Report on May 12, 2011 Washington Trip
People in Attendance
Patricia Meyer, C. William Kauffman, Mark Bonhomme and Grace Bonhomme
The offices of Representatives Bill Huizenga, Marcy Kaptur, Frank Wolf, Jan Schakowsky, Dutch Rupperberger, Dana Rohrabacher, Randy Forbes, and Senators John Kyl, John Kerry, and John McCain were visited where information was given and discussions were held about the possibility of and suggestions for a Social Security Reform Bill and the threat of China toward America. Subsequently Thad McCotter was met with.
At Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur's office they met for one hour with Senior Legislative Assistant John Bodtke who knew a lot about the China situation and suggested several leads that are being followed up now by Professor Kauffman. All staffers were clearly interested and quite helpful.
Pat felt that this trip was very worthwhile and that their ideas and concerns were listened to and taken seriously.
Comments from Professor Kauffman
As the result of a chance meeting at the AARP Rally in Lansing on March 15, 2011 where Patricia Meyer was one of the speakers, Pat and I found that we were both concerned with promoting the general welfare of our nation. This cooperation most recently resulted in a May 12 trip to Capitol Hill where we met with two members of Congress, 9 staffers, and subsequent contact with five staffers where all discussions were related to the China threat and Social Security reform. All of these offices had been identified as being concerned about American economic and military welfare. There was general agreement in all offices that the promotion of American welfare at the expense of China created adverse activity from many vested interests ant that individuals acting on behalf of Chinese interests had penetrated the highest levels of our government. These offices asked for the support of American patriots who must be out there and who have so far remained silent. An American interest base must be mobilized!
Background Information About China Threat
The tragic Cold War at least served the purpose of forcing America to define a national agenda regarding the defense of our nation. It was clear that there was a credible threat upon which there had to be a focus of national efforts. Ronald Reagan was able to affect the demise of the Soviet Union. However, post USSR America has mistakenly assumed that the world is a place of peace and friendship forgetting the long history of Chinese military incursions. Such political naiveté has led America to open wide the doors of its science, engineering, and technology knowledge closet in the name of humanitarianism and commercialism in order to allow the industrialization and arming of an economic and military competitor…. the People's Republic of China.
In the continuing search for higher profits numerous American corporations have located facilities offshore and they have imported migrant workers for domestic production. Examples of this that are readily recognizable are General Motors, General Electric and Apple. With substantial production and profits abroad the concept of being an American corporation with all of the associated privileges and protections must be reconsidered. Corporate profits have become an obsession. The ratio of management to production compensation is truly enormous. The executive bonuses paid at Wall Street brokerage houses and in the banking industry are mindboggling. Owners of stock, while benefitting in the short term, are complicit in the devastation of our national assets.. The taxation of this income is at best minimal and the effect of job creation in America as promised is yet to be seen. The production of low cost goods by offshore facilities are all too often shoddy and/or toxic. They are produced under working conditions worse than those at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. The unemployed American workers who were once taxpayers become the wards of the state.
For nearly three decades the University of Michigan has been transferring substantial industrial and military information to the Peoples' Republic of China under the guise of international education. Thousands of Chinese "students" are on the Ann Arbor campus enrolled in engineering and the sciences. Information given to them may quickly appear in production facilities in China or on the battlefield. US Government and State of Michigan funding is provided to some of these students to support their training. These Chinese students are replacing American and Michigan students who we should be educated to develop American industry and to provide for the American national defense. The U of M has also opened educational facilities in China including a substantial campus in Shanghai where they grant U of M degrees. The resulting benefit to the U of M is financial generating large salaries for administrators as well as growing institutional endowments. There appears to be no restraint by the Board of Regents supervising these activities. All but one of the Board members are attorneys whose firms, no doubt, have clients with China interests. One attorney is directly employed by a firm with open China interests. Board members are also elected officials with the need for campaign cash. The U of M would appear to receive instant financial gratification for the sale to China of America's long term interests.