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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

wikichina -friedman -US 2030

Thomas Friedman: WikiChina -NYT,  Dec 2, 2010

Washington Embassy, People’s Republic of China, to Ministry of Foreign Affairs Beijing, 
TOP SECRET/Subject: America today.
Things are going well here for China. America remains a deeply politically polarized country, which is certainly helpful for our goal of overtaking the U.S. as the world’s most powerful economy and nation. But we’re particularly optimistic because the Americans are polarized over all the wrong things.
1-There is a willful self-destructiveness in the air here as if America has all the time and money in the world for petty politics. They fight over things like — we are not making this up — how and where an airport security officer can touch them. They are fighting — we are happy to report — over the latest nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia.
Americans just had what they call an “election.” Best we could tell it involved one congressman trying to raise more money than the other (all from businesses they are supposed to be regulating) so he could tell bigger lies on TV more often about the other guy before the other guy could do it to him. This leaves us relieved. It means America will do nothing serious to fix its structural problems: a ballooning deficit, declining educational performance, crumbling infrastructure and diminished immigration of new talent.
2- The ambassador recently took what the Americans call a fast train — the Acela — from Washington to New York City. Our bullet train from Beijing to Tianjin would have made the trip in 90 minutes. His took three hours — and it was on time! Along the way the ambassador used his cell phone to call his embassy office, and in one hour he experienced 12 dropped calls — again, we are not making this up.
We have a joke in the embassy: “When someone calls you from China today it sounds like they are next door. And when someone calls you from next door in America, it sounds like they are calling from China!” Those of us who worked in China’s embassy in Zambia often note that Africa’s cell phone service was better than America’s.

In foreign policy, we see no chance of Obama extricating U.S. forces from Afghanistan. He knows the Republicans will call him a wimp if he does, so America will keep hemorrhaging $190 million a day there.
3- Most of the Republicans just elected to Congress do not believe what their scientists tell them about man-made climate change. America’s politicians are mostly lawyers — not engineers or scientists like ours — so they’ll just say crazy things about science and nobody calls them on it. It’s good. It means they will not support any bill to spur clean energy innovation, which is central to our next five-year plan.
And this ensures that our efforts to dominate the wind, solar, nuclear and electric car industries will not be challenged by America.
Finally, record numbers of U.S. high school students are now studying Chinese, which should guarantee us a steady supply of cheap labor that speaks our language here, as we use our $2.3 trillion in reserves to quietly buy up U.S. factories. 
In sum, things are going well for China in America.

______________US -2030_____________
Why do great nations fall? The Ancient Greeks, the Roman empire,
 The British empire, The US of America.
They all make the same mistakes. 
Turning their backs on the principles that made them great.
 America tried to spend and tax itself out of a great recession. 
Enormous so-called "stimulus" spending, 
massive changes to health care, 
government takeover of private industries, and crushing debt."

"Of course, we owned most of their debt, so now they work for us"

3 lines: 
1-For its maker
3- Reactions in youtube

1-For its maker: CAGW. A new television ad about the U.S. national debt produced by Citizens Against Government Waste has been deemed "too controversial" by major networks including ABC, A&E and The History Channel and will not be shown on those channels. The commercial is a homage to a 1986 ad that was entitled "The Deficit Trials" that was also banned by the major networks. Apparently telling the truth about the national debt is a little too "hot" for the major networks to handle. But perhaps it is time to tell the American people the truth. In 1986, the U.S. national debt was around 2 trillion dollars. Today, it is rapidly approaching 14 trillion dollars. The American Dream is being ripped apart right in front of our eyes, but apparently some of the major networks don't want the American people to really understand what is going on.

The truth is that the ad does not even have anything in it that should be offensive. The commercial is set in the year 2030, and the main character is a Chinese professor that is seen lecturing his students on the fall of great empires. As images of the United States are shown on a screen behind him, the Chinese professor tells his students the following about the behavior of great empires: "They all make the same mistakes. Turning their backs on the principles that made them great. America tried to spend and tax itself out of a great recession. Enormous so-called "stimulus" spending, massive changes to health care, government takeover of private industries, and crushing debt."

Perhaps it is what the Chinese Professor says next that is alarming the big television networks: "Of course, we owned most of their debt, so now they work for us".

2- Analysis on truth-out

The Chinese government was able to get its banks to open their lending windows when US banks were being tight-fisted with their funds, because the government owns the banks. The Chinese banking system has been partially privatized, but the government is still the controlling shareholder of the Big Four commercial banks, which were split off from the People's Bank of China in the 1980s.
We might take a lesson from the Chinese and put our own banks to work for the people, rather than making the people work for the banks. We need to get our dollars out of Wall Street and back on Main Street and we can do that only by breaking up Wall Street's out-of-control private banking monopoly and returning control over money and credit to the people themselves.

3- Comments Posted on YouTube

“I want everyone in my contacts folder to see this video.  I just saw it on Neil Cavuto and it scared the living day lights out of me.   It was the most terrifying thing I’ve ever seen.” 
“One of the most powerful ads I’ve seen during my life time. Thank you for getting the word out.” 
“The best…ad for the American people yet!  *****, 5 stars for forcing our politicians face the truth.”
“One of the most powerful ads I’ve seen during my life time. Thank you for getting the word out.”
“One of the most potent ads I’ve ever seen.”
“Brilliant. A vision of the future.”
“Awesome. Definitely ONE possible future, unless we act now.”
“Thank you for producing this ad. EVERYONE needs to see it and realize what our future might very well be. This is not about China… it is about what we are allowing to happen to this great nation!”

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