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American dirty politics October 19, 2017

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All out in the open for everyone to see. 

Conservatives: The Fox News

It’s intetesting to see two completely different view points spun by conservatives and liberals.

The liberal: The New York Times.

Trump said he had proof. White House later said that there was no tape.

Let it rip and see where the chip falls. This is democracy Americans are proud of.

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Both are lying about the ‘friends’ part October 16, 2017

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As for passing the tax reform bill before the end of the year, we’ll see about that in about 75 days.

Source: CNBC

Party of Lincoln in turmoil October 15, 2017

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Trump is the president of the United States and is considered to be the leader of the Republican Party. However, he is actively making enemies both inside and outside of the Republican Oarty. He isn’t on good terms with Russia’s Putin, E.U.’s Merkel and Macron, Iran, North Korea, Mexico, Cuba, Philippine and Australia. 

Furthermore, many voters who pushed Trump into the White House are now sorry that they chose the wrong man.

Mitch McConnell is the majority leader of the Senate and is facing calls from members of his own party, yes, the Republican Party, to step down. It isn’t very encouraging for McConnell because he is also being scolded by Trump for being weak, ineffective and not doing his job.

Paul Ryan is the Speaker of the House and the leader of the Republican Party in the House. He is being questioned by members of his own party and Trump because he failed to repeal and replace Obamacare.

The tax reform proposal, currently being worked on in the Republican Party without any input from the Democrats, faces backlash because it disporpotionally benefits the wealthy, such as Trump. It also has problem making the tax reform policy revenue neutral.

Last but not the least, a trove of Republican senator and representatives are not seeking another term in the 2018 mid-term election. At current count, nine Republican represenratives and one senator have announced that they won’t seek re-election next year.

It appears that the Republican Party is facing a huge enemy who happens to be the oresident of the United States.

We’ll see whether Republican Party will be toppled over from inside and lose the majority in the Senate and possibly in the Representative too.

Trump is not the leader of the Republican Party. He is the enemy.

Democrats are laughing.

名嘴和美國政治 October 15, 2017

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臺灣的政治,社會的輿論,人民的想法和朝代(中央和地方)的變遷被電視上的名嘴操縱,掌控。這些人爲他們的政治理念在電視臺的節目中大放厥詞,打擊政府,攻擊個人,企圖左右地方和中央選舉的結果。無知的百姓很容易被這些人影響,而政府的政策就被這些人綁架了。

美國一樣也有名嘴:無線電臺保守派政治論壇節目主持人(在過去,自由派的政治論壇節目幾乎沒辦法生存),電視臺新聞節目主持人,週末和夜晚新聞節目的主持人和網路上保守派,激進派和自由派的護衛者。

Steve Bannon (班農) 就是一個典型的例子。

他說話頭頭是道,口無遮攔,極會罵人。他對美國在世界上的霸權有無比堅定的信念。他堅絕反對貿易全球化,反伊朗,反蘇俄,反北韓,反中國,反歐盟,反美國的盟友用美國錢。他主張在邊界築圍牆把中南美洲的違法移民擋在牆外。他反對有些穆斯林國家的阿拉伯人來美國,厭惡共和黨中反對川普的參議員和眾議員,反對現有的共和黨體系,也強烈的反民主黨的政治立場。

他在川普的小圈圈裏位高權重,深得川普長久的信任。可是在川普進白宮以後,他跟川普的女兒,女婿和其他顧問,部長不和,最後不得以被川普解僱。可是他在無官一身輕的情況之下,威脅共和黨參,眾議員,打擊在明年美期中要競選連任的議員。

其實,他威脅現任參議院首領 McMconnell,和即將退休的參議員 Corker 的真正目的,是恐嚇其他共和黨參議員,要他們三緘其口,不可以公開批評或反對川普,要這些人爲共和黨和川普推行的稅改政策投下贊成的一票。

現在,共和黨的52個參議員中只有三,四個參議員敢對川普和共和黨的稅改提案有任何異議。他們也極有可能會投反對票。除了 Corker 和生癌症的 McCain  以外,川普還需要擔心緬因州的 Collins 和阿拉斯加的 Murkowski 參議員很可能會反對共和黨和稅改政策。

川普知道這個道理。班農當然也知道這個道理。所以,班農的責任就是儘量打擊 McConnell 和 Corker,殺一儆百,告訴其他的共和黨參議員,你們最好乖乖的通過共和黨提出來的稅改政策,不然下一個目標就是反對稅改政策的共和黨參議員了。

共和黨在美國的眾議院有壓倒的多數,許多眾議員也不敢公開反對川普,因為川普的鐵票可能高達 30%,甚至 35% 的選民。如果眾議員公開反對川普,那他們競選得連任的機會就不大了。

這是美國民主政治黑暗的一面。許多中國人,尤其是年輕的中國人,包括臺灣的年輕人在內,以為美國的民主政治是世界上至高無上,最純潔,最公平的治國標準。沒人一票多麼神聖阿! 他們那裏知道美國的民主政治實際上早就被有錢人和有特殊要求的團體綁架了。

It is the law, stupid. October 12, 2017

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What’s great about the United States is that all U.S. citizens are protected by the law equally; to a certain degree unfortunately. 

America has a sound legal system and the law is carried out to the fullest in many cases. Of course, rich people have a leg up in front of the prosecutor, juror or judge because their money can buy the brightest and the sharpest lawyers to defend them. Lowlifers get public defender fresh out of the law school if they are lucky.

Well, I have been told many times that all Americans have the right to freely express themselves. 

So, is “taking a knee” protected by the constitution? 

Source: The Denver Post

Here is the definitive answer from judge Andrew Napolitano. Take a few minutes and get the answer yourself.

The next questions are: 

  1. Can Jerry Jones of Dallas Cowboys compell his players who have “taken a knee” to stand?
  2. If these players defy Jerry Jones’s order to stand, can they be sidelined or penalized financially?

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/10/12/judge-andrew-napolitano-is-taking-knee-protected-speech.html

FYI, here is Supreme Court’s opinion on freedom of speech:

Source: Fox News

可笑:美國白人罵美國白人 October 11, 2017

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現任美國總統,美國前副總統和美國參議員都算是美國上流社會和政府中的佼佼者。這些人的言行,談吐,為人,處事和治理國事的手腕都是美國人和外國人關注的。他們的行為和道德修養也應該是美國年輕人和學生的榜樣。

近來,美國總統川普不付負責任的言行和耍無賴的作風引起社會大眾和外國政府強烈的反響。川普用他的 tweets 治國,用他的 tweets 執行外交政策,更變本加厲的用他的tweetsv對反對他的人做人身攻擊。

川普的行為就像一個村子裏的無賴。仗著他有幾個臭錢,仗著他有一幫打手,他就到處挑釁;欺負弱小,打擊他看不順眼的人,用霸道,威脅的手段壓迫他的敵人就範。川普的幾個臭錢就是美國龐大的經濟實力,華爾街的金融體系,美元的地位和美國政府對世界財經制度的控制手腕。他的打手就是美國的十個航空母艦戰鬥群,無數的飛機,精準的飛彈和無所不在的武裝無人飛機。

不論在國內或是國外,川普到處樹立敵人,違反國際規則,他信口開河,沒有原則,前後矛盾,強詞奪理。他內不避親,外不避嫌,挑撥離間,歧視黑人。川普完全沒有一國總統應該有的教養和風度。

美國前副總統在一個公開的演講中說美國總統川普的行為和做法已經威脅到美國的利益,也威脅到美國人民的安全。言外之意,他覺得川普不負責任,不夠資格做美國的總統。

最近,川普還直接指名道姓的挑戰美國的一個參議員,Corker,尖酸刻薄的罵他,還給他取名字,調笑他的身高,叫他 “Liddle”。這怎麼可能從美國總統的說口中出來呢?這簡直是下三濫的打法。實在是令人啼笑皆非。看來,川普是耍賴慣了,也不在乎丟臉,可能也不覺得這是丟臉的事。川普現在差的就是還沒有把美國的國罵端到檯面上來了。不過 我可以保證,在私底下,美國的四字經早就說爛了。

這是美國政治全新的一章。以前我們在電視和媒體上看到的,是美國政壇斯斯文文的一面。總覺得美國是一個文明,有教養 有風度的國家。比台灣立法院打架,丟椅子要斯文多了。川普把這個形象徹底的打翻了。

開了眼界囉!

This was what Biden said in a speech at Center for International Study:

Source: Flipboard.

Biden is a democrat and a former vice president. He critizes the current Republican president isn’t completely out of the line. But, what’s strange is that a Republican Senator from Tennessee, Corker, also engaged into name calling with Trump:

He 

等着吧!天天有川普的好戲上演。每天的戲碼都不同,主角也不一樣。不過,領銜主演的絕對是現任美國總統。

It’s still the same old swamp in Washington DC October 9, 2017

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The Fish Still Stink in Trump’s Washington Swamp 

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-10-08/the-fish-still-stink-in-trump-s-washington-swamp

川普在競選前說他要把華盛頓這個骯髒而又齷齪的沼澤裏的髒水抽乾淨。天真的美國人相信他,選他做美國總統,認為他這個政治外人會把I-495這一條環城公路裏面的人渣清理乾淨。

Bloomberg 的文章明白的告訴大家,川普,川普的家人和川普帶來的人跟美國聯邦政府的人渣差不多。

“中飽私囊”是政客的一貫伎倆。美國的月亮真的比較亮嗎?

Medicare is under the knife. Again! October 5, 2017

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Reid, Pelosi and Obama took $716 billion from Medicare in 2012 to pay for Obamacare. AARP did very little to prevent it becoming the law of the land. Now, the program is blowing up in the market place and is adding trillions to the national debt.

This time around, it’s Republican’s turn to make a deep cut, about $500 billions, to the Medicare budgets because the Republican controls all three branches of the American government. 

Source: Vox

Source: Flipboard

In addition to Medicare, Medicaid is on the chopping blocks too. Budgets for Medicaid will be cut by roughly $1 trillion. 

Source: Flipboard

To get money to pay for Republican’s tax cut, it means that something else from the federal government’s budget has to be slashed to make the tax cut legislature revenue neutral. Budgets for Medicare and Medicaid are just two of the tens, if not hundreds, of federal programs to be cut by the Republican’s tax reform.

Well, more details of the tax reform plan will come out in the next few weeks. No matter what kind of bill the House ends up with, it is a done deal because Democrat is totally out-numbered and out-maneuvered. Democrat in the Senate is hopeless to prevent this from becoming law in the Senate but several Republican senators may be able to make the damage to Medicare budget as little as possible.

We’ll just have to wait to see what happens next in the Congress. Not much we the tax payers can do now because it’s democracy.

In the U.S., money moves politics October 5, 2017

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If you want something done in the U.S., big or small, give money to politicians.

When you want to achieve something really big, like moving American Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, you donate big money to the presidential candidate who’s said that he’d do it once he’s in the WH. 

Source: Flipboard

Others used money to move legislatures and put his or her candidates into key offices.

This is how American politics is being played. This is democracy because Congress passed laws to make this kind of contributions legal so that presidents,  senators and congresspersons can take money legally.

And who is at fault? September 28, 2017

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Who is responsible for the world going to hell in a handbasket? 

Who do you think is the culprit?

There can be no doubt that Trump, his advisors and his supportors are largely responsible for the current mess in the world. So, go ahead, Trump, keeps stirring up the pot with your tweets and makes America the enemy of the world.

But, China is doing fine, thank you very much. 

The U.S. was solely responsible for the Great Recession because America, including the Wall Street bankers, the Fed, the regulators, the Congress, the banks and thousands of greedy investors, created the subprime mortgage loan crisis and the subsequent financial crisis.

Now, Trump is dividing the country up into multiple classes and makes people from different classes hate each other. 

Trump didn’t stop there. Here is a list of things Trump has done and wanted to do since 1/20/2017:

  • got out of TPP, 
  • got out of the Paris Accord,
  • weakened NATO, 
  • re-negotiated NAFTA, 
  • wanted to get rid of Iran nuclear deal, 
  • asked American allies, such as Japan, Korea, Germany, France, just to name a few, to pay for protections they have received from the U.S., 
  • threatened fire and fury on Kim Jong En and total destruction to North Korea and its people,
  • sent more U.S. troops to Afghanistan, 
  • put more sanctions on Russia and Venezuela,
  • wanted to keep muslims out of the U.S. with a travel ban,
  • wanted to build a wall to keep Mexicans and latinos from entering the America, and,
  • get rid of Dreamers. 

It is obvious that Trump is distructive, un-trustworthy and is a person no one, e.g., Mercel of Germany, can do business with.

The political mess in Washington and the stalemate on Britexit in England make one wonder that democracy is probably at the end of its usefulness. I certainly do not think democracy promoted by the U.S. is a viable option to govern. It created disfranchised classes and made national policies the hostages of special interest groups, lobbyists and wealthy donators. 

So, is Trump’s government good for American people? 

I say that it is not. 

What do you think?

Is it possible that America is starring at the onset of a culture revolution American style which is instigated by Trump and encouraged by Trump’s supportors?

You tell me.

The following is some of my thoughts on the divisiveness of Trump the person and his policies. I am trying to draw parallels between the political landscapes in the U.S. and that in Taiwan. I finished my thoughts on the U.S. and I am still working on my viewpoints on Taiwan. 

It was written in Chinese.

分裂

一個分裂的社會是一個停滯不前或著逐步落後的社會。

當政客把階級之間的矛盾作為一個競選的武器,這個矛盾的心理障礙極有可能會演變成階級鬥爭,而這個政府就會被少數的極端分子而左右。這樣的社會一定會動盪不安,人心會猜疑惶恐。這個社會的經濟就會變成投資報酬低落,人才長期外流,競爭優勢下降,經濟成長衰退,薪資不漲反退的窘境。

兩百多年以來,美國一直是一個種族分裂的社會。南北戰爭以後,黑人不再為奴。雖然馬丁路德金在20世紀中爲黑人爭取了法律上平等的地位,可是黑人仍然被白人歧視,壓迫,而白人和黑人之間的直接衝突也一直沒有間斷過。這種種族分裂已經持續兩個世紀了。 雖然美國有法律保障黑人和少數民族(拉丁美洲人和東方人)的福利,可是這只是政客的表面文章。私底下,白人還是看不起黑人和其他人種,這也是黑人和少數民族繼續被歧視的主要原因。

美國黑人長期以來被白人不停的壓迫,但是這個”階級鬥爭”在白人的主流意志統治之下並沒有對整個美國經濟有太多的負面影響。原因是白人當政,黑人(東方人)的影響力太低的緣故。

不過,美國這種白人至上的情況從 2001 年以來已經受到根本的威脅,因為除了黑白衝突以外,美國還經過許多內外夾擊的改變:

。2001 的 911 事件,

。阿富汗和伊拉克戰爭,

。2005 年的房地產泡沫,

。2009 年由美國引起的世界經濟財務危機,

。歐巴馬和茜拉蕊的反蘇俄,反中國外交政策,

。歐巴馬任內將美國推向極端的自由派陣營,

。川普的’美國至上’其實是’白人至上’的偽裝。

這些事件的發生使美國成為一個嚴重分裂的社會。目前,美國有好幾個尖銳的社會衝突。這些衝突在少數政客,保守派和自由派名嘴和網路政治言論的引導之下把美國社會搞得四分五裂:

1。財富不均的分裂;1% 和 99% 的對立,

2。美國白人對黑人的歧視,

3。美國白人對穆斯林教派人的歧視,

4。美國白人對墨西哥和拉丁美洲人的歧視,

5。美國白人對中國人和印度人的歧視,

6。美國保守派和自由派意識形態的分裂。

這些衝突的直接產物就是川普的當選,美國”白人至上”意志的抬頭,也是美國保守派白人的最後掙扎。美國的經濟也在這些衝突之中受到負面的影響,導致GDP成長率下降,聯邦政府入不敷出,國家債務提升,政府政策停滯不前,美金購買力下降,美國也逐漸的喪失了它在世界上的影響力和競爭力。

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