–Will the Greek people finally stop being the geese who lay golden eggs for the rich? Tuesday, Jul 7 2015 

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Facebook: Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

Mitchell’s laws:
**Those, who do not understand the differences between Monetary Sovereignty and monetary non-sovereignty, do not understand economics.
**The more federal budgets are cut and taxes increased, the weaker an economy becomes. .
**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.
**The single most important problem in economics is
the gap between rich and poor.
**Austerity is the government’s method for widening
the gap between rich and poor.
**Until the 99% understand the need for federal deficits, the upper 1% will rule.
**To survive long term, a monetarily non-sovereign government must have a positive balance of payments.
**Everything in economics devolves to motive, and the motive is the Gap between the rich and the rest..

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Will the Greek people finally stop being the geese who lay golden eggs for the rich?

Sometimes I feel we’re in an endless, time-loop, “Groundhog Day” movie, when I read articles like the following:

Greece faces last chance to stay in euro as cash runs out
Reuters: By Paul Taylor and Renee Maltezou

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had a final chance to present credible reform proposals to an emergency euro zone summit on Tuesday to persuade skeptical creditors to reopen aid talks before his country’s banks run out of money.

With Greek lenders down to their last few days of cash and the European Central Bank tightening the noose on their funding, Tsipras must convince the bloc’s other 18 leaders, many of whom are exasperated with five years of crisis, to authorize negotiations fast on a new loan to rescue Greece.

Apparently, nothing has been learned. Still there remains the belief that Greece should have yet another “loan rescue,” so as to remain with the euro.

Still there remains the belief that Greece should present “credible reform proposals” (i.e more and more punishing austerity), so it can bleed its own people to pay the troika loan sharks.

Those “other leaders” of the block have become “exasperated” with five years of crisis, a crisis they created by inventing a financial union without a political union.

In my personally gratifying “I-told-you-so” mode, I repeatedly remind you of what I first said in a June 5, 2005 talk at the University of Missouri, KC:

“Because of the Euro, no euro nation can control its own money supply. The Euro is the worst economic idea since the recession-era, Smoot-Hawley Tariff. The economies of European nations are doomed by the euro.”

And now, it is ten years later, and still we read an article about how Greece must convince its rapacious lenders to allow it to burn in the frying pan of economic ignorance and misery.

So deeply in debt you cannot pay? Well, then borrow some more. That is the troika’s self-serving solution.

And now it is four years after I posted: There are two, and only two, long-term solutions for Greece and the other euro nations. (Thursday, Nov 3 2011), which included these lines:

In giving up the drachma, and taking on the euro, Greece voluntarily surrendered the single most valuable asset any nation can have: Its Monetary Sovereignty.

Greece now is monetarily non-sovereign. There is an absolute rule in economics: No monetarily non-sovereign government can survive long term without money coming in from outside its borders. Germany, another nation that gave up its most valuable asset, the mark, and also is monetarily non-sovereign, survives on exports.

Nevada, which also is monetarily non-sovereign, survives mostly on tourism (aka gambling). No monetarily non-sovereign can survive long-term on internal taxes or borrowing.

By contrast, Monetarily Sovereign nations do not need money coming in from outside their borders, because they create unlimited money simply by paying bills.

For Greece and the other euro nations, long term survival requires one of two, and only two, events:

1. Adopt some form of a sovereign currency, and become Monetarily Sovereign
or
2. The EU give (not lend) euros to its member nations as needed.

Event #1 requires reversing the ill-fated switch to the euro.

If Greece re-adopts the drachma, and becomes Monetarily Sovereign again, it can free itself of the appropriately despised austerity, and build its economy.

Other euro nations, especially those with a negative balance of payments, soon will follow.

Or, if Europe adopts event #2, and creates a political union, perhaps a form of “United States of Europe,” it could become the most powerful economic force in the world, surpassing even the U.S. and China.

Long term, which path will Europe follow?

Europe will follow the path the bankers and the super-rich feel will be most profitable for them.

Very little consideration will be given to the welfare of the populace, the same lack of consideration for the people that led to the creation of the euro.

Despite you have been told, the purpose of the euro never was to ease trade, nor was it to establish peace in Europe. The purpose was to give the rich bankers, the troika (European Central Bank [ECB], the European Commission [EC], and the International Monetary Fund [IMF]), absolute control over the people.

Remember, Monetary Sovereignty is the most valuable asset any nation can have. With Monetary Sovereignty, a nation can buy anything it wishes. It can buy prosperity. It can buy health, housing, education, food, convenience and pleasure for its citizenry.

By adopting the euro, each member nation handed over its most valuable asset to the small group of politicians. And oh, how the bankers loved it.

They could lend euros to nations already deeply in debt, knowing they had the financial blackjack of the troika on their side. They could suck the life out of the people, via ever-greater taxes and ever-smaller benefits — and it all was in the name of “fiscal prudence.”

If the people complained about austerity, it became a moral issue. They were “lazy takers,” who were part of a “welfare society” and who “expected the government to take care of them.”

It was a no-lose, highly profitable situation for the rich, so long as the populace didn’t get wise to the scam.

Now, that the Greek people have wised up, the rich desperately are trying to hang on to the geese who have been laying those golden eggs.

My prediction: The rich will find a way to continue the racket, just in a different form. The only way this could change is in the rare circumstance where a strong and caring leader emerges.

Do you see any such on Europe’s horizon?

Or will the geese keep on a’layin’?

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty

===================================================================================
Ten Steps to Prosperity:
1. Eliminate FICA (Click here)
2. Federally funded Medicare — parts A, B & D plus long term nursing care — for everyone (Click here)
3. Provide an Economic Bonus to every man, woman and child in America, and/or every state a per capita Economic Bonus. (Click here) Or institute a reverse income tax.
4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone. Click here
5. Salary for attending school (Click here)
6. Eliminate corporate taxes (Click here)
7. Increase the standard income tax deduction annually
8. Tax the very rich (.1%) more, with higher, progressive tax rates on all forms of income. (Click here)
9. Federal ownership of all banks (Click here and here)

10. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99% (Click here)

The Ten Steps will add dollars to the economy, stimulate the economy, and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and the rest.
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10 Steps to Economic Misery: (Click here:)
1. Maintain or increase the FICA tax..
2. Spread the myth Social Security, Medicare and the U.S. government are insolvent.
3. Cut federal employment in the military, post office, other federal agencies.
4. Broaden the income tax base so more lower income people will pay.
5. Cut financial assistance to the states.
6. Spread the myth federal taxes pay for federal spending.
7. Allow banks to trade for their own accounts; save them when their investments go sour.
8. Never prosecute any banker for criminal activity.
9. Nominate arch conservatives to the Supreme Court.
10. Reduce the federal deficit and debt

No nation can tax itself into prosperity, nor grow without money growth. Monetary Sovereignty: Cutting federal deficits to grow the economy is like applying leeches to cure anemia.
1. A growing economy requires a growing supply of dollars (GDP=Federal Spending + Non-federal Spending + Net Exports)
2. All deficit spending grows the supply of dollars
3. The limit to federal deficit spending is an inflation that cannot be cured with interest rate control.
4. The limit to non-federal deficit spending is the ability to borrow.

THE RECESSION CLOCK
Monetary Sovereignty

Monetary Sovereignty

Vertical gray bars mark recessions.

As the federal deficit growth lines drop, we approach recession, which will be cured only when the growth lines rise. Increasing federal deficit growth (aka “stimulus”) is necessary for long-term economic growth.

#MONETARYSOVEREIGNTY

Hitler in America. Why a bigot can win the Presidency Saturday, Jul 4 2015 

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

If you want to know why a bigot can win the Presidency, read this:

Republican Donald Trump is an obvious and transparent racist.

Made rich by his daddy, he surrounds himself with bootlickers, telling him he’s right — and like many rich fools, he believes what they tell him.

He appeals to the worst and lowest aspects of American society — the haters and those of low morals and intelligence, who leap at the chance to blame someone, anyone, for their own deservedly low self-esteem:

Donald Trump doubles down on Mexico ‘rapists’ comments despite outrage

Trump claimed statistics show that undocumented Latino immigrants are more likely to perpetrate rape than the wider population. However, the Fusion article he referred to said 80% of women crossing the Mexican border are raped along the way, often by criminal gangs, traffickers or corrupt officials.

When CNN host Don Lemon pointed out that Trump had misread the article, the former Apprentice host said: “Well, somebody’s doing the raping, Don! I mean somebody’s doing it! Who’s doing the raping? Who’s doing the raping?

“If you look at the statistics of people coming, you look at the statistics on rape, on crime, on everything coming in illegally into this country it’s mind-boggling!”

Trump’s entire statement was: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best . . .” [Comment: Mexico is not “sending” people. People are fleeing Mexico to come to America for a better life.]Image result for trump

“They’re sending people who have lots of problems. And they’re bringing those problems to us. They’re bringing drugs . . . “ [Comment: The vast majority of arrested undocumented immigrants (actually 95%) are not charged with bringing drugs. They are charged only with . . . that’s right: Being undocumented. That is their crime.]

“They’re bringing crime . . .” [Comment: Does Immigration Increase Crime? The results of the analysis are clear: “There’s essentially no correlation between immigrants and violent crime. Given some media depictions of immigrants as violent, or associated with human trafficking and the drug trade, this finding may come as a surprise to many. There’s a long perception that immigration increases crime, and when you look at neighborhoods where lots of immigrants live. These are typically not the best neighborhoods. These are violent places. So there’s this anecdotal association between immigrants and violent crime that just doesn’t turn out to be true in the data.”]

“They’re rapists. . . ” [There is zero data to support this. Trump twisted a report that said Mexican women are being raped on the way here — a huge jump from Mexican immigrants being rapists.]

Finally, Trump uses the standard bigot’s excuse: “I love the Mexican people; I do business with the Mexican people.”

It’s a take on the old, “Some of my best friends are black,” line.

Any moral person of normal intelligence will see Trump for what he is, a big-mouthed, egomaniacal extremist, as much a danger to America as Hitler was to Germanyand using the same tactics.

Sadly, America has its share of low-morals followers, as witness some of the comments at:

Bush says he takes Trump’s immigration remarks personallyWhen Trump announced his presidential bid last month, he criticized Mexico and immigrants who come to the U.S. illegally. “They’re bringing drugs,” he said. “They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”

COMMENTS BY READERS

–America is sick of the illegal alien problem and Americans are overwhelmingly against any type of amnesty for illegal aliens. Anybody that is anything short of a turnip has figured out by now Jeb Bush isn’t going to do a damn thing about illegal aliens except something that favors and coddles illegal aliens. If elected, Jeb would be a middle of the road push over…a piece of light bread soaked in water. Trump is at least old school tough and not afraid to speak out. We would be way better off with Trump.

–I work at a rural Colorado hospital and am offended every time a fence jumper delivers ANOTHER baby (aka an instant American citizen)…FREE OF CHARGE…on my dime! I am offended that ILLEGALS are allowed to qualify for housing and food assistance…ON MY DIME! These criminals refuse to assimilate and hang their Mexican flags on their porches. I would much rather see our Confederate Flag than a Mexican one. Maybe we should throw a liberal hissy fit and we, the people, ban MEXICAN FLAGS!

–This just shows that Bush has a lot more in common with the Dems than with his own party. Trump, is the only GOP nominee who has come out strongly against immigration and that is what the conservatives want to hear.

–Bush also implied he would be telling conservatives to embrace policies like amnesty and Common Core, which is reminiscent of former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman’s all-in approach to global warming during his failed 2012 presidential campaign.

–Did anyone ever tell Bush 69% of the american people oppose illegal immigration? About 58% of Americans support deportation of all illegals. Sound pretty mainstream to me.

–How about the many American citizens who have also been killed and murdered, by illegal aliens, including our law enforcement officers; are you taking those murders personally too?

–What about the 25 American citizens who are killed each day by illegal aliens, either by traffic accidents (i.e. drunk driving, hit-and-runs, etc.), during the commission of a crime, and unlawful discharge of firearms; are you taking those personally too?

And, I couldn’t pass up this beauty at: Stupid comments:

He is arrogant and cocky, I can deal with that, at least the jews don’t own him and the jew media, while they try, can’t unsettle and move him off the real points and issues instead of the jew issues of promotiing kweeers and empowering the neegers and illegals like they, all while making iran look bad, while they kill palestinian kids by the thousands..If you doubt me, start looking at the sir name of all the writers and key people in indsutry.. all Jews.. 1% of the population leading the dumb down masses and they are winning the battle, down with the jews and up with trump

Ah, a Trump follower, who isn’t even smart enough to realize that Trump’s daughter married a “jew” (sic) and converted to Judaism.

The hate and bigotry goes on and on. You find this particularly on right-wing web sites.

Why? Because the right wing has been sowing the winds of hatred since Obama became President, and now America is reaping the whirlwind.

No Republican candidate has a chance to be nominated unless he/she spews the anti-science, anti-poor, anti-black, anti-brown, anti-gay, anti-women, pro-rich platform.

Through most of my life, I actually voted Republican, but the current extremist, hateful, religionist bent of the party is too reminiscent of Hitler for my taste. It should be repugnant to every American.

If you are part of any minority in America, you should be very frightened. History is littered with Hitlers, Stalins and Maos. Most dictators have used bigotry and hatred to gain political power.

I pray American will see Trump for what he is. Or the America, of which we are so proud, will be no more. We’ll be Nazi Germany.

And don’t think it couldn’t happen here.

The Germans didn’t think it could happen to them, either.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty

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Ten Steps to Prosperity:
1. Eliminate FICA (Click here)
2. Federally funded Medicare — parts A, B & D plus long term nursing care — for everyone (Click here)
3. Provide an Economic Bonus to every man, woman and child in America, and/or every state a per capita Economic Bonus. (Click here) Or institute a reverse income tax.
4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone. Click here
5. Salary for attending school (Click here)
6. Eliminate corporate taxes (Click here)
7. Increase the standard income tax deduction annually
8. Tax the very rich (.1%) more, with higher, progressive tax rates on all forms of income. (Click here)
9. Federal ownership of all banks (Click here and here)

10. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99% (Click here)

The Ten Steps will add dollars to the economy, stimulate the economy, and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and the rest.
——————————————————————————————————————————————

10 Steps to Economic Misery: (Click here:)
1. Maintain or increase the FICA tax..
2. Spread the myth Social Security, Medicare and the U.S. government are insolvent.
3. Cut federal employment in the military, post office, other federal agencies.
4. Broaden the income tax base so more lower income people will pay.
5. Cut financial assistance to the states.
6. Spread the myth federal taxes pay for federal spending.
7. Allow banks to trade for their own accounts; save them when their investments go sour.
8. Never prosecute any banker for criminal activity.
9. Nominate arch conservatives to the Supreme Court.
10. Reduce the federal deficit and debt

No nation can tax itself into prosperity, nor grow without money growth. Monetary Sovereignty: Cutting federal deficits to grow the economy is like applying leeches to cure anemia.
1. A growing economy requires a growing supply of dollars (GDP=Federal Spending + Non-federal Spending + Net Exports)
2. All deficit spending grows the supply of dollars
3. The limit to federal deficit spending is an inflation that cannot be cured with interest rate control.
4. The limit to non-federal deficit spending is the ability to borrow.

THE RECESSION CLOCK
Monetary Sovereignty

Monetary Sovereignty

Vertical gray bars mark recessions.

As the federal deficit growth lines drop, we approach recession, which will be cured only when the growth lines rise. Increasing federal deficit growth (aka “stimulus”) is necessary for long-term economic growth.

#MONETARYSOVEREIGNTY

–The great Iran nuclear threat lie. Saturday, Jul 4 2015 

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

Mitchell’s laws:
?Those, who do not understand the differences between Monetary Sovereignty and monetary non-sovereignty, do not understand economics.
?The more federal budgets are cut and taxes increased, the weaker an economy becomes. .
?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.
?The single most important problem in economics is
the gap between rich and poor.
?Austerity is the government’s method for widening
the gap between rich and poor.
?Until the 99% understand the need for federal deficits, the upper 1% will rule.
?To survive long term, a monetarily non-sovereign government must have a positive balance of payments.
?Everything in economics devolves to motive, and the motive is the Gap between the rich and the rest..

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Do politicians ever stop lying? Does a flea-ridden dog ever stop scratching?

1. As we all know, Iran is a nuclear threat to (Pick one):
_____ America
_____ Israel
_____ The Middle East
_____ The eastern hemisphere
_____ All of the above

2. And, as we all know, Iran is ruled by (Pick one)
_____ Crazy, irrational religionists
_____ Smart, dangerous religionists
_____ Deceptive, duplitious religionists
_____ All of the above

3. As we all know, we can stop Iran from getting “the bomb” by (Pick one):
_____ Negotiating with them
_____ Bombing them
_____ Invading them
_____ All of the above

4. We all know these things to be true, because:
_____ Barack Obama told us
_____ John Kerry told us
_____ Bebe Netanyahu told us
_____ All of the above

If you substitute “Iraq” for “Iran” and “Bush” for “Obama,” you’ll see why this movie sounds familiar.

So where do we stand today? We have “the bomb.” So does Russia, China, India, Pakistan, the UK, France, Israel, North Korea and heaven knows who else.

Of all these, only the U.S. has actually dropped the bomb on someone.

But we are, and always will be, ruled by logical, thoughtful, peaceful governments — especially if a level-headed leader like Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, Rick Santorum, or yet another Bush becomes president.

We know we can trust them to keep us safe.

The rest of the nuclear nations also are ruled by logical, thoughtful, peaceful governments, especially North Korea. So it is vital to world peace that Iran, the only nation ruled by religious or political nuts, be prevented from having nuclear weapons.

That is why I am so relieved by this article:

Iran atomic bomb probe may be completed in 2015: IAEA

Vienna (AFP) – A long-delayed investigation into whether Iran has sought to develop nuclear weapons could be completed by the end of the year with Tehran’s help, the head of the UN atomic watchdog said Saturday.

Following his talks in Tehran earlier this week, UN watchdog chief Yukiya Amano said “progress was made on the way forward, but more work is needed.”

“With the cooperation from Iran I think we can issue a report by the end of the year on the … clarification of the issues related to possible military dimensions,” Amano told reporters before heading into talks with global powers in Vienna.

Oh, thank heavens. I wasn’t worried about Russia, China, India, Pakistan, the UK, France, Israel, North Korea bombing us or allowing terrorists to gain control over a bomb.

But I was in an absolute panic about Iran, which is why I genuflect daily in front of a John Kerry statue in my bathroom. Just knowing that Iran may not have the bomb for at least — what, five more years? — gives me hope for peace in the world.

And that is why I’m delighted that President Obama has invested so much of his attention to Iran and his anger at Israel, rather than on, for instance North Korea or China. After all, he knows where the danger to America really lies.

And speaking of lies, what about Iraq’s Weapons of Mass Destruction that cost thousands of American boys and girls their lives and limbs? Shouldn’t we attack them, too?

Oh, you mean, the previous Bush . . .

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty

===================================================================================
Ten Steps to Prosperity:
1. Eliminate FICA (Click here)
2. Federally funded Medicare — parts A, B & D plus long term nursing care — for everyone (Click here)
3. Provide an Economic Bonus to every man, woman and child in America, and/or every state a per capita Economic Bonus. (Click here) Or institute a reverse income tax.
4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone. Click here
5. Salary for attending school (Click here)
6. Eliminate corporate taxes (Click here)
7. Increase the standard income tax deduction annually
8. Tax the very rich (.1%) more, with higher, progressive tax rates on all forms of income. (Click here)
9. Federal ownership of all banks (Click here and here)

10. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99% (Click here)

The Ten Steps will add dollars to the economy, stimulate the economy, and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and the rest.
——————————————————————————————————————————————

10 Steps to Economic Misery: (Click here:)
1. Maintain or increase the FICA tax..
2. Spread the myth Social Security, Medicare and the U.S. government are insolvent.
3. Cut federal employment in the military, post office, other federal agencies.
4. Broaden the income tax base so more lower income people will pay.
5. Cut financial assistance to the states.
6. Spread the myth federal taxes pay for federal spending.
7. Allow banks to trade for their own accounts; save them when their investments go sour.
8. Never prosecute any banker for criminal activity.
9. Nominate arch conservatives to the Supreme Court.
10. Reduce the federal deficit and debt

No nation can tax itself into prosperity, nor grow without money growth. Monetary Sovereignty: Cutting federal deficits to grow the economy is like applying leeches to cure anemia.
1. A growing economy requires a growing supply of dollars (GDP=Federal Spending + Non-federal Spending + Net Exports)
2. All deficit spending grows the supply of dollars
3. The limit to federal deficit spending is an inflation that cannot be cured with interest rate control.
4. The limit to non-federal deficit spending is the ability to borrow.

THE RECESSION CLOCK
Monetary Sovereignty

Monetary Sovereignty

Vertical gray bars mark recessions.

As the federal deficit growth lines drop, we approach recession, which will be cured only when the growth lines rise. Increasing federal deficit growth (aka “stimulus”) is necessary for long-term economic growth.

#MONETARYSOVEREIGNTY

–How much is your child’s life, health and brain worth? Tuesday, Jun 30 2015 

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

Mitchell’s laws:
•Those, who do not understand the differences between Monetary Sovereignty and monetary non-sovereignty, do not understand economics.
•The more federal budgets are cut and taxes increased, the weaker an economy becomes. .
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.
•The single most important problem in economics is
the gap between rich and poor.
•Austerity is the government’s method for widening
the gap between rich and poor.
•Until the 99% understand the need for federal deficits, the upper 1% will rule.
To survive long term, a monetarily non-sovereign government must have a positive balance of payments.
•Everything in economics devolves to motive, and the motive is the Gap between the rich and the rest..

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How much is your child’s life, health and brain worth?

That is the question Justice Antonin Scalia and the other four right-wing justices want you and the government to answer.

High court blocks power plant regulations without cost estimates
Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, June 29, 2015

WASHINGTON – A narrowly divided Supreme Court on Monday blocked federal clean air regulations on coal- and oil-fired power plants that have been on the drawing board for a quarter century.

The 5-4 ruling stops the Environmental Protection Agency, at least for now, from imposing new rules designed to reduce the amount of mercury and other toxins that pollute the nation’s air, at an unknown net cost to companies and consumers.

The decision was written by Justice Antonin Scalia, with the other four conservative justices agreeing.

While the estimated annual cost of $9.6 billion is not widely disputed, the cost-benefit ratio is. Opponents said the benefits are as low as $4 million a year. Proponents said when all secondary pollutants are considered, they’re as high as $90 billion.

Only government agencies, especially the right-wing element of the Supreme Court could put a money value on the mercury and other toxins we breathe.

Here is what Scalia says about his favorite subject, money (what he terms, “free speech).

“One would not say that it is even rational, never mind ‘appropriate,’ to impose billions of dollars in economic costs in return for a few dollars in health or environmental benefits,” Scalia said from the bench. “No regulation is ‘appropriate’ if it does significantly more harm than good.”

How much mercury and other toxins, spewed into the air, is “good” compared with the “harm” of big corporations having to spend money?

Apparently, the Supreme Court wishes to listen to arguments about that.

The government said the regulations would prevent premature deaths and illnesses from asthma, cancer and heart disease, and protect pregnant women and unborn children whose fetal brain development can be harmed by overexposure to mercury.

Environmental groups said 4,200 to 11,000 lives could be saved each year.

Question for Justice Scalia et al: If the law would save “only” 4,200 deaths per year, is that sufficient? Or do you require saving 11,000 lives per year?

Or is even that number insufficient to satisfy the Republican Congress?

“The mere fact that the EPA wished to ignore the costs of its rules demonstrates how little the agency is concerned about the effects it has on the American people [and] the EPA continued to burden the public with more and more costs even as so many are still struggling to get by and improve their lives in this economy,” said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, California Republican.

According to Rep. McCarthy, death, asthma, cancer, heart disease and injured fetal brain development are not a “burden” on the public. To McCarthy, the only burden is on corporate profits.

And what about those pregnant women and unborn children? Does the right wing care only about saving unborn children from abortion but not about saving them from mercury poisoning?

Is the difference that you wish to save rich corporations from money costs, but don’t wish to save poor women and children from life costs?

Vickie Patton, general counsel at the Environmental Defense Fund said, “With a few adjustments to its analyses, EPA can ensure that America’s children are protected from the toxic mercury pollution discharged by coal-fired power plants.”

But Richard Faulk, an appellate lawyer who represents companies against environmental damage claims, said forcing the EPA to consider costs represents a “clear victory for industry and the rule of law.

Well, we all can breathe easier now, knowing that industry has a clear victory, despite the toxic effects on the American people. Too bad our children can’t breathe easier.

The Supreme Court ruled last April that the government could compel 28 states to slash ozone and fine particle emissions from power plants because the pollution crosses state lines.

See, it’s like this. Ozone and fine particle emissions cross state lines. Mercury and other toxins stop at the state line and wait for permission from the Supreme Court.

Makes sense to me.

But if it doesn’t make sense to you, how about this one:

(In June) the court blocked the administration from requiring permits for greenhouse gas emissions from new or modified industrial facilities. But the justices said the EPA could regulate such emissions from industries already required to get permits for other air pollutants.

When judges make decisions based on what is best for the moneyed interests, while trying to pretend they’re’s not doing exactly that, the decisions eventually become more inconsistent and nonsensical.

How much is your child’s life, health and brain worth?

Perhaps you should ask the Koch brothers and the dozen or more Republican Presidential candidates.

Then they can tell the Supreme Court.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty

===================================================================================
Ten Steps to Prosperity:
1. Eliminate FICA (Click here)
2. Federally funded Medicare — parts A, B & D plus long term nursing care — for everyone (Click here)
3. Provide an Economic Bonus to every man, woman and child in America, and/or every state a per capita Economic Bonus. (Click here) Or institute a reverse income tax.
4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone. Click here
5. Salary for attending school (Click here)
6. Eliminate corporate taxes (Click here)
7. Increase the standard income tax deduction annually
8. Tax the very rich (.1%) more, with higher, progressive tax rates on all forms of income. (Click here)
9. Federal ownership of all banks (Click here and here)

10. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99% (Click here)

The Ten Steps will add dollars to the economy, stimulate the economy, and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and the rest.
——————————————————————————————————————————————

10 Steps to Economic Misery: (Click here:)
1. Maintain or increase the FICA tax..
2. Spread the myth Social Security, Medicare and the U.S. government are insolvent.
3. Cut federal employment in the military, post office, other federal agencies.
4. Broaden the income tax base so more lower income people will pay.
5. Cut financial assistance to the states.
6. Spread the myth federal taxes pay for federal spending.
7. Allow banks to trade for their own accounts; save them when their investments go sour.
8. Never prosecute any banker for criminal activity.
9. Nominate arch conservatives to the Supreme Court.
10. Reduce the federal deficit and debt

No nation can tax itself into prosperity, nor grow without money growth. Monetary Sovereignty: Cutting federal deficits to grow the economy is like applying leeches to cure anemia.
1. A growing economy requires a growing supply of dollars (GDP=Federal Spending + Non-federal Spending + Net Exports)
2. All deficit spending grows the supply of dollars
3. The limit to federal deficit spending is an inflation that cannot be cured with interest rate control.
4. The limit to non-federal deficit spending is the ability to borrow.

THE RECESSION CLOCK
Monetary Sovereignty

Monetary Sovereignty

Vertical gray bars mark recessions.

As the federal deficit growth lines drop, we approach recession, which will be cured only when the growth lines rise. Increasing federal deficit growth (aka “stimulus”) is necessary for long-term economic growth.

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