Today’s good news and bad news

Good news:

Study: Sanders’ economic plan piles $18T on federal debt

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar

That was good news, because increased federal debt usually leads to an increased national money supply, which leads to increased GDP growth.

More good news from the same article:

A nonpartisan study finds that Sen. Bernie Sanders’ tax and spending proposals would provide new levels of health and education benefits for American families

Clearly, that is good news for American families.

Now for some bad news, still in the same article:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Bernie Sanders’ tax and spending proposals would provide new levels of health and education benefits for American families, but they’d also blow an $18-trillion hole in federal deficits, piling on so much debt they would damage the economy.

It’s bad news, not because federal deficits supposedly damage the economy (They benefit the economy), but because the author of the article, Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, believes the federal deficits can damage the economy.

Never mind his confusion between deficits and debt, the common belief about deficits and federal “debt” is part of the Big Lie, that federal taxes fund federal spending, and that U.S. finance is like personal finance.  Whether Mr. Alonso-Zaldivar actually believes the Big Lie, or is paid to disseminate the Big Lie, is unknown.

That sobering assessment comes from a joint analysis released Monday by the nonpartisan Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center and the Urban Institute Health Policy Center, well-known Washington think tanks.

In all probability, the “non-partisan Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center and the Urban Institute Health Policy Center understand Monetary Sovereignty, but are paid by the rich to disseminate the Big Lie, very bad news, indeed.

Now for some more bad news:

Donald Trump is floating an insane idea that would tank the American economy
Business Insider By Josh Barro, May 6, 2016 11:59 AM

He said on CNBC on Thursday that as president he would find ways to renegotiate the public debt and pay less than 100 cents on the dollar if the economy went bad.

“I’ve borrowed knowing that you can pay back with discounts,” he said. “I would borrow knowing that if the economy crashed, you could make a deal.”

Here, Donald parrots the Big Lie that federal finances are like personal finances and federal debt is like personal debt. They aren’t, and to hear one of the people who will be come President, continue with the Big Lie is discouraging.

But wait, there still is hope, because the Donald, as he is wont to do, suddenly changes positions, and gives us good news:

Trump: U.S. will never default ‘because you print the money’
By David Wright, CNN

(CNN)Donald Trump declared Monday the U.S. never has to default on debt “because you print the money,” while trying to clarify his strategy for managing the national debt.

That’s pretty good news. Amazingly, Donald Trump, of all people, is the only known politician telling the truth about the federal debt, i.e. the U.S. never will need to default.

While the U.S. doesn’t literally “print” dollars (It prints bills, which are titles for dollars), he is correct that the U.S. creates dollars ad hoc, every time it buys something and pays a creditor.

(The U.S. doesn’t create new dollars when it pays off a T-security. Those dollars already exist in owner’s T-security accounts.)

But to hear Donald Trump express what every politician and medium knows, but refuses to admit, is refreshing. Would that Hillary and Bernie could bring themselves to reveal the truth about federal debt.

Now we come to a combination of good news and bad news:

Hillary Clinton is going to be exonerated on the email controversy. It won’t matter.
By Paul Waldman May 6

In order to have broken the law, it isn’t enough for Clinton to have had classified information in a place where it was possible for it to be hacked.

She would have had to intentionally given classified information to someone without authorization to have it, like David Petraeus did when he showed classified documents to his mistress (and then lied to the FBI about it, by the way).

Despite the enormous manpower and time the Justice Department has devoted to this case, there has never been even a suggestion, let alone any evidence, that Clinton did any such thing.

So the most overblown. bullsh*t investigation since Benghazi (which also failed to find wrongdoing by Clinton) as is usual with Republican, politically motivated, costly investigations, will end with a whimper.

Good riddance.

But the bad news, in the same article, there won’t be riddance:

But when it comes to the presidential campaign, that isn’t going to matter.

Republicans already know what they think: Hillary Clinton is a criminal whose every thought and action is vile and despicable, so of course she broke the law.

If the investigation doesn’t show that, it could only be because the investigation was a sham. So they’ll just keep saying that this is a scandal, over and over and over.

And the public, which easily is led by the nose, will continue to believe Clinton is a liar, while Trump “tells it like it is.”

And speaking of lies, more bad (or good, depending on your perspective) news, about Trump

Trump’s most impressive boast is a brazen lie
05/02/16 08:00 AM, By Steve Benen

Trump’s claim is that he, relying solely on his extraordinary instincts and unrivaled prognostication skills, recognized that the war in Iraq would be a disaster from the outset.

Last fall, Trump went so far as to say, in multiple interviews, that he was so outspoken in his condemnations of the U.S. invasion plans in 2003 that officials from the Bush/Cheney White House actually reached out to him, urging him to tone down his criticism before he started turning Americans against the coming conflict.

These are all important assertions in the 2016 race, which may impress Clinton’s critics, but which aren’t even remotely true. Trump is brazenly, shamelessly lying. There is literally no evidence to substantiate any of his claims, and extensive evidence that proves the opposite.

On Sept. 11, 2002, for example, Howard Stern asked Trump, “Are you for invading Iraq?” Trump replied, “Yeah, I guess so.”

Trump’s unique style of campaigning: (1) manufacture self-aggrandizing boast; (2) repeat said boast regularly; (3) wait for unsuspecting media professionals to accept boast at face value; (4) repeat.

So is it good news or bad news to see once again that when it comes to lying, Trump is a repeat offender of the most noxious kind?

Probably neither. If you’re a Democrat, you’ve known that for many months, and each new lie merely reinforces the obvious.

If you’re a Republican, you don’t care whether he lies to you, because you love his carnival barker style, and you don’t really care what he says.

And so the news keeps floating in, the good and the bad, as it harmlessly bounces off the numbed skulls of the American electorate, never penetrating, not even a little.

Trump and Clinton. Ah, where is Elizabeth Warren when we need her?

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty
Ten Steps to Prosperity:
1. ELIMINATE FICA (Ten Reasons to Eliminate FICA )
Although the article lists 10 reasons to eliminate FICA, there are two fundamental reasons:
*FICA is the most regressive tax in American history, widening the Gap by punishing the low and middle-income groups, while leaving the rich untouched, and
*The federal government, being Monetarily Sovereign, neither needs nor uses FICA to support Social Security and Medicare.
This article addresses the questions:
*Does the economy benefit when the rich afford better health care than the rest of Americans?
*Aside from improved health care, what are the other economic effects of “Medicare for everyone?”
*How much would it cost taxpayers?
*Who opposes it?”
3. PROVIDE AN ECONOMIC BONUS TO EVERY MAN, WOMAN AND CHILD IN AMERICA, AND/OR EVERY STATE, A PER CAPITA ECONOMIC BONUS (The JG (Jobs Guarantee) vs the GI (Guaranteed Income) vs the EB) Or institute a reverse income tax.
This article is the fifth in a series about direct financial assistance to Americans:

Why Modern Monetary Theory’s Employer of Last Resort is a bad idea. Sunday, Jan 1 2012
MMT’s Job Guarantee (JG) — “Another crazy, rightwing, Austrian nutjob?” Thursday, Jan 12 2012
Why Modern Monetary Theory’s Jobs Guarantee is like the EU’s euro: A beloved solution to the wrong problem. Tuesday, May 29 2012
“You can’t fire me. I’m on JG” Saturday, Jun 2 2012

Economic growth should include the “bottom” 99.9%, not just the .1%, the only question being, how best to accomplish that. Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) favors giving everyone a job. Monetary Sovereignty (MS) favors giving everyone money. The five articles describe the pros and cons of each approach.
4. FREE EDUCATION (INCLUDING POST-GRAD) FOR EVERYONEFive reasons why we should eliminate school loans
Monetarily non-sovereign State and local governments, despite their limited finances, support grades K-12. That level of education may have been sufficient for a largely agrarian economy, but not for our currently more technical economy that demands greater numbers of highly educated workers.
Because state and local funding is so limited, grades K-12 receive short shrift, especially those schools whose populations come from the lowest economic groups. And college is too costly for most families.
An educated populace benefits a nation, and benefiting the nation is the purpose of the federal government, which has the unlimited ability to pay for K-16 and beyond.
Even were schooling to be completely free, many young people cannot attend, because they and their families cannot afford to support non-workers. In a foundering boat, everyone needs to bail, and no one can take time off for study.
If a young person’s “job” is to learn and be productive, he/she should be paid to do that job, especially since that job is one of America’s most important.
Corporations themselves exist only as legalities. They don’t pay taxes or pay for anything else. They are dollar-tranferring machines. They transfer dollars from customers to employees, suppliers, shareholders and the government (the later having no use for those dollars).
Any tax on corporations reduces the amount going to employees, suppliers and shareholders, which diminishes the economy. Ultimately, all corporate taxes come around and reappear as deductions from your personal income.
Federal taxes punish taxpayers and harm the economy. The federal government has no need for those punishing and harmful tax dollars. There are several ways to reduce taxes, and we should evaluate and choose the most progressive approaches.
Cutting FICA and corporate taxes would be an good early step, as both dramatically affect the 99%. Annual increases in the standard income tax deduction, and a reverse income tax also would provide benefits from the bottom up. Both would narrow the Gap.
There was a time when I argued against increasing anyone’s federal taxes. After all, the federal government has no need for tax dollars, and all taxes reduce Gross Domestic Product, thereby negatively affecting the entire economy, including the 99.9%.
But I have come to realize that narrowing the Gap requires trimming the top. It simply would not be possible to provide the 99.9% with enough benefits to narrow the Gap in any meaningful way. Bill Gates reportedly owns $70 billion. To get to that level, he must have been earning $10 billion a year. Pick any acceptable Gap (1000 to 1?), and the lowest paid American would have to receive $10 million a year. Unreasonable.
9. FEDERAL OWNERSHIP OF ALL BANKS (Click The end of private banking and How should America decide “who-gets-money”?)
Banks have created all the dollars that exist. Even dollars created at the direction of the federal government, actually come into being when banks increase the numbers in checking accounts. This gives the banks enormous financial power, and as we all know, power corrupts — especially when multiplied by a profit motive.
Although the federal government also is powerful and corrupted, it does not suffer from a profit motive, the world’s most corrupting influence.
10. INCREASE FEDERAL SPENDING ON THE MYRIAD INITIATIVES THAT BENEFIT AMERICA’S 99.9% (Federal agencies)Browse the agencies. See how many agencies benefit the lower- and middle-income/wealth/ power groups, by adding dollars to the economy and/or by actions more beneficial to the 99.9% than to the .1%.
Save this reference as your primer to current economics. Sadly, much of the material is not being taught in American schools, which is all the more reason for you to use it.

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


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.


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..

•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..


One thought on “Today’s good news and bad news

  1. If Hillary had done this, the media would be filled with “dishonest Hillary” stories.

    Trump prepared to keep tax returns hidden from public

    In the modern era, major-party presidential nominees are expected to make certain disclosures, just as a matter of course. Public scrutiny of candidates’ tax returns is a given.

    Despite pressure, the billionaire also doesn’t expect to release his tax returns before November, citing an ongoing audit of his finances. He said he will release them after the audit ends. But he said that he wouldn’t overrule his lawyers and instruct them to release his returns if the audit hasn’t concluded by November.

    “There’s nothing to learn from them,” Trump told The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday. He also has said he doesn’t believe voters are interested.

    Hillary Clinton has released the last eight years’ worth of returns as her campaign got underway, and has made her returns public for every year dating back to 1977.

    What could anyone learn from looking at the tax returns of a blowhard who repeatedly reminds us:
    1. He is “very, very rich”
    2. Because he’s “very, very rich,” we should trust him.
    3. He usually likes to stiff creditors, which he terms “negotiation.”.

    And why would anyone wonder:
    4. Why has there been an ongoing audit of his taxes for years. (Is that normal?)
    5. Why he repeatedly lies about almost everything, and then changes his story and lies about his lies.

    Actually, his followers don’t wonder about these things. They really don’t.


    Paul Ryan’s Awful Dilemma

    Trump has flip-flopped almost continuously in front of our eyes these last few months and often taken contradictory stands within the same speeches (a with his wildly inconsistent foreign policy address) or the same conversation as was the case most recently with his backtracking on his tax plan and calls for tax increases.

    Trumpism is in no small measure a personality cult built around a vulgar thug who renders conservative talk about values meaningless. Trump may believe in nothing but himself, but he has also tapped into an ugly populist streak in American politics that he won’t abandon because it is an expression of his repulsive personality.

    Trump’s follower are like pro-wrestling fans. They know it’s all fraud. They know they are being lied to. But they don’t care. They enjoy watching the “vulgar thug” strut around the ring, and they believe, they truly believe that this caricature of a strongman actually cares about them.

    But if Trump becomes President, his followers’ children and grandchildren will live with what the voters have wrought. And it won’t be pretty.


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