What is Trump’s seemingly unshakable appeal to his base? Saturday, Mar 30 2019 

I often have been asked, and I have asked myself, “What is the ongoing, seemingly unshakable appeal of Donald Trump to his followers?

Given the repeated evidence of his immorality, his ignorance of facts, his compulsive lying, his illiteracy, his cruelty, and his favoring the rich over the middle and poor, one would think that his base – primarily middle-class whites — would be shocked and disillusioned.

Think about:

His many flip-flops on position. (Example: The suckers love being lied to.)

His compulsive lying.   (Example: All False statements involving Donald Trump).

His criminality (Example: Federal court approves $25 million Trump University settlement).

His “love” for, and defense of, such murderous dictators as Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong-un,  and Rodrigo Duterte.

His, his family’s, and his associates’ secret, unpatriotic, and illegal relationships with Russia, the purpose of which were to enrich Trump at the expense of America. (Example: Trump Had Yet Another Secret Meeting With Putin)

And so many more scandals, any one of which ordinarily would have led to immediate impeachment or at least to loss of backers.

Yet despite all these scandals, Trump sails on, his poll ratings hardly changed.

Why does his base, those self-proclaimed religious, law-and-order folks steadfastly continue to support an irreligious, lying law-breaker?

I believe the answer can be found with the most powerful of all human emotions, “hatred.” Very simply, Trump professes hatred for the same people his base hates.Man hiding

Hatred is so powerful because it is founded into our primary survival instinct, fear.

Trump’s base hates immigrants, especially brown-skinned immigrants, because of fear.

Trump has tapped into this fear by claiming these men, women, and children are rapists and murderers.

Never mind that you and your children have a much greater chance of being raped and murdered by white, male, American citizens, than by brown immigrants (who by the way, are more law-abiding on average than are American citizens).

But, facts don’t matter to blind fear.

Trump stokes “fear of the other,” and brown-skinned aliens are “the other.”

Atomic-weapon-armed Russia and North Korea, Trump’s latest pals, are far greater threats to America than are Muslims. 

But Muslims, too, are “the other.” As are gays, and the media (aside from Fox news) Trump’s other whipping boys.

Trump has taught his base to fear them all, which is why they are so ready to hide behind a Wall.

The notion that huge, powerful America needs a big, strong wall to protect us from families seeking shelter in the storm — that notion is ludicrous and sad.

But, facts don’t matter to blind fear.

Ironically, Russia’s Putin and North Korea’ Kim, whom Trump claims to admire, are the ultimate “socialists.” Yet “socialism is the very epithet Trump uses against Democrats.

Amazingly, Trump’s base supporters, whom he himself derides as, “less educated,” do not seem to see the contradiction.

If you read, The full text of Adam Schiff’s great speech before the House Intelligence Committee, (Mar 29 2019) you will be reminded of the many reasons why religious, law-and-order, American patriots should object to Trump.

But, facts don’t matter to blind fear. 

Things could change, however. In his never-ending effort to take from the poor and give to the rich, Trump continues to propose ending the Affordable Care Act (which has the nickname Trump hates most, “Obamacare,”)

Trump would love nothing more than to replace it with a program that rewards the rich insurance companies, cuts benefits to the poor and middle, and carries the name “Trumpcare.”

A Trumpian home run with the bases loaded.

But his greed may have outweighed his fear-founded plan, because if there is one thing even the densest of his base fears, it’s not having affordable health care for themselves and for their children — the very people Obamacare helps most.

Yes, the entire GOP (the party of the rich) always wants to cut Social Security and Medicare and all poverty-related programs, so as to widen the Gap between the rich and the rest.

And because the Democrats, so far, have gone along with that scam, Trump’s base has too.

But the Dems have awakened to the special place that healthcare occupies on the “fear meter,” especially when combined with the fear of affordability, and belatedly, the Dems have begun to fight.

Now Trump is torn. Does he please the rich, while putting his ego on a government program, or does he help the people of his base by providing them with affordable health care?

So far, he has chosen the rich and his ego over his base, as he wants to destroy Obamacare.

Now he waits for the Supreme Court to save him . . . by ruling against him. If that is the Court’s ruling, Obamacare will survive.

But if the Court rules in favor of Trump, millions of the poor and middle-income men, women, and children, will lose affordable healthcare, and Trump and the GOP will justifiably be destroyed in the next election.

Think of millions of working families who rely on their employer to provide affordable healthcare insurance.

If they get sick and lose their jobs, they also will lose healthcare, and won’t be able to buy it because they now will have a pre-existing condition.

Think of all those children, up to the age of 26, who have affordable healthcare because they are on their parents Obamacare policies. They too, will suffer.

As I sit here, I wonder what I truly wish for. Do I want to see Obamacare saved, and have a criminal President and a compassionless political party survive?

Or do I want to see the Supreme Court destroy Obamacare and have the GOP and Trump meet their deserved end, while millions suffer?

Damn Trump to hell for forcing that decision on my heart.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty
Twitter: @rodgermitchell
Search #monetarysovereigntyFacebook: Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

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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

Irony of ironies: How two Johns saved the Republican Party Saturday, Mar 23 2019 

Each day, Donald Trump demonstrates his character by disparaging some American, while professing love for a murderous dictator. Recently, the focus of his ire has been Senator John McCain, a man deceased for months, unable to fight back — the perfect victim for a coward.

Though some may debate whether Senator John McCain was, or was not, a “war hero,” there is a certain irony in a “bone-spur,” draft dodger claiming that a fighting soldier is not a hero simply because he was captured and tortured for five years.

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John McCain

Clearly, neither Trump nor his followers understand that irony nor the irony of Trump’s other reason for hating the long-deceased McCain:

McCain’s decision to vote down the health care bill sponsored by Trump’s friend Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. That bill, which would have passed had McCain supported it, would have destroyed the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as “Obamacare.”

They do not see the irony of Trump’s claim that McCain “. . . was horrible, what he did with repeal and replace (of Obamacare) . . . what he did to the Republican Party and to the nation and to sick people that could have had great healthcare was not good.”

What Trump and his followers neither understand nor will not admit that with that vote, Republican John McCain saved the Republican Party and Trump’s Presidency.

In similar fashion, right-wing, Chief Justice, John Roberts, did the same:

Roberts had left behind a storm in Washington over his opinion upholding President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul — the Affordable Care Act — a stunning validation of Obama’s signature domestic achievement that transformed public perceptions of the chief justice.Republicans in Congress had been fighting the law dubbed Obamacare at every turn for two years, and all the GOP presidential candidates in 2012 had vowed to repeal it.And now Roberts, a nominee of President George W. Bush, had saved it.

How did these two men save the Republican Party and Trump’s Presidency by voting against the Republican Party and Trump?

Because in their zeal to repeal all things Obama, the Republicans and Trump neglected to develop a “replace” that reduced or eliminated many of the coverages of the  ACA. For example (from BBC):

  • ObamacareRequires all insurance plans to cover certain health conditions and services, such as emergency room visits, maternity and postnatal care, cancer treatment, annual physical exams, prescription drug costs and mental health counselling.

Republican plan: States may apply for waivers that allow them to end mandatory coverage of certain health conditions, such as vision and dental care for children, hospital care, and outpatient services. States that receive such waivers could allow insurers to set a maximum amount they will pay for an individual’s medical services – a practice that Obamacare had prohibited.

  • ObamacareProhibits insurers from denying coverage or charging more to individuals who have pre-existing medical conditions.

Republican plan: Gives states the ability to opt-out of requirements that insurers charge the same premiums for healthy and sick customers.

  • ObamacareExpanded Medicaid health insurance for the poor to cover more low-income individuals.

Republican plan: “Block grants” that are capped based on a state’s population and whose growth is limited. 34 states would see reduced government support for Medicaid and tax subsidies for individuals purchasing health insurance.

  • Obamacare: Insurers can charge older Americans no more than three times the cost for younger Americans

Republican plan: States can receive waivers to allow them to charge older Americans more.

In short, the Republican plan offered fewer benefits and dumped many of the costs onto the monetarily non-sovereign states, which must increase taxes if they are to afford to improve health care support.

(By contrast, the federal government, being Monetarily Sovereign, has the unlimited ability to create dollars, and can support any health care plan without raising taxes.)

The Republicans actually had years in which to come up with a suitable and superior replacement, and they failed. Trump, of course, did nothing other than to tell the Party that he was waiting “pen in hand.”

Since any replacement would involve more than a single sheet of paper, Trump’s lack of reading, writing, or comprehension skills did not allow him to participate.

So had the Republicans succeeded, they would have failed. That is, by destroying Obamacare, and leaving millions of people without affordable health care, they would have turned the vast majority of the nation against the right-wing.

Today, they are left in the politically enviable political position of being able to stand on the outside and throw rocks, without having done a single positive thing to help the masses receive health care.

And it was the two Johns, McCain and Roberts, who gave them that ironic gift.

Meanwhile, the Democrats failed by succeeding. They receive scant credit for saving Obamacare, and they saved the Republicans from disaster.

Instead, they now must fight the “Medicare for All” battle, and once again the Republicans with throw “socialism” stones without offering a good alternative plan.

Always be careful what you wish for, boys.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty
Twitter: @rodgermitchell
Search #monetarysovereigntyFacebook: Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

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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

SOCIALISM! The Green New Deal socialism monster under your bed Tuesday, Mar 19 2019 

Perhaps you were one of those children who feared the night monster hiding under your bed or in your closet. Perhaps you thought you could hear the night monster sneaking around you while you pulled the covers over your head.

Typical anti-socialism cartoon, misrepresenting the facts

Typical anti-socialism cartoon, misrepresenting the facts

Today, as an adult, perhaps you now fear the Green New Deal (GND) socialism monster. The GND socialism monster and the night monster have much in common.

Both scare you. Both are commonly believed in by the unknowing. And both are imaginary.

SOCIALISM: “A theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole.”

The words ownership and control are bolded because they are key. When the government owns and controls something, for instance, a Veterans Administration hospital, that is an element of socialism.

But when the government merely provides funds, as when Medicare pays your hospital and doctor bills, that may be progressivism, but it is not socialism.

The abject failures of Russia’s and Venezuela’s socialist and criminal governments often are given as examples of why socialism “doesn’t work.” But do we give the examples of Greece and Brazil to demonstrate why capitalism “doesn’t work.”

It isn’t socialism that has injured Russia and Venezuela; it’s criminal dictatorships — closer to Donald Trump’s administration of criminals than to real socialism.

We Americans wisely accept some elements of socialism, i.e. government ownership and control, in our capitalistic nation. For example:

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The GOP wants you to believe that government spending is socialism.

The list goes on and on. In fact, a capitalistic government could not survive without many socialist elements.

So when pundits complain that this benefit or that program is “socialist,” they merely are using a word that has become a pejorative to the ears of Americans — and that’s why they use it: For psychological impact when facts don’t matter.

Socialism, in of itself, is not a bad thing. Unless you wish to get rid of the military, the national highway system, et al, we always will, always must, have some socialism to protect us.

In fact, when Trump derides “Medicare for All” as “socialism,” he conveniently forgets that his demand for $6 billion dollars to extend the border wall, also is socialism.

The GND monster is not socialism. It is not even a law. It is a set of goals and directions toward preventing the collapse of our ecology and our economy, due to global warming.

If, like Trump, you claim global warming is a Chinese hoax (and that Trump University was a real university, and that Trump never would cheat on his wives, his taxes, or his employees), you are fact-averse, and you now have permission to return to the cult.

Otherwise, you understand that human-caused global warming is a real threat to our grandchildren, a threat we are causing, a threat we cannot ignore as it gets worse and worse.

This is Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s, and Sen. Ed Markey’s, framework defining what they call a “Green New Deal”:

  • upgrading all existing buildings in the country for energy efficiency;
  • working with farmers “to eliminate pollution and greenhouse gas emissions … as much as is technologically feasible” (while supporting family farms and promoting “universal access to healthy food”);
  • Overhauling transportation systems to reduce emissions — including expanding electric car manufacturing, building charging stations everywhere, and expanding high-speed rail to a scale where air travel stops becoming necessary;
  • A guaranteed job with a family-sustaining wage, adequate family and medical leave, paid vacations and retirement security for every American;
  • High-quality health care for all Americans.

For those with no imagination, all goals are unrealistic.

Contrary to what Trump’s pundits want you to believe, Ocasio-Cortez and Markey are not stupid. They do not propose killing cows to prevent cow-farts. They do not propose taking away your cars and tractors.

(An otherwise intelligent friend of mine confided in me that he was worried about the Democrats taking away airplane travel.) Such is the power of rumor and conspiracy-mongering.

Trump’s conservatives, predictably, denounced the GND. After all, conservatism wishes to “preserve or restore what is established and traditional and to limit change.”

Conservatives tend especially to embrace strict interpretations of religion because religion does not easily change. Religion does not create any new thing. Religion did not create modern medicine, or electronics, today’s machinery.  Though most religions preach kindness to the poor, a left-wing notion, religion itself is conservative. The “Word” does not change and those who try to change it are derided as “blasphemous.”

Conservatives tend to be anti-science, because science creates change. So when the vast majority of professional climatologists say that the world is warming, humans are contributing to it, and this will be to our detriment, conservatives try to dig up nay-sayers, who say, in essence, “Do nothing and all will be well.

(That also is why the anti-vaccination movement is fundamentally conservative. If those folks had their way, smallpox still would be killing millions.)

And just as anti-science conservatives do not want us to understand the science of climatology, they also misrepresent the science of economics by threatening us with the “Green New Deal” socialism monster.

It’s so easy to claim that the government is incompetent, wasteful, and less able to accomplish good things than the private sector, and in many cases that is true.

But there are some things the federal government is able to do better than the private sector, the most prominent of which is: Create and spend dollars.

This is especially true of big projects or projects that have no profit motive, like free national highways, armies, space exploration, free libraries, free public schools, et al. Left to the private sector, these things would not exist in America.

The federal government has the unlimited ability to pay for anything. It can pay to upgrade existing buildings, though upgrading “all” existing buildings within a short time period would be functionally impossible.

It could pay farmers to “eliminate pollution and greenhouse gas emissions … as much as is technologically feasible”

It could pay for “expanding electric car manufacturing, building ‘charging stations everywhere,'” and expanding high-speed rail, reducing the use of air travel. It also could pay for research to make air travel less carbon intensive.

And those government dollars will stimulate economic growth for more than have Trump’s tax cuts for the rich.

The federal government has the ability to pay for all the things the GND proposes. And while accomplishing these things in the goal of ten years may not be feasible, as Laozi said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.

That journey also begins with a goal. The Green New Deal provides us with the goal — a goal of saving the world for our children. If we allow the conservatives to do nothing, our children will suffer, and they will know it was we who did this.

They will look upon us in the same way as we look upon the religious fanatics who tortured and murdered those who claimed the sun circled the earth — as ignorant savages who refused the truth.

Now, we must convince the Democrats to have courage, and not to fear the Green New Deal (GND) socialism monster. It is a friendly monster that can save the world.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty
Twitter: @rodgermitchell
Search #monetarysovereigntyFacebook: Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

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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

Medicare for All: The real stumbling block Sunday, Mar 17 2019 

Imagine that everyone in America — you, your family, your friends and neighbors — everyone,  could receive health care from doctors, hospitals, rehab facilities, extended care facilities, and all pharmaceuticals and equipment, and never have to worry about cost.

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A choice?

Imagine you being forced to choose between your financial devastation vs. sickness or death for your loved ones.

Then, imagine the federal government paying all your health-related bills, leaving you free from worry.

The rich in America already live in such a glorious world, but for most of us, current and future health affordability is an ongoing concern.

Yet, many non-rich Americans oppose even the concept of Medicare for All. Why?

1. It’s unsustainable. Debt fear mongers have been promulgating that myth for at least 80 years.In 1940, when the federal debt was $40 Billion, the fear-mongers were calling it a “ticking time bomb.

“Every year afterward, they have pounded the same lies into our brains: “The federal government will go broke. It’s “unsustainable.” Your children’s taxes will have to go up.”

Today, the debt is $20 Trillion, and the government has not gone broke, and indeed cannot go broke, and taxes have not risen.

2. It’s socialism. Actually it isn’t. It’s progressivism. Socialism is government ownership and control, not merely government support.

The federal government supports many things: Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, poverty aids, education, etc. Shall we eliminate them?

Additionally, we do allow many forms of real socialism: The military, roads, bridges and dams, public libraries, NASA, the VA, etc. Shall we eliminate those, too?

3. It will cause inflation or hyperinflation. Although in the past 80 years, federal debt has risen an astounding 50,000%, inflation has averaged close to the Fed’s 2.5% target.

The reason is that the Fed has tools it needs to prevent and cure inflations, among which is: Control over interest rates.

Raising rates increases demand for the dollar, making it more valuable, so fewer dollars are needed to buy goods and services.

While federal “debt” (blue, i.e. deposits into T-security accounts) increased massively, inflation (red) increased modestly.

4. We don’t have enough resources. What this really means is: “If the poor start using doctors, hospitals, et al, then there won’t be enough doctors and hospitals for me.”

These objectors believe that a viable health-care system relies on the poor not being able to afford health-care — that “limited” resources should be reserved for the wealthier among us. This is America?

A nation’s resources grow with the money available to  pay for them. Funded by a government’s unlimited ability to pay, resources are unlimited.

5. It will take money and jobs from the health insurance industry. Right, just as public transportation takes money and jobs from taxi drivers.

Some jobs will be added in the federal sector. But in any event, the notion that the poor should do without healthcare so that the insurance industry can keep its jobs is ridiculous. It’s an example of misplaced priorities.

The above are fake reasons, used to conceal the real reason, which is described in the following, brief, “THE WEEK Magazine” (2/22/19) article:

Despite all the attention tech gets, the biggest five insurance and health benefits companies have greater revenues than the FAANGS – Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, and Google.

The top five health insurers and benefit managers expect &787 billion in revenue for 2019, compared with $784 billion for the FAANGS.

Pharmacy benefit manager CVS, the biggest of the health-care group, expects revenues of $246 billion.

In short, the insurance companies, that massively bribe politicians with campaign contributions and promises of lucrative employment later, don’t want the federal government to offer you better, more comprehensive, no deductible insurance at no cost.

OpenSecrets.org reveals:

One-third of Senate Democrats have cosponsored the Medicare for All Act, which Sanders introduced in September.

Democrats who haven’t cosponsored the bill received 146 percent more money on average from health insurance companies between 2011 and 2016 than those who have ($147,186 to $59,789)

If you’ve been told lies #1 thru #5, there is a good chance the source either is ignorant of economic reality or has been bribed by the health insurance industry.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty
Twitter: @rodgermitchell
Search #monetarysovereigntyFacebook: Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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

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