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- State Roundup: Concerns raised about proposed change in DUI pot standard
- Bill would decrease pot penalties; small amounts would draw only ticket, fine
- Senate votes to restore human service cuts; bill moves to House for consideration
- Bill to restrict red light cameras passes House
- State Roundup: Budget fix in current FY not yet done
- State Roundup: GOMB Director won’t support borrowing
- Economists: pros, cons to raising the state fuel tax
- ‘Hogs fall just shy of Midwest title
- Fork and Stein Urban Gourmet delivers beer infused delicacies to Rockford
Kucinich has a bill to address the budget
Feb. 13, Speaker John Boehner addressed a letter to President Obama, “[T]o support the creation of private-sector jobs, immediate action is needed to rein in federal spending.”
According to the Economic Policy Institute, John Boehner’s budget would reduce federal deficits by 4 percent while costing 700,000 American jobs. Boehner’s response was, “So be it.”
Both Boehner’s and Obama’s deficit-trimming budgets operate under the same flawed assumption: ultimately the government’s budget must be balanced.
If the federal government originates money, why not print the money to pay the national debt? All non-coin money is loaned into existence by the privately-owned Federal Reserve and banks. Debt-based money cannot pay off the debt.
Fortunately, a member of Congress is taking action. Representative Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) introduced the National Employment Emergency Defense (NEED) Act last December. The bill will:
1. Nationalize the Federal Reserve.
2. Eliminate the banks’ privilege to create money.
3. Spend new money into circulation on a national infrastructure program.
Our inflationary credit money will be replaced by a sound currency. The federal debt will be paid as it comes due. It is change we can believe in. We must support Dennis to make NEED a reality.
From the March 16-22, 2011, issue