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New Elizabeth Warren ad: Golly, why arenít we more like China?
Hotair ^ | 08/01/2012 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 08/01/2012 1:47:38 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Suddenly, I'm getting more enthusiastic about watching the Democratic convention. The latest ad from the DNCC's prime-time speaker compares America unfavorably to China, demands more government spending, and its title "Rebuild" reminds voters of her original "you didn't build that" rant to entrepreneurs. What could go wrong?

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The New York Sun can't quite believe that someone who wants Elizabeth Warren to win would have approved this ad for distribution:

The first problem is mathematical. U.S. gross domestic product is about $15 trillion a year. Increasing infrastructure “investment” to the 9% Chinese level that Ms. Warren cites would mean an additional $1 trillion a year in government spending. That’s an immense spending increase. To put it in context, the entire federal government spent about $3.6 trillion in 2011, on revenues of about $2.3 trillion.

Where would this money come from? Not tax increases, right? Ms. Warren has already reportedly promised nearly a trillion dollar tax increase, spread over ten years, by raising the estate tax, imposing the Buffett Rule, and letting the Bush tax cuts expire for those earning $250,000 a year or more. But that money, she has said, would go toward deficit reduction. If Ms. Warren really wants to spend $1 trillion a year more on infrastructure, she’d need to eliminate all national defense spending ($705 billion) or all Social Security spending ($730 billion) and then find another more than quarter trillion dollars. Or else she’d have to go on the biggest borrowing or taxing binge in American history.

Math, though, is hardly the only problem with emulating China’s approach to infrastructure spending. History is another. America and China are at different junctures in our development. America built a lot of bridges, tunnels, and highways in the 1950s and 1960s when China was stuck under Communism. A lot of China’s spending now isn’t going to outpace America but to catch up with things that we’ve had here for decades, like potable water and a population that is mostly non-rural.

Finally, not all of China’s infrastructure spending is worth emulating. The Chinese Communist treatment of those who stand in the way of their projects makes Robert Moses, the mastermind of so many of New York’s neighborhood-destroying highways, look like Mother Teresa. For example, the group International Rivers reports that 1.2 million people were displaced to construct the Three Gorges Dam. That $40 billion project also reportedly had devastating effects on the Chinese river dolphin, river sturgeon, and paddlefish.

China is able to spend so much on infrastructure because it’s an un-free country. It lacks the rule of law that lets American community groups wage legal and political battles against big government projects. Ms. Warren may protest that when she’s talking about “infrastructure” she mainly means maintaining existing roads and bridges, not building brand new projects that flatten urban neighborhoods or destroy scenic rivers. But that’s not what’s happening in China.

And that’s not all. One of the favorite examples of Chinese infrastructure spending among progressives like Warren is their commitment to high-speed rail. That has turned into a $271-billion disaster for China, however. Their trains don’t even run on time for all that money; China had to slow them down because of all the defects in the system. Let’s ask Warren’s potential constituents how well the Big Dig project turned out, both financially and operationally.

Or, let’s not. I for one cannot wait for Warren to go on prime-time television just before Bill Clinton formally nominates Barack Obama to tell the nation that her aim is to make America more like China.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: chiefslingingbull; china; elizabethwarren; massachusetts; scottbrown

1 posted on 08/01/2012 1:47:44 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
"I for one cannot wait for Warren to go on prime-time television just before Bill Clinton formally nominates Barack Obama to tell the nation that her aim is to make America more like China."

"No more SHIK-FEWL-AY for you."


2 posted on 08/01/2012 1:53:29 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Help. How do I put something in my tagline.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I guess Warren is 1/32nd Huntsman.


3 posted on 08/01/2012 1:56:22 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: SeekAndFind

Lizzie Warren is Chinese.....if it will get her a job.


4 posted on 08/01/2012 1:57:44 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: SeekAndFind
The Democrat War on Women continues.


5 posted on 08/01/2012 1:59:55 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Eric Holder's NAACP rally against the voter ID laws required the press to bring govt issue photo ID.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Everybody knows that China, for the most part, is a communist dictatorship. Over the past 20+ years China has shifted its economic structure to become more capitalistic. So exactly what is Ms Warren proposing the US change, become a communist dictatorship? With the obozo in the WH, we already have that.
6 posted on 08/01/2012 2:00:03 PM PDT by drypowder
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Message to Princess Liawatha....I've been to China.Several times.Including recently.Same with Detroit.I guarantee you that the worst part of Detroit that I've seen is better than the best part of China that I've seen (including in its 3rd largest city,Guangzhou).

And it's better by a wide margin.

7 posted on 08/01/2012 2:02:09 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Poor Barack.If He's Reelected,Think Of The Mess He'll Inherit!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Elizabeth Warren, 1/32 Chinese and 100% communist.


8 posted on 08/01/2012 2:02:31 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: SeekAndFind

Boy oh boy, if I were Scott Brown’s campaign mgr I could produce some devastating ads using this comment.


9 posted on 08/01/2012 2:03:51 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (This stuff we're going through now, this is nothing compared to the middle ages.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Hey, yeah - we can build these huge cities - that sit empty year after y ear - yet we’ll keep building them into the foreseeable future - like China’s doing.
One asks “Why?”

Is it to to say - “Look at all the building we do” - Or are they building gulags for the millions of us ‘enemies of the state”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPILhiTJv7E

http://www.businessinsider.com/chinese-ghost-cities-2011-5

cache these links and email them to everyone -


10 posted on 08/01/2012 2:16:38 PM PDT by maine-iac7
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email those links in post #10 to Scott Brown’s campaign - Is THIS what we should do, Lizzie?

I think we already have enough empty malls.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPILhiTJv7E


11 posted on 08/01/2012 2:23:34 PM PDT by maine-iac7
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To: SeekAndFind

When I was last in China a local asked whether there was high-speed rail in the USA. I said “no” because we have private property that can’t be taken without compensation for a right-of-way. An intercity high-speed rail system here would be cost prohibitive (unless, like California) it will run from nowhere to nowhere.


12 posted on 08/01/2012 2:25:30 PM PDT by Procyon (Decentralize, degovernmentalize, deregulate, demonopolize, decredentialize, disentitle.)
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To: SeekAndFind
And just what exactly did those students at Tian an Men Square in 1989 want China to be more like? More like China?


13 posted on 08/01/2012 2:38:45 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: SeekAndFind

Well. it’s not like the Aholes in charge aren’t trying.


14 posted on 08/01/2012 3:10:06 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's Welfare, Food Stamps, Division and Disability 'Legacy')
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To: SeekAndFind

Okay, Warren...we can be just like them.

Dump OSHA, EPA, HHS, Unions, Affirmative Action, DOE, DOT, etc. and we can build all kinds of new roads, bridges, dams, etc.

Liberal idiot.


15 posted on 08/01/2012 3:13:51 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Democrats are dangerous and evil. Republicans are useless and useful idiots.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The RINO writer is being too magnaminous toward the commie slut.

He should be setting up a lottery on whether we send the commie whore on a one-way ticket to North Korea via a freighter or a missle.

Do I need to figure out proper responses for all you worthless RINOs on hotair?


16 posted on 08/01/2012 3:53:27 PM PDT by sergeantdave (Public unions exist to protect the unions from the taxpaying public)
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To: SeekAndFind

She’s going to have a little sweet-and-sour buffalo for dinner.


17 posted on 08/01/2012 4:27:55 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: SeekAndFind

dirty little secret is that China is more capitalistic than America. Dictatorship political system, but capitalistic economy system. China would be much better off if their government would stop interfering with their currency


18 posted on 08/01/2012 10:47:31 PM PDT by 4rcane
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