The damn fools and greedy bastards who run America Thursday, Feb 15 2018 

The following is my opinion. Feel free to disagree. I really don’t care. I long ago have realized there is no use arguing with damn fools and greedy bastards, so this article is directed only to you Americans who have brains and compassion.

It took some time, but at long last, we have arrived at a place where the damn fools and greedy bastards have taken over our country, entirely. I’ll show you how.

Consider the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the Constitution. They are written very sparingly.  In only 45 words, the First Amendment guarantees our freedoms of religion, speech, the press; assembly, and complaint to the government.

All those freedoms for everyone, in just 45 words — no wasted words, there.

The longest Amendment in the Bill of Rights is the 5th. It says that to be tried for a serious crime, the evidence first must be presented to a Grand Jury; you can’t be tried twice for the same crime; you can’t be forced to testify against yourself, or jailed without due process, or your property taken without compensation.

All those guarantees in just 108 words. No extra verbiage.

The shortest Amendment is #8 — just 16 words. It’s so spare, I can’t even summarize it. Here it is in its entirety: Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.”

Three guarantees in 16 words. Talk about terse. You’d think the founding fathers had to pay a dollar for every word. Back in 1791, when the original Bill of Rights was ratified, the authors knew how to write. No wasted paragraphs. No unneeded flowery language. Everything straight to the point.

Almost.

There is one, just one, Amendment where a recent Supreme Court ruled that the authors not only didn’t know what they were writing about, but that they included lots of unneeded words. Suddenly, the otherwise parsimonious authors had stuck in a bunch of wasted words.

That wasteful Amendment has just 27 words, but of those 27 words, nearly half — 13 — are completely meaningless. The authors, who otherwise were so linguistically frugal, apparently decided to toss in those extra words, for no reason other than perhaps for self-amusement.

I am talking about the 2nd Amendment, and the meaningless words are: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State,”

The damn fools of a recent Supreme Court (one of the damn fools, ironically a self-declared “originalist,” is dead), arbitrarily decided that the brilliant authors of the Bill of Rights, after lengthy and arduous consideration and debate, had no reason to include those 13 words.

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I love the 2nd Amendment. It allows anyone to carry guns, and that makes me feel safer.

And because of that decision by the recent Supreme Court’s damn fools, at least 17 people were killed and more wounded in a Florida school shooting, Wednesday.

This wasn’t the first school shooting; it won’t be the last. There will be dozens more, hundreds more, thousands more — all because of damn fools and greedy bastards.

As the New York Times published:

When a gunman killed 20 first graders and six adults with an assault rifle at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, it rattled Newtown, Conn., and reverberated across the world. Since then, there have been at least 239 school shootings nationwide. In those incidents, 438 people were shot, 138 of whom were killed.

Here we are, only 2½ months into 2018, and already this year there have been eight U.S. school shootings that have resulted in injury or death

You send your kids to school, thinking they will be safe, but if the growing trend holds, America will suffer 4 or 5 school shootings next month.

And that’s just school shootings. It doesn’t include all the other thousands of shootings — individual shootings, group shootings, mass shootings.

Tomorrow, guns will kill about 96 Americans, of whom 7 will be children and teens. The next day, about 96 more will die, including another 7 children and teens.

The day after tomorrow, 96 more will die. The next day, another 96, and again and again, next week, next month, next year, the bell will toll 96 times every day.

The ongoing slaughter never will end so long as the damn fools and the greedy bastards are in charge.

Who are the damn fools? As we said, the current Supreme Court. But it goes well beyond those few. It includes the damn fool American who doesn’t understand that though he may be a “good guy,” his demand for gun ownership also allows all the bad neighborhood idiots to own guns.

He’s not smart enough to realize that by voting against gun control, he endangers his own life.

These are the damn fools who think they can protect themselves against “bad guys” by guns in their homes or on the street. (Well, maybe, if they always keep the gun loaded and never let it leave their hands, and keep it from their kids and their angry wife.)

It includes the damn fools who justify, not only handguns, but high-powered rifles, the primary use for which is to kill fellow Americans.

What next for the damn fools? Everyone to carry bazookas and hand grenades, just so that they themselves can carry a bazooka and hand grenade, too?

Are they damn fool enough to think this will make them safer, too? (Why not? Carrying a bazooka is “bearing arms,” just as the 2nd Amendment says. Nothing is too extreme for damn fools.)

Tomorrow, 96 Americans will die, but the damn fools say guns don’t kill, and anyway, cars kill, and knives kill, and hammers kill, so who cares about guns killing day after day after day?

And meanwhile, the damn fools in the Supreme Court continue to insist that the words, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State,” were included after long and careful consideration, but for no reason at all.

And then, who are the greedy bastards? Let’s begin with the gun manufacturers: Sturm Ruger, Remington Outdoor, Smith & Wesson, Glock, Sig Sauer, et al. If you want to read more about these companies, click greedy, uncaring bastards.

Their CEO’s claim to be oh-so-concerned about gun safety, but I suspect they’d machine gun their mothers if it meant a couple extra dollars in their pockets. Just a hunch.

Then comes the National Rifle Association (NRA), which claims it is “America’s longest-standing civil rights organization. “Civil rights organization?? Gimme a break.

The NAACP is a civil rights organization.  The ACLU is a civil rights organization.  The NRA is a shill for the gun manufacturers, paid millions to take the heat for gun killings, while the manufacturers hide in the shadows, raking in billions in blood money.

The next class of greedy bastards is the politicians, bribed to vote against anything that resembles gun control, because as you know, everyone needs a high powered, semi-automatic rifle, with a telescopic sight, silencer, and a large magazine, to stop a burglar in the house or a robber on the street.

These all represent the people who have children’s blood on their hands, the people who know full well that their products will primarily be used for killing innocents, but don’t really give a damn, so long as the dollars flow in.

But the above mentioned greedy bastards couldn’t do their damage if it weren’t for one other set of damn fools, who believe they need guns to protect themselves from the rest of the American public, and those damn fools are themselves the American, gun-owning public.

Yes, there are some smart gun owners and some compassionate gun owners, but as a group, these are the least intelligent, least caring, least giving humans God ever created.

These are the damn fools, who upon hearing that children and other innocents have been gunned down, show their pity first by denying that guns kill people, and then by rushing out to buy more guns, so there will be plenty in the pipeline for every nut in America.

To show how incredibly stupid the situation has become, we have laws against fully automatic weapons. But why? The 2nd Amendment says nothing about fully automatic weapons.

Tell me one reason why there is a law against fully automatic guns, and I’ll show you why that same logic applies to every gun now legal in America.

 In short, there is no logic, there are no facts that won’t be dismissed by gun nuts, out of hand.

America is being ruled by damn fools who believe that allowing any idiot to own a gun makes them safer, and by greedy bastards who are happy to sell what the damn fools want to buy, despite the daily carnage.

Now we’ll end with a special message to you who fight against gun controls:

Tomorrow ninety-six of your fellow Americans, some of whom are children, will die from guns. You are the cause.

If the good Lord favors justice, tomorrow’s ninety-six dead would be comprised entirely of you damn fools and greedy bastards.

Sadly, we must pray for the innocent children whom you kill, every day.

If you truly want to “Make America Great, Again,” have the courage and the compassion to disavow the gun lobby and the ridiculous, twisted interpretations of the 2nd Amendment to our Constitution.

Be pro-life.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty
Twitter: @rodgermitchell; Search #monetarysovereignty
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NOT ENOUGH GUNS IN CHICAGO? Wednesday, May 11 2016 

Borrowed from the comment section in “How not to be a stupid puppet for the rich.”

The well-paid gun lobby, and the dishonest politicians, repeatedly tell us guns make us safer. If that is the case, are there . . .

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Not enough guns in Chicago?

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Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty
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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 afford better health care than 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 AN ECONOMIC BONUS TO EVERY MAN, WOMAN AND CHILD IN AMERICA, AND/OR EVERY STATE, A PER CAPITA ECONOMIC BONUS (The JG (Jobs Guarantee) vs the GI (Guaranteed Income) vs the EB) 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 EVERYONEFive 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 benefiting 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 CORPORATE TAXES
Corporations themselves exist only as legalities. They don’t pay taxes or pay for anything else. They are dollar-tranferring machines. They transfer dollars from customers to employees, suppliers, shareholders and the government (the later having no use for those dollars).
Any tax on corporations reduces the amount going to employees, suppliers and shareholders, which diminishes the economy. Ultimately, all corporate taxes come around and reappear as deductions from 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 corporate taxes would be an 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.
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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

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.

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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..

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

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

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