What Taiwan and the US have in common? April 27, 2013Posted by hslu in China, Economics, Global Affair, Politics, Restaurants.
Tags: America, Heartland Monitor, Middle class, National Journal, Taiwan
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Hollowing out in the middle! That’s what Taiwan and the US have in common!
It is sad but truth.
The only differences are:
1. Taiwan is in a much advanced stage in this path to destruction while the US is starting to pick up the pace.
2. China did most of this to Taiwan by draining capitals and brain power from Taiwan. Korea and Singapore also contributed to Taiwan’s downfall. 馬英九’s incompetence and gridlock in Taiwan’s government didn’t help either. In the wake of this giant sucking sound since the middle of 1990′s was the flourishing of service-oriented sectors in Taiwan: tourism, restaurants, hotels, taxi, massage parlors and night markets. The riches are richer from their operations pin China while the poor was making lower and lower wages because the service industries don’t pay a lot.
3. Global competition in many sectors has squeezed the American’s middle class out of once good paying jobs. The proof is clearly demonstrated by the 90 million people who are not working but who are not counted as unemployed by the Labor Department. These people have been out of jobs for so long that they are not actively seeking employment any more. They have simply given up looking. Well, that’s why the official unemployment rate in the US is now 7.6% instead of 14+% or so. The Main Street media hides this truth from the American people but the bleeding from the middle has been painfully real.
Just read the article by National Journal and you’ll see the sorry state of the United States.
With Bernanke printing money day and night, the United States is tracing Japanese’s path of lost decade(s) by piling up debt, perpetual anemic growth and ultimately a shrinking economy.
Who gives US the right to say so？ April 15, 2013Posted by hslu in Global Affair, Politics.
Tags: US， Venezuela，election recount
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Here is another example of America’s constant intrusion into other country’s internal business as reported by Reuters on Venezuelan’s election results.
Here is the headline on Reuters:
“White House Says Venezuela Election Audit a Must”
Hmm…., I wonder who gives US the right to say that?
It’s not America’s business regarding which candidate in Venezuela won the election. It’s Venezuela citizens’ business, fair or not.
On the other end of the spectrum, we have Putin who congratulate Maduro in another Reuters report.
According to Reuters, the election board will disregard the call for recount and award the election to Maduro, the hand-picked successor by Hugo Chavez.
It looks like America will continue to have an enemy in his back door for a few more years. Look for Maduro in Moscow in a few months. He’ll show up in Tehran and a few other places soon.
馬英九, 中國和台灣的統一 April 14, 2013Posted by hslu in China, Global Affair, Politics, Taiwan.
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A few weeks ago I saw an article in the Chinese World Journal, 世界日報, about 連戰 meeting high level Chinese leaders discussing issues of the unification of China and Taiwan.
I commented before about 馬英九’s unwillingness to event mention unification for feel of criticism from the public and the opposition party. I also made some suggestions online because 馬英九 should use his second term to lay the ground rules in which the political discussion should follow. Well, of course, he won’t listen to me.
Now that the high profile visit by 連戰 has started the bilateral discussion, whether 馬英九 likes it or not, what I think will happen is the discussion will progress w/o 馬英九. 25 or 50 years from now when unification becomes a reality, 馬英九 will be left without a legacy to show off.
Eventually, the history will show the credit belonged to 連戰 and the others. 馬英九, under his policy of 不戰，不統，不和，was the undisputed bumbler who was left holding the bag.
Poor 馬英九！He can’t help it! The indecision is in his blood. After 5 years in the office, he has no place to hide anymore.
A mouse in the street April 14, 2013Posted by hslu in Global Affair, Politics.
Tags: Japan, Iran, North Korea， US, nukes
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Japan, US say North Korea can not have nuclear arms.
My first reaction to this Reuters headline was “why can’t North Korea have it while US still has thousands of nuclear missiles ?”
If North Korea can not have nukes, then US should destroy all its nuclear weapons too. I said it before about Iran’s nuclear program and I will say it again about North Korea.
Chinese has a subtle way to describe the bully, the United State, which goes like this:
As for the clowns who help the bully against the others, Japan in this case, we also have something for them:
North Korean is:
Obama will raid our IRA April 7, 2013Posted by hslu in Obama, Politics, Retirement, Taxes.
Tags: Cyprus, IRA, Obama
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Don’t blink, Obama is going after our IRA’s.
After Cyprus, everything is possible with the most liberal president in the US history. He wants your money to keep the spending going.
In a few days, you’ll find out his plan on our IRAs and with this blog, consider you are forewarned. If the Democrats controls both the Congress and the Senate after 2014 election, we are doomed.
Blacks in general don’t like the rich and they think the society owes them something. Obama, being a black, is leading the charge to raid rich of their money and re-distribute the wealth around. What he has done before was tax the rich and the middle class. With his plan on IRAs, he is reaching for our wealth.
Buffett is willing to pay more income tax because he has a lot of non-taxibile incomes. Asking him what will he do if Obama asks for a portion of his wealth?
Should China Label the U.S.a Currency Manipulator? Yes, of course. November 30, 2012Posted by hslu in China, Economics, Euro, Global Affair, Obama, Politics.
Tags: Ben Bernanke, Bernanke, China, Currency intervention, Economic, Obama, Renminbi, United States, United States Department of the Treasury
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For good reasons.
Actually, the real question should be “Should China label the U.S.a currency manipulator? ” The answer is, of course, “yes!”
Just ask Bernanke! He’ll tell you that’s exactly what he intended to do and we have WSJ to prove this: “Bernanke wanted developing economies to let their currencies appreciate.”
All that fiat money printed by Bernanke for QE3, $40 billion every month until who know when, is searching for higher yields and a lot of that has gone to the purchases of currencies of foreign countries.
America is not only manipulate the US dollar, it even wants to manipulate other weaker countries’ currencies.
It really give “currency Manipulator” a new meaning.
Whether Bernanke succeed or not is not the question answer
马英九 is an “Ineffectual Bumbler？” But I says it is a “机会。“ November 19, 2012Posted by hslu in China, Chinese, Global Affair, Politics, Taiwan.
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This was the term “The Economist” used to describe Taiwan’s president 马英九 in its most recent print issue.
Here are some of the terms used in the article when it described :
Before he took the office, The Economist says these about 马英九:
- a clean technocrat
- offered Taiwanese high hopes
- promised ground-breaking agreements with China
- rise above the cronyism and infighting of his party
- welcome contrast to his pro-independence predecessor, Chen Shui-bian, now is in jail for corruption.
After five years since he took the office, these are what The Economist has to say about him:
- popular satisfaction plummeted to a record low of 13%
- an ineffectual bumbler
- failed to paint a more hopeful future
- frequently tweaks policies in response to opposition or media criticism
- Cracks are starting to grow in the KMT （国民党）façad （note：马英九is the Chairman of 国民党）
- clean image has been sullied by the indictment of the cabinet secretary-general for graft
It’s about time for a foreign publication to notice the obvious even though many people, me included, have stated a few times in the past about 马英九’s indecisiveness. His problem was and still is: “He acts like a “墙头草: qiang tou cao” because he doesn’t know how to lead.”
Of course, I am a nobody and no one cares about what I had to say. But, I am hopeful that 马英九 can take this as a constructive criticism, learn from his mistakes, change his leadership and management style and comes out of this dark cloud hanging over his head as a new man.
He has less than four year to prove many people like me wrong.
The first thing he needs to to do is to get rid of “不統；不獨；不武“ policy for his current term because:
1. 不統；Unification with China in one form or the other is inevitable. He should get the political process started and use his second term to lay the necessary groundwork for a lasting peace (和平統一) between two sides. This will be his only legacy if he wants people forget his ineffectual bumbler reputation. Under unyielding pressure from China, people in Taiwan has been getting used to “Taiwan” instead of “The Republic of China” as culture, art, business, economy and currency integration pick up pace in recent years. The unification process can not be reversed whether Taiwanese people like it or not. It actually started in the early 90′s when Taiwanese businessmen and businesswomen gave up their Taiwan-based plants and operations for a chance to make big money in China. With the pending currency exchange, the point of no return has been crossed. Taiwan’s life line is in the hands of China.
2. 不獨；This is a given as far as China is concern and people in Taiwan have more or less accepted this fact. Even 民进党，the pro-independent Democratic Progressive Party, realized the line in the sand drawn by China. I bet you a steak dinner that leaders of DPP will ask for a chance to visit China within a couple of years if they ever want to recapture the presidency.
3. 不武：When 马英九 first proposed this about five years ago, he, in my opinion, put himself and by extension Taiwan at a great disadvantage. In essence, 马英九 asked China not to invade Taiwan because he has promised that he will not seek independence or不獨 in his first term. He realized that Taiwan has no capital or ”本钱“ to wage military confrontation with China and America will not waste their own blood and lives to defend Taiwan because America “自顾不暇。” 不武 was basically superfluous. It was not needed.
One thing is very clear to me: China is building up its naval force to protect its territories and national interests including but not limited to a steady supply of petroleum products from Mid East and other foreign countries. In the process, Taiwan’s strategic position becomes marginalized and America knows this. In the mean time, Taiwan becomes deeply entangled with China socially and economically to the point that Taiwan’s life line is in the hands of China.
I believe that 马英九 and his underlings know this too. Unfortunately, the more he waits, the less time and bargaining chips there are to start a formal negotiation with Beijing. 马英九 should ask a reputable person from third country (any one except U.S. or Japan) to negotiate covertly on his behalf with Beijing in order to devise a workable plan that’s agreeable to the majority of Taiwanese people. After all, in spite of all the fighting in its legislature body on TV, Taiwan is very proud of its democracy.
if 马英九 doesn’t know where to start, allow me to recommend Helmut Kohl who, among others, was responsible for the unification of West and East Germany. If 马英九 can pull this off with any degree of success, the Nobel Peace Prize “非他莫属。”
US is the Worst Currency Manipulator Ever November 1, 2012Posted by hslu in China, Cold War, Economics, Euro, Global Affair, Obama, Oil, Politics.
Tags: RMB, Romney, US dollar, Yen
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The United States is the world’s most egregious currency manipulator.
Take Plaza Accord, for example, United States led the conspiracy to lower US dollar and gave Japanese people a misery life for 23 years and counting.
The Unites States gave Japanese people prosperity after WWII as a pay back for bombing Japan with 2 nuclear bombs. The United States then took the punch bowl away through currency manipulation, because American people and politicians, from the US president to Senators and Congressmen, had enough of low Japanese yen which took away American jobs.
American companies and their workers couldn’t compete with Japanese’s labor force and its management practice fairly in the market. The politicians did it with a meeting behind the closed doors of a New York hotel.
The history is repeating itself with China’s RMB.
Constant threats of retaliation from senators, such as Schumer, treasury secretary, secretary of state, Obama, Romney and the others fill the prime time TV news programs and Sunday political talk shows. But China doesn’t want any of this or shall we say that “中國不吃這一套.” China had Japan as its teacher in this department and China knew the course sucks.
China will continue to control its currency, RMB or 人民幣, for the benefits of Chinese people. China will continue to resist calls to appreciate its currency unless it is beneficial to China to do so. In the meantime, China will continue bilateral trades in RMB with many of its neighbors which will affect US dollar’s importance in the financial market. These countries agreed to trade with China in RMB because they are worried by Bernanke’s actions and the value of its US currency holdings.
When Europe comes out of the funk of its financial crisis, Euro will become a much stronger currency which will depress American dollar further. When the oil producing countries, especially members of OPEC not so friendly to the US, such as Iran, Venezuela, Libya, and possibly Iraq sometime later, decided to take other currencies for their oil, the demise of US dollar will accelerate and a new reserve currency, possibly a combination of a basket of currencies, will emerge.
That will be the final nail on the coffin of US economy and US dollar.
Obama should resign on Lying to Americans on Benghazi October 25, 2012Posted by hslu in Global Affair, Islam, Obama, Politics.
Tags: Al Qaeda, BarackObama, Benghazi, Hillary Clinton, Jay Carney, Libya, Obama, United States
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Obama knew what was going on at Benghazi but chose to blame it on a video and lie to the American people.
Here are the evidences:
US Ambassador Stevens: “Conditions in Libya hadn’t met “benchmarks” to reduce American security personnel.”
1. “The security condition in Libya remains unpredictable, volatile, and violent.”
2. “Host nation security support is lacking and cannot be depended on to provide a safe and secure environment for the diplomatic mission of outreach.”
3. “Request an additional 11 bodyguards at the U.S. Embassy in the Libyan capital of Tripoli.”
Ambassador Stevens’s request for additional security was denied by the State Department and the 16-man temporary security team left Libya.
Obama receives his daily intelligence briefing.
9/6/2012 – 9/10/2012
Obama skipped his daily intelligence briefing because National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said: “(Obama) is among the most sophisticated consumers of intelligence on the planet.”
4:54 pm WH was told that “the firing… in Benghazi…has stopped….A response team is on site attempting to locate COM (embassy) personnel.”"
- Obama skipped his daily intelligence briefing and flew to Las Vegas for fund raising
- CIA station chief in Libya wrote that ”There was evidence that “Attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi) was carried out by militants, not a spontaneous mob upset about an American-made video ridiculing Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.
- Hillary Clinton on Benghazi attack: “How could this happen? How could this happen in a country we helped liberate, in a city we helped save from destruction?”
- Hillary Clinton: “The U.S. was “working to determine the precise motivations and methods” for the attack and hinted that “Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior . . . . . as a response to inflammatory material posted on the internet.”
- Hillary Clinton ”strongly denounced both the anti-Islam video posted on the Internet that is rousing the angry protests throughout the Mideast and the violence targeting U.S. diplomatic compounds.”
- Obama at WH White House Rose Garden: “No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation . . . . . . “
Hillary: “found the video “disgusting and reprehensible. It appears to have a deeply cynical purpose to denigrate a great religion and to provoke rage.”
U.S. Ambassador to UN, Susan Rice, blamed killing on spontaneous protests over an anti-Muslim film, and said on three TV appearances that “we do not have information at present that leads us to conclude that this was premeditated or preplanned.”
WH Press Secretary Jay Carney:
- “Based on information that we — our initial information … we saw no evidence to back up claims by others that this was a pre-planned or premeditated attack; that we saw evidence that it was sparked by the reaction to this video.”
- “That is what we know” based on “concrete evidence, not supposition.”
Obama on Letterman:
- “Here’s what happened. You had a video that was released by somebody who lives here, sort of a shadowy character who is extremely offensive [sic] video directed at Muhammad and Islam. . . . So this caused great offense in much of the Muslim world. But what also happened was extremists and terrorists used this as an excuse to attack a variety of our embassies, including the one, the consulate in Libya.”
Here is what actually happened:
After Obama found out Ambassador Stevens and three others were killed by Ansar al-Sharia, Obama decided that the resurgence of Al Qaeda will hurt his re-election chance. Obama instructed his campaign team to blame the deaths on the video and got Susan Rice and Hillary Clinton spread the narrative on TV and covered up the truth.
Obama’s rational went like this:
Bin Laden is dead. Al Qaeda is decimated. Gaddafi is dead. Libya is liberated. Democracy flourishes in the Middle East. Netanyahu has learned his lessons. Iran is still 2 years away from making a nuclear bomb. The world is the safest ever. No intelligence briefing is needed. Stevens’s death is not optimal. The video is out there. Let’s blame the whole thing on that stupid video. Liberal media will help me spread the narrative. Called Susan and Hillary and let us get our stories straight. I have a campaign to run. I am leaving for Las vegas. Hillary, you are a big girl, You can take the heat.
October 16, 2012
There goes Hillary’s chance to run for the president of the U.S. I wonder what Bill Clinton has to say now.