Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Crazy Platform Plank

1.       Money is created and enters the economy when the federal government spends.

2.       Money leaves the economy and is extinguished forever when the federal government collects taxes.

3.       The federal government does not need or spend our tax money. To think it does is like thinking a theater needs to take back and reuse its tickets in order to have tickets. Or like saying the Post Office needs to take back and reuse its stamps in order to have stamps. The federal government creates money - it is not going to go broke or have to borrow if it does not tax it back.

4.       If the federal government were to tax back all the money it spends, then (much to the relief of too many of us) the federal government would have (big deal) its much sought-after "balanced budget". But if the federal government had a "balanced budget", then the economy would end up with no money. We the people, in aggregate, would have no money. The economy would tank.

5.       When the federal government spends more than it taxes back, the government ends up with a "deficit" (so what, it can always create money), but the private sector ends up with a surplus of money enabling us to spend and save. A deficit simply means that the government has created more money than it has destroyed. Is that a bad thing for us in the private sector?

So I ask you - why the political rush, especially among presidential candidates, to cut the deficit and eliminate the (mis-named) debt? What is the matter with all those politicians who want to cut the deficit and "balance" the budget? Do you get it?

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Kindle Version Has Arrived!

I must say, the soft cover version of my book, Richard Gatlin and the Confederate Defense of Eastern North Carolina (The History Press, 2015), is a good-looking, good feeling book, but for those of you who do all or most of your reading on eBooks now, it is available in Kindle version from for just $9.99 plus tax. I am a Barnes and Noble Nook reader myself, but the Nook version is not available yet so I downloaded the free Kindle app for my Nook Android tablet and bought a Kindle copy of the book.

For any of you who would like an author-signed softcover version of the book, I have a limited number of copies that I can sell at $20.00 each, including tax and shipping (domestic only). Just send me an email at and we'll get together on how to pay and where to send the book. Sorry I don't take credit card payments. Because most sales will be through or, or through book stores and historic sites, I just won't have enough personal copies to make credit card sales feasible.

I encourage everyone to get a copy, though, regardless of format or source. You and I will both be glad you did! As one of my favorite readers said in his excellent review, "This is a great read for Civil War buffs and for those wanting to see real life in the nineteenth century!"  

Friday, April 10, 2015

Beware Those Balanced Budget Candidates

I wish there were some way to make my formerly rational-seeming friends see that their growing angst over the federal government’s deficit spending and the growing federal debt, currently at about $18+ trillion, is misplaced and a needless waste of their time and energy. I know, because until a couple of years ago I was of that same mindset.

It made me furious to think that my tax dollars, dollars that I could have better used for my own well-being, were being taken from me and handed over to a myriad array of government spending schemes, notably welfare. When guys like Ron Paul demanded that we cut federal spending, lower the debt to save interest, and balance the budget it made sense to me. Why? Because in my pea-sized mind I associated federal spending with federal taxes. It seemed only logical that reduced federal spending would result in lower taxes which meant that I could hang on to more of my own money. Besides, I thought it unfair and virtually unconstitutional for the federal government to take my money from me and spend it on someone else, especially when that someone else could be using my money to buy cell phones, beer, cigarettes, drugs, and flat screen TVs. And, I was afraid that the US could actually go broke as Obama and Bill O’Reilly warned.

Then, in 2012, I had an epiphany. When, in one the Presidential debates, Ron Paul said he would reduce the tax rate to zero I did a double take. Curiosity started me digging into money, the nature of money, and how the federal government gets and uses money.

What I discovered makes guys like Paul Ryan, Ron Paul and Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Scott Walker, Lindsey Graham, and other guys like Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Alan Simpson, and Erskine Bowles, and ladies like Nancy Pelosi and Hilary Clinton look like imbeciles or villainous liars. They all want to either cut federal spending to get our fiscal house in order or to increase federal taxes to finance national initiatives. What they all really want is to cut us, the private sector, off at the knees. What I learned is this: federal spending creates all the dollars that we in the private sector get to keep and use for all our financial activities, and federal taxes destroy those same dollars making them unusable by us.

And there it is – Bam! Federal taxes do not fund federal spending. Let me repeat – the federal government does not spend tax dollars! The federal government creates money. It does not need our taxes to have money. It does not even need to borrow money to have money. Because it creates money by spending, the federal government can always pay any bill, no matter the size, as long as it is denominated in US dollars. If all federal income, payroll, inheritance, and other taxes were suspended tonight, the federal government could continue to pay for everything it pays for now, including Social Security and Medicare. My taxes and your taxes don’t go to anybody else’s cell phone or F-35 fighter jet. The federal government always creates new money to pay for those things.

Further, the dollars the federal government spends and does not tax back are the dollars that you and I and everyone else gets to spend, save, and invest. Lower federal spending and higher taxes both equate to less money for the private sector. A balanced budget simply means that the federal government taxes back every dollar it spends – that is – no more federal deficit spending. A balanced budget boils down to two results: 1) an end to the money supply for the private sector and 2) the federal government pays for nothing – just like a socialist government it would basically own the factors of production. It does not hurt the federal government to spend more than it collects.

So there you have it. Any candidate whose platform includes cutting spending, or raising taxes, or more specifically promoting a balanced budget amendment, is serving someone other than the private sector of the United States. They may be serving the government, or the oligarchy, or the lords of idiocy or socialism, but they are not acting in the best interest of the American republic. That’s why I can’t get excited over Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Scott Walker, or any of the other potential Republican, Tea, and Libertarian Party hoo-hahs of their ilk. It’s also why I can’t get excited about Hilary either. I want someone who exposes a balanced budget for the lie that it is. I want someone who will either cut federal taxes, or increase federal spending, someone who will strengthen the economic well-being of the private sector and not try to appeal to our misguided idea that the federal government should mimic a household.