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Looking back on 2010: Light of the dawn 黎明的曙光  

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Looking back on 2010: Light of the dawn - TonyWong - MapleRipples                                     TREATY WITH RUSSIA - Politics stops at the water's edge
 

2010 is an uncommon common year, a year of reflection. Before 2010 sinks onto the bottom of the ocean of memory, MapleRipple hereby compose three blog articles looking back on three news headlines during the past 12 months in Hong Kong, China, and the United States. My purpose is to cut through the complexities behind big events and to show their real faces, learning civic lessons from the bitterness and hardship of the restless year. Article about Hong Kong is written in Chinese, and articles about China and America are written in English. This is the third of these series: Light of the dawn.


Looking back on 2010: Light of the dawn  黎明的曙光 - TonyWong - MapleRipples DECISION POINTS - book of the year
 

Let me start with a book which came out this year, a book which attempted to revise the public's view on the Republicans and to beef up the Republicans' election morale-- Decision Points by president Bush. The most unpopular president ever in American history stepped up to the plate and asked people to think back, to give the current partisan stalemate a second thought. Every presidency starts with a mission. Geroge W. Bush rose up and faced the most severe attack on American soil since pearl harbor. Barack Obama decided to run for president when America was hit hard by the worst financial crisis since the great depression. As the bell is about to ring 2011, let's take some time to look back on what America was really up to.

Not long after president Barack Obama said to a reporter that he gave himself a B plus for his first year in office, democracts lost one of heir beachheads in a special election in Massachusetts. Republican Scott Brown's won by a landslide announced the end of the superiority and raised the question of the viability of the Democratic Party. Barack Obama started off this year with a potential lame duck congress and a tougher situation to deal with.

Unlike the stunning starting point of president Bush, president Obama's inauguration was decorated with the cheering victory of the African American people and the hope for change of the United States. In fact, to get votes, it's good to talk big. However, as in every democracy, politicans always get a political discount from the furious public. This is as normal as it is. But it's not that much the case with Barack Obama. He's the first African American president in history and he took office with not only the hope of the people, but the high expectations from his own race. Let's say, Bush made a huge mistake in failing to defend his own country and in pulling America into costly deadly wars, but he got reelected and his new book ran around the land. Obama, virtually didn't do anything wrong, but was given a C minus by the public just for his minor unintentional errors. You get the spirit.

Looking back on 2010: Light of the dawn  黎明的曙光 - TonyWong - MapleRipples LET'S GET THE BALL ROLLING AGAIN
 

After fixing the economy and creating jobs during the first year, this year, Barack Obama pushed his long-anticipated health care reform to the Capitol Hill. On Feb. 22, the president's delicate plan for health care reform was announced. Many rounds of bargaining followed the breakthrough. On Mar. 21, the House passed the bill which signed an pending overhaul to the healthcare system would take effect. No republicans voted for the bill. The healthcare system has now been the fundamental dividing line between the two parties.

Hillary Clinton said "Shame on you, Barack Obama!" because she thought he was attacking her on healthcare reform. That showed how important healthcare reform is to the democrats. Healthcare reform means the government gives incentives to insurance companies to make them extend their scope of coverage regardless of patients' pre-existing conditions. As a result of the subsidizing, the federal budget shall rise. And that's what the republican are against, they wanna cut the budget and raise taxes for the ordinary people. Democrats, on the other hands, seeks to cut taxes for the mainstream and lay pressure on the wall street.

Did the mainstreet side help the democrats? Seems not. In this year's mid-term elections, the democrats lost the house while remained the senate. Another lame duck congress appears after George Bush. It would be harder for Barack Obama to push his change through now.

What came next this year incarnated the spirit of politics. After the congress became a lame duck, Barack Obama's plan to expire Bush era tax cuts for the wealthy came to hurdles. Republicans started to warn Obama that his plan for tax cuts for the ordinary people shall be cancelled out. Another COMPROMISE came into life. Barack Obama said after the Bush era tax cuts was voted to be continued in the congress, "Candidly speaking, there are some elements in this legislation that I don't like, there are some elements that memebers of my party don't like, there are some elements that republicans here today don't like, THAT'S THE NATURE OF COMPROMISE, yielding on something each of us cares about to move forward on what all of us care about." What was astonding was the way Barack Obama appeased his colleagues in the party. Many democrats were still holding grudge against the republican over their victory of the election and wanna boycott the bill. President Obama, a man who vocally and vigoriously run against the tax cuts for the rich, invited the former president, the husband of his former election rival, back to talk to the domocrats to plea them to pass the bill. In Hong Kong and Taiwan, this is impossible. The DPP (民進黨) in Taiwan, would just veto every bill the KMT (國民黨) proposed if the parliament now was a lame duck again. They resorts to fist fights and vocal abuses, just not rational dialogues.

Looking back on 2010: Light of the dawn  黎明的曙光 - TonyWong - MapleRipples PLEASE, PASS IT
 

What's different of the American politics? Yes, they have domocracy. But American democracy is a mature, grown-up domocracy. Democracy means moving forward with differences. Let's say the first of these series, roar of the town, the LSD didn't know compromises were needed to move ahead. The democratic party this time, in fact, is a traitor, but a mature traitor. The real democracy needs stepping back. A final word for us Chinese, if you guys wanna learn from the Americans, learn to say YES.
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