America currently has two major political parties.
The Democrats lean toward social progressivism. That includes such concepts as the government providing money and leadership to achieve equality, compassion, human rights, empathy, and concern for future generations’ well-being.
Dems see the income/wealth/power Gaps between the richer and the poorer as being too wide and fundamentally unfair. Democrats’ charity tends to support the less fortunate, who are welcomed as the source of future progress.
The focus is on the similarities of people, on acceptance, and on the tearing down of walls.
“Lean toward” indicates that like all things human, the Dems often depart, in the short term, from these noble long-term goals.
The Republicans ostensibly are conservatives. To “conserve” is to oppose change from such traditional values as self-sufficiency, religion, the value of work, patriotism, and minimal government interference.
The GOP sees the income/wealth/power Gaps as being earned, fair, and the result of hard work and normal human differences. The fundamental belief is that giving to the poor encourages sloth.
Republican charities tend to support religion, particularly Christianity, and the economic status quo.
The GOP tends to reject the less fortunate as dragging down the rest of “us” by contributing little and taking much.
The focus is on the differences among people, on the rejection of those who don’t contribute, and on the building of walls.
Of late, the GOP has drifted into Trumpism, which is a form of fascism in which Donald Trump is the Truth, the Word, and the government.
Trumpism is based on the belief that white, Christian, straight, male followers of Trump are naturally superior, and that only they should receive acceptance and support from the federal government. All others should be excluded.
Both the Democrats and the Republicans base much of their day-to-day actions on the same myth, the federal taxes fund federal spending, and when the federal government spends, it is spending “taxpayers’ money.”
While this “spending taxpayers’ money” notion is true of state and local governments, it is not true of our Monetarily Sovereign federal government which not only creates new dollars ad hoc, every time it pays a bill, but actually destroys all tax dollars sent to it.
When you send your tax check to the government you send dollars that are part of the M1 money supply.
The instant your dollars reach the Treasury, they cease to be part of any money-supply measure. Effectively, they are destroyed.
The Primary GOP Goal
If you vote Republican, you should understand this:
An End to Obamacare
And the propaganda continues from the anarchist lapdogs of the GOP, the “Libertarians”:
Warren’s pitch for a presidential program to help “working people” is a trillion-dollar bailout for the upper-middle class.
No Peter, it’s a trillion-dollar investment in the people who wish to lift themselves and thereby, lift America.
And then, as if being stupid and deceptive wasn’t sufficient, Suderman gets desperate:
Here’s another question worth asking that no one involved seems to want answered: Would a unilateral program of debt forgiveness like the one that is apparently under discussion be legal?
The lawyers for the Education Department found that the secretary of education “does not have statutory authority to provide blanket or mass cancellation, compromise, discharge, or forgiveness of student loan principal balances, and/or to materially modify the repayment amounts or terms thereof, whether due to the COVID-19 pandemic or for any other reason.”
That sounds like a pretty firm no.
Uh, Peter. Congress can change any statute. But I’ll bet you already knew that. You did know that, didn’t you?
Republicans are fixated on gay sex and marriage.
They believe that being gay is a decision as in, “When did you make the decision to be straight or gay?
This leads to phony conversion therapy designed to make gay people “normal.”
Thus, Republicans believe gays are attempting the impossible task of “grooming” straight kids to turn gay.
Republicans seem to think that being gay is such a wonderful and attractive lifestyle, that any education about gay people creates the danger of enticing straight children to become gay.
To prevent children from “deciding” to become gay, the GOP has passed laws outlawing any teaching about LGBTQ people (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer).
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed the controversial “Parental Rights in Education” bill into law, prohibiting classroom discussion or instruction on sexual orientation and identity in kindergarten to third grade or in older grades in “a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate.”
No one knows what is “age-appropriate” (or age-inappropriate) or “developmentally appropriate” (or developmentally inappropriate) means, with regard to discussions of sexual orientation.
Sexual orientation exists. Children will ask about it. Not discussing it won’t make it go away.
If children are not given answers from an adult, they will get their answers from other children. If the adult happens to be a gay-hating parent, the children will turn out to be gay-haters (unless they themselves are gay, in which case they will be self-loathing.)
This is how ridiculous the GOP’s hatred of gays (and non-whites) has become. From Florida newspapers:
With great fanfare and very little evidence, the Florida Department of Education banned more than 50 new math textbooks for containing “indoctrinating information” on “prohibited topics.”
Specific examples of offensive material are still hard to come by, which should anger parents who want better schools, not more crass politics.
Where are the examples of “indoctrination,” “prohibited topics” and “divisive concepts” that threaten public schools in Florida and have so rattled Gov. Ron DeSantis and Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran?
Barring proof that publishers are now pushing 3+3 equals Critical Race Theory (CRT), the decision amounts to a nod to fringe politics.
It clearly hasn’t helped school districts now thrown into a tizzy as they scramble for instructional material for the upcoming school year.
The GOP hates taxes, which would be a good thing, except Republicans hate only those taxes that affect the rich.
They love taxes on the middle and lower-income people, and always are on the search for reasons to raise those taxes.
GOP’s new plan: Raise taxes on working people, end Social Security and Medicare. Rick Scott believes he can get elected president on a program of making inequality great again. By Thom Hartmann, March 14, 2022
They’re at it again: Republicans want to raise taxes on poor and working-class Americans, end Social Security and Medicare, jack up pollution and corporate profits, all while continuing to pamper their billionaire donor base.
This time it’s the guy in charge of getting Republican senators elected and re-elected, Florida Sen. Rick Scott.
You may remember him as the guy who ran the company convicted of the largest Medicare fraud in the history of America, who then took his money and ran for governor of Florida, where he prevented the state from expanding Medicaid for low-income Floridians for all the years he ran the state.
Low income working people in America generally pay a higher percentage of their income as taxes than do most of our billionaires and multi-multi-millionaires.
They pay Social Security taxes, Medicare taxes, property taxes, sales taxes and taxes in the form of fees for everything from a driver’s license to road tolls to annual car inspections.
Here is the GOP mantra, as expressed by Senator Mitt Romney, “There are 47 percent who are with him,” (Barack Obama’s voters back in 2012), “who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it. These are people who pay no income tax.”
No Mitt, the people who pay no income tax are Donald Trump, Jeff Bezos, and the rest of the billionaires. They are the real freeloaders. They get all the benefits life has to offer while complaining about the supposed cost of benefits going to the not-rich.
Yes, federal taxes should be cut — No rational person would advocate taking dollars from the economy and giving them to a federal government that has the infinite ability to create dollars — but not if that is used as an excuse to cut the benefits we receive from the government.
Our Monetarily Sovereign federal government has no need for and no use of tax dollars.
The ostensible purpose of federal taxes is to control the economy by taxing what the government wishes to discourage (liquor, cigarettes, etc.) and by giving tax breaks to what the government wishes to encourage (home ownership, solar energy, etc.)
The real purpose of federal taxes is to help the rich become richer by widening the gap between the rich and the rest. The rich pay a much lower percentage of their income and/or wealth as taxes than do the rest of us.
Voting Rights And Other Constitutional Rights
The GOP supports such Constitutional rights as:
- States’ rights: The rights of states to pass discriminatory laws that disenfranchise certain voting groups, without interference from the federal government.
- Gun rights: The right of anyone to own, carry and wildly use any gun at any time, but not the rights of any state to regulate, tax, or even make a record of any gun or gun owner.
- Fetal (even microscopic fetal) rights, but not a woman’s rights to decide her own medical treatment, or the rights of already-born children to a stable, loving home.
- The right to poverty, hunger, sickness, homelessness, and ignorance without interference from any government.
- The right to spew hate-mongering, fear-mongering, and QAnon-style conspiracy theories, but not school discussions of hate-mongering, fear-mongering, or QAnon-style conspiracy theories, as these classroom discussions may make some students feel “uncomfortable.”
- The right to riot and to physically attack Congress and the Vice President in an effort to overturn a proven, legitimate election and to install a Hitlerian psychopath as President. (The GOP terms this type of riot a “normal tourist visit” and does not want it investigated.)
- The right to ignore selected portions of the Constitution while claiming “originalism” and “textualism.” Example: Ignoring the original text, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State . . .”
The GOP follows its leader in ignoring science and even attempting to harass and discredit scientists who deliver truths in opposition to Donald Trump’s “truths.”
- The denial of the seriousness and severity of COVID led to unpreparedness and to date, a million lost American lives, and many times that number of illnesses and lost working days.
- The denial of the anti-COVID effects of vaccination and mask-wearing has compounded #1.
- The denial of global warming has led to excessively slow adoption of solar, wind, geothermal, and nuclear energy sources. Our children will pay the price of rising oceans, habitat loss, species loss, and food shortages.
- The denial of the environmental damage caused by fracking.
Being Republican demands that you believe, or at least claim to believe, that everyone who disagrees with Trump is a liar or part of “fake news.“ This includes all elements of the scientific community.
“The people who deny science are often trying to uphold membership in something that they find meaningful.” That is why anti-vaxxers tend to be pro-Trumpers. (Ironically, Trump paid for his ignorance by getting COVID, and only later receiving multiple vaccinations. His followers ignore those truths.)
The GOP has no proposals to improve the lives of you who are not rich. None. Everything the GOP does and advocates is in the service of the rich. No one else matters to the Party Of The Rich.
The current GOP neither is conservative, Libertarian, nor progressive. It is Trumpist. It wants what Trump wants. It hates whom Trump hates. It denies what Trump denies.
The GOP has become a party of bigots, which is why it fears teaching about the dangers of bigotry (what it refers to as “Critial Race Theory“.)
It burns books, just as Hitler did.
Led by a Hitlerian psychopath, the GOP again has proved that hatred and fear are stronger than logic and compassion.
By focusing on the supposed dangers coming from the “other,” they have managed to close people’s eyes to real patriotism, morality, and even self-interest. They support overthrowing of our elected government and installing a martinet
The GOP is a traitorous party, unrecognizable in U.S. history. If you asked, “What are the goals of the GOP,” you now have your answer.
Rodger Malcolm Mitchell Monetary Sovereignty Twitter: @rodgermitchell Search #monetarysovereignty Facebook: Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
THE SOLE PURPOSE OF GOVERNMENT IS TO IMPROVE AND PROTECT THE LIVES OF THE PEOPLE.
The most important problems in economics involve:
- Monetary Sovereignty describes money creation and destruction.
- 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:
- Eliminate FICA
- Federally funded Medicare — parts A, B & D, plus long-term care — for everyone
- Social Security for all
- Free education (including post-grad) for everyone
- Salary for attending school
- Eliminate federal taxes on business
- Increase the standard income tax deduction, annually.
- Tax the very rich (the “.1%”) more, with higher progressive tax rates on all forms of income.
- Federal ownership of all banks
- 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.