Monday, July 16, 2012
The Panda Bear on HIV/AIDs, Superpower and Overwork
The Panda Bear is pleased that some of the topics she blogged about a year ago, such as goods from China, and the outsourcing of US jobs is now being discussed by major news outlets. It is about time!! Even in the 1990's, the Panda Bear found it hard that she as a US citizen had to compete against the entire global economy for jobs and services that were local to the Panda Bear. She felt as a US citizen she was a low person on the totem people of American consideration for jobs. It creates a culture of overwork in the US in that the average Americans constantly has to compete against the entire world for US jobs and services.
The Panda Bear has also complained that the US can spend considerable amount on foreign aid while denying help to its own citizens who suffer from the same problems. The Panda Bear recently came across an example of this double standard. The Panda Bear heard on NPR that there is a major AIDs epidemic in the African American community. Under President Bush, the US spent much more combating AIDSs in African than in the US.
To the Panda Bear this seems wrong. First, the US government should want to help its own citizens, some of whom have paid taxes, before it helps the rest of the world. Secondly, in these times of high US unemployment, if the US spent more money on programs to help US citizens, it would stimulate the US economy by creating more jobs for Americans which would lead to a higher demand for US services.
Has the US government asked the US citizens on whether they want US to be a superpower? Many Americans feel they would rather lead calmer lives and live in an ordinary country than living in a superpower where everyone is running as though they had their head cut off. The Panda Bear personally believes the US and the world would be happier if the US was less involved in world affairs.
The Panda Bear thinks let some other country feel the heat that comes from being number one.