Would your friends and neighbors turn you in? Tuesday, Jun 11 2019 

Some say Hitler killed six million Jews. He didn’t.

Some say Stalin and Mao killed even more people than did Hitler. They didn’t.

You German Jews and you Russians and you Chinese were killed by your friends and your neighbors and by strangers whose job it was to protect you.

That dreaded banging on the door announces the arrival of soldiers and police, some of whom are your neighbors, who only a few years earlier, had you and your husband and children as cherished friends and guests in their homes.

As the soldiers march in, with guns drawn, and giving commands, you say, “Karl, what are you doing? You are my friend for many years. Our children play together.”

Karl doesn’t listen as he herds you into a boxcar. He hates you, despises you, now.

Why?

How is it possible that in most nations of the world, people have more to fear from their own armies than from foreign invaders?

These armies all are populated by your fellow citizens, patriotic citizens, even loving friends, and now they are rounding you up.

To my knowledge, Hitler, Stalin, and Mao themselves never killed anyone. How were they able to elicit such savagery — torture, rape, murder — from otherwise decent people?Image result for nazis killing children

How did they convince millions of people to hate their own countrymen and women and children — to hate them so much they lined up innocent victims and shot them in the legs, so they could shove them into trenches and bury them alive?

What is the source of such human butchery?

You see it everywhere in dictatorships from North Korea to China to Venezuela to the Philippines to Myanmar.  Everywhere.

America, too.Image result for children in cages 2018

You see desperate families turned away at our border or inhumanely separated and caged.

These are good people, whose only desire is to make a better life for themselves and their children, just as you yourself would do — just as your own ancestors did when fleeing harsh conditions to make the perilous trip to America.

Why do you not speak out? Why do you hate them? More importantly, how can the soldiers and police, decent people whom we honor, participate in such horror.

What do they tell their families when they come home after a day of cruelty to innocents?

The facts tell you that immigrants are more law-abiding, more productive, less burdensome than the average American citizen. Yet you accept false stories about them.

When your leaders tell you immigrants are murderers and rapists, you readily believe. When your leaders claim these innocent people will take our jobs, our schools, and our money, you readily believe. Why?

When your leaders claim immigrants are terrorists, you readily believe. When your leaders falsely your country is full and has no room for more people, you readily believe. Why?

When your leaders offer contradictory, easily disproved lies about  scapegoats, you readily believe. and not just believe, but allow yourself to become enraged at the victims. Why?

I suggest it all comes down to the most powerful and Darwinian of all human emotions: Fear, especially as expressed in “loss aversion.”

Wikipedia: In cognitive psychology and decision theory, loss aversion refers to people’s tendency to prefer avoiding losses to acquiring equivalent gains: it is better to not lose $5 than to find $5.

Imagine your neighbor was a salesman, but whose current job is as a concentration camp guard. He justifies his role by demonizing the victims.

He hates them because he fears them because they are demons, who he fears will take from him things he values.

He hates them, not as people, but as generalized, non-human threats.

He doesn’t want to hear the logic and facts that tell him otherwise. The threat must be eliminated, as quickly and harshly as possible.

It isn’t enough just to kill the snake. Fear says it must be chopped into pieces, burned, and the ashes buried.

This is what has happened in dozens of nations.

Fear is the most powerful motivator, so when the leader tells you, “I will protect you if you believe me,” you believe even his most absurd lies — and not just believe, but angrily and ardently defend.

The title of this article is, “Would your friends and neighbors turn you in?”

The answer is, Yes, absolutely, if someone were to convince them that because of your beliefs, your economic status, or your customs you represent a peril to their safety, their self-image, or their desires.

The soldiers of any tyranical nation’s army are the former friends and neighbors of the victims.

If you think the primary function of your nation’s army is to protect the citizens from foreign threats, you would be wrong.

The primary function of any nation’s army is to protect the power of the nation’s leaders.

Keep that in mind when it’s time for the President to leave office. He is the Commander-in- Chief of the armed forces, and the boss of the Attorney General of the Department of Justice, and the man who nominates Supreme Court Justices — all three branches of government plus the army.

When a President, who has defied all the norms of American government, and who spews lies and hatred daily, is told to leave office, and he doesn’t want to leave, what will happen?

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

“We can’t pay for it.” Did you fall for it? Saturday, Feb 23 2019 

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It’s our little secret. Don’t tell the people we don’t use their tax dollars.

Ben Bernanke: “The U.S. government has a technology, called a printing press (or, today, its electronic equivalent), that allows it to produce as many U.S. dollars as it wishes at essentially no cost.”

Alan Greenspan: “Central banks can issue currency, a non-interest-bearing claim on the government, effectively without limit. A government cannot become insolvent with respect to obligations in its own currency.”

St. Louis Federal Reserve: “As the sole manufacturer of dollars, whose debt is denominated in dollars, the U.S. government can never become insolvent, i.e.,unable to pay its bills. In this sense, the government is not dependent on credit markets to remain operational. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. …………………………………………………………………………

Background

Federal financing is different. It is different from your financing and mine. It is different from your state’s and local government’s financing.

The federal government uniquely is Monetarily Sovereign.

That means it created the original dollars from thin air, and gave those dollars the value it wished, simply by passing laws. Today the federal government retains the right to keep passing laws and creating dollars, forever.

It can give the U.S. dollar any value it wishes, relative to other currencies or to precious metals. It can change the dollar’s value at the stroke of a pen, which it has done many times over the years. 

Unlike you, and me, and unlike your state, your county, and your city, and unlike any corporation, the federal government never unintentionally can run short of U.S. dollars. It can service any debt, of any size at any time.

So long as the federal government does not run short of laws, it will not run short of dollars.

Having the unlimited ability to create its dollars, the federal government has no need to ask anyone else for dollars, that is, it has no need for income. It simply creates all the dollars it needs. So, when you send your federal tax dollars to the U.S. Treasury, they are destroyed upon receipt.

(Why federal tax? The real purpose of federal taxation is to control the economy — to tax what the government wishes to discourage and to cut taxes on things it wishes to encourage.)

That’s right, your precious tax dollars are destroyed, and the federal government creates brand new dollars, every time it pays a bill. That is why the government is able to run a deficit almost every year, and still have no difficulty paying its bills.

Contrary to popular wisdom, the federal government does not borrow the dollars it can create at will. The issuance of T-bills, T-notes, and T-bonds is not borrowing, in the sense that the government neither needs nor uses those dollars.

Instead, the dollars are deposited for safekeeping into T-security accounts, and upon maturity, the dollars are returned to their owners. Not only does the government not use those dollars, but the government adds interest to the accounts.

(This is unlike the monetarily non-sovereign state and local governments, which do need and use the money paid for their bonds.)

Our Monetarily Sovereign government neither needs nor uses any form of income.

You wouldn’t know it, by the “Big Lie” comments of our leaders:

Dianne Feinstein Lectures Children Who Want Green New Deal, Portraying It as Untenable New York Times, Feb 22, 2019

Senator Dianne Feinstein found herself in a standoff Friday with a group of schoolchildren who confronted her about her refusal to support the Green New Deal.

In a video posted by the Sunrise Movement, which encourages young people to combat climate change, an exchange quickly became tense once Ms. Feinstein started to explain her opposition to the Green New Deal, an ambitious Democratic-led proposal that calls for a radical transformation of the United States’ energy sector.

“There’s no way to pay for it,” Ms. Feinstein told the group of about 15 children at her San Francisco office.

“We have tons of money going to the military,” a young girl responded, only to receive a lecture about the realpolitik of passing bills in a Republican-led Senate.

I don’t yet know enough about the details of “The Green New Deal” to support or denounce it (so far, no one does), but in any event, Feinstein is wrong. No matter what the dollar cost, whether a billion, a trillion, or many trillions, the federal government easily could pay for it.  And yes, the government could prevent excessive inflation, too.

And lest you believe Dianne Feinstein is uniquely ignorant or deceitful, another, even more “reliable” source of false scare headlines is the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB). We have written about them many times.

Excerpts from their latest scare headline: 

As Debt Rises, Interest Costs Could Top $1 Trillion, Feb 13, 2019

Under current law, net interest payments will nearly triple over the next decade, rising from $325 billion last year to $928 billion by 2029. Under the Alternative Fiscal Scenario, which assumes lawmakers extend the tax cuts and spending increases passed over the last two years, interest on the debt will exceed $1 trillion in a decade.

As a share of the economy, interest payments will nearly double – from 1.6 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) last year to 3 percent by 2029. Under the AFS, interest would be 3.4 percent of GDP by 2029, surpassing the post-WWII record set in 1991 when interest payments were 3.2 percent of GDP.

The article is buttressed by a “scare” graph showing the rise of federal debt.

What the article fails to mention is that this rise is accompanied by one of the greater periods of economic growth in U.S. history.

And this growth is no coincidence. Federal deficits, which lead to federal debt, are the additional growth money the federal government pumps into the economy.

In fact, when federal debt fails to grow sufficiently, the U.S. experiences recessions and depressions.

The most common measure of economic growth is Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The formula for GDP is: GDP = Federal Spending + Non-federal Spending + Net Exports.

All three terms reflect increased dollars, and federal deficits pump dollars into the economy. The graph you never will see from the debt fear-mongers is this one:

Reductions in federal debt growth (red line) lead to recessions (vertical bars) which are cured by increases in federal debt growth.

And though the CRFB may be among the better funded of the Big Lie purveyors, consider this from Reason.com:

Forget Paying for Medicare for All—We Can’t Pay for the Medicare We Have, Peter Suderman|, Feb. 22, 2019

How would Medicare for All, which even under rosy assumptions would require more than doubling individual and corporate income taxes, be financed?

Today, Medicare and Medicaid are widely acknowledged as the biggest drivers of the federal government’s long-term debt. Broadly speaking, America’s biggest fiscal problems are health care spending problems.

And America’s health care spending problems are largely problems stemming from increasing spending on Medicare.

The article lies. Federal taxes do not fund federal spending. (If they did, there would be no federal deficit, the federal debt would not have grown into the many trillions, and the federal government would have had difficulty paying its bills.) 

The federal government does not have a fiscal problem other than the ignorance being spread by our opinion leaders.

What the article does not mention is, all those deficit dollars and interest dollars the federal government has pumped into the economy, are in fact growth dollars that have wended their way through every town, county, state and business in America, enriching our entire nation. While the federal government doesn’t need any infusions of U.S. dollars, the private economy does in order to grow.

But, here comes USA Today, quoting from debt-fear mongers. Let’s take it line-by-line:

The national debt and the federal deficit are skyrocketing. How it affects you

More debt and higher deficits not only harm the economy. They dip into the pocketbooks of average Americans.

Wrong. The deficit adds dollars to the economy, thus adding dollars to the pocketbooks of average Americans.

For starters, they drive up interest rates, which leads to slower economic growth. Slower growth leads to lower wages, which results in a lower standard of living for Americans.

Wrong. Interest rates are set by the Federal Reserve, which raises rates by fiat, to combat inflation, not to attract buyers of T-securities. If buyers are needed, the Fed itself can buy. Higher interest rates cause the government to pay more interest dollars into the economy, which is stimulative.

To pay for years of deficits, the federal government must borrow money. Roughly half of the U.S. debt is held by foreign countries, such as China, Japan and Saudi Arabia. China alone holds more than $1 trillion in U.S. debt. 

Wrong. The federal government, having the unlimited ability to create dollars, has no need to borrow dollars, so does not borrow dollars. It accepts deposits into T-security accounts. The purposes of offering T-securities are not to obtain dollars, but rather to:

  1. Provide a safe “parking place” for unused dollars, which helps stabilize the dollar, and
  2. Assist the Fed in setting interest rates, with T-bill rates at the bottom.

Borrowing at that level is financially irresponsible, because the more we borrow, the more we pay in interest to those countries.

Interest on U.S. debt is projected to total $7 trillion over the next decade and, by 2026, will become the third largest category of the federal budget. That’s $7 trillion going out on the door.

Wrong. Paying interest helps grow America’s economy by adding dollars to the economy. The U.S. government has the unlimited ability to pay interest. Those dollars are not “going out the door.” They are being added to the U.S. and world economies, enriching domestic America and future importers of American goods and services.

In other words, that’s $7 trillion that could be spent on things like roads, bridges, schools and other programs that benefit Americans every day.

Wrong. The U.S. government has infinite dollars. It never can run short of dollars. It can pay unlimited interest and still fund “roads, bridges, schools, and other programs that benefit Americans.”

Higher interest rates reduce the amount of private capital available for investments, which hurts economic growth and wages and leaves the U.S. with less flexibility to respond to a financial crisis like the Great Recession of 2008.

Wrong. Most interest is paid within the economy. Private lenders lend to private borrowers. The money flows within the private economy. However, when the federal government pays more interest, those dollars go into the private economy, increasing the amount of private capital available for investments.

Online you can find hundreds, perhaps thousands of such wrongheaded articles. We’ll close with excerpts from this Heritage Foundation doozy:

In Boom Times, Unsustainable Debt Levels Threaten Prosperity, Justin Bogie, Senior Policy Analyst in Fiscal Affairs, Oct 3rd, 2018

Washington’s soaring deficit and debt could wipe out the progress being made, hitting working Americans the hardest.

Unless lawmakers make significant reforms to entitlement programs — the driving force behind the deficits — it’s a question of when, not if, the breakdown will occur.

Every disseminator of the Big Lie suggests “significant reforms (i.e. cuts) in entitlement programs.” Your are supposed to think reason is because these programs are big. The real reason is that these programs help the poor and middle classes more than the rich.

The federal government’s fiscal year 2018 is over. In some ways, it was a banner year: Economic growth quickened, average paychecks fattened, and there were more jobs available than there were people looking for work.

But there are clouds on the horizon. Washington’s soaring deficit and debt could wipe out the progress being made, hitting working Americans the hardest.

Wrong. Economic growth has been substantial since 2008, because deficit spending added growth dollars to the economy.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects that the FY 2018 deficit will hit $804 billion, pushing national debt to over $21 trillion. It’s a crushing tide of red ink.

Wrong. There is nothing “crushing” about it. Federal finances are different from your and my finances. While large debt could “crush” you and me, the federal debt has no crushing effects.

The federal government could pay off the entire debt today, without creating one new dollar. It merely would return the dollars that already exist in T-security accounts, back to the owners of those accounts.

To put those numbers into context, consider the typical U.S. household, which last year earned $60,336. If that typical family spent like the feds, they would have entered the fiscal year more than $300,000 in debt and piled on an additional $12,000 on top of that.

Wrong. The Heritage Foundation disseminates the Big Lie by equating Federal Monetarily Sovereign finances with personal monetarily non-sovereign finances. Whether this is ignorance or intent, it is wrong.

For years, budget experts have warned Congress that high deficit and debt levels are not sustainable and will eventually lead to an reconomic breakdown. Unless lawmakers make significant reforms to entitlement programs — the driving force behind the deficits — it’s a question of when, not if, the breakdown will occur. 

Wrong.  Actually, so-called experts have warned that the federal debt is a “ticking time bomb,” ready to explode. They have promulgated this lie every year since 1940.

In 1940, the federal debt was $40 Billion. Today, it is above $20 Trillion, a 50,000% increase (!), yet here we are, after 80 years of lies, with a strong economy and none of the predicted disasters.

There is also the real risk of sharply higher interest rates and inflation. 

Wrong. So where are the ” sharply higher interest rates and inflation”? Both have been low for the past decade. The Fed, not deficits, sets the interest rates..

Some analysts argue that last year’s tax cuts are what’s driving up the deficit, but that’s not true. It’s out-of-control spending, not insufficient revenues, that’s driving the country toward fiscal disaster.

Wrong. No disaster, but The Heritage Foundation reveals its bias favoring the rich. These folks love tax cuts for the rich, but hate benefits for the poor and middle classes. So they say, tax cuts are O.K. but benefits should be cut.

Anytime I’ve had discussions with people who do not understand Monetary Sovereignty, they first claim that federal spending is unaffordable. Then, after more discussion, they acknowledge that the federal government never can run short of dollars to pay its bills, but then they turn to inflation.

They claim that despite the 50,000% debt increase in the past 80 years, “eventually” federal deficit spending will cause inflation. 

In recent years, they have claimed that if the federal Debt/GDP ratio rose above a certain percentage, we would have inflation, but as the percentage kept climbing without inflation, they kept adjusting their figures. 

Today’s ratio is above 100% (depending on how “debt” is calculated), and still inflation is low. (Japan’s Debt/GDP ratio is above 250%, and they have struggled to achieve inflation.)

When all other claims have been disproved by history, the debt fear-mongers final, desperate claim is “What about Zimbabwe?” (or Germany, or some other nation that has experienced hyperinflation?)

But inflations are not caused by deficit spending. Inflations are caused by shortages, usually shortages of food, but sometimes shortages of oil or other goods.

As for Zimbabwe, the government stole farm land from farmers and gave it to non-farmers. The predictable shortage of food caused inflation in food costs, which led the government to respond with money “printing.”

In Germany, the onerous conditions placed on Germany by the Allies, caused severe shortages of most goods and services. The German government responded by “printing” money.

In short, inflations are caused by shortages. Money “printing” and deficit spending is a government’s response to inflation, not the cause of inflations.

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Koch foundations have attaching strings to their massive University contributions, — control over curriculum and professor hiring and evaluation.

Summary

The rich are motivated by Gap Psychology, the human desire to distance themselves (“widen the Gap”) from those below them on a social scale, and to come closer (“narrow the Gap”) to those above. 

To widen the Gap below, and to narrow the Gap above, the rich opt for cuts to social programs like Social Security and Medicare. These cuts are called “reforms.”

The excuse for the cuts is the supposed “unsustainability” of federal Social Security and Medicare spending.

It is a lie — a Big Lie.

To promulgate the Big Lie, the rich bribe politicians (via campaign contributions and promises of lucrative employment later), economists (via university contributions and jobs with “think tanks”), and the media (via advertising expenditures and outright ownership).

Thus, the rich pay the main sources of information available to the public to spread the Big Lie, that federal deficits and federal debt are a threat to the U.S. 

Until you tell your Senators and Representatives that you know they have been lying, and that the federal government easily can pay for our benefits, they will keep lying and cutting your benefits.

You are the only thing that can eliminate the lies. 

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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

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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