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**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..
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
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
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
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.