Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Teaching Jesus

I am confused by how much the vision of Jesus and the treatment of the Poor as the pathway to redemption  differs from the vision of modern day Leviticus style Christians who insist that  obedience to Religious Dogma is the Path to Paradise. 

Jesus taught in Matthew 25: 31 - 45 that service to those in need was service to him and the Reward was eternal Life.

Modern day Christians call for adherence to the Dogma of the their particular Religious views as the Pathway to eternal Reward. Most often those views are of a materialist nature.



WWJD

Friday, September 8, 2017

Supplemental Security Income

The Future of technology & Robotics will be to replace Human labor at all levels where cost is lower. The  only safe low labor cost jobs will be where Humans will work for less income than it cost to build a robotic system to replace them.

That analysis will in fact apply to Jobs at all income levels that software can run robots and computer programs more efficiently than Humans  The necessity of establishing Unconditional Basic Income will be essential, unless we are prepared to eliminate excess people.



We already have Social Security paid from FICA taxes on wages that can be supplemented by a parallel program for the Disabled and the lowest income Social Security recipients. It is called Supplemental Security Income [SSI]. It is paid out of the General Tax Fund.  If we make the SSI program Unconditional for people over 62 without a Means Test and withdraw Medicare payments  from that program instead of Social Security payments, we will have the beginning of an Unconditional Basic Income system 

 
You automatically start drawing it at age 62. You can start drawing SS at whatever age older than 62 that you chose. The older you are - the bigger the check. Then you keep lowering the SSI check over time to  apply to all adult citizens  Doing is over time will moderate the effect on the Economy .


William Hodge

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Birth of Religion

https://strangenotions.com/the-science-delusion/


Religion had its Birth in the observations made by men about the nature of Nature.  A Shepard or Farmer would observe that the Sun would change the position of rising and setting over time and then repeat the process with the changing of Seasons.
They would observe that their best product of seed or animal would produce the best new crop or births.   They followed the same practice with the discovery of the pharmaceutical properties of Fauna & Flora. That is why Religion invented the rule that you must offer only your best to please the Gods. That gave Power Holders the best stock of seed and semen to grow their capital wealth.  

The Gods did not deliver Religious rules on either Stone or Clay tablets.  Scientific observation became Religious Myth and was coded into stories to teach the people the existence of hidden knowledge that the Priest held as a gift from the Gods and create a Power Source to rule with. 

The power to rule is not easily surrendered even to better knowledge.  That is why Religion values Belief over the Science for acquisition of   knowledge.

Written by William Hodge

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Stop Money Creation by Corporate Banks

Central Bank Money


I am a nonconformist in my views about economics and Government. I support the view that the Sovereign Government should control the creation and supply of currency. I see money as 
a contract between parties to trade Goods & Service today in exchanged for a "promissory note"  that will purchase a choice of Goods & Service from other Sellers at a chosen later time. 

That promissory note can be personally held and traded or it can deposited in a Bank in an Asset Account as Money. It is balanced as a Bank Liability to the Depositor on demand.   The value of that money is determined by the availability of Labor, productive capacity and raw material supply to produce the desired Goods & Service. 
I also believe that the power of Corporate Banks to create new money in return for a  Borrower "promissory note" to repay legal tender money in the future should be ended. Money should only be created by the Federal Reserve Banks and loaned to Corporate Banks for lending to Borrowers based on the assets deposited in the Corporate Bank by Bank Customers.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Life is more than Labor

Life Labor Changing


I am a Son of the South from agricultural forebears . In my youth  subsistence level labor created by the Segregation system that replaced the Bonded Slave system used before the Civil War were mostly employed to pick cotton. That was the Prime example of creating wage-slaves to enrich the 1%ers.  It was the invention of the cotton gin that created the very profitable use of Slave labor and then Segregated subsistence Wage laborers to support the 1%ers of  Agriculture.

Then they invented a Cotton Picking Machine. Now no one picks cotton by hand. Another machine had eliminated what the first machine [the cotton gin] created and changed the culture of the South.

The use of computer technology to automate both the simplest of task and the most complex task will eventually eliminate almost the entire labor class and the white collar jobs as well. If we do not find a way to distribute income to create a system to distribute food, shelter, medical care, and survival skills, we may have to find a way to eliminate the people or create make believe work to keep them busy.

I prefer that all have the freedom to find their own creative path to life fulfillment.  By distributing Unconditional Basic Income to purchase sufficient food, adequate shelter, medical care, and learning skills to pursue their passions We can create a new  entrepreneurial culture . That will give meaning to each life by permitting the individual personal choice of Life Paths.  We will create for each "The inalienable Right to pursue Happiness.

Rowing the National Boat

One Boat many Passengers



I am opposed to SLAVERY of any kind. I want every person to have the choice of working for a wage he agrees to or not work for a wage at all if he chooses.

To achieve that goal we must first understand the concept of the Commonwealth.  It is the Income derived from the use of any land and what lies beneath that land, the water on or below that land, and the air above that land that is controlled by the  Sovereign Nation. 

The evidence that the Nation controls the Right to that income is it has the power to charge use fees or to levy taxes on the privilege granted of private usage for profit or pleasure. Additional proof is that the Government has the Right of Eminent Domain to reclaim for Public use any property that is currently claimed by other entities for private use.. It also has the power to tax accumulation of profit[income] from Private usage to support the General Welfare of the Nation & Citizens.

In a Democratic Nation it is an implied Right that every Citizen should benefit from a Dividend from his Commonshare of the Commonwealth. From that grows the the concept of giving every citizen [rich man - poor man - beggar man - thief] a Basic Income Guarantee. That income should be enough to purchase sufficient food, adequate shelter and effective medical care and the right to education.  

As technological and Robotics advance there will be less availability of Wages from work and greater need of Unconditional Basic Income to escape  the Poverty of Wage Slave Jobs.  It is past time to begin a scalable program that provides a Guaranteed access to food, shelter, medical care , and life skill training.

William Hodge

Thursday, July 20, 2017

CAUSES OF POVERTY




Parenting Poverty
There are many causes of Poverty


1. Single Parent Poverty - About 60 percent of U.S. children living in mother-only families are living in Poverty   Only about 11 percent of two-parent families are below the Poverty line.

2.  Scarce Availability of jobs and  low wages paid for those jobs

3. Disabilities that make it impossible to work.

4. Lack of training for skilled labor jobs that pay middle class wages

5. Lack of work ethic that results in an unwillingness to do what is considered a Wage-slave job.  


The result often is generation after generation of people who, due to resulting lack access to good education, health care, adequate housing, proper sanitation and good nutrition are trapped in a recurring cycle of Poverty.  We have instituted many forms of Welfare assistance that actually trapped the Poor in behaviors that will at least allow them the means to survive.  Finding minimum level employment will actually make life harder due to loss of absolutely necessary benefits necessary to survival.

If we are going to break the cycle of Poverty, we must give the Poor and those who cross back and forth across the Poverty line, a Guaranteed Income that is unaffected by a "means test" from some Government Bureau for Begging    To do that the Income must be Universal Unconditional and above the Poverty Level. Then and only then will every citizen have the power and Freedom to choose his on Path in Life that will allow the Pursuit of personally satisfying achievement.



Sunday, July 16, 2017

The establishment of Class Rule




Eugene Debs was arrested  June 18, 1918 under the "Sedition Act, which made it a crime to "willfully utter, print, write, or publish any disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive language about the form of the Government of the United States" 


Debs did not contest the charges.  He was stripped of his citizenship and given 10-year prison term.  In his comments to the Court he ended with these words :


"Your Honor, I ask no mercy and I plead for no immunity. I realize that finally the right must prevail. I never so clearly comprehended as now the great struggle between the powers of greed and exploitation on the one hand and upon the other the rising hosts of industrial freedom and social justice. I can see the dawn of the better day for humanity. The people are awakening. In due time they will and must come to their own".

Much of what he fought for was set on the path of progress in the Great Depression under Roosevelt.  But since the rise of the Power of the extreme Right under Reagan, we are now close to returning to the Path of Oppresion by the Oligarch of the Wealthy.  The Presidency of Donald Trump could end our era 
Progressive Progress.  If we can preserve and improve our gains in Health Care we may stop the slide into Wage-Slavery and restore the pathway out of Poverty.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

What kind of Animal are we?



 Published  simultaneously on  PATREON    https://www.patreon.com/posts/13014925
and on Short Thoughts too Long to Tweet 



To design a successful human society you need to know what kind of animal we are. Are we a cooperative animal or a competitive animal?"
The answer is YES. We all thrive on the prize of the competition and we all share bread with a stranger in varying degrees. Our cooperation build personal bonds and community purpose in shared goals.  Competition for the Prize and exceptional Reward for exceptional Performance leads to increased effort and to the drive to find a better way of doing things.  It also leads to Poverty & Excess.  

If we can find a stable environment between the Poorest and Richest from the drive to attain the most of everything, we can find a safe foundation to build Freedom from Want  and establish a stronger Democracy.  If Poverty dominates our Economic System we will suffocate Democracy in favor of rule by the Oligarch of the 1 %ers. 

Monday, July 3, 2017

Cash IS NOT Money

Moving Money

Originally written and Published on my  PATREON  site   June 7, 2017.



What would happen if you had a Gold coin that you could melt down and sell the Gold in that coin for two Gold coins. If you know the answer you will understand why coins ARE never worth and CAN NEVER BE worth the face value on the coin.  The face value is recorded in an Asset Account in a Federal Reserve Bank and the coin is used to transfer that value from one Bank account to another.

That is the same purpose of a Federal Reserve Note. It is simply a printed receipt for Money recorded as numbers in a Bank Account. Coins differ from a Federal Reserve Note only by being printed on metal instead of paper. Both are use to move the printed value from one Bank Account to another. It may move through several the hands of more than one buyer/seller before ending up as a Bank Deposit as an asset for which the Bank is liable to to the Depositor. Checks -  Credit/Debit Cards - Drafts all serve the same purpose 

Cash Money exist nowhere and has never existed anywhere except as a printed value that the Printer of that receipt claims he will exchange a thing of real value for. The  ultimate Value of the dollar is established by the fact that is is the only way you can pay your taxes or any "number valued debt" you owe. You must obtain dollars to pay your taxes and other debts. That gives them value.

No matter what you think money once was, I assure you it wasn't and isn't and never will be. It is just a bookkeeping system to determine who has purchasing power for Goods or Labor. It has the advantage that trades can take place over a span of time, unlike Barter which occurs as a single transaction, It makes trading Goods & Service fungible instead of requiring concurrent agreement at the time of trade. It is the lifeblood of World Commerce.


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Monday, June 5, 2017

Commonshare of the Commonwealth




Ownership has cost



No one but the Sovereign Nation owns the land we live on, the wealth beneath it, and the air above. How that wealth is distributed depends on who hold the Power to to control distribution. 


The fact that we pay property tax or lose our Land proves that to privately use it is a privilege that you must pay for. The right of "Eminent Domain" is proof that the Government can take what it needs for the "Common Good" as long as you are compensated for your improvements.

The power to tax personal possessions and monetary wealth is the source of the "commonwealth".  All of the people are entitled to a Dividend on their Commonshare of that wealth. I am a strong believer in the Right of every citizen [Rich or Poor] to receive their dividend on what they own in common. just as a Corporate shareholder does. If the Dividend is adequately used for the General Welfare of the Citizen ,  poverty will not be a plague upon the Population.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Income offers Choice

Choice is the key to freedom

Ownership of  Property in the Capitalist Economic System for both self use and for retraction of profit from ownership is hallowed ground.   But property can be reclaimed by government if taxes are not paid or by  Right of Eminent Domain if it is needed for the common good. It is therefore only partial and therefore it is privilege and not a Right.  But it is still the cornerstone of unearned income and wealth as opposed to income earned from labor and wage-slavery.
  

When residential property is owned but not used, the owner would like to have someone to pay for its use. If another person desired use of that residence and had the resources to rent the unused residence, that person would do so unless he wanted to be homeless. If that person lacked  resources or wages,  he would be homeless. That is the power of ownership over those  who have only their labor to obtain life essentials. They can be either trapped in Poverty or forced to be a Wage-Slave  to undesirable jobs without the Freedom to choose.

 To insure Freedom to escape poverty or wage-slavery is to find a way to distribute money to the person who has none. The fairest solution is to provide a Basic Income Guarantee to every person [rich or poor] large enough to buy sufficient food, adequate shelter, and effective medical care. It is the simplest solution to distributing basic Goods & Service to every person.

I recommend using the existing Supplemental Security Income [SSI] program without a Means Test of need. It should be given to all with no need of a Government Bureau for Begging to exercise "Shaming" 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Keeping Score

Modern Money Theory
No scorekeeper has ever called off a Sports Contest because of running out of numbers. Likewise, no Sovereign Nation with a Sovereign Currency can run out of money.

A score keeper can create all the numbers need to score the game The Federal Reserve Banks have the ability to create unlimited Money. They could finance all Public Debt at zero % interest. Only Congress prevents it by preventing the Fed from direct financing of Original Debt. That is only permitted to a select Group of Representatives from Corporate Banks. The Fed is only permitted to operate in the Open Market.

Unlimited available Money is not the cause of inflation. Limited needed Labor skills, shortage of Productive capacity and/or lack of input materials cause difficulty in production of needed Goods & Service. Shortage of Goods & Service causes inflation.

The Government can authorize creation of just as much money as is needed to accomplish any task. If labor, productive capacity and raw materials are available, the money can be created to accomplish the task without dislocating the stability of its economy.







William Hodge