Respect for the National Anthem and Flag

I am somewhat amused at the current fervor for standing for the National Anthem that the pestilence and his core base are focusing their “we are better than you are because we don’t kneel for the National Anthem” attention.  The fact is that the pestilence himself has sat through the National Anthem countless times (probably 1009 times for every time he stood for its playing). And those of his core base supporters who watch ball games on television or their devices or listen on the radio routinely sit and feed their fat faces and sip their beers when it is played at the beginning of games as they relax in easy chairs to watch the game. If the player’s show of respect is so important why do the pestilence and his core base sit, lie, or even sit on the john when the National Anthem is played through their television, radio or device speaker?

As for professional ballplayers protests being disrespectful, I see them quietly kneeling, a sign of respect for an injured player. I see them saying our country is broken in the “all men are created equal” department. They kneel for that injury. That it is characterized as a protest by the pestilence and his core base supporters. I see it as a sign of respect for the country despite the injuries done to segments of the body politic who are not treated equally, indeed are still in this century systematically treated unequally. What is one protesting sitting on one’s rear end while the National Anthem is played on the television, device or radio?

I also heard the pestilence call into question the mothers of protesting players. To the extent that the crowd roared in approval and those in his core base who were not there signaled their approval does highlight the full meaning of the term “base” when it comes to pestilence and his supporters. It would seem they have mistaken politeness and common courtesy for political correctness that they so love to breach. I will not call the pestilence a name that reflects upon his mother in the off chance he can provide a birth certificate that says he is a human being. To be brutally clear, I am not asking to see his birth certificate, I am asking for proof of his species.

To his core base, I am looking forward to your learning to stand every time you hear the National Anthem played unless you go to your knee in respect for the injuries to your fellow Americans that occur every hour. Then I will cease to be amused at your ignorance; and, you can then point a finger without being a hypocrite.


Paying for A Universal Basic Income In the USA

Paying for A Universal Basic Income In the USA

by T. Edward Westen, 2017

The case for a Universal Basic Income has been made in countless places. It is not my purpose or intent to review those arguments. Rather, if you are not familiar with the ongoing discussion I recommend you Google, Universal Basic Income, and read for several hours to make sense of that for which I am proposing a way to pay.

My proposal is simple. Authorize the Federal Reserve Banks to deposit $20,020 a year in every citizen’s bank account in 26 equal installments of $770 every two weeks. At the same time authorize the Federal Reserve Banks to deposit $2,000/year in the US Treasury for each citizen in the US and $2,000/year in each State and territory’s Treasuries for each citizen residing therein.

Deviating from the basic definition of a Universal Basic Income, I would have citizens required to vote, serve on juries and perform basic citizen duties such as educate their children and obey the laws. I make this requirement as I justify the payments as an extension of the rights of sovereigns to the body politic—voters in particular.

The payments to the units of government are in lieu of taxes for payments to citizens for performing their civic duty by voting can not be taxed for such a tax would be a poll tax which is unconstitutional. Payments to the states and territories should be divided among the various units of government in the states and territories: cities, school districts, counties, and any districts the states have seen fit to establish. I do not specify how the states should distribute the funds, after all, we have to have some source of discourse in politics and government or we won’t know what to have on the news.

To implement this form of payment only requires the Federal Reserve System to acquire voter rolls from the states and territories along with voters’ preference of check (mailing address required) or direct deposit (bank routing information required) information. It would probably help to have a safeguard for preventing individuals from receiving multiple payments by using some form of identification such as Social Security Number (which if you read your card is not to be used for identification, ok we change that too).

I would add several minor qualifications to this, but basically, the preceding four paragraphs is the plan to pay for a Universal Basic Income. You can go to the beginning of this blog: and follow the ewntries forward and read the entries there to get the full picture. Or buy my Kindle book which gives you the same information in a little over 60 pages, after a bit of editing and the information is all in one book:

Notice the plan does not require tax money paid by some to provide a Universal Basic Income to all. Also, since most countries use a very similar way of creating money, this plan can be used anywhere.

Send this Book to Politicians — help your self to a Basic Income

Democratize Money Monetize Citizens: This short book spells out how the government can pay YOU $20,000/year, tax-free, without causing inflation. DO NOT READ THE BOOK. It will just make you mad. However, Send a Copy to every politician and elected official that you know (the price is low). Tell them there will be a test over the book the next time they run for office or reelection. Then ask them “Where is my $20,000?”

What I do not understand about the DACA debate.

What I do not understand about the DACA debate.

T. Edward Westen, Ph.D. and Professor Emeritus, Central Michigan University.

September 5, 2017

As I listen to the talking heads on television, voices on the radio and stories in the print media I hear about the undocumented alien, children who only know the US, and the rule of law, and a whole bunch of other “stuff” that the utter seems to think applies and makes sense. This is not to mention the assertion that if we can’t control our borders . . .

The people in the DACA program were brought here illegally as children by their parents. They were in fact kidnapped from their native countries, even it if was for a good reason. DACA participants are victims of a crime—they are kidnap victims. Unlike kidnap victims in domestic kidnapping cases, they have no family that we can return them to unless we want to give them back to their kidnappers.

Now, we do not punish rape, burglary, robbery, assault, domestic victims of kidnapping and other victims of crimes. We do not give those who committed the rape, burglary, robbery, assault or domestic victims of kidnapping back to the criminals who raped, burgled, robbed, assaulted, kidnapped or other wish harmed someone criminally so why do we insist on treating the DACA participants differently?

Now to what I don’t understand. How is it we completely fail to recognize that the DACA participants are victims of a crime? Are we going to rewrite our laws so victims of rape are punished for being a victim of a rapist? Are we going to rewrite our laws so victims of a burglary are punished? If you think my question is absurd I must have grown up in the wrong America.


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Democratize Money – The Paperback

Not withstanding that Zachary Karabell debunked the very existence of the Laws of Economics in The Atlantic, ( ) economic laws like supply and demand, Gresham’s Law, the law of self-interest and the law of competition do exist and have an immutability to them. How money is created is not an economic law, but an institutional arrangement that has changed over time and is subject to future change.

The current monetary creation institution, fractional reserve banking, at least partially causes some empirically observable generalizations (a fancy way to say laws or consequences, without being quite so rigid): contractions (as far as recessions and depressions) and expansions (as far as booms)–the business cycle, money attracting money (wealth accumulations), poverty, and political inequality (as Boss Tweed said, he didn’t care who had the right to vote as long as he got to pick the candidates). Now, not all of these consequences of the way we currently create money are independent of one another, but they all can be ameliorated if we changed how we created money to monetizing citizens. I spell all of this out in my Kindle Book, Democratize Money Monetize Citizens A Proposal.

Perhaps of more interest to most, is that Democratizing Money provides a way to fund a tax-free, basic income. Available in e-book and now paperback versions.

This is a book your elected representatives should read.  Tell them you will be testing them over it in each November.