The real reasons why Trump’s incessant lying works so well. Saturday, Dec 22 2018 

President Trump may tell more lies than anyone, even any politician, in U.S. history. Yet his followers don’t seem to mind.

This phenomenon has the rational people of America puzzled and infuriated. “How can they not see or care what a liar he is?”.

My long-time explanation has been:

Trump hates the same people his followers hate.

Trump hates foreigners, especially non-white foreigners who come from “shithole countries: Mexicans, South and Central Americans, and Muslims, blacks, browns, yellows, reds, gays, and anyone who tells the truth about him.

His followers hate the same people, so though Trump lies about virtually everything, his followers remain loyal, as long as he continues to spew bigoted hatred.

So when Trump said, “I will be proud to shut down the government. I will take the mantle. I will not blame you (Democrats) for it” yesterday, and then today wrote, “Democrats own the shutdown,” Trump’s followers were not troubled.

One may ask, “Are these people stupid?” Perhaps they are, but I suspect there is something in addition to the above-mentioned, stupid bigotry going on:

How a powerful Russian propaganda machine chips away at Western notions of truth
By Joby Warrick and Anton Troianovski

The initial plan was a Cold War classic — brutal yet simple. Two Russian agents would slip onto the property of a turncoat spy in Britain and daub his front door with a rare military-grade poison designed to produce an agonizing and untraceable death.

But when the attempted assassination of Sergei Skripal was botched, the mission quickly shifted. Within hours, according to British and U.S. officials who closely followed the events, a very different kind of intelligence operation was underway — an elaborate fog machine to make the initial crime disappear.

False narratives and conspiracy theories began popping up almost immediately, the first of 46 bogus storylines put out by Russian-controlled media and Twitter accounts and even by senior Russian officials, all of them sowing doubt about Russia’s involvement in the March 4 assassination attempt.

Ranging from the plausible to the fantastical, the stories blamed a toxic spill, Ukrainian activists, the CIA, British Prime Minister Theresa May, and even Skripal himself.

Variations on the technique existed during the Cold War, when the Soviet Union used propaganda to create alternative realities [What Trump’s mouthpiece, Kellyanne Conway, termed, “alternative facts.”]

But the disinformation campaigns now emanating from Russia are of a different breed, said intelligence officials and analysts.

Engineered for the social media age, they fling up swarms of falsehoods, concocted theories, and red herrings, intended not so much to persuade people as to bewilder them.

And that is the secret to the power of Trump’s constant lying. It is done, not so much to persuade his people, but rather to bewilder them.Image result for trump pinocchio

(After all these months, who would be persuaded by anything Trump says? Who can even remember what he has said?)

Did he say he would or would not take the blame for the shutdown? Did he admit or deny having an affair with Stormy Daniels and numerous other women? Did he, or did he not, claim the purpose of a Russian meeting was to discuss the adoption of Russian children. Is Michael Cohen a “good man” or “a liar”?

The list of lies and contradictions is endless. Like cockroaches, as soon as one is stomped down, ten more appear.

What did Trump say last about Manafort, about Gates, about Flynn?  Can you keep track of the criminals, miscreants, traitors, flimflam artists, and swamp creatures with whom Trump has surrounded himself and foisted on us?

And this doesn’t even include the other criminals that Trump once claimed were “unbelievable,” until they were found to be actually unbelievable: Shulkin, Porter, Manigault-Newman, Price, Bannon, Scaramucci, Yates, Pruitt, et al — all of whom were great until they weren’t.

Can you even remember all those names?

“The mission seems to be to confuse, to muddy the waters,” said Peter Pomerantsev, a former Russian-television producer and author of Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible, a memoir that describes the Kremlin’s efforts to manipulate the news.

The ultimate aim, he said, is to foster an environment in which “people begin giving up on the facts.”

Most people, even those intelligent enough to see that Trump is both incompetent and untrustworthy, are confused by his lies.

When pro-Russian separatists shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine, killing 298 passengers and crew members, Russian officials and media outlets sought to pin the blame on the Ukrainian government, suggesting at one point that corpses had been trucked to the crash site to make the death toll appear higher.

In October 2015, months after U.S. and European investigators concluded that Flight 17 had been brought down by a Russian missile fired by separatists, then–presidential candidate Donald Trump told CNN that the culprit was “probably Russia” but suggested that the truth was unknowable.

“To be honest with you, you’ll probably never know for sure,” he said.

The effect of Trump’s constant lies is buttressed by his using the old Hitlerian trick of blaming the opposition for his own faults.

Thus, the crooked owner of the scam operation, Trump University, and the criminal head of the illegal Trump Foundation got away with referring to “Crooked Hillary.”

And the unindicted co-conspirator was able to get his followers to chant, “Lock her up! Lock her up! Lock her up!”

And the draft dodger with phony “bone spurs,” was able to convince his followers that Senator John McCain was “no hero” because he was captured.

And the ultimate liar was able to get away with calling Ted Cruz, “Lyin’ Ted,” perhaps assisted by the fact that Cruz really is a liar.

And the crook with multiple bankruptcies of casinos (who could bankrupt a casono) gets away with “Failing NY Times.”

And the man of infinite lies gets away with “Sneaky Dianne Feinstein.”

Putin brought Russia’s privately owned, freewheeling TV networks to heel in one of his first major moves as president.

The Kremlin now controls all of Russia’s main national television channels.

They deliver a strident, conspiratorial, pro-Kremlin message in hours of lavishly produced talk shows and newsmagazine programs every night.

This is what Trump has said he wants to do: Sue and destroy any “fake media” that tell “fake news” he doesn’t like.

Providing further amplification are social media “troll” factories where hundreds of workers are paid to disseminate false stories on the internet, under official direction.

The U.S. version of “troll factories” is Trump himself, aided and abetted by Fox “News,” Rush Limbaugh, and Breitbart.

Russian politicians and diplomats then chime in, often ridiculing any official investigation and denouncing claims of Russian involvement.

The U.S. version of the above is the GOP, who despite repeated indictments and convictions of Trump’s traitorous associates, continue to parrot the claim that Mueller’s investigation is a witchhunt that should end.

As for who to believe, who you can’t believe, can you believe at all?” Putin mused, before answering his own questions: “You can’t believe anyone.

Certainly, not Donald J. Trump.

In short, Trump’s firehose stream of lies is designed to exhaust the listener, so that everything blends into a fog. He relies on false equivalences to confuse among “bad” lies, “white” lies, exaggerations, the truth.

When he is accused of lying, his acolytes mention some other person, usually “Hillary, “Obama,” or “the Democrats,” who may or may not have done something bad, and whatever that may be, excuses everything Trump does.

“Trump separates children from their parents” is equated with the myth of “Benghazi.” “Trump has told more than 3,000 lies this year,” is excused by “Well, Obama lied too.” Every Trump failing is excused, most often by a false reference.

And because he has so many failings, nothing stands out, and everything is excused by his followers, with references to “Hillary, Obama, the Democrats.”

That is the genius of the man: Confusing his followers with volume.

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

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

Get the best of President Bannon Saturday, Dec 9 2017 

Remember Steve Bannon, the guy who wants to destroy America so he can rebuild it in his own image?

Well, he now calls himself @PresidentBannon, “ The real 45th POTUS.” (You do remember that election, don’t you?)

He has some lovely things to say about President Trump.

You can find them at https://twitter.com/PRESlDENTBANNON together with a picture of him looking like the village drunk.

To save you time, here is just a sampling of @PresidentBannon’s deathless prose:

Steve Bannon
@PRESlDENTBANNON
The real 45th POTUS

It’s damn near impossible to cut taxes when you only control the House, the Senate, the White House and the Supreme Court.
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Wall length: 0
Pro-pedophile rallies: 1
Plea deals: 2
Approval rating: 32%
Devices seized by Mueller: 36
Golf trips: 78
Denture cost: $5,000
Documents seized by Mueller: 400,000
Puerto Ricans without power: 1,000,000
Tax plan deficit: $1.4 trillion

So much winning
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Al Franken. If at any point you feel like harassing women or underage girls and you would also like to be a senator, do not hesitate to contact the Republican Party.
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Wall: no
Credibility: gone
Achievements: none
GOP slogan: 14 is the new 30
National monuments: shrinking
Middle East strategy: burning
Allies: deserting
Flynn: singing
Lawyer: tweeting
Teeth: crumbling
Speech: slurring
Title: Emperor Bonespur of Nambia

So much winning
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Asked @seanhannity to explain on TV how Flynn’s secret plan to get rid of sanctions and work with Russia to build nuclear reactors in the Middle East wasn’t collusion with Russia but a Deep State conspiracy to undermine the Trump presidency. Ordered by Obama. Paid by Soros
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Recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is the most economical way to set the Middle East on fire.
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Let me try to explain.

– Mitt Romney avoiding Vietnam: BAD
– Donald Trump avoiding Vietnam: OK

– Anthony Weiner sexting underage girls: BAD
– Roy Moore touching underage girls: OK

– Barack Obama golfing: BAD
– Donald Trump golfing: OK

Got it?
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@realDonaldTrump: Sexual pervert Anthony Weiner has zero business holding public office.
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So a birther, a tax evader, a white supremacist, a Bible basher, a Republican and a sex offender walk into a mall. What does the security guard say?

“Come on Roy, you are banned from here and you know it.”
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Today’s achievements:

• Claim to be above the law
• Feel “very badly” for guilty Flynn
• Shrink national monuments
• Endorse alleged child molester

So much winning, and it’s only Monday
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If we can make our base — the poor, unemployed people in rural America — to cheer Wall Street hitting record highs, we sure as hell can make Alabama elect a pedophile to the Senate.
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Today we have decided to claim that the President cannot obstruct justice because he is the chief law enforcement officer.

I feel so bad for Nixon who resigned for nothing
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Priority list:

1. BUT HER EMAILS
2. Attack FBI
3. Attack Bob Mueller
4. Attack media
5. Attack Justice Department
6. Cut own and friends’ taxes
7. Golf
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812. Prevent nuclear holocaust
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1733. Repair Puerto Rico power grid
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Day 316

Wall length: 0
Flipped advisors: 1
Guilty pleas: 2
Direct messages to WikiLeaks: 3
Approval rating: 33%
Communications with Russians: 51
Golf trips: 78
Lies: 1700
Tweets: 2210
Golf cart rental cost: $150,000
Tax plan deficit: $1,400,000,000,000

Numbers show the winning
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Friday: find out your former National Security Advisor has offered a guilty plea

Saturday: accidentally admit to obstruction of justice while tweeting on the toilet

Weekend going great
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Our tax bill has very low public support, but that will change once people realize that it includes a tax break for private jet owners.
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Passing the tax reform bill was a big victory. It opens up the possibility of enriching big corporations while eliminating poverty and sickness by killing off the sick and the poor.
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Because stock market is at an all-time high, economy running at 3% of GDP, housing starts up 14%, consumer confidence at 17-year high and unemployment at 17-year low, we MUST pass a deficit-financed tax cut bill and strip ACA to give more to big corporations and to the top 1%.
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Privately pressing officials to end investigation into your actions is a well-known sign of innocence.
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Nov 30

1) Raise taxes for the poor
2) Gut net neutrality to silence them
3) Scrap healthcare subsidies
4) Laugh in gold-plated penthouse

Winning
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It is a well-established fact that the best time to replace the Secretary of State is when you’re a tweet away from nuclear war.
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Day 313

Insult: everybody
Missiles: North Korean
War: nearing
Investigation: widening
Tweets: out of control
Her: emails
Sex scandals: getting closer
Title: Colonel Covfefe of Nambia
Unfolding: panic
Prison: federal
Indictments: soon
Diagnosis: dotardism

Almost tired of winning
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– Accuse Joe Scarborough of murder
– Tweet racist fake news
– Attack Matt Lauer
– Hold a rally to lie about taxes
– Insult Kim Jong-un
– Attack British PM
– Blame “Deep State”
– Suggest firing people for “fake news”
– Blame Democrats
– Call for boycott of CNN

Very busy Wednesday
29 replies 291 retweets 762 likes
Reply 29 Retweet 291 Like 762 Direct message
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CNN is fake news
Climate change is fake
Obama’s birth certificate is fake
Access Hollywood tape is fake
Three million illegals voted
Biggest inauguration crowd ever
Time Magazine called
There will be a wall
We will drain the swamp
Your taxes will be cut
Won’t have time to golf
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Retweeting unverified anti-Muslim videos from far-right groups is the fastest way of gaining international respect and admiration among our allies.
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I understand that the threat of being turned into radioactive dust worries you. We will take care of North Korea, but right now we must concentrate on Obama’s birth certificate and Hillary’s emails.
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We have concluded that the best way to respond to North Korea’s missile launch is to talk about Hillary Clinton’s emails.
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Our attempt to stop Rocket Man by golfing frequently appears not to have worked.
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Forcing Native American WWII veterans to listen to your “Pocahontas” insults while you stand in front of an Andrew “Indian Killer” Jackson portrait is one of the key elements of making America great again.
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To-do list

• Divide society
• Suppress minorities
• Cut taxes for the top 1%
• Destroy healthcare
• Speed up climate change
• Kill net neutrality rules
• Support pedophiles
• Question First Amendment
• Attack media freedom
• Weaken consumer protections

So much winning
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• Endorse a child molester
• Golf

Busy Sunday at Mar-a-Lago
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Lying:

Jessica Drake
Summer Zervos
Rachel Crooks
Temple Taggart
Jill Harth
Natasha Stoynoff
Jessica Leeds
Cathy Heller
Kristin Anderson
Ninni Laaksonen
Mindy McGillivray
Karena Virginia
Leigh Corfman
Beverly Young Nelson
Tina Johnson

Not lying:

Roy Moore
Vladimir Putin
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Day 306

Walls: 0
Golf trips: 74
Biggest problem: LaVar
Head of Charts: Hannity
Laundry operations: Panama
Advisors: grounded
Ankle bracelets: electronic
Sponsor: Keurig
IT support: WikiLeaks
Slogan: 14 is the new 30
Full title: Commander Covfefe of Nambia

The winning never ends
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White supremacists ✔
Neo-Nazis ✔
Child molesters ✔

In 2018 the plan is to embrace drug traffickers and serial killers.
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We will sort out North Korea and help Puerto Rico, but first we must tackle the really important issues facing America today: kneeling NFL players and LaVar Ball’s ungratefulness.
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Please take moment to think about all the millionaires and billionaires who already have so much that our tax cut will not make them any happier. So sad.
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If we have to endorse a child molester in order to take away healthcare from the poor and to secure a tax cut for the top 0.1%, so be it.
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Exactly 50 days ago a gunman opened fire on concertgoers in Las Vegas, killing 58 and injuring 546. We have been very busy in doing nothing to prevent something like that from ever happening again.
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– Did you call the Russians?
– No
– Here are the phone records
– Oh THOSE calls
– Did you meet with Russians?
– No
– Here are the participants
– Oh THAT meeting
– Did you speak with WikiLeaks?
– No
– Here are the messages
– Oh THAT WikiLeaks

We are onto a winning strategy here.
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Let me explain you our tax plan, it is very simple:

Those who are poor or terminally ill will pay more. Those who have private jets will pay less.

Have a nice weekend.
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Jared Kushner? Barely remember him, a low-level volunteer staffer. I think he was just the coffee boy.
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Day 300

Build wall ✖
Drain swamp ✖
Release tax returns ✖
Repeal Obamacare ✖
Lock her up ✖
Rebuild infrastructure ✖
Defund sanctuary cities ✖
Label China a currency manipulator ✖
Never take a vacation as president ✖
Lift ban on elephant hunt trophies ✔

Keeping promises
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URGENT: MISSING PERSON

• Name: Jefferson Sessions III
• Height: 5’2″
• Weight: 125 lbs
• Age: 70
• Eyes: blue
• Hair: white
• Race: master
• Usually wears a suit or a robe
• Suffers from memory loss
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– No connection to Russia
– OK the ambassador called
– OK we met the ambassador
– OK there were some emails
– OK one of us visited Russia
– OK we met a Russian lawyer
– OK here are the Wikileaks messages

So. Much. Winning.
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Sending unencrypted direct messages from your personal Twitter account is the safest way of secretly colluding with foreign governments.
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Day 295

FBI: lying
CIA: lying
NSA: lying
Comey: lying
Clapper: lying
Hillary: lying
Obama: lying
Bush Jr: lying
Bush Sr: lying
Papadopoulos: lying
Media: lying
Democrats: lying
Corker: lying
McCain: lying
Puerto Rico: lying
Gold Star widow: lying
Putin: not lying

Winning
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On second thought, maybe our plan of distracting from the child sex issue by defending Putin and attacking our own intelligence agencies on Veterans Day was a bad idea.
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Putin did not meddle in our elections. Honest guy. Our intelligence agencies lie. Happy Veterans Day.

P.S. Bone spurs not bothering anymore.
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Mueller must end the Russia investigation because Putin said he did not do it and the accusations make him sad.
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Listen up, @seanhannity. Bring back the Pizzagate. Say all Roy Moore’s accusers and witnesses are lying but Democrats are running a child sex ring in the basement of a pizza place with no basement. Your audience will believe it.
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Updated logo by cartoonist AnnTelnaes” has been officially approved.

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Made a guide to help him deal with all the sexual harassment news.

Taking sides in the war between President Bannon and President Trump is like choosing between Mussolini and Hitler. A pox on both of them.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

O.K. I confess. I favor Clinton over Trump. Saturday, Sep 17 2016 

Recently a reader accused me of bias against Donald Trump. Among his comments were that I am, “a complete biased one sided pony that won’t budge even after being hit with a 10 foot truth pole.”

You can see my response in Comment #7 of the previous post, “What kind of President will Donald Trump be?”

I admit to being biased against a man who possibly is the most prolific liar in American political history.

After all, this is the guy who, after years of claiming President Obama is not an American, now like a naughty boy caught with his hand in the cookie jar, quietly and reluctantly whispers, “President Barack Obama was born in the United States, period.”

But the notorious liar couldn’t help himself. He also said, “Hillary Clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy. I finished it. I finished it.”

Yikes! That’s a wild one, even for Trump.

And I admit to being biased in favor of someone whose charitable fund actually gives dollars to charity vs. someone whose charitable fund uses its “charity” dollars to pay for a portrait of its founder, pay rent to the founder, and to bribe politicians.

Recounting the many reasons a Donald Trump is as qualified to be President as Freddie Krueger (except Freddie is more honest), would take way too many pages. And, it wouldn’t change any minds; facts and logic influence only those who are influenced by facts and logic, which eliminates the vast majority of Trump backers.

But, the reader did say one thing that requires addressing: “The best we can expect from Hillary is an Obama, the worst is she sends us into another stupid war while our economy crumbles.”

Nevermind that “the war” was started under a Republican President (President “Mission Accomplished”), a war which Trump backed (though, despite evidence he, as always, lies that he didn’t).

And nevermind that despite continuous interference by the Republican Congress, the American economy somehow has grown better than most other economies.

Let’s instead focus on the “stupid war” claim.

Trump Is A Real Nuclear Threat

As commander in chief, the president has ultimate and unbounded authority over the use of nuclear weapons. There is no veto power, no second opinion and there’s no turning back once the nuclear option is executed.

So let us consider the nuclear know-how of the Republican presidential nominee. It seems Mr. Trump has known everything there is to know about nuclear weapons for years.

  1. In 1984 as a 38-year-old real estate developer he said, “It would take an hour and a half to learn everything there is to learn about missiles. I think I know most of it anyway”
  2. In an interview with MSNBC in March of this year, when Chris Matthews referred to Trump not taking nukes off the table, Mr. Trump questioned, “somebody hits us within ISIS, you wouldn’t fight back with a nuke?”
  3. In the same interview, Trump refused to say he would never use a nuclear weapon in Europe In a separate interview, he was quoted saying, “Europe is a big place, I’m not going to take my cards off the table” in reference to using nuclear weapons in a continent that is home to some our closest allies.
  4. It was recently reported that Mr. Trump met with a foreign policy adviser and asked on three different instances why if we have nuclear weapons, why we cannot use them?
  5. Other foreign policy experts who have discussed nuclear strategy with Trump have said he lacks knowledge of the history of deterrence, and seems more interested in whether the US should ever use its nuclear arsenal
  6. Trump has also said that he has no problem with the proliferation of nuclear weapons to Japan, South Korea, and Saudi Arabia.
  7. The author of Trump’s biography went so far as to say, “I genuinely believe that if Trump wins and gets nuclear codes, there is an excellent chance it will lead to the end of civilization.”

Mr. Trump’s remarks are almost as disturbing as his uncontrolled impulses and that’s a scary combination for a leader with access to the largest nuclear arsenal in the world.

So herein lies the real nuclear threat for Americans. If we elect Donald Trump the likelihood of nuclear war will be dramatically increased and it will be on us.

As I said, “facts and logic influence only those who are influenced by facts and logic.” So the aforementioned reader will not be swayed. I fully expect his response will be “Benghazi and Emails.”

So yes, I admit to being biased against Donald Trump — but I’m not a pony.  I most definitely am not a pony.

And Donald Trump, most definitely, is not a President.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty

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•Those, who do not understand the differences between Monetary Sovereignty and monetary non-sovereignty, do not understand economics.

•Any monetarily NON-sovereign government — be it city, county, state or nation — that runs an ongoing trade deficit, eventually will run out of money.

•The more federal budgets are cut and taxes increased, the weaker an economy becomes.

•No nation can tax itself into prosperity, nor grow without money growth.

•Cutting federal deficits to grow the economy is like applying leeches to cure anemia.

•A growing economy requires a growing supply of money (GDP = Federal Spending + Non-federal Spending + Net Exports)

•Deficit spending grows the supply of money

•The limit to federal deficit spending is an inflation that cannot be cured with interest rate control.

•The limit to non-federal deficit spending is the ability to borrow.

Liberals think the purpose of government is to protect the poor and powerless from the rich and powerful. Conservatives think the purpose of government is to protect the rich and powerful from the poor and powerless.

•The single most important problem in economics is the Gap between rich and the rest..

•Austerity is the government’s method for widening the Gap between rich and poor.

•Until the 99% understand the need for federal deficits, the upper 1% will rule.

•Everything in economics devolves to motive, and the motive is the Gap between the rich and the rest..

MONETARY SOVEREIGNTY

Donald Trump, a “charitable man” Tuesday, Jul 5 2016 

[What single word would you say best describes someone who continually boasts and repeatedly lies about his charitable giving?]

Donald Trump is a rich and charitable man. How do I know? He says so.

And says so.

And says so.

Did Donald Trump violate IRS rules?

Four years ago, at a charity fundraiser in Palm Beach, Donald Trump got into a bidding war at the evening’s live auction. The items up for sale: A Denver Broncos helmet, autographed by then-star quarterback Tim Tebow, and a Tebow jersey.

Trump won, eventually, with a bid of $12,000. Afterward, he posed with the helmet.

But Trump didn’t actually pay with his own money.

Instead, the Susan G. Komen organization — the breast-cancer nonprofit that hosted the party — got a $12,000 payment from another nonprofit , the Donald J. Trump Foundation.

Trump himself sent no money (In fact, a Komen spokesperson said, Trump has never given a personal gift of cash to the Komen organization).

He paid the bill with money from a charity he founded in 1987, but which is largely stocked with other people’s money. Trump is the foundation’s president. But, at the time of the auction, Trump had given none of his own money to the foundation for three years running.

Trump’s campaign did not respond to requests for comment.

And then there is this:

Mr. Trump’s fake charity

DONALD TRUMP, perhaps the greatest braggart ever to aspire to national office, is hardly shy about flaunting — or rather hyping — his good works.

So it has been with his charitable giving, which, for the better part of 30 years, he has regularly exaggerated to the point of plain mendacity.

Speaking of his royalties from the reality television show “The Apprentice,” Mr. Trump told the radio personality Howard Stern that “I’m giving the money to charity,” mentioning that as the show’s host he had been paid “a lot more than” $1 million.

The money, Mr. Trump said, would go to AIDS research and the Police Athletic League.

Yet that year Mr. Trump’s foundation — the entity he established to bestow charitable gifts — gave just $1,000 for AIDS research and $106,000 to the Police Athletic League.

And while he promised in the late 1980s to give royalties from his successful book, “The Art of the Deal,” to charities for the homeless, Vietnam veterans, AIDS and multiple sclerosis, only 8 percent of his charitable giving in those years went to those causes.

Much more went to society galas, his alma maters and the exclusive schools his children attended.

Mr. Trump’s exaggerated eleemosynary claims match his long history of embroideries, overstatements and wildly inflated assertions of prowess in other endeavors.

The GOP candidate’s whoppers come so fast and thick that it’s easy to lose track, and it’s tempting to ignore much of what he says. That would be a mistake.

Contempt for the truth is a disqualifying feature in a candidate for the presidency.

And this:

There’s something fishy about Donald Trump’s charitable donations

Trump has said he donated $102 million worth of cash and land to philanthropic and conservation organizations over the past five years.

But his campaign has provided little documentation for most of these contributions, and tax filings of the Donald J. Trump foundation show Trump has made no charitable contributions to his own namesake nonprofit since 2008.

Without an endowment, the fund has continued to give grants only as a result of contributions from others.

Pressed by the AP on the details of his contributions, Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks provided a partial list of donations that appeared to correspond with the foundation’s gifts — indicating that Trump may be counting other people’s charitable giving as his own.

“I give to hundreds of charities and people in need of help,” Trump said in an emailed response to questions from the AP about how he tallied his own philanthropy. “It is one of the things I most like doing and one of the great reasons to have made a lot of money.”

The Trump campaign did not respond to a request that it identify donations that Trump himself gave.

And this:

Trump Foundation Admits Error On Charity Donation

Donald Trump’s charitable foundation has admitted to mistakenly donating $25,000 to an organization aligned with Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi — a potential violation of federal rules prohibiting charities from assisting political candidates.

Of course, all the “mistakes” about Trump’s charity could be resolved if he revealed his tax returns, as every other Presidential candidate has done — as Trump himself has promised but failed to do.

What single word best describes someone who continually boasts and repeatedly lies about his charitable giving, while cheating innocent “students” of his questionable “schools?

My vote: “Slime.”

What’s yours?

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty

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Ten Steps to Prosperity:
1. ELIMINATE FICA (Ten Reasons to Eliminate FICA )
Although the article lists 10 reasons to eliminate FICA, there are two fundamental reasons:
*FICA is the most regressive tax in American history, widening the Gap by punishing the low and middle-income groups, while leaving the rich untouched, and
*The federal government, being Monetarily Sovereign, neither needs nor uses FICA to support Social Security and Medicare.
2. FEDERALLY FUNDED MEDICARE — PARTS A, B & D, PLUS LONG TERM CARE — FOR EVERYONE (H.R. 676, Medicare for All )
This article addresses the questions:
*Does the economy benefit when the rich afford better health care than the rest of Americans?
*Aside from improved health care, what are the other economic effects of “Medicare for everyone?”
*How much would it cost taxpayers?
*Who opposes it?”
3. PROVIDE AN ECONOMIC BONUS TO EVERY MAN, WOMAN AND CHILD IN AMERICA, AND/OR EVERY STATE, A PER CAPITA ECONOMIC BONUS (The JG (Jobs Guarantee) vs the GI (Guaranteed Income) vs the EB) Or institute a reverse income tax.
This article is the fifth in a series about direct financial assistance to Americans:

Why Modern Monetary Theory’s Employer of Last Resort is a bad idea. Sunday, Jan 1 2012
MMT’s Job Guarantee (JG) — “Another crazy, rightwing, Austrian nutjob?” Thursday, Jan 12 2012
Why Modern Monetary Theory’s Jobs Guarantee is like the EU’s euro: A beloved solution to the wrong problem. Tuesday, May 29 2012
“You can’t fire me. I’m on JG” Saturday, Jun 2 2012

Economic growth should include the “bottom” 99.9%, not just the .1%, the only question being, how best to accomplish that. Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) favors giving everyone a job. Monetary Sovereignty (MS) favors giving everyone money. The five articles describe the pros and cons of each approach.
4. FREE EDUCATION (INCLUDING POST-GRAD) FOR EVERYONEFive reasons why we should eliminate school loans
Monetarily non-sovereign State and local governments, despite their limited finances, support grades K-12. That level of education may have been sufficient for a largely agrarian economy, but not for our currently more technical economy that demands greater numbers of highly educated workers.
Because state and local funding is so limited, grades K-12 receive short shrift, especially those schools whose populations come from the lowest economic groups. And college is too costly for most families.
An educated populace benefits a nation, and benefiting the nation is the purpose of the federal government, which has the unlimited ability to pay for K-16 and beyond.
5. SALARY FOR ATTENDING SCHOOL
Even were schooling to be completely free, many young people cannot attend, because they and their families cannot afford to support non-workers. In a foundering boat, everyone needs to bail, and no one can take time off for study.
If a young person’s “job” is to learn and be productive, he/she should be paid to do that job, especially since that job is one of America’s most important.
6. ELIMINATE CORPORATE TAXES
Corporations themselves exist only as legalities. They don’t pay taxes or pay for anything else. They are dollar-tranferring machines. They transfer dollars from customers to employees, suppliers, shareholders and the government (the later having no use for those dollars).
Any tax on corporations reduces the amount going to employees, suppliers and shareholders, which diminishes the economy. Ultimately, all corporate taxes come around and reappear as deductions from your personal income.
7. INCREASE THE STANDARD INCOME TAX DEDUCTION, ANNUALLY. (Refer to this.) Federal taxes punish taxpayers and harm the economy. The federal government has no need for those punishing and harmful tax dollars. There are several ways to reduce taxes, and we should evaluate and choose the most progressive approaches.
Cutting FICA and corporate taxes would be an good early step, as both dramatically affect the 99%. Annual increases in the standard income tax deduction, and a reverse income tax also would provide benefits from the bottom up. Both would narrow the Gap.
8. TAX THE VERY RICH (THE “.1%) MORE, WITH HIGHER PROGRESSIVE TAX RATES ON ALL FORMS OF INCOME. (TROPHIC CASCADE)
There was a time when I argued against increasing anyone’s federal taxes. After all, the federal government has no need for tax dollars, and all taxes reduce Gross Domestic Product, thereby negatively affecting the entire economy, including the 99.9%.
But I have come to realize that narrowing the Gap requires trimming the top. It simply would not be possible to provide the 99.9% with enough benefits to narrow the Gap in any meaningful way. Bill Gates reportedly owns $70 billion. To get to that level, he must have been earning $10 billion a year. Pick any acceptable Gap (1000 to 1?), and the lowest paid American would have to receive $10 million a year. Unreasonable.
9. FEDERAL OWNERSHIP OF ALL BANKS (Click The end of private banking and How should America decide “who-gets-money”?)
Banks have created all the dollars that exist. Even dollars created at the direction of the federal government, actually come into being when banks increase the numbers in checking accounts. This gives the banks enormous financial power, and as we all know, power corrupts — especially when multiplied by a profit motive.
Although the federal government also is powerful and corrupted, it does not suffer from a profit motive, the world’s most corrupting influence.
10. INCREASE FEDERAL SPENDING ON THE MYRIAD INITIATIVES THAT BENEFIT AMERICA’S 99.9% (Federal agencies)Browse the agencies. See how many agencies benefit the lower- and middle-income/wealth/ power groups, by adding dollars to the economy and/or by actions more beneficial to the 99.9% than to the .1%.
Save this reference as your primer to current economics. Sadly, much of the material is not being taught in American schools, which is all the more reason for you to use it.

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

MONETARY SOVEREIGNTY

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