DON'T RAISE TAXES IN A SLUMP The New Deal's legacy of public works programs has given many people the impression that it was a time of expansionary fiscal policy, but that isn't quite right. Government spending went up considerably, but taxes rose, too.

Source: Economic View: "The New Deal Didn't Always Work, Either," by Tyler Cowen. The New York Times. November 21, 2008.

Under the current system, expansionary fiscal policy based upon government spending without being at least reasonably matched by progressive taxes is a terrible idea. It would be simply printing interest-encumbered money leading to inflation.

It would be much less trouble if to cut out the middlemen rather than matching the printing of money to cover worthless securities built upon ridiculously overleveraged so-called securities, money were not subjected to usury that is interest, meaning in the current system, no private Federal Reserve bankers would be paid interest for having done nothing more than ordered the printing of money, and if the volume of money issued were to be matched to increases in real Main Street productivity including public infrastructure {public works such as the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), for rural electrification, and contracts under the New Deal's Work Projects Administration (WPA), which used private contractors} and direct government employment of the unemployed {such as with the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)} up to real full employment (everyone who wants skills training and to work, gets training and a job).

We advocate government skills-training for the unemployed and guaranteed employment that is not merely using the government as an employer of last resort.

Of course, as the RLCC (Real Liberal Christian Church), we advocate for humanity to move beyond all coercion to arrive at a completely voluntary system based upon the enlightened principle of unselfishness that brings harmony and cooperation to all effort resulting in true progress and productivity rather than the current system with its euphemistic "externalities" (huge liabilities such as coming in the form of capitalist-caused toxic pollution of the environment in which all humans on the Earth live, if one can rightly call it living).

It would be a simple matter for the U.S. Congress to order the printing of United States Bank Notes (interest free) to offset all deflationary pressures. The government could pay its bills and contractors using United States Bank Notes — spending them right into the economy without raising the National Debt or increasing the fiscal deficit. The Federal budget could be balanced. The National Debt could be paid off, not that the Federal Reserve was ever constitutional.

The fact is, if this were done correctly by utilizing bottom-up-top-down, consensus decision-making, (thereby avoiding central planning and all-encompassing nationalization) there would be no taxes and money wouldn't even be required.

The Church simply needs enough good land to grow food and upon which to live and expand without harm — without environmental degradation but rather restoration and enhancement (health). We don't want to force people. We don't want to have insufficient plots of land to be sustainable (feed all on it and around it). We don't want to recreate Eleanor Roosevelt's Arthurdale, per se. We sure don't want Hoovervilles though. President Herbert Clark Hoover refused to finance employment. We want better than that. We want the best — the ideal.

The article linked to above also states the following:

WAR ISN'T THE WEAPON World War II did help the American economy, but the gains came in the early stages, when America was still just selling war-related goods to Europe and was not yet a combatant.

That's not the complete story. Americans sacrificed during the war, but the industrial base was hugely built up. Also, America wasn't ravaged by physical attacks while the other nations were bombed out to a great degree. That left America as possibly the strongest nation in history.

I don't say this as an incentive to war, but when coupled with the concept of plundering (such as stealing oil), the militarist-corporatists will be considering making war for profit regardless of articles in the NYT. We must guard ourselves against that evil temptation, since the so-called gain is ill-gotten and hence a liability in the end.

Of course, the New Deal was experimental. Many of the ideas were right-headed. It was a definite error to have disbanded many of the programs upon the outbreak of WWII with U.S. military involvement.

As we've seen, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) was a good idea but was not strong enough to prevent the toxic securities of the Great Crash of 2008.

"In Roosevelt's twelve years in office the economy had an 8.5% compound annual growth of GDP, the highest growth rate in the history of any industrial country."

Now, you will hear laissez-faire capitalists insist that such capitalism has wrought all the prosperity in the world. They claim it has been a great benefactor. They claim for instance that capitalism eliminated child labor. Well, why then is there the following regulatory law?:

Child Labor:

"Oppressive child labor" means a condition of employment under which
(1) any employee under the age of sixteen years is employed by an employer (other than a parent or a person standing in place of a parent employing his own child or a child in his custody under the age of sixteen years in an occupation other than manufacturing or mining or an occupation found by the Secretary of Labor to be particularly hazardous for the employment of children between the ages of sixteen and eighteen years or detrimental to their health or well-being) in any occupation, or
(2) any employee between the ages of sixteen and eighteen years is employed by an employer in any occupation which the Secretary of Labor shall find and by order declare to be particularly hazardous for the employment of children between such ages or detrimental to their health or well-being; but oppressive child labor shall not be deemed to exist by virtue of the employment in any occupation of any person with respect to whom the employer shall have on file an unexpired certificate issued and held pursuant to regulations of the Secretary of Labor certifying that such person is above the oppressive child-labor age. The Secretary of Labor shall provide by regulation or by order that the employment of employees between the ages of fourteen and sixteen years in occupations other than manufacturing and mining shall not be deemed to constitute oppressive child labor if and to the extent that the Secretary of Labor determines that such employment is confined to periods which will not interfere with their schooling and to conditions which will not interfere with their health and well-being. []
(a) Restrictions on shipment of goods; prosecution; conviction
No producer, manufacturer, or dealer shall ship or deliver for shipment in commerce any goods produced in an establishment situated in the United States in or about which within thirty days prior to the removal of such goods therefrom any oppressive child labor has been employed: Provided, That any such shipment or delivery for shipment of such goods by a purchaser who acquired them in good faith in reliance on written assurance from the producer, manufacturer, or dealer that the goods were produced in compliance with the requirements of this section, and who acquired such goods for value without notice of any such violation, shall not be deemed prohibited by this subsection: And provided further, That a prosecution and conviction of a defendant for the shipment or delivery for shipment of any goods under the conditions herein prohibited shall be a bar to any further prosecution against the same defendant for shipments or deliveries for shipment of any such goods before the beginning of said prosecution.
(b) Investigations and inspections
The Secretary of Labor or any of his authorized representatives, shall make all investigations and inspections under section 211 (a) of this title with respect to the employment of minors, and, subject to the direction and control of the Attorney General, shall bring all actions under section 217 of this title to enjoin any act or practice which is unlawful by reason of the existence of oppressive child labor, and shall administer all other provisions of this chapter relating to oppressive child labor.
(c) Oppressive child labor
No employer shall employ any oppressive child labor in commerce or in the production of goods for commerce or in any enterprise engaged in commerce or in the production of goods for commerce.
(d) Proof of age
In order to carry out the objectives of this section, the Secretary may by regulation require employers to obtain from any employee proof of age. []

It appears that the people saw fit, through their government, to force capitalists to stop "Oppressive child labor."

Stop listening to the liars. Many of them claim Christianity. Many of them even allow that Jesus and his Apostles were communists (voluntary). However, they don't live in accordance with it. They don't promote it. Let them stop claiming Christianity. Tell them that as a Christian, you aren't duped by them. Tell them that you know they are not Christians but rather fakes seeking only to mislead Christians. Let them know that it won't work. We know that Jesus and his closest disciples shared all. We know that they share all right now in the place Jesus has prepared.

I and my Father are one. (John 10:30)

And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are. (John 17:11)

That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:

I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. (John 17:21-23)

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    Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.
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