The long-term solution to rampant crime. No, not cracking down on criminals.

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Admit it. You would like to snuggle up to those who are richer and more powerful than you, and you would like to distance yourself from those who are poorer and less influential.  It’s a comfort thing.

The wider the Gap between you and those “below” you, the greater is your comfort and sense of security.

If a well-dressed stranger approaches you on the street, or knocks on your door, you find it more enjoyable dealing with him, than you would with a raggedy stranger. Be honest. It’s true.

Judges are people. They feel the same way.  My sensing is that given any particular crime, the rich and influential receive lighter sentences than the poor and unimportant, not only because they have better lawyers, but because they represent a lesser emotional threat.

Emotions are more powerful than reason. And that passionate urge to widen the Gap between us and the poorer — to distance their dirty bodies, hovels, and morals from us — this urge which has been elevated to an approved system, guarantees growing criminality in our society.

Rare look at youth post detention is bleak
Racial and ethnic disparities central to poor outcomes following juvenile detention
December 19, 2016, Northwestern University

Summary: A new study offers a bleak assessment in a rare look at the outcomes of delinquent youth five and 12 years after juvenile detention.

Central to poor outcomes for the youth post-detention are stark and persistent racial, ethnic and gender disparities, according to the massive study that began in the mid-1990s.

Before we move on to some of the specifics of this study, let’s remember a few things:

  1. The brains of young people are not fully developed, particularly with regard to anticipating future consequences of one’s actions. Ask a young person why he/she did something obviously stupid, and you likely will see a shrug of the shoulders and the response, “I don’t know.” And it’s the truth.  Heis brain really doesn’t know.
  2. That being the case, the prospect of incarceration does not act as a serious deterrent to crime — at least for young, poor children. They are not shocked by the prospect of jail, especially since they don’t visualize themselves being caught and going to jail. And anyway, they know people who have been, or are in, jail, so it’s not seen as a strange and fearsome event.

African-American males fared the worst, with lives characterized by incarceration, criminal activity and few positive outcomes.

Hispanic males functioned more poorly overall than non-Hispanic white males. Females, however, functioned significantly better than males in nearly every domain, according to the report.

Researchers assessed the achievement of eight positive outcomes: educational attainment, residential independence, gainful activity, desistance from criminal activity, mental health, abstaining from substance abuse, interpersonal functioning and parenting responsibility.

Karen M. Abram, the study’s first author and associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, said many delinquent youth are at great risk for poor outcomes in adulthood because of histories of profound trauma and loss, and limited social support, adult guidance and academic success.

The cycle of disadvantage may be most profound for racial/ethnic minorities who have fewer resources and opportunities to fulfill adult responsibilities.

Many middle and upper-class kids perpetrate delinquent acts but may not suffer the same consequences, said Linda Teplin, senior author of the study.

“Wealthier families are more likely to be able to afford treatment if their kids use drugs,” added Teplin, the Owen L. Coon Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and director of the Health Disparities and Public Policy Program at Feinberg. “So their children might never be arrested and incarcerated.”

Additional findings (12 years after detention)

  • Only half of the participants had a high school degree or equivalent.
  • One-fifth of males and one-third of females were working full time or in school.
  • Non-Hispanic whites had more than five times the odds of gainful activity than African-Americans and more than two times the odds than Hispanics.
  • African-Americans and Hispanics were more likely to abstain from substance abuse compared with non-Hispanic whites.

The findings, the authors said, underscore that for delinquent youth to succeed, society must help them to not only desist from crime but to overcome barriers to social stability and employment.

“Our findings highlight the need to address racial and ethnic disparities, because who gets arrested and detained? It’s poor kids,” Teplin said. “And disproportionately racial and ethnic minorities.”

In short, poverty leads to crime and jail, while crime and jail lead to poverty, sucking children down into a never-ending whirlpool of failure.

The problems of poverty and crime are so intertwined, there can be no long-term solution to one without a long-term solution to the other.

Thus, punishment cannot prevent crime, and in fact, it may exacerbate it. Try finding a job once you have been convicted of a crime, and try living honestly without a job.

Yet, our first reaction to crime is to elect someone who claims to be “tough on crime.” He promises to hunt down and jail criminals for longer periods, not because jail has proved to be an effective deterrent, but rather as a method to punish, to extract our retribution on criminals for taking away our feelings of security.

When someone is a victim of a crime, they usually say, “I want justice.” No, what they want is vengeance. They have been hurt, and now they want to hurt someone.

Applying the whip is our vengeance — our way we widen the Gap between “them” and “us.”

The long-term solution to crime– or at least to the amelioration of crime — is The Ten Steps to Prosperity (below).

The Ten Steps are not, as some may tell you, a matter of rewarding sloth or evildoing. They are the first steps in reducing crime and making your life safer.

Consider the Ten Steps an insurance policy for your own wellbeing.  And this insurance policy, like all Monetarily Sovereign government spending, won’t cost you a cent. No new taxes necessary.

The Ten Steps: Free protection from crime: Now that’s a good deal, isn’t it.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty


The single most important problems in economics involve the excessive income/wealth/power Gaps between the have-mores and the have-less.

Wide Gaps negatively affect poverty, health and longevity, education, housing, law and crime, war, leadership, ownership, bigotry, supply and demand, taxation, GDP, international relations, scientific advancement, the environment, human motivation and well-being, and virtually every other issue in economics.

Implementation of The Ten Steps To Prosperity can narrow the Gaps:

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 can afford better health care than can 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 ANNUAL 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 benefitting 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-transferring 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.
7. INCREASE THE STANDARD INCOME TAX DEDUCTION, ANNUALLY. (Refer to this.) 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 a 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.


8 thoughts on “The long-term solution to rampant crime. No, not cracking down on criminals.

  1. The rich never stop trying and the right never stop believing.

    Claims about ‘food-stamp fraud’ completely fall apart

    Fox News aired a strange report, telling its viewers that “food-stamp fraud” has reached “an all-time high.”

    Citing evidence from the Department of Agriculture, Fox said fraud in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program cost taxpayers $70 million in 2016.

    “Is it time to end the program?” Fox asked, rhetorically.

    It didn’t take long before literally every detail of the report was discredited. Food-stamp fraud is not at an all-time high; the Department of Agriculture has not released any new data on this; there’s no evidence that puts the price tag of fraud in the system at $70 million; and ending a social-insurance program over this is absurd.

    The Department of Agriculture demanded a retraction. As The Hill noted, Fox obliged.

    Fox News has retracted a Tuesday story that claimed “an all-time high” for food stamp fraud.

    “We reported that back in 2016 $70 [billion] were wasted on food stamp fraud,” Fox News contributor Abby Huntsman said on Friday’s “Fox and Friends.”

    “That was actually incorrect.”

    Congressional Republicans are poised to go after programs that benefit low-income families

    Starving the poor is one of the best methods for increasing crime, and it’s no cheaper than feeding the poor.


    1. When Fox News falsely claims that there is rampant Food Stamp fraud, it causes right-wingers to say, “End Food Stamps!”

      However right-wingers shrug their shoulders when a wealthy doctor is caught defrauding Medicare of countless millions of dollars. Military contractors steal BILLIONS. Bankers steal TRILLIONS.

      In the USA, one of the greatest crimes you can commit is to be poor. As a result, the number of poor people increases each day.


  2. Yes, The rich and their stooges are all for saving money by cutting welfare etc but they never want to know that the intended and unintended consequences are more expensive than what they regard as savings. Typical hypocrisy.


  3. When we support the Big Lie, we support the expansion of crime and poverty. This is unavoidable.

    For example, the Big Lie justifies gratuitous austerity, which starves local governments of money. Local governments respond to austerity by bleeding the poor. In more and more U.S. cities, you must pay for the arresting cop, pay for a public defender, pay for a judge, for court time, for jail, and for everything else. If you cannot pay, then your fines, your surcharges, penalties, and your interest rate explode exponentially. Therefore a judge issues a warrant for your arrest (further augmenting your monetary charges) and you are taken to jail, causing your fines and your interest rate to further explode.

    This cycle is permanent and it is intentional. Average people justify it by saying, “The people in jail shouldn’t have committed their first crime.” But the first crime that starts the cycle is usually very petty, and was itself was inspired by desperation, or simply by bad luck. In some communities, cops intentionally harass poor people of color in order to stuff them into the meat grinder of permanent debt and jail.

    Suppose a cop cites you for jay-walking, but for one reason or another, you miss a payment on your fine, or you miss a court date. An arrest warrant will be written against you (plus its associated fees) and voila: you are now trapped in the system for life. Your ever-increasing debt, poverty, and desperation drive you to more serious crime.

    In more and more parts of the USA, debt collectors go to a judge who automatically writes an edict saying you must pay or go to jail. The judge’s writing of that edict increases your charges, which are added to the debt collector’s claims, plus extreme interest and penalties. Now you are in the system.
    It all starts with the selfishness and stupidity of average people who support the Big Lie via denial or apathy.

    It’s like we are a herd of zebras on an African plane. Each day, lions grab and eat one of the zebras. The rest of the zebras do not think, “Let’s collectively defend ourselves against lions.” No, most zebras stand and watch the victim being eaten, and they think, “I’m glad it wasn’t me today. Besides, that zebra being eaten had inferior stripes, and probably deserved his date.”

    And so the zebras continue to be eaten.


    1. Fascinating:

      Going to that site also taught me:

      <blockquote:"McDonald's Exposed for Using Human Meat"

      "Stealing Sperm From Dead Men to Create IVF Babies"

      "Root Canals Cause Major Long-Life Problems"

      "Mammography is Harmful and Should Be Abandoned"

      and my favorite:

      "On the Jewish Takeover of the World"

      Seems like very reliable information, doesn’t it?


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