67 Fraudsters with which our Congresswomen have to deal

Some people are calling them hostage takers. But, I prefer the term fraudster. After all, they have taken a job, with pay, and they’re not carrying it out. The job of a Congress critter is to manage the nation’s man-made and natural resources, including our currency. Rationing, especially of a substance that’s in infinite supply, is not managing. To the extent that the rationing affects the distribution of the necessities of life, it’s deprivation. So, what we have here is 67 members of Congress perpetrating multiple frauds. That their own pockets are not being immediately lined is beside the point.

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  • Bob_Robert

    I’m sorry, it’s not clear, what is it that they’re “rationing”?

    • http://bluehampshire.com/ Blue Hampshire

      Based on Hannahs recent posts on monetary theory I assume she is talking about money.

      • Bob_Robert

        (facepalm) Of course, I should have thought of that. I have a $100 Trillion Zimbabwe bill, so it’s clear that not all politicians ration their currency.

  • Bob_Robert

    Hannah, you might find this article that came out today interesting: http://lewrockwell.com/north/north1247.html

    FTA: When the price
    of something is reduced, more of it is demanded. Fiat money
    issued by a central bank therefore allows the government to buy
    more power and influence in the overall economy. Central bank
    fiat money subsidizes the national government.

    • hannah

      Dollars are figments of the imagination, like the letters of the alphabet or linear measures like the centimeter and inch. They have value, but that value is neither increased or diminished by use. Making the measuring tool unavailable does not completely inhibit trade and exchange, but it does slow it down.

      We might also think of the dollar as a certified IOU, comparable to a certificate of marriage. Marriages exist without being certified and registered, but social recognition is beneficial to the relationship. Not to mention that it is good for society to know who’s caring for whom.

      The supply of money is virtually infinite, as are the words on the electronic internet. Don’t take my word for it.

      http://moslereconomics.com/2013/01/11/stephanie-kelton-appears-on-up-with-chris-hayes/

      • Bob_Robert

        The supply of fiat currency is infinite, yes, but if you print more of it each unit is worth that much less.

        Why is the $100 Trillion Zimbabwe bill that I have worthless? Why is the $1 USD worth about what a penny was in 1912? Because there are so many more in circulation that the relative value has decreased.

        Hannah, your argument clearly is based on the illusion that fiat currency has inherent value. It does not. And if you give it away, what you will have is only what it is worth: Nothing.

        The Continental, the Greenback, the Confederate Dollar, all were printed into worthlessness. Are you really wanting to do it again?

  • BobRobertson

    One of the basic attributes of a currency is that it is scarce. That’s not rationing, it’s reality.

    If it’s not scarce, it’s useless as money. The Continental, the Greenback, the Confederate Dollar, the Deutch Mark, Argentinian Peso, Zinbabwe Dollar, Japanese Yen, now the Federal Reserve Note, were and are being printed into oblivion.

    More debt does not create more wealth. Having $20 and a handful of grapes rather than $10 and a handful of grapes is not an increase in wealth. Having to spend $3.50 for the same gallon of gasoline that used to cost 30 cents is not an increase in wealth.

  • BobRobertson

    Here’s an excellent article, if you care to read it.

    http://mises.org/daily/6340/Where-Is-the-Inflation

  • susanthe

    Could you point to a country where the Austrian economic theories are operating successfully?

    • BobRobertson

      What about the theory isn’t working?

      • susanthe

        I take it the answer to my question is, “No, Susan, I can’t.”

        • BobRobertson

          And you’d be wrong.

          You’re asking me where Austrian analysis is working. The Austrian analysis works very well, and helps explain why Iceland’s economy has recovered, while Ireland has not, and things like that.

          If you meant to ask, “In what country is every single beneficial fiscal and monetary policy identified by Austrian analysis presently being used?”, then the answer to that is of course “Nowhere”, since the entire world in on inflationary fiat currency for example.

          Now a question to you, Susan: Why, after decades of failure of inflationary policy, do you continue to pretend to support it?

          • hannah

            When labor that used to be coerced has to be paid for, that’s inflation. When grain that used to be stolen, has to be purchased, that’s inflation. When natural resources that used to be granted to cronies, have to be leased, that’s inflation. Money promotes equality. Debts signal obligations. The anithesis of debt is theft. Theft is the predator’s mode; free trade and exchange are social.

            Humans are designed to be social. However, they can revert to predation as a default, in cases where there’s some cognitive deficit that keeps them from caring and sharing as they ought. To a large extent, cognition is lagniappe. Organisms don’t need it to survive. It’s even possible that environmental stress shuts down cognition at the fetal stage. The human brain requires a huge amount of energy. So, when there’s not enough, it makes sense to shut that function down.

            It is entirely possible that whole populations are dumb because they are impoverished; not that they are impoverished because they are dumb. Impoverishment is what the practitioners of human husbandry are about. To subordinate and exploit their own kind, humans have discovered that short rations are efficacious. Moreover, exploitation has more staying-power than extermination, in terms of providing deprivators with psychic satisfaction. Because deprivators are sadists, don’t you know?

            • BobRobertson

              I’m sorry, inflation is an increase in the supply of money, or often used to describe rising prices, but I’ve never seen the word used to denote emancipation.

              The antithesis of debt is asset. Things and skills are assets, which are traded through the division of labor and private property.

              Money is a social function, the “medium of exchange” so as I as a chicken-owning horse-wanter don’t have to find a horse-owning chicken-wanter before I can sell chickens or buy a horse.

              The human predators do seem to be the psychopaths, people without conscience or empathy. Being consummate liars, psychopaths often become cult leaders and politicians.

              Have you seen Stefan Molyneux’s video, The Story Of Your Enslavement? He’s right there with you.

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xbp6umQT58A

              • hannah

                Since we are all born with nothing, we either owe something in return for what we get, or we take it by theft. Debt or theft. It’s a simple pair that should be attractive to the binary brain.
                That some people seem incapable of recognizing the obligation to reciprocate is their problem and may well be associated with an inability to recognize that behavior is sequential and not simultaneous.
                If the obligation to satisfy debts were simultaneous with the receipt of benefits, it would be most unjust since, for starters, new borns aren’t capable of doing that. Which is where the importance of sequence shows up. Sequential behavior makes it possible for humans to satisfy obligations later and, indeed, by serving someone else.
                African cultures, as I understand them, took this into account when they assigned the obligation to care for children to the mother’s brother, rather than her spouse, putting both consanguinity and generational obligations in play.
                It may seem unfair that children incur obligations in exchange for the care they receive, whether from their parents or someone else. But, it’s how human society works and it is better than not being cared for. It also insures that the species survives, regardless of some humans being really poor parents.
                Our traits evolve to ensure the survival of the species. This is obvious because every individual organism dies at some point.

                • BobRobertson

                  So being born obligates me to accept fiat currency? No.

                  I have long since produced far more than I consumed before becoming a productive human being, thank you.

                  • hannah

                    No, you have a right to live without money, just as you have a right to remain silent.

                    • BobRobertson

                      Money is a function, not a thing. Currency is the thing.

      • hannah

        Theories don’t work. People work. Threatening people with starvation, if they don’t do what they’re told, is effective. It does not, however, produce people who are creative and inventive. Never mind that being near starvation, malnourished or diabetic deprives people of the energy needed to do more than whatever keeps them alive.
        However, subjugating and dominating their own kind does satisfy the lust for power lodged in the breasts of individuals who can’t actually do anything for themselves. Always has. History is replete with dolts who fancied themselves as something other than queen bees, simply because they could swing a sword and lop off the occasional head. The more civilized version merely delights in “firing people” who serve. But, the attitude is the same.
        The Third World is as it is because the people are exploited by their own kind. And the U.S. is heading in that direction as fast as it can.

        • BobRobertson

          Hannah, I couldn’t agree more. It’s amazing how many people do not understand that poverty is perpetuated by exploitation.

  • susanthe

    You make a lot of assumptions Bob. That’s a common practice among the Free Staters. If I don’t want my state invaded by ignoranuses, it’s because I hate freedom and liberty! Oh, the drama!

    If I don’t agree with von Mises, it’s because I support our current economic model! More drama!

    If you keep clutching your pearls with that grip, Bob, they’re going to break.

    • BobRobertson

      If you would care to tell me what I’ve assumed, beyond asserting that “I don’t like that” which leads me to conclude that you like something else, I would appreciate it.

      If you would like to tell me what you think is wrong, so I can either correct it or explain it, I would appreciate it.

      If all you want to do is continue your guilt by association, please do. Just don’t expect me to magiclally understand it.

  • susanthe

    Hmmm….now this leads me to the land of assumption. Should I assume that you’re playing dumb, or that it’s not an act?

    • BobRobertson

      Don’t assume. If you have a doubt, ask.

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