How the Rich Use the Big Lie to Cheat You: Chapter V: Taxes Wednesday, Feb 17 2016 

LOOK FOR US ON GOFUNDME.COM: RODGER MALCOLM MITCHELL

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

============================================================================================================================================================================================================================================================

“Nothing is certain but death and taxes.” You’ve heard it so many times it has become ingrained in our psyches that there must be taxes.

But why?

“To pay for the government,” comes the ready answer.

None of us likes paying taxes, but few of us even can imagine a government that does not levy taxes.

And it’s all part of the Big Lie. In it’s simplest version, the Big Lie is: “Federal taxes fund federal spending.”

We’ve discussed the Big Lie so many times, we won’t go deeper into it here, other than to say this: Monetarily non-sovereign governments like states, counties, and cities do need taxes to fund spending. The Monetarily Sovereign U.S. government neither needs nor uses taxes to fund spending.

Even if all federal tax collections fell to $0, the U.S. government could continue spending, forever. That is a fundamental econnomics truth, which you can read about at any of the numerous posts detailing the features of Monetary Sovereignty.

Why then, do we have taxes?

Some history: Being Monetarily Sovereign, the U.S. government has the unlimited ability to create its own sovereign currency. But it was not always so.

The one thing every government has is the ability to pass laws. And some of these laws may reduce the nation’s own Monetary Sovereignty. (The euro nations passed laws completely eliminating their Monetary Sovereignty.)

Deciding to be on a gold standard, where each unit of a nation’s sovereign currency must be matched by a unit of gold, cancels the nation’s unlimited ability to create its money.

During much of our history, the U.S. government has been on some sort of metal standard, and at those times, we were not Monetarily Sovereign. Our government needed to ask our citizens or foreigners for dollars.

This all changed on August 15, 1971 (“the Nixon shock”), when we freed ourselves from the restrictive chains of a gold standard.

Why then, do we still have taxes?

There are four reasons — the first two of which are offered by Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) — reasons MS disputes:

1. To provide Demand for, and therefore, Value to, the dollar.

There is some debate about whether Professor Randy Wray (UMKC), a leading proponent of MMT, believes taxes are necessary for this purpose, or merely helpful. He seemingly has supported both positions.

There can be little doubt that requiring Americans to pay their taxes with dollars, does help increase the Demand for dollars.

There is much doubt, however, about whether taxes are necessary to create Demand. The massive size of America’s economy, America’s huge export and import business, the availability of Treasury Securities as safe-harbor investments, the dollar’s position as a world reserve currency, and the worldwide trust in America’s full faith and credit, all combine to create Demand for the dollar — without the need for taxes.

2. Related to point #1.: The use of taxation to prevent inflation, another position supported by MMT.

In the formula Demand/Supply = Value, increasing Demand and/or reducing Supply will defeat inflation. Taxation reduces inflation partly by increasing the Demand for dollars, but mostly by decreasing the Supply of dollars.

Federal tax dollars are sent to the U.S. Treasury, where they are destroyed. Some critics of MS claim tax dollars are not destroyed, but the evidence for destruction is quite clear. If tax dollars were not destroyed, the U.S. Treasury would have billions of dollars. Yet there are no accounting records that show the U.S. Treasury to have any dollars at all.

Try to find the answer to the question, “How many dollars does the U.S. Treasury have”? and you will come up empty. The U.S. Treasury does not own tax dollars, and cannot provide spending money to the other branches of the government.

To pay a bill, the government (i.e. its agencies) sends instructions (not dollars), in the form of checks or bank wires, to the creditor’s bank. The instructions tell the bank to increase the balance in the creditor’s checking account.

At the moment (not before) the creditor’s bank obeys those instructions, dollars are created. Banks are the mechanism for all dollar creation, much of it is on the instructions of the U.S. government. (Banks also create dollars by lending.)

While taxation reduces inflation by reducing the money supply, taxing cannot efficiently be used as an inflation-prevention or cure device.

Preventing and curing inflation requires a mechanism that can be applied quickly, will act immediately, and can be implemented in small, measurable increments.

Taxation, by contrast, is slow, political and does not lend itself to small, measurable increments.

Visualize the U.S. Congress, faced with impending or actual inflation, trying to force all political parties to pass tax laws that can be implemented in small, measurable increments, and immediately will affect inflation.

If you were in Congress, which tax change would you be able to get through all the vested interests, and have immediate, incremental, measurable effects?

By contrast, the Fed instantly can raise interest rates by tiny increments, and these higher rates quickly will increase the Demand for dollar-denominated securities and for dollars themselves.

(MMT disagrees, claiming that higher rates increase business costs, thereby inflating prices. But the proof, as is said, is in the pudding. The Fed effectively has used interest rate to controls inflation, for a hundred years).

3. The third purpose of taxes is to guide behavior. “Sin” taxes on alcohol and cigarettes, reduce the usage of these harmful products by making them more expensive.

4. The fourth, most important reason we still levy unnecessary taxes, is to widen the Gap between the rich and the rest.

Consider the most extreme case of an unnecessary tax designed to widen the Gap: The FICA tax. This tax supposedly funds Social Security and Medicare, though no tax funds federal spending. FICA is a tax that applies only to wages, salaries, tips and self-employment income, and for most of the tax, it applies only to wages below $119K.

FICA does not apply to all sorts of income other than wages, salaries, tips and self-employment income (interest, capital gains and various forms of passive income — i.e. the income the very rich have)

In short, the rich pay a negligible amount of FICA, if at all, compared with their incomes. FICA is the perfect tax for widening the Gap between the rich and the rest.

Now consider sales tax. While there is no general federal sales tax, the federal government does levy taxes on alcohol, tobacco, guns, and ammunition. The cost of purchasing these products constitutes a greater percentage of middle- and low-incomes than of high incomes. In that way, these federal sales taxes widen the Gap (although the primary purpose is to control and limit consumption).

More serious, however, are local sales taxes. Being monetarily non-sovereign, Cities, counties, and states claim they need sales taxes to fund spending. These sales taxes constitute a huge proportion of middle- and low incomes and are greatly regressive.

Are local sales taxes really necessary, as the local governments claim? Yes and no.

Yes, if local tourism, business taxes, property taxes and other forms of income are insufficient to pay for local government spending.

No, if the federal government will simply use its unlimited ability to create dollars, and use those dollars to pay economic bonuses. (See Prosperity Step #3: Provide an Economic Bonus to every man, woman, and child in America, and/or every state a per capita Economic Bonus.)

SUMMARY:
1. Federal taxes do not fund federal spending.
They are destroyed upon receipt. Federal spending is funded ad hoc, with new dollars created at federal agency instructions.
2. Federal taxes cannot function as an inflation control. They are too slow, too political and not precise or incremental enough. The Fed successfully has used interest rates to control inflation.
3. To justify federal taxes, the rich have co-opted Congress, the media, the economists. The purpose: To widen the Gap between the rich and the rest.

Federal taxes can, and should be, dramatically reduced, while spending on social issues is increased. That is, the deficit should be increased. This is the point of the Ten Steps to Prosperity.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty

=======================================================================================================================================================================================================================================================================================================

PLEASE HELP US GET THE WORD OUT
LOOK FOR US ON GOFUNDME.COM: 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 Click here
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 grow the economy, and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and you.
========================================================================================================================================================================================================================================================================================================

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

Recessions begin an average of 2 years after the blue line first dips below zero. A common phenomenon is for the line briefly to dip below zero, then rise above zero, before falling dramatically below zero. There was a brief dip below zero in 2015, followed by another dip – the familiar pre-recession pattern.
Recessions are cured by a rising red line.

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.

————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————-

Mitchell’s laws:
•Those, who do not understand the differences between Monetary Sovereignty and monetary non-sovereignty, do not understand economics.
•Any monetarily NON-sovereign government — be it city, county, state or nation — that runs an ongoing trade deficit, eventually will run out of money.
•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 the rest..
•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.
•Everything in economics devolves to motive, and the motive is the Gap between the rich and the rest..

MONETARY SOVEREIGNTY

–Republicans agree on the need to end FICA Wednesday, Nov 11 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.
•Any monetarily NON-sovereign government — be it city, county, state or nation — that runs an ongoing trade deficit, eventually will run out of money.
•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.
•Everything in economics devolves to motive, and the motive is the Gap between the rich and the rest..

============================================================================================================================================================================================================================================================

This post is a followup to the previous post: The KISS approach to narrowing the Gap and growing the American economy.

Headline: Republicans agree on the need to end FICA

Trump, Carson, Rubio: Don’t raise the minimum wage
By: Liz Goodwin, Senior National Affairs Reporter, November 10, 2015

GOP frontrunners Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Marco Rubio agree on at least one thing: The minimum wage should not be raised.

“Wages are too high,” Trump said, while explaining why he did not support hiking the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 an hour.

“We are a country that is being beaten on every front: economically, militarily. There is nothing that we do now to win. We don’t win anymore,” Trump said.

The real estate mogul added that the country should dramatically lower its taxes but keep wages as they are to be more competitive economically with the rest of the world.

The crowd applauded. Ben Carson quickly agreed when the question was tossed to him.

See, the leading Republicans agree that taxes should be reduced and that wages also need to be reduced to make America more competitive — and eliminating FICA would accomplish all those goals.

Yes, we know that when Republicans say they want to reduce taxes, they mean reduce taxes on the rich.

And yes, we know that when Republicans want to reduce wages, they want to cut take-home wages.

And yes, we know that Republicans want to reduce wages so as to enrich corporations, which they phrase as “making America more competitive.”

But eliminating the wholly unnecessary FICA tax would accomplish everything Republicans claim they want:
1. Cutting FICA would reduce taxes
2. Cutting FICA would reduce paid wages (while increasing take-home pay).
3. Cutting FICA would enrich corporations and make America more competitive.

“Every time we raise the minimum wage, the number of jobless people increases. I would not raise it,” Carson said, to applause.

Sen. Marco Rubio joined his two rivals, saying tax reform would be more effective than raising wages.

“If I thought [raising the] minimum wage would be the best way to help increase their pay I would be all for for it, but it isn’t,” Rubio said of lower income people in the country.

“It’s disaster if you raise the minimum wage. You make people more expensive than machines.

That is why Republicans would love the elimination of FICA.
1. It would not increase joblessness
2. It is tax reform.
3. It is the best way to help increase workers’ pay.

Cutting FICA does everything — everything — Republicans say they want, with only a small exception. It doesn’t widen the gap between the rich and the rest. It doesn’t punish the poor, and it isn’t mean-spirited.

But hey, you can’t have everything.

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 Click here
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

Vertical gray bars mark recessions. Recessions come after the blue line drops below zero and when deficit growth declines.

As the federal deficit growth lines drop, we approach recessions, each of which has been cured only when the growth lines rose.

Increasing federal deficit growth (aka “stimulus”) is necessary for long-term economic growth.

#MONETARYSOVEREIGNTY

–Lord, save us from our friends. The left’s plans for Social Security Wednesday, Aug 26 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.
•Any monetarily NON-sovereign government — be it city, county, state or nation — that runs an ongoing trade deficit, eventually will run out of money.
•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.
•Everything in economics devolves to motive, and the motive is the Gap between the rich and the rest..

===================================================================================================================================================================================================================================================================================

The Republicans

The Republicans endlessly wish to privatize Social Security, for one reason and one reason only.

No, it’s not because private investments yield more than Social Security does. That’s the excuse given. The problem with that excuse is it merely restates a simple fact: With greater reward comes greater risk.

If you invest in stocks, you most likely will come out ahead in the long run — the long, long run. Or you could lose. In January 2008, the S&P stock average was above $1,400. By April of 2009, just 16 months later, it had fallen below $800, a drop of 40%.

Is that the kind of risk you think is appropriate for a retirement fund?

Further, if the Republicans were to privatize Social Security, the massive flow of dollars — billions upon billions of dollars — would cause a stock bubble the likes of which we never have experienced, to be followed by a bubble burst of epic proportions.

The Republicans know all this. So why do they keep suggesting privatization? To reward their dear friends, the rich bankers and investment brokers. Imagine the commissions!

The brokers salivate at the thought, and when they finish salivating, they give big campaign contributions.

The Democrats

The Democrats also understand the fallacy of privatization, so they offer other plans, not as ridiculous as the Republicans’ plan, but bad nevertheless.

O’Malley’s plan to expand Social Security draws fire from a Wall Street front

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, one of the more overlooked candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination, emerged Friday with an encouraging endorsement of expanding Social Security to make it even more relevant to the lives of working Americans than it is today.

“The economic pressures on millions of families — from stagnant wages and high housing costs, to a lack of affordable childcare and skyrocketing college tuition — have resulted in meager, if any, retirement savings for tomorrow’s retirees.”

He’s right about that, and right that Social Security is the one pillar of retirement security that has remained strong, while employer pensions and retirees’ personal nest eggs wither.

He calls for expanding benefits and requiring wealthier Americans to shoulder their fair share of the program’s cost.

Expanding benefits is good, even necessary if SS is to have much meaning. But no one, neither the rich, nor the poor, nor the benefit recipients, needs to “shoulder any share of SS costs.

People can run short of dollars. The federal government cannot. It is Monetarily Sovereign. It creates its sovereign currency, the dollar, at will.

So why ask people to shoulder the burden, when paying for SS would be no burden at all for the federal government?

O’Malley joins Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who also are pushing to expand the program.

O’Malley’s move may increase pressure on Hillary Rodham Clinton to endorse Social Security expansion. She’s been silent on the issue.

O’Malley would impose the payroll tax on all earned income over $250,000. Because the higher figure wouldn’t be indexed to inflation, that window would narrow over time.

Sanders would impose the tax on all income, including unearned income such as capital gains, over $250,000.

Aside from guaranteeing massive pushback from those who would have to pay the new tax (i.e. those who are the big contributors to politicians), these plans are based on, and would fortify, the myth that taxes are needed to pay for Social Security.

Rather than simply telling the truth, that the federal government can spend whatever it wishes to spend, on anything it wishes to buy, the Democrats follow the same fact- twisted notion as the Republicans.

Both parties agree that SS payments are too low, and both pretend that the problem is a lack of income. The only difference is that the Republicans want stock market investors to pay for that income, and the Democrats want the people to pay it.

In short, the people pay everything and the government, which can afford anything, pays nothing. That’s every politicians’ plan.

Remember, neither the people at large, nor the people who invest in stocks, actually create any dollars.

Rising stock prices don’t create dollars. In its essence, the stock market is a gigantic Ponzi scheme, in which the same dollars simply move from hand to hand. The same is true of FICA, which also creates no dollars, but rather takes dollars from one hand, while giving dollars to another hand.

The only time dollars are created is via federal deficit spending, in which the government creates more dollars than are destroyed via taxing.

More than half of all married couples in retirement and about three-quarters of singles get 50% of their income or more from Social Security. For a fifth of married seniors and half of the unmarried, the program accounts for 90% of income.

It is sad for our wealthy nation, when half to three-quarters of retired people must credit 50% of their survival to the pittance provided by SS.

O’Malley explicitly states that he wants to give minimum-wage and lower-income workers an especially enhanced benefit and raise the special minimum Social Security benefit to 125% of the federal poverty level.

That benefit, which applies to workers with long histories of very low wages, is currently $804 a month, which is about 82% of the poverty level; O’Malley would raise it to about $1,226 a month.

Ten years ago, we recommended eliminating FICA and exactly six years ago, we published Ten Reasons to Eliminate FICA

The 10 Reasons remain relevant today, but there is an eleventh reason: The existence of FICA lends false credibility to the Big Lie — the lie that federal spending requires funding from federal taxes.

It is the Big Lie that punishes the poor and widens the Gap between the rich and the rest.

At long last, will the Democrats please stop supporting the Big Lie?

Lord, save us from our friends.

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

–What could be worse than this Congressional bitter disagreement ? Wednesday, Mar 25 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.
●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.
==================================================================================================================================================================

Answer: This Congressional joyful, bipartisan smooching.

When the crocodiles smile, you, the public, are being eaten.

House Expected To Pass Major Boehner-Pelosi Deal To Reshape Medicare

An ambitious agreement by Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to fix a major funding gap in Medicare and make some separate long-term cuts appears in good shape to pass the House.

monetary sovereignty

REDUCING COVERAGE FOR NO REASON. SEE HOW HAPPY THEY ARE.

“It is all shaping up very well on both sides,” said Kevin Smith, a spokesman for Boehner.

At a cost of roughly $210 billion, the bill replaces the “sustainable growth rate” formula to instead give doctors gradual raises while extending the Children’s Health Insurance Program for two years starting in October.

It includes $70 billion in offsets by making two structural changes to cut Medicare spending: force high-income seniors to kick in more for their care and reduce spending on supplemental Medigap plans, specifically “first dollar” coverage.

These “offsets” are based on three lies:

1. FICA funds Medicare benefits (It doesn’t.)
2. The federal government is too broke to pay for Medicare. (It isn’t.)
3. By contrast, you have too much money so you can afford to pay more. (You don’t.)

Our readers, who understand Monetary Sovereignty, know that FICA does not fund Medicare.

Just to be clear: FEDERAL TAXES DO NOT FUND FEDERAL SPENDING. Period.

Even if all federal taxes fell to $0, the government could continue to pay all its bills — including Medicare for every man, woman and child in America — forever.

So why does the government charge you FICA, and why will the government cut Medicare benefits further? Because FICA is the most regressive tax in America, punishing the middle- and lower-income groups far more than the rich. This helps widen the Gap between the rich and the rest, the single most important goal of the rich.

Why do both parties wish to help the rich increase the Gap? Because both parties are bribed via campaign contributions, plus promises of lucrative employment, later. (Thank you, right-wing Supreme Court.)

The rest of the legislation is not paid for, which could be a deal-breaker for hardline conservatives in the House and Senate.

Translation: Hard line conservatives are not satisfied with just draining your blood. They want to cut out your flesh and bones, too.

Progressives don’t love the Medicare cuts but many Democrats are willing to accept them because they don’t touch core benefits for middle-class Americans.

Translation: We Democrats pretend to be your friends, but all we want is your vote. We plan to go along with the Republicans every year, to slice bits off Medicare, because as they told you, “Medicare is broke.” The Republicans give us cover. Aren’t we clever?

So long as you’re stupid enough to vote for us, we’ll just keep slicing those benefits — increase the age, reduce the payments — soon we’ll tax benefits, like we do with Social Security.

The rich won’t care. Medical costs are a minuscule part of their income, but a big part of yours.

Senate Republicans are eager to get rid of the “doc fix” problem, and the long-term Medicare cuts in the House package are an enticement for them.

Translation: The doctors have a powerful lobby, and they contribute lots of money to us. What’s your lobby? How much do you contribute?

Republicans have been aching to cut your Medicare benefits, so this gives us Democrats an excuse to give them what the rich want.

Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) said, “I’ve been working on entitlement reform since I got here 21 years ago. This is the first real hope at getting entitlement reform and in the process taking care of the SGR which we’ve always known was a mythical cut.”

Translation: In conservative-speak, the word “reform” always means: “Screw the poor and the middle class.”

Thus entitlement “reform” means cut Social Security benefits, cut Medicare benefits, cut Medicaid benefits, cut unemployment compensation, cut food stamps, and cut all other poverty aids.

Similarly, tax “reform” means charging the poor and the middle more, via regressive programs like a flat tax, increases in FICA and sales taxes, and the sneakiest one of all: Making the monetarily non-sovereign states and cities pay for things the federal government should fund (Example: Education.)

Any time you hear a politician use the word “reform,” grab your wallet and scream, “Liar, liar, pants on fire.”

Predition: Shortly after (like, the next day after) 2016 elections, the politicians will, at the urging of their rich benefactors, “discover” that once again, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, all poverty aids and taxes need to be “reformed.”

Once again you will be treated to the Big Lie that the federal government is “broke,” while you are rich, and that federal spending is limited by federal tax collections.

And because you will believe it (and probably become angry at anyone who disagrees), your taxes will rise, your benefits will fall, and the income/wealth/power Gap between you and the rich will grow.

You’re being raped. I hope you enjoy it.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty

===================================================================================
The 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. Federally funded, 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. (Refer to this.)
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)

Initiating The Ten Steps sequentially 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

Next Page »

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 741 other followers