined in the Constitution — by doing his “Hitler” imitation against Muslims.

And yes, by normal human standards Trump is the scariest, craziest, man to run for office in the past 100 years.

But we are not talking about normal human standards here. We are talking about Tea Party standards. We are talking about evangelical and fundamentalist standards. We are talking about anti-science, anti-foreigner, anti-women, anti-gay, anti-black, anti-brown, anti-yellow, anti-poor, anti-non-Christian standards.

We are talking about today’s Republican standards, and by those standards, a boastful liar and bigot who uses shouts and insults in place of actual ideas, is believed to be someone who “tells it like it is.”

Now I bear no special brief for Obama, whom I consider to be a weak President, of the Jimmy Carter model as well as a right-winger pretending to be a liberal. And I am cool to Hillary and less cool to Bernie, though in truth, Hillary’s Email account makes me yawn, and Bernie’s so-called “socialism” merely is an extension of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Thank goodness for those “socialist” ideas.

Anyone thinking those human benefits constitute “socialism,” has not graduated past the 18th century.

Neither Bernie nor Hillary fills me with the same terror as the thought of a Trump or Cruz or Rubio Presidency.

The bottom line to this diatribe is: Trump is leading the Republican field because he is slightly less loathsome than his competitors. He is the lesser of several evils, and that is about the best I can say of him.

As for Republican voters, I empathize with you for your lack of a good choice. As Trump himself said, “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.”

This must be frustrating for people having intelligence and morals. But when someone bases their beliefs on fear and hatred, this is the result.

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 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 grow the economy, and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and you.
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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

Recessions begin an average of 2 years after the blue line first dips below zero. A common phenomenon is for the line briefly to dip below zero, then rise above zero, before falling dramatically below zero. There was a brief dip below zero in 2015, followed by another dip – the familiar pre-recession pattern.
Recessions are cured by a rising red line.

Monetary Sovereignty

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.

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Mitchell’s laws:
•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..

MONETARY SOVEREIGNTY