ΩΩSectarian, race and religious hatreds are rising on both the right and the left in many ‘liberal’ countries of the West. This always happens during economic downturns. Smart governments move rapidly to protect themselves while dumb ones leave various doors hanging wide open. There are many contrary forces at work within both the right and the left which leaves a true mess for the masses who get increasingly confused and finally, just downright angry. I will examine mostly the English today since they had a change in government. It is most interesting what is going on there! And holds some lessons for us, here in the US where I am a citizen and also live.
ΩΩThere is a very, very strong strain of ‘Don’t Tread On Me’ attitudes on the right. The ideal situation is for the state to not interfere with one’s affairs. Many businesses like this attitude because they prefer to be free to do as they please. And in general, people hate busy bodies…except, of course, when they, themselves, are the busy bodies for various reasons!
ΩΩThere is a move afoot to have national ID to prevent floods of aliens taking over communities. Both the far right and far left oppose these identity cards for ideological or even criminal reasons. So the very first thing Cameron did in England was scrap the national ID card program: ID cards scheme to be scrapped within 100 days | Politics | guardian.co.uk
The 15,000 identity cards issued under an “early adopters” pilot scheme are to be cancelled without any refund of the £30 fee to holders within a month of the legislation reaching the statute book….
The government claimed the move will save £86m over four years and avoid £800m in costs that would have been covered by fees….
…A separate scheme under which identity cards are issued to all foreign nationals resident in Britain by 2015 run by the United Kingdom Border Agency is still to go ahead. May said: “This bill is the first step of many that this government is taking to reduce the control of the state over decent, law-abiding people and hand power back to them….
…Separate legislation is to be introduced to cancel the next generation of “biometric” passports, which were due to include electronic fingerprints alongside the existing digitised photograph already included in chips in the latest passports.
ΩΩFirst: look at how the conservatives who supposedly want to spare taxpayers spending money on ID, cheerfully RIPS OFF people who bought this ID already!!! No refunds for them, mate! Isn’t this charming? Secondly, this ID was supposed to prove one is a citizen of a country. Now, anyone who is a resident of England is free to do as they please while the citizens can’t prove they are citizens! This seems like a good things to people who hate and fear their own States but then, we have a problem with the State ceasing to care who is a citizen and thus, has significant civil rights advantages.
ΩΩThis sense of dissolution of the status of the citizen is a very powerful force which undermines real democracies. On top of all of this, we have the problems about ‘Who are you?’ to contend with. That is, what is ID? I remember when NY state didn’t have photos on its driver’s licenses. The identity theft this caused was tremendous yet the state of NY was hamstrung about fixing this problem. I had Arizona photo ID since I first got my driver’s license years earlier and only in the 1990’s did NY follow suit!
ΩΩIDs are a huge problem in general. I changed my name three times, for example! The various common threads got pretty dim over time. Social Security cards are huge theft items because they have no serious ID metrics on them. Indeed, we are warned to never carry or reveal our SS information or cards because these are top theft items! So, do we fix this with rock-solid ID information?
ΩΩNope. The hysteria about ‘the government is tracking you!’ defeats this! Oddly enough, any social system that has the government involved in providing services require this sort of tracking system to prevent outsiders, illegal aliens and criminals from invading the system and eating it up. The far right has a very interesting solution to all of this: destroy all services provided by the State! Whoopee. Isn’t that great?
ΩΩRealistically speaking, the best places to live happen to be states which protects their citizens and provides services. Recently, that funny anti-government right wing rich man’s magazine, Forbes, published a list of the World’s 10 Best Places to Live – Forbes.com. Not one city in the US was in this list! Most of them were in places like Switzerland, a land that is very draconian about ‘Who is a real citizen?’ Germany, the land of ‘Let’s see your ID, foreigner!’ is another big winner!
ΩΩAustralia, a country that has a very firm grip on getting rid of illegal aliens and which discourages anyone from immigrating unless they bring in lots of money, is also on this list of best places to live! No city in a country that allows a flood of immigrants was on this list. Not one English city was on this list! Plenty of German, Austrian and Swiss cities were the winners!
ΩΩOnce upon a time, I came to Germany and didn’t register as an alien. I lived there for six months and even went to school. I was only 17 years old. I didn’t have any adult listed as my guardian, either! When I was finally arrested by the state police, they were angry that I got in without being examined for diseases, for example. I had to have x-rays taken and blood tests! When they figured out that my dad was high in the CIA and State Department, they let me go again. But this was for political reasons, not due to Germans suddenly deciding to not enforce internal population identification controls.
ΩΩNow, the EU has no national passports and this is causing a lot of friction in Germany and Austria but not Switzerland which is not part of the EU and thus, can control its own borders. The point here should be obvious: poor IDs lead to ID thefts and the only way to fix this is to have IDs that really do identify people exactly instead of vaguely. I have had my ID stolen and I was furious about this, my daughter had her ID stolen in NYC and she had to go through hell to insure no one used it (probably, someone is using it!—namely, an illegal alien or a criminal!).
ΩΩPoor ID systems don’t free us. When we have great ID status, we are truly an individual. The less secure our ID, the more likely frauds, cheats and criminals will pretend to be us. Look at the furor over Mossad stealing foreigners IDs and using these as cover for murders! Terrible, truly terrible.
Duncan Smith says he is to propose to the Treasury a radical scheme that includes simplification of the complex benefits system designed to make it financially worthwhile for unemployed people to work, including in part-time jobs.
Nearly half of all jobs in Japan are now part time. The sentence, ‘Make if financially worthwhile to work…’ doesn’t mean ‘Raise wages so workers can really make money,’ but rather, cutting benefits to force them to work. In the US, we cut welfare benefits under Clinton and this didn’t produce many great jobs for the lower classes, it probably simply increased illegal drug dealing.
Illegal drug dealing is a much nicer job than the Japanese-style of super poverty and part time work. Japan has very draconian drug laws, a very protectionistic border guard system and is very harsh towards any aliens, legal or illegal.
He claims that at present it is not worth going from the dole into work if the job pays £15,000 or less. He also suggests that it is an imperative that the state retirement age rises because of growing life expectancy. The coalition agreement published last week said the state retirement age should rise to 66, although it added that this would not happen before 2016 for men and 2020 for women.
Across the board, the solution for fixing the socialist state is to mandate people work longer and harder. This solution is being applied to all socialistic states that also happen to find it useful (the EMPLOYERS, that is) to also let in a flood of foreign labor. In Britain, a flood of Eastern Europeans came in and took many jobs which could easily have been done by citizens of Britain (actually, they are all subjects of the Queen, not true citizens).
He also hints at a curtailment of welfare for the middle class, saying the government is already paring back tax credits for those earning over £50,000. “My general view is that the benefit system is a deeply ineffective and costly way of subsidising people’s lives. If you want to help people above a certain income the route to do that is through tax – it is simple, straightforward and easy. The benefit system is about helping people in difficulty.”
HAHAHA…the same old tax cut routine! Well, people who need these ‘middle class welfare’ things happen to be people who are in trouble and guess what? When you need help, usually, you aren’t making money that can be taxed in the first place. This is the old ‘tax cut’ game that benefits nearly only the very top classes.
Duncan Smith says, in advance of a speech tomorrow: “What we want to do is reform the welfare system – in the way Tony Blair talked about 13 years ago, but never achieved – a system that was created for the days after the second world war.” He will also publish a report tomorrowclaiming that income inequality in the UK is now at its highest level since comparable statistics began in 1961. He says 1.4 million people in the UK have been on unemployment benefit for nine or more of the last 10 years.
ΩΩIn the US, it is also at the highest level since WWII, too! And both the US and British right wing conservatives fix this over and over again via tax cuts which makes it worse and worse. Oddly enough, going back to Forbes’ favorite Germanic cities list, the countries with the smaller income disparities are the best places to live.
ΩΩThe permanent underclass in Britain mirrors the one in the US: it stays alive via illegal drug dealing and other activities or people who are part of this class spend much of their time, drunk or having unprotected sex and since the reward for all of this is more welfare, it has become a self-perpetuating culture which has no exit. Attempts at fixing this intergenerational welfare mess is very difficult since the political philosophical constraints on the right means you can’t do what the Chinese or Soviets did to the lower classes.
ΩΩThat is a whole different story which I will tackle later even if it infuriates everyone who reads my ravings here. The main point right now is, the new government of England wants to look like they are pushing off the dole all those welfare queens except for one, the most expensive welfare queen on earth, Elizabeth II, and her smarmy brood.
ΩΩFrom March this year, a Labour attempt at dealing with multigenerational welfare families: Long-term unemployed to receive home visits | Business | The Guardian
Goodman said: “We know that most people want to work but for a small minority of people not working has become an accepted way of life. We will be taking our services out of the Jobcentre and into the community in a number of deprived estates.”
Although unemployment has risen over the past two years, ministers believe that the improved support from the Jobcentre Plus scheme has prevented the jobless total from reaching the levels seen in the early-80s and early-90s recessions. The claimant count measure of unemployment currently stands at just over 1.6m but peaked at almost 2.9m in 1993.
Under tomorrow’s plan, each team of Jobcentre Plus advisers will be told to target 1,000 people.
They will address families where claimants have lost touch with the labour market and where successive generations have been workless.
ΩΩSee? Labour had to make a stab at forcing people off the dole…right smack dab in the middle of a global depression! At the same time, Labour wanted to have a means of telling the State that is paying for these services, exactly who qualified. This has now been terminated and the more chaotic and easily exploited by criminals system is going to roll merrily on…while the government hammers the poor and shoves them into the streets, basically.
The number of foreigners given a UK passport last year jumped by more than half to reach a record 203,000. Long term immigration into the country in the year to September 2009 was just over half a million at 503,000 compared with 555,000 in the previous year. In the same period there was a drop of almost a quarter in the number of British citizens emigrating — a fall from 173,000 in the year to September 2008 compared with 134,000 in the previous 12 months.
Today’s figures also show a continuing fall in the number of citizens from the eight former Soviet states which joined the EU in 2004 registering to work in the country. The numbers fell by 55 per cent from 100,000 in the year to September 2008 to 45,000 in the year to September 2009 — probably a result of the economic downturn…. …However, the Border and Immigration Agency is still struggling to increase the number of people removed from the country. The number of people removed or departing voluntarily in the first quarter of this year was 15,000 — 5 per cent fewer than the figure for the same period last year.
ΩΩSome readers triumphantly told me that US police chiefs don’t want immigration laws enforced because this will make it harder to patrol the massive illegal alien populations in our cities! I was aghast, to put it mildly, to hear that the cops want to control criminals within this massive population of illegals by leaving everyone here instead of enforcing US immigration and travel restrictions! This is totally backwards.
ΩΩOne of the big criminal operations and probably one of the reasons women have their purses snatched is for two purposes: to steal money from bank accounts and to steal identities so illegals can become legal via pretending to be someone they are not. The police, by allowing this, don’t protect us from crimes, this increases the likelihood we will be assaulted so our purses can be snatched!
ΩΩEngland has immigration at the same time, jobs are being exported. Like the US, the jobs remaining are being handed off to aliens because they don’t get welfare unless they steal someone’s ID, of course (temptations are great!) and so the government is now wishing to force people to compete more for these jobs…while bringing in more competition!
ΩΩThis foreign competition drives down wages and of course, the working poor who are now on welfare, don’t want these jobs because they pay poorly. In Japan, the country is very protected and won’t let in foreigners hardly at all but the job pay is very poor due to the government conspiring with the export mega-corporations who use other tricks to keep capital from flowing towards the masses. Namely, there are no real unions in Japan.
ΩΩNow on to some interesting news from the Washington Post: Interracial marriage still rising, but not as fast
The number of interracial marriages in the U.S. has risen 20 percent since 2000 to about 4.5 million, according to the latest census figures. While still growing, that number is a marked drop-off from the 65 percent increase between 1990 and 2000.
About 8 percent of U.S. marriages are mixed-race, up from 7 percent in 2000. Broken down by race, about 40 percent of U.S.-born Asians now marry whites – a figure unchanged since 1980. Their likelihood of marrying foreign-born Asians, meanwhile, multiplied 3 times for men and 5 times for women, to roughly 20 percent. Among U.S.-born Hispanics, marriages with whites increased modestly from roughly 30 percent to 38 percent over the past three decades. But when it came to marriages with foreign-born Hispanics, the share doubled – to 12.5 percent for men, and 17.1 percent for women….
…The numbers reflect in part an internal struggle that Asians and Hispanics say they feel navigating two cultural worlds – the U.S. and their parents’ homeland.
Hai Nguyen, 37, of Houston recalls the instant connection she felt after meeting her first Vietnamese boyfriend, Greg, in college. Nguyen says while she had to explain herself to white boyfriends, with Greg it was a feeling that “he so gets me, because we eat the same food, we like the same things, our families know each other and there is so little that needs to be said.”
“The crisis is over.” So says Emeric Challier, a money manager at Avenir Finance Investment Managers in Paris.
Rather than being alarmed by the plunging euro — down 4.1 percent against the dollar in the week before the European Union’s nearly trillion-dollar bailout for debt-saddled members and 3.1 percent the week after — he cites the economic boost a weaker currency provides.
“The advantage of the euro drop is it will continue to support the recovery,” says Challier, who is betting that Spanish, Portuguese and Italian government bonds will rise. German exports and Spanish and Greek vacations become cheaper for Americans and Asians, Bloomberg Markets magazine reports in its July issue. The benefit is especially significant if the euro is depressed a year or more, he says.
ΩΩThe floating fiat currency games continues. With everyone pushing up the dollar again so that the US can resume buying foreign goods again. We never got even close to closing our trade gap this depression unlike in previous bad recessions. Now, it will widen tremendously and has been widening for the last year! And of course, this means our nation will continue to see its own sovereign industries and businesses go under and we will be even worse off than we are now but boy, buying Toyotas and Mercedes Benzes will be super cheap! If you have a job. Of course, this will be increasingly unlikely.
ΩΩGermany and Japan and increasingly, Korea, China and India as well as Mexico and Canada, build cars which are exported to the US. We could very easily build our own damn cars but we don’t, killing the unions worked like a charm but didn’t increase US auto jobs, these are vanishing except for a very few that are kept here as pets so we don’t get really mad and impose tariffs and put up barriers to all these many, many millions of cars imported into our country.
“The U.K. and U.S. economies are at low risk of turning Japanese in the sense of having recurrent recessions through macroeconomic policy mistakes,” Posen said in a speech at the London School of Economics yesterday. Still, “we all share some risks and problems in common with Japan circa 1995” and deflation “cannot be ruled out…. …”The U.K. “worryingly combines a couple of financial parallels to Japan,” which include dependence on a few large banks for sources of credit and a high level of savings amongst companies that may indicate they may be slow to increase investment, Posen said. Also, the U.K. has “far less room for fiscal action to compensate for them than Japan had.”
The policy maker said that while the U.K. export outlook may benefit from the pound’s weakness, foreign sales may be restrained by “poor external demand.” The pound has fallen about 25 percent against a basket of currencies since the start of 2007.
“One major problem which Japan did not face during its Great Recession was poor prospects for external demand and the need to reallocate productive resources across export sectors,” Posen said. “The U.K., U.S., and many euro-area economies do now face this challenge simultaneously, which may limit the pace of, and our share in, the global recovery.”
With Europe accounting for about half of the British exports, weak economic growth on the continent may hurt the U.K. economy in particular, Posen said.
ΩΩSee how insane the free trade system is? And it hurts the people who are the citizens of countries that end up with currencies that are kept higher than trade rivals. For a while, when the euro and pound were high against the dollar, even welfare families in these countries could vacation in Asian countries. But this wrecked the job situation and made national trade balances deteriorate and now they are fixing all of this by…exporting to someone! And we all know who that ‘someone’ is at this point.
ΩΩEngland won’t be exporting all that much to Europe. Europe is tightening its belt and destroying credit rapidly. So this means everyone will focus on flooding the US with excess goods and services which is exactly what happened in the Great Depression! This time around, the US government won’t protect us.
China denied as “groundless” a report that it’s reviewing foreign-exchange holdings of euro assets, and the nation’s sovereign wealth fund said it’s maintaining its European investments.
“Europe has been, and will be one of the major markets for investing China’s exchange reserves,” the State Administration of Foreign Exchange said in a statement on its website today. China Investment Corp. President Gao Xiqing said yesterday that his fund doesn’t plan to reduce investments in Europe as a result of its recent sovereign debt crisis.
“We will keep our allocation in Europe,” Gao said at an Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development conference in Paris. “For a while our people were debating whether we should underweight Europe because of what was happening in the past few months. Our conclusion is that we are not going to underweight it, but we’re not going to overweight it, either.”
ΩΩHAHAHA….and who is the creditor nation that really matters? China! And whose industrial base is growing? China. And yes, workers there are oppressed terribly. But they are getting better and better off which is moving in the opposite direction of the US and UK or even Japan where it is deteriorating rapidly. And yes, workers at the Apple plants as well as many other plants are going insane or committing suicide but then, this is happening in the US, UK and Japan, too. Only we don’t see this in the news due to the media struggling to make China look bad.
ΩΩWell, the unhappy Chinese workers are working in factories which used to be in Japan, the US and UK! So they have some sort of future unlike similar workers in the G7b nations that have no futures at all, not even one on welfare while supplementing this meagre handout with illegal drug dealing.