America’s big problems are institutional in nature: economy/income inequality, immoral tax structure, healthcare/education, voter suppression, police brutality/racism, student loan debt, etc.
Institutional problems require large, robust aggressive solutions – not piecemeal or half-baked plans. Moreover, solving institutional problems require looking at the big picture, finding the common thread tying all these institutional problems together: MONEY.
The smartest question any voter could ever, ever ask their representative is, “How much money does our federal government have?”
If you ask ten different politicians, they will surely give you ten different answers. However, they all agree on one thing: our government has enough money for what they want, but not what you want. They have a BUDGET in their hand and will tell you our government has a finite amount of money to spend – just like your household budget – and we must stick to “our budget.”
NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH!
Do you recall Donald Trump and the GOP worrying about raising the national debt, inflation, or justification when Trump blessed the wealthiest class with THREE TRILLION DOLLARS IN TAX CUTS?
No, of course not. But try to get Mitch McConnell to allow a $200 billion bill benefiting the poor and middle-class to come to the floor of the Senate for a vote and suddenly Mitch is whining about you breaking the backs of his grandkids with your mountain of debt you’re strapping on their precious backs.
Here’s THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER: our Founding Fathers very wisely established a fiat government featuring the constitutional power to create our own currency, instead of having to borrow from somewhere else, like a foreign bank or a federal reserve. The U.S. Constitution provides for Congress the power to create our own currency.
The way things currently work is Congress passes a spending bill, then they send it to the U.S. Treasury Dept. whereupon the U.S. Treasury Secretary “requests” the appropriated amount from the federal reserve and the federal reserve “lends” the money to the U.S. Government. The Chairman of the Federal Reserve literally sits at his desktop computer and types a dollar amount on his keyboard and hits send – literally depositing that amount into a U.S. Government bank account at the U.S. Treasury Dept.
Our Founding Fathers did not create a federal reserve, but they did create a constitutional right for Congress to create our nation’s own currency as We The People see fit.
Article I, Section 8, Clause 5:
[The Congress shall have Power . . .] To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures.
I am suggesting we follow our Founding Fathers’ lead and create our own currency and deposit it directly into a U.S. Government bank account at the Treasury Dept. for We The People to spend as we see fit. There is NO NEED FOR OUR CONGRESS TO BORROW MONEY FROM THE FEDERAL RESERVE. Our Founding Fathers did not intend for Congress to owe a debt to anyone, much less pay interest on our own money! The very existence of the “federal reserve” would surely disgust, appall and anger our Founding Fathers.
I challenge anyone to explain to me why it is a better idea to continue to raise the national debt by continuing to borrow money from the Federal Reserve instead of circumventing the federal reserve altogether and exercise our constitutional authority to create and deposit funds directly into our U.S. Government bank account.
Of the course the bi-partisan game in Washington is to convince their constituents our government operates on a finite budget and there’s just not enough funds for what you want.
Congress believes it is their personal cash cow for themselves and their buddies – their Golden Goose for the express purpose of fulfilling their dreams and pockets with a lifetime of infinite cash. The bi-partisan Congressional crimewave in Washington is just as narcissitic as Donald Trump but they know how to hide it better. (most of the time).
If you want to analyze conservatism and the Republican Party, and I did, you need to realize conservatism is not a legitimate political position but a sociopathy instead.
Conservatism can be summed up as “I’m OKAY and TO HELL WITH YOU BUDDY!” Conservatives just want to shrink government down enough so they can drown it in a bathtub. Conservatives believe the less government the better. Conservatives believe if you can’t work a job, buy a house and pay for your own healthcare you are one lazy, sorry libtard. Conservatives don’t want to hear about your problems and certainly don’t expect government to solve your problems for you. Mitch McConnell and Republicans made entire careers out of willfully imposing austerity measures on the poor and working class while rewarding wealthy and powerful magnates and corporations.
I cringe when I hear a CNN or MSNBC anchor complain about crazy Donald Trump then croon and long for the return of “normal Republicans.”
Normal Republicans? Old school Republicans? You mean the kind like Paul Ryan and Newt Gingrich? Are you kidding me? Let’s thank Donald Trump as he goes out the door for destroying the Republican Party as we knew it and creating the world’s biggest GOP DEAD-ENDERS CLUB GOING NOWHERE QUICK. Hell no I’m not seeking the return of Night of the Living Dead.
PROGRESSIVES MOVING FORWARD
I am proposing Congress allocate “X” amount of dollars annually to fund a set of government programs.
For example, Congress could allocate ten trillion dollars to cover the costs of the following gov’t programs for one year:
5. State/local programs;
6. Monthly Stimulus payments;
7. Progressive Tax Program – eliminate the federal income tax for the working class and poor.
Conservatives would surely criticize fiat funding of gov’t programs as unrealistic, inflationary and giving the undeserving something for nothing. Of conservative economic theory and practice has always been wrong.