Just read another article about Russian collusion, this one on Monday in Vox about why there might, possibly, circumstantially be something dangerous or suspicious in past contacts between the Donald Trump Presidential campaign or its members or associates and anyone who ever knew or worked for Vladimir Putin.
It’s tiring to read the same old litany about why Trump beat Hillary Clinton, and you might conclude “what difference, at this point, does it make,” as she once noted.
But it does make a big difference to the giant in the room – China!
A popular blood thinner now costs U.S. Medicare patients and insurers more than $5,000 a year. This drug, which has amassed sales of more than $10 billion, uses Rivaroxaban as the main ingredient – a compound available from 26 manufacturers in China.
When you check prices for Rivaroxaban for sale in the U.S., the cost of a 10, 15 or 20 mg tablet is virtually identical, so the product quantity is not an issue. Rivaroxaban tablets sold in America, by the way, are so small they are almost impossible to cut in half to make a 20 mg tablet into two tens. Wonder why?
Since the price of materials is obviously so low (two for the price of one), it would seem that where it is manufactured is not very important, but to pencil-poking plutocrats, a penny saved is a salivating savings event of graphite proportions.
But what is the danger from manufacturing our drugs in China?
The American Revolutionary War was really all about trade and the exploitation of colonies across the world by the British Empire. Nobody wanted to live under foreign subjugation, and you can’t blame them.
Today, we face a trade war with China that could set us back 214 years to colony status.
The British were the worst in trade with colonies. They even allowed a government-chartered corporation to build an army of 28,000 to rule India, so that nation’s conquered poor would supply cheap raw goods to Britain.
The London mills then turned cotton, for example, into expensive cloth, sold for top dollar. The people in India never shared in the wealth their country generated until freedom in 1947.
Rich or poor, religious or not, every leader of every Southern state in 1860 opposed tariffs and embraced slavery. In the North, where there was no slavery, everyone favored tariffs to protect both American industry and wage earners from unfair foreign competition.
The nation which will soon boast the largest GDP in the world – China – is using digital technology to secretly detain and imprison tens of thousands of its citizens for so-called political crimes that range from expressing “extremist” thoughts to merely traveling or studying abroad.
This police state is part of a sweeping effort by Chinese authorities to use detentions and data-driven CCTV surveillance especially in the region of Xinjiang and over its ten million Uighurs, a Turkic-speaking Muslim minority that China says has been influenced by Islamic extremism.
Meanwhile, China’s state-run Xinhua news service has just announced that China’s State Council Information Office has declared China is making “remarkable progress” on improving human rights:
China has opened a new era of human rights protection and is now contributing to the diversity of human civilization and providing Chinese wisdom and solutions to promote social progress.
The truth is that China currently has installed 176 million surveillance cameras , and it shooting for 626 million by 2020. Since China has 1.4 billion citizens, there will be almost one camera for every two persons.
Some 57 out of every 100 jobs in Silicon Valley requiring a bachelor’s degree or higher are filled by someone who wasn’t born in the U.S., according to a boast by Carl Guardino, president of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.
Guardino, who wants President Donald Trump to grant DACA (ages 16-34) amnesty, said that loss of illegal workers would be “particularly damaging in Silicon Valley”, where they are part of the region’s tech world labor pool. Of the nation’s 800,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), about 230,000 are in California.
This business leader seems oblivious to reality. Every job held by a non-citizen means one less job for an American, and leads to lower wages in that skill or profession.