Cowardice and cruelty in the White House: “Get ’em out and keep ’em out” Thursday, Mar 21 2019 

To be a bigot is to be a bully and a coward. You never will see a bigot when he or she is alone. No, when alone, bigots (i.e. bullies and cowards) keep their heads down and remain quiet.

Bigots want to exert power over their victims. President Trump is the classic bigot/bully/coward. He stays well protected in the White House, spewing hatred about Mexican immigrants being criminals and rapists, and Muslims being terrorists.

Here was a coward, so fearful, that he faked a bone spur to stay out of the military.

He doesn’t even have the courage to do his own face-to-face firing of employees. Instead, he has someone else do the deed or fires people by Email.

I thought of all this when I saw this article in today’s Chicago Tribune (excerpts):

New report reveals ‘horrifying scale’ of child sex abuse by Catholic clergy in Illinois
By Elyssa Cherney Chicago Tribune

Attorneys for victims of sexual abuse by priests have released what they say is the most comprehensive list yet of Catholic clergy with ties to Illinois who have been accused of misconduct against children.

The list includes about 400 priests and lay people who worked in the state, with accusations spanning more than a half-century.

“The data reveal the horrifying scale of priests sexually assaulting minors to the present day,” the report said. “Perhaps most shocking among the discoveries is that some perpetrators were intentionally transferred and retained in trusted positions with direct access to children even after they were known to sexually abuse children.”

The report said its authors believe “that the Dioceses in Illinois have not publicly made available the full histories and their knowledge of their sexually abusive agents and employees.”

The sex abuse scandal has roiled the church for decades, but it received renewed attention last year after a sweeping grand jury report in Pennsylvania identified more than 300 predator priests.

Asked why the Chicago Archdiocese does not include names of priests who have died before an allegation arises, (the response was) “The church’s policy has been to not include it (because) in the case of the deceased priest, there is no risk to children and there is no question of fitness of ministry.”

None of this is new, and it no longer is secret, yet Trump’s response has been missing. The bigot/bully/coward is afraid to anger the 70 million Catholics in America.

Not only are Catholics numerous, but they are powerful. Many hold high office and are wealthy. The Catholic Church too, is wealthy.

Instead, Trump picks on a tiny, powerless segment of the Catholic Church, Mexican undocumented immigrants.

The powerful Church has not defended them, so Trump feels free to lie about and bully these people, because he knows they are politically weak.

The Church should tell Trump, “These are our people. They are good people. They are God-fearing people, who work harder and commit fewer crimes on average than do American citizens. They are an asset to America, just as your grandparents were.”

Today, Trump and the right-wing continue to search for ways to treat immigrants ever more harshly:

The U.S. now has even more leeway to start deportation proceedings for immigrants
A new measure will affect foreigners who entered the U.S. legally and applied for an immigration benefit such as a visa. But now if their application, petition or benefit request gets turned down, their presence in the United States becomes immediately unlawful. Previously, an immigrant had more time to re-petition or pursue other avenues to stay in the United States under a different status.

And:

The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the Trump administration’s power to arrest and hold immigrants indefinitely if they have past crimes on their records that could trigger deportation, even if they had served time years ago for minor drug offenses. The (right-wing) justices, by a 5-4 vote, agreed. By David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times, March 20, 2019

Given all the needs of the impoverished in America, does Trump ask for $6 billion to improve access to housing, schooling, clothing, and food?

No, he and the right wing choose punishment and banishment. They choose to build a wall.

“Get ’em out and keep ’em out” is the right-wing attitude. Thank God that has not been America’s attitude for the past 240 years, and God willing it will not be America’s attitude when Trump and the cruel right-wing are gone.

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

If you lie often enough . . . Wednesday, Mar 20 2019 

If you repeat a word often enough, it will lose its meaning. The same with lies.

There was a time when being caught in a lie was death for a politician. No more. What happens now when he is caught in a lie? 100 lies? 1,000 lies? 10,000 lies?

Sheer volume numbs. The senses numb. The world numbs. Does it matter any more? Do his followers care? Does anyone care? Anymore?

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They all are liars. Believe me.

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It all blends into an endless stream of jumbled lies indistinguishable from truths, too many to investigate, too many to refute, so you don’t even bother, because no will listen.

As his lies wash over you your energy leaves. You have no strength. It has become too much. And the lies have become the liar and the liar has become the lies, one and the same.

So encouraged, he lies more and ever more, succeeds more and ever more. Soon the endless drip of his lies erodes through even the hardest stone, and your great sheltering nation that was welcoming and compassionate and beautiful simply turns to dust.

Then, like smoke through his fingers, you, your children, and his lies quietly blow away.

The future will not remember, Oh beautiful for spacious skies for amber waves of grain for purple mountain majesties abovethefruitedplainAmericaAmerliarliar
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The adventures of Don the Con Tuesday, Mar 19 2019 

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A brief word from Don the Con

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The late Senator John McCain was not a war hero; he was captured. I am a war hero; I wasn’t captured. Believe me.

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

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