Twitter: @rodgermitchell; Search #monetarysovereignty
Facebook: Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
What is the appeal of Donald Trump, and when is a Jew not a Jew?
Obviously, the answers are different for each individual, so to come to any conclusions, I’ve had to generalize.
Here are some generalizations:
I know Trump’s followers mostly are less educated, white and conversely, rich.
I can understand the less educated. They are the ones who have been hurt most by the recession and by foreign competition. The less educated have lost their jobs and have seen their employers move manufacturing overseas.
Trump promises them he will bring jobs back here by being tough on other nations and on domestic companies that buy foreign manufacturing.
Of course, foreign competition is what makes that car, that TV, those toys and baby clothes more affordable for the less educated. But the emotion of not having a job, or struggling with a low-pay job is greater than the concern about more expensive goods.
Trump tells them he will be a “jobs President,” and though he has no plan and is a compulsive liar, they believe him. They want to believe him. They need belief and scapegoats
And I understand the white. They have been programmed to be bigots. They believe that the brown and black-skinned are stealing jobs and creating street crime and are inferior.
Trump tells the whites he will kick all those brown-skinned rapists out of the country and will be tough on crime.
The fact that poverty, not skin color, creates most street crime is lost on the whites, as is the fact that immigrants create jobs by consuming goods and services. Trump’s bigoted proposals to build a wall and to deport 11 million would be laughable if it were not so outrageous.
But the whites want to believe him. They need scapegoats.
And I understand the rich. Trump is one of them. He says he is going to cut taxes, and that is what the rich care about.
He also says he will get rid of “tax loopholes,” the ones that allow him and other rich people to save millions. I’m not sure why anyone would believe him . . . or pretty much anything else he says.
I understand the less educated, the white and the rich. But there is another group I don’t understand, and I am part of it.
I am a Jew, and many of my friends are Jews. Mostly, they are in the upper 5% of the income / wealth / power class.
Historically, Jews have voted Democratic for one reason. The Democrats, through the years, have been the party of the underdog.
The Democrats were the party that created Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and most other social services of greater benefit to the less affluent and less powerful.
Jews understand being the victims of bigotry. For 2,000 years Jews have suffered through pogroms and the Inquisition and the Holocaust. Jews have been denied jobs, attacked, tortured for not converting, refused entry to universities and clubs, seen their houses and synagogues burned, accused of various plots to own the world, deported, and blamed for God’s death.
Compassion for the underdog is burned into Jewish genes.
So it has come as a shock to me, when of late, some of my friends told me they plan to vote for Trump.
Here is their reasoning:
1. They hate Hillary; they don’t trust her (though strangely, they do trust Trump).
2. They hate Bernie because he is a socialist who will raise taxes (though he isn’t a socialist and he won’t need to raise taxes).
3. Trump is strong and we need a strong leader (which is exactly how dictators come into power)
4. Trump will cut taxes and spending on social programs (punishing the poor).
5. Trump will be tough on criminals (like for instance, shooting unarmed blacks and deporting browns).
Trump cares nothing for the underdog. He never speaks of compassion, and his followers never do, either. That lack of compassion is the fundamental difference between conservatives and liberals. Conservatives despise the poor; liberals feel for them.
Trump’s daughter is Jewish by marriage. She should talk with her father about his bigotry and lack of compassion.
In my eyes, Trump’s followers, Jewish or otherwise, not only don’t care about the less fortunate, they actively dislike them. They buy into the bigotry that those below on the economic scale, are lazy takers, who need to be disciplined into submission.
Trumpists empathize with the rich. And, of course, they hate taxes on the rich.
Compassion is the one thing totally absent from Donald Trump’s appeal.
Now my friends are not selfish people and they are not mean people. Most of them give heavily to charities (though their charities tend to be religion- and health-oriented (Israel, cancer, etc.) rather than benevolents to the poor.
They no longer see themselves among the less fortunate. They are distanced from pogroms, the Holocaust, country club exclusion and deportations.
Today’s Jews experience less overt bigotry than in the past. Fewer people look at our heads to see if we have horns. And it has been many years since I’ve been accused of killing God, the all-powerful.
I truly believe Jews who have lost their compassion have lost their Jewishness. They are homeless people, estranged from their own history, but not really accepted by the non-Jewish world.
They are caught in the worst of both worlds.
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 grow the economy, and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and you.
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
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.
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.
•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..
•No nation can tax itself into prosperity, nor grow without money growth.
•Cutting federal deficits to grow the economy is like applying leeches to cure anemia.
•A growing economy requires a growing supply of money (GDP = Federal Spending + Non-federal Spending + Net Exports)
•Deficit spending grows the supply of money
•The limit to federal deficit spending is an inflation that cannot be cured with interest rate control.
•The limit to non-federal deficit spending is the ability to borrow.
•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..