MainLine Peace Action/DelMont PDA

November 28, 2010

“China Will Outpace Us”

Filed under: environment, New Priorities — Tags: , , , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 7:54 am

China is already hugely outspending the US and UK on clean energy investments – lithium batteries, solar panels, electric cars – and while people like Sarah Palin are talking about Arctic slope oil drilling, Rep. Inslee points out that that is like investing in whale oil.  In ten more years we won’t even be playing in the same ballpark.

August 29, 2010

Made In China!

Filed under: economics — Tags: , , , , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 2:15 pm

Richard Clark asks why Germany has avoided the Great Recession.  It goes back, like so much else, to the administration of Ronald Reagan.  During his first term, as a gift to his corporate pals, he pushed through legislation that made it possible for US corporations to do their manufacturing overseas in low-wage countries (like China) but avoid taxation on the imported products.  Germany never did such a thing.  So over the last 25 years, we’ve lost factories, middle class jobs, and tax income while the corporations have grown richer and richer.  This is a terrific article, well worth your time.  The car on the left is China’s newest offering to the US market.  Not built with UAW wages you can bet.

August 17, 2010

Pentagon: “Be Afraid Of China!”

Filed under: 25% solution — Tags: , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 7:40 am

Thom Shanker’s article in today’s Times tells us that mysteriously anonymous figures “throughout Washington” are worried about Chinese military growth.  The lesson of course:  don’t cut military spending.  But the article is woefully short on facts.  It estimates that China will spend $150 billion on defense this year, a volcanic increase of 7.9%!  Meanwhile US military spending approaches $1 trillion.  The fact that China has between three and four times as many citizens as the US is not mentioned.  Nor is there a word about the huge numbers of US troops and weapons in Japan and Korea.  We’ll see a lot more of this scare-mongering as 25% grows in popularity.

May 26, 2010

We’re Still Buying New Military Aircraft

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 9:45 am

This is one of many military aircraft graveyards in the United States.  We seem to have extra planes.  This in a country that spends as much or more on the military than all the other nations in the world put together!  Who will say “STOP” to this madness?  You could call your congressman and tell him you want military spending cut by 50%.  We would still be outspending China by about 3 to 1.  Call your congressman at 202-224-3121.