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(Editor's note:I think this is the definitive post on how proof platinum coin seigniorage relates to inflation. So, I've now stickied it!) Read more about Scott Fullwiler: Coin Seigniorage and Inflation
(Editor's Note: This post is being re-published with the permission of the author, Scott Fullwiler)
Cullen Roche’s excellent post at Pragmatic Capitalism explains—via comments from frequent MMT commentator Beowulf and several previous posts by fellow MMT blogger Joe Firestone (see the links at the end of Cullen’s post and also here)—that the debt ceiling debate could be ended right now given that the US Constitution bestows upon the US Treasury the authority to mint coins. Further, this simple change would lift the veil on how current monetary operations work and thereby demonstrate clearly that a currency-issuing government under flexible exchange rates cannot be forced into default against its will and is not beholden to “vigilante” bond markets. As Beowulf explains in a later comment, “The anomaly it addresses is that the US Govt has a debt limit yet an agency of the US Govt (the Federal Reserve) does not have a debt limit. Clearly this is a structural defect.”
The following is a description of how the process would work and the implications for monetary operations: Read more about Scott Fullwiler: QE3, Treasury Style—Go Around, Not Over the Debt Ceiling Limit
An Antemdius entry uses a quote from Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who said in his speech announcing the Second New Deal in 1936: Read more about FDR: "Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob."
My last entry at FDL, which is the last because I've been banned, has been restored to visibility. As I pointed out in my previous entry, my account and diaries were flagged as spam and hidden from view. Read more about FDL Update: Entries Restored, Comments Still Disappeared
The responses to my previous entry were exactly what I hoped they would be: lively. And I'm not done yet, not by a long shot. I'm going to expand upon a comment I made in the other thread. Read more about On the Immorality of Supporting an Amoral Dictator
I seem to recall that someone, late last month, posted an entry arguing that it is immoral for Democrats not to run a primary challenge against Barry Obama in 2012, in light of the things he's done to institutionalize Bush-Cheney crimes. (Glenn Greenwald chronicled the latest violation of the Constitution by Obama on his own blog, which you can read here). Read more about It is Immoral Not to Challenge Obama and the Democrats in 2012
A crowd of about a 100, more than I would have expected on a Tuesday afternoon. Some state workers, some students, quite a few die-hard geriatric liberals ( we never do give up do we?).
The Moveon event co-ordinator opened the rally by admonishing us all to vote for Democrats as a means of self-defense. The lack of enthusiasm was underwhelming. The applause wasn't polite because there wasn't any. Read more about 'Defend the Dream'- March 15 - Tallahassee
2010 is nearly over, and the fight for the presidency in 2012 is beginning to take shape. Corporate Democrat Barry Obama has not merely disappointed the public, nor has he merely failed to accomplish progressive goals. He has, in fact, deliberately and stubbornly refused to even try to accomplish progressive goals, opting instead to continue and expand on the fascist, totalitarian policies of his predecessor and ideological brothers, George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. Read more about Help Draft Candidates for 2012!
Recently, my friend Marshall Auerback posted an article at New Deal 2.0 about Obama's coming “teachable moment” when the Republicans try to wring concessions out of the Democrats by refusing to raise the ceiling on the national debt. The post stimulated a lot of good discussion about alternatives Obama might have to shutting down the Government in response. Read more about Constitutional Crisis Over Debt Ceiling? Does the Government Have To Shut Down?
We'll be discussing the election results from November 2nd, Keith Olbermann's suspension from MSNBC, ongoing Democrat capitulation to right-wing extremism, and the future of left-wing politics in America as it slides ever deeper into the realm of fascism.
A downed phone line prevented Dennis Spisak from calling in, so tomorrow evening is going to be the interview that should have taken place on Saturday. Having been there before, all I can say is, “Yikes!”
Anyway, here’s the info for tomorrow night’s show.
After reading the entries by metamars, Jeff Roby, and others calling for a "Dump Obama" movement, and after reading the questions put to me in those threads, I decided to analyze what these guys are trying to do and come up with some advice for how to grow a "Dump Obama" crowd into a cohesive, well-organized, nationwide movement. Read more about If You're Going to Dump Obama, Here's Some Advice
Despite being a blogger who blogs about politics, I actually know more about Sumerian grammar than I do about American political history, and I readily admit that. So this comment by reader Joe really intrigued me:
By the way, I think the filibuster issue is one of Corrente's major blind spots. I don't think the degree to which filibuster abuse has completely altered our system of governance can be overemphasized.