Guess which nation offers free college to everyone. Friday, Jan 31 2020 

Before we answer, let’s make one point very clear: The U.S. federal government, being Monetarily Sovereign, has the unlimited ability to create U.S. dollars.

It never can run short of dollars. It can pay any bills of any size, instantly, and without collecting a single penny in taxes.

Further, and contrary to the popular myth, federal deficit spending does not cause inflation. Instead, inflations are caused by shortages, most often shortages of food or energy (oil), not by “excessive” federal deficits or debt. (Ironically, shortages often are cured by federal deficit spending.)

Consider Japan, which has a much-derided Debt/GDP of 240%:

Japan General Government Gross Debt to GDP

Chart: Japanese debt/GDP ratio for 25 years.

America’s debt terrorists would claim that level of debt must lead to inflation.

But Japan’s inflation generally has languished below 1% and often has been below 0%:

Chart: Japan’s inflation rates for 25 years

In summary, the U.S. government easily could provide a free college education to everyone in America, who wanted one.

So, if a college education benefits not only the students, but everyone in the nation, why doesn’t the U.S. federal government fund college for everyone?

The reason: Our deficit terrorists persist in telling you that despite the American government being Monetarily Sovereign, while the public is monetarily non-sovereign, funding college would be unaffordable for the government.

Oh, really?

How US students get a university degree for free in Germany
By Franz Strasser, BBC News, Germany, 3 June 2015

While the cost of college education in the US has reached record highs, Germany has abandoned tuition fees altogether for German and international students alike.

An increasing number of Americans are taking advantage and saving tens of thousands of dollars to get their degrees.

Before we continue with excerpts from the article, keep this in mind: Unlike the U.S. government, which has the unlimited ability to pay for anything, without collecting taxes, the German government is monetarily non-sovereign.

It does not have a sovereign currency. It uses the euro, which is the sovereign currency of the European Union.

When Germany spends, German taxpayers pay.

So why are German taxpayers willing to pay for college, while the American government is not?

Germans have a greater belief in the importance of education than do Americans.

Some Americans believe a college education is an unnecessary, but expensive, form of elitism. They don’t understand that the competitive future of America will be determined by the educated.

Other Americans adopt the “If I had to pay, they should have to pay” attitude, a kind of cutting one’s nose to spite one’s face.

And it hurts us all.

In rural South Carolina one night, Hunter Bliss told his mother he wanted to apply to university in Germany. Amy Hall chuckled, dismissed it, and told him he could go if he got in.

“When he got accepted I burst into tears,” says Amy, a single mother.

“For him to stay here in the US was going to be very costly,” says Amy. “We would have had to get federal loans and student loans because he has a very fit mind and great goals.”

More than 4,600 US students are fully enrolled at Germany universities, an increase of 20% over three years.

At the same time, the total student debt in the US has reached $1.3 trillion (£850 billion).

Health insurance for students in Germany is €80 ($87) a month, much less than what Amy would have had to pay in the US to add him to her plan.

To cover rent, mandatory health insurance and other expenses, Hunter’s mother sends him between $6,000-7,000 each year.

At his nearest school back home, the University of South Carolina, that amount would not have covered the tuition fees.

Even with scholarships, that would have totalled about $10,000 a year. Housing, books and living expenses would make that number much higher.

We interrupt again to remind you that sometimes even a college scholarship isn’t sufficient, when one needs to pay ancillary expenses, and when one must forego a regular paying job.

That is why in the Ten Steps to Prosperity (below), one step is for the government to fund school tuition, and another step is for the government to provide a salary for attending the school.

The financial advantages of studying in Germany have not been lost on other US students. Katherine Burlingame decided to get her Master’s degree at a university in the East German town of Cottbus.

A graduate of Pennsylvania State University, Katherine spent less than €500 ($570) a month in Cottbus, which included housing, transportation and healthcare.

On top of that she received a monthly scholarship by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Council) of €750 ($815) which more than covered her costs.

“When I found out that just like Germans I’m studying for free, it was sort of mind blowing,” Katherine says.

“I realized how easy the admission process was and how there was no tuition fee. This was a wow moment for me.”

In the 2014-2015 academic year, private US universities charged students on average more than $31,000 for tuition and fees, with many schools charging well over $50,000.

The lie that federal debt is “unsustainable” “unaffordable,” and somehow immoral, has prevented many thousands of bright, ambitious, future American leaders from fulfilling the destiny that would have benefited them and America.

We cannot know how many potential American scientists, mathematicians, inventors, business leaders,  etc. America has lost for lack of education funds. We cannot know what it has cost us as a nation and as individuals.

But we do know this. The cost has been enormous, especially when compared to the zero cost to us of federal spending.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty
Twitter: @rodgermitchell
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The most important problems in economics involve:

  1. Monetary Sovereignty describes money creation and destruction.
  2. Gap Psychology describes the common desire to distance oneself from those “below” in any socio-economic ranking, and to come nearer those “above.” The socio-economic distance is referred to as “The Gap.”

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 Monetary Sovereignty and The Ten Steps To Prosperity can grow the economy and 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 the rest.

MONETARY SOVEREIGNTY

Medicare for Education: The “Free College” promise could come true Saturday, Jul 30 2016 

The web site, “Reason.com,” published an article titled, “Hillary Clinton’s Free College Promise Won’t Be Free—and Won’t Help College Students.”

The article is right — and wrong — and if you’re interested or confused about the “Free College” promise, here are some excerpts from the article:

“It’s just not right that Donald Trump can ignore his debts and students and families can’t refinance theirs,” Hillary Clinton said during her acceptance speech Thursday night.

She specifically name-checked Sanders and promised to work with him “to make college tuition free for the middle class and debt free for all.”

Actually, she and Bernie are on somewhat different paths. She even is on a different path from herself.

She spoke about refinancing debt, which is a long way from “debt free for all.”  For example, in the past few years, as interest rates fell, millions of people refinanced their mortgages, but that didn’t mean they were “debt free.”

By contrast, Bernie really did suggest free college, though supposedly (and erroneously) “paid for” by taxes.

The attack on Trump here is something of a non sequitur.

Sure, Trump may have overused and even abused America’s bankruptcy laws, but there’s actually an important reason why student loan debt can’t be wiped out in bankruptcy court while the debt of poorly run casinos can.

When a person or business goes through bankruptcy, there are physical assets that can be sold and used to pay lenders.

The bankruptcy process is meant to bring both sides to the table to work out a middle ground. Lenders get something back, and borrowers have to pay what they can.

There are no physical assets in student loan debt.

A college grad with $100,000 in unpaid loans can’t slice off a portion of their knowledge or experience and sell it, any more than they can hand over a portion of the better economic opportunities they have because of a college degree.

The explanation is wrong. Many people, who have no assets, go bankrupt every year. For them, the purpose of bankruptcy is to give them a fresh start, and not to be indebted forever.

So yes, the student loan laws could be amended to allow for bankruptcy, rather than the permanent, “indentured servant” system now in place.

America is damaged when its educated students are hamstrung by debt much of their lives, unable start a family, unable to use their education to create new business opportunities, unable to work in the lower-paid sciences or teaching, because they need to earn more to pay their debts.

To anyone who graduated in the last decade, during which tuition costs have skyrocketed, the idea of “free” or “debt free” college tuition probably sounds great.

But attempts by state and federal government to lower the cost of college have contributed mightily to the high cost of attending post-secondary school.

Government subsidies have hidden the price of college and broken the market forces that would naturally keep tuition costs down, allowing universities to charge pretty much whatever they want.

This is identical with the objections we all heard to Medicare: “Subsidize doctor and hospital bills, and doctors and hospitals will charge whatever they want.”

But, in fact, the opposite happened. Medicare has limited doctor and hospital bills.

Not that this is economically beneficial. By cutting medical bills, Medicare reduces the amount of money the federal government pumps into the economy, thereby reducing economic growth.

And the idea of “market forces that would naturally keep tuition costs down” doesn’t stand up to scrutiny.  It means that poorer students would seek out lower ranked colleges, theoretically forcing the higher ranked colleges to lower rates in order to compete.

Not only is this disgustingly elitist (Shall we also require poorer sick people to use lower ranked health care?), but colleges already compete on price, and that competition has not reduced prices.

Under a plan she announced earlier this month, anyone from a family making less than $85,000 a year would get free tuition to public universities.

(But) her vice presidential pick, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, (previously) wrote, “By making all public university education free, we’d be giving away college education to richer Americans who don’t need the assistance paying for it.”

So, does this mean a family making $86,000 a year should not receive free tuition?  Should we set up an income “no-man’s land,” whereby no one wishes to earn $86,000 – $126,000?

This would be yet another instance of Congressional “fine tuning” that creates more problems than it solves.

The entire discussion of “free college” would greatly be simplified if it revolved around two facts:

  1. College education is just as important to America today, as was high school education yesterday, and elementary school education before then.

    The world has become much more complex, much more technical, and for America to retain its leadership, we must ensure that all those who want a college education get it.

  2. The federal government has the unlimited ability to fund college for everyone. There is no benefit to America in limiting anyone’s financial ability to attend college. Taxpayers do not fund federal spending.

    There is no reason not to “give away college education to richer Americans who don’t need the assistance paying for it.

    The money enters the economy, thereby stimulating the economy, benefitting many Americans.

    At any rate, “family income” is a horrible way to measure one’s ability to pay for college.

    It is a measure that does not consider the varying costs of living in different geographical areas, the number and ages of people in the family, the family’s wealth, the family’s other financial obligations, the family’s health — a whole host of considerations that are not considered by family income.

What should be done: In the Ten Steps to Prosperity (below), Steps #4 (FREE EDUCATION, INCLUDING POST-GRAD, FOR EVERYONE) and #5 (SALARY FOR ATTENDING SCHOOL) describe in more detail, a financial plan for education.

Medicare already has solved many of the functional problems for us. It shows how the government can fund an important function, in this case, healthcare, in an evenhanded, highly beneficial way.

We should institute a “Medicare for education” plan, without the FICA and the age limits.

The government can afford it.
The country needs it.
Medicare has shown us how to do it.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty

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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.
2. FEDERALLY FUNDED MEDICARE — PARTS A, B & D, PLUS LONG TERM CARE — FOR EVERYONE (H.R. 676, Medicare for All )
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.
5. SALARY FOR ATTENDING SCHOOL
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.
6. ELIMINATE CORPORATE TAXES
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.
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 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.
8. TAX THE VERY RICH (THE “.1%) MORE, WITH HIGHER PROGRESSIVE TAX RATES ON ALL FORMS OF INCOME. (TROPHIC CASCADE)
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.

MONETARY SOVEREIGNTY

–One step toward long-term economic growth: Government offer free college education Tuesday, Jul 13 2010 

Mitchell’s laws:
●Those, who do not understand the differences between Monetary Sovereignty and monetary non-sovereignty, do not understand economics.
●The more federal budgets are cut and taxes increased, the weaker an economy becomes. .
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 poor.
●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.
To survive long term, a monetarily non-sovereign government must have a positive balance of payments.
●Everything in economics devolves to motive,
and the motive is the Gap.

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In SOLUTION FOR THE GAP, I suggested that the long-term solution for unemployment was not for the government to be the “employer of last resort,” as Modern Monetary Theory (aka neo-chartalism) suggests, but rather for the government to be the “educator of first resort.”

That is, the government should pay not only for elementary, middle and high school, but also for college and advanced degrees. Further, I suggest that the government pay a wage for college attendance, to encourage the impoverished who might otherwise have to decide between work and education.

Low skilled jobs are disappearing from the economy. (See the lists, below.) Those without an advanced education will be at an increasing disadvantage. Merely putting people to work in such jobs can indeed address a short-term money problem, but it can exacerbate future economic problems.

Someone earning a living wage as a Walmart greeter, may be less motivated or have less opportunity to attend college, and so forever be relegated to low-paying jobs or increasingly, no job at all.

While many people do not wish to attend, or do not have the aptitude for, college, the government should do everything possible to facilitate college attendance, as a way to prepare for the future economic growth of America.
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U.S. Department of Labor

The 30 occupations with the largest employment declines, 2008-18

Most significant source of postsecondary education: On the job training for all 30

Farmers and ranchers
Sewing machine operators
Order clerks
Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators
File clerks
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks
Telemarketers
Office and administrative support workers
Packers and packagers, hand
Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic
Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers
Machine feeders and offbearers
Door-to-door sales workers, news and street vendors, and related workers
Information and record clerks, all other
Paper goods machine setters, operators, and tenders
Computer operators
Machinists
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand
Miscellaneous agricultural workers
Data entry keyers
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers
Switchboard operators, including answering service
Mail clerks and mail machine operators, except postal service
Lathe and turning machine tool setters, operators and tenders, metal and plastic
Grinding, lapping, polishing, and buffing machine tool setters, operators, and tenders
Textile winding, twisting, and drawing out machine setters, operators, and tenders
Postal service clerks
Multiple machine tool setters, operators, and tenders
Photographic processing machine operators
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The 30 fastest-growing occupations, 2008-18

Most significant source of postsecondary education See list:

Biomedical engineers: Bachelors degree
Network systems and data communications analysts: Bachelor’s degree
Home health aides: Short-term on-the-job training
Personal and home care aides: Short-term on-the-jobtraining
Financial examiners: Bachelor’s degree
Medical scientists, except epidemiologists: Doctoral degree
Physician assistants: Master’s degree
Skin care specialists: Postsecondary vocational award
Biochemists and biophysicists: Doctoral degree
Athletic trainers: Bachelor’s degree
Physical therapist aides: Short-term on-the-job training
Dental hygienists: Associate degree
Veterinary technologists and technicians: Associate degree
Dental assistants: Moderate-term on-the-job training
Computer software engineers, applications: Bachelor’s degree
Medical assistants: Moderate-term on-the-job training
Physical therapist assistants: Associate degree
Veterinarians: First professional degree
Self-enrichment education teachers: Work experience in a related occupation
Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation: Long-term on-the-job training
Occupational therapist aides: Short-term on-the-job training
Environmental engineers: Bachelor’s degree
Pharmacy technicians: Moderate-term on-the-job training
Computer software engineers, systems software: Bachelor’s degree
Survey researchers: Bachelor’s degree
Physical therapists: Master’s degree
Personal financial advisors: Bachelor’s degree
Environmental engineering technicians: Associate degree
Occupational therapist assistants: Associate degree
Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors: Postsecondary vocational award
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Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
http://www.rodgermitchell.com

No nation can tax itself into prosperity

“How can they believe that?” Inside the minds of the cult. Tuesday, May 26 2020 

Most people continually wonder, “How can they believe that.” They hear and read Donald Trump’s 19,000 lies and they shake their heads, “Are these people crazy to believe the things he says?”

Then when Trump does or says something really awful, they say among themselves, “Surely this will lose him followers.” When it doesn’t, they again resort to “How can they believe that?”

I suggest that his followers don’t believe all those nutty things Trump does and says, They didn’t believe or care about Mexico paying for the wall. They didn’t believe he wasn’t trying to threaten Ukraine. They didn’t believe he didn’t grope unwilling women or cheat on his wife with a porn star.

They believe nothing bad ever is his fault, and everything good is his doing.

They just excuse Trump’s lies because the man hates the same people his followers hate.

It’s a cult, and as with all cults, the leader is to be worshipped, and anyone outside the cult is to be reviled. 

And as is common with cults, the leader is a psychopath.

In Trump world, there are no good liberals, no good Democrats, no good anyone who doesn’t worship him. Trump is the GOP version of Jim Jones, and Trump’s followers drink the Kool-Aid every day.

People on the outside of a cult always wonder how the followers can be so “stupid,” “naive,” “ignorant,” and willing to accept any nonsense the cult leader delivers.

Demonstrating this fact, a far-right website called Watchdog News conducted an online “poll” of Americans. The word “poll” is in quotes because the respondents were limited to people who wanted a coin with Donald Trump’s name on it.

Think about that.

Thus, the “poll” doesn’t tell you what America thinks, but it does indicate what Trump’s followers think.

Here are the results, plus some commentary from Watchdog News and from me.

19% of Americans think illegal immigrants SHOULD be able to join a branch of the United States Military.

81% of Americans think illegal immigrants SHOULD NOT be able to join a branch of the United States Military.

For those who think that illegal immigrants should be able to serve in the military, we say that doing the right thing doesn’t change the fact that they are here ILLEGALLY.

There is also something terrifying about arming large groups of illegal immigrants, giving them advanced weapons training, and then releasing them back into the U.S. once they’ve completed their service.

Here we see the results of Trump’s hate-mongering and fear-mongering.

The concept of “arming large groups of illegal immigrants giving them advanced weapons training. . . ” is a result of his false claims that undocumented immigrants are criminals who hate America, and if allowed to be in the military, they will take us over by force.

It’s utter nonsense of course. Immigrants didn’t come here to take over America. They came here to make a better life for themselves and their children.

And by the way, undocumented immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than are the armed white supremacists who Trump excuses.

His message is: “I’m a draft dodger with fake heel spurs, but I respect the military. The guy protesting bigotry against blacks doesn’t respect the military.”

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I’m a draft dodger with fake heel spurs. I respect the flag and the military.

96% of Americans think Football Players ARE disrespecting Veterans when protesting during the National Anthem.

4% of Americans think Football Players ARE NOT disrespecting Veterans when protesting during the National Anthem.

The average NFL player makes $2.1 million, according to Forbes.

Active-duty soldiers up to E6 make less than $40K, starting out at less than $20K a year.

Many Americans feel that’s reason enough to resent the methods the NFL players are using to protest. Their actions seem to disrespect the flag as well as the national anthem and by proxy, the military that defends those things and their right to protest.

Pro Football players earn more money than do U.S. soldiers. That irrelevancy is mentioned only to make you biased against football players. It has nothing whatever to do with the question.

And taking a knee has nothing to do with disrespecting soldiers, the flag, or the national anthem.

Similarly, hugging the flag, singing the national anthem, and dodging the draft because of fake “bone spurs,” does not show patriotism or respect for the military.

Some irony there.

What the right does not wish to see is that the protest has to do with the inferior treatment of blacks, particularly by the whites on the right.

Protesting bigotry is far more patriotic than the phony symbolism of flag-hugging. Ironically, the right-wing defends the right to protest, but does not want the protest itself.

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Trump: “Very fine people”

56% of Americans polled think we CAN save America without a civil war.

44% of Americans polled think we CAN NOT save America without a civil war.

We suspect that the majority of people who answer that we CAN NOT avoid a civil war also believe that they are up against an extremely covert and powerful Deep State embedded in every level of media, government, and law enforcement.

The “extremely covert and powerful (and mythical) Deep State” is Trump’s invention of an enemy. Cults always need some sort of enemy to unite against.

But Trump’s so-called “Deep State” is composed entirely of those people who object to lying, science-denying, cruelty to the less fortunate, hate-mongering, replacement of good people with incompetent bootlickers, and abetting criminality.

21% of Americans think that the news media CAN be unbiased in their reporting.

79% of Americans think that the news media CANNOT be unbiased in their reporting.

When most people think of the media, they think of the major media networks. These include ABC, NBC, Fox, and CNN. While we didn’t ask if they trust say, Fox more than NBC, we think that it was important to ask about news media in general.

Speaking of unbiased, Trump tweeted, “Fox News is no longer the same. We miss the great Roger Ailes. You have more anti-Trump people, by far, than ever before. Looking for a new outlet!

“The great Roger Ailes” resigned after allegations of sexual assault were made by 23 women! Sexual assault is not something that bothers Donald Trump.

And it’s interesting to see that Trump believes he owns an “outlet,” while complaining about biased media.

21% of Americans think illegal immigrants and their children SHOULD receive free education.

79% of Americans think illegal immigrants and their children SHOULD NOT receive free education.

Most people believe that the word ‘illegal’ determines how we should treat this matter. If someone is in this country illegally, they should not receive the benefits that legal citizens receive.

The “not legal citizens” is just a convenient excuse. Millions of non-citizens are in this country, receiving a free education, some documented and some not.

America benefits more from educating illegal immigrants, who generally stay in America, than from educating legal temporary card-holders, who eventually will return to their native countries.

Armed conservative protesters rally at the state capitol in Lansing Michigan on April 15 2020.

Those immigrants are dangerous.

4% of Americans think Illegal Immigrants SHOULD Be Eligible to Own Guns in the United States.

96% of Americans think Illegal Immigrants SHOULD NOT Be Eligible to Own Guns in the United States.

Why would anyone agree to give a criminal a gun?

They are ILLEGAL immigrants. They already have shown that they are ready to break any laws necessary to get what they want. Imagine the laws they could break once they have weapons?

No, they have not “shown that they are ready to break any laws.” They have shown that desperate people will risk their lives to make a better life for their families.

Undocumented law-breaking is more related to poverty than to any other factor, and poverty is related to lack of education, which often is denied them.

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Meaningless words: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State. . . “

86% of Americans DO NOT want assault rifles banned.

14% of Americans DO want assault rifles banned.

Like all semi-automatic guns, the AR-15 is no more or less dangerous than any other firearm. With the exception of bolt action or lever-action rifles, most firearms can fire as fast as the user pulls the trigger.

The AR-15 projectile is only a .223 “varmint caliber” and safety depends on who, where, and how it’s being used in the first place.

The 2nd Amendment affords Americans the right to bear arms, period.

It’s not a “varmint caliber,” and it is more dangerous.

The U.S. Army defines assault rifles as a “short, compact, selective-fire weapons that fire a cartridge intermediate in power between submachine gun and rifle cartridges.

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In this strict definition, a firearm must have at least the following characteristics to be considered an assault rifle:

  • It must be capable of selective (automatic or semi-automatic) fire.
  • It must have an intermediate-power cartridge: more power than a pistol but less than a standard rifle or battle rifle.
  • Its ammunition must be supplied from a detachable box magazine.
  • It must have an effective range of at least 330 yards.

Those specifications describe a firearm that is far more dangerous than a handgun or a typical “varmint” hunting rifle.

As for the 2nd Amendment, until 2008 it included the “militia” phrase. In 2008, right-wing Supreme Court Justices decided those thirteen words have absolutely no meaning — the only words in the entire Constitution that a Court has decided are meaningless.

Future Courts may be a bit more humble in their translations.

94% of Americans think we ARE more divided than ever.

6% of Americans think we ARE NOT more divided than ever.

Now that we know that the majority of people feel America IS more divided than ever, the real question is what can be done about it.

They dodge the issue of a President who spends virtually all his time on two pursuits: Golf and insulting anyone who disagrees with him.

He is a President whose modus operandi is to divide the world into “me” and the hated “them.”

What can be done about it is simple: Elect a leader who is not so divisive.

5% of Americans think illegal immigrants SHOULD be eligible for unemployment benefits.

95% of Americans think illegal immigrants SHOULD NOT be eligible for unemployment benefits.

Illegal immigration is already costing this country millions of taxpayer dollars each day. Why would anyone want to increase that cost by providing them with citizenship benefits that many Americans who’re down on their luck do not even qualify for?

As readers of this site know, immigrants, legal or otherwise, cost federal taxpayers exactly $0.

Ignorance of how a Monetarily Sovereign tax system works is continually reinforced, knowingly or unknowingly, by some media, politicians, or economists who have an anti-immigrant agenda.

However, a case could be made that they pay fewer local tax dollars than they receive in benefits. But that is true of all poor people. Shall we deny the poor of unemployment benefits?

And what then?. Starve them and their children? Is that how a great nation operates?

Contrary to popular myth, most undocumented immigrants do pay income taxes, and they all pay sales taxes, the principle taxes used by state and local governments.

8% of Americans think illegal immigrants SHOULD receive free college education.

92% of Americans think illegal immigrants SHOULD NOT receive free college education.

The votes coming through so far indicate that the vast majority of people feel that those who are not United States citizens SHOULD NOT receive free college education funded by U.S. taxpayers. And it’s not even close, which is a relief because it seems that common sense is rare these days.

The silent majority of the United States does not even think that college should be free for American students.

They believe that investing in your own future and education are part of the American dream. A dream that is handed to no one, but comes as the result of hard work.

However, there are some on the left that believe in handouts. Particularly, they believe in handouts to illegal immigrants, and a free college education is just one of the many handouts that some believe should be available to all.

What usually happens when an illegal immigrant receives a college education, is they go back to their own country to start a better life. They leave their old life in the U.S. behind, along with all of their college debt. Giving them free education would just encourage more illegal immigration, not less.

The above is so filled with bigoted falsehoods, one scarcely knows where to begin.

Free college is not funded by U.S. taxpayers. Most of it is funded by the parents of paying students via scholarships.

But the question really is, “Should the federal government fund free college?” and the answer is a resounding, “Yes.!”

Federal spending costs federal taxpayers nothing, and the more people who go to college, the more advanced the nation becomes. America’s progress relies largely on college education.

As for the silent majority not believing in free college, does it also not believe in free high school? What about free elementary school? Education benefits America.

The notion that free college is a “handout,” is a perfect example of what The Party Of The Rich (the GOP) preaches.

The GOP wants to reserve college for the rich, so there will be a large supply of uneducated and desperate workers available to wealthy employers.

And the notion that educated undocumented immigrants are more likely to go back to their “own country” than educated documented immigrants do, is ridiculous. It’s just another excuse to hate immigrants.

88% of Americans polled think that people who are in this country illegally should NOT be eligible for Medicare benefits.

12% of Americans polled are OK with illegal immigrants receiving Medicare benefits.

The hardworking American families who’re paying their taxes and struggling to put food on the table are at the same time paying to feed, clothe, and house these illegals and their children.

This is yet another myth promulgated to people who do not understand Monetary Sovereignty. Medicare is funded by the federal government, not by taxpayers.

However, when people don’t have healthcare insurance they use the hospital emergency rooms, which are funded by taxpaying and insurance-paying Americans.

In short, just from the financial standpoint, and forgetting about the moral aspect of denying people healthcare, it is cheaper for American citizens to have the federal government pay for immigrants’ health care.

93% of Americans DO NOT think illegal immigrants should get Social Security benefits.

7% of Americans DO think illegal immigrants should get Social Security benefits.

While Americans are happy to help those who help themselves, poll results show that they would prefer those benefits go to other Americans who have earned them or who suffer from a disability.

Just 7% of Americans are willing to share their Social Security with those who come into America illegally.

Does making that long, hard, difficult, dangerous, life-threatening trek from an impoverished country count as “help themselves”?

“Share their Social Security”? How does an immigrant “share” anyone’s Social Security? The federal government, being Monetarily Sovereign, has the unlimited ability to fund unlimited benefits.

19% of Americans DO Trust Independent Media.

81% of Americans DO NOT trust Mainstream Media.

We asked thousands of people whether they felt they could trust the Mainstream Media and if they trusted Independent Media more than Mainstream Media.

Some confusion here. “Do Trust Independent Media” is not the opposite of “Do Not Trust Mainstream Media.

It would be a miracle if anyone trusted anything, with a President repeatedly talking about “Fake News” and “Lamestream Media,” any time any reported document one of Trump’s lies.

Since there a so many of those lies, Trump is almost continuously blasting the media.

I say, “Thank God for the media.” Imagine what Trump would do with no media to watch him!!

28% of Americans think illegal immigrants SHOULD be eligible for student loan programs.

72% of Americans think illegal immigrants SHOULD NOT be eligible for student loan programs.

What are some reasons illegal immigrants should NOT be given student loans? First of all, if they’re deported, they are likely to default on their loan payments.

This makes an illegal immigrant a higher risk to lenders. Also, without a social security number, it’s difficult to track and ensure that illegal immigrants are paying their loans off or whether they qualify for credit in the first place.

The most likely outcome of an illegal immigrant getting a college education is that they return to their country and abandon their debt, leaving the taxpayers to pay for their education.

Student loans are among the lowest risk loans. They are not dischargeable in bankruptcy. Almost all student loans are guaranteed by the federal government, which costs American taxpayers nothing.

The above simply are nothing but rationalizations for immigrant-hatred, fostered by the cult leader.

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Undocumented? No benefits. The U.S. government can’t afford you.

8% of Americans think illegal immigrants SHOULD be eligible to receive Supplemental Security Income benefits.

92% of Americans think illegal immigrants SHOULD NOT eligible to receive Supplemental Security Income benefits.

This program provides extra income for people who have disabilities, are blind, or are over 65. 

Most people don’t believe that illegal immigrants should take more of taxpayer money than they’re already receiving.

Illegal immigration costs millions of taxpayer dollars and the amount keeps growing as the problem of illegal immigration expands with each passing day.

Federal taxpayers do not fund SSI benefits.

This is yet another example of immigrant hatred, with no supporting facts.

The right-wing is so mean-spirited they even want to deny benefits to the blind, disabled, and elderly. They claim to “love America.” They just hate the blind, disabled, and elderly in it.

6% of Americans think illegal immigrants SHOULD be eligible for welfare benefits in the United States.

94% of Americans think illegal immigrants SHOULD NOT be eligible for welfare benefits in the United States.

Many illegal immigrants receive a great deal of taxpayer-funded assistance when they come into this country. It seems like common sense that the government would not pay for this kind of thing, but there seems to be a shortage of common sense these days.Greenspan quote

Like the previous rationales, this one includes the “taxpayer-funded” false excuse.

When you review all the right-wing commentary, you’ll see a consistent thread running through. Today’s right-wing is a cult based on hatred of outsiders, as all cults are.

And as all cults do, this right-wing cult takes its direction from a hate-mongering cult leader, who uses scapegoating to justify everything evil.

And like all cult members, Trump’s followers excuse it.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

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THE SOLE PURPOSE OF GOVERNMENT IS TO IMPROVE AND PROTECT THE LIVES OF THE PEOPLE.

The most important problems in economics involve:

  1. Monetary Sovereignty describes money creation and destruction.
  2. Gap Psychology describes the common desire to distance oneself from those “below” in any socio-economic ranking, and to come nearer those “above.” The socio-economic distance is referred to as “The Gap.”

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 Monetary Sovereignty and The Ten Steps To Prosperity can grow the economy and 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. Social Security for all or a reverse income tax

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

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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 the rest.

MONETARY SOVEREIGNTY

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