Yet another article that relies on you being ignorant about federal finances and Social Security Sunday, Mar 11 2018 

It takes only two things to keep people in chains:

The ignorance of the oppressed
and the treachery of their leaders.


Let us begin with three, very simple, related facts:

  1. It is 100% impossible for the U.S. federal government to run short of dollars unless the President and Congress want it to.
  2. Thus, it is 100% impossible for any federal agency to run short of dollars unless the President and Congress want it to.
  3. Social Security is a federal agency.


Social Security cannot run short of dollars unless the President and Congress want it to.

Image result for crocodile tearsIgnore all the crocodile tears about the Social Security “trust fund” running short of money.

Or, there not being enough FICA dollars to pay for future retirees.

Or, the “need” to cut benefits to certain groups, or to tax benefits to other groups.

They are all lies, there is no better way to say it — lies — designed to make you accept fewer benefit dollars, while the rich continue to grab more.

What set me off is the following Motley Fool article, that simply is loaded with the above-mentioned lies.

Will This New Social Security Proposal Gain Traction in Congress?
With Social Security facing a $12.5 trillion cash shortfall, this proposal aims to generate more revenue and reward those disadvantaged by the program.
By: Sean Williams  Mar 10, 2018

Social Security, arguably the most important program in the country as more than 42 million retired workers receive a monthly payout, is in trouble.

Yes, Social Security indeed is in trouble, but not because of any shortfall in cash. Rather trouble lurks because the President and Congress want to screw you, on behalf of the rich, who run this country.

According to the 2017 report from the Social Security Board of Trustees, Social Security is expected to begin paying out more in benefits than it’s generating in revenue by 2022.

Just 12 years later, in 2034, the roughly $3 trillion in excess cash held by the program is forecast to be completely gone.

Based on the current payout trajectory, there’ll be an estimated $12.5 trillion budget shortfall between 2034 and 2091.

All of the above nonsense would be true if Social Security were a private enterprise, owned and operated by a private company — a monetarily non-sovereign company.

But it is absurd nonsense when describing an agency owned an operated by the United States government — a uniquely Monetarily Sovereign entity.

The federal government created from thin air, the laws that in turn created the very first dollars, also out of thin air. Today, it continues to own the laws that allow it to create dollars at will, simply by paying bills.

For that reason, the federal government needs no “revenue.” It always pays its bills by creating new dollars.

Think about this for a moment:

Federal spending has risen 37,500% (from $40 billion to $15 trillion) since 1940. Where did the $14, 960,000,000 additional dollars come from?

They can’t have come from federal borrowing. Where would those borrowed dollars have come from?

And the new dollars can’t have come from taxes. Tax dollars already exist.

Dollars are created in two ways and destroyed in two ways:

Created: Lenders create new dollars when they lend, and the federal government creates new dollars when it spends.

Destroyed: Dollars are destroyed when loans are paid down, and when the federal government collects taxes.

When the federal government pays an invoice, it sends instructions (in the form of a check or wire) to the creditor’s bank, instructing the bank to increase the balance in the creditor’s checking account.

The instant the creditor’s bank does as instructed, new dollars are added to the nation’s money supply. Thus, because the federal government creates dollars by spending, it never can run short of dollars.

This shortfall has a lot of people, including working Americans, pre-retirees, retired workers, people with disabilities, and survivors, very concerned.

Americans are concerned because writers like Sean Williams tell them to be concerned. The people seldom are told the facts, so in the absence of facts, the people believe the lies.

There’s good reason for that, as 62% of today’s retirees lean on Social Security for at least half of their monthly income, and a majority of future retirees are expected to rely on the program in some capacity to make ends meet.

Yet, the trustees’ report suggests that benefits could be cut across the board by up to 23% in order to preserve the solvency of the program through 2091.

How sweet. The people desperately need Social Security, while the lying politicians prepare excuses for cutting this already insufficient lifeline.

What sort of cruel minds would find this acceptable?

The silver lining is that Social Security can’t go bankrupt as a result of the payroll tax, which provides the bulk of its funding; but that doesn’t mean the current payout schedule is sustainable.

A lie. Social Security payouts are infinitely sustainable. The pols and the rich don’t want you to know that the federal government never can run short of its own sovereign currency — the currency it originally created by writing laws.

The only option for current and future retirees to avoid having their Social Security benefits slashed is through congressional action.

Yes, Congress and the President can set Social Security benefits and FICA taxes at any levels they choose. The first step should be to eliminate the FICA tax altogether, while increasing benefits.

Lawmakers in Washington, D.C., certainly aren’t denying that a problem exists. Unfortunately, they’ve been unable to come to an amicable solution.

However, a new Social Security proposal, laid out last week by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), is aiming to change that.

They are “unable” to come up with an “amicable” solution (i.e. a solution that would be approved by rich donors), simply because they don’t want a real solution.

They only want a “solution” that will further widen the Gap between the rich and the rest, exactly what their rich donors tell them to do.

Known as the Stronger Safety Net (SSN) Act, Murray’s proposal aims to modernize the 83-year-old program for women, children, people with disabilities, and survivors, while at the same time having those who can afford to pay more cover the long-term funding gap in the program.

“Modernize” is one of those deceptive words, like “reform” that implies improvement but actually means nothing.

Making anyone pay more does absolutely nothing to “cover the long-term funding gap.” It takes dollars from the private sector (aka, the economy), which is recessive.

The SSN Act has four key proposals.

1. Divorced people over 62 who were married for at least five years would qualify, with a 10% step-down for each year below 10. A divorced person who was married for seven years would have a maximum spousal benefit of 70%, whereas someone who was married for nine years could max out at 90%.

Women often take care of children or loved ones who are sick. This means they take time out of the labor force, which can reduce their lifetime earnings and retirement benefit.

All this cockamamie rejiggering is “necessary” because of the myth that FICA pays for benefits and dollars are limited. The entire problem could be solved by simply giving every recipient the same, more-generous benefit. (See: Ten Steps to Prosperity: Step 3: Monthly bonuses for all)

2. Establish an alternative benefit for the surviving spouse where both husband and wife are retired workers.

The surviving spouse would be entitled to 75% of the sum of the survivor’s own work benefit and the primary insurance amount of the deceased spouse. This alternative benefit would be paid if it’s higher than what survivors would receive under the current law, and would begin in 2019.

More cockamamie rejiggering. Who could understand such nonsense, much less justify it? 

The process resembles trying to feed a hundred people from one potato, by cutting the potato into a thousand pieces.

3. Under the current system, minor children have to be under the age of 18, or high school students under the age of 19, to qualify for benefits. But beginning in 2019, full-time students up to the age of 23 of retired, disabled, or deceased workers would be eligible to receive benefits.

Why age 18? 19? 23? Murray has no idea. It’s a complexity no one understands and no one needs.

Which leads us to this:

4. The SSN Act seeks to generate additional revenue for the Social Security Trust by imposing a 2% payroll tax on earned income in excess of $400,000. The current payroll tax of 12.4% does not apply to any income above $128,400.

The mythical Social Security “Trust Fund” doesn’t need additional revenue, especially since it is an accounting deception.

A Monetarily Sovereign nation can add to or subtract from any so-called “trust fund” at will. It’s all hocus pocus, smoke and mirrors, to make you believe the government can’t afford your benefits.

That said, taxing the rich to narrow the Gap between the rich and the rest is a good idea, even though those tax dollars disappear from the money supply.

The single most important problem in our economy and the world’s economies is the large and growing Gap between the rich and the rest.

I know what you’re probably thinking: “The rich aren’t reliant on Social Security, so they should pay extra tax to shore up the Social Security Trust.”

However, the $128,400 figure in 2018 — exists because there’s also a maximum monthly payout at full retirement age. It’s not “fair” to add a 2% payroll tax to an extra, say, $5 million in income if that individual won’t see an extra cent in Social Security benefits.

That’s not what I’m thinking. I’m thinking:

  1. The mythical “Trust Fund” doesn’t need “shoring up.” It needs to be eliminated as an excuse for not paying benefits.
  2. The government should increase benefits
  3. The benefits should be paid to every man, woman, and child in America.
  4. Taxing the rich more would narrow the Gap and benefit America (See: Ten Steps to Prosperity: Step 8: Tax the very rich more (dictatorship warning)

It’s unlikely that Republicans would go along with such a measure, and their votes will be needed in the Senate to pass the SSN Act.

I may be wrong, but I do not remember the Republican Party (the party of the rich) passing any legislation that was not designed to widen the Gap.

Undoubtedly, you have been told that Social Security (or Medicare, for that matter) will soon run short of money, and the “trust fund” will be empty.

And undoubtedly, you have been told your taxes must be increased and/or your benefits must be decreased.

And you will hear it from reliable sources with impeccable credentials:

The politicians, who have been bribed with campaign contributions and promises of lucrative employment when they leave office.

And the economists who have been bribed with university contributions and lucrative jobs with think tanks.

And the media, who are owned by the rich and have been bribed with advertising dollars.

It all is a lie, the biggest lie in economics. It is The Big Lie. So, next time you hear it, contact the liars and tell them you know: It’s a damnable lie paid for by the rich to widen the Gap between the rich and you.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty
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The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.



–Which stinking liars are stealing your children’s Social Security and Medicare? Sunday, Aug 2 2015 

Twitter: @rodgermitchell; Search #monetarysovereignty
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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. .
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..


Virtually all politicians are liars, as are some journalists and economists — but the scummiest low-life liars of all are the people who tell you Social Security and Medicare are running short of money and the “solution” is to cut benefits and/or increase taxes.

These people should be skinned alive, boiled and salted, after which painful things should be done to them.

They are paid by, and do the bidding of, the rich and powerful, to hurt the weak and powerless.

“Rich” is a comparative term. The Gap between the rich and the rest, is what makes the rich rich. Without the Gap, no one would be rich, and the wider the Gap, the richer they are.

So, it is a prime goal of the rich to widen the Gap by impoverishing the rest of us. And virtually all politicians, some writers, and some economists are only too happy to oblige the rich.

Who’s Ready for a 10% Cut to Their Social Security Benefits?
By Sean Williams, August 2, 2015

The Social Security program is designed to replace about 40% of a workers’ income.

In reality, though, nearly half of all unmarried elderly beneficiaries get 90% of more of their income from Social Security. The thought of tinkering with benefits is equally worrisome for baby boomers nearing or just entering retirement. Many were clobbered by the Great Recession, and a good chunk could be entering retirement with an inadequate amount of savings.

The Social Security program, however, isn’t in great shape. The Old-Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance Trust, or collectively the OASDI, is slated to burn through its remaining cash reserves by 2033.

If Congress can’t come to a long-term solution that involves raising additional revenue and/or cutting expenses, benefits for eligible beneficiaries will be cut by 23%.

If Social Security were a privately run program or a local government-run program, the above paragraph could be true. The program could “burn through cash reserves,” and the solution would be to”raise additional revenue or cut expenses and benefits.

But Social Security is a federally-run program, and unlike you and me and local governments, the federal government never can run short of dollars.

The author of the article, Sean Williams, is telling a great, big, fat lie, when he says, “If Congress can’t come to a long-term solution that involves raising additional revenue and/or cutting expenses, benefits for eligible beneficiaries will be cut by 23%.

Not that Congress won’t continue cutting benefits, as it already has been. But the point is, Congress doesn’t need to cut benefits.

In fact, even if FICA, the tax that supposedly funds Social Security, were cut to $0, Social Security could continue paying benefits forever — even increase benefits forever.

According to Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie, we need to make some pretty radical reforms to the entitlement program.

Christie’s recommendation to fix Social Security, like many before it, focuses on the coming generations to receive Social Security benefits and not on current retirees.

Thus, if you’re already receiving benefits, you can breathe a bit easier.

Yes, you can breathe easier, if you don’t give a damn about your children and grandchildren. Just sit back, and watch the politicians cut their benefits and increase their taxes.

Christie would like to see the full retirement age moved from age 67 to 69. He also wants to enact a raise to the minimum age at which retirees can claim benefits from age 62 to age 64.

It’s called the “work-until-you-drop (if you even can find a job at that age)” plan.

Christie’s proposal may coerce pre-retirees and Generation X to work longer, which makes sense given that we’re living longer than ever.

Sure it makes sense to the Party of the Rich. You are not rich, therefore you are a lazy good-for-nothing, who needs to be coerced to work and work and work. Heaven forbid you might enjoy a longer retirement.

In the eyes of the rich, only rich people are not lazy, so they deserve the enjoyment of a longer retirement. Not you.

Instead, you middle-class people, having been granted longer lives, are told you should be delighted to search for jobs and to labor those extra years. Strangely, most not-rich people believe it.

But Christie’s proposal also has adverse effects. It turns out that raising the retirement age could be very bad news for the nation’s poorest citizens who rely on Social Security income in their golden years.

But really, who cares about them, so long as the rich (courtesy of the right wing Supreme Court) legally are able to bribe politicians like Christie, to lie about Social Security?

As The Washington Post reports, lifetime Social Security benefits can often reflect a person’s socioeconomic status. The poorest Americans often lack access to adequate nutrition and healthcare, while the richest Americans have ample access to medical care and can make healthier food choices.

So, cutting Social Security benefits and Medicare benefits, while raising taxes, are exactly what the wealthiest nation on earth should be doing to your children and grandchildren. Right?

According to The Washington Post, which conducted an informal study last year that allowed online respondents to select which of 12 methods they’d support to fix Social Security (respondents could select all that appealed to them), boosting the earnings cap on the payroll tax proved to be by far the most popular fix.

The 12 options are:

Cut benefits across the board today (100%)
Raise the full retirement age (20%)
Freeze the purchasing power of benefits (95%)
Freeze benefits on a sliding scale (55%)
Change the cost-of-living adjustment (20%)
Do nothing (but cut benefits when the Trust Fund reserves are gone) (100%)
Increase the payroll tax on everyone today (100%)
Raise the earnings cap (30%)
Use the estate tax to tax health benefits (35%)
Transfer start-up costs to general revenues (100%)
Raise the return on assets by investing in the stock market (20%)
Do nothing (but raise taxes when the Trust Fund reserves are gone) (100%)

Could a survey be any phonier?

It provides 12 so-called “options,” all of which boil down to “cut benefits and/or increase taxes,” while leaving out the one true option: The federal government should pay for Social Security and Medicare. Period.

Here is what Sean Williams and all the politicians who want to cut benefits and increase taxes don’t tell you: FEDERAL TAXES DO NOT FUND FEDERAL SPENDING FICA doesn’t fund Social Security and Medicare.

President Roosevelt, who originated Social Security knew FICA was not necessary. He created FICA only to prevent politicians from eliminating the program, not to pay for the program.
fre are running out of money?


The answer: The rich don’t want the White House the Supreme Court and Congress to run out of money, but the rich do want Social Security to run out of money.

By pressing down on middle classes and the poor people’s income, the rich widen the Gap. They make themselves richer by comparison.

Whenever you hear any politician — Christie, Bush, Obama, Boehner et al — or read any article, saying that the Social Security “Trust Fund” is running short of dollars, know this: The speaker or writer is a stinking liar, who has been paid by the rich to take money from your children and grandchildren.

And pay no attention to phony claims that certain increases in FICA also will take money from the rich. The rich aren’t affected by a few dollars taken from salaries.

Many of the rich don’t even earn a salary (Have you ever wondered why FICA only is applied to salaries and not to capital gains?), A few dollars means nothing to the rich — though it can mean quite a lot to the poor and the middle.

Who is stealing your children’s Social Security and Medicare? The scummy, low-life politicians, journalists and economists — and you, if you believe their stinking lies.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty

Ten Steps to Prosperity:
1. Eliminate FICA (Click here)
2. Federally funded Medicare — parts A, B & D plus long term nursing care — for everyone (Click here)
3. Provide an Economic Bonus to every man, woman and child in America, and/or every state a per capita Economic Bonus. (Click here) Or institute a reverse income tax.
4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone. Click here
5. Salary for attending school (Click here)
6. Eliminate corporate taxes (Click here)
7. Increase the standard income tax deduction annually
8. Tax the very rich (.1%) more, with higher, progressive tax rates on all forms of income. (Click here)
9. Federal ownership of all banks (Click here and here)

10. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99% (Click here)

The Ten Steps will add dollars to the economy, stimulate the economy, and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and the rest.

10 Steps to Economic Misery: (Click here:)
1. Maintain or increase the FICA tax..
2. Spread the myth Social Security, Medicare and the U.S. government are insolvent.
3. Cut federal employment in the military, post office, other federal agencies.
4. Broaden the income tax base so more lower income people will pay.
5. Cut financial assistance to the states.
6. Spread the myth federal taxes pay for federal spending.
7. Allow banks to trade for their own accounts; save them when their investments go sour.
8. Never prosecute any banker for criminal activity.
9. Nominate arch conservatives to the Supreme Court.
10. Reduce the federal deficit and debt

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

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.


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