No offense micheal, but you seem to relish in the problems America is facing.
I was invited to come to this thread.
I am offended.
No I don't "relish" them. That is so far from the truth. I am upset that I have given you that opinion. They worry and/or sadden me. GB used to anger me now I just feel sad about it.
I am only one Aussie voice. You could easily find 50% of the Oz population disagrees with me.
I am quite happy not to say anything on any USA thread, not involving Australia, if you prefer.
What you seem NOT to realise is that Australia and the USA are joined at the hip.
You create terrorists- they kill your people and
You go to war- Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan - we come too.(BTW do you help out with our many "peacekeeping" missions in the Pacific such as Timor ? If we went into Papua to stop the genocide would you come too?-no; you sell us planes that haven't flown yet)
You sell subsidised beef or corn to the Japanese -our farmers can't compete.
You go into recession, stop buying from us and/or from China, China stops buying our minerals, gas and coal. So we have a recession too.
I have said a couple of times in recent posts "America sneezes and the world catches a cold" What I meant by that is we need USA to to be a healthy, robust democracy -economically and politically; otherwise we (Australia) are in trouble too.
A lot of our companies are US owned and vice versa eg Fox (How come Murdock had to become a USA citizen? How did he get a green card?)
Apart from all that, anyone interested in world affairs and economics (I topped my school in economics but never followed it up)
these days, needs to be interested in what the world's biggest economy and mightiest military power is up to. (California, alone, is the world's sixth biggest economy!)
I am even trying to follow your convoluted, painfully long, voting system.
Apart from the societal influence you have via research, money, culture and Hollywood.
Because of the sub-prime crisis
our banks put up interest rates on their own last week with no increase in rates from the Reserve (read 'Federal') Bank. The Reserve has put up rates 6 times in a row now. That is hurting a lot of working people who have large ($500,000-or so average)
mortgages and farmers with overdrafts (most of them after years of drought)
. We are a nation of house owners (Our biggest industry?).
Unfortunately the Australian Reserve Bank is completely independent of Government -unlike your Fed. All the Reserve Bank cares about is keeping inflation low. They (arguably-mistakenly)
think they can reduce inflation by putting interest rates up.
The only reason I became interested in Guantanamo Bay was you banged up a couple of our citizens without charge. One for five years. When he pleaded guilty to get out of the place you gave him a six month sentence! What would you be saying to me if we had banged up an American citizen, without charge or trial for five years? Having become interested in GB I now realise the whole concept is wrong, illegal, corrupt and demeaning and destructive of your -and our -democratic principles. (See GB thread for more)
Perhaps I can't blame you. But maybe you ought to consider those in Australia as linked to the United States in one fashion or another.. Whether they be a common English language or familiar political ties...
We beat the Germans in WWII. We forged a great world now ripe with scientific understanding.
So again do we have "We saved the world for democracy and the ingrates don't thank us"- or is it " continually Kow Tow to us." (If you want Kow Tow-ing go to your so called "friends" like Saudi Arabia, Columbia, Pakistan or Israel)
Friends like us
even let you screw us with "Free Trade Agreements", lousy, expensive, military hardware and undercutting us in world markets and insisting we follow your crazy "War on Drugs" policy.
But, we still love you although a little less slavishly these days.
Most older Australians believe (incorrectly) that you saved our bacon in WW2 at the battle of the Coral Sea.
Then we couldn't get our troops out of Europe and Africa because Churchill didn't give a stuff about the Japanese invading Australia -But lets save that all for a history thread
Most yong Australians are more 'Yankee-fied' than you. they have a continual diet of USA computer games,fast food, videos, comics, and rock culture. They even dress like you and take the same drugs. They sing with a bloody American accent!
(BTW Australia had virtually no drug problem until your Vietnam soldiers started coming here for R&R)
If we could sandbag many of the politicians who support all this non-sense going on, then we can agree everyone would be better off....
What would you suggest be the best for all parties concerned?
Because of the "War on terror" we have lost a lot of our personal freedoms too. We have just got rid of our "little bush", but I worry that once a government has a power they are always reluctant to give it back. Certainly the new Rudd Government has been in no hurry to give any "freedoms" back.A political story
A have an academic friend ( a professor) most of whose friends are Republican or we call them "Liberals" (sic-mostly). He came here as a refugee when the USSR invaded Hungry in '56. His father was a General. His dad worked as a labourer here but got his kids a "good education."
My friend takes an interest in politics and current affairs but is not really a political beast ( I am -a bit- as you may have noticed:))I was stunned to find that he gave out "how to, votes" for the Labor party on election day.
(He was in the PMs electorate ) You can imagine he is VERY anti-communist as you can imagine and the Labor Party is mildly pink ( not so you would notice any more
Why? because he knows how precious freedom and democracy is and could see it slipping away from us (Also he was pi**ed about the paltry education budgets for 10 years). This reaction was a common one among my friends but not at all reported in the press.
At the "Victory' Party" that night he had to sit though all the other people in the room saying "How terrible!" and "Labor's winning, we'll all be doomed" while inside he was jumping for joy!As for tax cuts that IS the topic is it not?,
You (USA) need(s) to give money to the poorest to make sure they will work. I have made my suggestion- double food stamps- also you desperately need a uniform national
unemployment social security system. If you had one you could just increase benefits. This would quickly get you out of the hole your poor-government-regulation of the banking industry
has dug for you.
Don't go all "undeserving, lazy poor on me" It doesn't matter how undeserving they are. All you want is for them to spend money fast-forget the moral issues.
The present cuts, I agree with the NYT writer-they will not work quickly or effectively enough for any of us.
Then again the Saudis and others buying up the USA cheap might just do the trick.
I just pray that China keeps Australia going with her, now large, domestic demand.