Apr 15, 2020
Welcome to episode 24 of Activist #MMT. Today is part two of my conversation with PhD political scientist, author, and MMT-er Joe Firestone (Twitter/@joefirestonephd). In this second part of a two-part episode (here is part one), Joe and I read through and talk about Pavlina Tcherneva's article, What Would Roosevelt Do?. The article describes her prescription for how our government should respond to the coronavirus health crisis.
We then discuss the mechanics of how the Treasury and Federal Reserve work together in order to fund Congresses agenda, particularly focusing on how the Fed auctions off treasuries. The revenue of those auctions is destroyed (as is all federal revenue), but the amount collected is the amount that the Fed is authorized to fill in the Treasury's spending account. That is then what actually "pay for stuff." The idea that the revenue from treasury-sales is destroyed and then immediately recreated (issued) reminds me of my favorite moment of my favorite Simpson's episode: That moment involves an ice cream cone:
We also address the ideas of means testing and revenue sharing.
More resources and thoughts can be found in the description to episode one.
For an overview of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) with many reliable sources to learn more, here is a good place to start:
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