How you can change the world with just two words Monday, May 20 2019 

All creation involves destruction.

This fundamental truth requires no great insight. Visualize anything that has been created — a painting, a building, a song, a poem, an idea, a theory — and you will see that what preceded it was wholly, or partly, destroyed in its making.Related image

The blank canvas, the random pile of bricks, the notes and the spaces between those notes, the meanings of words, the false beliefs, the earlier truths — all are destroyed by creation.

War is destruction and is one of the most creative of all human endeavors. No fields of the creative arts and sciences are unrelated to war.

This is not to claim that destruction, in of itself, is creative or beneficial. Rather, that beneficial creativity requires some measure of destruction.

With this as background, I suggest that the world can be changed, massively and irretrievably, by the two-word destruction: End FICA.

FICA, otherwise known as the Federal Insurance Contributions Act, supposedly funds Social Security and Medicare. Even its title, which includes the words “insurance contributions” is a lie.

Image result for high rise constructionFICA is a federal tax. Like all federal taxes, it funds nothing. (See: Does the U.S. Treasury really destroy your tax dollars?FICA has nothing to do with insurance or with contributions to insurance.

You wrongly have been told that Medicare, for instance, is funded through trust funds. But these so-called “trust funds” are not anything like private trust funds.

These “trust funds” are fictional accounts that are debited and credited arbitrarily by the federal government. The Supplementary Medical Insurance (SMI) Trust Fund, which “pays for” Medicare Parts B and D, receives whatever funds Congress authorizes. 

There are no limits on what Congress can authorize. This “trust fund” can run short of dollars only if Congress wants it to run short. This financing has nothing to do with tax collections. It all is strictly arbitrary.

You never had been told that fact.

The elimination of FICA would immediately accomplish one great thing. It would reduce the needless, harmful destruction of private sector dollars, that currently are sent to the U.S. Treasury, where they are destroyed.

Yes, every one of your federal tax dollars that you send to the U.S. Treasury is destroyed upon receipt. It is not saved somewhere for future use. It is destroyed.

By definition, large economies have more money than do small economies. Thus, a growing economy requires a growing supply of dollars. Taking dollars from the U.S. economy restricts economic growth, and even can lead to recessions an depressions.

U.S. depressions tend to come on the heels of federal surpluses, which remove dollars from the economy .

1804-1812: U. S. Federal Debt reduced 48%. Depression began 1807.
1817-1821: U. S. Federal Debt reduced 29%. Depression began 1819.
1823-1836: U. S. Federal Debt reduced 99%. Depression began 1837.
1852-1857: U. S. Federal Debt reduced 59%. Depression began 1857.
1867-1873: U. S. Federal Debt reduced 27%. Depression began 1873.
1880-1893: U. S. Federal Debt reduced 57%. Depression began 1893.
1920-1930: U. S. Federal Debt reduced 36%. Depression began 1929.
1997-2001: U. S. Federal Debt reduced 15%. Recession began 2001

Unlike you and me, and unlike businesses, and state and local governments, the U.S. federal government uniquely is Monetarily Sovereign. (See: Monetary Sovereignty, the key to understanding economics.)Image result for planets colliding

As such, the federal government does not save tax dollars in order to pay bills. Instead, the federal government creates brand new dollars, ad hoc, every time it pays a creditor. (See: Have you ever played Monopoly?)

In this regard, no one can answer the question, “How much money does the federal government own?” Retaining the unlimited ability to create dollars at will, the federal government can be said to “own” infinite dollars — or no dollars at all.

Those FICA tax dollars, that are destroyed by the U.S. Treasury, were taken from the salaried class, the very people upon whom economic growth most urgently relies.

More importantly, FICA is resoundingly regressive. It is a tax that widens the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and the rest. (See: Gap Psychology.)

All of the above-referenced benefits of FICA elimination pale in comparison to the real benefit. The destruction of FICA would open the way toward the understanding of one great economic truth: Monetary Sovereignty — the unlimited power that a money creator has over its own sovereign currency.

The very existence of FICA lends credence to “The Big Lie,” the false belief that federal taxes fund federal spending.

The Big Lie itself encompasses several sub-lies, such as:

  1. Federal debt is an unsustainable burden on the federal government and on federal taxpayers.
  2. Federal finances are similar to state and local government finances and similar to personal finances.
  3. Social Security, Medicare, and many other federal agencies are in danger of becoming insolvent.
  4. Federal wasteful spending is a burden on federal taxpayers.
  5. Federal deficit spending leads to inflations and hyperinflations.
  6. Federal social spending (incorrectly termed “socialism”) is unaffordable and unsustainable.
  7. Cuts to federal deficit spending (aka “austerity) are financially prudent.

In science, one fact begets another. Many decades after Relativity and Quantum Mechanics first were proposed, discoveries still are being made based on these two great theories. They have shown light on many dark corners of physics.

So too, does Monetary Sovereignty shine a light on the dark corners of economics.

The elimination of FICA would require the open discussion of Monetary Sovereignty, because the immediate question would emerge,  “Who will pay for it?”

Answering that question requires understanding the realities of federal economics, i.e. the realities of Monetary Sovereignty.

Every knowledgable and honest economist understands two truths:

  • The U.S. federal government created an arbitrary number of the original U.S. dollars from thin air and gave them an arbitrary value.
  • The U.S. federal government continues to create U.S. dollars from thin air and retains the power to give them an arbitrary value.

Thus, it functionally is impossible for the federal government to run short of its own sovereign currency, a power it has demonstrated for the entire 240 years of its existence.

And because the federal government cannot run short of dollars, no agency of the federal government can run short of U.S. dollars unless that is what Congress and the President want.

Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, poverty aids, roads, bridges, education, et al — all federal agencies — cannot become insolvent unless that is what Congress and the President decide, FICA or other tax collections notwithstanding.

The question, “Who will pay for it?” answers itself.  Eliminating FICA will force the federal government to admit that the federal government will pay for goods and services the same way it always has — by creating dollars, ad hoc.

Eliminating FICA will force a rational conversation about Monetary Sovereignty, from which the public finally learns that federal taxes pay for nothing.

(This is unlike state and local governments, which are monetarily non-sovereign, and in which taxes do pay for state and local government spending.)

Further, the U.S. federal government has the unlimited power to give its sovereign currency, the U.S. dollar, any value it chooses.

It is a power the federal government has demonstrated many times with respect to silver and gold, and other currencies, most recently in 1971, when the government arbitrarily decided the value of the dollar would float freely on world currency markets.

The federal government retains the power to change that decision, and so, can control and prevent inflation, at will.

Question: What is a U.S. dollar worth? Answer: Whatever the U.S. government says it is worth. The government is sovereign over the dollar.

No doubt, you have been told that federal deficit spending will lead to a Zimbabwe-like hyper-inflation. Yet, no hyper-inflations have been caused by money “printing.”

Inflations are general increases in prices. They always are caused by shortages of goods and services (usually food), with government currency printing being an ignorant government reaction.

Even cursory logic demonstrates the facts. If the price of milk rises, what is the cause? Government money printing? No, the cause is a shortage of milk. That is true of all price increases, including general price increases.

Prices increase when there is insufficient product or services to meet demand. Inflation = shortages.

The cure for inflations, including hyperinflations, always is the same: Increase the availability of whatever products are in short supply, most often, food.

The elimination of FICA will force illuminating discussions of these basic facts.

Finally, you might ask,

“If Monetary Sovereignty is so straightforward, logical and factual, why would the politicians, the media and the economics professors not want you, the public, to know the truth?”

The fundamental reason has to do with Gap Psychology, the human desire to widen the income/wealth/power Gap below, and to narrow it above.

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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.

The very rich, who run America and the world, want to become richer. That is the heart of Gap Psychology.

“Rich” is not an absolute; it is a comparative. So there are two ways for the rich to become richer: Either acquire more for themselves or allow you to have less.

The best way to allow you to have less is to prevent the government from giving you more. The rich do not want you to understand that you can have free medical care, free education, free housing and food, free clothing, and all the other things the rich can afford but you can’t.

The rich want to widen the Gaps between themselves and you. So they bribe the sources of information to tell you these things cannot be given to you.

They bribe the politicians via campaign contributions and promises of lucrative employment, later.

They bribe the media via ownership and advertising dollars.

They bribe the university economics professors via university contributions and jobs at think tanks.

Thus all the misinformation you receive regarding Social Security “insolvency,” and federal debt “unsustainability” and the need for FICA and other federal taxes, etc. originates with the bribes from the rich.

They spend billions to convince you that federal deficits are a danger to you and your children, and the good things in life are unaffordable to the government, and there is no such thing as a free lunch, etc., etc. etc.

It’s called “brainwashing.”

And it works. You undoubtedly have been brainwashed.

Do you know a college professor, or a politician, or a media writer? Ask him or her, “Why exactly is FICA necessary?” If the answer is, “To pay for Social Security,” you will know for certain that he or she has been brainwashed or has been bribed.

Then ask, “Is federal financing the same as state and local government financing?”  and listen for the double-talk.

The federal government, being Monetarily Sovereign, has the unlimited ability to create U.S. dollars, so does not use tax dollars to pay for anything.

This is different from state and local governments, which are monetarily non-sovereign, and which do use tax dollars to pay creditors.

The rich have it all. There is no reason why you too cannot have it all. The rich don’t want that, but you can have it if you don’t fall for the brainwashing.

Think. It’s in your power to change the world.

Begin by demanding the end of FICA. Destroy this harmful tax and along with it, the Big Lies about limits to federal financing.

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

Duck! The sky is falling and the “debt” is rising! Wednesday, Feb 13 2019 

Here we go again: The same old story — the same old lie — we have documented since 1940. Nothing has changed and nothing has been learned.

National debt tops $22 trillion for the first time as experts warn of ripple effects by Michael Collins, USA TODAY Feb. 12, 2019

WASHINGTON – The national debt surpassed $22 trillion for the first time on Tuesday, a milestone that experts warned is further proof the country is on an unsustainable financial path that could jeopardize the economic security of every American.

Yes, way, way back in 1940, the federal budget was a “ticking time-bomb which can eventually destroy the American system,” said Robert M. Hanes, president of the American Bankers Association. Image result for time bomb

Every year since then, the self-proclaimed experts have told you the federal debt either is a “ticking time bomb,” “unsustainable,” “a threat to the economic security of every American,” or some other bit of scare nonsense.

In 1940, the so-called “debt” (It actually is “deposits,” but why be accurate when you want to fool the public?) was only $40 Billion. Today, it is about $17 Trillion, a gigantic 45,000% increase.

(The $22 Trillion figure includes internal debt, money one department of the government owes another department of the government — left pocket owes the right pocket. The debt scare-mongers use the larger number so as to scare you more.)

Despite that massive debt increase in the past 80 years, where is the “threat to economic security?” Why has that “ticking time bomb” not exploded? Eighty years is a long time to keep ticking and nothing happens.

The Treasury Department reported the debt hit $22.012 trillion, a jump of more than $30 billion in just this month.

The national debt has been rising at a faster rate following the passage of President Donald Trump’s $1.5 trillion tax-cut package a little more than a year ago and as the result of congressional efforts to increase spending on domestic and military programs.

The nation has added more than $1 trillion in debt in the last 11 months alone.

“Reaching this unfortunate milestone so rapidly is the latest sign that our fiscal situation is not only unsustainable but accelerating,” said Michael A. Peterson, chief executive officer of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, a nonpartisan organization working to address the country’s long-term fiscal challenges.

Here is all you need to know about the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, an organization devoted to spreading the “Big Lie,” that the federal government’s finances are like state and local government finances, and the debt is “a ticking time bomb,” etc., etc., etc.

These folks never seem to be embarrassed about being wrong, wrong, and wrong yet again, year after year. They just keep on making those wrong predictions as though reality means nothing.

The “unfortunate milestone” is the kind of milestone banks boast about: An increase in total deposits.

For Americans, the growing debt should be a concern, experts said, because over time it can push up interest rates for consumers and businesses.

The higher rates can ripple through the economy, nudging up rates for mortgages, corporate bonds and other types of consumer and business loans.

The above two paragraphs are so far out of touch with reality, they are laughable.

First, if the growing debt could “push up interest rates,” why hasn’t the 45,000% increase in debt already pushed up interest rates, which today remain quite low?

Second, the Fed controls interest rates by fiat. When the Fed wants low rates, it mandates low rates. When it wants high rates, it mandates high rates.

If it wants to issue T-securities at a certain rate, and the public doesn’t buy them, the Fed simply can buy the T-securities, itself.

Being Monetarily Sovereign, i.e. sovereign over the dollar, the government can do anything it wishes with the dollar.

Third, higher interest rates actually grow the economy by increasing the number of interest dollars the government pumps into the economy.

The most common measure of the economy is Gross Domestic Product. GDP = Federal Spending + Non-federal Spending + Net Exports. Notice the words “Spending”? They include interest.

Fourth, private interest does not inhibit an economy; it merely circulates dollars. The borrower pays interest to the lender. It’s a cost to one, and income for the other. The total of dollars stays essentially the same.

Then, we come to the biggest lie of all:

A big national debt can also make it harder for the government to increase spending to combat the next recession or devote more money to retraining workers and helping the poor, among other programs.

Here, Peterson confuses federal finances with monetarily non-sovereign state and local finances.

The number of dollars deposited into T-security accounts has no effect on the government’s ability to spend. The government doesn’t touch the dollars in T-security accounts.

When the federal government spends, it sends instructions (not dollars) to a supplier’s bank, instructing the bank to increase the balance in the creditor’s checking account.

When the creditor’s bank does as instructed, brand new dollars are created and added to the money supply measure, M1.

Peterson attributed the growing national debt to “a structural mismatch between spending and revenues.”

The biggest drivers are the aging population, high healthcare costs, and growing interest payments, combined with a tax code that fails to generate sufficient revenue, he said.

“Structural mismatch” is Peterson-speak meaning more dollars are spend than are received in taxes.

But this has no effect on the federal government’s ability to spend. Because the federal government creates brand new dollars, every time it pays a bill, it could continue spending forever, even if total tax collections were $0.

In fact, tax dollars are destroyed immediately upon receipt by the U.S. Treasury.

The debt eclipsing $22 trillion “is another sad reminder of the inexcusable tab our nation’s leaders continue to run up and will leave for the next generation,” said Judd Gregg and Edward Rendell, co-chairmen of the nonpartisan Campaign to Fix the Debt, a project of the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.

Let us dispense with the “next generation” nonsense. The “next generation” didn’t pay for the $40 Billion debt of 1940. The “next generation” didn’t pay for the $3 Trillion debt of 1992. And today’s generation is not paying for any past debt.Image result for the end is near

Taxpayers do not fund federal debt. The deposits themselves are returned upon maturity, and the interest on those deposits is paid by new dollars created by the federal government.

No tax dollars involved. They are destroyed.

Also, let us dispense with this “nonpartisan” nonsence. These guys are rabidly partisan. The root for the rich and against the poor.

They want taxes on the rich cut, and benefits for the poor cut. How much more partisan can you get.

With deficits rising and gross debt scheduled to jump by more than $1 trillion annually, Congress must take action to put the country on a more sustainable path, Gregg and Rendell said.

“The fiscal recklessness over the past years has been shocking, with few willing to step up with a real plan,” they said. “We need responsible leadership to fix the debt, not a worsening of partisanship.”

And that is exactly what the debt fear-mongers have been saying for the past 80 years.

Pretending federal finances are like state and local government finances, or like personal finances, is designed to fool the public.

Because few people understand the basics of economics, the plot seems to have worked.

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

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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

The monster conspiracy of deceit in Washinton. What you can do. Friday, Jan 19 2018 

Freedom

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It takes only two things to keep people in chains:
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The ignorance of the oppressed
and the treachery of their leaders.

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There is a monster fraud, a conspiracy of deceit, being perpetrated in Washington. It is a conspiracy among the politicians, the university economists, and the media.

The conspiracy is known as the “shutdown,” and you are the target and the victim. Like all conspiracies, the “shutdown” is based on a lie. In this case, the Big Lie. It has been pumped into your head for decades.

The Big Lie is: “Your federal taxes pay for federal spending.”

That is 100% false. The politicians know it is false. The media know it is false. The economists know it is false.

The facts are:

  1. The federal government, unlike state & local governments, and unlike you and me, is Monetarily Sovereign. It is sovereign over its sovereign currency, the U.S. dollar.
  2. Being Monetarily Sovereign, the U.S. government created from thin air, all the laws concerning the creation, the destruction, and the value of the dollar. It can modify and enforce those laws in any way it wishes. The dollar is 100% a product of laws controlled 100% by the federal government.
  3. The federal government has the unlimited ability to create laws from thin air, and even these current laws give the government the unlimited ability to create unlimited dollars from thin air. Thus, our Monetarily Sovereign U.S. government never unintentionally can run short of dollars. 
  4. Having the unlimited ability to create dollars, the federal government has no need for taxes, and indeed, the government does not use tax dollars for anything. Once received, tax dollars cease to be part of any money-supply measure — not M1, not M2, not M3, not L. In short,  federal tax dollars are destroyed upon receipt. (State and local governments, not being Monetarily Sovereign, do not destroy their tax dollars.)
  5. The federal “debt” is unlike all other forms of debt. The federal debt is the total of deposits into Treasury security accounts, which are similar to bank savings accounts. These deposits are paid off upon maturity by transferring the dollars that exist in those accounts back to the checking accounts of the account holders. The (misnamed) federal “debt” will not be paid off by your taxes. It will not be paid off by your grandchildren. Even if all federal tax collections were $0, the federal government could continue to spend and pay all its debt, forever.
  6. Finally, being absolutely sovereign over the U.S. dollar, the federal government has the unlimited ability to set the value of the dollar at any level it wishes. This means it has the unlimited ability to set inflation at any value it wishes.

The public has been told none of these facts. Instead, we are given a steady diet of lies, as in the following article:

Shutdown? Terrible, say GOP, Dems. But both threatened it
Associated Press, Laurie Kellman, January 19, 2018

Threatening to shutter the federal government unless demands are met — who would do that?
canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm” data-reactid=”16″>Members of both parties, it turns out. And both sides have complained loudly when the other resorted to a shutdown threat:

  1. President Donald Trump in May griped via Twitter that Congress’ negotiating process was frustrating his drive to enact his agenda. Looming ahead was the budget fight.

Our country needs a good ‘shutdown’ in September to fix mess!” he tweeted.

On Thursday, Trump appeared to feel differently about the impact of a government shutdown.

“A government shutdown will be devastating to our military … something the Dems care very little about!” he tweeted.

2. As an Indiana congressman, Mike Pence, now Trump’s vice president, said he would be willing to shut the government down over reducing government spending and over his amendment to defund Planned Parenthood. In either case, he said, a government shutdown would be the Democrats’ fault.

“If liberals in the Senate would rather play political games and shut down the government instead of making a small down payment on fiscal discipline and reform, I say: Shut it down,” he said at a March 31, 2011, rally as Tea Partyers around him shouted, “Cut it or shut it!”

Asked a few days later whether he’d be willing to close the government if he didn’t get his amendment to defund Planned Parenthood, Pence replied, “Of course I would.”

3. In 2013, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, contemplating a run for president, vowed to speak on the Senate floor against President Barack Obama’s health care law until he was “no longer able to stand.” Cruz’s move forced a 16-day government shutdown. Democratic leaders criticized his strategy.

4. Earlier that same year, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D- N.Y., called Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina and other House conservatives “fanatics.”

“No matter how strongly one feels about an issue, you shouldn’t hold millions of people hostage. That’s what the other side is doing. That’s wrong and we can’t give in to that,” he said in The New York Observer.

A few days later, on ABC’s “This Week,” Schumer said the technique produces negotiations held “with a gun held to your head. And you just can’t do it.”

5. Ahead of a 2013 shutdown, Meadows argued that the founding fathers intended for government funding to be leverage in policy debate. Meadows urged Republicans to use the budget to try to repeal the Obama-era health care law.

All of this is a lie. Trump knows it’s a lie. Pence knows it’s a lie. Cruz knows it’s a lie. Schumer knows it’s a lie. Meadows knows it’s a lie.  And Laurie Kellman and the Associated Press know it’s a lie.

They all know the federal government can pay any bill of any size at any time, and do it without collecting a dime in taxes.

FICA doesn’t pay for Social Security, Medicare, or Obamacare. Federal income taxes don’t pay for the military or for Planned Parenthood or for any federal agency or initiative. The federal government creates dollars, ad hoc, by paying bills. That is the federal government’s method for creating dollars.

Why the politicians, the media, and the economists lie: 

They lie because they are bribed by the richest among us to lie.

–The politicians are bribed by campaign contributions and promises of lucrative employment when they leave office.

–The media are bribed by advertising dollars and by wealthy media ownership.

–The university economists are bribed by contributions to their universities and by lucrative jobs at “think tanks.”

Why the rich pay the politicians, the media, and the economists to lie:

“Rich” is a comparative word.  If you have $1,000 and everyone else has $10, you are rich. But if you have $1000 and everyone else has $10,000 you are poor.

The Gap between you and others determines whether you are rich and by how much.  The rich want the Gap below them to be wide, for the wider the Gap, the richer they are.

But the rich believe you, the American public, are stupid. The rich fear that if you “stupid” people knew the federal government cannot run short of dollars, and has no need for your tax dollars, you would demand things.

You would demand the best health care, top education, good food, and decent lodging — all of which the rich have and the federal government could afford to give you.

But if the government gave you things, not only would the Gap narrow, making the rich less rich, but you wouldn’t be under their thumbs.  You wouldn’t struggle in a bad job for bad wages and accept bad conditions. In short, you wouldn’t be a slave to the rich.

I do not believe Americans are stupid; I believe you have misinformed (i.e. lied to) by the rich. I believe that, given the honest facts, the American public would understand what the government can and cannot do, and what the government should and should not do.

The politicians are not smarter than you. They just don’t want to give up the power and the money given to them by the rich. So they do as they are told, and we see the current spectacle in Washington.

What is the cure?

You hold the cure in your hands. First, you must understand and accept the truth. This can be difficult. Because you have been brainwashed with the Big Lie, by so many people for so many years, you have acquired an intuition against the real facts of our economy.

Then, contact your politicians. Tell them you know they are lying, and you will give your vote to the politician who tells them the truth.

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The truth will set you free

Additionally, you should make specific demands. My suggestion is to demand the sequential implementation of the Ten Steps to Prosperity (below).

Enough is enough. You are being enslaved by lies, but as the maxim goes, “The truth will set you free.”

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

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The 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 (Ten Reasons to Eliminate FICA )
Although the article lists 10 reasons to eliminate FICA, there are two fundamental reasons:
*FICA is the most regressive tax in American history, widening the Gap by punishing the low and middle-income groups, while leaving the rich untouched, and
*The federal government, being Monetarily Sovereign, neither needs nor uses FICA to support Social Security and Medicare.
2. FEDERALLY FUNDED MEDICARE — PARTS A, B & D, PLUS LONG TERM CARE — FOR EVERYONE (H.R. 676, Medicare for All )
This article addresses the questions:
*Does the economy benefit when the rich can afford better health care than can the rest of Americans?
*Aside from improved health care, what are the other economic effects of “Medicare for everyone?”
*How much would it cost taxpayers?
*Who opposes it?”
3. PROVIDE A MONTHLY ECONOMIC BONUS TO EVERY MAN, WOMAN AND CHILD IN AMERICA (similar to Social Security for All) (The JG (Jobs Guarantee) vs the GI (Guaranteed Income) vs the EB (Economic Bonus)) Or institute a reverse income tax.
This article is the fifth in a series about direct financial assistance to Americans:

Why Modern Monetary Theory’s Employer of Last Resort is a bad idea. Sunday, Jan 1 2012
MMT’s Job Guarantee (JG) — “Another crazy, rightwing, Austrian nutjob?” Thursday, Jan 12 2012
Why Modern Monetary Theory’s Jobs Guarantee is like the EU’s euro: A beloved solution to the wrong problem. Tuesday, May 29 2012
“You can’t fire me. I’m on JG” Saturday, Jun 2 2012

Economic growth should include the “bottom” 99.9%, not just the .1%, the only question being, how best to accomplish that. Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) favors giving everyone a job. Monetary Sovereignty (MS) favors giving everyone money. The five articles describe the pros and cons of each approach.
4. FREE EDUCATION (INCLUDING POST-GRAD) FOR EVERYONE Five reasons why we should eliminate school loans
Monetarily non-sovereign State and local governments, despite their limited finances, support grades K-12. That level of education may have been sufficient for a largely agrarian economy, but not for our currently more technical economy that demands greater numbers of highly educated workers.
Because state and local funding is so limited, grades K-12 receive short shrift, especially those schools whose populations come from the lowest economic groups. And college is too costly for most families.
An educated populace benefits a nation, and benefitting the nation is the purpose of the federal government, which has the unlimited ability to pay for K-16 and beyond.
5. SALARY FOR ATTENDING SCHOOL
Even were schooling to be completely free, many young people cannot attend, because they and their families cannot afford to support non-workers. In a foundering boat, everyone needs to bail, and no one can take time off for study.
If a young person’s “job” is to learn and be productive, he/she should be paid to do that job, especially since that job is one of America’s most important.
6. ELIMINATE FEDERAL TAXES ON BUSINESS
Businesses are dollar-transferring machines. They transfer dollars from customers to employees, suppliers, shareholders and the federal government (the later having no use for those dollars). Any tax on businesses reduces the amount going to employees, suppliers and shareholders, which diminishes the economy. Ultimately, all business taxes reduce your personal income.
7. INCREASE THE STANDARD INCOME TAX DEDUCTION, ANNUALLY. (Refer to this.) Federal taxes punish taxpayers and harm the economy. The federal government has no need for those punishing and harmful tax dollars. There are several ways to reduce taxes, and we should evaluate and choose the most progressive approaches.
Cutting FICA and business taxes would be a good early step, as both dramatically affect the 99%. Annual increases in the standard income tax deduction, and a reverse income tax also would provide benefits from the bottom up. Both would narrow the Gap.
8. TAX THE VERY RICH (THE “.1%) MORE, WITH HIGHER PROGRESSIVE TAX RATES ON ALL FORMS OF INCOME. (TROPHIC CASCADE)
There was a time when I argued against increasing anyone’s federal taxes. After all, the federal government has no need for tax dollars, and all taxes reduce Gross Domestic Product, thereby negatively affecting the entire economy, including the 99.9%.
But I have come to realize that narrowing the Gap requires trimming the top. It simply would not be possible to provide the 99.9% with enough benefits to narrow the Gap in any meaningful way. Bill Gates reportedly owns $70 billion. To get to that level, he must have been earning $10 billion a year. Pick any acceptable Gap (1000 to 1?), and the lowest paid American would have to receive $10 million a year. Unreasonable.
9. FEDERAL OWNERSHIP OF ALL BANKS (Click The end of private banking and How should America decide “who-gets-money”?)
Banks have created all the dollars that exist. Even dollars created at the direction of the federal government, actually come into being when banks increase the numbers in checking accounts. This gives the banks enormous financial power, and as we all know, power corrupts — especially when multiplied by a profit motive.
Although the federal government also is powerful and corrupted, it does not suffer from a profit motive, the world’s most corrupting influence.
10. INCREASE FEDERAL SPENDING ON THE MYRIAD INITIATIVES THAT BENEFIT AMERICA’S 99.9% (Federal agencies)Browse the agencies. See how many agencies benefit the lower- and middle-income/wealth/ power groups, by adding dollars to the economy and/or by actions more beneficial to the 99.9% than to the .1%.
Save this reference as your primer to current economics. Sadly, much of the material is not being taught in American schools, which is all the more reason for you to use it.

The Ten Steps will grow the economy, and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and you.

MONETARY SOVEREIGNTY

 

The AI problem. Do you have the solution? The most powerful machine humans ever have created Monday, Jun 19 2017 

Twitter: @rodgermitchell; Search #monetarysovereignty
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There is a problem coming at us like a roaring freight train — no, more like a rocket. It is expressed in this article from the June 10, 2017, issue of NewScientist Magazine.

Excerpts:

AI will be able to beat us at everything by 2060, say experts

According to a survey of more than 350 people developing artificial intelligence, there is a 50 per cent chance that machines will outperform humans in all tasks within 45 years.

AI is predicted to be better than us at translating languages by 2024, writing high-school essays by 2026, driving a truck by 2027, working in retail by 2031, writing a bestselling book by 2049 and surgery by 2053.

In fact, all human jobs will be automated within the next 120 years, say the respondents.

The survey, by the University of Oxford and Yale University, took the views of AI researchers around the world.

O.K., there is the problem.  Machines will do everything better than you can. What is your solution?

MMT’s (Modern Monetary Theory) so-called “solution” is for the government somehow to find or create (which of the two, never is clear) a below-minimum-wage job to everyone who wants one. They call it “JG” (Jobs Guarantee).Image result for dig for water in the desert

We already have discussed the many reasons why JG cannot work, even in today’s environment.  These reasons involve location, transportation, skills, salary, benefits, supervision, and effects on current workers.

You can click the link (above) to see the discussions.

Now, consider what would happen to JG in the future jobs environment described by the above article. Imagine a government agency frantically trying to find (or to create) jobs, when fewer and fewer jobs are needed.

It would be like offering a shovel to a desert wanderer, nearly dead of thirst, so he could dig for water, when you simply could give him a guaranteed, unlimited supply of water.

Who has the solution to the impending job shortage?

Surely not the Republicans, whose main interest is in punishing the poor for being “lazy,” and “takers,” rather than in helping them.  Cuts to Medicaid and other social spending are embedded in the fabric of the right-wing philosophy.

Not even the Democrats, who make loud noises about helping the poor, but then agree with the Republicans about “the Big Lie” — the lie that federal taxpayers fund federal spending.

Barack Obama’s Social Security cuts and Bernie Sanders’s attempts to “pay for” Medicare via current taxes provide examples of the Big Lie.

The reality is this:

  1. As machines become ever more adept at doing the jobs people traditionally have done, fewer people will be able to find jobs.
  2. But all people still will want food, clothing, housing, entertainment, health care, and other mental and physical comforts.
  3. In the far-distant future, machines might provide all these human needs free of charge. But until then, they will have to be paid for.
  4. Someone will need to pay for these human needs, when fewer people will be able to find jobs.
  5. The only entity in America with the unlimited ability to pay for anything is the Monetarily Sovereign U.S. government.

Being Monetarily Sovereign, the federal government uniquely cannot run short of dollars.  Even if all federal tax collections totaled $0, the U.S. federal government could continue spending, forever.

The only logical conclusion is that the Monetarily Sovereign, U.S. government (and all other Monetarily Sovereign governments) will have to step in and provide the people with more money and more benefits. 

Humans evolved big brains, and our using our big brains allowed us to adapt to change better than any other animal. We continually have created labor-saving, life-improving machines. It was via our machines — first, hand axes, then increasingly more sophisticated machines — that we separated ourselves from the rest of the species.

It was via our machines — first, hand axes, then increasingly more sophisticated machines — that we separated ourselves from the rest of the species.

Though our machines reduced the need for hand labor, they didn’t eliminate the need for all labor. Instead, they created more consumer needs and these additional needs created more, less-physical jobs.

Until now.

With Artificial Intelligence, and especially with machine learning, machines not only can do more physical work, faster and more efficiently, but they can think, remember, imagine, communicate and learn.

For any given job, no matter how great the intellectual requirement, we will create machines that can do it better than humans.

So, what will become of us?

Our solution is not to create more jobs for human hands.  Our solution is to utilize the Monetarily Sovereign governments our big brains have created.

We now must leave behind the old notions of nobility in sweat labor and dirt under the fingernails, and adapt to our newest machine, the most powerful machine humans ever have created: A Monetarily Sovereign government.

This machine, like all machines, must be used properly, as it can be used for good or for evil. 

But, if the same big brains that were smart enough to invent Monetary Sovereignty, also are smart enough to master Monetary Sovereignty, this greatest of all machines can help us create all we need and all we want.

We have but to understand which buttons to push and levers to pull.

I suggest we begin with the Ten Steps to Prosperity (below).

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty

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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 (Ten Reasons to Eliminate FICA )
Although the article lists 10 reasons to eliminate FICA, there are two fundamental reasons:
*FICA is the most regressive tax in American history, widening the Gap by punishing the low and middle-income groups, while leaving the rich untouched, and
*The federal government, being Monetarily Sovereign, neither needs nor uses FICA to support Social Security and Medicare.
2. FEDERALLY FUNDED MEDICARE — PARTS A, B & D, PLUS LONG TERM CARE — FOR EVERYONE (H.R. 676, Medicare for All )
This article addresses the questions:
*Does the economy benefit when the rich can afford better health care than can the rest of Americans?
*Aside from improved health care, what are the other economic effects of “Medicare for everyone?”
*How much would it cost taxpayers?
*Who opposes it?”
3. PROVIDE A MONTHLY ECONOMIC BONUS TO EVERY MAN, WOMAN AND CHILD IN AMERICA (similar to Social Security for All) (The JG (Jobs Guarantee) vs the GI (Guaranteed Income) vs the EB (Economic Bonus)) Or institute a reverse income tax.
This article is the fifth in a series about direct financial assistance to Americans:

Why Modern Monetary Theory’s Employer of Last Resort is a bad idea. Sunday, Jan 1 2012
MMT’s Job Guarantee (JG) — “Another crazy, rightwing, Austrian nutjob?” Thursday, Jan 12 2012
Why Modern Monetary Theory’s Jobs Guarantee is like the EU’s euro: A beloved solution to the wrong problem. Tuesday, May 29 2012
“You can’t fire me. I’m on JG” Saturday, Jun 2 2012

Economic growth should include the “bottom” 99.9%, not just the .1%, the only question being, how best to accomplish that. Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) favors giving everyone a job. Monetary Sovereignty (MS) favors giving everyone money. The five articles describe the pros and cons of each approach.
4. FREE EDUCATION (INCLUDING POST-GRAD) FOR EVERYONE Five reasons why we should eliminate school loans
Monetarily non-sovereign State and local governments, despite their limited finances, support grades K-12. That level of education may have been sufficient for a largely agrarian economy, but not for our currently more technical economy that demands greater numbers of highly educated workers.
Because state and local funding is so limited, grades K-12 receive short shrift, especially those schools whose populations come from the lowest economic groups. And college is too costly for most families.
An educated populace benefits a nation, and benefitting the nation is the purpose of the federal government, which has the unlimited ability to pay for K-16 and beyond.
5. SALARY FOR ATTENDING SCHOOL
Even were schooling to be completely free, many young people cannot attend, because they and their families cannot afford to support non-workers. In a foundering boat, everyone needs to bail, and no one can take time off for study.
If a young person’s “job” is to learn and be productive, he/she should be paid to do that job, especially since that job is one of America’s most important.
6. ELIMINATE FEDERAL TAXES ON BUSINESS
Businesses are dollar-transferring machines. They transfer dollars from customers to employees, suppliers, shareholders and the federal government (the later having no use for those dollars). Any tax on businesses reduces the amount going to employees, suppliers and shareholders, which diminishes the economy. Ultimately, all business taxes reduce your personal income.
7. INCREASE THE STANDARD INCOME TAX DEDUCTION, ANNUALLY. (Refer to this.) Federal taxes punish taxpayers and harm the economy. The federal government has no need for those punishing and harmful tax dollars. There are several ways to reduce taxes, and we should evaluate and choose the most progressive approaches.
Cutting FICA and business taxes would be a good early step, as both dramatically affect the 99%. Annual increases in the standard income tax deduction, and a reverse income tax also would provide benefits from the bottom up. Both would narrow the Gap.
8. TAX THE VERY RICH (THE “.1%) MORE, WITH HIGHER PROGRESSIVE TAX RATES ON ALL FORMS OF INCOME. (TROPHIC CASCADE)
There was a time when I argued against increasing anyone’s federal taxes. After all, the federal government has no need for tax dollars, and all taxes reduce Gross Domestic Product, thereby negatively affecting the entire economy, including the 99.9%.
But I have come to realize that narrowing the Gap requires trimming the top. It simply would not be possible to provide the 99.9% with enough benefits to narrow the Gap in any meaningful way. Bill Gates reportedly owns $70 billion. To get to that level, he must have been earning $10 billion a year. Pick any acceptable Gap (1000 to 1?), and the lowest paid American would have to receive $10 million a year. Unreasonable.
9. FEDERAL OWNERSHIP OF ALL BANKS (Click The end of private banking and How should America decide “who-gets-money”?)
Banks have created all the dollars that exist. Even dollars created at the direction of the federal government, actually come into being when banks increase the numbers in checking accounts. This gives the banks enormous financial power, and as we all know, power corrupts — especially when multiplied by a profit motive.
Although the federal government also is powerful and corrupted, it does not suffer from a profit motive, the world’s most corrupting influence.
10. INCREASE FEDERAL SPENDING ON THE MYRIAD INITIATIVES THAT BENEFIT AMERICA’S 99.9% (Federal agencies)Browse the agencies. See how many agencies benefit the lower- and middle-income/wealth/ power groups, by adding dollars to the economy and/or by actions more beneficial to the 99.9% than to the .1%.
Save this reference as your primer to current economics. Sadly, much of the material is not being taught in American schools, which is all the more reason for you to use it.

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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