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30 December 2008

Speech on U.S. welfare reform and its failure

On 21 of December, the speech by a professor from UC Riverside, Dr. Ellen Reese was held in Hosei University, Tokyo. The speaker was critical of US welfare reform done since 1996. The purpose of the speech was to acknowledge Japanese people the welfare reform such as 5 year time-out period was worst thing for Japan to follow.

The main points were as follows,

  1. The U.S. is the most affluent nation in the world but 1 in 10 people are living below poverty line. 1 in 5 children were living in the household of below poverty line.
  2. Poverty is concentrated among ethnic minorities and single mother households. 
  3. Federal poverty guideline was set in 1960s. It is already outdated.
  4. Welfare reform started in 1996 did not actually reduce the poverty but glossed over serious facts to reduce welfare recipients.
  5. A common myth is that the welfare recipients live extravagant lives, wasting tax payers's expense. In reality, federal public assistance does not provide enough money to lift a family out of poverty or even pay for all of a family's basic necessities.
  6. Private welfare contractors are cheating on welfare recipients by encouraging them to to ask friends, families and churches for help to keep most of the money they have to use for the recipients.
  7. The states with more Black people implement more strict policies on welfare.  
  8. Those who time-out of welfare are in harder situation than those who left welfare for other reasons.
  9. Time-out people, especially women have to rely on their former abusers, often their fathers and damage their mental and physical conditions.
  10. The states with more strict welfare policy have higher rate of child abuse, fostering and out-of-home care cases.

It is very sad to know such facts.

The U.S. has been a role model of Japan since the end of World War 2. Japan was occupied by the U.S. force and democratized by them.

Thanks to the U.S. distribution of the wealth in our country has become much more even than prewar time. The constitution given by the U.S. insures citizens' rights to have healthy and cultural lives, which the government has to support.

Now the situation has changed. The U.S. has become "Do not follow" model.

Since Iraq war, the U.S. has spent too much money on military. Why not they want to spend that amount of money for the poor people in their own territory. The economy is going bankrupt by financial crisis. It is time to change.

 

I hope that in next year Mr. Obama can change the things better, pulling their troops from outside their territory and concentrating poverty issue in his country. The U.S. is not superpower any more.

The below is You Tube clips that post part of the speech (2 parts, 13 minutes).

 

 

Part 2

 

13 December 2008

Visited Unwelcome, Dangerous and useless U.S. ship

On December 6, Saturday, I went to Yokosuka Navy Base to see Japan's most unwelcome, dangerous and useless American ship.

 

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It was public showing and festival day. I got on the CVN 73, USS George Washington. It was huge aircraft carrier. It contains huge nuclear reactor. It is like Chernobyl or Third Atomic Bomb in Tokyo Capital Region. The U.S. Navy is threatening Japanese citizens lives.

Actually it was fun to visit there, all the things there were dynamic and very new to me. Luckiely I could see Mt. Fuji from the runway on the roof.

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The below is what I videotaped.

But this is not Disneyland. I don't want the U.S. navy stationed in Japan. They are not safe things as you know what happened in San Diego.

The presence of U.S. navy is not working as deterrance like the Cold War era. Soviet Union fell apart.

China seemed to be new threat but China is a biggest financial supporter for the U.S. They are the biggest buyer of U.S. Treasury bonds. They buy Boeing, Intel chips from the U.S. China and the U.S. are close friends.

In fact just 2 days after the public showing Chinese ship entered Japanese sea illegally. Meaning they are not afraid of U.S. military at all.

The other notable threat is North Korea but the U.S. ended designation of "North Korea as terror supporting Nation" recently.

It is appearant the U.S. is not enthusiastic about North Korea issues such as abduction of Japanese citizens and nuclear weapon development.

They should leave Japan ASAP. Actually once Japanese government stops providing aid to them, they would immediately leave here.

The only reason they stay is Japan's financial aid.

See this videoclip to know how unwelcome the ship is.

 

22 November 2008

"Navy Burger" No thanks

50 days after the departure from Yokosuka base since the deployment in September, the dangerous and troublesome ship came back.

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CVN 73, USS George Washinton, Nuclear Aircraft Carrier which navigate by nuclear reactors. They are deployed in Yokosuka which is near Japan's capital Tokyo.

They know they are not welcome by the citizens in Yokosuka.

Then they came up with very stupid idea, that is inventing "Navy Burger" and release it as the city's new highlighted good like "Navy Curry" whose recipe is modeled after Japanese imperial navy's curry meal and it has been popular for many years.

The mayor and chief commander of Yokosuka base jointly presented the burger to be released next year.

 

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American beef would be contained? No thanks, I don't want to get mad cow disease. Even it contains safe Aussie beef like McDonald in Japan. I still want to refuse it. Not only because I am not hamberger eater but I keep resisting CVN 73, George Washington because of the fear of radioactive release by an accident or earthquake.  

 

They have done similar thing already such as free stupid comic books, which the story is untrue and very propagated.

Do they think people are easily distracted by such foolish event?

The only way they can be welcome is cancel the deployment and leave Japan as soon as possible.

Well, what we can do is demand our government to stop funding foreign troops stationed only for cheaper expense.

 

Dear Jim,

Interesting fact: China is largest foreign owner of U.S. treasury bonds. Japan is No.2 owner.

China buys more U.S. goods such as Boeing and intel chips than Japan does. Everyone knows that the U.S. wouldn't help Japan even if China attacks Japan. U.S. commander, Mr. Keating said they would like to help Chinese army build aircraft carriers. Great! We would be defended by the army that is helping our enemy.

02 November 2008

Did you know our PM is Catholic?

Suprised to know our prime minister, Taro Aso is Catholic. I just recently learned that. He was elected on 25 of September this year.

But none of Japanese media reported his religious faith. He's been known as potential candidate for PM long time before. It has never become the issue.

I learned that by reading articles in BBC, CNN, FOX and Roman Catholic website.

Maybe you wonder why. Only a few percent of the population is Chrisitian in Japan. They are minority and experienced oppression during 16 to 19th century. But the thing is we really don't care. Are we atheist? No, actually Japan is known to be Budhist society and has many many Budhist temples. But native religion of Japan is Shinto. Shinto is polytheist. We welcome any kind of religion and personal religious faith doesn't matter to politics or so on. We rarely talk about religion in our daily life.

 

In recent politics, PM's visiting Shrines that memorize A-class war criminals has been controversial. He visited there, too although he is a follower of monotheist religion. Shiton has been considered kind of festivity or national symbolic spirit, not as religion you should be dedicated to.  

 

In Western society, religious faith seemed to be a very big deal in politics and social issues such as abortion, homosexuality.

 

To tell you the truth I am Christian, too. I do not support him nor his party. Strangely I just feel intimate to him although I think he is most unqualified PM in history. Iraq war has been regarded as "Wholly war" by crusaders. Scary!

As far as I've checked his action and speech, I cannot find him practicing Christian. He caused tensions with neighboring nations by making provocative statements. He insulted the victims of the disastors, altzheimer patients and many others. He called opposition party as Nazis. His prime mister status wouldn't last so long because he is very, very unpopular so is his party.  Soon enough, the parliament would be dissolved and new election will be coming up.

The nation would judge him and his administration and choose who to rule Japan. He will learn true meaning of the wholly bible words "Judge not others lest ye be judged."

 

Then he will shout "Jesus Christ!"

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