Charles Schumer and the Mideast

In a previous article we mentioned how Schumer is the liberal Democrat senator from New York who is a member of the Zionist lobbygroup AIPAC. When he saw the international united front landing hammer blows on the Bush administration, he joined in to make sure that Zionists also obtained some credit with the election of Democrats in 2008. Schumer’s contribution was to make a bank go under.

That is standard operating procedure for diplomacy — not to let the credit go all to one side.

Schumer was also behind another effort responding specifically to MIM articles on Bubba and oil prices. We had pointed out before that it is dubious whether there is even a price elasticity for oil, because spending for oil is so inflexible. Part of the equation is that Bubba would rather drive a pickup truck than admit to Japanese superiority in sedans.

Schumer noticed and sought to bribe Bubba to drive a sedan by arranging the “cash for clunkers” program that takes old inefficient gas-guzzlers off the road and gives Bubba a $3500 or $4500 incentive to get a car with miles per gallon above 20. In effect, the federal government now borrows money from Japan to bribe Bubba out of anti-Japanese racism. At this moment, we do not know how well the program will work.

In the 1980s, anti-Japanese chauvinism rose and passed anti-Soviet chauvinism in the Gorbachev era, according to polls. The New York Times reported one in 1990:

“Older Americans, those with more direct memories of World War II, are more likely than younger ones to express negative views toward Japan. But nearly one in five younger Americans now say they have an unfavorable view.

“Fears Voiced in Colorado

“When Jennifer Albright of Denver buys a ticket on the ski lift, she frets that the money is leaving Colorado and going to the resort’s new owners, in Japan, she said.

”’I think they’re buying up a lot of the United States,’ said Ms. Albright, a 25-year-old accountant for a printing company in Denver. Ms. Albright made her comments in an interview in the poll and expanded on her answer a few days later. ‘I know they are here in Colorado. We’ve lost several ski resorts and real estate properties. It seems like they’re investing a lot of money in our country and not letting us do that in theirs. It seems the United States isn’t reinvesting in our own country and we’re letting other countries buy us up. Bush needs to do something to stop it.’ . . .

“The latest rise in antagonism toward Japan coincides neatly with the decline in fear of the Russians and the soaring popularity of President Mikhail S. Gorbachev in this country. But the response is more complicated than a simple replacement of one foreign enemy with another; what Americans themselves make clear is that the end of the cold war has freed them to worry about other problems.

”’The Russians aren’t the threat they used to be,’ said Anthony Peone, 39, of Brockport, N.Y. ‘We ought to quit subsidizing Japan.'”

That’s how it was in 1990.

Now the imperialists have realized they have to prioritize their anti-Arab chauvinism above anti-Japanese chauvinism; although, we have yet to see whether that can really work.

The New York Times discussed MIM’s idea about the problem of oil prices and the dollar allegorically before the cash-for-clunkers program.

The cash-for-clunkers program is a specific imperialist attempt to influence the labor aristocracy and prepare U.$. imperialism for the next phase of class struggle. It’s an example of how the international united front should not dawdle, because eventually, even Bubba and glaciers do move.

MICHAEL ORESKES, “Poll Detects Erosion of Positive Attitudes Toward Japan Among Americans,”
New York Times 6Feb90, p. b7.


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