Friday, September 30, 2011

アメリカのシャットダウン:とりあえず大丈夫です。 US government shutdown, safe for the time being.

On Thursday the 29th, American time, the funding bill passed Congress, avoiding a shutdown of the US government.

But there was something very odd here. Only three US Congressmen were present when the bill was passed. Everyone else was on vacation. So the passage of the bill only took five minutes.


Normally, the US Congress has 435 members.


So what is going on here? My guess is that it was a conspiracy. I am guessing that The President, Democratic Party leaders, and normal sane Republican leaders conspired to pass the bill without the presence of disruptive and insane Tea Party Republican members.

いったい、どう言う事ですか?私の推測で、陰謀でした。私の推測は、オバマ大統領、普通の良識のある共和党リーダー達、それと民主党のリーダー達が、破壊的な正気ではない茶会の義員達がいない時にこの法律制度を 通す陰謀をしました。

If you look at the Wikipedia link above, you will see that the rules of the operation of Congress require that a majority of members, a "Quorum" be present to conduct business. 3 members out of 435 is certainly no majority.


Funding for FEMA, the issue that the Tea Party used to delay the bill, well funding for FEMA was cut.


What do I see with this? I think the American political establishment, and the President, have finally realized that they have a revolutionary situation here. I have often written on my blog how the Christian Fundamentalist movement, using the front group of the Tea Party, wishes to make a Civil War in America, and establish a Theocratic state.


By passing the bill in such a secretive manner, I think the American power brokers in Washington are realizing the extent of the danger.


This is good. After all, last month we had the Tea Party making their best effort to force the United States into default.


An American collapse would devastate the world economic and political structure.


What could have happened in case of a government shutdown? OK, let me list some possibilities.


In a government shutdown in 1995, the following happened:


In 1995, hundreds of thousands of Federal workers lost their jobs.


Many government payments to citizens were halted, there was no one to process them.


The military and and FBI remained on the job.


It would be very bad, and in today's economic environment, further hurt the reputation of the United States, and the world situation. I am very glad that the US government could pass the bill, even if they resorted to a trick to do it.


However, the fact that the bill could not be passed by normal process indicates that the Tea Party/Christian Fundamentalist movement has much strength, and possibility to disrupt American society.


And I am amazed at the attitude of so many members of Congress, with such an important law waiting to be passed, they went on vacation.


And this action is certain to make the Tea Party angry. I think we can expect more excitement in the near future in America.


And remember, the funding bill has to be redone by November 18th.


Monday, September 26, 2011

アメリカ、8月はデフォルト危機、9月がシャットダウン危機です。 In August it was default, in September, we have the possibility of US Government shutdown

Last month we nearly had America go into default because the Tea Party blocked crucial legislation to raise the American debt limit.

Because of the Tea Party/Republican actions, America came within 12 hours of financial collapse. Republican leaders promised that they would never put the nation and the world in such danger again.


Well, they broke their promise.


This time the fight is over FEMA funding. FEMA is the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Democrats want funds to be included for it, the Republicans want funds to be cut.


If they cannot agree and cannot pass the legislation, the US government shuts down on September 30th.


The American Democratic Party is particularly angry. They feel that the President has compromised too much with the Republicans. The thing is here, as I have written before, the American Republican party is dominated by the Tea Party, which is in turn controlled by business interests and the Christian Fundamentalist movement.


The Christian Fundamentalist movement wants to turn America into a Theological state. From what I have read of the statements of such Tea Party politicians, they regard bipartisanship, the compromise and cooperation between the Democratic and Republican parties for the good of the nation, as a sin. They have often stated that they will use force to achieve their goals.


The more this happens, the greater the chance for a misstep, and American, then worldwide financial collapse.


President Obama has tried to reassure Prime Minister Noda that America is a trustworthy partner. However, America seems to be unable to cease playing these dangerous games.


In any case, the legislation will only fund the United States government up to November 18th, before that, they have to find more money.


Thursday, September 15, 2011

アメリカ茶会の残酷さ The cruelty of the Tea Party

Last monday, there was an appearance of the Republican candidates for President of the United States of America on CNN television. I have long written on this blog about the Tea Party and how it is backed by the Christian Fundamentalist movement and a few big businesses.


But what about the average members of the Tea Party? Well, from what I have seen, they are very cruel and mean spirited people. And during that CNN appearance an incident happened that shocked me. Towards the end of the show, Wolf Blitzer, a CNN reporter asked a hypothetical question of Representative Ron Paul.

しかし、普通の茶会の人はどう言う人ですか?私が見たのは、やはり彼達は残酷、心が狭い人達でした。そのCNN番組途中で、一つの出来事が有って、私はショックに成りました。番組の終わり位で、CNNレポーター ウルフ・ブリッツァーさんは、候補者ロン・ポールさんに仮想的な質問を聞きました。

The question, about health care was, "What would do with the case of a healthy 30 year old man with a good job, decides that he does not want to have health care. He suddenly gets sick, goes into a coma, and without immediate hospitalization he will die." The question was should this man receive hospitalization.


Congressman Ron rather dodged the question. He said it is individual responsibility. However Mr. Blitzer asked him directly, "Would you let this person die?" Again, the Congressman tried to avoid a direct answer. But it was the reaction of the studio audience that really surprised me.


In answer to the question, "Would you let this man die?" several people in the studio audience called out "Yeah!". That means they care so little about another American, another human being, that he should die because he chose not to buy health insurance.

その質問にたいして、”この人、そのまま死んでもいいですか?” 観客の方から、何人かは、”いいじゃない!”と叫びました。その意味は、その人達は本当に心が冷たく、有る人が保険に加入しなくても死んでもいいと考えています。

Below is a video link of the incident.


There are several main debates going on in American society, and the issue of whether to have a national health insurance plan is one.


And Right wing anger has not been limited to this incident.


In the below link, Tea Party people are mocking a person with Parkinson's disease at a demonstration in Washington D.C..


This next incident really upset me. It happened in Chicago, the city I was born in. A local Congressman was holding a town hall meeting to present his case for National Health care.


As a speaker, he brought a married couple, Mr. and Mrs. Hough. Their situation was, their son's wife had died. She had become pregnant at the age of 24, and could not afford health care. She contacted pneumonia, and died, along with the baby.


The reaction of the Tea Party people? They laughed and jeered, saying it was the family's fault.


Below is a video link of the incident.


What is wrong with Americans? Well some Americans. The Tea Party is about 18% of Americans.


These people are selfish and cruel. They care about no one except themselves.


Today's world is very interconnected. America has many problems, such as global warming induced drought, and financial collapse. Well, in today's world, America's troubles are also Japan's problems. And they also affect the rest of the world.


It is now being said that the Tea Party is the strongest driving force in American politics. But what are we to do when this driving force is made up of such cruel and selfish people, who laugh at the misfortune and deaths of their own citizens?


If the Tea Party members can be so terrible to Americans, how will Tea Party people think of Japan?


Thursday, September 8, 2011

いったい、アメリカはどう成っているのですか? Just what is going on with America?

Recently, I saw an article in the news that the United States postal service is nearly bankrupt. Well the US postal service does not have a bank like the Japanese system does, or insurance.

However, I think a postal service is an essential service of the nation, and should be maintained. There are some services that need to remain in government, not private, hands. And private companies only think of profit, not a comprehensive, nationwide service.


The article says that the US postal Service could close this year.


What is happening to America? Almost every day I read some aspect of American decline in the news. Yet with all America's financial troubles, America is sending billions of dollars of military equipment to Afghanistan. Afghanistan cannot pay for this equipment, and they do not have soldiers trained to use it.


When is America going to understand that this is a hopeless and useless war? The only solution is to just leave. When America thinks about relations with a country, it seems they can only think in terms of bases and military equipment.


What about in American politics, what are Presidential candidates saying?


Well President Obama seems to have the strategy of saying that his Right Wing opposition is dangerously crazy. This is true but, I wish that President Obama had some actual accomplishments in three years. He compromises with the Right too much.


Mitt Romney seems to be concentrating on not angering the Tea Party. That plan is not working too well. He is a Morman, they will not like him no matter how smart he is. Actually, these days on the American Right, being an intelligent political candidate is a handicap. American Right wing voters feel that intelligence is a sign of Elitism, and that you are not an average person. They don't like that, they want people just as stupid as they are.


Michelle Bachmann says that US Corporations should not pay any tax. This is the "trickle down" theory of economics. Basically it means that if rich people pay less taxes and have more money, their spending will cause economic activity and more jobs. The actual result is that America has one of the greatest income gaps in the world. And the American Middle Class is dying.


And, there is not enough money to pay for a postal service, who will cover it then? The only solution I can see to Michelle Bachmann's plan is that taxes rise for the average person.


To save money, Michelle Bachmann wants to eliminate the Department of Education and all public schools.

Academically, American children are already the worst educated in the First World. Michelle Bachmann says that parents should educate their children not schools. What she really means here is the Christian Right home schooling program. Their mission is to create a "Generation Joshua" of Christian Warriors to take over and rule American society according to their radical Christian views.


I am very sorry, but to manage a technical society like America is now, people educated in science are necessary. With Michelle Bachmann's plan, it will result in many people who know the Bible and nothing else, and the lifestyle of Americans will drop to something like medieval France in the year 900.


Governor Rick Perry of Texas is also running for President. Texas is in crisis right now. Wildfires are raging across the state.


Governor Rick Perry shows us what it means to be a Christian conservative. He cut the budget for fire departments, so now there is not enough equipment to fight all the fires. Evacuation centers are few, and there are too many people.


Texas along with many other states is in serious drought.


It is scientific fact human caused global warming is causing the US drought. Also that this drought is going to get worse and spread across the US.


But as a Christian Fundamentalist, Governor Perry does not believe in science, or global warming. So what was his solution to the drought? Pray.


So if elected President, what will Rick Perry do about the default negotiations that must be redone next year. More prayer? What will Michelle Bachmann do with education, will American children to be able to function in society? Simply pray that they will be capable of performing the complex work needed to maintain America as a modern nation?


Pray that without corporations paying taxes there will be enough revenue to run the nation?


This seems to be their plan. And in my point of view, looking at things now, they have a strong possibility of winning the election.


I have many Japanese friends who have long admired America, they ask me what has happened. Frankly, when two of the major candidates to be President of the United States are such crackpots, I think it is a sad day for America.


We have had enough of stupid Presidents with George Bush. America cannot survive another idiot President.