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Republicans also fail for the same reason

by on Nov.13, 2017, under Posts>Opinions>Politics>Ethics>Posts>Opinions>Politics>Presidential Campaigns

Republicans fail the same way Democrats fail by supporting candidates like Donald Trump and Roy Moore (Roy Moore scandal: Senate victory would be toxic for religious right).

“If the allegations are true, it is appalling that Moore has held himself up as a defender of faith. Much like movie producer Harvey Weinstein sought to insulate himself from charges of sexual impropriety by contributing to feminist causes, Moore may have been especially zealous in pushing religion.”

 

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What Harvey Weistein reminds us of Hillary Clinton?

by on Nov.05, 2017, under Posts>Opinions>Politics>Ethics>Posts>Opinions>Politics>Presidential Campaigns

Harvey Weinstein always reminds me of Hillary Clinton and the like. These are people who just know how to play the game to stay at the top. And common people just put up with everything they did in the hope that these people will protect them or fight for their rights. Why can’t people realize that if these people abuse them, there is no way they will really protect them or fight for their rights? People who support Hillary Clinton to the end are really unwise! This tendency of the common people is what makes politics in the developing world almost always fails, and what makes Democrats in America fail.

“In the world of the wealthy, liberalism is something you do to offset your rapacious behavior in other spheres. It’s no coincidence that, in Weinstein’s desperate first response to the accusations against him, he thought to promise war against the National Rifle Association and to support scholarships for women.” – from “What Harvey Weinstein tells us about the liberal world“.

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Governments are there to help “losers”, not to laugh at them

by on Aug.28, 2017, under Posts>Opinions>Politics>Presidential Campaigns

One of the reasons why Hillary Clinton lost last year was that she laughed at “losers” during her campaign. When politicians laugh at people they are supposed to serve, they will lose the chance to serve them. Steve Bannon made the same mistake. Trump was right not to follow Bannon’s lead on this. Even though I do not like Trump or support Trump, I have to be honest about this. Trump is being nice to his supporters, including the worst among them, probably the same way a good parent would be to their worst children. I hope that Trump can turn the worst of his supporters into better people.

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Would it be better if the Russians had helped Hillary Clinton instead?

by on Jul.13, 2017, under Posts>Opinions>Politics>Presidential Campaigns

To be honest, I hope that Trump is out of the White House sooner rather than later because of his stance on immigration and many other issues. But I wonder why people are having problems with information concerning a presidential candidate being exposed by the Russians rather than by Americans. If the information was important to American voters and it was not fake or distorted, did it matter who revealed it?

If the Russians did have information damaging to a presidential candidate that American voters should be given, should they have withheld it from the American public to help that candidate?

By the way, if the Russians did have information concerning Hillary Clinton, I think they would have sent it to Wikileaks or some news outlets or published it in their own news media rather than giving it to the Trump campaign. What was to gain by the Russians to give it to the Trump campaign? I feel that the meeting arranged for Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer was a setup rather than a real operation initiated by the Russian government. I think the Russians are good spies and would not do anything as stupid as that. Also, if it was indeed a setup, that would explain why the emails between Donald Trump Jr. and the Russian lawyer had been obtained by the American media before Donald Trump Jr. made them public. The Russians would not have revealed the emails themselves if they did in fact try to set up a meeting with Donald Trump Jr. given that fact that they are not admitting that they had tried to help the Trump campaign.

I hope that the Trump opposition, if such thing does exist, can come up with better ways to defeat Trump rather than clinging to this Russian collusion theory that will go nowhere.

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The “Russia Trump connection” and the US war in Syria

by on Apr.08, 2017, under Posts>Opinions>Politics>Presidential Campaigns>Posts>Opinions>Politics>World Affairs>Wars>Syria War

It feels like the presidential election did not end until now and the result is not what people thought it would be on election night. Neocons never gave up on their conspiracy theory that Trump won with helps from Russia and pressed on until they have now finally won in the sense that they have been able to force Trump to go along with them and start a war in Syria.

Initially, I thought if the Russia Trump connection debate and investigation are ignored, nothing will happen. Now I feel the need to ask questions concerning this debate and investigation. Can we find any voters who regret that they did not vote for Hillary Clinton because of what they got to know about Hillary and the Democratic Party during the election? Why is it better that voters are less informed of the candidates? Did Russia interfere in the disclosure of any information concerning any candidate?

The playing up of the “Russia Trump connection” is purely political, in some way similar to the insistence by Trump on proof of Obama’s eligibility to be President of the United States.

That being said, Trump changing his position on Syria is not all due to the fact that he has been harassed by neocons on his connection to Russia. He has always tried to be popular. And now that he is surrounded by neocons, he must be thinking that starting a war in Syria is popular.

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The election results show the elite were delusional

by on Nov.10, 2016, under Posts>Opinions>Politics>Presidential Campaigns

The elite had tried hard to convince the American public that all was well. In the end, the elite were the ones who were fooled by their own lies. A large part of the American population did not get fooled. The fact is it is hard to fool people on whether or not things are going well for them.

Maybe for the elite, the election was just about culture. But for many people, it was about the economy, as it is told here: Why did Trump win? The economy, stupid.

With so many people supporting Bernie Sanders in the Democratic Primary, how can anyone expect Hillary Clinton to win? And yet, some people find the election results shocking!?!?!

To win the general election, the Democrats should have nominated someone who can draw support from Bernie Sanders supporters as well as Hillary Clinton supporters. Instead of doing that, they tried hard to strong arm Bernie Sanders supporters into supporting Hillary Clinton. Chuck Todd has got it right on this: Chuck Todd explains how Donald Trump won the presidency.

By the way, the Trump campaign was not easy given all the oppositions from the elite, but succeeded thanks to Trump’s ability to self-finance part of the campaign, the support from his family members who were all good and capable people, the support from the Republican Party leadership, and the support from the general population.

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Should American companies move factories to other countries?

by on Oct.05, 2016, under Posts>Opinions>Politics>Presidential Campaigns

It depends on the social environments of the countries the factories are moved to. If workers’ protections and environment regulations in those countries are lacking, the move will not help those countries or the US. The move will just serve as a way for companies to avoid regulations in the US. It will not help grow the consumer markets in those countries. The world economy will not grow as a result.

If workers’ protections and environment regulations are adequate in those countries, the consumer markets in those countries will grow, the world economy will grow, and the US economy will grow as well.

So free trade agreements, if set up improperly, will be harmful, but can be a good thing if set up properly.

By the way, other than avoiding regulations, there are two more reasons for American companies to move factories to other countries: to increase competitiveness by reducing cost, and to maximize profits. So many American companies will move factories to other countries whenever it is possible whether people like it or not. There is nothing much that anyone can do about it. The US government can only use taxation to reduce the benefit of increasing profits American companies will receive by moving their factories to other countries to offset the immediate cost to the US economy brought about by the move.

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Who is Donald Trump?

by on Oct.01, 2016, under Posts>Opinions>Politics>Presidential Campaigns

I am totally against racism. So I am not supporting Donald Trump’s campaign. But I find myself wanting to defend him again and again, because I just want to be fair to him, as I want to be fair to everyone.

Trying to avoid paying taxes and openly admitting to doing it is probably the most politically incorrect things to do of all. But for Americans who are struggling like Trump and who are against government’s overspending (for some, it is overspending on social programs, for others, it is overspending on wars), this is the right thing to do.

Trump may be running a huge business empire. But his company is not publicly traded and may not be profitable. His company’s losses are not shouldered by the public. So he does not have the luxury to be generous.

Trump is someone with a lot of capabilities, as we can see from his ability to run many businesses. But he is struggling, whether he is admitting it or not. This profile is shared by a lot of Americans. This is the reason why there is a Trump campaign, and it is giving the Clinton campaign a serious challenge. If the Clinton campaign wins, a lot of Americans lose.

By the way, I have an explanation for Trump’s tendency to switch subjects and interrupt others. I think it is because his mind works very fast, much faster than an average person. Of course, being impolite is also a reason for him to interrupt others.

As to whether Trump’s failure in his businesses means he will fail in running a government as well, I can tell you this: running a business and running a government is totally different, unless you think profiting from a public office (like Hillary Clinton did) is desirable. Running a business is to bring fortunes to oneself, while running a government is to bring fortunes to others. Bringing fortunes to oneself and bringing fortunes to others require different skills and mindsets.

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Matt Bai got it all wrong on the housing market crash

by on Sep.29, 2016, under Posts>Opinions>Politics>Presidential Campaigns>Posts>Opinions>Politics>The Economy

Housing prices getting too high is the reason why many people can not afford any housing. So the housing market needs to follow the free market rules, be allowed to fall when it has to, and not be interfered with or propped up by the government.

By propping up housing prices, the government is helping out those who speculate in the housing market, letting them make a lot more money from their real estate investment than they should, and kill a lot of working people’s American dream in the mean time. This is the reason why the American dream has become impossible for a lot more working people. This is also the reason why the US economy is not growing much.

Donald Trump may not have liked the housing market crash for a noble reason. But he was with a lot of Americans in this matter. I find it regretful that he is not educated and articulate enough to offer an effective rebuttal in the debate. But being educated and articulate while being unintelligent and unthoughtful makes a presidential candidate even less qualified.

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Why do we have two major candidates who are both disliked by most?

by on Sep.05, 2016, under Posts>Opinions>Politics>Presidential Campaigns

When people do not like a candidate, they flock to the other candidate, overlooking all of that other candidate’s shortcomings. As a result, two candidates who are disliked by most people have got so much support nonetheless.

The possibility of letting the candidate one dislikes the most get elected has been keeping people from stopping their support for the other candidate even though they know that this other candidate is not all that great.

There are several problems with voting for the lesser of two evils. One is that you are still supporting an evil. Two is that your vote is used to elect a candidate who is unqualified. Three is that by supporting one evil, you are inviting or pressuring some people to support the other evil (to counter your support for the evil that they dislike more) which is against your own wish.

If we do not want to see an unqualified candidate getting ahead in the race, stop supporting all unqualified candidates.

Have some respect for people in the opposite camp and stop your support for the candidate that they do not like for the right reasons.

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