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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.

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There is a word for the feeling you get when a mean bully goes to kick an innocent, little puppy, and instead, the bully falls down and breaks his own leg. It’s a relative of, “Hah, serves him right.” The word is “schadenfreude.”Image result for post war berlin destroyed

It’s a feeling I try to fight when I see post-World War photos of Berliners sorting through the shattered remnants of their city – the same people who cheered the removal of people to death camps.

Schadenfreude is mean and low, like a drug that provides a short-lived high, to be followed by a long period of self-recrimination.

Today our government, rather than sending innocent Germans to death camps, plans to destroy lives a different way — by deporting young, innocent “Dreamers” to countries they don’t know. This is how the current administration plans to “Make America Great, Again.”

But there’s more to the story than just immorality and intentional cruelty. The deportation of 800,000 young, productive people will result in a recession, if not a full-blown depression, and the people who always are hurt most during economic crises are the lower-and-middle-income classes.

Those people, now delighting in the misfortune of good, young people, suddenly will realize it’s not so funny, when they themselves begin losing their jobs, as their companies start laying off workers.

The Dreamers are not stoop-labor picking your veggies in the South. They actually are among our best and our brightest.

Being “illegal” they have had to be far more careful to comport themselves better than is typical for American teens and young adults. They are less likely to commit crimes, more likely to attend college, and are the people we would rely on to be our leaders, helping to grow our U.S. economy.

Losing good people will force many American companies to lose profits, fire employees, and/or go out of business altogether. And guess which group of American citizens will be hurt most. Right. The lower-and middle-income class Trump backers.

Initially, the mean-spirited will cheer at the sight of unfortunate youngsters being rounded up and trucked to countries they never have known. Right-wingers will enjoy watching “law and order,” Trump/Sessions style.

Then as the pink slips are given out, and the jobs disappear, and homes are lost, the realization will sink in: When you get rid of good people, business suffers, and when business suffers, the working class suffers most.

And then — I really am embarrassed about this — I will try not to shout, I TOLD YOU SO,” and though I’ll fight it, I’ll feel schadenfreude. It’s a feeling like a drug, with a short-term high, and a long period of self-recrimination, after.

You, of the middle classes,  can deny the storm is coming, but your denials won’t change the reality. The storm is coming.

I’m starting to feel schadenfreude already, just knowing what lies ahead. Darn it!

But, that’s not all.

The people who happily wish to deport “Dreamers” also deny global warming, and by a strange irony, they also will be the ones hurt more by the change in our climate.

The lower-and-middle-income-classes tend to live in more flood-prone areas, are less likely to have insurance, are less able to afford higher food and energy prices, will suffer more from insect-borne and warm-weather diseases, and will be far less able to maintain their lives, than will the upper-income groups.

The nation that immigrants grew, now wishes to deport immigrants — and for no good reason. These immigrants, by virtue of their consumption and their ambition, stimulate America’s economy. They add to available jobs. They act as good citizens without being citizens.

When they are gone, we will miss them and their contributions, and the ones who will miss them most are the ones who wished them away.

Trump’s followers will suffer the day. For the rest, it will be schadenfreude.

The storm is coming.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty

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THOUGHTS

•All we have are partial solutions; the best we can do is try.

•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 no matter how much it taxes its citizens.

•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.

•Until the 99% understand the need for federal deficits, the upper 1% will rule.

•Progressives 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 the rich and the rest.

•Austerity is the government’s method for widening the Gap between the rich and the rest.

•Everything in economics devolves to motive, and the motive is the Gap between the rich and the rest..

MONETARY SOVEREIGNTY