The Chinese Communists to embrace Free Market Capitalism more than President Obama

Posted by PITHOCRATES - December 21st, 2013

Week in Review

During the Eighties Democrats said the Japanese economy was the smart way to go.  Government partnering with business.  With government helping to make that messy capitalism more ordered and manageable.  Improving economic efficiency.  And economic output.  But all that government intervention and cronyism brought on a deflationary spiral.  Japan’s Lost Decade.  Which they’re still trying to recover from.

Over the last decade Democrats said the Chinese economy was the smart way to go.  Government partnering with business.  With government helping to make that messy capitalism more ordered and manageable.  Improving economic efficiency.  And economic output.  But it doesn’t appear the Chinese agree with them (see China factories stuck in cruise control by Charles Riley posted 12/15/2013 on CNNMoney).

After a long period of steady progress and faster growth, China’s factories have lost some momentum in the final months of the year…

…analysts said that sluggishness in the manufacturing sector suggests economic growth has started to weaken, a trend that will continue into next year…

China’s party leaders have spent much of the year plotting a course for economic reform that aims to deliver results by 2020.

Beijing’s plan calls for opening its financial markets and promoting greater foreign investment. The leadership also hinted at changes in how companies file for stock market listings, the introduction of a bank deposit insurance scheme and an acceleration of interest rate liberalization.

The roadmap seeks to roll back government control of state-owned enterprises and allow for greater competition with private firms.

The Chinese export economy created economic activity.  But the key to that was their low labor costs.  With the power of the state keeping labor costs low.  Which helped to make their exports inexpensive.  But it did not help grow a middle class.  Which meant all of China’s economic growth relied on those exports.  And when nations were suffering anemic economic growth those export sales fell.  And without a prosperous middle class there was nothing to replace those sales.  Causing the Chinese economy to lose momentum.

And what is China doing to regain that momentum?  Reduce the role of government in the economy.  Unlike President Obama.  Which could forever change the balance of power in the world.  For if the Chinese privatize their economy while the Americans strangle theirs with more government involvement the Chinese economy will grow greater and overtake the American economy.  Allowing the Chinese communist do something the Soviets could never do.  Beat America economically.  Because the Chinese communists embraced free market capitalism more than President Obama.

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Democrats attack Christianity while Remaining Mute as Islam Brutally Oppresses Women

Posted by PITHOCRATES - December 21st, 2013

Week in Review

The left keeps saying that the Republicans have a war on women.  Because they are a bunch of Christian extremist who want to take away birth control and abortion from women.  They take every opportunity to attack Christianity as the great oppressor of women.  Warning women of the hell they’ll be subjected to if we elect Republicans with their Christian agenda.  But they will never say anything about the oppression of women under Islam.  Which is very real (see Afghan woman flown to Turkey after husband ‘slices off her nose’ by Rob Crilly, Islamabad, and Zubair Babakarkhail posted 12/18/2013 on The Telegraph).

An Afghan woman has been flown to Turkey for emergency surgery after her husband sliced off her nose and lips apparently in punishment for refusing to sell her jewellery.

Sitara, 30, was found lying unconscious in her home on Friday when neighbours in Herat province were alerted by the cries of her four children.

The attack has been seized on by women’s rights campaigners as evidence that not enough is being done to protect fragile progress made since the Taliban was ousted from power in 2001…

Her mother Naseema said he was addicted to heroin and had regularly beaten her daughter in the past for failing to give birth to a son. On Friday evening she said he asked her daughter – who was engaged at the age of 11 – for money and then demanded her gold ring when she said she had no cash.

“She told him that this ring was given to her by her father – Azim did not buy it for her,” she said.

He turned violent, knocking the mother-of-four unconscious with a rock collected from outside before taking a knife to her nose and top lip, said Naseema. It was all witnessed by her four young daughters, aged three to 12…

A United Nations paper published earlier this month showed reported violence against women was on the rise – an increase of 28% in the past year.

In November, officials floated the idea of reintroducing stoning for the adultery before quickly withdrawing it amid an international outcry.

If anyone has a war on women it’s Islam.  Some will say these are isolated incidences and don’t represent the true Islamic faith.  But these isolated incidences far outnumber the zero number of Christians cutting off women’s noses and lips.  Or stoning women for adultery.  But you never hear the left who is supposedly fighting for women in the war on women express the same level of outrage over these abuses of Islam that they reserve for Christians.  All they do is help Islam attack Christianity.  Making Islam’s power greater.  Putting more women at risk for these horrible abuses.

Will Democrats ever put their politics aside to protect women from real dangers?  Or will they continue to exploit women for their politics?  And create phantom dangers where none exist?  As they will sacrifice anything for their insatiable quest for power?

Women are oppressed by Islam and they remain silent.  Calling Christianity the real danger.  Which is more tolerant of birth control, abortion (and homosexuality) than Islam is by far.  But they attack Christianity.  And not Islam.  Because the enemy of my enemy is my friend.  Even though this ‘friend’ will oppress them in a heartbeat if given the chance.  For Democrats may like Islam because they annoy Christians but Muslims hate everything liberals stand for.  And would prefer to eradicate them like all enemies of Islam.

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Ontario Health Care has Long Wait Times and Rationing despite it being 973% More Costly than Obamacare

Posted by PITHOCRATES - December 21st, 2013

Week in Review

To pass the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) into law the Democrats submitted numbers to the CBO that crunched the cost to less than $1 trillion over 10 years.  No more than the cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  So it would be a wash.  As if they never decried the spending for those wars as wasteful.  Or simply unaffordable.  But now that spending was not wasteful or unaffordable.  If it paid for Obamacare.

Of course that original cost of $1 trillion over 10 years was very suspect.  In time that number was revised up.  For it was impossible to provide health insurance to everyone without spending a lot more.  As we can see if we look to our neighbors to the north.  Canada (see Ontario not receiving expected health transfer funds by The Canadian Press posted 12/17/2013 on CBC News).

The federal Conservatives have betrayed Canada’s most populous province by breaking their promise over health-care funding, Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews charged Tuesday.

The Harper Tories promised all provinces a six per cent increase in health transfers, but they’re only giving Ontario 3.4 per cent in 2014-15, she said…

The $300 million that Ottawa is shortchanging Ontario is more than the province’s increase in home care and other services for seniors this year, she said.

“It’s less money to reduce wait times, it’s less money to hire nurses, it’s less time to provide Ontario families and particularly Ontario seniors with the care that they need,” Matthews said…

Flaherty was unavailable for comment Tuesday, but a spokeswoman said health transfers are rising…

“In fact, in 2014-15 Ontario will receive over $12 billion in health transfers, almost a 60 per cent increase from under the previous federal Liberal government.”

The province’s share of federal health dollars will increase from $11.9 billion this year to $12.3 billion next year.

Ontario allocates about $49 billion a year on health care, the highest area of spending in its $127.6-billion budget…

Ontario, which is facing a nearly $12-billion deficit, is the only province that will see fewer federal dollars next year, with total transfer payments shrinking by $641 million to $19.1 billion.

Canada’s single-payer system (actually one system per province subsidized by the federal government) has long been an object of affection to those on the American left.  Who kept pointing to it.  Saying, “See?  That’s what we should be doing.”  Rational people said doing so would increase wait time and cause rationing.  “Uh-uh,” they said.  “Providing more health care to more people will NOT lead to increased wait times or rationing.”  Proving their ignorance of the most basic arithmetic.  So let’s use some arithmetic to show why they are so wrong.

First of all despite the utopia of Canada’s single-payer system they apparently have long wait times and rationing.  Or else they wouldn’t say that the reduction in health transfers would hurt their ability to reduce those very things.  Ontario has a population of 13,472,400.  Which means they’re spending $3,637.07 per person ($49 million/13,472,400) on health care.  Or about $3,418.84 per person in US dollars.  The US population is about 313,914,040.  So if we spend what Ontario is spending that comes to about $1.07 trillion per year.  About $10.7 trillion over 10 years.  Or about 973% more than the Democrats said it would cost.

Obviously the government is not going to have this kind of money available.  So there will be longer wait times.  And rationing.  Which is why people won’t be able to keep their health insurance, doctors and medicine they liked and wanted to keep.  And why President Obama and his fellow Democrats lied to pass the bill.  Because things are going to get that bad.  They’re just hoping by the time people realize just how bad it will get Obamacare will be so entrenched that it will be impossible to repeal.  Because if it’s not the people will demand we repeal it and replace it with something better.  Like what we had before the Affordable Care Act.

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Democrats and Unions are impoverishing American Cities

Posted by PITHOCRATES - December 21st, 2013

Week in Review

Detroit had a massive public sector.  Lots of union government jobs.  With very generous benefits.  Then the city began losing population.  As the city shrank the public sector did not.  As the city could no longer support the public sector on tax revenue they turned to borrowing.  At her bankruptcy her pension obligations were in the billions.  And were just unsustainable.  With a lot of those retirees going to see huge cuts in their retirement benefits.  A first for a public sector union.  And one that may set a precedent for other impoverished cities (see Cities where poverty is soaring by Michael B. Sauter and Thomas C. Frohlich, 24WallSt.com, posted 12/16/2013 on Yahoo! Homes).

Many of these cities show a symptom of the regions hit hardest by the recession — a significant decline in real estate value. Nationally, the average home value during the three-year period of 2010-2012 was down by 9% compared to the previous three-year period. In eight of the 10 cities with soaring poverty rates, property values fell by at least 10%. Homes in Eastpointe lost nearly half of their value. In Inkster, Michigan, another city where poverty grew substantially, an average of 43.3% of homes were worth less than $50,000 between 2010 and 2012, compared to just 11.8% of homes during the 2007-2009 period…

Several of these cities were already struggling prior to the recession, in part because of their reliance on manufacturing. The industry had been declining for years, and the recession only made matters worse. In Salisbury, North Carolina, employment in manufacturing fell from 15.5% of all jobs to 8.3%. Goshen, Indiana, another city with a major increase in poverty, is heavily dependent on the auto industry — more than a third of the working population was employed in manufacturing between 2010 and 2012. According to Joe Frank at the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, this dependence had particularly dire consequences during the recession.

The Democrats are all Keynesians.  Who believe in government spending.  And keeping interest rates artificially low to stimulate the economy.  To encourage people to buy big expensive houses.  Just because interest rates are low.  So people did.  With mortgages so cheap everyone was getting them.  And as these buyers flooded the market housing prices soared.  Creating a great housing bubble.  Which collapsed when interest rates rose.  Resetting the rates on those subprime adjustable rate mortgages (ARMs).  Raising monthly payments.  Beyond what some people could afford.  Forcing them into bankruptcy.  Creating the subprime mortgage crisis.  And the collapse of housing prices.

The UAW made American cars so expensive people started buying the less expensive imports.  As most people don’t have UAW contracts giving them a fat paycheck and generous benefits.  Leaving them to get by on less than UAW workers.  Which meant they turned to the less costly imports.  Built by companies that didn’t have those great legacy costs of years of overly generous contracts that became unsustainable.  Pension costs and health care for retirees (which outnumbered active workers) forced GM and Chrysler to ask for a government bailout to avoid bankruptcy.  Asking the taxpayer to help them pay the generous pensions and health care costs of others.  Instead of bringing these benefits into line with the rest of America.

Democrats are Keynesians.  They believe in government intervention into the private sector economy.  And they protect their friends in unions to get their votes.  Raising costs for everyone else.  These policies, though, are just impoverishing American cities.  At least the ones dominated by unions and/or Democrats.

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Women will be able to be more Enlightened and Modern in Canada with Legalized Prostitution

Posted by PITHOCRATES - December 21st, 2013

Week in Review

The left everywhere in the world fights back against the Old World Puritanism of conservatives.   Who want to do nothing but oppress women in monogamous marriages.  Where a man pledges to have and behold from this day on, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; until death do us part.  Need one say anymore to prove that there is a war on women?  Just imagine the difficulty of placing the wedding band on the sloped-brow Neanderthal she’s marrying.  Having to lift those scarred knuckles up from the floor.  That he just dragged across the floor to get to the altar.

It’s a frightening image.  Marriage.  A man pledging his undying love to a woman.  You can see why the left rails against such an archaic view of women.  For unlike conservatives liberals liberate women.  They give them birth control and abortion.  So a woman can go from man to man with the frequency of a cheap ham radio (a line borrowed from the Saturday Night Live Point Counter Point sketch with Jane Curtain and Dan Aykroyd).  This is the modern woman the left wants.  A sexual being.  To be enjoyed sexually.  Not oppressed in a monogamous marriage.  Where she’ll never be able to enjoy true freedom.  Like this (see Push is on for strip clubs to take advantage of Supreme Court ruling on prostitution by Daniel Proussalidis posted 12/21/2013 on the Toronto Sun).

Strip clubs smell dollars and opportunity on the heels of a Supreme Court of Canada decision Friday to strike down key Criminal Code provisions.

The Adult Entertainment Association of Canada says it’s ready to provide “enhanced” services once brothels become legal in Canada…

Women’s activist Diane Watts says she’s not surprised to see this push now that the Supreme Court has ruled Canada’s bans on brothels, communicating for the purpose of prostitution and living off its profits are unconstitutional…

Instead of new laws, Lambrinos’s group says strip clubs that are already regulated by cities quality for “enhanced licences” to allow them to offer more than naked people and lap dances.

Watts says fully legalized prostitution will mean higher demand for hookers and “increased trafficking from countries where women are more vulnerable.”

A 2010 RCMP human trafficking threat assessment found strip clubs are already part of the problem.

“Exotic dance clubs, or strip clubs, have been associated with human trafficking of foreign nationals in Canada since the late 1990s, when the number of migrant dancers from Eastern Europe increased dramatically,” said the assessment.

Little girls dream of ponies.  Prince Charming carrying her away.  And fairytale weddings.  Where a man pledges to have and behold from this day on, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; until death do us part.  Not to grow up to dance naked in a strip bar one day to entertain men.  Or to earn a living prostituting themselves as they pleasure men.  And no parent raising their daughter ever hoped that she will be able to dance naked one day for the entertainment of men.  Or to prostitute herself to pleasure men.  Not even liberals.  Yet they will create the world that makes this possible.  And likely.  For stripping and prostitution offers a way for single mothers to make a lot of money in the short working hours they have available around raising their kids.  Something else no little girl dreamed about in her childhood.

Anyone suggesting women should withhold their most intimate selves until their wedding night will be called prudes.  Anyone who urges that women at least enter monogamous relationships with someone who wants more than a one-night stand (aka a hookup) will also be called a prude.  So these young women will be sexually active.  Giving away their most intimate selves to men who think of them as only sexual objects.  Because it’s fun.  And the left has them believing that they are being enlightened and modern and so unlike their prudish parents by objectifying themselves to pleasure as many men as possible.

Yet it’s the conservatives who have a war on women.  Go figure.

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