Federal Spending: The myths and the facts. Monday, Feb 10 2020 

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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An article printed in the 2/10/20 Chicago Tribune, by Andrew Taylor, of the Associated Press, demonstrates the disinformation you are being given about our economy.

In this post, we’ll parse the article and comment on each section.

Skepticism and doubts over Trump’s budget plan for ’21
By Andrew Taylor, Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Confronted with trillion-dollar-plus deficits, President Donald Trump is offering a budget plan that rehashes previously rejected spending cuts while leaving Social Security and Medicare benefits untouched.

Trump’s fiscal 2021 budget plan, expected to be released Monday, isn’t likely to generate a serious Washington dialogue about what to do, if anything this election year, about entrenched fiscal problems that have deficits surging despite a healthy economy.

Comment: The federal deficits are economic surpluses; they are dollar additions that are necessary to make the economy grow. Without deficit spending, the economy would not grow, and in fact, it would fall into recession and depression.

The so-called “entrenched fiscal problems” are a widely promulgated myth. The only fiscal problems the U.S. has are the misstatements about the federal deficits and debts.

It was being released on the eve of the New Hampshire primary, a move that minimizes attention.

A blueprint written as if Trump could enact it without congressional approval, the budget proposal relies on rosy economic projections and fanciful claims of future cuts to domestic programs to show that it is possible to bend the deficit curve in the right direction.

As is typical for the Republican party, the spending cuts (which are unnecessary and harmful) would negatively impact programs that benefit lower- and middle-income Americans.

Ironically, these are the GOP base-voters. But they have been so brainwashed by the media, the politicians, and the university economists, that they unintentionally vote against their own best interests.

Why?  They think they are voting against “them” (the poorest and the immigrants), whom they have been taught to hate.

It’s a hatred-seeded vote that boomerangs on the voters.

The reality is that no one — Trump, the Democratic-controlled House or the GOP-held Senate — has any interest in tackling a chronic budget gap that forces the government to borrow 22 cents of every dollar it spends.

Trump’s reelection campaign, meanwhile, is focused on the economy and the historically low jobless rate while ignoring the government’s budget.

The so-called “budget gap” (i.e. the federal deficit) grows the economy. The politicians know this, but pay lip service to claims that federal deficits (economic surpluses) should be avoided as harmful or “unsustainable.”

This disinformation allows the GOP to justify cutting benefits for the non-rich, while increasing benefits to the rich.

The federal government is Monetarily Sovereign, meaning it has the unlimited ability to create U.S. dollars. Therefore, the federal government does not need to borrow, and indeed, does not borrow.

What erroneously is termed “borrowing” actually is the acceptance of deposits into Treasury Security accounts (T-bills, T-notes, T-bonds). The purpose of these securities is not to obtain spending dollars for the federal government (which has unlimited access to dollars) but rather to:

  1. Provide a safe place to stash unused dollars, which helps stabilize the dollar, and
  2. To assist the Fed in controlling interest rates.

These T-securities are paid off every day simply by returning the dollars that were deposited in the accounts. This is no burden on the government or on future taxpayers.

It doesn’t occur to the author, Andrew Taylor, that the “historically low jobless rate,” is in fact related to massive federal deficit spending, which provides dollars to American business, directly and via increased consumer spending.

On Capitol Hill, House Democrats have seen their number of deficit-conscious “Blue Dogs” shrink while the roster of lawmakers favoring costly “Medicare for All” and “Green New Deal” proposals has swelled.

Tea party Republicans have abandoned the cause that defined, at least in part, their successful takeover of the House a decade ago.

Trump has succumbed to the Washington temptation to deliver spending increases and tax cuts first and then deal — or not — with their effect on the deficit.

Trump and key administration figures such as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had promised that Trump’s signature cuts to corporate and individual tax rates would pay for themselves; instead the deficit spiked by more than $300 billion over 2017 to 2019, to nearly $1 trillion.

The “Blue Dog” Democrats and the Tea Party Republicans were misguided and/or deliberately lying about the effects of federal deficits (which grow the economy) and deficit cuts (which lead to recessions and depressions).

Trump has not “succumbed” to anything. He knows that his re-election chances increase if the economy grows, and the economy can grow only if the money supply grows.

That’s the reason why Trump pushes record federal deficits.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is a first-class fabulist. “Pay for themselves” means that tax cuts would actually increase tax collections. If that were true, the tax cuts would not be stimulative. Tax collections remove growth dollars from the economy.

Sadly, “Green New Deal” proposals, to save the world for our grandchildren, are being demeaned by the false belief the federal government can’t afford to pay for them and/or taxpayers will pay.

So the weather grows hotter, while air and water become more polluted, all because of a pernicious myth.

Trump has also signed two broader budget deals worked out by Democrats and Republicans to get rid of spending cuts left over from a failed 2011 budget accord.

The result has been eye-popping spending levels for defense — to about $750 billion this year — and comparable gains for domestic programs favored by Democrats.

The White House hasn’t done much to draw attention to this year’s budget release, though Trump has revealed initiatives of interest to key 2020 battleground states, such as an increase to $250 million to restore Florida’s Everglades and a move to finally abandon a multibillion-dollar, never used, nuclear waste dump that’s political poison in Nevada.

It’s all politics. They talk deficit reduction, to con the voters, but they enact deficit increases to grow the economy, especially in battleground states.

Then they shed crocodile tears about the size of the federal debt.

The White House also leaked word of a $25 billion proposal for “Revitalizing Rural America“ with grants for broadband internet access and other traditional infrastructure projects such as roads and bridges.

The Trump budget also promises a $3 billion increase — to $25 billion — for NASA in hopes of returning astronauts to the moon and on to Mars.

It also is likely to reprise his small-bore infrastructure initiative — proposed in prior years to provide just $200 billion in new federal contributions — while proposing a modest parental leave plan.

The voters love deficit reduction — for other people.

But they love deficit spending in their own back yard for the Internet, roads, bridges, and the always magical return trip to the moon.

Trump took to Twitter on Saturday to promise voters that his budget “will not be touching your Social Security or Medicare” in keeping with his long-standing 2016 campaign promise.

Trump had made a bit of a stir last month at a meeting of global economic elites in Davos, Switzerland, when he told a CNBC interviewer that “at some point” he would consider curbs to popular benefit programs like Medicare and Social Security.

Trump has proposed modest adjustments to eligibility for Social Security disability benefits and he’s proposed cuts to Medicare providers such as hospitals, but the real cost driver of Medicare and Social Security is the ongoing retirement surge of the baby boom-generation and health care costs that continue to outpace inflation.

This is part of the traditional “Talk big cuts, wait for the reaction, then enact small cuts” scam.

The purpose of the scam is to enure voters to a hated idea. Then when actual, smaller cuts are made, the people actually are relieved. “They were talking about stealing a billion from me. But out of compassion, they only stole a few million.”

There is no reason for any cuts. Cuts are harmful to the economy. But the rich who run America, love cuts to programs that benefit the poor.

Now that you’ve seen the myths and the commentary, here is a reminder about the truth:

I. Reduced federal debt growth leads to recessions. Increased federal debt growth cures recessions.

Reductions in federal debt growth (red line) lead to recessions (vertical gray bars). Increases in federal debt growth cure recessions.

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II. Depressions come on the heels of federal surpluses, because federal surpluses take growth dollars out of the economy.

1804-1812: U. S. Federal Debt reduced 48%. Depression began 1807.
1817-1821: U. S. Federal Debt reduced 29%. Depression began 1819.
1823-1836: U. S. Federal Debt reduced 99%. Depression began 1837.
1852-1857: U. S. Federal Debt reduced 59%. Depression began 1857.
1867-1873: U. S. Federal Debt reduced 27%. Depression began 1873.
1880-1893: U. S. Federal Debt reduced 57%. Depression began 1893.
1920-1930: U. S. Federal Debt reduced 36%. Depression began 1929.
1997-2001: U. S. Federal Debt reduced 15%. Recession began 2001.

III. A growing economy requires a growing supply of moneyFederal deficits grow the money supply and the economy.

By definition, a large economy has a larger money supply than does a small economy.

The graph below shows the essentially parallel paths of GDP (blue line) vs. perhaps the most comprehensive measure of the money supply, Domestic Non-Financial Debt (red line):

Gross Domestic Product (GDP — blue line) essentially parallels the money supply (red line).

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

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The most important problems in economics involve:

  1. Monetary Sovereignty describes money creation and destruction.
  2. Gap Psychology describes the common desire to distance oneself from those “below” in any socio-economic ranking, and to come nearer those “above.” The socio-economic distance is referred to as “The Gap.”

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 Monetary Sovereignty and The Ten Steps To Prosperity can grow the economy and narrow the Gaps:

Ten Steps To Prosperity:

1. Eliminate FICA

2. Federally funded Medicare — parts A, B & D, plus long-term care — for everyone

3. Provide a monthly economic bonus to every man, woman and child in America (similar to social security for all)

4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone

5. Salary for attending school

6. Eliminate federal taxes on business

7. Increase the standard income tax deduction, annually. 

8. Tax the very rich (the “.1%”) more, with higher progressive tax rates on all forms of income.

9. Federal ownership of all banks

10. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99.9% 

The Ten Steps will grow the economy and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and the rest.

MONETARY SOVEREIGNTY

Congress re. Medicare and the deficit: The easy we make impossible, but it takes longer Thursday, Aug 1 2019 

We already have created Medicare for seniors. The hard work was accomplished years ago. And in those years since, we have accumulated excellent knowledge in how to run a Medicare program.

Now, to create Medicare for All, we need only to do three simple things:

I. Eliminate FICA
The U.S. federal government is Monetarily Sovereign. It has the unlimited ability to create its sovereign currency, the U.S. dollar.

Unlike state and local governments, the federal government never can run short of dollars. Even if all federal tax collections fell to $0, the federal government could continue spending and paying its bills, forever.

Alan Greenspan: A government cannot become insolvent with respect to obligations in its own currency.”
Ben Bernanke: “The U.S. government has a technology, called a printing press (or, today, its electronic equivalent), that allows it to produce as many U.S. dollars as it wishes at essentially no cost.”
St. Louis Federal Reserve: “As the sole manufacturer of dollars, whose debt is denominated in dollars, the U.S. government can never become insolvent, i.e., unable to pay its bills. In this sense, the government is not dependent on credit markets (borrowing) to remain operational.”

Contrary to the popular myth, FICA does not fund Medicare. The dollars collected for FICA (and indeed, all federal tax dollars) are destroyed by the U.S. Treasury upon receipt.

The federal government creates brand new dollars, each time it pays a creditor.

And lest you believe increased deficit spending (necessitated by the elimination of FICA) would cause inflation, history says that is not so.

Federal deficit spending (red) does not cause inflations (blue)

Most inflations and all hyperinflations have been caused by shortages, (usually shortages of food and/or energy), not by excess money. These shortages often are caused by insufficient federal deficit spending.Image result for german money in a wheelbarrow

The “money-in-a-wheelbarrow” meme demonstrates a government’s response to inflation, not the cause of inflation.

1804-1812: U. S. Federal Debt reduced 48%. Depression began 1807.
1817-1821: U. S. Federal Debt reduced 29%. Depression began 1819.
1823-1836: U. S. Federal Debt reduced 99%. Depression began 1837.
1852-1857: U. S. Federal Debt reduced 59%. Depression began 1857.
1867-1873: U. S. Federal Debt reduced 27%. Depression began 1873.
1880-1893: U. S. Federal Debt reduced 57%. Depression began 1893.
1920-1930: U. S. Federal Debt reduced 36%. Depression began 1929.

II. Expand Medicare to include all age groups. This does not require a fundamental change, but rather an expansion of the already existing program, so that it covers everyone.

III. Make it more inclusive by removing deductibles and covering long-term care. The theoretical purpose of deductibles is to dissuade people from over-using Medicare.

But because Medicare costs taxpayers nothing, even possible over-use would pump growth dollars into the economy — a benefit to all Americans.

Further, long-term care eventually is needed by a high percentage of people, but it is unaffordable for many. Having the federal government pay would remove a great burden from most American families.

I was reminded of the above by the following article that appeared in the 8/1/19 Chicago Tribune (excerpts follow).

Many in GOP-led Senate torn over pact to boost debt limit
By Andrew Taylor Associated Press

WASHINGTON — A hard-won, warts-and-all budget pact between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Donald Trump is facing a key vote in the GOP-held Senate, with many conservatives torn between supporting the president and risking their political brand with an unpopular vote to add $2 trillion or more to the government’s credit card.

Credit cards are, for you and me, a method of short-term borrowing. But unlike you and me, and state/local governments,  the federal government does not borrow.

Given its unlimited ability to create dollars, it has no reason to borrow dollars. What often and misleadingly is termed federal “borrowing,” actually is the acceptance of deposits into Treasury-security (T-bill, T-note, T-bond) accounts.

The federal government, being Monetarily Sovereign has no need for the dollars in those accounts, so does not touch them. Rather, the dollars remain in the accounts until maturity, at which time they, together with interest, are returned to the depositor.

The purposes of T-securities are to:

  1. Provide a safe depository for unused dollars, which stabilizes the dollar, and
  2. Assist the Fed in controlling interest rates.

They do not help the federal government pay its bills.

The Trump-supported legislation backed by the Democratic speaker would stave off a government shutdown and protect budget gains for the Pentagon and popular domestic programs.

It’s attached to a must-do measure to lift the so-called debt limit to permit the government to borrow freely to pay its bills.

The so-called debt limit is akin to burning your wallet to prevent you from paying your exisiting creditors. It is not “financial prudence,” as many politicians would have you believe.

The vote, expected Thursday, is a politically tough one for many Republicans.

The tea party-driven House GOP conference broke against it by a 2-1 ratio, but most pragmatists see the measure as preferable to an alternative fall landscape of high-wire deadlines and potential chaos.

The government otherwise would face a potential debt default, an Oct. 1 shutdown deadline, and the return in January of across-the-board spending cuts known as sequestration.

Hmmm . . . The choice is between high-wire deadlines, potential chaos, debt default, an Oct. 1 shutdown, and sequestration,  vs. simply eliminating the useless debt ceiling.

For new arrivals to the Senate, particularly those who ran against a broken Washington culture, the sweeping measure represents a lot of what they ran against: unrestrained borrowing and trillion-dollar deficits, fueled by a bipartisan thirst for new spending.

Unrestrained borrowing” does not exist, simply because the federal government (unlike state and local governments) does not borrow.Image result for nasa

Trillion-dollar deficits” add trillions of growth dollars to the economy.

New spending” is the method by which the federal government benefits Americans via spending for the military, health-care, anti-poverty efforts, science and technology, education,, anti-global warming, medical advances, national parks, disaster recovery, and the myriad other benefits we Americans expect and rely upon.

“This budget process, if we can even call it a process, put taxpayers at the mercy of a House speaker who has no interest in prudent budgeting,” said freshman Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo.

State and local taxpayers fund state and local government spending. But, contrary to popular myth, federal taxpayers do not fund federal spending.

To cut federal growth spending is not “prudent.” It demonstrates ignorance of federal financing and national needs.

Rand Paul, R-Ky., said the deal “marks the death of the tea party movement in America.”

Good riddance to the tea party, the party of austerity and hatred of the poor and middle-classes.

The pact is a victory for pragmatists eager to avert chaos caused by a potential government shutdown, a possible debt crisis, or a freeze to agency budgets — including the massive Pentagon budget — at current levels.

The agreement lifts the limit on the government’s $22 trillion debt for two years and averts the risk of the Pentagon and domestic agencies from being hit with $125 billion in automatic spending cuts that are the last gasp of the 2011 Budget Control Act.

Every debt crisis ends the same way: After ignorant statements about faux “prudence,” and ignorantly equating federal finances to personal finances, and falsly claiming that federal taxpayers will foot the bill, Congress and the President agree on a temporary fix.

This assures that, having learned nothing and proved nothing, Congress will expose the public to the same ignorance and chaos a few more months down the line.

And these are the people to whom we trust our futures.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty
Twitter: @rodgermitchell
Search #monetarysovereigntyFacebook: Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

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The most important problems in economics involve the excessive income/wealth/power Gaps between the richer and the poorer.

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

2. Federally funded Medicare — parts a, b & d, plus long-term care — for everyone

3. Provide a monthly economic bonus to every man, woman and child in America (similar to social security for all)

4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone

5. Salary for attending school

6. Eliminate federal taxes on business

7. Increase the standard income tax deduction, annually. 

8. Tax the very rich (the “.1%”) more, with higher progressive tax rates on all forms of income.

9. Federal ownership of all banks

10. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99.9% 

The Ten Steps will grow the economy, and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and you.

MONETARY SOVEREIGNTY

How are the Democrats actively helping Trump win in 2020? Tuesday, Jul 23 2019 

Let’s begin with the absolute fact that Donald J. Trump is an immoral, incompetent, lying, bigot, and a fool. So how can he possibly win the next election?

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—I am a stable genius. Believe me.—

Are we to believe that the majority  of Americans either don’t see it, or don’t care, or even actively demand that their President be an immoral, incompetent, lying, bigot, and a fool?

Somehow, I have more faith in the American electorate than that. Trump can’t win on his own.

But what if he has help from the Democrats? 

Here are excerpts from an article published by Reason.com 7/22/19:

Possible Budget Deal Will Add $2 Trillion to the National Debt
If President Donald Trump signs the deal into law, he will have authorized a 22 percent increase in federal discretionary spending during his first term in office.
ERIC BOEHM | 7.22.2019 4:15 PM

It holds true that the only thing pretty much everyone in Congress and the White House can agree on is to spend more money.

The White House and Congress are closing in on a deal to hike spending and postpone a battle over the debt limit until July 2021—eight months after the next presidential election.

The proposed plan will increase current spending caps by $320 billion over the next two years, with the spending hikes equally split between domestic programs and the military.

Have you ever heard the phrase, “It’s the economy, stupid“? Per HuffPost: [In 1992, James Carville, an aide to Bill Clinton, focused on, “It’s the economy, stupid,” until it became a part of the American political lexicon.]

It simply means that for most voters, the single most important vote-determining factor is their wallet. Whichever candidate makes the most extravagant claims about future employment and wages, has the best chance to win.

Depending on the details, the new budget could add as much as $2 trillion to the national debt over the next decade, according to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB), a self-proclaimed, “nonpartisan” group that favors balanced federal budgets.

Every U.S. depression has resulted from federal debt reduction:

1804-1812: U. S. Federal Debt reduced 48%. Depression began 1807.
1817-1821: U. S. Federal Debt reduced 29%. Depression began 1819.
1823-1836: U. S. Federal Debt reduced 99%. Depression began 1837.
1852-1857: U. S. Federal Debt reduced 59%. Depression began 1857.
1867-1873: U. S. Federal Debt reduced 27%. Depression began 1873.
1880-1893: U. S. Federal Debt reduced 57%. Depression began 1893.
1920-1930: U. S. Federal Debt reduced 36%. Depression began 1929.
1997-2001: U. S. Federal Debt reduced 15%. Recession began 2001.

By law, the federal “debt” (i.e. deposits into T-security accounts) is increased with federal deficit spending. And federal deficit spending adds growth dollars to the economy.

So, the proposed increase in current spending caps by $320 billion over the next two years, will enrich the economy, and add jobs and payroll.

Because the Democrats are going along with this, they are helping the party in power to retain its power, while helping the President to retain the Presidency. (It’s the economy, stupid.)

Why would Democrats do this?

In a statement, the CRFB said the budget deal “may be the worst in history,” given the country’s current precarious fiscal condition.

“Members of Congress should cancel their summer recess and return to the negotiating table for a better deal. If they don’t, those who support this deal should hang their heads in total shame as they bolt town,” says Maya MacGuineas, president of the CRFB.

“This deal would amount to nothing short of fiscal sabotage.”

If President Donald Trump signs the deal into law, he will have authorized a 22 percent increase in federal discretionary spending during his first term in office—having signed a March 2018 budget deal that similarly jacked up both domestic and military spending.

As always, the wrong-headed CRFB spews the austerity notion that by some magic, adding dollars to the economy will have a negative effect on economic growth, while taking dollars from the economy will stimulate growth.

It’s utter nonsense, but it’s nonsense the CRFB is paid to spew.

Why? Because the rich grow richer when the Gap between them and the non-rich grows. Increased government spending usually benefits the poor and middle classes (narrowing the gap).

The rich, who run America, hate spending that benefits the middle and poor. So they pay people like CRFB to disseminate the Big Lie that the federal debt is “unsustainable,” The same lie they have been telling during all the years the government has “sustained” a growing debt.

Democrats are largely a lost cause when it comes to fiscal responsibility, while Republicans—with few exceptions—are little better, having abandoned decades of lip service to the benefits of smaller government.

Note the subtle shift: Suddenly the CRFB is talking about “smaller government,” which is substantially different from “less spending.”

Naturally, CRFB does not explain how it was possible for the nation to have grown while its government spending also has grown. According to CRFB, the massive increase in federal debt should have thrown us into recession, depression or worse.

But here we are, growing, growing, growing, in GDP and “debt.”.

We’re not even a decade removed from the moment when every major Republican candidate for president said they would reject a budget deal that included $1 in tax increases for every $10 in budget cuts.

Now, the modus operandi of the GOP is to ignore the threat of what near-record debt levels will do to economic growth in the coming decades.

I’ll tell you what near-record debt levels will do to economic growth. Near-record debt levels will add growth dollars to the economy, thereby growing the economy and (oh, dear!) perhaps funding things like Medicare for All and more generous Social Security — the very last things the rich want.

The Republican Study Committee, a coalition that includes most members of the House GOP caucus, has condemned the budget deal as fiscally irresponsible, and the president of the conservative Club for Growth has said the agreement will “propel our country toward bankruptcy and fiscal crisis.”

Image result for time bombIf this ridiculous, actually impossible “sky is falling” prediction sounds familiar to you regular readers, perhaps you last saw it here: “It is 2019, and the phony federal debt “time bomb” still is ticking.”

But again, why would the Democrats go along with something that advances the possibility of Trump winning another term?

One is tempted to say it is due to ignorance and cowardice.

Some Democrats truly might be ignorant of the absolute fact that increased federal deficit grows the economy, and there is zero danger the Monetarily Sovereign, U.S. federal government ever can run short of its own sovereign currency, the U.S. dollar.

Most of the Democrats, however, are well aware of the truth. In fact, Bernie Sanders hired Professor Stephanie Kelton, an economist who understands Monetary Sovereignty, as his economic advisor.

I’ve communicated with Professor Kelton; she told him the facts.

What of cowardice? Are the Democrats afraid the American electorate is so obtuse and so resistant to learning, that any politician telling them the truth will be pilloried? Perhaps, but . . .

I believe the truth is to be found elsewhere — with the fundamental difference between the two parties:

The Republicans are united and victory-driven. As a group, they are perfectly willing to sacrifice any principles for votes. They are conservative only when that is a winning strategy.

Donald Trump, for instance, never has had an underlying philosophy. He has changed with the wind, depending on what his daughter and Fox News’ Sean Hannity tell him, today.

Our Republican president says he doesn’t have to worry about the coming debt crisis because he “won’t be here” when it happens, and conservative talking heads that once blasted President Barack Obama for soaring levels of national debt now argue, as Rush Limbaugh did last week, that “all this talk about concern for the deficit and the budget has been bogus for as long as it’s been around.”

As Republican Senator Mitch McConnell once said, “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.” That is classic Republican aspiration.

By contrast, the Democrats are divided and ideology-driven. They each wish to help the tired, the poor, the homeless, the huddled masses yearning to breathe free, each in a different way.

The Democrats will sacrifice votes for principle, as witness the intramural battles for the soul of the party. Example: “The Squad” of Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich. pull the Democrats into electorally unpopular, but ideologically impelled directions.

There is, among Democrats, a greater insistence on ideological purity, and less reliance on political cleverness.

We’ll end with the CRFB’s final gasp of nonsense:

The CBO presently projects that by 2049, the national debt will be more than one and a half times the size of the entire U.S. economy, breaking a record set during World War II.

If a recession hits, those numbers could be worse.

And yet the only thing officials in Washington can agree to do is spend more money. May our children forgive us.

Three sentences; three moments of nonsense:

  1. A low federal debt / Gross Domestic Product fraction never can indicate economic growth. See: Enough already, with the Debt/GDP ratio
  2. Insufficient deficit spending actually will cause the recession the CRFB claims to fear.
  3. Federal deficit spending on assistances to the middle classes and the poor (Social Security, Medicare, poverty aids, school aids) will benefit our children.

The Democrats know; the Republicans know; the rich know. Sadly the poor and middle-class majorities don’t know, which is why the worst President in U.S. history was elected and may be re-elected.

Ignorance has its penalties

Summary:

In answer to the title question: “How are the Democrats actively helping Trump win in 2020?”

The Republicans are more united and victory-driven. Together they sacrifice principle for votes. The Democrats are more divided and individually ideology-driven. They sacrifice votes for personal principle.

One might think that because “the tired, the poor, the homeless, the huddled masses yearning to breathe free” outnumber Protestant, white, males, and that self-described Democrats outnumber self-described Republicans, the Democrats would win more elections.

But while Republicans find it easy to unite behind any scoundrel who will win, the Democrats engage in internecine, divisive battles based on personal ideological purity.

That lack of unity can be deadly.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty
Twitter: @rodgermitchell
Search #monetarysovereigntyFacebook: Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

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The most important problems in economics involve the excessive income/wealth/power Gaps between the richer and the poorer.

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

2. Federally funded Medicare — parts a, b & d, plus long-term care — for everyone

3. Provide a monthly economic bonus to every man, woman and child in America (similar to social security for all)

4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone

5. Salary for attending school

6. Eliminate federal taxes on business

7. Increase the standard income tax deduction, annually. 

8. Tax the very rich (the “.1%”) more, with higher progressive tax rates on all forms of income.

9. Federal ownership of all banks

10. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99.9% 

The Ten Steps will grow the economy, and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and you.

MONETARY SOVEREIGNTY

 

America lost Saturday, Dec 15 2018 

We are born, we live, we die. The few hours we have been given are precious, though what we do in those few hours lives after us.

Our voyage is short, and we are buffeted by the winds of circumstance, but we have our hands on the tiller. We can at least try be what we wish to be.

The question now: What do we wish to be?

Once we Americans were a welcoming people with open arms, joyful and generous. We were admired for our caring and compassion. Our parents and grandparents came across oceans to build their lives, and in so doing, built America.

We were courageous. We were the greatest generation. We were America the beautiful.

That America is lost.

It is the right-wing, especially, that has changed. The change is is tragic. Eisenhower was not this way.  Ford, Reagan, and the two Bushes were not this way. Even Nixon was not this way.

It may have begun with Newt Gingrich, and his “make ’em work” approach to poverty. Or, it may have begun with the Tea Party, a group espousing a philosophy of closed-fisted stinginess and covetousness.

Whatever and however, it has become the “I’ve got mine, to hell with you” Party of the Rich.  And it has morphed downward from there.

Today, we no longer are joyful and generous, no longer are admired for our caring and compassion. We no longer are courageous.

We fear. We fear the unfortunate weak, begging for entry. We fear them as invading hoards, trying to steal our culture. We fear the black, brown, and yellow. We fear the gay. We fear the Muslim.

America the brave has become a land of selfish cowards, cringing behind a Wall, afraid to welcome or to share.

But no Wall is high enough or long enough to remedy our terror. Another $5 billion to make it taller and billions more to guard it, and still that will not be enough.  More guards, more guns, more Walls — cowardice knows no limits

And, no cruelty to the poor is sufficient. Take away their food; take away their health; take away their homes and their education; take away their children. They deserve whatever misery we can foist on them.

In this vein, Breitbart, a publication of the right, wrote a story about an undocumented father and his young daughter, trying to enter America. They made the perilous journey because he is a father wanting the best for his daughter.

Like most parents, like you and me, the father was desperate to give his daughter a better, longer life than she would have had. But after all the adversity, and before they could reach their goal, the young girl dies.

I’m sure you can visualize the horror. I know you can imagine the grief. You are human.

But Breitbart’s tale is devoid of sympathy or humanity. It focuses on blaming the father for his daughter’s death.

The purpose of the article was to demonstrate that immigrants are not real people, not to be pitied or aided, but rather to be despised and blamed for their own despair.

Deceased Migrant Girl’s Father Did Not Report Illness for 7 Hours, Says CBP

Officials said the agents asked the father the questions in Spanish and translated his answers to English for documentation on the form. The father reportedly checked the box on the I-779 immigration form that said his daughter had no current illnesses.

Travel time by bus on these highly primitive roads in mountainous desert terrain takes about two to three hours. Officials stressed that bus transportation is the fastest means available in this area — keeping in mind that the father had not yet reported the girl to be ill.

At about 4:30 a.m., the bus began loading family unit migrants, including the little girl and her father. At about 5 a.m., the father reported the little girl was ill and vomiting. Border Patrol agents on the bus reportedly called ahead to the station to advise the girl’s condition and request EMT trained agents to meet them on arrival.

At about 6 a.m., the bus arrived at the Lordsburg Station and the girl had reportedly stopped breathing. Agents revived the girl and arranged transportation for her to a children’s hospital in El Paso by helicopter.

The helicopter arrived at 7:45 a.m and took the girl to El Paso. The agents provided ground transportation for the father. During the flight, the girl reportedly suffered cardiac arrest and was revived by the aircrew.

Doctors said the girl suffered brain swelling and liver failure. She died later that day.

She was an innocent little girl, with her full life ahead. She wished for what little girls wish. Her crime and her father’s was to strive for a happy life. Her punishment for that dream was early death.

At the end of the article, dozens of readers commented. Nearly all were of the same ilk: Cruelty and hatred.

Read these comments,  representative and word-for-word. They are typical of what you will find at the end of all Breitbart articles:

Son of Snake Plissken Michaelg8 • 6 hours ago
The father is guilty of child abuse and negligent homicide that is for sure.
The lies put out by the Left wing government and the propaganda bureaus disguised as media are an outrage. This homicide lies with them as well.

LuckyStrike Son of Snake Plissken • 6 hours ago
The father – if indeed he is the real father – as well as MURDERED that little girl.
That man should be tried for child abuse and murder and sent to prison for LIFE.
Repatriate ALL illegal aliens!

MaximusBraveheart LuckyStrike • 6 hours ago
Repatriate ALL illegal aliens; immediately! They are in a race… a mad, dangerous and illegal race to get more Democrat voters!

Homeschool Momma MaximusBraveheart • 5 hours ago
Instead of focusing on the extraordinary efforts to save the girl, all the open borders fascists will do is focus on the fact that the girl died…as if that was somehow the fault of border patrol.

Budda Homeschool Momma • 5 hours ago
The father needs to be charged with child abuse, endangering a minor and manslaughter.

SkipMayfield Budda • 5 hours ago
I believe ALL of the adults arrested in this group need to be charged with the same crime.

sgb1 SkipMayfield • 5 hours ago
They must have all known the child was terribly ill. It makes me wonder if it wasn’t deliberate in order set up a body to carry on about.

gman sgb1 • 4 hours ago
Of course the media will blow this up as being Trump’s fault for not having the Welcome Wagon at the border.
Will the mainstream media report that this child was already sick in Mexico?
Nope.
The parent or Guardian should be charged with child neglect.
What would happen to you or I if we brought our child along during an illegal act?
The mainstream media should be so outraged over American children killed by illegal aliens.

Trump Train aka Honey Badger gman • 4 hours ago
The Mob Dems are the real Murderers for enticing the illegal invaders to come here and break our laws in the first place.
0bama in coordination with the propaganda media and deep state globalists orchestrated this to destroy US.

uvm73 Trump Train aka Honey Badger • 4 hours ago
For me, the sickest part of this story is that we still do not know what illness killed this girl. The invaders are bringing 3rd world diseases with them. Unlike Ellis Island, where there was a natural quarantine period, along with a significant body of water to protect Americans, these invaders carry all kinds of diseases to infect American citizens, including these Border Patrol agents & their families.

Son of Snake Plissken uvm73 • 3 hours ago
A POX on all the children and grand children of the media and Government officials who support this madness. Hate to wish for such but they have caused it so bring it only to the ones who earned it.

Stormwaves uvm73 • an hour ago
Apparently a new form of polio is affecting children in the United States. The media has gone suddenly silent, as has the CDC, on the numbers of children who are now suffering paralysis and what is causing it.

gman Trump Train aka Honey Badger • 4 hours ago
While nobody wants to see a child sick or perish,
I believe they do say not to drink the water in Mexico.
Dumb parents making dumb decisions putting their children in danger.
Everyone of these selfish people could have applied for asylum in their home countries.
Child endangerment at its finest.
They have nobody to blame but themselves

Andrew Scott Carlisle gman • 4 hours ago
The “Father” is just upset he lost his get out of detention free card, probably should have shared some of his water with her instead of keeping it all to himself. The child died BECAUSE of the catch and release policy for illegals traveling with children, get rid of that and he would have left her at home.

Tom Alstadt John Penhale • 2 hours ago
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” Mat 5:7 This verse is referring to forgiveness against others and showing compassion. It is not a requirement to overlook civil law and allow others to destroy your community, family, and nation.

JessZ John Penhale • 2 hours ago
Jesus said give to Ceasar what is Ceasars and give to God what is God….I take that to mean obey the laws of the Country and obey Gods laws..legal immigrants are all welcome but for those bypassing our laws they are disobeying not only the Countries laws but Gods law…

Daniel Hertlein Trump Train aka Honey Badger • an hour ago
You are dumb as literal dirt. I don’t know how you are able to breath.

Don Wadd Gail Brooks • 2 hours ago
Ever seen a WHITE landscaper in the last 10 years?

Tom Alstadt Don Wadd • an hour ago
Yes. Quite a few. We want LEGAL IMMIGRANTS and cannot tolerate illegal aliens.

JessZ Don Wadd • an hour ago
Actually a lot of the landscapers in our area are white….

Ribert Koonce Don Wadd • 2 hours ago
Nope, like construction workers, they were trashed for cheaper laborers from south of the border more than 30 years ago.

Angela Moore Don Wadd • an hour ago
Go to any majority-white state and you’ll find white people working construction, landscaping, pumping gas, waiting tables, cleaning hotel rooms, etc etc etc. Go to Bernie Sanders state and sit on a park bench for an afternoon, and see all the jobs white folks want to do, you total SFB.

SuperPrivileged Trumpisaliarhiswifeisawhore • 2 hours ago
They won’t hire you because libtards are worthless and incapable of hard work.

Kawboy Trumpisaliarhiswifeisawhore • 2 hours ago
Whatever,the frigging prisoners should be picking the crops instead of sitting on their azzes watching tv or working out? And if migrants are needed then when picking season is over they go home. The illegals and the cheap azzes who hire them ruined the construction industry

This is how far the Republican party has sunk, dark, cold and hate-filled. And with Donald Trump, it has reached its nadir.

There is no warmth, no love. Compassion is derided as weakness. Hatred is strength. Nazis are “good people.” Murderous dictators are admired. Power and realpolitik are all we have.

We are hatred and hated.

Ronald Reagan: America is a shining city upon a hill whose beacon light guides freedom-loving people everywhere. I’ve spoken of the Shining City all my political life. …In my mind it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, windswept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity. And if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That’s how I saw it, and see it still.”

That Shining City upon a hill is gone, replaced by the faux gold of a Trump Tower and a hideous Wall.

The America we once knew and loved is lost.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
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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.

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4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone

5. Salary for attending school

6. Eliminate federal taxes on business

7. Increase the standard income tax deduction, annually. 

8. Tax the very rich (the “.1%) more, with higher progressive tax rates on all forms of income.

9. Federal ownership of all banks

10. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99.9% 

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