–Easy money for debt hawks. Friday, Oct 22 2010 

The debt hawks are to economics as the creationists are to biology.

O.K. boys. It’s time to put up or shut up.

The Concord Coalition is a self-proclaimed “non-partisan, grassroots organization dedicated to educating the public about the causes and consequences of federal budget deficits, the long-term challenges facing America’s unsustainable entitlement programs, and how to build a sound foundation for economic growth.” Their web site http://www.concordcoalition.org/ asks for donations.

The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget – http://crfb.org/ – publishes articles like: “How To Avoid a Debt Doomsday,” and writes, “Creditors could lose faith and pull their money from the United States. Interest rates would spike, causing interest payments to grow. The government would be forced to borrow more, which would push rates even higher. The endgame would be a vicious debt spiral and another recession.” They too ask for donations.

As you have seen from my previous post, “How to make a million. No kidding,” Warren Mosler (Mosler) said “it is an indisputable fact that U.S. Government spending is not operationally constrained by revenue and will give $100 million of his own money to pay down the Federal deficit if any Congressman or Senator can prove him wrong.” O.K., he said Congressman or Senator, but I’m sure Warren will be glad to extend the offer to any debt-hawk who can show that Social Security is “going broke” as so many claim, or that FICA supports Medicare and Social Security, or that the federal debt is “unsustainable.”

Back in July, I offered ($1,000 ) for the same kind of proof, but I guess I’m a piker, and no one has taken me up on it. Warren is offering the big bucks.

Just think. $100 million dollars, debt-hawks, and all you need do is prove what you have been preaching all these years. You’ve been begging for donations and here is your chance. I urge all my readers to go to any debt-hawk web site – you know, the ones publishing those ridiculous debt clocks and claiming the government can’t afford this or that, or saying we need austerity, or debt reduction or some other suicidal action — and urge these folks to come up with the proof. And if they don’t, I guess we’ll all know that what they are selling is a load of BS.

Speak up, boys. My book is called FREE MONEY, but this offer is easy money, and the money is waiting for you. Warren is waiting. I’m waiting.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

No nation can tax itself into prosperity. Those who say the stimulus “didn’t work” remind of the guy whose house is on fire. A neighbor runs with a garden hose and starts spraying, but the fire continues. The neighbor wants to call the fire department, which would bring the big hoses, but the guy says, “Don’t call. As you can see, water doesn’t put out fires.”

–How to make $100 million. No kidding Friday, Oct 22 2010 

To all you folks who know Social Security and Medicare are in financial trouble, or that the federal deficit must be reduced or taxes increased, here is an easy way for you to earn $100 million. No kidding. Just go to the easy rules at Letters to the Tribune, and read response #3.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

–A wonderful book you will enjoy. Saturday, Aug 28 2010 

The debt hawks are to economics as the creationists are to biology.

Let me tell you about a wonderful book. It’s short, simple and educational. It’s written in an easy, interesting style. It’s sure to be controversial. You can read it in an hour, and you never will forget it.

The title is Seven Deadly Frauds of Economic Policy, by Warren Mosler. Frankly, I’m not too crazy about the title. Sounds a bit dull. But I promise you, the title is the only dull part of this terrific book, that reads more like a novel than a text.

Yes, its an economics book, but not like most economics books. No formulas. No economics jargon. Just straightforward English, rational discussions that clear up some of the biggest, counter-intuitive mysteries about our economy. Learn how to cure the recession, how to save Social Security and Medicare, how to pay for universal health care, how to end federal debt problems — all kinds of good stuff.

You can read it for free, online by going to the above link and clicking: “Seven Deadly Frauds of Economic Policy (June 17, PDF Link).” Go ahead, do it. You absolutely will not regret it.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

No nation can tax itself into prosperity

–Salvation for Europe? Sunday, Jun 27 2010 

An alternative to popular faith

Readers of this blog understand the difference between a monetarily sovereign nation (which has the unlimited ability to pay its bills, even without taxing or borrowing), such as the U.S., Canada, Australia, Japan, et al, vs. the European Union nations which have not had this ability, because of EU rules.

In previous posts I predicted the EU’s demise, and now that has been coming true. The PIIGS (Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain) are the most indebted of the EU nations, and not having the unlimited ability to service debts, they are the most threatened. If nothing is done, all EU nations will go bankrupt.

But, if hints in the news media are correct, something may be done. Rumor has it that the European Central Bank (ECB), which does have the unlimited ability to create euros, may buy enough debt to keep members afloat. That would bring the ECB a step closer to the U.S. Treasury in function, and (without being overly dramatic) save the world.

The parallel continues. The fifty U.S. states are like the EU nations in that they too cannot create money at will (See: SAVE CALIFORNIA). They can survive, because the federal government pumps in money, via such federal payments as road building, military spending, etc. The same is true of U.S. counties and cities. All need money input in excess of taxes.

If indeed the ECB begins to function like the U.S. Treasury, the EU nations’ solvency problems instantly will disappear, depending upon how much aid the ECB provides. Sadly however, this will not end the debt-hawks tragic misunderstanding of money, so expect to see continuing cries for “austerity,” which will hamstring the EU’s economies, as the debt-hawks have hamstrung ours.

Suggested reading: MOSLER

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

No nation can tax itself into prosperity

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