Monetary reform would have prevented Los Angeles fires (and all other economic problems)
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AP reported that federal funding ran out before thousands of highly flammable brush from Los Angeles mountains was cleared to prevent catastrophic fire. Monetary reform would have fully funded all needed public services and programs and prevented this disaster.
"Monetary reform" is the most-used title to take the power of creating money away from banks and return it back to government, as authorized in the US Constitution under Article 1 Section 8 to "coin money and regulate the value thereof." With this monetary system, government can respond to market failure employment and be the employer of last resort. Those who are unemployed can work on government projects, such as brush clearance, with money created directly by the government. The cost-benefit analysis in this example of fire prevention is clearly positive for the public good.
In consideration of other public programs, as long as cost-positive goods and services are created, inflation decreases as the value of the goods and services exceeds the amount of wages to create them. And, the US Interagency Council on Homelessness has found that all cost-benefit analyses have found that even if we pay for the homeless to have minimal housing, food, and health care, that total is up to 100% less than public costs of their street life. In addition, these studies show ~90% of these participants find jobs and leave these programs.
When a government has unemployed workers, necessary work, and the resources to complete the work, policy that does not bring these three elements together for public benefit is really stupid.
The monetary system we now have only enables banks to create pseudo-money called “bank credit.” This comes into existence when someone asks the banks for a loan and is entered into a new deposit account. Banks do not lend out the deposits of others, as is imagined. For a full explanation, please read my brief. Our current system forces government to fund programs through taxing and borrowing. Every dollar we allow banks to create is one dollar less that government cannot create and has to tax us to receive. When the tax-burden becomes higher than government is willing to tax directly, they borrow the money. The interest on borrowing is currently $5 billion every year in California (about $15 million every day) and $500 billion for the federal government (~$10,000 per year for the average US household).
The total cost benefit of monetary reform in the US is about $1 trillion every year. Monetary reform includes paying off our national debt as it becomes due rather than merely paying the interest and rolling-over the existing debt.
I am an economics teacher; the above information is in any macroeconomics curriculum. What’s missing is the analysis to emphasize the meaning of our current monetary system that was crystallized in the era of American “Robber Barons” and hustled into law through the Federal Reserve Act of 1913.
What’s also missing is for us to collectively overcome our cognitive dissonance that such open facts are indeed the open facts, and the fluid intelligence to recognize and game-changing opportunities when clearly available for anyone to verify, like a trillion dollars of public benefits.
For consideration of what our brightest historical minds have said on the benefits of securing the power of money-creation for the public rather than for bank profits, see here and here.
Please forward this to all who claim to be a responsible citizen. Thank you for all you do to build a brighter future.
This link is covered in my brief, but I'll also put it here: the experience of my economic teacher colleagues and me is that most people cannot grasp the power of monetary reform without a visual walk-through. The following video, Money as Debt II: Promises Unleashed, is the best visual tool I've found. The creator is Paul Grignon, to whom all of us working for the public benefits of monetary reform are grateful.