Is there more than one issue in the coming election? Thursday, Mar 10 2016 

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If you read what Bernie Sanders wants to do, you might be surprised to learn there is more than one issue in this election cycle.

Here are just some of his proposals. How many have you heard discussed?

1. Rebuild our crumbling roads, bridges, railways, airports, public transit systems, ports, dams, wastewater plants, and other infrastructure needs.

2. Create a youth jobs program.

3. Create gender pay equity.

4. Make tuition free at public colleges and universities throughout America.

5. Expand Social Security.

6. Enact a “Medicare for All” single-payer healthcare system.

7. Enact a universal childcare and prekindergarten program.

8. Break up huge financial institutions so that they are no longer too big to fail.

9. Create a publicly financed, transparent system of campaign financing that amplifies small donations, along the lines of the Fair Elections Now Act.

10. Support efforts to develop and deploy clean, sustainable energy technologies like energy efficiency, solar, wind, geothermal, tidal.

11. Make all American homes more energy efficient.

12. Invest in an affordable energy storage solutions that will allow us to fulfill our clean energy needs.

13. Require body cameras for law enforcement officers.

14. Increase accountability within the Veteran’s Administration and strengthen the VA health care system by authorizing 27 new medical facilities and by hiring more doctors and nurses to care for the surging number of veterans.

15. Make comprehensive dental and mental health care available to all veterans at VA medical centers, and expand caregiver provisions.

Personally, I believe America would be a better place, if these proposals were accomplished. But the point is not whether you agree with all of them or some of them.

The point is: Have you heard any of them even debated? You probably haven’t.

What you probably have heard debated is only one issue: Affordability.

Look at the proposals again. If you knew for certain, that all 15 of the above proposals could be accomplished without using any tax dollars — absolutely free — how would you feel about them?

Sadly, whenever any of these proposals is brought up for discussion, the knee-jerk reaction is, “We can’t afford it. Who will pay for it?”

And there, the discussion switches from the merits of the proposal itself, to affordability.

Is Medicare for All a good idea? “Why discuss it? We can’t afford it.”
Is rebuilding our infrastructure a good idea? “Why discuss it? We can’t afford it.”
Is making American homes more energy efficient a good idea? “Why discuss it? We can’t afford it.”
Is expanding Social Security a good idea? “Why discuss it? We can’t afford it.”

And on and on and on, every idea shot down with the same gun: “Why discuss it? We can’t afford it.”

So we sit here as the world rushes by, paralyzed by negativity and false belief — false, because we should discuss those and other ideas, and we should start with the knowledge that, “Yes, money is not an issue. We can afford it.”

Two hundred and forty years ago, a there was no USA and there were no US dollars.

Then, a group of men had an idea, and from this idea they created arbitrary laws out of thin air, and those laws arbitrarily created The United States out of thin air. And among those laws were laws that arbitrarily created America’s sovereign currency, the dollar — out of thin air.

Ideas, laws, nations, currencies — none are physical entities; all are mere concepts.

Those arbitrary laws created as many dollars as the group of men wanted to create, and ever since then, the United States has continued arbitrarily to create new laws that created as many new dollars as we wish.

The dollar is our sovereign currency — we are Monetarily Sovereign — meaning we have the power to write arbitrarily any laws pertaining to the dollar.

We can pass laws to double the number of dollars or halve the number. We can make a dollar equal to an ounce of gold or a thousandth of an ounce of platinum or a pound of carrots or ten euros — whatever we choose.

It’s our dollar; we arbitrarily created it from thin air, and we still do. Just as we never can run short of laws, we never can run short of dollars. Never.

If a creditor asks our federal government for $1 million, or $1 billion, or $1 trillion, or $100 trillion, we easily can create the dollars to pay him. We press a computer key and Presto!, dollars are added to the creditor’s checking account.

Anything that is priced in dollars is affordable to our government.

There are many issues in the coming election. We listed 15 of them in this post, alone. Those are the issues, along with others, we should discuss.

The so-called “issue” — affordability — is not even an issue. It is a non-issue.

Let us not be sidetracked by dull people who kill every idea presented to them, thoughtlessly intoning, “We can’t afford it”, or asking, “Who will pay for it?”

Those are the non-thinkers who wish to doom America to languish in the 20th century, while India, China, Russia et al roar past us through the 21st century.

The answer to their question is, “The federal government will pay for it. Now let’s discuss the issue.”

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty

 

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

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

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

THE RECESSION CLOCK

Recessions begin an average of 2 years after the blue line first dips below zero. A common phenomenon is for the line briefly to dip below zero, then rise above zero, before falling dramatically below zero. There was a brief dip below zero in 2015, followed by another dip – the familiar pre-recession pattern.
Recessions are cured by a rising red line.

Monetary Sovereignty

Vertical gray bars mark recessions.

As the federal deficit growth lines drop, we approach recession, which will be cured only when the growth lines rise. Increasing federal deficit growth (aka “stimulus”) is necessary for long-term economic growth.

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Mitchell’s laws:
•Those, who do not understand the differences between Monetary Sovereignty and monetary non-sovereignty, do not understand economics.
•Any monetarily NON-sovereign government — be it city, county, state or nation — that runs an ongoing trade deficit, eventually will run out of money.
•The more federal budgets are cut and taxes increased, the weaker an economy becomes..

•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

The most economically destructive question: “Who will pay for it?” Sunday, Dec 20 2015 

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Facebook: Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

Mitchell’s laws:
•Those, who do not understand the differences between Monetary Sovereignty and monetary non-sovereignty, do not understand economics.
•Any monetarily NON-sovereign government — be it city, county, state or nation — that runs an ongoing trade deficit, eventually will run out of money.
•The more federal budgets are cut and taxes increased, the weaker an economy becomes..

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

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

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Just because its title is “Fact Check,” doesn’t mean it actually is checking facts

AP FACT CHECK: Glossed-over realities in Democratic debate
By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and JOSH BOAK

A look at some of the statements Saturday night and how they compare with the facts:

CLINTON on rising premiums and out-of-pocket costs for the privately insured after enactment of Obama’s health care law: “I would certainly build on the successes of the Affordable Care Act and work to fix some of the glitches.”

THE FACTS: Obama’s law was mainly about expanding coverage for the uninsured, and even former officials of his administration say major work still has to be done on cost control. In other words, rising costs are more than “glitches.”

One of the health care law’s main brakes on costs — a tax on high-value workplace coverage — has been put on hold by the new federal budget deal. Clinton had called for complete repeal of that levy, known as the Cadillac tax. Many economists believe the tax would help keep costs in check by forcing people into leaner insurance plans.

The real facts: “Cost control,” as it currently is used, has little to do with efficiency, productivity, better service, better medical outcome or any other positive feature.

Rather, “cost control” is a euphemism for Make the public pay more and the federal government pay less.

The federal government has the unlimited ability to pay, and its payments enrich the economy — two facts never mentioned.

SANDERS on his proposed single-payer health care system: “The average middle-class family will be saving thousands of dollars a year.”

Sanders says his plan for a government-run health care system along the lines of Canada’s and Western Europe’s would save money for families and taxpayers.

But such a major transition would involve winners and losers, as well as new taxes in place of premiums.

When the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office looked at the concept back in the early 1990s, it concluded that a single-payer system had the potential to save money but that wasn’t guaranteed.

Moreover, individuals would have less freedom to choose their insurance packages, a trade-off that not everyone would accept.

The real facts: A true single payer system need not involve any new taxes. Our Monetarily Sovereign government does not need to levy taxes to fund payment.

Federal taxes do not fund federal spending. That is the essence of Monetary Sovereignty.

The purpose of a single-payer system is not to save the government money; the purpose is to save the people money and to provide health care for all.

Trying to save the government money not only is negative for the economy, but leads to a complex, convoluted, Rube Goldbergian system like Obamacare.

Finally, with single payer, individuals do not need “freedom to choose their insurance packages.” The single payer pays for hospitals, doctors and procedures, so no so-called “freedom” is necessary.

SANDERS: “The cost of college education is escalating a lot faster than the cost of inflation. There are a lot of factors involved in that. And that is that we have some colleges and universities that are spending a huge amount of money on fancy dormitories and on giant football stadiums.”

CLINTON: “States have been disinvesting in higher education … So states over a period of decades have put their money elsewhere; into prisons, into highways, into things other than higher education.”

THE FACTS: Clinton comes closest to diagnosing the problem accurately. College expenses are unsustainably high, but luxurious dorms aren’t the big driver that Sanders portrays. Public universities are charging more because they receive less in state government support.

Demos, a left-leaning think tank, said in a May study that the decline in state funding accounted for 79 percent of tuition hikes between 2001 and 2011. Just 6 percent was due to construction costs.

True: College costs have become completely unaffordable for many families, and a life-style sacrifice for most families. And the states are struggling to pay their bills.

So, here is the problem:

Sanders would make up that lost government money by providing free tuition, paid for with a tax on financial transactions.

Clinton would offer federal dollars to encourage states to do more and keep students from having to borrow.

It’s unclear how either plan would control colleges’ costs, though.

In short, both candidates and indeed, both political parties, want to make college affordability an obligation of the private, monetarily non-sovereign sector (states and colleges), while saving dollars for the Monetarily Sovereign entity (the federal government), which has no need to save money.

In government speak, “saving” means increased taxes or cutting benefits to the economy, so long as the federal government spends less.

SANDERS: “Middle class in this country for the last 40 years has been disappearing.”

THE FACTS: It’s no secret that the middle class is struggling. The costs of college, health care and housing continue to rise, while wages have barely budged for two decades.

The Pew Research Center reported earlier this month that the majority of Americans are no longer “middle income.”

“The closer look at the shift out of the middle reveals that a deeper polarization is under way in the American economy,” Pew concluded.

Every new benefit to the economy is required to answer the question, “Who will pay for it?” meaning that all benefits to the people must be paid for by the people, i.e. there would be no federal benefits.

When the middle classes and the poor need help, then the middle classes and the poor will have to pay for that help. Don’t ask the federal government to do anything.

Convincing the public to save money for the federal government (which needs no financial protection), rather than to protect the private sector (which is desperate for financial help), has been the great triumph of the rich over the rest — the great triumph of senselessness over logic — the great triumph of fiction over fact:

The most economically destructive question: “Who will pay for it?”

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty

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

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

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

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

THE RECESSION CLOCK

Recessions come only after the blue line drops below zero.

Monetary Sovereignty

Vertical gray bars mark recessions.

As the federal deficit growth lines drop, we approach recession, which will be cured only when the growth lines rise. Increasing federal deficit growth (aka “stimulus”) is necessary for long-term economic growth.

#MONETARYSOVEREIGNTY

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