Skip to comments.New Elizabeth Warren ad: Golly, why arenít we more like China?
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?
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. Thats 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, shed 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 shed have to go on the biggest borrowing or taxing binge in American history.
Math, though, is hardly the only problem with emulating Chinas 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 Chinas spending now isnt going to outpace America but to catch up with things that weve had here for decades, like potable water and a population that is mostly non-rural.
Finally, not all of Chinas 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 Yorks 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 its 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 shes 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 thats not whats 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.
"No more SHIK-FEWL-AY for you."
I guess Warren is 1/32nd Huntsman.
Lizzie Warren is Chinese.....if it will get her a job.
And it's better by a wide margin.
Elizabeth Warren, 1/32 Chinese and 100% communist.
Boy oh boy, if I were Scott Brown’s campaign mgr I could produce some devastating ads using this comment.
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
cache these links and email them to everyone -
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.
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.
Well. it’s not like the Aholes in charge aren’t trying.
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.
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?
She’s going to have a little sweet-and-sour buffalo for dinner.
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