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Obama’s Letters and Trump’s Delusions

Posted by hkarner - 29. Oktober 2018

Chris Patten, the last British governor of Hong Kong and a former EU commissioner for external affairs, is Chancellor of the University of Oxford.

Unlike former US President Barack Obama, who made a point of reading and responding to letters from ordinary Americans, Donald Trump has ensconced himself in a bubble of self-delusion and sycophancy. But even if his advisers and Fox News will not tell him hard truths, US midterm voters still can.

TOKYO – When was the last time you sat down and wrote a letter? I don’t mean an email or a text message; nor would I count a dictated message to a machine or a personal assistant. No, I mean an old-fashioned “Dear Donald” or “Dear Hillary” letter.

The reason I ask is that 65,000 people actually did write such letters to Barack Obama every week when he was serving as president of the United States. According to a recent feature in The Guardian, a team of White House staffers would select ten letters each day to pass along to the president, who would then respond to them personally that evening. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »


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What if Obama Voters Remember How Lousy the Obama Era Was?

Posted by hkarner - 14. Oktober 2018

Date: 13-10-2018
Source: The Wall Street Journal By James Freeman

The left worries that young people and minorities don’t hate Trump enough.

During the Obama administration there was much confident chatter on the left about the “coalition of the ascendant.” This rising population of young people, social liberals and minority voters not only carried Barack Obama to two national victories but was allegedly destined by demography to exert an increasing leftward tug on American politics. The potential problem for leaders of this coalition is that along the way some of their followers may have noticed the results of their policies.

A few warning signs have been appearing lately as the Obama generation makes it way into the workplace and as minority voters seem unwilling to hate President Donald Trump as much as Democratic politicians and the press expect them to do.

“It’s time for some alarm about the midterms,” writes David Leonhardt of the New York Times. “The most recent polls have underscored the real possibility that Republicans will keep control of both the Senate and House. According to Mr. Leonhardt: Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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When Obama Is Always Listening

Posted by hkarner - 9. März 2017


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Obamas Wirtschaftspolitik

Posted by hkarner - 30. Januar 2017

Amerika | 27.01.2017, Makroskop

Der Präsident und seine wirtschaftspolitischen Berater ziehen ein Resümee: In vielerlei Hinsicht wird eine Erfolgsbilanz präsentiert; es zeigt aber auch viele Baustellen und Defizite in der amerikanischen Wirtschafts- und Sozialpolitik auf.

Jedes Jahr im Januar legt der amerikanische Präsident der Öffentlichkeit seinen „Wirtschaftsbericht“ („Economic Report of the President“) vor. Der wird zusammen mit dem Jahresbericht des „Council of Economic Advisers“ (CEA) veröffentlicht. Das ist das offizielle wirtschaftspolitische Beratungsgremium des Präsidenten. Es besteht aus nur drei Mitgliedern, wird aber von rund 30 weiteren Ökonomen in seiner Arbeit unterstützt. Der diesjährige Bericht (s. hier) ist auch eine Art Schlussbilanz der Wirtschaftspolitik und -entwicklung der letzten acht Jahre, also der Obama Präsidentschaft, die mit dem Amtsantritt von Donald Trump letzte Woche zu Ende gegangen ist. Der Bericht präsentiert in vielerlei Hinsicht eine Erfolgsbilanz. Er zeigt aber auch viele Baustellen und Defizite in der amerikanischen Wirtschafts- und Sozialpolitik auf. Der mangelnde Erfolg auf einigen wichtigen Gebieten war sicher auch ein wichtiger Grund für den Wahlsieg des neuen Präsidenten, der die Welle des Populismus in Wildwest-Manier geritten ist, aber eine Volkswirtschaft in recht guter Lage erben wird. Es zeichnet sich ab, dass der neue Präsident nicht nur teilweise andere wirtschaftspolitische Ziele verfolgen, sondern auch andere Mittel und Strategien zu ihrer Erreichung einsetzen wird. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The Age of Trump

Posted by hkarner - 11. Januar 2017

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 The Observer view on the Middle East and Vladimir Putin

Posted by hkarner - 19. Dezember 2016

Thanks to R.H. 

Observer editorial, The Guardian.com,

The west seems impotent in the face of Russia’s cynical exploitation of the catastrophe that is Syria

“The world as we speak is united in horror at the savage assaults,” Obama said. “We have seen a deliberate strategy of surrounding, besieging and starving innocent civilians. We’ve seen relentless targeting of humanitarian workers and medical personnel and entire neighbourhoods reduced to rubble and dust. There are continuing reports of civilians being executed. These are all horrific violations of international law.”

Obama’s revulsion is fully justified. UN aid organisers, charity workers, Syrian community leaders, hospital doctors, foreign diplomats, reporters and editorial writers have run out of adjectives to adequately describe the full extent of the suffering experienced by ordinary people whose lives have been destroyed in the six-year-old war. Statistics, although difficult to digest, are still shocking: at least 500,000 killed, 1.9 million injured and more than half the country’s 23 million population forced to flee their homes. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Barack Obama: The way ahead

Posted by hkarner - 8. Oktober 2016

Date: 07-10-2016
Source: The Economist

America’s president writes for us about four crucial areas of unfinished business in economic policy that his obama-cc2successor will have to tackle

WHEREVER I go these days, at home or abroad, people ask me the same question: what is happening in the American political system? How has a country that has benefited—perhaps more than any other—from immigration, trade and technological innovation suddenly developed a strain of anti-immigrant, anti-innovation protectionism? Why have some on the far left and even more on the far right embraced a crude populism that promises a return to a past that is not possible to restore—and that, for most Americans, never existed at all?

It’s true that a certain anxiety over the forces of globalisation, immigration, technology, even change itself, has taken hold in America. It’s not new, nor is it dissimilar to a discontent spreading throughout the world, often manifested in scepticism towards international institutions, trade agreements and immigration. It can be seen in Britain’s recent vote to leave the European Union and the rise of populist parties around the world. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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America’s economy: A thoughtful to-do list

Posted by hkarner - 8. Oktober 2016

Date: 06-10-2016
Source: The Economist

Obama CCIn his essay for this newspaper, Barack Obama raises the right questions about America’s economic challenges

ONE of the many unfortunate consequences of America’s presidential election turning into a reality TV show is the near-total absence of serious debate about economic policy. The vitriol on both sides of the partisan divide has made it all but impossible to have a minimal agreement even on the facts. Mendacity and insults have left no room for any substantive discussion about what the next president’s economic priorities ought to be. Whatever you think of Donald Trump, his populist, protectionist prescriptions are woefully short on policy detail; the few areas where concrete plans exist are internally inconsistent (slash taxes, increase spending and eliminate government debt). Hillary Clinton has reams of wonkish proposals, but she has trouble articulating an overall economic agenda and, amid the rhetorical mud-wrestling, her fiddly ideas have received little scrutiny.

That is the background against which we publish an essay this week by Barack Obama, in which America’s president lays out what he sees as the biggest economic challenges his successor will have to tackle (see Briefing). In a thoughtful argument pitched towards the centre ground of American politics, Mr Obama staunchly defends free trade, globalisation and American-style capitalism. He makes clear that America has gained “perhaps more than any other [nation] from immigration, trade and technological innovation” and criticises the “crude populism” on the left of his own party as well as that of the right which has bubbled up in 2016. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The Problem with Politicians as Historians

Posted by hkarner - 21. Juni 2016

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Michael J. Boskin

Michael J. Boskin is Professor of Economics at Stanford University and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He was Chairman of George H. W. Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers from 1989 to 1993, and headed the so-called Boskin Commission, a congressional advisory body that highlighted errors in official US inflation estimates.

JUN 20, 2016, Project Syndicate

STANFORD – “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme,” quipped Mark Twain. For generations, political leaders have been lending credence to that observation, as they have attempted to shape their legacies, taking credit for what worked and blaming predecessors or political opponents for what failed.

Many politicians continue to spin the facts even after they have left office. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill once boasted that, “History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.” And, indeed, his multi-volume opus on World War II contains not only many of his most memorable lines (“their finest hour,” “so much owed by so many to so few”); it is also packed with justifications for his actions during the war.

Churchill’s writings may be biased, but they offer remarkable inside information and details that are not readily inferred from memos and briefs, which usually are incomplete and guarded in style. As historians know, there is great pressure to remember the past as the victors want it remembered. As Napoleon Bonaparte once put it, “History is a set of lies agreed upon.” Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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