posted on 08/13/2009 3:53:04 PM PDT
Even at current torrid rates of growth, it will take the average Asian 77 years to reach the income of the average American. The Chinese need 47 years. For Indians, the figure is 123 years. And Asia's combined military budget won't equal that of the United States for 72 years.
That will certainly change now that we have Carter part 2 in charge as POTUS.
posted on 08/13/2009 3:55:09 PM PDT
Asia pays its bills. Asia doesn't borrow from future earnings to allow its citizens to simulate upper middle class lifestyles. Asia now offers a less corrupt, more level playing field than the USA. Asians are willing to work very hard to earn what they want. Asian poor are lean, smart and hungry - American poor are fat, dumb, and lazy. The trappings of wealth they have guilted away from their betters do not change this truth.
Smart Americans need to visit Asia for themselves and see the seismic shift that is occurring. No web commentary can adequately describe it.
There is no day imminent where China will declare - "Aha, we are your masters now!" It will simply become self-evident to the rest of the world in a few decades.
posted on 08/13/2009 4:21:32 PM PDT
by Mr. Jeeves
("If you cannot pick it up and run with it, you don't really own it." -- Robert Heinlein)
All of this is assuming that national borders remain constant over the next 70-100 years. However, anybody with an old globe or world map lying around the house can easily see that the borders of nations are shifting constantly.
Within the next century, our national borders will be dramtically different than they are today. For example, most of Europe is currently engaged in a process of becoming one borderless nation.
As well, Canada and perhaps even Mexico will be absorbed into the United States. I also see Australia and New Zealand following suit (joining the United States) as well as many Central and South American countries. Eventually the world will be reduced to five or six "super-nations".
posted on 08/13/2009 4:52:25 PM PDT
(I am 43 days away from outliving Judy Garland)
Pollution is worsening Asia's shortage of fresh water while air pollution exacts a terrible toll on health (it kills almost 400,000 people each year in China alone).
Is this for real? I knew the pollution was bad there, but the article gives no source for this alarming figure.
posted on 08/13/2009 6:08:17 PM PDT
(It HAS happened here!)
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