Pubblicato in: Problemi militari, Stati Uniti

L’America fa sbudellare Mr Putin dalla esultanza.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2017-11-17.

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La World Health Organization constata che in Occidente

«27% of the adult population (here defined as aged 18–65) had experienced at least one of a series of mental disorders in the past year».

Piaccia o meno il dato di riscontro è questo: un occidentale su tre è pazzo da legare. Questa così estesa patologia psichiatrica è causa efficiente delle anomalie cognitive e comportamentali riscontrabili in Occidente. Poi, ovviamente, i pazzi si considerano normali e reputano pazzi tutti gli altri.


«The Army will now allow recruits with a history of some mental health conditions to seek waivers to join the service.»

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«The decision to open Army recruiting to those with mental health conditions comes as the service faces the challenging goal of recruiting 80,000 new soldiers through September 2018»

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«To meet last year’s goal of 69,000, the Army accepted more recruits who fared poorly on aptitude tests, increased the number of waivers granted for marijuana use and offered hundreds of millions of dollars in bonuses»

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«In fiscal year 2017, the active-duty Army recruited nearly 69,000 soldiers, and only 1.9% belonged to what is known as Category Four.»

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«That refers to troops who score in the lowest category on military aptitude tests»

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«In 2016, 0.6% of Army recruits came from Category Four.»

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«The Pentagon mandates that the services accept no more than 4% of recruiting classes from Category Four. In addition, waivers for marijuana use, illegal while in uniform, jumped from 191 in 2016 to 506 in 2017.»

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Gli Stati Uniti assommano a 325 milioni di persone.

Per raggranellare 80,000 nuove reclute gli Stati Uniti devono aprire a tutti.

Femmine, drogati, persone sofferenti di severe patologie mentali quali la sindrome duale, la depressione, l’etilismo cronico: tutti abili arruolati.

Trasformare questo branco di inabili ad abili al servizio militare è operazione impossibile.

Salireste su di un aeroplano il cui pilota sia un depresso con tendenze suicide?

Vi fareste operare da un chirurgo ubriaco fradicio?

Se tutti siamo concordi che gli armamenti siano essenziali per le vittorie militari, tutti pure concordiamo, dovremmo concordare, che i militari dovrebbero essere selezionati con cura: maneggiano armi letali. Magari deboli, ma almeno sani di mente.

Dareste forse una mitragliera in mano ad un pazzo?

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Giorni fa avevamo dovuto prendere atto di questa notizia:

Regno Unito. Sommergibile atomico con a bordo nove cocainomani.

Questi simpaticoni si drogavano nella centrale attivazione e lancio dei missili atomici.

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Mr Putin, e con lui tanti altri, se la gongolano alla grande.

Senza sparare un colpo stanno distruggendo l’esercito americano.

È stato sufficiente foraggiare a dovere i parlamentari ed i senatori liberal democratici: quattro scudi, due gitoni, delle bustine di coca fina.

Nota.

Chi nell’esercito russo presenti una malattia mentale è mandato in ospedale psichiatrico, ma chi si drogasse oppure si ubriacasse in servizio si farebbe venticinqe anni di Siberia, così, tanto da schiarisi le idee.


Usa Today. 2017-11-13. Army lifts ban on waivers for recruits with history of some mental health issues

The Army will now allow recruits with a history of some mental health conditions to seek waivers to join the service. Here’s why this is happening now.

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WASHINGTON – People with a history of “self-mutilation,” bipolar disorder, depression and drug and alcohol abuse can now seek waivers to join the Army under an unannounced policy enacted in August, according to documents obtained by USA TODAY.

The decision to open Army recruiting to those with mental health conditions comes as the service faces the challenging goal of recruiting 80,000 new soldiers through September 2018. To meet last year’s goal of 69,000, the Army accepted more recruits who fared poorly on aptitude tests, increased the number of waivers granted for marijuana use and offered hundreds of millions of dollars in bonuses.

Expanding the waivers for mental health is possible in part because the Army now has access to more medical information about each potential recruit, Lt. Col. Randy Taylor, an Army spokesman, said in a statement. The Army issued the ban on waivers in 2009 amid an epidemic of suicides among troops. 

“The decision was primarily due to the increased availability of medical records and other data which is now more readily available,” Taylor’s statement to USA TODAY said. “These records allow Army officials to better document applicant medical histories.”

But accepting recruits with those mental health conditions in their past carries risks, according to Elspeth Ritchie, a psychiatrist who retired from the Army as a colonel in 2010 and is an expert on waivers for military service. People with a history of mental health problems are more likely to have those issues resurface than those who do not, she said.

“It is a red flag,” she said. “The question is, how much of a red flag is it?”

While bipolar disorder can be kept under control with medication, self-mutilation — where people slashing their skin with sharp instruments — may signal deeper mental health issues, according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders, which is published by the American Psychiatric Association. 

If self-mutilation occurs in a military setting, Ritchie said, it could be disruptive for a unit. A soldier slashing his or her own skin could result in blood on the floor, the assumption of a suicide attempt and the potential need for medical evacuation from a war zone or other austere place.

A legacy of problems

Accepting recruits with poor qualifications can cause problems. In 2006, for example, an Iraqi girl was raped and her family killed by U.S. soldiers, one of whom required waivers for minor criminal activity and poor educational background to join the Army.

Memos and documents obtained by USA TODAY outline the hurdles that a potential recruit must clear to join the Army. 

Guidance for screening potential recruits with histories that include self-mutilation make clear that the applicant must provide “appropriate documentation” to obtain the waiver, according a September memo to commanders. Those requirements include a detailed statement from the applicant, medical records, evidence from an employer if the injury was job-related, photos submitted by the recruiter and a psychiatric evaluation and “clearance.”

Slides for military officials who screen recruits show examples of people whose arms, legs and torsos have been scarred by self-mutilation. 

“For all waivers,” one memo states, “the burden of proof is on the applicant to provide a clear and meritorious case for why a waiver should be considered.”

Taylor said many “meritorious cases” had been found of highly qualified applicants who had been disqualified because of events that had occurred when they were young children.

“With the additional data available, Army officials can now consider applicants as a whole person, allowing a series of Army leaders and medical professionals to review the case fully to assess the applicant’s physical limitations or medical conditions and their possible impact upon the applicant’s ability to complete training and finish an Army career,” Taylor said. “These waivers are not considered lightly.”

Under the right circumstances, a waiver for self-mutilation could be appropriate, Ritchie said.

“I can see a rationale that that shouldn’t be an absolute but could be a waiver,” she said.

Unknown number of waivers

The Army did not respond to a question of how many waivers, if any, have been issued since the policy was changed.

Data reported by USA TODAY in October show how the Army met its recruiting goals by accepting more marginally qualified recruits. 

In fiscal year 2017, the active-duty Army recruited nearly 69,000 soldiers, and only 1.9% belonged to what is known as Category Four. That refers to troops who score in the lowest category on military aptitude tests. In 2016, 0.6% of Army recruits came from Category Four. The Pentagon mandates that the services accept no more than 4% of recruiting classes from Category Four. In addition, waivers for marijuana use, illegal while in uniform, jumped from 191 in 2016 to 506 in 2017. Eight states have legalized recreational use of marijuana.

Recruiting generally is more challenging for the services when the economy is strong. The Army has responded by offering more bonuses to those who sign up for service. In fiscal year 2017, it paid out $424 million in bonuses, up from $284 million in 2016. In 2014, that figure was only $8.2 million. Some recruits can qualify for a bonus of $40,000.

The Army’s decision to rescind the ban for a history of mental health problems is in part a reaction to its difficulties in recruiting, Ritchie said.

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Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Trump, Unione Europea

Trump se ne fa un baffo a torciglione di Frau Merkel. L’ultimo schiaffo.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2017-09-16.

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Cerchiamo di chiarirci le idee e di ragionare un po’, nei limiti del possibile.

La Bundeskanzlerin Frau Merkel sostiene di avere una sua propria scala valoriale, che poi è soltanto quella liberal, ed ad essa condiziona ogni suo agire ed ogni suo rapporto.

Non vuole saperne di avere rapporti con stati e persone che non la abbiano pienamente accettata. Il tragico è che Frau Merkel è restata isolata dal punto di vista internazionale: i democratici hanno perso le elezioni negli Stati Uniti ed i socialisti sono scomparsi dalla Francia.

Tanto per ripassare la situazione, alcuni esempi.

Merkel. Una gran brutta figuraccia in Arabia Saudita.

«German Chancellor Merkel has arrived in the Saudi port city of Jeddah to hold talks with the kingdom’s authorities. Women’s rights are high on her agenda following massive criticism of Riyadh’s UN women’s body role …. dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women …. has raised fears that German arms were being misused»

Prontissima la risposta saudita:

«We will not cause any more problems for the German government with new requests for weapons»

Questi arabi: non ne vogliono proprio sapere di dimettersi e cedere il loro posto a delle femmine, né tanto meno sentono la imperiosa necessità di diventare omosessuali. Quindi la Germania ha rotto i rapporti.

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Merkel. Dopo l’Arabia, adesso ci ha ritentato con Mr Putin.

«German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to help protect gay rights in Chechnya»

Chi mai avrebbe potuto immaginarselo. Nemmeno Mr Putin brucia dal desiderio di diventare gay per far piacere a Frau Merkel.

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Germania e Turkia. Verso la rottura. – Bloomberg

Ma Frau Merkel ha litigato anche con la Turkia, ottenendone alcuni brillanti risultati.

Erdogan. Turki in Germania non votate Frau Merkel.

Turkia. Firmato contratto S-400. Si dice siano già operativi.

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Heckler & Koch quietly becomes world’s most ethical gun-maker.

«we are not seeking to take part in new tenders in non-green countries …. Transparency International’s corruption index, and the Economist Intelligence Unit’s democracy index …. in alignment with the principles of the German Federal Government governing the export of small arms and light weapons»

Già: Heckler & Koch produce armi ma non le vende a chi ne abbia bisogno e voglia di usarle. Sembrerebbe che fabbrichi soprammobili per conventi carmelitani.

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Manco a dirlo che Frau Merkel abbia litigato anche con Mr Trump, il Presidente degli Stati Uniti.

Uno dei tanti risultati ottenuti è stato mestamente riassunto dal Deutsche Welle:

Germany blocks arms sales to Turkey – report

Ma chi mai è la Germania? Chi si crede di essere Frau Merkel?

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Domandiamoci allora quanto vale la Bundeskanzlerin Frau Merkel per potersi permettere simili comportamenti.

In altre parole, quali poteri impositivi della propria volontà ha?

Ramstein Air Base anti-drone protests — The Germans taking on the US military

US sent weapons to Syria through Ramstein military base – report

«Washington’s air base in southwest Germany was used for a time to store and send weapons to Syrian rebels, according to a German news daily. If the report proves true, the US could have violated German law.»

Ma mica solo ai ribelli siriani.

«Weapons flown from Ramstein to Turkey»

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«a spokeswoman for Germany’s Ministry of Economic Affairs confirmed that Germany has not approved weapons transfers through Ramstein air base since 2010.»

Al sodo. Gli americani sono in Germania e ci fanno ciò che loro aggrada.

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Conclusione.

Gli americani riforniscono di armi chiunque loro interessi dalla base che hanno in Germania a Ramstein, facendosi un baffo a torciglione, uno di qua e l’altro di là, di quello che avrebbe voluto la Bundeskanzlerin Frau Merkel: semplicemente la ignorano.

Per un personaggio politico l’essere ignorato è il colmo del disonore. In campo internazionale vale ancor meno di Mr Hollande.


Deutsche Welle. 2017-09-14. US sent weapons to Syria through Ramstein military base – report

Washington’s air base in southwest Germany was used for a time to store and send weapons to Syrian rebels, according to a German news daily. If the report proves true, the US could have violated German law.

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The US military has been using its massive air base in western Germany to arm rebel groups in Syria without Berlin’s permission, according to a report from German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung published on Wednesday.

The US military may have violated German law with the alleged weapons transfers as the German government has not approved any weapons transports of this type since the conflict in Syria began in 2011.

The report was published after months of collaborative research among the Süddeutsche Zeitung, the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN).

The data was gathered from internal emails from the US military, interviews with whistleblowers, official reports and databanks from the US as well as the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms.

Weapons flown from Ramstein to Turkey

According to the Süddeutsche report, private service providers with the US military have been purchasing weapons and ammunition in eastern Europe since 2013.

The Russian-designed weapons, worth hundreds of millions of dollars, were sent from factories in Serbia, Bosnia, Kazakhstan and the Czech Republic and found their way to US command centers in Turkey and Jordan.

The weapons then made their way into the region either through ports in Romania and Bulgaria — or through the US military air base in Germany, the report said.

The purchases were part of a US Department of Defense program to arm Syrian rebels in northern Syria to fight against the so-called “Islamic State” in Raqqa.

What did Berlin know?

The German government denied any knowledge of arms transfers out of Ramstein, but Süddeutsche argued that Berlin must have known about it, but perhaps didn’t want to know all the details.

The paper cites a 2015 report from a Serbian newspaper about arms that were being flown by the US military to Ramstein with the end-goal of Syria. They also cited a 2016 UN weapons export report that listed 11,970 assault rifles and 50 heavy machine guns that were sent from Serbia to a “US military base in Germany.”

Speaking with German DPA news agency on Wednesday, a spokeswoman for Germany’s Ministry of Economic Affairs confirmed that Germany has not approved weapons transfers through Ramstein air base since 2010.

“Of course we assume that the US government is aware of German law and the current arms embargoes,” the spokeswoman added.

Washington denies report

A spokeswoman with the US Special Operation Command (SOCOM) told Süddeutsche that no weapons that were intended for use in Syria were being stored in Germany or being sent to Syria via US military bases in Germany.

However, the SOCOM statement explicitly said these transfers were not taking place on planes chartered to Syria. When asked whether the weapons are being sent to Syrian rebels in another way, such as through military vehicles, the spokeswoman declined to comment.

According to the German paper, the US military did declare shipments from eastern Europe, saying that they were “for defense purposes in direct use by the US government,” but added that the weapons were to be used as “support for American training programs or security cooperation work.”

Süddeutsche warned that if Washington gave false statements to German agencies, there could be serious consequences for the US military, including barring them from further arms exports.

US activities at the Ramstein air base, which is the headquarters of the US Air Forces in Europe, have drawn protests, particularly over its role in the US drone program.

 

Pubblicato in: Cina, Sistemi Economici, Sistemi Politici

Filippine. La situazione analizzata dal punto di vista cinese. Xinhua.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2017-08-22.

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Essere obiettivi è davvero arte difficile, anche nella più perfetta buona fede.

Per gli italiani Oberdan Sauro e Battisti sono irredentisti martiri per l’Italia, mentre per gli austriaci sono traditori della patria. Chi studiasse la storia solo su testi italiani abbraccerebbe la prima interpretazione, chi invece studiasse la storia su testi austriaci abbraccerebbe la seconda.

La scelta delle fonti di informazione condiziona l’idea che ci si forma di quanto accade. Ma mica è detto che l’informazione di parte dica la verità.

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Ma non esiste solo il punto di vista occidentale, esiste anche quello degli altri. Non solo. I media occidentali hanno tutti un’impronta liberal che le recenti elezioni hanno dimostrato essere minoritaria. Seguire solo questi media sarebbe fuorviante. Le elezioni hanno dimostrato e stanno dimostrando come i liberals democratici ed i socialisti europei siano una minoranza: il loro pensiero non rispecchia quello occidentale.  Proprio per niente.

Da un punto di vista meramente economico, se si considera il pil per potere di acquisto, il mondo genera 108,036,500 milioni Usd, la Cina 17,617,300 (16.31%) e gli Stati Uniti 17,418,00 (16.12%). L’Eurozona rende conto di 11,249,482 (10.41%) ed il Gruppo dei G7 di 31.825,293 (29.46%). Di conseguenza, la voce dell’Occidente vale nel mondo al massimo per il 29.46%, ma quella degli Stati Uniti vale solo il 16.12% e quella dell’Europa uno scarno 10.41%.

È davvero ingenua per non dire patetica la arrogante presunzione di quanti considerano l’Occidente egemone dominante: gli altri non glielo permetterebbero. Ma ancora più farsesca è la proterva superbia di quanti presumono che l’Eurozona (10.41%) possa condizionare il mondo: è vero proprio l’opposto.

Cina. Quanzhou. I Brics decidono cosa farsene dell’Occidente.

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Diamo volentieri atto che i media cinesi, arabi, russi ed indiani sono usualmente molto più obbiettivi e quasi sempre riportano i fatti senza distorcerli, cosa non da poco. Di norma separano le notizie dai commenti.

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I discorsi sopra fatti non sono per nulla di lana caprina.

L’Occidente ha perso negli ultimi decenni molte posizioni proprio per l’essersi incancrenito in simili ideologie. Da ultimo, sta persino perdendo la Turkia, da oltre settanta anni fedele alleata.

Ma quadro analogo si prospetta nel sud – est asiatico, con i rapporti con le Filippine.

Ma senza alleati l’Occidente corre il rischio di contare ancor meno di quanto conti ora.

Ma le Filippine hanno una posizione strategica nel Mare Cinese del Sud e sull’Oceano Pacifico.

Poniamo adesso un quesito: e se Mr Duterte avesse ragione? Perché non voler ascoltare anche le sue ragioni?

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«Most Filipinos remain appreciative of the performance of President Rodrigo Duterte after one year of his term»

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«In the national Capital Region, the survey said Duterte also scored 80 percent, or 7 percent higher than a previous survey conducted in March»

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«Duterte managed to get high approval rating despite the strings of criticisms hurled in his way by some western countries and human rights groups alarmed by the hardline drug war»

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«In the past year, President Duterte has initiated a series of economic reforms to accelerate economic development. Despite much “political noise,” the government seeks sustained growth around 6.5- to 7 percent in 2017, by banking on multiple initiatives, especially higher infrastructure spending»

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«the current Philippine government debt of $123 billion is about to soar to $290 billion because China, the “most likely lender,” would impose high interest rates on the debt»

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«These figures assume absence of transparency by the Duterte government and China on the interest rate, conditionality and repayment terms of $167 billion of new debt for the Philippines»

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«the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) anticipated the Philippine debt position to remain sustainable, despite deficit spending for infrastructure. Between 2017 and 2022, the Duterte government plans to spend about $160 billion to $180 billion to fund the “Golden Age of Infrastructure.” An expansionary fiscal policy shall increase the planned deficit to 2 to 3 percent of GDP»

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«Given deficit spending of 3 percent of GDP, the DBM assumes growth will be 6.5 percent to 7.5 percent this year and 7 percent to 8 percent from 2018 to 2022 (plus inflation of 2 percent to 4 percent). As a result, it projects the debt-to-GDP ratio to decline from 41 percent in 2016 to 38 percent in 2022»

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«The realities are very different, however»

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«Duterte is focused on infrastructure (his infrastructure budget as percentage of GDP is 2 to 3 times higher in relative terms).»

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«Such objectives are far from neutral economic observation, but they do reflect political partisanship that is typical of Washington’s neoconservative and liberal imperial dreams»

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«Duterte stressed that Russia is a reliable partner, and he offered to continue their friendship»

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I media liberal occidentali odiano Mr Duterete per almeno due motivi, per loro di importanza fondamentale.

In primo luogo. Mr Duterte ha dichiarato guerra alla droga ed ha disposto la pena di morte in via amministrativa degli spacciatori, ottenendo in tempi molto rapidi una quasi completa bonifica delle Filippine.

In secondo luogo, pur tollerando a parole l’omosessualità e l’lgbt, si è fermamente opposto alla legalizzazione delle coppie omosessuali.

There is no gender because you can be a he or she… That’s their culture. It does not apply to us. We are Catholics and there is the Civil Code, which says that you can only marry a woman for me… a woman to marry a man. …. That’s our law so why would you accept that gender?»

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Ma ciò che l’Occidente liberal considera i reati dei reati, nelle Filippine e nel resto del mondo sono invece comportamenti normali e legali. L’Occidente conta quanto il nobile decaduto che chiede l’elemosina sul sagrato di una Chiesa. Il blasone non è commestibile.

L’irrigidimento ideologico dell’Amministrazione Obama nei confronti delle Filippine ha obbligato Mr Duterte a riavvicinarsi alla Cina ed alla Russia, che, non nutrendo ideologie di sorta, non possono nemmeno cercare di imporle ai loro partner economici e militari.

Per irrigidimento ideologico l’Occidente ha già quasi perso la Turkia: nulla vieta di pensare che la prossima perdita siano proprio le Filippine.


Nota.

Nella comparazione economica è stata usato l’indice del pil ppa, per potere di acquisto, perché più appropriato. Il discorso teorico sarebbe lungo ed anche alquanto barboso: ci spiegheremo con un esempio.

Consideriamo due persone che guadagnino ciascuna 1,500 euro al mese.

La prima vive a Londra, dove l’affitto di una camera ammobiliata si aggira sui 1,200 euro al mese. Pur essendo persona molto parsimoniosa, vive ai margini della miseria, nella fascia di povertà.

La seconda vive in Venezuela. Con tale introito mensile può permettersi una villetta, la cuoca e due persone di servizio. Essa vive in condizione di lusso.

Stessa entrata mensile, ma differenti poteri di acquisto.

Il pil ppa è calcolato tenendo conto del costo della vita, rendendo così comparabili dati raccolti in paesi diversi.



New China. 2017-05-25. Philippines’ Duterte asks Putin for arms support

MOSCOW, May 24 (Xinhua) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has asked his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, for arms to fight Islamic militants in the Asian country.

“Our country needs modern weapons to fight against ISIS. We had certain orders in the U.S., however, the situation is not very good now. I came to Moscow to ask for your help and support,” the Kremlin quoted Duterte as telling Putin in a meeting on Tuesday.

Duterte stressed that Russia is a reliable partner, and he offered to continue their friendship.

“We need to improve trade exchange between the two countries,” the Philippine leader said.

Putin noted that Moscow and Manila have many bilateral projects, including power engineering, defense cooperation, and transport infrastructure.

Duterte arrived in Moscow on Tuesday for a four-day official visit, but was forced to cut short his trip as fighting broke out in the southern Philippine region of Mindanao.

Putin said he hoped the conflict in the Philippines would be resolved “with minimum losses.”

Duterte’s delegation remained in Moscow to sign bilateral agreements on Wednesday, Russian media reported.


Xinhua. 2017-07-17. Philippines’ Duterte enjoys high approval rating at 82 percent: poll

MANILA, July 17 (Xinhua) — Most Filipinos remain appreciative of the performance of President Rodrigo Duterte after one year of his term, according to an independent poll released here Monday.

A survey by Pulse Asia Inc. conducted from June 24 to June 29 showed that 82 percent of the 1,200 people surveyed nationwide approved the way Duterte runs the country.

Out of all the respondents, the poll said 13 percent were undecided about Duterte’s performance, while 5 percent disapproved Duterte’s performance. Overall, the poll said Duterte scored the highest among the top government officials covered by the survey.

“Most Filipinos remain appreciative of the performance of (Duterte), Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo and Senate President Aquilino Pimentel,” the poll said, adding that Robredo got 61 percent while Pimentel, 62 percent.

In the national Capital Region, the survey said Duterte also scored 80 percent, or 7 percent higher than a previous survey conducted in March. In the main Luzon Island, the survey said Duterte scored 75 percent, or 4 percent higher than the March survey. Duterte scored the highest in his bailiwick Mindanao, scoring 95 percent, or 7 percent higher than the score he got in March, the survey said.

However, the survey noted that Duterte’s approval rating dropped 2 percent in the Visayas region in the central Philippines from 86 percent in March to 84 percent.

Duterte managed to get high approval rating despite the strings of criticisms hurled in his way by some western countries and human rights groups alarmed by the hardline drug war campaign and the declaration of martial law in the entire Mindanao in the southern Philippines.

Government authorities said the ongoing war in Marawi City against militants allied with the Islamic State has so far claimed the lives of at least 593 people, including 411 terrorists, 97 security forces and 45 civilians.

Duterte, who assumed the presidency in June last year, ends his single, six-year term in 2022.


Xinhua. 2017-07-26. Philippine President Duterte vows for closer relations with China

MANILA, July 25 (Xinhua) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte pledged on Tuesday that his country is to build stronger bilateral relations with China.

“The Philippines attaches great importance to China’s status and influence in the world, and is willing to build stronger relations with China,” Duterte said in his meeting with visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Duterte said the Philippines highly appreciates the support China extends to his country and the role China plays in his country’s nation building, especially China’s support to combat terrorism.

Duterte expressed his satisfaction with the development of the bilateral ties between the two countries, saying the Philippines is willing to deepen cooperation with China in all sectors so as to benefit the two countries and their peoples.

Wang reiterated that China unswervingly supports Philippine’s independent foreign policy.

Wang recalled that bilateral relations between China and the Philippines have fully improved under the guidance of the leaders of the two countries, saying improvement in relations has brought tangible benefits to the two peoples.

“Facts speak louder. For neighbors, dialogue is better than confrontation, cooperation is better than friction. History will show that we have made a right choice,” Wang said.


Xinhua. 2017-08-05. The myths and realities of Duterte’s infrastructure initiative

In the past year, President Duterte has initiated a series of economic reforms to accelerate economic development. Despite much “political noise,” the government seeks sustained growth around 6.5- to 7 percent in 2017, by banking on multiple initiatives, especially higher infrastructure spending.

According to Ernesto Pernia, Director General of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), investment spending must be ramped up to 30 percent of GDP for the Philippines to become an upper middle-income economy by the end of Duterte’s term in 2022, and to pave the way for a high-income economy by 2040.

Yet, the huge infrastructure investment effort has been often misreported internationally. Infrastructure investment is a case in point.

The allegation: Infrastructure as ‘debt slavery’

In early May, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno estimated that some $167 billion would be spent on infrastructure during President Duterte’s six-year term. Only a day later, US business magazine Forbes released a commentary, which headlined that this debt “could balloon to $452 billion: China will benefit.”

According to the author, Dr. Anders Corr, the current Philippine government debt of $123 billion is about to soar to $290 billion because China, the “most likely lender,” would impose high interest rates on the debt: “Over 10 years, that could balloon the Philippines’ debt-to-GDP ratio to as high as 296 percent, the highest in the world.”

These figures assume absence of transparency by the Duterte government and China on the interest rate, conditionality and repayment terms of $167 billion of new debt for the Philippines. Due to accrued interest, “Dutertenomics, fueled by expensive loans from China, will put the Philippines into virtual debt bondage if allowed to proceed.” Corr assumes China’s interest rate would amount to 10 percent to 15 percent.

But why would the Philippines accept such a nightmare scenario? Because, as Corr puts it, “Duterte and his influential friends and business associates could each benefit with hundreds of millions of dollars in finder’s fees, of 27 percent, for such deals.”

He offers no facts or evidence to substantiate the assertions, however.

The official story: Debt decline, despite infrastructure investment

Recently, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) anticipated the Philippine debt position to remain sustainable, despite deficit spending for infrastructure. Between 2017 and 2022, the Duterte government plans to spend about $160 billion to $180 billion to fund the “Golden Age of Infrastructure.” An expansionary fiscal policy shall increase the planned deficit to 2 to 3 percent of GDP.

To finance the deficit, the government will borrow money following an 80-20 borrowing mix in favor of domestic sources, to alleviate foreign exchange risks—which would seem to undermine the story of China as the Big Bad Wolf.

The fiscal strategy is manageable because the economy, despite increasing deficit, will outgrow its debt burden as economic expansion outpaces the growth in the rate of borrowing. So what is the expected impact on the debt-to-GDP ratio?

Given deficit spending of 3 percent of GDP, the DBM assumes growth will be 6.5 percent to 7.5 percent this year and 7 percent to 8 percent from 2018 to 2022 (plus inflation of 2 percent to 4 percent). As a result, it projects the debt-to-GDP ratio to decline from 41 percent in 2016 to 38 percent in 2022.

The realities: Growth over deficit financing

The current Philippine debt-to-GDP ratio compares well with its regional peers. It is half of that of Singapore and less than that of Vietnam, Malaysia, Laos and Thailand (see Figure 1). The starting point for a huge infrastructure upgrade is favorable. True, in a downscale risk analysis, Philippine growth performance might not reach the target, but would be likely to stay close to it – which would still translate to a manageable increase in the debt-to-GDP ratio.

Yet, Corr claims that Philippine debt ratio will soar seven-fold in the Duterte era, whereas the DBM estimate offers evidence the debt could slightly decline. The difference between the two is almost 260 percent.

Today, Japan’s debt-to-GDP ratio exceeds 250 percent of its GDP. However, at the turn of the 1980s, the ratio was still closer to 40 percent, or where the Philippine level is today. Yet, Corr claims the Duterte government would need barely four years to achieve not only Japan’s debt ratio today but a level that would be another 50 percent higher!

The realities are very different, however. The contemporary Philippines enjoys sound macroeconomic fundamentals, not Marcos-era vulnerability. Moreover, Corr’s tacit association of Duterte’s infrastructure goals with former President Marcos’s public investment program (and the associated debt crisis in the 1980s) proves hollow. Duterte is focused on infrastructure (his infrastructure budget as percentage of GDP is 2 to 3 times higher in relative terms).

Today, borrowing conditions are also more favorable (365-day Treasury bill rates are 3 to 4 times lower than in the Marcos era). Furthermore, the Philippine gross international reserves, which amount to 9 months, are relatively highest among Asean economies and 3 to 4 times higher than in the Marcos era (Figure 2).

In addition to realities, Corr’s analysis ignores the dynamics of debt. Any country’s debt position is not just the nominal amount of the debt, but its value relative to the size of the economy. An economy that is barely growing and suffers from dollar-denominated debt lacks capacity to pay off its liabilities, as evidenced by Greece. In contrast, with its strong growth record, the Philippines has the capacity to grow while paying off its liabilities.

Geopolitical agendas, economic needs

Corr could have challenged DBM’s assumptions about Philippine future growth, potential increases in infrastructure budget, contingent adverse shifts in the international environment and so on, but his purposes may be political.

He is close to US Pentagon and intelligence communities, which strongly oppose Duterte’s recalibration of Philippine foreign policy between the US and China. According to the US Naval Institute, he has visited all South China Sea claimant countries and undertaken “field research” in Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Brunei. He has been an associate for Booz Allen Hamilton (as once was Edward Snowden). Though he has ties with international multilateral banks, he is less of an “economic hit man” and has more interest in US security matters.

Corr led the US Army social science research already in Afghanistan and conducted analysis at US Pacific Command (USPacom) and US Special Operations Command Pacific (Socpac) for US national security in Asia, including in the Philippines, Nepal, and Bangladesh. Currently, he is researching Russia and Ukraine for the Pentagon. He has urged President Trump to use stronger military presence in the South China Sea, bullied Pakistan with sanctions, and supported independentistas in Hong Kong and Taiwan, labeled Chinese students abroad as Beijing’s informants, while exploring US nuclear options against North Korea.

Such objectives are far from neutral economic observation, but they do reflect political partisanship that is typical of Washington’s neoconservative and liberal imperial dreams– but not the views of most Americans, according to major polls.

In the Philippines, Duterte’s supporters see Chinese debt as a business deal that will ultimately support the country’s future. After Forbes, the Duterte government’s critics were quick to report the story, but without appropriate examination of its economic assertions and possible strategic motives. Overall, while liberals tend to oppose the debt plans for geopolitical reasons, their economists are more sympathetic.

In any real assessment, simple realism should prevail: When the rate of economic expansion exceeds that of debt growth, low-cost financing for public projects can make a vital contribution to the Philippines’ economic long-term future.

Pubblicato in: Commercio, Economia e Produzione Industriale

Giovanni P. Dieselgate. Braccio di ferro Usa – Germania. L’Italia latita.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2017-08-21.

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«German state prosecutors have agreed to prolong the custody of an Audi technician following a U.S. governmental request for extradition in ongoing investigations of diesel emissions test cheating»

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«Authorities in Germany hereby responded to a plea made by the U.S. Department of Justice for the preliminary arrest of the Italian national Giovanni P. to enable his extradition at a later stage»

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«Giovanni P. has been held in police custody for over a month as the only suspect to have been arrested in Germany in the course of the “dieselgate” emission cheating scandal»

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«The news of judicial cooperation between Berlin and Washington to instead pro-long Giovanni P.’s police custody comes only two days after his defense council filed a complaint against their client’s detention»

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«They argued that granting the U.S. request became a necessity under international law in order to prevent Giovanni P. from leaving the country following the lodging of a complaint against his arrest»

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«If the suspect were to travel to his native Italy, for example, the U.S. Department of Justice would be unable to continue its extradition process»

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«Giovanni P. is one of 50 suspects in the “dieselgate” scandal currently under investigation in Germany, including prominent figures such former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn»

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Cerchiamo di ragionare.

– Un’operazione quale quella di manipolare i test sulle emissioni dei motori sembrerebbe essere di troppo ampia portata per essere imputabile ad un’unica persona.

– Sembrerebbe essere del tutto inverosimile che Herr Martin Winterkorn, Ceo di Volkswagen, fosse completamente all’oscuro di quanto stava accadendo: non risulta essere il prototipo di Biancaneve.

– Altrettanto inverosimile sembrerebbe essere la situazione per cui su cinquanta sospetti solo uno sia stato incarcerato, per di più con allungamento dei termini della detenzione preventiva, specie poi in una Germania iper garantista.

– Da un punto di vista giuridico la situazione sembrerebbe essere notevolmente aggrovigliata. Giovanni P. sembrerebbe essere di nazionalità italiana: ci si domanda quindi perché gli Stati Uniti ne reclamino l’estradizione alla Germania mentre non potrebbero farlo se Giovanni P. fosse in Italia. Infine, a qual diritto?

– Si resta pensierosi del fatto che ne dia notizia un’agenzia cinese a fronte del silenzio dei media occidentali.

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Un malpensante potrebbe anche accarezzare l’idea che questo tipo di indagine potrebbe essere inquinato da istanze politiche.


Xinhua Net. 2017-08-21. Germany considers extraditing Audi technician of Italian national to U.S.: report

BERLIN, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) — German state prosecutors have agreed to prolong the custody of an Audi technician following a U.S. governmental request for extradition in ongoing investigations of diesel emissions test cheating, the newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung reports on Friday.

Authorities in Germany hereby responded to a plea made by the U.S. Department of Justice for the preliminary arrest of the Italian national Giovanni P. to enable his extradition at a later stage.

Giovanni P. has been held in police custody for over a month as the only suspect to have been arrested in Germany in the course of the “dieselgate” emission cheating scandal.

Questioned by Munich state prosecutors ten times over his alleged involvement in defrauding tens of thousands of diesel car owners, he has raised serious allegations against senior Audi managers. The defendant has also presented authorities with a folder of extensive evidence in the hopes of being released.

The news of judicial cooperation between Berlin and Washington to instead pro-long Giovanni P.’s police custody comes only two days after his defense council filed a complaint against their client’s detention.

Giovanni P.’s attorney Walter Lechner reacted with dismay to the development and accused Munich state prosecutors of employing the U.S. plea as an opportunistic means to keep the suspect under arrest. The state prosecutor had consequently made itself a “minion of the U.S. judiciary”, Lechner complained.

German justice authorities defended the move as standard judicial procedure. They argued that granting the U.S. request became a necessity under international law in order to prevent Giovanni P. from leaving the country following the lodging of a complaint against his arrest. If the suspect were to travel to his native Italy, for example, the U.S. Department of Justice would be unable to continue its extradition process.

Giovanni P. is one of 50 suspects in the “dieselgate” scandal currently under investigation in Germany, including prominent figures such former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn.

The Munich state prosecutors responsible for Giovanni P.’s case believe he was a crucial actor in Audi’s installation of illicit software to falsify diesel vehicles’ emissions levels. In stark contrast, the suspect’s defense claims that their client was a victim of scheming executives for whom the low-level technician has become a “pawn sacrifice”.

Giovanni P.’s attorneys also rejected the notion that he was a flight risk and stressed that the suspect was keen to remain in Germany and continue to cooperate with authorities there.

The U.S. request for the technician’s preliminary arrest raises serious accusations such as conspiracy to commit fraud and breaches of environmental regulations.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Sistemi Economici, Trump

Trump. Il debito sovrano totale da gennaio è sceso di 102.365 miliardi.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2017-08-17.

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Il Tesoro degli Stati Uniti ha comunicato che il debito sovrano totale ammontava a 19,844,938,940,351.37$ il 28 luglio, contro un valore di 19,947,304,555,212.49$ al venti gennaio, data di entrata in carica del Presidente Trump.

Quindi, in poco meno di sei mesi il debito sovrano totale è sceso di 102,365,614,861.12$.

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Mr Obama iniziò il suo primo mandato presidenziale il 20 gennaio 2009. A tale data il debito pubblico totale ufficiale, ovvero quello iscritto a chiusura il 30 settembre 2008, ammontava a 10,024,724,896,912.49$. A fine mandato il debito pubblico totale ammontava a 19,947,304,555,212.49$, essendosi così quasi raddoppiato.

Durante l’Amministrazione Obama il debito sovrano totale è aumentato di 9,922,579,658,300.00$, ossia di 1,240 miliardi ogni anno di mandato.

Si prende atto dell’inversione di tendenza attuata dall’Amministrazione Trump. Non solo Mr Trump ha cessato il ricorso al debito, ma ha anche iniziato a ridurlo.

Per meglio capirci, in sei mesi non sono stati contratti gli usuali 600 miliardi di incrementi semestrali del debito ma ne sono stati risparmiati 102. Un’operazione che fa risparmiare al Contribuente americano 702 miliardi, per ora.

Una gran bella cifra: non parole, bensì dollari sonanti.

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Mr Trump aveva chiaramente manifestato in campagna elettorale il suo fermo proposito di far cessare l’incremento del debito sovrano americano ed invertirne la tendenza. Aveva quindi ribadito le sue intenzioni appena un mese dopo la sua entrata in carica.

Trump Wants Credit for Cutting the National Debt. Economists Say Not So Fast.

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Trattare del debito sovrano esula dallo scopo del presente articolo, e richiederebbe più un trattato che un articolo.

Sia consentito però enunciare soltanto alcuni statement che sembrerebbero essere rilevanti per meglio comprendere la notizia attuale.

– Se è vero che Mr Obama ha dovuto affrontare la crisi dei subprimes con tutte le relative conseguenze, è altrettanto vero che la strada scelta per cercare di governare la situazione era soltanto una delle possibili, e, verosimilmente, non la migliore.

– La cultura del debito pubblico è parte integrante e portante della Weltanschauung liberal democratica e, più generalmente parlando, dell’ideologia socialista.

– L’attuale inversione di tendenza nella gestione del debito non è il frutto del lavoro precedentemente svolto dall’Amministrazione Obama: se così fosse la variazione sarebbe stata graduale nel tempo. In questo caso assistiamo invece ad una vera e propria mutazione, con rapida cesura dell’andamento. In terminologia tecnica, un rilassamento.

– Questo nuovo modo di approcciare il debito sovrano è per il momento limitato agli Stati Uniti, ma, data la loro forza economica, si imporrà a breve anche nell’Unione Europea e nell’Eurozona.

– Portando il ragionamento nel campo teorico astratto, astratto nel senso di speculazione logica, la Weltanschauung liberal è statalista nel senso che sostiene la necessità che lo stato governi strettamente il sistema economico sia direttamente sia indirettamente attraverso leggi, norme e regolamenti che saranno poi attuate attraverso un complesso sistema burocratico. Se il comunismo corrisponde ad una statalizzazione totale, il socialismo e l’ideologia liberal corrisponde ad uno statalismo parziale, ma non per questo lasso. Socialismo e burocrazia sono sinonimi.


Da ultimo, ma sicuramente non per ultimo, si dovrebbe fare una considerazione metodologica ma di rilevanza estrema.

La scienza, e l’economica può tranquillamente essere trattata come tale, si fonda sul corretto rilevamento dei dati di fatto, che siano poi analizzati alla luce di ragionamenti logici, ossia non contraddittori. Le teorie non sono dogmi di fede

Ciò che conta sono i dati sperimentali: le teorie sono chiamate ad interpretarli, non a coercerli.

Di certo la scienza non è “democratica“: il fatto che una maggioranza la pensi in una maniera non assicura minimamente che quanto sostenuto sia scientificamente corretto. In scienza le consensus conference sono destituite di buon senso. Se anche la maggioranza avesse votato che due più due fa sette, conferendo quindi legalità a questo enunciato, due più due continuerebbe imperterrito a farebbe sempre quattro. Ci si pensi bene.


The True Division. 2017-08-14. National Debt Was $19,947,304,555,212.49 Seven Months Ago… Here’s What It Is Today

President Donald Trump and his administration are undoing the government’s rampant spending that occurred under former President Obama’s watch.

According the U.S. Treasury’s direct record, a surprising amount of money has been saved over the course of seven months.

On January 20th, the day Trump was inaugurated, the total debt was $19,947,304,555,212.49.

On July 30th, seven short months later, it’s at $19,844,938,940,351.37.

Overall the debt has decreased by $102,365,614,861.12.

Here’s what the Trump budget plan said, proposed back in April:

“Under this plan, the debt will continue to fall both in nominal dollars and as a share of GDP beyond that point, putting us on a path to repay the debt in full within a few decades,” the budget plan said.

Then, in his State of the Union address, he made this comment to Congress:

“Faster economic growth, coupled with fiscal restraint, will enable us to fully fund our national priorities, balance our budget, and start to pay down our national debt.”

In the end, it certainly looks like he’s keeping his promises regarding fiscal responsibility by the United States government.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Economia e Produzione Industriale, Trump

Trump. Foxconn costruirà un impianto da 10 b$ in Wisconsin.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2017-08-05.

Donald Trump photographed at Trump Tower in NYC
Donald Trump photographed at the Trump Tower on 5th Ave. in Manhattan, NYC on Monday, September 21, 2015. (Damon Winter/ The New York Times)

«Foxconn International Holdings Ltd è una azienda multinazionale. È la più grande produttrice di componenti elettrici ed elettronici per i produttori di apparecchiature originali in tutto il mondo, e produce principalmente su contratto ad altre aziende tra le quali Amazon.com, Apple, Dell, HP, Microsoft, Motorola, Nintendo, Nokia (solo per il mercato cinese), Sony, BlackBerry e Xiaomi.

È parte del gruppo taiwanese Hon Hai Precision Industry Company.

È stata fondata nel 1974 come produttore di prodotti di plastica (in particolare i connettori) per televisori, da Terry Gou, che resta il suo amministratore delegato.

Nel 1980 apre linee di fabbricazione di connettori per personal computer.

La società ha aperto il suo primo impianto produttivo in Cina nel 1988, una fabbrica di Shenzhen che ora è l’impianto più grande, con più di 330.000 dipendenti. A partire dal 1994, Foxconn ha acquistato vari centri di sviluppo negli Stati Uniti d’America e in Giappone.

Dal 2009 la Foxconn è stata spesso tristemente citata sulle pagine di cronaca a causa di una serie di suicidi che hanno coinvolto i suoi dipendenti. Dall’inizio del 2010 ci sono stati 11 suicidi (quasi tutti compiuti gettandosi dai piani alti del palazzo in cui ha sede la società), 2 tentativi falliti e 16 suicidi sventati fra gli impiegati dell’azienda taiwanese che ha alle sue dipendenze oltre un milione di lavoratori.» [Fonte]

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«President Donald Trump said Wednesday that electronics giant Foxconn will build a $10 billion factory in Wisconsin that’s expected to initially create 3,000 jobs»

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«If I didn’t get elected, he definitely would not be spending $10 billion,” Trump said. “We are going to have some very, very magnificent decades»

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«But the decision to build the plant in Wisconsin also stemmed from $3 billion in state economic incentives over 15 years if Foxconn invests $10 billion in the state and ultimately adds 13,000 jobs»

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«The incentives would only be awarded if Foxconn creates the jobs and pays an average salary of nearly $54,000»

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«the state’s Republican governor, Scott Walker, who is up for re-election next year»

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«the announcement was just the first of several investments the company will be making in the U.S.»

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«The news sent a jolt of excitement across Wisconsin, even among longtime Democratic critics of Walker …. It’s an exciting opportunity,” said Democratic state Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca.»

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Negli Stati Uniti sta finendo l’epoca delle parole fumose e si iniziano a vedere i fatti.

Se Mr Trump non ci fosse stato, lo si sarebbe dovuto inventare.

Se è contento persino un liberal democratico come Mr Peter Barca ….


Fox8. Local First. 2017-08-01. Trump announces $10 billion Foxconn plant in Wisconsin

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump said Wednesday that electronics giant Foxconn will build a $10 billion factory in Wisconsin that’s expected to initially create 3,000 jobs, the largest economic development project in state history.

The announcement comes at a critical juncture for a Trump administration that pledged to generate manufacturing jobs but has struggled to deliver results as quickly as the president promised. Trump’s plans for health care and tax cuts face a murky future in Congress, while his administration is bogged down by an investigation into Russia’s possible ties with his presidential campaign.

In a White House speech, Trump said the financial commitment by Foxconn CEO Terry Gou was a direct result of his electoral win.

“If I didn’t get elected, he definitely would not be spending $10 billion,” Trump said. “We are going to have some very, very magnificent decades.”

But the decision to build the plant in Wisconsin also stemmed from $3 billion in state economic incentives over 15 years if Foxconn invests $10 billion in the state and ultimately adds 13,000 jobs. The incentives would only be awarded if Foxconn creates the jobs and pays an average salary of nearly $54,000.

The Wisconsin factory, scheduled to be open by 2020, would be massive. The campus dubbed “Wisconn Valley,” would cover nearly 1.6 square miles and be three times the size of the Pentagon.

Foxconn’s plant will produce liquid-crystal display panels, or LCDs, that are used in televisions and computer screens. The factory will be located in the congressional district of House Speaker Paul Ryan. It would mark a substantial gain for a state that currently has 472,000 manufacturing jobs and is still recovering from factory layoffs – including the closure of a General Motors plant in Ryan’s hometown – that hit after the 2008 financial crisis.

Taiwan-based Foxconn is perhaps best known for assembling Apple iPhones in China. The company noted in a statement that having the Wisconsin factory would help it better serve the major U.S. technology companies that are its clients.

Inside the White House, discussions with Foxconn about opening a U.S. plant were led over several months by Jared Kushner, a senior adviser and the president’s son-in-law, and Reed Cordish, an assistant to the president on technology initiatives. The president had met personally with Gou, who on Wednesday complimented Trump’s leadership at the event by saying, “Mr. President, the eagle flies.”

Seven states had competed for the Foxconn plant. By awarding the plant to Wisconsin, Foxconn would appear to be giving a victory to both Trump and the state’s Republican governor, Scott Walker, who is up for re-election next year.

Other states that vied for the plant are Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas. Foxconn said in a release the announcement was just the first of several investments the company will be making in the U.S.

Walker and several other Wisconsin officials, including Ryan, attended the White House announcement.

Landing the multistate competition has been cast as a once-in-a-generation opportunity. Foxconn is the biggest contract assembler of smartphones and other devices for Apple and other brands. It has been eyeing building the plant in a part of Wisconsin represented by Ryan, who said he has met with company officials at Walker’s request.

Critics have cautioned that Foxconn has made promises before to invest in the U.S. and not followed through. Foxconn promised in 2013, for example, to invest $30 million and hire 500 workers for a new, high-tech factory in Pennsylvania that was never built. State Sen. Alberta Darling, co-chair of the Wisconsin Legislature’s budget committee, said any deal would be examined with a “fine-toothed comb” and need to win approval by the Republican-controlled Legislature.

Walker said he planned to call a special legislative session to consider the incentives. They include up to $1.5 billion in income tax credits for job creation, $1.35 billion in income tax credits for capital investment and up to $150 million in a sales tax exemption for the purchase of construction materials.

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, who is from Ryan’s congressional district in southeast Wisconsin, told WTMJ-TV on Tuesday that Trump, when flying over the area in Kenosha County during a visit to Wisconsin in April, noticed vacant land where a former Chrysler Motors plant used to be.

“He said, ‘That land should be used,'” Priebus said. “So when Foxconn came into the White House, into the Oval Office, the president said, ‘I know a good spot that you should go to, that place in Kenosha.'”

That part of the state is an attractive location for a large plant because of the area’s proximity to Lake Michigan and its abundant water supply. To make flat-panel displays, the company will need access to great quantities of water to keep work spaces dust-free, among other things.

The news sent a jolt of excitement across Wisconsin, even among longtime Democratic critics of Walker.

“It’s an exciting opportunity,” said Democratic state Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca.

Barca, like many Democrats, voiced concern about how much taxpayers may have to contribute in tax breaks and other incentives.

“We want to make sure it’s a fair deal for everybody,” he said. “We want a win-win-win.”

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Trump

La guerra dei liberals contro Mr Trump si avvierebbe alla fine. – Guardian

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2017-07-25.

Donald Trump photographed at Trump Tower in NYC

La recente campagna elettorale presidenziale e la successiva elezione a Presidente di Mr Trump è stata ed è ancora caratterizzata da una campagna stampa di violenza mai vista contro questo personaggio.

I liberals democratici governano la quasi totalità dei media, televisioni e giornali, e sono ricorsi a tutti i possibili mezzi, ivi compreso l’uso estensivo della menzogna, come hanno dovuto ammettere loro stessi.

Trump. CNN, NYT ed AP ammettono di aver riportato artatamente notizie false su Mr Trump.

3 CNN Journalists Resign After Retracted Story on Trump Ally [The New YorkTimes]

Cnn. 21° Fake News. Cnn ha alterato uno scritto di Abraham Lincoln.

Trump. Cnn licenzia in tronco Mrs Kathy Griffin.

Trump. La CNN come la mafia intimidisce l’autore delle vignette animate.

CNN Accused of Blackmailing The Reddit User Who Made Trump Wrestling Meme

Il risultato è stato quello facilmente preventivabile.

Cnn. Crollo dell’audience dopo la pubblicazione di troppe fake news.

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Adesso il The Guardian pubblica un articolo dal titolo:

The media’s war on Trump is destined to fail.

Cerchiamo allora di capire quali motivi adduce l’articolista. Si prenda nota che si esprime in termini ‘politicamente corretti’.

«The news media needs to win its war with Trump»

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«The people of the respectable east coast press loathe the president with an amazing unanimity. They are obsessed with documenting his bad taste, with finding faults in his stupid tweets, with nailing him and his associates for this Russian scandal and that one»

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«The news sections are all Trump all the time»

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«But there’s something wrong with it all»

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«The news media’s alarms about Trump have been shrieking at high C for more than a year»

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«It hasn’t worked»

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«And the news media’s reputation sinks lower and lower as they advance into their golden age»

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«Trump is unpopular these days, but not nearly as unpopular as he deserves to be (among other amazing things, he is now reported to be more popular than Hillary Clinton).»

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«How can our opinion-leaders believe something so unanimously, so emphatically, and yet have so little success persuading their erstwhile opinion-followers to get in line?»

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«As newspapers die off, their place in the American consciousness is taken by social networks of both the formal and informal variety. Thanks to Facebook and Twitter, these days we read only that which confirms our biases. Once upon a time, perhaps, the Washington Post could single-handedly bring down a president, but those days have passed»

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«But there’s also a second reason, one that is even more fundamental»

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«many monstrous journalism failures of the last few decades: the dot-com bubble, which was actively cheered on by the business press; the Iraq war, which was abetted by journalism’s greatest sages; the almost complete failure to notice the epidemic of professional misconduct that made possible the 2008 financial crisis»

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«The American news media’s respect for tech CEOs and foreign-policy experts are the photographic negative of their overwhelming contempt for Dumb Donald»

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«They know what a politician is supposed to look like and act like and sound like; they know that Trump does not conform to those rules; and they react to him»

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«But as long as they understand that war as a crusade to reestablish the old rules of legitimacy, they are going to continue to fail»

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Queste frasi risultano immediatamente più chiare leggendo almeno l’abstract del seguente articolo:

Poll: Mainstream media continues to lose the public’s trust

«In its annual confidence poll, Gallup found that Americans’ trust in the mass media “to report the news fully, accurately and fairly” reached its lowest level in polling history, with only 32 percent saying they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media. ….

On the campaign trail, Trump maintained a combative relationship with the press, but received roaring applause from his supporters when he referred to the “dishonest media,” and sniped at the anchors, pundits, reporters and editorial boards who he said were treating him “very unfairly.” ….

According to a 2016 Pew Research study, 22 percent of respondents had “a lot” of trust in local news organizations, compared to 18 percent who trust national outlets. In total, local news coverage enjoyed a six-point advantage over national stations. ….

The shake-up of the national media giants in favor of local stations or new media outlets has raised the ire of those who previously enjoyed having their questions at the front of the queue.

The poll found that 49 percent of voters consider Trump to be truthful, versus 48 person of voters who find him untruthful. The researchers then compared that confidence rating to trust in the news media, which 53 percent of voters considered to be untruthful, a 14-point gap. A key finding of the poll shows that voters find the Trump administration to be more truthful than the news media. ….

The partisan split was obvious, with the overwhelming majority of Republicans saying Trump is truthful and 88 percent considering the media untruthful. Democrats overwhelmingly found Trump untruthful and 62 percent found the media to be truthful.»

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Conclusione.

In una prima fase di questa guerra i media liberals hanno accusato Mr Trump di ogni sorta di sexual harassment: ma la totale mancanza di prove probanti ha decretato il fallimento di codesta offensiva.

In una seconda fase lo hanno accusato con petulante insistenza di ogni sorta di reato economico e fiscale, ma anche in questo caso la carenza di prove oggettive ha alla fine fatto cadere le accuse.

In una terza fase lo hanno accusato, e lo stanno t accusando, di intelligenza con il nemico, con i russi, che avrebbero influenzato le elezioni. Accuse portate avanti sempre più stancamente.

Il risultato finale è che la gente comune cambia canale e non legge quasi più i quotidiani a tiratura nazionale, che iniziano a perdere pubblicità e, quindi, entrate.

Si potrebbe infine concludere che i media siano seguiti solo dai liberals di comprovata fede, sia negli Stati Uniti sia in Europa. La loro influenza sull’Elettore è quasi svanita.

Non a caso, e per riprova, nelle cinque elezioni suppletive tenutesi da novembre a giugno Mr Trump ha ottenuto cinque chiare vittorie elettorali: ed i risultati delle urne non sono sondaggi elettorali.

Nota.

Nella foga, a nessuno sembrerebbe essere saltato in mente di pensare che Mr Trump potrebbe anche avere ragione.


The Guardian. 2017-07-21. The media’s war on Trump is destined to fail. Why can’t it see that?

The news media needs to win its war with Trump, and urgently so.

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These are the worst of times for the American news media, but they are also the best. The newspaper industry as a whole has been dying slowly for years, as the pathetic tale of the once-mighty Chicago Tribune reminds us. But for the handful of well funded journalistic enterprises that survive, the Trump era is turning out to be a “golden age” – a time of high purpose and moral vindication.

The people of the respectable east coast press loathe the president with an amazing unanimity. They are obsessed with documenting his bad taste, with finding faults in his stupid tweets, with nailing him and his associates for this Russian scandal and that one. They outwit the simple-minded billionaire. They find the devastating scoops. The op-ed pages come to resemble Democratic fundraising pitches. The news sections are all Trump all the time. They have gone ballistic so many times the public now yawns when it sees their rockets lifting off.

A recent Alternet article I read was composed of nothing but mean quotes about Trump, some of them literary and high-flown, some of them low-down and cruel, most of them drawn from the mainstream media and all of them hilarious. As I write this, four of the five most-read stories on the Washington Post website are about Trump; indeed (if memory serves), he has dominated this particular metric for at least a year.

And why not? Trump certainly has it coming. He is obviously incompetent, innocent of the most basic knowledge about how government functions. His views are repugnant. His advisers are fools. He appears to be dallying with obviously dangerous forces. And thanks to the wipeout of the Democratic party, there is no really powerful institutional check on the president’s power, which means that the press must step up.

But there’s something wrong with it all.

The news media’s alarms about Trump have been shrieking at high C for more than a year. It was in January of 2016 that the Huffington Post began appending a denunciation of Trump as a “serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, birther and bully” to every single story about the man. It was last August that the New York Times published an essay approving of the profession’s collective understanding of Trump as a political mutation – an unacceptable deviation from the two-party norm – that journalists must cleanse from the political mainstream.

It hasn’t worked. They correct and denounce; they cluck and deride and Trump seems to bask in it. He reflects this incredible outpouring of disapprobation right back at the press itself. The old “liberal bias” critique, a minor deity in the pantheon of Republican paranoia since the days of Trump’s hero Richard Nixon, has been elevated to first place. Trump and company now use it to explain everything. And the news media’s reputation sinks lower and lower as they advance into their golden age.

What explains this dazzling disconnect? Yes, Trump is unpopular these days, but not nearly as unpopular as he deserves to be (among other amazing things, he is now reported to be more popular than Hillary Clinton). How can our opinion-leaders believe something so unanimously, so emphatically, and yet have so little success persuading their erstwhile opinion-followers to get in line?

One part of the explanation is the structural situation of the news media. As newspapers die off, their place in the American consciousness is taken by social networks of both the formal and informal variety. Thanks to Facebook and Twitter, these days we read only that which confirms our biases. Once upon a time, perhaps, the Washington Post could single-handedly bring down a president, but those days have passed.

But there’s also a second reason, one that is even more fundamental. The truth is that the unanimous anti-Trumpness of the respectable press is just one facet of a larger homogeneity. As it happens, the surviving press in this country is unanimous about all sorts of things.

There are their views on trade. Or their views on what they call “populism”. Or their views on what they call “bipartisanship”. Or their views on just about anything having to do with the decline of manufacturing (sad but inevitable) and the rise of the “creative” white-collar professions (the smart ones, so meritorious).

This is one of the factors that explains the many monstrous journalism failures of the last few decades: the dot-com bubble, which was actively cheered on by the business press; the Iraq war, which was abetted by journalism’s greatest sages; the almost complete failure to notice the epidemic of professional misconduct that made possible the 2008 financial crisis and the rise of Donald Trump, which (despite the media’s morbid fascination with the man) caught nearly everyone flatfooted.

Everything they do, they do as a herd – even when it’s running headlong over a cliff.

They still cannot suppress their admiration for bankers. Just the other week, for example, the New York Times’s Dealbook section could be found marveling at how one of the senior officers of Goldman Sachs (“possibly the most powerful investment bank in the world”) likes to DJ in his spare time.

They are endless suckers for credentialing, especially of the foreign policy variety. Last Friday, the Washington Post ran a profile of Hillary Clinton’s former foreign policy adviser, whom they caught up with giving a talk at Yale, his alma mater.

The paper told how the adviser “ran through a list of his early mentors”, including eminent personages from Brookings, the State Department and the Council on Foreign Relations, and then turned to the inevitable matter of Clinton’s loss, a subject so bittersweet you could almost see the tears streaming down readers’ faces as they were prompted to recall, yet again, the ingratitude of a nation that had rejected her team of brilliants for the buffoon Trump.

Similar examples could be piled up by the dozens, if not the thousands. The American news media’s respect for tech CEOs and foreign-policy experts are the photographic negative of their overwhelming contempt for Dumb Donald.

These things don’t happen because the journalists that remain are liberals. It happens because so many of them are part of the same class – an exalted and privileged class. They are professionals and they believe in the things that so many other professional groups believe in: consensus, “realism”, credentialing, the wisdom of their fellow professionals and (of course) the stupidity of the laity.

This is the key to understanding many of their biases – and also for understanding why they are so utterly oblivious to how they appear to the rest of America.

What do I mean? Consider Politico’s famous email tip-sheet, Playbook, which is read religiously every morning by countless members of the DC press corps, including myself. About two-thirds of the publication consists of useful summaries of the day’s news stories.

The rest, however, is a sort of People magazine for the Washington journalist community, in which the reader is invited to celebrate leading journalists’ (and politicians’) birthdays, congratulate leading journalists (and politicians) for their witty phrase-making, learn which leading journalist (and politician) was seen at which party and anticipate which leading journalist (and politician) is going to be on which Sunday program.

Nor is Playbook the only entry in this genre. Before there was Politico there was ABC News and The Note, a similar email newsletter that also celebrated what it called the Gang of 500, the happy and hard-partying political and journalistic insiders who supposedly made Washington tick.

These things seem innocent and fun, of course. But there is an unwritten purpose to these daily honor rolls of journo/political friendship and that is to define the limits of what is acceptable.

Like the guestlist at Lally Weymouth’s party in the Hamptons, which was described so salaciously in Playbook a little while ago, a tiny handful of people and publications and ideas are in; everyone else is out.

It’s about legitimacy, of course, and what’s left of the respectable press is utterly captivated by the theme. It completely defines their war on Trump, for example. They know what a politician is supposed to look like and act like and sound like; they know that Trump does not conform to those rules; and they react to him as a kind of foreign object jammed rudely into their creamy world, a Rodney Dangerfield defiling the fancy country club.

I believe that the news media needs to win its war with Trump, and urgently so. But as long as they understand that war as a crusade to reestablish the old rules of legitimacy, they are going to continue to fail. Until the day they get it right, the world will burn while the in-crowd parties obliviously on.

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Corriere della Sera, ovvero il giornale dei servi menzogneri. Ma che scrive?

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2017-06-21.

Corriere della Sera 11-6-40z

L’11 giugno 1940 il Corriere della Sera titolava ad otto colonne

«Popolo Italiano corri alle armi e dimostra la tua tenacia il tuo coraggio il tuo valore.»

Sottotitolo:

«Ondata d’irrefrenabile entusiasmo e di ardente devozione al Re Imperatore al Fondatore dell’Impero ed al Führer del grande Reich».»

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Sono passati quasi ottanta anni, ma i giornalisti del Corriere sono sempre gli stessi.

Hanno solo cambiato padrone.

Prima deificavano il re, il duce e persino quel galantuomo di Hitler, adesso si accontentano dei liberals americani, dei socialisti europei (meglio, ciò che ne avanza) e persino del partito democratico, peraltro degni eredi del Führer.

Nati servi, vivono da schiavi. Ed abbiamo usato la mano ben leggera.

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«La sua sconfitta riaccende i riflettori sul partito democratico che ha incassato quest’anno una serie di sconfitte nelle elezioni speciali nonostante la rabbia degli elettori contro il presidente Donald Trump»

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«a soli 30 anni e volto nuovo della politica, Ossoff in breve tempo ha raccolto 25 milioni di dollari, giunti da tutti i liberal degli Stati Uniti come segno di rimostranza nei confronti di Trump»

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«Nonostante la sconfitta di Ossoff, i democratici sono sollevati dai buoni numeri giunti da South Carolina dove ha vinto per il posto alla Camera in gioco il repubblicano Ralph Norman»

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Siamo tutti di accordo che il partito democratico “ha incassato quest’anno una serie di sconfitte nelle elezioni speciali“.

Non ci piove: i risultati sono sotto gli occhi di tutti.

Ma che i repubblicani abbiano stravinto

«nonostante la rabbia degli elettori contro il presidente Donald Trump»

lo vadano a raccontare al Führer.

Se gli Elettori covassero rabbia con Mr Trump, il Presidente, non avrebbero votato repubblicano: avrebbero consegnato la vittoria elettorale ai democratici.

La “rabbia degli elettori contro il presidente Donald Trump è, se volessimo essere benevoli, solo un delirio schizofrenico dei redattori del Corriere, ma, se volessimo essere aderenti ai fatti, è solo il frutto della loro perversione mentale. Vorrebbero far credere che gli Elettori abbiano votato proprio colui che odierebbero.

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Che non si tratti di un refuso emerge anche dalle due frasi che seguono.

Mr Ossoff non ha raccolto nessun fondo. Sono stati raccolti da “political action committees“: è una differenza grande come una casa per chiunque conosca ancorché superficialmente la legislazione americana in materia.

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«i democratici sono sollevati dai buoni numeri giunti da South Carolina».

Ma in South Carolina i liberals democratici ne hanno prese tante quanto i tedeschi a Stalingrado.

I messeri del Corriere vorrebbero forse farci credere che i liberals democratici si sentano “sollevati” quando le buscano come foche monache? Di accordo che sono omofili, ma questa volta Mr Trump se li è inchiappettati con un arnese incandescente.

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I redattori del Corriere della Sera ci hanno preso per imbecilli.

Nel converso, portiamo stima verso Mr Bernie Sanders, che ha fatto commenti aderenti al vero, senza contorsionismi logici: ha ammesso la sconfitta e la sua gravità ed ha detto che si dovrà lavorare per porvi rimedio.

Non condividiamo che in ben poco il programma politico del sen Sanders, ma come persona lo rispettiamo: per i redattori del Corriere è difficile, veramente difficile, non provare un senso di disprezzo e repulsione.

Sono concausa efficiente del crollo dei partiti di sinistra, cui hanno tolto ogni sia pur minima credibilità.


Corriere. 2017-06-21. Sollievo per Trump, in Georgia vince la repubblicana Handel

La repubblicana Karen Handel vince nelle elezioni congressuali speciali nel sesto distretto della Georgia. E l’amministrazione Trump tira un sospiro di sollievo: al termine di quattro mesi di agguerrita campagna elettorale, la più costosa per un posto in Congresso della storia americana, la 55enne Handel batte il democratico Jon Ossoff, 30 anni e sui cui il partito aveva riposto tutte le sue speranze. Il presidente Donald Trump non nasconde la sua soddisfazione: «Una grande vittoria di Karen Handel. Siamo orgogliosi id te» twitta poco dopo l’esito del voto.

La vittoria di Handel consente ai repubblicani di mantenere un seggio che è loro dal 1979 e che è apparso in bilico fino all’ultimo, anche se poi il conteggio finale è stato nettamente a vantaggio della candidata di destra, che ha ottenuto il 52,6% dei voti contro il 47,4% del rivale. «Non è il risultato che speravamo ma è l’inizio di qualcosa di grande» afferma Ossoff rivolgendosi ai suoi sostenitori. La sua sconfitta riaccende i riflettori sul partito democratico che ha incassato quest’anno una serie di sconfitte nelle elezioni speciali nonostante la rabbia degli elettori contro il presidente Donald Trump. Ossoff la sua parte l’ha fatta e ha fatto sperare fino alla fine il partito in un distretto tradizionalmente repubblicano: a soli 30 anni e volto nuovo della politica, Ossoff in breve tempo ha raccolto 25 milioni di dollari, giunti da tutti i liberal degli Stati Uniti come segno di rimostranza nei confronti di Trump.

Nonostante la sconfitta di Ossoff, i democratici sono sollevati dai buoni numeri giunti da South Carolina dove ha vinto per il posto alla Camera in gioco il repubblicano Ralph Norman: si è trattato però di una vittoria di misura, con meno di quattro punti percentuali di scarto in un distretto fortemente repubblicano grazie all’affluenza elevata degli elettori afroamericani. La vittoria in Georgia e in South Carolina sono una spinta per Trump e il partito repubblicano ad andare avanti con l’ambiziosa agenda politica: i risultati potrebbero accelerare e rendere più facili gli sforzi dei repubblicani in Senato per l’abolizione dell’Obamacare.

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Hillary Clinton si ripropone alle elezioni del 2020. Lista dei supporter milionari.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2017-06-21.

Clinton Hillary

«Hillary Clinton pensa ancora di potersi prendere la rivincita presidenziale nel 2020, come peraltro Joe Biden e Bernie Sanders»

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«dietro c’è il profondo dilemma che sta tormentando la ricostruzione dei democratici: puntare sulla svolta a sinistra, sul modello di Corbyn in Gran Bretagna, sperando che la polarizzazione della società americana cavalcata da Trump premi loro al prossimo giro; oppure sul centrismo dei Clinton, sposato anche da Obama, per tornare a vincere già dalle elezioni Midterm dell’anno prossimo»

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«Hillary ha parlato delle sue ambizioni con protagonisti autorevoli della scena politica di New York, spiegandole col diritto di vendicare la sconfitta del 2016»

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«Nel frattempo ha creato un Pac, cioè i comitati che consentono di raccogliere fondi e organizzare campagne, chiamato «Onward Together», avanti insieme, sulla scia dello slogan elettorale «Stronger Together»»

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«Servono volti nuovi»

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Mrs Hillary Clinton è nata il 26 ottobre 1947: ad oggi ha settanta anni. È stata sconfitta per la candidatura da Mr Obama, sconfitta alle presidenziali da Mr Trump. Ha una volontà granitica di voler ritentare la sorte, convinta di aver perso a causa della malvagità altrui nei suoi confronti, non certo per sua incapacità.

I liberals democratici sono in profonda crisi.

L’ideologia che professano ha dimostrato, e sta dimostrando, tutti i suoi limiti: non riesce a spiegarsi la realtà attuale e di conseguenza non riesce a prevederla. I liberals democratici contano quanto sono i seggi al Congresso ed al Senato che hanno saputo farsi votare. Si rivolgono ai ricconi dell’America, non al popolo che lavora, ma che alla fine vota.

L’America non è composta da quella che si autodefinisce élite. Élite sulla quale iniziano a gravare severi dubbi. Tutta inneggiante la ricchezza degli Stati Uniti, ossia della propria ricchezza, sembrerebbe non essersi accorta che le cosa sono totalmente differenti. Ha ancora molto potere, ma Mr Trump le sta sottraendo i fondi pubblici, uno dopo l’altro.

Trump ha vinto perché metà America è in miseria. – I dati della Fed.

«Nel 2014, le spesa quotidiana annua degli americani si è attestata su 38.600 dollari. Ricordiamo che, oggi, il 51% dei lavoratori americani guadagna meno di 30mila dollari l’anno, mentre il 28% guadagna addirittura meno di 20mila dollari. Dieci anni prima, gli americani che riuscivano a far fronte a tutte le spese potevano mediamente contare su un residuo attivo di 1500 dollari l’anno. Dieci anni dopo, quegli stessi americani si trovano un passivo di 2300 dollari.» [Fonte: CNBC].

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«La ricchezza della classe media americana è crollata del 20% in dieci anni, tendenza che ha fatto crollare gli USA al 19° posto nella classifica mondiale per ricchezza media. La ricchezza media famigliare era di 137.955 dollari nel 2007, ma oggi si è quasi dimezzata raggiungendo quota 82.725 dollari.» [Fonte]

Basterebbe leggersi i dati statistici forniti dalla Fed.

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Consumer Credit – G 19.

«il 51% dei lavoratori americani guadagna meno di 30mila dollari l’anno»

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«mentre il 28% guadagna addirittura meno di 20mila dollari»

America. Migrazioni con esodi dalle città. Questione di tasse. – Bloomberg

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Quando usati in modo improprio, gli indicatori statistici traggono in inganno.

«il pil pro capite, valutato con statistica parametrica, che valeva 55,836.79 Usd nel 2015, è un valore del tutto non rappresentativo del dato che il 51% degli americani guadagni meno di 30,000 Usd l’anno, mentre il 28% guadagna addirittura meno di 20mila dollari.»

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Ma la realtà dei fatti insegna che non si può vivere di sola finanza, e che questa è relegata al’interno delle classi alte: ricche, ricchissime, ma numericamente ben poco numerose.

Per una donna in carriera, ce ne sono decine di migliaia che si arrabattano a lavorare dove possono e dove trovano: se devono essere solidali, non lo sono certo con le donne ricche.

Quando la metà dei cittadini americani guadagna meno di 30,000 Usd l’anno suona come presa in giro lo strombazzare teoria dei “diritti umani“, altrui e non propri, e considerazioni etiche e morali: quelli vogliono soltanto un lavoro decente e sicuro.

Il primo diritto umano da esaudire è quello di avere un lavoro dignitoso.

E votano di conseguenza.

«Clearly, the Democratic Party has got to change.» [Bernie Sanders]

Cambiare e presentare volti nuovi.

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Ecco la lista dei principali sostenitori (ufficiali) di Mrs, Hillay Clinton.

The Top 20 Donors To Hillary Clinton’s Super PAC

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Stephen M. Silberstein, 800,000$

«Stephen M. Silberstein, a member of George Soros’s far-left Democracy Alliance, sheds light on the extent of Soros’s socialist agenda for America.  Silberstein’s foundation backs a panoply of leftist groups that fight for higher taxes on the rich, wealth redistribution schemes, single-payer socialized medicine, burdensome regulation of energy markets, judicial activism designed to advance a radically egalitarian agenda, and the replacement of the linchpin of federalism, the Electoral College, with a national popular vote.»

Thomas Tull, Ceo of Legendary Pictures, 1,000,000$

Steve Spielberg, 1,000,000$

Bernard Schartz, Ceo of BLS Investiments, 1,000,000$

John Steven Mostyn, President of Trial Lawyers Association, 1,000,000$

Jeffrey Katzenberg, Ceo of DreamWorks, 1,000,000$

Barbara Lee, Women’s Advocate, 1,407,904$

Pat Stryker, Chairman of Bohemian Foundation, 1,500,000$

John Stryker, Social and Environmental Causes, 1,500,000$

Henry and Marsha Laufer, Renaissance Technologies, 2,000,000$

Fred Eychaner, 2,000,000$

David E Shaw, Hedge Fund executive, 2,250,000$

Herbert Sandler, Savig and Loan, 2,500,000$

Daniel Abraham, Slim-Fast, 3,000,000$

Laure L Woods, Bay Area, 3,310,000$

Donald Sussman, Hedge Fund Executive ,8,500,000$

JB and Mary Kathryv Pritzker, Pritzker Group, 6,500,000$

James Simons, Renaissance Technologies, 7,000,000$

George Soros, 7,000,000$

Haim and Cherley Saban, 10,000,000$.

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Questo elenco dovrebbe poter spiegare molte cose.


Stampa. 2017-06-20. L’ultima tentazione di Hillary: la rivincita con Trump nel 2020

La Clinton ne ha parlato con gli amici e raccoglie soldi per la sua organizzazione. Democratici spaccati: seguire il modello Corbyn o scegliere un’agenda centrista.

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Hillary Clinton pensa ancora di potersi prendere la rivincita presidenziale nel 2020, come peraltro Joe Biden e Bernie Sanders, che non hanno escluso di candidarsi alla Casa Bianca. Al di là del realismo di questi sogni, dietro c’è il profondo dilemma che sta tormentando la ricostruzione dei democratici: puntare sulla svolta a sinistra, sul modello di Corbyn in Gran Bretagna, sperando che la polarizzazione della società americana cavalcata da Trump premi loro al prossimo giro; oppure sul centrismo dei Clinton, sposato anche da Obama, per tornare a vincere già dalle elezioni Midterm dell’anno prossimo. 

Hillary ha parlato delle sue ambizioni con protagonisti autorevoli della scena politica di New York, spiegandole col diritto di vendicare la sconfitta del 2016. È convinta che l’inchiesta sulle collusioni tra la campagna di Trump e la Russia dimostrerà come ha perso per fattori esterni alla democrazia americana, e avendo ottenuto la maggioranza dei voti a livello nazionale rivendicherà il diritto di riprovarci. Nel frattempo ha creato un Pac, cioè i comitati che consentono di raccogliere fondi e organizzare campagne, chiamato «Onward Together», avanti insieme, sulla scia dello slogan elettorale «Stronger Together». Un operativo del partito a lei vicino tutta la vita dice che non ha chance: «Si è candidata due volte, il suo tempo è passato. Anche se lo facesse, nessuno le darebbe i soldi per finanziare la campagna, che ora vanno tutti a Obama e ai suoi amici. Servono volti nuovi».  

Anche Sanders e Biden non escludono di candidarsi nel 2020, ma l’attenzione del partito ora è tutta puntata sulle elezioni Midterm del prossimo anno. In teoria l’obiettivo più facile era il Senato, dove i repubblicani hanno una maggioranza di soli due voti, ma due terzi dei seggi in palio nel 2018 sono democratici e quindi sono loro a rischiare di perdere terreno. Alla Camera il Gop ha 24 voti di vantaggio, ma questa aula è diventata adesso la preda più ambita, perché è il luogo dove cominciano le procedure di impeachment. I democratici pensano di poterla conquistare, cavalcando il risentimento contro Trump.  

Un primo test importante lo avranno domani, quando nel sesto distretto della Georgia, alla periferia di Atlanta, si terrà l’elezione speciale per il seggio vacato da Tom Price quando è diventato ministro della Sanità. Il giovane Jon Ossoff ha basato la sua campagna sullo slogan «Make Trump Furious», e secondo i sondaggi potrebbe battere Karen Handel, candidata dei repubblicani che occupano questo seggio dal 1979. Il problema è che Ossoff ha corso una campagna centrista, promettendo di non alzare le tasse, perché questa è la strategia che i moderati come Obama e Clinton considerano vincente: puntare sui distretti e gli elettori «purple», cioè incerti, convincendoli con idee equilibrate. Se funzionerà nel 2018, andrà ripetuta a livello nazionale nel 2020, con un candidato capace di riunificare il partito. 

L’ala sanderista, però, sostiene l’esatto contrario. Pensa che Hillary ha perso perché non ha cavalcato i temi di sinistra tipo l’istruzione universitaria gratuita, e ritiene che la strada da seguire sia quella con cui Corbyn ha sorpreso May. 

Il partito ora lo guida l’obamiano Tom Perez e le elezioni Midterm forse risolveranno questa disputa, ma intanto dietro le quinte si muovono gli aspiranti candidati alle presidenziali. Oltre a Hillary, Biden e Sanders, a sinistra c’è la senatrice Warren, mentre tra i moderati si agitano il governatore di New York Cuomo, della Virginia McAuliffe, il senatore del New Jersey Booker, l’astro nascente della California Kamala Harris, e almeno un’altra dozzina di pretendenti. È presto per dire chi sia favorito, ma prima bisognerà superare il dilemma tra le due anime del partito. 

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Montana. Urente débâcle per Mr Soros ed i suoi liberals democratici.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2017-05-26.

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Raffaello Sanzio. 1513 – 1514. Madonna Sistina. Gemäldegalerie. Dresden.


Se Mr Soros ed i liberals democratici fossero vissuti nel ‘500, le cronache ci avrebbero tramandato frasi infuocate di questo tipo.

«Appaltata la volta della Sistina a Messer Michelangiolo e la Stanza della Signatura a Messer Raffaello. Società civile e femministe protestano vivamente per questa ennesima scelta maschilista che spregia il gender femminile.

Discriminate le pittrici femmine, di gran lunga migliori di questo Michelangelo e di quel Raffaello, che saranno dimenticati dalla storia. Cappella Sistina in quota rosa! Stanza della Signatura ai gay!»

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«Orripilante delitto perpetrato da Messer Raffaello, esecrabile omofobo. Sexual harassment nei confronti della Fornarina, alla quale palpeggiava le terga con sua visibile soddisfazione, per poi dipingerla in abiti discinti. Il popolo di Roma insorge contro questo ultimo orripilante abuso. Domani corteo lgbt di protesta.»

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«Manifestazione di protesta contro Messer Michelangiolo, che persiste a voler affrescare esseri di gender maschile nudi, simboli della fallocrazia imperante.»

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«Al Teatrino della Dogana, detto anche di Baldracca dal nome del quartiere, spettacolo di arte avanzata di Flaminio Scala ed Isabella Andreini: ‘Le femmine conquisteranno l’universo.’. Seguirà dibattito politico moderato da Müezzinzade Alì, Mehmet Shoraq, Uluč Alì e Murad Dragut ‘a Lepanto i mussulmani hanno lasciato vincere i crociati per amor di pace‘.»

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Ma Mr Soros ed i liberals democratici non vissero nel cinquecento, per cui si può tranquillamente vivere ignorando chi mai fosse Artemisia Gentileschi, i cui dipinti non richiamano certo grandi folle.

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Tornando ai tempi odierni, si sono tenute in Montana le elezioni per il rinnovo di un seggio al Congresso.

Tutti i media di Mr Soros e dei liberals democratici si erano scatenati contro il candidato repubblicano: la macchina del fango aveva lavorato a pieno regime, scaricando ogni tipologia di sterco su Mr Greg Gianforte, reo di militare nel partito del liberticida Mr Trump, più di una inenarrabile serie di tutto ciò che i liberals democratici considerano reati irredimibili.

L’ultimo, quello di aver reagito alle pesanti provocazioni di un giornalista socialista.

«Il popolo del Montana unito e compatto è sdegnato per la candidatura di Mr Greg Gianforte».

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Ed invece il “popolo del Montana” di quanto pensano i liberals democratici se ne è fatto un baffo a torciglione, uno di qua e l’altro di là:

«With about 96% of areas reporting, he has secured 51% of the vote. His Democratic rival Rob Quist has 43%.»

Otto urenti punti percentuali di distacco. Ed hanno votato un pro-life.

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«Gianforte has been supportive of Trump’s travel ban and health care reform, and backed the president’s decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey»

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«Thursday’s election leaves Democrats without a win in special elections since November, with Republicans having won contests in Louisiana, Kansas and now Montana»

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I liberals democratici affermavano a gran voce di essere i veri rappresentanti del popolo, ma quando si è andati a votare in Louisiana, Kansas e Montana gli Elettori hanno dato loro il benservito. Già: la gente ha votato il partito di Mr Trump.

«Democrat Rob Quist had hoped to turn the broad unpopularity of President Donald Trump into a win for national Democrats at the ballot box.»

Bene quanto sia impopolare il Presidente Trump lo hanno detto le urne: la “broad unpopularity” sarebbe soltanto un aspetto del delirio psichiatrico dei liberals democratici.

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Il mese entrante si terranno elezioni suppletive in California, Georgia and South Carolina, tutte roccaforti democratiche. Nessuno si straccerà le vesti se in quegli stati usciranno candidati democratici,

Ma mica è detto che escano.

Si mormora infatti che il malefico Mr Putin sta facendo un porta a porta a favore dei candidati repubblicani.

Proponiamo un’idea.

In molte nazioni il nazionalsocialismo ed il comunismo sono banditi per legge. Sarebbe raccomandabile mettere fuori legge anche i liberals democratici.


Bbc. 2017-05-26. Gianforte wins Montana vote despite ‘body slam’ charge

US Republican Greg Gianforte has won a special congressional election in Montana, just hours after he was charged with assaulting a UK reporter.

With about 96% of areas reporting, he has secured 51% of the vote. His Democratic rival Rob Quist has 43%.

Mr Gianforte has apologised for the incident in which he is accused of “body slamming” Ben Jacobs who works for the UK’s Guardian newspaper.

In a victory speech he said he had “learned a lesson” and was “sorry”.

A Fox News journalist who saw Wednesday’s incident said Mr Gianforte had “grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground” after the reporter persisted in trying to question him.

‘Not proud’

Mr Gianforte had previously said Mr Jacobs had grabbed his wrist, pulling them both to the ground.

“When you make a mistake you have to own up to it, that’s the Montana way,” he said, after initial laughter among his supporters as he began to speak about the incident.

“Last night I made a mistake, I took an action that I can’t take back.

“I am not proud of what happened, I should not have responded in the way that I did, and I’m sorry,” he said.

“I should not have treated that reporter that way, and for that I’m sorry Mr Ben Jacobs,” he added.

He has been charged with misdemeanour assault, for which the maximum penalty is a $500 (£385) fine and a six-month jail term.

‘Unsettling’

Mr Gianforte, a multimillionaire technology executive and Christian conservative, beat Mr Quist, a banjo-playing folk singer, to fill an empty seat in the House of Representatives.

Mr Quist said he was “sure that Montanans will hold Mr Gianforte accountable.”

The vacancy in Montana arose after President Donald Trump appointed the previous holder of the seat, Ryan Zinke, as interior secretary.

Three of the state’s largest newspapers withdrew their endorsements of Mr Gianforte after the violent incident on the eve of the vote.

The state’s Democratic governor, Steve Bullock, described it as “a wake-up call to all Montanans and Americans”.

“It is unsettling on many levels that Greg Gianforte physically assaulted a journalist and then lied, refusing to take responsibility for his actions,” he said in a statement.

More than a third of the votes were cast by mail before it took place, an electoral official told Reuters.

Republicans have held the state’s single seat in the House for two decades.

The party has, in general, been downplaying the case and casting it as an errant mistake, BBC North America reporter Anthony Zurcher says.

But critics are drawing the line between the rhetoric of President Trump – in which he has dubbed certain media outlets as “enemies of the American people” – and the incident, our correspondent adds.


Cnn. 2017-05-26. Republican Greg Gianforte wins Montana special election, CNN projects

Bozeman, Montana (CNN) Republican Greg Gianforte has won the special election for Montana’s open US House seat, CNN projects, defeating Democrat Rob Quist and capping off a whirlwind final 36 hours of the campaign that saw Gianforte being charged for allegedly assaulting a reporter.

In his acceptance speech, Gianforte apologized by name to Ben Jacobs, the Guardian reporter who accused the Republican of “body-slamming” him and breaking his glasses.

“When you make a mistake, you have to own up to it,” Gianforte told his supporters at his Election Night rally in Bozeman. “That’s the Montana way.”

Saying he was “not proud” of his behavior, he added, “I should not have responded the way I did, for that I’m sorry. I should not have treated that reporter that way, and for that I’m sorry, Mr. Ben Jacobs.”

Members of the supportive crowd shouted, “You’re forgiven.”

With 87% of precincts reporting, Gianforte had 181,255 votes — or 50.6% of the vote, compared to Quist who has 156,130 votes, 43.6% of the vote, according to Edison Research.


Abc. 2017-05-26. Greg Gianforte wins Montana special election a day after being charged with assault

Just 24 hours after being charged with assault for allegedly body-slamming a reporter in his Bozeman campaign office, Republican Greg Gianforte has won the special election for the U.S. House seat in Montana, The Associated Press has projected.

The race was thrust into the national spotlight in dramatic fashion on Wednesday night after Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs described being “body-slammed” by the GOP candidate, and a Fox News crew who witnessed the incident said the former technology and software executive “grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him.”

“I’m sick and tired of you guys,” Gianforte said in audio of the event released by The Guardian. Jacobs told “Good Morning America” Thursday morning, “I went from being vertical one moment to being horizontal the next.”

Nearly 70 percent of votes in Montana were cast early — before the alleged assault took place.

Speaking to supporters in Bozeman late Thursday night after his win had been called, Gianforte apologized for his actions.

“When you make a mistake you have to own up to it, that’s the Montana way,” Gianforte said. “Last night I made a mistake… That’s not the person I am and it’s not the way I’ll lead in this state.”

“Rest assured, our work is just beginning, but it does begin with me taking responsibility for my own actions,” he added. “You deserve a congressman who stays out of the limelight and just gets the job done.”

Gianforte’s apology contradicts the statement his campaign released Wednesday evening blaming the incident on “aggressive behavior from a liberal journalist.”

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel released a statement following Gianforte’s victory approving of his decision to apologize.

“Congressman-elect Greg Gianforte was right to apologize for his actions in Wednesday’s incident,” McDaniel said. “Tonight’s apology was a good first step toward redemption and I hope Gianforte continues to work toward righting his wrong.”

Democrat Rob Quist had hoped to turn the broad unpopularity of President Donald Trump into a win for national Democrats at the ballot box.

Trump won the state by more than 20 percentage points in November’s election, though the state re-elected its incumbent Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock by a narrow margin on the same day.

The U.S. House seat became vacant after Trump tapped Republican Congressman Ryan Zinke to become Secretary of the Interior.

The day after the alleged assault, House Speaker Paul Ryan condemned Gianforte’s behavior and called for him to apologize, but didn’t say he should withdraw from the race.

“There is no time where a physical altercation should occur with the press or just between human beings,” he told reporters. “So, that is wrong and it should not have happened.”

Three Montana newspapers who had previously endorsed the candidate withdrew their endorsement on Wednesday night, but President Donald Trump, who had endorsed Gianforte via a robocall, did not have a comment Thursday on the alleged assault.

Gianforte has been supportive of Trump’s travel ban and health care reform, and backed the president’s decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey.

Before running for the congressional seat, Gianforte unsuccessfully ran for Governor of Montana in 2016. Before that, he was a technology and software company executive — his assets range between $96 and $328 million, according to the Associated Press.

Thursday’s election leaves Democrats without a win in special elections since November, with Republicans having won contests in Louisiana, Kansas and now Montana. But they’ll have more chances next month, as candidates battle for House seats in three special elections in California, Georgia and South Carolina.