What a fool

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on August 22, 2008


Everybody's watching what's going on in Beijing right now with the Olympics. Think about the amount of money that China has spent on infrastructure. Their ports, their train systems, their airports are vastly the superior to us now, which means if you are a corporation deciding where to do business you're starting to think, "Beijing looks like a pretty good option." Why aren't we doing the same thing?

OK, you fool. Seriously. Let's do the same thing.

Why don't we:

  • Cancel all environmental protection laws.
  • Cancel all workplace safety laws.
  • Cancel all minimum wage laws.
  • Cancel all child labor laws.
  • Cancel all overtime wage laws.
  • Outlaw all unions.
  • Cancel all consumer safety laws.
  • Outlaw all freedom of religion.
  • Outlaw freedom of speech.
  • Cancel whistleblower protection laws.

After all, that's how China is able to manage most of they've accomplished.

And what have they accomplished? Not so much.

From Q&O:

Yes, if you're a naif, then the totalitarian Chinese government puts on a pretty good show. Obama probably thinks that cute little girl at the opening ceremonies has a beautiful voice. But behind the facade, there's not much there there.

Over at National Review's "Campaign Spot," Jim Geraghty managed to turn up some news reports about Chinese infrastructure. Let's just say thtat if we had infrastructure "as good" as China's, then Obama would have another talking point to rip the Bush administration.

But beyond that, let's look at Obama's examples of Chinese excellence...

"Their ports..."

Reuters, July 11: "Severe power shortages across China, especially in the manufacturing hub and export engine of Guangdong, are expected to add further pressure on exports in the second half of the year."

"Their train systems..."

CNN, January 28: In the southern city of Guangzhou, as many as 500,000 train passengers were stranded the past few days when a power failure in neighboring Hunan province crippled the regular train services, local officials said. About 100,000 passengers packed the square in front of the train station while others found shelter in schools and other public buildings while waiting for their trains.

"Their airports..."

Australia's ABC News, July 29, 2008: "Scores of Chinese air passengers have smashed computers and desks and clashed with police after a night stranded at an airport without accommodation, state media said... Frustration at mysterious delays, diversions and cancellations have at times boiled over into violence at Chinese airports as passengers try to storm grounded aircraft and police are brought in to keep the peace. There have also been cases in which passengers, after delayed arrivals, have refused to get off the planes in protest."

... "are vastly the superior to us now."

Yes, their power outages, crowds at train stations, and outbreaks of air rage are vastly superior to ours.

Obama shouldn't be let out on his own to do foreign policy until he becomes a lot wiser.


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