No, it isn’t “the economy, stupid.” It’s another issue, and you know what it is Wednesday, Sep 27 2017 

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It takes only two things to keep people in chains:
The ignorance of the oppressed and the treachery of their leaders.

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Bill Clinton famously said, “It’s the economy, stupid,” meaning that ultimately, Americans will vote their wallets, with all other issues being secondary.

He was wrong.  There is another, more important, though less logical, issue, and if you think about it, you know what it is.

Toward the end of the 1800’s, the Democrats came to control the Southern states, and it wasn’t pretty.

White Democrats began to use strategies you’ll find eerily familiar today. They made the entire voting process much more difficult for poor blacks, including the passage of poll taxes. Though poor whites fell into the same trap, the poll tax was aimed at the blacks.

Poll taxes were “necessary,” because someone had to pay for the cost of elections, right?

And then there were the literacy tests, which were “necessary,” because if you can’t read and write, how can you cast an intelligent vote, right?

And strict, complex residency tests were “necessary,” because if you weren’t a long-time resident, you shouldn’t be telling residents what to do, right? Today, those residency tests have morphed into citizenship tests, the primary purpose of which is as before: To deny anyone of color, the right to vote.

Blacks even were denied the right to be jurors, because they weren’t “qualified,” so every facet of Southern law was tilted against them.

As blacks were denied the vote, they also were denied representation, so all the national Southern votes went to the then dominant party, the Democrats. In the South, there virtually were no Republican Senators, Representatives, Governors, Mayors, Sheriffs, Judges — it was all Democrats all the time. It was known as the “solid South.”

Because Democrats seldom lost Southern elections, the incumbents controlled the gerrymandering that solidified their positions. This gave them seniority, not only in local and state politics, but in the national arena, where Chairmanships of important Congressional committees were held largely by Southerners.

And all of this enormous political power had its beginnings, and its ongoing expansion, with wall-to-wall racial bigotry.

Then, in the late 1940’s, the Democrats began to adopt some measure of morality, and morality would prove to be their undoing in the South.

President Truman desegregated the Army and the Dixiecrat party was formed, the sole purpose of which was to retain segregation and Jim Crow laws. The Dixiecrats nominated Strom Thurman for president, and he won in South Carolina, Alabama,  Louisiana, and Mississippi.

After Democrat Lyndon Johnson passed many civil rights laws, Thurman became a Republican.

And then came Richard Nixon and the “Southern Strategy,” as cynical a political strategy as ever has been devised. Here is the summary of the strategy, in the words of the man who popularized the term, political advisor, Kevin Phillips:

“From now on, the Republicans are never going to get more than 10 to 20 percent of the Negro vote and they don’t need any more than that…but Republicans would be shortsighted if they weakened enforcement of the Voting Rights Act.

“The more Negroes who register as Democrats in the South, the sooner the Negrophobe whites will quit the Democrats and become Republicans.”

“That’s where the votes are. Without that prodding from the blacks, the whites will backslide into their old comfortable arrangement with the local Democrats.”

To appeal to Southern whites, Nixon pushed two philosophies, “law and order” and “states rights,” which remain popular excuses, today.

“Law and order” were the code words that brought into existence the notorious Southern Sheriffs, in the Joe Arpaio mold. The sole purpose had nothing to do with “law” or with “order,” but rather was to keep the blacks frightened and powerless.

“States rights” were the code words used by the Southern states to tell the federal government, “Don’t interfere with our version of bigoted “law and order.”

After Nixon, no Northerner has won the Presidency . . . until our first 1/2 black President, Barack Obama.

And that is the 2nd part of our story.

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2012 Presidential Election of Obama

In his first Presidential election, Obama won 68% of the electoral votes. In his second election, Obama won 62% of the electoral votes.

Both were resounding victories, yet in neither case did he win in any Southern state, except Florida.

Remember the description of the Southern Strategy:

“The more Negroes who register as Democrats in the South, the sooner the Negrophobe whites will quit the Democrats and become Republicans. That’s where the votes are. Without that prodding from the blacks, the whites will backslide into their old comfortable arrangement with the local Democrats.”

Obama proved to be the ultimate “prodding from the blacks.” His black face created terror in the minds of whites who already were predisposed to hate or fear blacks.

Though Obama won his second election (by a much smaller margin than the first), he was a special case of a charismatic, only 1/2 black, great speaker with a terrific election committee, and uncharismatic opponents.

And he was unable to extend his election success to the rest of the Democratic party.

The Democratic Party suffered huge losses at every level during Obama’s West Wing tenure. The grand total: a net loss of 1,042 state and federal Democratic posts, including congressional and state legislative seats. Democratic governorships also became a rarity during this eight-year period, slipping from 28 to 16.

Then came Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump: This essentially was a fact-free election, based solely on emotions.

She, an uncharismatic female, a poor speaker and a with a seemingly clueless election committee. He, a charismatic, male TV star and an excellent speaker who used mass meetings as his “election committee.”

Clinton campaigned on intellectual ideas and on herself: HER experience and HER being able to make history as the first female President and HER inheriting the Obama legacy.

But while the man, Obama, was much loved, at least in most quarters, his legacy was minimal. Ask people today what he accomplished and they might say, “Obamacare,” (to which, in truth, he contributed little. The Democratic Congress did all the work).

Others might include the recovery from the “Great Recession,” and the “worst” ones (from the standpoint of the “Southern Strategy) were the rights he gave to gays and immigrants. These latter, along with his skin color, energized the unfortunately-large bigot community of America. 

Trump campaigned on viscerals and you: YOUR fears and YOUR hatreds.

Trump said, “I’m going to protect YOU from blacks, browns, gays, foreigners, Muslims and people who will take away the guns YOU need for your protection.”

Today, the Republicans continue to rely on the “Southern Strategy,” nationally. And it works on a public made frightened.

There was a time when the phrase, “It’s the economy, stupid,” was considered the holy script to election success. But no more.  Now, “It’s beware of THEM, and kill THEM,” with “them” including all those who are not white, straight, and citizens.

He is a compulsive liar who has changed his positions on dozens of issues.

Once, being a “flip-flopper” was the formula for public ridicule and political defeat.  By that history, Trump should have zero followers.  He is a compulsive liar, and there were at least 141 Stances Trump Took During His White House Bid) :

–19 contradictory positions on immigration and his wall,
–4 contradictory positions on undocumented children of immigrants,
–16 positions on banning Muslims,
–5 different positions on H1-B visas (for highly skilled workers),
–4 different positions on border control,
–9 different positions on how to defeat ISIS,
–7 separate positions on gun-free zones,
–2 opposing positions on nuclear first-strike,
–8 different positions on minimum wage,
–7 contradictory positions on tax reduction,
–4 opposing positions on climate change,
–8 different opinions about what to do with the national debt,
–4 opposing opinions about abortion,
–9 different comments about Obama’s citizenship,
–2 opposing comments about voting for the Iraqi war,
–5 different opinions about the Libya intervention,
–2 opposing positions on whether Japan should have nukes
–3 opposing positions about accepting political donations
–3 different opinions about military torture
–3 different comments about his relationship with David Duke
–2 opposing positions regarding the Iran nuclear deal
–5 opposing positions regarding Obamacare (also his vow to sign any R&R law)
–8 different positions about whether the election was “rigged”
–3 different promises about accepting the results of the election

And then there’s this:

Over the course of just one day, President Trump declared different positions than he took during the campaign on four issues.

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal and at a press conference on Wednesday, President Trump declared that China is not a currency manipulator, entertained the possibility of re-appointing Janet Yellen as chair of the Federal Reserve, asserted that NATO is a relevant alliance and expressed a favorable view of the Export-Import Bank.

None of it matters.

The GOP spent seven years and 50+ votes trying to “Repeal & Replace” ACA, without even having a replacement plan, and then in the 8th year, they proposed several replacement plans that would have disenfranchised millions. In years past, this alone would logically have destroyed them as a party. It did not.

In years past, this incompetence alone would have destroyed them as a party. It did not.

Now, the GOP is proposing tax “reform,” that despite denials, undoubtedly will benefit the rich far more than it helps the rest of us. In all likelihood, this disparity will not cost them any seats in Congress.

To the electorate, it’s not the most important issue.

Having no consistent position, and especially no position that benefits 99% of the electorate, logically would prevent the people from aligning themselves with Trump and/or the GOP.

But the electorate is not moved by logic. The GOP politics of fear and hatred, and the adoption of bigotry and a prime directive, has remained consistent. And that is the real GOP power.

For much of the rest of the country, race is a top-three importance issue. For the South, it is the only issue.

Fear and hatred, our hottest emotions, defeat cold truth and logic. Every dictator in history has known this.

No, President Clinton, it isn’t “the economy, stupid.”

It’s fear hatred, stupid.

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

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The single most important problems in economics involve the excessive income/wealth/power Gaps between the have-mores and the have-less.

Wide Gaps negatively affect poverty, health and longevity, education, housing, law and crime, war, leadership, ownership, bigotry, supply and demand, taxation, GDP, international relations, scientific advancement, the environment, human motivation and well-being, and virtually every other issue in economics.

Implementation of The Ten Steps To Prosperity can narrow the Gaps:

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 can afford better health care than can 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 A MONTHLY ECONOMIC BONUS TO EVERY MAN, WOMAN AND CHILD IN AMERICA (similar to Social Security for All) (The JG (Jobs Guarantee) vs the GI (Guaranteed Income) vs the EB (Economic Bonus)) 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 EVERYONE Five 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 benefitting 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 FEDERAL TAXES ON BUSINESS
Businesses are dollar-transferring machines. They transfer dollars from customers to employees, suppliers, shareholders and the federal government (the later having no use for those dollars). Any tax on businesses reduces the amount going to employees, suppliers and shareholders, which diminishes the economy. Ultimately, all business taxes reduce 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 business taxes would be a 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.

MONETARY SOVEREIGNTY

The ignorance of the oppressed and the treachery of their leaders Tuesday, Mar 21 2017 

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

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It takes only two things to keep people in chains: The ignorance of the oppressed and the treachery of their leaders..
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Keeping the populace in chains is a cooperative effort. It requires both the ignorance of the people and the treachery of their leaders. If either one of those is missing, ignorance or treachery, the people will be free.

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Even the most treacherous leaders can’t enslave the populace if the people are knowledgeable and not easily led.

And if the leaders are honest and sincere, those leaders will not enslave even the most naive public.

Today, we see an example of both public ignorance and treacherous leaders:

GOP health plan would cost Mass. at least $1b, Baker says

The Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act would cost Massachusetts at least $1 billion in reduced federal aid, beginning in 2020, and even more in the future, according to Republican Governor Charlie Baker.

“Overall, our analysis indicates that the [bill] would increasingly strain the fiscal resources necessary to support the Commonwealth’s continued commitment to universal health care coverage,” the Republican governor said.

Baker said that his administration estimated that the revenue hit would be at least $1 billion in 2020, $1.3 billion in 2021, and $1.5 billion in 2022, with an even higher impact in the following years.

Congressional Republicans are hoping to ram through the new bill, titled the American Health Care Act, in a vote on Thursday.

The treachery comes from the Republicans and to a lesser degree, from the Democrats. Both parties subscribe to the myths that the federal government is running short of dollars and that the American people have an overabundance of dollars.

The government supposedly must save money at the expense of the people.

The result was the ACA (“Obamacare”), with benefits limited by the above myth. It is a program that asks the populace to pay for health care, though our Monetarily Sovereign government, which can spend infinite dollars, easily could and should.

But then comes the much worse AHCA (“Trumpcare”) plan the cuts the federal government’s costs by taking health care from the poorest among us and by shifting the tax burden from the rich to the rest.

By ignorance of facts, the “99%” is being cheated. The people believe these four myths:

  1. The federal government is running short of dollars, but the people and the states have plenty of money.
  2. Taxpayers fund federal spending.
  3. Federal spending is “big government socialism”that leads to hyper-inflation
  4. State government financial support is preferable to federal support.

Ignorant people do not understand the following truths:

  1. Our federal government cannot run short of dollars, but we the people can.
  2. Neither the debt nor deficits are a burden on taxpayers or on the federal government
  3. Federal health care support for all Americans would benefit all Americans, and
  4. Standing by while the poor are enslaved will lead to the enslavement of us all.

It doesn’t require much intelligence to see that the Republican plan is inferior even to the ACA, which itself is far from perfect. It doesn’t take much intelligence to understand that:

The Republicans have only two reasons for their ACA replacement: To widen the Gap between the rich and the rest, and to do anything, no matter how awful, that is anti-Obama.

But even that minimal amount of knowledge seems to be lacking, today.

Thus, we have a President who feels no shame in tweeting contradictory claims and then denying them all. He feels no shame because he knows his followers will agree with anything he says, even if it goes against their own best interests.

By appealing to our ignorance, our fear, our hatred, our bigotry and selfishness, and our contempt for those who are poorer or powerless —  Donald Trump has betrayed those who believed in him.

Willingly, the ignorant will allow him to enslave them.

A knowledgeable populace would understand that a federally supported Medicare for every man, woman, and child not only is affordable, but would benefit all of America. Rather than using its intellect, the populace has been overwhelmed with negative biases.

To paraphrase Martin Niemöller 

First, they came for the immigrants, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not an immigrant.

Then they came for the poor, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not poor.

Then they came for the Muslims, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not Muslim.

Then they came for me—and there was no one to speak for me.

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Yes, you!

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If you do not speak out against Trump and today’s cruel brand of conservativism, then you are complicit, and one day soon, you too will feel the lash of slavery.

If you think you are immune, you are wrong.

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Only two things can put you in chains: Your ignorance of the facts and the treachery of your leaders. You have the power to prevent it.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty

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The single most important problems in economics involve the excessive income/wealth/power Gaps between the have-mores and the have-less.

Wide Gaps negatively affect poverty, health and longevity, education, housing, law and crime, war, leadership, ownership, bigotry, supply and demand, taxation, GDP, international relations, scientific advancement, the environment, human motivation and well-being, and virtually every other issue in economics.

Implementation of The Ten Steps To Prosperity can narrow the Gaps:

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 can afford better health care than can 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 A MONTHLY ECONOMIC BONUS TO EVERY MAN, WOMAN AND CHILD IN AMERICA (similar to Social Security for All) (The JG (Jobs Guarantee) vs the GI (Guaranteed Income) vs the EB (Guaranteed Income)) 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 EVERYONE Five 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 benefitting 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 FEDERAL TAXES ON BUSINESS
Businesses are dollar-transferring machines. They transfer dollars from customers to employees, suppliers, shareholders and the federal government (the later having no use for those dollars). Any tax on businesses reduces the amount going to employees, suppliers and shareholders, which diminishes the economy. Ultimately, all business taxes reduce 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 business taxes would be a 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.

What is the real reason the Republicans hate Obamacare? Monday, Mar 6 2017 

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

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It takes only two things to keep people in chains: The ignorance of the oppressed and the treachery of their leaders..
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The Republican party hates Obamacare (ACA). That much is abundantly clear. But why?

For seven years and seventy votes, the Republicans have done everything in their power to “repeal and replace.” But what do they hate about the program?

Is it just the name “Obamacare”? (If so, they should refer to it as “Romneycare,” since that is a more accurate appellation.)

Or are there certain features they would like to change?

Here is the answer, exposed in some excerpts from a Chicago Tribune article:

Chicago Tribune, March 6, 2007
Plan to dismantle ACA begins to take shape
By Noam N. Levey and Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON — House Republicans are readying an ambitious push this week to begin moving legislation to replace major parts of the Affordable Care Act, a crucial test of their ability to fulfill one of their party’s main campaign promises.

The plan marks the first time GOP lawmakers will do this since the law was enacted seven years ago.

The legislation could affect health insurance for tens of millions of Americans — not only those with coverage under the ACA, but also people with employer-provided insurance and Medicaid.

That was your first clue. What is the commonality among those with ACA, those who rely on employer-provided insurance and those with Medicaid?

The House legislation — which was being finalized over the weekend, according to GOP officials — aims to fundamentally restructure the system that the ACA created, which has extended health coverage to more than 20 million previously uninsured Americans.

GOP plans call for scrapping insurance marketplaces that require insurers to offer a basic set of benefits and that provide government subsidies to help low- and moderate-income Americans who don’t get health benefits at work to buy health plans.

Are you starting to see a pattern?

Republican legislation would create a new system of subsidies that are linked to consumers’ age, rather than their income, according to leaked drafts. That would make insurance harder to buy for millions of Americans, especially low-income working people, outside analyses suggest.

Getting the picture?

GOP leaders would eliminate taxes that have helped offset the cost of the ACA’s coverage expansion, including taxes on medical device-makers and insurance companies and on households making more than $250,000 a year.

Instead, Republicans are proposing to tax the health insurance that employers provide their workers. Employer-provided benefits are tax-free. The change could cause the price of insurance that many Americans get on the job to go up.

The House plan would phase out hundreds of billions of dollars in federal aid that has allowed many states to expand their Medicaid programs to millions more poor Americans.

House Republicans also want to give states more flexibility to reshape their Medicaid programs, allowing states to potentially limit benefits or require poor patients to pay more for their medical care.

House Republicans have proposed to allow insurers to charge higher premiums to those who let their policies lapse.

Leading conservatives in the House and Senate have said they will oppose legislation that does not fully repeal the ACA.

Yes, it is clear. The one thing the Republicans hate most about ACA is not the name or any single factor. They hate helping the middle-classes and the poor.

The “party-of-the-rich” knows that ACA helps narrow the Gap between the rich and the rest. (Without the Gap, no one would be rich — we all would be the same — and the wider the Gap, the richer they are. The primary goal of the rich is to widen the Gap.)

And that is why the Republicans are salivating like rabid dogs to get rid of a program that helps narrow the Gap. (They similarly would like to cut Social Security and Medicare, under the pretext that the government can’t afford them.)Image result for trump crowd

Visualize now, those crowds at now-President Trump’s campaign speeches. Visualize their wide-eyed passion for the man who would save them from the “establishment” and who would “drain the swamp.” Who are those people? Are they the rich or the rest?

They are the ones who elected Trump, and now ironically, they are the ones who will be hurt most by “repeal and replace.”

To borrow Trump’s favorite twitter word, “Sad.”

In truth, ACA is a complex, convoluted, Rube Goldbergian program. It was made so because of belief in The Big Lie that federal taxes are necessary to pay for federal spending, and that low deficits benefit the economy.

(Unlike state and local governments, our federal government is Monetarily Sovereign, meaning it never can run short of its own sovereign currency, and it creates dollars ad hoc, whenever it spends. Thus, federal deficits grow the economy.)

Yes, the jury-rigged ACA should be replaced, but not in the way the “party-of-the-rich” proposes. ACA should be replaced by Step #2 of the Ten Steps to Prosperity (below): FEDERALLY FUNDED MEDICARE — PARTS A, B & D, PLUS LONG TERM CARE — FOR EVERYONE 

That would provide medical care for every man, woman, and child in America, at zero cost to anyone. Medically, it would put the rich and the rest of us on a par.

It’s not what the Republicans want.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty

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The single most important problems in economics involve the excessive income/wealth/power Gaps between the have-mores and the have-less.

Wide Gaps negatively affect poverty, health and longevity, education, housing, law and crime, war, leadership, ownership, bigotry, supply and demand, taxation, GDP, international relations, scientific advancement, the environment, human motivation and well-being, and virtually every other issue in economics.

Implementation of The Ten Steps To Prosperity can narrow the Gaps:

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 can afford better health care than can 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 A MONTHLY ECONOMIC BONUS TO EVERY MAN, WOMAN AND CHILD IN AMERICA (similar to Social Security for All) (The JG (Jobs Guarantee) vs the GI (Guaranteed Income) vs the EB (Guaranteed Income)) 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 EVERYONE Five 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 benefitting 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 FEDERAL TAXES ON BUSINESS
Businesses are dollar-transferring machines. They transfer dollars from customers to employees, suppliers, shareholders and the federal government (the later having no use for those dollars). Any tax on businesses reduces the amount going to employees, suppliers and shareholders, which diminishes the economy. Ultimately, all business taxes reduce 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 business taxes would be a 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.

MONETARY SOVEREIGNTY

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

The single most important problems in economics involve the excessive income/wealth/power Gaps between the have-mores and the have-less.

Wide Gaps negatively affect poverty, health and longevity, education, housing, law and crime, war, leadership, ownership, bigotry, supply and demand, taxation, GDP, international relations, scientific advancement, the environment, human motivation and well-being, and virtually every other issue in economics.

Implementation of The Ten Steps To Prosperity can narrow the Gaps:

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 can afford better health care than can 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 A MONTHLY ECONOMIC BONUS TO EVERY MAN, WOMAN AND CHILD IN AMERICA (similar to Social Security for All) (The JG (Jobs Guarantee) vs the GI (Guaranteed Income) vs the EB (Guaranteed Income)) 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 EVERYONE Five 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 benefitting 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 FEDERAL TAXES ON BUSINESS
Businesses are dollar-transferring machines. They transfer dollars from customers to employees, suppliers, shareholders and the federal government (the later having no use for those dollars). Any tax on businesses reduces the amount going to employees, suppliers and shareholders, which diminishes the economy. Ultimately, all business taxes reduce 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 business taxes would be a 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.

MONETARY SOVEREIGNTY

–Republicans fall into Obama trap Thursday, Apr 1 2010 

An alternative to popular faith

04/01/10: (AP) “GOP wary of health law repeal push in fall races”

You read it here, “Republicans are on the wrong side of history.” (Sabotaging health care, March 24, 2010).

As I’ve told you, historically I’ve voted for Republicans, because I’ve felt they better understood the economy. Though they never have been leaders for social improvements, whether Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare or human rights, they traditionally have been strong for business, which benefits everyone. Though they always have had to be dragged, kicking and screaming, into anything that smacks of human benefits for the less fortunate, at least a strong minority of Republicans did participate in passing these major intitiatives.

Not this time. An astounding 100% toed the party line. As if that weren’t bad enough, after the vote they all picked up the right-wing mantra, “repeal and replace.” What a horrible, self-destructive plan.

First, repeal isn’t going to happen. As more people see what they receive from the program, they will be less likely to want to give it up. And many of these perks are quite attractive: Millions more people covered, restrictions on dropping people from coverage, no pre-existing health declinations, ability to change jobs without losing your insurance. Even the insurance industry will begin to like it, because they won’t have to spend millions evaluating for pre-existing conditions.

Second, because repeal isn’t going to happen, those voters calling for repeal will become disillusioned with the Republican party for failing to fulfill its pledge. In short, the Republicans will disappoint everyone.

Make no mistake. That 100% vote was an unmitigated disaster, compounded by the failure of Republican leadership to understand what has happened. If each Republican had voted his/her conscience and beliefs, some could have voted for the program “with misgivings,” and the party would have been able to claim it “participated” in one of the great movements in American history.

Instead, for many years and many elections, well into the future, Democrats will be able to throw this in Republican faces — “the party that voted against health care.” The Republican party, by pandering to the extreme right, has positioned itself as a fringe party, left behind in the social march to the future.

And this I regret most. We need the Republican support of business. The Democrats, left to their own whims, will tax, tax, tax, especially business and wealthier Americans, the very ones who supply employment for all and make our economy grow. A one-party Congress will hurt America.

I curse the Republican leaders, who have fallen into Obama’s trap. (As I write this, here arrives yet another “repeal and replace” letter from John McCain.) This Grand Old Party has been McCained, Palined and Fox Newsed into believed and following the strident voices of the religious right.

Remember this Republicans: Those voices may be loud, but they each carry only one vote, just like the more numerous moderate voices. It’s too late to undo that shameful 100% vote, but now is the time to move away from “the party of ‘No.” to the party of progress.

First step: Disavow the McCains, the Palins and the Fox News right-wing panderers. Go to your strength, which is business and jobs. Teach voters that strong business means employment, and employment means wealth. Teach America you know the path to the American dream.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
http://www.rodgermitchell.com

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