What’s next, President Trump?

Ok, now Trump is our president elect. Many of us were really surprised since the media kept telling us Clinton would be the one and I believed so too. What is next? From a list of Trump promises,  here is what I remember:

  1. Build the wall ( Great Wall of America). That probably can be achievable .
  2. Appeal Obama Care. Difficult. That can be achieved partially by improving it.
  3. Have a term limit on congress. Probably not achievable at all.  Establishment and status quo will be always there and opposed it at their best effort.
  4. Appoint at least one supreme court nominee, which will prevail.  This is partially thanks to Harry Reid’s nuclear option which set a bad precedent (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_option). Now Harry Reid is old and gone and leaving the mess to other democrats to battle. He has been in Congress for more than 30 years.
  5. Rebuilding the country’s aging infrastructure. This should be achievable. Both democrats and republican are indeed interested in this.
  6. Negotiate NAFTA. That is partially achievable. Canada’s president already agreed to begin the talk. This is what I talked before in my previous post. We should help Mexico both politically and economically such that Mexico will grow better both politically and economically. Then illegal immigration will not be a problem at all. Drug abuse in this country will be less a problem too. All countries can still grow its economy and benefit from treaties at different levels, even still argue with each other.
  7. Prosecute Hillary Clinton. He would be really silly to do that.

We do not need fight each other like a hell of partisanship. Just look at how happily Clintons and Trumps used to be smiling together:

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Actually there is a list by Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/01/22/here-are-76-of-donald-trumps-many-campaign-promises/#comments.

I actually love politicians flip-flop sometimes. As time goes, situation changes, their stand on issues should reflect those changes and evolve too.  They need convert this point clearly as well. Double standard should not be equal to “flip-flop”, for sure.

Shame on KUOW, Seattle NPR

This is what KUOW, Seattle ( a NPR member station in Seattle, Washington)  said today: The reason that Chinese Americans support Donald Trump is because they want “bring USA down“.  This is a hateful racial charge.  They interviewed one international student to support their point, even did not bother to interview any one from”WA Chinese American for Trump” group which initiated their original report.

My point is Chinese Americans are Americans. They want US to be strong. They want world peace.  The news station just should not do something like this at all.

What a shame of this station! That is the reason the main media is losing credibility. They should be more careful.

They dare not replace “China” with any other countries in the world(Maybe Russia), but not one African country or European country. For example, it is easy to coin another story titled “xxx American support xxx because they want USA fail and xxx to be strong.” for them if they like.

Please write to them. Their email contacts are: programming@kuow.orgmanagement@kuow.orgcdodge@kuow.orgtimie@kuow.org,newsroom@kuow.org

The link is: http://kuow.org/post/trump-has-fans-among-chinese-us-and-abroad

Keep a copy as reference in case they deleted later.
20 hours ago
A study released last month suggested that Asian-American voters including Chinese Americans are gravitating toward the Democratic party and hold unfavorable views of Republican candidate Donald Trump. But Trump has his fans among Chinese people at home and abroad.

You might not expect him to be popular in China or among Chinese-Americans in the U.S., given the candidate's many comments about China draining away American money and jobs. And yet on Friday, an airplane flew over Seattle with the banner, “Washington Chinese Americans for Trump.” One Trump supporter in Los Angeles founded the group, Chinese Americans for Trump. 

John Pomfret, the former Washington Post bureau chief in China, said there’s a lot of pro-Trump talk in China and among Chinese-Americans.

“There’s a very active debate within the American Chinese community, as witnessed by that banner on the airplane that just buzzed your office," he said, "and also within China, on ‘WeChat’ and ‘Weibo,’ two social media platforms which are very popular among Chinese.”

Pomfret said in China, there’s a certain nostalgia for what he terms “the big political man,” a character that Trump inhabits well. And he said, “in China, there’s no love lost for Hillary Clinton. Partially because in a way, Clinton regained her political mojo in China in 1995 during the International Women’s Conference.”

That’s where Clinton pointedly criticized China’s treatment of girls and said, "women's rights are human rights." She’s seen as a hawk on China and an experienced negotiator. Meanwhile Trump’s perceived isolationism would create more room for Chinese leadership to expand. “And so there’s kind of this sense – almost this gleeful sense – that if the Americans elect this guy, China will really be the beneficiary," Pomfret said.

At the University of Washington campus in Seattle, canopies line Red Square with tables for various Asian student groups. One of them is the Chinese Students and Scholars Association, where senior Haoyu Wang is a member. He's majoring in political science and plans to attend law school in the U.S. as well. 

Wang feels some of that glee at the prospect of a Trump presidency. “We don’t like Trump as a person, but we like him as a tool to kind of bring American down," Wang said. 

He said his views aren’t necessarily typical of his peers at UW. Many students he knows, both Asian and non-Asian, are supporting Clinton, who Wang sees as tough and experienced. But Wang wants to make his career in China, and he thinks a Trump victory would be good for his home country, which is already on the rise. 

“We turned the tables," he said. "So more and more of us, international Chinese students, would like to obtain certain knowledge in the United States and try to go back and serve our country.”

But he said, "there's a huge division among Chinese students." Perhaps a third of those students he knows hope to stay on in the U.S. after college. 

Wang said his support for Trump verges on being sarcastic. But his excitement about what the future holds for him in China is quite sincere.

Obama’s Pivot to Asia

Obama’s Pivot to Asia is a difficult sell. TPP is under huge pressure even from his own party. It is not difficult to understand. The NAFTA, advocated by President Clinton has a huge consequence.

I believe the main problem is not NAFTA itself. It is the problem of Mexico government. If Mexico government could not improve their economy to provide more (very important) and better opportunities for its own citizens, there is no way USA can compete for lower wages and avoid the tens of thousands of boarder-crossing every week.

The US government should engage more with Mexico government for such kind of discussions to improve governance considerately. However, I have not seen enough actions. Probably it sounds awkward. One democracy lectures another democracy.

People around the global always look for better opportunities. Let alone just cross a boarder for the shining “American Dream”. Let alone they have many relatives in the US already. It is strange this year the media has not covered the mass boarder crossing issue yet. It should be a good time to walk over the boarder now. Maybe the media’s agenda has not come yet.

Then the other easier solution is to deploy more and more troops to contain China and Obama is doing that. Obama probably invaded more countries than George W. Bush and now is meddling in Asia. Anyway, the US is dropping Afghanistan and Pakistan and needs a new target. As long as there is no direct combat, China and US are playing games.

I really don’t understand why Obama or his cabinet has such interests in Asia to contain China’s development. Just think: China has several times of total population than the whole population in TPP. China’s middle class number is over 300 millions, which is still larger than the population in TPP ( excluding USA). It is expected to be 800 millions in ten years. Just think of Apple. Apple is doing well partly because it is doing really well in China.

Simple math is: If USA can capture a portion of those middle class, there is no need for TPP at all.  Many US companies are aware of that and benefit a lot from this simple fact. China and USA should have a much better relationship. At least, they are the two centers across the pacific ocean. As long as the balance is maintained, the waters in the pacific will not spill.

Anyway, China is always bad in some cold-war minded media:

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  1. stealing US credit card numbers ( just heard from NPR recently, Brazil hackers actually is on the top of stealing credit cards)
  2. manipulating currency ( actually Japan Yen has depreciated more than 70% over that last two years and they are part of TPP. China’s currency is steadily appreciating over the years. )
  3. bad human rights ( how about Sadie Arabic?)
  4. occupying South China Sea(it is south CHINA sea)

My main point is that if US wants China to be an enemy, it may become enemy. However, many in China expect friendships from US. After all, US and China worked together to fight Japan, Soviet Union, etc. These are the friendships built in the hardest time in history and we should treasure that.