Shades of The Informer. We admit this one has us completely baffled. An Irish student who was in the United States legally on a student visa had her visa revoked and was told (in effect) to “get out of Dodge” by mid-June. This was after she was turned in to U.S. authorities . . . by a group funded by the Irish government established to help Irish immigrants.
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Friday, May 24, 2013
Thursday, May 23, 2013
We were going to title this particular blog, “And Now For Something Completely Different.” That, however, would have been too obvious a rip-off of Monty Python, and, frankly, it’s not any different from anything we’ve been saying all along, anyway.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
As we have seen, commercial banks of issue can create money by accepting bills of exchange and issuing promissory notes. If money is created properly, that is, only by issuing promissory notes to discount bills of exchange with real value, the money supply for an economy will be elastic (that is, expand and contract as needed), stable, uniform, and asset-backed.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
If Say’s Law of Markets confuses most of today’s “Currency School” economists, its application in the “real bills doctrine utterly baffles them. It’s not that hard to understand why. If you’re convinced that “money” is and can only be coin, banknotes, and (sometimes) demand deposits and some time deposits (M2), you’re not going to be able to grasp the intricacies of a system based on the common sense understanding of money as “anything that can be accepted in settlement of a debt.”
Monday, May 20, 2013
Binary Banking Theory, III: Say’s Law of Markets
One of the most misunderstood “laws” of economics, distorted or confused by capitalists, socialists, liberals, and conservatives, is “Say’s Law of Markets.” Say’s Law is based on private property and freedom of association, which probably accounts for the lack of understanding today.
Friday, May 17, 2013
As of this writing the stock market is up. This allegedly somehow reflects the improving economy as seen in the lack of employment opportunities. How this is a good thing is a mystery, for in this writer’s opinion the stock market is far from being the leading economic indicators it’s touted to be.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
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As we stated in yesterday’s posting, we decided to enhance our popularity by foregoing to press on our support for an income tax, and support everybody’s favorite institution: the commercial and central banking system. We anticipate that after reading this posting, and before the end of the day, contributions to CESJ and book sales will have soared to unprecedented heights.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
We were planning on starting a brief series on the Just Third Way philosophy of taxation. We believe that a single rate personal income tax levied on all income above a meaningful exemption level and set at a rate sufficient to cover government expenditures and pay down the debt is the most equitable and efficient way to cover the cost of government. We oppose proposals for a heavily regressive consumption or sales tax that robs from the poor to give to the rich.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
As you know, we attended the annual ESOP Association Conference last week. It was not too long after President Obama addressed the students at Ohio State University, urging them to become more active politically.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Having taken advantage of the presentations at last week’s annual ESOP Association conference, we thought we’d share some additional thoughts we had about ESOPs. There’s not much to say about the conference itself. It was well-run, the material was relevant and useful, even valuable. There was just enough good humor and entertainment to help get across material that, frankly, can get a little esoteric at times.
Friday, May 10, 2013
We’ve been attending the annual ESOP Association conference this week. The big thing being addressed was the threat to eliminate the tax-deductibility of dividends paid through an ESOP. It is being characterized as some sort of “tax subsidy.” We’re not certain of the logic behind this, but tax deductibility of dividends paid through the ESOP is no more a “tax subsidy” than any other form of compensation that is deductible as a legitimate business expense.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Since the Annual ESOP Association Conference begins today, it seems appropriate to say a few words about a strategy for new ESOPs that most closely approaches the concept of “Capital Homesteading” within the framework of current law and is consistent with the Just Third Way and Justice-Based Leadership and Management as far as the law allows.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Back in early April (the fourth, to be exact), we sent yet another letter to the Wall Street Journal about one of their editorials. There seemed to be some little confusion between the role of taxes, and the role of financial institutions in funding economic growth. Naturally we put in our two cents:
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
There is massive confusion today in economics about the meanings of "economic scarcity" and "insufficiency." We need to address this because confusing the two leads to some very, very, very bad decisions.