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‘We the People’ Are the New, Permanent Underclass in America

John & Nisha Whitehead at the Rutherford Institute

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“We are now speeding down the road of wasteful spending and debt, and unless we can escape we will be smashed in inflation.”
Herbert Hoover

This is financial tyranny.

The U.S. government—and that includes the current administration—is spending money it doesn’t have on programs it can’t afford, and “we the taxpayers” are the ones who must foot the bill for the government’s fiscal insanity.

We’ve been sold a bill of goods by politicians promising to pay down the national debt, jumpstart the economy, rebuild our infrastructure, secure our borders, ensure our security, and make us all healthy, wealthy and happy.

None of that has come to pass, and yet we’re still being loaded down with debt not of our own making.

Let’s talk numbers, shall we?

The national debt (the amount the federal government has borrowed over the years and must pay back) is $30 trillion and growing. That translates to roughly $242,000 per taxpayer.

Now the Biden administration is proposing a $5.8 trillion spending budget that notably includes $813 billion for national defense, $30 billion to “fund the police,” and a plan to reduce the national deficit by roughly $1 trillion over 10 years through additional tax hikes.

It’s estimated that the amount this country owes is now 130% greater than its gross domestic product (all the products and services produced in one year by labor and property supplied by the citizens).

The U.S. ranks as the 12th most indebted nation in the world, with much of that debt owed to the Federal Reserve, large investment funds and foreign governments, namely, Japan and China.

Essentially, the U.S. government is funding its very existence with a credit card.

In 2021, we paid more than $562 billion in interest on that public debt, which according to journalist Rob Garver, “is more than the annual budget of every individual federal agency except for the Treasury, the Department of Health and Human Services (which manages the Medicare and Medicaid government health insurance programs), and the Department of Defense.”

According to the Committee for a Reasonable Federal Budget, the interest we’ve paid on this borrowed money is “nearly twice what the federal government will spend on transportation infrastructure, over four times as much as it will spend on K-12 education, almost four times what it will spend on housing, and over eight times what it will spend on science, space, and technology.”

Clearly, the national debt isn’t going away anytime soon, especially not with government spending on the rise and interest payments making up such a large chunk of the budget.

Still, the government remains unrepentant, unfazed and undeterred in its wanton spending.

Indeed, the national deficit (the difference between what the government spends and the revenue it takes in) remains at more than $1.5 trillion.

If Americans managed their personal finances the way the government mismanages the nation’s finances, we’d all be in debtors’ prison by now.

Despite the government propaganda being peddled by the politicians and news media, however, the government isn’t spending our tax dollars to make our lives better.

We’re being robbed blind so the governmental elite can get richer.

We’re not living the American dream. We’re living a financial nightmare.

In the eyes of the government, “we the people, the voters, the consumers, and the taxpayers” are little more than pocketbooks waiting to be picked.

“We the people” have become the new, permanent underclass in America.

Consider: The government can seize your home and your car (which you’ve bought and paid for) over nonpayment of taxes. Government agents can freeze and seize your bank accounts and other valuables if they merely “suspect” wrongdoing. And the IRS insists on getting the first cut of your salary to pay for government programs over which you have no say.

We have no real say in how the government runs, or how our taxpayer funds are used, but we’re being forced to pay through the nose, anyhow.

We have no real say, but that doesn’t prevent the government from fleecing us at every turn and forcing us to pay for endless wars that do more to fund the military industrial complex than protect us, pork barrel projects that produce little to nothing, and a police state that serves only to imprison us within its walls.

If you have no choice, no voice, and no real options when it comes to the government’s claims on your property and your money, you’re not free.

It wasn’t always this way, of course.

Early Americans went to war over the inalienable rights described by philosopher John Locke as the natural rights of life, liberty and property.

It didn’t take long, however—a hundred years, in fact—before the American government was laying claim to the citizenry’s property by levying taxes to pay for the Civil War. As the New York Times reports, “Widespread resistance led to its repeal in 1872.”

Determined to claim some of the citizenry’s wealth for its own uses, the government reinstituted the income tax in 1894. Charles Pollock challenged the tax as unconstitutional, and the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in his favor. Pollock’s victory was relatively short-lived. Members of Congress—united in their determination to tax the American people’s income—worked together to adopt a constitutional amendment to overrule the Pollock decision.

On the eve of World War I, in 1913, Congress instituted a permanent income tax by way of the 16th Amendment to the Constitution and the Revenue Act of 1913. Under the Revenue Act, individuals with income exceeding $3,000 could be taxed starting at 1% up to 7% for incomes exceeding $500,000.

It’s all gone downhill from there.

Unsurprisingly, the government has used its tax powers to advance its own imperialistic agendas and the courts have repeatedly upheld the government’s power to penalize or jail those who refused to pay their taxes.

While we’re struggling to get by, and making tough decisions about how to spend what little money actually makes it into our pockets after the federal, state and local governments take their share (this doesn’t include the stealth taxes imposed through tolls, fines and other fiscal penalties), the government continues to do whatever it likes—levy taxes, rack up debt, spend outrageously and irresponsibly—with little thought for the plight of its citizens.

To top it all off, all of those wars the U.S. is so eager to fight abroad are being waged with borrowed funds. As The Atlantic reports, “U.S. leaders are essentially bankrolling the wars with debt, in the form of purchases of U.S. Treasury bonds by U.S.-based entities like pension funds and state and local governments, and by countries like China and Japan.”

Of course, we’re the ones who will have to repay that borrowed debt.

For instance, American taxpayers have been forced to shell out more than $5.6 trillion since 9/11 for the military industrial complex’s costly, endless so-called “war on terrorism.” That translates to roughly $23,000 per taxpayer to wage wars abroad, occupy foreign countries, provide financial aid to foreign allies, and fill the pockets of defense contractors and grease the hands of corrupt foreign dignitaries.

Mind you, that staggering $6 trillion is only a portion of what the Pentagon spends on America’s military empire.

The United States also spends more on foreign aid than any other nation, with nearly $300 billion disbursed over a five-year period. More than 150 countries around the world receive U.S. taxpayer-funded assistance, with most of the funds going to the Middle East, Africa and Asia. That price tag keeps growing, too.

As Forbes reports, “U.S. foreign aid dwarfs the federal funds spent by 48 out of 50 state governments annually. Only the state governments of California and New York spent more federal funds than what the U.S. sent abroad each year to foreign countries.”

Most recently, in response to Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine, the Biden Administration approved $13.6 billion in military and humanitarian aid for Ukraine, with an additional $200 million for immediate military assistance.

As Dwight D. Eisenhower warned in a 1953 speech, this is how the military industrial complex will continue to get richer, while the American taxpayer will be forced to pay for programs that do little to enhance our lives, ensure our happiness and well-being, or secure our freedoms.

This is no way of life.

Yet it’s not just the government’s endless wars that are bleeding us dry.

We’re also being forced to shell out money for surveillance systems to track our movements, money to further militarize our already militarized police, money to allow the government to raid our homes and bank accounts, money to fund schools where our kids learn nothing about freedom and everything about how to comply, and on and on.

It’s tempting to say that there’s little we can do about it, except that’s not quite accurate.

There are a few things we can do (demand transparency, reject cronyism and graft, insist on fair pricing and honest accounting methods, call a halt to incentive-driven government programs that prioritize profits over people), but it will require that “we the people” stop playing politics and stand united against the politicians and corporate interests who have turned our government and economy into a pay-to-play exercise in fascism.

Unfortunately, we’ve become so invested in identity politics that pit us against one another and keep us powerless and divided that we’ve lost sight of the one label that unites us: we’re all Americans.

Trust me, we’re all in the same boat, folks, and there’s only one real life preserver: that’s the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

The Constitution starts with those three powerful words: “We the people.”

There is power in our numbers.

As I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People and in its fictional counterpart The Erik Blair Diaries, that remains our greatest strength in the face of a governmental elite that continues to ride roughshod over the populace. It remains our greatest defense against a government that has claimed for itself unlimited power over the purse (taxpayer funds) and the sword (military might).

Where we lose out is when we fall for the big-talking politicians who spend big at our expense.

Constitutional attorney and author John W. Whitehead is founder and president of The Rutherford Institute. His book Battlefield America: The War on the American People (SelectBooks, 2015) is available online at www.amazon.com. Whitehead can be contacted at [email protected]

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brian niel
brian niel
Apr 25, 2022 6:27 PM

Consider: The government can seize your home and your car (which you’ve bought and paid for) over nonpayment of taxes. Government agents can freeze and seize your bank accounts and other valuables if they merely “suspect” wrongdoing.
THEY CAN DO ALL THAT BECAUSE YOU DONT OWN ANYTHING. YOU ARE A DEAD ENTITY CREATED BY BIRTH REGISTRATION.

hotrod31
hotrod31
Apr 28, 2022 4:40 AM
Reply to  brian niel

More interestingly … the thieves in government, who incidentally, allow the bankers to make MONEY out of thin air, make the laws which enable the thievery … entertaining thought, isn’t it? It all just goes to show how easily we’re deceived to accept the absurd …
Have you ever wondered why, or how it is possible to make illegal … a plant occurring naturally, viz. cannabis/marijuana/hemp?, while simultaneously making people believe that it is a wonderful, almost liberating thing, to inject, or have others inject, an experimental concoction into one’s body? … of course it makes it all okay if the injection is relabeled, ‘vaccine’ just to make it sound a bit more therapeutic Amazing what governments can make one believe …
The written and oft’ spoken language can be such a deceptive tool … when corrupted by Lucifer’s spawn …

Human values
Human values
Apr 25, 2022 12:36 PM

First they invaded a country, stole the land of the people and killed the people. Since then they’ve always been at war against the people. War is very profitable.

The war machine is a money making machine. Money equals debt. It is debt that we the people are forced to pay for those who stole the land and made it their private property.

The idea of private property is the basis of inequality, as Rousseau wrote. People can never be equal in a system that is based on property. Capitalism is solely based on property. In capitalism property has rights and money is worshipped. People don’t matter.

And don’t those Americans just love their capitalism, capitalism and guns. They’ve been brainwashed that way. And brainwashed people cannot think properly. They cannot use their reason and logic, therefore they have no conscience, and that’s why they act in insane ways and do atrocious deeds.

”America Has Been At War 93% of the Time – 222 Out of 239 Years – Since 1776”
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article41086.htm

”3% of U.S. military spending could end starvation on earth”
https://transnational.live/2018/02/23/3-of-u-s-military-spending-could-end-starvation-on-earth/

May Hem
May Hem
Apr 25, 2022 5:32 AM

“in response to Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine” … What????

Ort
Ort
Apr 25, 2022 8:09 PM
Reply to  May Hem

Hmm, I guess some overzealous editor deleted a crucial word like “ostensible”, “supposed”, or “alleged”.

Or perhaps it was “putative”, because it sounds too much like “Putin”.

Martin Usher
Martin Usher
Apr 24, 2022 5:59 PM

This isn’t really news, its the end point of a process that has been going on for at least 20 years.

Deficits used to matter, they were a big political issue as recently as the 1990s. After the spending excesses of the 1980s (justified I’d guess by “winning” the Cold War) the Clinton administration made a serious effort to get the Federal budget under control, actually achieving surpluses during the later years of this administration (with the aim of ‘drawing down’ the national debt). This came to a crashing halt after 2000, we had 9/11 and other security panics to focus the popular mind and the start of endless wars characterized by Dick Cheney’s famous “Deficits Don’t Matter” remark. This started a free for all on the Federal budget which was in keeping with the Republican doctrine of burying the Federal government in so much debt that it could be ‘tamed’ (or rather ‘drowned in the bathtub’). The side effect of this was a credit boom; this made people feel rich as they had access to money they didn’t feel they needed to pay off because credit was cheap and easy. The inevitable result of this was inflation which people didn’t see as such — they saw their house prices rising as an indicator of wealth, not a warning of poverty, and the PR/propaganda machine kept it that way.

Inflation has bitten us hard and its effects are only just beginning. Fortunately I’m used to living in relative poverty so I never adjusted my lifestyle after moving to the US so our family will probably get by. But the “American Dream” — the promise unbounded material wealth — is really in the rear view mirror (if it ever really existed in the first place).

GR-Watch
GR-Watch
Apr 24, 2022 2:35 PM

in the US, steep rise in food prices: $2.10 for a lettuce.

in australia, steady rise in food prices: $5 for a lettuce.

wages are higher in the US than in australia, aren’t they?

Clive Williams
Clive Williams
Apr 24, 2022 4:53 PM
Reply to  GR-Watch

Depending (oh, that word) GR $2.10 plus tax. US has a labeled retail price Tag but that’s not what you pay, country State region continent wise. right/wrong its the US way.
Foreign nationals also pay school tax, even if you are not married or have children your contributing, so it’s a little disrespectful to say We Americans on tax blah blah.
I avoid loud people blabbing about taxes, reason being I think it tags labels People.
Money of course down the ages is always used for Political endings, not Peoples needs .
Anything Total you put on in around your body is basically a free for all market “economy” .
Issues Personal I call Vogue Fashion it’s one of the reasons I’ve always loved Art.

Violet
Violet
Apr 24, 2022 1:17 PM

Censor the internet act, EU agrees to expand online censorship with ‘Digital Services Act’.

https://www.informationliberation.com/?I'd=63043

Clive Williams
Clive Williams
Apr 24, 2022 6:07 PM
Reply to  Violet

Digital robotic disfunction capabilities is censorship for all intended purpose called Toolbox.
It’s no secret (how could it be) translate word into multi-culture speech within the same language is heredity flawed by it’s design.
It’s one reason they always has to be a human consensus what to add subtract delete regarding ie: mechanical engineering.
I’am self taught people like Schwab are probably not, ask him to explain if he cannot in multiple languages why even buy his books which I guarantee are not even in the english language.

Trewpol
Trewpol
Apr 24, 2022 1:11 PM

You will have heard of the mysterious fires burning down key food processing plants and storage warehouses in America (see here: https://www.sott.net/article/467020-Multiple-large-food-processing-distribution-plants-in-US-have-recently-exploded-or-burned-down) over the last few weeks?

You might have also heard that the FBI is trying to link the fires to cyber attacks

“”Ransomware actors may be more likely to attack agricultural cooperatives during critical planting and harvest seasons, disrupting operations, causing financial loss, and negatively impacting the food supply chain,” the notice read, adding 2021 and early 2022 ransomware attacks on farming co-ops could affect the current planting season “by disrupting the supply of seeds and fertilizer.””

Lest we forget cyberpolygon and the manufactured Russia-Ukraine crisis affecting wheat and barley supplies in Europe. Shanghai Lockdown further straining the supply chain (although others stuffs and not food).

Well now to tie it all together you have this creature that heads up The Rockefeller Foundation telling us via a co-conspirators channel (Bloomberg) that within six months a massive food crisis will be hitting us https://www.zerohedge.com/commodities/rockefeller-foundation-president-starts-countdown-until-all-hell-breaks-loose. (They themselves will be above such trivialities of course).

Tie that up with the vile animals at The WEF trying to insert insects into the human food chain “to protect the planet and remove food scarcity” of course. Pot Belly Gates and his paedo friends pushing synthetic meat onto us.

Voila you have an insight into how these demons among us implement their disgusting schemes – all in plain sight with forewarning to protect themselves from the wrath of karma.

(Side note: am sure many here have noticed (and like me found it weird) how a certain south Asian contingent is over represented as minions pushing and promoting this madness I.e. Rajiv Shah, Devi Sridhar, Ashish Jha, Parag Agrawal, Sundar Pichai to name a few. All I’m saying it is curious).

GR-Watch
GR-Watch
Apr 24, 2022 2:24 PM
Reply to  Trewpol

“Ransomware actors may be more likely to attack agricultural cooperatives during critical planting and harvest seasons, disrupting operations, causing financial loss, and negatively impacting the food supply chain”

The lines are blurred between Warnings and Plans!

GR-Watch
GR-Watch
Apr 24, 2022 2:29 PM
Reply to  GR-Watch

“mysterious fires burning down key food processing plants and storage warehouses”

What is the likelihood these fires are a ‘gift’ from the same people who mandated mRNA vaccines for everybody.?

Howard
Howard
Apr 24, 2022 4:52 PM
Reply to  Trewpol

When you add climate engineering (i.e., creating droughts, deluges and blizzards at just the worst possible times for the growing cycle) and paying farmers not to grow (as in California) – a definite picture begins to emerge.

Were I of a religious bent, I might point and say “Look! It’s the Devil!”

Roger G Lewis
Roger G Lewis
Apr 24, 2022 1:06 PM

“Early Americans went to war over the inalienable rights described by philosopher John Locke as the natural rights of life, liberty, and property.”

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness (life, freedom and the pursuit of happiness) is a well-known phrase that is included in the American Declaration of Independence. It is one of the most famous phrases in the English language.
The phrase, like the Declaration of Independence, was written by Thomas Jefferson and strongly influenced by the British philosopher John Locke . Benjamin Franklin supported Jefferson in toning down the protection of property as one of the tasks of the state, in order to place in its place “the pursuit of happiness.”
This is not a pedantic point it is a very important example of how those espousing “Progressive Libertarian Ideals” are serving as stewards to avoid critical thinking getting off the reservation of the usury-based financial system.
Another example is the misquoting of This Famous Bible quote.
Corinthians 13.
. Young’s Literal Translation
….”and now there doth remain faith, hope, love — these three; and the greatest of these is love”.

King James Version

…”And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”

The Nature of Predictability probability and knowing.
Escaping the Digital Matrix of Mind Control. Speaking truth to friendship and self-respect.

Clive Williams
Clive Williams
Apr 24, 2022 8:10 PM
Reply to  Roger G Lewis

Statue of Liberty is French and how many Nationalities fought in the Revolution Wars they are a horror mess.
Let me ask you this why do you willingly leap on board the revisionists bandwagen of removing statues monuments flags and banners even Names of places in your Historical Past!
And blab over the internet what you personally think is right and proper in other Countries!
And it is NOT one of the most Famous phases written in English…FREEDOM IS!

Hemlockfen
Hemlockfen
Apr 24, 2022 12:35 PM

Rember Ross Perot? Hear that giant sucking sound he predicted? This is not new. Their promise has not been to pay down the debt. Their promise was to cut deficit spending. The current plan is to put us into debt so badly that we will need to sign an international treaty that assigns our sovereignty to the world banks in exchange for the forgiveness of our debts. Only digital currency can fix it. The latest statement I read in the MSM the other day is that “climate change action is more dire than ever”. Little by little. Just like the Covid response. This is planned. Globalism. And the Democrats are trying push us as far and as fast as they can toward the brink of economic collapse before they lose power after the midterm election. It is like a runaway freight train. They are crazy. Even if their gloom and doom timing and predictions were true, there is no chance in hell that we could reduce Carbon emissions down to the levels that they have been told are needed by the lying sacks of shit in the United Nations. They are so focused on achieving their goals they don’t care about or aren’t aware of the damage they are leaving in their wake. Fools……Fools. We are fools for letting it get this far.

George Mc
George Mc
Apr 24, 2022 11:19 AM

Another morality tale:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/apr/12/climate-anxiety-therapy-mental-health

“I was enjoying a life that was ruining the world”

Not any more!

“…why are people not talking about it? Why are we not doing anything about it?”

Indeed why? You never hear about it!

“….nearly six in 10 people aged 16 to 25 were very or extremely worried about climate breakdown, nearly half of them reported climate distress or anxiety affecting their daily lives, and three-quarters agreed that “the future is frightening”.”

Won’t anyone think of the children!

“There is a danger, in suggesting that therapy might help, of pathologising climate anxiety; turning it into a mental health problem that needs to be cured…”

And you wouldn’t want that now! Of course you wouldn’t!

In fact it’s the ones who aren’t anxious who are a problem:

“…people are using psychological defences such as denial “as a way of coping and reducing the fear that they feel”. This can leave the climate-anxious with a sense of isolation, frustration and abandonment, as others tell themselves, “Oh, well, the government will save us; technology will save us; if it was that bad, somebody would have done something …. Those are all rationalisations against existential terror of annihilation – and that’s the reality of what we’re potentially looking at.”

Hey but let’s not panic anybody!

Nevertheless, we have a “a culture of uncare, a culture that actively seeks to keep us in a state of denial about the severity of the climate crisis”

We are told to prefer “the term climate trauma over anxiety”. “Anxiety” is too sissy, not manly enough i.e. not scary enough!

And don’t let anyone talk you out of your fear:

“As a climate-anxious pupil at school, James was told that this feeling was “irrational” by the therapist they saw at the time.”

Well that won’t do! Just as well the many headed hydra is there to help out!

“It was while reading article after article late at night that James landed on one about climate anxiety, and recognised their own experience.”

And so

“They decided to try treatment again, and contacted Patrick Kennedy-Williams. First, they say, he told them their fears were valid and rational.”

That’s more like it!

“Then they discussed how to get a better balance of climate news by also reading positive stories about people who are taking action, as well as limiting internet access on their phone.”

Yes, read “positive” stories – as long as they shore up the “climate trauma”. And make sure you block off the “unscientific” stuff!

“We need to normalise this distress, she says, but not by pretending it’s not there, or shouldn’t be.”

Yes I think we’re getting the picture!

Last words:

“I feel overwhelmed, too. Sometimes, I find myself lying on the sofa, unable to move because it’s all so worrying. But you get out of it, and you carry on.”

Clever. Lay on the terror and then dangle a bit of tauntingly feeble of “positivity”. You are not meant to get out the sofa. You are meant to stay there!

Patrick L.
Patrick L.
Apr 24, 2022 1:22 PM
Reply to  George Mc

“It was while reading article after article late at night that James landed on one about climate anxiety, and recognised their own experience.”

James are large, they contain multitudes.

George Mc
George Mc
Apr 24, 2022 2:35 PM
Reply to  Patrick L.

Interesting. So what does it mean? Sloppy writing done in a rush to make a deadline? A combination of two texts where the discrepencies weren’t cleaned up? Or perhaps the article was – at least partly – written by a piece of software?

Patrick L.
Patrick L.
Apr 24, 2022 3:55 PM
Reply to  George Mc

Nah, it’s clearly intentional. James has decided he is in fact a they, so the Groaniad is “respecting his pronouns”, i.e. encouraging him in his delusion:

“They decided to try treatment again, and contacted Patrick Kennedy-Williams. First, they say, he told them their fears were valid and rational.

Reminds me of the old joke: “I’m schizophrenic. So am I.”

Invisible Man
Invisible Man
Apr 24, 2022 4:02 PM
Reply to  George Mc

Maybe James identifies as non-binary. Like mentally ill Hollywood actor Ezra Miller, who has been in the news lately for various violent altercations and who identifies as “they” and “them.”

I’ve never seen Mr. Miller in a movie, mind you. All I know is he insists on you using plural pronouns when you talk to him. And if you don’t, he’ll probably punch you in the face.

hele
hele
Apr 24, 2022 5:12 PM
Reply to  Invisible Man

hilarious.

Howard
Howard
Apr 24, 2022 4:58 PM
Reply to  Patrick L.

Maybe James was in drag, so the writer, not wanting to insult James by saying either “he” or “she” chose the impersonal “they.”

George Mc
George Mc
Apr 24, 2022 10:54 AM

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-61042598

“Is a virus we all have causing multiple sclerosis?

….

Our brains are an orchestra of electrical activity. Billions of individual players, called neurons, produce precise electrical signals. When they come together, the resulting symphony is who we are, our thoughts, our emotions, our control over our body and how we experience the world around us.

But in multiple sclerosis, there is a saboteur at work. Our own immune system turns against the neurons and they can no longer play in tune. The impact can be devastating.

What leads the immune system astray has been a long and hotly debated mystery, but studies published this year have convincingly pointed the finger at the Epstein-Barr virus.”

Time to lend nature a hand then:

“There are several companies already working on an EBV vaccine, including Moderna, which is using the same technology it used to rapidly develop a Covid vaccine.”

Well isn’t that a surprise!

Justapleb
Justapleb
Apr 24, 2022 10:17 AM

The major omission in this article is that it focuses on a small part of the picture.
Yes, the US govt (controlled by US oligarchs) is exploiting US “taxpayers” (i.e. all Americans, because taxes are baked in to the prices of everything). But it doesn’t stop at US borders. See:
https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/hudson-dollar-devours-euro for a broader view.

Edwige
Edwige
Apr 24, 2022 9:59 AM

It isn’t just “pay more” – it’s “get less” at the same time. Example:

https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/health/2022/04/frankly-people-are-dying-the-nhs-spring-crisis-your-higher-taxes-cant-solve

“there was a running joke among some NHS staff that every year brings the “worst winter ever” for Britain’s hospitals.”

As the NS and every ‘mainstream’ outlet didn’t say during convid while trumpeting “NHS in crisis” every five minutes.

“Each patient-facing member of staff faces moral injury on a daily basis”

Moral injury?

““It makes people feel much more cynical towards the NHS and its ability to provide care,”

If that cynicism turns against allopathic medicine in general then that’s a good thing – but if it means the same old allopathic prescription but with private payment (which is of course the only alternative the NS can consider) then it’s mission accomplished for the oligarchs.

George Mc
George Mc
Apr 24, 2022 11:41 AM
Reply to  Edwige

I love these subjectless statements or rather statments where the activity becomes a subject in itself as in “there was a running joke” i.e. the joke just appeared somewhere all by itself and did some running around. What a clever little joke!

As in “There’s a rumour going round … News has arrived that … Fears are mounting that …” etc.

Yes indeed. Fears are mounting that a rising tide of cynicism is undermining the NHS and endangering the absolutely necessary endless chain of vaccines that are newly discovered to guarantee eternal life but only if applied with constantly intensifying acceleration. A drop in momentum will kill and that’s not our fault but only a fault of vaccine hesitancy.

Mike Ellwood (Oxon UK)
Mike Ellwood (Oxon UK)
Apr 24, 2022 12:47 PM
Reply to  George Mc

“Tests have shown….”

George Mc
George Mc
Apr 24, 2022 2:37 PM

“It has been proclaimed … The Science says …. And Lo! … For verily was it written thus ….”

George Mc
George Mc
Apr 24, 2022 2:39 PM
Reply to  George Mc

Speaking of which, I recall an article – from the Graud I think – that said that the King James Bible itself was archaic even in its own time. The Olde Worlde language was meant to radiate a sense of “Authority”!

rubberheid
rubberheid
Apr 24, 2022 5:11 PM
Reply to  George Mc

redacted too!

rubberheid
rubberheid
Apr 24, 2022 5:09 PM
Reply to  George Mc

I once saw a hand saw grow legs, arms and take off across the fields, lit out.

just ran away.

mgeo
mgeo
Apr 24, 2022 5:03 PM
Reply to  Edwige

I suppose following orders to apply DNR or Russian-roulette jabs to people does injure you morally.

Clutching at straws
Clutching at straws
Apr 24, 2022 9:32 AM

As the debt increases to an unsustainable level so the chance increases for “debt forgiveness” in return for whatever they want.

Edwige
Edwige
Apr 24, 2022 9:30 AM

Mandy Rice-Ustenko says….

https://dumptheguardian.com/business/2022/apr/23/zelenskiys-economic-guru-germany-can-survive-without-russian-oil

No doubt there’s much to be discovered about “Zelenskiy’s economic guru” – a quick search can’t find any WEF connection but like all great nationalists he happens to have a US university education (Harvard and MIT). His economic guru-ing didn’t include “don’t provoke a war – it’ll be shit for Ukraine’s economy”?

Tisdall’s in a tizzy declaring Putin might win and it’ll be a “catastrophe”.

Meanwhile the UK media are prepping for Johnson’s removal after the local elections early May. The Fraud positions the election choice as Partygate versus low council tax. It’s the perfect dialectic – no rule of law for the rich and powerful versus big tax hikes so either way their agenda is advanced. The articles damning populism are undoubtedly already written (indeed the Fraud isn’t waiting and has released some already by the likes of Andy Beckett). With Sunak taken down, I guess Javed will be the likely replacement (he’s been allowed a bit of transgender gesture politics to dupe the right) – although Tobias Ellwood is no doubt willing to serve if required.

Mike Ellwood (Oxon UK)
Mike Ellwood (Oxon UK)
Apr 24, 2022 12:58 PM
Reply to  Edwige

Tabloid headlines today are that Sunak is spending £13,000 a year heating his pool.
(while the rest of us are struggling to pay our energy bills and also being told to use less energy to save the planet blah-blah-blah).

(I would like to know whether it’s him that’s paying for this, or the public purse, and/or whether he will claim this on expenses. But apart from that, we know he’s rich, and that his wife is stupendously rich, and that rich people spend a lot of money, often on wasteful things, so what’s new).

But anyway, it’s another sign that the MSM have got the message that Sunak is not destined to replace Johnson, so they will continue to drip-drip anti Sunak messages among their other poisonous drivel.

Joerg
Joerg
Apr 24, 2022 8:05 AM

THIS IS NOT AMERICA
with the lines ..
“A little piece of you
The little peace in me
Will die …………
For this is not America”

Orthus
Orthus
Apr 24, 2022 8:01 AM

Definitely but unashamedly off topic.

At least one child has died from mystery strain of severe hepatitis, WHO confirms

https://dumptheguardian.com/uk-news/2022/apr/23/at-least-one-child-has-died-from-mystery-strain-of-severe-hepatitis-who-confirms

The cases are more unusual still because they are not linked to any of the five typical strains of the virus – hepatitis A, B, C, D and E.

Scientists currently believe that an adenovirus, a common type of virus that can cause common colds, could be behind the wave of acute hepatitis cases. At least 74 of the children who are affected have tested positive for adenovirus infection.

But while adenovirus 41 has been linked to hepatitis in immunocompromised children, it has never been known to cause the condition in previously healthy children.

Adenovirus, immunocompromised? Where have I heard those words before?

Jacques
Jacques
Apr 24, 2022 7:58 AM

“The only solution is outright forceful rebellion”

Basically yes.

People have over centuries become domesticated sheeple, totally reliant on the government. Obedient to the nth degree, naively thinking that they have democracy, freedom, and all that bullshit, which means that there is nothing to rebel against, that they just need to vote for somebody who is less of an asshole the next time around.

They need to realize the degree to which they’re subjugated and rise up. Hopefully in a peaceful fashion, but only the future will tell how things will be played out. Right now, the vast majority of people are completely oblivious of their true status of serfs/slaves.

Joerg
Joerg
Apr 24, 2022 10:34 AM
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Joerg
Joerg
Apr 24, 2022 10:39 AM
Reply to  Jacques

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Joerg
Joerg
Apr 24, 2022 10:40 AM
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script
script
Apr 24, 2022 11:43 AM
Reply to  Joerg

Lizards. +1

May Hem
May Hem
Apr 25, 2022 5:46 AM
Reply to  Jacques

A solution proposed by the brilliant Brecht Arnaert. He is a financial advisor and philosopher with a difference. I am impressed by the work of this man.

‘Why we have to stop paying taxes’

Duckman
Duckman
Apr 24, 2022 7:35 AM

A reconstruction of the terrible deity Moloch, linked to Phoenician and Carthaginian religions… will be stationed at the entrance to the Colosseum to welcome visitors to the exhibition.

Duckman
Duckman
Apr 24, 2022 7:17 AM

many of you know of this plan, some of you dont, here is a brief concise summary

choosing between the light and the dark is not a “choice” it is who you are, to be deceived that you are one, when you are actualy the other insights us of the delusion and madness we face

https://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sociopolitica/sociopol_globalization37.htm

Duckman
Duckman
Apr 24, 2022 7:06 AM

a few words re maurice strong:

In 1978, a mystic informed Hanne and Maurice Strong that “the Baca
would become the center for a new planetary order which would evolve
from the economic collapse and environmental catastrophes that would
sweep the globe in the years to come.” The Strongs say they see the
Baca, which they call ‘The Valley Of the Refuge Of World Truths ‘”,as
the paradigm for the entire planet and say that the fate of the earth
is at stake. Shirley MacLaine agrees – her astrologer told her to move
to the Baca, and she did. She is building a New Age study center at
the Baca where people can take short week-long courses on the occult!
Apparently, the Kissingers, the Rockefellers, the McNamaras, the
Rothschild’s, and other Establishment New World Order elitists all
agree as well, for they do their pilgrimage to the Baca – where
politics and the occult – the New World Order and the New Age – all
merge. Watch Maurice Strong and watch the Baca!

script
script
Apr 24, 2022 11:45 AM
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MaryLS
MaryLS
Apr 25, 2022 4:01 AM
Reply to  Duckman

Maurice has died — at least that is what we are told.

Rhys Jaggar
Rhys Jaggar
Apr 24, 2022 7:01 AM

You need to focus not on the sockpuppets in the public eye but the billionaire oligarchs that control them, whilst not paying proper levels of tax.

You have a situation where those who are taxed are not represented and those who evade paying tax control the taxmen like obedient slaves.

You need to march not on Washington DC but to Bill Gates’ mansion aside the sea near San Diego. To the mansion of every Board member of Blackrock Inc. Do the same to Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos, Jack Dorsey, all the sports moguls who extort year in year out through cartel-based outcome fixing. Every major investment bank board member on Wall Street. All the big oil and gas oligarchs. Oh, and that prize criminal, Anthony Fauci. Not as rich as the rest of them, but more corrupt than most of them.

There are very, very few of these oligarchs compared to you, the people. Quite a lot of them are old and a bit doddery. They won’t last five minutes in any combat where they don’t have mercenaries lined up to kill you to defend their poxy souls.

Don’t play by their rules. Leave their money untouched. Play by your rules. Take away from them those things which you value the most. Take away their ability to pursue happiness, take away their liberty. Take away a few other things besides like their dignity and their children. But don’t take away their money. Only accept it if they beg you to stop and will give you all their money in return….at that point, negotiations can begin on a new settlement.

Don’t negotiate until then.

If you start too soon, they will negotiate in bad faith with the aim of stealing and enslaving all over again.

Donald Duck
Donald Duck
Apr 24, 2022 9:40 AM
Reply to  Rhys Jaggar

I think that it was Peter (now Lord) Mandelson, one of the leading honchos in the Labour Party, who came up with the utterance that he was : “intensely relaxed about people getting filthy rich as long as they pay their taxes”, somewhat typical of the Blair administration. What he didn’t understand (or deliberately misunderstood, which seems more likely) was that the filthy rich don’t actually pay their taxes, and their ill-gotten gains are squirrelled away in tax avoidance venues like the Cayman Islands. That’s new Labour for you.

Mike Ellwood (Oxon UK)
Mike Ellwood (Oxon UK)
Apr 24, 2022 1:01 PM
Reply to  Donald Duck

I think what he really meant was that he was “intensely relaxed about people getting filthy rich as long as I do too”.

J A
J A
Apr 24, 2022 10:49 AM
Reply to  Rhys Jaggar

Exactly. Like at the end bit I was thinking “You can just… stop paying them?”

hele
hele
Apr 24, 2022 5:15 PM
Reply to  Rhys Jaggar

Yes.

Dmass
Dmass
Apr 24, 2022 6:59 AM

Same in UK.

jimbo
jimbo
Apr 24, 2022 6:44 AM

Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine

Gee whiz Kitt R U channeling your CIA Zelenskee???

U a Russia CANCEL zombee??

les online
les online
Apr 24, 2022 6:53 AM
Reply to  jimbo

Superficial is not as deep as shallow…anon…

NickM
NickM
Apr 24, 2022 6:37 AM

Good cartoon. Neatly sums the situation. Better late than never.

But do the sheeple want to turn their eyes to that shadow on the wall? Or are they totally concerned with the little bag of goodies in front of their nose?

Hsuan
Hsuan
Apr 24, 2022 5:58 AM

Trust me, we’re all in the same boat, folks, and there’s only one real life preserver: that’s the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Unfortunately, the interpretation of U.S. constitutional law is in the hands of a corrupt judiciary. We do have natural rights that go beyond anything granted by the constitution. These rights truly are inalienable. Unless and until the majority of the people wake up to that reality we are in deep trouble.

GR-Watch
GR-Watch
Apr 24, 2022 4:14 AM

“the national debt isn’t going away anytime soon”

Apparently, when the creditors become difficult to deal with, we can bomb* them.

A little unethical, it sounds, but who cares since there is no accountability!!

* pronounced with a giggle

Edwige
Edwige
Apr 24, 2022 8:44 AM
Reply to  GR-Watch

Hell will freeze over before they bomb Wall St, the City or the BIS.

Wall St was bombed once, in Sept 1920 in what stinks of a false flag. Nobody was ever prosecuted.

Maxwell
Maxwell
Apr 24, 2022 3:03 AM

Covid-19 is the biggest money laundering scheme in history.

If you view the “War on a Virus” as something that was designed to be won by the ruling class then you are working under a false assumption. Similar to the phony “War on Terror” the entirety of the “Covid-19 Pandemic” is complete fraud and cover for the collapse of the current financial order and a bailout of the wealthy resulting in the largest transfer of wealth in recorded history.

The bio-security infrastructure being installed is designed to perpetually enrich the ruling class while bleeding the general populace dry.

If you view this whole ‘pandemic’ situation through the lens of health, safety, science and saving lives, then most of it makes little sense. If you view it through the lens of money, power, control, and wealth transfer, then all of it makes perfect sense.

When seen in this light Phase One of the “Covid-19” scam has been quite a success for the ruling class as we witnessed the largest transfer of wealth in history to that ruling class and the creation of a new set of billionaires who made their fortunes off these “Covid” policies.

The plan is for global hyperinflation to vaporize the assets of the masses and the states- as soon as the ruling class mops up the last properties. What this means is the ruling class will have limitless claims on everything in the world.

Covid 19 is the final heist to strip all value out of the world in an effort by the creditors to consolidate what they believe they’re owed- which is everything.

It’s blackmail on a global scale.

Edwige
Edwige
Apr 24, 2022 8:51 AM
Reply to  Maxwell

“Covid 19 is the final heist”.

The climate heist will make convid look like a five-and-dime robbery. Ownership of sea beds.. taxes on breathing….

David Ho
David Ho
Apr 24, 2022 2:35 AM

Who owns the world?
The only solution is outright forceful rebellion.
Everything else is just whinging that could go on for hundreds of years. Voting is whinging for a few more pennies, it is not democratic agency.

Hele
Hele
Apr 24, 2022 6:26 AM
Reply to  David Ho

yep-protest-the only thing we the people have-I’m sick of waiting for them to act.

Pakistanicecream
Pakistanicecream
Apr 24, 2022 12:42 PM
Reply to  David Ho

The bankers own the world and disproportionate amount of them identify them as belonging to a particular ethnicity.

William T Conklin
William T Conklin
Apr 24, 2022 12:00 AM

I published a book 20 years ago on this issue called “Why No One is Required to File Tax Returns.” The book sold out two editions. It is available on the web for free and used copies are at Amazon.com. This article is excellent. Below is a link I found that offers my book for free.

https://freedomforallseasons.org/TaxFreedomEmail/2016-02-29%20Why%20No%20One%20is%20Required%20to%20File%20Tax%20Returns%202nd%20Ed.pdf

Tom
Tom
Apr 23, 2022 11:53 PM

Look, this ‘government debt’ scarient is just as much nonsense as Covid and viruses. Governments that are the sole issuers if free floating currencies cannot run out of £, $ € etc and the difference between government spending and tax receipts is investment/disinvestment in the National economy. The deficit/surplus is, penny for penny, government enriching/de-riching the private sector. Theoretically the government can tax back to the treasury the whole of the accumulated deficit. Private sector wealth can be seen as untaxed assets. As long as there is idle resources in such an economy governments should continue spending. Unemployment is a political choice. Relax and insist your government spends to ensure every person that wants a job has one. Austerity is political not financial.

Mike Ellwood (Oxon UK)
Mike Ellwood (Oxon UK)
Apr 24, 2022 1:24 PM
Reply to  Tom

Quite. This is what we learn from MMT, the real MMT as taught by Bill Mitchell, Randy Wray, Warren Mosler, Stephanie Kelton, and those educated by them, not the fake versions as criticised by the likes of Paul Krugman, or the weird versions as peddled by the likes of Richard Murphy.

What MMT does not say, and has never said, is that governments can just go on spending regardless. Something that (Professor) Bill Mitchell has said many times is that inflation can happen wherever/whenever currency is spent, whether it is spent by the public sector or the private sector (good example of the latter is the various housing booms that have happened from time to time in many countries). So it’s not what MMT-ignorant commentators call “money printing” (more correctly currency creation) that is (or can be) the problem, but the way in which it is spent.

As Tom says, the real issue is real resources, as we will all be finding out sooner or later when we are hit by resource shortages, and higher prices for what resources there are.

But a currency-issuing government can no more run out of its own currency than an umpire in tennis can run out of points.

And people go on about QE as though it drove inflation. In the USA and the UK, what happened was that the central banks (Fed and BoE) created dollars and pounds ab initio, by computer keystrokes, and used them to buy back their own bonds, i.e. their own debt, from financial institutions that were holding them. It actually reduced the “national debt”. They could have reduced the “national debt” to zero overnight if they had wanted. And if not, they could choose to pay zero interest on that “debt”, if they wanted to. QE did not create general inflation in the USA, or the UK. (Asset inflation is another story). Neither did it in Japan, where they were desperate to get the deflation in their economy to reverse, and couldn’t make it happen.

mgeo
mgeo
Apr 24, 2022 5:17 PM

+1

Voz 0db
Voz 0db
Apr 23, 2022 11:35 PM

We always were!

Millennia after millennia uman animals have always lived with this awesome lifestyle…

Marilyn Shepherd
Marilyn Shepherd
Apr 23, 2022 11:25 PM

Victoria spent over half a billion on a quarantine centre that almost no one ever used, they spent over half a billion on ”tests”, crashed the economy totally, and another half a billion on days off for people waiting for pcr that diagnosed nothing at all.

Jo Dominich
Jo Dominich
Apr 24, 2022 12:35 AM

Oh so true Marilyn

Clive Williams
Clive Williams
Apr 24, 2022 2:12 AM

Right there, tests & masks what the hell was that about. Live alone thought the World has gone nuts.
Then lock yourself up, yep completely bonkers.
The Mask thing I actually screamed NO! into my phone.
I thought they must want everyones DNA.

Marilyn Shepherd
Marilyn Shepherd
Apr 23, 2022 11:22 PM

Most of the foreign aid is actually army bases, nothing to do with food or medicine

Clive Williams
Clive Williams
Apr 23, 2022 11:04 PM

American would bullhorn same type of speech Trafalgar sq. London at Demos in the ’60’s. You may find some original footage aired by bbc/itv news who knows, doubt everything was recorded back then.
After the world cup ’66, people older may remember.
The point being there is very little difference between then and now, the digital Net is just louder that’s all.
And, isn’t the Worlds reserve currency the US Dollar?, so bleating on about about how much accomplishes what? Look at your infrastructure, enough said.

Paul Watson
Paul Watson
Apr 23, 2022 11:00 PM

80% of all the US dollars created in history have been created in the last 2 years.
Think on that fact for a while.
They are burning down the house.

TDj
TDj
Apr 24, 2022 9:53 AM
Reply to  Paul Watson

The 🗣 Talking 🐟 Heads 🎣 of ‘Psycho Killer’s.

TDj
TDj
Apr 24, 2022 10:18 AM
Reply to  Paul Watson

An old Slavic proverb affirms, that the Fish stinks from
The Head downwards . . .

fertility
fertility
Apr 23, 2022 10:01 PM

We the People’ Are the New, Permanent Underclass in America.
Do remind us john @ Rutherford Institute how much you earn again??
Nothing like a fibber pretending to be a underclass on 300k+ per year.
like Jlow Jenny From The Block. which she aint.

Clive Williams
Clive Williams
Apr 24, 2022 3:31 AM
Reply to  fertility

A flat (‘apartment’). It’s like filling out a mortgage application. Plus background check. I TALK to people basic hour rate buys shit. Some places make sure you dont put in 40hrs, so you don’t qualify for health dental.
“Here in the US” is a typical comment meaning nothing on a Continent. Even less to people in Europe, like “what’s this Yank on about”.
They all disappear into their houses only to surface when going “shopping”. Lol! What the hell would this person know two towns over! Let alone two States over!
You got it, Media well YEA!

America reminds me of a shop window full of TV’s all on the same channel.
No? ok including what many forget about in this computer age…Radio.

Orthus
Orthus
Apr 24, 2022 7:20 AM
Reply to  fertility

👍

Russian Hank
Russian Hank
Apr 23, 2022 9:59 PM

We?

Clive Williams
Clive Williams
Apr 24, 2022 3:59 AM
Reply to  Russian Hank

Translate ..”We” Americans, dont worry along with our Asia Chinese business partners will continue to help the Rest of you Lot out. www science ..see.. there ya go.

That’ll be 50 trillion cash debit credit or tokens?
Thank you Sir, have a nice day stay Safe.

Jeffrey Strahl
Jeffrey Strahl
Apr 23, 2022 9:32 PM

This is not about “government.” The state is simply acting upon the needs of capital, the modern state and capital emerged onto the stage of history joined at the hip, in late Medieval times in England, have been since. The growing power of the state coincides with the increasing centralization and concentration of capital. Till you confront the social power of capital (which is what the real Eric Blair, aka George Orwell, espoused), you will solve nothing. Attacking “government” as if it’s a separate matter is a diversion.

NixonScraypes
NixonScraypes
Apr 23, 2022 9:51 PM
Reply to  Jeffrey Strahl

So, really capital is the government. If you want to get rid of capitalism: get rid of capital. It’s very simple, not easy but simple. Banking rules the world.

boxofcrayons
boxofcrayons
Apr 24, 2022 1:18 AM
Reply to  Jeffrey Strahl

you are correct to strike at the Root – Mr Strahl…. .
Sadly….many continue to live under the false impression that jumping from branch to branch will eventually lead them to the tree top.

Mark41
Mark41
Apr 23, 2022 8:34 PM

The American taxpayers and voters, legal and illegal are absolutely dumb. We allow ourselves to be separated into tribal groups and vote with emotional thinking for ideological and tribal policies. Washington is obviously a corrupt place. Politicians lie, break laws and we, the people, just allow it to continue.

Rarely does our government actually pass a budget. We allow them to get to the 12th hour and threaten a government shutdown then agree to a Continuing Resolution to just add a few percentage points and keep on spending. There is never any accountability or auditing of the results of spending. Funds are repurposed to something other than what they were to be for.

Bills are passed to “Save The Children” or something like that. Shovel Ready Projects comes to mind. Then the funds are used for something different and the children are never saved.

So a very good article describing the state we are in. Not sure what we can do other that stop the tribal madness we’ve allowed ourselves to be sold on and demand budgets and accountability of the spending. Not going to hold my breath.

S Cooper
S Cooper
Apr 23, 2022 8:14 PM

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“The Scamdemic was not a medical event but a political economic one.” 
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“But don’t you see? HER SECURITY FACE DIAPER gives purpose to her drab existence.

S Cooper
S Cooper
Apr 23, 2022 8:18 PM
Reply to  S Cooper

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“Another Proud Subversive to the current Corporate Fascist Big Lie.”
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“BFF’s Orange Hair Bozo and Groper Joe behind the scenes. Remember, it is not a Big Lie if one believes it.”

jubal hershaw
jubal hershaw
Apr 24, 2022 12:38 AM
Reply to  S Cooper

Why is it that men ‘s**t their pants while women only wet their pants ? Is it discrimination, or dont women get the joke ?

Rob Rob
Rob Rob
Apr 23, 2022 8:13 PM

What’s annoying is that you’ll never hear the conservatives explain WHO DO WE OWE THE DEBT TO?
it’s a banking system based on interest that is never sustainable.
For example you have 100,000 dollars of deposits. You can loan out 90k at interest.
The interest adds to the pool, and you end up with more money than you started with.

That’s the fucking scam of free market bullshit.
https://odysee.com/@truthstreammedia:4/the-trust-game-episode-4-dr.-jekyll:9

Edith
Edith
Apr 24, 2022 2:36 AM
Reply to  Rob Rob

It is like nothing changes….these people still meet in secret and decide the fate of humanity without humanity having a say, and all done to line their own pockets..,in the name of our greater good.

Mike Ellwood (Oxon UK)
Mike Ellwood (Oxon UK)
Apr 24, 2022 1:52 PM
Reply to  Rob Rob

Those who don’t want to believe what MMT teaches will never be convinced, but it’s a fact that there is a massive difference between public (by which I mean central government) debt, and private debt.

In a country that issues its own currency (e.g. USA, UK, Australia, Japan), there is essentially never a problem with public/government debt. (Local government debt is another issue – local government does not create the currency).

Private debt, on the other hand, can be a massive problem. Generally speaking, it is private debt that can be unsustainable.

As for your statement above, deposits are irrelevant. It is not denied, even by people who do not accept MMT, that when a commercial bank issues a loan, it does not depend on its deposits. (People who think it does are following what is called “Loanable Funds theory”).
What it does is simply create an amount of credit, ab initio, by computer keystrokes.

It sounds a bit like what a central bank can do when creating currency ab initio, but there is a big difference. When the commercial bank loan is paid off then that credit disappears, and if you were thinking that what the commercial bank did was creating money out of thin air, then don’t panic, because that “money” has now disappeared.

That is not what happens with central-bank created money. Central-bank-created money can be effectively destroyed by taxation, because taxation removes it from general circulation, and so makes the private sector as a whole that much poorer. But perversely, it doesn’t make the government richer either, because the government didn’t need that money in the first place, to finance its own projects. It doesn’t tax because it needs the money. It taxes for a range of reasons (one being to control inflation), but to explain fully would require a deeper dive into MMT. Another time, maybe.

Joerg
Joerg
Apr 23, 2022 7:52 PM

Debts in the US and Nato-countries will rise even more and at an accelerated speed (while poverty will spread dramatically!) as a huge amount of weapons gets poured into Ukraine. Also the crises with Russia makes an update of weapon systems necessary.
“MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX GOLD RUSH AS WEAPONS DEPLETED”

Edwige
Edwige
Apr 23, 2022 10:43 PM
Reply to  Joerg

Yet at the same time the Russian military is so useless they have to use weapons from the Iranians and mercenaries from wherever….

smithfs
smithfs
Apr 23, 2022 7:46 PM

The US gov’t can eliminate the National Debt in 10yrs. Just start paying the national debt down with Federal Treasury debt-free$, same way the Treasury creates coins – no debt.

So pay 10% of federal debt with Treasury notes every year, and at the same time raise Bank Reserve requirements by 10% every year. Essentially the Banks will be forced to take Treasury notes as their Reserve replacing the Federal debt they were owed. At the end of 10yrs all Federal debt is payed off, Banks must maintain the 100% reserve of Treasury notes that they now have. And then they must function just as Credit Unions do, the way most people think Banks operate, but they don’t. If they get one $billion in deposits (debt-free treasury notes) then they can loan out at interest one $billion, no more. You likely will have to imprison a few dozen Banksters to achieve this though, because they will kill to protect their incredible welfare gift of being able to create our money supply.

http://moredebtthanmoney.com/

NixonScraypes
NixonScraypes
Apr 23, 2022 9:59 PM
Reply to  smithfs

I tell this to people and very smug and superciliously, they tell me I’m an anti semitic conspiracy theorist and know nothing about economics.

wardropper
wardropper
Apr 23, 2022 7:35 PM

As Dude rightly indicates below, “You, the People”, need to get off your arses and insist upon common decency once again among those who claim to represent your society.
The rest of the world will follow suit once Washington gets fixed.

The only question mark is whether, after so many decades of “The Pursuit of Mind-Numbing Superficiality”, Americans still remember where principles and values actually come from, or know what has gone so catastrophically wrong.
If they don’t, they won’t recognize any solutions.

I don’t hate Americans, but something has taken over their society, and, whatever it is, it isn’t American at all. It isn’t even human.

It’s like God just sighed, and thought:

“Well, they’re on their own now. They’ll eat and drink to gross excess, blow their minds on drugs and alcohol, have excruciating, contorted sex whenever they feel like it, and one couple in a hundred million will produce a Mozart, a Bernini or a Shakespeare.
Perhaps it’s worth it for that last group, but I’m sure some of my archangels would disagree.

It probably wasn’t such a good idea to let some of those peculiar people have all that money… I’m going to be very alone when all this goes to Hell”…

Orthus
Orthus
Apr 23, 2022 7:35 PM

The national debt (the amount the federal government has borrowed over the years and must pay back) is $30 trillion and growing. That translates to roughly $242,000 per taxpayer.

Fortunately most of it is owed to Americans.

The United States also spends more on foreign aid than any other nation, with nearly $300 billion disbursed over a five-year period. More than 150 countries around the world receive U.S. taxpayer-funded assistance, with most of the funds going to the Middle East, Africa and Asia. That price tag keeps growing, too.

All those revolutions don’t come cheap. And without those revolutions and the weapons to fight them what would become of Raytheon et al? You do know that foreign aid supports the US army?

Edwige
Edwige
Apr 23, 2022 7:26 PM

Railing against the federal government alone comes across as libertarian delusion because it neglects the other pincer in the attack, the corporations.

Corporate dominance has its roots in the Supreme Court decision that corporations are persons and therefore have the same constitutional protections. What’s not so well known is that this decision was announced uncontested by Bonesman Morrison Remick Waite (in the 1886 Santa Clara County case). “The Court does not wish to hear argument on the question whether the provision in the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which forbids a Saate to deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws, applies to these corporations. We are all of the opinion that it does”.

Joshua Shalet
Joshua Shalet
Apr 23, 2022 7:19 PM

What would happen if 100 million Americans just stopped paying taxes?

wardropper
wardropper
Apr 23, 2022 7:54 PM
Reply to  Joshua Shalet

We would wake up and realize it was all a dream…

I can’t think of anything – not one single thing – that would make them do that, and I have a good imagination…

Big al
Big al
Apr 23, 2022 7:56 PM
Reply to  Joshua Shalet

We’d have to invade Liechtenstein. That’s all we could afford.

Howard
Howard
Apr 24, 2022 12:04 AM
Reply to  Big al

First we’d have to find it on a map. Oh wait: I forgot we now have GPS. Never mind.

Orthus
Orthus
Apr 24, 2022 7:37 AM
Reply to  Big al

The greatest US military success, achieved without external assistance, not even from the French, was the invasion and subjugation of Grenada (pop. 111, 454).

NixonScraypes
NixonScraypes
Apr 23, 2022 10:02 PM
Reply to  Joshua Shalet

They would be “vaccinated”

Joe Van Steenbergen
Joe Van Steenbergen
Apr 23, 2022 7:18 PM

Money laundering 101 – how to enrich the wealthy and well connected using the Federal tax system to syphon money from taxpayers and transfer it to the “complexes;” i.e., military-intelligence-tech-medical-industrial complexes. If it’s working for them why on earth do we suppose that selected and installed politicians would ever want to change it?

Jacques
Jacques
Apr 23, 2022 6:23 PM

There was an article here on the other day about Rhode Island having gone round the bend and charging uninjected people extra tax. Interesting. I lived in Rhode Island for a while and it was the only state where car insurance wasn’t mandatory. Or maybe one of two US states. Also, there was no garbage collection where I lived (near Providence), which the European/Canadian me found quite bewildering. The only government office was the post office. The Wild West … ha ha … !

I guess not anymore. The times are a-changin’.