Here is when economics loses its importance.

On April 24th, I had my 2nd knee replacement. Meanwhile, my wife for 63 years, had been battling what seemed to be a “forever” cold. It turned out to be pneumonia.

Last week, I came home from rehab, to find my wife unconscious in the bedroom. I was unable to rouse her. A call to 911 drew a response within a minute. The techs determined she had an incredible 104.7 temperature.

For those who don’t know the implications, it would be rare for an adult to survive such a fever.

In the hospital, the fever drove her to delirium, where this little, 110 pound, mild-mannered woman unconsciously fought off her nurses so powerfully they were forced to strap her down.

At that point, I thought we had lost her.

I then developed a bladder infection, which slowed my recovery from the knee replacement (I was unable to do the necessary recovery exercises.)

My wife came out of her delirium but had to go on an oxygen mask. One of the results of pneumonia can be a loss of hearing, which can be temporary or permanent. Either the mask or the pneumonia itself resulted in my wife losing her hearing.

We hope her hearing loss was temporary, since it now is recovering, at least slightly, and my knee and other maladies, are ever-so-slowly, improving.

She remains in the hospital, where she probably will remain for at least another week. Fortunately, I have two, wonderful daughters, who visit my wife every day, and who stop by me to supply meals.

This all came out of nowhere, to two people who previously were healthy, strong, vigorous tennis players,

Thankfully, we are blessed with Medicare A & B, supplement, Part D, long-term care insurance, and a concierge doctor, who visited my wife each day, and who directed her recovery.

Just imagine if we were among the millions of people to whom the GOP would like to deny healthcare.  Imagine this happening to you, and you couldn’t afford insurance. Healthy yesterday, suddenly, unexpectedly sick today, and inadequate healthcare available.

Millions of Americans, feeling healthy now, will vote for the party and the man, who are doing everything possible to end social benefits like Obamacare, mostly because it has Obama’s name attached to it.

Given similar circumstances, these Americans will die unnecessarily, doomed by their own ignorance.

Perhaps, this is a form of Darwinism which may lead to an improvement of the species.

I’ve been preaching essentially the same story, through two books and 2,300 posts on this blog, and from what I can see, I’ve not even dented the wall of .ignorance.

I see what the hospital, doctor, drug, and nursing bills are and will be. Only the wealthiest among us independently could afford them or at least, have adequate insurance. The rest of you will die too soon.

Visit any right-wing site and you will see snarky comments about “libs” and how we all should be self-sufficient. These are the folks who believe, “It can’t happen to me.”

The next time you think about voting, decide which group you have joined. Your life depends on it.

Yes, during these suddenly dire times, teaching economics loses its importance to me.

But hey, I’m OK.

Are you?

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty
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The most important problems in economics involve the excessive income/wealth/power Gaps between the richer and the poorer.

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

2. Federally funded Medicare — parts a, b & d, plus long-term care — for everyone

3. Provide a monthly economic bonus to every man, woman and child in America (similar to social security for all)

4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone

5. Salary for attending school

6. Eliminate federal taxes on business

7. Increase the standard income tax deduction, annually. 

8. Tax the very rich (the “.1%) more, with higher progressive tax rates on all forms of income.

9. Federal ownership of all banks

10. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99.9% 

The Ten Steps will grow the economy, and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and you.

MONETARY SOVEREIGNTY