NIPPON FALCONS LEAGUE

Our blog's intention is to request the US government to grant us a chance to defend our mother country Japan at the American court of law regarding the resolution "Comfort Women" passed July 30, 07.

リセッションは、まもなく終わる

obama recession ends speech
ノース・カロライナのローリー市は11%の失業率だ。オバマは、リセッションは間もなく終わるが、経済危機はまだまだ続く。辛抱をして欲しいと演説した。オバマの支持率は下がった。48%がオバマの景気対策は失敗していると答えた。45%が支持するである。オバマは、「自分は、前政権から、1.5兆ドルもの借金を背負わされた」とも言った。銀行、保険会社、GMなどの救済はいたし方ないことだった。それでも、最悪のシナリオである経済恐慌は避けることができた、、

(解説) オバマが失敗すると言う人は多い。誰にも分からないことだ。というのは、国民は、「全てがオバマの所為ではない」とするからだ。問題は、W型のリセッションが起きる可能性だ。それと、イランの核兵器開発による、イスラエルのイラン攻撃、それに続く、中東戦争が暗雲を拡げている。「ロシアや、中国は、イランも、北朝鮮も、その核保有を容認する姿勢だ」と、WP記事。伊勢平次郎

Obama Says Recession Nears End as Data Improve While Polls Fall

July 30 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama sought to reconcile improving economic data and his own sagging poll ratings by telling Americans that many are still struggling even as an end to the recession may be near.

The president opened two events yesterday outside Washington designed to focus on health care with a defense of his economic policies, saying they stopped a “freefall.”

“We may be seeing the beginning of the end of the recession,” Obama told about 2,000 people at a high school gymnasium in Raleigh, North Carolina, a state where the unemployment rate is 11 percent. “But that’s little comfort if you’re one of the folks who have lost their job, and haven’t found another.”

The president’s remarks were designed to reassure the public that he understands the impact of the worst recession in five decades, which has pushed the national unemployment rate to 9.5 percent. It has also depressed Obama’s approval ratings and complicated his drive to overhaul the health-care system.

Forty-eight percent of registered voters say Obama’s policies have failed to end the recession or slow the pace of job losses while 45 percent agreed the president’s approach averted a worse crisis, according to a poll conducted July 22- 26 for National Public Radio.

The economy also may be a drag on Obama’s effort to push Congress to pass health-care legislation, his top domestic priority. The NPR poll found the economy and jobs are the top concern of Americans, cited by 39 percent of those polled. Health care trailed with 12 percent.

Economic Data

The administration can point to data suggesting the economy is poised to rebound. Housing starts unexpectedly rose in June as construction of single-family dwellings jumped by the most since 2004 and industrial production shrank in June at the slowest pace in eight months, according to government figures.

The Federal Reserve said yesterday that most of its 12 regional banks detected a slower pace of economic decline in June and July, and the benchmark Standard & Poor’s 500 Index has risen 15 percent since Obama’s inauguration.

Obama said he arrived in office facing “the worst economy of our lifetimes” and that the bank rescues begun under former President George W. Bush were necessary to avoid a collapse of the financial system. Propping up General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC was necessary to save thousands of jobs, he said.

And without naming Bush, he blamed his predecessor for the government financial shortfall, projected to rise to a record $1.84 trillion this year.

“They basically handed me a bill for $1.3 trillion,” Obama said in remarks to workers at a Kroger grocery store in Bristol, Virginia.

Health Care and Economy

As he has at other events pushing for an overhaul of the nation’s health-care system, Obama said medical care must be revamped to ensure future economic growth and lower medical costs to help reduce the federal debt.

At both of yesterday’s events, before his remarks on health care and questions from the audience, Obama turned to the economy. He cited a recent cover of Newsweek magazine that says “The Recession is Over.”

“Now, I imagine that you might’ve found the news a little startling. I know I did,” Obama said in North Carolina. “Here’s what’s true: We have stopped the freefall. The market’s up and the financial system is no longer on the verge of collapse.”

“So there’s no doubt that things have gotten better,” he added.

Seeking Patience

He also asked for patience.

Addressing “some critics in Washington,” Obama said many of the public works projects intended to boost the economy haven’t gotten fully under way, with only about a quarter of the total spending already committed.

“There’s a lot of misinformation out there about the recovery package,” Obama said in Virginia. “A lot of this is going to take time to complete. And it’s not solving all of our problems all at once.”

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said that Obama decided to talk about the economy during a trip with two health-care town-halls to tell Americans that the country still has “a long way to go to create jobs.”

“He just wanted to provide people with an update on where we are,” Gibbs told reporters traveling with the president en route to Bristol, Virginia for his second event.

The president and his aides have been deflecting questions about whether the economy needs a second stimulus, saying most of the impact of the package passed by Congress won’t kick in until late this year and in 2010.

They also have stressed that the jobless rate, which Obama has said he expects will exceed 10 percent nationally this year, will lag behind other economic measures. The unemployment rate in June was the highest since August 1983.

“There is a bit of a lag here in people’s perceptions, in part because the economy is improving but the job market is still very poor,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Economy.com in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
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Clinton's Mideast defense claims set off tremors



The Associated Press
Saturday, July 25, 2009; 8:59 PM

WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton set off tremors in the Middle East this week when she said a nuclear Iran could be contained by a U.S. "defense umbrella" - an offhand remark that appears to have emerged from obscure Washington policy debates and her own presidential campaign rhetoric.

Clinton's comments raised eyebrows because they seemed to go beyond the Obama administration's current thinking on Iran, which has been strictly focused on preventing the country from acquiring nuclear weapons.

Since making the remark on a television chat show in Thailand, Clinton has backpedaled, saying she was only restating existing policy and not referring to any sort of formal guarantees of protection under an American "nuclear umbrella."

And when Israeli officials raised alarms that she seemed to suggest the U.S. was resigned to a nuclear-armed Iran, Clinton and senior State Department officials hastily insisted such a prospect was still unacceptable and that no policy had changed.

But her comments sounded uncannily like the harder-edged "nuclear umbrella" approach toward Iran that Clinton and several other top advisers to President Barack Obama had pushed before they joined his administration.

Bringing both Arab allies and Israel under a protective U.S. "nuclear umbrella" is an idea that has been batted around Washington since fears of Iran's ambitions first percolated in the late 1990s.

Clinton herself raised the notion of such a policy during her unsuccessful presidential campaign last year.

"We should be looking to create an umbrella of deterrence that goes much further than just Israel," she said in an April 2008 debate with Obama. "Of course, I would make it clear to the Iranians that an attack on Israel would incur massive retaliation from the United States. But I would do the same with other countries in the region."

During that debate, Obama affirmed support for Israel's security but did not suggest protecting Arab states.

Some policy experts say Clinton's umbrella reference was simple carelessness. Others wonder if it is indicative of an administration that has yet to show discipline in foreign policy thought and action.

"This is something that a secretary of state, in an academic or off-the-record setting, might muse about," said Aaron David Miller, a former Mideast peace negotiator now with the Woodrow Wilson Center International Center for Scholars.

"But saying it on the road and on-the-record is something else," he said. "It reflects to a certain degree a problem. It reflects a certain confusion in the administration's approach and the absence still of a coherent and cohesive strategy."

During her trip last week, Clinton mentioned a "defense umbrella" during an interview on Thai television Wednesday.

"We want Iran to calculate," she said, "what I think is a fair assessment: that if the United States extends a defense umbrella over the region, if we do even more to develop the military capacity of those (allies) in the Gulf, it is unlikely that Iran will be any stronger or safer because they won't be able to intimidate and dominate as they apparently believe they can once they have a nuclear weapon," she said.

A day later, she insisted to another interviewer that the "defense umbrella" was "nothing specific."

"It is a sort of general term that is used to describe our commitment to making sure that Iran doesn't get a nuclear weapon," she said.

The White House declined to comment on what options may now be under consideration for dealing with Iran. But it refused to rule out any measure.

"As the president has said many times, we are using all elements of American power, including diplomacy, to ensure Iran does not develop nuclear weapons," said spokesman Tommy Vietor.

Despite Clinton's insistence that her phrasing was general, the concept of an American "nuclear umbrella" protecting Mideast nations from Iran has wafted through Washington think tanks for several years.

The concept is based on the Cold War era of deterrence and aims to stop a nuclear-armed country from threatening an unarmed neighbor.

Dennis Ross, who worked for Clinton at the State Department and now heads Mideast policy at the National Security Council, and Robert Einhorn, now a special adviser for nonproliferation and arms control at State - both lent their names to consideration of the concept.

Both advisers were formerly affiliated with the Washington Institute on Near East Policy, which in March of this year published a report that recommended studying the idea closely. The study noted that Ross and Einhorn, who had already resigned to work with Obama, had endorsed drafts of the report.

The report noted there were some pitfalls with the idea. For one, Iran may not feel deterred by such a move, it said. For another, Israel would object on several grounds, including the possibility that it would limit its own deterrent capability.

Ross, testifying before Congress in April 2008, also warned that "our security assurances may not be particularly relevant to the threats that most worry Middle Eastern regimes."

The concept of a "nuclear umbrella" to deter Iran first crystalized around 2004, according to experts. Patrick Clawson, Ross' former colleague at the Washington institute, wrote about it in 2004, saying that "extending an explicit nuclear umbrella to those threatened by Iran" should be considered.

But there is a sharp line, Miller said, between weighing policy notions in private and putting them out in public before they have been carefully explored and vetted.

"You don't discuss something like this in the open, particularly when you haven't decided on policy," Miller said, "because everything you say is going to be put under a microscope and dissected for clues about how we're going to act."



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旧ソ連製ツポレフは消滅する


1968年から製造された旧ソ連製のトポレフ(Tu-154)。生産は、ソ連崩壊と共に止まっているが、まだ、パーツはあると。イランなどの旧ソ連友好国派は、ロシアや、アフリカの中古を買う。アメリカ製のMDー80なども持っているが、経済封鎖のために部品が手に入らない。このTu-154機種は優秀だったが、墜落する頻度が多くなった。テヘラン空港で墜落したのも、23年もたった機種で、メンテが疑われている。世界一墜落度が低いのは、ボーイング737である。次が、MD-80、そして、エアバス、、そういえば、アルゼンチンへ行ったときに、“これ古いなあ、どこの飛行機やねん?”とウチのとこぼしたものだ。第三世界は恐いとこだ。伊勢平次郎 ルイジアナ

Tupolev Plane in Iran Crash Trails 737 Safety Record

By Susanna Ray and Maria Ermakova

July 16 (Bloomberg) -- Tupolev Tu-154 airliners like the one that crashed in Iran yesterday, killing 168 people, are Soviet-era Russian workhorses whose safety record falls short of Western designs.

The Tu-154, which first flew in 1968, has a fatal accident every 431,200 flights, according to London-based aviation consultant Ascend. Boeing Co.’s MD-80 has a fatality every 1.5 million flights and the 737, the world’s best- selling passenger plane, every 2.68 million, Ascend says.

“The 154 is by a wide margin the most successful jet ever built by a communist economic system,” said Richard Aboulafia, vice president at Teal Group, a Fairfax, Virginia- based consultant. “It was created at the height of the old Soviet Union’s ability to invent equipment that at least approximated the achievements of the West. The real problem is regulatory oversight in many of the regions where it’s used. Corruption and neglect almost guarantee trouble.”

The latest crash was the eighth fatal incident involving a Tu-154 in 10 years, including one act of sabotage. The crash took the total number of losses for the type to 54 since it entered flight service in 1971, resulting in 2,860 deaths, according to Ascend data. The 23-year-old plane operated by Caspian Airlines came down 16 minutes after takeoff from Tehran en route to Armenia.

Technical Problem

The accident may have been triggered by a “technical fault,” Iran’s state-run Mehr news agency said today, citing Ahmad Majidi, a deputy transportation minister. Caspian Air yesterday refused to comment on the likely cause before an examination of the plane’s flight-data recorders, the Russian Interfax news service said. Searchers have so far found two of the so-called black boxes, Press TV reported today.

The disaster was the sixth fatal accident involving a passenger flight this year and the first involving an eastern- built airliner. The crashes have claimed more than 600 lives.

Of the 829 Tu-154s that have seen service with airlines, 208 -- one quarter -- are still in operation, according to Ascend. The three-engine model can carry 164 to 180 passengers, the Web site for Moscow-based Tupolev says. Caspian Airlines had five of the aircraft and hadn’t previously had a fatal incident. It had leased the crashed plane since 1998, Ascend said.

Production Collapse

While Tu-154 production collapsed with the end of the Soviet Union, planes continued to be constructed in small numbers and including one in 2007, said Paul Hayes, director of safety at Ascend, which tracks aviation data for clients including insurers.

The fatal accident figures are a five-year average in Ascend’s Airline Loss Rate studies.

Spare parts are still in good supply because of the Tu- 154’s high production run and oil prices have been the main reason for reduced operations in recent years, said Boris Rybak, head of Infomost Aviation Consulting Group in Moscow. Russian airlines began to ground the aircraft last year, leaving the Middle East, China and Africa as the biggest operators, he said.

“Almost all Tu-154s still in service are with former Soviet and Third World airlines, particularly in closed or semi- closed markets that don’t like doing business with the West or can’t afford anything better,” said Teal’s Aboulafia.

Iran’s aviation safety record is affected by maintenance issues, high-altitude airports and a hot climate that takes a toll on aircraft and flying conditions.

In September 2006, an Iran Air Tours Tu-154 caught fire and crashed on landing in the northeastern city of Mashhad, killing about 30 people. Yesterday’s incident brings the number who have died in air disasters in the country to 1,610, according to safety data cited by Mehr.

Trade Ban

A U.S. trade ban on Iran means the country can’t buy spare parts for its aging fleet of American aircraft, purchased before the 1979 Islamic revolution, except on the secondary market. Russia and Iran signed an accord in 2008 for sales of 100 Tupolev Tu-204 and Tu-214 planes over a 10-year period.

Asadollah Abbasi, a member of Iranian parliament, said today that the country has to operate Tupolevs because of the sanctions, according to the state Islamic Republic News Agency.

The Tu-154 is a generally reliable model, said David Learmount, a former U.K. Royal Air Force pilot and air-safety editor at Flight International magazine.

“Its safety record is good but not quite comparable with that of a modern Airbus or Boeing,” Learmount said. “The pilot’s situational awareness is not up to what a modern cockpit can give you.”

Loss of Control

Learmount said it’s too early to speculate on whether the model’s age or characteristics played any part in yesterday’s disaster. The plane appeared to have come down about half-way into its climb, he said, with the nature of the impact suggesting a loss of control. Debris was scattered across an area stretching up to 15 kilometers (9 miles), Mehr reported, without citing anyone.

“It would certainly help Iran to have access to modern Airbus and Boeing aircraft,” Learmount said. “With each successive generation of airplanes, safety has improved.”

While Iran can buy modern planes on the second-hand market, “it’s very awkward to operate like that because you then need service backup and parts,” Learmount said.
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lee and ling
A North Korean court last month sentenced Laura Ling, 32, and Euna Lee, 36, to 12 years of "reform through labor" for illegally crossing the border and for commiting a "grave crime."
二人の米人女性ジャーナリストが、中国側から鴨緑江の浅瀬を渡ったところで北朝鮮の司直に捕まった。リーは韓国系、リンは中国系米人である。先月、12年間の強制労働を言い渡された。リンは、電話で、カリホルニアの姉に「自分たちは北朝鮮の法律を犯した」と打ち明けたのだ。ヒラリー・クリントン国務長官は、“二人の女性は深く後悔している~この二人にご容赦をお願いしたい~返して貰いたい”と述べた。つまり、死に病の金正日のお情けにすがったのである。伊勢平次郎 ルイジアナ

Clinton Calls for 'Amnesty' for Jailed U.S. Journalists

Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, July 10, 2009; 12:40 PM

In a shift, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton today called for the North Korean government to grant "amnesty" to two jailed American reporters, dropping previous demands that they be freed on humanitarian grounds.

"The two journalists and their families have expressed great remorse for this incident and I think everyone is very sorry that it happened," Clinton told State Department officials at a town hall meeting in Washington. "What we hope for now is that these two young women would be granted amnesty through the North Korean system and be allowed to return home to their families as soon as possible."

Clinton's shift in tone, forshadowed by the State Department spokesman Thursday, came after the sister of one of the reporters said that they had admitted breaking North Korean law.

Lisa Ling told KOVR-TV in Sacramento that her sister in a phone call said, "We violated North Korean law and we need our government to help us. We're sorry about everything that happened but now we need diplomacy."

A North Korean court last month sentenced Laura Ling, 32, and Euna Lee, 36, to 12 years of "reform through labor" for illegally crossing the border and for commiting a "grave crime."

The two were arrested near the Chinese border while they were researching a story for San Francisco-based Current TV on refugees fleeing the impoverished communist country. Former Vice President Al Gore is a co-founder of Current TV.

(解説)長野のGRIPENさんと電話で話した。“朝鮮人に下手に出たヒラリーは、もはや北朝鮮と交渉する神通力を失った”と。ヒラリーが、オバマ、バイデンと打ち合わせなかったはずがない。すると、この発言はオバマが承認したとなる。また、ヒラリーは、昨年の大統領選中に“イランがイスラエルに核攻撃をしかけたら、灰にしてやる”と言い放ったのである。このオバマ政権には気骨が無いことがわかる。日本政府は、日米核共有協議を進めるべきだ。オバマには日本を守る能力はない。鳩山民主党が与党になれば、この機会を失う。伊勢

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口締病といわれたバイデン

bidens running mouth

「FOOT AND MOUTH DISEASE」とは、口締病のことだ。口締病とは、ウシ~ ブタ~ ヒツジなど、ひずめが二つに割れている偶締類に発症するウィルス性疾患である。人には感染しないが 食肉そのものに問題を投げかけている。ところで、バイデン副大統領だが、WPは、“FOOT IN MOUTH DISEASE" と冷笑している。失言する人間を、「口に足を入れる人間」という。バイデンの失言癖を笑ったものだ。真紀子ほどではないが、大脳と口が繋がっていない。今回の失言は大きい。伊勢平次郎 ルイジアナ

Biden: U.S. Won't Stand in Israel's Way on Iran

Sunday, July 5, 2009 10:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden seemed to give Israel a green light for military action to eliminate Iran's nuclear threat, saying the U.S. "cannot dictate to another sovereign nation what they can and cannot do."

Israel considers Iran its most dangerous adversary and is wary of hard-line Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who just won a disputed re-election. He repeatedly has called for Israel to be wiped off the map and contends the Holocaust is a "myth."

Israel and the U.S. accuse Iran of seeking to develop weapons under the cover of a nuclear power program. Iran denies that.

"Israel can determine for itself -- it's a sovereign nation -- what's in their interest and what they decide to do relative to Iran and anyone else," Biden told ABC's "This Week" in an interview broadcast Sunday.

"Whether we agree or not. They're entitled to do that. Any sovereign nation is entitled to do that. But there is no pressure from any nation that's going to alter our behavior as to how to proceed," Biden said.

The government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says it prefers to see Iran's nuclear program stopped through diplomacy but has not ruled out a military strike.

"If the Netanyahu government decides to take a course of action different than the one being pursued now, that is their sovereign right to do that. That is not our choice," Biden said.

While most experts are in agreement that there's a good chance Iran could have a usable nuclear bomb sometime during his presidency, President Barack Obama told The Associated Press in an interview Thursday, "I'm not reconciled with that."

A nuclear-armed Iran, Obama said, probably would lead to an arms race in the volatile Mideast and that would be "a recipe for potential disaster." He said opposing a nuclear weapons capacity for Iran was more than just "a U.S. position" and that "the biggest concern is not simply that Iran can threaten us or our allies, like Israel or its neighbors."

Israel is also concerned about Iran's close support for two of its most committed enemies, Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip.

Obama said in May, after his first meeting with Netanyahu at the White House, that the Iranians had until year's end to get serious about international talks on curbing their nuclear ambitions. "We're not going to have talks forever," he said.

But Obama sees movement on Israeli-Palestinian peace as key to building a moderate Arab coalition against Iran, while Netanyahu says dealing with the Iranian threat must take precedence over peacemaking with the Palestinians.

Most experts believe that wiping out the Iranian nuclear program is beyond the ability of Israel's military. In 1982 the Israeli air force destroyed Iraq's nuclear reactor in a lightning strike. But Iran's facilities are scattered around the country, some of them underground.

Biden was asked in the interview that if the Israelis decide they need to try to take out Iran's nuclear program, would the U.S. stand in the way militarily?

"We cannot dictate to another sovereign nation what they can and cannot do," the vice president replied. "Israel has a right to determine what's in its interests, and we have a right and we will determine what's in our interests."

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467K Jobs Cut in June; Jobless Rate at 26-Year High

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Employers cut a larger-than-expected 467,000 jobs in June, driving the unemployment rate up to a 26-year high of 9.5 percent, suggesting that the economy's road to recovery will be a bumpy one. (AP)

Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, July 2, 2009; 4:09 PM

Employers kept slashing jobs at a furious pace in June as the unemployment rate edged ever closer to double-digit levels, undermining signs of progress in the economy, and making clear that the job market remains in terrible shape.

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467K Jobs Cut in June; Jobless Rate at 26-Year High
Stocks Fall Sharply as Jobless Claims Hit 26-Year High
The number of jobs on employers' payrolls fell by 467,000, the Labor Department said today. That is many more jobs than were shed in May and far worse than the 350,000 job losses that economists were forecasting.

Job losses peaked in January and had declined every month until June. The steep losses show that even as there are signs that total economic activity may level off or begin growing later this year, the nation's employers are still pulling back.

The unemployment rate, meanwhile, which is based on a separate survey of households, rose to 9.5 percent, from 9.4 percent. While it is now rising at a more measured pace than in the recent past, many economists still expect that the rate will surpass 10 percent by fall.

Separately, the Labor Department reported that 614,000 people applied for new unemployment insurance benefits last week. While down slightly from the previous week, that measure of weakness in the job market has remained stubbornly high, with more than 600,000 jobless claims every week since late January.

The stock market fell steeply on the news, with the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index down 2.8 percent to close at 897.30.

President Obama called the job figures released today "sobering" but said he is "absolutely confident" that the country will recover from the recession and prosper over the longer term. But he predicted that recovery will take a long time.

"As I've said from the moment that I walked into the door of this White House, it took years for us to get into this mess, and it will take us more than a few months to turn it around," Obama said.

Today's numbers are the latest evidence that the much hoped-for improvement in the labor market is hardly imminent, and that a bottoming out in the economy could be further away than many economists had hoped.

"This sprayed some Round-Up on the green shoots," said David Shulman, a senior economist at the UCLA Anderson Forecast. "The economy is in the process of bottoming, but that's different from saying it's recovering."

The nation now has 14.7 million people who are looking for a job but can't find one, up 7.2 million since the beginning of the recession in December 2007. A broader measure of unemployment, which also includes people who are working part-time but want a full-time job and who have given up looking for a job out of frustration, also rose, to 16.5 percent from 16.4 percent.

The higher-than-expected job losses came about in part because of an unexpected drop in the number of government jobs; 52,000 of them were shed in June.

But the job losses occurred almost across the board, with major job cuts in manufacturing (136,000 jobs) and professional and business services employers (116,000 jobs). The construction sector continued cutting jobs rapidly (79,000), but the rate of job losses in the industry has slowed.

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467K Jobs Cut in June; Jobless Rate at 26-Year High
Stocks Fall Sharply as Jobless Claims Hit 26-Year High
The only bright spot was in education and health care, which gained 34,000 jobs.

Wages, meanwhile, were little changed, with average weekly pay for non-managerial workers falling to $609.37, from $609.51. With many people losing their jobs, and those who remain at work making less money, American consumers will be hard-pressed to increase their spending later in the year, despite higher confidence and rising wealth through the stock market.

White House officials tried to put the job losses in the best light, noting repeatedly that the workforce is now shrinking at a slower pace than it was during the early months of the year.

The results were "disappointing" said Christina Romer, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors, in an interview on CNBC. She noted that employment is a lagging indicator on the economy and that the results were not as bad as the job losses earlier in the year.

"While the average loss . . . this quarter is less devastating than the 700,000 per month that we lost in the previous quarter, and while there are continuing signs that the recession is slowing, obviously this is little comfort to all those Americans who have lost their jobs," the president said.

Republicans, meanwhile, claimed the weak numbers as evidence that the administration's fiscal stimulus is ineffective.

Speaking to reporters in the Rose Garden after meeting with chief executives of several energy companies, Obama expressed confidence that new energy-related jobs will help lift the country's job market up.

"It's men and women like these who will help lead us out of this recession and into a better future. My job -- and our job as a government -- is to do whatever we can to unleash the great generative powers of the American economy by encouraging their efforts," Obama said.

Obama met with John Berger of Standard Renewable Energy, Stephanie A. Burns of Dow Corning, Amit Chatterjee of Hara, Alex Laskey of Positive Energy, James L. Robo of the FPL Group, David Rosenberg of Hycrete, Michael R. Splinter of Applied Materials and Chuck Swoboda of Cree Lighting.

Obama used the opportunity to urge passage of the energy legislation that passed the House last week and is now working its way through the Senate.

"It's now up to the Senate to continue the work that was begun in the House to forge this more prosperous future," he said



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カリホルニアは財政破綻した

Schwarzenegger failed
7月1日、カリホルにア州議会の予算案は通らなかった。アーノルド・シュワルツネガー知事は、「緊急事態宣言」を発令した。2003年10月の同州知事であったGRAY・DAVISの、りコール(緊縮経済を議会に嫌われた)の後、圧勝して選ばれた。ところが、州財政劣化で自分も同じ「穴」に落ちたわけだ。今朝は、知事になったことを後悔しているだろう。英文ですが読んで下さい。

以前に載せた「オバマはカリホルニアを助けない」 http://bomanchu.blog81.fc2.com/blog-entry-92.html も読んで下さい。伊勢平次郎 メリーランドにて、

California: A Dream Decimated

By Harold Meyerson
Wednesday, July 1, 2009

In Sacramento, they can hear the chimes at midnight. State legislators and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger have been told by State Controller John Chiang that he will be compelled to pay the state's bills with IOUs starting tomorrow unless they come up with a way to close California's mammoth $24 billion deficit.

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California: A Dream Decimated
How the Golden State Got Tarnished
A Crown of Thorns for Miss California?
California has company in this eleventh-hour agony. Indiana, Arizona, Mississippi and Pennsylvania also went into the final day of the fiscal year facing the prospect of shutdowns of public agencies or paying bills through IOUs unless they devised ways to close the yawning gap between their obligations and their recession-savaged revenue.

The list of states -- Democratic and Republican, old economy and new -- is sufficiently diverse to dispel any notion that the fiscal crisis of the states is disproportionately the problem of one party or one region. It is, rather, hard-wired into the American system of governance, wherein virtually all the states have required themselves to produce balanced budgets even during depressions -- which means they must slash services and lay off workers even though such actions actually deepen the downturn.

But California is a special case simply because it's so big. Closing California's budget gap entirely through cutbacks in programs, as Schwarzenegger and the Republicans in the legislature propose, will deepen not only the state's recession but also the nation's. Fully 1 in 4 of the nation's underwater mortgages, for instance, are on California homes, and the effects of the governor's proposed cuts -- which UCLA's Anderson School of Business estimates will cause 60,000 state employees to lose their jobs -- will be to create a new wave of foreclosures and toxic assets on the banks' books. California accounts for 12 percent of the nation's gross domestic product and a disproportionate share of the federal government's revenues (and for every dollar that Californians pay to the feds, they get just 80 cents back in services).


Right-wing ideologues see the crisis as an opportunity to shrink government regardless of the consequences. Schwarzenegger is proposing to end welfare, not just as we know it but altogether, and to throw 1 million children off the rolls of the state's healthy families program. But the consequences of closing the deficit simply through cutbacks will be felt by more than the poor. Already reeling from $15 billion in cutbacks that the state put through in February, many school districts, including that of Los Angeles, have canceled summer school this year. Scholarships that enable students of modest means to attend California's fabled university system have been slashed. Most of the state's parks may have to be closed as well.

The terrible irony in decimating the public sector to save the state is that the California that was the epicenter of the postwar American dream was fundamentally a creation of government. Fighting a Pacific war during World War II compelled the federal government to spend billions on California industry and infrastructure, and the state was the leading beneficiary of Pentagon dollars during the Cold War. As Kevin Starr, California's leading historian, points out in "Golden Dreams," his brilliant new history of the state in the 1950s and early '60s, fully 40 percent of all defense dollars for manufacturing and research in 1959 went to California, anchoring the state's booming economy in a well-paid workforce that was either unionized or professionalized, and seeding an electronics and high-tech sector that was to blossom in the following decades. Building on that prosperity to create more prosperity, Earl Warren, Goodwin Knight and Pat Brown -- two Republicans, one Democrat -- invested state dollars in schools, universities, freeways and aqueducts that were the best in the world. The Golden State was never more golden.

Today, its governor seems determined to turn that gold to dross. On Monday, the Democrats in the legislature passed a budget that included cuts of $11 billion, levied a tax on oil companies and tobacco, and raised auto registration fees by $15 per car to keep the state parks from closing. Schwarzenegger reiterated his refusal to raise any taxes or fees and said he would veto the budget.

From a model for far-sighted investments in the future, California has become a state that uninvests in the present and has no vision at all for the future. Proposition 13, enacted by state voters in 1978, effectively blocked its cities and counties from funding their own endeavors, and the Republican minority in the legislature, abetted by Schwarzenegger, has made it all but impossible to invest in the kind of projects that Warren, Knight and Brown undertook. Today's California visionaries are calling for a constitutional convention to rewrite the plainly dysfunctional rules by which the state governs itself. It is not only Californians but also America that has a stake in their success. A California that decimates itself during recessions drags the rest of the nation down with it.

(解説)カリホルにアは、カナダ~ブラジル~インド~ロシアの上を行く、世界第八位の経済なのだ。さらに、アメリカのGDPの12%を生み出す。この大州の住宅の支払い不能物件は、実に全米の25%にのぼる。シュワルツネガー知事の方針では、6万人の州政府公務員が失業するという。学校~病院~警察~消防署、、すると、現在、支払い不能となっている住宅やビルの持ち主に破産する者が出る。ここから、「リセッション第二波」が起きると伊勢は憂慮している。世界経済は、まだまだ、収縮を続ける。CONTRACTIONという。オバマ政権筋が流す「楽観」には眉唾である。クレジットカードのデフォルトの統計が、まだ、氷山の一角だからだ。みなさん、他人事ではない。支出を引き締めましょう。日米の政府は「使え使え」と奨励するが、カネが尽きたらどうするんだ?政府が送金してくれるんか?伊勢平次郎 メリーランドにて、、
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Author: Nobuyoshi Ozaki

A long forty six years have passed since I stepped on to American soil. I have had various odd jobs in the past until I recently retired. Examples include working with Steven Spielberg as assistant director in a film called "1941." I was supervisor and later became Public Relation representative for Toyota Group - USA. My last occupation was a Senior Research analyst working in Silicone Valley for a major news paper from Tokyo, Japan. My spouse, Christine is a flight attendant, traveling often to the Middle East and Africa. We have spent three quarters of our life together as world adventurers. This photo was taken in Argentina. We now live in swampy Louisiana.

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