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美國的民主政治 vs 中國的集權統治 October 18, 2017

Posted by hslu in China, 美國, Democracy, Election, Global Affair, Globlization, Health Insurance, Islam, Middle East, Military, Muslim, Obama, Obamacare, Putin, Racial Bias, Russia, Trump, U.S. Foreign Policy, 川普, 民主.
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大學好友寄來一篇有關美國民主政治和大陸集權統治的文章。看完後,想到臺灣最近坎坷的民主政治和困苦的經濟環境,忍不住感慨萬分。

中國數千年,朝代變遷,不論什麼政治體系,甚至包括一人獨裁的專制體系,那一個不是順民者昌,逆民者亡的?我時常說,能夠爲人民着想的政府,爲人民創造幸福的未來,讓人民安居樂業,社會安定的政府就是一個好的政府。

這篇文章是復旦大學中國研究研究員宋魯鄭在中國十九大開會前夕寫的。文章刊登在BBC News 中文網站上。值得一看。

Source: BBC News 中文版

http://www.bbc.com/zhongwen/simp/chinese-news-41645713

Source: BBC News 中文版

 

 

爲了給其他同學提供一些背景資料,我把美國近20年的政治變化簡短的摘要下來給他們參考。以下是我寫的摘要:

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謝謝高教授轉來的文章。

作者對“民主政治”的優,缺點分析的十分中肯,對一意孤行的川普和逐漸被世界排斥的美國也有明確的說明。在此,我斗膽把美國二十年來在外交和內政的變化簡短的跟大家報告一下,希望對你看這一篇文章有點幫助。

 

Clinton開始,美國就跟全世界說,伊拉克的 Saddam Hussein 擁有WMD。Bush Jr. 上臺8個月後發生911事件。美國以國家安全爲理由在2011年10月入侵阿富汗,在2013年3月入侵伊拉克。(Saddam Hussein 在 2000年10月堅持以歐元,不用美元,交換伊拉克的石油可能是美國攻打伊拉克的原因之一。)Bush Jr.爲了保護美國人民和本土,把美國的外交政策推向極右派好戰的陣營。2007年3月,美國次貸危機和 2008年9月的金融危機把全世界推向經濟蕭條的深淵。美國經濟衰退,欠債累累,失業率激增。這些事在2008年11月把Obama 推上了美國總統的寶座。

 

Obama 在他執政的八年中把美國的外交和內政推向極左派的自由主義陣營裏。對外,放棄美國霸權拒絕做全球警察,從伊拉克撤軍使得ISIS崛起,對阿富汗增兵然後撤軍,打擊以色列,討好阿拉伯回教國家,對中國採取“亞太再平衡”的圍堵政策,對蘇俄兼併克里米亞採取經濟制裁卻反而把蘇俄推向中國的懷抱。對敘利亞畫下紅線卻不採取行動,攻打ISIS不盡全力反而讓蘇俄在敘利亞建立軍事基地,簽訂伊朗核武協議,對北韓核武發展束手無策,進行TPP,TPA和TTIP談判,簽巴黎氣候協議增加美國公司負擔,影響美國勞工就業市場。最後在民主黨即將失去多數黨地位前與古巴建交。對內,他上臺後不立即更有效的用財政措施來拯救美國經濟,反而用他所有的政治資本來推動醫保全民化,簽訂 Dodd-Frank法案約束金融機構,約束石油公司,徹底打擊國內煤炭產業,濫用總統的行政權力變相的大赦非法移民,給婦女免費避孕藥,提倡社區大學兩年免費就讀,提倡同性戀婚姻合法化,支持變性人的合法地位,在軍中廢除“不問不說”政策和減弱美國人擁有槍支的權力。還有,Obama這個黑人總統和他對種族問題的迴避直接和間接的挑起了美國白人警察和黑人的武力衝突,也增加了白人對黑人的歧視和打擊黑人的決心。除此之外,金融危機帶動的量化寬鬆政策導致全世界貧富極端的不均。全球化和中國的崛起也增加美國民衆,尤其是美國南方保守派白人,對美國政府,美國前途和美國自由化現況的不滿。Obama執政八年已經無可否認的把美國變成了一個社會主義的國家了。

 

這些外在的因素和希拉蕊競選的失敗把川普推入了白宮。美國民主政治,四年河東,四年河西,動盪不安。我們現在看到的亂象都是歷史了。

 

謝謝。

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K5 is dead. July 21, 2017

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Knightscope K5 was too upset to keep on living after hearing that GOP had failed to get enough votes to kill the Obamacare, again.

It wasn’t a mistake or an accident. Our beautiful robot had enough with everything going on in Washington D.C.

 

若要人不知 February 15, 2017

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非常簡單:除非己莫為。

Politicians always blame others first for their own mistakes which was what Trump did in this case. The way it goes around Trump these days, more leaks will definitely come out of Trump’s White House whether Trump likes them or not. 

Every reporter in Washington DC dreams of getting a “Watergate” moment in his or her reporting life. They are waiting. They have time. And they have patience.

Shit has hit Trump’s fan February 15, 2017

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The smell of blood has permeated Washington DC for several weeks with names like Flynn, Pence, Kislyak, Spicer and Conway popping up like flies. Democrats just can’t wait to pounce on Trump because blood has spilled out of the White House after weeks of denial and outright lies.

Source: BBC News. 2/15/2017. Author: Anthony Zurcher

Unfortunately, Democrat doesn’t control the House nor they have the majority on the Senate which limits what Democrat can actually achieve. They have to wait until after the 2018 mid term election.

It seems to me that the key is when Trump knows about the conversation. A lie by Trump takes many lies by his subordinates to cover it up. Trump’s WH will be bogged down fending against relentless attacks from the media (WP and NYT) and Democrats (Schumer and Pelose) for weeks if not months. Someone who doesn’t like Trump will spill the beans and we all can enjoy the drama playing out CNN, MSNBC, Twitter and on the Fox News.

Issues like tax reform, trade wars, repeal of Obamacare, Trump’s beautiful wall, Israel, Russia, Crimea, Sanction, Iran travel bans and North Korea will need to take a number and wait for their turns.

Trump wants his beautiful wall finished in two years. It will be four years at the earliest.

Trump the boss with an outsided ego usually could get away with what he wanted when he ran his company. If things didn’t go the way he wanted, he’d either fire the bad guys, curse his adversaries into oblivion, take someone else’s deal or declare bankruptcy.

Trump the president unfortunately has only a few people who report to him directly: Secretary of State, Ambassadors to foreign countries, national security advisor, Defense Secretary, etc. He can fire them just like he did on his TV reality shows.

But, Trump the president has many bosses: 435 House Representatives, 100 Senators, many state and federal judges and nine (only eight are working fulltime now) people in black robes. 

Then there are hundreds of news reporters who are hungry for blood at the first sign of Trump’s trouble. There are world leaders who will stand up against Trump for political reasons back home. Then there are heads of nations such as N. Korea’s Kim and Iran’s Supreme leader Khamenei who basically don’t give a damn of what Trump says. Other Trump bosses are environmentalists, tree huggers, LGBTs and millions of Hillary supporters.

Trump no longer gets what he wants after he starts to call WH his home. What’s even more disturbing for him is that he’s been watched by everyone day in and day out. His every move will be questioned by the left and his every action will be analyzed by the so-called experts. The worst of them all is that “all shits stop at his fan.” 

It seems to me that Trump is in it beyond his pay grade and given his ego he may not be able to last the entire four years.

Not for the prime time? February 4, 2017

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Balance of power is at stake in the U.S. after a Washington state judge blocked Trump’s executive order to ban travelers and Immigrants from seven Muslim countries. 

Usually, the minority party, Democrat in this case, is tasked to do the opposition. However, the Democrat was severely weakened after eight years of Obama and soundly defeated at all government levels with Hillary at the top of the ticket. They don’t have the House and they don’t have the Senate which leaves the judicial branch the last resort to counter Trump and his executive orders. 

Such is the case eight years ago when Obama, Reid and Pelosi rammed Obamacare through both houses because Democrats had the House and the Senate. Check and balance failed the American people because Republicans were powerless to mount any meaningful opposition even though majority of the American people opposed the law. Of course, Chief Justice Roberts made Obamacare legitimate after he ruled that money collected from violating the “Individual Mandate” a tax, not a fine. 

Trump’s executive order is being questioned by the court even though the order was designed to keep potential terrorists out of American’s soil for a period of time. Although, it is obvious to almost everyone that the overwhelming majority of the terrorists are muslims, ethnic profiling made Trump’s order an obvious target for liberal judges.

The fight between the executive branch and the judicial branch will continue for some time and it appears that Trump will not prevail in this fight. Of course, this is my opinion and it is by no means a prediction.

The longer the hoopla plays out at airports around the world, the more heated the legal fights wage in the courthouses and the more Trump tweets out words like ‘outrageous’ and ‘bad’ on Twitter, the more these events reveal that Trump and his hand-picked team is ill prepared for the prime time on the Internet and on the news media.

Well, while “check and balance” is at the center of this debate, national security is taking a back seat from the reality show. 

Americans and the world are watching as the legal drama and non-stop protest play out on live TV and on the Internet. I am willing to bet a bowl of beef noodle soup (牛肉麪) that majority of people, terrorists included, want Trump coming out of this fight a loser.

BBC News: Obama leaves Democratic party a skeleton of its former self January 22, 2017

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Democrats lost the battle so decisively because they let Obama drag the party through the liberal (Take your pick: Obamacare, out-of-control national debt, LGBT, social welfare, illegal immigrants and red-turn-green lines) mud pit. Liberal media helped Obama lied to the voters and finally the greedy and the untrustworthy Clintons nailed the Democrat Party’s coffin with their arrogance and condescension.

Obama leaves Democratic party a skeleton of its former self – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-38696853

TrumpCare or ObamaCare, it’s the same old crap January 2, 2017

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TrumpCare, if there is one, may be better than ObamaCare, but these government subsidied programs are nothing but a stab to the back of American tax payers. 

Source: Fox News.

American middle class has paid enough taxes to support these wasteful programs, why can’t we just get rid of the ObamaCare and shrink the U.S. federal government instead?

ObamaCare is a product of a failed democratic process when Democrats completely dominated two branches of the U.S. government and none of the checks and balances worked. 

Republican Party was guity too because it was incompetent and worthless in its effort to stop the deceiving tactics used by the Democrats. 

It is no secret that inflation on medical costs in the U.S. runs much higher than CPI. Insurance company can’t make money off the ObamaCare. Premium can’t make up the difference. Who will come to the rescue? Government, of course. 

Let’s get rid of the ObamaCare and stop TrumpCare before it has a chance to make a name for itself. 

I am certain that Trump will like the program not because it is a good one but because he just like to hear his name.

Obama is to blame for the rise of terrors in the world December 20, 2016

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http://nypost.com/2016/12/18/time-to-face-reality-obama-trump-is-going-to-be-president/

As the leader of the Democrat Party, Obama, with Hillary’s assistance, is also responsible for its demise.

It is regretable that I see a parallel between Obama and 馬英九.

Both men were in the office for eight years. 

Both men were dealt a difficult task to revive their stagnant domestic economies which were severely damaged by the Great Recession.

Both men had to face unfriendly, in 馬英九’s case, hostile, oppositions during their terms.  

Both men ran their respective party to the ground which was then thoroughly decimated by the opposition party.

Both men have caused unrepairable division within their respective country; racial discrimination in the U.S. and ethnic hatred in Taiwan.

Both men appeared incompetent while in the office because they were afraid of or incapable of making tough decisions.

Both men left a legacy which will be downright ugly and will stay with them in infamy. 

Obama’s legacy: failed Obamacare, a disastrous Libya, rise of the ISIS, Middle East immigrants in Europe, terror activities worldwide, the infamous red line in the sand, loser of a proxy war in Syria against Putin, thousands upon thousands dead civilians in Syria and a crippled Democrat Party.

馬英九’s legacy: a stagnant economy, failed “6-3-3” agenda, 22K, 9%, “我把你們當人看,” “那你需要再多吃一個便當,” “讓我講完再救好不好,” 馬習會 and a decimated and irrelevant 國民黨.

Very well said, Obama November 16, 2016

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Trump have to learn quickly once in the office. There will be no honey moon for him either.

Source: Reuters. Obama on Trump’s new job.

Trump probably will break many of his campaign promises because he’ll have no choice but to wake up to the reality:

Trump promised to:

Bring jobs back to America,

Strengthen military,

Brand China a currency manipulator,

Make “fair trade” instead of “free trade,”

Build a wsll and have Mexico pay for it,

Deport 11 million illegal Immigrants,

Repeal Obamacare,

Have Korea and Japan pay for their own defenses,

Get rid of NAFTA,

Stop TPP,

Save Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security without cutting benefits,
Surveil mosques in the United States,

Prosecute Hillary Clinton,

。。。。。。

We’ll be counting.

Obama: a failed president November 10, 2016

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Performance of Obama over the years:

Positions held by Democrats while Obama was/is the party leader:


Obama foreign policy achievements:

1.   Red line in the sand: 

Drawn by Obama: Two

Crossed by adversaries: Two

2.   Countries hostile to the U.S.:

2008: Iran, Afghanistan, North Korea

2016: Iran, Afghanistan, North Korea, Russia, China, Iraq, Israel, Saudi Ariba, Syria, Egypt, Libya, Yeman, Phillippines, Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela

3.   Country hostile to the U.S. in 2008 but friendly in 2016: 

Cuba

Notable domestic accomplishments

Obamacare

Notable domestic policy disaster: 

Obamacare

Nation Debt:

1/20/2009: $10.6 trillion

11/11/2016: $19.8 trillion

1/19/2017: $20 trillion (estimate)

Police killing:

2008: few

2016: seems happening every week.

Grade of Obama: 

As a world leader:F

As a president: You decide.

As the Democratic Party leader: F

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