The “Nigerian” gun scam Friday, Jun 3 2016 

Generally, a scam requires the active participation of the victim.

The victim is told something that so appeals to his/her desires, the victim ignores all common sense. Once hooked, the victim defends his decision vigorously, often angrily.

A classic example is the Nigerian scam, in which the victim receives an Email informing him he has an opportunity to receive a share of many millions of dollars if he helps move that money out of the bank in which it now resides.

Once the victim agrees, there ensue “complications,” which require the bribing of officials and other costs. The victim is asked to send funds — again and again.

The victim, deprived of logic, continues to send money, and of course, never does receive a share of the mythical millions, while the scammers are enriched.

The Nigerian scam relies on two psychological attributes: Greed and our strong human desire to believe what we wish to believe, both of which can be so powerful as to overwhelm our ability to reason.

Which brings us to what we call the “Nigerian” gun scam”. It has the same attributes as the Nigerian scam — a scammer, a victim, and the transfer of the victim’s money — except instead of greed, it uses another powerful human emotion, perhaps the most powerful of all: fear.

Like the Nigerian scam, the “Nigerian gun scam’ enlists the strong desire to believe what we wish to believe. And this scam too, enriches the scammers at the expense of the victims.

The UCLA Shooter Was Major News — But What About the 62 People Recently Shot in Chicago?

A shooting, believed to be a murder-suicide, has become another example used in the nation-wide conversation on gun violence and overtook media and social media for hours. But what about the recent series of shootings that failed to reach such national attention in Chicago?

At least 62 people in Chicago were shot during Memorial Day weekend. Six of those victims died.

One 18-year-old victim was standing on his porch when he was shot in a drive-by. Another 26-year-old victim was driving when she was shot.

About halfway through 2016, more than 1,500 people have been shot so far in Chicago.

The scam is the claim by the gun manufacturers (using the NRA as their mouthpiece) that sending them money will make you safer. The scam appeals to your fear and to your desire to believe what you want to believe, no matter how ridiculous.

Think of all the illogical beliefs you must adopt, to override your common sense, and to make you send your money to the gun manufacturers. You are told to believe:

  1. Guns are not dangerous killing machines; the strangers around you are reliable, responsible, and sane enough to carry a device that could kill you instantly.
  2. If both of the two victims of the murder/suicide had sent their money to the gun manufacturers, they would not have died.
  3. If the 18-year-old, standing on his porch during a drive-by shooting, had sent his money to the gun manufacturers, he would not have been shot.
  4. If the 26-year-old woman, driving her car, had sent her money to the gun manufacturers, she would be alive, today.
  5. Chicago would be a safer place if more people had sent their money to the gun manufacturers
  6. The words, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State,” have absolutely no meaning. They are the only words the framers included in the Bill of Rights for no reason at all.
  7. The gun manufacturers have your best interests at heart, and do not fund the NRA (which also has your best interests at heart) for the sole purpose of selling everyone more guns.
  8. Politicians are not bribed by the gun manufacturers to interpret the law in a way most favorable to gun sales.

Pretty crazy, huh? And that’s only part of it. You also must suspend your intelligence and believe:

  1. Despite all evidence to the contrary, you must believe that sending your money to the gun manufacturers, and having a gun in your home, makes you safer.
  2. Having killing machines in your home makes your children safer
  3. You will be in less danger of being shot if all of your neighbors and strangers send their money to gun manufacturers, and carry guns.
  4. You will be in less danger if you, your neighbors and strangers, all have the most powerful guns available.

Like all scams, the “Nigerian gun scam” turns otherwise intelligent people into ardent believers of nonsense, willing — no demanding — to send their money to scammers whose sole goal is to separate the victims from their dollars.

Typically, if you try to tell a scam victim he is being scammed, he will deny it.

And so it is with the “Nigerian gun scam.” Tell a victim of the “Nigerian gun scam” he is being scammed, and you will receive angry invective, justifying his nonsensical belief in the scam.

Fear, greed and the desire to believe what we wish to believe are powerful motivators. Strong emotions cloud our judgement.

So, tell the truth now: Are you now, or have you been, a victim of the “Nigerian gun scam”?

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

–“The only thing that stops a bad guy . . . “ Monday, Sep 7 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..

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The 2nd Amendment to the United States Constitution: A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

Wayne LaPierre, NRA: The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun.

We Almost Had 3 Mass Shootings Last Week

Vester Flanagan opened fire on two journalists on live television in Virginia.

Eighteen hours earlier in neighboring West Virginia, a boy walked into his high-school and pointed a pistol at his teacher’s head.

Forty-five hours before that, Boston police announced they stopped two men from massacring a Pokemon convention.

It is not known whether Flanagan belonged to a well-regulated militia that is protecting the security of America. It also is not known whether the victims were good guys who should have had guns to shoot back.

It’s Called Gendercide Armed Husbands Shoot Eight Women In One Week, Six Die

While the nation was trying to digest the crime of two media members killed on camera in Virginia by a legal gun owner, a spate of women killed by enraged armed husbands in one week received less notice.

James Terry Colley, Jr. shot and killed his wife Amanda Cloaninger and her friend Lindy Dobbins in St. Augustine, Florida on August 27 say police.

It is not known whether Colley belonged to a well-regulated militia that is protecting the security of America. It also is not known whether the victims were good guys who should have had guns to shoot back.

Blessing Okereke was fatally shot in the Bank of America tower in Oak Cliff in Dallas by her husband say police. Husband David Thompson told police he believed his wife was reaching for his pistol, so he shot her in self-defense. Right.

August 30, Nuria N. Kudlach was fatally shot at her home in State College, PA and her husband was charged with first- and third-degree murder.

It is not known whether Okereke or Kudlach belonged to well-regulated militias that are protecting the security of America. It also is not known whether the victims were good guys who should have had guns to shoot back.

The next day, August 31, Sonja Wells Raine was fatally shot on her job in Pascagoula, MS by her enraged husband according to police.

Raine’s “sister got killed the same way by her boyfriend or husband, so that is shocking,” said co-worker Kim Pinkney.

The next day, September 1, 76-year-old Norman McKinney of Erwin, Tennessee, allegedly killed his wife of 30 years. McKinney was elderly, “had two or three strokes” and other “medical issues” and couldn’t even dial a phone explained the sheriff.

It is not known whether Raine or McKinney belonged to well-regulated militias that are protecting the security of America. It also is not known whether the victims were good guys who should have had guns to shoot back.

Thirty-three thousand people were killed by guns in America in 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control, a rate that’s higher than any other developed country on the planet.

It is not known whether the shooters belong to well-regulated militias that are protecting the security of America. It also is not known whether the victims were good guys who should have had guns to shoot back.

Between last Friday, July 17, and Thursday, July 23, there were at least 15 reports of murder-suicides committed with guns in the United States:

  • Friday, July 17, Chicago. A 38-year-old man is believed to have shot and stabbed his 72-year-old father and his 29-year-old brother at the father’s home, killing them, before shooting and killing himself.
  • Friday, July 17, Monrovia, California. A 35-year-old man is believed to have shot and killed his 37-year-old wife before killing himself.
  • Friday, July 17, Norman, Oklahoma. A man is believed to have shot and killed his ex-wife and then killed himself in a hospital parking lot. The woman was at the hospital visiting her mother.
  • Friday, July 17, Perry Hall, Maryland. A 47-year-old man is believed to have shot and killed his 12- and 10-year-old sons before killing himself.
  • Friday, July 17, Mauldin, South Carolina. A 34-year-old man is believed to have shot and killed his 37-year-old brother before killing himself.
  • Saturday, July 18, North Ridgeville, Ohio. A 65-year-old man is believed to have shot and killed his 62-year-old wife before killing himself. The woman may have been protecting the couple’s disabled 26-year-old daughter when she was shot.
  • Saturday, July 18, Tampa. A 32-year-old man is believed to have shot and killed his 23-year-old girlfriend at a hotel before killing himself.
  • Sunday, July 19, Grady County, Georgia. A 55-year-old man is believed to have shot and killed his estranged 39-year-old wife at her home, then to have driven to his home and killed himself.
  • Tuesday, July 21, Bear, Delaware. A 35-year-old man is believed to have shot and killed a 34-year-old woman before killing himself.
  • Tuesday, July 21, Amherst, New York. A 53-year-old man is believed to have shot and killed his 55-year-old wife before killing himself.
  • Tuesday, July 21, Walnut Creek, California. A 21-year-old man is believed to have shot and killed a 19-year-old woman at her parents’ house before killing himself.
  • Wednesday, July 22, Jacksonville, North Carolina. A 69-year-old man is believed to have shot and killed his 68-year-old wife before killing himself.
  • Wednesday, July 22, Suwanee, Georgia. A man is believed to have shot and killed his wife and her two sons before killing himself. He also shot and injured his wife’s father.
  • Thursday, July 23, Vallejo, California. A man is believed to have shot and killed his ex-wife and injured another man before killing himself.
  • Thursday, July 23, Mason County, Washington. A 52-year-old man is believed to have killed a 17-month-old child before killing himself.

It is not known whether the shooters belonged to well-regulated militias that are protecting the security of America. It also is not known whether the victims (including the 17-month-old) were good guys who should have carried guns to shoot back.

And then there are just some of the school shootings since 2010:

  • 14-year-old Hammad Memon shot to death 14-year-old Todd Brown in a crowded school hallway of Discovery Middle School, during changing of classes. The shooting was possibly motivated by gang activities.
  • Amy Bishop Anderson, a biology professor, shot and killed three of her colleagues and wounded three others during a faculty meeting.
  • At eer Creek Middle School Bruco Eastwood opened fire from a Winchester Model 70 rifle in a parking lot. Two eight-grade students, one female and one male, were both shot and wounded.
  • Two students were shot and wounded in front of Mumford High School. A 17-year-old man, Steven Jamal Hare, was tried as an adult and charged with assault with intent to kill.
  • 15-year-old student Jose Daniel Cisneros was shot to death on an athletic field at Alisal High School. Cisneros was walking to the school campus at 8 a.m., and was shot multiple times.
  • Samuel Hengel, 15, took 23 students and a teacher hostage inside a classroom of Marinette High School for five hours. (When) police entered the building, Hengel shot himself in the head. He died the next day.
  • Outside Aurora Central High School, a 17-year-old girl was shot and wounded. The wounds caused her to be paralyzed. Luis Enrique Guzman-Rincon, 20, fired shots from a car while students were standing outside the high school.
  • At Millard South High School, student Robert Butler Jr., 18, shot and killed Assistant Principal Dr. Vicki Kaspar, and wounded Principal Curtis Case.
  • Schnell Elementary School Principal Sam Lacara is shot to death in his office, by John Luebbers, a custodial employee at the school.
  • Michael Phelps, a 15-year-old suspended student, returned to Martinsville West Middle School. In the entrance of the school, Phelps shot 15-year-old Chance Jackson twice in the abdomen.
  • Multiple gunmen opened fire during a powder puff football game at Worthing High School. One man, an 18-year-old former student named Tremaine De Ante’ Paul, died. Five other people received injuries.
  • A 14-year-old male student is accused of firing a handgun on the campus of Highlands Intermediate School, wounding one student.
  • A 15-year-old girl was shot in the neck at Cape Fear High School. A student of the school,15-year-old Charles Underwood, was arrested and charged with attempted murder.
  • Ross Truett Ashley, 22, a part-time business student at Radford University, shot and killed a police officer engaged in an unrelated traffic stop on the campus of Virginia Tech, then committed suicide in a nearby parking lot.
  • One student was shot and injured after another student opened fire at North Forest High School. The student said that he was being confronted by three other students who were bullying him, and he took out a handgun and fired at them in self-defense.
  • Third-grader Amina Kocer-Bowman was accidentally shot when a fellow student brought a 9mm handgun to school and it went off when he dropped his backpack. She survived after 6 weeks in the hospital and a surgery to remove the bullet from her spine.
  • Thomas “T. J.” Lane, 17, took a Ruger MK III,.22 caliber Semi-automatic pistol and a knife to Chardon High School and fired ten shots at a group of students sitting at a cafeteria table. Three students died in the attack. Three other students were injured.
  • At Episcopal School of Jacksonville, fired Spanish teacher Shane Schumerth, 28, shot and killed head of school Dale Regan before committing suicide.
  • One L. Goh was accused of shooting to death seven students and wounding three others in a classroom at Oikos University.
  • A Carrboro man was charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a woman in front of Mary Scroggs Elementary School.
  • Two Hamilton High School students were shot and wounded in the parking lot of the school.
  • Robert Gladden, 15, took a double barrel shotgu to Perry Hall High School and fired two shots inside the school cafeteria. A 17-year-old senior was hit in the lower back while he was sitting at a table and suffered critical wounds.
  • A student fired multiple gunshots in the ceiling of Normal Community High School, and was tackled by a teacher.
  • At a Halloween party on the University of Southern California campus, an argument escalated and a man pulled out a handgun and shot a rival gang member, Geno Hall, seven times, critically wounding him.
  • Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting: Adam Lanza, aged 20, killed 26 people and himself. He first killed his mother at their shared home before taking her guns and driving to the school.
  • Shots were fired at Apostolic Revival Center Christian School, leaving 27-year-old Kristopher Smith dead in what was believed to be a retaliation killing, possibly for talking with police about a previous incident.
  • A gunman entered a science classroom of Taft Union High School with a 12 gauge shotgun and opened fire. A 16-year-old male student, identified as Bowe Cleveland, was shot in the chest and critically wounded.
  • A gunman shot an administrator in his office on the fourth floor of Stevens Institute of Business and Arts, wounding him. The suspected gunman, Sean Johnson, a part-time student, shot and wounded himself on a stairwell.
  • Two people were shot and killed and a third person was wounded at the parking lot of Hazard Community and Technical College. The third victim, 12-year-old Taylor Cornett, died from her wounds the next day. 21-year-old Dalton Lee Stidham was arrested and charged with three counts of murder.
  • A 17-year-old boy, Tyrone Lawson, was shot to death in a parking lot of Chicago State University.
  • Between the Library and Academic Building outside of Lone Star College–North Harris, two men got into an argument and one of the men pulled out a gun and shot the other man, a student.
  • An argument over turf and respect between two rival gangs escalated to what police now describe as a “gun battle” in January at Cesar Chavez High School in Phoenix.
  • A 14-year-old male student was shot and wounded in the back of the neck at Price Middle School. The gunman, a student, was believed to be arguing with the other student before taking out a handgun and firing multiple shots at him.
  • Two women were wounded during a shooting at the campus of New River Community College. Neil Allen MacInnis was taken into custody.
  • At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a campus police officer was shot multiple times.
  • Allegedly responding to a student fight, a parent brought and fired a weapon on the campus of Ossie Ware Mitchell Middle School. No one was injured.
  • Six people, including the shooter died and four others were wounded at or near the campus of Santa Monica College when a lone gunman opened fire on the school campus library after shooting at several cars and a city bus at separate crime scenes.
  • Two custodians at Alexander W. Dreyfoos School were shot and killed. A third custodian was suspected in the killings .
  • A man with an AK-47 fired six shots inside the front office of Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy, an elementary school. After the gunman fired the shots, he barricaded himself in the office and police at the scene returned fire.
  • A student, Roderick Bobo, 15, was shot during a football game at North Panola High School in what was termed as a gang-related shooting.
  • A 15-year-old male student was shot in the neck and shoulder at Carver High School (North Carolina). An 18-year-old male student was apprehended by a school resource officer without incident.
  • A 16-year-old student was shot in the hip at Agape Christian Academy after a fight broke out at 2 pm.
  • 12-year-old seventh-grade student Jose Reyes opened fire with a semi-automatic handgun at the basketball courts of Sparks Middle School, injuring one student in the shoulder. A teacher, Michael Landsberry, who was trying to intervene with the gunman was then shot and killed by Reyes, as he was standing on a playground.
  • A 21-year-old student was shot and wounded at North Carolina A&T State University.
  • A Stephenson High School student and a janitor were shot in an apparent confrontation between team members and a group of teens who were not attending the school.
  • After classes ended, at least one gunman came out of the woods and opened fire on three students as they were walking to their cars at Brashear High School. One student was grazed in the head, another was struck in the neck and shoulder, and a third was hit in the leg and foot.
  • A 15-year-old student was shot and wounded by a 17-year-old student near a soccer field on the campus of West Orange High School (Winter Garden, Florida). The shooting occurred after a fight broke out between the two students.
  • 18-year-old Karl Pierson shot 17-year-old student Claire Davis in the head, fatally injuring her, in a hallway in Arapahoe High School (Centennial, Colorado).
  • Four teens went into Edison High School (Fresno, California) in what was believed as a gang-initiation process. After accosting a 62-year-old woman about a mile away from school grounds, they found an athletic trainer who taught at Edison High and shot him several times in the leg and stomach.
  • A student was charged with bringing a gun to school at Liberty Technology Magnet High School and shooting a classmate in the thigh.
  • A 14-year-old boy was shot outside of a basketball game at the Hillhouse High School athletic facility, suffering wounds in his hand and leg.<
  • Two people were shot and wounded inside the gymnasium of Berrendo Middle School, at about 8:10 am. An 11-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl were airlifted to a hospital in Lubbock, Texas in critical condition. The 12-year-old suspected shooter, Mason Campbell, a seventh grade student, was apprehended at the scene after he was talked down by a staff member and dropped the shotgun.
  • A student allegedly shot two other students in the gymnasium at Delaware Valley Charter School.
  • One person was shot and critically injured at Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania.
  • A 21-year-old student, Andrew Boldt, was shot and killed in a classroom building on the campus of Purdue University. A suspect, 24-year-old student Cody Cousins, was arrested and charged with murder.
  • A 20-year-old student was shot and killed at South Carolina State University. A 19-year-old was arrested and charged with murder.
  • A man was shot and killed at Los Angeles Valley College. Two suspects were arrested in the fatal shooting.
  • A group of students at Rebound High School got in an argument in the school’s parking lot. One student pulled out a gun and shot another student in the ensuing altercation.
  • One student was shot in the leg in an apparent altercation over a gambling debt at Tennessee State University.
  • Three students were fighting in a parking lot of Eastern Florida State College and one pulled out a gun and shot another of the students. All three student claimed self-defense.
  • After a basketball game at North High School (Des Moines), there was gunfire in a parking lot of the school.
  • |A 16-year-old student was shot in the stomach on the campus of Salisbury High School (North Carolina) during a dispute in the school gym. 17-year-old suspect was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.
  • Five shots were fired in the parking lot of Charles F. Brush High School, including one which hit an unoccupied police car.
  • A male victim was shot in the back in a possible gang-related drive-by shooting near the University of Southern California. The suspect fled into the University Campus.
  • An elementary school teacher was shot and killed outside The Academy of Knowledge Preschool.
  • An argument between students led to shots being fired in a Benjamin Banneker High School (Georgia) parking lot during the afternoon.
  • Just after the lunch hour, at D. H. Conley High School, a car drove past the school and witnesses said an occupant reached out of a car window and fired shots in the direction of the school.
  • After a Friday evening student awards ceremony called “Grammy Night”, four men who were affiliated with a gang fired into a crowd in the parking lot of East English Village Preparatory Academy; one nineteen-year-old teen, Darryl Smith, was fatally shot in the head.
  • A man fatally shot his estranged wife in the parking lot of Saint Mary School in northwestern Indiana.
  • Two men fired shots inside a dormitory at Paine College on Sunday, injuring one student in the head.
  • An active shooter situation was reported at Paine College on Monday with one person reported to be shot. It was the second shooting incident to occur at the college campus in two days.
  • A person was shot on a student parking lot roof at Georgia Gwinnett College.
  • A 14-year-old student was injured during a drive-by shooting in front of John F. Kennedy High School (Richmond, California).
  • Three people were shot inside a hallway in Seattle Pacific University. One student died.
  • At around 8:30 am, shots were fired at Reynolds High School (Troutdale, Oregon). 14-year-old freshman Emilio Hoffman was killed. The gunman, 15-year-old Jared Padgett, exchanged gunfire with police officers and then committed suicide in a restroom stall.
  • A 20-year-old Indiana State University (ISU) student was shot by another ISU on Saturday inside a residence hall.
  • Two students got in an argument at Albemarle High School (North Carolina), and one of the students shot the other twice including once in the leg.
  • One student was shot and injured at Fern Creek Traditional High School. The incident occurred, reportedly after student became enraged in a hallway and pulled out a gun.
  • After a homecoming football game, a fatal shooting of Kristofer Hunter, 17, occurred in the Langston Hughes High School parking lot. The assailant, Eric Dana Johnson Jr., 18, turned himself in a week later.
  • Marysville Pilchuck High School shooting. A gunman, later identified as Jaylen Fryberg, who was a student in the school, shot five students, fatally wounding four, in the school cafeteria before committing suicide.
  • Florida State University shooting. A gunman opened fired in or near the Strozier Library. Three people suffered gunshot injuries and were taken to a local area hospital.
  • Two teens were shot Thursday during a fight on Miami Carol City High School property. One of the boys who was shot died.
  • On December 12, 2014, an unknown gunman shot three students and a man outside Rosemary Anderson High School in north Portland. A 16-year-old girl was in critical condition, while the others suffered minor injuries.
  • A 15-year-old boy, a student’s father, and a teacher were each injured at a Wisconsin Lutheran High School shooting that occurred Thursday night in the school parking lot at Wisconsin Lutheran High School.
  • Two students were shot outside Frederick High School near the gymnasium of Frederick High School during a junior varsity (JV) boy’s basketball game.
  • Two students argued outside the music building at Bethune-Cookman University when one pulled out a gun. Both had guns and it is not disclosed who did the shooting, injuring three students.
  • Police said one person has been arrested for a shooting at Pershing Elementary School.
  • A faculty member was shot and killed in the school library of Wayne Community College.
  • A police officer was shot outside a school in a school zone while he was directing school buses into a school. The school was J.B. Martin Middle School, and the suspect was apprehended at the scene.
  • A student at Deskin Elementary School brought an allegedly stolen .45 caliber gun to school and accidentally discharged it as he opened his backpack.
  • A student at North Thurston High School walked into the commons area and fired two shots into the ceiling from a .357 magnum pistol.
  • Police say a 14-year-old eighth grade boy brought his father’s gun to school.
  • An 18-year-old student, Marcus Wheeler, shot himself in a school breezeway, according to Tempe police.
  • Police report that a 16-year-old shot 5 bullets into a school bus and injured 2 students. Apparently, there was an argument that touched on previous events.
  • In the early morning hours of Memorial Day weekend, a group of people were at Southwestern Classical Academy in the parking lot. Shots rang out and 7 were injured, with two men being apprehended and charged.
  • A student was fatally shot in a student union building at Savannah State University.
  • A man was arguing with at least one other person escalated into a physical fight on the parking lot of Sacramento City College. A man opened fire, killing a 25-year-old student and wounding two others.

It is not known whether the shooters belonged to well-regulated militias that are protecting the security of America. It also is not known whether the victims (including the teens) were good guys who should have carried guns to shoot back.

When everyone carries guns, we all will be safe from gun violence.

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.
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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

Recessions come after the blue line drops below zero.

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

–Do guns really kill people? Saturday, Jul 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.
•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..

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A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Justices Rule for Individual Gun Rights
By LINDA GREENHOUSE
Published: June 27, 2008

According to Justice Scalia, the “militia” reference in the first part of the amendment simply “announces the purpose for which the right was codified: to prevent elimination of the militia.”

Note to Justice Scalia: If that was the purpose of the “militia” reference, it has failed miserably, as the well-egulated militia has been eliminated.

But (Scalia) added that this “prefatory statement of purpose” should not be interpreted to limit the meaning of what is called the operative clause — “the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

Instead, Justice Scalia said, the operative clause “codified a pre-existing right” of individual gun ownership for private use.

Note to Scalia: It that was the purpose, the 2nd Amendment simply could have read: “The right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Apparently Scalia, believing the framers, not being as clever as him, decided to toss in thirteen unnecessary, essentially meaningless, words.

Contesting that analysis, Justice Stevens said the Second Amendment’s structure was notable for its “omission of any statement of purpose related to the right to use firearms for hunting or personal self-defense.”

Using Scalia’s own “originalist” method of interpretation, the people would not be allowed to use guns for hunting and self-defense, but only within the context of a well-regulated militia.

Scalia however, is originalist only when it suits his biases.

The right wing interpretation of the 2nd Amendment is a recent revision of the two hundred years understanding, and at this late date, that recent revision somehow has become “originalist.”

That said, the real question is: Does this interpretation help or hurt America?

States With Most Gun Deaths Have High Gun Ownership And Weak Gun Laws, Report Shows
The Huffington Post by Amanda Gutterman, Posted: 01/29/2015

The weaker the gun laws and the higher the rate of gun ownership in a given state, the more deaths from gun violence that state will see.

That’s the conclusion of a report released Thursday by the Violence Policy Center, a nonprofit organization that researches the public health impact of gun violence.

Alaska has the highest rate of gun fatalities in the country, according to data from 2013. The state saw 19.59 deaths per 100,000 people, which is significantly above the national average of 10.64 deaths per 100,000.

VPC’s report indicates that Alaska also has the country’s third-highest rate of gun ownership, with firearms in 60.6% percent of households.

The study found a similar correlation between gun ownership and gun deaths in the rest of the country. Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Wyoming, the states that followed Alaska in terms of highest gun death rates, had some of the nation’s largest percentages of households owning guns.

VPC also noted that states with weaker gun laws tend to see higher gun death rates. All five states named above have gun restrictions that the report’s authors describe as “lax.”

States with the lowest gun death rates — the top three were Hawaii, Massachusetts and New York — were found to have strong gun laws as well as low rates of gun ownership.

States with Weak Gun Laws and Higher Gun Ownership Lead Nation in Gun Deaths, New Data for 2013 Confirms

States with the Five Highest Gun Death Rates

States with the Five Lowest Gun Death Rates

Rank

State

Household Gun Ownership Gun Death Rate per 100,000 Rank State Household Gun Ownership Gun Death Rate per 100,000
1 Alaska 60.6 percent 19.59 50 Hawaii 9.7 percent 2.71
2 Louisiana 45.6 percent 19.15 49 Massachusetts 12.8 percent 3.18
3 Alabama 57.2 percent 17.79 48 New York 18.1 percent 4.39
4 Mississippi 54.3 percent 17.55 47 Connecticut 16.2 percent 4.48
5 Wyoming 62.8 percent 17.51 46 Rhode Island 13.3 percent 5.33

 

 
But it gets even worse:

The health risk of having a gun in the home

Having a gun in your home significantly increases your risk of death — and that of your spouse and children.

And it doesn’t matter how the guns are stored or what type or how many guns you own.

If you have a gun, everybody in your home is more likely than your non-gun-owning neighbors and their families to die in a gun-related accident, suicide or homicide.

Furthermore, there is no credible evidence that having a gun in your house reduces your risk of being a victim of a crime. Nor does it reduce your risk of being injured during a home break-in.

The health risks of owning a gun are so established and scientifically non-controvertible that the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement in 2000 recommending that pediatricians urge parents to remove all guns from their homes.

Notice that the recommendation doesn’t call for parents to simply lock up their guns. It stresses that the weapons need to be taken out of the house.

Bottom line: Guns kill people. The more gun ownership, the more people are killed by guns.

Because the interpretation of the law is faulty, the implementation of the law is deadly.

Beyond mere statistics is human psychology, notably fear and loathing. The right wing, which is strongest for gun ownership, also is consumed with fear and loathing.

Right-wingers, who inordinately fear and loathe blacks, browns, yellows, gays, the poor, non-Christians, non-Americans — virtually anyone different from them in some way — most feel the visceral need for guns.

Guns are the security blanket for people who live lives of fear and hatred, and those are the kinds of people most likely to shoot first and ask questions later. Fear, hatred, guns = a deadly combination.

So in answer to the title question, “Do guns really kill people?”: Yes, if you own a gun, you have an increased chance of being killed — despite what the gun makers and the NRA tell you.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty

P.S. Two recommended laws that could reduce gun deaths while not infringing even the right wing Courts interpretation of the Constitution:

1. Any person who commits a felony while carrying a gun, shall be sentenced to a prison term of 20 years to life, in addition to the term for the felony itself.

2. Any provider of a gun that is used in a felony shall have the same criminal and civil liability as the actual perpetrator of the felony. (This latter is similar to the “dram shop” laws for liquor.)

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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

–Fifteen (of the many) reasons why more people should carry guns. Monday, Jul 20 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..

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Here are fifteen (of the many) reasons constituting absolute proof that more people should carry guns (Thank you, NRA):

1. Almost 200 mass shootings so far this year. (If everyone had had a gun, the killers would have been stopped — absolute proof that more people should carry guns.)

2. Mass murders less frequent than we think (Because so many people carry guns, killers are afraid. — absolute proof that more people should carry guns.)

3. Man Shoots, Kills Wife in Scripps Ranch Parking Lot (If she had had a gun, she could have stopped him– absolute proof that more people should carry guns.)

4. Man charged with shooting cousin during dispute (If the cousin had had a gun, he could have defended himself — absolute proof that more people should carry guns.)

5. US crime rate at lowest point in decades. (Crime is down, because people carry guns — absolute proof that more people should carry guns.)

6. Gun violence is spiraling upward in cities across America. (Crime is up, because not enough people carry guns — absolute proof that more people should carry guns.)

7. Young man found shot to death in North Miami Beach alley. (The young man should have had a gun to defend himself — absolute proof that more people should carry guns.)

8. Search Underway For Robbers Who Shot Store Clerk (The clerk had a gun and was shot — absolute proof that more people should carry guns.)

9. Shamiya Adams was hit by a bullet that came through a window while she was at a sleepover. (The parents should have had guns to stop the random shooter — absolute proof that more people should carry guns.)

10. Father of four killed in road rage shooting (The father should have had a gun to shoot first — absolute proof that more people should carry guns.)

11. Five marines were shot to death in Chattanooga, TN. (If they had had guns, they could have shot the shooter — absolute proof that more people should carry guns.)

12. BOY, 12, SHOT IN THE BACK WHILE RIDING SCOOTER (If he had had a gun, he could have shot the shooter — absolute proof that more people should carry guns.)

13. 1 KILLED, TEEN INJURED IN WEST SIDE SHOOTING (If they had had a gun, they could have shot the shooter — absolute proof that more people should carry guns.)

14. Parents shot by their toddler (If the parents had had a gun, they could have shot the kid — absolute proof that more people should carry guns.)

15. 5-year-old boy finds gun, shoots baby brother in head (If the baby had had a gun, he could have shot the the older brother — absolute proof that more people should carry guns.)

According to the NRA, every incident of gun violence could have been prevented if more people carried guns. There absolutely are no instances where any sort of gun control would be helpful.

Can you think of any?

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty

P.S. Fortunately, some folks are prepared: Covert warfare coming to Texas sparks some fears of federal takeover The folks in Texas are armed and ready to repel the tanks, planes, rockets, “smart” bombs, aircraft carriers, artillery, guns and the many thousands of soldiers of the U.S. military.

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

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