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You only need to look at the Bush tax cuts of almost 15 years ago to recognize how tax cuts for the rich destroy jobs and redistribute income from the 99 to the 1 percent in the process. George W Bush was the first president since Herbert Hoover to experience negative job growth during his presidency. Now Trump will be the second president since Hoover to experience negative job growth. Here’s how the scam works.

The tax cuts for corporations will increase their after-tax profits. This will be handed out to the rich in the form of higher stock prices (capital gains) and dividend payments.

Meanwhile, the tax-cuts for the rich will deliver them more after-tax income with which to purchase more speculative investments. Both corporations and the individual wealthy will then inflate the current stock market bubble by purchasing more stocks, futures options, and other things of those natures. (A futures market is an auction market in which participants buy and sell commodity and futures contracts for delivery on a specified future date)

Naturally, this will bid up the price we pay for commodities, such as food, natural gas and oil. The difference between the current prices and the new higher (inflated via tax cuts for the rich) prices we will pay means that more of our income will be redistributed from us to the 1 percent.

In other words, we will be made to pay more to the rich for the food we eat, the natural gas we use to heat our homes, and the gasoline we need to power our cars, as well as other things, and that extra money we will be forced to pay will go straight into the pockets of the billionaires, people like Warren Buffett, the Koch Brothers, and Donald Trump.

The stock market bubble, perhaps the biggest in US history, will now continue to grow as both corporations and the individual wealthy have more money to bid stock prices up. The stock market bears a remarkable resemblance to a Ponzi scheme. A Ponzi scheme is a form of fraud in which belief in the success of a nonexistent enterprise (or artificially high stock prices) is fostered by the payment of quick returns to the first investors from money invested by later investors. In this case, the rich will be paid more and more for so long as the bubble continues to inflate, and for so long as it takes for the bubble to fizzle out. Corporate management will feel the pressure to export more and more US jobs in order to pay what is necessary to prop up their stock prices.

In other words, the tax cuts will produce greater pressure on corporate managements to export more US jobs to low age nations whenever possible. The difference between the old higher US wages and the new lower overseas wages will go straight into the pockets of the superwealthy. The rich will get all the increasing returns on investment from us, the stakeholders, rather than later investors. In that way, along with one other way which I shall not go into now, the stock market closely resembles a Ponzi scheme.

Trump’s disastrous tax cuts will cause a one trillion dollar increase in the federal deficit over the next ten years. Naturally, in order to reduce the deficit, Republicans will demand reductions of federal expenditures on education, road maintenance, social security payments to the elderly and disabled, Medicare, Medicaid, Welfare, food stamps and other programs that benefit the middle class and the poor, because of the deficit they have created with their tax cuts for the rich. In this way, the billionaires will become richer at the expense of everybody else, thanks to the unnecessary tax cuts.

Meanwhile, quite naturally, Republicans will insist on increased federal military expenditures and expanded deportations of undocumented immigrants because these programs are highly profitable to their base, which is the billionaires who control the party, and not the grassroots. The US currently spends more on its military than the next 26 nations combined, 25 of who are US allies. Talk about overkill or unnecessary.

The tax cuts are unnecessary inasmuch as the 1 percent are stealing a record amount of the total national income, going from 8 percent in 1980 to 37+ percent nowadays. Three people, (Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffett, and Bill Gates now own wealth (assets) than the bottom 50 percent of the US population. The top 1 percent now own more wealth than the bottom 90 percent. In addition, corporate profits are at record levels. So neither corporations or the rich need the money except as a way to steal more money from the rest of us, and the money from their theft will keep those stock markets, futures market, and other markets boiling upward until the bubbles pop. And that will produce a disaster for Trump, the Republicans, and us.

Every Republican who voted yes on the bill knows everything that I have written above. Yet, they still voted yes. This shows that the billionaires are their real constituents and not the grassroots. They all know the bill was passed on a series of lies.

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Every economic downturn has its brief moments of glory; those times on the downsize when new government economic data is released that shows something positive. And each kernal of good news in the midst of unmitigated disaster is treated by the government and the news media as a golden nugget of opportunity to support the conservative and liberal economic conviction that the calamity is caused by mass depression among the populace. And so members of the Obama administration and their sychophants in the news media have touted a few nuggets of gold amidst a mile high heap of economic cow dung and are now telling us good times are right around the corner. They’re figuring the absolute cure for the recession is a golden nugget of bullshit.

It may take a couple of years, but as the next election cycle approaches, Herr Obama, the master of the silver tongue of hope, will come to the conclusion that his cure for mass distemper will have relieved the unemployed of their desperation for life’s little pleasure (like jobs); but his cure will likely have resulted in rising unemployment and a tendency among the underlying population to blame the president for the economic madness that has scuttled their hopes and dreams. It’s possible the economy will come out of this funk, but if it does, the unemployment rate will remain stubbornly high. So whatever the outcome he faces two years from now , Obama will have no choice but to decide to change course in order to become reelectable.

He’ll need to figure out that being the next Herbert Hoover isn’t helping, that his remedy of hope for hopelessness is stupid, so he’ll mosey over to the political left, just a little, but not enough to help with his re-election campaign. At some point, he’ll need to become the next Roosevelt, but the odds are when he decides to become a great president, rather than hover just above George W. Bush on the all time lists, he’ll be too little and too late.

That’s when he’ll discover that conveying to the mass of citizens a nugget of hope is not a cure for a recession.

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During the last few months the Federal Reserve has lowered home mortgage interest rates to under 5 percent. The Tresury Department has purchased tens of millions of dollars of long-term T-bills, and put downward pressure on long term interest rates in doing so. And Congress has passed and the president signed another bailout package to save Wall Street investors.

Obama has set his heart on raising the value of the investment bonds backed by subprime, alt-A and liar loans. That’s why the government is willing to loan (at low interest rates) 85 percent of the purchase price of these bonds. Of the remaining 15 percent of their cost, the government will split the difference with the investor. In other words, the government is subsidizing rich investors to the tune of 92.5 percent of the price of these nearly worthless bonds. The cost of this program means the risks are mostly socialized and the profits largely privatized. In other words, this legislation is another entitlement program for the rich.

In 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt issued an appeal to Congress to initiate a government program whereby distressed homeowners could readjust their mortgages to reflect their current values, extend their payments and lower their interest rates. These actions would be subsidized by the U.S. Treasury. And this is precisely the kind of program the government created back then.

It would be most helpful for the economy to have such a program now, but that’s not on Obama’s agenda. Providing this kind of help to average Americans would undermine the prices of the bonds because the values of the homes would drop, monthly payments would fall, and both actions would cause the yield of the bonds to plummet. In other words, the value of these investor bonds would drop, and Obama has no intention of allowing this to occur.

There are two kinds of credit markets: One is where lenders such as credit unions and banks loan money to people and keep receiving interest and holding their loans on their books. That’s why these institutions won’t loan money to people who have bad credit ratings. This is called the old fashioned way of doing business.

The other credit market, the one favored by rich investors, is where banks and other lenders lend money so that people can buy houses, cars, boats and cheap plastic crap from China, and then the lenders sell these loans to investment entities, such as Citigroup and Goldman Sacs. And then these firms issue bonds with the homes as collateral.

The latter credit markets provide opportunities for billions of dollars of fees, and they also provide incentives for lenders to give credit to people that are unworthy of it in the old fashioned credit markets, because the old fashioned lenders kept those loans on their books and derived their income from the repayment of these loans. In other words, Obama wants to save the credit markets in which the standards for borrowers is, at times, virtually nonexistent.
This is why the federal government appears to be trying to reinflate the housing bubble; and that means government officials have no intention of dealing with the real problems the economy faces: the re-distribution of income and wealth from the lower income classes to the extreme upper class, and all of the governmental policies that have brought this about: Nafta, Cafta, The Financial Services Modernization Act, among many others.

Obviously, the United States should extract itself militarily from Iraq and Afganistan, and the government should follow the letter of the 1986 law granting illegal aliens amnesty. These three things have been nothing but big income re-distribution mechanisms in favor of the rich as they suck, and have sucked, the working people of the United States financially dry.

And this means inflating the housing bubble is short sighted policy destined to fail. It is possible this policy might cause the economy to lurch out of the recession, but unemployment will remain high without immediate real remedies to what ails us. And this suggests any positive impact of the Obama and Federal Reserve policies will fail in the short and the long term, and a recession far worse than the current debacle will soon follow, or this one will continue to get worse.

Campaign finance reform is a necessity if only because the rich and their corporate lobbyists are the only entities with enough money to purchase the favors of legislators.

Obama does not look like the next coming of Franklin Roosevelt; instead he more closely resembles the second coming of Herbert Hoover.

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