Fighting against Confederate symbols is not a bad thing---it comes now driven from national leaders to create static at grassroots level to hide the conversation on TPP and FEZ bringing back slavery. Grassroots people feel strongly on these issues---but are silent on the gorilla in the room.
In Baltimore, one Confederate monument slated to be moved borders the campus of Johns Hopkins. I am shouting out that Johns Hopkins has earned billions of dollars trafficing 'human capital' from around the world to US International Economic Zones around the world---as in Asia where FOXCONN sweat shop factories are filled not only with Chinese citizens, but with people shipped in from around the world. Hopkins is today----what Brown University was centuries ago bringing slaves over from Africa.
Baltimore being designated an FEZ under TPP means that Baltimore will see Hopkins moving immigrants from around the world to Baltimore preparing to staff what they think will be global FOXCONN sweat shop factories around the Baltimore region. That is why we are seeing a growing number of immigrants being brought to the city.
DO NOT THINK THIS IS ONLY ABOUT IMMIGRANTS AS ALL AMERICANS WILL BE CAPTURED INTO THIS GLOBAL FOXCONN FACTORY CAMPUS SYSTEM---RED, YELLOW, BLACK, OR WHITE.
DO NOT THINK ONLY TODAYS POOR WILL BE SWEPT INTO THESE FACTORIES BECAUSE GLOBAL CORPORATIONS DO NOT SEE A MIDDLE-CLASS IN THE US---THEY ARE PUSHING EVERYONE INTO POVERTY.
So, as our attention is turned to the history of slavery in the US-----Wall Street Clinton/Obama neo-liberals and Bush/Hopkins neo-cons are working as hard as they can to reinstate slavery---Fast Track TPP with Foreign Economic Zones in the US. Below you see Baltimore Heritage, a very Johns Hopkins organization as is Wall Street Baltimore Development.
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Photograph by Auni Gelles, 2015 December 5.JJoin the conversation about Baltimore’s Confederate Monuments Learn more about the history of the monuments and how you can submit comments
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Lee-Jackson Monument, 2015. Baltimore Commission to Review Baltimore’s Public Confederate Monuments.Thank you to everyone who came out and joined our tour of Baltimore’s Confederate Monuments at Wyman Park Dell this past weekend. As I explained in my testimony before the Special Commission reviewing the city’s Confederate monuments on October 29, Baltimore Heritage supports the review process and is working educate the public about the history of the monuments. Our organization has not made any formal recommendation for what we think the commission should do about the monument. We think it is important for everyone with an interest in this issue to learn more and to add their voice to the ongoing discussion. To support this goal, we have put together a set of educational resources to help you prepare your comments or testimony.
What is the history of the monuments?
Confederate Monument, Mount Royal Terrace (c. 1906). Library of CongressIn September, Baltimore Heritage has published a detailed study on the history of the monuments with a particular focus on how race and politics shaped their meaning in the past and present. We also published our testimony from October 29 and our full tour notes from the December 5 walking tour. If you have any questions or suggestions, please let us know—we plan on continuing to revise and expand these materials in the months ahead. Additional profiles on the four monuments under review are available from the Special Commission.
Where are the monuments located?We have also put together a map showing the four monuments selected for review and the broader collection of monuments, statues and historic sites related to the theme of Civil War memory and the Lost Cause.
What do the monuments look like?The staff of the Commission has shared their extensive photo documentation of all four monuments and we have uploaded these photographs to an album on Flickr so anyone can get a close look at the monuments from the general surroundings to the smallest details.
How do I send comments?There are three ways to share your comments: send a letter by mail, send an email, or attend the public hearing on December 15. Please note that your comments become part of the public record and may be shared by the Commission as part of the process.
- To submit comments by email contact email@example.com or use the online contact form.
- To submit comments by mail, send a letter to the Commission to Review Baltimore’s Public Confederate Monuments c/o Eric Holcomb, 417 E. Fayette St. 8th floor, Baltimore, MD 21202.
- To testify at the public hearing on December 15, you should prepare your testimony in advance, sign-up before the meeting, and bring a printed copy of your testimony for the Commission. Find additional details about the public hearing on our calendar.
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Racism is growing these few decades because of the Federalism Act----Executive Order by Clinton and Obama that says---we will ignore Federal laws and US Constitutional rights as they move the US to Trans Pacific Trade Pact and International Economic Zone policies that do just that. When Federal agencies are dismantled and states do as they please---we know old controversies will rise---ergo, the Confederate symbols. Militarized policing is happening from the same Federalism Act and Obama/Clinton neo-liberals joining Bush neo-cons in growing Homeland Security and clearing US cities for global corporate development.
When citizens around the nation watch black citizens being bruitalized by police with no justice----it grows that feeling in the general population and we see building social tensions. Know why Obama and Clinton neo-liberals are doing this? To focus Americans on social unrest while installing global policies that will take both the racist white citizens and the black citizens into these sweat shop factories.
IT IS WALL STREET BAITING AND IT IS DELIBERATE.
So, now we are going to fight over Confederate flags and monuments that have been out of thought for decades building racial tensions. Meanwhile, TPP and FEZ is moving forward =====policies that make the Confederacy and southern slavery look less important.
ITS NOT THAT THESE ISSUES ARE NOT IMPORTANT---IT IS THE TIMING -----ALL FROM NATIONAL LEADERS WANTING TO TAKE THE EYES OFF OF THEIR BRINGING SLAVERY BACK TO THE US.
Does it matter if we rename Robert E Lee Park in Baltimore if Sparrow's Point is slated to bring the first FOXCONN sweat shop factories to Baltimore filled with immigrant and US citizens enslaved as Asian workers are?
Inside the battle over the Confederate flag
By Nia-Malika Henderson, Senior Political Reporter
Updated 3:51 PM ET, Wed June 24, 2015 | Video Source: CNN
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- Push to remove the Confederate flag from SC Capitol grounds could be tough
- State politicians are seeking a compromise
But the outpouring of grief after a racist gunman killed nine African-Americans last week during a Bible study at a historic Charleston church is testing whether the longtime standoff can last.
After imagery emerged over the weekend of confessed killer Dylann Roof embracing the flag, local activists and some elected officials are pressing for its removal from the Capitol grounds here. And with national attention focused on the state's fraught -- and often racially-tinged -- politics, they think they might finally win.
A man holds a sign up during a protest rally against the Confederate flag in Columbia, South Carolina on June 20, 2015."If we are going to do anything about it, it has to be now," said Boyd Brown, a former state representative who spoke at an anti-flag rally that attracted about 1,500 people this weekend. "You've got to keep this going. It's not just going to be hashtags."
The flag debate is quickly becoming a major political issue ahead of the state's crucial first-in-the-South presidential primary next year. Many Republicans, including Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum, have avoided taking a position on the flag, though Jeb Bush highlighted his role in removing the flag from Florida's Capitol in 2001. Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton forcefully called on Americans to discuss racial divisions but hasn't weighed in specifically on whether South Carolina should remove the flag from the Capitol complex.
Gov. Nikki Haley, who has said the issue is worth a conversation, is under pressure to convene a special session to take up the flag question. That's unlikely to happen but Republican state Rep. Doug Brannon has already committed to introducing a bill to remove the flag when the legislature convenes in January.
That effort will face stiff headwinds.
As part of a compromise in 2000, lawmakers agreed to remove the Confederate flag from the top of the Capitol dome and place it across the street while also adding a monument to African-Americans. But the legislation mandated that only a supermajority of the legislature could change that set-up going forward.
Hundreds of people gather for a protest rally against the Confederate flag in Columbia, South Carolina on June 20, 2015.Privately, state lawmakers doubt Brannon's ability to attract enough Republicans to his side because he's not a member of the leadership. Brannon said that he has talked to two dozen Republicans in the lower chamber and they reacted positively, with some offering to sign on as co-sponsors. But he admitted that he hasn't thought much about how to piece together two-thirds of both houses to pass the bill.
"Right now my strategy is to scream a lot because my friend is dead," Brannon told CNN, referring to state Sen. Clementa Pickney, the pastor of the Charleston church who was among those killed. "Sen. Pickney's death and the death of eight others, that has to move us to do the right thing."
In an interview Sunday with CNN's Poppy Harlow, Brannon said he has long believed the flag should be in a museum. When asked why he hasn't done anything on the issue until now, he responded "I didn't do my job."
But what will matter more in the renewed flag fight is not the raw and complex emotions in the wake of the killings, but something much more simple--math.
"I appreciate the rally, but it has no impact on the legislative process," said state Sen. Darryl Jackson, a Democrat who helped hammer out the 2000 compromise. "The politics of the flag are the politics of the primary voter."
From his church pulpit on Sunday, Jackson urged patience on the flag issue, saying later that it could be interpreted as disrespectful to the dead to turn so quickly to politics.
"People are saying let's get some action now, but I don't want to alienate people I will need for a compromise," he said. "If we don't get a bi-partisan concensus, we will be fighting for the next 100 years."
The South Carolina and American flags flying at half-staff behind the Confederate flag erected in front of the State Congress building in Columbia, South Carolina on June 19, 2015.There is a framework for such efforts. South Carolina lawmakers forged a bipartisan agreement this year on body camera legislation after the shooting death of Walter Scott by a white police office.
"This will not be done in a knee-jerk fashion," said Marlon Kimpson, a Democratic state representative. "I'm going to be in focus groups with business leaders and talking to constituents. The massacre opened up an opportunity but to build a super majority will require a lot of work."
The politics of the flag are complicated in South Carolina. A November poll from Winthrop University found that 73% of whites in the state want the flag to remain where it is. The same poll reported that 61% of blacks want it taken down.
"If we look at what the Confederate flag meant in the past, you can't help but feel negative thoughts, especially now," said 24-year-old Meghan Delaney. "It should have been taken down a long time ago. If not now, when?"
For some whites, many of whom can trace their ancestry back to the Civil War, the flag represents heritage and pride.
"It's a symbol of family and my ancestors who defended the state from invasion. It was about standing up to a central government," said Chris Sullivan, who is a member of the Sons of the Confederacy. "The things that our ancestors fought for were not novel and they really are the same issues we have today."
But on the Capitol grounds just a few hundred feet from the Confederate flag, activists over the weekend vowed to reclaim "southern pride" as inclusive and emblematic of a new, more diverse region where the "stars and bars" have no place.
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"This heritage is hate," read one sign.
"Yep, it's racist," read another.
While there has yet to be a visible push-back from proponents of the flag, they are quietly reaching out to lawmakers. One worry among proponents is that taking down the flag would open up other monuments to scrutiny.
Dr. John Cobin of Greenville, South Carolina holds signs in support of displaying the Confederate flag at a Martin Luther King Day rally January 21, 2008 in Columbia, South Carolina.The flag is just one of several monuments that includes a statue of one-time segregationist Sen. Strom Thurmond and Ben Tillman, who sought to disenfranchise black citizens while he was governor. A stone marks the site of the state house before Sherman's troops burned it the ground during the Civil War.
"What's the difference between the flag and the monument," Sullivan asked. "That's what people are upset about now, but what about later?"
For those that think all these foreign corporations and investment firms buying US real estate will simply open the US to global trade and bring jobs----which is what Clinton/Obama and Republicans are shouting----all of the corporate tax-free zone policies are part of being an International Economic Zone. So, here in Baltimore where Johns Hopkins leads in moving people around the world into these International Economic Zones----yes, that is what Hopkins has been up to these several years expanding their own BRAND using Asian workers. It is critical to STOP TRANS PACIFIC TRADE PACT AND FEZ IN THE US. It can easily be done as all of this violates US Federal, state, and local sovereignty laws----it attacks our US Constitution and our status as citizens ---IT CAN BE VOIDED. Please make sure we GET INCUMBENTS OUT OF OFFICE SINCE THEY ARE COMMITTED TO MOVING THIS MESS FORWARD.
'Well, according to Dr. Jerome Corsi, a plan being pushed by the Chinese Central Bank would set up “development zones” in the United States that would allow China to “establish Chinese-owned businesses and bring in its citizens to the U.S. to work.”
See why Obama and Clinton neo-liberals and Bush/Hopkins neo-cons had to create all that national, state, and Baltimore City debt with a super-heated bond market subprimed with US Treasuries and state municipal bonds sold all over the world especially in China to bring the bond market crashing into collapse? Oooops! Say global pols---looks like we owe China investors all that investment money from the bond market---come to Baltimore and build FOXCONN global corporate campuses and factories-----and yes, whether neo-con Hogan----or neo-liberal O'Malley---it is tag team global policy AND THERE WILL BE NO WINNERS---DON'T THINK YOU WILL GET RICH BEING ON THE DOWN LOW
The article below is long---please take time to glance through to the last article!
Global pols want us to think these are purely Chinese corporations----many are multi-national with US rich as share owners---so this is a true MULTI-NATIONAL RICH ATTACK ON THE US.
Does China Plan To Establish ‘China Cities’ And ‘Special Economic Zones’ All Over America?
TOPICS:ChinaMichael SnyderJanuary 23, 2013
Michael Snyder, Contributor
What in the world is China up to? Over the past several years, the Chinese government and large Chinese corporations (which are often at least partially owned by the government) have been systematically buying up businesses, homes, farmland, real estate, infrastructure and natural resources all over America. In some cases, China appears to be attempting to purchase entire communities in one fell swoop. So why is this happening? Is this some form of “economic colonization” that is taking place?
Some have speculated that China may be intending to establish “special economic zones” inside the United States modeled after the very successful Chinese city of Shenzhen. Back in the 1970s, Shenzhen was just a very small fishing village, but now it is a sprawling metropolis of over 14 million people. Initially, these “special economic zones” were only established within China, but now the Chinese government has been buying huge tracts of land in foreign countries such as Nigeria and establishing special economic zones in those nations. So could such a thing actually happen in America?
Well, according to Dr. Jerome Corsi, a plan being pushed by the Chinese Central Bank would set up “development zones” in the United States that would allow China to “establish Chinese-owned businesses and bring in its citizens to the U.S. to work.” Under the plan, some of the $1.17 trillion that the U.S. owes China would be converted from debt to “equity”. As a result, “China would own U.S. businesses, U.S. infrastructure and U.S. high-value land, all with a U.S. government guarantee against loss.” Does all of this sound far-fetched? Well, it isn’t. In fact, the economic colonization of America is already far more advanced than most Americans would dare to imagine.
So how in the world did we get to this point? A few decades ago, the United States was the unchallenged economic powerhouse of the world and China was essentially a third world country. So what happened?
Well, we entered into a whole bunch of extremely unfavorable “free trade” agreements, and countries such as China began to aggressively use “free trade” as an economic weapon against us.
Over the past decade, we have lost tens of thousands of businesses and millions of jobs to China. When the final numbers for 2012 come out, our trade deficit with China for the year will be well over 300 billion dollars, and that will be the largest trade deficit that one country has had with another country in the history of the world.
Overall, the U.S. has run a trade deficit with China over the past decade that comes to more than 2.3 trillion dollars. That 2.3 trillion dollars could have gone to U.S. businesses and U.S. workers, and in turn taxes would have been paid on all of that money. But instead, all of that money went to China.
Rather than just sitting on all of that money, China has been lending much of it back to us – at interest. We now owe China more than a trillion dollars, and our politicians are constantly pleading with China to lend more money to us so that we can finance our exploding debt.
Today, the U.S. government pays China approximately 100 million dollars a day in interest on the debt that we owe them. Those that say that the U.S. debt “does not matter” are being incredibly foolish.
So thanks to our massive trade deficit and our exploding national debt, China is systematically getting wealthier and the United States is systematically getting poorer.
And now China is starting to use a lot of that wealth to aggressively expand their power and influence around the globe.
But isn’t it more than a bit far-fetched to suggest that China may be planning to establish Chinese cities and special economic zones in America?
Just look at what has already happened up in Canada. It is well-known that the Chinese population of Vancouver, Canada has absolutely exploded in recent years. In fact, the Vancouver suburb of Richmond is now approximately half Chinese. The following is an excerpt from a BBC article…
Richmond is North America’s most Asian city – 50% of residents here identify themselves as Chinese. But it’s not just here that the Chinese community in British Columbia (BC) – some 407,000 strong – has left its mark. All across Vancouver, Chinese-Canadians have helped shape the local landscape.
A similar thing is happening in many communities along the west coast of the United States. In fact, Chinese citizens purchased one out of every ten homes that were sold in the state of California in 2011.
But in other areas of the United States, the Chinese are approaching things much more systematically.
For example, as I have written about previously, a Chinese group identified as “Sino-Michigan Properties LLC” has purchased 200 acres of land near the town of Milan, Michigan. Their stated goal is to build a “China City” that has artificial lakes, a Chinese cultural center and hundreds of housing units for Chinese citizens.
In other instances, large chunks of real estate in major U.S. cities that are down on their luck are being snapped up by Chinese investors. Just check out what a Fortune article from a while back says has been happening over in Toledo, Ohio…
In March 2011, Chinese investors paid $2.15 million cash for a restaurant complex on the Maumee River in Toledo, Ohio. Soon they put down another $3.8 million on 69 acres of newly decontaminated land in the city’s Marina District, promising to invest $200 million in a new residential-commercial development. That September, another Chinese firm spent $3 million for an aging hotel across a nearby bridge with a view of the minor league ballpark.
Toledo is being promoted to Chinese investors as a “5-star logistics region“. From Toledo it is very easy to get to Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Columbus and Indianapolis…
With a population of 287,000, Toledo is only the fourth largest city in Ohio, but it lies at the junction of two important highways — I-75 and I-80/90. My vision is to make Toledo a true international city, Toledo’s Mayor Mike Bell told the Toledo Blade.
But some of these deals appear to be about far more than just making “investments”. According to the Idaho Statesman, a Chinese company known as Sinomach (which is actually controlled by the Chinese government) was actually interested in developing a 50 square mile self-sustaining “technology zone” south of the Boise airport…
A Chinese national company is interested in developing a 10,000- to 30,000-acre technology zone for industry, retail centers and homes south of the Boise Airport.
Officials of the China National Machinery Industry Corp. have broached the idea — based on a concept popular in China today — to city and state leaders.
The article suggested that this “technology zone” would be modeled after similar projects that already exist in China, and that Chinese officials were conducting similar negotiations with other U.S. states as well…
Sinomach is not looking only at Idaho.
The company sent delegations to Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania this year to talk about setting up research and development bases and industrial parks. It has an interest in electric transmission projects and alternative energy as well.
The technology zone proposal follows a model of science, technology and industrial parks in China — often fully contained cities with all services included.
Thankfully the deal in Idaho appears to be stalled for now, but could we soon see China establish special economic zones in other communities all around America?
The Chinese certainly do seem to be laying the groundwork for something. They have been voraciously gobbling up important infrastructure all over the country. The following comes from a recent American Free Press article…
In addition to already owning vital ports in Long Beach, Calif. and Boston, Mass., the China Ocean Shipping Company is eyeing major ports on the East Coast and Gulf of Mexico. China also owns access to ports at the entry and exit points of the Panama Canal.
And due to fiscal woes plaguing many American cities and states, U.S. legislators have been actively seeking out Chinese investors. In one of the worst cases, Baton Rouge, La., Mayor Kip Holden offered the Chinese government ownership and operating rights to a new toll way system if the Chinese would provide the funding to build it.
Does it make sense for the Chinese to own some of our most important ports?
Isn’t there a national security risk?
Sadly, there isn’t much of anything that our politicians won’t sell these days as long as someone is willing to flash a lot of cash.
The Chinese have also been busy buying up important real estate on the east coast as a recent Forbes article explained….
According to a recent report in the New York Times, investors from China are ‘snapping up luxury apartments’ and are planning to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on commercial and residential projects like Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn. Chinese companies also have signed major leases at the Empire State Building and at 1 World Trade Center, the report said.
But it is not only just land and infrastructure that the Chinese have been buying up.
They have also been purchasing rights to vital oil and natural gas deposits all over the United States.
There have been two Chinese companies that have been primarily involved in this effort.
The first is the China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC). According to Wikipedia, CNOOC is 100 percent owned by the Chinese government…
CNOOC Group is a state-owned oil company, fully owned by the Government of the People’s Republic of China, and the State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council (SASAC) performs the rights and obligations of shareholder on behalf of the government.
The second is Sinopec Corporation. Sinopec Group is the largest shareholder (approx. 75% ownership) in Sinopec Corporation. And as the Sinopec website tells us, Sinopec Group is fully owned by the Chinese government…
Sinopec Group, the largest shareholder of Sinopec Corp., is a super-large petroleum and petrochemical group incorporated by the State in 1998 based on the former China Petrochemical Corporation. Funded by the State, it is a State authorized investment arm and State-owned controlling company.
So whenever you see CNOOC or Sinopec, you can replace those names with the Chinese government. The Chinese government essentially runs both of those companies.
And as you can see from the following list compiled by the Wall Street Journal, those two companies have been extremely aggressive in buying up rights to oil and natural gas all over the nation…
Colorado: Cnooc gained a one-third stake in 800,000 acres in northeast Colorado and southeast Wyoming in a $1.27 billion pact with Chesapeake Energy Corp.
Louisiana: Sinopec has a one-third interest in 265,000 acres in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale after a broader $2.5-billion deal with Devon Energy.
Michigan: Sinopec gained a one-third interest in 350,000 acres in a larger $2.5 billion deal with Devon Energy.
Ohio: Sinopec acquired a one-third stake in Devon Energy’s 235,000 Utica Shale acres in a larger $2.5 billion deal.
Oklahoma: Sinopec has a one-third interest in 215,000 acres in a broader $2.5 billion deal with Devon Energy.
Texas: Cnooc acquired a one-third interest in Chesapeake Energy’s 600,000 acres in the Eagle Ford Shale in a $2.16-billion deal.
Wyoming: Cnooc has a one-third stake in 800,000 acres in northeast Colorado and southeast Wyoming after a $1.27 billion pact with Chesapeake Energy. Sinopec gained a one-third interest in Devon Energy’s 320,000 acres as part of a larger $2.5 billion deal.
Gulf of Mexico: Cnooc Ltd. separately acquired minority stakes in some of Statoil ASA’s leases as well as six of Nexen Inc.’s deep-water wells.
So why is the U.S. government allowing this? That is a very good question. For a nation that purports to be pursuing “energy independence”, we sure do have a funny way of going about things.
Unfortunately, the sad truth is that China is absolutely mopping the floor with the United States on the global economic stage. China is rising and America is in an advanced state of decline. Global economic power has shifted dramatically and most Americans still don’t understand what has happened.
The following are 44 more signs of how dominant the economy of China has become…
1. A Chinese firm recently made a $2.6 billion offer to buy movie theater chain AMC.
2. A different Chinese firm made a $1.8 billion offer to buy aircraft maker Hawker Beechcraft.
3. In December it was announced that a Chinese group would be purchasing AIG’s plane leasing unit for $4.23 billion.
4. It was recently announced that the Federal Reserve will now allow Chinese banks to buy up American banks.
5. A $190 million bridge project up in Alaska was awarded to a Chinese firm.
6. A $400 million contract to renovate the Alexander Hamilton bridge in New York was awarded to a Chinese firm.
7. A $7.2 billion contract to construct a new bridge between San Francisco and Oakland was awarded to a Chinese firm.
8. The uniforms for the U.S. Olympic team were made in China.
9. 85 percent of all artificial Christmas trees are made in China.
10. The new World Trade Center tower is going to include glass that has been imported from China.
11. The new Martin Luther King memorial on the National Mall was made in China.
12. In 2001, American consumers spent 102 billion dollars on products made in China. In 2011, American consumers spent 399 billion dollars on products made in China.
13. The United States spends about 4 dollars on goods and services from China for every one dollar that China spends on goods and services from the United States.
14. According to the New York Times, a Jeep Grand Cherokee that costs $27,490 in the United States costs about $85,000 in China thanks to all the tariffs.
15. The Chinese economy has grown 7 times faster than the U.S. economy has over the past decade.
16. The United States has lost a staggering 32 percent of its manufacturing jobs since the year 2000.
17. The United States has lost an average of 50,000 manufacturing jobs per month since China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001.
18. Overall, the United States has lost a total of more than 56,000 manufacturing facilities since 2001.
19. According to the Economic Policy Institute, America is losing half a million jobs to China every single year.
20. Between December 2000 and December 2010, 38 percent of the manufacturing jobs in Ohio were lost, 42 percent of the manufacturing jobs in North Carolina were lost and 48 percent of the manufacturing jobs in Michigan were lost.
21. In 2010, China produced more than twice as many automobiles as the United States did.
22. Since the auto industry bailout, approximately 70 percent of all GM vehicles have been built outside the United States.
23. After being bailed out by U.S. taxpayers, General Motors is currently involved in 11 joint ventures with companies owned by the Chinese government. The price for entering into many of these “joint ventures” was a transfer of “state of the art technology” from General Motors to the communist Chinese.
24. Back in 1998, the United States had 25 percent of the world’s high-tech export market and China had just 10 percent. Ten years later, the United States had less than 15 percent and China’s share had soared to 20 percent.
25. The United States has lost more than a quarter of all of its high-tech manufacturing jobs over the past ten years.
26. China’s number one export to the U.S. is computer equipment.
27. The number one U.S. export to China is “scrap and trash”.
28. The U.S. trade deficit with China is now more than 28 times larger than it was back in 1990.
29. Back in 1985, the U.S. trade deficit with China was just 6 million dollars for the entire year. For the month of November 2012 alone, the U.S. trade deficit with China was 28.9 billion dollars.
30. China now consumes more energy than the United States does.
31. China is now the leading manufacturer of goods in the entire world.
32. China uses more cement than the rest of the world combined.
33. China is now the number one producer of wind and solar power on the entire globe.
34. Today, China produces nearly twice as much beer as the United States does.
35. Right now, China is producing more than three times as much coal as the United States does.
36. China now produces 11 times as much steel as the United States does.
37. China produces more than 90 percent of the global supply of rare earth elements.
38. China is now the number one supplier of components that are critical to the operation of U.S. defense systems.
39. A recent investigation by the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services found more than one million counterfeit Chinese parts in the Department of Defense supply chain.
40. 15 years ago, China was 14th in the world in published scientific research articles. But now, China is expected to pass the United States and become number one very shortly.
41. China now awards more doctoral degrees in engineering each year than the United States does
42. According to one study, the Chinese economy already has roughly the same amount of purchasing power as the U.S. economy does.
43. According to the IMF, China will pass the United States and will become the largest economy in the world in 2016.
44. Nobel economist Robert W. Fogel of the University of Chicago is projecting that the Chinese economy will be three times larger than the U.S. economy by the year 2040 if current trends continue.
Without the “globalization” of the world economy, none of this would have ever happened. But instead of admitting our mistakes and fixing them, our politicians continue to press for even more “free trade” and even more integration with communist nations such as China.
In fact, according to Dr. Jerome Corsi, the U.S. government has already set up 257 “foreign trade zones” all over America. These “foreign trade zones” are apparently given “special U.S. customs treatment” and are used to promote “free trade”…
Corsi noted that the U.S. government has created 257 foreign trade zones, or FTZs, throughout the United States, designed to extend special U.S. customs treatment to U.S. plants engaged in international-trade-related activities.
The FTZs tend to be located near airports, with easy access into the continental NAFTA and WTO multi-modal transportation systems being created to move free-trade goods cheaply, quickly and efficiently throughout the continent of North America.
There is nothing in the U.S. government’s description of FTZs that would prevent a foreign government, like China, from operating a shell U.S. company that is in reality owned and financed by the Chinese government and operated through a Chinese government-owned corporation, Corsi wrote.
Sadly, we are probably going to see a whole lot more of this in the years ahead.
According to Corsi, a professor of economics at Tsighua University in Beijing named Yu Qiao has suggested the following plan as a way to transform the debt that the United States owes China into something more “tangible”…
- China would negotiate with the U.S. government to create a “crisis relief facility,” or CRF. The CRF “would be used alongside U.S. federal efforts to stabilize the banking system and to invest in capital-intensive infrastructure projects such as high-speed railroad from Boston to Washington, D.C.
- China would pool a portion of its holdings of Treasury bonds under the CRF umbrella to convert sovereign debt into equity. Any CRF funds that were designated for investment in U.S. corporations would still be owned and managed by U.S. equity holders, with the Asians holding minority equity shares “that would, like preferred stock, be convertible.”
- The U.S. government would act as a guarantor, “providing a sovereign guarantee scheme to assure the investment principal of the CRF against possible default of targeted companies or projects”.
- The Federal Reserve would set up a special account to supply the liquidity the CRF would require to swap sovereign debt into industrial investment in the United States.
In the years ahead, perhaps many of you will end up working in a “special economic zone” for a Chinese company on a project that is being financially guaranteed by the U.S. government.
If that sounds like a form of slavery to you, the truth is that you are probably not too far off the mark.
The borrower is the servant of the lender, and we should have never allowed ourselves to get into so much debt.
Now we will pay the price.
To get an idea of how much the world has changed in recent years, just check out this incredible photo which contrasts the decline of Detroit over the years with the amazing rise of Shanghai, China.
Things did not have to turn out this way. Unfortunately, we made decades of incredibly foolish decisions and we wrecked the greatest economic machine that the world has ever seen.
Now the future for America looks really bleak.
Or could it be that I am being too pessimistic? Please feel free to post a comment with your thoughts below…
This is what Clinton made a priority in his terms in office and for what he worked after his Presidency and he and Clinton Initiative expanded this International Economic Zone model all over the world----and Americans have reaped the rewards of cheap products while reading international reports of how badly workers are treated working for $10 a day for example. Well, as I said, China and other Asian nations are now wanting to control their own Economic Zones and global pols are opening the US to these same conditions---that is what these Clinton/Bush/Obama few decades has been about. Again, these policies will take all American workers----we are already seeing Americans being pushed to poverty---this coming economic crash from BOND MARKET FRAUD seeks to hold the US in a recession for a decade just to move further into poverty as they build these Foreign Economic Zones in the US. Global corporations earned trillions of dollars with this slave labor overseas-----and they expect to continue this by making the US now the exporter of cheaply made products to the world's rich====FEZ will operate ignoring US Rule of Law, US Constitution, Bill of Rights-----and global corporations will control all of the economy.
This is why Maryland used designated SUSTAINABLE GROWTH to block development----making way for these massive global FOXCONN corporate campuses=====enslaving people and devastating our economy AND ALL OUR BALTIMORE CITY HALL AND BALTIMORE MARYLAND ASSEMBLY POLS KNOW THIS IS THE GOAL -----WORKING FOR WALL STREET BALTIMORE DEVELOPMENT AND VERY, VERY, VERY NEO- CONSERVATIVE JOHNS HOPKINS.
'but one thing is clear: the numerous special economic zones (SEZs) and industrial clusters that emerged after the country’s reforms are without doubt two important engines of China’s remarkable development'.
China’s Special Economic Zones and Industrial Clusters: Success and Challenges
Submitted by Douglas Zhihua Zeng 曾智华 On Wed, 04/27/2011In the past 30 years, China has achieved phenomenal economic growth, an unprecedented development “miracle” in human history. Since the institution of its reforms and Open Door policy in 1978, China’s gross domestic product (GDP) has been growing at an average annual rate of more than 9 percent (figure 1). In 2010, it has surpassed that of Japan and become the world’s second-largest economy.
How did China achieve this rapid growth? What have been its key drivers? And, most important, what can be learned from China’s success? Policy makers, business people, and scholars continue to debate these topics, but one thing is clear: the numerous special economic zones (SEZs) and industrial clusters that emerged after the country’s reforms are without doubt two important engines of China’s remarkable development.
The SEZs and industrial clusters have made crucial contributions to China’s economic success. Foremost, the SEZs (especially the first several) successfully tested the market economy and new institutions and became role models for the rest of the country to follow. Together with the numerous industrial clusters, the SEZs have contributed significantly to national GDP, employment, exports, and attraction of foreign investment. The SEZs have also played important roles in bringing new technologies to China and in adopting modern management practices. It is estimated that as of 2007, SEZs (including all types of industrial parks and zones) accounted for about 22% of national GDP, about 46% of FDI, and about 60% of exports and generated in excess of 30 million jobs. In 2007, the 54 HIDZs hosted about half the national high-tech firms and science and technology incubators. They registered some 50,000 invention patents in total, more than 70 percent of which were registered by domestic firms. They also hosted 1.2 million R&D personnel (18.5 percent of HIDZ employees) and accounted for 33 percent of the national high-tech output. Over the 15 years since the formation of HIDZs, they have accounted for half of China’s high-tech gross industrial output and one-third of China’s high-tech exports. In addition, the ETDZs are also responsible for another one-third of China’s high-tech industrial output and exports.
The key experiences of China’s SEZs and industrial clusters can best be summarized as gradualism with an experimental approach; a strong commitment; and the active, pragmatic facilitation of the state. Some of the specific lessons include the importance of strong commitment and pragmatism from the top leadership; preferential policies and broad institutional autonomy; staunch support and proactive participation of governments, especially in the areas of public goods and externalities; public-private partnerships; foreign direct investment and investment from the Chinese diaspora; clear goals and vigorous benchmarking, monitoring, and competition; business value chains and social networks; as well as continuous technology learning and upgrading.
Despite the great success of China’s special economic zones and industrial clusters, they also face many challenges to sustaining their success. These challenges include: moving up the global value chain; the sustainability of the export-led growth; environmental and resource constraints; institutional challenges; and lagging social development, among others.
In addition to the challenges common to special economic zones and industrial clusters, some are specific to one or the other. For SEZs, such challenges include: the diminishing of the preferential policies and privileged status; and the homogeneity problem. For clusters, such challenges include fragmentation and lack of horizontal linkages; and the lack of skilled technical and managerial personnel.
Given these major challenges, China will need to adjust its current development strategy and move toward a more competitive and sustainable development paradigm. The major policy directions for helping China to achieve this goal could include:
• Gradually moving toward a more knowledge and technology-based development model;
• Putting more emphasis on domestic markets and consumption as a source of growth;
• Upgrading the SEZs and industrial clusters through technology innovation and learning;
• Implementing strict environmental standards; and
• Further deepening institutional reforms
China has come a long way in a short time, and its rise is the most compelling economic story of the 21st century. Although it still faces many challenges and difficulties in sustaining its rapid growth, it has launched itself on an irreversible growth path and is poised to become a global economic powerhouse and a key economic and financial player. And in today’s global crisis, China has become an important engine to drive the world out of the downturn.
Finally, it’s important to note that China’s experience with special economic zones and industrial clusters has been very successful up to date but needs to be adapted locally. While the “China model” offers very useful experiences and lessons for other developing countries, everything has to be put into a local context; there is no panacea for development.
So, we see Maryland leaders from Rawlings-Blake to Cummings to neo-con Hogan suddenly pushing against old racial tensions after spending her entire terms in office installing very, very, very neo-conservative Johns Hopkins and Wall Street Baltimore Development International Economic Zone and Trans Pacific Trade Pact policies---AND NOT A WORD OF EDUCATION ON THESE POLICIES OCCURS IN BALTIMORE!!!!!!
Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Don't tell anyone!
Md. leaders join call to remove Confederate emblems
Mayor supports renaming Robert E. Lee Park
UPDATED 6:20 PM EDT Jun 24, 2015
BALTIMORE --Leaders in Maryland are joining a call to remove Confederate emblems from state and local memorials and parks.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said she will proceed with changing the name of a popular park that bears the name of Robert E. Lee. It is the latest move to take down any signs of the Confederacy from public view in the wake of the church shootings in South Carolina.
Confederate symbols, particularly the flag, have been controversial and offensive to some for some time. But now, the move is on to make the symbols far less prominently displayed, much to the protest of those who say they just want to preserve part of the nation's history.
Now back from the West Coast, Rawlings-Blake said on Wednesday that she will agree with the request of Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and begin the process of removing the name of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from the popular park the city owns off Falls Road.
The mayor said renaming the park is not as simple as switching a sign and will require a legal process to make the change.
"My administration is taking a look at how you make that happen. It's not just changing a sign out, but we are taking a look at it and I fully support the change," Rawlings-Blake said.
The mayor's move follows the decision Tuesday of Gov. Larry Hogan to ask that Maryland license plates no longer be permitted to bear the Confederate flag.
The campaign against public displays of the Confederacy gained steam when a photo of accused mass murderer Dylann Roof appeared publicly. Roof is the alleged gunman who killed nine black victims at a Charleston church.
Rawlings-Blake said it's time to move past divisive symbols.
"I think it's important that we all take a look at our legacies of racism and discrimination and look for (a) way for our public buildings and our public places to reflect not just that history, but where we are moving forward," Rawlings-Blake said.
Elliott Cummings, an officer in the local the Sons of Confederate Veterans chapter, said criticism of the Confederate flag is misplaced and a misguided attempt to hide history.
"We are becoming like the Taliban," Cummings said. "They are going after monuments, they are going after parks, they are going after anything that has the Confederate name associated with it. The battle flag is the flag of our soldiers; the flag of our great-great-grandfathers."
Baltimore's sympathies during the Civil War were split, as history tells it, so of four Civil War monuments in the city, three honor the Confederate cause.