This is your life in Trumpland.

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It takes only two things to keep people in chains: The ignorance of the oppressed and the treachery of their leaders..

My first job out of college was with a company called “Booth Fisheries,” which at the time was the largest frozen fish company in the world. Booth sold many species of fish, the availability of which varied weekly.

Booth put out a weekly price list to reflect this changing availability.

Now, you might think that when a species was in short supply, Booth would raise the price, and when a species was plentiful, Booth would lower the price, and mostly you would be right.  But not always.

There were times when Booth was completely out of a certain species, but would offer it at a very low price on its weekly list.

When I asked the sales manager about this, he said, “People refer back to these price lists, so I always like to include some very low prices for reference. Then if someone complains about our high prices, I can say,

Then if someone complains about our prices being too high, I can say, ‘Look at where Cod was last month’ or ‘Check Pollock last week. Our prices are very low.’

“But,” when I said, “wouldn’t they realize that we had no Cod or Pollock to sell them at those prices?” he would respond, “I’d just say our prices were so low we sold out quickly.”

But that was a crazy lie. Didn’t they ever catch on?”

And he responded, “One thing to remember Rodger, in business and politics, bullsh*t baffles brains.”

Here in America, we live life in Trumpland, where bullsh*t always baffles brains:

♦Financial Times, 3/1/17: US attorney-general Jeff Sessions failed to disclose during his confirmation hearings in January that he twice met the Russian ambassador while acting as a close adviser to Donald Trump during last year’s presidential campaign.

Mr Sessions met Sergey Kislyak on September 8 in the then-senator’s private office in the US Capitol building, after having spoken with him earlier at the conservative Heritage Foundation.

The meetings occurred as Russian officials were mounting an increasingly aggressive effort to interfere with the US election in a bid to aid Mr Trump’s chances of winning, US intelligence agencies concluded this year.

[Sessions simply forgot he met with the Russian ambassador. Wouldn’t you?]

♦President Trump, who signed legislation that nullified a recent reguImage result for water pollutionlation prohibiting surface-mining operations from dumping waste in nearby waterways, said he was eager to support coal miners who had backed his presidential bid. “The miners are a big deal,” he said Thursday. “I’ve had support from some of these folks right from the very beginning, and I won’t forget it.” 

[Trump supports two things: Votes and water pollution.]

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♦Mother Jones: Donald Trump has a lot of things to say about global warming. He’s called it an urgent problem, and he’s called it a hoax. He’s claimed it’s a scam invented by the Chinese, and he’s denied that he ever said that. He’s promised to “cancel” the historic Paris climate agreement, and he’s said he still has an “open mind” on the matter. [And that’s definite.]

To head the Environmental Protection Agency , Mr. Trump appointed Scott Pruitt, who has made a career of suing the EPA over clean air and water initiatives. [You just can’t make this stuff up.]

♦Trump: “I’m going to drain the swamp.” The new Trump regime is noImage result for crooked bankersthing more than Goldman Sachs Inc., a rancid government stuffed with more Goldman Sachs stooges than any other U.S. regime in history. [Maybe he has a different definition of “drain.”

♦Over the pImage result for police brutalityast several years, the US Department of Justice exposed such abuses from local police departments as unjustified shootings and racism. New Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Justice Department will “pull back” on civil rights lawsuits and investigations against police.

♦Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue nominated as agriculture secretary, is supposed to ensure the safety and quality of America’s food.  Under Governor Perdue, Georgia slashed its budget for food safety 29 percent. Two years later, at least 714 people were sickened by salmonella traced to peanut paste produced in Blakely, Georgia. Nine people died, triggering one of the largest food safety recalls in U.S. history. Trump called to cut 75% to 80% of US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations.

♦Trump Image result for war civilians killedhas criticized Obama for being overly cautious against al-Qaida. In Trump’s first military raid in Yemen one American sailor was dead and three other service members were injured.

Numerous civilians, including women and nine children, were among the Yemenis killed. Nothing worthwhile was accomplished, but Trump proposeImage result for atomic bombs to increase military spending by $54 billion and cut nonmilitary programs by the same amount.

[Now that Trump has proved himself to be an able Commander-in-Chief, we have nothing to worry about.]

Image result for trump excludes press♦June 2016: The ‘Blacklist’: Trump has excluded Univision, BuzzFeed, Politico, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, The Des Moines Register.(“We’re not issuing credentials to anyone from The Des Moines Register based on the {uncomplimentary} editorial that they wrote earlier in the week.”)

[Thank goodness Trump isn’t a petty, egocentric, vindictive, tin pot dictator, or he would have barred more of the major media.]

February 2017, Trump excludes New York Times, CNN, Politico and others from briefing. [Oops!]

We have entered a new land, Trumpland, where bullsh*t always baffles brains.  As a final demonstration, we conclude with this

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♦Wayne LaPierre (NRA) blamed the U.S. mental health system and its inability to track those with mental health problems, and noted that some states fail to include those adjudicated as mentally ill in the national instant check system for gun purchases.

“We have a mental health system in this country that has completely and totally collapsed. We have no national database of these lunatics,” LaPierre said.

WASHINGTON — President Trump killed a regulation that required the Social Security Administration to submit records of mentally disabled people to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, the FBI database used to determine whether someone can buy a firearm under the 1993 Brady Bill. The rule would have applied to about 75,000 people who were “adjudicated as a mentally defective” [Does it get any Trumpier than this?]

In answer to the final question, “Does it get any Trumpier than this?”: Yes it does, and yes it will. We only are at the beginning of Trumpiness.

Soon, Congress will pass laws to:

  • provide health care to more people that actually will provide health care to fewer people
  • to save people money, that actually will cost them money
  • to increase the number of doctors and hospitals that actually will reduce the number of doctors and hospitals
  • to save the Monetarily Sovereign government money while costing the monetarily non-sovereign states more money
  • to increase the public’s access medical insurance that actually will reduce the public’s access to medical insurance

Can’t get any more Trumpy than that.

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 A MONTHLY ECONOMIC BONUS TO EVERY MAN, WOMAN AND CHILD IN AMERICA (similar to Social Security for All) (The JG (Jobs Guarantee) vs the GI (Guaranteed Income) vs the EB (Guaranteed Income)) 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 EVERYONE Five 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.
Businesses are dollar-transferring machines. They transfer dollars from customers to employees, suppliers, shareholders and the federal government (the later having no use for those dollars). Any tax on businesses reduces the amount going to employees, suppliers and shareholders, which diminishes the economy. Ultimately, all business taxes reduce 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 business 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.


One thought on “This is your life in Trumpland.

  1. From OpEd News

    Earlier this year the Wall Street Journal’s editor-in-chief insisted that the Wall Street Journal wouldn’t label Trump’s false statements as “lies.” Lying, said the editor, requires a deliberate intention to mislead, which couldn’t be proven in Trump’s case.

    But Donald Trump is the most lying president we’ve ever had, and he seems to get away with it. Here’s his 10-step plan for turning lies into near truths:

    Step 1: He lies.

    Step 2: Experts contradict him, saying his claim is baseless and false. The media report that the claim is false.

    Step 3: Trump blasts the experts and condemns the media for being “dishonest.”

    Step 4: Trump repeats the lie in tweets and speeches. And asserts that “many people” say he’s right.

    – Advertisement –
    Step 5: The mainstream media start to describe the lie as a “disputed fact.”

    Step 6: Trump repeats the lie in tweets, interviews, and speeches. His surrogates repeat it on TV and in the right-wing blogosphere.

    Step 7: The mainstream media begin to describe Trump’s lie as a “controversy.”

    Step 8: Polls show a growing number of Americans (including most Republicans) believing Trump’s lie to be true.

    Step 9: The media start describing Trump’s lie as “a claim that reflects a partisan divide in America,” and is “found to be true by many.”

    Step 10: The public is confused and disoriented about what the facts are. Trump wins.

    Don’t let Trump’s lies become near truths. Be vigilant. Know the truth, and spread it. The media should stop mincing words. Report Trump’s lies as lies.


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