The Gaslighting of the American Public

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THE GASLIGHTING OF AMERICA

Wikipedia: The term “gaslighting describes someone (a “gaslighter”) who puts forth a false narrative that leads others to doubt their own perceptions.

It was the fundamental plotline of the movie, “Gaslight.”

Over the years, there have been several comedic movies in which a character caught cheating by his wife, brazenly looks up and says to her, “Are you going to believe me or your eyes?”

This dynamic is generally only possible when the audience is vulnerable such as in unequal power relationships or when the audience is fearful of the losses associated with challenging the false narrative.

Donald Trump, and more recently his current Republican Party, have been gaslighting the American public for many years. They do it by denying the obvious, i.e denying what you see before your own eyes.

The psychology is that if brazen deniers of fact deny often enough and forcefully enough, the weaker-minded among us will come to believe their own senses are wrong and that the deniers must be right.

Eventually, the weakest-minded join the ranks of deniers and become inadvertent gaslighters, themselves.

Here are just a few of the truths Trump and his Republican Party deny, despite all evidence. When you hear or read these denials, understand the deniers are trying to gaslight you.

No President and political party in American history have been so focused on gaslighting America as has Trump and the GOP. Whether you believe them depends mostly on your confidence in your own senses and your understanding of the facts.

Trump and the GOP have denied and/or continue to deny that:

  1. Climate change exists
  2. Human-caused climate change exists
  3. Climate change is a serious problem
  4. Poverty is a national problem, not the fault of the impoverished.
  5. Slavery was a serious historical problem
  6. Police focus negatively and unfairly on people of color
  7. Police are needlessly killing people of color
  8. Biden won the Presidential election
  9. Biden was elected, fairly
  10. Trump has no evidence of election fraud
  11. Masks help prevent sickening from COVID
  12. Vaccines help prevent sickening from COVID
  13. Masks help prevent the transmission of COVID
  14. COVID vaccines are safe
  15. COVID vaccines help prevent the transmission of COVID
  16. Trump is a pathological liar
  17. Trump encouraged an attempted coup.
  18. There was an attempted coup
  19. Trump tried to steal the Presidential election
  20. The Republican Party continues to try to steal elections
  21. Trump has surrounded himself with criminals
  22. Trump has surrounded himself with incompetent sycophants
  23. Trump is a massive liar
  24. Trump cheated on all three wives
  25. Trump cheated employees and lenders
  26. Trump cheated on his taxes
  27. The Trump Foundation was a scam
  28. Trump cheated students in his Trump University
  29. Trump molested many women
  30. Trump is a psychopath
  31. Social Security, Medicare, and all other federal agencies never can become insolvent.
  32. The U.S. Supreme Court is dominated by biased, right-wing, partisan political hacks.
  33. Republican-dominated states are trying to prevent people of color from voting.
  34. Trump and the Republican Party are fascists

Fox “News,” Breitbart, the numerous conspiracy blogs all attempt to gaslight you on behalf of Trump and the GOP.

Hundreds of thousands of Americans have sickened and died because they yielded to right-wing gaslighting about COVID. But gaslighting is not limited to COVID.

Gaslighting touches all aspects of your life, and always is done to benefit some power group, usually the very rich. They never will stop, so long as they are successful.

Whether they continue to succeed depends on you and your psychological strength. It depends on you weakly yielding to gaslighting, and stop believing the facts right in front of you.

You, your children, and the future of America are at risk from the gaslighters.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty
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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
  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

The end of poverty in America

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.

Poverty in America | The Economist

The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. (Mark 14:7)

For there will never cease to be poor in the land; that is why I am commanding you to open wide your hand to your brother and to the poor and needy in your land. (Deuteronomy 15:11)

Is it true that there always will be poor people? Should it be true? Must it be true?

Yes, the poor have been with us in most societies, but it should not be true, and it need not be true.

Mathematically, in any scale of wealth, income, or power, some must be closer to the bottom. If “having less” is your definition of “poor” then yes, the poor always must be with us.

But what if your definition of “poor” referenced “insufficiency” rather than “less” — insufficiency of food, healthcare, education, housing — then perhaps the poor need not all ways be with us.

I suggest that it is not necessary for some people in America to be starving, sick, uneducated, and/or homeless.

Poverty fell overall in 2020 due to massive stimulus checks and unemployment aid, U.S. Census says
By Heather Long and Amy Goldstein
U.S. poverty fell overall in 2020, a surprising decline that is largely a result of the swift and large federal aidthat Congress enacted at the start of the pandemic to try to prevent widespread financial hardship as the nation experienced the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

Federal deficit spending for benefits to the poor “surprisingly” helped reduce the percentage of poor people. Who possibly could have expected that?

After accounting for all the federal relief payments, the so-called supplemental poverty measure declined to 9.1 percent in 2020 — the lowest on record and a significant decline from 11.8 percent in 2019.

The decline in the poverty rate means that millions of Americans were lifted out of severe financial hardship last year, the U.S. Census said. Poverty is defined as having an income of less than $26,250 a year for a family of four.

If you happen to believe that poverty is bad for America, and that honestly religious people wish to help the impoverished, then all that deficit spending opposed by debt-scare peddlers was good for this country.

If, however, you believe that the poor are lazy, good-for-nothing, takers, who deserve their poverty, then you will be saddened at learning the poverty rate declined.

And if you have been told that federal taxes fund federal spending, you will be flummoxed by all that spending with federal taxes staying the same.

And if you believe it’s better for the public to run a deficit with the federal government than for the federal government to run a deficit with the public, then you may be surprised to learn that federal deficit spending has allowed fewer people to be thrust into poverty.

Extensive federal relief assistance passed during the coronavirus pandemic is widely credited by economists and policy experts for preventing another Great Depression.

The stimulus payments provided $1,200 cash payments to most low-income and middle-class Americans last year, moving 11.7 million people out of poverty, the Census said.

Another 5.5 million people were prevented from falling into povertyby the enhanced unemployment insurance aid.

“This really highlights the importance of our social safety net,” said Liana Fox, chief of the U.S. Census Bureau’s Poverty Statistics Branch.

Try to remember the fight against deficit spending, put up mostly by the right wing (with just a couple faux Democrats dissenting). If they had had their way, we would have had a depression.

The annual findings also showed that median income declined by 2.9 percent in 2020 to $67,500. Still, after accounting for the government aid, every age group, racial and ethnic group and educational level saw a decline in poverty.

Some of the largest declines in poverty were reported for families headed by single moms, African Americans, Hispanic Americans and adults without a high school degree.

“The federal government responded quickly and significantly. And it’s very clear that those efforts prevented a sharp rise in poverty,” said James Sullivan, an economics professor at the University of Notre Dame.

“The concern is that we will see poverty rise again because we’ve now seen these relief packages expire.”

Remember also that the Monetarily Sovereign U.S. government has the infinite ability to create its own sovereign currency, U.S. dollars. It never can run short of dollars, and neither needs nor uses tax dollars for spending.

Alan Greenspan: “A government cannot become insolvent with respect to obligations in its own currency.”

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.”

Despite current debates about “how will it be paid for,” the fact is that all federal spending is paid for the same way: The federal government, creates from thin air, its spending dollars. It can do so endlessly.

President Biden is urging Congress to enact more programs to help the poor and working class as part of a $3.5 trillion package that would make significant investments in many parts of the economy.

Top White House aides point to the success of the pandemic aid as an example of how additional resources can make a dramatic difference in lowering poverty and hardship.

You can be certain that 100% of the GOP will oppose any aid to the poor, though the same politicians will approve of aid to the rich.

All any insurance does is provide money, which the federal government is far more able to do. There is no advantage to your paying for health insurance, when the federal government is able to pay for health insurance.

The census data shows that the rate of uninsured was especially high in a dozen states that have chosen not to expand Medicaid eligibility under the ACA.

Unlike his predecessor, President Biden has been pressing to expand Medicaid in the dozen holdout states, and Congressional Democrats are considering proposals that would allow people frozen out of the program by their state governments to buy private ACA health plans inexpensively.

Here are the states whose political majority is Republican, and who do not consider poverty and lack of medical care to be a problem.

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What happens next to family incomes and poverty will depend largely on how many Americans are able to return to work in the coming months and whether the U.S. government extends some aid to low-income Americans.

Contrary to popular wisdom, federal deficit spending does not cause inflation. All inflations have been caused by shortages of key goods and services, most often food and oil. Today’s inflation results from shortages of labor, food, and oil.

Sadly, some voters have so little regard for humanity that they vote against the federal financing to ease poverty — financing that costs them nothing, but that will lift their neighbors from agonizing poverty and free children from starvation, homelessness, illness, and lack of education.

SUMMARY

  1. The U.S. federal government has demonstrated how federal deficit spending can reduce poverty in America.
  2. The federal government, being Monetarily Sovereign, has the unlimited ability to deficit spend, without collecting taxes. It cannot unintentionally run short of dollars
  3. Federal deficit spending never has caused inflation; shortages of key goods and services are the sole cause of inflation.
  4. People who are homeless, uneducated, ill, and hungry are a drag on the economy. They are less able to produce and to consume.
  5. Poverty in America could be cured by the adoption of the Ten Steps to Prosperity (below).

The U.S. federal government has all the tools it needs to end poverty in America. All it needs is the will.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty
Twitter: @rodgermitchell
Search #monetarysovereignty
Facebook: 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
  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

The most ridiculous article you will read this week. The religion of politics.

Here are excerpts from the most ridiculous article you will read this week, and that is saying a lot these days.

White House asks Congress to pass emergency funding for disaster aid, Afghan resettlement as well as spending bill to avert shutdown
Administration officials also asked Congress to pass a short-term spending bill to avoid a government shutdown in October.
By Jeff Stein

The White House budget office on Tuesday sent Congress an “urgent” spending request asking for tens of billions of dollars in natural disaster relief and Afghanistan resettlement funding as the administration tries to respond to both emergencies.

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Believe what I tell you.

The White House is asking for $14 billion in aid to respond to natural disasters that occurred before Hurricane Ida, as well as $6.4 billion to pay for the ongoing relocation of tens of thousands of Afghans who partnered with the U.S. during the war in Afghanistan.

The administration anticipates that another $10 billion will have to be approved in disaster relief for Hurricane Ida as well.

As part of the request, White House Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Shalanda Young called for Congress to approve a short-term extension in government funding so that there isn’t a partial government shutdown on October 1..

OK, I get it. Congress should examine how money is used.

And though I can’t say whether $14 billion is the right amount for previous disasters, or whether $6.4 billion is right for protecting the people who helped and believed us, or whether $10 billion is right for reducing the suffering caused by Hurricane Ida, I can say this:

  1. The initiatives themselves are worthwhile
  2. The government has infinite money
  3. It’s better to err on the side of “too much” rather than too little.

There is no downside to spending “too much,” even if some of it is “wasted,” because government spending, even wasted spending, stimulates (by formula) GDP growth, and costs taxpayers nothing.

{Federal taxpayers don’t fund federal spending. Federal taxpayers don’t fund anything.)

So the same Republicans who voted for Trump’s tax cut for the rich, joined by a couple of self-proclaimed “moderate” Democrats, who “work across the aisle,” will prance and preen and pretend to be so concerned about taxpayers.

They will demand that everything be cut by 30%, and later, will blame Biden for not doing enough. Gotcha!

Breitbart and FOX will wring their hands and cry crocodile tears for the Americans who are suffering and for the Afghans who are suffering, though, in today’s bifurcated world, no one seems really to care about anyone else’s suffering.

It’s all self-serving righteousness performed on the world’s biggest pulpit.

But the most ridiculous part is the phony threat of a government shutdown.

As the upcoming game of “pretend chicken” plays out, the Republicans will huff and puff their fake fiscal integrity; the Treasury and the Federal Reserve will institute fake “extreme efforts” to keep America from falling into bankruptcy; fingers will point in all directions; and the stock market will crash long enough for the smart-money guys to pick some cheap fallen fruit.

Then, miraculously and heroically, accommodation will be reached; the phony debt ceiling once again will be lifted and rescheduled for six months hence; and the stock market dutifully will provide quick profits to those who weren’t fooled by the blather.

All will self-congratulate for saving America from the potential disaster they themselves created, and the economically uneducated voters will go on believing what they always have been told: The Big Lie that federal finances are just like personal finances so the federal debt must be reduced.

It’s like a football game in which the politicians are the players, and the people are the football. Everyone gets their kicks.

The White House’s request for short-term funding needs comes as it works on unrelated legislation for an approximately $3.5 trillion budget deal that Democrats are seeking to shape this month in Congress.

That sweeping package would overhaul the social safety net, authorize new climate change programs, raise taxes on corporations, and achieve a number of other Biden administration priorities.

If overhauling the social safety net included 100% free healthcare for every American, plus Social Security for every American, that would be the greatest use of federal financial power in the past century — perhaps ever.

Sadly, that won’t happen. Not even close. The rich don’t want it because of Gap Psychology, and the public doesn’t know the government can do it all without raising taxes.

Anyway, as everyone knows, the poor are a bunch of lazy takers, who deserve their misfortune, so why help them? Right?

The public also doesn’t understand that climate change is an extinction-level event we are leaving for our children and grandchildren to cope with, so why take any action now to reduce CO2? Let the Chinese do it first.

The Republican’s sole (fake) concern is with unborn children; they have no interest in children already born, and especially no interest in poor children already born. So they march around, displaying huge photos of fetuses, which in reality are the size of your thumb, and worry not about the fate of those unfortunate women and their subsequent babies.

It’s all God’s will.

The Democrats are so busy wallowing in the nobility of their causes, they can’t bring themselves to dare tell the truth about federal finances, or to actually play the politics game.

So they will enjoy continuing to be righteous losers, despite owning a majority of the total voters. After winning the last Presidential election by seven million votes, the Dems brilliantly have managed to position themselves as Congressional underdogs.

Meanwhile, the universally despised Donald Trump, after leading and losing an election, the swing state of Georgia, and a rebellion against American democracy, continues to be a GOP torch-bearer, because really, what else do they have?

The administration’s request for more funding for the Afghanistan relocation and disaster relief programs is likely to provoke substantial (fake) debate in Congress, where Republicans have hammered the White House for its handling of the withdrawal to end the war.

The majority of the $6.4 billion requested by the White House will go principally to fund processing sites for relocating tens of thousands of people in Afghanistan who partnered with the U.S. during the two decades of war there.

Of the $6.4 billion, the biggest chunk is for the State Department and Department of Defense relocation process for allies from Afghanistan and support for them to help them integrate into American life.

Another substantial amount of funding would go to United States Agency for International Development for Afghans at risk in the regions.

Administration officials said Tuesday the request would help plans for resettling as many as 65,000 Afghans who are expected to arrive in the U.S. by the end of September, as well as up to 30,000 Afghans expected to arrive in the U.S. over the next 12 months.

The Republicans, who blasted Biden for not extracting perhaps a hundred Americans and thousands of our Afghan partners to the tender mercies of the Taliban, soon will blast Biden for wanting to resettle the many thousands he was able to extract.

Trump will claim they all are terrorists, criminals, rapists, and unaffordable leaches on the economy, whose children might vote Democrat in future elections. If that sounds familiar, it’s what he said about Mexicans and Muslims. The plot never changes; only the cast of characters changes.

“The operation to move out of danger and to safety tens of thousands of Afghans at risk, including many who helped us during our two decades in Afghanistan, represents an extraordinary military, diplomatic, security, and humanitarian operation by the U.S. government,” Young’s letter said.

“We urge Congress to appropriate $6.4 billion to enable the success of this multifaceted, historic mission,” she wrote.

As soon we will hear that “Biden wants to import terrorists” (those same people the GOP pretended to feel so sorry for), we’ll enjoy the grandstanding about the money needed to conduct the vetting to filter out terrorists.

The disaster aid — likely more than $20 billion when the damages from Hurricane Ida are factored in — would help the administration respond to Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Delta, as well as droughts, wildfires, and flooding in other parts of the country.

Administration officials said on a call with reporters that climate change is creating more severe storms and disasters that are impacting a growing number of Americans.

One innocently might imagine disaster aid would be a no-brainer for Republicans. After all, the most hurricane damage occurred in “red” states.

But, the wildfire damage mostly occurred in blue states, and as Donald Trump has told us, global warming is a Chinese hoax, and wildfires are due to poor forest management, which could be prevented by raking the forests (and perhaps with a dose of hydroxychloroquine?)

So, the politics require that anything — ANYTHING –Biden wants to be opposed by the Trump-subservient GOP, no matter how seemingly beneficial.

In short, the entire article is political theater, It’s religious miracles and magic, performed by political clergy to entertain, the masses. But sadly, instead of being entertained, the masses think the whole thing is real.

The people not only believe, but passionately believe, as there is a direct, but inverse, correlation between intelligence and belief in the supernatural.

As this all plays out, prior to next year’s elections, just sit back and enjoy the show. Remember that none of it is real and no one is saying what they mean.

It’s all a put-on, to keep you contributing to your political religion of choice, and returning to the chapel for the holiday elections.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty
Twitter: @rodgermitchell
Search #monetarysovereignty
Facebook: 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
  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