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Whatever Happened To Capitalism?

The collapse of the Soviet Union, the decision of Chinese Communist leaders to embrace market economies was thought to signal the end of Communism, and the birth of a new world in which Capitalism was the new economic norm. That was then, and today is now. European economies are stagnant, right wing nuts blaming immigrants for the failures of capitalism are present in just about every European society. America has become a nation in which 1% control 22% of the wealth, and our top 5% control 44%. The gap grows wider between the average working stiff in America and his beloved suffering boss who devotes his time and money ensuring the election of conservatives who pray before the altar of the wealthy. Raising minimum wages is the first step on the road to communism, but lowering taxes on the wealthy is the best guarantee they will have more and more money. So, what is the story of modern Capitalism?

1. The number of low income people able to become middle class is falling. If you are born poor, so will your children live a life of poverty.

2. Capitalism is NOT producing jobs that pay a middle class wage for the average person.

3. The number of part time employees rises each year which ensures these workers will never enter the middle class.

To put it bluntly, Capitalism has failed to create a society in which each person, in reality, has a chance to economically advance. This basic claim of capitalism simply no longer is true.

Perhaps, it is time to revisit other forms of economic theory such as Socialism. Perhaps, we need a new economic system that incorporates the best ideas from Capitalism and from Socialism?

I await the ideas of a new Economic system that is designed to empower each person to rise to some higher economic status. Of one thing I am certain, this will NOT happen under a Capitalist system!!

On Getting Dumped, Cluck, Cluck!

Every so often when one grows weary of words of fear coming from Fox News it provides a calm moment of life to focus on something that is simply an example of life on this beleaguered planet. There is a girl in China whose boyfriend dumped her. So, how does a female get over being dumped? This young damsel headed for the nearest Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet and proceeded to spend a week eating chicken wings in order to get over the sorrow she was experiencing. Her story touched me because I also feel that I have been dumped by someone who I once thought cared about me. NO, it is not a beautiful woman, NO, it is not a handsome man, it is a man I once trusted to focus on the issues confronting America. Back in 2009, I thought newly elected Barack Obama was a man who had a from grasp of what it entailed to be President. Alas, such was my folly of thinking. So, what does one do when dumped by a political leader?

1. I might try McDonald’s and devour their hamburgers for days. Most probably, it would result in an upset stomach.

2. I could eat spaghetti everyday for a week, and wind up feeling Italian.

3. I could drink endless sodas and pee for eternity.

In reality, I do feel that a loved one dumped me. In reality I simply do not know how to confront this issue. Frankly, I do not see a single Democrat on the horizon with the intelligence, the ideas, the courage to confront the reality of modern America and provide ideas to solve our problems. We once had giants in the land, today, we have men and women whose idea of leadership is securing millions in contributions. Perhaps, this girl has the right idea, find a fast food outlet and spend some time devouring its contents.

On the other hand, there is the famous words of labor organizer, Joe Hill, who preparing to get murdered by the government of Colorado, sent a message to fellow union members: ORGANIZE!

Something Huge Has Happened

The young people in Hong Kong continue their fight for social justice against a regime that simply does not even grasp the meaning of social justice. However, the leaders who China appointed to head the Hong Kong government have been compelled by month after months protests to listen carefully to the voice of young people. This is most likely the first time that a Chinese led government has been willing not only to listen, but to actually consider change of policies. The Hong Kong government agreed to participate in a debate with student leaders that was televised in order that the entire population had an opportunity to hear both sides in the dispute. Ms. Carrie Lam, who represented the government position, not only listened, but responded in a manner that is shocking to anyone who has studied the position of Chinese Communist leaders. Listen to her words:

“We cannot deny that in the past months the class boycott by you and the occupation movement something huge has happened. Such a social movement is large scale and its impact is moving.” She promised students that the government of Hong Kong would submit a formal report to the government of China recommending that changes should be made. Most probably, the report will be ignored, but millions of people in China would have heard the debate. It is simply a matter of time before the impact of these students is finally felt inside China.

All Quiet On The Hong Kong Front

The guns of September blasted away in Hong Kong only they were not firing bullets, only words of protest against the Hong Kong government, which of course is in reality the government that resides in Beijing. Students were demanding that China live up to its promise that by 2017 the people of Hong Kong would enjoy the right to freely elect the person who is the chief executive to the city. China has put forth a new plan that enables a small group to identify candidates and then people can select among this band of toadies ready and willing to do the bidding of the Chinese government. During the past two weeks as many as 100,000 young people marched in the streets of Hong Kong in protest to denial of freedom. They demanded talks with Hong Kong chief executive Leung Chunying, but he always made clear an intent to take “all necessary action” to end demonstrations.

The most ominous event during protests was the sudden appearance of gangsters who beat up students. There is no doubt they were organized by Chinese Communist officials to introduce violence into the peaceful demonstrations in order to open the possibility of — the arrival of Chinese troops?? That possibility was always on the agenda for the Hong Kong government. Most students are back in class. Some continue to protest, but they will soon become quiet. The last thing anyone desires is the sight of dead bodies on the streets of Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Masses Mass For Freedom

The sight of tens of thousands marching in protest is a welcome sigh to those of us tired of thousands marching in the name of terrorism and violence. The streets of Hong Kong have been filled with the sight of over a hundred thousand people, many being young students, who are furious withe the government of Hong Kong and its new electoral law that would allow leaders of the Communist Party to take care of electing the chief official in Hong Kong. This is the first time in over twenty years that Chinese youth are seen marching in peace for the right to exercise their democratic rights as humans. We all recall prior events when the Chinese government murdered hundreds who dared challenge their rule. As of this point those who protest are engaging in peaceful civil disobedience. There is not an example among the tens of thousands of violent behavior.

One does not know what is in the mind of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Will he allow the sight of these students marching for democracy? Will he consider these pictures which are now on Facebook and other social media outlets to continue being shown? Will there be new murders in Hong Kong? No one knows. We can only pray that guns do not appear in Hong Kong.

The Sea Belongs To China

As you will recall back in the days of America’s war in Vietnam, the prevailing opinion of our prevailing experts was that Vietnam and China were close allies, and if we did not halt Chinese expansion then one day Chinese ships would be sailing along our shores and soon depositing thousands of Chinese soldiers who would rape our women and march on Washington D.C. Ah, those were the good old days when we feared Vietnamese and Chinese soldiers. Well, today is today. At this moment, Vietnamese sailors are in conflict with Chinese oil rigs in the South China sea which is claimed by China as ITS TERRITORY. Chinese oil rigs are also off the coast of the Philippines and the Chinese navy insists that islands near Japan belong to China. Just name the sea area anywhere in Asia, and the Chinese government will claim it.

Wu Shicun of the National Institute for South China Sea Studies made clear to people in Vietnam and the Philippines that the old days of shoving around China were at an end. “There are countries such as Vietnam and the Philippines are prone to support antagonism to China. They want internationalization of the South China sea.”

Oh well, another day, another world problem. Why not just give China the entire Pacific Ocean. Perhaps they can find some deserted islands, plant the Chinese flag and proclaim their right to control the fish and any oil in the area?

China Aids US Poor

The United States of America has the world’s most inept Congress when it comes to passing any laws dealing with the plight of poor people. Of course, if the issue concerns those with millions or billions, no need to stand in line for a handout. A Chinese billionaire, Chen Guangbiao has decided to do something about poverty in the USA. He is inviting 1,000 poor people to have lunch with him in the exclusive Central Park Loeb Boathouse Restaurant. Each person will receive a wonderful meal along with a $300 check that can be spent for “occupational training.” Heck, in the old days American missionaries went to China to feed the starving people so I guess we are owed something in return.

According to Chen, “I want to send the message in the U.S. that there are good philanthropists in China.” Gee, thanks. I assume the Koch Brothers will reciprocate with a lunch in China for the poor. They will receive chicken soup along with a dollar bill to send to their local political leader.

Whatever Happened To Vietnam War?

There are millions of Americans who retain vivid memories of the war in Vietnam. Protest marches on Washington D.C., hippies dancing and singing protest songs and spitting upon American soldiers returning from the horror then known as the Vietnam War. We were told by our government that Communist China was behind the Viet Cong rebels of North Vietnam. We were told that once China gains victory in Vietnam, their troops would sweep over southeast Asia and democracy would be defeated by the forces of Communism. That was then, today is now. Today, American is engaged in economic developments in Vietnam, we even conduct joint military exercises with the Vietnamese. Of course, the Republic of Vietnam is currently engaged in a violent conflict with Communist China over who controls the South China Sea– particularly its fish and potential oil resources.\

During the past few weeks Vietnamese ships have been involved in conflicts with Chinese ships and now the prospect of a $1 billion oil rig has inflamed the people of Vietnam. Yesterday, thousands of Vietnamese attacked an industrial park which has numerous foreign factories. They looted and torched ten factories which they thought were owned by Communist Chinese industrialists. It turns out the factories were owned by Taiwanese industrialists. The Communist Vietnam government is now drawing close to the capitalist American and Australian governments in order to thwart economic goals of the Chinese Communist government. I trust this now clears up the prediction that once Americans left Vietnam, the area would be taken over by Communists!!

Ignorance Of The Youth

Justin Bieber is a celebrity and he is a young man with a modern education. That statement is enough to provide evidence that Mr.Bieber is an ignorant individual who believes “the past” refers to what he did last week. After spending the past five years teaching at St. Louis Community college sites it is clear to me that if ignorance of history was a virtue, 90% of
modern youth would wind up as saints in Heaven. Someone told Mr.Bieber that the Yasuksini Shrine in Tokyo was a place in which love of humanity was central to its existence. He visited the shrine and then posted pictures with the caption, “thank you for your blessing” on his Instagram page. I assume someone with intelligence gasped in shock at the pictures and explained to the ignorant young man this shrine was dedicated to Japanese soldiers who had murdered and raped during World War II. Justin did remove the pictures..

I doubt if Justin has any idea who fought in World War II, let alone what happened. The Japanese army murdered over five million Chinese people. In the city of Nanking they raped at least 80,000 women and forced thousands more in China and Korea to serve as “comfort women.” Gee, Justin, have you ever considered reading a book???

Anyway, Justin is no more insensitive than Japanese Prime Minister Abe who is certainly no “Honest Abe” when it comes to defending Japanese murder and rape.

Latest On MH370

For some strange reason, the CNN constant coverage of the missing MH370 flight has not been continued every moment of the day and night. After all, we still have not seen every square mile of the Indian ocean, and few images have been displayed about the Atlantic ocean or the Mediterranean Sea. I am disturbed at lack of reporting about strange noises that I heard coming from a strange car that followed me into my apartment complex. I distinctly heard a “ping noise” emanating from this car. Why no follow up? I realize they are searching for a “black box” but I have yet to hear any mention of a “yellow box” or an “orange box.” How come there is only concern about a “black box?” I suspect this is simply another piece of evidence that when a crime is committed one should look in the direction of “black things of folks.”

Angus Houston, who does not come from the city of Houston, Texas, is in charge of the search for this black thing that sends out a “ping” sound. There are unconfirmed reports a ping has been heard in waters near the city of Perth in Australia. I am shocked that CNN did not have a morning discussion as to the significance of this ping sound. I so miss those pert blond haired girls on Fox News who so love to pretend they know something about ping sounds. Of course, most of them believe the ping sound is proof that someone is playing ping pong.

Anyway, this is the absolute latest from Angus Houston: “There has been no major breakthrough in the search.” Great news. Why? Because he did NOT say there was no minor breakthrough in the search!